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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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Must-attend events in D.C. this fall

Mix of in-person and virtual exhibits, brunches, and more

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SMYAL Executive Director Sultan Shakir addresses the crowd at the 2018 Fall Brunch. (Blade photo by Michael Key)

Last year, the pandemic forced many event planners to cancel their projects or move everything entirely online. However, this year, with the number of vaccinated people increasing and the mask mandate in place, events are slowly returning to the in-person format. Check out the list below for a good mix of both in-person and virtual events to watch out for this fall:

Smithsonian Associates will be hosting “Palestinian Embroidery 101: The Tatreez Sampler Series” on Friday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. This online event teaches the art of Palestinian embroidery including the basic Palestinian cross-stitch and how to create a tatreez sampler, using Aida cloth fabric. The class will be taught by Wafa Ghnaim who began her training in embroidery with her mother at age 2. Visit the Smithsonian’s website for more information.

Join Capital Pride Alliance virtually to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” on Monday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. This event will focus on “[supporting] the continuous fight for full inclusion for transgender and intersex servicemembers.” Keynote speakers include former Rep. Patrick J. Murphy, and Jennifer Dane, Air Force veteran and Executive Director of the Modern Military Association of America. Guests will get to hear extraordinary stories from service members of all branches and learn more about the fight for the codification of transgender military service and the effort to lift the ban on service for intersex individuals and folks living with HIV. For more information, visit Capital Pride Alliance’s website.

The 2021 LGBTQ Intergenerational Symposium will be on Thursday, Sept. 23. This is a free two-day virtual event sponsored by the DC Department of Aging and Community Living, Capitol Hill Village, and the DC Villages and is open to LGBTQ individuals and allies of all ages. There will also be a virtual kickoff for attendees, speakers, and organizations that are involved to get to know each other. Each day will include two health and wellness sessions, one panel, and breakout session.

The Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics will host New Vistas in Astronomy: Imaging a Black Hole on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. This event will celebrate the 51st year of the New Vistas in Astronomy lecture series at Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (FLWO). There will be speakers from across the many scientific divisions of the Center for Astrophysics Harvard & Smithsonian led by founding director of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Shep Doeleman. 

DC Front Runners will host its 40th anniversary party on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Jack Rose Dining Saloon at 3 p.m. This event will be held outside on the large roof deck. Tickets for this event are $35 and cover two drinks, passed appetizers and hors d’oeuvres. You are welcome to open a tab at the bar after your drink tickets have been used. Drink tickets for paid attendees will be available starting mid-September at the runs, and also available day of the event by contacting Josh Yankovic. More information about this event is available on DC Front Runners’ website.

All Things Go and the Capital Pride Alliance are joining forces to launch “Club Pride”, a third stage and dance party at the All Things Go Music Festival on Saturday, Oct. 16. This all-day event will feature special intimate artist performances, DJ sets, special guests and more throughout the day. Access to Club Pride is included with all festival tickets. Club Pride is located at Merriweather Post Pavilion’s 9:32 Stage. For more information, visit Capital Pride Alliance’s website.

Capital Pride Alliance will host the first ever “Colorful Fest” that will include a block party and street fair on Sunday, Oct. 17. The Street Fair will feature small independent businesses, community groups, artisans, and food along 15th Street. The Block Party will include entertainment, an As You Are Bar pop-up, and dancing throughout the day for guests 21 and over. For more details, visit Capital Pride Alliance’s website.

Smithsonian Associates presents “The Philosophical Thought of Thomas Aquinas” on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. This event will be hosted online and Aquinas scholar Gregory T. Doolan will explore Aquinas’s philosophical thought. Thomas Aquinas’s work presents one of Western civilization’s most comprehensive philosophical systems. Although a theologian by profession, this man of faith dedicated much of his vast writings to discerning what the human mind can learn independently of faith. For more information, visit the Smithsonian’s website. 

“SMYAL’s Annual Fall Brunch” will be on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the Marriott Marquis. This event ​​includes a cocktail reception featuring a silent auction, three-course brunch, and a chance to hear from some of the LGBTQ community’s most inspiring leaders. This event will bring together LGBTQ individuals and allies, friends, and families in support of the inspirational youth SMYAL works with every day. For more information, visit SMYAL’s website.

