Look at these people. They are very funny people from the past.
It was the best of times, before anyone had even invented Hoxton. Late 60s/early 70s San Francisco, the birth of the Gay Liberation movement where hippies met drag queens met sex maniacs and AIDS had never been heard of.
Cue Sylvester, cue the early Pointer Sisters (still channelling the Andrews Sisters), cue the fabulous Cockettes, a troupe of trouble-makers, whose performance pieces still hold a powerful influence over a new generation of Hoxton queens. Now you can see what all the fuss was about and maybe rub a shoulder with some famouses. Come find out all about it…
It all goes down on the 4th August at the luxurious Electric Cinema in Portobello Road and don’t just think you’re going to walk in, buy some hi-fat/hi-carb snacks, sit, watch some ads, then The Cockettes and then make your way off to the pub. No, sir!
It all starts at Portobello Green at 11.30pm, where there will be a candlelit procession – in Cockettes costume (glitter beards, more chiffon than Barbara Cartland) should you so wish – to the Electric Cinema. Once there, with alcohol in hand, you can watch the documentary on such productions as Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma as well as five short films by Johnnyblueeyes and Seth Kirby. And then, when the lights have come up, there will be a surprise performance, which we will leave to your imagination. Expect art-house celebs, too much fashion and general misbehaviour.
The whole night is being thrown (and thrown hard!) in aid of Shuktara, a charity that helps children in Calcutta, and seats (there are only 100, so act now) cost just £15 a pop (that’s a minimum donation, you can pay more should you wish). Not just a night out but a historical and religious experience. Phone 020 8748 4880 and leave your details to reserve seats or go to www.myspace.com/yesiamdear.