April 14, 2011 at 1:20 pm EDT | by Juliette Ebner
Arts news in brief: April 15

Girlyman opens for Susan Werner at the Birchmere Friday night. (Photo courtesy of the group)

Werner, Girlyman at the Birchmere Friday

Out singer Susan Werner and queer group Girlyman will be performing at Birchmere (3701 Mt. Vernon Ave.) in Alexandria Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

Werner launched her recording career with the self-released Midwestern Saturday Night in 1992, which was followed by “Live At Tin Angel” in 1993. The second album impressed executives at Private Music/BMG, which released her major label debut “Last Of The Good Straight Girls” in 1995. She also received critical accolades for her subsequent recordings “Time Between Trains” (VelVel, 1998) and “New Non-Fiction” (Indie, 2001).

She has toured the nation with acts such as Richard Thompson, Keb Mo and Joan Armatrading, and was featured in a 1998 Peter, Paul and Mary PBS television special as one of the best of the next generation of folk songwriters. She’s a classically trained musicians who studied opera and still occasionally uses a selection from “Madame Butterfly” as her encore.Atlanta-based Girlyman is a folk-rock outfit famous for its tight harmonies.

Equality Virginia plans Saturday gala

Equality Virginia’s annual Commonwealth Dinner, a black-tie gala for the Commonwealth’s LGBT community and supporters, is Saturday at the Richmond Marriot Hotel (500 East Broad St.)

The dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. with a VIP and table host registration. General registration and evening reception starts a p.m. with live entertainment from Emme St. James and Her Jazz Gentlemen and No BS Brass Band.

The OUTstanding Virginians program begins at 8:15 p.m. This part of the gala is to honor LGBT Virginians who have made a mark. This year’s honorees are Gay Adegbalola, Tom Field, Mark Lowham, Molly McClintock, Judd Proctor and Brian Burns, Ellen Quails, Mitch Rosa and Krist VanAudenhove, Ruth Micklem and Jeanie Beiber.

The registration deadline for this event has passed. For more information, go here.

GLAA celebrates 40th anniversary Wednesday

The Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance is celebrating its 40th anniversary at Washington Plaza Hotel (10 Thomas Circle, N.W.) on Wednesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The celebration will feature a presentation of the 2011 Distinguished Service Awards. The honorees are Rev. John Bryson Chane, Sharon Farmer, David Friedman, Theodore “Teddy” Guerran, Ronald King and David C. Ward.

Tickets are $75 each at the sponsor level, $125 for two at the patron level, $250 for three at the benefactor level, $500 for five at the distinguished sponsor level and $1000 for eight at the underwriters level.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.

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