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Calendar: Feb. 17

Concerts, parties, exhibits and more through Feb. 23

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Romantic Italian pop singe Patrizio Buanne, who’s been comparied to Harry Connick Jr. and Michael Buble, plays Wolf Trap next week. Tickets are $32 and can be purchased online at wolftrap.org.

TODAY (Friday) 

Green Lantern (1335 Green Court) hosts Mama’s Trailer Park Dance Party tonight upstairs from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. and “Pop Goes the World: International Dance Party,” starting at 10 p.m. with DJs Aaron Riggins, Della Volla and AVM. Cover is $5 for the Pop. For more information, visit greenlanterndc.com.

A quartet of Wolf Trap Opera Company alumni will be joining pianist Kim Witman tonight for a musical multimedia showcase, “America’s National Parks: Through the Artist’s Lens,” featuring the photography of Terre Jones, tonight at Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd., Vienna) at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at wolftrap.org.

The NiteCamp Dancers will be at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) tonight. Doors open at 10 p.m. Cover is $10 all night for those 18 to 20 years old, $5 before 11 p.m. for those 21 and older and $10 afterward.

Red Eye Gravy Theatre Company presents a same-sex version of “Romeo and Juliet,” a benefit for the Trevor Project at the Fridge (516 1/2 8th St., S.E.), tonight at 8 p.m. This production will feature the title roles as a lesbian couple and the show will be followed by a discussion. The show will run through Feb. 18. Tickets are $20. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit thefridgedc.com.

Lesbian comedian Judy Gold plays the Riot Act Comedy Theater (801 E St., N.W.) tonight at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $25 and can be purchased online atriotactcomedy.com She will also perform twice on Saturday.

D.C. Women in Their Thirties meets tonight at 8 p.m. at Remington’s (639 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E.). Women in their Thirties is a group for lesbian, bi, trans and queer women in their 30s looking to build community.

Saturday, Feb. 18

The Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) has two events going on backstage today. First up is the free event Hellmouth Happy Hour featuring an episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and drinks specials at 7 p.m. This week’s episode is “Bad Girls.” Then DJ lil’e takes over the space for her ‘80s Alt-Pop Dance night, Right Round. Tickets are $7 and doors open at 9:30 p.m.

Spunk-E Productions presents “Ink” at Green Lantern (1335 Green Court, N.W.) tonight from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. featuring music by DJ T-one and a “Show Your Tats” contest.

Phase 1 (525 8th St., S.E.) presents “SeXXhibition: Through the Eyes of Deaf Women II” tonight from 7 to 10 p.m. The night, a fundraiser for the deaf lesbian community and Deaf Abused Women Network, will feature steamy ASL stories, ABC stories and performances by Nasty Moment, Buttalicious, Valentino, Silus and more. There is a $10 cover.

Team D.C. presents “Casino Night” tonight from 8 p.m. to midnight at Buffalo Billards (1330 19th St., N.W.). The event will feature poker and blackjack with dealers from D.C. various LGBT sports teams. There is a $10 entry for chips to play and food and drink specials all night. For more information, visit teamdc.org.

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington has its second show of the season tonight with “The Kids Are All Right” at the Lisner Auditorium (730 21st St., N.W.) at 8 p.m. The show will feature the chorus as well as author and activist Candace Gingrich-Jones and the performing arts troupe, Dreams of Hope. Tickets range from $20 to $50. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit gmcw.org.

Sunday, Feb. 19

Busboys & Poets presents “Borderlines: A Bilingual Spanish-English Open Mic” tonight at 5 p.m. in the Zinn room of its Hyattsville location (5331 Baltimore Ave., Suite 104) hosted by Henry Mills. This is the pilot run of the event. The sign-up sheet opens at 4 p.m.

Town’s (2009 8th St., N.W.) “WTF” dance party returns with the Magic edition tonight at 10 p.m. The night will feature drag queens, go go boys, performance artists, DJs, food and more. Cover is $5 and all attendees must be 21 or older.

Nice Jewish Girls is a local community, now over 200-strong, of LBTQ Jewish women 21 and older, from secular to orthodox, who meet up for recreational, social, charitable and religious community events. If you’re 45ish or older, join us for a chill dinner at Marrakesh (Silver Spring/GA Ave location) at 6pm. For more info and to RSVP, visit http://www.nicejewishgirlsdc.com/events/owj or email: [email protected].

Monday, Feb. 20

Busboys & Poets presents author Doron Petersan discussing and signing her book,“Sticky Fingers’ Sweets: 100 Super-Secret Vegan Recipes,” tonight at its 14th and V location (2021 14th St., N.W.) at 6:30 p.m. This is a free event.

The Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) presents the National President’s Day Choral Festival today at 2 p.m. featuring performances of Howard Hanson’s “Song of Democracy,” John Rutter’s “Gloria” and more. This is a free event. For more information, visit kennedy-center.org.

Tuesday, Feb. 21

Riot Act Comedy Theater (801 E St., N.W.) presents its weekly trivia night hosted by Ashley Linder and Lauren Zoltick tonight at 8 p.m. in the upstairs bar. There is also a bonus question worth three extra points online at riotactcomedy.com.

Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) is celebrating Mardi Gras with DJ Chris Cox tonight starting at 10 p.m. There will also be live performances by Jessica Spaulding and the Dance Camp. Cover is $8 before 11 p.m. and $12 afterward. All attendees must be 21 or older.

