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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 camprehoboth.com.

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 cherrypop2019.eventbrite.com.

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 facebook.com/xxcrostino.

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 facebook.com/dcbirdsofprey.

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 thedccenter.org.

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 warnertheatredc.com.

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 vamp.eventbee.com.

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 cherrypop2019.eventbrite.com.

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 teamdc.org.

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 riamainstreet.org.

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 facebook.com/dcatsociety.

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 facebook.com/theboardroomva.

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 facebook.com/latidodc

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 facebook.com/ryamoco.

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 bookmendc.blogspot.com.

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 pitchersdc.eventbrite.com.

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 teamrayceen.eventbrite.com.

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Calendar: May 15-20

Events in the week to come

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SaVanna Wanzer is the activist behind May Is: All About Trans. (Photo courtesy Wanzer)

Saturday, May 15

May Is Trans DC will host a free virtual event, “May Is: Trans Pride” at 10 a.m. The event, curated by SaVanna Wanzer, will focus on addressing the critical gaps in information, services, and visibility of the transgender, gender non-conforming and gender expansive communities in the DMV. For more information, visit: mayistransdc.com/event-details/may-is-transpride.

The DC Center will host online support for LGBTQ+ people of color via Zoom at 1 p.m. 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 judgement free. For more information, visit thedccenter.org/poc or facebook.com/centerpoc.

Sunday, May 16

The DC Center and the Beta Kappa Chapter of the Beta Phi Omega Sorority will host a peer-led support group devoted to the joys and challenges of being a Black lesbian via Zoom at 1 p.m. You do not need to be a member of the Beta Kappa Chapter or the Beta Phi Omega Sorority in order to join, but they do ask that you either identify as a lesbian or are questioning that aspect of your identity. For more information, email [email protected].

May Is Trans DC will host a movie night over Zoom at 5 p.m. The movie will focus on stories about the transgender community. Grab your PJ’s, a blanket and pillow and cozy up for a relaxing night of fun. To RSVP, visit: . mayistransdc.com/event-details/movie-night.

Monday, May 17

Join GenderQueer DC for their monthly support group for people who identify outside of the gender binary. Whether you’re bigender, agender, gender fluid, or just know that you’re not 100% cis – this is your group. The event will be on Zoom and will begin at 7 p.m. For more information, visit genderqueerdc.org or their Facebook page.

Join May Is Trans DC for “Trans Led Organizations via Zoom at 7 p.m. The event will feature panelists Queen Victoria Ortaga, Jevon Martin, Kayla Gore, and Lee Blinder who will discuss how to observe the unique needs of transgender communities to create non-profit organizations. To RSVP, visit: mayistransdc.com/event-details/trans-led-organizations.

Tuesday, May 18

The DC Center will host “Bi Roundtable Discussion” via Zoom at 7 p.m. This monthly event will be an opportunity for people to gather to discuss issues related to bisexuality or as bi individuals in a private setting. For more information visit Center Bi’s Facebook page: facebook.com/centerbiplus.

“Ask Me About My Pronouns” will be on Zoom at 7 p.m. Join Will Wanzer III, Grayson Baker, and Marian Cooper for an educational conversation about how to use pronouns and best practices if you do not know someone’s pronouns. To RSVP, visit: mayistransdc.com/event-details/ask-me-about-my-pronouns-1.

Wednesday, May 19

“Allies of the Transgender Community” is an online panel that will be hosted on Zoom at 7 p.m. This event, organized by May Is Trans DC, will discuss the ins and outs of transgender allyship. The featured panelists are Justin Woods, Stephania Mahdi, and Jewel Addy. For more information, visit: mayistransdc.com/event-details/allies-of-the-transgender-community.

Join BookMen DC as they discuss gay literature over Zoom at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit: bookmendc.blogspot.com.

Thursday, May 20

The DC Center will host an online Poly Discussion group starting at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This group is designed to be a forum for people at all different stages to discuss polyamory and other consensual non-monogamous relationships. Newcomers will be given a basic introduction into what polyamory is and what some of the advantages and disadvantages are. Attendees who are already in relationships will also be given the opportunity to discuss their situations and get advice from the group if they feel that would be helpful. This group is open to people of all sexual orientations and people who are interested in non-monogamy in both kinky and non-kinky relationships. For more information, visit: thedccenter.org/events/poly-group-discussion-2021-05-20.

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MCBC honors veterans with free COVID testing

Event sponsored by African American Health Program, National Center for Children and Families

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Montgomery County Black Communities hosts “Veterans Celebration!” at Montgomery College (Rockville Campus) on Saturday May 22 at 10 a.m. The event, associated with the catchphrase “Don’t Stress. Take the Test,” will salute veterans by providing free on-site COVID-19 testing, bags of food, COVID-19 swag, and on-site vaccine pre-registration. This event is sponsored by organizations such as the African American Health Program and the National Center for Children and Families. For more information visit AAHPcovid.com.

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NAMI in conversation about managing mental health

Guided discussion and Q&A with a panel of experts

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness hosts the fourth edition of “NAMI Ask the Expert Help Not Handcuffs,” a webinar dedicated to addressing mental health crises with effective community responses. During this webinar, community experts provide an overview of the crisis model being developed and implemented in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, and offer background on how to get started locally on implementation of a new crisis system.

Following the presentations, NAMI’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ken Duckworth will lead a guided discussion and Q&A with a panel of experts including Mary Burckell, Director of Safe Haven, Nick Richard, Executive Director of NAMI St. Tammany, Tom Rowan, Project Director and Peer Support Specialist Supervisor of NAMI St. Tammany, and Judge Alan Zaunbrecher, 22nd Judicial District Court of Louisiana. To register, visit NAMI’s website.

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