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Calendar: Feb. 14-20

Parties, support groups, concerts and more for the week ahead

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The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington performs a romantic-themed concert twice on Saturday. (Washington Blade file photo)

Calendar of D.C. LGBT events for the week ahead.

Friday, Feb. 14

The Barns at Wolf Trap (1635 Trap Rd., Vienna, Va.) presents “Love and Kisses, Swings and Misses, A Valentine’s Day Celebration” performed by D.C. jazz band Chaise Lounge tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. For details, visit wolftrap.org.

American University (4400 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.) hosts “Lavender Languages,” an academic conference on language use in LGBT life, today through Sunday.  Topics include the Sochi Olympics controversy, queer language and hip-hop, neoliberal homophobia, varieties of speech in the drag speech community and more. Tickets are $20-$30. For details, visit american.edu/cas/anthropology/lavender-languages.

Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education Services (WAVES) at George Mason University (4400 University Dr., Fairfax, Va.) presents “The Vagina Monologues,” a play celebrating female sexuality, today and tomorrow at 8 p.m. in the Harris Theatre. Tickets are $25. For details, visit waves.gmu.edu.

BreakfastClub presents “Love is a Battlefield,” an ‘80s dance party, at 18th and U Duplex Diner (2004 18th St., N.W.) tonight from 9 p.m.-midnight. ‘80s costumes are encouraged.

Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) presents “A Very Kylie Valentine’s,” a dance party playing music by Kylie Minogue, tonight from 10 p.m.- 3 a.m. There is an open vodka bar from 10-11 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington presents “Passion” at Church of the Epiphany (1317 G St., N.W.) today at 3 and 8 p.m.  The chorus sings popular songs from Dolly Parton to Pink as well as songs from “Miss Saigon,” “La Traviata” and “The Marriage of Figaro.” Tickets range from $44-49. Tickets can be purchased online at gmcw.og.

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton hosts a tax preparation fair at Washington Convention Center (801 Mt. Vernon Pl., N.W.) this morning from 10 a.m.-noon. Get help filling out a FAFSA form, receive housing and mortgage counseling, credit counseling and more. The fair is only for D.C. residents with income less than $52,000 a year whose earnings come from wages, salaries and pensions. Admission is free. For details, visit norton.house.gov.

Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer organization, volunteers today for the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation at the Falls Church PetSmart (6100 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, Va.) at 11:45 a.m. You will be paired with a dog on a leash to walk around and play with. Wear casual clothes. For more information, visit burgundycrescent.org.

The Media Takeout Ball,” hosted by Treashay Khan and Shauna Balenciaga, is tonight at the Upscale Ballroom (3900 Bexley Rd.,) from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Dress up in costume to compete in various categories for trophies and money. Categories include “RuPaul or Nah?,” for best looking drag queen, best looking transman, best looking butch and more.

Lure D.C. presents “Bare I V’day Edition,” a Valentine’s ladies dance party, tonight at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Cover is $7 before midnight and $10 after. Admission is limited to guests 21 and over. For more information, visit cobaltdc.com.

Rainbow Youth Alliance hosts a Valentine’s Day dance tonight at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville (100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville, Md.) tonight from 7-11 p.m. The dance is for LGBT youth and allies ages 12-18 and will be chaperoned by Rainbow Youth Alliance adults. For more details, visit thedccenter.org.

Sunday, Feb.16

Human Rights Campaign and Lure D.C. presents “Washington D.C. Her HRC” at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) tonight from 8 p.m.-midnight. The night features all female DJs playing old school music. For details, visit towndc.com.

WTF presents the 2014 HOMOlympics, an Olympics watch party with music, at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.). Doors open at 10 p.m. Admission is free before 11 p.m. and $5 after. Guests must be 21 and over. For details, visit towndc.com.

Monday, Feb. 17

Queer for Christ, a young-adult LGBT Christian group, hosts a February happy hour at Larry’s Lounge (1836 18th St., N.W.) today from 7-9 p.m. For details, visit facebook.com/groups/QFDC.

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

Tuesday, Feb. 18

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.

Whitman Walker holds free and confidential HIV testing at Crew Club (1321 14th St., N.W.) today from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For details, visit whitman-walker.org.

SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts “Café SMYAL,” a fun event to get out of the cold, today from 4-5 p.m. Drink hot cocoa, play board games and make new friends. For more information, visit smyal.org.

Wednesday, Feb. 19

Bookmen D.C., an informal men’s gay literature group, discusses selections from “Seminal: The Anthology of Canada’s Gay Male Poets” today at the American Foreign Service Association (2101 E St., N.W.) at 7 p.m. All are welcome. For details, visit bookmendc.blogspot.com.

The Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project presents an organ showcase today in the Concert Hall  (2700 F St., N.W.) at 7 p.m. The showcase features students from various music schools all over the country. Admission is free. For details, visit kennedy-center.org.

