May 17, 2012 at 9:35 am EST | by Juliette Ebner
Arts briefs: May 18

Nightly events planned at Grand Central

Grand Central Station (1001/1003 N. Charles St.) has a bunch of events coming up this week.

Saturday brings Rich Morel’s “Hot Sauce.” There’s a $10 cover.

Sunday is “Night of Broadway” starring Sue Nami, Jada B, Lola Mein, Anastasia Amor with special guest Aunye Diamond and hosted by Josie Foster from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets are $10

Monday and Tuesday will be karaoke with Nikki Cox from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Wednesday is “hump,” an electro-pop, alternative, indie dance night starting at 9 p.m. with DJ Arturo with Ryan Bartz and Travis Rice behind the bar.

Thursday is Ladies Night with DJ Lems.

Men’s Chorus performs at the Patterson

The Baltimore Men’s Chorus presents “Time and Elements” on Saturday at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson (3134 Eastern Ave.) at 8 p.m.

Directed by Tony Bianca and founded 20 years ago, the Chorus is sometimes campy, sometimes crazy, heartfelt and poignant. There will be a silent auction in the lobby and a post-show performance with Amy Willis in the Marquee Lounge.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for CA members.

For more information, visit To purchase tickets, visit

Carmen Carrera, an alum of ‘Ru Paul’s Drag Race,’ will be at the Hippo for an Equality Maryland event Sunday. (Photo courtesy Logo)

Equality Md. holds wedding expo, drag contest

Equality Maryland is sponsoring two events Sunday in the Baltimore area.

First up is a LGBT wedding show at Sheraton Baltimore North (903 Dulaney Valley Rd., Towson) at 1 p.m. This is Sheraton’s first such event and all brides and grooms-to-be are eligible to win giveaways. There is a $5 admission charge and a portion of admissions will benefit the Trevor Project.

RSVP by calling 410-321-7400 or emailing

After the wedding show, Equality Maryland hosts “So You Think You Can Drag” at Club Hippo (1 West Eager St.) starting at 6 p.m. with Carmen Carrera from “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” singer Lea Gilmore, Deputy Chief Kaliope Parthemos and SEIU 500 Political Director Mark McLaurin as judges.

Tickets are $25 for attendees over 25 and $15 for attendees under 25 or with a valid college ID. The event is free for performers.

For more information on either event, visit

Coming out, poz group and others to meet at Center

The GLBT Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (241 West Chase St.) has a large variety of groups meeting this week.

On Saturday, Sufficient As I Am, a group for youth 24 and younger dealing with issues of sexuality, coming out, relationships, family and more, meets in room 201 at 12:30 p.m.

POZ Men, an LGBT-affirming peer support group for all HIV-positive men, meets on Wednesday in room 202 at 6 p.m.

Women of Color, a social and discussion group, meets on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in room 202.

For more information on these groups and others, visit

Casino night to benefit Team D.C.

Team D.C. presents Casino Night on Saturday at Buffalo Billiards (1330 19th St., N.W.) from 8 p.m. to midnight.

The night will include poker, blackjack and craps with dealers from local LGBT sports teams.

There is a $10 entry fee, which includes chips to play games and enters attendees to win raffle prizes. Proceeds from the night are split among the participating sports clubs.

For more information, visit

Gay law organization celebrates milestone

Lambda Legal is celebrating Kevin Cathcart’s 20th anniversary as executive director on Tuesday at Studio Theatre (1501 14th St., N.W.) from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Lambda Legal was founded in 1973 as the nation’s first legal organization dedicated to achieving full equality for lesbian and gay people.

The evening will feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as the organization celebrates 20 years of historic legal victories.

Tickets range from $150 for individual tickets to $25,000 for district sponsor.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Gaithersburg book fest draws 80 authors

The third annual Gaithersburg Book Festival with more than 80 featured bestselling and award-winning authors, is Saturday at the Gaithersburg City Hall Grounds from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Other festival activities include a spotlight on local authors, interactive writing workshops, a Children’s Village, a coffee house featuring performances from poets and singer/songwriters and more.

Admission, parking and handicap-accessible shuttle bus are free. For more information and a complete list of authors and events, visit

Local pros offer tips at Chamber event

The Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce present “Best Impressions,” a panel giving the secrets to impress with style at the offices of Ackerman Brown PLLC (1250 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The panel will feature Brad Brenner of District Psychotherapy Consultants, Christopher Schafer of Christopher Schafer Clothier, David Beck of Salon Rouge and Dr. Howard Brooks of Skin Cosmetic Dermatology of Georgetown.

The panel is $25 for members and $45 for non-members.

For more information and to register, visit

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