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Oaklash delivers deliciously deviant drag

by Jim Provenzano

Andro Gin performing at the 2019 Oaklash
Andro Gin performing at the 2019 Oaklash  

Inspired by Wigstock, but with a decidedly East Bay edge, the third annual Oaklash Drag Festival goes online September 4 through 6 with more than 100 performers.

With pandemic pivoting in place, the drag performers have turned to streaming services like Instagram, Zoom, and Twitch to create a whole new renaissance of innovative and boundary pushing performances.

"Even if the bars have closed, drag culture hasn't gone anywhere!" said co-organizer Mama Celeste in a press statement. "It's time for a long overdue celebration of the local queer culture that can only be found in the Bay.

Dragula Season 2 Winner Biqtch Pudding's Digital Drag, The Stud Bar's Drag Alive, and on Sunday will kick-off Oakland Pride with live-streamed performances from San Francisco and Oakland.

The weekend will also feature panel discussions on race, disability, and how drag performers are adapting in the time of COVID-19.

As always, Oaklash features a sick-ning lineup of Bay Area favorites including Peaches Christ (San Francisco), Honey Mahogany (Rupaul's Drag Race Season 5), Hollow Eve (Dragula Season 3), Nicki Jizz (Oakland), Dulce De Leche (SF), VivvyAnne ForeverMore (SF), Jillian Gnarling (SF), Jota Mercury (Oakland), Vera (Oakland), Amoura Teese (SF), Bebe Sweetbriar (SF) & more!

One advantage of this year's virtual format is a addition of performers from around the world joining in. Yvie Oddly (RuPaul's Drag Race Season 11), Angele Anang (Drag Race Thailand Season 2), Landon Cider (Dragula Season 3), Vander Von Odd (Dragula Season 1), Meatball (Dragula Season 1), Horrorchata (Founder of Bushwig) and many others are on the lineup.

Tune in at www.twitch.tv/oaklash2020 www.oaklash.com



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