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Your guide to North Bay end-of-year festivities




Ring in the new year with lots of laughs at the all-comedy cabaret with Sandy and Richard Riccardi at 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa. The Riccardis riff on menopause, social consciousness and their cracked road to marital bliss at 7pm ($25) and 10pm ($40–$50). 52 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.3544.

The Petaluma Museum hosts its sixth annual New Year's Eve gala from 7pm to 10pm. Celebrate with a concert by violinist Yun Chu, cellist Shu Yi Pai, pianist Elizabeth Walter and Nancy Severance on viola will perform selected works of Beethoven and Dvorak. Petaluma Creamery and Russian River Vineyards' fine wines and cheeses will be served complimentary. Guests also have the option to purchase preferred tickets with "elite beverage service." Prices go up as the event nears. $35–$70. 20 Fourth St., Petaluma. 707.778.4398.

Dance in the new year at the Flamingo Resort. Party in two rooms of music and dancing, with a special reunion performance of Crossfire in the Grand Ballroom. Top DJs include DJ Don Dada and DJ JMag in the Lounge, spinning continuous dance tracks before the countdown ball falls. The event features a cash bar, and tickets are available online or at the door for $55. Doors at 8pm; show starts at 9:30pm. 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.

BLUES BROTHERS Tommy Castro’s band rocks the Mystic Theatre.
  • BLUES BROTHERS Tommy Castro’s band rocks the Mystic Theatre.

Get bluesy this New Year's Eve with Tommy Castro and the Painkillers at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma ($41). This guitar-driven blues band is known for putting on a great show, and there will be a special guest performance with Keith Crossan and Nancy Wright. 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. Doors at 8pm; shows starts at 9pm. 707.765.2121.

Get a leg up on your New Year's fitness resolution with the Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen on Jan. 1. As a part of the national "First Day Hikes" movement sponsored by America's state parks, the free event will be offering a series of hikes for all fitness levels this year that take hikers through the mixed evergreen forest up to a summit offering sweeping vistas of Sonoma Valley for the more experienced. 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. 707.938.5216.

For those looking to end the year with some serious groove time, swing by HopMonk Sebastopol for "Brainstorm New Year's Eve: The Time of our Minds" event from Daniel K Presents. The event will feature multi-genre dance music, hip-hop and dub-step with performances by Wick It, Stylust Beats and more. This high-energy celebration starts at 9pm and is 21 and over. $30 early bird; $35 advanced purchase; $40 at the door. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.7300

Hip-hop is not forgotten in Sonoma County this year with New Year Steeze at the Whiskey Tip in Santa Rosa. A-Plus and Casual from Oakland's legendary Hieroglyphics crew will perform, and well as M.C. Radio Active and more, killing it with conscious hip hop, indie rap, and electronic music all night long. With a complimentary whiskey toast at midnight, the event is $20 pre-sale online and $30 at the door. 8pm–2am. 1910 Sebastopol Road. 707.495.9351.

Jazz lovers, ring in the New Year at Guerneville's Main Street Station with artist Frankye Kelley, a Grammy-nominated singer who will perform a series of jazz standards as well as a few familiar blues tunes. $20–$35. This venue also has a dining option before the show. 16280 Main St. 707.869.0501

There's sing-a-long music at Redwood Cafe in Cotati. The evening starts with the crowd singing Beatles hits at 8pm with lyrics provided (free), and at 9:30pm the dancing starts with the GrooveMatics ($10). Get ready for classic rock, Motown, and the blues. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. 707.795.7868.

Enjoy some R&B and rap this New Year's Eve at the Tradewinds in Cotati. DJ J.Lately will be headlining, and getting everyone ready for a midnight toast. No cover charge. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy. 707.795.7878.

PARIS CALLING The Cinnabar Theater stages  ‘Edith Piaf.’
  • PARIS CALLING The Cinnabar Theater stages ‘Edith Piaf.’

For something different, explore the life and times of Edith Piaf in Cinnabar Theater's play Edith Piaf: Beneath Paris Skies. This performance recreates Piaf's unlikely road from the brothels of Paris to stardom in the 1930s. Musical accompaniment by a five-piece band completes the experience. On New Year's Eve only, enjoy desserts before the show, party favors and a Champagne toast at midnight. $55–$65. 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.763.8920.


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