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Calendar: Nov. 22-28

NGLCC National Dinner among this week’s highlights

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The NGLCC National Dinner is tonight. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Friday, Nov. 22

The 2019 NGLCC National Awards Dinner hosted by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce is tonight from 5:45-10 p.m. at the National Building Museum (440 G St. N.W.). Leading LGBT business owners, corporate partners and community leaders are invited in this culminating event for Global LGBTI business week. More information available at nglcc.org/events/2019-nglcc-national-dinner.

A Magical Cirque Christmas performs tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Warner Theatre (13th and E St., N.W.). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for this seasonal event. Tickets start at $47 on concerts1.livenation.com.

Go Pop: Underwear Flair hosted by Kicks and Giggles is tonight at 10 p.m. at the Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.). Wear your best kicks for a chance to win a free bar tab; $5 cover gets you one free drink before 11:30 p.m. For more information, visit greenlanterndc.com

Saturday, Nov. 23

Flashy Saturdaze is tonight from from 4-10 p.m. at Flashy Sundays (645 Florida Ave, N.W.). There is no cover for this special rooftop event featuring music by DJs TWiN and Sean Morris. Visit facebook.com/flashydc for more information. 

Wallah She’s Funny” the comedy benefit tour is at 6 p.m. tonight at the Jack Morton Auditorium (805 21st St., N.W.). Featuring an all female lineup of comics representing diversity in faith, ethnicity, professional background and identity. It’s part of an eight-city national tour highlighting the spectrum of Muslim women’s experiences navigating American society. Tickets start at $25 on eventbrite.com.

The D.C. Queer Theatre Festival Staged Reading Series is tonight at 7 p.m. at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W., Suite 105). Tonight’s “Crying on Television” by R. Eric Thomas, the first reading in the series, is a comedy about trying to make a connection through a small screen. Tickets are $10 for each reading, $25 for the series. For more information, visit thedccenter.org

John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons continues tonight at 8 p.m. at the National Theatre (1321 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.). Leguizamo’s Tony-nominated one-man play was inspired by the near total absence of Latinos from his son’s American history books and audiences share in his frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son’s history project. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Tickets start at $59 at thenationaldc.com

“A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour” is tonight at 8 p.m. at the Warner Theater (13th and E St., N.W.). An evening of holiday performances featuring contestants from “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Tickets start at $38 on concerts1.livenation.com.

Desiree Dik’s Drag Show Extravaganza hosted by Red Bear Brewing (209 M St., N.E.) is tonight at 9 p.m. Bombalicious Eklaver, Chicki Parm, Baby and Indiana Bones perform at this pre-holiday event. More information is available at redbear.beer.

The Tart Queer Dance Party is tonight at 10 p.m. at the Rock and Roll Hotel (1353 H St., N.E.). Shows featuring Vagenesis, Desiree Dik, JaxKnife Complex and Washington Heights are at midnight and 1 a.m. with music by DJ Honey. Tickets are $10 on rockandrollhoteldc.com

The D.C. Chamber Musicians offer a free concert today at 3 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church (5533 16th St., N. Arlington, Va.). A Beethoven piano trio, a Brahms clarinet trio and other works will be performed. Donations accepted. Details at dccos.org

Sunday, Nov. 24

Portrait Story Days: American Indian Heritage Month Sitting Bull is today from 1-4 p.m. at the National Portrait Gallery (8th and F St., N.W.). Admission is free to this cultural family event. For more information, visit npg.si.edu

Live Nation presents Jaden and Willow Smith in the “Willow and Erys” tour tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Echostage (2135 Queens Chapel Rd., N.E.). Jaden, known for his nonbinary style, co-headlines with his sister for this international music tour. Tickets are $32.50 on echostage.com.

Monday, Nov. 25

Womxn’s Circle facilitated by Naika Gabriel is tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Potter’s House (1658 Columbia Rd., N.W.). This free event is open to all people who identify as female, girl, femme, queen, lady and all expressions of the feminine regardless of sex assigned at birth. Food and drink are available for purchase. Register at eventbrite.com

Womxn/Muxer: A Trans Womxn of Color Artist Revue is tonight at 8 p.m. at the Anacostia Playhouse (2020 Shannon Pl., S.E.). Tickets to this event hosted by Xemi Tapepechul are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and free to trans womxn of color. Visit translatinxdmv.org for tickets and information

The D.C. Sisters meet tonight at 9 p.m. for Singing with the Sisters at the Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.). All are welcome to grab a drink and enjoy karaoke at this weekly event. Visit greenlanterndc.com for more information. 

Tuesday, Nov. 26

The National Museum of Natural History hosts Live Tarantula Feedings today at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Smithsonian Insect Zoo (10th St. and Constitution Ave., N.W.). Admission is free and families are invited to watch volunteers conduct live feeding demonstrations while answering questions. More information is available at naturalhistory.si.edu.

The “A Team of Their Own: How an International Sisterhood Made Olympic History” book talk and signing by author Seth Berkman is tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Georgetown University (3700 0 St., N.W.). In January 2018, North and South Korea merged their women’s ice hockey teams and invited teammates of Korean descent from all over the world. Berkman traveled to South Korea, his first since his adoption, to chronicle the event. Register at eventbrite.com.

