July 9, 2015 at 6:26 pm EDT | by Joey DiGuglielmo
Sights and sounds of SUMMER!
Summer, gay news, Washington Blade

Neon Trees are here next week for two shows in the region. (Photo by Mathew Hartman)

The 29th annual ADODI summer retreat for black “same-gender-loving” men is July 15-19 at Cacapon Resort State Park in Berkeley Springs, W.Va. Cost is $575. Details at adodi.org. The group has a local chapter that’s active in Washington and meets bi-monthly at Metropolitan Community Church of Washington.

Idina Menzel plays Jiffy Lube Live (7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va.) at 8 p.m. on July 18. Tickets range from $25-270. Details at livenation.com.

Neon Trees, with out lead singer Tyler Glenn, play Rams Head Live! (20 Market Place, Baltimore) at 7 p.m. on July 18 and the 9:30 Club (815 V St., N.W.) at 7 p.m. (doors) on July 20. COIN and Fictionist open. Tickets are $25 for each show. Details at ramsheadlive.com and 930.com respectively.

Out singer Derek Bishop plays Tree House Lounge (1006 Florida Ave., N.E.) at 10 p.m. on July 18. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door only. He’s touring his new album “Bicycling in Quicksand.”

Gay Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Ryan Amador plays a benefit concert for Casa Ruby at Brookland Artspace Lofts (3305 8th St. N.E.) at 7:30 p.m. on July 20. Admission is free but donations are requested. Half of the money given will go to Casa Ruby. E-mail to brooklandartspace@gmail.com for information.

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Ryan Amador plays a benefit show for Casa Ruby July 20. (Photo courtesy Amador)

Shania Twain brings her “Rock This Country Tour” to the Verizon Center at 7:30 p.m. on July 21. Tickets range from $50-150 and are available through ticketmaster.com. The tour, her first in 11 years, is billed as a farewell tour.

Gay-affirming pastor and author Rob Bell brings his “Everything is Spiritual Tour” to the Fillmore Silver Spring (8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Md.) at 8:30 p.m. on July 22. Tickets are $25-35 and are available at fillmoresilverspring.com.

Grammy-winning gay singer Sam Smith plays Merriweather Post Pavilion (10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md.) at 8 p.m. on July 24. Tickets are $45-97.50. Details at merriweathermusic.com.

Baltimore Pride is July 24-26. The parade and block party are on Saturday (July 25) and the festival is on Sunday (July 26). A bevy of other events are planned as well as the festivity celebrates its 40th anniversary. Full details at baltimorepride.org.

D.C. Log Cabin Republicans have their 14th annual Rehoboth Beach Retreat July 24-26.

Well Strung, an all-male string quartet that plays classical and pop, plays the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center (229 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Del.) at 8 p.m. on July 25. This CAMP Rehoboth event is part of a year-long celebration of its 25th anniversary. Tickets are $35-100. Details at camprehoboth.com.

The Indigo Girls, long-time out folk-rockers, play the Filene Center at Wolf Trap (1551 Trap Rd., Vienna, Va.) at 8 p.m. on July 28. Michelle Malone opens. Tickets are $32-54. Details at wolftrap.org.

The fifth annual OutWrite LGBT Book Fair, a weekend of readings, discussions, author appearances and more, is July 30-Aug. 1 at the Reeves Center, home of the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W. #105). The Center also has constant events all summer long including coffee and conversation for older LGBT adults, volunteer nights, FUK!T packing parties (packing safer-sex kits), workshops, support groups, HIV texting and much more. Details at thedccenter.org.

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett play the Kennedy Center (2700 F St. N.W.) at 8 p.m. July 31-Aug. 1 performing songs from their duet album of jazz standards “Cheek to Cheek.” Tickets are sold out.

It’s shaping up to be an uber-gay summer at Wolf Trap. Out singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright performs with the National Symphony Orchestra at 8:15 p.m. on July 31 at the Filene Center (1551 Trap Rd., Vienna, Va.). Tickets are $25-58 for the two-and-a-half-hour show. Out author and comedian David Sedaris performs at 7 p.m. on Aug. 2. Tickets are $25-55. And Culture Club plays at 8 p.m. Aug. 10. Tickets are $30-60.  Other Wolf Trap shows coming soon include Abba the Concert on Aug. 16, Kristin Chenoweth on Aug. 28 and Kelly Clarkson on Sept. 12-13. Details at wolftrap.org.

Melissa Etheridge performs a solo show behind her “This is M.E.” album at 8 p.m. on Aug. 26 at the Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md.). Tickets are $45-85. Details at strathmore.org.

