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LGBT events calendar: July 6-12, 2018

Westminster Pride, Mr. & Miss DC Royale Pageant among week’s highlights



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Mesma Belsare, a trans South-Asian dancer, will perform as guest artist with Dakshina at its 15th annual Festival of South Asian Arts on Saturday night. (Photo by Kateryna Odyntsov; courtesy Dakshina)


NOVA Gay and Lesbian Professionals hosts a Happy Hour Social this evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Pinzimini Lounge in Westin Arlington Gateway (801 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington, Va.). Go Gay D.C. leader TJ Flavell will be there to greet everyone. There are opportunities to meet professionals in a variety of fields and industries. There is no cover fee and everyone is welcome. For more information, visit

The DC Center (2000 14th St. N.W., Suite 105) hosts a transgender discussion group tonight at 7 p.m. The peer-facilitated discussion group is open to members of the transgender community, partners, friends and allies. 

The District of Columbia Jewish Community Center (1529 16th St. N.W.) holds an LGBTQ Erev Shabbat service beginning at 8 p.m. tonight in the community room. An Oneg Shabbat social hour follows the service with dessert, coffee and soft drinks.

Gay District hosts a men’s discussion group tonight at 8:30 at the D.C. Center’s Reeves Building. Gay men between the ages of 18-35 are welcome to attend and participate in this facilitated group discussion. After the meeting, members will often go out for dinner together in the surrounding neighborhood. For more information, visit


The Westminster Pride Festival is today in Westminster (56 W. Main St., Westminster, Md.) from noon- 5 p.m. For more information, visit

Freddie’s Beach Bar (555 S. 23rd St., Arlington, Va.) hosts poker from 1-3 p.m. today. The World Tavern Poker Tournaments are free and a gift certificate prize goes to the winner. There is never a buy-in and each game is free. To get extra chips by registering in advance, visit

JR’s Bar & Grill (1519 17th St. N.W.) hosts showtunes happy hour tonight from 5-9 p.m.

Mr. & Miss DC Royale Pageant is at Cobalt (1639 R St. N.W.) tonight from 6-10 p.m. The 2018 crown will be awarded and 2017 DC Royales Xavier Bottoms and Ophelia Bottoms. For more information, go here

Dakshina, a gay-helmed local dance outfit, hosts the 15th annual Festival of South Asian Arts tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St. N.E.). Featured artists include Madhavi Mudgal Dance Company and Nadhi Thekkek. Tickets are $35 per person and $20 for children and seniors. For tickets, go here

Independence Day Weekend bar night is tonight at 9 p.m. at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd. N.E.). Mr. D.C. Eagle 2018 Daniel Ferguson will be there and Thudd Thumper is on bootblack duty. Free red, white and blue Jell-O shots are available for guests wearing red, white or blue. A DILF party is at the main bar. There is a $10 cover charge for the party and advance tickets online are $8. For more information, go here.

Rumba Latina at Cobalt (1639 R St. N.W.) celebrates its ninth anniversary of Boys in Heels at 10 p.m. tonight. DJs Manny El Demente and DJ Madscience will spin music. There will also be performances by divas of Rumba Latina and hot go-go dancers. Drink specials will run all night. 


Freddie’s Fabulous Champagne Brunch is today at 10 a.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar and Restaurant (555 S. 23rd St., Arlington, Va.). Tickets are $24.99 and the brunch comes with up to four champagne or mimosas, one Bloody Mary, or coffee, soda or juice. For more information, visit

Shi-Queeta Lee hosts Shi-Queeta’s Palace Chateau Remix Drag Brunch today at 11 a.m. at the Chateau Remix Event Center (3439 Benning Rd. N.E.). There is an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet and the first mimosa or Zing Zang Bloody Mary is free. Tickets are $40.

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “Camelot” will be performed at Sidney Harman Hall (610 F St. N.W.) today at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $59-110. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Sunday Funday is at JR.’s Bar (1519 17th St. N.W.) from 4 p.m.-midnight tonight. Skyy highballs and Coors Light bottles are each $3.


The D.C. Center (2000 14th St. N.W., Suite 105) hosts a coffee drop-in for older LGBT adults and friends today at 10 a.m. There is no age restriction, but an ID or license is required to get into the building. 

Freddie’s Beach Bar (555 23rd St. S, Arlington, Va.) hosts Pasta Monday beginning at 4 p.m. Pasta dishes are half-priced. Happy hour specials are from 4-8 p.m. and karaoke is from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. For more information, visit

The DC GLBT Board Gamers group is hosting a board gamers meetup tonight at 6 p.m. at Soho Tea & Coffee (2150 P St. N.W.). Attendees are welcome to bring a game to share. There is a $1 fee for attendees.


