THE COCKETTE INVASION
When the Cockettes premiered their act in New York in 1971, the San Franciscobased drag troupes blend of camp, glitter, and body hair did not impress their well-heeled audiencewhich included Angela Lansbury, Gore Vidal, and John Lennonwho probably turned out because of the advance praise from the likes of Truman Capote, Rex Reed, and Diana Vreeland. Practically booed out of town, the Cockettes produced even more shocking and ravishing work in San Fran, never to return to the city that scorned themuntil now. In conjunction with the acquisition of their papers at the New York Public Library (yes, theyre that important), the shimmering, bearded androgynes are taking back the Big Apple. Tonights The Cockettes Are Coming! is an extravaganza reuniting generations of downtown artists and including historic film footage and performances by the Cockettes decadent descendants (who today actually have a home in New York theater), like the glitter-skinned Pixie Harlots and Taylor Mac. At Wednesdays Cocktail of Glamour & Anarchy, original Cockettes and friends will present their independent works, while on Thursday, A Cockette Symposium looks at all the twisted beauty from an academic perspective. Monday benefit: 6:30, Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue, 212-254-1109, faeriecampdestiny.org, $30; Wednesday salon: 8 & 10:30, Monkeytown, 58 North 3rd Street, Williamsburg, 718-384-1369, free; Thursday symposium: 7:30, LGBT Center, 208 West 13th Street, 212-620-7310, free
Mon., June 2, 2008
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