May 23, 2013 | by Erin Durkin
Calendar through May 30
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‘Drag Salute to the Divas’ returns to the Howard Sunday night. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Friday, May 24

The Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity hosts a retreat for LGBT Muslims and their partners starting today and lasting until Monday. The weekend will include workshops, art, talent show, plenaries, community building, prayer, politics and spirituality. The goal of this retreat is to reconnect with the community while creating a dialogue with one another. Costs for the retreat is $100. For more information, visit lgbtmuslimretreat.com.

“A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor will be presenting a live broadcast in the Filene Center at Wolf Trap (1551 Trap Rd.,Vienna) tonight at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 5:45 p.m. Ticket prices for the event ranges from $25-$60. For more information visit walftrap.org.

Mystery Dinner Playhouse (located inside the Courtyard by Marriot Crystal City, 2899 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Va.) presents its new show “The Spy Who Killed Me” tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Attendees can enjoy this comedic butler convention murder mystery during a four-course dinner. The show runs until Nov. 24, every Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The group is also available for private events. Tickets are $53. Visit mysterydinner.com for more information.

Special Agent Galactica returns with her happy hour show at the Black Fox Lounge (1723 Connecticut Ave., NW) with repeat guest Nora Palka, who will be back to share her amazing vocals this evening at 6 p.m. Locals may know Palka from her performance in “Spring Awakening” at Keegan Theatre, “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” at Signature, and “Pygmalion” at the Washington Stage Guild. 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. Later, Town hosts DJ Mad Science on the main floor tonight at 10 p.m. The cover is $8 before 11 p.m. and $12. The drag show begins at 10:30 p.m. Visit towndc.com for more information.

Cobalt (1639 R St., NW) hosts its second annual “Mthr Fckn Pop Off!” where people can vote tournament style on the perfect song for summer. Voters can go on the Facebook event page to vote. That night, the club offers free rail vodka from 11 p.m-midnight. Cover is $10. For details, visit cobaltdc.com.

Saturday, May 25

Cobalt (1639 R St., NW) hosts “CTRL: Tank-Tacular Summer Kick-Off” tonight at 10 p.m. Cover is $5. Drink specials include $3 PBR Tallboys, $5 Rail and $4 Jameson shots. Visit cobaltdc.com for more information.

Burgundy Crescent volunteers this morning at Food and Friends (219 Riggs Rd., NE) at 8 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Volunteers will help with food preparation and packing groceries. The shifts are limited to 10 per shift. For more information, visit burgundycrescent.org.

Sunday, May 26

The D.C. Center needs volunteers with the demolition of the new space today at 10 a.m. at the Reeves Center (2000 14th St., NW). This will be the new permanent home of the Center, but they need help renovating.Volunteers are not required to bring supplies, just appropriate footwear and clothes that can get messy. They are also encouraged to bring water and snacks since there will be no formal lunch break. Visit thedccenter.org for more information.

The Howard Theatre (620 T St., NW) presents “A Drag Salute to the Divas” in honor of D.C. Black Pride tonight at 7 p.m. The show is lead by Shi-Queeta-Lee and several other of D.C.’s top illusionists as they bring Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Missy Elliott and many more to the stage. Tickets are $20. For more information, visit thehowardtheatre.com.

Monday, May 27

The Bachelor’s Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.) hosts its annual Memorial Day Cookout with free food from the grill starting at 5:30 p.m. There will also be a pool, video gaming systems and cards. Karaoke starts at 6 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m. DJ Alchemy begins the party at 10 p.m. For more information, visit bachelorsmill.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. Registration is required and attendees must call 202-797-3580 or email peersupport@whitman-walker.org. For details, visit whitman-walker.org.

Tuesday, May 28

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.

Wednesday, May 29

The Lambda Bridge Club meets at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Dignity Center (721 8th St., SE) for Duplicate Bridge. Reservations are not needed and newcomers are welcome. Attendees can call 703-407-6540 if they need a partner. Visit lambdadc.org for more information.

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. Registration is required and attendees must call 202-797-3580 or email peersupport@whitman-walker.org. For details, visit whitman-walker.org.

Thursday, May 30

Rainbow Response Coalition kicks off its fundraiser for the D.C. Capital Pride season this evening at Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse (1609 17th St., NW). The organization is committed to raise awareness and provide education on intimate partner violence in the LGBT community and hopes to broaden its network of dedicated members. Annie’s has offered to donate a portion of the proceeds for the night. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

The D.C. Center’s newest initiative, Center Global, a frank discussion on the challenges facing LGBT asylum seekers, takes place tonight at 7 p.m. Asylees, current asylum seekers and legal experts will talk about the difficult process LGBT asylum seekers face. The location is to be announced. Visit thedccenter.org for more information.

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