The House of Tudor

Nothing like Valentine's Day to remind you of all the losers who have paraded through your life under the guise of love. Good thing you're living in a town that appreciates the very un-Hallmark sentiments that this holiday can evoke. Join Klubstitute for its seventh anniversary with "My Bitter Valentine." Among other things (including nearly a dozen drag/cabaret performers and DJs Deena Davenport and Lars), your hosts David Hawkins and Ruby Toosday will invite you to Whack-An-Ex. Pin a photo of an ex- (or current) lover on a hanging stuffed dummy, grab a stick, and get the closure you so desperately need. This twisted anti-Valentine's benefits David Jude's upcoming film RequieM3Diet, a biography of Klubstitute founder Diet Popstitute. Kisses all around on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 10 p.m. at the Chameleon, 853 Valencia. Tickets are $4-8; call 331-1500 ext. DIET. ... Completely despite itself and for the first time in nearly 30 years, the Fillmore Auditorium has discovered underground music. blasthaus -- the interdisciplinary gallery that brought us the last show by Emergency Broadcast System -- takes over the "Fillmore Sessions" to present "electrosphere." This full evening of electronica will explore all the latest trends -- ambient, techno, jungle, dub, drum 'n' bass, ambient dub, ambient techno, trip hop, illbient, electro, and so on -- that make up this genre's complex musical landscape. In the main hall, DJs Jonah Sharp (Space Time Continuum), Daum (Freaky Shakra), and Jenkins (XLR8R) will make sense and beauty of it all before and after live performances by Reflective recording artist Velocette and oobe music's Astral Matrix. As can be expected with most blasthaus events, an intensive visual show will accompany the music, including found films by renegade director Craig Baldwin and slide collages by Mark Johns. Futurist clothing designers Deep Spacetime will present a fashion show/performance installation of their most recent line of space suits and body gear made with patented "hologramic textiles." Upstairs, technophiles are invited to explore the "anti-gravity" room where DJs Professor Smith, Payload Specialist, and Alaura add atmosphere to a number of electronic art installations including computer-controlled light sculptures by Milton Komisar and tesla coils by Austin Richards. It all happens Saturday, Feb. 15, at 9 p.m. at the Fillmore, 1805 Geary. Tickets are $10; call 789-8212 ext. 1. Keep your eyes open for the new and improved, bigger and better blasthaus space opening in April. ... In a city where dance floors vibrate (see the tactile sound system featured at H.E.A.R.'s benefit "Vibe-O-Thon" on Friday, Feb. 14, at the International Center Ballroom; call (510) 594-1400), it takes more than good music to pull a crowd -- or so says Solo Productions, which hosts this week's Psychedelic Freak Show. OK, we've all heard of crowd-surfing, but with real surfboards? C'mon, this is the next big thing. Of course, the concert will also include your standard psychedelic light show, Baroque dance troupe (Dance Through Time), fetish fashions, face-painting, tarot reading, whips-and-chains love room, snake charming, West African drum troupe (Djela Barra), live muralist, and the ever elusive, always important to have at a gig Straitjacket Guy. If that isn't enough, Solo has also put together one doozy of a musical bill: M.I.R.V., Undercover S.K.A., Marginal Prophets, Stark Raving Brad, Insecto, Lilyvolt, and Masopust. The Freak Show will use both the Paradise Lounge and the Transmission Theater spaces on Saturday, Feb. 15, starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10-11; call 861-6906.

-- Silke Tudor

 
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