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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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10 LGBTQ events this week

Drag, dancing and kite flying among highlights



Events this week include, from left, an AGLA/Go Gay DC-sponsored Drag Show for Charity at Freddie's Beach Bar, Kicks & Giggles Glow Crazy party, and Bombalicious Eklaver brings her show to Cambria Rooftop. (Washington Blade 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.

Drag Queen Trivia Tuesday

Tuesday, March 21
7 p.m.
Slash Run
201 Upshur Street, N.W.
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Tara Hoot leads a game of trivia at Slash Run on Tuesday.

Daddy Issues

Wednesday, March 22
9 p.m.
915 U Street, N.W.
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Crystal Edge leads the weekly drag show at Kiki on Wednesday.

DC Boys of Leather – March Happy Hour

Thursday, March 23
6-9 p.m.
1410 14th Street, N.W.

Grab your gear and make your way to Trade for the March Happy Hour of the DC Boys of Leather.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Viewing Party

Friday, March 24
8 p.m.
JR.’s Bar
1519 17th Street, N.W.

Citrine leads the RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 15 Viewing Party at JR.’s Bar on Friday.

Kicks & Giggles Glow Crazy! Blacklight-Glow Paint Party

Friday, March 24
9 p.m.
Green Lantern
1335 Green Court, N.W.
No cover

Kicks & Giggles bring you a glow-tastic time on Friday with a blacklight-glow paint party at the Green Lantern. There is a clothes check and there are free rail drinks if you are painted with glow paint between 9 and 10 p.m.

Good Times (Disco House Party)

Friday, March 24
11 p.m.
DC9 Nightclub
1940 9th Street, N.W.
$10 advance / $15 door
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Cake Pop! and DJ Matt Bailer entertain on Friday with a feel good Disco House Party at DC9 Nightclub.

Candela! UPROAR’s Latinx Party

Saturday, March 25
9 p.m.
UPROAR Lounge & Restaurant
639 Florida Avenue, N.W.

UPROAR Lounge & Restaurant hold a Latinx party on Saturday with a performance by Ivanna V Love.

Cherry Blossom Kite Festival

Cherry Blossom Kite Festival (Photo by 3000ad/Bigstock)

Saturday, March 25
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Washington Monument
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The annual kite festival is back on Saturday by the Washington Monument.

Cambria Drag Brunch

Sunday, March 26
11 a.m.
Rooftop Cambria Capital Riverfront
69 Q Street, S.W.

Bombalicious Eklaver leads a fun drag brunch on Sunday with performers Jalah, Nadia and Amara. $35 covers the buffet and show, but bring your dollar bills to show your support to the performers.

Drag Show for Charity

(Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Sunday, March 26
8-10 p.m.
Freddie’s Beach Bar
555 23rd Street S
Arlington, Va.

AGLA and Go Gay DC present a drag show for charity at Freddie’s Beach Bar on Sunday.

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Sophie B. Hawkins to host intimate album release

Platinum-selling artist to perform at The Hamilton



Sophie B. Hawkins (Blade file photo by Joey DiGuglielmo)

Platinum-selling artist Sophie B. Hawkins will perform at an intimate album release show on Saturday, April 1 at 8 p.m. at The Hamilton. The event is to celebrate her long-awaited seventh studio album “Free Myself.”

Free Myself sees the trailblazing artist take her power back and embark on a new creative chapter while reflecting on her revolutionary career. Hawkins’ songs have been previously featured in cultural touchstone TV shows and films such as “Stranger Things,” “Euphoria,” “Ozark,” and many others.

Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased on The Hamilton’s website.

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Welcome spring with a dance class

‘Bachata Basics’ held at A League of Her Own



“Bachata Basics at ALOHO Reggaeton Night” will take place on Friday, March 17 at 8:30 p.m. at A League of Her Own.

This event is an opportunity to learn bachata in a queer-friendly space while meeting new people and connecting with friends. 

Tickets are $15 and also include one drink. For more information, visit Eventbrite

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