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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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Howard County to celebrate Pride Oct. 9

Community to gather at Symphony Woods at Merriweather Park



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Howard County Pride will begin on Sunday, Oct. 9 at Symphony Woods at Merriweather Park.

Howard County Pride celebrates and unites the LGBTQ+ community. The official roster of events has not been released yet, however, it will be available on HoCo Pride’s website.

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Capitol Hill Walking Tour has returned

Rainbow History Project holds educational event



The walking tour ends at Mr. Henry's Restaurant. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The Rainbow History Project will host the return of the Capitol Hill Walking Tour on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. at the plaza outside the Eastern Market Metro entrance.

Tour guide Philip Clark will conduct this educational and enlightening walking tour that will end at Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. The tour will be limited to 35 guests, and will take place rain or shine. To reserve a spot, email [email protected]

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National Portrait Gallery honors American designer

Tribute to Maya Lin held on Oct. 16



National Portrait Gallery (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The National Portrait Gallery will debut “Surroundings: A Tribute to Maya Lin” on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. at Kogot Courtyard.

The gallery’s choreographer-in-residence Dana Tai Soon Burgess will be performing in response to the museum’s exhibition “One Life: Maya Lin.”

The performance and exhibition explore the life and work of the acclaimed architect, sculptor and environmentalist. Burgess drew inspiration from Maya Lin’s design training and linear aesthetic and has choreographed an abstract, angular and architectural performance that emphasizes the lines of the dancer’s bodies in relation to space.  

Admission to the performance is free and more details are available on the gallery’s website

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