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Calendar: Feb. 15-21

Parties, concerts and more in the week to come



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MNEK performs at Union Stage on Wed., Feb. 20. (Photo by Darren Craig; courtesy BB Gun PR)

Friday, Feb. 15

Skyler Moore Thrillers hosts a happy hour with “The Maine Nemesis” author R. Scott Wallis at Pitchers (2317 18th St., N.W.) today from 5:30-7:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) hosts a “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4” finale viewing party tonight from 8-10 p.m. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season three alum Stacy Layne Matthews will appear. There will be a meet and greet with Matthews at 7 p.m. Meet and greet tickets are $10. Local queens Brooklyn Heights and Iyana Deschanel will host the event. Stoli cocktails will be $6 during the show. For more details, visit

The D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) hosts a Valentine’s Day edition of its Birds of Prey drag show tonight from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Delta Work from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” will be the guest performer. There will also be performances by Brooklyn Heights, Iyana Deschanel, Sasha Adams Sanchez, Crystal Edge and Evon Michelle. Ba’Naka hosts the show. DJ Icy Funk will play music. General admission tickets are $10. Meet and greet tickets are $15. For more information, visit

La Fantasy presents No Strings Attached Underwear, a gay underwear dance party, at L8 Lounge (727 15th St., N.W.) tonight from 10 p.m.-4 a.m. DJ Marco Da Silva will play music for the night. Coat/wardrobe check is $5. Tickets are $25. For more details, visit

Ottobar (2549 N Howard St., Baltimore, Md.) hosts a Beyonce vs. Rihanna dance party tonight at 9 p.m. DJ Mills will play the best of Beyonce and Ottobar owner Craig B will spin the hottest Rihanna jams. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information, visit

Trans-Latinx DMV hosts Amor/Comunidad — Love/Community at Emergency Community Arts Collective (733 Euclid St., N.W.) tonight from 7-10 p.m. This will be a multilingual night celebrating love in and for the transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming community. Food will be served. A donation is suggested but not required. For more details, visit

Saturday, Feb. 16

Queer MoCo, a group of multiracial queer people, hosts a potluck gathering today from 6-9 p.m. The group aims to prioritize LGBTQ voices from minority groups. Allies are asked to not attend this meeting as it is just for queer community members. There will be veggie samosas and drinks. Attendees can bring a dish to share potluck style but it’s not required. Admission is free but RSVP is required to receive the potluck’s location. For more information, visit

Peach Pit hosts a ‘90s dance party at DC9 (1940 9th St., N.W.) tonight from 10:30 p.m.-3 a.m. DJ Matt Bailer will play ‘90s music all night. Cover is $5 before midnight and $8 after. Tickets range from $5-$8 at the door. For more details, visit

Bears Can Party host the Bear Cave: #LoveorLust at the Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) tonight from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Go-go bear Roman will dance for the night. DJ Popperz will spin tracks. There is no cover. For more information, visit

Blowout, a new LGBT-inclusive party, is at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe (2475 18th St., N.W.) tonight from 11 p.m.-3 a.m. There will be performances from LGBT artists, surprise DJs and more. Tickets are $7. For more details, visit

Trade (1410 14th St., N.W.) hosts Gay/Bash tonight from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Donna Slash, Jaxknife Complex, Ana Latour, Jane Saw and Summer Camp will perform. The Barber Streisand will play music. There will be a show at 11:30 p.m. and a second show at 1 a.m. No cover. For more information, visit

Sunday, Feb. 17

Bears Invade Spa World is today from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at Spa World (13830 Braddock Rd., Centreville, Va.). Interested attendees are encouraged to check Groupon for deals. This is a public event. Attendees are free to invite friends and can drop in anytime during the day. For more details, search “Bears Invade Spa World” on Facebook. 

The Imperial Court of Washington hosts Mr. D.C.’s Royale Drag Rolette at Freddie’s Beach Bar (555 23rd St., S Arlington, Va.) tonight from 8-10 p.m. Mr. D.C. Royale Jacque Basil will make an appearance. Deedee Amor Did and Leilani Masters will host the show. Funds raised will be donated to the Imperial Court’s Reign VII Charities. For more information, visit

Trade (1410 14th St., N.W.) hosts Church tonight from 10 p.m.-1:45 a.m. Geneva Confectionn will host the party. AndroJennie, Vagenesis and Buhnana Gunz will perform in the drag chorus. Wessthedj and DJ Jesse Jackson will spin tracks. For more details, visit

Bishop Gene Robinson preaches at St. Thomas’ Parish (1810 16th St., N.W.) today at the 9:30 a.m. service. Robinson was the first priest in a major Christian denomination to be in an openly gay relationship and consecrated a bishop. For more information, visit

Monday, Feb. 18

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, Feb. 19

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, Feb. 20

MNEK performs at Union Stage tonight at 7:30 p.m. Raja Kumari opens the show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance and $19 day of show. Premier Plus tickets, which includes reserved seating, are $35. For more details, visit

