Friday, April 30
Open Mic Night at the DC Center, 1810 14th St. N.W., at 8 p.m. for a night of queer spoken word and poetry. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come prepared to share your work. This event is free and open to the public.
Equality Forum arrives in Philadelphia this weekend with a packed schedule of panel discussions on the LGBT movement, parties and more. Visit equalityforum.org for a full schedule of events. Blade editor Kevin Naff joins Obama administration officials and GLAAD’s Jarrett Barrios for a Saturday panel on the White House at 1 p.m.
BYT Presents: Christmas In Heaven II: A Cosmic Disco Journey with DJ Shea Van Horn (Mixtape), DJ Cale (BYT) at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St N.W., starting at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 1
Youth Pride, rescheduled from last weekend, takes place in the P Street Beach area (23rd & P streets) from noon-5 p.m. featuring a diverse lineup of musicians, speakers and other performers. The Infatuation dance at Fly Lounge follows from 5-9:30 p.m. Visit youthpridedc.org for more information.
Jam is returning to Mova Lounge with a very special session, Cherry Jam, to benefit The Cherry Fund. Drink specials, prizes and music by DJ Gemz. No cover but donations accepted for The Cherry Fund. The Jam begins at 9 p.m. at Mova Lounge, 1435 P St. N.W.
CODE, returns to Motley Bar above EFN Lounge, 1318 9th St., N.W., for its monthly installment. Gear, rubber, skin, uniform or leather dress code will be strictly enforced. Music provided by DJ Shea Van Horn. Admission is $10. Code is an 18+ event. There will be an open bar from 9-10 p.m.
Who’s Bad, “the world’s greatest Michael Jackson tribute band,” performs at 9 p.m. at Ram’s Head Live, 20 Market Place at Power Plant Live in downtown Baltimore. Tickets are $16.50; call 410-244-1131.
Sunday, May 2
Mamma Mia flash mob with Bowen McCauley Dance and the DC Cowboys Dance Company. Join the DC Cowboys for a dance “flash mob” of Mamma Mia. All you have to do is learn the steps to the Mamma Mia choreography via online tutorials. The public is invited to take part in these flash mob dances that will be performed live. 1 p.m. at Dupont Circle and a second flash mob 3 p.m. at Ballston Common Mall, 4328 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA. Online tutorial of Mamma Mia can be found here on You Tube: http://tinyurl.com/yb65gks
Mark Knopfler brings his “Get Lucky” tour to Warner Theatre, 13th Street between E&F streets, N.W., at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range $75.50-105.50; call 202-783-4000.
Monday, May 3
Country-Western dance lessons at Remingtons, 639 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E. (half block west of Eastern Market Metro) from 8:30-9:30 p.m., $5 per person, per lesson (dance class participants should wear boots or shoes with leather soles).
Tuesday, May 4
Volunteers will be assembling safer sex kits and enjoying great drink specials at Motley, 7-10:30 p.m. Motley is the upstairs bar at EFN Lounge, located at 1318 9th St., N.W.
Drag bingo at Nellie’s Sports Bar, 900 U St., N.W., hosted by Shi-Queeta Lee, every Tuesday starting at 8 p.m. Free to play.
Sia performs at the 9:30 club, 815 V St., N.W., at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25; visit 930.com for information.
Wednesday, May 5
The Tom Davaron Social Bridge Club will meet at 7:30 p.m., at the Dignity Center, 721 8th St., S.E. (across from Marine Barracks) for social bridge. No partner needed. Visit lambdabridge.com.
Each Wednesday at the Green Lantern is POZ Wednesday. Starting at 8 p.m., POZ mixers provide a supportive atmosphere for those who are HIV positive and those who want to help eradicate the stigma surrounding HIV. The Green Lantern is located at 1335 Green Ct., N.W.
General Program Wednesdays 7-8:30 p.m. at the Vajroyogini Buddhist Center,1803 Connecticut Ave., N.W., 2nd floor, $12. How can we learn to love without pain? Through these teachings, we will learn to enjoy our relationships and in turn benefit others. For more information visit meditation-dc.org, call 202-986-2257 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, May 6
The Point Foundation’s annual Washington, D.C., reception is held from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Human Rights Campaign’s Equality Center, 1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W. Tickets are $75.
Johnny Blazes performs live at the DC Center. Johnny Blazes’ show is an evening-length performance that blends cabaret arts with theater to create a semi-narrative series of vignettes. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in the DC Center Activity Room, 1810 14th St. N.W. Tickets $10 now or $15 at the door. Light refreshments will be served. Visit thedccenter.org for more information.
Final Capital Pride general meeting will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Volunteer sign-up, mixer and raffle. The meeting will be held at the Madison Hotel, 1177 15th St., N.W., near Farragut North and McPherson Square Metro stations. That evening, the full schedule of events and the headlining act for Capital Pride’s 35th anniversary celebration, “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet!” will be announced. Volunteers interested in being a part of Capital Pride’s 35th anniversary celebration are encouraged to attend. Visit capitalpride.org or call 202-719-5304 for information.