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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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CAMP Rehoboth’s final concert of the season is almost here

Chorus performs ‘Music of the Night’



CAMP Rehoboth Chorus is ready to close out another season.

CAMP Rehoboth Chorus will perform “Music of the Night” on Friday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church. 

The chorus will sing more than 36 song selections, including “Fly Me to the Moon,” “I Could’ve Danced All Night” and “In the Still of the Nite.”

Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased on CAMP Rehoboth’s website.

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LGBTQ science fans, gather here

‘Building Space & Amplifying Voices’ event held at AT&T Forum



“LGBTQ+ in STEAM: Building Space & Amplifying Voices” will be on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. at AT&T Forum.

This event will celebrate and empower LGBTQ individuals in the science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics fields. There will be a diverse range of speakers who will share their experiences and insights on how to create more inclusive spaces and amplify LGBTQ voices in the STEAM industry. 

This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

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Calendar: September 22-28

LGBTQ events in the days to come



Friday, September 22

“Center Aging Monthly Luncheon with Yoga and Bingo” will be at 12 p.m. at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. Bingo will be hosted by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. To RSVP, visit the DC Center’s website

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Social in the City” at 7 p.m. at Courtyard by Marriott Dupont Circle. This event is ideal for making new friends, professional networking, idea-sharing, and community building. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Trans Support Group will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This group is intended to provide an emotionally and physically safe space for trans people and those who may be questioning their gender identity or expression to join together in community and learn from one another. For more details, email [email protected]

Women in their Twenties and Thirties will be at 8 p.m. on Zoom. This is a discussion group for queer women in the D.C. area. For more details, visit WiTT’s closed Facebook group

Saturday, September 23

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Brunch” at 11 a.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant. Guests are encouraged to come enjoy brunch with other LGBTQ folk. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Black Lesbian Support Group will be at 11 a.m. on Zoom. This is a support group devoted to the joys and challenges of being a Black lesbian. For more details, email [email protected]

Sunday, September 24

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Coffee & Conversation” at 12 p.m. at As You Are. This event is ideal for those looking to make new friends & connections in the DMV’s LGBTQ community. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

AfroCode DC will be at 4 p.m. at Decades DC. This event will be an experience of non-stop music, dancing, and good vibes and a crossover of genres and a fusion of cultures. Tickets cost $40 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Monday, September 25

Center Aging Monday Coffee and Conversation will be at 10 a.m. on Zoom. LGBT Older Adults — and friends — are invited to enjoy friendly conversations and to discuss any issues you might be dealing with. For more information, visit the Center Aging’s Facebook or Twitter

Queer Book Club will be at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. This month’s reading is “Ace: What Sexuality Reveals About Desire, Society and the Meaning of Sex” by Angela Chen. For more details, email [email protected]

Tuesday, September 26

Pride on the Patio Events will host “LGBTQ+ Social Mixer” at 5:30 p.m. at Showroom. This event is a weekly cocktails and dinner social mixer for the LGBTQIA community in Frederick, Md. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Genderqueer DC will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This is a support group for people who identify outside the gender binary, whether bigender, agender, gender fluid, or just know that you’re not 100% cis. For more details, visit

Wednesday, September 27

Job Club will be at 6 p.m. on Zoom. This is a weekly job support program to help job entrants and seekers, including the long-term unemployed, improve self-confidence, motivation, resilience and productivity for effective job searches and networking — allowing participants to move away from being merely “applicants” toward being “candidates.” For more information, email [email protected] or visit

Asexual & Aromantic Group will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom and in person at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. This is a place where people questioning this aspect of their identity or those who identify as asexual or aromantic can come together, share stories and experiences and discuss various topics. For more details, email [email protected]

Thursday, September 28

Virtual Yoga Class with Jesse Z. will be at 12 p.m. online. This is a weekly class focusing on yoga, breath work, and meditation. Guests are encouraged to RSVP on the DC Center’s website, providing your name, email address, and zip code, along with any questions you may have. A link to the event will be sent at 6 p.m. the day before.

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