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Calendar: Jan 17-23

Parties, screenings and events in the week to come

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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 greenlanterndc.com 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 hummer-dc.brownpapertickets.com

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 leatherweekend.com.

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 nelliesportsbar.com

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 pockle.org

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 greenlanterndc.com

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 dc9.club 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 dccos.org 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 prettyboydrag.com

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 greenlanterndc.com

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 facebook.com/flashydc 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 930.com and leatherweekend.com 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 kennedy-center.org 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 politics-prose.com.

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 kennedy-center.org

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 app.etapestry.com

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 thingstododc.com

“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 slashrun.com 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 archives.gov

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: July 23-29

Events in the week to come

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‘Stepping OUT on Faith’ features speakers addressing their interfaith spiritual experiences of the AIDS Memorial Quilt displayed on the National Mall 1987. (File photo courtesy of the NAMES Project Foundation)

Friday, July 23

Friday Tea Time and social for older LGBTQ adults will be at 2 p.m. on Zoom. You are welcome to bring your own beverage. For access to the Zoom link, email [email protected].

“Trans Support Group” will be hosted on Zoom at 7 p.m. This event is intended to provide emotionally and physically safe space for transgender people and those who may be questioning their gender identity/expression to join in community and learn from one another.  All who identify under the trans umbrella or are unsure, and seek to continually reinforce principles of respect, acceptance, and protection through ongoing input from our attendees are welcome.

Saturday, July 24

The “Gay District Meeting” will be at 8 p.m. via Zoom. Gay District is a community-based organization focused on building understanding of gay culture and personal identity, awareness of community events and civil rights for gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and inter-sexed men between the ages of 18 and 35 in the D.C. metropolitan area. For more information, visit gaydistrict.org

Join the DC Center in volunteering at Food & Friends from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 219 Riggs Road, N.E. Food and Friends prepares and delivers meals and groceries to people living with HIV, cancer, and other life challenging illnesses. Up to five volunteers are needed every month. If you need a ride from the Fort Totten Metro, call the Food and Friends shuttle at 202- 669-6437.

Sunday, July 25

“Crafternoons with Shop Made in DC!” will be at 12 p.m. at 1353 Wisconsin Ave., N.W. Guests are encouraged to bring a project or come and make one at Shop Made in DC’s classroom table. There will be various art supplies available. For more information, visit Eventbrite.

Monday, July 26

The Center Aging Coffee Drop-in will be at 10 a.m. at the DC Center. LGBT Older Adults and friends are invited for friendly conversations and current issues that you might be dealing with. For more information visit Center Aging’s Facebook or website.

Tuesday, July 27

Join Center Faith for Intersectional Faith Forums at 7 p.m. online. In this Forum, attendees will hear from panelists who participated in the LGBT history event “Stepping OUT on Faith” in 2014. These pioneers will speak about their interfaith spiritual experiences of the AIDS Memorial Quilt of the Names Project Foundation displayed on the National Mall 1987 that led to establishing Center Faith. For more information, visit Center Faith’s Facebook page.

Genderqueer DC support group will be on Zoom at 7 p.m. All those who identify as bigender, agender, genderfluid, or are not 100% cisgender are welcome to attend. For more information visit genderqueerdc.org or Genderqueer DC’s Facebook

Wednesday, July 28

Join the DC Center for its virtual job club, 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. The event begins on Zoom at 6 p.m. For more information, email [email protected]

Friendship Place’s LGBTQ+ will host the final session of a free webinar series titled “Advocacy, Resistance, and LGBTQ+ Resilience” at 12 p.m. This event will be a panel conversation focused on the vital work of advocacy and resistance to ensure access and rights for the LGBTQ+ community. The panel will also touch on the importance of self-care in the work of advocacy and resilience that comes from community. For more information, visit capitalpride.org.

Thursday, July 29

“Queer Book Club” will be at 7 p.m. via Skype. This month’s book discussion will be “Black Boy Out of Time” by Hari Ziyad. If you are interested in participating, please email [email protected]

The Mayor’s Office will host a “Veterans Roundtable” on Thursday, July 29 at 12 p.m. This event aims to connect the District’s veterans with information, resources, and organizations that may be beneficial to a successful military transition. 

It will be an informal discussion that revolves around varying topics including housing, employment, healthcare, and legal services. Upon conclusion of the discussion, all resource providers in attendance offer feedback on any topics discussed or how they can assist the veteran or their family in a positive capacity.

