Social and safe

Entertainment industry adapts to San Francisco restrictions

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J.Worra performs a DJ set at The Midway on Friday, October 30, 2020.

Story & Photos by Saylor Nedelman

Midway Events:

Popular music and event venue, The Midway, is keeping dance culture alive with social distance concerts. By partnering with major house music labels such as Dirtybird, Desert Hearts, and Space Yacht, they book headline acts and provide a safe experience for music-lovers, even in the age of COVID-19. The Midway’s safety precautions went through several trials before getting approved by the city. The show is treated like an outdoor dining experience, where guests are required to wear a mask when not eating or drinking and may reserve a private table with up to four people. Food is provided by The Midway culinary team through contactless ordering, while guests enjoy a day outside and live concert.

Fort Mason Drive-In Movie:

Fort Mason is known for being one of San Francisco’s most versatile outdoor event spaces. It has recently been valued for hosting safe community gatherings during the pandemic. On Thursday, November 12, 2020, an independent film called Ace In The Hole made its debut to a hundred cars on a 40×20 ft. LED screen at 4500 nits, which is 90 times brighter than a standard movie projector. Film Director Yasmin Mawaz-Khan described it as a magical night, “We laughed, cried and honked at the screen. Even though we were all in our vehicles, we were able to see each other across the rows, and remember that we are not alone and we’re all in this together.” The film was a San Francisco story in and of itself about Ace Junkyard, “a unique place for artists to go when they needed inspiration, materials, or simply an accepting ear to hear their crazy ideas,” as stated on Ace In The Hole’s website.

Outdoor Yoga:

Outdoor Yoga SF holds weekly classes at Crissy Field, Baker Beach, and Golden Gate Park. The instructors teach through silent disco headphones, with a goal to safely reconnect a community practice. Attendees are welcome to spread as far as they would like and remain in their bubble of peacefulness and privacy. 

Julianne Aiello teaches an outdoor power yoga class at Crissy Field on Friday, November 6, 2020.

Oasis Drag Show:

OASIS, an internationally acclaimed drag venue and cabaret, is located at the heart of San Francisco’s nightlife scene in SOMA. D’arcy Drollinger, pictured on the far left, serves as an owner, artistic director, and performer at OASIS. Once an indoor club and performance venue, OASIS converted their bombastic stage production to an outdoor dining show on 11th Street. Despite limitations from COVID-19, OASIS still holds drag shows from Friday to Sunday and is available for private events on weekdays. On Halloween, the OASIS drag team did a street performance for a few pre-reserved tables.

From left to right are: D’arcy Drollinger, Evian, Pablo Shmidt-Escobar, Oliver Branch, Trixxie Carr.