September 23, 2010 | by Juliette Ebner
Busy week on the gay social scene

Fall isn’t just for pumpkins and Halloween, it’s also the busiest time of year on the social scene. The coming week brings an array of fundraisers, sporting events, book signings and more — all with a gay twist.

Saturday brings the first day of Out for Work‘s sixth annual National LGBT College Student Career Conference with keynote speakers Jonathan Capeheart, Elizabeth Birch, Amanda Simpson and Tim Gunn.

The conference won’t be Gunn’s only appearance in D.C. The fashion consultant will also be at MOVA, 1435 P St., N.W., from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday for a celebrity bartending, book signing, reception and fundraiser. Gunn will only be bartending from 9 to 10 p.m., but a reception will be held before his stint behind the bar during which he will sign books.

Tickets are $40 for VIP admission, which gets attendees into the club at 7 p.m. for a VIP reception and book signing, a complementary glass of wine, hors d’oeuvres and admission to the general reception. Tickets are $20 for general admission and allows attendees into the club at 8 p.m. Both tickets include admission to the club during Gunn’s bartending. Dress attire is fashionable. More info is here.

Another event happening on Saturday is United Night OUT, the first ever LGBT fan night in the history of Major League Soccer, hosted by the Federal Triangles Soccer Club, as D.C. United takes on the Houston Dynamo. The event starts with a tailgate pot luck in Lot 8 at RFK Stadium, along the fence near FanFest from 4 to 6:30 p.m., just look for the FTSC flag. Parking opens at 3:30.

The stadium gates open at 6 p.m. The first 5,000 fans will receive a mini flag and all Night OUT attendees will be offered pregame hors d’oeuvres in the Champions Club until 7:30. D.C. Different Drummers will be playing outside the main gate from 6:30 to 7:10 p.m.  Rainbow Families D.C. will be participating in Team Tunnel at 7 p.m.

The ceremonial coin flip will be at 7:20 p.m. featuring Servicemembers United and then local recording artist Peter Fox will sing the National Anthem. Kick-off is at 7:30. At halftime, there will be a Night OUT relay race. More info is here.

Individual tickets are $20 and can be purchased through the Night OUT coordinator, at Nellie’s Sport’s Bar, 900 U St., N.W., the HRC D.C. Shop, 1633 Connecticut Ave., N.W., and online through DC United using the offer code UNITED. DC United (5-17) and Houston Dynamo (6-13) were last in their respective conferences as of Tuesday. More info is here.

Also on Saturday, the Rooftop, 155 Gibbs St., will be hosting Pride in the Sky. The event goes from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and will feature DJ Rosie spinning top 40 and hip-hop. Specials include $3 beer, wine, sangria and rail drinks, plus free appetizers from 8 to 9 p.m.

There will be a $5 cover from 8 to 10 p.m. and $7 afterward. Doors open at 8. Attendees must be 21 or older and have a valid ID. The Rooftop is a new venue located at the Arts & Innovation Center in the Rockville Town Center and is the only open-air terrace in the county. More info is here.

Saturday night may be filled with events that are hard to choose between, but don’t forget the afternoon. The 17th Street Festival is also on Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. with a free movie at 8 in Stead Park. The festival will include a “Kids Zone” on the ground of Ross Elementary School, 1730 R St., N.W. There will be games, arts and crafts, food and other activities, including a tour of the school. Many local artists and galleries will have artwork on display. There will be live music as well, including the band Double Life, which will perform at 3 p.m.

The festival will also include a raffle and live auction at 5:10 p.m. followed by a performance by Tom Goss. The festival is a way to mark the near completion of the 17th Street streetscape project, which was started in December. More info is here.

On Sunday, SMYAL will be holding its 13th annual fall brunch at the Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Ave., S.W. There will be a reception and silent auction starting at 11 a.m. followed by the brunch program. Eun Yang, anchor and reporter for NBC News4 will be emceeing the event and Capehart will be the keynote speaker. The brunch is a major fundraiser for the organization, which provides programs for LGBT youth in the D.C. metro area. Tickets are $125 each. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.

Wednesday begins the onslaught of awards dinners here in the District. Up first is the Victory Fund’s 10th annual Gay & Lesbian Leadership Awards. This year, the awards celebration will be held at the W Hotel, to honor House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her work on advancing LGBT equality. Actor Leslie Jordan will be master of ceremonies. There will be a VIP reception from 6:30 to 7 p.m. in the POV Lounge Bar. The program will take place in the Grand Ballroom from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $250 and VIP tickets are $1,200. More info is here.

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