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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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Northam declares June LGBTQ+ Pride month in Va.

Virginians encouraged to participate in events throughout the Commonwealth

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, shown here at NoVa Pride in 2018, announced a monthlong series of Pride events. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on June 4 officially declared June as LGBTQ+ Pride month to celebrate the commonwealth’s LGBTQ+ communities, their achievements and contributions, and their fight for inclusion and equality.

“This Pride month, we are reminded of the resilience of LGBTQ+ Americans and their fight for inclusion and acceptance and equal access to services and opportunities,” said Northam. 

Northam further encouraged Virginians to participate in Pride month activities that are to be hosted by his administration and community organizations taking place online and in-person throughout the Commonwealth. 

A comprehensive event schedule is available on the governor’s website.

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Calendar: June 4-10

Events in the week to come

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Friday, June 4

DC Public Library will host “DISdance Pride Edition — Still We Dance” at 6:30 p.m. Show your Pride by dancing with the Library’s Freegal music collections. You can dance to one or all 30-minute playlists. Post a video or photo of you and your crew dancing or lip-syncing to Instagram and tag DC Public Library on Instagram using the tags #DCPLDanceParty and #StillWeDance. DC Public Library will share its favorite videos and crown the video with the most likes the virtual Queen of Pride. You can find all four Pride playlists on Freegal with the names Still We Lead, Still We Live, Still We Laugh, and Still We Love. 

Friday Tea Time,” a social hour for older LGBTQ+ adults, begins at 2:00 p.m. on Zoom. For access to the Zoom link and more information, contact [email protected].

Saturday, June 5

Join Prince George’s County Memorial Library System for “Viewer’s Advisory: Rainbow Cartoons” virtually at 11 a.m. This event will dive into a discussion on positive and problematic LGBTQ+ representation in cartoons, anime, and graphic novels for teens and tweens.

Cheverly Pride will host a car parade at 3 p.m. The parade begins at the Community Center for a flag raising, some words of welcome, and a remembrance for lives that have been lost. Cars will proceed from there in a parade (decorations encouraged and a prize will be awarded) to the Legion, with a quick stop at Legion park to raise another flag. At the Legion there will be food, music, and fun. For more information, visit Cheverly Village online.

Sunday, June 6

The DC Center for the LGBT Community, TERRIFIC, Inc., Capitol Hill Village, and the DC Department on Aging and Community Living (DACL) will host a virtual drag show and discussion panel moderated by Devon Trotter at 2 p.m. The event will begin with performances by Pussy Noir and Blaq Dynamite followed by a conversation with them moderated by Devon Trotter. For more information, reach out to [email protected].

Virtual Travel Adventure Show has an LGBTQ travel segment at 5 p.m. The event will explore top vacation options from around the world catering specifically to the LGBTQ community at the Virtual Travel & Adventure Show. You’ll find thousands of vacation options from top destinations, cruise lines and tour operators, expert travel content, and thousands of dollars in travel savings all in one place. The event is free and tickets are available online on Eventbrite. For more information, visit virtual.travelshows.com.

Queen City Kings Drag will host “Flame: A Worldwide Pride Show” virtually at 9 p.m. This event will feature 16 performers who were selected from a worldwide pool of submissions to entertain and inspire. Be prepared to laugh, cry, party, and rejoice when drag artists Interrobang the Dragon, Dik Carrier, Lottie Flick, Semicolon, Rye, Fannie Fullenweider, Fox Squire, Black Battie, Mercury Divine, Just JP, Nick D’Cuple, Nitrix Oxide, Perka $exx, Shea Hazard, Camden Summers, and Fly-Guy Shawn hit the virtual stage with Myster E as your host. For more information, visit the Facebook event page

Monday, June 7

The Center Aging Coffee Drop-In will still take place virtually at 10 a.m. via Zoom. LGBT Older Adults (and friends) are invited to have friendly conversations about current issues they might be dealing with. For more information, click here.

Join the DC Center for their virtual job club, a weekly job support program to help job entrants and seekers, including the long-term unemployed, improve self-confidence, motivation, resilience and productivity for effective job searches and networking. The event begins on Zoom at 6 p.m. For more information, email [email protected]

Tuesday, June 8

Meryl Wilsner on “Something to Talk About,” co-presented with DC Public Library, will be hosted virtually at 7 p.m. Author Meryl Wilsner will discuss their work and hit debut novel, “Something to Talk About” (2020), with staff from PGCMLS and DC Public Library in commemoration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month. More information is available here.

The Trans Support Group will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. All who identify under the trans umbrella or are unsure, and seek to continually reinforce our principles of respect, acceptance and protection through ongoing input from our attendees are welcome to attend. Email [email protected] to access the Zoom link. 

Wednesday, June 9

Join Prince George’s County Memorial Library System for “Lenny Duncan ‘United States of Grace’ with Teddy Reeves” virtually at 7 p.m. United States of Grace is a love story about America, revealing the joy and resilience of those places in this country many call “the margins” but that Lenny Duncan has called home. The event will be livestreamed on Youtube and Facebook on the @PGCMLS account. For more information, click here.

Join the DC Center for their virtual job club, a weekly job support program to help job entrants and seekers, including the long-term unemployed, improve self-confidence, motivation, resilience and productivity for effective job searches and networking. The event begins on Zoom at 6 p.m. For more information, email [email protected]

Thursday, June 10

Join The Residences at Thomas Circle for “Let’s Flamingle!” at 4 p.m. on 1330 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. This event will celebrate silver pride with a rooftop barbecue. Guests are encouraged to dress as flamboyantly as they can. To RSVP, contact Denise by calling 202-628-3844 or send an email to [email protected].

FreeState Justice will host a storytelling night virtually at 6 p.m.  The event will include LGBTQ storytellers who will provide personal takes on what Pride means to them. Tickets are available on Eventbrite. General admission to this event is free, however, you can donate $10 to the organization through the Eventbrite link as well. For more information, visit freestate-justice.org.

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Joy Ladin delivers 2021 OKC Pride lecture

Ohr Kodesh Congregation event on Zoom

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The LGBTQ Inclusion Task Force will host the Ohr Kodesh Congregation Pride Month Lecture, which will be delivered by Joy Ladin, Ph.D., on Sunday June 6 at 7:15 p.m. on Zoom.

Ladin is a teacher, essayist, poet, and literary scholar. She holds the Gottesman Chair in English at Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University in New York City. She is also a nationally recognized speaker on transgender issues and on gender and Jewish identity. Ladin has been featured on the NPR program “On Being with Krista Tippet” and gave a TedX talk titled “Ain’t I a Woman?”

In addition, Ladin has authored the books: “The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God” and “Torah from a Transgender Perspective and Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey between Genders.”
To attend, register at the LGBTQ Inclusion Task Force website.

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