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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 Nellie’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

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 Dik’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.

It’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. 

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

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. 

It’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 “Fierce Women,” a free tour highlighting women artists, activists and innovators. For more information, visit nmwa.org

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. 

Super Drag Sunday is tonight at 6 p.m. at Shaw’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 venue’s multiple screens. RSVP at [email protected]

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. 

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. 

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

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 Ailey’s signature classic “Revelations” as part of the Afrocentric dance event. Tickets start at $49 at kennedy-center.org

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

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. 

BOOKMEN D.C., an informal men’s gay-literature group, discusses the Randy Shilts HIV/AIDS classic “And the Band Played On” 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

It’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 “Brother & Sister” 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 Randy’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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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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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

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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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Erasure’s ‘Neon Tour’ coming to The Anthem

Features out lead Andy Bell

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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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