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Published on December 26th, 2010 | by Ruth


SF Rings in 2011 With A Bang

With New Year’s Eve on­ly a mere cou­ple of weeks away, we thought you might want some ideas on how to spend the night with your loved ones, friends, or fren­e­mies. We have gath­ered a cou­ple of ideas to bring you 2011 mag­ic in the city that knows how to throw a par­ty and throw it well.

For those twen­ty-one and up, we sug­gest a night of be­ing on ev­ery­thing in­clud­ing roller skates thanks to Black Rock Roller Dis­co. The New Years Eve Roller Dis­co at CELLspace pro­vides the tunes and skate rentals. Al­so en­cour­aged; dress­ing up in dis­co or new wave at­tire. John Tra­vol­ta, any­one? For on­ly $10, skate your way in­to a New Year. Fun starts at 8 pm and we ap­plaud any­thing glow in the dark.

The West­in St. Fran­cis in Union Square trans­forms lit­er­al­ly in­to an­oth­er world for NYE. We sug­gest check­ing outPass­port to the World for a daz­zling and en­tranc­ing view in­to mul­ti­ple themes. You will feel like you are walk­ing in­to an­oth­er con­ti­nent with six dif­fer­ent-themed rooms and ten ar­eas like  Eu­rope, Asia, or even the North Pole. Mul­ti­ple DJ’s and bands will be per­form­ing along with a fash­ion show. Tick­ets range from $150-$225 per per­son de­pend­ing on if you want to roll like a V.I.P. Don’t de­lay in get­ting your tick­ets though as they tend to go up in price. Se­mi-for­mal at­tire re­quired, black tie op­tion­al. Drink­ing, pre­ferred.

If you de­sire an un­der­wa­ter theme for New Year’s and are not part of the Lit­tle Mer­maid cast, don’t dis­pare. The “Coun­course Cen­ter” changes in­to a ver­i­ta­ble sea world that would make sea urchins proud. Sea of Dreamswhich has graced SF with its pres­ence since 2001, is themed “GALAXSEA” this year and fea­tures more than sound, but  vi­su­al eye can­dy and a high­ly stim­u­lat­ing (es­pe­cial­ly with a few cock­tails) ex­pe­ri­ence. You will be amazed at the sheer won­der­ment of it all. From a cabaret to a tea room, this is a one stop par­ty for any­one’s eclec­tic tastes. For any­one eigh­teen and old­er. We sug­gest get­ting your tick­ets soon as many are sold out, but we found some still avail­able from $85-$150.

Noth­ing says ring­ing in the New Year like a yacht par­ty. Board a $4 mil­lion swanky ship and toast to an even bet­ter fu­ture. A Mid­night Af­fair-Yacht Par­ty at the

Fume Blanc Com­modore at Pier 40 says bling-bling all by it­self. Suits and cock­tail dress­es are a req­ui­site to this par­ty as it is a salute to Hol­ly­wood’s Gold­en Age. Choose from three dif­fer­ent floors of mu­sic and DJ’s that will have you glad you put on your danc­ing shoes. We can’t for­get a stun­ning view of fire­works com­pli­ments of the “Em­bar­cadero Fire­works Show” . Prices range from $80-$150 de­pend­ing on if you want to in­clude an open bar and the af­ter­par­ty at Ru­by Skye on your tab.

The 25th An­nu­al Japanese New Year Bell Ring­ing Cer­e­mo­ny at the “Asian Arts Mu­se­um” is a fla­vor­ful and fun event for fam­i­lies. You can strike a tem­ple bell; in this case a 2,100 pound, six­teenth-cen­tu­ry Japanese bronze bell. As how tra­di­tion goes, it must be struck one hun­dred and eight times with a cus­tom log. This tra­di­tion re­ver­ber­at­ed from Japanese cus­tom which brings in the new year with joy and peace and hin­der mor­tal de­sire that an­guish hu­mankind. Guests will al­so have the op­por­tu­ni­ty to en­joy the spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion, “Be­yond Gold­en Clouds: Five Cen­turies of Japanese Screens”. Chil­dren twelve and un­der are ad­mit­ted FREE.

An­oth­er great way to spend time with the fam is at the “Ac­tor’s The­atre” with Com­e­dy On The Square Pre­sents Frisco Fred’s Mag­ic & More New Year’s Eve Fam­i­ly Show There will be two shows; one at 7:30, one at ten. Frisco Fred has be­come a world­wide name and per­formed at the NY Com­e­dy Fes­ti­val along with oth­er high­ly ac­claimed events. Tout­ed as the “The world’s on­ly near­sight­ed co­me­di­an/ma­gi­cian/jug­gler/es­cape-artist/tightrope walk­er”, he is sure to im­press even the most skep­ti­cal au­di­ence mem­ber. Tick­ets are $40.


About the Author

The ampersand tattoo on her shoulder goes a long way towards explaining Ruth's outlook on life: there's always an "and." With TrulyNet, Ruth enjoys working on social media and writing... and editing... and... Ruth went to the University of Oregon, where she studied music, dance and cognitive psychology (and sleeping very little). While there, she designed classes and taught arts enrichment to talented and gifted grade-school students. After graduation, Ruth spent several years as a Market Analyst at a large law firm in New York. Feeling the pull back to the west coast, Ruth moved to San Francisco and worked for Stanford for a year before deciding to focus on her passion for the arts. Ruth spends more time on Facebook that she cares to admit. When not attached to the computer, working for TrulyNet, or dancing, Ruth rock climbs, knits, swims, obsessively plays Boggle, plays games, plays tennis, cooks, sips beer, wine and whiskey, and travels seeking adventure.

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