Also riding the underground transcontinental railway from Brooklyn to San Francisco, "Duality: When East Meets West" presents Professor Shehab, Dub Gabriel, and Dr. Israel's Brooklyn Jungle Soundsystem. As unequivocal masters of Eastern dub, any one of these artists would be worth the price of admission; together, they will generate a night of urban mysticism and temple beats unparalleled, even by previous "Duality" parties. Professor Shehab -- founding father of Wordsound Recordings, the Baraka Foundation, and the Middle Eastern dub movement as a whole -- has released works by Genesis P. Orridge, Robert Anton Wilson, Paul Bowles and Brion Gysin, Umar Bin Hassan, Dr. Israel, and Mark Pistel as well as his own metaphysical soundscapes created by the Baraka Orchestra and Samsara Sound System. His most recent offering, Ritual of Carousel, is both gritty and sublime, conjuring the dusty alleyways just outside the incense's reach. As Shehab's most promising progeny, Boston-born Dub Gabriel discovered his heart's home in New York, where for the last four years he has been producer and main draw of the now-legendary Brooklyn Massive parties; his hypnotic and hookah-laden beats have become such a significant part of the landscape that even wanks like Britney Spears, Natalie Portman, and Denis Leary have paid him to lend cred to their private parties. As one of the first recording artists to combine hip hop, jungle, and reggae, Dr. Israel needs little introduction. Between touring with Bill Laswell and Jah Wobble and making guest appearances on records for Sepultura and Rancid, Dr. Israel moonlights with the Brooklyn Jungle Soundsystem, a collective that heats up late-night club gigs and college workshops with equal parts instinct and inspiration. Our own DJs Soulsalaam, Sep, and Shawna will also be performing along with Mark Deutsch at "Duality," held on Friday, Feb. 13, at 111 Minna at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15-25; call 974-1719.
The first installment of "3 Drops of Blood," the semimonthly performance night curated by Ali Tabatabai, includes Gamelan Sekar Jaya, the world's pre-eminent off-island Balinese gamelan orchestra; Koichi Tamano, founder and director of Harupin-Ha Butoh Dance Theatre; Nanos Operetta, a new music ensemble that combines elements of ethnic music, film scores, modern chamber orchestration, cartoon themes, and cabaret into meditations on the themes of love, disease, and revolution; Melissa Wolfmann, a soprano who has performed with the Fresno Philharmonic, California Opera, and Sofia Grand Opera in Bulgaria, and at the San Francisco NOW Music Festival and Operafestival di Roma; and Pamela Wunderlich, a performance artist and stilt-dancer who has presented her complex portraits of women at the Other Minds New Music Festival, Bumbershoot, and the Los Angeles Zoo. Individually, these artists are spellbinding; together, they will transform your notions of a night out. (It is worth noting that renowned Japanese author Yukio Mishima once considered Koichi Tamano in possession of the most perfect body of all butoh dancers in Tatsumi Hijikata's studio. For his part, Hijikata, the founder of butoh, called Tamano "the bowlegged Nijinsky.") "3 Drops of Blood" will be held on Friday, Feb. 13, at 12 Galaxies at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12-15; call 309-9240.