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Calendar: March 4

Concerts, exhibits, parties and more through March 10th

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Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters. The group will be back in town for their own show on Monday after opening for Gaga last week. (Photo courtesy of FlyTime Entertainment)

Friday, March 4

RAW, hosted by DJs Bil Todd and Shea Van Horn with special guest DJ Smudge, will be at Green Lantern (1335 Green Court, N.W.) tonight from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Free entry before 11 p.m. with a $3 cover after. There will be an open bar from 10 to 11 p.m. Attendees must be 21 or older.

Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) presents “GLEEtacular” tonight at 10 p.m. with moments from the show recreated on stage and clips shown. Cover is $10 all night for attendees 18- 20 and $5 before 11 p.m. for those 21 or older and $10 afterward.

The D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) is hosting its March Open Mic Night featuring local gay performer Monte Wolfe, who does spoken word, poetry and theatrical monologues, tonight from 8 to 10 p.m.

The D.C. Kings celebrate their 11th anniversary with a special “Best of” show tonight at Apex (1415 22nd St., N.W.) at 11 p.m.

Tilted Torch, a fire variety show, presents “But Wait! There’s More!!” at Red Palace (1212 H St., N.W.) tonight from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. featuring the burlesque and vaudeville of OuiOui Nonnon, ukulele tunes from Maureen Andary, contortion from Jonathan Burns and more. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 10. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Visit redpalacedc.com to purchase tickets.

“Shear Madness,” a comedy whodunit, will be performed at the Kennedy Center Theater Lab (2700 F St., N.W.) at 8 p.m. “Madness” takes place in present-day Georgetown, in the Shear Madness Hair Styling Salon. Visit kennedy-center.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

Saturday, March 5

Blowoff, a dance party featuring gay DJs Bob Mould and Richard Morel, will be at 9:30 Club (815 V St., N.W.) tonight. Doors opens at 11:30 p.m. Attendees must be 21 or older. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at 930.com.

Adventuring, a D.C.-based gay and lesbian outdoor group, is hosting a hike in the George Washington National Forest. The group will meet near the Pentagon City Metro station at 8:30 a.m. to carpool to the trail. For more information, visit adventuring.org.

Post-Classical Ensemble presents a performance of gay composer Lou Harrison’s works at Lisner Auditorium (730 21st St., N.W.) tonight at 8 p.m.

Mautner Project’s 21st anniversary gala, “Dare to Be” is tonight at the Omni Shoreham Hotel (2500 Calvert St., N.W.) from 5:30 p.m. to 12;30 a.m.

The Montgomery County Gay Men’s Community will hold its monthly potluck social today from 7 to 10 p.m. in Potomac. For more info call John at 240-342-2757

Signature Theatre and Ken Ludwig host a book release party for “Lend Me a Tenor and Other Plays,” a new anthology published by Smith and Kraus” tonight from 4 to 6 p.m. at Signature Theatre’s Mead Lobby (4200 Campbell Ave.) in Arlington. The event will include readings from “Moon Over Buffalo,” “Shakespeare in Hollywood” and “Leading Ladies.” This is a free event.

Washington National opera presents “Madama Butterfly” at the Kennedy Center. The show is performed in Italian with English supertitles. Catherine Naglestad will play the role of Cio-Cio-San. Tickets range from $55 to $300. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit kennedy-center.org.

Sunday, March 6

Flip-Out, D.C.’s LGBT flip cup league, has its weekly games today at 5 p.m. at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.). For more information, visit flipoutdc.com.

The D.C. Jazz Jam, a weekly jam free for both musicians and jazz lovers, is tonight from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Dahlak (1771 U St., N.W.).

Monday, March 7

The D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) and Metro D.C. PFLAG are hosting a LGBT youth working group from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss ways to support LGBT youth in D.C. This will be going on at the same time as the Center’s volunteer night which begins at 6:30 p.m.

Rev. Linda Calkins will lead a wellness workshop “Finding Your Perfect Workout” today from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Calkins is also a certified fitness trainer. The workshop will be held at Mautner Project (1875 Connecticut Ave., N.W.).

The Scissor Sisters concert at 9:30 Club is sold out, but Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) is hosting an after party with music by Aaron Riggins and Shea Van Horn. Doors open at 9 p.m. This event is free with a ticket stub from the concert and $5 without.

Tuesday, March 8

The Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance will be holding its membership meeting tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archive (1201 17th St., N.W.). This meeting is open to the public.

