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Calendar: Jan 10-16

Parties, concerts and events in the week to come



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Monet Dupree performs in ‘Freddie’s Follies.’ The Follies Drag Show is on Saturday at Freddie’s Beach Bar & Grill in Arlington, Va. (Washington Blade file photo by Hugh Clarke)

Friday, Jan. 10

Diana Ross sings her greatest hits with the National Symphony Orchestra tonight at 8 p.m at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (2700 F St., N.W.). This legendary performer and Kennedy Center honoree performs hits spanning her award-winning career. Tickets start at $39 at

The LezLink Dinner D8 is tonight at 8:30 p.m. at O-Ku Sushi (1274 5th St., N.E.). Tickets are $10. This event is for womxn who identify as masculine of center and seek femme-identified womxn partners. Details and information are available on Eventbrite and Facebook events. 

Queer artist Meshell Ndegeocello performs “Exploration Through Geographical Memories”  tonight at 8 p.m. at Blues Alley (1073 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.). Also featured are performers Federico Pena, Gene Lake and Taurus Mateen. Tickets are $50 on

Daddy Night is tonight at Uproar Lounge (639 Florida Ave., N.W.) at 10 p.m. There is no cover for this 21-and-over party, with select complimentary drinks until midnight and a free shot of Captain Morgan for the shirtless and daring. More information is available at

Saturday, Jan. 11

HIPS Volunteer Orientation is today from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at HIPS (906 H St., N.E.). Submit an application prior to attending online. More information is available at

The Washington Scandals Roast is tonight from 6-8 p.m. at Pitchers (2317 18th St., N.W.). The team will roast team captain Jacob Tharp before the military ships him off. For more information, visit and Facebook events. 

Freddie’s Follies Drag Show is tonight at 8 p.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar (555 23rd St., S, Arlington, Va.).  Showtime is at 8 p.m. and karaoke begins at 10. Visit for details. 

Kinetic presented by Avalon Saturdays and D.C. Takeover featuring DJ Rodolfo Bravat is tonight at 10 p.m. at Soundcheck (1420 K St., N.W.). General admission tickets are $20 and include $4 Absolut drinks from 10-midnight. Visit for more information. 

Freeballers is tonight at 10 p.m. at Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.). This pre-MAL dance party runs all night and features club hits from the past and present. For more information, visit

Sunday, Jan. 12

Free Queer Tango Practica hosted by Tango Mercurio is today from 2-5 p.m. at The Line Hotel Community Center (1770 Euclid St., N.W.). There will be a brief introduction class at 2 p.m. followed by practice time until 5.. Visit for more information. 

Queer Yoga with Kyle Grant is today at Dragon’s Breath Yoga (3423 14th St., N.W.) from 2-4 p.m. There will be 90 minutes of yoga, snacks and time to meet new people. Cost is $10. Visit for more information. 

The Queer-Fetish-Fashion Yard Sale hosted by Pussy Noir is today from 2-6 p.m. at Trade (1410 14th St., N.W.). This MAL pre-event focuses on queer fetish fashion items. More details are available on Facebook events. 

The annual No Pants Subway Ride is today from 3-7 p.m. starting at Hancock Park (800 C St., S.W.). Hosted by Cupidfit and Capital Improv, the group will ride the D.C. Metro sans pants in a celebration of silliness. The subway ride is from 3-5 p.m. with a pants-optional after party from 5-7 p.m. at Sudhouse near the U Street station. For details and information, visit

“Women, Social Media and Dissent in Iran” is a talk hosted by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art (1050 Independence Ave., S.W.) today from 4-5 p.m. Scholar Layla Hashemi discusses the use of social media to challenge gender-based discrimination in Iran. For more information, visit

Monday, Jan. 13

Showtunes and Cocktails is tonight from 7-9:30 p.m. at Beacon Bar and Grill (1615 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.) This is a monthly event hosted by pianist Glenn Pearson. 

The Coven D.C. party for queer womxn is tonight at 10 p.m. at Ten Tigers Parlour (3813 Georgia Ave., N.W.). For more information, visit 

Tuesday, Jan. 14

Women’s March Poster Making is tonight from 5-9 p.m. on the George Washington University Campus (2121 H St., N.W.). March on the Campus GWU hosts a night of poster making and discussion in preparation for the 2020 Women’s March. Art supplies and posters are provided. Visit for more information. 

“My Fair Lady” continues its run tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. (2700 F St., N.W.). Tickets start at $39 for this classic tale of Eliza Doolittle and notions about what makes a “proper lady.” Tickets are available at

Wednesday, Jan. 15

Market Crash: Leather Edition is tonight at 9 p.m. at The Big Board (421 H St., N.E.). This MAL “pre-game” event is a special LGBTQ, leather-encouraged dance party. For more information, visit and Facebook events. 

