December 29, 2010 | by Joey DiGuglielmo
Looking ahead

Plans are still being made but many of the region’s signature annual LGBT events have been penciled in for 2011, mostly — but not always — in their usual slots.

The biggest out-of-the-norm loop will be Reel Affirmations, Washington’s annual LGBT film festival which has moved from its usual October slot to April 28 to May 7 (2011).

The 20-year-old festival staged by the non-profit One in Ten has moved its screening marathon because the economic crash of 2008 and the resignation of its former director left it in the red after the 2009 event. Three films were shown in October but the main event was bumped to 2011.

One in Ten has monthly selections now at the D.C. JCC on 16th Street. Look for “The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister” on Jan. 21, “Children of God” on Feb. 11 and “You Should Meet My Son” on March 11. Screenings are at 7 and 9:15 p.m. on those nights. Tickets are $12. Visit HYPERLINK “http://reelaffirmations.org/”reelaffirmations.org for details.

Phasefest, the indie music festival hosted each fall by lesbian bar Phase 1, will return with its fifth annual event. Founder Angela Lombardi starts making plans each year in January.

“I haven’t even started looking for headliners yet,” she says. “Basically I get through New Year’s and then start planning. I was just thinking today this is kind of my last week of not worrying about Phasefest. But we were really off the train last year with MEN headlining and I hope we have an even stronger year in 2011.

Phasefest runs from a Thursday to a Saturday in late September. The exact weekend hasn’t been selected.

Also usually in September is Ganymede’s GLBT Fall Arts Festival, though it wasn’t held per se this year and plans are still being decided for 2011. Ganymede had several strong productions this year — “Naked Boys Singing!,” “Falsettos,” “Edie Beale Live at Reno Sweeney” and several Galactica shows, but the organization has struggled financially.

Artistic Director Jeffrey Johnson says nothing for sure is planned.

“We have a lot to figure out,” he says. “Home, budget, etc., before we can announce anything.”

Capital Pride will be June 2 to 12 with all the usual events. No headliners have been announced yet. Latino Pride and Trans Pride usually plan their events to coincide with Capital Pride week.

D.C. Black Pride is usually the last weekend in May but no dates have been announced yet.

Another big event will likely be the 25th anniversary of Michael Kahn‘s spot as artistic director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Publicist Lindsay Mady says an anniversary season is planned but details haven’t been finalized. Look for more information in late January or early February.

Team DC holds its annual fashion show and model search on March 12 at Town and look for the return of Night Out at the Nationals in July.

Other annual staples are the AIDS Walk, a Whitman-Walker benefit (usually the first Saturday in October), the Human Rights Campaign national dinner (Oct. 1), the SMYAL Fall Brunch (usually a Sunday in late September), and the Victory Fund’s National Champagne Brunch on March 20, among others.

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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