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Calendar: Dec. 14-20, 2018

Xmas parties, Lessons & Carols, Jasmine Masters and more for the week ahead



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Jasmine Masters, one of the returning contestants on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ season four, hosts a viewing party tonight at Nellie’s. (Photo courtesy World of Wonder)

Friday, Dec. 14

Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) hosts a RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4” premiere viewing party with special guest Jasmine Masters tonight from 8-10 p.m. Brooklyn Heights and Iyana Deschanel will host the kick-off party and every viewing party for the rest of the season. There will be a meet and greet with Masters at 7:30 p.m. Meet-and-greet tickets are $10. Stoli cocktails will be sold during the show for $5. 

Georgetown Glow D.C.: Light Arts Festival is today from 5-10 p.m. The outdoor public light art installations are set up throughout the neighborhood. The festival runs through Jan. 6. Attendees can explore on their own or take a tour. D.C. By Foot hosts nightly Glow+Georgetown History tours from 4-6 p.m. which will connect the light show with the history of Georgetown. Tickets are name your own price. Other nightly tours include Glow Walking Touring with Washington Walks from 4-6 p.m. which explores the light artworks and historic sites. Tickets are $20. Glow Photo Safari with Washington Photo Safari is tonight from 7-9:30 p.m. Washington Photo Safari Director E. David Luria will guide the group to each stop and teach you how to take the best photos. Tickets are $79. 

18th & U Duplex Diner (2004 18th St., N.W.) hosts its annual Janky Sweater Party tonight from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Guests are invited to wear their ugliest holiday sweater. Goldie Grigio hosts the party. DJ Wes Della Volla will play music. There is no cover but a $10 donation to the Trevor Project is encouraged. 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, Dec. 15

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington presents “The Holiday Show” at the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St., N.W.) today at 5 p.m. and tonight at 8 p.m. The chorus will perform holiday songs such as “Jingle Bells,” “Puttin’ on the Holiday Drag” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and more.Tickets range from $25-65. 

Mischief D.C. hosts Naughty Snowball 10: Rated X-mas at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) tonight from 8 p.m.-5 a.m. The party will include DJs in four rooms, live artists, musicians, interactive art and a secret contest for Best Costume. Featured DJs include EZ Almighty, Dustin, Wade Hammes, Maestro and more. Tickets range from $40-45. 

Christ Church on Capitol Hill (620 G St., S.E.) hosts Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, an Advent service, tonight from 7-9 p.m. The service will include Christmas carols, musical performances, new stories, old poetry and other artistic expressions inspired by the Nativity story. A light reception will follow the program.Admission is free. 

LURe D.C. hosts BARE: How the Grinch Stole BARE, a holiday party, tonight from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. DJ Eletr()x, DJ Rosie and DJ Keenan will spin tracks. The DystRucXion Dancers will perform. The Grinch will also be handing out goodies to guests. Cover is $7 before midnight and $10 after. 

Trade (1410 14th St., N.W.) hosts Gay/Bash: XXMAS tonight from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Drag performers Kunj, Jane Saw, Jaxknife Complex, Donna Slash and Geneva Confection will give a show at 11:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. Candi Cane will play music for the night. No cover. For more information, visit

Sunday, Dec. 16

The D.C. Concert Orchestra presents a free concert at the Church of the Epiphany (1317 G St., N.W.) today at 3 p.m. The program includes pieces by Leroy Anderson, Maurice Ravel, Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky and more. For more information, visit

The D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) hosts Sunday Cruise today from noon-2 a.m. Drink specials include $3 off all whiskey and bourbon drinks, $5 Chivas Regal, $10 bottomless Bud and Bud Lights, $12 bottomless premium drafts and $2 off any drink until 9 p.m. 

Singer-songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello performs her show “No More Water|The Fire Next Time: The Gospel According to James Baldwin,” a tribute to Baldwin, at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) tonight at 8 p.m. The performance will merge church service, a concert, celebration, testimonial and a call to action. Tickets range from $49-89. For more information, visit

Monday, Dec. 17

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, Dec. 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, Dec. 19

Bookmen D.C., an informal gay men’s literature group, discusses “The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle” by Lillian Faderman at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, 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.

Thursday, Dec. 20

The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) hosts its monthly poly discussion group tonight at 7 p.m. People of all different stages are invited to discuss polyamory and other consensual non-monogamous relationships. This event is for new comers, established polyamorous relationships and open to all sexual orientations. For details, visit

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PHOTOS: Not Another Drag Show

‘Blackout Edition’ celebrates musical artists of the 1990s



Drag performer Tiffany D. Carter hosted “Not Another Drag Show: Blackout Edition” at Dupont Italian Kitchen Bar on Monday. Performers included Carter, Nubia Love-Jackson, Uju Betta and Echinacea. The show featured the songs of Black artists popular in the 1990s.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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Music & Concerts

Janet Jackson doc premieres this weekend

Remembering 10 times iconic singer was there for LGBTQ community



Janet Jackson’s two-part, four-hour documentary debuts this weekend. (File photo by Shilla Patel)

Iconic singer Janet Jackson, a longtime LGBTQ ally, unveils her long-awaited documentary simply titled “Janet” on Friday, Jan. 28. It concludes the following night; each installment is two hours long. 

