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LGBT themes abound at Fringe Festival

Burlesque, Whitman, Poe and more continue all month

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Fringe Festival, gay news, Washington Blade

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Capital Fringe Festival, a performing arts festival, presents several LGBT-themed shows during its run. It kicked off this week and runs through Aug 2.

mostly the Voice: a black lesbian journey,” a musical theater solo performance about a young black lesbian poet and songwriter, begins at Gallaudet University in the Eastman Studio Theatre (800 Florida Ave., N.E.) Saturday at 6:15 p.m. The show runs through July 26. J. scales wrote, composed and stars in the show.

St. Jimmy Celebrates ‘The Food at Our Feet,’” a comedy cabaret show about cooking “divinities” such as Rachael Ray and Paula Deen by gay playwright Jimmy Grzelak, is at Dance Place in the Hyman M. Perlo Studio (3225 8th St., N.E.) on July 18 at 3 p.m. and runs through July 16.

Bare Naked Comedy,” a comedic burlesque show, shows at Logan Fringe Arts Space in the Trinidad Theatre (1358 Florida Ave., N.E.) on July 11 at 8:05 p.m. The show runs through July 24 and features local burlesque performers such as Dainty Daindridge, Glam Gamz and more.

Poe Whitman,” a solo performance by Robert Michael Oliver of Edgar Allen Poe’s “Silence,” “The Raven” and “Eureka” and Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” is at Dance Place in the Hyman M. Perlo Studio. Performances of Poe’s and Whitman’s poems will be done on different nights. Whitman’s poetry will be performed on July 10 at 6:30 p.m., July 15 at 7 p.m. and July 23 at 8 p.m. Oliver will perform Poe’s poetry on July 12 at 2:30 p.m., July 18 at 7:15 p.m. and July 26 at 1:45 p.m.

Interconnected,” a dramatic play about three families’ lives that are affected by the death of the father of one of the families, is at Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St., N.E.) starting July 11 at 4:30 p.m. The play features a bisexual character. The show runs through July 25.

Tickets for each performance are $17. For a complete list of performances in the festival and show times, visit capitalfringe.org.

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Orioles to host Pride night on June 27

Baltimore faces off against reigning World Series champion

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The Baltimore Orioles host the annual Pride night Thursday, June 27. (Washington Blade file photo by Kevin Majoros)

The Baltimore Orioles will host “LGBTQ+ Pride Night” on Thursday, June 27. There will be a live DJ at Legends Park before the 6:35 p.m. game against the reigning World Series champion Texas Rangers.

The event, co-sponsored by the Washington Blade, will feature Pride-themed activities such as Pride face painting, a 360 photo booth, Pride temporary tattoos, and more. All these events will be in the Bullpen Picnic Area. In addition, the first 10,000 attendees receive a free Pride jersey.

For more details, visit the Orioles’ website

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Calendar: June 21-27

LGBTQ events in the days to come

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Friday, June 21

Center Aging Friday Tea Time will be at 2 p.m. on Zoom. This is a social hour for older LGBTQ+ adults. Guests are encouraged to bring a beverage of choice. For more information, email [email protected]

“LGBTQ+ Pride Comedy Series” will be at 8:30 p.m. at DC Comedy Clubhouse. Get ready to celebrate love, diversity and unity through comedy. Tickets cost $15 and are available on Eventbrite.

Saturday, June 22

Go Gay DC will host “Pride Month Brunch” at 11 a.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant. This fun weekly event brings the DMV area LGBTQ+ community, including allies, together for delicious food and conversation. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Pride Month Social in the City” at 7 p.m. at Hotel Zena. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Sunday, June 23

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Pride Month Funday Social and Games” at 3 p.m. at Moxy. There will be monopoly, chess, checkers, Jenga and many other games. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

AfroCode DC will be at 4 p.m. at Decades DC. This event will be an experience of non-stop music, dancing, and good vibes and a crossover of genres and a fusion of cultures. Tickets cost $40 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

Monday, June 24

Center Aging: Monday Coffee & Conversation will be at 10 a.m. on Zoom. This is a social hour for older LGBTQ+ adults. Guests are encouraged to bring a beverage of their choice. For more details, email [email protected]

“Queer Book Club” will be at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. This month’s reading is “Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World that Wouldn’t Die.” For more details, email [email protected]

Tuesday, June 25

Pride on the Patio Events will host “LGBTQ Social Mixer” at 5:30 p.m. at Showroom. Dress is casual, fancy, or comfortable. Guests are encouraged to bring their most authentic self to chat, laugh, and get a little crazy. Admission is free and more details are on Eventbrite.

Coming Out Discussion Group will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This is a peer-facilitated discussion group and a safe space to share experiences about coming out and discuss topics as it relates to doing so. For more details, visit the group’s Facebook page. 

Wednesday, June 26

Job Club will be at 6 p.m. on Zoom. This is a weekly job support program to help job entrants and seekers, including the long-term unemployed, improve self-confidence, motivation, resilience and productivity for effective job searches and networking — allowing participants to move away from being merely “applicants” toward being “candidates.” For more information, email [email protected] or visit thedccenter.org/careers.

Thursday, June 27

The DC Center’s Fresh Produce Program will be held all day at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. No proof of residency or income is required. For more information, email [email protected] or call 202-682-2245. 

Virtual Yoga with Charles M. will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This is a free weekly class focusing on yoga, breathwork, and meditation. For more details, visit the DC Center for the LGBT Community’s website.

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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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