January 18, 2011 | by Juliette Ebner
Bare celebrates second anniversary

(Blade photo by Michael Key)

Saturday  marked the second anniversary of Bare, a monthly lesbian event at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.).

“From go-go dancers, to multiple levels and DJs, we bring a little bit of everything into one building,” Karen Diehl, founder of Lure, the event planning company that puts on Bare, a monthly event, said of the party.

Diehl started Lure a few years ago with a business partner, but has been going “solo” for about a year and a half. The company first reached out to Cobalt early in 2009, but the club was unable to take on another party at the time.

In August of that same year, they sat down with Jason Royce and Mark Rutstein of Cobalt and came to an agreement and two months later, Bare was born.

“We want to thank Eric Little and Mark Rutstein for being so wonderful for the past two years,” Diehl said. “They really have stood behind the lesbian community and embraced this event as one of their own.”

Saturday’s party starts at 9 p.m. and Diehl recommends getting there early.

Everyone will be able to get her picture taken by Binxer Photography on the red carpet with Lure’s backdrop displaying all the companies’ allies. Prizes will be given to the first 100 guests.

DJs Rosie and Keenan will be spinning.

“Real L Word” fans will be happy to hear someone from the show will be at the party for those who purchase VIP admission. But Diehl won’t say who.

“We would prefer to keep it a secret, because just like most birthdays, it’s always nice to be surprised,” Diehl said.

VIP admission is $25 and includes access to both floors, giveaways, entry into a raffle for Phasefest 2011 tickets and Queer Prom 2011 tickets, $5 “you call-its” and the ice luge.

General admission is $10 and includes drink specials and go-go dancers. All attendees must be 21 or older.

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