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Calendar: Oct. 11-17

Parties, shows and events in the week to come



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Chely Wright plays City Winery this weekend (photo courtesy Wright)

Friday, Oct. 11

Rainbow Sparks: A Coming Out Day Celebration is tonight from 5-9 p.m. at Acorn Urban Park (8060 Newell St., Silver Spring, Md.). Montgomery Parks presents an evening celebrating National Coming Out Day in support of their LGBTQ park patrons. This free event features drag king/queen story hour, spoken word open mic, face painting and games, and a closing dance party with DJ. For more information, visit

Grammy winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer celebrate the release of their 48th recording together “Wahoo!” tonight at 7 p.m. at Carroll Cafe at Seekers Church (276 Carroll St., N.W.). The event features special guest poet Joanne Rocky Delaplaine. Visit for more information. 

Saturday, Oct. 12

Arty Queers: D.C.’s LGBTQ Art Market is today from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.). This monthly indoor event features art created by local LGBTQ artisans, including paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry and more. Visit for more information. 

The 22nd annual Bethesda Row Arts Festival begins today at 11 a.m. and runs through Sunday at 6 p.m. This outdoor gallery features more than 200 juried fine arts and crafts from artists around the nation. For more information on this free event, visit

Metro Washington Financial Planning Day is today from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center (7054 Haycock Rd., Falls Church, Va). The event offers free one-on-one personalized financial advice and free financial workshops. Topics include budgeting, credit and debt, retirement and more. Register at

Taffety Punk Theatre Company presents Riot Grrrls “The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice” at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (545 7th St., S.E.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. Featuring Danielle A. Drakes as Othello, Lisa Bruneau as Iago and directed by Kelsey Mesa. For tickets and information, visit

Sunday, Oct. 13

Flashy’s Sixth Anniversary Party is tonight at 10 p.m. at Flash (645 Florida Ave., N.W.). The public is invited to celebrate Flashy’s milestone on Columbus Day weekend. Cover is $20. Extended bar until 4 a.m. Visit for more information. 

Washington Performing Arts presents Pink Martini at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall (2700 F St., N.W.) tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. This 25th birthday celebration (to the day!) features special guests Australian cabaret singer Meow Meow and “All Things Considered” anchor and Pink Martini guest vocalist Ari Shapiro. Visit for details. 

Lesbian former gospel singer Jennifer Knapp plays City Winery (1350 Okie St., N.E.) tonight at 7:30 p.m Tickets are $17 at

Lesbian country singer Chely Wright plays Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave., E. Vienna, Va.) tonight at 7 p.m. Christine Havrilla opens. Tickets are $15-25 at

Monday, Oct. 14

Wicked Bloom Mondays continue tonight from 5-10 p.m. at Wicked Bloom (1540 North Capitol St., N.W.). The venue features a globally inspired menu and music by DJ Mim. For more information, visit

The Baltimore Job Fair is today from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Sheraton Baltimore North (903 Dulaney Valley Rd., Towson, Md.). Meet and interview with hiring managers at companies ranging from small local businesses to Fortune 500 corporations. Visit for more information on this free event. 

Tuesday, Oct. 15

The Hysteria Brewing Company (9570 Berger Rd., Columbia, Md.) hosts Hocus Pocus Trivia tonight from 7-9 p.m. Halloween is coming and the public is invited to this free seasonal event. Make individual and group reservations at

An Evening with David Sedaris is at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) tonight from 8-10 p.m. Readings by this out satirist and award-winning humor writer are followed by an audience Q&A. Tickets start at $39 are available at

Wednesday, Oct.  16

Bookmen D.C., an informal men’s gay literature group, discusses “The Collected works of Joe Brainard” tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.). All are welcome. For more information visit

The Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce hosts an evening of discussion and networking tonight from 5-7 p.m. at the Frederick Innovative Technology Center (118 N. Market Street Frederick, Md.) with fellow LGBT professionals and allies in the community. Tickets are $15. Visit for tickets and information. 

