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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 thenationaldc.org.

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 blackcatdc.com.

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 rehobothfilm.com.

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 dccos.org/public-events 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 elcvienna.org.

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 blackcatdc.com.

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 930.com.

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 dceagle.com.

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 facebook.com/dcs.different.drummers.

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 gmcw.org.

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 kennedy-center.org 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 victoryfund.org.

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 strathmore.org.

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 republictakoma.com.

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 naglrep.com/events/housing-policy-summit.

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 biggaybookgroup.com 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 prettyboidrag.com.

“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 teamdc.org/events.

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Pride week events roundup

Your guide to LGBTQ celebrations throughout the DMV

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The Washington Blade holds its annual Pride on the Pier and fireworks show on Saturday, June 8. (Photo courtesy of the Wharf)

The D.C. Metro area is awash in rainbow bunting as workers at local venues prepare for the throng of revelers celebrating Pride. The 2024 Capital Pride Parade and Festival to be held over the weekend is expected to draw several hundred thousand people to the region. But the fun doesn’t end with the main public gatherings; there are parties and events scheduled throughout the week. Here is a sampling of D.C.-area Pride events that you won’t want to miss.

Friday, June 7

Sixth & I (600 I St., N.W.) is holding a Pride Shabbat on Friday with a happy hour at 6, service at 7 and dinner at 8:15. Registration required. $36. You can get more information at sixthandi.org/event/pride-shabbat-3.

Bet Mischpachah holds a Pride Shabbat and drag happy hour at the Edlavitch D.C. Jewish Community Center (1529 16th St., N.W.) at 8 p.m. Jessica Stern, U.S. Special Envoy U.S. Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQ+) persons, will be the special guest. Shabbat services will be led by Rabbi Jake Singer-Beilin.

Gottmik of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” performs at Crush (2007 14th St., N.W.) tonight around 10 p.m. with a meet-and-greet scheduled for 9 p.m. Limited (free) tickets to the meet-and-greet are available at crushbardc.com/events. $5 cover.

The ever-popular Drag Underground is back for a Pride Edition at Dupont Underground (19 Dupont Circle, N.W.) tonight at 8:30. Doors open at 7:30. Performers include Cake Pop!, Bombalicious Eklaver, Kabuki Bukkake and Mr. Capital Pride Xander Childs Valentino. Tickets are $15-$20 and may be purchased on Eventbrite.

Pretty Bitter, Bryce Bowyn and Ari Voxx perform at the Queer Music Rock and Drag Show: A Pride Kick-Off Party at Metrobar  (640 Rhode Island Ave., N.E.) from 7-11 p.m. Drag performers Evry Pleasure, Ruth Allen Ginsberg, Brooke N Hymen and Hennessy are also slated to entertain. The event is free, but tickets are available on Eventbrite.

The Capital Pride Alliance holds the giant RIOT! The Capital Pride Official Opening Party tonight at Echostage (2135 Queens Chapel Rd., N.E.) from 9 p.m.-3:30 a.m. The event stars Sapphira Cristál of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” and features dancers, DJs, drag and more. 18+/$50. Further information is available at capitalpride.org.

Saturday, June 8

The massive Capital Pride Parade is held with its new route on Saturday. The parade is slated to begin at 1844 14th St., N.W. at 3 p.m., move through Shaw, Logan Circle, downtown and the Penn Quarter neighborhoods, and end on Pennsylvania Avenue. The event is free to the public and draws tens of thousands of spectators. Grand Stand tickets as well as accessible viewing reservations are available on Capital Pride’s website. More information is available here

If you want to settle in one place during the parade to grab a refreshing beverage and catch some entertainment, you might check out the Capital Pride 17th Street Pride Block Party from 12-10 p.m. today along 17th Street, N.W. between P and S streets. The Block Party includes a “family area” at Stead Park between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The Washington Blade holds its annual not-to-be-missed Pride on the Pier and Fireworks Show at The Wharf (101 District Square, S.W.) today from 2-10 p.m. There will be music, vendors and drag entertainment as well as a giant screen with live images from the Capital Pride Parade winding through the city. The event is free and open to the public, but VIP tickets are available for an air-conditioned lounge, private bathroom, catering and open bar. To purchase tickets ($75-$125), go to prideonthepierdc.com/vip.

