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Whitman-Walker has its 40th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, Sept 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis (901 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.). Tickets are $400 at wwhgala.org.
“Rayceen, Fix Me Up!” single women’s mixer is Thursday, Sept. 20 at Shaw Library (meeting room on lower level) at 6 p.m. Other events slated for fall include Rayceen’s Reading Room (Sept. 24), “Art All Night with Rayceen” (Sept. 29), “The Ask Rayceen Show: Meet the Candidates” (Oct. 3), “Rayceen, Fix Me Up! poly mixer” (Oct. 25), “Sexy Seventh Season Finale” (Nov. 7), “Rayceen, Fix Me Up! pre-holiday mixer” (Nov. 15). Details at tockify.com/tr.media/agenda.
The D.C. Weirdo Show presents “Weirdos for Life! a Benefit for Trans Lifeline” on Friday, Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. at the Bier Baron Tavern (1523 22nd St., N.W.). To honor National Suicide Prevention Month, this month’s Weirdo show is dedicated to the personal stories of performers who live with and manage mental illness featuring RIN (bellydancer), Coryn Rose (spoken word), Phoenix King (drag) Dr. Torcher (fire performer, Leigh Crenshaw (stand-up comedy) and more. Trans Lifeline is a peer-support hotline for trans people. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Details at dcweirdoshow.com.
D.C. Fellaz Entertainment presents Fall Fling Day Party for the Grown & Sexy on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. at Nipsey’s Restaurant & Grill (5753 Crain Highway, Upper Marlboro, Md.). Tickets are $5 before 6 p.m. or $10 after.
Richmond: This is Me! Pride Party is Saturday, Sept. 22 at Browns Island in Richmond, Va. Details at vapride.org.
Celebrate Heroes of Child Justice is Sunday, Sept. 23 at 2:30 p.m. at Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center (3800 Reservoir Rd., N.W.) for Child Justice, Inc., a local non-profit dedicated to child welfare. Out singer Johnny Mathis will perform. Tickets are $200.
Issue Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill closes out the OUT on the Hill event and Leadership Summit of the National Black Justice Coalition on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Details at nbjc.org.
Baltimore Comic-Con 2018 is Sept. 28-30 at the Baltimore Convention Center (1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore).
The Atlantic States Leather Contest is Sept. 28-29 at Grand Central Nightclub (1001 N. Charles St., Baltimore). Tickets range from free-$59.
“Voices Up: Stories Across LGBT Generations,” a live storytelling event, is Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (3500 R St., N.W.). It’s free.
The fifth annual Northern Virginia Pride Festival is Saturday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. at Bull Run Special Events Center in Centreville, Va. Details at novapride.org.
“AC2: an Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen” is Saturday, Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. at the Warner Theatre (513 13th St., N.W.). Tickets are $75-125.
Rainbow Families has its fall Maybe Baby fall classes starting on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. at Whitman-Walker Health (1525 14th St., N.W.). The five-class series runs through Nov. 11. Details at rainbowfamilies.org.
Dan Savage’s Very Best of HUMP! mini-tour comes to the Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) Oct. 4-5 featuring favorites from previous HUMP! festivals, which feature adults films that celebrate all body types and sexualities. Details at humpfilmfest.com/best-of-hump.
Rainbow Families Family Camp is Oct. 5-7 at Camp Tockwogh in Worton, Md. Details at rainbowfamilies.org.
Baltimore Black Pride 2018 is Oct. 5-7.
Capital Pride’s Music in the Night is Monday, Oct. 8 at the Hamilton (600 14th St., N.W.). Tickets range from $19.75-39.75.
The seventh annual Chefs for Equality event (an HRC benefit) is Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Washington National Cathedral at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $200. Details at chefsforequality.org.
The Wanda Alston House has its 10th anniversary celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at AJAX DC (1011 4th St., N.W.). Tickets are $200. Details at wandaalstonfoundation.org.
LGBTQ Domestic Violence Town Hall is Thursday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. to be moderated by Rayceen Pendarvis at the Reeves Center (2000 14th St., N.W.).
The Highwaymen Hot Jock Night is Thursday, Oct. 11 at 9 p.m. at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) at 9 p.m.
