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 montgomeryparks.org.
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 cathymarcy.com 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 thedccenter.org 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 eventbrite.com.
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 mwfpd.eventbrite.com.
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 taffetypunk.com.
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 flashdc.com 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 washingtonperformingarts.org 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 citywinery.com.
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 jamminjava.com.
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 wickedbloomdc.com.
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 eventbrite.com 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 hocuspocushysteria.eventbrite.com.
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 kennedy-center.org.
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 bookmendc.blogspot.com.
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 eventbrite.com/e/creating-safe-spaces-for-us 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 concerts1.livenation.com.
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 jrsbar-dc.com.