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Cherry weekend is April 20-24

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Cherry (Washington Blade file photo by Hugh Clarke)

Cherry, a multi-venue dance charity party for HIV/AIDS services and prevention, runs all weekend from April 20-24.

The dance party weekend kicks off with Lux at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) on Thursday, April 20 from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. The theme is luxury and lavish with music by DJ Steve Sidewalk and DJ Alain Jackinsky. Tickets are $20.

Decadence is at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) on Friday, April 21 from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. DJ Twin, DJ Micky Friedmann, DJ Ben.Jamin and DJ Lisa Frank will spin tracks all night. HIV/AIDS testing will be available onsite. Tickets are $35.

On Saturday, April 22 there will be an afternoon tea dance party, Depeche Moody, at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) from 2-7 p.m. The event will honor Cherry founder Dr. Moody Mustafa. DJ Joe Gauthreaux plays music. Tickets are $25.

Town hosts Royalty, an all-night dance party, on Saturday, April 22 from 10 p.m.-4 a.m. DJ Kenneth Rivera and DJ Ivan Gomez will play the tunes. Madelyn Hatter hosts. HIV/AIDS testing will also be onsite for guests. Tickets are $20.

DJ X Gonzalez and DJ Nina Flowers keep the party going with Avant, an after-hours event, at Flash Nightclub (645 Florida Ave., N.W.) on Sunday, April 23 from 4-10 a.m.Tickets are $50.

Summer gets an early start with Action! Pool Party at Penthouse Pool at the Yards Vida Fitness (1212 4th St., S.E.) on Sunday, April 23 from noon-8 p.m. DJ Rico Alexis and DJ Eddie Martinez spin festive beats all day. Tickets are $40. Cabanas and day beds are available starting at $600 and include free admission and an open bar for 10 people.

The weekend winds down with Sashay at DC9 (1940 9th St., N.W.) on Sunday, April 23 from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. DJ Sean Morris and DJ Nacho Chapado say goodbye to the Cherry weekend with beats ranging from techno to tribal. Tickets are $20.

Weekend party packages are also available. For a list of packages and to purchase tickets, visit cherrydc.com.

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Disco Funk Brunch at Crazy Aunt Helen’s

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Drag queen Tara Hoot and DJ Phil Reese perform at the biweekly Disco Funk Brunch at the LGBT-owned Crazy Aunt Helen’s on Sunday. For future showtimes, go to crazyaunthelens.com. (Blade photo by Michael Key)

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Blade’s summer closing party set for Sept. 17 in Rehoboth

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The Washington Blade’s 15-year tradition of hosting a summer kickoff party in Rehoboth Beach was disrupted due to COVID restrictions. In lieu of that May event, the Blade is hosting a summer closing party on Friday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. at The Pines (56 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Del.). 

Tickets are $20, which includes two drinks and appetizers. The event benefits the Blade Foundation’s Steve Elkins Memorial Journalism Fellowship, a 12-week program in which an LGBTQ student journalist covers stories of interest to Delaware’s queer community each summer. 

All COVID safety protocols will be followed, including a requirement that attendees furnish proof of vaccination to gain entry. 

If you are unable to attend you can make a donation to the Blade Foundation at BladeFoundation.org. Sponsors of the event include Delmarva Power and The Pines.

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Rehoboth to close out summer with SunFest

Series of events to replace long-running Sundance due to pandemic

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This year’s Sundance in Rehoboth is renamed SunFest and will look different from this scene in 2019 due to the pandemic. (Blade file photo by Daniel Truitt)

SunFest will feature a week of live performances, dances, and a live auction, sponsored by non-profit LGBTQ+ center CAMP Rehoboth.

The weeklong festival runs from Aug. 29 to Sept. 5 and is a change from the annual SunDance that CAMP Rehoboth has sponsored since 1988. This transformation began last year when the event was forced to go digital due to the coronavirus and the in-person events scheduled this year are important, according to development director and co-coordinator of SunFest Anita Broccolino.

“We love that community feel and the in-person makes all the difference in the world for us. Not being able to do it last year just reminded everyone how important we all are to one another,” Broccolino said. “I think that bringing back these events this year is just huge for us and it will be extra celebratory as a result.”

The festival begins with a 5k race and online auction opening on Sunday. Monday night features a give-back event at Iron Hill Brewery while Tuesday’s agenda is still to be determined, said Broccolino. Diego’s will host a Studio 54 give-back dance party on Wednesday and Thursday is the Port 251 women’s give-back. 

Live performances featuring the Skivvies, Randy Harrison and Diane Huey are scheduled for Friday night and Jennifer Holiday will follow with a performance on Saturday night, both at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. The festival closes out Sunday with auction pick-ups and Fun in the Sand and Sun, according to the CAMP Rehoboth website.

This event is also important to the organization’s contributions to the community, said Broccolino.

“The essential services we provide for free to the community, which is a huge amount of health and wellness activities, as well as arts programming, a lot of youth programming and the community counts on us for those things. We never stopped during COVID, we made as much as we could virtual, but we took quite a hit not being able to raise those funds and awareness of the programs,” Broccolino said. “We invite the entire community to come celebrate with us and make it to Rehoboth Beach, and let’s make it joyful, and wonderful and make sure we’re living up to the standards of all the people who helped found CAMP Rehoboth and live up to their legacy and beyond.”

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