SMYAL has a National Coming Out Day Dance for ages 13-24 on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at Eastern Market North Hall (225 7th St., S.E.). Details at smyal.org.
VIDA Fitness has its Thrive 5k 2018 on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 8 a.m. at Hains Point. Details at vidathrive5k.com.
Team D.C.’s Fall Casino Night is Saturday, Oct. 13 at Buffalo Billiards (1330 19th St., N.W.). Details at teamdc.org.
Trixie Mattel, winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars,” brings her “Now With Moving Parts Tour” to Rams Head Live (20 Market Pl., Baltimore) on Monday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $38.50 at axs.com.
Out actress/comedian Lily Tomlin plays the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Tickets are $39-129. She got the Honors there in 2014.
The Washington Blade has its 17th annual Best of Gay D.C. readers’ poll awards presented by Absolut on Thursday, Oct. 18 at Pitchers D.C. (2317 18th St., N.W.).
Drag Queen Bingo for the BARCS Animal Shelter is Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Points South Latin Kitchen in Baltimore (1640 Thames St.).
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington has “Ropeburn 2: Guardians of Equality” on Thursday, Oct. 18 at at SAX (734 11th St., N.W.). “Drag Race” season eight vet Dax ExclamationPoint will hostess and perform. A cosplay show and contest will be held. Tickets are $80.
CTRL presents “Blackout: a Britney Album Celebration” on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 10 p.m. at U Street Music Hall (1115 U St., N.W.). Tickets are $10.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq the World” tour comes to the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St., N.W.) on Tuesday, Oct. 23 with Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Eureka, Kameron Michaels, Bob the Drag Queen, Kim Chi and Violet Chachki. Michelle Visage hosts. Tickets are $49-160 at ticketfly.com.
The Walk & 5K to End HIV 2018 is Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7 a.m. (check-in) kicking off and ending at Fredom Plaza (Pennsylvania Ave. and 13th streets, N.W.). The 5k begins at 9:15. The walk begins at 9:20. Post-race activities start at 10. Details at walktoendhiv.org.
“Miss Adams Morgan 31: SHEroes & Villains a Marvelous D.C. Affair” is Saturday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Washington Hilton (1919 Connecticut Ave., N.W.).
“The Bentzen Ball Comedy Fest: Getting Curious Live with Jonathan Van Ness” (“Queer Eye”), a podcast taping, is Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St., N.W.) at 6 p.m. Tickets are $32 at ticketfly.com.
The BYT Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival with Tig Notaro and Friends is Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St., N.W.). Tickets are $25 at ticketfly.com.
The 32nd annual High Heel Race is Tuesday, Oct. 30 on 17th Street, N.W.
The D.C. Center has its 13th annual Fall Reception on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. at GALA Hispanic Theatre (3333 14th St., N.W.). The event will celebrate 25 years of Reel Affirmations, a local LGBT film festival. Tickets are $75 ($50 for seniors and students).
HIPS has its 25th anniversary reception on Friday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Whittemore House (1526 New Hampshire Ave., N.W.). Tickets are $75. Details at hips25th.com.
Out comedian Wanda Sykes plays the Strathmore on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35-115.
Casa Ruby presents Solutions Conference 2018 on Friday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 7530 Georgia Ave., N.W. The Honorees Dinner will be held at 8 p.m. Details at casaruby.org.
D.C. Metro Circle of Friends has “A Masquerade Ball,” a benefit for the Wanda Alston Foundation, on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. at Martin’s Crosswinds Ballroom (7400 Greenway Center Dr., Greenbelt, Md.). Tickets are $75. Call 915-224-5844 for information.
Out comedian Emma Willmann plays the Drafthouse Comedy Theater (1100 13th St., N.W.) on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7 and 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 at drafthousecomedy.com.
The annual Wreath Laying for LGBT Veterans is Sunday, Nov. 11 at noon at Congressional Cemetery (1801 E St., S.E.), sponsored by Flowers on 14th and Mr. Henrys. The ceremony is held at the grave of Technical Sergeant Leonard Matlovich in the LGBT section of the cemetery.
“Bad & Beaujolais: a Beaujolais Nouveau Day Celebration,” the D.C. Center’s Women’s Party is Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at the HRC Equality Center (1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.).
