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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 mosaictheater.org

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 facebook.com/annapolispride.

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 facebook.com/outinnova.

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 facebook.com/slashrun.

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 greenlanterndc.com.

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 gammaindc.org

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 facebook.com/uproarloungedc.

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 teamdc.org.

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 facebook.com/tradebardc.

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 facebook.com/the-dew-drop-inn-dc.

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 facebook.com/swazzevents.

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 blackrockcenter.org.

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 camprehoboth.com.

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 thedccenter.org.

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 facebook.com/annapolispride.

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 dceagle.com.

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 facebook.com/pitchersdc.

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Must-attend events in D.C. this fall

Mix of in-person and virtual exhibits, brunches, and more

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SMYAL Executive Director Sultan Shakir addresses the crowd at the 2018 Fall Brunch. (Blade photo by Michael Key)

Last year, the pandemic forced many event planners to cancel their projects or move everything entirely online. However, this year, with the number of vaccinated people increasing and the mask mandate in place, events are slowly returning to the in-person format. Check out the list below for a good mix of both in-person and virtual events to watch out for this fall:

Smithsonian Associates will be hosting “Palestinian Embroidery 101: The Tatreez Sampler Series” on Friday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. This online event teaches the art of Palestinian embroidery including the basic Palestinian cross-stitch and how to create a tatreez sampler, using Aida cloth fabric. The class will be taught by Wafa Ghnaim who began her training in embroidery with her mother at age 2. Visit the Smithsonian’s website for more information.

Join Capital Pride Alliance virtually to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” on Monday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. This event will focus on “[supporting] the continuous fight for full inclusion for transgender and intersex servicemembers.” Keynote speakers include former Rep. Patrick J. Murphy, and Jennifer Dane, Air Force veteran and Executive Director of the Modern Military Association of America. Guests will get to hear extraordinary stories from service members of all branches and learn more about the fight for the codification of transgender military service and the effort to lift the ban on service for intersex individuals and folks living with HIV. For more information, visit Capital Pride Alliance’s website.

The 2021 LGBTQ Intergenerational Symposium will be on Thursday, Sept. 23. This is a free two-day virtual event sponsored by the DC Department of Aging and Community Living, Capitol Hill Village, and the DC Villages and is open to LGBTQ individuals and allies of all ages. There will also be a virtual kickoff for attendees, speakers, and organizations that are involved to get to know each other. Each day will include two health and wellness sessions, one panel, and breakout session.

The Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics will host New Vistas in Astronomy: Imaging a Black Hole on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. This event will celebrate the 51st year of the New Vistas in Astronomy lecture series at Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (FLWO). There will be speakers from across the many scientific divisions of the Center for Astrophysics Harvard & Smithsonian led by founding director of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Shep Doeleman. 

DC Front Runners will host its 40th anniversary party on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Jack Rose Dining Saloon at 3 p.m. This event will be held outside on the large roof deck. Tickets for this event are $35 and cover two drinks, passed appetizers and hors d’oeuvres. You are welcome to open a tab at the bar after your drink tickets have been used. Drink tickets for paid attendees will be available starting mid-September at the runs, and also available day of the event by contacting Josh Yankovic. More information about this event is available on DC Front Runners’ website.

All Things Go and the Capital Pride Alliance are joining forces to launch “Club Pride”, a third stage and dance party at the All Things Go Music Festival on Saturday, Oct. 16. This all-day event will feature special intimate artist performances, DJ sets, special guests and more throughout the day. Access to Club Pride is included with all festival tickets. Club Pride is located at Merriweather Post Pavilion’s 9:32 Stage. For more information, visit Capital Pride Alliance’s website.

Capital Pride Alliance will host the first ever “Colorful Fest” that will include a block party and street fair on Sunday, Oct. 17. The Street Fair will feature small independent businesses, community groups, artisans, and food along 15th Street. The Block Party will include entertainment, an As You Are Bar pop-up, and dancing throughout the day for guests 21 and over. For more details, visit Capital Pride Alliance’s website.

Smithsonian Associates presents “The Philosophical Thought of Thomas Aquinas” on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. This event will be hosted online and Aquinas scholar Gregory T. Doolan will explore Aquinas’s philosophical thought. Thomas Aquinas’s work presents one of Western civilization’s most comprehensive philosophical systems. Although a theologian by profession, this man of faith dedicated much of his vast writings to discerning what the human mind can learn independently of faith. For more information, visit the Smithsonian’s website. 

