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Calendar Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2018

Brunches, concerts, support groups and more for the coming week



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A scene from ‘Man Made,’ which screens tonight at Reel Affirmations. (photo courtesy Roadside Entertainment)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Halloween is back and more queer than ever!

Freddie’s Beach Bar to host Halloween party



Freddie's Halloween (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Freddie’s Beach Bar and Restaurant will be hosting a Halloween party on Monday, Oct. 31 at 6 p.m. 

Guests are encouraged to bring friends and meet new people from all over the world. Guests will gather in the back outside patio if the weather is nice or near the stage if not. Go Gay DC leader TJ Flavell will be there to greet you. Name tags will be provided. There’s no cover charge.

For more details, visit Eventbrite

Metrobar DC to host ‘Booze and Brews’ Halloween Brunch’

“Booze and Brews Halloween Brunch” will be on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at metrobar DC.

Guests are encouraged to come enjoy sounds from DJ Lalee and tasting tables from Catoctin and Republic Restoratives from 7-10 p.m. and drink specials featuring Catoctin or Republic Restoratives spirits all evening long.

This event is free to attend with an optional $15 Bash + SMYAL Fundraiser Ticket to help support LGBTQ youth across the district. Ticket holders will be honored with a cocktail. 

For more details, visit Eventbrite

Cake Pop to host ‘HallowQueen Drag Brunch’

“HallowQueen Drag Brunch” will be on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. at The Hall CP. New host Cake Pop will be hosting this ultimate Halloween-themed event. 

Flavored mimosas and Bloody Marys will cost $24 and the brunch buffet costs $30 and will include French toast casserole, buttermilk pancakes, tater tots hash, among many other menu items. 

Tickets for this event start at $25 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Baltimore Playhouse to hold ‘Haux-lloween’ party

“Taste.Touch.Feel: Haux-lloween” will be on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Baltimore Playhouse – Private Social Club. 

Guests are encouraged to come and enjoy top-tier burlesque and specialty performances, kink edutainment, interactive games, and plenty of surprises to thrill one’s senses.

There will also be a costume ball with three categories. Each category is limited to eight participants. The categories are:

  • Alien Superstar: Most unique, intergalactic freak
  • Fetish Faerie: Whimsy, kinky, faerie hauxs
  • Best Couples Costume: Period.

After the costume ball, there will be an “Adult Play Date After Party” for mingling and a night of no inhibitions where guests can enjoy spontaneous performances, play with their lover(s) or be a voyeur while the music plays. 

Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

Sirene, X and Nadia to perform at Firefly

Firefly Halloween Special Event will be on Saturday, Oct. 29 at p.m. at Firefly. This event will feature performances by drag queens Sirene, X and Nadia. There will also be two competitions: 

     • “Holy” a ghoulie drag performance with a cash prize of $100 and a bookings prize of $100.

     • A costume contest where the 1st place winner wins a one-night stay at Hotel Madeira, 2nd place wins dinner for two at Firefly, and 3rd place wins brunch for two at Firefly.

This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

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KINETIC: Pride DC launches with 3 major events

Weekend kicks off Friday with UNCUT XL at BLISS



KINETIC: Pride DC will partner with Capital Pride Alliance to celebrate Pride month with three official events that will feature leading gay DJs: Abel, Ben Bakson, Joe Pacheco, Dan Slater and Alexis Tucci.

The weekend kicks off Friday, June 10 at 10 p.m. with UNCUT XL at BLISS Nightclub. Grammy-nominated DJ Abel will headline the city’s “most risqué circuit event of the year” at BLISS nightclub.

“Uncut is returning to DC Pride for the first time in four years so there will be lots of sweating, dancing, and men bumping and sliding into one another on the main floor as well as in the play zone,” said producer Jesus Quispe in a press release late May.

 KINETIC: Pride Galactic Edition will be on Saturday, June 11 at 10 p.m. at Echostage. DJs Dan Slater and Ben Bakson will perform back-to-back sets. DJ Joe Pacheco will open the night.

The series of events will wrap up on Sunday June 12 with DC Pride’s official closing party, “discoVERS” at 10 p.m. at SAX in Downtown D.C. Disco-diva Alexis Tucci will spin an open-to-close set with Disco, Nu-Disco, and Disco House music all night long. Special performances throughout the night will be integrated into her high-energy disco set as well.

To purchase tickets, visit KINETIC: Pride DC.

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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.

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