Twilight Tuesday is at Penthouse Pool Club (1612 U St. N.W.) at 7 p.m. tonight. Guests must be 21 to enter with a valid government ID. RSVP is required at 


The Capital Classics series at Landmark’s West End Cinema (2301 M St. N.W.) continues today with screenings of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” There are shows at 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $9.50 for children and seniors. Advance tickets and more information can be found at

The Ask Rayceen Show is tonight at 7 p.m. at the Human Rights Campaign Equality Center (1640 Rhode Island Ave. N.W.). Doors open at 6 p.m., and admission is free. The event is a game show, #AskRayceen Squares, which features special celebrity guests. There will be live music by Nia Simmons, burlesque by Uma Hurtman and DJ MIM will be spinning. Free catered food while supplies last is available for early arrivals, and snacks, soda and water will be available for $1 each. There will be a cash bar with drinks for $5 each. For more information, go here

The Big Gay Book Group meets tonight at 7 p.m. at Trio Bistro (17 St. & Q St. N.W.). Members will discuss “The House of Impossible Beauties” by Joseph Cassara. Newcomers are welcome. For more information or to RSVP, email [email protected].

Lambda Bridge Club meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center (721 8th St. S.E.) for Duplicate Bridge. No reservations are required and newcomers are welcome. If you need a partner, call 202-841-0279.


The Ugly Mug (723 8th St. S.E.) and District Karaoke host Pride karaoke tonight at 7 p.m. There are Tex-Mex Thursday food and drink specials all night, including $8 nachos and quesadillas, $4 Pacifico drafts, and $6 margaritas. 

“Hamilton” is at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St. N.W.) at 7:30 p.m. tonight. There is a four-ticket limit per household. Tickets can either be mailed or picked up at the box office. Ticket price ranges from $199-625 each, and when available, standing room tickets may be purchased for $49 starting two hours prior to curtain. Forty $10 orchestra seats are offered at all performances. For tickets, visit the only official website at

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Rehoboth Beach welcomes Christopher Peterson back

Drag legend to perform weekly beginning July 4



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Drag legend Christopher Peterson. (Photo courtesy Peterson)

Christopher Peterson will celebrate 25 years of performing his brilliant show EYECONS when he brings it back to Rehoboth Beach this summer. He will be at Clear Space Theatre every Saturday at 10 p.m. and Sunday at 9 p.m. from July 4 to Sept. 5.

I have seen the show a number of times over the years from when he performed at the Renegade showroom (youngsters may not remember the Renegade out on the highway) to now at the Clear Space Theatre, so I am biased in saying it is always worth the price of a ticket. In fact it is worth a lot more because Christopher is an amazing talent. In addition to his own show he can be seen in “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” at Clear Space.

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Christopher. He has lived in Key West, Fla., for years and performs there during the winter and when he isn’t booked around the country. Christopher told me he was born Moncton, New Brunswick but grew up in Halifax (actually Dartmouth across the harbor) Nova Scotia, Canada 58 years ago.

We talked about gay life today and I asked him when he came out and he responded: “in the womb.” He told me he always knew who he was even before he knew you could call it gay. He told me he was lucky and grew up in a family that always accepted him for who he was. I asked him if he was excited about coming back to Rehoboth and he told me he sometimes thought of this as his final ‘widow tour’ as it is his first time back at the beach since he lost the love of his life, James Mill, in September of 2019. They were together for 35 years and James was not only his partner in life but in business. Many in Rehoboth knew James and will miss seeing him at Christopher’s side. He was a beautiful man.

Christopher has been called North America’s greatest female impersonator and though I haven’t seen all of them, I have seen enough to thoroughly concur with that. He not only impersonate the characters, he seems to become them. He never lip-syncs but sings their songs and talks in their voice. Christopher once said his only vocal training was in high school and in church choirs but you would never know that when listening to him sing. Christopher also designs all of his own costumes and they are incredible. It’s amazing how quickly he can change from Marilyn Monroe and become Cher with just a new gown and new wig that he has stashed in the closet at the side of the stage. The transformation is mesmerizing.

Over the years he has impersonated so many iconic women, including Marilyn Monroe, Carol Channing, Madonna, Joan Rivers, Reba McEntire, Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Eartha Kitt, Cher, Bette Davis, and Lucille Ball. He will add a new character once in a while if he feels comfortable having tried them out — one being Lady Gaga.

