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Calendar: Aug. 30-Sept. 5

Parties, shows and events in the week to come



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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is slated for an appearance at the National Book Festival Saturday (photo courtesy Library of Congress)

Friday, Aug. 30

The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) hosts Queer Tango Class tonight from 7-9 p.m. The class teaches beginner students basic tango vocabulary and technique. There will also be a discussion on the assumptions of gender in dance. Attendees can experiment dancing in both gender roles. Liz Sabatiuk of Tango Mercurio leads the class. There is a requested $10 donation to support the D.C. Center. Sliding scale tickets are available by request. For more information, visit

“Gone Fishin,’” a play by out playwright Steve Langley, runs as part of the Silver Spring Stage One-Act Festival at the Silver Spring Stage (10145 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md.) tonight at 8 pm. Set in the ‘90s, a grieving father meets a stranger at a fishing hole where he discovers his deceased son was in a romantic relationship with another man. Axandre Oge, Sebastian Leighton and Melvin D. Smith star. Gregory Ford will direct. Tickets range from $22-25. For details visit,

Saturday, Aug. 31

The Library of Congress hosts its 2019 National Book Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mt Vernon Pl., N.W.) today from 8:30 a..m.-8 p.m. Guest speakers include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, David McCullough, Michael Beschloss, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Barbara Kingsolver, celebrity chef José Andrés, graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier and Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction recipient Richard Ford. Admission is free. For a complete list of events, visit

The D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) hosts Brut, a Labor day weekend party, tonight from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. DJ Peter Napoli and DJ Dan Darlington will play music. Dress code is flexible with or without gear. Tickets are $25 online. Door sales will also be available. For more information, visit

Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe (2475 18th St., N.W.) hosts Superstar,a new drag show, tonight from 9-11 p.m. Spots are open for drag performers all night. New drag performers looking to practice their skills and seasoned performers looking to make more tips are welcome to perform. Bombalicious Eklaver hosts the show. No cover. Visit for more details.

Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) hosts an underwear dance party tonight from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Cover is $5. For more details, visit

Trade (1410 14th St., N.W.) hosts Qwerty, a gay dance party, tonight from 10 p.m.-2:45 a.m. DJ Adam Koussari-Amin, DJ Dvonne and DJ Jeff Prior will spin tracks. Claudia will serve as guest DJ. Summer Camp will perform. No cover. For more information, visit

Sunday, Sept. 1

The BackRoom (715 Florida Ave., N.W.) hosts Electric Rainbow: Back from the Beach, a gay dance party, tonight from 5-10 p.m. DJ Chord will play music. KC B. Yoncé and Jazzmin will perform. The party is through the freezer door at Capo. For details, visit

Trade (1410 14th St., N.W.) presents Sunday Best, a drag show, tonight from 9 p.m.-2:45 a.m. Sylvanna Duvél and Jaxknife Complex will perform. Tammy Kunté and Vagensis will host the event. Ms. Rose, Wess the DJ and Lemz will spin tracks. There will be a walk-off contest at 11 p.m. For more information, visit

Flash (645 Florida Ave., N.W.) hosts Flashy Labor Day Weekend tonight from 10 p.m.-5 a.m. The Barber Streisand will spin tracks on the roof and Bill Spieler will play music on the first floor. DJ Twin and DJ Sea Morris will spin tracks on the main floor until 5 a.m. Bar is open until 4 a.m. Cover is $20. For more details, visit

Monday, Sept. 2

Trade (1410 14th St., N.W.) hosts Labor Gay, a day party for “working girls,” today from 2-7 p.m. There will be popsicles, performances and a raffle for tickets to Capital Pride’s “Music in the Night” event in October. For more information, visit

Tuesday, Sept. 3

Grammy winner Mary J. Blige performs at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap (1551 Trap Rd., Vienna, Va.) tonight at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $45. For more details, visit

Wednesday, Sept. 4

Bookmen D.C., an informal gay men’s literature group, discusses “Such Times” by Christopher Coe at the Cleveland Park Library (3310 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, visit

JR.’s Bar (1519 17th St., N.W.) celebrates Beyoncé’s birthday with its second annual B-Day Kiki: Oh My Beyoncé Edition tonight from 8-11 p.m. KC B. Yoncé and Cocoa Godiva will perform. DJ Wess spins tracks all night. There will be $4 drink specials. $2 Jell-O shots will be on sale with proceeds donated to SMYAL. For details, visit

Thursday, Sept. 5

A support group for the Asian and Pacific Islander Queer Community meets at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) tonight from 7-8 p.m. The group is co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific Islander Queer Society D.C. and Asian Queers United for Action. For more details, visit

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10 LGBTQ events this week

Parties abound with Silver Pride, the ASANA Series and more



From left, join the Nice Jewish Boys for a happy hour, watch Brooklyn Heights host the Trailer Park Ball and catch a drag show hosted by Rickey Rosé this week. (Blade file 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.

