April 19, 2019 at 9:29 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Calendar: April 19-25
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Chinese music and dance company Shen Yun performs all weekend this weekend at the Kennedy Center (Photo courtesy of the Kennedy Center)

Friday, April 19

The Baltimore Eagle (2022 N Charles St., Baltimore) hosts Rise, its grand reopening party, tonight from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Drag performers will include “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Tatianna, Shaunda Leer, Betty O’Hellno, Gadfrie Arbulu and Iyana Deschanel. Brooklyn Heights hosts the show. The show will be interpreted by Mid-Atlantic Deaf & Interpreter Fund. No cover. For more information, visit facebook.com/thebaltimoreeagle.

Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) hosts Rough House, a clothes-off party, tonight from 10 p.m.-12:45 a.m. DJ Lemz and DJ The Barber Streisand will spin tracks. Cover is $5 with clothes check. For more details, visit greenlanterndc.com.

5050Taphouse (29 W Cork St., Winchester, Va.) hosts drag bingo featuring Ongina from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” tonight at 9:30 p.m. There will be prizes, games and drag performances. Candy Snatch, Sasha Renee and Chasity Vain will perform. Seating at the bar, hightop table community seating and general admission tickets for standing room only are $20. Reserved table for two guests are $40. Proceeds will be raised for the non-profit organization, Winchester Are: The Aids Response Effort. For more details, visit facebook.com/5050taphouse.

D.C. Bear Crue hosts Bear Happy Hour at Uproar Lounge & Restaurant (639 Florida Ave., N.W.) tonight from 5-10 p.m. Drink specials are until 10 p.m. and include $5 rail cocktails and $5 draft pitchers. Free appetizers will be handed out throughout the night. For more details, visit facebook.com/bearhappyhour.

Shen Yun, a classical Chinese music and dance company, returns to the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. The show runs through April 21. The company combines elaborate costumes, high-tech backdrops and a full orchestra to give a fresh perspective on ancient Chinese dances and lessons. Tickets range from $80-180. For more information, visit kennedy-center.org.

Saturday, April 20

Backdoor Baltimore hosts a 4/20 party queer warehouse party, at Graffiti Warehouse (128 W North Ave., Baltimore) tonight from 11 p.m.-6 a.m. There will be custom curated art installations, photo booths, drag performances, go-go performances and more. DJ The Carry Nation, DJ Sappho, DJ KeenanOrr, DJ StrikeStone, DJ Landan Brawley, DJ Ducky Dynamo, DJ EZGrüüv, DJ Brandon Michael and DJ John Jones will spin house, disco and techno music all night. Tickets are $15. For more details, search “Backdoor Baltimore” on Facebook. 

Mim Entertainment hosts 420, an LGBT day party, at Pure Lounge (1326 U St., N.W.) today from 4-9:30 p.m. DJ Mim and DJ L Stackz will play hip-hop, Afro-beats, R&B, reggae, go-go and more. There will be drink specials and hookah available. Cover is $10. For more information, visit facebook.com/mimentdc.

Womxn Fuck Shit Up D.C., a queer-inclusive music festival, is at Union Stage (740 Water St., S.W.) today at 5 p.m. The festival benefits This Could Go Boom, which promotes and distributes music from underrepresented and gender-diverse musicians. Tickets are $20. For more details and to purchase tickers, visit unionstage.com.

Onyx-Mid Atlantic Pledges present Welcum to the Jungle, a gay jungle party, tonight from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Dress code is jungle gear such as loin cloths, camo and fur. There will be kink demos, raffles, prizes, cupcakes and Jell-O shots. DJ Theo Storm will spin tracks. Proceeds benefit Casa Ruby. For more information, visit dceagle.com

Sunday, April 21

The Imperial Court of Washington presents “It’s a Peter Rabbit Roulette Easter Show” at Freddie’s Beach Bar (555 South 23rd St., Arlington, Va.) tonight from 8-10 p.m. Jacque, Ginger and Rudy host the show. The show will benefit Imperial Court’s Reign VII Charities, the True Colors Fund and D.C. Royale. For more information, visit facebook.com/imperialcourtdc.

Korean, Queer and Transgender Association hosts its monthly meeting at 12721 Magna Carta Rd., Herndon, Va., this evening from 5-8 p.m. Queer Koreans and allies are invited to join. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share. For more details, visit facebook.com/kqtindc.

LezLink hosts a coffee mixer for professional queer and lesbian women at Colony Club (3118 Georgia Ave., N.W.) today from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be coffee, tea and pizza. Tickets are $5 and do not includes food or drink. For more details, visit facebook.com/lezlinksocialclub.

Purple Raign Productions hosts a Prince celebration/opioid awareness party at Red Lounge Bar & Grill (2013 14th St., N.W.) today from 4-10 p.m. DJ Doctor Rock will play music by Prince, The Time, Sheila E and Vanity/Apollonia 6 all day. There will be a contest for the attendee that brings the most people to the party with them and a celebrity look-alike contest. Cover is $10. For more information, visit facebook.com/redloungedc.

Monday, April 22

The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W..) hosts coffee drop-in hours this morning from 10 a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT community. Older LGBT adults can come and enjoy complimentary coffee and conversation with other community members. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

Tuesday, April 23

Landmark’s E Street Cinema (555 11th St., N.W.) presents a screening of the documentary “Nureyev” tonight at 7 p.m. BAFTA-nominated directors Jacqui Morris and David Morris tell the story of Russian male ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. The documentary chronicles his rise to fame and his open sexuality in the face of the Russian government. Tickets are $15. For more details, visit facebook.com/estreetcinema.

Wednesday, April 24

The Lambda Bridge Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for duplicate bridge. No reservations required and new comers welcome. If you need a partner, call 703-407-6540.

Thursday, April 25

The 14th annual Hump Festival, a short adult film festival curated by Dan Savage, starts tonight at Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The festival continues through April 27. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit blackcatdc.com.

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