The Capital Pride Alliance holds its Flashback Tea Dance at the end of the parade route (Constitution Ave. and 6th St., N.W.) from 3-9 p.m. in partnership with KINETIC Presents. The DJ lineup includes Cake Pop, Robbie Leslie and DJ Joe Gauthreaux. Vocalist Max Rae is also scheduled to perform. Tickets run from $10-$15, but entry is included for all Parade contingents and the KINETIC Presents general admission and VIP Weekend Passholders. Tickets and more information is available here.

Scorpio Entertainment, Tezrah Productions and As You Are present Pride Rewind: The Official Sapphic Queer Dance Party at 8 p.m. at The Square (1850 K St., N.W.). The event is billed as having multiple DJs, “electrifying live performances,” as well as vintage video and board games. Tickets are $20-$35. The event is 18+. Tickets may be purchased at PrideRewind.com.

The Washington Blade and Capital Pride Alliance present a night “filled with heat-filled roasts, laughter, comedy, and spectacular entertainment” with the inaugural Capital Pride Roast on Saturday from 8-11:30 p.m. at Penn Social DC (801 E Street, N.W.). Roastees this year include Blair Michaels and Lena Lett. Legendary drag artist Shi-Queeta Lee is serving as the 2024 Roast Mistress. $15 admission at the door, $10 advance tickets. Tickets may be purchased at capitalpride.org.

Take time to cool off at the Capital Pride Trans Pool Party tonight from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at VIDA Penthouse Pool and Lounge (1612 U St., N.W., 4th floor). $5 admission includes entry and light refreshments. Tickets may be purchased at capitalpride.org.

The Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) is holding LOBO (Lights Out, Barks Out)! Pride 2024 on Saturday starting at 9 p.m. 21+. Pet, handler, furry and kink friendly with all genders welcome. More information is available here.

KINETIC Presents holds its Pride Under the Sea event at Echostage (2135 Queens Chapel Rd., N.E.) with pop star Slayyyter and DJs Dani Basil and Jerac. The party runs from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. The event is 18+. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased on kineticpresents.com

Sunday, June 9

If you are still up for a good party late into the night, the Cherry Fund is hosting an after-hours event at Flash (645 Florida Ave., N.W.) from 4-8 a.m. on Sunday. The Official Capital Pride After Hours event features Australian superstar DJ Kitty Glitter. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Red Bear Brewing Company (209 M St., N.E.) is holding a Pride Divas Drag Brunch hosted by Desirée Dik on Sunday at noon. Tickets are $25 and are available on Eventbrite. Performers include Hennessy, Silver Ware Sidora, The Baphomette, Fennic B. Foxx and Johnny Alucard.

The main event, the Capital Pride Festival and Concert, draws thousands of participants to Pennsylvania Avenue on Sunday. The festival features performances, music, food, and more than 300 exhibitors. The event is free and open to the public, though VIP Concert Zone tickets are available to get a spot near the stage with a private bar, restrooms, and more. Performers include Ava Max, Billy Porter, Exposé, Sapphira Christál and KeKe Palmer. The event concludes with the Sunset Dance Party from 8-10 p.m. More information is available at capitalpride.org.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” star Shea Couleé will be performing at Howard Theatre tonight at 9 p.m. Tickets are $31 and are available at thehowardtheatre.com.

Monday, June 10

Center Faith is holding the 41st annual Pride Interfaith Service at Foundry United Methodist Church (1500 16th St., N.W.) on Monday at 7 p.m. There will be a memorial tribute to Center Faith Co-Founder Allan Armus. Music from the GenOut Youth Chorus will be featured.

Thursday, June 13

The Nordic Embassies are holding a Nordics for Equality: Pride Movie Screening at the Embassy of Sweden (2900 K St., N.W.) at 7:30 p.m. There will be a reception followed by screening of short films on the rooftop of the House of Sweden by Nordic filmmakers. The event is free, though registration is required for attendance.

Friday, June 14

Our friendly Baltimore neighbors begin their Pride festivities with Mt. Vernon Pride at 200 E. Read St. in Baltimore from 2-7 p.m. on June 14. More information is available at baltimorepride.org.

