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Calendar: April 12-18

Parties, concerts and events in the week to come



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Chelsea Handler plays the Warner April 13. (Photo courtesy Live Nation)

Friday, April 12

Camp Rehoboth kicks off its Women’s Fest this weekend through Sunday. Fest passes are sold out but individual events are still on sale. Tonight rock band Betty and singer/songwriter Ruthie Foster co-headline a concert at the Rehoboth Convention Center (229 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Del.). Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40. For a complete list of Women’s Fest events, visit

The Cherry Fund hosts Cherrypop at Echostage (2135 Queens Chapel Rd., N.E.) tonight from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. DJ Alex Lo and DJ Tom Stephan will spin tracks. Maddelynn Hatter, CT Hedden and Beth Sacks will perform. Alan T Hosts. Admission is $50. Dress code is pop art inspired looks. For details, visit

XX+ Crostino (1926 9th St., N.W.) hosts “Get on Bad,” a queer women’s dance party, tonight from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. DJ Elle Groove will spin dancehall music all night. There will be a late night food menu. Cover is $5. For more information, visit

The D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) presents Birds of Prey Drag Show featuring “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Roxxy Andrews tonight from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. DJ C Dubz will play music all night. Brooklyn Heights, Sasha Adams Sanchez and Iyana Deschanel will perform. Ba’Naka hosts the evening. Tickets for the drag show only are $15. Tickets for the drag show and meet and greet are $20. For more information, visit

Saturday, April 13

The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) hosts the grand reopening of Arty Queers: D.C.’s LGBTQ Art Market today from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The market will include paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry, glass work, textiles and clothing for sale. The market will run on the second Saturday of every month through the rest of the year. Artists can reserve a table for $20. Email [email protected] to request a table. For more details, visit

Chelsea Handler brings her sit-down comedy tour with special guest CNN’s Jake Tapper to the Warner Theatre (513 13th St., N.W.) tonight at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Every ticket includes a copy of Handler’s new book “Life Will be the Death of Me.” Books will be given to attendees at the venue on the day of the show. For more information, visit

Vamp, a ladies dance party, is at XX+ Crostino (1926 9th St., N.W.) tonight from 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. There will be craft cocktails, small bites and a pool and lounge area. DJ Mim will spin tracks. This is also an appreciation party for Washington Prodigy Women’s Tackle Football. Cover is $10 all night. For more details, visit

Roxy Afterhours, the Cherrypop after hours party, is at Tropicalia Lounge (2001 14th St., N.W.) this morning from 3:30-9:30 a.m. The party pays homage to New York City LGBT nightlife. DJ Shane Marcus and DJ Jerac Acevedo will play music. Cover is $40. Fo more details, visit

Team D.C. hosts its Night of Champions Awards Dinner at the Omni Shoreham Hotel (2500 Calvert St., N.W.) tonight from 6-10 p.m. The dinner is in support of Team D.C.’s college scholarship program for LGBT students. The cocktail reception and silent auction is at 6 p.m. followed by the awards dinner at 7:30 p.m. Dress code is business casual. Tickets are $125. For more information, visit

Rhode Island Avenue N.W. Main Street PorchFest is today from 2-6 p.m. Bands will give performances on both residential and commercial porches and stoops. Admission is free. The festival is a rain or shine event. For more details, visit

Sunday, April 14

DCATS hosts Surgery Show & Tell, a discussion for transmasculine people, at Whitman-Walker Health (1524 14th St., N.W.) this evening from 5-7 p.m. A panel of participants will discuss, and some will show, their experience getting gender-affirming surgery in the DMV area. Surgeries that will be discussed include various procedures for top surgery and bottom surgery including hysterectomy, phalloplasty and metoidioplasty. 

DCATS also hosts Partners of Transmasc Folx, a support group for partners of transgender men, AFAB (assigned female at birth), non-binary, two-spirit and gender expansive individuals, today from 5-7 p.m. Partners of all genders and sexual orientations are welcome. For more information, visit

The Bethesda/Washington D.C. LGBT Wedding Expo is at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bethesda (8120 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, Md.) today from 12:30-3:30 p.m. LGBT-friendly wedding vendors will be on-site to offer wedding advice for every budget. Admission is free. Search Eventbrite for details. 

Monday, April 15

The Board Room (925 B Garfield St., Arlington, Va) hosts drag bingo tonight from 9-11 p.m. Crystal Edge and Katrina Colby will perform. There will be games, performances and prizes until 11 p.m. Prizes include free drinks, free shots, free food, gift cards and more. Admissions $5 to play. For more details, visit

La Ti Do presents Darnell Roulhac R&B Night at Bistro Bistro (1727 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) tonight at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:55 p.m. Gaby Hornig, Tiffany Lynn Royster and Michael Santos Sandoval are the guest performers. Don Michael Mendoza and Anya Randall Nebel host the show. General admission tickets are $20 at the door and $15 with a $25 dinner receipt from Bistro Bistro. Student and senior tickets are $10. Non-performing LTD alumni tickets are $5. For more information, visit

Tuesday, April 16

Impact Hub Baltimore (10 East North Ave., Baltimore) hosts “Trans Issues Are Not Trans Issues,” a skill share hosted by Ava Pipitone, today from noon-1 p.m. The discussion will focus on gender expansion’s roots in colonization, white supremacy and control. Topics will include how binary gender was used as a domination tactic in colonization. Admission is free. For more details, email [email protected].

