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The House of Tudor 

Wednesday, Sep 17 1997
Last year, the clubgoing populace was inundated with more swing-side posturing than one could shake a swizzle stick at. But as the cigar smoke settles, it's comforting to realize that nightlife is just as reactionary as politics. The pendulum inevitably swings (no pun intended) back. The highly stylized, refined, clean, composed, law-abiding jitterbug fantasy is evaporating, and in its place stands a leering, slobbering, bulging-eyed ... clown. That's right, circuses have become what supper clubs were in 1995. Really. Entertainment visionaries have been laying the groundwork all year (see Circuss Redickuless, Idiot Flesh, Big Top 23). By September 1998, every hipster in town will possess his or her very own bulbous red clown nose. (It's not much stranger than carrying a 10-inch cigarette holder.) Can't you see it? Freaks will replace lounge lizards; geeks will replace scenesters; tiny bicycles will replace vintage Skylarks; striped tights and orange wigs will replace fishnet hose and pillbox hats; instead of asking strangers to dance, you'll just squirt water in their eyes. It'll be zany good fun, as anyone who attended last May's Freakshow can attest. This installment promises what every good sideshow should: Sex! Blood! Danger! Wonder! Laughter! And toast-making lessons! Outlandish costumes will be worn by one and all (the better your outfit, the cheaper your ticket), and the Freakshow performers will go to San Francisco-extremes to startle and amaze. If the main attraction doesn't slake your thirst for merriment, dance the night away with members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence while DJ/promoter Cougar Cash spins a curious selection of tunes (Curtis Mayfield, Chemical Brothers, Herb Alpert, DJ Food, Rick James, Barry White, Debbie Harry). For those feeling ill-equipped for the evening, fire-breathing lessons will be offered at the beginning of the night. The Freakshow will be held at Club 181 on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 10 p.m. Tickets are $7-12; call 565-0925.

Ever wonder what Annie Hall would look like today? By now, Annie (Diane Keaton) would live in San Francisco, where face tattoos and genital piercings are second nature; quirky ties would have been replaced with platform tennis shoes and eyebrow glitter. After 20 years, Alvy (Woody Allen) ventures out of his borough to attempt a reunion with Annie. Therein the comedy ensues. This is the vision of the Co-Dependent Comedy Couple, comprising Sally Dana and Randy Paulos, whom you may recognize from their five-year run with Bar None. Dana has since gone on tour with drag queen extraordinaire Pussy Tourette, and has taken up singing and playing percussion for the sci-fi exotica outfit Action Plus. Paulos wrote Annie Hauls, and performed his one-act play Frisco Guy at the Cable Car Theater. The two have come together again to perform Annie Hauls and Elaine May's dark comedy Not Enough Rope. The Co-Dependent Comedy Couple perform at Venue 9 Friday through Sunday, Sept. 19-21 and 26-28, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10; call 626-2169.

A green smell sinks into the folds of your clothes as you lie in the grass. The blades poke you in a thousand places and begin to feel like insects crawling through the fine hairs on your arm. A light breeze comes up over the hill carrying the delicate strains of a Javanese bamboo flute called a suling. You pop a slice of overripe mango into your mouth. Stars begin to appear overhead. This is Twilight Gamelan in the Gardens -- not quite paradise, but close. Pusaka Sunda, an orchestra from the western side of Java, fills the open air with a soft, lilting combination of gamelan percussion and suling directed by master player Burhan Sukarma. Soon after, the 35-member ensemble Gamelan Sekar Jaya celebrates music and dance from the smaller island of Bali, where the movement of a dancer's eyes has as much significance as an entire Western eulogy. Twilight Gamelan in the Gardens will be held at Center for the Arts on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. Admission is free; call 789-7690. Folks are encouraged to bring their own mangoes.

Silke Tudor

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