I asked him if he has a favorite character and he said, “That’s like asking me if I have a favorite child. These are all my children and they each represent something special to me.” He said, “as an example Streisand is the voice and Garland is the heart.” I remember he was once quoted as saying Judy Garland is his favorite to do and since he told me she represents the heart it didn’t surprise me as Christopher has a big heart. He often saves her for the end of the show and when you see her you leave wanting more.

I asked Christopher about the weirdest thing that ever happened during his show. He told me the story about an evening during the show, when he talks with an audience member, he leaned over the stage and began to chat with a table on the right of the stage and asked an older gentleman, Christopher called him Mary, how he liked the show. After saying he loved it the next thing Christopher saw was Mary keeling over. Turns out he had a heart attack. Christopher said he told the audience there would be a pause in the show and asked if there was a doctor in the house. One came forward and attended to the man and called 911. The gentleman seemed to recover and after they took him out on a stretcher the show went on. Christopher said this has happened more than once at his shows. Maybe it’s the excitement.

I asked him if any of the women he impersonates have been to see the show and was surprised when he said no. I would think any of those still alive would be honored to see how Christopher does them and shows them off so well.

This will be an exciting summer in Rehoboth and Christopher is prepared for visitors to come to the show and still follow any restrictions in effect for the pandemic. The theater has said it will continue to abide by all COVID restrictions in order to ensure the safety of both the actors and the audience. Clear Space Theatre has been doing this all winter and doing it safely.

I urge anyone who has never seen Christopher Peterson to get your tickets early as anyone who has seen him will be buying tickets to his shows and you don’t want to miss this chance to have a great fun evening in the theater.

Christopher Peterson as Lucille Ball. (Photo courtesy Peterson)

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Miss Richfield debuts new show at Rehoboth’s Blue Moon

Celebrating ‘40 Years on the Throne’



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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. — Miss Richfield 1981, the longtime drag star known for Provincetown residencies and performances aboard gay cruises, debuted a new show here Monday for an invitation-only audience at the Blue Moon.

The show, dubbed “40 Years on the Throne,” celebrates Richfield’s four decades entertaining largely LGBTQ audiences with tales from her hometown “where butter is a spice and gravy is a beverage.”

Coincidentally, the Blue Moon is also celebrating 40 years in business this year.

Russ King, a Minnesota native, created the Miss Richfield persona to chronicle “her lifelong goal of being crowned beauty queen of her first-ring suburb of Minneapolis.”

Monday’s show — a dress rehearsal before it heads to Provincetown — got off to an unintentionally hilarious start, when Richfield tripped and fell onto the stage. She laughed it off, blaming a nearby female patron for “pushing me.” Then Richfield left the stage and started over.

The riotous show included a rendition of Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” that brought the audience up to date on Richfield’s recent travels; a video montage of her many outrageous TV appearances, including on “Cake Boss”; and a beauty pageant quiz show with two audience members. Longtime fans will be relieved to know that the new show includes Richfield playing the saw.

At the end of the show, Richfield solicited audience feedback as she refines it for her summer residency. Richfield is scheduled to open the show on May 29 at the Pilgrim House in Provincetown, Mass., and it’s slated to run through the summer, wrapping on Sept. 18. (Tickets are $30 for general admission and $40 for VIP at

King now lives in Rehoboth and is planning to return for a one-night-only performance of “40 Years on the Throne” on June 21 at the Blue Moon. (Visit for tickets, $40.)

The Blue Moon has a full summer of entertainment planned, including performances by the Boy Band Project (June 7, July 19, and Aug. 30); Lady Bunny (July 5, Aug. 23); and Sherry Vine (Aug. 16). The talented Nate Buccieri returns for another summer on the piano, Sundays through Thursdays, 6-8:30 p.m. The award-winning “Climax! With Magnolia” continues on Sundays at 9:30 p.m.

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Red Bear offers Valentine date nights

Event held this weekend complies with CDC guidelines



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Red Bear Brewery (209 M St., N.E.) hosts Brewery Date Nights this Valentine’s Day weekend from Friday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. to Sunday, Feb. 14 at 10 p.m.

This event could be a good opportunity for those looking for a holiday cuddle with their favorite bear over a choice brew for two. Red Bear complies with D.C. and CDC pandemic guidelines while offering a rerelease of their Cupid’s Black Heart Strawberry Chocolate Bock and Cupid’s Arrow Chocolate Raspberry Chocolatini.

For more information or to monitor pandemic-related changes, visit

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