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LGBT events calendar: July 20-26, 2018

Highlights include WOOF! Happy Hour and drag brunch



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A work by Jabari C. Jefferson on display at Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville. (Photo courtesy HeartSong)


D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) hosts its weekly WOOF! Happy Hour tonight starting at 5 p.m. for guests 21 and over. The bar will serve free pizza at 7:30 p.m., and there is no cover charge before 9:30 p.m. There are also drink specials, including draft pitchers for $9 until 10 p.m. Guests 18 and over are welcome after 9:30 p.m. For more details, look for the event on Facebook. 

Following WOOF! Happy Hour, D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) hosts its monthly Pup Night from 8 p.m.-close, offering guests the chance to play with puppies over music and drinks. Guests must be 18 to enter and 21 to drink. More information available on the event’s Facebook page. 

Rock & Roll Hotel (1353 H St., N.E.) hosts Bear Happy Hour tonight from 6-10 p.m., featuring drink and food specials, including half-price wings and $4 rail drinks. The event has no cover charge and is for guests 21 and over. To see all the specials offered, look for the event on Facebook. 

Reel Affirmations XTRA presents “Cherry Grove Stories” tonight from 7-9 p.m. at HRC (1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.). Directed by Michael Fisher, the film explores the beachfront enclave of Cherry Grove on Fire Island, N.Y., which previously provided a safe haven for gays from arrest and prosecution. General admission tickets are $12 and VIP tickets, which include one complimentary alcoholic beverage and movie popcorn or candy, are $25. Tickets can be purchased at 

The Warner Theatre (513 13 St., N.W.) hosts pop duo Erasure for their “World Be Gone” tour with dance/electronic opener Reed & Caroline tonight and Saturday night. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $47-240 and can be purchased at There is an eight-ticket limit for the concert. There are no elevators at the theater. 

“Two-Spirits Belong Here” takes place tonight at The Potter’s House (1658 Columbia Rd., N.W.) from 6-8 p.m. Two-Spirits were the first queer people on the American continent and tonight’s event highlights spoken word, theater, music, drag and more from Two-Spirit artists from across the country. Tickets are by donation and can be found at Donations will also be accepted at the door.  

The Imperial Court of D.C. (721 8 St., S.E.) continues Morgan’s Birthday Raffle for a chance to win a Weekend Ball Package to the “Gala of the Americas: Coronation VII” (September 6-9) which includes entrance to the “Out of Town” show, coronation ball and victory brunch. Raffle tickets are $5 each and can be found at 


Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) hosts drag brunch today starting at 10:30 a.m. Guests can enjoy performances by local drag artists over an all-you-can-buffet featuring cheesy grits, fresh seasonal fruit, homemade desserts and more. The first mimosa and Bloody Mary are also included in the ticket price. Nellie’s advises guests to arrive 15 minutes early to ensure being seated on time. Tickets are $42 and include gratuity and can be purchased at 

LGBTQ People of Color Support Group meets today from 1-3 p.m. at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.). The meeting will be facilitated by trauma social worker Dakia Davis. Anyone who identifies as an LGBT person of color is encouraged to attend the support group and engage with fellow community members in a safe space. For more information, visit 

The D.C. Center Arts Gallery (2000 14th St., N.W.) presents its newest installation RoopKotha tonight with an opening reception from 7-9 p.m. The installation features a compilation of photos and memorabilia which document various LGBT initiatives undertaken by two advocates in Bangladesh. Guests will have the chance to meet Rasel Ahmed, a representative of the collection, during his talk and catered reception, which includes light fare, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages. The event is free and open to the public; to RSVP, visit 

Clarendon Ballroom (3185 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Va.) hosts DJ S-tyles tonight starting at 10 p.m. The DJ will play a mix of old school, hip hop, EDM and top 40. Guests can also enjoy a special menu offer, which includes a drink, appetizer and beer selection for $5. The rooftop and main floor both open at 8 p.m., and there is no cover charge for the event. More information available at 

UPROAR Lounge & Restaurant (639 Florida Ave., N.W.) hosts Erasure: Post Concert Video Party starting at 10 p.m. following the Erasure concert at Jiffy Lube. DJ Travis Island will spin, offering guests an array of synth-pop acts of the era. For more information, look for the event on Facebook. 


“The Rumpus Room: A Family Dance Party” takes place today from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. at U Street Music Hall (1115 U St., N.W.). The Rumpus Room adapts the club environment — disco balls, lights, music — into a family-friendly space. Maracas, hula-hoops, beach balls and other toys are also provided. The event is designed for children 8 and younger, but older siblings are welcome. Tickets are $15 each and required for all guests, except infants who are free. Guests can also purchase a four-ticket pack for $40. Maximum of three children per adult. To purchase tickets, visit 

Freddie’s Beach Bar (555 23rd St., Arlington, Va.) hosts karaoke tonight starting at 9 p.m. Guests are encouraged to come early and enjoy happy hour specials from 4-8 p.m. All guests must be 21 and up, and there is no cover charge for the event. For more information, look for the event on Facebook.  


Coffee & Conversation for Older LGBT Adults meets today at 10 a.m. at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.). Guests can stop by and enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee over conversation with fellow LGBT community members. For more information, email [email protected]. 

