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Calendar: April 26-May 2

Shows, parties and events in the week to come



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‘Les Deux Noirs: Notes on Notes of a Native Son’ is at Atlas Performing Arts Center tonight (Photo courtesy Mosaic)

Friday, April 26

Mosaic Theater Company presents “Les Deux Noirs: Notes on Notes of A Native Son,” written by Psalmayene 24, at Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St., N.E.) tonight at 8 p.m. The play features “Native Son” author Richard Wright (James J. Johnson) and gay writer/activist James Baldwin (Jeremy Hunter) as they have a tense discussion about the controversial novel “Native Son.” Raymond O. Caldwell directs the play. Tickets range from $20-60. Details at

Annapolis Pride and USNA Out host a Pride social and beer release at Chesapeake Brewing Company (114 West St., Annapolis, Md.) tonight from 6-9 p.m. The social will celebrate the release of Annapolis Pride’s first Pride Brew. One dollar from all pint proceeds will be donated to support the Annapolis Pride 2019: Inaugural Parade and Festival on June 29. There will  be a contest to name the Pride Brew and free Annapolis Pride swag. For more information, visit

AGLA presents Miss Gay Arlington 2019 at Freddie’s Beach Bar (555 23rd St., S Arlington, Va.) tonight at 7 p.m. The pageant’s theme is “An Evening in the Land of Oz.” Current reigning Miss Gay Arlington Seeina B. Diamond will be honored before passing the crown. The categories will be presentation “Wizard of Oz” theme, talent, evening gown and on-stage question. The winner will receive a prize package valued at $1,500 in cash and prizes including $500 in cash. For more details, visit

Desiree Dik hosts Oddball, a drag show, at Slash Run (201 Upshur St., N.W.) tonight from 11:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Performers will include Sippi, Bellatrix Foxxx, Kamani Sutra, Ty Dupp and Geneva Confection. Cover is $5. Showtime is at midnight. For more information, visit

Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) hosts Blush, a new gay dance party, tonight from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. DJs will play a mix of house and techno music. Cover is $5. Drink specials run all night. For more details, visit

Gamma D.C., a support group for men in mixed-orientation relationships, meets at Luther Place Memorial Church (1226 Vermont Ave., N.W.) today from 7:30-9:30 p.m. The group is for men who are attracted to men but are currently, or were at one point, in relationships with women. For more information about the group, visit

Saturday, April 27

Uproar Lounge & Restaurant (639 Florida Ave., N.W.) hosts Centaur M.C. Leather Bar Night tonight from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. The night will celebrate the organizers of Mid-Atlantic Leather (MAL), the Centaur Motorcycle Club. For more information, visit

Team D.C. presents its Spring Casino Night at Buffalo Billiards (1330 19th St., N.W.) tonight from 8 p.m.-midnight. Attendees can play poker, blackjack and craps with dealers from local LGBTQ sports teams. Entry is $10 and gets chips to play games and entry for raffle prizes. There will be food and drink specials all night. For more details, visit

Qwerty, a gay dance party, is at Trade (1410 14th St., N.W.) tonight from 10 p.m.-2:45 a.m. DJ Adam Koussari-Amin, DJ Dvonne and DJ Jeff Prior will spin vogue house, pop, queer-step, disco and more. KC B. Yoncé will perform. No cover. For more information, visit

Brolapse, a formerly secret underground gay dance party, is at the Dew Drop Inn D.C. (2801 8th St., N.E.) tonight from 11 p.m.-3 a.m. This is the first time the party is open to the public. Dress code is creative self-expression. DJ StrikeStone and DJ The Lothario will play tracks. Phone use and photography is requested to be kept at a minimum. Cover is $10 before midnight and $15 after. For more details, visit

Swazzy nights, a queer party with performances, is at the Looking Glass Lounge (3634 Georgia Ave., N.W.) tonight at 9:30 p.m. No cover. For more information, visit

Sunday, April 28

Tula’s Cabaret, a cabaret drag show, is at BlackRock Center (12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown, Md.) tonight at 7 p.m. Tula and the girls will prefer songs from past and present. Tipping is encouraged to help support BlackRock. General admission tickets are $25 and senior tickets are $23. For more details, visit

CAMP Rehoboth Chorus presents a final encore performance of “Seasons of Love: Celebrating a Decade of Song” at Sussex Academy (21150 Airport Rd., Georgtown, Del.) today at 3 p.m. The chorus will sing a mix of rock, Broadway, spiritual songs, patriotic songs and a Beatles medley. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit

