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Piano Bar and Live Performances by the Thrillpeddlers

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Hibiscus. Photo by Joshua Freiwald

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Wilsey Court

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. The lineup includes original Cockette Scrumbly Koldewyn and Martuni's favorite Joe Wicht at the piano, playing songs from classic Hollywood films and early Broadway.

Come sing along with us at the piano bar in Wilsey Court!

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Friday Nights at the de Young public programs are free of charge. Tickets are required to view permanent collection galleries and the special exhibitions.


The Season Sponsor of Friday Nights at the de Young is Hanson Bridgett. Additional support is provided by the San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums. The media sponsor is the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

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(415) 750-7694