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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 blackcatdc.com. 

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 facebook.com/dcrockyhorror.

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 facebook.com/bearhappyhour. 

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 gammaindc.org

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 hstreetfestival.org. 

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 hopedc.org. 

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 hrcnationaldinner.org. 

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 thedccneter.org.

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 dcvegfest.com. 

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 facebook.com/bachconsort.

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 thedccenter.org.

“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 warnertheatredc.com. 

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 thedccenter.org.

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 thedccenter.org.

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 thedccenter.org.

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 bookmendc.blogspot.com. 

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 sixthandi.org. 

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 thedccenter.org/poc. 

“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 teamrayceen.eventbrite.com. 

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 anamericaninpariscinema.com. 

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Calendar: December 2-8

LGBTQ events in the days to come

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Friday, December 2

Center Aging Friday Tea Time will be at 2 p.m. on Zoom. This is a social hour for older LGBTQ+ adults. Guests are encouraged to bring a beverage of choice. For more details, contact Adam ([email protected]).

GoGay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Social” at 7 p.m. at The Commentary. This event is ideal for making new friends, professional networking, idea sharing, and community building. Admission to the event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

Saturday, December 3

Virtual Yoga Class with Jesse Z. will be at 12 p.m. online. This is a free weekly class focusing on yoga, breath work, and meditation. Guests are encouraged to RSVP on the DC Center’s website, providing their name, email address, and zip code, along with any questions they may have. The link to the class will be sent out at 6 p.m. the day before the event.

LGBTQ People of Color Support Group will be at 1 p.m. on Zoom and in-person at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. This peer support group is an outlet for LGBTQ people of color to come together and talk about anything affecting them in a space that strives to be safe and judgment-free. For more information and events for LGBTQ People of Color, visit thedccenter.org/poc or facebook.com/centerpoc.

Sunday, December 4

GoGay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Coffee + Conversation” at 12 p.m. at As You Are. This event is for those looking to make more friends in the LGBTQ community and trying to meet some new faces after two years of the pandemic. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

AfroCode DC will be at 3 p.m. at Decades DC. This event is 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 5

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

Center Aging Advocacy Meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. Participants are welcome to provide guidance and feedback on programs and services for LGBT older adults here at The DC Center for the LGBT Community. Second, this group will focus on advocating for LGBT older adults in the District of Columbia. For more information, email [email protected]

Tuesday, December 6

Center Aging Women’s Social & Discussion Group will be at 6 p.m. at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. This group is a place where older LGBTQ+ women can meet and socialize with one another. To register for this event, visit the DC Center’s website

Gay Men’s Chorus will be at 7:30 p.m. at Washington DC Temple Visitors’ Center. The Gay Men’s Chorus will perform at the Washington DC Temple Visitors’ Center for Festival of Lights. Tickets are free and can be purchased on Eventbrite

Wednesday, December 7

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 www.thedccenter.org/careers

BookMen DC will be at 7:30 p.m. on Zoom. This is an informal group of men who are interested in fiction and non-fiction gay literature. For more details, visit BookMen’s website.

Thursday, December 8

The DC Center’s Food Pantry Program will be held all day at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. To be fair with who is receiving boxes, the program is moving to a lottery system. 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. 

Comedy and Cocktails will be at 6 p.m. at Pure Lounge. Guests are encouraged to come out for laughs, libations and drinking games with the best DMV comics. There will be a comedy show, live DJ, dancing, 2 for 1 drinks and drinking games. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

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JPride Baltimore to host film screening

‘Spoiler Alert’ playing at Cinemark Egyptian

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Jim Parsons and Ben Aldridge star in ‘Spoiler Alert.’ (Photo courtesy of Focus Features)

JPride Baltimore will host a screening of “Spoiler Alert” on Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at Cinemark Egyptian 24 and XD.

The LGBTQ-themed film is based on Michael Ausiello’s best-selling memoir “Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies.” It is a heartwarming, funny and life-affirming story of how Michael and Kit’s relationship is transformed and deepened when one of them falls ill.

This event is free and more information is available on Eventbrite.

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A new queer party is in town

‘A Safer Space’ to be held at Black Cat on Saturday

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(Promotional poster courtesy of the organizers)

“A Safer Space: An unhinged production” will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 9:30 p.m. at Black Cat. This event is an immersive intergalactic space experience, and many guests will show up in fabulous space-inspired looks.

There will be performances by JJ202, Baronhawk and Babes. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased on Safe Space’s website

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