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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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Must-attend events in D.C. this fall

Mix of in-person and virtual exhibits, brunches, and more



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SMYAL Executive Director Sultan Shakir addresses the crowd at the 2018 Fall Brunch. (Blade photo by Michael Key)

Last year, the pandemic forced many event planners to cancel their projects or move everything entirely online. However, this year, with the number of vaccinated people increasing and the mask mandate in place, events are slowly returning to the in-person format. Check out the list below for a good mix of both in-person and virtual events to watch out for this fall:

Smithsonian Associates will be hosting “Palestinian Embroidery 101: The Tatreez Sampler Series” on Friday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. This online event teaches the art of Palestinian embroidery including the basic Palestinian cross-stitch and how to create a tatreez sampler, using Aida cloth fabric. The class will be taught by Wafa Ghnaim who began her training in embroidery with her mother at age 2. Visit the Smithsonian’s website for more information.

Join Capital Pride Alliance virtually to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” on Monday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. This event will focus on “[supporting] the continuous fight for full inclusion for transgender and intersex servicemembers.” Keynote speakers include former Rep. Patrick J. Murphy, and Jennifer Dane, Air Force veteran and Executive Director of the Modern Military Association of America. Guests will get to hear extraordinary stories from service members of all branches and learn more about the fight for the codification of transgender military service and the effort to lift the ban on service for intersex individuals and folks living with HIV. For more information, visit Capital Pride Alliance’s website.

The 2021 LGBTQ Intergenerational Symposium will be on Thursday, Sept. 23. This is a free two-day virtual event sponsored by the DC Department of Aging and Community Living, Capitol Hill Village, and the DC Villages and is open to LGBTQ individuals and allies of all ages. There will also be a virtual kickoff for attendees, speakers, and organizations that are involved to get to know each other. Each day will include two health and wellness sessions, one panel, and breakout session.

The Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics will host New Vistas in Astronomy: Imaging a Black Hole on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. This event will celebrate the 51st year of the New Vistas in Astronomy lecture series at Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (FLWO). There will be speakers from across the many scientific divisions of the Center for Astrophysics Harvard & Smithsonian led by founding director of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Shep Doeleman. 

DC Front Runners will host its 40th anniversary party on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Jack Rose Dining Saloon at 3 p.m. This event will be held outside on the large roof deck. Tickets for this event are $35 and cover two drinks, passed appetizers and hors d’oeuvres. You are welcome to open a tab at the bar after your drink tickets have been used. Drink tickets for paid attendees will be available starting mid-September at the runs, and also available day of the event by contacting Josh Yankovic. More information about this event is available on DC Front Runners’ website.

All Things Go and the Capital Pride Alliance are joining forces to launch “Club Pride”, a third stage and dance party at the All Things Go Music Festival on Saturday, Oct. 16. This all-day event will feature special intimate artist performances, DJ sets, special guests and more throughout the day. Access to Club Pride is included with all festival tickets. Club Pride is located at Merriweather Post Pavilion’s 9:32 Stage. For more information, visit Capital Pride Alliance’s website.

Capital Pride Alliance will host the first ever “Colorful Fest” that will include a block party and street fair on Sunday, Oct. 17. The Street Fair will feature small independent businesses, community groups, artisans, and food along 15th Street. The Block Party will include entertainment, an As You Are Bar pop-up, and dancing throughout the day for guests 21 and over. For more details, visit Capital Pride Alliance’s website.

Smithsonian Associates presents “The Philosophical Thought of Thomas Aquinas” on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. This event will be hosted online and Aquinas scholar Gregory T. Doolan will explore Aquinas’s philosophical thought. Thomas Aquinas’s work presents one of Western civilization’s most comprehensive philosophical systems. Although a theologian by profession, this man of faith dedicated much of his vast writings to discerning what the human mind can learn independently of faith. For more information, visit the Smithsonian’s website. 

“SMYAL’s Annual Fall Brunch” will be on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the Marriott Marquis. This event ​​includes a cocktail reception featuring a silent auction, three-course brunch, and a chance to hear from some of the LGBTQ community’s most inspiring leaders. This event will bring together LGBTQ individuals and allies, friends, and families in support of the inspirational youth SMYAL works with every day. For more information, visit SMYAL’s website.

