Ring in 2014! 

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  • The California Honeydrops, a local band known for boisterous live sets (whose latest album, “Like You Mean It,” combines Americana, jazz, soul and funk influences) plays two shows on New Year's Eve.
For those who haven’t yet decided how to usher in the new year, here are a few festive suggestions:


Business New Year’s Eve Stand-Up Spectacular

The weekly stand-up comedy night showcases Caitlin Gill, Nato Green, Sean Keane, Anna Seregina, Bucky Sinister and Chris Thayer in four special year-end performances.

7 and 9:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, $15-$25. Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission St., S.F., (415) 401-7987, darkroomsf.com

Greg Proops

The comedian best known for his performances on “Whose Line is it Anyway?” records his podcast “The Smartest Man in the World” tonight and does stand-up on New Year’s Eve.

8 p.m. Monday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tuesday, $25-$55. Punchline Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F., (800) 745-3000, www.livenation.com


American Tripps

The Berlin-style, ping pong party-throwers host the jam, featuring headlining entertainment by a Talking Heads cover band, multiple DJs, dancing, ping pong and skeeball in a vast industrial space.

8 p.m., $15-$30. Folsom Street Foundry, 1425 Folsom St., S.F., (415) 795-3644, folsomstreetfoundry.com

Asian Art Museum New Year

The public is invited to ring a 2,100-pound, 16th-century Japanese bell 108 times in a New Year’s ceremony led by Buddhist priest Gengo Akiba Roshi.

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., $8-$12. 200 Larkin St., S.F., (415) 581-3560, www.asianart.org

Bay Cruises

Hornblower Cruises offers various ways to ring in 2014: a four-course dinner with an open bar on a four-hour cruise ($247.50), or a buffet dinner on a four-hour cruise aboard the San Francisco Belle, a sternwheeler river boat ($191.40).

8:30 p.m. boarding time, Pier 40, S.F., (888) 467-6256, www.hornblower.com

Beach Blanket Babylon

The beloved San Francisco revue’s special year-end roundup shows offer a pastiche of the best and worst of 2013’s celebrity and pop culture news — as Snow White continues on her never-ending search for Prince Charming.

7 and 10:15 p.m., $65-$190. 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd., S.F., (415) 421-4222, www.beachblanketbabylon.com

Brava’s New Year’s Eve Comedy Fiesta

Marga Gomez, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan and Micia Mosely perform at the benefit for the Brava Theater Center, followed by a countdown dance party and Champagne toast.

8 p.m., $30-$50. Brava Theater, 2781 24th St., S.F., (415)-641-7657, www.brava.org

California Honeydrops

The local band known for boisterous live sets (whose latest album, “Like You Mean It,” combines Americana, jazz, soul and funk influences) plays two shows.

8 and 10:30 p.m., $36-$59. Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F., (415) 655-5600, www.yoshis.com

Comedy Countdown

Bert Kreischer, Doug Benson, Rory Scovel, Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher compete in a comic showcase hosted by Pete Holmes and Jessimae Peluso.

9 p.m., $20-$94.50. Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium, 1111 California St., S.F., (800) 745-3000, www.livenation.com

Eve 14

The swanky hotel party co-presented by KISS (98.1 FM) has three rooms of music and dancing, with live music and standards performed by Entourage Band and DJ Maniac Mike.

8 p.m., $90-$475. Sofitel San Francisco Bay, 223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, (650) 508-7126, www.eventbrite.com


The indie pop band — sometimes reminiscent of Phoenix — plays from its new album “Heza.” The Frail and Nova Albion open.

8:30 p.m., $22-$25. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F., (415) 626-4455, www.bottomofthehill.com

Matthew Dear

The minimal techno producer plays a DJ set and is special guest at Public Works’ annual party, featuring additional sets by Solar, Galen, Jason Kendig, P-Play, Robot Hustle and Josh Cheon, a confetti countdown and drink specials.

9 p.m.-4 a.m., $20-$40. 161 Erie St., S.F., (415) 779-6757, publicworkssf.com

Mighty Mammoth Masquerade

DJ duo BLOND:ISH headlines, with additional spinning from Pink Mammoth DJs. Entry includes snacks and a Champagne toast at midnight.

9 p.m.-2:30 a.m., $35-$100. Mighty, 119 Utah St., S.F., (888) 810-2063, mighty119.com


The electronica pioneer and producer performs a DJ set for the fifth annual Streets of San Francisco New Year’s Eve party on the waterfront. An open bar is among the festivities.