HerHRC: The Preview is at A League of Her Own (2319 18th St., N.W.) tonight from 6-9 p.m. This will be a teaser event for HerHRC’s main event in the spring. There is a suggested $10 donation at the door or online. The donation includes or renews annual HRC membership. All proceeds go towards HRC. There will also be drink and food specials and free entry into a raffle. For more details, visit

Bookmen D.C., an informal gay men’s literature group, discusses “From Macho to Mariposa: Gay Latino Fiction” edited by Charles Rice-Gonzalez and Charlie Vasquez at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, visit

Thursday, Feb. 21

Tagg Magazine hosts a financial planning seminar for LGBT women at Human Rights Campaign (1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.) tonight from 6:30-8 p.m. The seminar will discuss how to combine finances with your partner and LGBT family planning. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Admission is free. For more details, visit

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Ladies Tea event to benefit SMYAL

Fall Edition held at Hank’s Oyster Bar



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“Ladies Tea: Fall Edition,” a fundraising event, will be hosted on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. at Hank’s Oyster Bar Dupont Circle. 

Ladies are encouraged to celebrate fall while mixing and mingling at the Up Bar and outdoor patio space of Hank’s Oyster Bar.

Proceeds from the event will go to SMYAL DC, which supports and empowers LGBTQ youth in the D.C. region. 

Tickets for the event cost $15 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

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Calendar: September 30-October 6



Friday, September 30

Center Aging Friday Tea Time will be at 2 p.m. on Zoom. This is a social hour for older LGBTQ adults. For more information, email Adam at [email protected] 

GoGay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Social in the City.” This event is ideal for making new connections and community building or just to unwind and enjoy extended happy hour. This event is free and more information is available on Eventbrite.

Saturday, October 1

Virtual Yoga Class with Charles M. will be at 12 p.m. online. This is a free weekly class focusing on yoga, breath work, and meditation. You can RSVP for this event on the DC Center’s website.

LGBTQ People of Color Support Group will be at 1 p.m. on Zoom. This peer support group is an outlet for LGBTQ People of Color to come together and talk about anything affecting them in a space the strives to be safe and judgement free. There are all sorts of activities like watching movies, poetry events, storytelling, and just hanging out with others.For more information, email [email protected]

Sunday, October 2

Go Gay DC will also host “LGBTQ+ Coffee & Conversation” at 12 p.m. at As You Are. This event is for those looking to make more friends in the LGBTQ+ community and some new faces after two years of the pandemic. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite. 

Monday, October 3

Center Aging Advocacy Meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. Participants are welcome to provide guidance and feedback on programs and services for LGBT older adults here at The DC Center for the LGBT Community. For more information, email Adam at [email protected]

Center Aging Monday Coffee and Conversation will be at 10 a.m. on Zoom. LGBT Older Adults — and friends — are invited to enjoy friendly conversations and to discuss any issues you might be dealing with. For more information, visit the Center Aging’s Facebook or Twitter. 

Tuesday, October 4

Center Aging: Women’s Social and Discussion Group will be at 6 p.m. on Zoom. This group is a place where older LGBTQ+ women can meet and socialize with one another. There will be discussion, activities, and a chance for guests to share what they want future events to include. For more information, visit the DC Center’s website. 

Wednesday, October 5

Job Club will be at 6 p.m. on Zoom. This is a weekly job support program to help job entrants and seekers, including the long-term unemployed, improve self-confidence, motivation, resilience and productivity for effective job searches and networking — allowing participants to move away from being merely “applicants” toward being “candidates.” For more information, email [email protected] or visit

BookMen DC will be at 7:30 p.m. in  person at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. This is an informal group of men who are interested in fiction and non-fiction gay literature. For more information, visit BookMen’s website. 

Thursday, October 6

The DC Center’s Food Pantry Program will be held all day at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. To be fair with who is receiving boxes, the program is moving to a lottery system. People will be informed on Wednesday at 5 pm if they are picked to receive a produce box. No proof of residency or income is required. For more information, email [email protected] or call 202-682-2245. 

“Elements DC Throw It Back Thursdaze, an LGBTQ Night” will be at 8 p.m. at Elements DC. This event will have DJs, live music, happy hour specials and more. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite. 

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CBC to host Newark mayor for doc screening

‘Why Is We Americans?’ to be shown at Planet Word



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The Congressional Black Caucus will host a screening of “Why Is We Americans” on Friday, Sept. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at Planet Word.

The documentary is an intimate portrait of the family of Newark, N.J. Mayor Ras Baraka who merges art, culture, and politics in the fight for social justice.

There will also be a special presentation of “The Book of Baraka,” his Audible Original audio book that recounts his journey from poet to principal to peacemaker, through his own powerful, inspiring words.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

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