Rainbow Youth Happy Hour is at Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) tonight from 6-9 p.m. The event is open to all adults who support LGBT youth. Attendees do not have to be LGBT to attend. Nellie’s will donate a portion of proceeds to Rainbow Youth Alliance. Drag bingo kicks off at 7 p.m. For more information, visit

Wednesday, April 17

Bookmen D.C., an informal men’s gay literature group, discusses “Becoming a Londoner,” the collected diaries of David Plante, at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. For details, visit

Thursday, April 18

Pitchers D.C. (2317 18th St., N.W.) presents Thirsty Thursdays with former “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestant Miz Cracker tonight from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Iyana Deschanel, Sapphire Blue and Venus Valhalla will also perform. Brooklyn Heights hosts the show. Admission is free but reservation is required for Miz Cracker meet and greet. For more information, visit

Team Rayceen hosts “Rayceen, Fix Me Up,” a spring mixer, at XX+ Crostino (1926 9th St., N.W.) tonight from 7-10 p.m. Rayceen Pendarvis will host the event which will include ice breaker games to socialize, network and meet people. Admission is free. For more details, visit

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10 LGBTQ events this week

See more than just the fireworks in the days ahead



From movie nights to dance parties, there is a lot to do in the region this week. (Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

Below are our picks for some of the most fun and creative things to do this week in D.C. that are of special interest to the LGBTQ community.

MNSkating’s Pride Too!

Monday, June 27
7:30 p.m.
Laurel Skating Center
9890 Brewers Court
Laurel, Md.
Facebook | Meetup

Join the Monday Night Skaters for a Pride-themed skating party in Laurel, Md. on Monday.

Queen of the Capital at Adams Morgan Movie Nights

Tuesday, June 28
8-11 p.m.
Adams Morgan Soccer Field

The Adams Morgan Partnership BID will be showing “Queen of the Capital” from local documentary maker Josh Davidsburg.

Pride Night at Frederick Keys

Wednesday, June 29
6-9 p.m.
Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium
21 Stadium Drive
Frederick, Md.
Facebook | Tickets

Join Pride on the Patio for a night of baseball as the Frederick Keys hold Pride Night sponsored by the Frederick Center.

LGBTQ Families Discussion & Beer Tasting

Wednesday, June 29
7-8 p.m.
Aslin Beer Company
847 South Pickett Street
Alexandria, Va.
Facebook | Tickets

Rainbow Families will have an informal discussion about such topics as coming out, celebrating your child’s identity, being a good ally in the workplace and more . . . followed by a beer tasting! No charge, but donations will be taken.

First Friday LGBTQ+ Social with GoGayDC

Friday, July 1
7-9 p.m.
The Commentary (in the Westin)
801 North Glebe Road
Arlington, Va.
Facebook | Eventbrite

Join GoGayDC for a monthly social gathering in Ballston.

Drag Race All-Stars Viewing Party

Friday, July 1
7-9 p.m.
JR.’s Bar
1519 17th Street, N.W.

Get together with other Drag Race super fans for an evening viewing party hosted by Citrine.

Outdoor Movie Night

Friday, July 1
8:30-10:30 p.m.
Stead Park
1625 P Street, N.W.

Bring your blanket and catch a movie on the big screen at Stead Park.

FireWerk with DJ Chord

See more than just the fireworks in the days ahead

Friday, July 1
9 p.m.
AquaGrill Reho
57 Baltimore Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Kick off Independence Day weekend in Rehoboth with a no cover dance party at AquaGrill.

Zodiac Drag Contest

Zodiac Drag Contest (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Sunday, July 3
8 p.m.
Freddie’s Beach Bar
555 23rd Street S
Arlington, Va.
$5 cover

The monthly amateur drag competition returns to Freddie’s on Sunday. Check out the new talent (or try it out yourself).

Flashy 4th of July Weekend

Sunday, July 3 – Monday, July 4
10 p.m.
645 Florida Aveune, N.W.
Facebook | Eventbrite

Celebrate Independence Day with a Flashy 4th of July on the dance floor of Flash.

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Rayceen Pendarvis hosts District of Pride Showcase

Mayor’s Office celebrates resilience of D.C.’s LGBTQ community with night of entertainment



Rayceen Pendarvis hosts District of Pride Showcase on June 30. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The Mayor’s Office for LGBTQ Affairs will host “The District of Pride Showcase” on Thursday, June 30 at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Theatre.

This event is to celebrate the resilience of D.C.’s LGBTQ community with a night of entertainment and performances that will feature the diverse queer talent.

This event will be hosted by Rayceen Pendarvis, with announcer Krylios, featuring DJ Honey. There will also be a performance by “Real Housewives of Potomac” star Candiace. 

This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

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Mayor’s office to celebrate older LGBTQ individuals

District of Pride: Seniors Brunch on Monday



The Mayor’s Office for LGBTQ Affairs will host “District of Pride: Seniors Brunch” on Monday, June 27 at 11 a.m. at Frank D. Reeves Center of Municipal Arts. 

This event is a celebration of Pride and a “thank you” to the District’s senior community members for their contributions to the LGBTQ+ community.

This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

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