Thursday, Oct. 17

Live Nation presents Killer Queen with the Duskwales tonight at 8 p.m. at the Warner Theatre (513 13th St., N.W.). Tickets start at $27.50. This U.K.-based Queen tribute band formed in 1993 and currently features Patrick Myers as Freddie Mercury. The Virginia-based Duskwales features a retro sound reminiscent of the Beatles and the Doors. Tickets available at

JR.’s Thursday Top 10 Countdown is tonight from 8 p.m.-midnight at JR.’s (1519 17th St., N.W.). The venue features happy hours, showtune singalongs and other events in a neighborhood atmosphere. For more information, visit

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10 LGBTQ events this week

See more than just the fireworks in the days ahead



From movie nights to dance parties, there is a lot to do in the region this week. (Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

Below are our picks for some of the most fun and creative things to do this week in D.C. that are of special interest to the LGBTQ community.

MNSkating’s Pride Too!

Monday, June 27
7:30 p.m.
Laurel Skating Center
9890 Brewers Court
Laurel, Md.
Facebook | Meetup

Join the Monday Night Skaters for a Pride-themed skating party in Laurel, Md. on Monday.

Queen of the Capital at Adams Morgan Movie Nights

Tuesday, June 28
8-11 p.m.
Adams Morgan Soccer Field

The Adams Morgan Partnership BID will be showing “Queen of the Capital” from local documentary maker Josh Davidsburg.

Pride Night at Frederick Keys

Wednesday, June 29
6-9 p.m.
Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium
21 Stadium Drive
Frederick, Md.
Facebook | Tickets

Join Pride on the Patio for a night of baseball as the Frederick Keys hold Pride Night sponsored by the Frederick Center.

LGBTQ Families Discussion & Beer Tasting

Wednesday, June 29
7-8 p.m.
Aslin Beer Company
847 South Pickett Street
Alexandria, Va.
Facebook | Tickets

Rainbow Families will have an informal discussion about such topics as coming out, celebrating your child’s identity, being a good ally in the workplace and more . . . followed by a beer tasting! No charge, but donations will be taken.

First Friday LGBTQ+ Social with GoGayDC

Friday, July 1
7-9 p.m.
The Commentary (in the Westin)
801 North Glebe Road
Arlington, Va.
Facebook | Eventbrite

Join GoGayDC for a monthly social gathering in Ballston.

Drag Race All-Stars Viewing Party

Friday, July 1
7-9 p.m.
JR.’s Bar
1519 17th Street, N.W.

Get together with other Drag Race super fans for an evening viewing party hosted by Citrine.

Outdoor Movie Night

Friday, July 1
8:30-10:30 p.m.
Stead Park
1625 P Street, N.W.

Bring your blanket and catch a movie on the big screen at Stead Park.

FireWerk with DJ Chord

See more than just the fireworks in the days ahead

Friday, July 1
9 p.m.
AquaGrill Reho
57 Baltimore Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Kick off Independence Day weekend in Rehoboth with a no cover dance party at AquaGrill.

Zodiac Drag Contest

Zodiac Drag Contest (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Sunday, July 3
8 p.m.
Freddie’s Beach Bar
555 23rd Street S
Arlington, Va.
$5 cover

The monthly amateur drag competition returns to Freddie’s on Sunday. Check out the new talent (or try it out yourself).

Flashy 4th of July Weekend

Sunday, July 3 – Monday, July 4
10 p.m.
645 Florida Aveune, N.W.
Facebook | Eventbrite

Celebrate Independence Day with a Flashy 4th of July on the dance floor of Flash.

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Rayceen Pendarvis hosts District of Pride Showcase

Mayor’s Office celebrates resilience of D.C.’s LGBTQ community with night of entertainment



Rayceen Pendarvis hosts District of Pride Showcase on June 30. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The Mayor’s Office for LGBTQ Affairs will host “The District of Pride Showcase” on Thursday, June 30 at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Theatre.

This event is to celebrate the resilience of D.C.’s LGBTQ community with a night of entertainment and performances that will feature the diverse queer talent.

This event will be hosted by Rayceen Pendarvis, with announcer Krylios, featuring DJ Honey. There will also be a performance by “Real Housewives of Potomac” star Candiace. 

This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

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Mayor’s office to celebrate older LGBTQ individuals

District of Pride: Seniors Brunch on Monday



The Mayor’s Office for LGBTQ Affairs will host “District of Pride: Seniors Brunch” on Monday, June 27 at 11 a.m. at Frank D. Reeves Center of Municipal Arts. 

This event is a celebration of Pride and a “thank you” to the District’s senior community members for their contributions to the LGBTQ+ community.

This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

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