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Calendar: Jan 17-23

Parties, screenings and events in the week to come



MAL Weekend, gay news, Washington Blade
MAL Weekend, gay news, Washington Blade
Reaction Dance (Washington Blade file photo by Denis Largeron)

Friday, Jan. 17

Rough House: Leather Edition is tonight at 9 p.m. at the Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.). This lights off, hands on dance party features DJs offAxis and Lemz upstairs with Sean Morris and The Barber Streisand down below. Cover is $5 before 10 p.m. and $10 after with a free clothes check. Visit for details. 

Hummer at the D.C. Eagle: MAL Weekend is tonight at 10 p.m. at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.). DJs Erik Gruber, Ultra and Phoenix Rise spin tunes on the lower level for this special gear party event. General tickets are $25 on

Impact Sauvage is the Highwaymen TNT Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend kickoff party at the Hyatt Regency host hotel (400 New Jersey Ave., N.W.) at 10 p.m. Cover is $10 and DJ TWiN mixes beats until 3 a.m. For more information, visit

Saturday, Jan. 18

Chanellie’s Drag Brunch is today at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.). Tickets are $41.91. Chanel Deveraux and her team deliver drag entertainment during an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet. Tickets and information are available on Eventbrite and at

BLQK: A QTPOC-only Play Party hosted by Sadie V and the People of Color Kink and Leather Experience is tonight at 9 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Convention Center (901 6th St., N.W.). Tickets start at $5. RSVP is required for this event. For more information, visit Eventbrite and

The Bear Cave: #Leather hosted by Bears Can Party is tonight at 9 p.m. at the Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.). This leather edition features gogo boys Centaurian and Badger while DJ Popperz serves all genres. There is no cover for this 21-and-over event. For details, visit

Goth Night 3: Season of the Bitch is tonight at 10 p.m. at Trade (1410 14th St., N.W.). There is no cover for this 21-and-over event which includes shows by Pariah Sinclair, Domingx, Donna Slash, The Barber Streisand and more. More details are available on Facebook events.

Peach Pit’s 1990s Dance Party with DJ Matt Bailer is tonight at 10:30 p.m. at DC9 (1940 9th St., N.W.). Cover is $5 before midnight and $8 after. Every month’s event includes a new playlist of Peach Pit-approved 90’s classics. Visit for more information on this and other events.

Sunday, Jan. 19

The D.C. Chamber Musicians present a free concert today at 3 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (301 A St., S.E.). The program includes music from Beethoven, Debussy and Iwazen. Proceeds go to the D.C. Chamber Musicians. Visit for more information. 

Pretty Boi Drag presents #PrettyBoiAnniversary 2020 tonight at 8 p.m. at Union Stage (740 Water St., S.W.). Tickets start at $25. This D.C.-based drag king production celebrates its fourth anniversary with a performance from its award-winning team. For more information, visit

The Lambda Bridge Club meets at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for duplicate bridge. No reservations are needed, and newcomers are welcome. Phone 202-841-0279 if you need a partner.

JOX at Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend is tonight at 9 p.m. at Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.). This MAL edition features DJ UltraPup, drink specials all night and a $10 cover. Details are available at

Flashy Leather Edition hosted by Flashy Sundays (645 Florida Ave., N.W.) is tonight at 10 p.m. Cover is $30 for this MLK and MAL weekend event. TWiN and DJ Sean Morris spin on the main floor until 5 a.m. while DJ Mike Babbitt works the roof top. Visit for more information. 

Reaction the official MAL weekend closing dance is tonight at 7 p.m. at the 9:30 club (815 V St., N.W.). Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door. A free shuttle is available from the MAL host hotel with a full weekend ticket purchase and ID. Visit and for details. 

Monday, Jan. 20

March with Mayor Muriel Bowser in the 2020 MLK Parade is today at 11 a.m. starting at the US Park Police Headquarters in Anacostia Park (1800 Martin Luther King Jr., Ave., S.W.). Admission is free to participate and support this holiday peace walk and parade. Tickers and information are available on Eventbrite and Facebook events.

The Let Freedom Ring Celebration featuring Chaka Khan is tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.). This free, ticketed event is a musical tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with special performances by 10-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan and the Let Freedom Ring Choir led by Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. Visit for tickets and information. 

Tuesday, Jan. 21

International author Isabel Allende is at Politics and Prose (600 I St., N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m. to discuss her latest novel “A Long Petal of the Sea,” which is set during the aftermath of the Spanish Civil war. For tickets and details, visit Eventbrite and

Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures: “Swan Lake” is tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.). Tickets start at $29 for this groundbreaking production. For more information, visit

Wednesday, Jan. 22

SMYAL for the New Year 2020 is tonight from 6-8 p.m. at Longview Gallery (1234 9th St., N.W.). Tickets start at $25 and include entry and an open bar. For more information on SMYAL’s services and for tickets to this event, visit

Balinese Evening at the Embassy of Indonesia is tonight from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Indonesian Embassy (2020 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.). This cultural event includes an Indonesian buffet, open bar, live Balinese dance presentation and more. Tickets are $59 at

“Existenz” is the free movie at Slash Run (201 Upshur St., N.W.) tonight at 8 p.m. Video game designer Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh) goes on the run with a young Jude Law in this reality-bending thriller. Visit for this inexpensive date night event. 

Thursday, Jan. 23

Drag Queen Story Hour: Taking Pride in Fighting Religious Bigotry hosted by the AHA Center for Education (1821 Jefferson Place N.W.) is tonight at 6:30 p.m. Samantha McGuire, national field director for American Atheists, tells of the battle to host a drag queen story hour in Southern Maryland. Visit Facebook events for details and to reserve a seat to this free discussion.

“One Woman, One Vote”: 25th anniversary screening is tonight at 7 p.m. at the National Archives (700 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.). This free film documents the 70-year struggle for women’s suffrage and features an introduction by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a panel discussion following the film. For more information, visit

Beverly “Miss Chocolate” White will present her queer-themed stand-up comedy show “The Ring Leader” this evening at 6 p.m. at The Ugly Mug (723 8th St., S.E.). Tickets are $15 at Eventbrite. 

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Calendar: May 15-20

Events in the week to come



All About Trans, gay news, Washington Blade
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:

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 or

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: .

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 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:

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:

“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:

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:

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

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:

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MCBC honors veterans with free COVID testing

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



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

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NAMI in conversation about managing mental health

Guided discussion and Q&A with a panel of experts



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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