Rock N Roll Karaoke with host Andrew Herndon is tonight at 9 p.m. at Slash Run (201 Upshur St., N.W.). Punk and rock music highlight this event and set the stage for MAL weekend. Visit for more information. 

Thursday, Jan. 16

Sondra Sun-Odeon performs her haunting rock ballads tonight at 8 p.m. at Slash Run (201 Upshur St., N.W.). Visit and Facebook events for details. 

Shen Yun Performing Arts, a classical Chinese dance presentation,opens today at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts (4373 Mason Pond Dr., Fairfax, Va.) at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $80 and are available at

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Must-attend events in D.C. this fall

Mix of in-person and virtual exhibits, brunches, and more



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SMYAL Executive Director Sultan Shakir addresses the crowd at the 2018 Fall Brunch. (Blade photo by Michael Key)

Last year, the pandemic forced many event planners to cancel their projects or move everything entirely online. However, this year, with the number of vaccinated people increasing and the mask mandate in place, events are slowly returning to the in-person format. Check out the list below for a good mix of both in-person and virtual events to watch out for this fall:

Smithsonian Associates will be hosting “Palestinian Embroidery 101: The Tatreez Sampler Series” on Friday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. This online event teaches the art of Palestinian embroidery including the basic Palestinian cross-stitch and how to create a tatreez sampler, using Aida cloth fabric. The class will be taught by Wafa Ghnaim who began her training in embroidery with her mother at age 2. Visit the Smithsonian’s website for more information.

Join Capital Pride Alliance virtually to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” on Monday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. This event will focus on “[supporting] the continuous fight for full inclusion for transgender and intersex servicemembers.” Keynote speakers include former Rep. Patrick J. Murphy, and Jennifer Dane, Air Force veteran and Executive Director of the Modern Military Association of America. Guests will get to hear extraordinary stories from service members of all branches and learn more about the fight for the codification of transgender military service and the effort to lift the ban on service for intersex individuals and folks living with HIV. For more information, visit Capital Pride Alliance’s website.

The 2021 LGBTQ Intergenerational Symposium will be on Thursday, Sept. 23. This is a free two-day virtual event sponsored by the DC Department of Aging and Community Living, Capitol Hill Village, and the DC Villages and is open to LGBTQ individuals and allies of all ages. There will also be a virtual kickoff for attendees, speakers, and organizations that are involved to get to know each other. Each day will include two health and wellness sessions, one panel, and breakout session.

The Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics will host New Vistas in Astronomy: Imaging a Black Hole on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. This event will celebrate the 51st year of the New Vistas in Astronomy lecture series at Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (FLWO). There will be speakers from across the many scientific divisions of the Center for Astrophysics Harvard & Smithsonian led by founding director of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Shep Doeleman. 

DC Front Runners will host its 40th anniversary party on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Jack Rose Dining Saloon at 3 p.m. This event will be held outside on the large roof deck. Tickets for this event are $35 and cover two drinks, passed appetizers and hors d’oeuvres. You are welcome to open a tab at the bar after your drink tickets have been used. Drink tickets for paid attendees will be available starting mid-September at the runs, and also available day of the event by contacting Josh Yankovic. More information about this event is available on DC Front Runners’ website.

All Things Go and the Capital Pride Alliance are joining forces to launch “Club Pride”, a third stage and dance party at the All Things Go Music Festival on Saturday, Oct. 16. This all-day event will feature special intimate artist performances, DJ sets, special guests and more throughout the day. Access to Club Pride is included with all festival tickets. Club Pride is located at Merriweather Post Pavilion’s 9:32 Stage. For more information, visit Capital Pride Alliance’s website.

Capital Pride Alliance will host the first ever “Colorful Fest” that will include a block party and street fair on Sunday, Oct. 17. The Street Fair will feature small independent businesses, community groups, artisans, and food along 15th Street. The Block Party will include entertainment, an As You Are Bar pop-up, and dancing throughout the day for guests 21 and over. For more details, visit Capital Pride Alliance’s website.

Smithsonian Associates presents “The Philosophical Thought of Thomas Aquinas” on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. This event will be hosted online and Aquinas scholar Gregory T. Doolan will explore Aquinas’s philosophical thought. Thomas Aquinas’s work presents one of Western civilization’s most comprehensive philosophical systems. Although a theologian by profession, this man of faith dedicated much of his vast writings to discerning what the human mind can learn independently of faith. For more information, visit the Smithsonian’s website. 

