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Calendar: Dec. 13

Gay concerts, exhibits, parties and more through Dec. 19

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Sherri L. Edelen in ‘Gypsy,’ Signature Theatre’s new show that opens next week. (Photo by Christopher Mueller; courtesy Signature)

Friday, Dec. 13

The Olkiama Ministry of the Unity Fellowship Church of D.C. presents “Old School Dance: The Annual UFCDC Olkiama Party” at Charlie’s (7307 Georgia Ave., N.W.) tonight from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Tickets are $15. Admission is limited to guests 21 and over. There will be a food and cash bar. For more information and to purchase tickets call 240-460-7265 or 202-285-9670.

Women in Their 20s, a social discussion group for lesbian, bisexual, transgender and all women interested in women, meets today at The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) from 8-9:30 p.m. Come meet other queer women in a fun and friendly setting. All welcome to join. For details, visit thedccenter.org.

Team D.C. hosts its annual holiday party at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. There will be free food and happy hour drink specials. For details, visit teamdc.org.

Khush D.C. hosts “Jalwa,” an LGBT Bollywood dance party, at Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) tonight from 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Come dance to Bollywood, Bhangra and other South Asian tunes played by DJ Geeta Jhaveri. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 before 11 p.m. and $15 after. For more information, visit khushdc.blogspot.com.

Saturday, Dec. 14

The Latino Queer Bilingual Writing Group hosts its monthly workshop at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) today from 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. The focus will be on memoirs. Open to writers of any genre and levels of experience to share creative work in Spanish or English. Workshop is free and no prior experience is necessary. For details, call 202-682-2245 or email [email protected].

Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) hosts “miX-MAS,” a Christmas mixtape party, tonight from 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Doors open at 10 p.m. Cover is $10. For more information, visit blackcatdc.com.

Black Whiskey (1410 14th St., N.W.) hosts “Butch Queen: Holiday Edition” tonight at 10 p.m. Music is a mix of hip hop, Baltimore house, electronic and more. Admission is free. For details, visit blackwhiskeydc.com.

The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) offers free and confidential HIV testing today from 4-7 p.m. For more details, visit thedccenter.org.

Sunday, Dec. 15

BMX (Black Men’s Xchange) hosts “A BMX-D.C. Holiday Fundraising Brunch” at Archstone First and M (1160 1st St., N.E.) on the first floor library lounge today from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The buffet style brunch is the first fundraiser for BMX-D.C. Tickets are $40. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) hosts its third annual “Holiday GUIL-TEA” party today from 3-8 p.m. There will be a holiday costume walk-off at 7 p.m. Winner receives a $50 gift certificate to Nellie’s. There is no cover. Admission is limited to guests 21 and over. For details, visit nelliessportsbar.com.

Monday, Dec. 16

Adesola Osakalumi, star of the Broadway show “FELA!” will teach a master class in hip-hop at Princess Mhoon Dance Institute (932 Philadelphia Ave.) in Silver Spring with three other industry leaders today through Dec. 20. Some of the instructors are LGBT. Youth 5-18 are $299 for the full week of classes which run each night from 5-8 p.m. Adults can take “drop in” classes for $25 per class from 8:30-10 p.m. Register online at princessmhoondance.com.

Center Faith, an inter-faith network for the LGBT community, meets at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. The topic will be planning the next Capital Pride Interfaith Worship Service. There will be a brown bag dinner before the meeting at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) hosts Coffee and Conversation this morning from 10 a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT community. Older LGBT adults can come and enjoy complimentary coffee while engaging in a discussion facilitated by Ron Swanda, a member of Mayor Vincent Gray’s Advisory Committee for LGBT Affairs, about what is important for older adults in town. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

Us Helping Us  (3636 Georgia Ave., N.W.) holds a support group for gay black men to discuss topics that affect them today, share perspectives and have meaningful conversations. For details, visit uhupil.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 17

D.C. Fukit, gay news, Washington Blade

(Washington Blade photo by Blake Bergen)

The Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.) premieres “Gypsy,” a musical about famous burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee, tonight at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets range from $36.55-$79.10. The show runs through Jan. 26. For details, visit signature-theatre.org.

