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Calendar: Sept. 14-20, 2018

Screenings, happy hours, ‘Idol Live’ and the HRC National Dinner ahead for this week



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The cast of ‘American Idol Live’ plays the Warner Theatre Monday night. (Photo by Eric McCandless)

Friday, Sept. 14

Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) celebrates its 25th anniversary tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m. Subhumans, Ocampo Ocampo & Watt (feat. Mike Watt and Devin Ocampo), Ted Leo, Des Demonas. Dagger Moon, Scanners and Honey will perform tonight. Ex Hex, Gray Matter, Hurry Up (feat. Kathy Foster and Westin Glass of The Thermals and Maggie Vail of Bangs), Algiers, Hammered Hulls (feat. Alec MacKaye, Mary Timony, Mark Cisneros and Chris Wilson), Wanted Man and Foul Swoops will perform on Saturday. Tickets are $25. For more details, visit 

The CinEinsomnia series presents “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at Landmark’s E Street Cinema (555 11th St., N.W.) tonight at 11:59 p.m. There will also be a showing on Saturday at 11:59 p.m. The screenings will feature the live shadow cast, The Sonic Transducers. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit

D.C. Bear Crue hosts Bear Happy Hour at Uproar Lounge & Restaurant (639 Florida Ave., N.W.) today from 5-10 p.m. Drink specials are until 10 p.m. and include $5 rail cocktails and $5 draft pitchers. Free appetizers will be handed out throughout the night. For more details, visit 

Gamma D.C., a support group for men in mixed-orientation relationships, meets at Luther Place Memorial Church (1226 Vermont Ave., N.W.) tonight from 7:30-9:30 p.m. The group is for men who are attracted to men but are currently, or were at one point, in relationships with women. For more information about the group, visit

Saturday, Sept. 15

The H Street Festival is on H Street N.E. today from noon-7 p.m. 11 blocks will feature 14 staging areas, music, fashion, poetry, food and an interactive children’s program. Admission is free. For more information, visit 

HopeDC celebrates 30 years of HIV-positive support for men today at a HOPEDC member couple’s private residence in Arlington. For more details, visit 

The Human Rights Campaign hosts its sold-out HRC National Dinner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mt Vernon Pl., N.W.) tonight at 6 p.m. Former Vice President Joe Biden will headline the dinner. Actress Anne Hathaway will be honored with the HRC National Equality Award. Speakers will include former Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder, Virginia Del. Danica Roem and Nevada Secretary of State candidate Nelson Araujo. There will be a cocktail reception, a live and silent auction and live entertainment. For details, visit 

KhushDC hosts its South Asian LGBTQ Support Group at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) today at 1:30 p.m. The group is open to people who identify as LGBTQ and have a family heritage from South Asia. For more information, visit

D.C. Veg Fest, the largest vegan celebration on the East Coast, is in the parking lot at the intersection of N. Street S.E. and First Street S.E. today from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The first 1,000 attendees will receive free bags at the info booth. Scheduled speakers include Beverly Kumari, Carol Adams, Ginny Messina, Chef Nikki, Dr. Neal Barnard and more. There will also be a kids zone and a tasting booth. Admission is free. For more details, visit 

Sunday, Sept. 16

Washington Bach Consort performs “Handel & Bach: Sing a New Song” at the National Presbyterian Church (4101 Nebraska Ave., N.W.) today at 3 p.m. The performance kicks off the Consort’s 41st season and welcomes its new Artistic Director Dana Marsh. Pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel will be performed. There will be a pre-concert lecture by Michael Marissen at 2 p.m. After the performance, there will be a post-concert reception. Tickets range from $10-69. For more information, visit

The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) will collect dinner for residents of Casa Ruby tonight from 7-8 p.m. Any amount of food is appreciated. Store bought meals are accepted. For more details, visit

“American Idol: Live 2018” comes to the Warner Theatre (513 13th St., N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m. Finalists Cade, Caleb, Catie, Gabby, Maddie and Michael will perform. Season eight winner Kris Allen and boy band Forever In Your Mind will also perform. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets range from $29-73. For more information, visit 

