Rediscovering Pickup’s Tricks documentary. The pioneers of San Francisco’s underground queer theater :.
While searching for info about The Picatrix or Ghayat al Hakim, the Aim of the Wise, one of the most important books written on astrological magic that was composed in Arabic in Andalusia around 1000 A.D., I stumble upon a rare documentary directed by Gregory Pickup with a phonetic relation to Picatrix, the film is named “Pickup’s Tricks” and represents an amazing document of the post-Haight era in San Francisco. I’m sure both names share more than just phonetic resemblance.
This beat documentary of Hibiscus and the Cockettes, who were pioneers of San Francisco’s underground queer theater in the early ’70s includes also The Angels of Light and a rare screen appearance of Allen Ginsberg, clean-shaven and costumed in “acute drag” as a Yiddishe Mama with a painted-on third eye. The film was shot in San Francisco between 1971 and 1973. Watch it on Vimeo here. (password: angeljack). Read more at www.pickupstricks.com
April 20th, 2017