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The Cockettes

Presented by California Film Institute at Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael CA

Jun 09 2023
The Cockettes

The Cockettes

Flamboyant ensemble of hippies (gay men, women, & babies) decked themselves in gender-bending drag

* Friday, June 9, 7:00 pm

Screening + Conversation + Reception
Special Guests: Bill Weber + Members of The Cockettes

As the psychedelic San Francisco of the ’60’s began evolving into the gay San Francisco of the ’70’s, The Cockettes, a flamboyant ensemble of hippies (gay men, women, and babies) decked themselves out in gender-bending drag and tons of glitter for a series of legendary midnight musicals at the Palace Theater in North Beach.

With titles like “Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma” and “Pearls over Shanghai,” these all-singing, all-dancing extravaganzas featured elaborate costumes, rebellious sexuality, and exuberant chaos.

In their 2½ year existence, The Cockettes created 20 shows, and were featured in 4 films. They created a unique burst of cultural experimentation and artistic outrageousness that continues to influence the worlds of theater, music, fashion, gay politics and spirituality, and urban club life.

Directors: Bill Weber, David Weissman (US 2002) 102 min.

June is Pride Month, a celebration of LGBTQIA+ people and culture – a time to reflect on the great strides we’ve made as a community and to take inventory of the challenges we continue to face. As varied and vibrant as the community is, so are their stories put to film. CAFILM is proud to present its first-ever Pride series, showcasing the best LGBQTIA+ films that made history, not only because they were awarded or internationally recognized, but because of their importance in elevating new perspectives and voices.

This event seeks to promote awareness and understanding of LGBTQIA+ issues and create a safe and supportive environment for the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies to come together and celebrate their identities. It is a positive step towards creating a more inclusive and welcoming community for all.


$13.25 General
$9.75 Seniors & Youth
$7.75 CAFILM members

Contact: 415.526.5839

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Additional time info:

7:00 pm



Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center

1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

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