August 8, 2013 at 12:01 pm EDT | by Will Owen
Calendar through August 15
Ke$ha, music, gay news, Washington Blade

Ke$ha’s Monday night Wolf Trap show among the top offering of this week’s Washington DC Events. (Photo courtesy of Wolf Trap)

Friday, August 9

The D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) hosts a Women In Their Twenties meeting tonight from 8-9:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

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

Whitman-Walker Health provides free HIV testing tonight at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) at 8 p.m. For more information, visit

Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) hosts “Free Vodka Friday” tonight from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Cover is $10 and free vodka rail drinks will be served from 11-midnight. Admission is limited to guests 21 and over. Visit for details.

The Killers play Merriweather Post Pavilion (10475 Little Patuxent Pwy, Columbia, Md.) tonight at 6:30 p.m. The band’s Mormon lead singer, Brandon Flowers, has a gay following and cites many gay male artists as influential in his music. Admission ranges from $40-75. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Baltimore Fashion Week continues tonight at the DoubleTree Baltimore North Hotel (1726 Reistertown Rd., Pikesville, Md.) at 8 p.m. Work by 10 local designers will be showcased this evening, and the fashion week will continue through Sunday. Admission is $40-60. For details and to purchase tickets, visit

Saturday, August 10

Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts a “21st Century Divas” dance party tonight at 10 p.m. Dance hits by today’s pop divas, such as Rihanna, Adele and Lady Gaga, play all night with accompanying music videos. Cover is $8 from 10-11 and $12 after 11. Admission is limited to guests 21 and over. For details, visit

The Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) hosts “Mixtape,” an alternative gay dance party, tonight at 9:30 p.m. DJs Matt Bailer and Shea Van Horn spin alt-pop, new wave and indie rock all night. Admission is $10. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit

MIXTAPE Sampler #84 from MIXTAPEdc on 8tracks Radio.

Phase 1 hosts a “Stop Light Party” tonight. Guests are encouraged to pick different colored bracelets at the door, including red if you’re taken, yellow if you are “down for whatever” and green if you’re single. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and cover is $5. Visit the Phase 1 Facebook page for more information or

Whitman-Walker Health provides free HIV testing at the D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) this afternoon at 4 p.m. For more information, visit

Burgundy Crescent Volunteers, a gay volunteer organization, will help to prune the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin (Tidal Basin and Ohio Dr., N.W.) today from 9-11 a.m. Clippers are provided. For more details, visit

The Lumen8 Festival’s closing party is this evening from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at Anacostia Arts Center (1231 Good Hope Road) and will feature a variety of activities such as performances by the Afro Funk All Stars, Ras Lidj and Deep Band and queer disco-punk band Glitterlust. Visit for details.

Sunday, August 11

Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) hosts its weekly “Guil-Tea Dance Party” today from 3-8 p.m. DJ Shea Van Horn spins pop guilty pleasures all afternoon. Admission is free and limited to guests 21 and over. For more details, visit

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

Black Fox Lounge (1723) hosts “Tula’s Cabaret,” a classic lip-sync drag show, from 8-11 p.m. tonight. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Burgundy Crescent Volunteers, a gay volunteer organization, volunteers today from 9 a.m.-noon for the D.C. Central Kitchen (425 2nd St., N.W.). Volunteers will cook alongside chefs who work at D.C. Central Kitchen, which helps feed 3,000 individuals in the area. For details, visit

Studio Theatre (1501 14th St., N.W.) hosts its last performance of “The Rocky Horror Show,” directed by Keith Alan Baker and Alan Paul, tonight at 7 p.m. Admission is $45. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

The D.C. Chapter of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) is having a “Day Out at the Ballgame” event today at Nationals Park (1500 South Capitol Street, S.E.) for the Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies game. Tickets are $30 and the game starts at 5 p.m. Seats can be reserved with a credit card through; visit for more information.

Monday, August 12

Ke$ha performs at Wolf Trap (1551 Trap Rd., Vienna, Va.) at 8 p.m. tonight with opening performances by R&B singer Mike Posner and glam-rock band Semi-Precious Weapons. The show features Ke$ha’s electro-pop hits from her two studio albums, including her gay anthem, “We R Who We R.” Admission ranges from $38-48. For details and to purchase tickets, visit

Tuesday, August 13

The Bachelor’s Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.) hosts an extended happy hour tonight with all drinks half price from 5 p.m.-2 a.m. There will also be pool, video gaming systems and cards. Admission is free. For details, visit

The Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) hosts its weekly FUK!T Packing Party tonight from 7-9 p.m. For more details, visit or

Dupont Italian Kitchen (1637 17th St., N.W.) hosts a bi-women discussion group tonight from 7-9 p.m. Visit the for more details.

D.C. Eagle (639 New York Ave., N.W.) hosts “$2 Tuesday” tonight from 4 p.m.-midnight this evening for the leather community. All domestic beer and rail drinks are $2. For details, visit

Wednesday, Aug. 14

Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) hosts “Cobalt Idol” karaoke tonight at 10 p.m. There is no cover and $5 Absolut drinks will be served all night. Admission is limited to guests 21 and over. For details, visit

The D.C. Cabaret Network hosts an open mic night this evening at Black Fox Lounge (1723 Connecticut Ave., N.W.). General admission is $10 and $15 for network members. For more information, visit

The Big Gay Book Group meets tonight at 7 p.m. at 1150 F St., N.W. Suite 200. The group will discuss “A Gay and Melancholy Sound” by Merle Miller. Newcomers are welcome. Visit for more information.

The Lambda Bridge Club meets at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for duplicate bridge. Reservations are not necessary and newcomers are welcome. For more information and if you need a partner, call 703-407-6540.

Thursday, Aug. 15

American Jewish World Service Office will host a breakfast and discussion today with Rosanna Flamer-Caldera, an LGBT activist in Sri Lanka and executive director of Equal Ground, a gay activist group based there. Since 2004, Equal Ground has worked to end hate and discrimination against LGBT Sri Lankans and advocate against laws there that punish homosexuality. The event will start at 8 a.m. at the American Jewish World Service office (1001 Connecticut Ave., N.W., suite 1200). It’s free but space is limited. E-mail Emily Loubaton at or call 212-792-2856 to make a reservation.

The D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) hosts a polyamory discussion group tonight from 7-8 p.m. The group is open to people of all sexual orientations and genders, and newcomers will be given a basic introduction on what polamory is and its advantages and disadvantages. Visit for more details.

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