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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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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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