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Calendar through June 20

Events, parties, concerts and more this weekend and beyond

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Mova hosts “GLBT College Night” on Thursday. (Washington Blade photo by Pete Exis)

Friday, June 14

Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts Bear Happy Hour Friday from 6-11 p.m. There is no cover charge and admission is limited to guests 21 and over. For details, visit towndc.com.

Special Agent Galactica performs Friday with her musical director, Aaron Myers, at Black Fox Lounge (1723 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) from 6-9 p.m. Admission is free. Visit blackfoxlounge.com or pinkhairedone.com for more information.

Jamorr Entertainment presents Fusion Friday, an all ladies happy hour, Friday at Capitale (1301 K St., N.W.) from 6-11 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. For details and to purchase tickets, visit jamorr.com.

Delta Elite (10 St., N.E.) hosts ladies night Friday from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. For more details, visit deltaelite.net.

Saturday, June 15

Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) hosts a “Mister Beefcake Contest” tonight at 10 p.m., featuring DJ Kurt Jo. Admission is $7. Contestants can win $100. For details, visit greenlanterndc.com.

Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) hosts a Gemini Zodiac Party this afternoon from 3-7 p.m. Geminis should come early for free T-shirts. Visit nelliessportsbar.com or the event on Facebook for more details.

Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer organization, volunteers today for Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation at the Falls Church PetSmart (6100 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, V.A.) from 11:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit burgundycrescent.org for more information.

Sunday, June 16

Perry’s (1811 Columbia Rd., N.W.) hosts its weekly Sunday Drag Brunch today from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $24.95 for an all-you-can-eat buffet. For details, visit perrysadamsmorgan.com.

The Capitol Hill Medical Center (700 2nd St., N.E.) presents a Transgender Health care Dialogue this morning from9:30-10:30 a.m. Kaiser Permanente physicians, nurses, behavioral health professionals and member services professionals will be present to answer questions. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

The D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) presents an International Queer Poetry Panel this afternoon from 1-3 p.m.Admission is $10 or free with prior registration. For more details, visit thedccenter.org.

Monday, June 17

The Bachelor’s Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.) hosts happy hour tonight from 5-7:30 p.m. All drinks are half price, and there will also be pool, video gaming systems and cards. Admission is free. For details, visit bachelorsmill.com.

The Black Fox Lounge (1723 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) hosts La-Ti-Do, a spoken word and musical theater show, tonight from 8-10 p.m. Admission is $10. Visit blackfoxlounge.com for more details.

The Open Society Institute (1730 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.) hosts a panel discussion and film preview on LGBTI refugees with the Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration (ORAM) from 1-3 p.m. this afternoon. “No Place For Me,” a documentary that reveals the persecution of LGBT people in South Africa, Mexico and Uganda, will be previewed. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

Casa Ruby (2822 Georgia Ave., N.W.) provides a Spanish-Language Career Development tutorial from 4-6 p.m. today. Visit thedccenter.org for more information.

The D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) hosts coffee drop-in hours this morning from 10 a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT community. Older LGBT adults can come and enjoy complimentary coffee and conversation with other community members. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

Tuesday, June 18

Whitman Walker Health provides free HIV testing at Panam Supermarket (3552 14th St., N.W.) tonight from 7-9 p.m.For more information, visit whitman-walker.org.

The D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) hosts a Gender Queer Discussion Group for people who identify outside of the gender binary from 7-8 p.m. tonight. For details, visit thedccenter.org.

MOVA Lounge (2204 14th St., N.W.) screens “Will & Grace” reruns tonight from 5 p.m.-3 a.m. Half-priced “Karen Walker Martinis” and “Just Jack Cocktails” will be served. There is no cover. For more information, visit movalounge.com or the Mova Lounge Facebook page.

The D.C. Trans Coalition hosts a group-planning meeting at Transgender Health Empowerment (1414 North Capitol St., N.W.) tonight from 7:30-9 p.m. For more information, visit dctranscoalition.org.

Wednesday, June 19

Heist (1802 Jefferson Pl., N.W.) hosts its weekly open bar party tonight from 10-11 p.m. There is no cover charge and admission is limited to guests 21 and over. For details, visit heistdc.com or the Heist DC Facebook page.

The Bachelor’s Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.) hosts drag bingo tonight from 5:30-7 p.m. during happy hour. All drinks are half price and there will also be pool, video gaming systems and cards. Admission is free. For more information, visitbachelorsmill.com.

The AFI Docs Film Festival starts screening documentaries today at 10 a.m. at the AFI Silver Theater (8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, M.D.). Tickets for individual screenings are $13 and combo ticket packages for 10 screenings are $100. For more information on the festival’s documentaries, various screening locations and to purchase tickets online, visit afi.com.

The Lambda Bridge Club meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for social bridge. Participants do not need a partner. For more details, call 301-345-1571.

Bookmen D.C., an informal men’s gay literature group, discusses “The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered,” tonight at 7:30 p.m. at The American Foreign Service Association (2101 E St., N.W.). For more information, visitbookmendc.blogspot.com.

