The Hypnodrome's Night of Erotic Appetizers
Thrillpeddlers presents The Hypnodrome's Night of Erotic Appetizers, an unabashed Valentine to the erotic and unexpected. Under the influence of "tested and true" aphrodisiacs prepared live on-stage and served up hot, guests sample acts from Thrillpeddlers' upcoming season of Hypnodrome Head Trips (opening March 1).
COBRA is John Zorn's most popular work in a series of "game pieces." Similar to the way John Cage's pieces legitimized outsiders doing crazy things in the name of music through the '60's and '70s, Cobra seems to have served the community of forward-looking individualists into the 21st Century. It is his most often performed composition, heard all over the world either secretly or publicly. The balance of block downbeats, improvisational games, role playing and tactical details seems to often heat performances into a kind of fever. You can learn a lot about someone watching them play Cobra. At its worst it can become psychodrama. At its best it's like magic. Not only is every performance completely unique in mood and sound, each group of players is different every night. The ensemble may include members of Disappear Incompletely, Telepathy, Space Heater, Turtle Island String Quartet, Sizemix, Realistic Orchestra, Gubbish, Embryonic.
Next up, WEIMAR VALENTINE. Perhaps only Kander and Ebb's Cabaret has contributed more to the resurgence of Weimar cult culture than Mel Gordon's book Voluptuous Panic: The Erotic World of Weimar. Part professor, part tour guide, part pimp and all showman, Gordon's vivid non-fiction writing, lectures, and performances deliver a view of Weimar beyond most thrill seekers fantasies. Gordon has since penned two biographies on luminaries of that period: The Seven Addictions and Five Professions of Anita Berber and Hanussen: Hitler's Jewish Clairvoyant. Gordon's research goes beyond the written word, so working at The Hypnodrome serving up aphrodisiac recipes from Magnus Hirschfeld's Sexology Museum (including Wild Bride Drink, Sperm Tripler, and the same empanadas that Montezuma served to his harem), screening a Fox Movietone Newsreel not seen since 1926 and recreating the choreography of modern dance femme fatale Anita Berber is all par for the course.
In 1958, Le Theatre du Grand Guignol got more ink for ORGY IN THE LIGHTHOUSE, albeit in American men's magazines, than it had since it's heyday in the 1920s. Shocking even by today's standards, Orgy's tale of lust, shame and a religious zeal that turns to murder is a perfect fit for Thrillpeddlers and playwright Eddie Muller. Russell Blackwood directs Yusef Lambert, Eric Tyson Wertz, Larkin Boero, Leah Dashe and Joseph Holmes from the cast of the upcoming Hypnodrome Head Trips.
The Hypnodrome is located at 575 10th Street (between Bryant and Division) in the SOMA district of San Francisco. For more information call 415-377-4202 or visit www.hypnodrome.com.
575 10th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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