9 p.m.-2 a.m., $135-$200. Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard, S.F., (888) 810-2063, www.eyeheartsf.com

NOFX New Year’s Heave

The punk-pop group headlines a massive pogo-friendly show featuring performances by Dillinger Four, Teenage Bottlerocket and Implants.

9 p.m., $40-$52. Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F., (415) 345-0900, www.thewarfieldtheatre.com

NYE International Ball

Daft Punk tribute band One More Time headlines the swanky event, which includes several floors of DJs and dancing, a bikini fashion show, balloon drops and premium open bar.

9 p.m., $134-$480. Palace Hotel, 2 Montgomery St., S.F., (415) 573-0780, californianightlife.com

Pacific Pinball Museum

The establishment celebrates its 10th anniversary at its annual New Year’s Eve party, which includes DJs and dancing, finger foods, a Champagne toast and pinball.

7:30 p.m., $20-$35. 1510 Webster St., Alameda, (510) 205-6959, pacificpinball.org

Peña Pachamama New Year’s Eve

Bolivian composer and musician Eddy Navia, a Grammy Award nominee, joins the Pachamama band of Cuban and Latin musicians and the Roupa Samba dancers. The show is accompanied by a three-course dinner. VIP tickets include parking, Champagne and preferred seating.

8 p.m., $110-$250. Pachamama, 1630 Powell St., S.F., (415) 646-0018, pachamamacenter.org

Petty Theft

The popular Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band appears on a bill with Fleetwood Mask — a Fleetwood Mac cover band.

9 p.m., $40-$55. Mill Valley Community Center, 80 Camino Alto, Mill Valley, (415) 389-5072, www.murphyproductions.com


Original drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander rejoins the group for a special performance in “Primus and the Chocolate Factory,” a show that revisits songs from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” with the Frog Brigade Ensemble.

9:30 p.m., $49.50-$65. Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, (510) 302-2250, www.apeconcerts.com

Rise & Harmonize

Popular Oakland-based club night the People hosts the bash, featuring guest DJs Jayvi Velasco, Patrick Wilson, Valerie Troutt and more.

9 p.m., $10-$20. New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland, (510) 444-7474, www.thenewparish.com

S.F. Symphony Masquerade Ball

Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and tenor Kelly Markgraf accompany the San Francisco Symphony at the annual holiday concert and black-tie costume ball, complete with bubbly, desserts, live bands, dancing and a balloon drop.

8 p.m., $85-$195. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (415) 864-6000, www.sfsymphony.org

Sea of Dreams

Trip-hop electronica duo Thievery Corporation, pictured, headlines the massive event, featuring performances by Little Dragon, A-Trak, Dillon Francis, Richard Hartnell, dancers, circus artists and more.

8 p.m. to 3 a.m., $90-$170. Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St., S.F., (800) 653-8000, www.ticketmaster.com

Slapsie Maxie’s Speakeasy New Year’s

Slim Jenkins, The Rumble Strippers, 29th Street Swingtet and the Hi-Ball Hotshots play swing and rockabilly at the retro-themed bash.

8 p.m., $30-$50. Café Du Nord, 2170 Market St., S.F., (415) 861-5016, www.cafedunord.com

Sparkle Ball

Salsa with Juan presents A Black and White and Shiny New Year’s Eve, a party with a sweet and savory food bar, Champagne toast, professional salsa performers and three rooms of dance music with Latin grooves, R&B, house, top 40 and more.

8 p.m.-1:30 a.m., $25-$80. Linden Street Dance Studio, 130 Linden St., Oakland, (510) 444-3404, www.salsawithjuan.com

Soulful New Year’s Eve

Bimbo’s 365 Club’s stylish party serves up soul, blues, jazz, Motown and rock classics played live by Gold Star Soul Revue, a Champagne toast, balloon drop and vintage decor.

8 p.m. $60-$65. 1025 Columbus Ave., S.F., (415) 474-0365, www.bimbos365club.com

USS Hornet New Year’s

The 1940s-themed party on a World War II aircraft carrier offers live swing music, dancing and a fantastic view of the San Francisco skyline and midnight fireworks.

7:30 p.m., $45-$85. USS Hornet, 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3, Alameda, (510) 521-8448, www.uss-hornet.org

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