Passport to glamour
by Roberto Friedman
It had been a few years since Out There had attended a Macy's Passport event, so we had forgotten what a big production it always is. Last Thursday night's 31st Macy's Passport Presents Glamorama – Fashion in a New Light at the Orpheum Theatre was a big, splashy night out, from the fashion shows to the entertainment to the enthusiastic full house of audience, there for a good cause.
We accompanied photographer Rick Gerharter to the "red carpet" point-and-shoot photo opportunities, in which stars of the show as well as local luminaries like Glide Memorial's Rev. Cecil Williams and Janet Mirikitani hit their marks for the ravening crowd of shutterbugs. It was instructive for OT to see how patient and mellow the paparazzi were right up until the minute that the celebs were brought out – and then it was like prey thrown to the lions. "Look this way!" "Over here!" Snap! Flash!
The show itself was, as promised, glamorous and really quite high-end in production values. Designer houses Tommy Hilfiger , Calvin Klein, Rachel Rachel Roy, Tallia Orange, Maison Jules and others were given teams of gorgeous models, extravagant lighting and set designs, and pumping music to showcase their fall fashion lines. The Diesel segment brought out the famous men's underwear show-all, to squeals of delight from the objectifying audience and not a small measure of titillation from the likes of us. Entertainment sets included feats of derring-do from stars of the Cirque du Soleil , pop-rock sounds from The Summer Set , and a rousing closer from headliner Sheryl Crow (Tuesday Night Music Club). Quite a show in all, hosted by Macy's, and benefiting the AIDS Emergency Fund, Project Open Hand and the Glide Foundation . Passport events, originally co-chaired by an HIV/AIDS charity champ, the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor , have so far raised over $31 million for the cause.
The afterparty at the Asian Art Museum was lavish and celebratory. The DJs at the booth on the dance floor were none other than Adrian and the Mysterious D , from Bootie Mashup fame. We can say "we knew them when" – well before they became international nightclub impresarios. Well done, Miss Things!
San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus Artistic Director Dr. Timothy Seelig announced the lineup for their 36th season, Illuminate. The season includes three concerts with the 300 men of the chorus: Shine! Our Brightest Holiday Ever! at War Memorial Opera House (Dec. 6), Luster at Davies Symphony Hall (March 25, 26) and Dazzle! The Boys Do Broadway at Nourse Theatre (June 25, 26, 27). Beginning with the annual kick-off preview event Crescendo at the Four Seasons Hotel (Oct. 13), the season will also bring the 24th annual Home for the Holidays at Castro Theatre (Dec. 24) and the spring ensembles concert Glitter! Bring on the Men! at Marines Memorial Theatre (May 3). Season tickets ($92-$156) are available now by going to www.SFGMC.com or by calling (415) 392-4400. Single show tickets go on sale Tues., Oct. 15.