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Calendar: Nov. 8-14

Parties, meetings and events in the week to come



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The Veterans Day Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony for LGBT Veterans is to be held on Monday. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Friday, Nov. 8

GLO’s underwear dance party returns to the Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) tonight starting at 10 p.m. This special Halloween edition features resident DJs Ultra and Phoenix. $5 admission includes free clothes check. More information on this and other events at

Women in their 20s and 30s, a queer discussion group, is tonight from 8-9 p.m. at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.). Attendees meet for a social discussion followed by dinner nearby. For more information, visit

Saturday, Nov. 9

The 11th Annual South African Bazaar is today from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building (1 Veterans Pl., Silver Spring, Md.). This free event includes beaded crafts, South African art, Zulu baskets, jewelry and other original gifts in time for the holidays. Sponsored by the African Women’s Network International and the South African Bazaar Craft Cooperative. Email [email protected] for more information. 

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., suite 105). This monthly indoor LGBTQ art market features original artwork for sale including paintings, pottery, photography and more. Tickets and information available at

GayC/DC, the all-gay AC/DC tribute band, performs tonight starting at 8 p.m. at the Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.). Now in their second year, the band scored a “pick of the week” in LA Weekly for being true to the original while changing lyrics for a gay crowd. Tickets are $18 on

Sunday, Nov. 10

All are welcome to attend the Transgender Veterans Dinner at the Chateau (3439 Benning Rd., N.E.) from 5-8 p.m. This event hosted by May is? “All About Trans” and We the People honors gender-nonconforming and other LGBT veterans and service members. Email [email protected] for more information.

The Flashy Veterans Day weekend party is tonight at 10 p.m. at Flashy Sundays (645 Florida Ave., N.W.). Cover is $20 with an extended bar until 4 a.m. DJs TWiN and Sean Morris will keep the beats flowing until 5. Visit for more information. 

LURe D.C. presents Spark tonight starting at 9 p.m. at A League of Her Own (2317 18th St., N.W.). There is no cover for this 21-and-up event featuring guest bartenders and community fundraising for the TAGG Scholarship Fund for future LGBT business leaders and entrepreneurs. Look for the event on Facebook for details.

Monday, Nov. 11

Center Military presents the Veterans Day Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony for LGBT Veterans today from noon-1:30 p.m. at Congressional Cemetery (1801 E St., S.E.). The public is invited to this ceremony and memorial service at the grave of Technical Sgt. Leonard Matlovich, a gay service member who publicly challenged the military’s LGBT ban in 1975. For more information, visit

Tuesday, Nov. 12

Drag Bingo with Desiree Dik is tonight from 7-9 p.m. at Red Bear Brewing (209 M St., N.E.). Free bingo with prizes each round and drag performers to entertain. Show starts at 7. Visit for more information.

‘Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy presented by Story District is tonight at the Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.). Locals share true stories about misunderstandings in a mix of lighthearted and heartwarming tales. Tickets are $20. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Visit for more information. 

Wednesday, Nov. 13

The Transmasculine and Nonbinary Social Hour hosted by the D.C.-Area Transmasculine Society is tonight from 6-9 p.m. at Red Bear Brewing (209 M St., S.E.). Friends and partners are welcome to this 17-and-up event when accompanied by someone transmasculine. More information available at and 

Lez Read is tonight from 7-8 p.m. at the Politics and Prose Bookstore (5015 Connecticut Ave., N.W.). This book group reads a wide selection of fiction and nonfiction works on lesbian and queer themes or written by lesbian or queer-identified writers. Email [email protected] to learn more about the group or tonight’s selection. 

The Lambda Bridge Club meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for duplicate bridge. No reservations are needed and newcomers are welcome. Phone 202-841-0279 if you need a partner.

The Big Gay Book Group meets tonight at 7 p.m. at the Trio Bistro (1537 17th St., N.W.). This week’s discussion will cover South Bend, Ind. Mayor and Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg’s memoir “Shortest Way Home.” Email [email protected] for more information and to RSVP. 

Coven D.C. is tonight at 10 p.m. at Ten Tigers Parlour (3813 Georgia Ave., N.W.). This party for queer womxn is the second Saturday of every month and is headed up by two queer womxn who call themselves The Coven. Visit for more information. 

