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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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Get ready for Baltimore Pride

Events scheduled throughout weekend



Baltimore Pride Parade (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Baltimore Pride begins this weekend on Friday, June 14 in the heart of the city.

There will be a variety of events, the main ones being Mt. Vernon Pride on June 14 at 2 p.m. on the 200 Block of W. Read St., the Parade and Block Party on Saturday, June 15 at 3 p.m. on N. Charles St., and Pride in the Park on Sunday, June 15 at 3 p.m. at Druid Hill Park.

For more event details, visit Baltimore Pride’s website

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New film festival to spotlight LGBTQ docs

DC/DOX held in theaters throughout city



DC/DOX, a new film festival in Washington D.C., began on Thursday, June 13 at E-Street Cinema, the U.S. Navy Memorial Burke Theatre and Eaton Cinema.

The festival is dedicated to promoting documentary as a leading art form and a series of documentaries on LGBTQ+ stories will premiere, including “Love That Dares Not,” “Sabbath Queen,” and “Familia.” 

For more information, visit DC/DOX’s website.

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Baltimore Museum to host Pride party

Ridin’ the Rails features RuPaul’s Queen of Flips



The B&O Railroad Museum will host “Ridin the Rails: Pride Train & Party” on Friday, June 14 at 8:00p.m. in collaboration with the Pride Center of Maryland and Stonewall Sports.

This event will kick off Pride events in Baltimore.  This year’s Ridin’ the Rails features Season 16 Rupaul’s Drag Race Queen “The Queen of Flips” Mhi’ya Iman Le’Paige and local Baltimore queens, with meet-and-greets available. The party will be filled with music, food, and drinks under the stars surrounded by trains.

Tickets start at $28 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

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