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Ailey dancers plan Baltimore performances

Legendary outfit celebrating 60th anniversary

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The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater plays Baltimore next weekend. (Photo courtesy AADT)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater brings its 60th anniversary tour to the Modell Lyric (140 W. Mt Royal Ave., Baltimore) on April 23-24 at 7:30 p.m. 

The dance troupe began during a New York City performance in March 1958 with a group of African-American dancers led by Ailey. Since that performance, Alvin Ailey has brought together the African-American cultural experience with American modern dance in performances for an estimated 25 million people in the United States and around the world. The performance on April 23 will include “Lazarus Act 1,” “Lazarus Act 2” and “Revelations.” For the April 24 show, the company will perform “Members Don’t Get Weary,” “The Call,” “Juba” and an encore performance of “Revelations.” Tickets range from $36-71. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit modell-lyric.com.

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Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs screens ‘Eat With Me’

David Au’s directorial debut presented

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In celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, The Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs, DC Public Library, and the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs host a screening of “Eat With Me” for May’s #DCQueerFlix on May 14, beginning at 6 p.m.

“Eat With Me,” David Au’s directorial debut, features the story of a mother and her gay son learning to reconnect while trying to keep their business afloat. The film offers a novel take on love, life, and food in the center of Los Angeles.

“Eat With Me” will be available on the Kanopy streaming service and is free for D.C. library patrons.

To register for this virtual event, visit the Eventbrite page.

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Virtual panel tackles Va. trans student policies

Equality Virginia event to dissect VDOE guidance

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Equality Virginia hosts a virtual panel focused on dissecting the Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) newly released guidance concerning the treatment of transgender and non-binary youth in schools. This event will be on May 12 at 6 p.m.

Perspectives from LGBTQ youth, parents, legal experts, and community leaders will be shared to shed light on VDOE’s new policies set to go into effect during the 2021-2022 school year.

Event registration is available here.

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DC Asian Coalition centers stories of activism in DMV

Event commemorates API Heritage Month

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The Friendship Archway in D.C.'s Chinatown.

To commemorate Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Act to Change, AQUA DC, and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Program join forces for a free virtual event that highlights stories of Asian American history and activism in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area on May 11 at 7 p.m.

The event will include discussions about the rise and fall of D.C.’s Chinatown, student activism that demanded Asian American studies at the University of Maryland, and intersections with other social movements.

Local Asian American community leaders and advocates will share anecdotes of their experiences and how their work persists today. Audience members will also be invited to participate as well.

To register, visit the Facebook event page.

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