Anyone who lives in San Francisco or who follows the Amoeblog already knows that Peaches Christ's Midnight Mass movie series is a thing of legendary status and that, along with everything else that the drag icon and her Backlash Production Company produces, rightfully commands a large & loyal following in San Francisco as well as the other cities and countries the traveling show has visited. But the upcoming July 1st special screening of Purple Rain at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre may top all other Peaches Christ events to date.
In addition to the 35mm film presentation of Purple Rain (already a proven Midnight Mass favorite) and the guaranteed entertaining Purple Pre-Show, the event will also feature none other than Apollolina herself who starred alongside Prince in the 1984 film. Apollonia, the actress, singer, and former model who was born Patricia Kotero, will be Peaches' live guest for both a Q&A session and a post show meet-and-greet. Yesterday I caught up with Peaches Christ to ask about what fashion tips she might have for attendees of this special event and also what she thinks will be some of the favorite movie scenes with the audience at the Castro on July 1st? "All of the musical numbers tend to be the best scenes at our screening, especially the finale when the big concert finale breaks into 'I Would Die 4 U.' The audience goes nuts!" said Peaches Christ - the alter ego of accomplished drag performer, emcee, filmmaker, and actor Joshua Grannell who began the ever popular Midnight Mass series at the Bridge Theater in SF back in the late nineties.
"I also think any scene with Apollonia is going to be super exciting at the upcoming screening especially her skinny dipping in Lake Minnetonka, and 'Sex Shooter' because the one and only Apollonia will be in the house," said Peaches Christ adding that, "And the Wendy & Lisa fight scene is also another favorite." Also a sure crowd pleaser, no doubt, will be the Purple pre-show performance which is billed as featuring the "flawed, tragic sidekick Martiny as "The Dove" and the legendary Putanesca in a triple-threat tour de fierce performance." And of course the audience, as always, will be an integral part of the night too. But what clothing or accessories in particular does Peaches Christ recommend people wear to Purple Rain? "As far as fashion items- folks definitely wanna think about wearing loads of lace and lingerie. Basically, it would be wholly appropriate for folks to come in their best sexy underwear," replied Peaches, continuing. "Clothes are overrated! Don't even wear clothes. We wanna see purple bras, fishnets, lace gloves, stiletto heels, hair-sprayed up big ass hair, loads of make-up, and lots of sex appeal. Sluts rule the school tonight!"
Purple Rain with Apollonia: July 1st at the Castro Theatre: 229 Castro Street near Market, San Francisco., CA 94114 Doors open at 7pm. Showtime 8pm. Tickets range from $23 (general admission online in advance) to $25 at door day of show (box office opens 2pm day of show), to the Glamorous Life VIP TICKET which at $43 is a really good deal since it not only includes early preferred theater seating but a lot of cool extras such as two cocktails at the "Sex Shooter Saloon" in the Castro Mezzanine and signed Purple Rain program. Whichever tix you get it is recommended you cop em early online since this show will likely be a sellout event. Buy tix online here.