On New Year's Eve, 1969, a flamboyant ragtag troupe of genderbending hippies took the stage of San Francisco's Palace Theater and The Cockettes were born. For the next 2 1/2 years, these outrageous drag performers created 20 shows with titles like "A Crab on Uranus Means You're Loved" and "Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma," and were featured in four underground films. But when the Cockettes flew to New York City to appear Off Broadway - well, you'll just have to see what happened when New Yorkers took a look at them. Documentarians Weissman and Weber have crafted a record of a wondrous time and a wild group in The Cockettes. Written by
The Times fashion insert on Aug. 17 contained a story on Hibiscus, from his first blush of fame as the young guy sticking the flower in the rifle of the National Guardsman in the famous pic taken at the anti-war rally in Washington up to his death 20 years ago. Interviews with his sister and brother as well. Fascinating read.
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