Courtesy photo<p>Rock out the year: San Francisco's Painted Palms

Courtesy photo<p>Rock out the year: San Francisco's Painted Palms

Dec. 31: Fireworks, Asian Art Museum and more

Who's in town

Jazz icon Maceo Parker, who has played with artists from James Brown to the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Prince, is performing. [8 p.m. regular show, 10 p.m. show for SFJAZZ members only, SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Holiday

Ring a bell: Asian Art Museum visitors are invited to ring a 2,100-pound, 16th-century bell as part of a Buddhist tradition marking the start of the new year. [11:30 a.m., Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Kwanzaa: The sixth day of Kwanzaa, kuumba, recognizes the principle of creativity. Events include a performance by the Blues Riders. [1 p.m., Western Addition Family Resources Center, 1390 Turk St., S.F.; kwanzaasanfrancisco.com]

Classical concert: The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra is performing works by Mozart, Prokofiev and Mendelssohn. [8 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing St., Berkeley]

Goodbye to classic bar: The Lexington Club, a lesbian bar slated to shut its doors after 18 years in the Mission, is celebrating its last New Year's Eve with DJs and a free Champagne toast at midnight. [8 p.m., Lexington Club, 3464 19th St., S.F.]

Midnight runner: The Mad Dash to Midnight 1-mile and 5-kilometer runs, which take place entirely inside the climate-controlled environs of the mall, are raising money for the food bank and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Entrants recieve a holiday mug full of apple cider for the 11:59 p.m. countdown. [11 p.m. 1-mile race, 11:15 p.m. 5K race, Northgate Mall, 5800 Northgate Drive, San Rafael]

Embarcadero fireworks: A free fireworks show behind the Ferry Building greets the new year along The Embarcadero. [11:59 p.m., Market Street and The Embarcadero, S.F.]

At the public library

Snack and play: Children can enjoy a free, healthy snack and play with construction sets. [3 p.m., Children's Center, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Family day: The Lawrence Hall of Science is celebrating the new year 10 hours early with family activities, a peek at time zones around the world courtesy of the “Science on a Sphere” exhibit, and a 2 p.m. balloon drop. [Noon-2 p.m., Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley, 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley]

Local activities

Skate on: The Church of 8 Wheels is celebrating its “rolligion,” a church-turned-roller rink. [8 p.m., Church of 8 Wheels, 554 Fillmore St., S.F.]

New music: Soul-rock-funk group Con Brio is headlining a bill that also includes Midtown Social and Will Magid. [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Comedy show: Doug Benson, Fortune Feimster, W. Kamau Bell, Sammy Obeid and more are joining forces for an all-star bill of stand-up comedy; the second show of the evening includes a Champagne toast at midnight. [7 and 10 p.m., Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Rock out the year: San Francisco's Painted Palms, which appeared at the Treasure Island Music Festival earlier this year, plays indie-pop music. Waterstrider and Blood Sister open the show. [10 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

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