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Calendar: April 5-11

Concerts, parties and events in the week to come



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Kristen Chenoweth is slated to perform at the Strathmore Monday night (file photo courtesy the Karpel Group)

FRIDAY, April 5

Bisexual singer Amanda Palmer performs at the National Theatre tonight at 7:30 p.m. The co-founder of the Dresden Dolls will perform in support of her first solo album “There Will Be No Intermission.” Tickets range from $39-54. For more information, visit

Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) hosts Church Night, a party/comedy act, tonight at 9 p.m. The event parodies the American church in a vein similar to “A Prairie Home Companion.” Eddie Morison and Michele Sometimes will perform. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Attendees must be 21 and over. For more details, visit

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society and CAMP Rehoboth present the third Delaware LGBT+ Cine-bration Film Festival at the Cinema Art Theater (17701 Dartmouth Dr., Lewes, Del.) today through April 7. “Snapshots” will be screened today at 4 p.m. The film tells the story of Rose who is visited by her daughter and granddaughter. The visit sparks her memory of when she met and fell in love with Louise. Monda Schwartz, Sharon Miken, David Stabilea and Cine-brations committee members will host the screening. “A Million Happy Nows” will be screened at 7 p.m. hosted by PFLAG. The film follows Lainey and Eva as they struggle to deal with Lainey’s early onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Admission is $10 per film. For more information, visit

Saturday, April 6

The D.C. Chamber Musicians present a Chamber Music Master Class at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church (1314 New York Ave., N.W.) today at 10 a.m. The program will include “Serenade for Winds Op. 44” by Antonin Dvorak, “String Quartet No. 2” by Aleksandr Borodin, “Violin Viola Duet K. 424” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and “Clarinet Quintet Op. 115” by Johannes Brahms. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted to benefit the D.C. Concert Orchestra Society. Seating is open but RSVP is recommended. Visit for more details. 

Emmanuel Lutheran Church (2589 Chain Bridge Rd., Vienna, Va.) hosts “Keyboard Flourishes,” a free concert, today at 4 p.m. Emmanuel’s Director of Music Ministries Robert Morehead will play the piano and organ accompanied by his brother James Morehead, director of the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus, on piano. The Morehead brothers will perform Brahms, Mozart, Gershwin, Joe Utterback and more. Refreshments and a reception will follow. Free admission. For more details, visit

FYM Productions hosts the largest Depeche Mode dance party on the East Coast at Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) tonight at 9 p.m. DJ Steve EP, DJ Missguided and DJ Killa K will spin Depeche Mode tracks. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For more details, visit

Bent, a new LGBTQ dance party, is at 9:30 Club (815 V St., N.W.) tonight at 11:30 p.m. DJ Tezrah, Sippi, Lemz, Bratworst, Too Free, Jacq Hill, DJ Abby, Diyanna Monet and JJ202 will perform. HellBent will spin tracks in the backbar. Tickets are $15. Sidebent, a pre-party, will be at Satellite Room (2047 9th St., N.W.) at 10 p.m. with music by DJ MadScience. For more information, visit

The D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) hosts Daddy, a dance party, tonight from 8 p.m.-4 a.m. DJ Strike Walton Stone and DJ Dean Douglas Sullivan will play music for the night. Tickets are $12. For more details, visit

D.C.’s Different Drummers’ Capitol Pride Symphonic Band hosts Pride in Concert at the Church of the Epiphany (1317 G St., N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m. The concert will honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The concert will include compositions that are each inspired by the colors of the Pride flag. General admission tickets are $25. Student/senior tickets are $15. For more information, visit

The GenOUT Chorus, Potomac Fever and Rock Creek Singers join together for the Small Ensemble Extravaganza at the Theater of the Arts at the University of D.C. (4200 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) tonight at 8 p.m. The ensembles will perform “Africa,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “I Was Here,” “Jolene,” “Take On Me,” “Not Over You,” “Go the Distance” and “Imagine.” Adult tickets are $39. Senior tickets are $35. Young professionals tickets (25 and under) are $20. For more details, visit

Triptych (Eyes of One on Another),” a multimedia work depicting the obscenity trial of late gay photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, will be performed tonight at 8 p.m. at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.). No ticket information was available as of Blade press time because of a technical glitch on the center’s website. Check back at for details for this one-night-only performance.  

