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Cabaret Lunatique at Teatro ZinZanni pays homage to San Francisco

Shanghai Pearl
The Shanghai Pearl
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Teatro ZinZanni has come up with a new sort of show, the Cabaret Lunatique, which was a big hit a few seasons ago. It’s a late-night review showcasing nine of San Francisco’s neighborhoods.

Much madness, wild dancing, singing, circus acts, and somewhat louche suggestions are promised. And how could there be a tribute to San Francisco without a risqué sort of flavor? Throughout the year, Lunatique will celebrate North Beach, the Mission, the Castro, the Haight, the Fillmore, SOMA, the Waterfront, and all of the grand hills that are so famous.

Teatro ZinZanni general manager Patrick Markle is counting on an audience that likes to stay out late. Yes, just like grown-ups. The cabaret will be performed after Teatro’s regular show.

Celebrate Chinatown, which appeared last month, showcased Bay Area talent: comedian Kevin Camia; indie rock band Johnny Hi-Fi; acrobat and magician Calvin Kai Ku; the burlesque queen, The Shanghai Pearl; and guzheng musician Bei Bei Zheng – not to be confused with Bye, Bye, Birdie, presumably. Celebrate North Beach appears April 16, and features more local talent: comedian Jeff Applebaum; Argentine tango interpreters, Trio Garufa, and tango dancers, Julian & Lisette; aerial artist Marina Luna; contortionist Dwoira Scheffer; clown Aji Slater; and burlesque queen Bombshell Betty.

Teatro ZinZanni is keen to donate to numerous charities. They include the Bread & Roses Foundation, the Suicide Prevention League, Huckleberry House, and Sean Penn’s Haitian Relief Foundation.

The venue, which will have to move at the end of the year to make way for the America’s Cup project, is located at Pier 29. 

Cabaret Lunatique at Teatro ZinZanni: Pier 29, 1256 The Embarcadero (at Battery), lobby opens 11:15 p.m., tickets $25–$35 at (415) 438-2668 or

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