Wednesday, Feb. 22

The Strathmore presents its artist in residence ellen cherry tonight at the Mansion (10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda) at 7:30 p.m. in the second of two performances. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online at strathmore.org.

Busboys & Poets presents Sparkle Open Mic Poetry, a queer-friendly reading series hosted by Regie Cabico and Danielle Evennou in the Cullen room of its 5th and K location (1025 5th St., N.W.) at 9 p.m. Wristbands are $4 and will be sold in the Global Exchange store beginning at 11 a.m.

The Ladies of Mova present “VanityGirl,” a weekly ladies night at Mova (2204 14th St., N.W.) with happy hour from 5 to 8 p.m. and various drink specials hosted by Nikisha.

Thursday, Feb. 23

Italian pop crooner Patrizio Buanne plays Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd., Vienna) tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are $32 and can be purchased online at wolftrap.org.

Gays & Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV) holds its monthly meeting tonight in the main room at the D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The Washington Ballet honoring choreographer Twyla Tharp is at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) tonight at 8 p.m., in a program showcasing her work spanning two decades. It will include performance of Tharp’s “Nine Sinatra Songs,” “Push Comes to Shove” and “Surfer at the Styx River.” Tickets range from $20 to $125 and can be purchased online atkennedy-center.org. The show will run through Feb. 26.

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Out & About

DC Center to host estate planning seminar series

Three sessions presented by Murray Scheel

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The DC Center hosts a series of talks on end-of-life planning next week.

The DC Center for the LGBT Community and the DC Department on Aging and Community Living will host “Estate Planning Tools with Murray Scheel” via Zoom. 

Scheel will walk guests through the process of taking care of the end-of-life planning business that needs to be addressed during the golden years. Scheel is Senior Staff Attorney at Whitman-Walker Health’s Legal Services.

This event series will consist of three 1.5-hour sessions:

Jan. 19, 3 p.m. – “Tools for while you’re living” (overview, general power of attorney, healthcare power of attorney, disposition of remains, etc.)

Jan. 26, 3 p.m. – “Tools for after you’re gone” (living wills, last wills, assets, etc.)

Feb. 2, 3 p.m. – “Healthcare insurance & long term care” (Medicare, Medicaid, correcting misinformation, skilled nursing, hospice care, etc.)

To register for this event, visit the DC Center website.

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DC Center to host legal seminar for trans people

Attorney Richard Tappan and paralegal Miranda Shipman to give legal advice

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The DC Center for the LGBT Community will host a “Gender and Name Change Legal Seminar” on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m. online. 

Attorney Richard Tappan and paralegal Miranda Shipman will give legal advice and speak on the importance of the legal community within the LGBTQ community, the difficulties of the LGBTQ community in the legal field and name and gender changes. 

Guests can find the link at the DC Center website.

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Books

Seeking love and community in Nicaragua

‘High-Risk Homosexual’ explores author’s youth, coming out

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(Book cover image courtesy of Soft Skill Press)

High-Risk Homosexual: A Memoir
By Edgar Gomez
c.2022, Soft Skull Press
$16.95/304 pages

Here. Try this.

It fits you, but the color isn’t flattering. It’s too long, too short, too tight, too loose. That’s not your style, so try something else until you find the thing that looks like you. The perfect thing is out there. As in the new book “High-Risk Homosexual” by Edgar Gomez, when something’s right, it’s right.

He was 13 when he figured out that he was a problem to be solved.

Edgar Gomez’ mother had left him in her native Nicaragua with his tíos, just for a while because she had to return to Florida to work. He wasn’t there without her for long, but it took years for him to understand that his time with his uncles was meant to make him more masculine.

In retrospect, he says, nobody wanted him to be a man more than he did. He wanted to be liked by other kids and so he told lies in school to make himself stand out. He wanted his mother to see his love of pretty things and say that it was OK. He wanted his brother to acknowledge that Gomez was gay, and to tell him that he loved him.

Instead, after his brother left for college, Gomez got his first boyfriend, a boy he came out to but who couldn’t come out to himself. He was called names in school. He came out to his mother, who freaked out about it. He befriended a drag queen, but “Princess” used him.

Things he wanted: a real boyfriend. Love. A ban on the stereotype of a macho Latinx man.

Things he still had, while in college: his mother and older brother. A tormentor-turned-mentor. A part-time job. His weirdness. His virginity.

Things he wanted to lose, while in college: his room at his mother’s house. His virginity, but that wouldn’t happen until later, during a painful one-afternoon-stand with a hot man who said he had a girlfriend. That hurt, both physically and emotionally but like so many things at so many times, Gomez tried not to think about it.

If he never considered what he didn’t have, he says, “I wouldn’t miss it.”

In a way, you could say that “High-Risk Homosexual” is a book in search of a point. It’s really quite random and told (mostly) linearly, but not quite. It has its peaks, but also low valleys. And you won’t care about any of this, because you’ll be enjoying every bit of it.

Yeah, this memoir is good: author Edgar Gomez’s literary wandering makes it feel much like an honest conversation with readers. There are wince-worthy moments that allow empathy here, and experiences that are unique but oddly ubiquitous, that leave space for a sense of sympatico. There are passages that are so wistfully uncomfortable that you might squirm, or start “snort-laughing,” or want to stop a moment and just think.

And there’s room for that, too, so take your time. “High-Risk Homosexual” is an affable book with just enough seriousness to make it worth a try.

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