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Calendar: Dec. 27-Jan. 2

Parties, shows and events in the week to come



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ZooLights ends its run on Jan. 1. (Washington Blade photo by Zach Brien)

Friday, Dec. 27

Holiday Light Spectacular hosted by the Washington National Cathedral (3101 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) is tonight from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The event features a medley of seasonal music and sing-alongs accompanied by a full orchestra. Tickets are $40 on

Daft Punk is Playing at My House 2000s dance party is tonight at 10 p.m. at the DC9 (1940 9th St., N.W.). Tickets are free in advance and $5 the day of for this 21-and-up event. For more information, visit

Saturday, Dec. 28

A LOBO Holiday Spectacular is tonight at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) at 9 p.m. Hosted by D.J. UltraPup, this event is a celebration of the past year while welcoming in the new. The cover charge is $5 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information, visit the D.C. Eagle on Facebook.

Dark and Stormy December with D.J.s Kangal and Mindjacket is tonight at 9 p.m. at the DC9 (1940 9th St., N.W.). Tickets are $5 at the door. This party features Electro, Synthwave, Industrial and other dark techno sounds. Visit for more information.

Sunday, Dec. 29

Gayborhood Night Piano Bar hosted by Freddie’s Beach Bar (555 23rd St., S., Arlington, Va.) is tonight from 5-8 p.m. Everyone is welcome for an evening of drink specials and door prizes to foster community between LGBTQ and ally neighbors. Visit for more information on this and other events. 

Indierock Karaoke: Holiday Edition is tonight at 8 p.m. at the DC9 (1940 9th St., N.W.). All singers win old school prizes made of vinyl. For tickets and information, visit

Monday, Dec. 30

“A Christmas Carol” is at Ford’s Theatre (511 10th St., N.W.) today from 2-4 p.m. Tickets start at $32 for this holiday staple and are available for purchase at

The Glow 20 Reunion featuring Robbie Rivera and George Acosta is tonight at 10 p.m. at Soundcheck (1420 K St., N.W.). Tickets are free until 10 p.m. and $10 after for this 18-and-up event. For tickets and information, visit Eventbrite.

Tuesday, Dec. 31

The second annual Leather and Lace Ball hosted by the DC Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) is tonight at 8 p.m. This New Year’s Eve party features D.J.s, drag performers, go go boys and more. Tickets are $10 on Eventbrite.

New Year’s Eve Monopoly is tonight at Unity Lounge (1936 9th St., N.W.) at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $60. Event includes games and prizes, 2000-2019 music, champagne toast at midnight, hats, noisemakers and Times Square on big screen. Tickets and information are on Eventbrite and

Wednesday, Jan. 1

New Year’s Day Drag Brunch at Shaw’s Tavern (520 Florida Ave., N.W.) is today from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. There is no cover for this event hosted by Kristina Kelly. For more information, visit

Zoolights ends its run tonight from 5-9 p.m. at the Smithsonian National Zoo (3001 Connecticut Ave., N.W.). This free event includes live music, winter treats and holiday shopping. For more information, visit

Thursday, Jan. 2

The Phillips Collection (1600 21st St., N.W.) presents Party Like the Roaring ‘20s tonight from 5-8:30 p.m. D.J. Chou Chou performs 1920s cabaret and electro-swing while guests enjoy Green Hat Gin from D.C.’s first distillery. Guests who come in period attire receive a free drink. Tickets start at $12 at

Queer/Trans/Nonbinary Yoga is tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Lamont Dharma House (1719 Lamont St., N.W.). The event promotes a safe space for those who identify outside of traditional boundaries. More information is available at and Facebook events. 


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HRC’s National Dinner is back

LGBTQ rights organization’s annual gala features Rhimes, Waithe, Bomer



Actor Matt Bomer will be honored at the HRC National Dinner.

The Human Rights Campaign will host its annual National Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The dinner’s honorees include world-famous producers, actors and entertainers whose work spotlights the fight for civil rights and social justice, including Shonda Rhimes, Lena Waithe and Matt Bomer.

A new event, as part of the weekend, — the Equality Convention — will take place the night before the dinner on Friday, Oct. 13. The convention will showcase the power of the LGBTQ equality movement, feature influential political and cultural voices, and bring together volunteer and movement leaders from across the country to talk about the path ahead.
For more details about the weekend, visit HRC’s website.

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MLK Library to spotlight queer Asian writer

Trung Nguyen’s ‘The Magic Fish’ explored



The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will host “A Conversation with Trung Nguyen, Novelist” on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.

Nguyen’s book, “The Magic Fish” explores the LGBTQ experience and dives deep into Asian heritage and culture. United States Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius will attend the event and introduce Nguyen.

Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

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Calendar: September 29-October 5

LGBTQ events in the days to come



Friday, September 29

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Happy Hour” at 7 p.m. at DIK Bar. This event is ideal for making new friends, professional networking, idea-sharing, and community building. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Saturday, September 30

“September LGBTQ+ Climbing Day” will be at noon at Movement Columbia.  LGBTQ+ and ally people 5 and up are welcome to attend a fun day to try out climbing and some climbing games. Tickets cost $5 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Brunch” at 11 a.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant. Guests are encouraged to come enjoy brunch with other LGBTQ+ folk.. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Sunday, October 1

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Coffee & Conversation” at 12 p.m. at As You Are. This event is ideal for those looking to make new friends & connections in the DMV’s LGBTQ+ community. Admission 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, October 2

“Reign: A Variety Drag Show” will be at 8 p.m. at Dupont Italian Kitchen. Logan Stone will  host the event, featuring Dabatha Christie, Hennessey, Sirene Noir Sidora Jackson, and Anamosity. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

Center Aging Monday Coffee and Conversation will be at 10 a.m. on Zoom. LGBT Older Adults — and friends — are invited to enjoy friendly conversations and to discuss any issues you might be dealing with. For more information, visit the Center Aging’s Facebook or Twitter

Tuesday, October 3

Pride on the Patio Events will host “LGBTQ+ Social Mixer” at 5:30p.m. at Showroom. This event is a weekly cocktails and dinner social mixer for the LGBTQIA community in Frederick, MD. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Wednesday, October 4

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

PRISM will host “LGBTQ+ History Tour & Happy Hour” will be at 5:30p.m. at Lafayette Square. Treasury Curator Jon Frederick will lead the group on an LGBTQ+ history tour of Lafayette Square. Thereafter, there will be happy hour at Trade at 1410 14th St NW. This event is free and details are available on Eventbrite

Thursday, October 5

The DC Center’s Fresh Produce Program will be held all day at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. To be more fair with who is receiving boxes, the program is moving to a lottery system. 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 Class with Charles M. will be at 12 p.m. online. This is a weekly class focusing on yoga, breathwork, and meditation. Guests are encouraged to RSVP on the DC Center’s website, providing your name, email address, and zip code, along with any questions you may have. A link to the event will be sent at 6 pm the day before.

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