12 last-minute ideas for New Year’s Eve

The San Francisco Symphony's Masquerade Ball features the Martini Brothers and period dancers.

The San Francisco Symphony's Masquerade Ball features the Martini Brothers and period dancers.

Haven’t made plans yet to usher in 2012? Here are a few suggestions:

SF Symphony Masquerade Ball

The party kicks off with the Martini Brothers playing swinging tunes at cocktail hour, followed by the orchestra’s performance featuring period dancers. To close, revelers may dance onstage to the Peter Mintun Orchestra or get down ’80s style with Tainted Love. [8 p.m. $85-$195. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (415) 864-6000, www.sfsymphony.org]

The Night Before: Prohibition

Trapeze artists, acrobats, flappers, a big band, a chorus line and 500 Champagne bottles uncorked simultaneously are among the tantalizing temptations at the Supper Club’s last party of 2011. Dress in 1920s-themed attire — or black, white and red. Note: After the ball drops, drinks are 25 cents. [7 p.m.-3 a.m. $50-$5,000. Supper Club, 657 Harrison St., S.F., (415) 348-0900, www.supperclub.com]

Disco 2012

The Limousines headline San Francisco’s indie and electro dance party Popscene with special guests. RAC, Aaron Axelsen, Omar and Miles are on the DJ decks. [9 p.m. $40. Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F., (415) 864-2011, www.popscene-sf.com]

Talib Kweli DJ Set

The rapper and occasional Mos Def collaborator throws down an eclectic and energizing set at Sloane Square[d], the 6,000-square-foot expansion of the popular club Sloane. [9 p.m.-2 a.m. $40-$80. Sloane Square[d], 1525 Mission St., S.F., (415) 621-7007, www.sloanesf.com]

Pink Hotel

Pink Mammoth’s resident DJs supply the sounds at the Phoenix Hotel — transformed into the Pink Hotel for the night. Champagne, fireworks and nibbles from Trevor Ogden of Chambers Eat and Drink will be served. [9 p.m. $50 and up. Phoenix Hotel, 601 Eddy St., S.F., (415) 776-1380, nye2012pinkmammoth.eventbrite.com]

Not Your Normal New Year’s Eve

Comedian Brent Weinbach headlines the third annual event, featuring quirky comedians Jill Bourque, Alex Koll, Liz Grant, Kevin Camia, Natasha Muse and Steve Lee and chamber pop from Foxtails Brigade. A big balloon release happens at 10 p.m.–midnight in Normal, Ill. [8 p.m. $25-$59. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (415) 392-4400, www.cityboxoffice.com]

NYE Twenty Twelve

Local electronic producing pioneers Sunset, Honey and Public Works host the hot tech-house talent KiNK, from Bulgaria. Solar, J-Bird, Galen and the Honey Soundsystem team provide additional beats into the morning hours. [9 p.m.-6 a.m. $20-$25. Public Works, 161Erie St., S.F., (415) 932-0955, www.publicsf.com]

’60’s Go-Go New Year’s Eve Shake

Shake down 2011 retro style with the garage rock and ’60s surf sounds of the Barbary Coasters, the Ogres and the Tomorrowmen at the Starry Plough. Devil-ettes band members moonlight as go-go dancers the Mini-Skirt Mob. [8:30 p.m. $10-$15. Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, (510) 841-2082, www.starryploughpub.com]

1984 NYE

The free event, a thank-you to patrons, features two floors of 1980s DJing by Mark Andrus, Jim Hopkins and Rafael Fierro, and large projections of classic ’80s videos. [9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Mighty, 119 Utah St., S.F., www.mighty119.com]

Midnight NYE 2011

Shawn Reynolds headlines a low-priced event at Club Six, where reggaeton, cumbia and salsa rule. Turntable Titans are the main attraction in the hip-hop and R&B room; the dancehall and reggae room groove to Jah Warrior Shelter Hi-Fi and One Wise Sound. [8 p.m.-4 a.m. $15-$30. Club Six, 60 6th St., S.F., midnightnye.eventbrite.com]

Mad Men Party

Admission is free before 11 p.m. for patrons dressed in “Mad Men” attire. The Bay Area Young Professionals Activities Crew hosts the electro-swing party. [9 p.m. $5 after 11 p.m. Gallery 4n5/Bar, 863 Mission St., S.F., www.facebook.com/events/324651074217910]

Satisfaction Five-O

The celebration of 50 years of the Rolling Stones  features members of the 1960s rock scene and a band assembled from premier tribute artists in the business. Rudy Colombini of The Unauthorized Rolling Stones portrays Mick Jagger. [9 p.m. $39.50. Club Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City, (650) FOX-7770, www.clubfoxrwc.com]

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