August 29, 2011 at 2:13 pm EST | by Juliette Ebner
Calendar: Aug. 26

Judy Taylor's 11-panel ‘History of Labor in the State of Maine,’ removed from the headquarters of Maine's Department of Labor by Governor LePage in March, will be on display at Kaplan Gallery (155 Gibbs St.) in Rockville starting Tuesday. (Image courtesy of the Kaplan)

TODAY (Friday)

The Lodge (21614 National Pike) in Boonsboro presents Araya Sparxx’s All American Drag Off with specials guests Jessica Jade and Patti Lovelace. Seven contestants will be competing for a prize package worth over $1,000 including six guaranteed bookings at The Lodge, promo photo shoot by RAB2 Imaging and $500 cash prize. For more information, visit

Grap Luva is hosting the Michael Jackson birthday celebration tonight at 9:30 Club with DJ Dredd spinning and Robin Bell providing video. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at Door open at 9 p.m.

Gospel legends Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes, a cappella group Naturally 7 and urban jazz harmonicist Frédéric Yonnet will be performing as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Celebration Concert at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.). This is a free performance but tickets are required. Reserved seating tickets will be distributed today starting at 4 p.m. in the Hall of Nations.

Beat City, a queer lounge night, is tonight at Chief Ike’s Mambo Room (1725 Columbia Rd., N.W.) from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. There is no cover for this 21-and-older event.

Busboys & Poets will be having an American Sign Language open mic night tonight at 11 p.m. in the Langston room at its 14th and V streets location (2021 14th St., N.W.). Anyone with sign language knowledge may sign up by e-mailing There is a $5 admission at the door.

Saturday, Aug. 27

Rams Head Promotions and 103.1 WRNR present Silopanna Music Festival featuring 20 acts on three different stages, including Matt and Kim, Pasadena and Tobias Russell. General admission tickets are $39.50 in advanced and $45 the day of show and V.I.P tickets are $195 in advanced and $225 the day of show. V.I.P tickets include complimentary drinks, a dinner buffet, private bathrooms and more. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Southwest Renaissance Development Corporation is hosting a panel discussion as at Westminster Presbyterian Church (400 I St., S.W.) today from 1 to 3 p.m. as part of its series, “Thinking About Jazz.” This month’s program will duscuss women such as Mary Lou Williams, Marian McPartland and Dinah Washington. Several members of the case of “Sistas Can Sang” will be discussing their own experiences.

Burgundy Crescent Volunteers seeks help as its members help the National Park Service paint park benches in Dupont Circle. Volunteers will meet up with NPS staff at 9 a.m. by the fountain in the circle, wearing clothes they don’t mind getting paint on and should plan on being there until noon. Interested volunteers should e-mail

Will Eastman, Kid Color and Jerome Baker III will be at U Street Music Hall (1115 U St., N.W.) tonight at 10 p.m. with “Bliss.” Tickets are $10 and available online at Attendees ages 18 to 20 must purchase tickets in advanced to gain entry. Pre-sale ends an hour before doors open.

Green Lantern (1335 Green Court, N.W.) hosts “Slippery When Wet” tonight from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. with prize packages and Manhunt giveaway. DJ Ace D.C. will be spinning.

Reportory Opera Theater of Washington has “A Grand Night of Opera” tonight at 8 at Immanuel Church on the Hill in Alexandria (3606 Seminary Road). Tickets are $15; $10 for ages 10-17 (under 10 free). Arias from operas by Mozart, Wagner, Gershwin and more will be performed. Visit for details.

Sunday, Aug.  28

GLOE is having its sixth annual pool party “Tel Aviv (in D.C.) Beach Bash” today from 1 to 5 p.m. at the home of founder Stuart Kurlander and David Martin. Tickets are $5 and the exact address will be emailed upon registration. For more information, visit

The fourth annual Summer Games with Shearon Van Riggins (Shea Van Horn and Aaron Riggins) and officiated by drag queen Summer Camp, is today from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Meridian Hill Park and the theme this year is skin. Teams of four will compete in events for gold, silver or bronze metals. Events include all-you-can-eat bananas, Sharpie pen fencing and more. The games will be followed by the official after party at Nellie’s (900 U St., N.W.)

Camp Rehoboth and the Seashore Striders are holding the second annual “Sundance 5k: Run Walk or Sashay!” today in Rehoboth Beach, Del., with registration beginning at 6 a.m. The race kicks off at 7:30 a.m. General registration and sleepwalker registration is $25. For more information, visit

Monday, Aug. 29

D.C. Different Drummers Capitol Pride Symphonic Band will rehearse tonight from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Reformation Lutheran Church, Capitol Hill (212 East Capitol St.). For more information, contact or visit

Brightest Young Things is having its happy hour tonight at the Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) at 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 30

Federal Triangles Soccer Club Summer of Freedom league is having its closing party tonight at Nellie’s (900 U St., N.W.) starting at 6:30 p.m.

VisArts presents the work of Maine artist Judy Taylor whose 11-panel “History of Labor in the State of Maine” was removed from the headquarters of Maine’s Department of Labor by Govnernor LePage in March. The exhibition opens today at Kaplan Gallery (155 Gibbs St.) in Rockville, on the second floor. An opening reception and other events are scheduled for September. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit

Wednesday, Aug. 31

The Lambda Bridge Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) across from Marine Barracks for duplicate bridge. No reservations are needed and newcomers are welcome. If a partner is needed, visit

D.C. Different Drummer’s D.C. Swing! group will rehearse tonight from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Reformation Lutheran Church, Capitol Hill (212 East Capitol St.). For more information, contact or visit

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is tonight at Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar (1101 H St., N.E.) with The Machine and special guest DJs spinning alternative music and obscure dance tracks from the ‘80s tonight from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Attendees must be 21 or older for this cover-free event.

Thursday, Sept. 1

“Shear Madness,” a comedy whodunit, will be performed tonight at the Kennedy Center Theater Lab (2700 F St., N.W.) at 8 p.m. “Madness” takes place in present-day Georgetown, in the Shear Madness Hair Styling Salon. Tickets are $42. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Guttermouth, a punk band from California, will be performing at the Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) tonight with The New Threat and Bumpin Uglies. Tickets are $13 and doors open at 8 p.m. For more information, visit


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