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Calendar: Jan 17-23

Parties, screenings and events in the week to come



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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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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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Arts & Entertainment

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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