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Tribute to the Cockettes: Piano Bar & Live Performances | de Young

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Friday, September 19, 2014 - 5:00 pm to 8:45 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Programs are free and open to the public, but does not include admission to the museum's galleries.

de Young Museum | 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA


Friday Nights at the de Young | Fall 2018

One of San Francisco’s most celebrated after-hours museum events returns for a fall season of 2018.

These nine Friday Nights feature free admission to the main-level galleries highlighted by a reinterpretation of contemporary art in their permanent collection and new acquisitions called Specters of Disruption. In addition, Friday Nights will offer reduced-price tickets of $14 to the exhibition Contemporary Muslim Fashions from 6–8:30 pm.

Through social-media moments and in-person dialogue, visitors can engage and commune with the art and with one another in a warm and welcoming setting. Enjoy specialty drinks and mocktails, coffees, teas, and snacks. Bring your friends. Strike a pose at the selfie wall. Listen to music. Make art. Activities take place from 6–8:30 pm.

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Friday Nights at the de Young: A Tribute to the Cockettes

September 19, 2014 | 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Tonight, they celebrate Anthony Friedkin: The Gay Essay with a tribute to the Cockettes, the theater troupe Friedkin documented in a series of photographs on view in the exhibition.

Photo of Adele Crawford's work
“Following the Thread,” by Artist-in-Residence Adele Crawford
Kimball Education Gallery
6:00 pm

Adele Crawford’s work investigates transience and impermanence. Drawing from an ever-expanding collection of commonplace materials, she explores elements of past and present. Selecting obsolete things, such as photographs from the 1800s, vintage books, or personal papers, she alters their appearance and creates for them a new intention. Process drives her work, which is slow, reflective, and repetitive as she dissects, alters, and reconfigures.

art making table
Mixed-Media Art-Making Stations
Buchanan Court
6:00 pm

Every week, Friday Nights at the de Young offers art-making activities to encourage everyone, of all ages, to tap into their creativity.

drag performer
Piano Bar and Live Performances by the Thrillpeddlers
Wilsey Court
6:30 pm

Show-stopping numbers first performed by the Cockettes, the theater troupe documented in the early 1970s in photographs on view in Anthony Friedkin: The Gay Essay, are brought to life again. The stars of the Thrillpeddlers, including original members of the Cockettes, recreate scenes from “Pearls over Shanghai,” “Hot Greeks,” “Vice Palace,” and “Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma,” which took place in front of the old de Young building many years ago.

Film Screening: A Tribute to the Cockettes
Koret Auditorium
7:00 pm

David Weissman, producer and co-director (with Bill Weber) of the 2002 documentary The Cockettes, will present film clips of the legendary Cockettes, including the 1971 classic, Tricia’s Wedding, along with some other select Cockettes stories and delights.


Event Details


Cost: FREE*
*Programs are free and open to the public, but does not include admission to the museum's galleries.
Categories: **Annual Event**, *Top Pick*, Art & Museums, Lectures & Workshops, Live Music, Movies, San Francisco, Theater & Performance
Address: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA

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