FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21, 2014
Contact: Michelle Jeffers
Communications, Programs & Partnerships
Chicks with Shticks: The Kinsey Sicks and 20 Years of Dragapella Activism
San Francisco Main Library, James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center
100 Larkin St., 3rd floor
March 15 – July 10, 2014
For 20 years, The Kinsey Sicks, America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet, have dished out song and satire to audiences around the world. They’ve written and performed scores of musicals, starred in their own Off-Broadway show at New York’s legendary Studio 54 in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, toured internationally, recorded eight albums and been the subject of two feature films.
The Kinsey Sicks are known for their gorgeous four-part harmonies and their incisive lyrics, usually naughty, often addressing the politics and controversies of the day. In fact, their music forms a kind a soundtrack that sketches the gains, losses and challenges of these last two decades of queer American history. The New York Times has praised their “voices sweet as birdsong.” The San Francisco Chronicle extols their “gloriously, proudly bad taste,” calling the group “high camp, unafraid, subversive . . . astonishing.”
Now for the first time, Kinsey Sicks artifacts— scripts, sheet music, costumes, photos and other memorabilia—are gathered in one place to tell the story of how this group, founded by professionals and activists with no aspirations to be entertainers, have found their way to becoming a cornerstone of queer culture and commentary. This exhibition, Chicks with Shticks: The Kinsey Sicks and 20 Years of Dragapella Activism, will be on view March 15 – July 10 in the James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, at the Main Library. Come visit, and find out what makes these chicks’ shtick tick.