Sunday, April 7

Victory Fund hosts its sold-out National Champagne Brunch at the JW Marriott (1331 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.) today from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Tammy Duckworth will be the featured guests. Names are still being accepted for the wait list if additional seats open up. For more details, visit

Monday, April 8

Tony- and Emmy-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth performs at the Music Center at Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Ln., North Bethesda, Md.) tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $68-158. For more details, visit

Tuesday, April 9

Republic (6939 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park, Md.) hosts Alegre Happy Hour, an LGBT happy hour, this evening from 5-7 p.m. For more information, visit

Wednesday, April 10

The National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals LGBT Housing Policy Summit is at Human Rights Campaign (1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.) today and Thursday. The summit offers NAGLREP members and guests the opportunity to write legislation in support of NAGLREP’s call-to-action. Speakers include Sen. Tim Kaine, Jillian Lenson from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Shannon McGahn from the National Association of Realtors and more. The welcome reception is tonight from 6-8 p.m. Tomorrow there will be summit panels from 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., a keynote luncheon from 12:30-1:30 p.m., a visit to Capitol Hill from 1:45-4:30 p.m. and networking at the W Hotel Rooftop from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tickets for NAGLREP members are $149. Tickets for non-NAGLREP members are $199. For more information, visit

Big Gay Book Group meets at Trio Restaurant/Bistro (1537 17th St., N.W.) to discuss “All This I Will Give You” by Dolores Redondo. Newcomers welcome. For more details, visit or email [email protected].

Thursday, April 11

The Committee of Government Operations holds a budget hearing for the Office of LGBTQ Affairs in Room 500 of the Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.) today from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Community members can speak with Councilmember Brandon Todd about the budgetary needs of the LGBT community. The Office of Latino Affairs will be first followed by the Office of LGBTQ Affairs. For more details, search “LGBTQ Affairs Budget Hearing” on Facebook. 

Pretty Boi Drag presents #OpenKingNight at D.C. Comedy Loft and Bier Baron Tavern (1523 22nd St., N.W.) tonight at 8 p.m. This drag king open mic is open to both new and seasoned kings. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The show will be ASL interpreted. For more information, visit

“Light in the Water” screens at AMC Georgetown (3111 K St., N.W.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. The documentary follows the story of the West Hollywood Aquatics team from their founding in 1982, through the AIDS crisis, up until present day. After the screening, there will be a Q&A with Director Lis Bartlett and members of D.C. Aquatics. Tickets are $14. For more details, visit

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Studio House, Visual AIDS partner for educational program

Day With(out) Art 2021 to be held at Lamont Plaza



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World AIDS Day is next week.

Studio House and Visual AIDS will join forces for “Day With(out) Art 2021” on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. at Lamont Plaza. 

This event is a community outdoor screening of “Enduring Care,” a video program that highlights strategies of community care within the ongoing HIV epidemic followed by a discussion about the video.

There will be an open house in the neighborhood at the David Bethuel Jamieson (1963-1992) Studio House and Archives featuring newly commissioned work by Katherine Cheairs, Cristóbal Guerra, Danny Kilbride, Abdul-Aliy A. Muhammad and Uriah Bussey, Beto Pérez, Steed Taylor, and J Triangular and the Women’s Video Support Project.

For more information, visit Eventbrite

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Forget Santa Claus – Ginger Minj is comin’ to town

‘Drag Race’ alum’s Winter Wonderland Tour stops in D.C. Nov. 29 and 30



Ginger Minj will perform her holiday spectacular Winter Wonderland Tour at Miracle Theatre.

Ginger Minj is a busy little elf.

From her new country album “Double Wide Diva” to sporadic stints in TV and movies to her upcoming book, “Southern Fried Sass” (which reportedly scored her a six-figure deal), the “Drag Race” diva is everywhere these days, including a venue near you. On Nov. 29 and 30, the new queen of Christmas will perform her holiday spectacular Winter Wonderland Tour at Miracle Theatre.

We recently caught up with the multitalented actress/comedian/singer to discuss her continued success, including making friends with Jennifer Aniston while filming Netflix’s “Dumplin,’” her take on the latest Dave Chappelle backlash, the best Christmas gift she’s ever received, and what exactly makes her the “nicest bitch” this side of the North Pole – but first, let’s take a sleigh ride back to the beginning.

BLADE: Tell me a bit about how you got started in drag and the genesis of Ginger Minj. 

GINGER MINJ: Like most good show-tune-loving queers, I stumbled into drag through musical theater. I auditioned for a show that required either full-frontal nudity or drag, and I figured I would fare better in a wig and heels than nothing at all. I got the role and really took to it quickly. I felt more free and honest as a performer than I ever had before, and I realized I could make a livable income doing something that I was wholly responsible for creating. 

BLADE: How has your appearance on “Drag Race” helped your career, and what are your top takeaways from your time on the show?

