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SPRING ARTS 2017 EVENTS: Dances, dinners, drag & drama

Mega Networking, GLAA awards, Women’s Fest among spring events

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Ba’Naka (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Some events don’t fit in our other spring arts categories. Here are a few to note:

Rainbow Families has a family dance on Saturday, March 4 at Washington Ethical Society (7750 16th St., N.W.). Details at rainbowfamilies.org.

The Coven and GLOE present “Pride of Purim: a Queer Masquerade” on Saturday, March 11 at 10 p.m. at Ten Tigers Parlour (3813 Georgia Ave., N.W.). Tickets at thejdc.convio.net.

Ba’Naka’s “Bigg Gurrl Birthday Bash” with Darienne Lake (of “Drag Race” fame) is Saturday, March 11 at Town at 10 p.m. Details at towndc.com.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival has its Pink Tie Party at the Reagan Building (1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.) on Thursday, March 16 from 7-11 p.m. Tickets at nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.

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(Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

FIST 2017 — the Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament is March 16-April 15 at Source (1835 14th St., N.W.). Details at witdc.org.

The Imperial Court of Washington has its Black & Blue Ball on Saturday, March 18 from 6-9:30 p.m. at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.). Details at imperialcourtdc.org.

The “Queen of the Night” drag competition is Saturday, March 18 at Town. Details at towndc.com.

BARE Military Style by the Ladies of LURe is Saturday, March 18 from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.). Details on the event’s Facebook page.

The Capital Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce has its ninth annual Mega Networking and Social Event on Wednesday, March 22  from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.). Details at caglcc.org.

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CAGLCC Mega Networking Event. (Washington Blade file photo by Joe Tresh)

OutWrite presents Warrior Poets, Speaking as Resistance on Wednesday, March 22 from 7-9 p.m. at Petworth Citizen (829 U St., N.W.) featuring readings from Taylor Johnson, Danielle Reed and PeaceJah.

The third annual ONYX Mid-Atlantic Code Red fundraiser is Saturday, March 25 from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. at the Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) and is a benefit for local LGBT non-profits. Details on the event’s Facebook page.

Meat Market, a night of “hot tracks and old-school leather” is Saturday, March 25 at 9 p.m. at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.). Details at dceagle.com.

Light City Baltimore, a “festival of light, music and innovation” is March 31-April 8 at the Baltimore Inner Harbor. Tickets and details at lightcity.org.

The 14th annual Equality Virginia Commonwealth Dinner is Saturday, April 1 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center (403 N. 3rd St., Richmond, Va.). Details at equalityvirginia.org.

The Cherry Blossom Wine & Beer Festival is April 1-2 at the Yards Park (255 Water St., S.E.). Tickets at cherryblossombeerandwine.com.

The Family Equality Council will have a “family building session” on Saturday, April 1 from 3-6 p.m. at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.). Tickets at familyequalitycouncil.com.

The Ask Rayceen Show” continues with installments April 5 and May 10 at the HRC Equality Center (1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.). Details on the event’s Facebook page.

The Pancakes & Booze Art Show is at Penn Social (801 E St., N.W.) on Thursday, April 6 from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. It’s billed as D.C.’s “largest underground art show” featuring body painting, DJs, a pancake bar and more. Details at pancakesandbooze.com/washingtondc.

The CAMP Rehoboth Women’s Fest is April 6-9. Details at camprehoboth.com.

Dining Out for Life, an annual Food & Friends benefit, is Thursday, April 6. Details at foodandfriends.org.

The D.C. Rawhides have their Town & Country anniversary dance on Saturday, April 15 at 6 p.m. at Union Market D.C. (1309 5th St., N.E.). Details here.

Team D.C.’s “A Night of Champions” is Saturday, April 15 at the Washington Hilton (1919 Connecticut Ave., N.W.). Tickets are $100 at teamdc.org/champions.

Todrick Hall returns to Washington with his “Straight Outta Oz Tour” April 18-19 at the Howard Theatre (620 T St., N.W.). Details at todrickhall.com.

GLAA has its 2017 Distinguished Service Awards on Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Policy Restaurant & Lounge (1904 14th St., N.W.). Details at glaa.org.

The 16th annual Georgetown Day is Friday, April 28 at 8 a.m. at Copley Lawn. Details on the event’s Facebook page.

The 2017 Mister & Miss Gay Arlington Pageant is Friday, April 28 at Freddie’s Beach Bar (555 S. 23rd St., Arlington, Va.). Details at freddiesbeachbar.com or search for the event on Facebook.

The D.C. Chocolate Festival is Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park (2660 Woodley Road, N.W.). Tickets at dcchocolatefestival.com.

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington has its spring affair “A Night at the Moulin Rouge” on Saturday, May 6 at the Mayflower Hotel (1127 Connecticut Ave., N.W.). Details at gmcw.org.

The AIDS Walk & Run Baltimore is Sunday, May 7 at the Maryland Zoo. Details at chasebrexton.org.

The Capital Pride Heroes Gala is early this year — it will be Saturday, May 13 from 7-11 p.m. at the Carnegie Library (801 K St., N.W.). Details at capitalpride.org.

