Exciting New Years Eve 2012 events in San Francisco 

click to enlarge San Francisco comedy veteran Gomez headlines a stand-up gala and countdown party-fundraiser for Brava Theater. Also on the bill: Aundre the Wonderwoman, Pippi Lovestocking, Lydia Popovich, Eloisa Bravo, cocktails, dancing and a Champagne toast. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • San Francisco comedy veteran Gomez headlines a stand-up gala and countdown party-fundraiser for Brava Theater. Also on the bill: Aundre the Wonderwoman, Pippi Lovestocking, Lydia Popovich, Eloisa Bravo, cocktails, dancing and a Champagne toast. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

For those who don’t have a holiday plan, here are some entertaining options for ushering in the new year — all are happening Monday.

Silver Ball Fun Raiser

The Pacific Pinball Museum fundraiser offers play on vintage pinball machines, a tournament, party hats, noisemakers, a no-host bar and Champagne at midnight. 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. $15-$30. Pacific Pinball Museum, 1510 Webster St., Alameda; (510) 769-1349, www.pacificpinball.org

Sea of Dreams: Lunasea

Riotous gypsy punks Gogol Bordello headline the rave-style party with a moon-and-sea theme. Electronica master Robert Delong, Shpongle’s Quixotic Masquerade, the Glitch Mob, Diego’s Umbrella and other artists also appear. 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. $79-$145. Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 Eighth St., S.F.; www.ticketfly.com

BATS Improv

Featuring an all-star cast, the wacky and humorous improvisational troupe invents new scenes and stories in a special New Year’s Eve pre-party show, ending before the ball drops. 8 to 10 p.m. $35-$40. Bayfront Theater, Building B, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.; (415) 474-6776, www.improv.org

La Festa di San Francisco

An Italian-inspired New Year’s Eve celebration at Hotel Vitale starts with a five-course Italian dinner and wine pairings by Americano’s star chef Kory Stewart. At 9 p.m., a dance party ensues with full open bar, hors d’oeuvres and an unobstructed view of fireworks from the rooftop. 6 and 7 p.m. dinner seatings, 9 p.m. party. $150-$249. Hotel Vitale, 8 Mission St. (at The Embarcadero), S.F.; (415) 328-2700, www.americanorestaurant.com

Monk’s Kettle New Year’s Eve Party

The ticketed event includes free-flowing beer, all-you-can-eat fancy appetizers and small plates (charcuterie, oysters, seared scallops and more) and a Malheur Brut (bier Champagne) toast at midnight. 8 p.m. $175 per person. Monk’s Kettle, 3141 16th St., S.F.; (415) 865-9523, RSVP: greg@monkskettle.com

Terry Malts, Toys That Kill, ?Pins of Light

San Francisco’s favorite three-chord poppers Terry Malts headline the 2012 changeover (with midnight Champagne toast) with rockers Toys That Kill and metal-prog-punkers Pins of Light opening. 9 p.m. $12. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., S.F.; (415) 923-0923, www.hemlocktavern.com

Tainted Love

Acid-wash cutoffs and side ponytails live on into 2013 with San Francisco’s best 1980s cover band playing hits from the big-hair, synth-friendly decade. Stung, a Police cover band, opens. 9 p.m. $50-$55. Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; (415) 673-5716, www.goldenvoice.com

Marga Gomez and Funny Ladies

San Francisco comedy veteran Gomez headlines a stand-up gala and countdown party-fundraiser for Brava Theater. Also on the bill: Aundre the Wonderwoman, Pippi Lovestocking, Lydia Popovich, Eloisa Bravo, cocktails, dancing and a Champagne toast. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $30. Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St., S.F.; (415) 641-7697, www.brava.org

Not Your Normal New Year’s Eve

Quirky comedian Emo Philips headlines the popular annual event, also featuring Brent Weinbach and Jill Bourque. The massive balloon drops at 10 p.m. — which is midnight in Normal, Ill. 7 to 10 p.m. $25-$45. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; (415) 392-4400, www.cityboxoffice.com

107.7 The Bone’s ?Comedy Countdown

Amy Schumer, frequently touted as the new Chelsea Handler, co-headlines with fellow Comedy Central comedian Anthony Jeselnik. Doug Benson, Arj Barker, Brendon Walsh, Kris Tinkle and Ari Shaffir also appear. 9 p.m. $20-$94.50. Masonic Auditorium, 1111 California St., S.F.; (800) 745-3000, www.livenation.com

New Year’s Eve Carnaval

Samba dancers and drummers join the Pachamama Band — a Buena Vista Social Club-style Cuban and Bolivian fusion group — at this Latin-flavored show with Fito Reinoso and Eddy Navia among the featured performers. Dancing, a three-course meal and Champagne toast round out the party. 6 to 7 p.m. early seating, 8 to 10 p.m. late seating. $99-$125. Peña Pachamama, 1630 Powell St., S.F.; (415) 646-0018, www.pachamamacenter.org

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