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Calendar: April 19-25

Parties, shows, mixers and more in the week to come

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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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10 LGBTQ events this week

Parties abound with Silver Pride, the ASANA Series and more

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From left, join the Nice Jewish Boys for a happy hour, watch Brooklyn Heights host the Trailer Park Ball and catch a drag show hosted by Rickey Rosé this week. (Blade file photos by Michael Key)

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


Silver Pride

Rayceen Pendarvis hosts Silver Pride. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

UPDATE: Silver Pride was postponed; a new date is expected to be announced soon.

Join host Rayceen Pendarvis for ‘Back for the First Time: Silver Pride 2022″ at Studio Theatre this afternoon for a celebration of senior members of the LGBTQ+ community.


ASANA Series Opening Party

Tuesday, August 16
6:30-11 p.m.
Pitchers / ALOHO
2317 18th Street, N.W.
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The Amateur Sports Alliance of North America kicks off its ASANA World Series in D.C. with a party at Pitchers/ALOHO on Tuesday. The event is hosted by Ba’Naka and features special guests DJ Tracy Young, Tatiyanna Voché and E-Cleff.


NJB Hot Boy Summer Happy Hour

Nice Jewish Boys held the “Mr. Nice Jewish Boy” competition last month. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Thursday, August 18
6:30-9 p.m.
Number Nine
1435 P Street, N.W.
Facebook

The Nice Jewish Boys hold a happy hour on Thursday at Number Nine.


Kaftan Couture Happy Hour

Thursday, August 18
6 p.m.
Trade
1410 14th Street, N.W.
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The D.C. Boys of Leather mix it up with a kaftan party at Trade on Thursday.


LGBTQ+ Speed Friending

Friday, August 19
7-9 p.m.
Moxy Washington
1011 K Street, N.W.
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Go Gay DC! hosts a meet-and-greet at Moxy on Friday. Come by to make some new friends in the LGBTQ community.


We The Kingz: Wet n’ Wild

Ricky Rosé (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Friday, August 19
10 p.m.
JR.’s Bar
1519 17th Street, N.W.
No cover
21+
Facebook

Rickey Rosé hosts the We The Kingz show featuring Artemis Demon, Atom Glambert, Baphomette and Phoenix King at JR.’s on Friday.


discoVERS Anniversary

Friday, August 19
10 p.m.
SAX
734 11th Street, N.W.
$30-$50
Facebook

discoVERS returns to SAX for its one year anniversary with DJs Robbie Leslie and Alexis Tucci. There will be a special performance by KC B. Yoncé. The event will sell out, so get your tickets now.


ASANA Series Closing Party

Saturday, August 20
5:30-11 p.m.
DC Brau Brewing Company
3178 Baldensburg Road, N.E., Suite B
Facebook

The ASANA World Series finishes with a bang. The Closing Party will be held at DC Brau on Saturday.


Miss Gay Eastern States America

Saturday, August 20
7-11 p.m.
Rehoboth Beach Convention Center
229 Rehoboth Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, Del.
$20
Eventbrite

Are you in Rehoboth this weekend? Catch a drag competition at the Convention Center on Saturday.


The Trailer Park Ball

Sunday, August 21
8 p.m.
Freddie’s Beach Bar
555 23rd Street S
Arlington, Va.
Facebook

The Trailer Park Ball will be held on Sunday at Freddie’s. All Tips and donations are to benefit the Imperial Court of Washington and Reign X Charities.


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Award-winning gay comedian returning to D.C.

Sampson McCormick performs at Comedy Loft

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Sampson McCormick brings his latest comedy show to D.C. later this month. (Photo courtesy Kola for 510 Media)

D.C. native and award-winning comedian Sampson McCormick will perform in a series of shows from Thursday, Aug. 25 to Saturday, Aug. 27 at the DC Comedy Loft. 

The themes of the shows will include cancel culture and sensitivity —especially as they relate to the rise in violence against comedians — LGBTQ issues and probe many of the other current topics that have been circulating in the news and in conversations on social media and among the public.

Tickets are available on DC Comedy Loft’s website.  

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Reel Affirmations to screen new film

‘Sweetheart’ to run at Landmark Theaters E Street Cinema

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A scene from 'Sweetheart.' (Production still courtesy of Reel Affirmations)

Reel Affirmations, a branch of the DC Center for the LGBT Community that platforms LGBTQ film, will screen “Sweetheart” on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. at Landmark Theaters E Street Cinema. This film will be screened as part of its monthly series. 

“Sweetheart” is a coming-of-age film about a socially awkward and environmentally conscious teenager who meets a carefree lifeguard while on holiday with her family. 

In-person tickets cost $15 and virtual tickets cost $10. Virtual tickets can be purchased on this link. 

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