Soul singer Lee Fields, who boasts a 50-year career, ushers in the new year in shows Sunday and Monday at The Chapel. (Courtesy photo)

Soul singer Lee Fields, who boasts a 50-year career, ushers in the new year in shows Sunday and Monday at The Chapel. (Courtesy photo)

Dec. 30, 2018-Jan. 1, 2019: Lee Fields & The Expressions, Kwanzaa, Japanese Bell Ringing, SF Chamber Orchestra, The Midway NYE 2019, SF Carnaval New Year’s Eve Party, Kaskade, American Bach Soloists, Megabytes: The Musical, Antony and Cleopatra, Polar Bear Ice Skate


Lee Fields & The Expressions: (((folkYEAH!))) presents the veteran soul singer (dubbed Little JB for his resemblance to James Brown) in the first of a two-night stand; Quinn DeVeaux and The M-Tet open. [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Kwanzaa 2018: The Village Project’s annual community celebration observes the fifth day, nia (purpose), with a performance by a performance by Phavia Kujichagulia. [1 p.m., Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Japanese New Year Bell-Ringing Ceremony: Guests are invited to take a swing at the 2,100-pound, 16th-century Japanese temple bell in a ceremony led by Rev. Gengo Akiba and including a purification ritual and chanting. [11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Jeff Raz: In between shows of Circus Bella’s “Kaleidoscope,” the author of “The Snow Clown” reads excerpts from his book and talks about his life as a professional clown. [4 p.m., Mersea Meadow, 699 Avenue of the Palms, Treasure Island, S.F.]

San Francisco Chamber Orchestra: Benjamin Simon conducts soprano Christine Brandes and The Delphi Trio (violinist Liana Bérubé, cellist Michele Kwon and pianist Eunmi Ko) in “Classical Masters,” a program of works by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. [3 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Thievery Corporation: The versatile electronic duo (Rob Garza and Eric Hilton) — opening a two-night engagement — mixes dub, acid jazz, reggae, Indian classical, Middle Eastern, hip hop and electronica; The Suffers open. [8:30 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]


The Midway NYE 2019: Little Dragon, Modeselektor, Tokimonsta, Mayan Warrior, interactive artist rooms, farm-to-table eats, live projection mapping and funky art installations are on the party bill. [9 p.m., Midway, 900 Marin St., S.F.]

American Bach Soloists: Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen performs arias by Handel and Gluck in a program with soprano Mary Wilson and instrumental music from opera and concert conducted by Jeffrey Thomas. [4 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

SF Carnaval New Year’s Eve Mission Party: BrasArte hosts the bash, with samba dancers, live performances and hot salsa, soca, cumbia, reggaeton, hip-hop and Top 40s hits; guests are encouraged to wear dancing shoes, masks and cocktail attire or costumes. [7 p.m. to 2 a.m., Mission Armory, 1800 Mission St., S.F.]

Megabytes! The Musical: Theatre Rhinoceros’ New Year’s Eve show includes the fun high-tech themed revue by Morris Bobrow and song and comedy by Khris Francis. [8 p.m., Gateway Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

The USS Hornet New Year’s Eve Big Band Dance: The party at the museum on the retired aircraft carrier — with three dance floors, dance lessons, fireworks viewing, a no-host bar and refreshments and period attire suggested — benefits education programs. [7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., 707 West Hornet Ave., Alameda]

Craft Beer and Comedy: The Setup New Year’s Eve Comedy Show features Torio Van Grol, Kaseem Bentley, Andrew Holmgren, Shannon Murphy and Irene Tu. [8 and 10 p.m., Beer Basement, 222 Hyde St., S.F.]

Kaskade: The singer, songwriter and producer — the first DJ to hold a Las Vegas residency — appears in his New Year’s Eve show at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium for the third year in a row. [9 p.m., 99 Grove St., S.F.]

Peaches Christ and The San Francisco Symphony: Edwin Outwater conducts the orchestra in “the gayest New Year’s romp in The City” with the famed drag sensation and guests Jane Lynch and Cheyenne Jackson. [8 p.m., Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Norm Lewis: The Tony nominee and his swinging New York band perform tunes from Broadway shows he’s starred in: “Les Misérables,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Porgy & Bess” and “Once On This Island.” [7:30 and 10:30 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Mayer Hawthorne: The singer’s “timeless, soulful, baby-making music” reveals influences including Shuggie Otis, Bob Marley and Sly Stone. [8 p.m., UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]

Chabot Space & Science Center Balloon Drops: The popular 19th annual New Year daytime activity for families celebrates strokes of midnight around the world. [11 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m., 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland]

NYE Comedy Mega Show Oakland: Jonah Ray, Beth Stelling, Frankie Quiñones, Brent Weinbach and Andrew Michaan appear. [10:30 p.m., Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave., Oakland]

The Big Fat Year End Kiss Off Comedy Show: The 26th edition features standup by Will Durst, Johnny Steele, Mari Magaloni and Arthur Gaus, and the “improvisational wizardry of Debi Durst and Michael Bossier.” [6 and 9 p.m., Tabard Theatre, 29 N. San Pedro St., San Jose]

Lighten Up for New Year’s Eve 2018: Brian Copeland hosts standup comedy by Sandy Stec, Chicago Steve Barkley, Don Reed, Joe Klocek, Donald Lacy, Justin Lockwood, Paco Romaine, David Alan Moss and Nicole Tran. [7 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts 2250, Bancroft Ave., San Leandro]


Antony and Cleopatra: Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his tragedy of politics, passion and power. [7 p.m., Vogue, 3290 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Kwanzaa 2018: The Village Project’s annual community celebration closes with a program focused on mani (faith) and a performance by The Silver Fox Blues Band. [6 p.m., St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 2097 Turk St., S.F.]

New Year’s Day Polar Bear Ice Skate: In The City’s version of a popular Canadian tradition, skaters of all ages are invited to hit the outdoor rink, wearing swimsuits and shades. [2 to 3 p.m., Safeway Holiday Ice Rink, Union Square, 333 Post St., S.F.]

It’s A New Day + Breakfast of Champions: The City’s biggest New Year’s block parties join for a bash with dozens of DJs, seven sound areas, an interactive playground, art installations, cocktails, food trucks, aerial performances, VIP cabanas and more. [4 a.m. to 9 p.m., Great Northern, 119 Utah St., S.F.]

S.F. Botanical Garden: Free admission is offered New Year’s Day; visitors are invited to explore 55 acres of landscaped gardens and open spaces showcasing thousands of plants from around the world. [7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Supper of Survivors Dance Party: Brass Tax DJs host their 10th annual holiday bash, with music and refreshments for guests recovering from New Year’s Eve indiscretions. [3 p.m., Public Works, 161 Erie St., S.F.]

Macy’s Holiday Windows
: New Year’s Day offers the last opportunity for visitors to check out the adorable, adoptable puppies and kittens in the 32nd annual event presented by the San Francisco SPCA and Macy’s. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 170 O’Farrell Street, S.F.]

Food Truck Picnic & Bottomless Mimosa Brunch: Sweet and savory brunch specials and beverages are offered New Year’s Day at the outdoor spot for all ages; proprietors say “press pause on your new ‘lifestyle choices’ and have fun on the first holiday of the year.” [11 a.m. to 5 p.m, SPARK, 601 Mission Bay Blvd. North, S.F.]American Bach SoloistsAntony and CleopatraCalendarJapanese Bell RingingkwanzaaLee Fields & The ExpressionsMegabytes! The MusicalPolar Bear Ice SkateSF Chamber OrchestraThe Midway NYE 2019

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