The Speakeasy Shorts Film Challenge begins tonight at 7 at the U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center (701 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.). The challenge lasts five days to write, shoot and edit a film based on eight local storytellers. Tonight is the first night the filmmakers will be learning which story they are assigned after the storytellers regale the audience. The competition ends Nov. 16 when they reveal their films. Tickets are $20 per show or $30 for both shows if they are purchased online. For more information, visit speakeasydc.com.
The Bethesda Art Walk is this evening from 6-9 p.m. Seven galleries and studios will be participating in the walk: Artworks (7740 Old Georgetown Rd.), Consider it Done (7806 Old Georgetown Rd.), Gallery B (7700 Wisconsin Ave.), Interiors of Washington (7944 Norfolk Ave.), L’Eclat de Verre (7015 Wisconsin Ave.), Upstairs Art Studios (4948 St. Elmo Ave.) and Waverly Street Gallery (4600 East-West Highway). For more information, visit Bethesda.org.
Special Agent Galactica welcomes special guest Barbara Papendorp, French chanteuse and cabaret artist, to her happy hour show at Black Fox Lounge (1723 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) tonight from 6-9. Music includes pieces by Pat Benatar, Judy Garland, Stevie Nicks, Nancy Sinatra and Ray Stevens. Admission is free. For more information, visit pinkhairedone.com.
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts Bear Happy Hour tonight from 6-11 p.m. This event is for people 21 and older. There is no cover charge. For details, visit towndc.com.
The Bachelor’s Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.) is having its happy hour tonight starting at 5 p.m. All drinks are half off until 7:30 p.m. After 9 p.m., admission is $10. The dance floor opens at 11 with DJ Tim-Nice and DJ Cameron. For details, visit thebachelorsmill.com.
Phase 1 (528 8th St. S.E.) has its weekly dance party with DJ Jay Von Teese tonight starting at 7:30. Cover is $10. For more information, visitphase1dc.com.
Saturday Nov. 10
Studio Gallery (2108 R St., NW) hosts the opening reception for the show “Revisit: The Inconstancy of Being” in honor of Fotoweek DC 2012 today at 4 p.m. Fotoweek D.C. celebrates the art of photography, and the show features 10 prominent photographers. The artists revisited their oldest pieces giving them a more modern twist. For more information, visit studiogallerydc.com.
The opening reception of the exhibition, “A Quiet Field of Surfaces” happens tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Adah Rose Gallery (3766 Howard Ave., Kensington). The show features art by Jessica Drenk and Brie Husted. For more information, visit adahrosegallery.com.
Sunday, Nov. 11
Church of the Holy City’s “Music with the Angels” series, along with the D.C. Chamber Music Players chamber Orchestra, presents a Veterans’ Day Concert this afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Church of the Holy City (1611-16th St., N.W.). For more information, visit churchoftheholycity.org.
Lambda Sci-Fi meets this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at 1425 S St. N.W. All LGBT science fiction, fantasy and horror fans are invited. For more information visit lambdascifi.org.
Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) holds its weekly Martini Sundays and Homowood Karaoke. Karaoke starts at 10 p.m. and there is no charge for admission. For details, visit cobaltdc.com.
Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer organization, volunteers this morning for D.C. Central Kitchen (425 2nd St, NW) at 9 a.m. For more information, visit burgundycrescent.org.
Monday, Nov. 12
Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) hosts its Martini Monday tonight at 10 p.m. There is no cover charge and martinis are $5. For more information, visitcobaltdc.com.
Whitman-Walker Health (1701 14th St., NW) holds its HIV+ Newly Diagnosed Support Group tonight at 7. It’s a confidential support group for anyone recently diagnosed with HIV and the group welcomes all genders and sexual orientations. For details, visit whitman-walker.org.
Tuesday, Nov. 13
Green Lantern (1335 Green Court, N.W.) hosts its Safer Sex Kit-packing program tonight from 7-10:30. The packing program is looking for more volunteers to help produce the kits because they say they are barely keeping up with demand. Admission is free and volunteers can just show up. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.
Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W) hosts its Flashback dance night with DJ Jason Royce starting at 10 p.m. There is no cover charge. For more details, visit cobaltdc.com.
Wednesday, Nov. 14
Big Gay Book Group meets tonight at 7 p.m. at 1155 F St., NW, Suite 200. They will be discussing “Querelle” by Jean Genet. For more information, visit biggaybookgroup.com.
Lambda Bridge Club meets tonight at 7:30 pm at the Dignity Center (721 8th St., SE). Newcomers are welcomed and no reservations are needed. For more information, visit lambdabridge.com.
Whitman-Walker Health (1701 14th St., NW) holds its HIV+ Newly Diagnosed Support Group tonight at 7. It is a confidential support group for anyone recently diagnosed with HIV and the group welcomes all genders and sexual orientations. For details, visit whitman-walker.org.
Thursday, Nov. 15
The D.C. Center’s Center Women presents Beaujolais Nouveau, a celebration for the new wine harvest, at Gallery plan b (1530 14th St., NW) tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Beaujolais Nouveau is a newer red wine made in the Beaujolais region of France. It is very popular and is fermented only a few weeks before being released. Tickets start at $15. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.
Whitman-Walker Health (1701 14th St., NW) holds its gay men over 50 support group this evening at 6:30 p.m. The group is for gay men entering a new phase of life. Registration is required to attend. For more information, visit whitman-walker.org.
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 cobaltdc.com.