Thursday, Feb. 20

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 new comers, established polyamorous relationships and open to all sexual orientations. For details, visit thedccenter.org.

SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) provides free and confidential HIV testing drop-in hours today from 3-5 p.m. For more information, visit smyal.org.

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Labor Day sees return of SunFestival to Rehoboth Beach

DJs, live auction, comedy and more planned for end-of-summer bash

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A scene from previous SunFestival celebrations. (Blade file photo by Daniel Truitt)

Labor Day Weekend in Rehoboth Beach brings more than the end of summer — it brings the annual SunFestival celebration benefitting CAMP Rehoboth.

The weekend promises two nights of revelry with entertainers and nationally known DJs creating the “ultimate party to close out summer” Sept. 2-3.

Saturday’s $45 general admission tickets are sold out but you can join a waitlist at the event’s website. That ticket grants you access to a comedy show and an auction where you can bid on six experiences like an eight-day boat tour through Belgium and the Netherlands or a week’s stay in Lisbon, Portugal. Organizations have donated these experiences to CAMP to auction off, with all proceeds going to the organization.

The $95 pass to both nights is also sold out. But general admission tickets for the Sept. 3 dance party starting at 7 p.m. with DJs Robbie Leslie and Joe Gauthreaux remain available. CAMP Rehoboth promises a “state-of-the-art club-like atmosphere,” with new design elements and video imaging.

Visit camprehoboth.com for tickets and more information. The weekend’s schedule is below:

Saturday, Sept. 2: A Night of Comedy, Drag, and Song, plus a LIVE Auction! (Doors Open at 6:30 p.m. Auction and show promptly start at 7:30 p.m.) Featuring Dixie Longate and Randy Roberts.

Serving up Tupperware lady realness, join in Dixie’s living room party and all its hilarity. Randy Roberts brings thrills with uncanny impersonations of iconic female vocalists and cabaret.

Experience a night filled with laughter and song as these talented performers will lift your spirits and tickle your funny bone. And not to be missed: the live auction. Check out the live auction items camprehoboth.com/sunfest2023live.

Sunday Sept. 3: A Night of Dance. (Doors open at 7 p.m. Dance ends at 1 a.m.) Featuring DJ Robbie Leslie and DJ Joe Gauthreaux.

Both DJs will offer an unforgettable musical journey starting with classic mirror ball memories, dance floor anthems, and the latest club beats, according to a CAMP Rehoboth statement. Events are held at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, which CAMP promises will be transformed “into the ultimate dance party to close out the summer.”

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There’s a tea party in town — and it’s for the ladies

Hank’s Oyster Bar holds event in Dupont Circle

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Hank’s Oyster Bar will host “Ladies Tea Party” on Sunday, Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. at its location at Dupont Circle.

The Ladies Tea Party at Hank’s Dupont Circle was created in 2015 as a safe space for lesbian and queer womxn to gather and meet over drinks on a monthly basis. 

This event is free with no tickets or cover charge. More details are available on Hank’s website.

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20 LGBTQ events June 11

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The Capital Pride Festival is today. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Happy Pride! Below are our picks for some of the most fun and creative things to do today (Sunday, June 11) in the DMV that are of special interest to the LGBTQ community. The biggest item on the list is the Capital Pride Festival today.


Capital Pride Official Afterhours Presented by Cherry Fund

Sunday, June 11
3:30 a.m.-9 a.m.
Flash
645 Florida Avenue, N.W.
$50
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The Cherry Fund presents the Capital Pride Official Afterhours in the wee hours of the morning at Flash from 3:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.


Unhinged Pride

Sunday, June 11
3:30 a.m.-9 a.m.
Bunker
2001 14th Street, N.W.
Some tier 2 priority entry tickets available (includes clothes check) at $50
Tickets

Party early into the morning at Bunker at Unhinged Pride from 3:30 a.m.-9 a.m. There are some tier 2 priority entry tickets available (includes clothes check) at $50 on Bunker’s website.


Class Act Drag Brunch

Sunday, June 11
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sign of the Whale
1825 M Street, N.W.
$0-$100
Eventbrite 

Wake up to Tiffany D. Carter leading the Class Act Drag Brunch at Sign of the Whale today.


Elevate Drag Brunch: Pride Edition

Sunday, June 11
11 a.m. seating
Officina at the Wharf
1120 Maine Avenue, S.W.
$25
Eventbrite

The Elevate Drag Brunch: Pride Edition has seatings at 11 a.m. this morning at Officina at the Wharf. Dabatha Christie hosts a show featuring Dustyn Dawn, Christina Doll, Nubia Love Jackson and Baphomette.


