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Signature expands cabaret offerings with new event

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Thursday’s show at 8 p.m. features Nova Y. Payton, a Signature actress who starred in ‘Dreamgirls’ among other credits. (Photo courtesy Signature Theatre)

Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.) kicks off its first “Autumn Cabaret Festival” on Wednesday at 8 p.m. with performances by Broadway actress Chelsea Packard (“Wicked,” “Hands on a Hard Body”).

Signature was inspired by the popularity of its cabaret series to start the festival, which will continue through Sept. 21. Thursday’s show at 8 p.m. features Nova Y. Payton, a Signature actress who starred in “Dreamgirls” and performed in the theater’s “Sizzlin’ Summer Cabaret Series.”

Some of the festival’s other performers include funk, soul and rock band The Hustle, Broadway actress Heidi Blickenstaff and local blues artist, Levi Stephens.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online. All-access passes are $100 and can only be purchased at the box office. For more information, visit signature-theatre.org.

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PHOTOS: Capital Pride Festival and Concert

Keke Palmer, Billy Porter among entertainers

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Billy Porter performs at the 2024 Capital Pride Festival on Sunday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The 2024 Capital Pride Festival and Concert was held along Pennsylvania Avenue in Northwest D.C. on Sunday, June 9. Performers included Sapphira Cristál, Keke Palmer, Ava Max, Billy Porter and Exposé.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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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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