Reel Affirmations, an LGBT film festival, returns Aug. 28-30 at the Tivoli/GALA Hispanic Theatre (3333 14th St., N.W.). Festival passes are available in a variety of packages ranging from $20-265. Visit reelaffirmations.org for lineup and details.

In other gay film festival news, DIRECTV and the Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival have launched Outfest Online (outfestonline.com) where content from the festival will be available for viewing anywhere. The festival continues through July 19 and features a variety of shorts, documentaries and features with LGBT themes.

The Strathmore continues its free summer outdoor concerts every Wednesday at 7 p.m. through Aug. 19. Upcoming performers are Team Familiar on July 15, No BS! Brass Band on July 22, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen on July 20 and more. These are held at the Mansion at Strathmore in the Gudelsky Outdoor Concert Gazebo (10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, Md.).

The Kennedy Center continues its free concert series on the Millennium Stage with daily performances at 6 p.m. Performers this month include youth participants in the 2015 NSO Summer Music Institute, the WNO Opera Institute and performers from the 25/40 Celebration, a festival in honor of the 25th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act. Now in its 17th year, the Millennium Stage performances are also available to be viewed online. Details at kennedy-center.org.

The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) continues its Georgetown Sunset Cinema series on Tuesdays through Aug. 4. The films are shown at the Georgetown Waterfront Park at the intersection of K/Water Street and Cecil Place, N.W. Admission is free. Blankets only (no chairs). Picnics welcome. Upcoming films include “State of Play” on July 14, “No Way Out” on July 21, “Burn After Reading” on July 28 and more. Details at georgetowndc.com/sunsetcinema.

Rosa Mexicano (575 7th St., N.W.) holds its annual Ice Cream Festival through the end of July. Flavors of Mexico a la Mode features desserts inspired by classic Mexican dishes paired with handmade ice creams infused with Mexican flavors such as “prickly pear-blueberry sorbet” and “cinnamon-chili spiced chocolate. Details at rosamexicano.com.

Waverly Street Gallery (4600 East-West highway, Bethesda, Md.) features an exhibit called “Benthos” by Nikki O’Neill featuring discoveries and marine habitats in glass. Her work is inspired by evolutionary themes such as the watery, primordial origins of life and the intricate and richly colored primitive creatures that live there — all displayed in glass figures she manipulates with heat, gravity, gas and more. An opening reception is this evening (July 10) from 6-9 p.m. An artist talk is July 18 from 3-5 p.m. Details at waverlystreetgallery.com.

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Nikki O’Neill explores primordial life in her series on display now at Waverly Street Gallery in Bethesda. (Photo courtesy WSG)

Inner Light Ministries under the leadership of gay pastor Bishop Kwabena Cheeks, continues its 22nd anniversary celebration through this weekend (July 12). Details at innerlightministries-dc.com.

The Al Sura White Attire Affair is at 8 p.m. on July 18 at the Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage (1816 12th St., N.W.). Tickets are $35 in advance or $50 at the door. Details at alsura.org.

Ingenue to Icon,” an exhibit featuring 70 years of fashion from the collection of legendary socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post, is on display now and through years’ end at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden (4155 Linnean Ave., N.W.). Hillwood also has its French Festival July 11. Details at hillwoodmuseum.org.

The Ask Rayceen Show has its August taping on Aug. 5 at LIV Nightclub (2001 11th St., N.W.) with doors opening at 6 p.m. The August installment will feature a poetry slam with $100 cash prize, listening lounge with Nia Simmons, DJ Honey and more. Details on the Ask Rayceen page on Facebook.

The D.C. Metro Circle of Friends (part of the National Friendship Movement) hosts its second annual picnic in the park from noon-dusk on Aug. 15 at picnic area no. six in Rock Creek Park. Find the group on Facebook for details.

The Night OUT series continues with Night OUT at the Kastles on July 16, Night OUT at the Mystics on Aug. 5. Details at teamdc.org.

Itching to shop? Gay-owned furniture and home decor shop Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams (1526 14th St., N.W.) has its summer tag sale with 20-60 percent off through July 26. More at mgbwhome.com.

And lest September sneak up on you, mark these events now: Brother Help Thyself Pride Day at King’s Dominion (Sept. 5) and the D.C. Shorts Film Festival (Sept. 10-20). Saturday, Sept. 12 is shaping up to be jam-packed with Imperial Court Gala of the Americas, Richmond Pride and the 17th Street Festival. Oh, and Madonna’s here that day too.

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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