Jackson has said she spent five years compiling footage and creating the documentary, which airs at 8 p.m. both nights on A&E and Lifetime networks. It was produced by Jackson and her brother Randy Jackson and it’s timed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of her 1982 debut album. 

An extended trailer for the film reveals Jackson will talk candidly about her brother Michael and the 2004 Super Bowl incident, including the news that Justin Timberlake reached out and asked her to join him during his widely panned 2018 Super Bowl return performance. 

Prior to the pandemic, Jackson announced a new studio album and tour titled “Black Diamond,” but both were postponed due to COVID. No official word about the status of either, but speculation is rampant that she will finally release the new album once the documentary airs.

“Musically, what I’ve done, like doing ‘Rhythm Nation’ or doing ‘New Agenda’ or doing ‘Skin Game,’ creating those bodies of work with Jimmy and Terry, I feel like I’ve laid a certain foundation,” Jackson tells Allure magazine in a new cover story this month. “I would hope that I’d be able to continue if I choose to. You know what I mean? But only time will tell.”

As Jackson’s legion of queer fans awaits this weekend’s premiere, the Blade takes a look back at 10 times Janet was there for the LGBTQ community. 

1. “The Velvet Rope” project. In 1997, Jackson released her critically acclaimed sixth studio album “The Velvet Rope,” an introspective and deeply personal collection of songs that touched on her depression, but also tackled LGBTQ issues. On the track “Free Xone,” she spoke out forcefully against anti-LGBT bias. She also covered Rod Stewart’s “Tonight’s the Night,” without changing the pronouns in the love song, prompting speculation about her sexual orientation. But it was her international No. 1 hit “Together Again” that continues to resonate with LGBTQ fans. An upbeat, joyful dance song, it was conceived as a tribute to Jackson’s friends who died of AIDS.

2. GLAAD award. In 2008, Ellen DeGeneres presented Jackson with the Vanguard Award at the 19th annual GLAAD Media Awards. GLAAD’s president said, “We are delighted to honor Janet Jackson at the 19th annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles as such a visible, welcoming and inclusive ally of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Ms. Jackson has a tremendous following inside the LGBT community and out, and having her stand with us against the defamation that LGBT people still face in our country is extremely significant.”

3. Ebony magazine interview about her sexuality. In 2001, Jackson gave an interview to Ebony magazine in which she was asked about her sexual orientation. “I don’t mind people thinking that I’m gay or calling me gay,” she said. “People are going to believe whatever they want. Yes, I hang out at gay clubs … I go where the music is good. I love people regardless of sexual preference, regardless of race. No, I am not bisexual. I have been linked with dancers in our group because we are so close. I grew up in a big family. I love being affectionate. I love intimacy and I am not afraid to show it.”

4. Video support for It Gets Better, Trevor Project. In 2010, Jackson recorded a video for the Trevor Project and later appeared on CNN’s “Larry King Live” to promote awareness of youth suicide. “If you’re LGBT you’re probably thinking you’re all alone, but you’re not,” she said in the video. “I can relate because I was one of those kids who internalized everything.”

5. “State of the World Tour.” Jackson’s LGBTQ support continued in 2017. Her tour’s opening sequence highlighted a range of problems facing the world, from famine and war to police brutality and included a call for justice and for LGBTQ rights.

6. “The Kids.” Jackson has always employed a diverse crew of professional dancers for her videos and tours. Some of her closest friends and collaborators over the years have been prominent out gay and lesbian choreographers, singers, dancers, makeup artists and designers. She lovingly refers to her backup dancers as “the Kids.”

7. NYC Pride performance. In 2004, Jackson performed for a packed audience at Pride Dance NYC at Pier 54.

8. “Will & Grace” cameo. In 2004, Jackson made a memorable cameo on “Will & Grace,” judging a dance-off between Jack and another dancer.

9. HRC, AIDS Project Los Angeles awards. In 2005, Jackson was honored by both the Human Rights Campaign and AIDS Project Los Angeles for her work raising money for AIDS charities.

10. Janet’s Blade interview. In 2006, Jackson granted an exclusive interview to the Washington Blade. It was one of the rare times she touched on the Super Bowl controversy and her brother Michael’s acquittal on child molestation charges, telling Blade Editor Kevin Naff, “I got all of that out of my system, that’s not what I’m feeling right now. I wrote about [those controversies] but I didn’t choose to put it out there on the album.” In the interview, Jackson also reiterated her support for marriage equality, said she’d never had a sexual relationship with a woman and revealed that she’d never met Madonna.

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Out & About

International Women Club set for Jan. 24

Event at National Harbor



International Women United Organizer will host “Multicultural International Women Club” on Monday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at National Harbor.

The goal of this event is to bring together women from different countries and cultures for friendship, support and community. Guests will get to share interesting facts about their country, talk about their culture, values, styles, and differences with others while learning from others and making friends from all over the globe. Those who speak English as a second language are welcome to attend.

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

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