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

Genderqueer D.C. holds a discussion group at The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W..) from 7-8 p.m. tonight. The group is for anyone who identifies outside of the gender binary as bigender, agender, genderfluid or any label outside of cisgender. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

Whitman-Walker hosts free HIV testing at Panam Supermarker (3552 14th St., N.W.) tonight from 7-9 p.m. For details, visir Whitman-walker.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 18

The Tom Davoren Social Bridge Club meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for social bridge. No partner needed. For more information, call 301-345-1571.

Bookmen D.C., an informal men’s gay literature group, discusses three short stories: “Wunderkid,” The Jockey” and “Madame Zilensky and the King of Finland” by Carson McCullers, at 2101 E St., N.W tonight at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. For details, visit bookmendc.blogspot.com.

GLOV (Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence) hosts a holiday party on the second floor of Number Nine (1435 P St., N.W.) tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door. For details, visit thedccenter.org.

Thursday, Dec. 19

The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) hosts its monthly Poly Discussion Group at 7 p.m. People of all different stages are invited to discuss polyamory and other consensual non-monogamous relationships. This event is for newcomers, established polyamorous relationships and open to all sexual orientations. For details, visit thedccenter.org.

Women’s Leadership Institute hosts its weekly meeting for LGBT women and their allies tonight at SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) from 5-7 p.m. The meeting is for those ages 13-21 to discuss female sexuality, relationships and women’s rights. For more information, visit smyal.org.

SMYAL hosts free and confidential HIV testing today from 3-5 p.m. For details, visit smyal.org.

Jewmongous has its “Holiday Comedy Songfest” tonight at 8 p.m. at Iota Club & café (2832 Wilson Blvd.) in Arlington featuring singer Sean Altman’s “irreverent acoustic rock songs about his awakening Jewish awareness.” Tickets are $15. Visit iotaclubandcafe.com or jewmongous.com for details.

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10 LGBTQ events this week

A Gaga afterparty and a cardboard boat regatta among attractions

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Below are our picks for some of the most fun and creative things to do this week in the DMV that are of special interest to the LGBTQ community.


Reign

Logan Stone hosts ‘Reign’ on Monday. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Monday, August 8
8-11 p.m.
DIK Bar
1637 17th Street, N.W. (second floor)
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Join Logan Stone, Dabatha Christie and Hennessey for a fun-filled drag show at Dupont Italian Kitchen Bar tonight at 8.


OMGaga Afterparty

Lady Gaga (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Monday, August 8
10 p.m.
Green Lantern
1335 Green Court, N.W.
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Did you catch the Gaga concert tonight? Whether you did or not, join the afterparty at Green Lantern. Show your ticket stub from the concert for a free drink on the dance floor.


Drag Bingo with Desiree Dik

Desiree Dik (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Tuesday, August 9
7-9 p.m.
Red Bear Brewing Co.
209 M Street, N.E.
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Join Desiree Dik for a game of bingo at Red Bear Brewing Co. on Tuesday. Free to play.


Queer Trivia

Wednesday, August 10
7-9 p.m.
Dew Drop Inn
2801 8th Street, N.E.
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The Mistresses lead a night of Queer Trivia on all things gay at the Dew Drop Inn on Wednesday.


Thirst Trap Thursdays

Join Cake and the queens for Thirst Trap Thursdays. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Thursday, August 11
10 p.m.
Pitchers DC/A League of Her Own
2317 18th Street, N.W.
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Venus Valhalla and Cake host the Thirsty Thursdays drag show at Pitchers/ALOHO on Aug. 11.


LGBTQ Social at Wild Days

Friday, August 12
7-9 p.m.
Wild Days Rooftop Bar at the Eaton Hotel
1201 K Street, N.W.
21+
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Have some casual conversations with new friends in the LGBTQ community over drinks in a relaxed atmosphere. Hosted by Go Gay DC.


