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Saturday, October 17 • 7:00pm - 8:15pm
The Cockettes: Acid Drag, Sexual Anarchy, and San Francisco Craziness

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This event is now available to watch on our YouTube page, along with the rest of our 2020 festival programming.

Co-presented by Dog Eared Castro and Bay Area Reporter

“They were like hippie acid freak drag queens, which is always a good thing!!” — John Waters

Birthed in an LSD bathed commune in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district in the summer of 1969, The Cockettes were a fever dream of sexual freedom and expression. They granted themselves names and identities that reflected their inner wild selves, then put it all on the stage with elaborate costumes in anarchic musical productions. Gay, straight, bisexual, pansexual—The Cockettes were a vital art collective and essential to the history of high drag. To chronicle and catalog this history, Cockette member Fayette Hauser has authored this flamboyantly illustrated coffee-table book, The Cockettes: Acid Drag & Sexual Anarchy, collecting stories and rare photos from museums, magazines, and private collections. The influence of the Cockettes on American underground culture is present in every glittery sequin and candy-colored coiffure gracing our daily lives. Hauser discusses her book and shares memories, photos, and music with fellow Cockettes members Scrumbly Koldewyn and Pam Tent, author of the memoir Midnight at the Palace: My Life As a Fabulous Cockette. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

Registration is required for Zoom access. Spots are limited.
Event will also be livecasted on Facebook Live.

Buy a signed copy of Fayette Hauser's book here --
Browse Litquake's bookstore here -- https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake

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Fayette Hauser

The beauty and bounty of drag, performance art, rock ’n’ roll and hallucinogenic heaven collided every time Fayette Hauser got dressed. As one of the treasured few biological females in the celebrated Cockettes, Hauser stepped out, showed off, got wild, and lived in Technicolor... Read More →
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Scrumbly Koldewyn

Richard “Scrumbly” Koldewyn is a musician, composer, conductor and performer, and was one of the founders of the beloved San Francisco drag group, the Cockettes. Long a mainstay of Bay Area showbiz, Koldewyn’s post-Cockettes career has included myriad appearances with his... Read More →
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Pam Tent

Sweet Pam, aka Pam Tent, was a core member of the Cockettes throughout their heyday. After the group dispersed, she continued to perform with Pristine Condition, and Paula Pucker and the Pioneers, and later joined John Waters’ stars Divine and Mink Stole onstage for continuing shows... Read More →

Saturday October 17, 2020 7:00pm - 8:15pm PDT