Friday, Feb. 18
Apex (1415 22nd St., N.W.) presents Caliente Grande with DJ Michael Brandon in the main hall. Jamaica and Friends will perform 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.
The D.C. Queer Writers Collective is holding its monthly writing circle tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. at the D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.).
Trade and Ivan’s Holiday Weekend Party is tonight from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Layla Lounge (501 Mores St., N.E.). There is a $5 cover before midnight at $10 after. All attendees must be 21 or older. For more information, visit trade202.com.
DJ Wesley D will be providing music and videos tonight in Nellie’s (900 U St., N.W.) new dining room bar starting at 7 p.m.
Enigma, a monthly substance-free, no-alcohol party, is tonight at 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.
D.C. Women in Their Thirties will meet tonight at 8 p.m. at the D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.).
Saturday, Feb. 19
DJ Chris Cox will be providing the music tonight at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) for its annual Mardi Gras Party. Doors open at 10 p.m. with music and video downstairs by Wess. Drag show starts at 10:30 p.m. Cover is $8 before 11 p.m. and $12 after. Attendees must be 21 or older.
Ultrabar (911 F St., N.W.) hosts Ladies Night: Glow in the Dark Edition tonight from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Ladies 21 and over can get a free shot at the bar at midnight when the song “Shots” by LMFAO is played. There will also be an open bar on the main floor from 9 to 10 p.m.
Mixtape D.C. is tonight Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) from 9:30 p.m. to 2 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. There is a $7 cover for this all ages event.
Team D.C. is hosting its first casino night tonight from 9 p.m. to midnight at Buffalo Billards (1330 19th St., N.W.). Games will include blackjack, poker, billiards and more. The event will also be co-hosted by D.C. Ice Breakers, Federal Triangles Soccer Club, the D.C. Gay Flag Football League, the Wetskins, the D.C. Strokes, the CARA bowling league and the D.C. Aquatics Club. Prizes, including a two-night stay at Intercontinental Barclay NYC during Pride weekend with theater tickets to “Priscilla Queen of the Desert,” will be awarded.
Sunday, Feb. 20
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) introduces its new “Make Out Room” tonight as part of WTF with music by Ryan Duncan from Pink Sock and Bill Todd from Raw. Doors open at 10 p.m. Cover is $5 and all attendees must be 18 or older.
The D.C. Jazz Jam, a weekly jam free for both musicians and jazz lovers, is tonight from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Dahlak (1771 U St., N.W.).
Studio Theatre (1501 14th St., N.W.) brings “The Brother/Sister” trilogy to a close with “Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet” by Tarell Alvin McCraney in two final performances today at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets range from $46 to $57 for the 2 p.m. performance and $57 to $65 for the 7 p.m. performance. For more information and to purchase tickets, studiotheatre.org.
Monday, Feb. 21
The Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) presents National Presidents Day Choral Festival today in the Concert Hall at 2 p.m. The program will feature Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” a series of Aaron Copland’s work and “Memorial,” written by Rene Clausen in remembrance of the 9-11 attacks. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at kennedy-center.org.
Zenith Gallery presents “Listen to Me,” sculpture and paintings by Joel D’Orazio, a former architect. D’Orazio uses found objects and industrial materials to create his art. The show is at The Gallery (1111 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.), which is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through May 13.
Tuesday, Feb. 22
Women over Forty will meet tonight from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.).
The Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance is having its membership meeting tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archive (1201 17th St., N.W.).
Wednesday, Feb. 23
Secrets (1824 Half St., S.W.) is holdings its monthly amateur dance contest tonight beginning at 11 p.m. Contests must sign up at the main bar between 10 and 10:45 p.m.
Higher Achievement D.C. Metro presents its sixth annual Literary Love Poetry Performance tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Center’s Family Theater (2700 F St., N.W.). This is a free event. For more information, visit kennedy-center.org.
The Cultural Competency Action Team will be holding a conference call today with youth speakers Carlos and Antonio sharing their experiences about coming out as youth of color from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. To participate, call 1-800-503-2899 and use I.D. 1599272#.
The D.C. Log Cabin Republicans will hosting its first February general meeting tonight from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Camden Roosevelt (2101 16th St., N.W.) with a viewing of a film on the Log Cabin v. U.S. lawsuit on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” featuring a representative from the law firm representing Log Cabin in the suit. For more information, visit dclogcabin.org.
Thursday, Feb. 24
“The Monster Ball Tour” starring Lady Gaga returns to the Verizon Center (601 F St., N.W.) tonight featuring Semi Precious Weapons. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $52.50 to $178 and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com.
The Duke Ellington School of the Arts presents Earth, Wind & Fire in a gala benefit concert celebrating the school’s 40th anniversary at 7:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall (2700 F St., N.W.). Tickets range from $50 to $175 and can be purchased online at kennedy-center.org.