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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Silence of the Trans Event Proves The Castro Is the Same as It ever Was

Posted By on Tue, Jul 24, 2012 at 7:30 AM

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Remember last year when there was a blogosphere wildfire about the Castro Theatre no longer being a movie theater? Or, at least, that it wasn't going to focus as much on movies, that the screen was going to be reduced and a backstage would be added, and there were no more gay people involved? That it would be nothing less than the (latest) death of San Francisco culture as we know it? Then that turned out to not be the case at all? Good times, good times.

San Francisco culture will indeed have to find other ways to die, because the Castro Theatre is still going strong. Case in point: Peaches Christ's big upcoming The Silence of the Trans show on Saturday, July 28.

It's a screening of The Silence of the Lambs -- itself a notoriously transphobic film, so yay for reclaiming or empowering or whatever the word would be -- preceded by a live "musical extravaganza" spoof of the movie, featuring Peaches and local dragerati such as Suppositori Spelling and Vinsantos. Of course, judging by the fact that the name is at the top and in a slightly larger font, the real killer is Sharon "14 Minutes, 58 Seconds and Counting" Needles.

The trailer for the event:

There will be also be a costume contest, because of course there will be, and Sharon will be available to sign autographs during the movie itself. And who knows, maybe your autograph will be something egregiously offensive that's intended to put government to question, mock concepts of wealth, and question the power of language. Fingers crossed!

If nothing else, it's an opportunity to see a 35mm print of the only horror film ever to win Best Picture. (Probably won't be the most contemplative audience, but still.)

The Silence of the Trans starts July 28 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro (at Market). Admission is $20-$45.

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Sherilyn Connelly is a San Francisco-based writer. She also curates and hosts Bad Movie Night at The Dark Room, every Sunday at 8pm.

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