Monday, Sept. 17

PFLAG hosts its monthly meeting at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) tonight from 7-9 p.m. The meeting is a confidential space to share stories and learn information about current LGBT events. For more information, visit

Tuesday, Sept. 18

The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) hosts its Packing Party from 7-9 p.m. tonight. Volunteers will assemble safer sex kits to distribute to the LGBT community. For more details, visit

Wednesday, Sept. 19

Job Club, a weekly job support program, meets at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) tonight from 6-7 p.m. The program aims to help job seekers, including the long-termed unemployed, learn about job searching and networking. For more information, visit

Bookmen D.C., an informal men’s gay literature discussion group, meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W., suite 105) to discuss “The Gay Revolution: the Story of the Struggle” by Lillian Faderman. All welcome. Details at 

Thursday, Sept. 20

Actress Sally Field appears at Sixth and I (600 I St., N.W.) to discuss her memoir “In Pieces” with “All Things Considered” co-host Ari Shapiro tonight from 7-9 p.m. The memoir chronicles her life from her childhood through her entertainment career. Tickets are $25. One ticket and one signed book is $42. Two tickets and one signed book are $55. For more information, visit 

The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) hosts its LGBTQ People of Color Support Group today at 6 p.m. LGBT people of color are invited to speak on issues in a safe space. For more details, visit 

“Rayceen, Fix Me Up: Single Women’s Mixer” is at Shaw Neighborhood Library (1630 7th St., N.W.) tonight from 6-8 p.m. Rayceen Pendarvis will host the mixer which is co-presented by LezBeSocial and City Promotions. There will be ice breaker games, prizes, light refreshments and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit 

A filmed version of the Tony-winning musical “An American in Paris” will be screened tonight and Sept. 23 at Landmark E Street Cinema (555 11th St., N.W.) at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Details at 

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Mayor’s office offers tech training for trans job seekers

Program trans and non-binary individuals interested in building skills



The Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs in conjunction with BYTE BACK will offer a program titled “Transgender Pathway Project: a Free Top Notch Computer Training + Employment Readiness Program” for transgender and non-binary-identifying individuals interested in building essential skills in tech and earning the associated recognized certifications.

The program will offer opportunities to learn essential skills in computer foundations courses; obtain recognized Microsoft and CompTIA certifications; and get hired in an administrative or IT career job.

Admission to the program is competitive with priority given to career-seekers. To register, you must meet the eligibility requirements and pass an assessment test. For more information, contact [email protected] or call 202-903-3958. 

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Inaugural #RainbowRideDC set for June 26

Event to raise awareness, funds for HIPS



The ANC Rainbow Caucus, GGWash, WABA, members of the Bicycle Advisory Committee and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and Lime will host the inaugural #RainbowRideDC on Saturday, June 26 at 1 p.m. 

The event will celebrate queer liberation history on a ride throughout the District and raise awareness and funds for HIPS, an organization that has promoted the health, rights, and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by sexual exchange and/or drug use due to choice, coercion, or circumstance. 

To attend the event, please RSVP. Donations to HIPS can also be made on HIPS’s website.

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Md. civil rights commission hosts LGBTQ health event

Communities ‘continue to face significant and disturbing barriers’



On Monday, June 28, the Board of Commissioners and staff of the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights will host a virtual event titled “A Hidden Health Crisis: Health Disparities Facing the LGBTQ Community” to celebrate Pride month and “[stand] as allies and in support of the civil rights of the LGBTQ+ community.”

The statement released by the commission reads, “Progress has been achieved in Maryland. Yet the arc of justice must continuously bend towards supporting all historically excluded communities, often while combating against intolerance.  In Maryland, LGBTQ+ communities ‘continue to face significant and disturbing barriers in almost every facet of their lives, including public health, employment, community safety and housing.’  Maryland must identify and address disparities.”

This free virtual event begins at 12 p.m. and registration is available on Eventbrite.

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