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Cowley and Socarras, illuminated

The exhibit incorporates memorabilia, audio interviews, and musical tributes inspired by Cowley, sent in from around the world.

Honey's Josh Cheon has been painstakingly recording the interviews with key figures of the era, including Cowley's roommate and sister. "It's been incredibly emotional," he told me. "Everything is still so wrapped up with AIDS. Patrick died of it, and this is the first chance most people have had to open up about that, to cry about it. That's the bigger story for us as gay people with this music. It's a resurrection not just of Patrick's contributions, but of a whole period that's never been truly brought to light."

Adds Pee Play, "There were so many sprits at work with this project. Just the way everything worked out, we could feel them watching over us. The whole thing — the exhibit, the release, the parties we're planning around it — we just wanted to acknowledge that. Before it becomes something else, we want to have our time with it, for San Francisco to dance around with the spirits and reconnect."

MEGATRON MAN

Opening reception, Sun/18, 6 p.m.–10p.m.;

Exhibit through Nov. 18), free

Mama Calizo's Voice Factory

1519 Mission, SF.

www.voicefactorysf.org

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