“SMYAL’s Annual Fall Brunch” will be on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the Marriott Marquis. This event ​​includes a cocktail reception featuring a silent auction, three-course brunch, and a chance to hear from some of the LGBTQ community’s most inspiring leaders. This event will bring together LGBTQ individuals and allies, friends, and families in support of the inspirational youth SMYAL works with every day. For more information, visit SMYAL’s website.

DC Area Transmasculine Society (DCATS) will host “Transmasculine and Nonbinary Social Hour on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. at Red Bear Brewing Company. At this social hour, DCATS will be accepting binder donations and will also give out needles to those who are in need. All partners and friends are required to be accompanied by a transmasculine individual. The event is reservation-only, and you can RSVP online on Eventbrite. 

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Lil Nas X heads up new role at Taco Bell

The 22-year-old musical artist, now riding the success of two global No. 1 hits was an hourly wage earner as part of a Taco Bell team in 2017



Lil Nas X (Screenshot courtesy of Taco Bell)

The iconic American fast-food chain serving Mexican-inspired fare such as tacos, quesadillas and nachos has a new pitchman, former Taco Bell employee and now Grammy award winning rapper & singer-songwriter Lil Nas X, (real name Montero Lamar Hill).

In an announcement Monday, Mark King, CEO of Taco Bell commented that “Lil Nas X knows the job, the experience and the culture Taco Bell creates for its fans – including its people,” King added; ““This unique partnership will deliver on more than just marketing, allowing us to tap into the genius of Lil Nas X to inspire our team members and align with our commitment to unlocking opportunities for young people.”

As a cultural icon with an insider’s perspective on the Taco Bell team member experience, Lil Nas X has been appointed the title of ‘Chief Impact Officer,’ a newly created role that will allow him to collaborate on the brand experience from the inside out.

The 22-year-old musical artist, who catapulted to fame and now is riding the success of two global No. 1 hits in “Old Town Road” and “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” was an hourly wage earner as part of the Taco Bell team at an Atlanta-area restaurant in 2017.

Two years later as a successful up and coming musical artist, on June 30, 2019, the last day of Pride Month, he came out publicly as gay tweeting: “some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care, some of y’all not gone fwm no more. but before this month ends i want y’all to listen closely to c7osure. 🌈🤩✨”

(Courtesy of Taco Bell)

In today’s announcement the company acknowledged his ascendency to artistic celebrity as well as his sexual orientation.

Back in 2017, Lil Nas X laid down roots working at an Atlanta-area Taco Bell as a team member and less than five years later he’s ascended to stardom by defying conventions, charting his own course and remaining authentically true to himself – all things that Taco Bell stands for in its own way.”

As part of his new role, Lil Nas X will support the Taco Bell Foundation’s mission and help announce awards to recipients of the Live Más scholarship to enable them to pursue their creative passions. The Taco Bell Foundation breaks down barriers to educate and inspire the next generation of America’s leaders.

Since 1992, the Taco Bell Foundation has reached more than 4 million young people across the country and has awarded more than $110 million in Live Más Scholarships and grants to youth-serving nonprofit organizations focused on education and career readiness.

The artist’s “expertise in understanding social media and youth culture alongside his skills in creating great music makes this partnership with Taco Bell exciting, brave and one of the most innovative campaigns I’ve had the pleasure of creating,” said Jennifer Frommer, senior vp brand partnerships & commercial sync at Columbia Records.

As one of his first initiatives, Lil Nas X will make a cameo in Taco Bell’s breakfast campaign, which kicks off today, as the brand brings its breakfast offerings back to approximately 90% of restaurants nationwide by mid-September.

According to music industry trade magazine Billboard, in June, the rapper revealed his highly anticipated first full-length album would be “coming soon,” though a release date has not been announced.

Lil Nas X x Taco Bell:

From the press release:

As a brand known for its late night Fourth Meal, Taco Bell is celebrating fans who begin craving and planning for their morning meal in the evening to remind them that Taco Bell breakfast awaits come morning.

Breakfast, In Bedtime Stories – Toasted Breakfast Burritos (Commercial) |Taco Bell:

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Music & Concerts

Erasure’s ‘Neon Tour’ coming to The Anthem

Features out lead Andy Bell



Erasure (Photo courtesy of The Anthem)

Erasure will play The Anthem on Thursday, Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The band features lead singer Andy Bell who is openly LGBTQ and HIV positive.

Tickets cost between $69.50 and $89.50. Super Excellent Seats are non-transferable. The ID of the original purchaser must be presented to pick up the tickets, and also, Super Excellent Seats will be made available for will call pick up no earlier than 30 minutes prior to doors. 

For more information, visit The Anthem’s website.

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