Monday, April 29

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

Tuesday, April 30

Annapolis Pride hosts Taco Tuesday Takeover at El Toro Bravo (50 West St., Annapolis, Md.) this evening from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Annapolis Pride will be giving away Pride wristbands, pins, stickers and magnets at their swag table. For more details, visit

The Washington D.C. Police Foundation hosts Beyond the Badge, a presentation on the Special Liaison Branch of the Metropolitan Police Department, at PNC Bank (800 17th St. N.W.) tonight from 6-8 p.m. The SLB includes four full-time units that serve the LGBTQ, Latino, deaf and hard of hearing and Asian communities. Chief Peter Newsham will moderate the panel with the Special Liaison Branch. For more details, email [email protected].

Wednesday, May 1

D&K Sounds hosts karaoke at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) tonight from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Drink specials include $3 rail cocktails and domestic drafts and $4 wines. For more information, visit

Thursday, May 2

Pitchers D.C. (2317 18th St., N.W.) presents Thirst Trap tonight from 11 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Venus Valhalla hosts the show which will include local queer performers. For more information, visit

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Calendar: May 7-14

Events in the week to come



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Friday, May 7

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

Saturday, May 8

Today, the DC Center will host a support group for LGBTQ people of color at 1 p.m. via Zoom. This peer support group is an outlet for LGBTQ people of color to come together and talk about anything affecting them in a space that strives to be safe and judgement-free. The event includes activities like watching movies, poetry events, storytelling, and just hanging out with others. For more information, visit or, or email your interest to [email protected].

Join the DC Center for the LGBT Community and the DC Department on Aging and Community Living (DACL) for a three-part storytelling workshop series focusing on the craft of storytelling. Today’s workshop is titled, “Beyond ‘Once Upon a Time’: Story Structure and How to Use It,” will be led by writer and communications consultant, Erin Becker. For more information, you can reach out to [email protected].

Sunday, May 9

The D.C.-area Transmasculine Society hosts “Partners of Transmasc Support Group” at 4 p.m. via Zoom. The group discussion creates a partner-only space where individuals can support each other through the unique issues they face. Partners of all genders and sexual orientations are welcomed. The group is facilitated. To register for the event, visit Eventbrite.

Monday, May 10

LGBT older adults and friends are invited to the “Center Aging Coffee Drop-In” at 10 a.m. via Zoom. This event is an opportunity to have friendly conversations and discuss current issues you may be dealing with. For more information, visit Center Aging’s Facebook page.

Tuesday, May 11

The DC Center’s Coming Out Discussion Group will be at 7 p.m. via Zoom today. This event is a peer-facilitated discussion group that discusses coming out experiences and topics as it relates to doing so. For more information, visit Coming Out Discussion Group’s Facebook page.

The Trans Support Group will be hosted virtually at 7 p.m. via Zoom. This event is intended to provide emotionally and physically safe space for trans-identifying people and those who may be questioning their gender identity/expression to join together in community and learn from one another. 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. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Wednesday, May 12

Today, Defend Yourself hosts “Get Empowered: A Self-Defense Happy Hour” at 6:30 p.m. at the DC Center. This self-defense class will cover how to respond to negative situations through verbal and physical self-defense methods. This class is open to all genders. To get registered, visit:

Thursday, May 13

Taiwanese American Professionals Washington, D.C. area (TAP DC) hosts a free online mental health talk beginning at 7 p.m. The event features Claudia Nguyen, a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor based in D.C. In this session, Claudia will guide attendees through topics such as racial trauma and dismantling racism. To register for the event, visit:

Friday, May 14

Women in Their Twenties and Thirties (WiTT) hosts a social discussion group for queer women in the D.C. area that begins at 8 p.m. This event will provide participants with the opportunity to make new friends, have new experiences, and explore the city with other great queer women. You can find more information by joining WiTT’s closed Facebook group:

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Calendar: April 30-May 6

Events in the week to come



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Friday, April 30

REEL Affirmations screens “A Boy Like That” from today at 12 a.m. until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Virtual tickets are $10 for this film about a Mexican theater acting coach who travels to New York and obsesses over a youth he believes is the reincarnation of his first love. The cost includes access to the film as well as a pre-recorded Q&A with the director and cast via Zoom. For more information, visit

The Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs and the D.C. Public Library host the #DCQueerFlix virtual viewing of “Reaching for the Moon” tonight at 7 p.m. This biographical drama imagines American writer Elizabeth Bishop’s relationship with Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo in the 1950s. Participants will watch the film together via Kanopy and chat interactively on Twitter using #DCQueerFlix and #ReachingForTheMoon. To register for this free screening, visit the event’s pages on Eventbrite and on the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs Facebook page.

