By Janine Kahn
All Shook Down's weekend kicked off with a time warp and one very sweet transvestite (yes, from Transexual, Transylvania) as we plopped ourselves down for the Ray of Light Theatre's rendition of the Rocky Horror Show. Friday was opening night and Jef Valentine rocked that Frank-N-Furter corset just as magnificently on stage as he did outdoors at the show's Castro Street Fair preview. We've always thought the full-blown musical was more fun than the chaos that is the Picture Show, and the tickets are on the cheap side, so do check it out at the Victoria Theatre while you can.
We joined the hoards of spectators at Dolores Park on Saturday for the Red Bull Soapbox Race. It was a madhouse, but ASD photographer Gretchen Robinette walked away with some fun photos of the some 30 teams skidding down the route, which you can flip through here.
Also on Saturday: Mekuria Getinet made his way to Golden Gate Park to catch Mos Def at the Band Shell Music summit. See snaps from that show over here.
On Sunday, our Sam Heller hopped on the T-Line and was lazily ferried from one dance troupe's performance to the next. The Fifth Annual Trolley Dances were dazzling, with members of the San Diego Dance Theater dipping and diving all over Mission Bay and the Zaccho Dance Theatre zipping down stairs and floating down walls. See Sam's photo set here.
Sunday Night took Music Editor Jennifer Maerz to San Jose for the ageless, timeless Tina Turner, whose self-directed show lasted a whopping three hours:
Her setlist definitely included the Regan Era crowdpleasers ("Better Be Good to Me," "What’s Love Got to Do with It," "Private Dancer"). But the foray into the '80s didn't stop there. In one of the best skits of the night, the stage was transformed into a mini Thunderdome, complete with dudes in S&M gear dancing with whips and wearing furs, and Tina in a flowing silver gown and giant blonde wig, belting out "We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)" as clips from the Mad Max movie were projected behind her.
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