The event will be hosted in person and will highlight BIPOC Veteran Mental Health Awareness with speakers from the DC VA Medical Center. For more information, visit Eventbrite.

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Calendar: July 16-22

Events in the week to come

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Friday, July 16

The National Museum of African Art will reopen its doors today. Visitors will be able to engage with African art and history dating back centuries. The National Museum of African Art provides a comprehensive look at the history of expressions on the African continent, using a fascinating creative lens. For information regarding hours and entry, visit the museum’s website.

Friday Tea Time and social for older LGBTQ adults will be at 2 p.m. on Zoom. You are welcome to bring your own beverage. For access to the Zoom link, email: [email protected].

Saturday, July 17

LGBTQ People of Color Support Group will be at 1 p.m. on Zoom. 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. There will be many activities including watching movies, poetry events, storytelling, and just hanging out with others. For more information, visit thedccenter.org/poc

Khush DC will host a South Asian LGBTQ Support Group at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. This peer support group is an outlet for South Asian-identified LGBTQ individuals to come and talk about anything affecting them. It’s a secure, judgement-free environment to discuss relationships, sexuality, health, well-being, identity, culture, religion, and many other topics. For more information, please contact [email protected]

Sunday, July 18

The DC Center and Beta Kappa Chapter of the Beta Phi Omega Sorority will have a peer-led Black Lesbian Support Group at 1 p.m. on Zoom. This support group will discuss the joys and challenges of being a Black lesbian. 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, please contact [email protected]

Monday, July 19

Genderqueer DC support group will be on Zoom at 7 p.m. All those who identify as bigender, agender, genderfluid, or are not 100% cisgender are welcome to attend. For more information visit genderqueerdc.org or Genderqueer DC’s Facebook

The Center Aging Coffee Drop-in will be at 10 a.m. at the DC Center. LGBT Older Adults and friends are invited for friendly conversations and current issues that you might be dealing with. For more information visit Center Aging’s Facebook or Twitter.

Tuesday, July 20

Center Faith will host Interfaith Intersectional Forums at 7 p.m. online. In this forum, attendees will hear from panelists who participated in the LGBT history event “Stepping OUT on Faith” in 2014. These pioneers will speak about their interfaith spiritual experiences of the AIDS Memorial Quilt of the Names Project Foundation displayed on the National Mall 1987 that led to establishing Center Faith. To sign up to watch the livestream, visit: facebook.com/centerfaith

The Center Bi monthly round table will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This event is an opportunity for people to gather in order to discuss issues related to bisexuality or as Bi individuals in a private setting. Visit Center Bi’s Facebook or Meetup for more information.

Wednesday, July 21

Join the DC Center for its virtual job club, 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. The event begins on Zoom at 6 p.m. For more information, email [email protected]

Join BookMen DC for an informal discussion of gay literature (both fiction and non-fiction). Attendees mostly live in or near D.C., but a few members bring a breath of fresh air to meetings from outside the Beltway. Visitors to D.C. are always welcome to drop in and join the discussion. For more information, visit: bookmendc.blogspot.com

Thursday, July 22

The DC Anti-Violence Project will have an open meeting on Zoom at 7 p.m. The primary mission of the DC Anti-Violence Project is to reduce violence against LGBT individuals (and those perceived as LGBT) through community outreach, education, and monitoring cases to ensure that the rights and dignity of LGBT victims are respected and protected. The DC Anti-Violence Project also seeks to assist victims of anti-LGBT violence by advocating on their behalf, encouraging reporting, and providing a community of support. To access the Zoom link, email [email protected].

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BMA’s ‘Now is the Time’ exhibition closing soon

‘Recent Acquisitions to the Contemporary Collection’ to run through July 18

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(Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Museum of Art)

The Baltimore Museum of Art’s “Now is the Time: Recent Acquisitions to the Contemporary Collection” exhibition will run until Sunday, July 18. 

The exhibition offers an insightful snapshot of the BMA’s curatorial effort, led by Asma Naeem, Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Chief Curator, and Katy Siegel, Senior Programming and Research Curator and Thaw Chair of Modern Art at Stony Brook University, to identify artists deserving of greater scholarly research and public attention, placing the highest priority on those artists who are also women, Black, Indigenous, self-trained, and/or have connections to Baltimore.

For more information regarding “Now is the Time,” visit the BMA’s website.

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