Usher in 2018 with music and laughter

Don’t yet have New Year’s Eve plans? Here are a few festive ways to ring in 2018 on Dec. 31:

Street Magic Live: The New Year’s family matinee features magic, juggling and danger stunts by Frisco Fred, Chase the Entertainer and Jonathan Strange. 3 to 5 p.m., $40. Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter St., S.F., www.brownpapertickets

Peña Pachamama New Year’s Eve Fiesta: The Latin party features music by Eddy Navia and Pachamama Band and traditional midnight magic with drummers and dancers from San Francisco Carnaval’s top samba troupe, Fogo Na Roupa. 4, 8 and 9:30 p.m., $99-$155. Pena Pachamama, 1630 Powell St., S.F.,

Comedy Machine Tournament of Champions: Winners from previous standup comedy competitions appear in three shows, for a total of 24 comics in three holiday sessions. 6, 8 and 10 p.m., $40-$105. Howden Home of the Spice Monkey, 1628 Webster St., Oakland,

The Big Fat Year End Kiss Off Comedy Show: Comic Will Durst and “his band of merry pranksters” appear in the 25th edition of the holiday event. 6 and 9 p.m., $38-$60. Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St., San Jose,

San Francisco’s Last Laughs: The New Year’s Eve Countdown Show features comedy by Annie Lederman, Ms. Pat, Debra DiGiovanni, Jenny Zigrino, Maureen Langan, Helen Hong and host Lydia Popovich. 7 and 10 p.m., $25-$60. Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.,

Hard Rock Cafe Guitar Smash: The “electric party on the pier” offers appetizers, drinks and music by DJ Jimmy Hits. 8 p.m., $75-$150. Pier 39, S.F.,

Seth MacFarlane with the San Francisco Symphony: The Academy and Grammy Award-nominated actor, producer, director, comedian and big band crooner performs jazzy and holiday tunes with Edwin Outwater leading the orchestra in his annual New Year’s concert. 8 p.m., $89-$264. Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.,

PianoFight New Year’s Eve Super Bash: The fourth annual party on three stages includes live music, DJ’s, karaoke, drag, balloon drops, bubbly toasts, confetti cannons and multiple bars. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., $45-$110. PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.,

A Black and White Affair: The Starlight Room’s “exclusive” New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party includes live music, food, cocktails and surprises “21 floors up, between the stars and the cable cars.” 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., $225 and up, Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell St., S.F.,

Tom Ammiano and Friends: The Rhino 2017 New Year’s Eve Spectacular features the comedian-activist hosting an evening showcasing local queer music and comedy talent: Justin Lucas, Bambi Lake and Birdie Bob Watt, Scott Gessford and Patricia Pittipan, and the cast of “Megabytes The Musical.” 8 p.m., $40. Gateway Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.,

Spontaneous Broadway: BATS Improv actors will create and perform a hit musical on the spot — audience members will be treated like elite Broadway investors — at the special New Year’s Eve performance. 8 p.m., $35. Bayfront Theater, Building B, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.,

Bespoke New Year’s Eve: The elegant Latin party — with DJ D-Sharp, a fashion show, cocktails and party favors — fills the fourth floor of the Westfield SF Centre. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., $60 and up. 865 Mission St., S.F. (Bloomingdale’s entrance), S.F.

Afrolicious: The San Francisco funk-electronic collective headlines a New Year’s Eve party with DJS Ozgood and Pleasuremaker, and Dj Zebuel of Smoked Out Soul. 9 p.m. $40-$50. Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.,

The Speakeasy New Year’s Eve: The interactive theater experience set in a 1920s gin joint hosts holiday festivities, including an open bar, balloon drop, aerialist, acrobats, Baby New Year, Father Time, a swing band and string quartet. $205-$425. 8:30 p.m., Palace Theatre, 644 Broadway, S.F.,

New Years Eve At Bimbo’s 365 Club: Party bands Tainted Love, Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums, and Mr. Lucky & The Cocktail Party featuring Ralph Carney, appear in the sold-out show, along with the Girl in the Fishbowl. 9 p.m., $65. 1025 Columbus Ave., S.F.,

Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker: The rock and alt-rock bands headed by David Lowery — which have released four California-themed albums in the past four years — appear in their annual Bay Area New Year’s engagement; Johnny Hickman opens. 9 p.m., $50-$55. Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.,

The Boy with Tape on his Face: The one-man show — which draws from silent film, mime, magic, puppetry, Motown and the films of Patrick Swayze, and “accesses the inner child in everyone” — is followed by a DJ dance party. $20-$200. 9 p.m,. Great Star Theater, 636 Jackson St., S.F.,

Con Brio: The Bay Area band — called by one critic a “party punk version of Sly and the Family Stone” — plays its annual New Year’s concert. 9 p.m., $55-$85. Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.,

Dragon Theatre New Year’s Eve: The party and show includes “Frigid,” an interactive theater experience retelling the tale of a snow queen, and circus acts with performers “playing with gravity.” 9:30 p.m., $40. 2120 Broadway, Redwood City,

New Year’s Eve Comedy Countdown: Dave Attell and Friends — Big Jay Oakerson, Larry “Bubbles” Brown, Morgan Murphy and Nick Vatterott — appear. 9:30 p.m., $35-$75. Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.,

Leslie Katz

San Francisco Examiner’s arts and entertainment editor Leslie Katz has been assigning, editing and/or writing news stories about the Bay Area’s rich cultural scene since 1997. Reach her at (415) 359-2727 or

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