Tag Archive for: The Cockettes

THE COCKETTES It is the end of a decade, New Year’s Eve 1969. At the Palace Theater in San Francisco’s North Beach, a ragtag bunch of hippies take the stage. Kicking up their heels to a Rolling Stones’ song, they wow the crowd with their mix of flamboyant garb, nudity, and gender ambiguity, and when […]

BLAIR PALTRIDGE Blair Paltridge photographed The Cockettes in some of their early theatrical productions. This laid the groundwork for his fine photography and scholarly research in Mexican Art History. Blair was one of the earlier editors of the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He once ran an autoerotic poem in the underground publication Open Process, by […]

KREEMAH RITZ Original Cockette member Kreemah Ritz was known for his duets with Scrumbly in the early shows at the Palace Theatre. In 1998 he curated “Sylvester: Metamorphosis”, which opened at the Gay & Lesbian Historical Society and the Hormel Center at the Main Library in San Francisco. Kreemah Ritz 1970 Photo © David Wise […]

FAYETTE HAUSER Original Cockette member Fayette Hauser has designed costumes for Bette Midler, the group Manhattan Transfer and numerous films. Fayette is also known for her work as a table-top prop stylist for food and still life photographers in Bon Appetite. Her photography was recently included in the 35th Anniversary of the Summer of Love […]

DANIEL NICOLETTA San Francisco’s premier photographer of queer counter culture, Daniel Nicoletta first burst upon the scene at Harvey Milk’s famed Castro Camera shop. Reggie at Opening Night of Marc Huestis’ “Sex Is” 1994 Photo © Daniel Nicoletta Sebastian At Cockettes 25th Anniversary 1994 Photo © Daniel Nicoletta Hibiscus in Gone with the Showboat to […]

ROBERT ALTMAN One of the original photographers for Rolling Stone magazine, Robert’s photographs are featured in Cameron Crowe’s film “Almost Famous”.    Ray and Rumi in Gone with the Showboat to Oklahoma 1970 Photo © Robert Altman    Harlow 1970 Photo © Robert Altman    Hibiscus in Gone with the Showboat to Oklahoma 1970 Photo […]

CATCHING UP WITH THE COCKETTES Jon Sims Center, San Francisco. “A riot of color” and “the air was intoxicating” were among the comments overheard at Catching Up With The Cockettes a group photographic exhibition and installation co-hosted by the Jon Sims Center for the Arts. Curated by original Cockette and archivist Rumi who succeeded in […]

Introduction by RUMI The Exhibition, Catching Up With The Cockettes, was originally presented at the Jon Sims Center in San Francisco as part of the National Queer Arts Festival 2002. For this online exhibition, hosted by the Queer Cultural Center, dozens of new pictures have been added. Together with the help and generosity of the […]