Children of Paradise: Life with The Cockettes, Photographs by Fayette Hauser

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 23, 2012 06:30pm | Post a Comment

Cockettes Fayette Hauser San Francisco Canessa Gallery

"It was complete sexual anarchy. You couldn't tell the men from the women. It was really new at the time, and it still would be new."
-- John Waters, San Francisco Chronicle, 2002

It can be said that we San Franciscans inherited our gender-bending theatricality from The Cockettes,Cockettes San Francisco Fayette Hauser the flamboyant ensemble of late-'60's SF hippies -- gay, straight, and undecided -- who performed in glittery drag of all sorts in a series of legendary, over-the-top midnight musicals at the Cockettes San Francisco Fayette HauserPalace Theater in North Beach. Founded by Hibiscus (real name, George Harris, Jr.) in 1969, the troupe enacted their own outrageous counter-culture parodies of show tunes (and some originals) and gained an underground cult following that eventually led to mainstream exposure. With titles like Gone With the Showboat to Oklahoma, Hell's Harlots, and Pearls over Shanghai, these extravaganzas featured elaborate costumes, rebellious sexuality, and exuberant chaos. They were soon pinned as the cutting edge of Freak Theatre and appeared in Rolling Stone, Paris Match, and Playboy. The group disbanded in 1972, after attempting a tour to New York.cockettes san francisco fayette hauser

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Allison Weiss and Rachael Cantu West Coast Tour Hits Amoeba Berkeley on 3/8

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 20, 2012 04:09pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music is delighted to announce that we’re sponsoring the Allison Weiss and Rachael Cantu West Coast tour in March! Catch them at Amoeba Berkeley for their only show in the Bay Area on March 8th at 6:00pm! If you're not in the Bay Area, never fear...look for their other dates starting in San Diego on March 6th and heading up the coast for a finish in Seattle on March 11th.

Rachael Cantu
Amoeba has been a big fan of LA-based singer/songwriter Rachael Cantu for a while now and Amoeba Records released a recording of an acoustic set performed in the Amoeba Hollywood Green Room! Check out  Green Room Sessions and download a free track from this exclusive session HERE.

Best known for her evocative blend of indie folk rock delicately infused with distinctly powerful vocals, gentle melodies and heartfelt lyrics, Rachael Cantu has the whole package. It's no wonder she's been aptly described as "something of a mix of The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, PJ Harvey, Sarah McLachlan, and Norah Jones." She's toured all throughout the US and Canada opening for B.B. King, Pat Benatar, Tegan & Sara, Ben Lee, Joan As Police Woman, and more. Her music has been featured on TV shows such as Private Practice, Pretty Little Liars, Royal Pains, and Degrassi just to name a few.

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Another Chance to see Die Antwoord in SF! 2/22.

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 19, 2012 03:15pm | Post a Comment
As you may have heard, Noise Pop's Die Antwoord show has sold out! But that doesn't mean that theDie Antwoord san francisco noise pop

fight is over! 

This Wednesday, February 22nd, Die Antwoord will be making a special appearance at Upper Playground’s San Francisco gallery, FIFTY24SF at 4:00pm. The group will be presenting a special, one-night only installation to coincide with their Noise Pop show in support of their newest album, TEN$ION.

In addition to the installation, Die Antwoord will be presenting and releasing a special collector’s vinyl sculpture of Evil Boy, made in collaboration with Good Smile Company. Select vinyl pieces will be hand-detailed on by Die Antwoord’s Ninja.

February 22, 2012
FIFTY24SF Gallery 
218 Fillmore Street, SF

View all our Noise Pop 2012 posts HERE! 

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West Coast Party DJs Face Off at Red Bull Thre3Style in SF, 3/1

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 19, 2012 03:00pm | Post a Comment
Earning the title of Red Bull Thre3style World Champion is no easy task. DJs have to prove their skills in a series of qualifying battles before they reach the international stage. The Red Bull Thre3style battle in San Francisco on March 1st at Ruby Skye serves as one of two West Coast regional qualifying events.

Red Bull Thre3Style is an innovative concept that gives highly skilled DJs a global platform to showcase their skills, battle and gain notoriety by rockin’ the dance floor. Unlike other DJ battles that are based on solely technical aspects, Red Bull Thre3style has a creative and original format that seeks to find the DJ that has best perfected the true art of  “party rockin’.”

Eight of the West Coast’s top DJs will vie for the audience and judges’ favor, each with a 15-minute set that MUST contain at least three different musical genres. A panel of music industry judges will select the winners based on track selection, creativity, mixing skills, stage presence, and crowd reaction; and ultimately decide who is the best on the decks in San Francisco. Competing DJs include Bay Area locals KingMost, Zita, Theory, Just, Miles Medina, and John Beaver. Also competing are Four Color Zack (won Seattle pre-qualifier) and Playtime (won Portland pre-qualifier).

The event will be hosted by Franco Finn (Golden State Warriors MC). Guest judges will include Aaron Axelsen (Live 105 Music Director and Founder of PopScene), Big Once (2011 Red Bull Thre3Style National Champion), and Bag Raiders (Australian Recording Artists & Production Duo on Modular Recordings) will judge and headline the event with a special closing set.

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The B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls 2012 Season Opener, 2/25!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 13, 2012 05:33pm | Post a Comment
Bay Area Derby Girls roller derby

Are you ready for The B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls 2012 season opener?!

The Richmond Wrecking Belles will defend their title and city from the Oakland Outlaws on FebruaryOakland Outlaws roller derby 25th at the Craneway Pavillion.

The road to B.A.D. Championships is long and treacherous… can the Wrecking Belles hold their title or will the bloodthirsty ladies in red and black start the season with an upset?

Good eats and cheap drinks aplenty! The best local businesses and organizations in the Bay Area sling their goods in our amazing Vendor Village including A Spoonful of Sugar and Schulzie’s Bread Pudding, and don’t forget to bring your cash, and get your Girl ScoutRichmond belles roller derby Cookies.

Exclusive B.A.D. merchandise will be available so you can show your support all-year long and, of course, at the after-party at The Up & Under!

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