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Calendar: Oct. 5-11, 2018

Concerts, meetings, festivals and more for the week ahead



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‘Multiple Dimenions,’ a work by Sally Canzoneri, is on display now at Touchstone Gallery. (Image courtesy Touchstone)

Friday, Oct. 5

The D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) hosts Woof Happy Hour and Porn Star Bingo today from 5-11 p.m. Beux Banks hosts Porn Star Bingo. Attendees will receive free pizza at 7:30 p.m. Drink specials run until 11 p.m. No cover before 9:30 p.m. 

D.C. Bear Crue hosts Bear Happy Hour at Uproar Lounge & Restaurant (639 Florida Ave., N.W.) this evening from 5-10 p.m. Drink specials run until 10 p.m. and include $5 rail cocktails and $5 draft pitchers. Free appetizers will be handed out throughout the night. 

The D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) presents Birds of Prey, a drag show, tonight at 10:30 p.m. Brooklyn Heights will serve as guest host. Iyana Deschanel, Sasha Adams Sanchez, Ariel Von Quinn, Venus Fastrada and Alexa Shontelle will perform. DJ CDubz will spin tracks. Maxxi Overdrive will give a special guest performance. For more information, visit

Dan Savage’s Hump Festival is at the Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) tonight with two shows. The festival will screen the best amateur porn films shown at the festival from 2008-2017. There will be showings at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $25. For more details, visit

Touchstone Gallery (901 New York Ave., N.W.) opens its October galleries with a reception from 7-8:30 p.m. Gallery A will feature the Touchstone Gallery Member Show. Gallery B and C will showcase “Pictures of Nothing,” an exhibit of paintings by McCain McCurray and “Multiple Dimensions” by Sally Canzoneri. This exhibit presents the same images in two and three dimensional works. Canzoneri is Touchstone’s guest artist. For more information, visit

BlackRock Center for the Arts presents Signature Theatre Cabaret’s “Streisand Songbook” tonight at 8 p.m. Shayna Blass and Awa Sal Secka will perform the hits of La Babs. Tickets range from $25-45. Details at

Saturday, Oct. 6

All Things Go Fall Classic, a music festival, is at Union Market (1309 5th St., N.E.) today and Sunday. The line up includes Carly Rae Jepsen, Jessie Reyez, Ravyn, Billie Eilish, Misterwives, Betty Who and more. Two day general admission tickets are $95. One day general admission tickets are $65. VIP tickets include access to the VIP Lounge, front-of-stage viewing, complimentary food twice a day, cash bar, express lane entry and more. Two day VIP tickets are $229. Tickets for single day VIP admission vary. For more details, visit

Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) presents Lederhosen Realness, an Octoberfest party, today from 4-8 p.m. DJ Chord will play music. Attendees who wear lederhosen will receive drink specials and a discount on a giant stein of beer. There will also be Octoberfest draft beers and food specials. For more information, visit

The Fillmore (8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md.) hosts Party2K: A ‘90s Vs. 2000s Dance Party tonight at 8:30 p.m. There will be a video DJ, costume contest and live bands. The winner of the costume contest will receive tickets to see Lauryn Hill at the MGM Grand. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.50. For more details, visit

Sunday, Oct. 7

Pink Martini performs at the Anthem (901 Wharf St., S.W.) tonight at 8 p.m. NPR’s “All Things Considered” host Ari Shapiro will also perform as a special guest. Tickets range from $35-95. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Flash (645 Florida Ave., N.W.) celebrates the fifth anniversary of Flashy Sundays tonight from 6 p.m.-4 a.m. DJ Twin and DJ Sean Morris will spin tracks. Admission to the first floor is free. Cover is $20 for the main floor and roof deck. 

The Takoma Park Street Festival is today from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in between the half-mile stretch of Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, Md. and Carroll St., N.W. There will be three stages featuring 18 local bands performing indie-folk, rock, blues, country, reggae and more. There will also be vendors selling paintings, photographs, pottery, soaps, ceramics, crafts and more. Kids can also enjoy crafts, face painting, inflatables and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) has a drag brunch today with shows at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Chanel Devereaux hosts. Drag entertainers will perform as Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Pink and more. Tickets are $41.91 and include an all-you-can-eat buffet and one mimosa or bloody Mary. For more details, visit

Monday, Oct. 8

The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) hosts coffee drop-in hours for the senior LGBT community this morning from 10 a.m.-noon. Older LGBT adults can come and enjoy complimentary coffee and conversation with other community members. For more information, visit

Tuesday, Oct. 9

Us Helping Us (3636 Georgia Ave., N.W.) holds a support group for black gay men 40 and older tonight from 7-9 p.m.

