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D.C. Center, Film Society & more hosts parties

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Oscar watch party, gay news, Washington Blade
Oscar watch party, gay news, Washington Blade

(Washington Blade file photo by Pete Exis)

The Oscars are back, and with it are the annual parties and galas that make the night even more glamorous. Here are a few events happening in the Washington area to celebrate the awards show:

  • The DC Center hosts its eighth annual Oscar Gala “Glamour, Glitter and Gold” Sunday night at 7 p.m. at Town Danceboutique (2009 8th St., NW). The Center has teamed up with Reel Affirmations to throw the party and will be holding a silent auction while attendees wait to see who walks away with Oscars. Attendees can bid on items that appeal to the business owner, the traveler, the party girl or boy, the foodie, the wine drinker, the health nut and the theater goer. All proceeds from the Silent Auction will got toward their efforts to present LGBT visual arts. Tickets are $15-$200. Attendees can also sponsor the event by giving $500-$5,000. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.
  • Commissary Bar and Lounge (1443 P St., NW) hosts a red carpet and Oscar viewing party Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. Attendees will be able to stroll onto a red carpet, sip on “Academy Award” cocktails inspired by the nominated films while munching on Commissary’s famous truffle popcorn. They will also be able to watch the show with complimentary Oscar ballots. Prizes will be given to the winning ballot. There is no cover charge but reservations are recommended. For more information, visit commissarydc.com.
  • D.C. Film Society hosts its 21st annual Oscar Party at the Arlington Cinema ‘N Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington) at 6:30 p.m. The show will be broadcast on the big screen. The evening will include a silent auction along with food and drink. Tickets are $15 for basic Film Society members and $20 for non-members. For more information, visit dcfilmsociety.org.
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Get ready for Baltimore Pride

Events scheduled throughout weekend

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Baltimore Pride Parade (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Baltimore Pride begins this weekend on Friday, June 14 in the heart of the city.

There will be a variety of events, the main ones being Mt. Vernon Pride on June 14 at 2 p.m. on the 200 Block of W. Read St., the Parade and Block Party on Saturday, June 15 at 3 p.m. on N. Charles St., and Pride in the Park on Sunday, June 15 at 3 p.m. at Druid Hill Park.

For more event details, visit Baltimore Pride’s website

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New film festival to spotlight LGBTQ docs

DC/DOX held in theaters throughout city

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DC/DOX, a new film festival in Washington D.C., began on Thursday, June 13 at E-Street Cinema, the U.S. Navy Memorial Burke Theatre and Eaton Cinema.

The festival is dedicated to promoting documentary as a leading art form and a series of documentaries on LGBTQ+ stories will premiere, including “Love That Dares Not,” “Sabbath Queen,” and “Familia.” 

For more information, visit DC/DOX’s website.

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Baltimore Museum to host Pride party

Ridin’ the Rails features RuPaul’s Queen of Flips

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The B&O Railroad Museum will host “Ridin the Rails: Pride Train & Party” on Friday, June 14 at 8:00p.m. in collaboration with the Pride Center of Maryland and Stonewall Sports.

This event will kick off Pride events in Baltimore.  This year’s Ridin’ the Rails features Season 16 Rupaul’s Drag Race Queen “The Queen of Flips” Mhi’ya Iman Le’Paige and local Baltimore queens, with meet-and-greets available. The party will be filled with music, food, and drinks under the stars surrounded by trains.

Tickets start at $28 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

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