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Calendar: Jan. 25-31, 2019

Parties, events, drag brunches and more for the week ahead



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Ines Nassara (Photo by Jim Saah)

Friday, Jan. 25

AMP by Strathmore (11810 Grand Park Ave., Bethesda, Md.) presents “Respect the Queen: an Aretha Franklin Tribute” tonight at 8 p.m. Ines Nassara, Crystal Freeman and Shayna Blass will perform Franklin classics such as ‘Son of a Preacher Man,” “A Natural Woman” and more. Tickets range from $18-35. For more information, visit  

Annapolis Pride presents “Drag After Dark,” a benefit for Annapolis Pride, at Rams Head On Stage (31 West St., Annapolis, Md.) tonight at 8:30 p.m. Victoria LeAnne D. Bohmore and Shawnna Alexander will host. Chris Jay, M’ara Diamond, Ganivah Cache and Kedra will perform. Special guest performers include Gassy Winds and Angelica Lize. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. For more details, visit

The D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) hosts Pup Night tonight from 8 p.m.-3 a.m. There will be a mosh pit and drink specials. No cover before 8:30 p.m. Drag show begins upstairs at 10:30 p.m. Attendees must be 18 to enter and 21 to drink. For more information, visit

Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) hosts Ottermatic, a new dance party, tonight from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. The Barber Streisand and Jesse Jackson will spin tracks. Grant Collins hosts the party. Matt Strother and Scott M. Douglass will serve drinks. “Vibrant and expressive” looks are encouraged. Cover is $5. For more details, visit

Black Folks Don’t Swim?, a regional queer black women’s band, Mourning [A] BLKstar, a gender non-conforming Cleveland band and Lightmare, a six-person soul-punk group from D.C., perform at Rhizome D.C. (6950 Maple St., N.W.) tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. This is an all-ages show. For more information, visit

Saturday, Jan. 26

D.C. Fray hosts Hungry Human Hippos on Ice at the Wharf (690 Water St., S.W.) today from 3-5 p.m. Teams of four-six players will work together as Hippo, Rangler or Kitchen Guard to collect the most balls on ice. Top teams will advance to the championship round for the chance at a grand prize. Tickets are $30 and include entry to the competition with a minimum of three games for each team and access to the player’s bar which serves food and happy hour specials. Participants can choose to sign up as a team, group or free agent. For more details, visit

Trade (1410 14th St., N.W.) hosts Qwerty, a queer dance party, tonight from 10 p.m.-2:45 a.m. DJ Adam Koussari-Amin, DJ Dvonne and DJ Jeff Prior will play a mix of vogue house, hard pop, queer step, disco and more. LaBellela Ziah will give a special performance. No cover. For more information, visit

Freddie’s Beach Bar (555 23rd St., S Arlington, Va.) hots Freddie’s Follies Drag Show tonight at 8 p.m. A rotating cast of queens will perform. Showtime is 8 p.m. Karaoke starts at 10 p.m. Cover is $5. Reservations are highly recommended. For more details, visit

Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) hosts Jox: The GL Underwear Party tonight from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. DJ C-Dubz and DJ Chaim will spin tracks. Cover is $5. Free clothes check provided. For more information, visit

Sunday, Jan. 27

D.C.’s Different Drummers hosts its ninth annual drag show fundraiser at Trade (1410 14th St., N.W.) today from 3-4:30 p.m. There will be drag kings, drag queens and go-go dancers. Sylvanna Duvel hosts the fundraiser. There will be a silent auction with prizes such as musical instruments, concert tickets, bottomless brunch for four and more. For more information, visit

Capital Pride hosts “Rent: Live” karaoke and viewing party at Shaw’s Tavern (520 Florida Ave., N.W.) tonight from 7-11 p.m. The night begins with an hour of “Rent” karaoke followed by a viewing party for the live musical at 8 p.m. Tables and seating is first come, first served. $6 Tito’s cocktails will be served all night. For more details, visit

Fruity Boi Productions presents Action: After-hours at Tropicalia (2001 14th St., N.W.) today from 3:30-9 a.m. New York City-based DJ Aaron Aanenson will spin tracks. Tickets range from $22.85-38.77. For more information, visit

Monday, Jan. 28

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

Sauf Hus Bier Hall and Garden (1216 18th St., N.W.) hosts Queer Songwriters Showcase, a benefit show for Trans Women of Color Collective, tonight from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Selena Benally, Christiana Rayne, Dawn Manning and Miss Understand Me will perform. Quique Cunningham of Petty Indulgences will host the show. For more details, go here.

Tuesday, Jan. 29

The D.C. Center hosts Suicide Prevention and Awareness Program in collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention this evening from 6:30-8 p.m. There will be a presentation and discussion on concerns and factors in regard to suicide in the LGBT community, signs of someone who may be contemplating suicide and ways to help. For more details, visit

Wednesday, Jan. 30

LGBT Congressional Staff Association hosts its January happy hour at the Big Board (421 H St., N.E.) this evening from 5:30-8 p.m. Those interested in meeting Association members are welcome. For more information, visit

Thursday, Jan. 31

Miss Gay Glamour Girl, Maryland America is at Leon’s Backroom (227 W. Chase St., Baltimore, Md.) tonight at 8:30 p.m. Bella Forte and Inferno Lee Sephora host the show. Man Kelley, Exstacy Cache, Jada Bee, Brie Devine and Gabrielle Remsen Ruby will all make appearances. Drink specials run until 10 p.m. No cover. For more details, visit

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Disco Funk Brunch at Crazy Aunt Helen’s

Tara Hoot and DJ Phil Reese perform



Tara Hoot and DJ Phil Reese (Blade photo by Michael Key)

Drag queen Tara Hoot and DJ Phil Reese perform at the biweekly Disco Funk Brunch at the LGBT-owned Crazy Aunt Helen’s on Sunday. For future showtimes, go to (Blade photo by Michael Key)

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

Benefits journalism scholarship



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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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