Silver Pride

Rayceen Pendarvis hosts Silver Pride. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

UPDATE: Silver Pride was postponed; a new date is expected to be announced soon.

Join host Rayceen Pendarvis for ‘Back for the First Time: Silver Pride 2022″ at Studio Theatre this afternoon for a celebration of senior members of the LGBTQ+ community.

ASANA Series Opening Party

Tuesday, August 16
6:30-11 p.m.
Pitchers / ALOHO
2317 18th Street, N.W.

The Amateur Sports Alliance of North America kicks off its ASANA World Series in D.C. with a party at Pitchers/ALOHO on Tuesday. The event is hosted by Ba’Naka and features special guests DJ Tracy Young, Tatiyanna Voché and E-Cleff.

NJB Hot Boy Summer Happy Hour

Nice Jewish Boys held the “Mr. Nice Jewish Boy” competition last month. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Thursday, August 18
6:30-9 p.m.
Number Nine
1435 P Street, N.W.

The Nice Jewish Boys hold a happy hour on Thursday at Number Nine.

Kaftan Couture Happy Hour

Thursday, August 18
6 p.m.
1410 14th Street, N.W.

The D.C. Boys of Leather mix it up with a kaftan party at Trade on Thursday.

LGBTQ+ Speed Friending

Friday, August 19
7-9 p.m.
Moxy Washington
1011 K Street, N.W.
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Go Gay DC! hosts a meet-and-greet at Moxy on Friday. Come by to make some new friends in the LGBTQ community.

We The Kingz: Wet n’ Wild

Ricky Rosé (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Friday, August 19
10 p.m.
JR.’s Bar
1519 17th Street, N.W.
No cover

Rickey Rosé hosts the We The Kingz show featuring Artemis Demon, Atom Glambert, Baphomette and Phoenix King at JR.’s on Friday.

discoVERS Anniversary

Friday, August 19
10 p.m.
734 11th Street, N.W.

discoVERS returns to SAX for its one year anniversary with DJs Robbie Leslie and Alexis Tucci. There will be a special performance by KC B. Yoncé. The event will sell out, so get your tickets now.

ASANA Series Closing Party

Saturday, August 20
5:30-11 p.m.
DC Brau Brewing Company
3178 Baldensburg Road, N.E., Suite B

The ASANA World Series finishes with a bang. The Closing Party will be held at DC Brau on Saturday.

Miss Gay Eastern States America

Saturday, August 20
7-11 p.m.
Rehoboth Beach Convention Center
229 Rehoboth Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Are you in Rehoboth this weekend? Catch a drag competition at the Convention Center on Saturday.

The Trailer Park Ball

Sunday, August 21
8 p.m.
Freddie’s Beach Bar
555 23rd Street S
Arlington, Va.

The Trailer Park Ball will be held on Sunday at Freddie’s. All Tips and donations are to benefit the Imperial Court of Washington and Reign X Charities.

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Award-winning gay comedian returning to D.C.

Sampson McCormick performs at Comedy Loft



Sampson McCormick brings his latest comedy show to D.C. later this month. (Photo courtesy Kola for 510 Media)

D.C. native and award-winning comedian Sampson McCormick will perform in a series of shows from Thursday, Aug. 25 to Saturday, Aug. 27 at the DC Comedy Loft. 

The themes of the shows will include cancel culture and sensitivity —especially as they relate to the rise in violence against comedians — LGBTQ issues and probe many of the other current topics that have been circulating in the news and in conversations on social media and among the public.

Tickets are available on DC Comedy Loft’s website.  

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Reel Affirmations to screen new film

‘Sweetheart’ to run at Landmark Theaters E Street Cinema



A scene from 'Sweetheart.' (Production still courtesy of Reel Affirmations)

Reel Affirmations, a branch of the DC Center for the LGBT Community that platforms LGBTQ film, will screen “Sweetheart” on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. at Landmark Theaters E Street Cinema. This film will be screened as part of its monthly series. 

“Sweetheart” is a coming-of-age film about a socially awkward and environmentally conscious teenager who meets a carefree lifeguard while on holiday with her family. 

In-person tickets cost $15 and virtual tickets cost $10. Virtual tickets can be purchased on this link. 

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