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Out with the Old, In with the New

The top New Year’s Eve events the East Bay has to offer. Plus a few in San Francisco.



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8 p.m.–1 a.m.

New Year's Eve Party at Comal

This is the third year that Comal (2020 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley) has hosted a big New Year's gala, and it comes as no surprise that the event has been a hit each year: The upscale Mexican spot is probably the most handsome restaurant in downtown Berkeley, and, with all of the tables cleared out to transform the space into a massive indoor-and-outdoor dance hall, it might be the most festive place in town to dance the night away — especially with a steady stream of antojitos (Mexican street snacks) to keep your energy up. This year's array of tasty bites from chef Matt Gandin will include molotes (lettuce-wrapped fried masa "canoes"), flautas, mole negro chicken wings, chipotle deviled eggs, and more. Each $45 ticket includes food for the whole night. Beer, wine, tequila, mezcal, and cocktails — including a special New Year's Eve creation — will be sold a la carte. Advance tickets are highly recommended. — L.T.

9 p.m.–1 a.m.


Beginning in the late 1980s, the charred and versatile East Bay rock outfit Neurosis skewered the conventions of its regional hardcore peers and foreshadowed the Bay Area's current reputation for innovative metal. The band's 1989 debut EP, Aberration, featured a careening take on hardcore, while the 1992 full-length Souls at Zero established the band's iconoclastic effect on most strains of extreme rock since. Turgid tempos of doom-metal give way to precise thrash riffs and enveloping noise, a vocabulary of atmospheric passages the band augmented the following year on Enemy of the Sun. Neurosis is your favorite band's favorite band, as evidenced by the openers at its upcoming Great American Music Hall (859 O'Farrell St., San Francisco) appearances. The main support is Tragedy, a blackened hardcore act based in Portland that usually headlines its own local appearances, and the opener is Kowloon Walled City, a local metal band whose left-field proclivities are indebted to Neurosis' earlier innovations. — S.L.

Tuesday, Dec. 30, and Wednesday, Dec 31, 8 p.m. $21–$41. 

The original version of this reported misstated the cost of the wine pairing option at Homestead. It will be $60, not $100.


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