La Tomate Italian Bistro (1701 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) is hosting Carnevale D.C., a “glam” alternative to “Fat Tuesday,” from 5 to 11 p.m. No ticket is required to access the bar, but tickets for the four-course Venetian menu are $75 plus tax and gratuity. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit carnevaledc.com.

Wednesday, March 9

The third annual CAGLCC Mega LGBT Networking and Social Event is today from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.). Some of the groups invited to attend include Burgundy Crescent, Federal GLOBE, GAYLAW, and D.C. Out and Equal. This is no cover for this event. Visit meganetworkingdc.com to register.

Rainbow Response and CAAPE are holding their monthly meeting tonight at the D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) from 7 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, March 10

DCBiWomen will be having its monthly dinner at Café Luna (1633 P St., N.W.) tonight from 7 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit dcbiwomen.org.

Baltimore’s Sticky Buns Burlesque take the stage at Red Palace (1212 H St., N.W.). The revue will showcase the group’s “perverse” performance art. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show beings at 9. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Attendees must be 21 or older.

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PHOTOS: Drag Me to the Disco

Four ‘RuPaul’ contestants join local performers at Howard Theatre event

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Drag Me to the Disco was held at Howard Theatre on Saturday, March 2. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

District Disco presented “Drag Me to the Disco” at Howard Theatre on Saturday. Performers included Mistress Isabelle Brooks, Jaida Essence Hall, Vanessa Vanjie Matteo and Luxx Noir London of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” as well as local drag performers Crimsyn, Cake Pop!, Crystal Edge and Druex Sidora. Music was provided by DJ Camb and DJ Boyyyish.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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PHOTOS: Pride Reveal

‘Totally Radical’ announced as this year’s theme

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Miss Capital Pride 2024 performs at the Pride Reveal party on Thursday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Capital Pride Alliance held its annual Pride Reveal party at Penn Social on Feb. 29. “Totally Radical” was announced as this year’s theme for Pride.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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Gay author takes us on his journey to fatherhood in ‘Safe’

One man’s truth about the frustrations and rewards of fostering

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(Book cover image courtesy of Atria Books)

‘Safe: A Memoir of Fatherhood, Foster Care, and the Risks We Take for Family’
By Mark Daley
c.2024, Atria Books
$28.99/304 pages

The closet is full of miniature hangers.

The mattress bumpers match the drapes and the rug beneath the tiny bed. There’s a rocker for late-night fusses, a tall giraffe in the corner, and wind-up elephants march in a circle over the crib. Now you just need someone to occupy that space and in the new book, “Safe” by Mark Daley, there’s more than one way to accomplish that dream.

Jason was a natural-born father.

Mark Daley knew that when they were dating, when he watched Jason with his nephew, with infants, and the look on Jason’s face when he had one in his arms. As a gay man, Daley never thought much having a family but he knew Jason did – and so, shortly after their wedding, they began exploring surrogacy and foster-to-adopt programs.

Daley knew how important it was to get the latter right: his mother had a less-than-optimal childhood, and she protected her own children fiercely for it. When Daley came out to her, and to his father, he was instantly supported and that’s what he wanted to give: support and loving comfort to a child in a hard situation.

Or children, as it happened. Just weeks after competing foster parenting classes and after telling the social worker they’d take siblings if there was a need, the prospective dads were offered two small brothers to foster.

It was love at first sight but euphoria was somewhat tempered by courts, laws, and rules. Their social worker warned several times that reunification of the boys with their parents was “Plan A,” but Daley couldn’t imagine it. The parents seemed unreliable; they rarely kept appointments, and they didn’t seem to want to learn better parenting skills. The mother all but ignored the baby, and the child noticed.

So did Daley, but the courts held all the power, and predicting an outcome was impossible.

“All we had was the present,” he said. “If I didn’t stay in it, I was going to lose everything I had.” So was there a Happily-Ever-After?

Ah, you won’t find an answer to that question here. You’ll need to read “Safe” and wear your heart outside your chest for an hour or so, to find out. Bring tissues.

Bring a sense of humor, too, because author and founder of One Iowa Mark Daley takes readers along on his journey to being someone’s daddy, and he does it with the sweetest open-minded open-heartedness. He’s also Mama Bear here, too, which is just what you want to see, although there can sometimes be a lot of tiresome drama and over-fretting in that.

And yet, this isn’t just a sweet, but angst-riddled, tale of family. If you’re looking to foster, here’s one man’s truth about the frustrations, the stratospheric-highs, and the deep lows. Will your foster experiences be similar? Maybe, but reading this book about it is its own reward.

“Safe” soars and it dives. It plays with your emotions and it wallows in anxiety. If you’re a parent, though, you’ll hang on to every word.

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