October 18, 2012 | by Erin Durkin
D.C. arts briefs: through Oct. 25
Ellen DeGeneres, gay news, Washington Blade

It’s been a big award year for Ellen — in addition to getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, she picks up the Mark Twain Prize in Washington next week. (Photo courtesy Kennedy Center)

Ellen to get the Twain Prize

A huge lineup of top entertainers perform at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall (2700 F St., NW) in honor of the 15th Annual Mark Twain Prize recipient Ellen Degeneres on Monday night at 8:30.

Kristen Chenoweth, Steve Harvey, Sean Hayes, Jimmy Kimmel, John Krasinski, Jason Mraz, Lily Tomlin and several others will salute DeGeneres for her humor and accomplishments.

DeGeneres’ eponymous talk show has won 38 Daytime Emmy Awards.

Tickets are $1,000. Special event packages are also available for $5,000-$50,000. For more information, visit kennedy-center.org.

Latino LGBT group honors activists

Celebrate 25 years of Latino LGBT activism tonight at 7 at the Human Rights Campaign Equality Forum (1640 Rhode Islande Ave., NW).

The event celebrates the history of LGBT activism since the 1987 Gay and Lesbian March on Washington. It is also an opportunity to support the Latino GLBT History Project’s programs.

During the evening, the Project will reveal “25 Anos del Activismo,” a digital photo exhibit that captures moments of the Latino LGBT movement since 1987.

Attendees are asked to make a donation of $25. For more information, visit latinoglbhistory.org.

Sedaris at the Strathmore

Comic writer David Sedaris comes to the Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda) on Tuesday night 8 p.m.

Sedaris, who’s openly gay, has sold more than 7 million copies of his books “Naked,” “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim” and “When You Are Engulfed in Flames.” Sedaris’ style is marked by his meandering tales that capture the eccentricities of the world.

Tickets range from $48-$58. For more information, visit strathmore.org.

‘Raven’s Night’ Halloween show at the Birchmere

Belladonna presents “Raven’s Night” at the Birchmere Music Hall (3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria) Saturday.

The show features an adult-themed carnival to welcome Halloween celebrations at 5 p.m. Gypsy Punk music of Wasted Wine performs in a concert at 6:30 and then the main event “Cabaret Melancholia” begins at 7:30.

Tickets are $25. For more information, visit ravensnight.com.

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