Wednesday, Nov. 27

The 2019 Malaysian Cultural Festival is from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. today at the Malaysian Embassy (3516 International Ct., N.W.). This one-day event brings Malaysian university students and local communities together to celebrate the cultures, traditions, games and food of Malaysia. Tickets and an interesting colored smoke animation graphic are available at ecprescouncil.wixsite.com

Thursday, Nov. 28

Thirst Trap Thursdays hosted by Venus Valhalla continue tonight at 11 p.m. at Pitchers D.C. (2317 18th St., N.W.). All are invited to see Venus and her line up of queer performers who are set to entertain. More information is on Facebook events.

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Calendar: May 15-20

Events in the week to come

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SaVanna Wanzer is the activist behind May Is: All About Trans. (Photo courtesy Wanzer)

Saturday, May 15

May Is Trans DC will host a free virtual event, “May Is: Trans Pride” at 10 a.m. The event, curated by SaVanna Wanzer, will focus on addressing the critical gaps in information, services, and visibility of the transgender, gender non-conforming and gender expansive communities in the DMV. For more information, visit: mayistransdc.com/event-details/may-is-transpride.

The DC Center will host online support for LGBTQ+ people of color via Zoom at 1 p.m. 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 judgement free. For more information, visit thedccenter.org/poc or facebook.com/centerpoc.

Sunday, May 16

The DC Center and the Beta Kappa Chapter of the Beta Phi Omega Sorority will host a peer-led support group devoted to the joys and challenges of being a Black lesbian via Zoom at 1 p.m. You do not need to be a member of the Beta Kappa Chapter or the Beta Phi Omega Sorority in order to join, but they do ask that you either identify as a lesbian or are questioning that aspect of your identity. For more information, email [email protected].

May Is Trans DC will host a movie night over Zoom at 5 p.m. The movie will focus on stories about the transgender community. Grab your PJ’s, a blanket and pillow and cozy up for a relaxing night of fun. To RSVP, visit: . mayistransdc.com/event-details/movie-night.

Monday, May 17

Join GenderQueer DC for their monthly support group for people who identify outside of the gender binary. Whether you’re bigender, agender, gender fluid, or just know that you’re not 100% cis – this is your group. The event will be on Zoom and will begin at 7 p.m. For more information, visit genderqueerdc.org or their Facebook page.

Join May Is Trans DC for “Trans Led Organizations via Zoom at 7 p.m. The event will feature panelists Queen Victoria Ortaga, Jevon Martin, Kayla Gore, and Lee Blinder who will discuss how to observe the unique needs of transgender communities to create non-profit organizations. To RSVP, visit: mayistransdc.com/event-details/trans-led-organizations.

Tuesday, May 18

The DC Center will host “Bi Roundtable Discussion” via Zoom at 7 p.m. This monthly event will be an opportunity for people to gather to discuss issues related to bisexuality or as bi individuals in a private setting. For more information visit Center Bi’s Facebook page: facebook.com/centerbiplus.

“Ask Me About My Pronouns” will be on Zoom at 7 p.m. Join Will Wanzer III, Grayson Baker, and Marian Cooper for an educational conversation about how to use pronouns and best practices if you do not know someone’s pronouns. To RSVP, visit: mayistransdc.com/event-details/ask-me-about-my-pronouns-1.

Wednesday, May 19

“Allies of the Transgender Community” is an online panel that will be hosted on Zoom at 7 p.m. This event, organized by May Is Trans DC, will discuss the ins and outs of transgender allyship. The featured panelists are Justin Woods, Stephania Mahdi, and Jewel Addy. For more information, visit: mayistransdc.com/event-details/allies-of-the-transgender-community.

Join BookMen DC as they discuss gay literature over Zoom at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit: bookmendc.blogspot.com.

Thursday, May 20

The DC Center will host an online Poly Discussion group starting at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This group is designed to be a forum for people at all different stages to discuss polyamory and other consensual non-monogamous relationships. Newcomers will be given a basic introduction into what polyamory is and what some of the advantages and disadvantages are. Attendees who are already in relationships will also be given the opportunity to discuss their situations and get advice from the group if they feel that would be helpful. This group is open to people of all sexual orientations and people who are interested in non-monogamy in both kinky and non-kinky relationships. For more information, visit: thedccenter.org/events/poly-group-discussion-2021-05-20.

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MCBC honors veterans with free COVID testing

Event sponsored by African American Health Program, National Center for Children and Families

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Montgomery County Black Communities hosts “Veterans Celebration!” at Montgomery College (Rockville Campus) on Saturday May 22 at 10 a.m. The event, associated with the catchphrase “Don’t Stress. Take the Test,” will salute veterans by providing free on-site COVID-19 testing, bags of food, COVID-19 swag, and on-site vaccine pre-registration. This event is sponsored by organizations such as the African American Health Program and the National Center for Children and Families. For more information visit AAHPcovid.com.

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NAMI in conversation about managing mental health

Guided discussion and Q&A with a panel of experts

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness hosts the fourth edition of “NAMI Ask the Expert Help Not Handcuffs,” a webinar dedicated to addressing mental health crises with effective community responses. During this webinar, community experts provide an overview of the crisis model being developed and implemented in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, and offer background on how to get started locally on implementation of a new crisis system.

Following the presentations, NAMI’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ken Duckworth will lead a guided discussion and Q&A with a panel of experts including Mary Burckell, Director of Safe Haven, Nick Richard, Executive Director of NAMI St. Tammany, Tom Rowan, Project Director and Peer Support Specialist Supervisor of NAMI St. Tammany, and Judge Alan Zaunbrecher, 22nd Judicial District Court of Louisiana. To register, visit NAMI’s website.

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