Jan. 1: Ocean plunge, jazz music and more 

click to enlarge Daring revelers are greeting the new year with a bracing, clothing-optional  polar plunge into the Pacific Ocean, followed by refreshing beverages by the Riptide bar’s fireplace. [Noon plunge, Ocean Beach at Taraval Street, 12:30 p.m. party, Riptide, 3639 Taraval St., S.F.; riptidesf.com] - MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F. EXAMINER
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  • Daring revelers are greeting the new year with a bracing, clothing-optional polar plunge into the Pacific Ocean, followed by refreshing beverages by the Riptide bar’s fireplace. [Noon plunge, Ocean Beach at Taraval Street, 12:30 p.m. party, Riptide, 3639 Taraval St., S.F.; riptidesf.com]

Who's in town

Drummer-producer Adam Deitch of Lettuce, Pretty Lights and Fugees headlines a New Year's Day party also featuring Wil Blades, Shady Horns and Mike C The Maitre 'D. [9 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Holidays

Kwanzaa: Kwanzaa concludes with a day dedicated to imani, or the principle of faith. Activities include a performance by gospel singer Emma Jean Forster. [6 p.m., St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church, 2097 Turk St., S.F.; kwanzaasanfrancisco.com]

Zen procession: The San Francisco Zen Center is marking the start of 2015 with its traditional New Year's Day procession through the temple building. [8 p.m., Buddha Hall, San Francisco Zen Center, 300 Page St., S.F.]

Scantily clad skating: Brave skaters are invited to hit the ice in their bathing suits or other beachwear for the annual polar bear ice skate at Union Square. The best ensembles could win prizes. [2-3:30 p.m., 333 Post St., S.F.]

Dance on: Keep the party going way longer than is probably necessary at Breakfast of Champions 2015, an early-morning-to-evening dance party featuring Space Cowboy DJs, 8-Ball, Brad Robinson and more. [6 a.m.-6 p.m., Mighty, 119 Utah St., S.F.]

Films

Silent classic: Fritz Lang's 1927 dystopian film "Metropolis" is screening as part of the Balboa Theatre's series of classic films. [7:30 p.m., Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

Movie musical: Rain isn't in the forecast for San Francisco, but Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds are spending the day "Singin' in the Rain." [2:30, 4:45, 7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Aussie film: Schoolgirls disappear from an outing and things just get weirder from there in Peter Weir's creepy 1986 tale "Picnic at Hanging Rock," part of the Roxie's "New Year's Day Down Under" program. [2 and 6:45 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

World War II drama: Likely Academy Awards darling "The Imitation Game," starring Benedict Cumberbatch as code-cracker Alan Turing, is screening. [12:30, 3:30, 7:10 and 9:40 p.m., Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post St., S.F.]

Local activities

After Dark: The Exploratorium's "After Dark" series kicks off 2015 with an evening of science demonstrations and exhibits. Seaglass Restaurant is supplying a menu of dishes considered lucky for New Year's Day, including "lucky pulled pork." [6 p.m., Exploratorium, Pier 15, S.F.]

Heading back north: The San Francisco Zoo's Reindeer Romp attraction, featuring reindeer ambassadors Belle, Holly, Peppermint and Velvet, is concluding its holiday run Saturday. [10 a.m.-4 p.m., San Francisco Zoo, 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]

Oddities: Check out an 8-foot-tall Transformer made out of scrap parts, a mummified Egyptian foot and other stuff you probably don't see every day. [10 a.m.-10 p.m., Ripley's Believe or Not, 175 Jefferson St., S.F.]

Jump into 2015: Daring revelers are greeting the new year with a bracing, clothing-optional polar plunge into the Pacific Ocean, followed by refreshing beverages by the Riptide bar's fireplace. [Noon plunge, Ocean Beach at Taraval Street, 12:30 p.m. party, Riptide, 3639 Taraval St., S.F.; riptidesf.com]

Events

Walking tour: Indulge in heavy-duty gawking and learn some new things about The City with the San Francisco City Guides' "Landmark Victorians of Alamo Square" free walking tour, which includes the iconic Painted Ladies. [11 a.m., meet in front of 824 Grove St., S.F.; www.sfcityguides.org]

Brotherly jazz: Grammy-nominated trombonist Alan Ferber and educator-drummer Mark Ferber are headlining a bill that also includes Remy and Pascal Le Boeuf, identical twins from Santa Cruz. [4 p.m., Chez Hanny, 1300 Silver Ave., S.F.; sold out, but waitlist is available at www.chezhanny.com]

'Red Hot': Oscar-nominated actress Kathleen Turner stars in "Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins," which pays tribute to the late journalist. The piece closes Jan. 11. [8 p.m., Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley]

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