San Francisco drag queens mean high camp, fun and fabulosity any time, anywhere but particularly as fall begins and Halloween draws nigh, so Peaches Christ will host Halloween with the San Francisco Symphony and Donna Sachet will help emcee the annual celebrity pool toss at the Tenderloin’s historic Phoenix Hotel and Chambers Restaurant. Peaches, aka Joshua Grannell, hosts the San Francisco Symphony’s Halloween evening of live horror music along with a special performance by Austrian Dorit Chrysler, followed by the participatory ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’. Donna Sachet appears on behalf of a charitable cause to raise money for Tenderloin kids who need a safe place to call home after school and during the summer, the 23rd annual celebrity pool toss fundraiser on Wednesday evening, October 7.
Participate with Peaches at ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’
Chrysler performs on an instrument invented in 1919 which, hauntingly, creates sound without being touched, sort of like Peaches. Chrysler plays the theremin, named after it’s inventor the Russian electro physicist Lev Sergejewitch Termen. The symphony, conducted by Sean O’Loughlin, performs scary music from scary films of various directors and horror genres, including the classics ‘Psycho’, ‘Godzilla’, ‘The Exorcist’ and ‘Poltergeist’. However, Halloween patrons will not just dream it but be it with the screening of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’. The film screens without the accompaniment of the symphony but with the guidance of host Peaches, who helps with audience par-ti-ci-PATION. Check out the tubular set.
Symphony song list
John Williams “Devil’s Dance from The Witches of Eastwick
Bernard Herrmann “Prelude” and “The Murder” from Psycho
Alexandre Desplat Prologue and Main Titles from Godzilla
Howard Shore Main Titles from Ed Wood with Dorit Chrysler, Theremin
Jerry Goldsmith Theme from Basic Instinct
Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells (theme) from The Exorcist
Rodgers & Hammerstein “I Whistle A Happy Tune” from The King & I
Jerry Goldsmith Carol Anne’s Theme from Poltergeist
Danny Elfman (arr. Bartek) Main Title from Beetlejuice
The SF Symphony celebrates the fortieth anniversary of the 1975 cult classic ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’, which most probably know by now features the writer of the show, Richard ‘Riff Raff’ O’Brien. O’Brien, who played the handyman, was born in 1942 in England, making him age 73 this year. O’Brien’s play, with Dr. Frank-N-Furter the transsexual hero resembling Alice Cooper and played by Tim Curry, came out in 1973. The show first appeared live in London then became a film which runs to this day in theaters such as the Clay, the independent theater in the Fillmore. Let’s do the time warp again. The show played at midnight for years at the University Avenue theater near UC Berkeley when it first came out and that theater is now undergoing renovation. The film has survived through the generations and even got some promotion in New Orleans’ French Quarter by costumed young people in one of the best years in the world, 2000. New Orleans used to have the best Halloween anywhere and blood soaked brides and grooms were popular as were Catholic school girls.
TICKETS: $15-$65. Tickets are available at www.sfsymphony.org and at the Davies Symphony Hall Box Office, located on Grove Street between Franklin and Van Ness. Bike riders may lock bikes, with two U locks, in the new bike cage at Civic Center BART, a few blocks away.
Taking a dive with Donna for Tenderloin children
The annual pool toss, which Donna Sachet has hosted for many years, usually brings in for Tenderloin children and their families 250K-300k. The money goes toward the Tenderloin’s After School Program or TASP. TASP gives children a safe place to go after school and in the summer. TASP puts on an African American Festival and a Cinco de Mayo annually. It’s part of a larger non-profit that helps the poorest of San Francisco have a place to feel at home. TNDC uses 31 buildings in several San Francisco neighborhoods, to provide homes and support services. TNDC helps more than 3,400 low-income seniors, families, people with disabilities, emancipated youth and the formerly homeless. Note many of San Francisco’s homeless tend to be gay.
Donna Sachet, who stands 6’4” even without heels, will help host the 23rd annual celebrity pool toss at the Tenderloin’s historic Phoenix Hotel and Chambers Restaurant. San Leandro’s Brian Copeland hosts this year, presiding over everything from belly flops to high dives, cannon balls to swan dives. Confirmed emcees besides Donna Sachet this year include Liam Mayclem, Lenny Broberg, Inspector, Gang Task Force, SFPD; Cheryl Jennings, News Anchor, ABC7/KGO-TV; A.J. Kirsch, Actor, HoodSlam Wrestler & Color Commentator. Gomez and Copeland each as readers may know each have had successful solo comedies at The Marsh on Valencia in the Mission District. Check out the catering and adult beverages.
The Fabulous Bud E. Luv Show, TNDC Celebrity Pool Toss fave
The Great Morgani, accordionist extraordinaire
Earth Circus Productions
and more to be announced soon!
Brenda’s French Soul Foud
Chambers Eat + Drink
Humphrey Solocombe Ice-cream
Jane on Larkin
Montebello Sausage Company
Nob Hill Pizza & Popcorn
Sweet Puff Candy
Blue Moon Brewing Company
Crispin Cider Company—YUM, dry and not too sweet. Watch out.
Deerfield Ranch Winery
Peroni Nastro Azzurro
Hosted bar service with the 2015 signature martini named for 2014 tossee Chesky, CEO of Airbnb, ‘the Airtini’
As for the Phoenix Hotel, 601 Eddy at Larkin and just above the Civic Center BART station, the place used to be frequented by rock bands. The owner Chip Conley knew Bill Graham. Graham would send his bands there partly due to the free massages given to the band managers on site. Prior to this restoration, prostitutes used to do business at the motel. It’s located directly below the towering San Francisco Federal Building with the federal attorney general’s office and federal courts. Meanwhile. Sachet will not be one of the celebrities tossed into the pool to raise money for Tenderloin families. That honor goes to a list including Noreen Beiro, Director of Asset Management, Enterprise Community Investment; Fred Blackwell, CEO, San Francisco Foundation; Tom Booher, Executive Vice President, PNC Bank; Stuart Canning, Director of Development, San Francisco Symphony; Kevin Carroll, Executive Director, Hotel Council of San Francisco; Kevin Causey, President, St. Francis Foundation; Schuyler Hudak, Founder C O R Media; Niki Leondakis and the Women of Commune Hotels + Resorts; Janet Reilly, Co-Founder, Clinic by the Bay; and Susan Smartt, Executive Vice President, Related California Residential. Past tossees include Robin Williams, MC Hammer, Don Johnson, Cheech Marin, Warren Hellman, Betsey Johnson, Bob Weir, Kristi Yamaguchi, Jonny Moseley, Willie Brown, Gavin Newsom, Lou Seal and many more. SF Fitness will be supplying yummy lifeguards.
TNDC Celebrity Pool Toss tickets cost $125 each. Sponsorships start at $500 and go up to $10,000.
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