The May is Trans Kick Off Event: Meet and Greet Cocktail Party is tonight at 8 p.m. via Zoom. This free event hosted by Stoli is an opportunity for attendees to celebrate and socialize with the sponsors, panelists, moderators and everyone who contributed to the month of upcoming events to honor trans lives. To RSVP, visit

Saturday, May 1

A transgender youth town hall is today at 1 p.m. via Zoom. This event is part of the month-long series of educational and entertaining discussions and more for May is Trans. Visit to RSVP for this free event.

The LGBTQ People of Color virtual support group is today at 1 p.m. This peer support group is an affirming and judgement-free space for queer people of color to watch movies, enjoy poetry events, and more. More information is available at and at

Sunday, May 2

DC Gaymers hosts a virtual Dungeons and Dragons One Shot event today at noon. Level 1 games are for newer players while level 3 are for the more experienced. Participants need to create a character, sign up for Discord and Roll20, and sign up for a game before noon on game day to play. More information is available on the event’s Facebook page.

Sharing our Stories: Conversations with LGBTQIA+ Parishioners hosted by the Holy Trinity Catholic Church is today at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. This event is facilitated by members of the parish’s Restorative Justice Group and will feature members of the LGBTQ ministry sharing stories about what it is like to be queer in the Catholic Church. For more information and to RSVP, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Monday, May 3

The Capital Pride Interfaith Service Planning Meeting is tonight at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Planning meetings take place on the first Monday of every month between March and May. Visit for details.

Trans Activist Charley Burton shares his story at the Recovery from Alcohol and Drug Addiction session of the May is Trans series tonight at 8 p.m. via Zoom. All are welcome to this session on experiencing addiction and recovery. For more information, visit

Tuesday, May 4

The May is Trans month series continues tonight at 7 p.m. with a virtual discussion with the transmen and transmasculine communities. This discussion is hosted by Mavrick Hill and includes panelists Sam Davis, Luckie Fuller and August K. Clayton. Also at 7 p.m. is a community discussion for transwomen and transfeminine folks with panelists Sharon-Franklin Brown, Diana Feliz Oliva and Bianca Humady Rey. Both discussions are followed by a Q&A. For more information and to RSVP, visit

East City Bookshop presents “Finding Junie Kim” author Ellen Oh in conversation with Hena Khan and Linda Sue Park tonight at 7 p.m. Oh is also the president and founder of We Need Diverse Books, and this book shows the strength of a young girl who experiences racism in middle school but is inspired by her mother’s real-life experiences during the Korean War. Registration is required to attend this event. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Wednesday, May 5

May is Trans presents Stop killing Us! Now this has got to Stop, a panel discussion about ongoing violence against the transgender communities. More information is available at

BookMen DC meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. This informal group of men meets the first and third Wednesdays monthly for about an hour to discuss gay literature. Most members live in or near D.C., but visitors and those from outside the area are welcome to join the discussion. More information is available at

The D.C.-area Transmasculine Society hosts a virtual social hour today at 8 p.m. Participants do not have to be in the DC area to join, and the event is open to all trans, nonbinary and gender diverse individuals aged 17 and up. For more information, visit

Thursday, May 6

The Asian Pacific Islander Queer Support Group is tonight at 7 p.m. via Zoom. This support group for the API queer community meets the first Thursday of every month and is co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific Islander Queer Society DC and Asian Queers United for Action. For more information, visit or email [email protected] to join the meeting.

May is Trans hosts a mental health in the transgender community discussion tonight at 7 p.m. Details on this session are available at

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Out/Spoken 2021 streams live worldwide May 14

LGBTQ storytelling event hosted by Rayceen Pendarvis and Krylios



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Story District and Team Rayceen Productions present the 11th annual Out/Spoken 2021 on Friday, May 14 at 8 p.m. via livestream from Union Stage (740 Water Street S.W.).

Tickets are $20 for this LGBTQ storytelling event hosted by Rayceen Pendarvis and The Ask Rayceen Show Announcer Krylios. Ticketholders can access the live show and the recording for a 24-hour period.

This year’s program honors the District’s Pride celebrations, including Capital Pride, DC Black Pride, Capital Trans Pride, DC Latinx Pride, Youth Day and Silver Pride.

Story District’s mission is to teach and showcase the art of autobiographical storytelling in order to inspire, connect and build a diverse community of voices in the D.C. area and beyond.

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