A Love Letter to RENT

Friday, August 12
10 p.m.
JR.’s Bar
1519 17th Street, N.W.
Free admission
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Watch a drag show dedicated to the hit musical RENT. If you miss the first show on Friday, come by on Saturday at 4 p.m. for an encore performance.


Lights On, Barks Out! Disco Heat Drag Brunch

Saturday, August 13
Seating 11 a.m./show 12 p.m.
Astro Beer Hall
1306 G Street, N.W.
$15 cover
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Join host Doming0 for the Disco Heat Drag Brunch on Saturday at Astro Beer Hall.


Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta

Lake Anne (Blade file photo by Vanessa Pham)

Saturday, August 13
2 p.m.
Lake Anne Plaza
1609 Washington Plaza
Reston, Va.
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Watch a cardboard regatta race along Lake Anne in Reston, Va. Or, you could even participate (rules here)!


Mister & Miss AGLA Scholarship Fundraiser

Miss AGLA 2020-21 Ashlee Jozet Adams and Mr. AGLA 2020-21 Xavier Bottoms will be honored at the event alongside the newly-crowned Mr. and Miss AGLA 2022. (Photo via Facebook)

Sunday, August 14
7-9 p.m.
Freddie’s Beach Bar & Grill
555 23rd Street S
Arlington, Va.
$10 donation requested
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Join a fundraiser for a good cause: a college scholarship for an outstanding Arlington County Public High School senior. Also, the 2022 Mr. and Miss AGLA will be crowned.


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PHOTOS: United Night OUT

Team DC and Federal Triangles honored at halftime

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2022 United Night OUT. (Washington Blade photo by Kevin Majoros)

United Night OUT 2022 was held on August 6 at Audi Field with DC United taking on their Atlantic Cup rivals, the New York Red Bulls. The two teams battled to a 0-0 scoreless draw in their 99th meeting. The LGBTQ community event was co-hosted by Team DC and the Federal Triangles Soccer club who were both honored at halftime.

(Washington Blade photos by Kevin Majoros)

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Abbi Jacobson engaged to her girlfriend Jodi Balfour

Last week, Jacobson and Balfour made their first red carpet debut at the Los Angeles premiere of A League of Their Own. 

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Abbi Jacobson, the Emmy Award nominee, is engaged to her girlfriend Jodi Balfour. She confirmed the news to People as she celebrated with her costars in the upcoming Amazon Video series A League of Their Own.

D’Arcy Carden, the costar and Jacobson’s friend of 15 years, said, “It’s out. It’s great. We’re so happy. We love [Jodi].”

“Abbi’s engaged! Abbi’s engaged! Abbi’s engaged!” Chanté Adams, also a costar in the upcoming series, followed, “We’ve had to hide it for … No, I’m kidding.”

“No, you have not. You have not had to hide it.” Jacobson responded, blushing, “That was not a thing. It was not a secret.”

Last week, Jacobson and Balfour made their first red carpet debut at the Los Angeles premiere of A League of Their Own. 

The couple started dating in 2020 and celebrated their first anniversary last October. Jacobson shared some selfies of them on instagram: “One year with this incredible human. Don’t know how I got so lucky ❤️.” 

Likewise, Balfour wrote in the caption: “365 days of the best surprise of my life 💚.”

Jacobson officially came out as a bisexual in the interview with Vanity Fair. “I date men and women,” she said, adding as long as the person is “funny” and is “doing something they love.”

Balfour, a South African actress, is known for her performances on For All Mankind, Supernatural, The Crown and True Detective. 

Jacobson is both cast and co-creator of A League of Their Own, in which she would tell the stories of these LGBTQ women in the 1940s. She also talked about Maybelle Blair, a consultant of the show as well as a former All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player who came out at 95. 

“But Maybelle’s point of view, specifically on the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League experience, what that was like to play baseball at the time, what it was like to be a queer woman in the league, was pretty important for some of the stories we were telling. But at Tribeca, she had not come out publicly and that was so incredible. And don’t you feel like it’s like, ‘95!’ I’m like, ‘This show needs to come out.’ She came out because we made this show.”

The first episode of A League of Their Own will be released on August 12.

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