Thursday, June 20

Whitman-Walker Health provides free HIV testing tonight from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. at Glorious Health Club (2120 West Virginia Ave., N.E.). For more information, visit whitman-walker.org.

The D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) hosts a polyamory discussion group tonight from 7-8 p.m. Visit thedccenter.orgfor more details.

MOVA Lounge (2204 14th St., N.W.) hosts “GLBT College Night” this evening with a vodka open bar from 9-10 p.m. for guests with a college ID. Admission is 18 and up to enter and 21 and up to drink. For details, visit movalounge.com or the Mova Lounge Facebook page.

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PHOTOS: Baltimore Pride in the Park

Annual celebration featured vendors, performers

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Baltimore Pride in the Park was held at Druid Hill Park on Sunday, June 16.

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PHOTOS: “Portraits”

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington performs at the Kennedy Center

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A scene from "Portraits," as performed in a technical rehearsal at the Kennedy Center on Saturday, June 15. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington performed “Portraits” at the Kennedy Center on Sunday, June 16.

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Sophie Zmorrod embracing life on the road in ‘Kite Runner’

First national tour comes to Eisenhower Theater on June 25

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Sophie Zmorrod (Photo courtesy of Zmorrod)

‘The Kite Runner’
June 25 – 30
The Kennedy Center
$39-$149
Kennedy-center.org

Newly single, Sophie Zmorrod is enjoying life on the road in the first national tour of “The Kite Runner,” Matthew Spangler’s play with music based on Khaled Hosseini’s gripping novel about damaged relationships and longed for redemption. 

“It’s a wonderful time for me,” says Zmorrod. “I’m past the breakup pain and feeling empowered to explore new cities. A lot of us in the cast are queer, so we figure out the scene wherever the show goes.” 

What’s more, the New York-based actor has fallen in love with the work. “I love how the play’s central character Amir is flawed. He is our antihero. He has faults. As a privileged boy in Kabul, he bears witness to his best friend’s assault and doesn’t intervene. He lives with that guilt for decades and gets that redemption in the end.” 

“He does what he can to right wrongs. For me who’s regretted things, and wished I could go back in time, it resonates. Watching someone forgive themselves and do the right thing is beautiful.” 

Via phone from Chicago (the tour’s stop before moving on to Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater on June 25), Zmorrod, whose background is Lebanese, happily chats about sexuality, ethnicity, and acting. 

WASHINGTON BLADE: Looking at your resume, I see you’ve been cast in roles traditionally played by men. And have you played queer characters? 

SOPHIE ZMORROD: Oh yes, both. Whether or not they’re written on the page as queer, they sometimes turn out that way. And that holds true for this show too.  

With “The Winter’s Tale” at Trinity Rep, I played Leontes — the king who banishes his wife — as a woman. So, in that production it was about two women and touched on the violence that women sometimes inflict on other women.

And there was Beadle Bamford in Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” also at Trinity Rep; I played him as a woman who was masculine and wore a suit. It was a great opportunity to explore myself and gender expression. That was a really good experience. 

BLADE: Are you an actor who’s often be called in for queer roles? 

ZMORRAD: Not really. I’m what you might call straight passing. Sometimes I’ve had to advocate for my queerness. To be a part of something. 

Similarly with my ethnicity. I’m called in to audition for the white and Arab roles. It gets tricky because I’m not the exactly the white girl next door and I’m not exactly Jasmine from Disney’s “Aladdin” either. 

This is one of the reasons, I really want people to come see “The Kite Runner,” Audiences need to experience the reality of the wide diversity of Middle Eastern people on the stage. We’re all very different.

And not incidentally, from this 14-person cast, I’ve met some great people to add to those I know from the Middle Eastern affinity spaces and groups I’m connected to in New York.

BLADE: In “The Kite Runner” what parts do you play?

 ZMORRAD: Three characters. All women, I think. In the first act, I’m an elderly eccentric pomegranate seller in the Afghan market, waddling around, speaking in Dari [the lingua franca of Afghanistan]; and the second act, I’m young hip and sell records in a San Francisco market; and at the end, I’m a buttoned-down American immigration bureaucrat advising Amir about adoption.

BLADE:  Your training is impressive: BA cum laude in music from Columbia University, an MFA in acting from Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company, and you’re also accomplished in opera and playwrighting, to name a few things. Does “The Kite Runner” allow you to flex your many muscles? 

ZMORROD: Very much. Playing multiple roles is always fun for an actor – we like malleability. Also, there are instruments on stage. I like working with the singing bowl; it’s usually used in yoga as a soothing sound, but here we save it for the dramatic, uncomfortable moments. I also sing from offstage. 

We are creating the world of the play on a very minimal set. Oh, and we do kite flying. So yeah, lots of challenges. It’s great. 

BLADE: It sounds like you’re in a good place both professionally and personally.

ZMORROD: It’s taken a long time to feel comfortable. But I’m on the journey and excited to be where I am, and who I am. 

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