May 9, 2013 at 12:04 pm EDT | by Erin Durkin
Calendar through May 16
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Chris Mann, a finalist on ‘The Voice,’ makes two Washington-area appearances this week (Courtesy of

Friday, May 10

Black National Pageantry System presents “The Miss Black National Plus Pageant: A Night of Fantasy” honoring Tanisha Cassadine tonight at 9 p.m. at Remingtons (639 Pennsylvania Ave., SE). Tickets are $20. For more information, visit

The GI Film Festival continues tonight with a screening of the short documentary “Do Tell” at 10 p.m. The film follows gay American military members stationed in an outpost in Japan pre- and post-“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Tickets to this event are $30. Attendees can buy passes for $50-$350. The festival is the only one to celebrate and commemorate the military through the medium of film. Visit

GI Film Festival:

The Figaro Project presents “Camelot Requiem” tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the First & Franklin Street Presbyterian Church (210 West Madison St., Baltimore). The opera takes place in two hospital waiting rooms by members of John F. Kennedy’s family and staff for 14 hours after his death. Admission is $15. For more information, visit

Camelot Requiem:

Unity of Fairfax (2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, Va.) holds its fourth annual “Who is My Neighbor” benefit concert called “Breaking the Silence: Finding Your Voice” tonight at 7:30 p.m. The show’s goal is to raise awareness around issues of abuse, bullying and mental illness with music, video, poetry and prose. Proceeds will benefit two non-profit organizations: the Women’s Center’s “Let’s Talk,” which aims to improve the psychological and financial well being of men, women and families in Northern Virginia, and KIVA, which helps alleviate poverty around the world through microfinance lending. Unity of Fairfax is a positive progressive Christian church. Admission is $15. For details, visit

Special Agent Galactica returns with her happy hour show this evening at 6 p.m. at the Black Fox Lounge (1732 Connecticut Ave., NW). This week she welcomes Shakespearean and classical actor Jefferson Farber. The show includes live jazz, blue cabaret, standards and comedy. There is no cover charge. For more information, visit

Saturday, May 11

Mayor Vincent Gray hosts his first LGBT Youth Hall Meeting today at noon at the Eastern Market’s North Hall (225 7th St., SE). Visit for more information.

The Bethesda Fine Arts Festival returns to downtown Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle along Norfolk, Auburn, Del Ray and Cordell Avenues starting today at 10 a.m. and ends Sunday at 5 p.m. Artists from around the country and Canada will showcase their original works, including painting, drawing, photography, furniture, jewelry, mixed media, wood and ceramics. For more information, visit

Freddie’s Beach Bar (555 South 23rd St., Crystal City, Va.) hosts the 2013 Mr. Freddie’s contest tonight at 8 p.m. The night includes over $400 in cash and prizes. Categories in which contestants participate are presentation, Q&A, beach attire and talent. Visit for more information.

Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer organization, volunteers today for the Casey Trees as part of its Community Tree Planting Program at Oxon Run Park (3787 Wheeler Rd., SE) starting at 9 a.m. Volunteers will be planting 63 shade trees. For more information, visit

Sunday, May 12

Brian Stokes Mitchell joins the Choral Arts Chorus in the show “Broadway’s Show-Stoppers,” at the Kennedy Center (2700 F Street, NW) today, Mother’s Day, at 5 p.m. Mitchell is an award-winning Broadway, television and film star baritone who is known to “Frasier” fans as the upstairs neighbor Cam Winston and as Rachel Berry’s gay dad on “Glee.” The show will include his signature “The Impossible Dream” from “Man of La Mancha,” as well as other Gershwin tunes and songs from “South Pacific,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Camelot” and “Porgy and Bess.” Tickets are $29-$85. For more information, visit

Brian Stokes Mitchell:

Lambda Sci-Fi has its monthly LGBT science fiction, fantasy and horror meeting at 1425 S St., NW. Attendees are asked to bring a non-alcoholic drink or snack to share. Visit for more information.

Burgundy Crescent volunteers at the D.C. Central Kitchen (425 2nd St., NW) this morning from 9 a.m.-noon. Volunteers will prepare food along the D.C. Central Kitchen checks to help find hunger. For more information, visit

Monday, May 13

“The Voice” finalist Chris Mann comes to Rams Head On Stage (33 West St., Annapolis) tonight at 8 p.m. and on Tuesday will play the Birchmere (3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va.) at 7:30 p.m. Mann’s music is a blend of classically trained material with contemporary. For more information, visit

The D.C. Center (1318 U St., NW) holds coffee drop-in for the senior LGBT community today from 10 a.m.-noon. The Center will provide complimentary coffee and a community to chat with. For more information, visit

Bears do Yoga takes place this evening 6:30 p.m. as part of a series at the Green Lantern (1335 Green Court, NW). This is part of a basic yoga series that takes place every Monday and is open to people of varying body types and experience. There is no charge. For more information, visit

Tuesday, May 14

The D.C. chapter of the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association (NLGJA) with the National Press Club presents a panel discussion tonight from 6-8 p.m. called “The Endangered Ombudsman” at the Press Club (529 14th Street, NW). It’s billed as a “lively discussion on why the press is changing how they monitor themselves and why the public may no longer have direct access to someone who is able to register complaints and bring up issues without restraint about what and how news is reported.” Several distinguished local journalists will be on the panel including Patrick Pexton, the last Washington Post ombudsman.

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

Wednesday, May 15

The Tom Davoren Social Bridge Club meets tonight at the Dignity Center (721 8th St., SE) at 7:30 p.m. for social bridge. Newcomers are welcome and no reservations are needed. For more information or if you need a partner, visit

Maryland Corporate Council presents “Keeping the Balance: Methods of Creating Balance at Home and in Business” tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Residences (801 Key Highway) at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served as Kimberly Eastburn, creator of the Interior Design Shrink blog, will share tips on transforming your life by recalibrating your home. She advises clients to “awaken” by first clearing out the unnecessary possessions that keep them tied to the past and reduce their energy blocking new opportunities from coming their way.

Thursday, May 16

Team D.C. hosts “Holy Spirits” LGBT Catholic and Christian Happy Hour at Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., NW) tonight at 6 p.m. For more information, visit

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