January 20, 2011 at 2:12 pm EDT | by Joey DiGuglielmo
Calendar: Jan. 21

Lace Lounge has a "Social Climax" party Friday night. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Friday, Jan. 21

Chely Wright will be at the Birchmere (3701 Mt. Vernon Ave.) in Alexandria, Va., tonight at 7:30 p.m. with special guest, Deep River. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at birchmere.com.

Gross National Product returns with “The Sound of Palin” at Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St., N.E.) tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $20 and can be purchased at atlas arts.org.

Apex (1415 22nd St., N.W.) presents Caliente Grande with DJ Michael Brandon in the main hall. Jamaica and Friends will perform in a drag show at midnight. Drink specials include $4 margaritas. Attendees must be 18 to enter and there is a $10 cover. For more information, visit apex-dc.com or calientedc.com.

Enigma, a monthly substance-free, no-alcohol party, is tonight at the Green Lantern (1335 Green Court, N.W.) from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. on the second floor with a separate entrance and a security guard working the door to make sure no one with drinks from downstairs comes up. Cover is $5 and all are welcomed.

Lace Lounge (2214 Rhode Island Ave., N.E.) presents Social Climax from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. with free drinks before 11:30 p.m. Attendees must be 21 or older and there is a $10 cover. For more information, visit lacedc.com.

Metropolitan Community Church of Washington’s fundraising team is hosting a bingo night tonight at 7 p.m. at the church (474 Ridge St., N.W.). The evening begins with four early bird games which costs $2 for four cards or $3 for eight cards. This is followed by 17 regular and special games which are packaged for as low as $25. There will be homemade refreshments available.

Saturday, Jan. 22

Merrifield Garden Center is returning with its free gardening, landscaping and now cooking seminars today at 10 a.m. Next to the Merrifield location, in the Merrifield Community Hall (8104 Lee Highway), Vivian Mitchell, a tropical plant specialist, will be teaching about easy-to-grow houseplants. Jonathan Kavalier, a horticulturist with the Smithsonian Institution, will be at the Fair Oaks location (12101 Lee Highway) in Fairfax teaching how to grow orchids. Lilienne Conklin, a chef, will be teaching about cooking with line at the Gainesville location (6895 Wellington Rd.). Registration is not required for any of the seminars, but Merrifield asks attendees of the wine seminar to register online at merrifieldgardencenter.com.

Mixtape D.C. is tonight at DC9 (1940 9th St., N.W.) from 10 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Mixtape is a dance party for queer music lovers and their pals that features DJs Shea Van Horn and Matt Bailer playing an eclectic mix of electro, alt-pop, indie rock, house, disco, new wave and anything else danceable. $5 cover for 21 and over.

Chantry, a classical vocal group, presents “Three Kings: Masterpieces for the Magi” tonight at 8 p.m. at St. Mary Mother of God (727 5th St., N.W.).

DJ Brett Henrichsen will be at Town (2009) tonight at 10 p.m. with music and video downstairs by Wess. The drag show starts at 10:30 p.m. Cover is $8 before 11 p.m. and $12 after. Attendees must be 21 or older.

Starting tonight, every fourth Saturday of the month, Green Lantern (1335 Green Court, N.W.) is hosting Jocks vs. Jocks from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Cover is $5 if wearing sports attire, $7 if not. There’s a trophy and cash prizes for the winning team.

Sunday, Jan. 23

The Shakespeare Theatre Company presents “Cymbeline,” directed by Rebecca Bayla Taichman, tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Lansburgh Theatre (450 7th St., N.W.). Tickets range from $37 to $70 and can be purchased online at shakespearetheatre.org. Before the performance, there will be a “Windows Discussion,” which offers an introduction and a talk about the show moderated by literary manager, Akiva Fox. The discussion is at 5 p.m. in the Sidney Harman Hall (610 F. St., N.W.) and is free to the public.

Camp Rehoboth Chorus presents “Strike Up the Band” today with two performances, one at 3 p.m. and another at 7. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 302-227-5620.

Burgundy Crescent Volunteers is holding a karaoke social tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Banana Café (500 8th St., S.E.) in the upstairs piano bar.

Monday, Jan. 24

SAGE Metro D.C. will be holding its monthly meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.).

Tuesday, Jan. 25

Synetic opens its limited engagement presentation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 8 p.m. at Crystal City (1800 South Bell St.) in Arlington.

Nellie’s (900 U St., N.W.) will be have a watch party for President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight at 7 p.m. with the usual drag bingo and “Glee” watch party at 8 p.m.

Busboys and Poets (2021 14th St., N.W.) hosts an open mic poetry night tonight from 9 to 11 p.m. featuring SMYTE-IX and hosed by Jenny Lares. This event is $4 and wristbands will be sold in the bookstore beginning at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 26

Whitman-Walker will have HIV testing today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center (1701 14th St., N.W.) and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Max Robinson center (2301 Martin luther King Jr., Ave., S.E.).

Thursday, Jan. 27

Lambda Sci-Fi will have its book discussion group meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at 1425 S St., N.W. This month’s book is “The Steel Remains” by Richard K. Morgan. Call James at 202-232-3141 or e-mail to info@lambdascifi.org to RSVP. For more information, visit the group’s website, lambdascifi.org.

Put On the Gloves, an organization to help fight against bullying, is hosting a fashion show at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) tonight from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The show will be hosted by celebrity stylist and author Phillip Block and Will Thomas of Fox 5 with a special performance by Mya. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at putonthegloves.com. Proceeds will benefit the Trevor Project.

Mautner Project presents a yoga wellness workshop tonight from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 1875 Connecticut Ave., N.W. on the seventh floor with Danielle Polen from Tranquil Space. The workshop is free.

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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