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These days, the

stage at Oasis is 

hosting the stars

of Rupaul's Drag

Race, including a one-woman show by Jackie Cox.

 

First up was Jan from the current season of All Stars, who was followed by Denali.

This Saturday, August 28, it'll be Season 13's LaLa Ri taking the stage.

All that and the drag superstars don't end there. Labor Day Weekend Season 12's Jackie Cox comes to the club with her show 'JackieVision,' described as "a fun romp through the decades as she takes on classic TV (with a dash of mystery and magic!) and celebrates all things pop culture with her signature blend of musical theater, hit pop songs, and outrageous comedy!" That plays on both September 4 and 5 at 7 p.m.

 

Tickets

 

LIVE @
Oasis

 
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Midnight Sun and the Origin of the Video Bar

 

When most queer people who love the nightlife these days were walking into their first LGBTQ-friendly clubs and bars in the 1990s and 2000s, it was a given that there were probably flat-screen TVs around the room playing music videos, or the latest episode of 'Rupaul's Drag Race.' But the origin of the "video bar" is actually thought to be in the Castro when The Midnight Sun relocated from its original location in 1981 — becoming possibly the first gay bar in the country to play music videos instead of just records, the same year that MTV launched.

 

The Midnight Sun got its name because it began in 1971 as a windowless space in an old plumbing warehouse at 506 Castro Street, according to SF Gay History. It was among the group of original queer spaces that drew gay men and women from the Tenderloin and Polk Street to this newly claimed neighborhood, but it was when the bar moved to its current space on 18th Street in 1981 that the "video bar" idea was born.

 

The bar played music videos on VHS, probably mostly taped on MTV, and for more than three decades these would be interspersed with comedy clips, recorded drag performances, and more, with a full-time VJ up in a booth above the bar. The comedy clips are more rare these days, but The Midnight Sun has become a go-to place to watch 'Drag Race' and other gay appointment television. And nobody uses the term "video bar" anymore because virtually every bar and club has TV screens and will play music videos, including most others in the neighborhood like 440, Toad Hall, The Edge, and Beaux.

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