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MAL events run all weekend in D.C.

Contests, exhibitions, dance parties and more on jam-packed schedule

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Last year’s Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Friday, Jan. 12

Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend kicks off at the Hyatt Regency (400 New Jersey Ave., N.W.) with registration at 3 p.m. The Exhibitor Hall will be open from 4-10 p.m. on the lower level. The opener rubber social is tonight from 7-9 p.m. in Congressional rooms A and B. 

Mr. International Rubber hosts a rubber meet and greet at the Hyatt Regency (400 New Jersey Ave., N.W.) in Congressional Rooms A and B tonight from 7-9 p.m. Wearing gear is encouraged with rubber preferred. All are welcome. There will be a cash bar. For more details, visit facebook.com/mlrubb

Joe Fiore presents Furball D.C. at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) tonight at 10 p.m. Daddy Ersin hosts. Jack Chang and Mike Babbitt will spin tracks all night. There will be a shuttle bus running all night from D.C. Eagle to the Hyatt. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit facebook.com/joefioreproductions

The Highwaymen host its Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend Fetish Ball at the Hyatt Regency (400 New Jersey Ave., N.W.) in Ballroom B tonight from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Come dressed in fetish gear. DJ Lemz will play music. There will be a cash bar. Cover is $10 at the door. For more details, visit leatherweekend.com

Honcho presents a MAL Weekend party at U Street Music Hall (1115 U St., N.W.) tonight from 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Mike Servito, Justin Cudmore, The Bunker NY, d’Adhemar and Clark Price will play music for the night. There will be a full clothes check for $2. Admission is $12 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, visit ustreetmusichall.com

The Imperial Court of Washington hosts Beer Bash/Pup Appreciation Night at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) tonight from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. There will be raffle prizes and Jell-O shots. For more details, visit facebook.com/imperialcourtdc

Saturday, Jan. 13

Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend continues at the Hyatt Regency (400 New Jersey Ave., N.W.) with events like Puppy Park X, co-hosted with Luna Grove Pack, today from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Regency B, C and D. The Exhibitor Hall will be open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on the lower level.

La Fantasy hosts Wig Out Party, as part of Leather Weekend, at Living Room D.C. (1008 Vermont Ave., N.W.) today from 1-7 p.m. Leather and wigs are encouraged. DJ Hansell will spin tracks. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit facebook.com/lafantasyproductions

Onyx Mid-Atlantic and Dominion Onyx hosts a cocktail party and gear show at the Hyatt Regency (400 New Jersey Ave., N.W.) today from 2-6 p.m. There will be a fetish gear auction benefitting the Community Cares Project and cocktails. There is a suggested donation at the door. For details, visit facebook.com/onyx.midlatlantic

Pup Indigo and Boy Jason host MAL superhero meet and greet at the Hyatt Regency (400 New Jersey Ave., N.W.) today from 4-6 p.m. Participants are asked to wear their best superhero and villain costumes. For more information, search “MAL 2018: Superheroes and Villains Meet and Greet” on Facebook. 

Bears Can Party hosts a leather-clad Bears Can Dance party at the Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) tonight from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Kristina Kelly will perform. No cover. For more information, visit facebook.com/bearscanparty

Distrkt C hosts “Distrkt C XXL: Master, Boys and Pigs” featuring music from Barney Philly and Morabito at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) tonight from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Tickets are $60. For more details, visit distrktc.com

Sunday, Jan. 14

Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend wraps up its last day at the Hyatt Regency (400 New Jersey Ave., N.W.) with brunch from 10 a.m.-noon in Capitol A and B and Congressional A and B. The Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather Contest is from 1-4 p.m. in Regency A, B, C and D. The weekend closes out with the Revival Closing Dance Party at 9:30 Club (815 V St., N.W.) tonight from 10 p.m.-4 a.m. 

Otter Den hosts Last Chance Tea Dance for MAL Weekend at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) today from 5-10 p.m. Jeffrey Sfire and Strikestone will spin tracks. Gear is welcome. Coat check available. Cover is $8. For more information, visit facebook.com/otterdendc.

Flash (645 Florida Ave., N.W.) hosts a MAL version of its Flashy Sundays tonight from 10 p.m.-4 a.m. DJ Twin and DJ Sean Morris will play music. There will be an extended bar until 4 a.m. Cover is $20. For more details, visit facebook.com/flashydc

HybridNine Events presents “Limits,” a MAL weekend closing party, at the Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) tonight from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Guests are encouraged to bring their fetish gear. Ryan Doubleyou and Scott Howard will play music. Go-go dancers Grant, Jacob and Will will also perform. Cover is $5. For more information, visit greenlanterndc.com

Distrkt C hosts “DC2 XXL: Red Light Distrkt” at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) tonight from 10 p.m.-4 a.m. featuring music from DJs X Gonzalez and Abel. Tickets are $60. For more details, visit distrktc.com

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Disco Funk Brunch at Crazy Aunt Helen’s

Tara Hoot and DJ Phil Reese perform

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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

Benefits journalism scholarship

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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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