November 1, 2012 at 2:14 pm EDT | by Santiago Melli-Huber
Calendar: events through Nov. 8
Ba'Naka, Drag, gay news, Washington Blade

Ba’Naka (Dustin Schaad), this year’s winner for the third consecutive year in the Blade’s annual Best of Gay D.C. contest, is shown getting ready for a performance at Town in this photo from Michael Lang. It’s part of his exhibit ‘Drag Illusion’ on display at Touchstone Gallery all month. (Photo by Michael Lang, courtesy of Touchstone Gallery)

TODAY (Friday) 

The opening reception of The Drag Illusion is at 6 p.m. today at Touchstone Gallery (901 New York Ave., NW). The exhibit features a photo essay about drag queens and the illusion they create. It will run through Nov. 25. For details, visit

Phase 1 (528 8th St. SE) has its weekly dance party with DJ Jay Von Teese tonight starting at 7:30 p.m. Cover is $10. For more information, visit

Happy hour at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) is from 11-midnight tonight. Vodka is free for that hour. Visit for more information.

The Bachelor’s Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.) is having its happy hour this evening starting at 5 p.m. All drinks are half off until 7:30 p.m. After 11 p.m., admission is $5. For details, visit

Saturday, Nov. 3

The D.C./Maryland/Virginia Gay-Straight Alliance & LGBTQA Youth Conference is in School Without Walls Senior High School (2130 G St NW) today from 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. The conference is for Gay-Straight Alliance club members and advisors.

The D.C. Center (1318 U St NW) is holding its first Center Global Meeting at noon today. The meetings focus on international LGBT issues, including the difficulties facing binational LGBT couples and how to help LGBT asylum seekers in the area. For more information, visit

Reel Affirmations Film Festival is having a two-for-one ticket deal today for the films “Welcome to New York” and “Gayby.” Tickets are $10. The films will be shown at the Goethe Institut (812 7th St NW) at 9 p.m. For more information, visit

The first Saturday of every month is Rumba night at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.). The night starts at 10 p.m. and features special performances, themes and gogo dancers. For more information, visit

Willam, Detox and Vicky Vox, the drag queens behind the Chick-fil-A inspired song “Chow Down,” perform at Town Danceboutique (2009 8th St NW) tonight at 10:30 p.m. Cover is $8 before 11 p.m. and $12 after. For more information, visit

Sunday, Nov. 4

The Reel Affirmations Film Festival is showing two trans-themed films back-to-back today, “Trans” and “Mathi(eu),” at the Carnegie Institution for Science (1530 P St NW) at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit

In the spirit of Halloween, the Washington Ballet’s final performance of “Dracula” is at 1:30 p.m. today at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St NW). Tickets start at $25. For more information, visit

Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) holds its weekly Martini Sundays and Homowood Karaoke tonight. Karaoke starts at 10 p.m. and there is no charge for admission. For details, visit

Monday, Nov. 5

The first Monday of every month is volunteer night at the D.C. Center (1318 U St NW). Socialize and enjoy pizza and a raffle while helping the community from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Justin Bieber plays the Verizon Center (601 F St NW) at 7 p.m. tonight. For tickets and information, visit

Martini Monday at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) includes no cover and $5 martinis, starting at 10 p.m. tonight. Visit for more details.

Tuesday, Nov. 6

Election Day features races for president, 33 senate seats and all House seats as well as several gubernatorial and state legislature races, making this an important election year. Additionally, four states, including Maryland, have same-sex marriage initiatives on the ballot. If approved, Maryland’s Question 6 would give gay and lesbian couples the right to marry there. Polls are open in D.C. and Maryland from 7 a.m.-8 p.m and in Virginia from 6 a.m.-7 p.m.

Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W) is hosting its weekly Flashback night with music from the ‘70s, ‘80 and the early ‘90s, starting at 10 p.m. There is no cover charge. For more details, visit

Wednesday, Nov. 7

Smart Ass at Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St NW) features two trivia games starting at 8 and 9 p.m. Teams compete for reduced tabs and other prizes. For details, visit

Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W) holds its weekly Wednesday Karaoke night tonight.No cover. The night begins at 10 p.m. The nightly special is $5 Absolute and flavored Smirnoff. For more details, visit

Lambda Bridge Club meets tonight at 7:30 at the Dignity Center (721 8th St., SE) for social bridge. Newcomers are welcome. For more information, visit

The Bachelor’s Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.) is hosting drag bingo starring Jasmine from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. tonight. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Thursday, Nov. 8

Outserve Military Night at Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St NW) has drink specials from 8 p.m. until closing with a military ID. For more information, visit

The Dupont Circle branch of EagleBank (1228 Connecticut Ave NW) is sponsoring a networking event for the Capital Area Gay & Lesbian Camber of Commerce (CAGLCC). The event is free for CAGLCC members and $25 for non-members. For information and to pre-register, visit

Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W) is hosting its weekly Best Package Contest tonight at 9 p.m. There is a $3 cover and there are $2 vodka drinks. Participants in the contest can win $200 in cash prizes. The event is hosted by Lena Lett and music by DJ Chord, DJ Madscience, and DJ Sean Morris. For details, visit

The “freak folk” group CocoRosie plays the 9:30 Club (815 V St NW) at 10 p.m. Tickets are $20. For tickets and information, visit

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