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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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Forget Santa Claus – Ginger Minj is comin’ to town

‘Drag Race’ alum’s Winter Wonderland Tour stops in D.C. Nov. 29 and 30

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Ginger Minj will perform her holiday spectacular Winter Wonderland Tour at Miracle Theatre.

Ginger Minj is a busy little elf.

From her new country album “Double Wide Diva” to sporadic stints in TV and movies to her upcoming book, “Southern Fried Sass” (which reportedly scored her a six-figure deal), the “Drag Race” diva is everywhere these days, including a venue near you. On Nov. 29 and 30, the new queen of Christmas will perform her holiday spectacular Winter Wonderland Tour at Miracle Theatre.

We recently caught up with the multitalented actress/comedian/singer to discuss her continued success, including making friends with Jennifer Aniston while filming Netflix’s “Dumplin,’” her take on the latest Dave Chappelle backlash, the best Christmas gift she’s ever received, and what exactly makes her the “nicest bitch” this side of the North Pole – but first, let’s take a sleigh ride back to the beginning.

BLADE: Tell me a bit about how you got started in drag and the genesis of Ginger Minj. 

GINGER MINJ: Like most good show-tune-loving queers, I stumbled into drag through musical theater. I auditioned for a show that required either full-frontal nudity or drag, and I figured I would fare better in a wig and heels than nothing at all. I got the role and really took to it quickly. I felt more free and honest as a performer than I ever had before, and I realized I could make a livable income doing something that I was wholly responsible for creating. 

BLADE: How has your appearance on “Drag Race” helped your career, and what are your top takeaways from your time on the show?

GM: It’s an international platform that allows us to introduce ourselves to the entire world. It got me a seat at the table with people and places that refused to even open the door for me in the past. I think there was – and maybe still is sometimes – this initial assumption that drag artists are limited in their talents, but we have been able to show the world that we are just as talented and capable as any other entertainer. I don’t wear a wig as a gimmick. I wear it as an accessory, and it doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be taken as seriously as any other actor, singer, etc. “Drag Race” is doing a great job of showing the world that – and I’ll forever be grateful.

BLADE: If folks didn’t catch you on “Drag Race,” they might recognize you from the 2018 Netflix movie “Dumplin’” starring Jennifer Aniston and Dove Cameron. What was your experience like on set, and do you have any other TV/film projects in the works?

GM: “Dumplin’” was the single best experience of my life! Jennifer Aniston brought me coffee every morning, and Kathy Najimy had my trailer moved next to hers so we could listen to Beyoncé and play with makeup. That entire cast and crew treated all of us queens with unbelievable respect. It really gave me a passion for filmmaking and, yes, I’m happy to say there are a few more projects – big screen and small – coming your way soon.

BLADE: What makes you the “nicest bitch you’ll ever meet?”

GM: It’s like those good ole’ southern church ladies who will give you the shirts off their backs but read you to filth for not bringing one of your own. The only thing bigger than my mouth is my heart and the “shady” things I say should never be taken seriously. 

BLADE: As a comedian yourself, what are your thoughts on the latest Dave Chappelle/Netflix controversy?

GM: I’ve always felt like comedy and drag go hand in hand: It’s an outrageous way to start a conversation and make people confront their own feelings about anything and everything. That being said, I think there’s a way to do that without disparaging and discrediting an entire group of human beings. I think it’s shameful that someone with that great of a platform would choose to punch down. 

BLADE: Your new single “Walk Tall” is about growing up gay in the South – and it’s a very good song. Radio worthy even, but a hard sell, given its content, to a country-music audience. How do you think that changes? Will LGBTQ+ country artists ever enjoy the kind of success their straight counterparts do?

GM: I think so. To be completely honest with you, I’ve gotten much more support for that album from the country community than I have from the drag world. The message is so universal, and we were very careful to do it in an authentic, simple way. When we stop focusing on our differences and start embracing our similarities, the world can change. I just do the things that make me happy and hope it finds the people who need to hear it. 

BLADE: Christmas is just around the corner – do you prefer giving or receiving? What’s your most prized Christmas present from the past?

GM: I’m definitely a giver! I drive myself crazy for months researching and planning and looking for the perfect gifts for everyone. It’s my way of showing the people I care most about that while I may be busy, I’m listening. I hear them, I see them, and I appreciate them. The best Christmas present I ever got was a cheap plastic pair of ruby slippers from my mama when I was a kid. I still have them. That moment changed my life forever. It’s what actually inspired “Walk Tall.”

BLADE: Like Santa Claus himself, the Ginger Minj Winter Wonderland Tour 2021 is coming to town. What do you have in store for audiences this holiday season?

GM: What don’t we have in store?! There are 20 costume changes, instructional videos gone terribly wrong, singing, dancing, magic tricks, fog machines, comedy, and it even snows over the audience! This is the biggest, prettiest, most ambitious show we have ever put together.

BLADE: Looking forward to 2022, what’s in the works? What are a few of your New Year’s resolutions?

GM: So many great things — more music, some movies, some TV, a stage production of “La Cage aux Folles” in Chicago, and my book “Southern Fried Sass” will hit the shelves. It’s a great time to be the “Glamour Toad,” and I am grateful every single day. 

Mikey Rox is an award-winning journalist and LGBT lifestyle expert whose work has been published in more than 100 outlets across the world. Connect with Mikey on Instagram @mikeyroxtravels.

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Children’s Beach House to host holiday fundraiser

Music by artists Pamala Stanley and 2nd Time Around

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Pamala Stanley performs at a fundraiser for the Children’s Beach House in Lewes, Del., on Dec. 3. (Blade file photo by Daniel Truitt)

The Children’s Beach House in Lewes, Del., will begin its weekend-long fundraiser with an annual holiday party on Friday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

The event will include a live auction, cocktails, dinner by Touch of Italy and music by artists Pamala Stanly and 2nd Time Around. This fundraiser will help support CBH’s work with children and families. Tickets are $150.

The celebrations will continue with a “Santa’s Workshop” event on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. This event will include cookie decorating and making holiday crafts, among other events. There will also be a cash bar available with bloody mary’s and mimosas for those 21 years and older. Tickets cost $30.

CBH will end the weekend with “Happy Hour With the Boy Band Project” on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. This event will be a musical performance by an electric boy band cover group, which was named “Best Group” by the 2019 Broadway World Awards that re-imagines the sound, movement, and energy of NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, One Direction, and more. Tickets are $150. Visit cbhinc.org for more information.

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Clarksburg church to host Trans Day of Remembrance

Rev. Erica Saunders will be a guest speaker

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(Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Hyattstown Christian Church will host a service of remembrance on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. in person at 26012 Frederick Rd., Clarksburg, Md., and on Zoom. 

Rev. Erica Saunders will be a guest speaker at the event. Saunders is pastor of Peace Community Church in Oberlin, Ohio. 

She is one of the first openly trans women ordained in Baptist life and serves on the executive council of Christian Feminism Today. 

For more information about the service, visit [email protected]

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