Brewed Up Drag Brunch

Sunday, June 11
12 p.m.
Red Bear Brewing Company
209 M Street, N.E.
$25
Eventbrite

Desiree Dik hosts the Brewed Up Drag Brunch Pride Brunch today at noon. Performers include Sweet Pickles, Thea Trickality, Laronica Vegas, Ricky Rosé.


Capital Pride Festival and Concert

The Capital Pride Festival draws giant crowds. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Sunday, June 11
12-10 p.m. (Concert 1-8 p.m. / Sunset Dance Party 8-10 p.m.)
Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Free (A few VIP tickets are available close to the Festival Stage for $55)
Website

The Capital Pride Alliance presents the 2023 Capital Pride Festival today from noon until 10 p.m. along Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. The event is free and open to the public, but you can purchase VIP passes from Capital Pride’s website to get closer to the stage for the concert. The Pride Concert is held from 1-8 p.m. with a Sunset Dance Party from 8-10 p.m.


Pride Fest Pregame

Sunday, June 11
12-4 p.m.
Dirty Habit DC
555 8th Street, N.W.
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Head over to the Dirty Habit DC for the Pride Fest Pregame party on today from noon to 4 p.m.


Shi-Queeta Lee’s Illusion Drag Brunch

Sunday, June 11
12-2 p.m.
H Street Country Club
1335 H Street, N.E.
$50
Eventbrite

Famed drag artist Shi-Queeta Lee headlines the Illusion Drag Brunch at H Street Country Club today from noon to 2.


Nellie’s Pride Drag Brunch

Sunday, June 11
1 p.m.
Nellie’s Sports Bar
900 U Street, N.W.
$50
Eventbrite 

Nellie’s Sports Bar holds the Nellie’s Pride Brunch today at 1 p.m.


Pride Tea Dance

Sunday, June 11
1-5 p.m.
Republic Restoratives Distillery
1369 New York Avenue, N.E.
$10
Eventbrite

LGBTQ-owned Republic Restoratives Distillery is holding a Pride Tea Dance on today from 1-5 p.m.


Pride Artisan Market

Sunday, June 11
2-5 p.m.
Capitol Cider House
3930 Georgia Avenue, N.W.
Free
Eventbrite

The Pride Artisan Market is free and open to the public at Capitol Cider House from, 2-5 p.m. this afternoon.


Sunday Funday: Pride Week

Sunday, June 11
2 p.m.
The Dirty Goose
913 U Street, N.W.
Instagram

The Dirty Goose holds a Sunday Funday: Pride Week party starting at 2 p.m. this afternoon.


früt Tea Dance

Sunday, June 11
3 p.m.
Kiki
910 U Street, N.W.
Instagram

Kiki holds the früt Tea Dance starting at 3 p.m. this afternoon with DJ Lemz and DJ Jaxknife.


PRIDE Beer Bust

Sunday, June 11
3-9 p.m.
UPROAR Lounge and Restaurant
639 Florida Avenue, N.W.
Facebook

UPROAR Lounge and Restaurant has a rooftop Pride Beer Bust from 3-9 p.m. today with music from DJ Mike Babbitt.


LGBTQ+ Social

Sunday, June 11
4 p.m.
Puro Gusto Cafe
1345 F Street, N.W.
Eventbrite

Go Gay DC hosts an LGBTQ+ Social today at 4 p.m. at Puro Gusto Cafe.


La Loca Pride Edition

Sunday, June 11
7 p.m.
Bunker
2001 14th Street, N.W.
$10
Tickets

Celebrate Latinx culture at La Loca Pride Edition today starting at 7 p.m. at Bunker.


Pride in the Sky with Vanessa Vanjie Mateo

Sunday, June 11
8 p.m.
Hotel Zena
1155 14th Street, N.W.
$35-$75
Eventbrite

RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Vanessa Vanjie Mateo attends Pride in the Sky at Hotel Zena tonight.


Sunday Service at DC9: Charm City Takeover

Sunday, June 11
8 p.m.
DC9 Nightclub
1940 9th Street, N.W.
Instagram

Experience the drag variety review with special guest host Pariah Sinclair tonight at 8 p.m. at DC9 Nightclub.


Davon Hamilton Events/Impulse DC Pride Close-Out Party

Sunday, June 11
10 p.m.-3 a.m.
Sachi Nightclub
727 15th Street, N.W.
$0-$100
Eventbrite

Davon Hamilton Events and Impulse Group DC join forces to produce the DC Pride Close-Out Party on late tonight from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Monday morning at Sachi Nightclub.


KINETIC: DiscoVERS with DJ Alexis Tucci

Sunday, June 11
10 p.m.-3 a.m.
Sax Restaurant
734 11th Street, N.W.
$40-$70
FacebookEventbrite

KINETIC Pride events conclude with KINETIC: DiscoVERS with DJ Alexis Tucci tonight from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Monday morning at Sax Restaurant.


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