Dec. 30-31: Sonny & The Sunsets, Shannon & The Clams, Elvin Bishop, Greg Proops, Potted Potter, Stone Foxes

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30

Sonny & The Sunsets, Shannon & The Clams: Two favorite Bay Area pop rock bands co-headline a couple of festive end-of-the-year gigs. [9 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Elvin Bishop Band: The veteran bluesman (known for the 1976 hit “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” and 2014’s Grammy-nominated album “Can’t Even Do Wrong Right”) has been making music for five decades. [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Greg Proops: The Bay Area comedian’s show is a live presentation of his “Smartest Man in the World” podcast. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Karaoke with KJ Paul: The free karaoke night is hosted by one of The City’s best karaoke jockeys, who boasts a top-notch sound system and encouraging personality. [9:30 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Zoo Lights: The San Francisco Zoo offers a spectacular light display for the holidays, along with a spotlight on four reindeer visiting from the North Pole, [5 to 8 p.m., Great Highway and Sloat Boulevard, S.F.]

San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker: For more than 70 years, The City’s premier ballet company has staged its lavish production, the longest-running “Nutcracker” in America. [2 and 7 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Luis Bravo’s Forever Tango: The show features six world-class Argentine tango couples (plus Anna and Dmitry from “Dancing with the Stars”) and traditional Argentine 1930s-style musical accompaniment. [8 p.m, Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Potted Potter: The parody takes on the challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes. [2:30 and 7:30 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

THURSDAY. DEC. 31

The Stone Foxes: The soulful San Francisco-based blues rockers co-headline a concert with the locally based Tumbleweed Wanderers, who play an Americana- inspired mix of soul and classic rock; Coo Coo Birds open. [9 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

New Year’s Eve Carnaval: Latin Grammy nominee Eddy Navia, Quentin Navia, additional Latin musicians, a flamenco dancer and members of the great Fogo Na Roupa Samba troupe ring in 2016 in an evening also featuring organic dining, a Champagne toast and dancing. [8:30 p.m., Peña Pachamama, 1630 Powell St., S.F.]

Goodwill Donate-a-thon: The nonprofit job training program invites donors to drop off computers, toys, jewelry, clothes and household goods (and receive a 2015 tax receipt for the goods they give) at the block party, which also features live entertainment and giveaways. [7 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1500 Mission St., S.F.]

Tease-A Burlesque Affair: The Clift Hotel’s iconic Redwood Room is the site of a New Year’s Eve bash with burlesque performances, refreshments and DJ entertainment. [8 p.m., 495 Geary St., S.F.]

The Big One: The Flaming Lips headline the huge concert lineup, which also includes Ratatat, Tycho, Gramatik, Geographer, Xxyyxx, Gigamesh, Kraak & Smaak, Shigeto, Worthy, Pumpkin, Thriftworks, Christopher Willits, Will Clarke, Motion Potion, Late Night Radio and Krakinov. [8 p.m., Bill Graham Civic, 99 Grove St., S.F.]

New Year’s Eve Comedy Fiesta-Latino Power Edition: Marga Gomez Lydia Popovich, Monica Palacios, Chris Storin, Baruch Porras-Hernandez and Betty Pazmiño do standup in a holiday show to benefit Brava! For Women in the Arts and Brava Theater Center, [9 p.m., 2781 24th St., S.F.]

USS Hornet Museum New Year’s Eve Gala: Dancing to live big-band music aboard the historic aircraft-carrier-turned-museum is the main event of the party, which also includes a countdown to midnight and silent auction. [7:30 p.m., 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3, Alameda]

Shanghai Jazz Soirée: The New Year’s Eve party offers fine cuisine, music and dancing in the style of Shanghai’s Old Jazz Era, but with a modern twist. [Seating at 6 and 9 p.m., Crystal Jade, 4 Embarcadero Center, #1, S.F.]

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