“SMYAL’s Annual Fall Brunch” will be on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the Marriott Marquis. This event ​​includes a cocktail reception featuring a silent auction, three-course brunch, and a chance to hear from some of the LGBTQ community’s most inspiring leaders. This event will bring together LGBTQ individuals and allies, friends, and families in support of the inspirational youth SMYAL works with every day. For more information, visit SMYAL’s website.

DC Area Transmasculine Society (DCATS) will host “Transmasculine and Nonbinary Social Hour on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. at Red Bear Brewing Company. At this social hour, DCATS will be accepting binder donations and will also give out needles to those who are in need. All partners and friends are required to be accompanied by a transmasculine individual. The event is reservation-only, and you can RSVP online on Eventbrite. 

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Lil Nas X heads up new role at Taco Bell

The 22-year-old musical artist, now riding the success of two global No. 1 hits was an hourly wage earner as part of a Taco Bell team in 2017

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Lil Nas X (Screenshot courtesy of Taco Bell)

The iconic American fast-food chain serving Mexican-inspired fare such as tacos, quesadillas and nachos has a new pitchman, former Taco Bell employee and now Grammy award winning rapper & singer-songwriter Lil Nas X, (real name Montero Lamar Hill).

In an announcement Monday, Mark King, CEO of Taco Bell commented that “Lil Nas X knows the job, the experience and the culture Taco Bell creates for its fans – including its people,” King added; ““This unique partnership will deliver on more than just marketing, allowing us to tap into the genius of Lil Nas X to inspire our team members and align with our commitment to unlocking opportunities for young people.”

As a cultural icon with an insider’s perspective on the Taco Bell team member experience, Lil Nas X has been appointed the title of ‘Chief Impact Officer,’ a newly created role that will allow him to collaborate on the brand experience from the inside out.

The 22-year-old musical artist, who catapulted to fame and now is riding the success of two global No. 1 hits in “Old Town Road” and “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” was an hourly wage earner as part of the Taco Bell team at an Atlanta-area restaurant in 2017.

Two years later as a successful up and coming musical artist, on June 30, 2019, the last day of Pride Month, he came out publicly as gay tweeting: “some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care, some of y’all not gone fwm no more. but before this month ends i want y’all to listen closely to c7osure. 🌈🤩✨”

(Courtesy of Taco Bell)

In today’s announcement the company acknowledged his ascendency to artistic celebrity as well as his sexual orientation.

Back in 2017, Lil Nas X laid down roots working at an Atlanta-area Taco Bell as a team member and less than five years later he’s ascended to stardom by defying conventions, charting his own course and remaining authentically true to himself – all things that Taco Bell stands for in its own way.”

As part of his new role, Lil Nas X will support the Taco Bell Foundation’s mission and help announce awards to recipients of the Live Más scholarship to enable them to pursue their creative passions. The Taco Bell Foundation breaks down barriers to educate and inspire the next generation of America’s leaders.

Since 1992, the Taco Bell Foundation has reached more than 4 million young people across the country and has awarded more than $110 million in Live Más Scholarships and grants to youth-serving nonprofit organizations focused on education and career readiness.

The artist’s “expertise in understanding social media and youth culture alongside his skills in creating great music makes this partnership with Taco Bell exciting, brave and one of the most innovative campaigns I’ve had the pleasure of creating,” said Jennifer Frommer, senior vp brand partnerships & commercial sync at Columbia Records.

As one of his first initiatives, Lil Nas X will make a cameo in Taco Bell’s breakfast campaign, which kicks off today, as the brand brings its breakfast offerings back to approximately 90% of restaurants nationwide by mid-September.

According to music industry trade magazine Billboard, in June, the rapper revealed his highly anticipated first full-length album would be “coming soon,” though a release date has not been announced.

Lil Nas X x Taco Bell:

From the press release:

As a brand known for its late night Fourth Meal, Taco Bell is celebrating fans who begin craving and planning for their morning meal in the evening to remind them that Taco Bell breakfast awaits come morning.

Breakfast, In Bedtime Stories – Toasted Breakfast Burritos (Commercial) |Taco Bell:

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Erasure’s ‘Neon Tour’ coming to The Anthem

Features out lead Andy Bell

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Erasure (Photo courtesy of The Anthem)

Erasure will play The Anthem on Thursday, Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The band features lead singer Andy Bell who is openly LGBTQ and HIV positive.

Tickets cost between $69.50 and $89.50. Super Excellent Seats are non-transferable. The ID of the original purchaser must be presented to pick up the tickets, and also, Super Excellent Seats will be made available for will call pick up no earlier than 30 minutes prior to doors. 

For more information, visit The Anthem’s website.

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