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Cherry dance parties galore

Annual circuit party festival runs April 12-16

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Cherry, a dance benefit to support HIV/AIDS community service and prevention, holds multiple parties April 12-16.

Catalyst is at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) on Thursday, April 12 from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. DJ Kenneth Rivera and DJ Danny Verde will spin house and dance-pop tracks. Tickets are $20.

Synergy hosts DJ Tom Stephan from London and DJ Victor Calderone from New York City at Echostage (2135 Queens Chapel Rd., N.E.) on Friday, April 13 from 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Tickets are $35.

Moodin Rouge, a birthday party for Moody, is at Town (8th St., N.W.) on Saturday, April 14 from 2-7 p.m. DJ Joe Gauthereux will play music all day. Tickets are $25.

Chroma, Cherry’s main event, is at Town on Saturday, April 14 from 10 p.m.-4 a.m. DJ X Gonzalez and DJ Micky Friedmann will spin tracks. Whitman Walker Health will have HIV/AIDS testing on site from 10 p.m.-midnight. Tickets are $20.

Mirage, Cherry’s after hours event, is at Flash (645 Florida Ave., N.W.) on Sunday, April 15 from 3:30-9:30 a.m. DJ Alex Acosta and DJ Eddie Martinez will be playing house music all morning. Tickets are $60.

Aurora will be on Sunday, April 15 from 6 a.m.-noon on Flash’s rooftop deck. DJ Steve Sidewalk and DJ Isaac Escalante from Miami will play a mix of tribal beats, vocal mashups and tech music. Admission is included in ticket price for Chroma/Mirage.

Iris is at L8 (727 15th St., N.W.) on Sunday, April 15 from 2-7 p.m. DJ Joe Pacheco will play music for the day party. Tickets are $25.

Infinity, Cherry’s closing party, is at Soundcheck (1420 K St., N.W.) on Sunday, April 15 from 9 p.m.-4 a.m. DJs will be Alain Jackinsky and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Nina Flowers. Tickets are $30.

General admission weekend passes and VIP passes are available. For a complete list of events and ticket prices, visit cherrydc.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

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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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