What are you doing for New Year’s Eve? 

Haven’t answered Frank Loesser’s musical question yet? Here are some options in The City for the New Year’s Eve procrastinators among you.


Jazz and blues

Let the good times roll with jazz and blues artists Kim Nalley at 7 and 10 p.m. at the Rrazz Room; Dianne Reeves at 8 and 10 p.m. at Yoshi’s; Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers at 8 p.m. at Bimbo’s 365 Club; and John Lee Hooker Jr. at 8 and 10 p.m. at Biscuits & Blues.

[Rrazz Room, 222 Mason St., $60-$135; Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., $50-$100; Bimbo’s, 1025 Columbus Ave., $60; Biscuits & Blues; 401 Mason St. $50-$60]


Crazy fun

If you’re feeling zany, a special song-and-dance evening with “Beach Blanket Babylon” at 7 and 10:15 p.m. at Club Fugazi may be the answer — or go BATS for two hours of improv with Bay Area Theatre Sports, beginning at 8 p.m. Meanwhile, at 9 p.m. “Mr. Nifty’s New Year’s Eve Vaudeville Extravaganza & Film Festival” featuring a rare performance by Duck’s Breath Mystery Theater and more, is onstage at USF.

[Club Fugazi, 678 Green St., $65-$190; BATS, Building B, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulavard and Buchanan Street, $35-$40; Presentation Theatre, University of San Francisco, 2350 Turk Blvd. $25.]


Laugh it up

Is laughter your best medicine? Then dive into the “Marga Gomez New Years Eve Spectacular” presented by Theatre Rhinoceros at 7 and 9 p.m. or have a mind-blowing “Not Your Normal New Year’s Eve” at 8 p.m. at the Herbst Theatre in a show with comics Brent Weinbach, Moshe Kasher, Drennon Davis, Lynn Ruth Miller and host Jill Bourque.

[Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., $30-$35; Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave, $25-$59]


Stand up yuks

More stand-up laughs are available from with Greg Proops, Tony Camin and Nato Green at 7:30 and 10 p.m. at the Punchline and John Oliver at 7 and 9:45 p.m. at Cobb’s Comedy Club. Over at the Phoenix Theatre, at 7 and 9:30 p.m., there’s the “The Cheapest & Greatest New Year’s Eve Stand-up Comedy Show That You’ve Ever Seen ...” with W. Kamau Bell, Janine Brito and Dwayne Kennedy. Finally, at 10 p.m. at Actors Theater, Michael Meehan headlines a holiday bill also featuring Tony Sparks, Kaseem Bentley, Big Al Gonzales, Eric Cash and Joe King.

[Punchline, 444 Battery St., $35-$50; Cobb’s, 915 Columbus Ave., $45.50 — $60.50; Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason St., $15; Actors Theater, 855 Bush St., $40]



Dance time

Need to shake your groove thing? Dance out 2010 at Atmosphere with DJ Tina T at 10 p.m. on Broadway; swim though a “Sea of Dreams” starting at 8 p.m. at the San Francisco Design Center, or spend the last night ever, from 7 p.m. on, at the Triple Crown; the bar is host its official closing party. Or dine, dance and stay all night at Ruby Skye with special guest Markus Schulz.

[447 Broadway, $50-$85; Design Center, 635 Eighth St. $20-$30; Triple Crown, 1760 Market St., $75-$150; Ruby Skye, 420 Mason St., $150]


Dining and more

Teatro ZinZanni hosts a special New Year’s Eve edition of “License to Kiss II, A Sweet Conspiracy,” the gourmet dinner and musical theater extravaganza at 8:30 p.m. under its beautiful antique tent on the pier. Latin music and festivities are slated for 7 and 9 p.m. at Peña Pachamama in shows featuring samba and flamenco from Fogo Na Roupa, Fito Reinoso, Eddy and Gabriel Navia, Cristo Cortes and the Pachamama Band.

[Pier 29, The Embarcadero at Battery Street, $250 and up; Peña Pachamama, 1630 Powell St., $99-$125]


Something different

If you crave something physical, channel your inner “Xanadu” with SF Indiefest’s New Year’s Eve Roller Disco, starting at 8 p.m. If you crave something classical, indulge in San Francisco Symphony’s lavish masquerade ball, which begins at 9 p.m.

[Roller disco, 2050 Bryant St., $9.99; Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., $80-$195]



Rock on

Want to rock, but need to roll more than just watching Dick Clark on television? Guitars will be amped for The Growlers at 9 p.m. at the Hemlock Tavern. The Dresden Dolls plus Pomplamoose mix it up at 9 p.m. at the Warfield and Chris Isaak is sure to fill the Fillmore, starting at 9 p.m.

[Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., $15; Warfield, 982 Market St., $35-$50; Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., $99]

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Robert Sokol

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Robert Sokol is the editor at BAYSTAGES, the creative director at VIA MEDIA, and a lifelong arts supporter. Diva wrangler, cinefiler, and occasional saloon singer, he has been touching showbiz all his life. (So far no restraining orders have been issued!)... more
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