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LGBT events calendar: July 13-19, 2018

Blade Sports Issue party, Hagerstown Pride among this week’s highlights

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The Hagerstown Pride Festival is Saturday in Hagerstown, Md. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

FRIDAY, JULY 13

The Blade’s Sports Issue Launch Party is tonight from 6-8 p.m. at Walters Sports Bar (1221 Van St. S.E.). There will be special giveaways. Admission is free. For more information, visit facebook.com/events.

GAMMA, a confidential support group for LGBT men, meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Luther Place Memorial Church (1226 Vermont Ave. N.W.). For more information, visit gammaindc.org.

Women in their 20s and 30s, a social discussion group for queer women, meets tonight at 8 p.m. at the D.C. Center (Reeves Building, 2000 14th St. N.W., Suite 105). All are welcome. For more information, visit gogaydc.org.

The Monumental Theatre Company, at Ainsle Arts Center (3900 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, Va.), performs “Pippin” tonight at 8 p.m. The theater company’s summer show is directed by Rebecca Wahls, musically directed by Leigh Delano and choreographed by Ahmad Maaty. The show is sponsored by Holly Hassett, Solomon Parker and Tiziano D’Affuso. Tickets are $30 at artful.ly. For more information, visit facebook.com/events.

The Hagerstown Pride Kick-off Show is tonight from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at The Lodge (21614 National Pike, Boonsboro, Md.). DJ Sidekick will provide beats. Cover charge is $3 and $6 after 10 p.m.Guests must be 21 or older with a valid government ID. The main stage show begins at 10:45 p.m. and stars Chasity Vain, Maranda Rights, Madison St. Lawrence and Ivanna Rights. For more information, visit facebook.com/events.

The D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd. N.E.) hosts Beer Bash tonight from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. All proceeds go to benefit the Imperial Court of Washington and its charities. For more information, visit facebook.com/events.

SATURDAY, JULY 14

Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St. N.W.) hosts Drag Brunch today at 10:30 a.m. Chanel Devereaux performs. The first mimosa or Bloody Mary purchased is free. Tickets are $45.21 and can be purchased at Eventbrite.com. For more information, visit facebook.com/events.

Hagerstown Pride Festival is today from noon-6 p.m. at the Central Lot and Elizabeth Hager Center Lot (14 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, Md.) in downtown Hagerstown. Presented by Hagerstown Hopes, an LGBT nonprofit, this is the event’s seventh year. There will be live entertainment, vendors, speakers, and food. All are welcome and the event is family friendly. For more information, visit facebook.com/events.

Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company perform tonight and Sunday night at 8 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively. The performance is at Dance Place (3225 8th St. N.E.). The dance performance features “Chakra,” a hybrid of Indian classical and modern style dance. Tickets range from $15-$30 and can be purchased at danceplace.com. For more information, visit facebook.com/events.

SUNDAY, JULY 15

The Mister Nice Jewish Boy Pageant is today from 2-4:30 p.m. at the U Street Music Hall (1115 U St. N.W.). The contestants are Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Zach Levine, Michael Ramsey and Jeremy Sherman. Mr. Nice Jewish Boy 2017 Tony Cohn hosts. In conjunction with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, all proceeds will be donated to Keshet to support their LGBT and ally Shabbaton. The event also features a raffle with prizes from local businesses. General admission is $15 and VIP admission is $30. VIPs receive one drink ticket, priority seating, two raffle tickets and a meet-and-greet with the contestants after the show. For tickets, go to ticketfly.com. For more information, visit facebook.com/events.

The Casa Ruby LGBT Community Center (2822 Georgia Ave. N.W.) hosts Volunteer at Casa Ruby alongside the D.C. Center tonight from 7-8 p.m. Once a month, the D.C. Center partners with Casa Ruby to provide a hot meal to current residents. Individuals or organizations can volunteer to provide meals. Any amount of food is appreciated and store-bought meals are allowed. For more information, visit gogaydc.org or casaruby.org.

Shania Twain brings her “Now” Tour tonight at 8 p.m. to Capital One Arena (601 F St. N.W.). Tickets range from $25-120 and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.

The Imperial Court of Washington and Freddie’s Beach Bar (555 23rd St. S, Arlington, Va.) host Christmas in July tonight from 8-10 p.m. The suggested door donation is $5 and donations benefit the Court and Just a Hand non-profit. Guests can receive additional door prize tickets if they bring new school supplies to donate. For more information, visit facebook.com/events.

