courtesy photoPete Escovedo and his Latin Jazz Orchestra perform a New Year’s Eve show filled with salsa and celebration. Champagne

courtesy photoPete Escovedo and his Latin Jazz Orchestra perform a New Year’s Eve show filled with salsa and celebration. Champagne

December 31: NYE salsa show and other SF events

Who’s in town

Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke is among the guests performing at the San Francisco Symphony’s 2014 New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball. [9 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Museums

California Academy of Sciences: Attractions include planetarium shows, the Steinhart Aquarium and “Rainforests of the World.” Also today: an appearance by Claude, the albino alligator (10 a.m.). [9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Museo ItaloAmericano: “Unescoitalia,” a traveling photography exhibition showing Italy’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, is on view. [Noon to 4 p.m., Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Tours

Flower power: Foot Tours presents “Flashback: Summer of Love, Winter of Discontent,” a Haight-Ashbury tour exploring the rise and fall of hippie culture. [11 a.m., meet at Haight and Cole streets, S.F.; RSVP: www.foottours.com]

Market Street: San Francisco City Guides hosts its “Historic Market Street: Path of Gold” tour, which explores San Francisco’s first boulevard and the history it represents. [1:30 p.m., meet at Landmark Building, 1 Market St., S.F.]

Movies

Singin’ in the Rain: Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds dance up a storm in this 1952 movie classic spoofing the transitional period from silents to talkies. [2, 4:15 and 6:30 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Community

Kwanzaa events: Kwanzaa celebrations continue around town: Today’s slate includes a dance event (1 p.m., Hamilton Recreation Center, 1900 Geary Blvd., S.F. ) and a spoken-word performance (6 p.m., Marcus Books, 1712 Fillmore St., S.F.). [www.kwanzaasanfrancisco.com]

At the public library

Black athletes: The exhibition, titled “They Were First,” celebrates black athletes. Also on view: “Breaking the Barriers: The ATA and Black Tennis Pioneers.” [9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Skylight Gallery, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Preschool films: The program features short films based on children’s picture stories, for ages 3 to 5. [10:15 a.m., Marina Branch, 1890 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Latin festivities

Pete Escovedo and his Latin Jazz Orchestra perform a New Year’s Eve show filled with salsa and celebration. Champagne, dancing and a balloon drop follow. [9 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Stage musical: A special performance of “Foodies! The Musical” benefits Theatre Rhinoceros. The stage show, by Morris Bobrow, pokes fun at Americans’ eating habits. [8 p.m., Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Comedy benefit: “Brava’s New Year’s Eve Comedy Fiesta,” benefiting Brava Theater Center, features comedy, Champagne, party hats and DJ Mark Mark. Marga Gomez headlines the show. [9 p.m., Brava, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Locally made: The “Not Your Normal New Year’s Eve” show features homegrown comedy talent. Jill Bourque and Brian Copeland host the event, which also includes music and balloons. [8 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Ring it in: The Asian Art Museum hosts its Japanese New Year Bell Ringing Ceremony. A 2,100-pound 16th-century bronze bell is struck 108 times to symbolically ward off dangerous desires. [11:30 a.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Ame Restaurant: The New Year’s Eve menu ($150 to $175) is available today. Dishes include sashimi and tartare of big-eye tuna; celery-root soup; fricassee of Maine lobster; and New York strip steak and crispy sweetbreads. [689 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 284-4040]arts

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