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Calendar: Jan 24-30

Parties, performances and events in the week to come

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Liam Mower as The Prince in ‘Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake.’ (Photo by Johan Persson)

Friday, Jan. 24

Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures: “Swan Lake” will be performed today at 1:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.). Bourne is gay and conceived a new version of the classic ballet. Tickets are $29 at kennedy-center.org

The Herstorical Portraits Tour hosted by A Tour of Her Own is today from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the National Portrait Gallery (8th and F streets, N.W.). This tour delves into the images that bring to life notable and notorious American women who helped shape the nation. For more information, visit atourofherown.com.

Spill the Tea with AQUA D.C. is tonight from 6-8 p.m. at Pitchers (2317 18th St., N.W.). Asian and Pacific Islander Queers United for Action hosts this event for queer and trans Asians and Pacific Islanders. Visit aquadc.us for more information. 

Gay and Bisexual Men Speed Dating hosted by Professionals in the City and Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) is tonight from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available via Eventbrite and Facebook events.

Go Fresh! Queer Lewks presented by Kicks and Giggles is tonight at 10 p.m. at Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.). This queer house music dance party is for all races, body types, gender identities and expressions who want to sport their freshest kicks. More information on this and other events is available at greenlanterndc.com

The Abortion AF, the counterprotest to the March for Life hosted by Abortion Access Front, is today from 11 a.m.-2 p.m at the U.S. Supreme Court (1 1st St., N.E.). Abortion Access Front, the National Organization for Women, the Women’s Information Network, Feminist Campus and more invite the public to join them at the Supreme Court and counter-protest the perennial March for Life. Free signs will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to make or bring more as well. For more details, visit tinyurl.com/roeisheretostay

Saturday, Jan. 25

Drag Queen Story Hour with the D.C. Public Library is today at 10:30 a.m. at The LINE Hotel (1770 Euclid St., N.W.). Free tickets for this event are available at dqshjan.eventbrite.com

The Trans Womxn Clothing Swap at the They/Them Collective house (68 Allison St., N.E.) is today from 5-7 p.m. The collective is looking for make up, hair stylist and seamstress volunteers as well as donations of trans-inclusive items. Email [email protected] for more information. 

The D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) hosts the Brother, Help Thyself Grant Awards Reception today from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. BHT has donated nearly $3.3 million to the Baltimore and D.C. LGBTQ communities and welcome others to celebrate their service. Visit dceagle.com for more information. 

JOX hosted by Matt Black Productions is tonight at 9 p.m. at the Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.). This event features music by DJ Ultra, all-night drink specials and an $8 cover. For more information, visit greenlanterndc.com

Chanellie’s Drag Brunch is today from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.). Chanel Devereaux and her team of drag artists perform during an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet. Tickets are available on eventbrite.com

Sunday, Jan. 26

An Australia Day Fundraiser hosted by Pitchers (2317 18th St., N.W.) is today from 4-9 p.m. This special event features a drag show, sexy kangaroos and a raffle to benefit those affected by the Australian wildfires. Details are available at pitchersbardc.com and on their Facebook page.

A Down Under Drag Kiki is tonight from 8-10 p.m. at the Dupont Italian Kitchen (1637 17th St., N.W.). There is no cover for this show hosted by Emerald Star. Proceeds benefit the Australian Red Cross and the Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service. Visit dupontitaliankitchen.com for more information. 

Monday, Jan. 27

The D.C. Black Pride 2020 Reveal party is tonight at 6 p.m. at Number Nine (1435 P St., N.W.). The theme for the 30th anniversary of D.C. Black Pride will be announced at this special event. Free tickets are available on eventbrite.com

LTD’s eighth Anniversary Show and Party is tonight at 7 p.m. at Le Mirch (1736 Connecticut Ave N.W.). La Ti Do’s anniversary event features a show, award presentation and after party. General admission tickets are $20 on brownpapertickets.com

Tuesday, Jan. 28

Name Change Hearing Sign Up is today at 1:30 p.m. at the D.C. Superior Courthouse (500 Indiana Ave., N.W., room 4220). No Justice No Pride is hosting this event to help transgender D.C. residents overcome barriers to living a quality life. Visit nojusticenopride.org for more information. 

Dignity at Drag Bingo is tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.). One dollar from each special cocktail sold goes to Dignity-Washington as as well as to a chance to win fun prizes. For more information, visit dignitywashington.org

Wednesday, Jan. 29

The Bi-Bi-Bi Happy Hour is tonight from 6-9 p.m. at Homestead Food and Beverage (3911 Georgia Ave., N.W.). This event is for anyone who is bisexual, bicurious, pansexual, polysexual or questioning. Visit Facebook events for more details.

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

Thursday, Jan. 30

Queer-Trans-Nonbinary Yoga is today at 6:30 p.m. at the Lamont Dharma House (1719 Lamont St., N.W.). This event is a safe space for those who identify outside the binary or don’t feel comfortable in a yoga studio. All are welcome to attend and pay what you can. Visit Facebook events for more information.

“The Murderers are Among Us” (1946), a chilling post-WWII film about Nazis living among Holocaust survivors in 1945 Berlin, screens today at 6:30 p.m. at the LIZ (1377 R St., N.W., suite 300). The Goethe-Institut Washington hosts this free screening. For more information on this and other events, visit goethe.de.

D.C. Lambda Squares holds its club night tonight (and every Thursday) at 7:30 p.m. at National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle). Details at dclambdasquares.org

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Calendar: May 15-20

Events in the week to come

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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: mayistransdc.com/event-details/may-is-transpride.

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 thedccenter.org/poc or facebook.com/centerpoc.

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: . mayistransdc.com/event-details/movie-night.

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 genderqueerdc.org 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: mayistransdc.com/event-details/trans-led-organizations.

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: facebook.com/centerbiplus.

“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: mayistransdc.com/event-details/ask-me-about-my-pronouns-1.

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: mayistransdc.com/event-details/allies-of-the-transgender-community.

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

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: thedccenter.org/events/poly-group-discussion-2021-05-20.

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MCBC honors veterans with free COVID testing

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

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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 AAHPcovid.com.

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NAMI in conversation about managing mental health

Guided discussion and Q&A with a panel of experts

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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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