DC Area Transmasculine Society (DCATS) will host “Transmasculine and Nonbinary Social Hour on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. at Red Bear Brewing Company. At this social hour, DCATS will be accepting binder donations and will also give out needles to those who are in need. All partners and friends are required to be accompanied by a transmasculine individual. The event is reservation-only, and you can RSVP online on Eventbrite. 

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Lil Nas X heads up new role at Taco Bell

The 22-year-old musical artist, now riding the success of two global No. 1 hits was an hourly wage earner as part of a Taco Bell team in 2017

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Lil Nas X (Screenshot courtesy of Taco Bell)

The iconic American fast-food chain serving Mexican-inspired fare such as tacos, quesadillas and nachos has a new pitchman, former Taco Bell employee and now Grammy award winning rapper & singer-songwriter Lil Nas X, (real name Montero Lamar Hill).

In an announcement Monday, Mark King, CEO of Taco Bell commented that “Lil Nas X knows the job, the experience and the culture Taco Bell creates for its fans – including its people,” King added; ““This unique partnership will deliver on more than just marketing, allowing us to tap into the genius of Lil Nas X to inspire our team members and align with our commitment to unlocking opportunities for young people.”

As a cultural icon with an insider’s perspective on the Taco Bell team member experience, Lil Nas X has been appointed the title of ‘Chief Impact Officer,’ a newly created role that will allow him to collaborate on the brand experience from the inside out.

The 22-year-old musical artist, who catapulted to fame and now is riding the success of two global No. 1 hits in “Old Town Road” and “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” was an hourly wage earner as part of the Taco Bell team at an Atlanta-area restaurant in 2017.

Two years later as a successful up and coming musical artist, on June 30, 2019, the last day of Pride Month, he came out publicly as gay tweeting: “some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care, some of y’all not gone fwm no more. but before this month ends i want y’all to listen closely to c7osure. 🌈🤩✨”

(Courtesy of Taco Bell)

In today’s announcement the company acknowledged his ascendency to artistic celebrity as well as his sexual orientation.

Back in 2017, Lil Nas X laid down roots working at an Atlanta-area Taco Bell as a team member and less than five years later he’s ascended to stardom by defying conventions, charting his own course and remaining authentically true to himself – all things that Taco Bell stands for in its own way.”

As part of his new role, Lil Nas X will support the Taco Bell Foundation’s mission and help announce awards to recipients of the Live Más scholarship to enable them to pursue their creative passions. The Taco Bell Foundation breaks down barriers to educate and inspire the next generation of America’s leaders.

Since 1992, the Taco Bell Foundation has reached more than 4 million young people across the country and has awarded more than $110 million in Live Más Scholarships and grants to youth-serving nonprofit organizations focused on education and career readiness.

The artist’s “expertise in understanding social media and youth culture alongside his skills in creating great music makes this partnership with Taco Bell exciting, brave and one of the most innovative campaigns I’ve had the pleasure of creating,” said Jennifer Frommer, senior vp brand partnerships & commercial sync at Columbia Records.

As one of his first initiatives, Lil Nas X will make a cameo in Taco Bell’s breakfast campaign, which kicks off today, as the brand brings its breakfast offerings back to approximately 90% of restaurants nationwide by mid-September.

According to music industry trade magazine Billboard, in June, the rapper revealed his highly anticipated first full-length album would be “coming soon,” though a release date has not been announced.

Lil Nas X x Taco Bell:

From the press release:

As a brand known for its late night Fourth Meal, Taco Bell is celebrating fans who begin craving and planning for their morning meal in the evening to remind them that Taco Bell breakfast awaits come morning.

Breakfast, In Bedtime Stories – Toasted Breakfast Burritos (Commercial) |Taco Bell:

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Erasure’s ‘Neon Tour’ coming to The Anthem

Features out lead Andy Bell

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Erasure (Photo courtesy of The Anthem)

Erasure will play The Anthem on Thursday, Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The band features lead singer Andy Bell who is openly LGBTQ and HIV positive.

Tickets cost between $69.50 and $89.50. Super Excellent Seats are non-transferable. The ID of the original purchaser must be presented to pick up the tickets, and also, Super Excellent Seats will be made available for will call pick up no earlier than 30 minutes prior to doors. 

For more information, visit The Anthem’s website.

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