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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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Rayceen Pendarvis hosts District of Pride Showcase

Mayor’s Office celebrates resilience of D.C.’s LGBTQ community with night of entertainment



Rayceen Pendarvis hosts District of Pride Showcase on June 30. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The Mayor’s Office for LGBTQ Affairs will host “The District of Pride Showcase” on Thursday, June 30 at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Theatre.

This event is to celebrate the resilience of D.C.’s LGBTQ community with a night of entertainment and performances that will feature the diverse queer talent.

This event will be hosted by Rayceen Pendarvis, with announcer Krylios, featuring DJ Honey. There will also be a performance by “Real Housewives of Potomac” star Candiace. 

This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

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Mayor’s office to celebrate older LGBTQ individuals

District of Pride: Seniors Brunch on Monday



The Mayor’s Office for LGBTQ Affairs will host “District of Pride: Seniors Brunch” on Monday, June 27 at 11 a.m. at Frank D. Reeves Center of Municipal Arts. 

This event is a celebration of Pride and a “thank you” to the District’s senior community members for their contributions to the LGBTQ+ community.

This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

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10 LGBTQ events this week

Drag, parties and Night Out at the Nationals among attractions



Below are our picks for some of the most fun and creative things to do this week in D.C. that are of special interest to the LGBTQ community.

Night Out at the Nationals

Night Out at the Nationals (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)
Tuesday, June 14 6 p.m. Nationals Park 500 South Capitol Street, S.E. $25 Facebook | Tickets Join Team D.C. for the annual Night Out at the Nationals on Tuesday. There will be a lot of Pride activities and it is a nice chance to socialize with other LGBTQ fans. The Nationals will take on the Atlanta Braves.

Pride Drag Bingo

Tuesday, June 14 7-9 p.m. Red Bear Brewing Co. 209 M Street, N.E. Facebook | Webstite Enjoy some Bombastic Bingo with drag queen Desiree Dik at Red Bear Brewing Co. on Tuesday.

DC Boys of Leather Pride Happy Hour

Thursday, June 16 6-9 p.m. Trade 1410 14th Street, N.W. Facebook Every month, the DC Boys of Leather get together for some general merriment. Wear your gear and celebrate Pride at Trade on Thursday.

Drag Underground

(Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)
Friday, June 17 Doors 7:30 / Show 8:30 Dupont Underground 19 Dupont Circle, N.W. Facebook | Eventbrite Don’t miss a truly unique experience on Friday with an underground drag show.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Viewing Party

Friday, June 17 8-9 p.m. JR.’s Bar 1519 17th Street, N.W. Facebook Watch RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 7 among friends at JR.’s on Friday.


Saturday, June 18 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Harrison Street Easton, Md. Facebook Looking for Pride on the peninsula? Easton, Md. is host to DelMarVa Pride for three days this week, with a festival downtown on Saturday. The event is free and family friendly with comedy, drag, music, vendors and crafts.


Saturday, June 18 12-3 p.m. Annapolis Town Center 1906 Towne Centre Boulevard Annapolis, Md. $12.24 Facebook | Tickets Celebrate pride month at Annapolis Town Center’s PridePalooza. Enjoy food trucks, games, crafts, face painting, balloon animals, henna, tie-dye and more.

Pride Bar Crawl

A League of Her Own (Washington Blade file photo by Tom Hausman)
Saturday, June 18 4-11:59 p.m. A League of Her Own 2319 18th Street, N.W. $20-$25 Facebook | Eventbrite The fifth annual Pride Crawl with take participants across several venues for an evening of fun. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Trevor Project.

Lip-sync Duels

Sunday, June 19 8-10 p.m. Freddie’s Beach Bar 555 23rd Street S Arlington, Va. Facebook The Imperial Court hosts a Lip Sync Duel at Freddie’s Beach Bar in Crystal City on Sunday.


Sunday, June 19 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. (Monday) Flash 645 Florida Avenue, N.W. $30 advance / $40 door Facebook | Eventbrite TWiN and Sean Morris will be spinning on the main floor for Juneteenth Holiday Weekend.
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