Ann Magnuson Plays David Bowie and Jobriath, or The Rock Star as Witch Doctor, Myth Maker, and Ritual Sacrifice

Thursday, October 27, 2011, 6:00 p.m.


Magnuson is a performance artist, musician, and actress who defined 1980s downtown New York, marked college radio with her band Bongwater, and has graced everything from TV to Hollywood blockbuster thrillers. In her new tribute cabaret, she nods to Bowie with a song cycle of his early 1970s work. With musical direction by Kristian Hoffman, the performance gains power as Magnuson embodies Jobriath, the only openly gay star of the glam rock revolution. The performance also will incorporate dreams, Jung, human sacrifice, Aztec shamanism, and all things dark, bloody, and beautiful. Also, Blue Bottle Coffee Co. and SFMOMA continue their BANQUET series in the Rooftop Garden.

Come in your most artful garb and enter our glam costume contest! Have your fabulous outfit documented by SFMOMA's lens amidst our permanent collection, then have a shot at fame on our Facebook page where fans will vote for their favorite look. Costume contest winners will be announced on the Day of the Dead (November 2, 2011) and will win all sorts of fabulous prizes from SFMOMA, the MuseumStore, and Blue Bottle Coffee Co.

And on Friday, October 28, 2011, join us at the Roxie Theater for a special screening of Tony Scott's 1983 film The Hunger, introduced by Ann Magnuson. For more information, visit

Image: Ann Magnuson; photo: Austin Young