All-Black Drag Show ‘Reparations’ Moves from the Internet to Oasis
âThe sweats are back in the closet,â Nicki Jizz says of the return to live drag performances. âNo more sweats.â
For the past year and a half, Nicki has organized and performed drag shows online, taking full advantage of green screen possibilities (âYour imagination can come to life … you can be at Hogwarts!â) and enjoying a newly broadened audience that includes fans from Japan, Argentina and Utah. But with venues reopening, the time has come to leave the internet behind. The heels have returned.
On Friday, July 9, Nicki Jizz will host the first in-person show of Reparations, which proudly announces itself as San Franciscoâs only all-Black drag show. Started on Juneteenth 2020 in response to the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and the subsequent Black Lives Matter uprisings across the country, Reparations urges audiences to âput your money where your black square is.â
âEveryone put a Black Lives Matter message in their bio but immediately went back to posting thirst traps,â Nicki says of the performative solidarity that swept through social media last year. âThis is not just a fad. This is not just a summer thing. This is a forever thing. We need to support Black arts every day.â
Reparations streamed on the Studâs Twitch channel until Juneteenth 2021, highlighting Black performers near and far. Readers voted Reparations âBest Streaming Showâ in 48 Hillsâ 2020 Best of the Bay listings (and Nicki as âBest Drag Queenâ). With the move to in-person performances, the show becomes a monthly fixture at Oasis (every second Friday, mark your calendars), which has shifted its programming over the course of the pandemic to include more diverse bookings.
âIâm excited for the future of Black queer nightlife,â Nicki says. âIâm excited to bring performers from out of town and celebrate ones from the Bay Area and give them a place to shine that isnât just a BeyoncÃ© or Nicki Minaj night at other clubs.â
The July 9 show includes performers Meatball, Bionka Simone, Militia Scunt, Sir Joq, Rahni NothingMore, KaiKai Bee Michaels and Madd Dogg 20/20; with a live set by Qing Qi; an episode of DolliVision; and a set by DJ Kidd.
In keeping with Reparationsâ theme, the night has a unique pricing structure: $10 for Black audience members, $15 for general admission, and $25 buys a ticket for yourself and a Black trans person. Nicki says: âBe there or be racist!â
Nick Jizz hosts Reparations at Oasis (298 11th St., San Francisco) on July 9, 10pmâ3am. Details here.
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