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Lord, Have Mercy! 

Wednesday, Jun 13 2012
Sundays in the deep South were once governed by something called "blue laws" (and for all we know they still are). On the Christian (er, Protestant) sabbath, retailers were forbidden from selling liquor – and most were prohibited from being open at all. San Francisco must have its own set of reverse blue laws (maybe akin to "blue movies") because what else would explain such an unholy production as Hubba Hubba Revue moving from its usual gritty SoMa home to a swanky North Beach club on the Lord's Day? The master of ceremonies -- a man called Kingfish who has promoted this local collection of thrills, laughs, and skin for years -- calls it the 3-Ring Ruckus, and it will include table seating, cocktails, and a dinner menu. Sounds fancy, huh? Well hold on just a minute while we tell you the rest. According to Kingfish, "There will be knife-throwing, sword-swallowing, pole acrobatics, classic striptease, hula-hoopery, comedy jokes, an absolutely fabulous bellydance troupe, and, of course, a gorilla." That last part would be Gorilla X, the co-host. In other words, "We'll still be our usual tawdry selves," says he. Except fancy. To name names: Tonight's knife-thrower is a dare-devil named Molotov, the pole acrobat is one Kara Nova, burlesquers include Dixie DeLish as well as Mynx D'Meanor and Miss Balla Fire, and the hypnotic shimmying is provided by Ooh-La-La Bellydance. The show hasn't started yet, but the high-end environs might already be going to Kingfish's head. "Will we be the next Teatro ZinZanni?" he asks, starry eyed. "Only time will tell!"
Sun., June 17, 8 p.m., 2012

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