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Calendar: Jan. 31-Feb. 6

Shows, parties and events in the week to come

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Wig Night Out is on Saturday at Pitchers. (Washington Blade file photo by Wyatt Reid Westlund)

Friday, Jan. 31

Lesbian and Bisexual Women Speed Dating hosted by Professionals in the City is tonight at 7 p.m. at Nellieโ€™s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.). Tickets are $30 on Eventbrite.

LezLink DinnerD8: Masc for Fem is tonight at 8:30 p.m. at O-Ku Sushi D.C. (1274 5th St., N.E.). This event hosted by the LezLink Singles Club is for feminine womxn interested in dating masculine womxn aged 40-50. Tickets are $10 on Eventbrite.

ASL Poetry & Sign Songs 2020 is tonight at 9 p.m. at Busboys and Poets (450 K St., N.W.). $5 admission is free to the first five performers. All are invited to this ability-inclusive event. For more information, visit facebook.com/ASLpoetry.ย 

An Underwear Dance Party presented by The Imperial Court of Washington is tonight at 10 p.m. at the Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.). This event has a $5 cover and features music by Alpha & Omega, DJ Phoenix Rise and UltraPup. For more information, visit greenlanterndc.com.

Saturday, Feb. 1

A Transversations Brunch is today from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.). This free event is open to all LGBTQ people and allies who would like to learn more about transgender men. Visit Eventbrite for tickets and information.

A Chinese New Year Family Celebration hosted by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery (800 G St., N.W.) is today from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Cultural performances including Chinese ribbon dancing and an interactive magic show are a part of this free event. For details visit americanart.si.edu.

The Birth of a Dik, drag performer Desiree Dikโ€™s birthday roast, is tonight at 9 p.m. at Red Bear Brewing (209 M St., N.E.). Queer artists perform as the birthday queen with Geneva Confection playing Roast Master. Visit redbear.beer for more information.

Itโ€™s Wig Night Out tonight at 9 p.m. at Pitchers (2317 18th St., N.W.). The D.C. chapter of the Supreme Wig Council celebrates its 10th anniversary and continued partnerships with Whitman-Walker, Casa Ruby and the Point Foundation. There is no cover but a $10 donation is encouraged. Visit pitchersbardc.com for more information.ย 

AVALON Saturdays and 0ft Away present Celebrating the Life of Sung Kim, a charitable dance party honoring the recently deceased gay entrepreneur, tonight at 10 p.m. at Soundcheck (1420 K St., N.W.). A majority of the proceeds will be donated to StartOut, an organization dedicated to diversity in business. General admission tickets are $20 on Eventbrite.

Hummer D.C. featuring DJ Phoenix Rise is tonight at 10 p.m. at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.). Admission is $25. For more information, visit dceagle.com.ย 

Sunday, Feb. 2

Groundhog Day at Dupont Circle Park is today at 8:30 a.m. Potomac Phil, the National Groundhog, will make their famous weather prediction accompanied by live accordion music, polka dancers, a puppet show, VIP celebrities and more. Visit dupontfestival.org for more information.ย 

Itโ€™s Free Community Day at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (1250 New York Ave., N.W.). Starting at 1 p.m. is โ€œFierce Women,โ€ a free tour highlighting women artists, activists and innovators. For more information, visit nmwa.org.ย 

The Hot Lips Drag Brunch hosted by The Imperial Court of Washington is today from noon-3 p.m. at The Ugly Mug (723 8th St., S.E.). Tickets are $40 and include one brunch cocktail, one brunch dish and drag entertainment. Proceeds benefit the court. Tickets and information are available on Eventbrite.

The D.C. Dyke March 2020 initial planning meeting is today from 2-4 p.m. at the Shaw Library (1630 7th St., N.W.). Participants are invited to this first planning meeting of 2020 for the upcoming Pride season. For more information, visit dcdykemarch.com and Facebook events.ย 

Super Drag Sunday is tonight at 6 p.m. at Shawโ€™s Tavern (520 Florida Ave., N.W.). A drag show featuring Kristina Kelly will perform during the Super Bowl halftime show while the game airs on the venueโ€™s multiple screens. RSVP at [email protected].ย 

Latin Night is tonight at 9 p.m. at the Dupont Italian Kitchen (1637 17th St., N.W.). Drag divas perform to Latin music all night with host Sylvanna Duvel. Visit dupontitaliankitchen.com and Facebook events for more information.ย 

Monday, Feb. 3

Queer Tango presented by Tango Mercurio is tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.). This series runs until Mar. 9 with instructor Olga Liapis-Muzzy. Visit greenlanterndc.com for details.ย 

Underground Railroad Tours celebrates Black History Month with an African American & Black Art History Tour at the National Portrait Gallery (8th and F St., N.W.) from 4:45-6:45 p.m. This tour features the official portraits of the Obamas. Tickets are $10 on Eventbrite and benefit nonprofit community programming.

Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women is today from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the National Museum of African Art (950 Independence Ave., S.W.). This collection displays the Wolof concept of dressing up and feeling good as a sense of power and identity. For more information, visit africa.si.edu.ย 

Tuesday, Feb. 4

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs tonight at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) at 7 p.m. Performances include Aileyโ€™s signature classic โ€œRevelationsโ€ as part of the Afrocentric dance event. Tickets start at $49 at kennedy-center.org.ย 

D.C. Gaymers hosts a Pokemon Slash and Bash Tournament tonight at 7 p.m. at the Uproar Lounge (639 Florida Ave., N.W.). Tournament consists of 3v3 singles. Other tabletop games such as Uno, Battleship and more will be available as well. More information is available at uproarlounge.com.ย 

Wednesday, Feb. 5

The LGBTQ Victory Fund hosts the National Brunch 2020 Table Captain Happy Hour at its headquarters (1225 I St., N.W., Suite 525) today at 5:30 p.m. This event provides an opportunity to meet the team and network with local elected officials. Visit victoryfund.org for more information.ย 

BOOKMEN D.C., an informal menโ€™s gay-literature group, discusses the Randy Shilts HIV/AIDS classic โ€œAnd the Band Played Onโ€ tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Park Library (3310 Connecticut Ave., N.W.). All are welcome. For more information, visit bookmendc.blogspot.com.ย 

Itโ€™s Market Crash: LGBTQ Night at The Big Board (421 H St., N.E.) at 9 p.m. There is no cover for this all-inclusive event. Visit thebigboarddc.com for more information. 

Thursday, Feb. 6

Queer/Trans/Nonbinary Yoga is this evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Lamont Dharma House (1717 Lamont St., N.W.). This event is a safe space for those who identify outside of traditional boundaries and do not feel comfortable in a yoga studio. All are welcome to pay what they can. Visit Facebook events for details.

Diane Keaton shares intimate details of life with her troubled, alcoholic brother Randy in her new book โ€œBrother & Sisterโ€ at a book signing event at Sixth & I (600 I St., N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m. The Oscar-winning actress discusses the ravages of mental illness on a family through Randyโ€™s own writing and art. Tickets are $40 on Eventbrite.

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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Blade, Baltimore Banner explore state of LGBTQ community

‘State of the Community: LGBTQ+ Edition’ at Center Stage

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A fire that destroyed this home in Baltimore is being investigated as a hate crime. This and other community concerns will be addressed at a community event Wednesday in Baltimore. (Photo by Jim Becker)

The Washington Blade and the Baltimore Banner will join forces to host โ€œState of the Community: LGBTQ+ Editionโ€ on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. at Center Stage, The Head Theater, in Baltimore.

The event is a platform for the LGBTQ community to express concerns about recent developments with the Supreme Court, the current political climate, monkeypox, and other issues. 

The event will be hosted by John-John Williams IV, DEI reporter for the Baltimore Banner, and feature Andre K. McDaniels, managing editor of the Baltimore Banner and Kevin Naff, editor-in-chief of the Washington Blade. 

The event is free but registration is required. Beer and refreshments will be on sale. For more details, visit Eventbrite.ย 

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10 LGBTQ events this week

A Gaga afterparty and a cardboard boat regatta among attractions

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(Washington Blade photos by Vanessa Pham and Michael Key)

Below are our picks for some of the most fun and creative things to do this week in the DMV that are of special interest to the LGBTQ community.


Reign

Logan Stone hosts ‘Reign’ on Monday. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Monday, August 8
8-11 p.m.
DIK Bar
1637 17th Street, N.W. (second floor)
Facebook

Join Logan Stone, Dabatha Christie and Hennessey for a fun-filled drag show at Dupont Italian Kitchen Bar tonight at 8.


OMGaga Afterparty

Lady Gaga (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Monday, August 8
10 p.m.
Green Lantern
1335 Green Court, N.W.
Facebook

Did you catch the Gaga concert tonight? Whether you did or not, join the afterparty at Green Lantern. Show your ticket stub from the concert for a free drink on the dance floor.


Drag Bingo with Desiree Dik

Desiree Dik (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Tuesday, August 9
7-9 p.m.
Red Bear Brewing Co.
209 M Street, N.E.
Facebook

Join Desiree Dik for a game of bingo at Red Bear Brewing Co. on Tuesday. Free to play.


Queer Trivia

Wednesday, August 10
7-9 p.m.
Dew Drop Inn
2801 8th Street, N.E.
Facebook

The Mistresses lead a night of Queer Trivia on all things gay at the Dew Drop Inn on Wednesday.


Thirst Trap Thursdays

Join Cake and the queens for Thirst Trap Thursdays. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Thursday, August 11
10 p.m.
Pitchers DC/A League of Her Own
2317 18th Street, N.W.
Facebook

Venus Valhalla and Cake host the Thirsty Thursdays drag show at Pitchers/ALOHO on Aug. 11.


