May 17, 2012 at 10:20 am EDT | by Juliette Ebner
Calendar: May 18

‘Roots’ is one of the works by Kate McConnell currently on display on Touchstone Gallery. (Image courtesy Touchstone)

TODAY (Friday)

Green Lantern (1335 Green Court) hosts “Pop Goes the World: International Dance Party,” starting at 10 p.m. with DJs Aaron Riggins, Della Volla and AVM. Cover is $5. For more information, visit

The Black Keys play Merriweather Post Pavilion (10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia) tonight at 6:30 p.m. Tickets range from $40 to $55 and are available online at

The Lambda Divers are having their monthly happy hour tonight at Nellie’s (900 U St., N.W.) from 5 to 7 p.m.

The D.C. Gurly Show presents “Mayday! The USO Show!” tonight at Pase 1 (525 8th St., S.E.) at 9:30 p.m. There’s a $10 cover, or $5 with a military I.D. for this 21-and-older event.

The D.C. Queer Theatre Festival beings tonight at the D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) at 8 p.m. Tonight’s featured plays are “Fabulous Water Sports” by Roy Proctor and directed by Allison Clapp, “Redskins vs. Rockettes” by Michael Bobbitt and directed by George Grant; and “My Last Best Spouse” by Raoul D. Luna and directed by Jay Hardee. There will also be a panel, “Rooting for Our Voice: How Can We Grow Queer Theater in the D.C. Area.” There is a $10 suggested donation. The festival continues through Saturday. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit

Artomatic, which bills itself as the area’s biggest free creative arts market event, opens today at 1851 South Bell Street in Crystal City, Va., one block from the Crystal City Metro Station. The festival runs through June 23 and prides itself on transforming empty spaces into vibrant arts communities that “celebrate creativity.” This year’s space encompasses 380,000 square feet and art work on display is also for sale. Visit for more information.

Saturday, May 19

Busboys & Poets monthly youth-focused and -led open mic series is today at its 5th and K location (1025 5th St., N.W.) from 5 to 7 p.m. co-hosted by Jonathan Tucker and Nichita Mason. Wristbands are $4 and will be sold in the Global Exchange store beginning at 10 a.m. They are also available for purchase online at starting at midnight before the event. For more information, email Tucker at [email protected]

Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) presents Hellmouth Happy Hour where every week an episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” will be screened and drink specials will be offered. This week the episode is “Beer Bad.” Doors open at 7 p.m.

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

The Ladies of LURe present “Bare: Police Appreciation” at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) in honor of National Police Week. DJs Rosie and Keenan Orr will be spinning and Level One Restaurant will be open until 2 a.m.

Touchstone Gallery (901 New York Ave., N.W.) has two exhibits currently on display: “It’s My Nature” featuring works by Kate McConnell and “Vivid Horizon: Color and Light” featuring works by Colleen Sabo. The gallery is open from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit

Sunday, May 20

The 2012 Mr. Freddie’s Pageant at Freddie’s Beach Bar (555 South 23rd St., Crystal City) starts today at 8 p.m. For more information and an application, contact Destiny B. Childs on Facebook or at [email protected] There’s a $10 cover.

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. The sign-up sheet opens at 4 p.m.

Schmekel, a transgender, Jewish schtick-rock group, plays Chief Ikes Mambo Room (1725 Columbia Rd., N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m. as part of the D.C. Jewish Community Center’s Music Festival. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at

Where the Girls Go and DJ vAnniety Kills present “OverEasy,” a ladies tea dance, today at Dodge City (917 U St., N.W.) from 2 to 7 p.m. There is no cover for this 21-and-older event.

Monday, May 21

The Washington, D.C. LGBT Aging Coalition holds a meeting today at the D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Jennifer Berger at [email protected]

Busboys & Poets presents Monday Night Open Mic Poetry hosted by Rebecca Dupas in the Robeson Room of its Shirlington location (4251 S. Campbell Ave., Arlington) at 8 p.m. Wristbands are $4 and will be sold in the Global Exchange store beginning at 10 a.m. They are also available for purchase online at starting at midnight before the event.

Tuesday, May 22

GLAA is having a membership meeting tonight in the second floor community room at the Reeves Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The Connecting Rainbows Initiative is having its first LGBTQ Youth Rap Session: Let’s Talk! today at the Office of Youth Empowerment (3700 10th St., N.W.) from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available starting at 4:30 p.m. For more information, email [email protected]

Wednesday, May 23

HIV Prevention Working Group is having a meeting today at the D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) at 7 p.m.

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 available online at midnight prior to the event at and will be sold in the Global Exchange store beginning at 10 a.m.

The Lambda Bridge Club meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center (721 8th Street, SE) across from the Marine Barracks for duplicate bridge. No reservation is needed and newcomers are welcome. Visit if you need a partner.

Thursday, May 24

District Underground (2477 18th St., N.W.) presents “Flirt,” DJ India’s weekly nightlife party strictly for women starting at 9 p.m. There’s a $5 cover before 11 p.m.

The Lambda Sci-Fi Book Group meets today at 1425 S St., N.W. at 7 p.m. This month’s book is “Batwoman: Elegy” a graphic novel by Greg Rucka. Attendees are asked to bring a snack and/or non-alcoholic drink to share. For more information, email [email protected][email protected] or visit the group’s website

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