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Calendar: Feb. 7-13

Parties, performances and events in the week to come

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Desiree Dik hosts an evening of holiday drag entertainment on Feb. 11. (Photo by Katherine Gaines of AmbientEye Photography)

Friday, Feb. 7

Tonight is District 1st Friday: 80’s and 90’s Bash hosted by Davon Hamilton Events and the Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) at 10 p.m. This underwear dance party features music by DJ Honey, GoGo dancers and more. The $10 entry includes clothes check. For more information, visit greenlanterndc.com

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs tonight at 7 p.m. at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.). Tickets start at $49 for this show which is layered in African-American cultural history. The show runs until Feb. 9. For dates and other details, visit kennedy-center.org

Go Gay D.C. hosts a First Friday Happy Hour Social tonight at 7 p.m. at The Commentary in Westin Arlington Gateway (801 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington, Va.). Everyone is welcome. For more information, visit meetup.com/gogaydc

D.C. Center Womxn, a free monthly peer drop-in group to share, connect and build community among black lesbians, is tonight at 7 p.m. at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W., Suite 105). For more information, visit thedccenter.org

Saturday, Feb. 8

“More than Friends: The Queer Chesapeak in the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries,” a presentation by Dr. Christopher Mielke, is today at 10 a.m. at the Historic London Town Visitor Center in Edgewater (839 Londontown Rd., Edgewater, Md.). Visit rainbowhistory.org for more information. 

Night of 100 Elviras is tonight at 7 p.m. at Ottobar (2549 N. Howard St., Baltimore). Halloween comes early to the home of the Ravens as guests are invited to don their little black dresses and big black wigs. The evening features music by cover bands A Date with Elvira and the Universal Donors. Tickets start at $10 on Eventbrite.

Freeballers hosted by DJ Back2back and the Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) is tonight at 10 p.m. Everyone is invited to wear their sweats, athletic shorts, jeans and other comfies to dance the night away. There is no cover and drink specials run all night. For more information, visit greenlanterndc.com

Lights out, Barks out D.C. is tonight at 9 p.m. at The D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.). Cover is $5 in advance and $10 at the door. The event is hosted by LOBO D.C., an inclusive group encompassing the spectrum of gender, sexuality, race, age and kink communities. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Avalon Saturdays and D.C. Takeover present KINETIC with DJ Dan Slater tonight at 10 p.m. at Soundcheck (1420 K St., N.W.). Tickets are $25 on Eventbrite. This event features an opening set by TWiN and $4 Absolut drinks until midnight. A portion of door proceeds will be donated to The Cherry Fund which provides financial support for nonprofits serving the LGBTQ community. For details, visit soundcheckdc.com

Sunday, Feb. 9

The 24th Annual Iranian Film Fest: An Abbas Kiarostami Retrospective is today at 1:30 p.m. at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art (1050 Independence Ave., S.W.). This traveling retrospective was organized by Janus Films and is co-presented with AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center and the National Gallery of Art. For more information, visit asia.si.edu

Nonbinary Experiences, a discussion for transmasculine and nonbinary folks assigned female at birth hosted by the D.C.-area Transmasculine Society, is today at 5 p.m. at Whitman-Walker Health (1525 14th St., N.W.). A meeting for partners of nonbinary and transmasculine folks will be held at the same time and location, but in a neighboring room. Visit dcats.org and Facebook events for more information. 

Queer/Trans Fusion Dance: Queer Artist and Anniversary Night is tonight at 6 p.m. at A League of Her Own (2319 18th St., N.W.). QT Fusion Dance celebrates their three-year anniversary with music by queer artists and lessions in Blues and West Coast Swing with queer instructor Jo-Nicole Pollard. Lessons are $10 or free to event volunteers. Visit Facebook events for details.

Monday, Feb. 10

“Gay Like Me” author Richie Jackson will be at Politics and Prose at The Wharf (70 District Square S.W.) tonight at 7 p.m. Jackson’s book about the LGBTQ struggle is framed as a letter to his son who came out to him at 15. This event is free and seating is available on a first come, first served basis. For more information, visit politics-prose.com/wharf

Songs for SMYAL: Broadway Karaoke for a Cause is tonight at 8 p.m. at Mr. Henry’s (601 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E.). Proceeds from this event, hosted by That’s Our Cue, benefit SMYAL which empowers D.C.-area LGBTQ youth. To make a donation, visit that-s-our-cue.secured.atpay.com

Tuesday, Feb. 11

Beyond Gatsby: The Fabled Gardens of Long Island’s Gold Coast is today at 5:30 p.m. at the Hillwood Museum (4155 Linnean Ave., N.W.). Landscape architect CeCe Hadock delves into the history and landscape design of a spot that was once a favorite retreat of the rich and famous. For more information, visit hillwoodmuseum.org

Valentine Drag Bingo is tonight at 7 p.m. at Red Bear Brewing (209 M St., N.E.). Desiree Dik hosts an evening of holiday drag entertainment and free bingo. Scheduled are four games in two hours with prizes each round and a drag performance. Visit Facebook Events and redbear.beer for more information.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

The Fallout Shelter Tour is today at 2:30 and 3:15 p.m. at Hillwood Museum (4155 Linnean Ave., N.W.). Built in the 1960s, Marjorie Post’s fallout shelters are on display for a public tour. For more information, visit hillwoodmuseum.org

The D.C. Boys of Leather February Happy Hour is tonight at 6 p.m. at the Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.). The D.C. Boys are getting friendly in a casual, low-pressure environment with an opportunity for newbies to meet members in a safe, inclusive and diverse environment. More information is available at greenlanterndc.com.

