Friday, Sept. 28
D.C. Bear Crue hosts Bear Happy Hour at Uproar Lounge & Restaurant (639 Florida Ave., N.W.) today from 5-10 p.m. There will be drink specials and free appetizers handed out throughout the night. For more details, visit facebook.com/bearhappyhour.
JR.’s Bar (1519 17th St., N.W.) hosts Movie Soundtrack Night tonight from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. DJ Darryl Strickland will play popular songs from movie soundtracks. Drink specials include $4 Skyy vodka drinks and $3 Miller Lite drafts. For more information, visit facebook.com/jrsbardc.
Reel Affirmations presents a screening of the documentary “Man Made” at Human Rights Campaign (1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m. “Man Made” follows four FTM transgender men who are competing at FitCon, the only all-transgender body building competition. Rayceen Pendarvis hosts the screening. General admission tickets are $12. VIP tickets are $25 and include VIP seating, one complimentary cocktail, beer or wine and movie candy or popcorn. For more details, visit thedccenter.org/manmade.
UrbanArias presents “The Last American Hammer” at Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St., N.E.) tonight at 8 p.m. The opera tells the story of a conspiracy-theorist YouTuber hiding out from the FBI in the basement of a Toby Jug Museum. Elizabeth Futral, Timothy Mix and Briana Elyse Hunter star. General admission tickets are $45. Student tickets are $25. For more information, visit facebook.com/urbanarias.
Gamma D.C., a support group for men in mixed-orientation relationships, meets at Luther Place Memorial Church (1226 Vermont Ave., N.W.) today 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.
Queer Girl Movie Night hosts a screening of “Lengua Materna” at Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) tonight at 8 p.m. For more details, visit facebook.com/queergrrlmovienight.
Saturday, Sept. 29
Taqueria del Barrio (821 Upshur St., N.W.) hosts drag brunch today at noon. Kristina Kelly hosts the show. Each show features new drag performers. Admission is $25 and includes one brunch entree and one brunch cocktail. Call 202-723-0200 or email [email protected]. to RSVP.
Puff, Pass & Paint holds a two-hour painting class tonight at 7:30 p.m. The class includes an instructor and art supplies. Guests are allowed to BYOC and BYOB. The location will be disclosed upon registration. Tickets are $49. For more details, visit puffpassandpaint.com.
Sweat D.C. hosts Sweat Fest 2018 at Banneker Rec Center (2500 Georgia Ave., N.W.) today from 10 a.m.-noon. There will be vendors, contests, prize giveaways and music. The day starts with a one-hour HIIT training working led by the coaches of Sweat D.C. followed by a workout with a yoga-infused cool down. Afterwards, there will be an after-party featuring a DJ, food, alcoholic beverages and dancing for existing members and new sign-ups at Sweat D.C. (3232 Georgia Ave., N.W.) from 12:15-3:15 p.m. Admission is free. Register at sweatdc.com.
Art All Night, a free overnight arts festival, is at in various locations throughout D.C. tonight from 7 p.m.-3 a.m. Participating neighborhoods include Congress Heights, North Capitol, Deanwood Heights, Minnesota Avenue, H Street, Dupont Circle, Shawn and Tenleytown. There will be painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, fashion, music, dance and more. Admission is free. For a complete list of exhibits and shows, visit artallnightdc.com.
The D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) hosts Gay Couture All Night: a Tribute to Marvin Gaye tonight from 7 p.m.-3 a.m. Performers include Shi-Queeta-Lee, Sylvanna Duvel, Marcus B. Lee, Lillian Laurent and more. DJ C Dubz and Jim Byers will spin tracks. There will also be fire performers, capoeira, a glam photo shoot, glow dance, a mambo dance show and body painting. For more details, visit facebook.com/eagledc.
Sunday, Sept. 30
Christina Aguilera performs at MGM National Harbor (101 MGM National Ave., Oxon Hill, Md.) tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $131-180. For more information, visit ticketmaster.com.
Monday, Oct. 1
The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W..) hosts coffee drop-in hours this morning from 10 a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT community. Older LGBT adults can come and enjoy complimentary coffee and conversation with other community members. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.