DC Area Transmasculine Society (DCATS) will host “Transmasculine and Nonbinary Social Hour on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. at Red Bear Brewing Company. At this social hour, DCATS will be accepting binder donations and will also give out needles to those who are in need. All partners and friends are required to be accompanied by a transmasculine individual. The event is reservation-only, and you can RSVP online on Eventbrite. 

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Arts & Entertainment

Lil Nas X heads up new role at Taco Bell

The 22-year-old musical artist, now riding the success of two global No. 1 hits was an hourly wage earner as part of a Taco Bell team in 2017



Lil Nas X (Screenshot courtesy of Taco Bell)

The iconic American fast-food chain serving Mexican-inspired fare such as tacos, quesadillas and nachos has a new pitchman, former Taco Bell employee and now Grammy award winning rapper & singer-songwriter Lil Nas X, (real name Montero Lamar Hill).

In an announcement Monday, Mark King, CEO of Taco Bell commented that “Lil Nas X knows the job, the experience and the culture Taco Bell creates for its fans – including its people,” King added; ““This unique partnership will deliver on more than just marketing, allowing us to tap into the genius of Lil Nas X to inspire our team members and align with our commitment to unlocking opportunities for young people.”

As a cultural icon with an insider’s perspective on the Taco Bell team member experience, Lil Nas X has been appointed the title of ‘Chief Impact Officer,’ a newly created role that will allow him to collaborate on the brand experience from the inside out.

The 22-year-old musical artist, who catapulted to fame and now is riding the success of two global No. 1 hits in “Old Town Road” and “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” was an hourly wage earner as part of the Taco Bell team at an Atlanta-area restaurant in 2017.

Two years later as a successful up and coming musical artist, on June 30, 2019, the last day of Pride Month, he came out publicly as gay tweeting: “some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care, some of y’all not gone fwm no more. but before this month ends i want y’all to listen closely to c7osure. 🌈🤩✨”

(Courtesy of Taco Bell)

In today’s announcement the company acknowledged his ascendency to artistic celebrity as well as his sexual orientation.

Back in 2017, Lil Nas X laid down roots working at an Atlanta-area Taco Bell as a team member and less than five years later he’s ascended to stardom by defying conventions, charting his own course and remaining authentically true to himself – all things that Taco Bell stands for in its own way.”

As part of his new role, Lil Nas X will support the Taco Bell Foundation’s mission and help announce awards to recipients of the Live Más scholarship to enable them to pursue their creative passions. The Taco Bell Foundation breaks down barriers to educate and inspire the next generation of America’s leaders.

Since 1992, the Taco Bell Foundation has reached more than 4 million young people across the country and has awarded more than $110 million in Live Más Scholarships and grants to youth-serving nonprofit organizations focused on education and career readiness.

The artist’s “expertise in understanding social media and youth culture alongside his skills in creating great music makes this partnership with Taco Bell exciting, brave and one of the most innovative campaigns I’ve had the pleasure of creating,” said Jennifer Frommer, senior vp brand partnerships & commercial sync at Columbia Records.

As one of his first initiatives, Lil Nas X will make a cameo in Taco Bell’s breakfast campaign, which kicks off today, as the brand brings its breakfast offerings back to approximately 90% of restaurants nationwide by mid-September.

According to music industry trade magazine Billboard, in June, the rapper revealed his highly anticipated first full-length album would be “coming soon,” though a release date has not been announced.

Lil Nas X x Taco Bell:

From the press release:

As a brand known for its late night Fourth Meal, Taco Bell is celebrating fans who begin craving and planning for their morning meal in the evening to remind them that Taco Bell breakfast awaits come morning.

Breakfast, In Bedtime Stories – Toasted Breakfast Burritos (Commercial) |Taco Bell:

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Music & Concerts

Erasure’s ‘Neon Tour’ coming to The Anthem

Features out lead Andy Bell



Erasure (Photo courtesy of The Anthem)

Erasure will play The Anthem on Thursday, Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The band features lead singer Andy Bell who is openly LGBTQ and HIV positive.

Tickets cost between $69.50 and $89.50. Super Excellent Seats are non-transferable. The ID of the original purchaser must be presented to pick up the tickets, and also, Super Excellent Seats will be made available for will call pick up no earlier than 30 minutes prior to doors. 

For more information, visit The Anthem’s website.

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