MONDAY, JULY 16

Dupont Circle Walking Tour meets today from 1-3 p.m. at the south exit of the Dupont Circle Metro station (1350 Connecticut Ave. N.W.). The tour will view mansions and row houses from the early 1900s, a brewmaster’s castle and Corcoran Street. Tickets are $20 per person and kids 3 years or younger are free. There is a $5 discount with a military or federal government ID. Payment is accepted in advance as well as cash or credit upon arrival. For more information, visit washingtonwalks.com.

PFLAG’s monthly meeting is at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St. N.W., Suite 105) from 7-9 p.m. tonight. The meeting provides a confidential space to share and learn information on current LGBT events and issues. For more information, visit gogaydc.org.

Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance meeting is tonight from 7-8:30 p.m. at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St. N.W., Suite 105). The group meets every third Monday of the month. For more information, visit glaa.org.

The D.C. Center also hosts the Center Faith monthly meeting tonight from 7:30-9 p.m. The interfaith networks meets every third Monday of the month. For more information, visit facebook.com/centerfaith.

TUESDAY, JULY 17

Inside Out LGBT Radio airs today from 2-3 p.m. at WPFW 89.3 FM. Listeners can call in and share comments. For more information, visit gogaydc.org.

Phone Bank for the HRC National Dinner is tonight at the Human Rights Campaign office (1640 Rhode Island Ave. N.W.) at 6:30 p.m. Participants join the phone banks to solicit items for the upcoming HRC National Dinner’s silent auction on Sept. 15. No experience is necessary; HRC staff will provide training and scripts. For more information, visit gogaydc.org or hrc.org.

Bi Roundtable Discussion is tonight from 7-9 p.m. at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St. N.W.). The monthly roundtable discusses issues related to bisexuality in a private setting. For more information, visit gogaydc.org.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18

The Tom Davoren Social Bridge Club meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center (721 8th St. S.E.). No partner is needed to attend. For more information, call Tim Holtz at 301-345-1571.

Bookmen D.C., an informal men’s gay literature group, meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St. N.W.). The group is discussing “From Macho to Mariposa: Gay Latino Fiction,” edited by Charles Rice-Gonzalez and Charlie Vasquez. All are welcome. For more information, visit bookmendc.blogspot.com.

THURSDAY, JULY 19

Vida Fitness (1612 U St. N.W.) hosts a Human Rights Campaign National Dinner Table Captain Reception tonight from 7-8:30 p.m. The evening of appreciation and thanks to the National Dinner Table Captains is meant to encourage ticket sales for the 22nd annual National Dinner on Sept. 15. To RSVP, visit act.hrc.org.

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DNCE to headline Pride concert

‘Drag Race’ winners also featured at the event

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Jack Lawless, Joe Jonas, JinJoo Lee and Cole Whittle of DNCE. (Photo by kathclick via Bigstockphoto)

Dance-rock band DNCE will headline the Capital Pride Concert, which will be held on Sunday, June 12 at 1 p.m. on Pennsylvania Avenue at 3rd Street, N.W.

Season 14 winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Willow Pill, and season 13 winner, Symone will also be featured at the event.

The concert is free to the public, with tickets available for special access to the Concert Pit and the VIP Concert Experience.

Following the Pride concert, attendees are invited to dance into the sunset at the Capitol Sunset Dance Party with Grammy Award-Winning music producer and DJ Tracy Young.

For more information about the concert and to purchase special access and VIP tickets, visit Capital Pride’s website.

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Mayor’s Office to host monthly meet-and-greet

Partnership with Office of Human Rights and the MPD

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The Mayor’s Office for LGBTQ Affairs will host a monthly meet-and-greet on Thursday, May 19 at 2 p.m. at Southwest Library. This event will be in partnership with the Office of Human Rights and the Metropolitan Police Department LGBTQ Liaison Unit.

This event is an opportunity to learn more about the mayor’s office and other government agencies, and a chance to voice questions, comments, and concerns.

Guests who attend the event are also encouraged to complete a survey at the end. This event is free and more information will be available on Eventbrite.

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LGBTQ org to host wedding expo in Baltimore

Over 30 companies from the industry represented

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Rainbow Wedding Network will return to Baltimore with its 2022 LGBTQ+ Wedding Expo on Sunday, May 15 at 12:30 p.m. at Pier 5 Hotel Baltimore, Curio Collection by Hilton.

More than 30 companies from all aspects of the wedding industry will be represented, including venues, officiants, photographers, DJs, caterers, jewelers, travel and more.

Event attendees can also sample an assortment of food and dessert items, enjoy music demos, test out a photo booth and gather a selection of fun and unique ceremony and travel ideas.
Tickets are free and you can register for the event on Eventbrite.

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