Tuesday, Oct. 2
Republic (6939 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park, Md.) hosts Alegre Happy Hour, an LGBT happy hour, from 5-7 p.m. For more information, visit republictakoma.com.
Wednesday, Oct. 3
Taqueria del Barrio (821 Upshur St., N.W.) has drag bingo tonight at 7 p.m. Krystal Edge and a rotating team of drag performers host the game. Entry fee is $5 and includes two bingo cards. For more details, visit taqueriadelbarrio.com.
The Tom Davoren Social Bridge Club meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for social bridge. No partner needed. For more information, call 301-345-1571.
Job Club presents A Foot in the Door: Crafting Compelling Resumes at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) today at 6 p.m. The 90-minute workshop will focus on writing resumes that will capture recruiters’ attention. For more details, visit thedccenter.org.
Thursday, Oct. 4
Asian Pacific Islander Queer Support Group is at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m. The group is co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific Islander Queer Society D.C. and the Asian Queers United for Action. For details, visit thedccenter.org.
Dan Savage’s Hump Film Festival, an amateur short porn film festival, is at Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. The festival will revisit the best of Hump films from 2008-2017. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit blackcatdc.com.
Rehoboth Beach welcomes Christopher Peterson back
Drag legend to perform weekly beginning July 4
Christopher Peterson will celebrate 25 years of performing his brilliant show EYECONS when he brings it back to Rehoboth Beach this summer. He will be at Clear Space Theatre every Saturday at 10 p.m. and Sunday at 9 p.m. from July 4 to Sept. 5.
I have seen the show a number of times over the years from when he performed at the Renegade showroom (youngsters may not remember the Renegade out on the highway) to now at the Clear Space Theatre, so I am biased in saying it is always worth the price of a ticket. In fact it is worth a lot more because Christopher is an amazing talent. In addition to his own show he can be seen in “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” at Clear Space.
I recently had the opportunity to chat with Christopher. He has lived in Key West, Fla., for years and performs there during the winter and when he isn’t booked around the country. Christopher told me he was born Moncton, New Brunswick but grew up in Halifax (actually Dartmouth across the harbor) Nova Scotia, Canada 58 years ago.
We talked about gay life today and I asked him when he came out and he responded: “in the womb.” He told me he always knew who he was even before he knew you could call it gay. He told me he was lucky and grew up in a family that always accepted him for who he was. I asked him if he was excited about coming back to Rehoboth and he told me he sometimes thought of this as his final ‘widow tour’ as it is his first time back at the beach since he lost the love of his life, James Mill, in September of 2019. They were together for 35 years and James was not only his partner in life but in business. Many in Rehoboth knew James and will miss seeing him at Christopher’s side. He was a beautiful man.
Christopher has been called North America’s greatest female impersonator and though I haven’t seen all of them, I have seen enough to thoroughly concur with that. He not only impersonate the characters, he seems to become them. He never lip-syncs but sings their songs and talks in their voice. Christopher once said his only vocal training was in high school and in church choirs but you would never know that when listening to him sing. Christopher also designs all of his own costumes and they are incredible. It’s amazing how quickly he can change from Marilyn Monroe and become Cher with just a new gown and new wig that he has stashed in the closet at the side of the stage. The transformation is mesmerizing.
Over the years he has impersonated so many iconic women, including Marilyn Monroe, Carol Channing, Madonna, Joan Rivers, Reba McEntire, Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Eartha Kitt, Cher, Bette Davis, and Lucille Ball. He will add a new character once in a while if he feels comfortable having tried them out — one being Lady Gaga.
I asked him if he has a favorite character and he said, “That’s like asking me if I have a favorite child. These are all my children and they each represent something special to me.” He said, “as an example Streisand is the voice and Garland is the heart.” I remember he was once quoted as saying Judy Garland is his favorite to do and since he told me she represents the heart it didn’t surprise me as Christopher has a big heart. He often saves her for the end of the show and when you see her you leave wanting more.