Thursday, Nov. 14

Single Tingle: A Singles Happy Hour for LGBTQ Womxn presented by LezLink Social Club is tonight from 6-8 p.m. at XX+ Crostino (1926 9th St., N.W.). A happy hour space dedicated to local LGBTQ womxn looking to mix and mingle. Happy hour until 7 p.m. with specialty cocktails until 8. VIsit or for more information.

Queer Tango is tonight from 7-9:30 p.m. at BloomBars (3222 11th St., N.W.). All levels are welcome to this weekly class and dance experience. Come with or without a partner. Students are encouraged to switch roles and try something new. More information on this event and other classes is at


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The Rare Book Fair is coming to D.C.

Over 35 antiquarian booksellers from across the country to attend



The Capital Rare Book Fair arrives in May. (Photo by aramanda/Bigstock)

The Capital Rare Book Fair will bring more than 35 antiquarian booksellers from across the country to D.C. from Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5 at the historic University Club at 1135 16th St., N.W.

This year, the fair will take over two floors in the illustrious mansion on 16th Street and showcase thousands of beautiful, notable, and rare books, maps, and historic documents from around the globe. Exceptional examples that will be offered include leaf 27 of a 40-leaf xylographic Biblia pauperum, a picture Bible from 1465 for $85,000 from Bruce McKittrick Rare Books, among many other intriguing selections. 

Tickets are $50 and more information is available on the event’s website.

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Calendar: April 19-25

LGBTQ events in the days to come



Friday, April 19

Center Aging Friday Tea Time will be at 2 p.m. on Zoom. This is a social hour for older LGBTQ adults. Guests are encouraged to bring a beverage of choice. For more information, email [email protected]

Go Gay DC will host “Drag Pageant” at 8 p.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar and Restaurant. Net proceeds from this event will benefit EQUALITY NoVa, the local nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing equality in Northern Virginia. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Saturday, April 20

LGBTQ People of Color Support Group will be at 1 p.m. on Zoom. This peer support group is an outlet for LGBTQ People of Color to come together and talk about anything affecting them in a space that strives to be safe and judgment free. For more details, ​​visit or

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Brunch” at 11 a.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant. This fun weekly event brings the DMV area LGBTQ community, including allies, together for delicious food and conversation. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Sunday, April 21

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Dinner” at 7 p.m. at Federico Ristorante Italiano. Attendance 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, April 22

Center Aging: Monday Coffee & Conversation will be at 10 a.m. on Zoom. This is a social hour for older LGBTQ adults. Guests are encouraged to bring a beverage of their choice. For more details, email [email protected]

Tuesday, April 23

Pride on the Patio Events will host “LGBTQ Social Mixer” at 5:30 p.m. at Showroom. Dress is casual, fancy, or comfortable. Guests are encouraged to bring their most authentic self to chat, laugh, and get a little crazy. Admission is free and more details are on Eventbrite.

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

Wednesday, April 24

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 [email protected].

Asexual and Aromantic Group will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This is a space where people who are questioning this aspect of their identity or those who identify as asexual and/or aromantic can come together, share stories and experiences, and discuss various topics. For more details, email [email protected]

Thursday, April 25

The DC Center’s Fresh Produce Program will be held all day at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. People will be informed on Wednesday at 5:00 pm if they are picked to receive a produce box. No proof of residency or income is required. For more information, email [email protected] or call 202-682-2245. 

Virtual Yoga with Charles M. will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This is a free weekly class focusing on yoga, breath work, and meditation. For more details, visit the DC Center for the LGBT Community’s website.

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Want to meet other queer individuals over some drag?

‘Everyone Welcome’ free variety show scheduled for Sunday



(Washington Blade file photo by Damien Salas)

Mixxed/Be You will host “Everyone Welcome Drag Variety Show” on Sunday, April 7 at 4 p.m. at Be You Social (2427 18th Street, N.W.).

This will be a night of fabulous performances and entertainment. Guests should come prepared to experience the magic of drag in person and celebrate diversity and inclusivity. 

This event is open to everyone and is free of charge. More details are available on Eventbrite.

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