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Doing the Time Warp at Make-Up

October 12, 2000|HEIDI SIEGMUND CUDA

I thought nothing could top February's Club Make-Up anniversary bash--which gave the Hollywood scene a well-needed dose of electric-eclectic shock rock therapy. But to call Saturday's tribute to "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" off the hook would be to sell it short. It was out of this world.

The El Rey Theatre, where Club Make-Up is housed each month, was sold-out by 10 p.m. The line curled down Wilshire Boulevard farther than I've ever seen it go. Although plenty of folks came to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the camp movie masterpiece, it was more than that. Club Make-Up has become a must-see circus for all the scene queens and a mecca for anyone who needs a bit of reinvention. I met a 50-year-old executive who was dressed as a Russian soldierette. I ran into an older, exotic beauty traipsing around in a gigantic red feather headdress, with matching gown. There were a number of older drag queens who clearly migrate to Make-Up to feel at home.

Sewing all these radical scenes together is Alexis Arquette, who clearly is the hostess with mostess. With new wave face paint and the slinkiest silver-sequined skirt, Arquette pointed out the obvious to the sea of people in attendance. "One thing we know for sure is we're all going to die . . . so we might as well live."

At Club Make-Up--where everyone's a star--people really know how to live. You wait, the monthly club is going down in Hollywood's history books, so I recommend breakin' off a little something something next month, when Club Make-Up celebrates heavy metal in a special "Highway to Hell" tribute on Nov. 4 (just in time for election week). . . . Dropped in at Millie's diner earlier this week and got to chatting with owner Patti Peck, who told me she just signed the lease on an Eastside fire house, which she'll be revamping into a new diner. Sounds like more good times for the Silver Lake set.

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