Why don't more people know Billy Bowers? Not only did he foster the Bay Area-born funk-and-flash arts movement of the 1970s, he also dressed the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, New York Dolls, and Alice Cooper—all in outrageous phantasmagorical costumes that incorporated found imagery, cash money, and even taxidermy rats. This month, Billy Bowers is back on the scene with a show of new works, The Success of Excess: The Art of Billy Bowers, on display at Valencia Street's Glama-Rama.
As Americans awoke to the real-life dream of marriage equality on Friday, San Francisco's weekend Pride celebration commenced at a fever pitch. People of all stripes, colors, genders, and persuasions came out to show their support and to gawk at the spectacle.
Fellas, this Friday night ain't another day at the rodeo: Mark Rhoades is staging "Cupid's Back," his yearly Valentine's Day Party, full of high-end antics for us hopeful romantics, all in the heart of the Castro!
And besides wigs and button-flys, if there's anything else we know how to pull off, it's a theme: so please come dressed in shades of pink or red. Are you single and looking to share your rosy outlook? Your name will go on a red heart pinned to your shirt. Couples get pink hearts. And everyone gets to enjoy the open bar featuring vodka and tequila delights!
Given San Francisco’s international reputation for rainbow flags, it’s somewhat shocking to realize the Out Loud Comedy Festival is the first and only LGBT comedy festival in recorded history. That said, I didn’t fact check ALL of recorded history (it's entirely possible there was a wildly popular version on the heels of the Gold Rush, complete with grizzled miners in petticoats), so take this blanket statement with a small grain of pink Himalayan salt.