Overeaters Anonymous hosts a meeting specifically for LGBT individuals at St. George’s Episcopal Church (915 Oakland Ave., Arlington, Va.) tonight at 7 p.m. Newcomers welcome. For more information, call 703-521-1999 or email liveandletlive[email protected]

Wednesday, Oct. 10

The Lambda Bridge Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for duplicate bridge. No reservations required and new comers welcome. If you need a partner, call 703-407-6540.

Big Gay Book Group meets at Trio Bistro Restaurant (1537 17th St., N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m. to discuss “Christodora” by Tim Murphy. Newcomers welcome. For more details, visit or email [email protected]

Thursday, Oct. 11

The D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) hosts Highwaymen Hot Jock Night tonight from 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. There will be a Hot Jock contest with prizes for event tickets, toys and more. Drink specials include $3 draft beer, $2 Jell-O shots and more. For more information, visit

Busboys and Poets (450 K St., N.W.) presents activist Angela Davis in conversation with Amy Goodman from Democracy Now today from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Full menu and bar will be available. Books by both Davis and Goodman will be available for purchase. For more details, visit

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Blade’s summer closing party set for Sept. 17 in Rehoboth

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(Washington Blade file photo by Daniel Truitt)

The Washington Blade’s 15-year tradition of hosting a summer kickoff party in Rehoboth Beach was disrupted due to COVID restrictions. In lieu of that May event, the Blade is hosting a summer closing party on Friday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. at The Pines (56 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Del.). 

Tickets are $20, which includes two drinks and appetizers. The event benefits the Blade Foundation’s Steve Elkins Memorial Journalism Fellowship, a 12-week program in which an LGBTQ student journalist covers stories of interest to Delaware’s queer community each summer. 

All COVID safety protocols will be followed, including a requirement that attendees furnish proof of vaccination to gain entry. 

If you are unable to attend you can make a donation to the Blade Foundation at Sponsors of the event include Delmarva Power and The Pines.

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Rehoboth to close out summer with SunFest

Series of events to replace long-running Sundance due to pandemic



This year’s Sundance in Rehoboth is renamed SunFest and will look different from this scene in 2019 due to the pandemic. (Blade file photo by Daniel Truitt)

SunFest will feature a week of live performances, dances, and a live auction, sponsored by non-profit LGBTQ+ center CAMP Rehoboth.

The weeklong festival runs from Aug. 29 to Sept. 5 and is a change from the annual SunDance that CAMP Rehoboth has sponsored since 1988. This transformation began last year when the event was forced to go digital due to the coronavirus and the in-person events scheduled this year are important, according to development director and co-coordinator of SunFest Anita Broccolino.

“We love that community feel and the in-person makes all the difference in the world for us. Not being able to do it last year just reminded everyone how important we all are to one another,” Broccolino said. “I think that bringing back these events this year is just huge for us and it will be extra celebratory as a result.”

The festival begins with a 5k race and online auction opening on Sunday. Monday night features a give-back event at Iron Hill Brewery while Tuesday’s agenda is still to be determined, said Broccolino. Diego’s will host a Studio 54 give-back dance party on Wednesday and Thursday is the Port 251 women’s give-back. 

Live performances featuring the Skivvies, Randy Harrison and Diane Huey are scheduled for Friday night and Jennifer Holiday will follow with a performance on Saturday night, both at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. The festival closes out Sunday with auction pick-ups and Fun in the Sand and Sun, according to the CAMP Rehoboth website.

This event is also important to the organization’s contributions to the community, said Broccolino.

“The essential services we provide for free to the community, which is a huge amount of health and wellness activities, as well as arts programming, a lot of youth programming and the community counts on us for those things. We never stopped during COVID, we made as much as we could virtual, but we took quite a hit not being able to raise those funds and awareness of the programs,” Broccolino said. “We invite the entire community to come celebrate with us and make it to Rehoboth Beach, and let’s make it joyful, and wonderful and make sure we’re living up to the standards of all the people who helped found CAMP Rehoboth and live up to their legacy and beyond.”

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Rehoboth Beach welcomes Christopher Peterson back

Drag legend to perform weekly beginning July 4



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Drag legend Christopher Peterson. (Photo courtesy Peterson)

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.

Christopher Peterson as Lucille Ball. (Photo courtesy Peterson)

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