Kingfisher D.C. (1414 14 St., N.W.) hosts bar bingo tonight from 8-10 p.m. The event is free to enter, and there are lots of opportunities for prizes. To RSVP, visit 


Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) hosts Gaymer Night tonight at 7 p.m., featuring multi-player games on seven TVs, raffle prizes and drink specials including $3 Bud Lite. For more details, look for the event at 

Genderqueer D.C. meets tonight at 7 p.m. at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.). Anyone who identifies outside of the gender binary is encouraged to attend the support group, including those individuals just beginning the process of questioning and understanding their identities. For more information, visit 

Jam Cellar (2437 15 St., N.W.) hosts a beginner swing dance class tonight starting at 7:50 p.m. No partner required; flat shoes recommended. The class is free and open to the public. For more information, look for the event on Facebook. 


The Lambda Bridge Club meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for Duplicate Bridge. For several decades the Lambda Bridge Club has provided a social space for gay bridge players. No reservations are required, and newcomers are welcome. Call 202-841-0279 if you need a partner. 

Center Careers Job Club meets tonight at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) starting at 6 p.m. The job club offers support to job entrants and seekers, including the long-term unemployed. The session will focus on developing interview techniques, goal planning and improving self-confidence. To sign up, visit For more information, email [email protected] 

D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) hosts karaoke tonight starting at 9 p.m. There is no cover charge for the event. For more information, look for the event on Facebook.  


Mandy Harvey takes the stage tonight at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage (2700 F St., N.W.), offering guests the opportunity to celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act over a blend of jazz and pop. The 30-year-old Nashville native lost her residual hearing when she was 18 due to a connective tissue disorder and pursued several other careers before returning to music 10 years ago. Harvey earned national attention when she placed fourth on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” last year and continues to perform throughout the country. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit 


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Film about queer icon to premiere in Virginia

‘Slayed: The Untold Story’ playing at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse



A scene from 'Slayed: The Untold Story.' (Screen capture via YouTube)

The film premiere of “Slayed: The Untold Story” will be on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse.

The film is a riveting documentary that charts the audacious journey of Kai ‘Stud Slayer’ Brown, a fearless queer icon who shattered taboos about Black masculine women in an unforgiving era.

Following the screening there will be a discussion panel and question and answer session. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

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Gay Men’s Chorus is here with Christmas cheer

Holiday singalong held at Hotel Zena



The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington will host a holiday singalong on Tuesday, Dec. 12. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington will host a holiday singalong on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. at Hotel Zena. 

The event will begin with drinks in the Hotel Zena bar followed by the singalong. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

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Calendar: December 8-14

LGBTQ events in the days to come



Friday, December 8

“Center Aging Friday Tea Time” will be at 12 p.m. on Zoom. This is a social hour for older LGBTQ adults. For more information, contact [email protected].  

Women in their Twenties and Thirties will be at 8 p.m. on Zoom. This is a social discussion group for queer women in the Washington, D.C. area. For more information, join WiTT’s closed Facebook group.

Saturday, December 9

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Brunch” at 11 a.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant. Guests are encouraged to come enjoy brunch with other LGBTQ+ folk. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

“Dynamic Lesbians Ugly Sweater Party” will be at 5 p.m. at Kiki. Guests should come ready to rock their ugliest sweater for a night of dynamic fun, laughter, and fabulousness. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

Sunday, December 10

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Happy Hour” at 6 p.m. at Clare & Don’s Beach Shack. This event will be a fun happy hour with other LGBTQ folk. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

AfroCode DC will be at 4 p.m. at Decades DC. This event will be an experience of non-stop music, dancing, and good vibes and a crossover of genres and a fusion of cultures. Tickets cost $40 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

Monday, December 11

Center Aging Monday Coffee and Conversation will be at 10 a.m. on Zoom. LGBT Older Adults — and friends — are invited to enjoy friendly conversations and to discuss any issues you might be dealing with. For more information, visit the Center Aging’s Facebook or Twitter

Tuesday, December 12

Coming Out Discussion Group will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This event is a safe space to share experiences about coming out and discuss topics as it relates to doing so. For more details, visit Facebook

Trans Support Group will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This group is intended to provide emotionally and physically safe space for trans* people and those who may be questioning their gender identity/expression to join together in community and learn from one another. For more details, email [email protected]

Wednesday, December 13

Job Club will be at 6 p.m. on Zoom. This is a weekly job support program to help job entrants and seekers, including the long-term unemployed, improve self-confidence, motivation, resilience and productivity for effective job searches and networking — allowing participants to move away from being merely “applicants” toward being “candidates.” For more information, email [email protected] or visit

Thursday, December 14

Virtual Yoga Class with Charles M. will be at 12 p.m. online. This is a weekly class focusing on yoga, breathwork, and meditation. Guests are encouraged to RSVP on the DC Center’s website, providing your name, email address, and zip code, along with any questions you may have. A link to the event will be sent at 6 p.m. the day before.

The DC Center’s Fresh Produce Program will be held all day at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. People will be informed on Wednesday at 5 p.m. if they are picked to receive a produce box. No proof of residency or income is required. For more information, email [email protected] or call 202-682-2245.

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