We can think of no better remedy for Valentine’s season than some serious knife-gargling, a couple of jiggly boobies, and a whole lot of belly laughs. Understanding the gravity of our need, Trainwreck Cabaret has gathered together some of the Bay Area’s finest. Sword-swallower Hernan Cortez has been presenting street performance since the early days of punk rock, when he put on illegal shows in the DMV parking lot; today, he gulps down steel as if it were better than a 40-ouncer, leaving crowds at Fisherman’s Wharf speechless. L.A. transplant Ruby White is co-founder of San Francisco’s Sugar Shack, a favorite of Red Hots Burlesque, and one of the sassiest gals to dance with a man-sized lollie. Eloisa Bravo is an irrepressible Venezuelan comedienne whose burning desire for a baby has led her to pose as a crack whore and carry a jarred fetus into Macy’s for Christmas photos with Santa. Tonight’s bill also includes a faux queen, an opera singer, a trombone player, a puppeteer, and a regular from NPR’s Snap Judgment. Unless you’ve suddenly developed hedonophobia -- the excessive and persistent fear of pleasure of any kind -- every one of them will make you laugh until fluid comes out of your nose.
Thu., Feb. 23, 8 p.m., 2012