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Where to go for New Year's 2005

Our guide to New Year's events.

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Fourth Annual New Year's Eve Show with Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express: Plus a special guest opener. 10 p.m., $15. Ivy Room, 858 San Pablo Ave. (at Solano Ave.), Albany, 510-524-9220,

New Year's Eve Bluegrass Gala: With High Country, plus Dix Bruce & Jim Nunally. 8 p.m., $26.50, $27.50. Freight & Salvage, 1111 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-548-1761,

New Year's Eve Party with the Frisky Frolics: Tin Pan Alley group performs with DJ Rev. Slimm Buick. 8:30 p.m., $65 includes dinner, champagne toast, and party favors. Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave. (at Park St.), Alameda, 510-522-1300,

New Year's Eve with Brian Jack and the Zydeco Gamblers: Live music, dance, food, and party favors. 9 p.m., $35. Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave., Alameda, 415-285-6285,

New Year's Eve with David M'Ore & the Bluesdrivers: Plus the Happy Clams. 9:30 p.m., $8. Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-841-2082.

New Year's Eve with Red Meat: Plus the Earl Brothers, Belle Monroe & her Brewglass Boys. 9 p.m., $20. Cafe du Nord, 2170 Market St., San Francisco, 415-861-5016,

New Year's Eve with the Dave Walker Band: 8:30 p.m., no cover. The Bistro, 1001 B St. (at Main St.), Hayward, 510-886-8525,

New Year's Eve with the Internationals: Bavarian dance, 7 p.m., $50. Swiss Park, 5911 Mowry Ave., Newark, 510-793-6272.

New Year's Eve with the New Morty Show: With Vise Grip & Connie Champagne, Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums, and Mr. Lucky & the Cocktail Party featuring Ralph Carney, plus special appearances by the Girl in the Fishbowl, complimentary champagne, hats, party favors, and a balloon drop. Wear cocktail attire; black ties are optional. 8 p.m., $55. Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, 415-474-0365,


Ensemble Vermillian: Performing 17th-century German and Italian chamber music for recorder, viola da gamba, cello, and harpsichord, Sun., Jan. 1, 3 p.m., $10, $15. MusicSources, 1000 The Alameda, Berkeley, 510-528-1685.

Ring in the New Year with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra: Tribute to Edgar Braun featuring the Jacques Thibaud Trio and cellist Dana Putnam Fonteneau. December 30 at Herbst Theatre (401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco); December 31 at First Congregational Church in Berkeley (2345 Channing Way), 8 p.m., no cover.

Comedy/Spoken Word

Fifteenth Annual New Year's Eve Black Comedy Explosion: Featuring D.L. Hughley, Lavelle Crawford, and more. 9 p.m., $39.50, $52.50, $67.50. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, 510-465-6400,

New Year's Eve Comedy Countdown 2005: With David Cross, Zach Galifinakis, Maria Bamford, Al Madrigal, Doug Benson, and Tony Camin. 9:30 p.m., $49.50. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St. (at Bay St.), San Francisco.

New Year's Eve with Paul Mooney: VIP show at 11 p.m. includes champagne and soul food. 7, 9, & 11 p.m., $50-$100. Black Repertory Theater, 3201 Adeline St., Berkeley, 510-652-2120.

Johnny Steele: Sketch comedy and stand-up. Also featuring Bolt and O'Brian, and the Meehan brothers. 8 p.m. Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley, 510-845-8542,

Theater Rhinoceros Presents Marga Gomez's New Year's Eve Spectacular: With guest stand-up comedian Nick Leonard. 7 & 9 p.m., $25. The Victoria Theater, 2961 16th St. (at Mission St.), San Francisco.



2006 New Year's in the City: Kicks off with an open bar, followed by seven DJs, balloon drops, and complimentary champagne. 8 p.m., $30-$100. Jillian's, 101 4th St. (at Sony Metreon), San Francisco, 415-369-6100,

2006 New Year's Party with DJ Sam: Hip-hop and R&B, plus champagne toast at midnight. 9 p.m., $20, $30. O'Kearney's Funhouse, 1251 Arroyo Way, Walnut Creek, 925-979-0132.

"Club Sonic" New Year's Eve: DJ Larry spins indie, Brit-pop, dance-punk, new wave, Motown. 9 p.m., $10. Blank Club, 44 S. Almaden Ave., San Jose.

"Dancing Through the Decade" New Year's Eve Party: 7 p.m., $50. Groove Nightclub, 1411 Locust St., Walnut Creek, 925-934-9490,

The Endup & Energy 92.7 Official New Year's Party: 7-hour live broadcast hosted by Joey V and Greg, with resident DJs spinning non-stop house, hip-hop, and NRG music. 8 p.m., $40, $50. The Endup, 410 6th St. (at Harrison St.), San Francisco, 415-646-0999,

"The Grande Affaire": With DJ Solomon, champagne toast at midnight. 9 p.m., $60. Fluid Ultra Lounge, 662 Mission St., San Francisco, 415-615-6888.

"Intrigue 2006": DJs Modest Mark, Brainchild, and N8 spin hip-hop, R&B, and club bangers all night long. 8 p.m., $25. Studio Z, 314 11th St., San Francisco, 415-252-7666,

Ladies and Gents New Year's Bash: DJs Neta & Daniela vs. Wisdom & Jamo. 8 p.m., $10. Luka's Taproom & Lounge, 2221 Broadway (at West Grand Ave.), Oakland, 510-451-4677,

New Year's Eve at Kingman's: Resident lounge DJs spin downtempo, trip-hop, and eclectic beats, plus a complimentary champagne toast. 8:30 p.m., no cover. Kingman's Lucky Lounge, 3332 Grand Ave., Oakland, 510-465-5464.

New Year's Eve Celebration: DJs spinning top 40, disco, techno, house, trance, and hip-hop, plus a balloon drop, champagne toast, and party favors. 9 p.m., $100. Broadway Studios, 435 Broadway Ave., 415-291-0333,

New Year's Eve Party: With 1 Jam spinning club hits, plus complimentary champagne. 10 p.m., $20-$30. Foxes, 171 W. Tennyson Rd., Hayward, 510-783-1700,

New Year's Eve Party at Kimball's Carnival: With DJs spinning hip-hop, R&B, soul, and classics, plus a cash money balloon drop. 8 p.m., $60, $75. Kimball's Carnival, 522 2nd St. (at Washington St.), Oakland, 510-444-6979,

New Year's Eve with Tune in Tokyo and DJ Jeneration: Karaoke and killer music, plus champagne, BBQ, and door prizes. 9 p.m. John Patrick's, 1813 Park St., Alameda, 510-522-5105.


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