LGBTQ Social at Wild Days

Friday, August 12
7-9 p.m.
Wild Days Rooftop Bar at the Eaton Hotel
1201 K Street, N.W.
21+
Eventbrite

Have some casual conversations with new friends in the LGBTQ community over drinks in a relaxed atmosphere. Hosted by Go Gay DC.


A Love Letter to RENT

Friday, August 12
10 p.m.
JR.’s Bar
1519 17th Street, N.W.
Free admission
Facebook

Watch a drag show dedicated to the hit musical RENT. If you miss the first show on Friday, come by on Saturday at 4 p.m. for an encore performance.


Lights On, Barks Out! Disco Heat Drag Brunch

Saturday, August 13
Seating 11 a.m./show 12 p.m.
Astro Beer Hall
1306 G Street, N.W.
$15 cover
Facebook

Join host Doming0 for the Disco Heat Drag Brunch on Saturday at Astro Beer Hall.


Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta

Lake Anne (Blade file photo by Vanessa Pham)

Saturday, August 13
2 p.m.
Lake Anne Plaza
1609 Washington Plaza
Reston, Va.
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Watch a cardboard regatta race along Lake Anne in Reston, Va. Or, you could even participate (rules here)!


Mister & Miss AGLA Scholarship Fundraiser

Miss AGLA 2020-21 Ashlee Jozet Adams and Mr. AGLA 2020-21 Xavier Bottoms will be honored at the event alongside the newly-crowned Mr. and Miss AGLA 2022. (Photo via Facebook)

Sunday, August 14
7-9 p.m.
Freddie’s Beach Bar & Grill
555 23rd Street S
Arlington, Va.
$10 donation requested
Facebook

Join a fundraiser for a good cause: a college scholarship for an outstanding Arlington County Public High School senior. Also, the 2022 Mr. and Miss AGLA will be crowned.


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10 LGBTQ events this week

Sports, dancing and drag in the days to come

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Events this week include country western dancing, United Night OUT and drag shows. (Washington Blade file photos)

Below are our picks for some of the most fun and creative things to do this week in the DMV that are of special interest to the LGBTQ community.


Stonewall Kickball League Social and Registration

(Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Monday, August 1
6-8 p.m.
Number Nine
1435 P Street, N.W.
Facebook

Meet up with other new players and team captains on the second floor of Number Nine for a registration event.


Sleaze: Hot, Innit?

Thursday, August 4
Doors 9 p.m.
DC9 Nightclub
1940 9th Street, N.W.
$10
Facebook

Sleaze is a monthly LGBTQ+ party blending the darker sides of disco with forward-thinking techno. Hennessey and Jane Saw perform with music provided by DJs Room 12, Lemx and KeenanOrr.


OutWrite LGBTQ Book Festival

Thursday, August 4 – Sunday, August 7
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This year’s OutWrite Festival features 70 LGBTQ+ authors with a full weekend of readings, panels and workshops. All events are livestreamed free and open to the public.


Slay Them Drag Competition

Slay Them Drag Competition (Blade file photo by Zach Brien)

Friday, August 5
9 p.m.
Red Bear Brewing Company
209 M Street, N.E.
Facebook

Desiree Dik hosts the drag competition “Slay Them” at Red Bear Brewing Co. on Friday.


Trade Yard Sale

Saturday, August 6
2 p.m.
Trade
1410 14th Street, N.W.
Facebook

Trade participates in MidCity Dog Days 23rd annual Sidewalk Sale with its own yard sale on Saturday. Find some crafts, drag and art that you aren’t likely to find anywhere else!


United Night Out

United Night Out (Blade file photo by Kevin Majoros)

Saturday, August 6
6:30-10 p.m.
Audi Field
100 Potomac Avenue, S.W.
$30
Facebook

Join Team DC and the Federal Triangle Soccer Club for United Night OUT.


DC Rawhides: Country Dance

(Blade file photo by Damien Salas)

Saturday, August 6
7 p.m.
North Hall, Eastern Market
225 7th Street, S.E.
$5
21+
Facebook

The DC Rawhides invite you for a night of country western dancing at Eastern Market.


Dawg Days of Summer Bar Night

Saturday, August 6
9 p.m.
Uproar Lounge & Restaurant
639 Florida Avenue, N.W.
Facebook

The Highwaymen TNT of Washington, D.C. will take over the second floor of Uproar Lounge.


RuPaul’s Werq the World Tour

Saturday, August 6
9 p.m.
The Theater at MGM National Harbor
101 MGM National Avenue
National Harbor, Md.
Tickets

Does this need an explanation? Get your tickets while you still can! More information here.


Dirtee Disco: Green Lantern Underwear Party

Sunday, August 7
9 p.m.
Green Lantern
1335 Green Court, N.W.
Facebook

Enjoy disco music at this underwear party on Sunday.

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