HELL ON WHEELS AT THE CASTRO THEATRE AND BEYOND!!!
Well, the first "Freaky Friday" night at the Castro Theater was a whole lot of fun! Alan and Milford decided not to join us, but from the minute that Ing, Christopher and I met up we had a blast. ...As did about a zillion other people. The Castro almost had a full house! A cute guy from some radio show or something hosted the evening and it was much fun.
As I mentioned in an earlier post -- the opening feature of The Roller Disco Extravaganza was ROLLER BOOGIE!!! This was so much fun to watch. Some of the audience members came in vintage short shorts with roller skates hanging from their shoulders! (no skating was allowed in the theater! D'oh!) ---- And everyone had much to yell up at the screen and one couldn't help but clap their hands and hoot for that plucky little woman/child that was Linda Blair circa 1979! But, for me the best moment in the film was Jim Bray's "big solo skate number" to some disco song from hell --- with a heartfelt face filled with passion, great moves and a red form fitting shirt with the glitter letters of "BJ" --- this screen moment brought out the very best and worst of all of us attendance.
As we watched the painfully thin Jim Bray hoist the hot yet somehow pudgy Linda Blair -- Ing and I made a bet. I KNOW I can hoist her up with no problem. Ing is a tiny hot woman! I will be the envy of all the straight guys at the skating rink at Golden Gate Park! However, Ing is quite confident that she can also hoist me up in mid spin! Tho, she has pointed out that she will need a lit cig in the corner of her mouth to do this. That seems fair. My main worry is my natural inclination to be a klutz. I just don't want to drop Ing while we spin about on skates. There was a pair of rainbow glitter suspenders in ROLLER BOOGIE that I just know would resolve all of the problems and challenges in my life. If I could find those suspenders before Ing and I burn cement in Golden Gate -- I think it would help me.
Ing --- Will you be sporting a perm and leg warmers for this experiment?
Anyway, we LOVED the movie -- and stayed on for XANADU. Reggie joined us for the screening of Xanadu. As it turned out, one or possibly two of us had never seen the "artistry" that is XANADU -- so some roller disco cherries were broken along with taste barriers.
...just moments before we were to be Xanaduzzed.
We all marveled at the way cool cinematic effects of highlighting women glad in Hollie Hobbie meets Flash Dance fashions with yellow and blue lines. It was pretty trippy. XANADU drew in the most people. We even had to move up to the balcony so that we could all sit together. The best moments were when several hundred people suddenly discovered the hidden homoerotic tension between Gene Kelly and the guy from THE WARRIORS. Oh, and Micheal Beck's hot red short shorts where we could clearly something that he wanted us to see but didn't want us to know that he knew we could see it. And, when Olivia Newton-John asked Gene Kelly if anyone cared about her opinion, a couple of happy San Francisco folks chirped, "NO!" to the screen. However, the absolute highlight of the screening was when everyone lit up their lighters and cell phones waving them thru the air as Olivia crooned to Zeus that she was totally suspended in time! It was, well, magic.
As hard as I tried to convince Ing, Christopher and Reggie that we really needed to stay on to see Marsha Brady, Scott Baio AND Ruth Buzzie burn the screen in SKATETOWN USA -- the holy grail of roller disco movies (it has never been on DVD or VHS!) they could not be persuaded --- all three claimed that they had to be up bright and early. Damn! I so wanted to be set on fire by the 70's heaviness that was Scott Baio...
So, we headed across the street to Daddy's (a really classy establishment that just might be sort of gay) where we hung out till it closed. So much for getting to bed early. But, I hanging out was more fun than the movies! However, I was meeting Kevin at Noon to show him 'round San Francisco. And, I was sort of a walking zombie. But, it was fun. We mostly hung out in The Haight. ...and, I took the picture below because I am fascinated by these "art" --- what is it? ...and, why? Does anyone know????
Well, hopefully Kevin doesn't think me a total dullard and I hope that Ing, Christopher and Reggie were able to function at their respective jobs today!
OK -- hope everyone is having a great weekend! As Cher once sang for ROLLER BOOGIE -- "...rock out!"