The Helen Hayes Awards for local theater are Monday, May 14 at the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St., N.W.). Details at theatrewashington.org.

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(Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

A Night Out for Trevor, a benefit for the Trevor Project, is Friday, May 19 from 7-10 p.m. at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco (700 F St., N.W.). Details at capitalpride.org.

Trans Pride is Saturday, May 20 at Studio Theatre (1501 14th St., N.W.). Details at capitalpride.org/events/capital-trans-pride.

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Capital Trans Pride (Washington Blade photo by Tyler Grigsby)

The Victory Fund National Champagne Brunch is Sunday, May 21 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel (2500 Calvert St., N.W.) at 11 a.m. Details at victoryfund.org.

JFK Centennial Week is May 23-29 (various events) at the Kennedy Center. Details at jfkc.org.

Black Planet: a Black Pride Celebration is Sunday, May 28 from 4-8 p.m. at Tropicalia (2001 14th St., N.W.). Tickets at blackplanet.splashthat.com.

D.C. Black Pride is Memorial Day weekend (May 26-29) with many events. Details at dcblackpride.org.

No word as of Blade press time on 2017 installments of Gay Day at the Zoo, Youth Pride or the Charm City LGBT Film Festival, events usually held in May.

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LGBTQ+ Theater Festival returns for Black Pride

African American Collective Theater hosts ‘What That Mouth Do . . .’

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Washington’s African American Collective Theater (ACT) will host “What That Mouth Do…,” the latest installment of a program that has become an annual spring tradition in Washington, D.C., starting on Sunday, May 26 at 4:30 p.m. at Undercroft Theater. 

Guests will get to witness more than 25 talented, local “ACT’ers” – some familiar faces, some new – present Readers Theater-type performances of short LGBTQ+ themed plays. Audiences can choose either show or attend one, break for dinner, then rejoin for the other.

Additional information and tickets are available at a-act.org.

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Calendar: May 24-30

LGBTQ events in the days to come

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Friday, May 24

Center Aging Monthly Luncheon with Yoga will be at 12:00p.m. at the Reeves Center at the D.C. LGBTQ Community Center. This is a social hour for older LGBTQ+ adults! Guests are encouraged to bring a beverage of choice. For more information, email [email protected]

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Happy Hour” at 7:00p.m. at DIK Bar. 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.

Trans Support Group will be at 7:00p.m. on Zoom. This group is intended to provide emotionally and physically safe space for trans* people and those who may be questioning their gender identity/expression to join together in community and learn from one another. For more details, email [email protected]

Women in their Twenties and Thirties will be at 8:00p.m. on Zoom. This is a social discussion group for queer women in the Washington, D.C. area. For more details, join WiTT’s closed Facebook group.

Saturday, May 25

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Brunch” at 11:00.am. 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.

Black Trans Pride Forever will be at 2:00p.m. at the Westin Washington. This will be  an afternoon filled with celebration, empowerment, and community. This event is a safe space for all Black Trans individuals to unite, share their stories, and support one another. From workshops to performances, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. For more details, visit Eventbrite

Sunday, May 26

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Dinner” at 6:00p.m. at Federico Ristorante Italino. 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.

AfroCode DC will be at 4:00p.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, May 27

Center Aging: Monday Coffee & Conversation will be at 10:00a.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]

“TRANSEND: Transgender & Nonbinary Support Group” will be at 4:00p.m. at the Pride Center of Maryland. This event will be a safe space to discuss hot topics, education and incentives while enjoying food. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

Tuesday, May 28

Pride on the Patio Events will host “LGBTQ Social Mixer” at 5:30p.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.

Queer Book Club will be at 6:30p.m. on Zoom. This month’s read is “Immaculate Misconception: A Story of Biology and Belonging” by Gwen Bas. For more details, email [email protected]

Wednesday, May 29

Job Club will be at 6:00p.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 www.thedccenter.org/careers.

Genderqueer DC will be at 7:00p.m. on Zoom. This support group is for people who identify outside of the gender binary, whether you’re bigender, agender, genderfluid, or just know that you’re not 100% cis. For more details, www.genderqueerdc.org or Facebook!

Thursday, May 30

The DC Center’s Fresh Produce Program will be held all day at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. To be more fair with who is receiving boxes, the program is moving to a lottery system. People will be informed on Wednesday at 5:00 pm if they are picked to receive a produce box. 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 7:00p.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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Pride Run 5K nearly sold out

Front Runners annual event to be held at Congressional Cemetery

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Front Runners Pride Run 5K (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Sign up now to join the annual Front Runners Pride Run 5K. The event is 85 percent sold out. The event is Friday, June 7 at Historic Congressional Cemetery.

Join more than 1,000 runners and walkers as they kick off Pride weekend 2024. When registering please consider donating to one of the event’s charity partners. This year’s race proceeds benefit local LGBTQ and disenfranchised youth organizations, including the Team DC Student-Athlete Scholarship, Wanda Alston Foundation, Blade Foundation, Ainsley’s Angels of America (National Capital Region), Pride365 and SMYAL. Visit DCPriderun.com to register or to donate.

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