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LGBT-friendly stuff to do in D.C. leading up to Valentine’s Day 2019

Undies, benefits, laughs and John Waters toasts his hometown with rare one-off performance

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Filmmaking legend John Waters performs in his native Baltimore on Valentine’s Day. (File photo courtesy Admire Entertainment)

Cupid’s Undie Run is Saturday, Feb. 9 kicking off at Penn Social (801 E St., N.W.) at noon. Run a mile in your underwear to help find a cure for neurofibromatosis. Afterwards, there will be a party at Penn Social. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. For more details, visit cupids.org.

Dupont Social Club and 18th and U Duplex Diner (2004 18th St., N.W.) host Valentine’s Day is a Drag, a drag show, on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Dinner seatings are at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Reservations are required for dinner seating. Admission is $20. All performance tips will be donated to SMYAL. Guests can attend the show without dinner reservations as there will be a standing-room area. There will also be raffle prizes. For more details, go here

The D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) hosts Self Love Night with Ms. D.C. Eagle 2019 on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 9 p.m. There will be chocolate covered strawberries and cupcakes on sale for charity. There will also be a raffle. For more information, visit dceagle.com.

District Trivia hosts presents Valentine’s Day Dirty Sexy Trivia on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m at Penn Social (801 E St., N.W.). Tickets are $14.69. For more information, visit district-trivia.com.

“A Date with John Waters” is at Baltimore Soundstage (124 Market Pl., Baltimore) on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. Waters’ one-man show will discuss his early artistic influences, his love of true crime, sexual politics, exploitation films and more. Tickets are $44 here.

Chad America’s 20th annual Valentine’s Day Rock and Roll Dance Party is at Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. For details, visit blackcatdc.com.

The Mansion on O Street (2020 O St., N.W.) hosts Valentine’s Day Dessert and Concert on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals will perform followed by a dessert reception and meet and greet. Tickets are $100. For more information, visit omansion.com.

La Fantasy hosts Valentine with No Strings, an underwear dance party, on Friday, Feb. 15 from 10 p.m.-4 a.m. at L8 Lounge (727 15th St., N.W.). DJ Marco Da Silva will spin tracks. Coat/wardrobe check is $5. Tickets for entry are $25. For more information, lafantasyproductions.com

The D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) hosts Valentine’s Day with the Birds of Prey on Friday, Feb. 15 from 10 p.m.-4 a.m. The Valentine’s Day show stars Delta Work of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Ba’Naka hosts the show with performances by Brooklyn Heights, Iyana Deschanel, Sasha Adams Sanchez, Crystal Edge and Evon Michell. DJ Icy Funk will play music until 4 a.m. For more details, visit dceagle.com.

Flash (645 Florida Ave., N.W.) presents a Valentine’s Carnival, a dance party, on Sunday, Feb. 17 from 10 p.m.-5 a.m. DJ Twin and DJ Sean will spin tracks. The bar will be open until 4 a.m. Details here.

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Disco Funk Brunch at Crazy Aunt Helen’s

Tara Hoot and DJ Phil Reese perform

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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 crazyaunthelens.com. (Blade photo by Michael Key)

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

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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 BladeFoundation.org. 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

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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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