I asked Christopher about the weirdest thing that ever happened during his show. He told me the story about an evening during the show, when he talks with an audience member, he leaned over the stage and began to chat with a table on the right of the stage and asked an older gentleman, Christopher called him Mary, how he liked the show. After saying he loved it the next thing Christopher saw was Mary keeling over. Turns out he had a heart attack. Christopher said he told the audience there would be a pause in the show and asked if there was a doctor in the house. One came forward and attended to the man and called 911. The gentleman seemed to recover and after they took him out on a stretcher the show went on. Christopher said this has happened more than once at his shows. Maybe it’s the excitement.
I asked him if any of the women he impersonates have been to see the show and was surprised when he said no. I would think any of those still alive would be honored to see how Christopher does them and shows them off so well.
This will be an exciting summer in Rehoboth and Christopher is prepared for visitors to come to the show and still follow any restrictions in effect for the pandemic. The theater has said it will continue to abide by all COVID restrictions in order to ensure the safety of both the actors and the audience. Clear Space Theatre has been doing this all winter and doing it safely.
I urge anyone who has never seen Christopher Peterson to get your tickets early as anyone who has seen him will be buying tickets to his shows and you don’t want to miss this chance to have a great fun evening in the theater.
Miss Richfield debuts new show at Rehoboth’s Blue Moon
Celebrating ‘40 Years on the Throne’
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. — Miss Richfield 1981, the longtime drag star known for Provincetown residencies and performances aboard gay cruises, debuted a new show here Monday for an invitation-only audience at the Blue Moon.
The show, dubbed “40 Years on the Throne,” celebrates Richfield’s four decades entertaining largely LGBTQ audiences with tales from her hometown “where butter is a spice and gravy is a beverage.”
Coincidentally, the Blue Moon is also celebrating 40 years in business this year.
Russ King, a Minnesota native, created the Miss Richfield persona to chronicle “her lifelong goal of being crowned beauty queen of her first-ring suburb of Minneapolis.”
Monday’s show — a dress rehearsal before it heads to Provincetown — got off to an unintentionally hilarious start, when Richfield tripped and fell onto the stage. She laughed it off, blaming a nearby female patron for “pushing me.” Then Richfield left the stage and started over.
The riotous show included a rendition of Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” that brought the audience up to date on Richfield’s recent travels; a video montage of her many outrageous TV appearances, including on “Cake Boss”; and a beauty pageant quiz show with two audience members. Longtime fans will be relieved to know that the new show includes Richfield playing the saw.
At the end of the show, Richfield solicited audience feedback as she refines it for her summer residency. Richfield is scheduled to open the show on May 29 at the Pilgrim House in Provincetown, Mass., and it’s slated to run through the summer, wrapping on Sept. 18. (Tickets are $30 for general admission and $40 for VIP at pilgrimhouseptown.com.)
King now lives in Rehoboth and is planning to return for a one-night-only performance of “40 Years on the Throne” on June 21 at the Blue Moon. (Visit BlueMoonRehoboth.com for tickets, $40.)
The Blue Moon has a full summer of entertainment planned, including performances by the Boy Band Project (June 7, July 19, and Aug. 30); Lady Bunny (July 5, Aug. 23); and Sherry Vine (Aug. 16). The talented Nate Buccieri returns for another summer on the piano, Sundays through Thursdays, 6-8:30 p.m. The award-winning “Climax! With Magnolia” continues on Sundays at 9:30 p.m.
Red Bear offers Valentine date nights
Event held this weekend complies with CDC guidelines
Red Bear Brewery (209 M St., N.E.) hosts Brewery Date Nights this Valentine’s Day weekend from Friday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. to Sunday, Feb. 14 at 10 p.m.
This event could be a good opportunity for those looking for a holiday cuddle with their favorite bear over a choice brew for two. Red Bear complies with D.C. and CDC pandemic guidelines while offering a rerelease of their Cupid’s Black Heart Strawberry Chocolate Bock and Cupid’s Arrow Chocolate Raspberry Chocolatini.
For more information or to monitor pandemic-related changes, visit redbear.beer.
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