Annapolis Pride presents a drag brunch at Rams Head on Stage (33 West St., Annapolis, Md.) on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 11:30 a.m.
The 18th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance is Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Metropolitan Community Church of Washington (474 Ridge St., N.W.). at 5:30 p.m.
Beyonce vs. Rihanna dance party
Music provided by DJ Just Different at Union Stage
R² Productions LLC and Union Stage are teaming up to host R² Productions’ inaugural “MEGA Dance Party” on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at Union Stage at The Wharf.
The event will be a night full of dancing to music by pop stars Beyonce and Rihanna. DJ Just Different will be performing at the event.
General Admission tickets cost $25 and Premier Plus tickets cost $35. For more information about ticket purchases, visit Union Stage’s website.
Kiki quickly becomes popular LGBTQ destination
New bar on U Street plans summer expansion, patio space
After a New Year’s Eve soft opening, Kiki has become one of the most popular LGBTQ destinations in Washington, D.C.
The two-floor bar takes over the space vacated by Velvet Lounge and Dodge City on the 900 block of U Street. Both closed during the pandemic. The locale is directly adjacent to another gay bar, Dirty Goose.
Owner and gay man Keaton Fedak, a general manager at Dirty Goose, noticed that these two next-door bars had gone dark during the pandemic, and met with the owners of the two buildings, who are cousins. Plans quickly developed to use both buildings to craft an expansive, interconnected, inclusive space to transform the city’s gay bar landscape.
Fedak called the bar “Kiki” both after himself (it’s a nickname) and for its connection with the LGBTQ community. “The word wasn’t invented by the Scissor Sisters song,” he explains. “It’s been an important concept in the community for decades.”
The first half of Fedak’s vision has already opened. The ground floor of the 915 U St. building is open-plan space with bar stools and a color-block wall of rainbow panels. A bar sits in the back up a short flight of stairs. This level will feature music, but quieter than the second-floor space. There, a DJ booth presides over a large dance floor. Disco lights flood this space; there is a bar on this level as well. The elevated dance floor is set to hold drag shows.
In the spring, a small patio will open, strung with fairy lights. It will have a “backyard aesthetic,” he says, to be green, bright, and relaxing. “It’s a good place to chill on a nice day outside.” It may even be reminiscent of Town Danceboutique’s popular patio.
The second half, at 917 U St., is still waiting for permits, and Fedak hopes to open this section in the summer.
It will connect to the current space via the outdoor patio. This section will have more of a sports bar feel, given Fedak’s connection to D.C.’s Gay Flag Football League (he is a former board member). The bar will welcome Stonewall Sports and other LGBTQ sports teams, and will be replete with plenty of mounted TVs to show various games.
After the closing of Cobalt and Town, Fedak wanted to ensure that Kiki was “an inclusive space, so that there’s vibes for everyone,” he says. “It should be a place where regulars would just show up and hang out.” He made sure that he recruited staff from different professional and personal backgrounds.
Fedak began working in food and hospitality at age 17 in his hometown in Pennsylvania. After moving to the D.C. area for work, he continued to moonlight as a bartender. Fedak joined Dirty Goose as general manager in 2019 before starting his Kiki journey.
To stock the bar, Fedak has plenty of spirits to go around. There is a focus on the vodka offerings, but he ensures that local distilleries take center stage: He carries District Made Vodka and Rye Whiskey, as well as Green Hat Gin. The beer game is also a winning strategy: there are more than 25 bottles and cans available, with three beers on tap. Local options are first-string, including selections from DC Brau, Right Proper, and Anxo Cider. Finally, the bar comes complete with a house margarita on tap (“ it’s a homemade recipe,” notes Fedak, using agave nectar syrup instead of sugar). The 16-ounce marg is always on special for $10.
While Kiki doesn’t serve food, Fedak is exploring options for a small truck or stand in the backyard.
Moving forward, Kiki will host weekly events. The bar already hosts drag shows during “RuPaul’s Drag Race” viewing parties. Fedak plans to begin a “Cobalt-style underwear contest” as well. Once COVID cases decline, he also wants to resurrect the Sunday funday parties that Cobalt would host with sports teams.
Fedak’s mantra for Kiki is evident in the mural that will take up the backyard patio – a quote from “Schitt’s Creek”: “I like the wine and not the label.”
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