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.