GM: It’s an international platform that allows us to introduce ourselves to the entire world. It got me a seat at the table with people and places that refused to even open the door for me in the past. I think there was – and maybe still is sometimes – this initial assumption that drag artists are limited in their talents, but we have been able to show the world that we are just as talented and capable as any other entertainer. I don’t wear a wig as a gimmick. I wear it as an accessory, and it doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be taken as seriously as any other actor, singer, etc. “Drag Race” is doing a great job of showing the world that – and I’ll forever be grateful.

BLADE: If folks didn’t catch you on “Drag Race,” they might recognize you from the 2018 Netflix movie “Dumplin’” starring Jennifer Aniston and Dove Cameron. What was your experience like on set, and do you have any other TV/film projects in the works?

GM: “Dumplin’” was the single best experience of my life! Jennifer Aniston brought me coffee every morning, and Kathy Najimy had my trailer moved next to hers so we could listen to Beyoncé and play with makeup. That entire cast and crew treated all of us queens with unbelievable respect. It really gave me a passion for filmmaking and, yes, I’m happy to say there are a few more projects – big screen and small – coming your way soon.

BLADE: What makes you the “nicest bitch you’ll ever meet?”

GM: It’s like those good ole’ southern church ladies who will give you the shirts off their backs but read you to filth for not bringing one of your own. The only thing bigger than my mouth is my heart and the “shady” things I say should never be taken seriously. 

BLADE: As a comedian yourself, what are your thoughts on the latest Dave Chappelle/Netflix controversy?

GM: I’ve always felt like comedy and drag go hand in hand: It’s an outrageous way to start a conversation and make people confront their own feelings about anything and everything. That being said, I think there’s a way to do that without disparaging and discrediting an entire group of human beings. I think it’s shameful that someone with that great of a platform would choose to punch down. 

BLADE: Your new single “Walk Tall” is about growing up gay in the South – and it’s a very good song. Radio worthy even, but a hard sell, given its content, to a country-music audience. How do you think that changes? Will LGBTQ+ country artists ever enjoy the kind of success their straight counterparts do?

GM: I think so. To be completely honest with you, I’ve gotten much more support for that album from the country community than I have from the drag world. The message is so universal, and we were very careful to do it in an authentic, simple way. When we stop focusing on our differences and start embracing our similarities, the world can change. I just do the things that make me happy and hope it finds the people who need to hear it. 

BLADE: Christmas is just around the corner – do you prefer giving or receiving? What’s your most prized Christmas present from the past?

GM: I’m definitely a giver! I drive myself crazy for months researching and planning and looking for the perfect gifts for everyone. It’s my way of showing the people I care most about that while I may be busy, I’m listening. I hear them, I see them, and I appreciate them. The best Christmas present I ever got was a cheap plastic pair of ruby slippers from my mama when I was a kid. I still have them. That moment changed my life forever. It’s what actually inspired “Walk Tall.”

BLADE: Like Santa Claus himself, the Ginger Minj Winter Wonderland Tour 2021 is coming to town. What do you have in store for audiences this holiday season?

GM: What don’t we have in store?! There are 20 costume changes, instructional videos gone terribly wrong, singing, dancing, magic tricks, fog machines, comedy, and it even snows over the audience! This is the biggest, prettiest, most ambitious show we have ever put together.

BLADE: Looking forward to 2022, what’s in the works? What are a few of your New Year’s resolutions?

GM: So many great things — more music, some movies, some TV, a stage production of “La Cage aux Folles” in Chicago, and my book “Southern Fried Sass” will hit the shelves. It’s a great time to be the “Glamour Toad,” and I am grateful every single day. 

Mikey Rox is an award-winning journalist and LGBT lifestyle expert whose work has been published in more than 100 outlets across the world. Connect with Mikey on Instagram @mikeyroxtravels.

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Children’s Beach House to host holiday fundraiser

Music by artists Pamala Stanley and 2nd Time Around



Pamala Stanley performs at a fundraiser for the Children’s Beach House in Lewes, Del., on Dec. 3. (Blade file photo by Daniel Truitt)

The Children’s Beach House in Lewes, Del., will begin its weekend-long fundraiser with an annual holiday party on Friday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

The event will include a live auction, cocktails, dinner by Touch of Italy and music by artists Pamala Stanly and 2nd Time Around. This fundraiser will help support CBH’s work with children and families. Tickets are $150.

The celebrations will continue with a “Santa’s Workshop” event on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. This event will include cookie decorating and making holiday crafts, among other events. There will also be a cash bar available with bloody mary’s and mimosas for those 21 years and older. Tickets cost $30.

CBH will end the weekend with “Happy Hour With the Boy Band Project” on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. This event will be a musical performance by an electric boy band cover group, which was named “Best Group” by the 2019 Broadway World Awards that re-imagines the sound, movement, and energy of NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, One Direction, and more. Tickets are $150. Visit for more information.

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