Will Wigstock ever return? The Labor Day drag fiesta, of late a part of the Howl! festival in the East Village, is off. “Wigstock hasn’t curled up and died for good,” swears its impresario, Lady Bunny, promising that it’ll return next year for its 25th anniversary. This year’s Howl! won’t be without a drag contingent, however: San Francisco’s Cockettes will stage Pearls Over Shanghai. It’s the company’s first New York performance since a disastrous 1971 show that was received so badly—Gore Vidal famously quipped “having no talent is not enough” about it—that the group broke up afterward.
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