Want to support local drag queens (and kings) in the times of social distancing? You can now meet and tip your favorite performers live and online. Sickening, no?
The quarantine caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge for art in all its forms. Even Metropolitan Opera in New York had to close its doors and resort to free, on-demand streaming of older productions.
Although the genre of drag has gone mainstream in the last few years, most performers still come from the underground scene and rely on performing live in clubs, which are now shut down.
Luckily, you won’t have to miss your daily dose of Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent with these four online drag shows that are popping up across social media this weekend.
More than 30 drag entertainers are joining forces to deliver Digital Drag, a three-hour-long show presented by Biqtch Puddiń. The line-up features RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni Jinkx Monsoon, Laila McQueen and Miz Cracker along with Dragula contestants Vander Von Odd or Evah Destruction. The cast is accompanied by a plethora of queens from Atlanta or NYC.
The program runs from 7 p.m. PST on Twitch. Viewers can contribute by tipping performers directly and via PayPal or Patreon.
If you love the flavor Puerto Rican queens bring to drag, then you shouldn’t miss Sanitizer, a collaboration between Brooklyn-based performer Onyma Di Anonima, Boricua Diaspora Girls, and the Island Girls. The series of virtual spectacles consists exclusively of Latinx artists such as Misandra Bolac or Vena Cava, who always deliver a great show.
The queer latinx drag shows goes live on Instagram on March 27 at 9:30 EST.
They say necessity is the drag mother of invention. Dozens of queens from New Orleans have come together to perform this weekend at Cyber Distancing, the New Orleans first online drag festival. The online show features the likes of Cucci Licci, Britney DeLorean, Champagne Munroe, drag kings Nathan Lane Bryant and Devonix along with other household names.
Streaming on Zoom is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. CT on March 27 and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 28.
“Four non-binary performers join each other to explore the format associated with drag and the subculture attached to it.” Well, what could go wrong? Watch Maiden China, Rose Butch, Continental Breakfast, and PM dissect the art of performance in the times of quarantine and come up with new artistic creations and ways of expression.
Join online broadcasting via Facebook Live on Sunday, March 29 at 9 p.m PDT. You can donate $10 for the cause via PayPal.