Baltimore Pride continues with the Twilight on the Terrace: the premier gala event hosted by the Pride Center of Maryland. The event includes food, an open bar, dancing and music. The gala will be held at 10 Art Museum Dr. in Baltimore. Tickets are $150 +fees and can be purchased at baltimorepride.org.

Saturday, June 15

The 2024 Baltimore Pride Parade and Block Party are scheduled for Saturday from 12-7 p.m. along N. Charles Street in Baltimore. It is one of the largest LGBTQ Pride Parades in the region and draws thousands of revelers, marchers, and spectators. More information can be found at baltimorepride.org.

Wild Side Media is holding a Walk on the Wild Side Pride Block Party on Saturday, June 15 from 4 p.m. to midnight at Dock5 (1309 5th St., N.E.). The Union Market District event is set to “celebrate D.C.’s vibrant arts scene.” Tickets run from $22.50-$45 and are available here.

Sunday, June 16

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington presents its show “PORTRAITS” at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $28.75 and may be purchased at kenndy-center.org.

Baltimore Pride concludes with the Pride in the Park festival event at Druid Hill Park (900 Druid Park Lake Dr., Baltimore). There will be drag, music, entertainment, vendors, food, activities, and more. Further information is available at baltimorepride.org.

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‘We Have Always Been Here’ presentation held in Rehoboth

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“We Have Always Been Here,” a presentation by Daria Rawley and Kathy Carpenter Brown will be on Monday, June 3 at 6 p.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar in Rehoboth.

There will be a PowerPoint presentation about the struggles women athletes, intersex, twin spirited and transgender children assigned male at birth experienced in pursuit of equal rights on Delmarva. There will also be a special reading of “Queering Rehoboth Beach: Beyond the Boardwalk” by author James Sears. 

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Calendar: May 31-June 6

LGBTQ events in the days to come

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Friday, May 31

Center Aging Friday Tea Time will be at 2 p.m. on Zoom. This is a social hour for older LGBTQ+ adults. Guests are encouraged to bring a beverage of choice. For more information, email [email protected]

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Social in the City” at 7 p.m. at Courtyard at Dupont Circle. This fun weekly event brings the DMV area LGBTQ+ community, including allies, together for delicious food and conversation. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Saturday, June 1

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 that strives to be safe and judgment free. For more details, ​​visit thedccenter.org/poc or facebook.com/centerpoc.

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Pride Month Brunch” at 11 a.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Sunday, June 2

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Pride Month Dinner” at 7 p.m. at Federico Ristorante Italiano. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

AfroCode DC will be at 4 p.m. at Decades DC. This event will be an experience of non-stop music, dancing, and good vibes and a crossover of genres and a fusion of cultures. Tickets cost $40 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

Monday, June 3

“7 Pillars of Self Care” will be at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. This is a free mental health workshop by The LGBT+ Counseling Collaborative and The DC LGBTQ+ Community Center. Join therapists Roland Scheppske, LPC-R and Michele Johns, LICSW on a journey of self-discovery, balancing life, and increasing inner peace. For more details, visit the DC Center’s website

Center Aging: Monday Coffee & Conversation will be at 10 a.m. on Zoom. This is a social hour for older LGBTQ adults. Guests are encouraged to bring a beverage of their choice. For more details, email [email protected]

Tuesday, June 4

Universal Pride Meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This group seeks to support, educate, empower, and create change for people with disabilities. For more details, email [email protected]

Pride on the Patio Events will host “LGBTQ Social Mixer” at 5:30 p.m. at Showroom. Dress is casual, fancy, or comfortable. Guests are encouraged to bring their most authentic self to chat, laugh, and get a little crazy. Admission is free and more details are on Eventbrite.

Wednesday, June 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 thedccenter.org/careers.

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. For more details, visit the DC Center’s website

Thursday, June 6

KINETIC Pride 2024 DC Weekend Pass Featuring Slayyyter will be at 10 p.m. at four D.C. venues. This will be a series of partner events that give back to our D.C. LGBTQ community. This year’s KINETIC: Under The Sea MAIN EVENT features a performance by Slayyyter at Echostage, stunning visuals, and top talent for a D.C. Pride you won’t soon forget. Tickets start at $149 and more details are available on Eventbrite

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