The Big Gay Book Group meets tonight at 7 p.m. at Trios Bistro (1537 17th St., N.W.) to discuss “The Fourth Courier” by Timothy Jay Smith. A straight, white FBI agent and a gay black CIA officer team up to solve a murder in this 1992 international thriller set in Poland. All are welcome. Email [email protected] to RSVP. 

The Lambda Bridge Club meets tonight 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. Phone 202-841-0279 if you need a partner.

Thursday, Feb. 13

Preschool Series: Treasure Quest is today at 10:30 a.m. at the Hillwood Museum (4155 Linnean Ave., N.W.). Preschoolers and parents are invited to explore a new mansion room each week and discover hidden gems and treasures that glitter and sparkle. For more information, visit hillwoodmuseum.org

Single Tingle: A Singles Happy Hour for LGBTQ Womxn hosted by LezLink Social Club is tonight at 6 p.m. at A League of Her Own (2319 18th St., N.W.). This event is a happy hour space dedicated to local LGBTQ womxn looking to mix and mingle. Visit Facebook events for free tickets and more information.

Migrant Justice Movie Night: United in Anger is tonight at 7 p.m. and is hosted by the Metro D.C. Democratic Socialists of America (2309 18th St., N.W.). The film is a history of activism during the height of the AIDS epidemic and was made by the people on the front lines. For more information, visit mdcdsa.org

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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Fundraisers, block parties, art, wine and more events coming to our area

Enjoy the best of the season’s entertainment

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Out comedian Sampson McCormick returns for a local engagement Sept. 19. (Photo courtesy Kola for 510 Media)

Temperatures are dropping, leaves are turning orange, and the sun is setting earlier. But life in D.C. is still vibrant with a variety of arts events for the coming months.

Shop Made in DC will host “Wine & Watercolors” on Friday, Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. at Shop Made in DC’s Georgetown location. Guests will enjoy two complimentary glasses of wine while making watercolor art inspired by one of the shop’s designs. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

Artbae will host “Intimate Encounters Art Show: Exploeing the Art of Intimacy & Connection” on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 4 p.m. at Selina Union Market. This event will raise awareness about HIV and sexual health while taking guests on a sensory adventure where they dive into the vulnerability of touch. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

Sweet Water Gallery will host “Water in the African Sky” starting Sunday Sept. 17 at 12 p.m. at Wharf Street. This abstract exhibit by Franklin Eze will showcase works by African artists celebrating unique beauty and richness through an abstract scope. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

Award-winning, Black LGBTQ comedian Sampson McCormick will perform on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at DC Comedy Loft. McCormick uses humor and nuance to help audiences process life challenges and human differences regarding race, religion, and sexuality. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on DC Comedy Loft’s website

CAMP Rehoboth Chorus Ensemble will present “Music of the Night,” a series of three concerts starting on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist. The concert program will feature songs “Fly Me To The Moon,” “Moondance,” and “A Hard Day’s Night.” Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased on CAMP Rehoboth’s website.

LGBTQ bar Shakers will host “MX Shakers,” a drag competition in which queens will start competing on Wednesday, Sept. 20. The competition will be hosted by “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestant Tatianna. Along with Tatianna, the challenge will feature judges Evry Pleasure, King Molasses and Alexa Shontelle.

The 20th Annual DC Shorts International Film Festival begins on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at JxJ’s Cafritz Hall and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema DC. At least 135 films from 20 countries will be screened. There will also be parties, eight panel discussions, and filmmaker talkback after many of the showcase screenings. For more details, visit the festival’s website

The Anthem will host Janelle Monaé on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. as part of their “Age of Pleasure” tour. Tickets start at $144 and can be purchased on The Anthem’s website

The Art League will host “Art on the Rocks” on Friday, Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at Waterfront Park. This event showcases talented local mixologists and chefs competing to create artistic cocktail and appetizer pairings inspired by art. Tickets cost $70 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

9:30 club will host “Gasolina: Reggaeton Party” on Friday, Oct. 6 at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $22 and can be purchased on 9:30 Club’s website

Union Stage will host “Look What You Made Me Do: Taylor Swift Dance Party” on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 10:30 p.m. at Howard Theatre. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased on Howard Theater’s website

The Human Rights Campaign hosts its annual National Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the D.C. Convention Center. Tickets are sold out but you can join a waitlist at hrcnationaldinner.org

CAMP Rehoboth hosts its 2023 Block Party on the second block of Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, Del., on Sunday, Oct. 15 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Local restaurants, entertainers, businesses, and nonprofits will participate. All ages are welcome. Admission is free; donations benefit the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center.

Capital Cabaret’s Annual Fall Gala and Raffle will be on Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Carlysle Room. The event will feature performances from Broadway star Susan Derry and local D.C. cabaret artists. Tickets cost $150. For more details, email [email protected]

SMYAL hosts its 26th annual Fall Brunch on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Marriott Marquis. Tickets at smyal.org. The event includes a cocktail reception featuring a silent auction, a three-course brunch, and a chance to hear from some of the community’s most inspiring leaders.

Sweet Honey in the Rock will perform on Friday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s College of Maryland Dodge Performing Arts Center. The group is a performance ensemble rooted in African-American history and culture. It educates, entertains and empowers its audience and community through the dynamic vehicles of a cappella singing and American Sign Language interpretation for the Deaf and hard of hearing. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

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Looking for a good laugh? Dupont has you covered

DC Comedy Festival starts Monday

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The fifth annual DC Comedy Festival will start on Monday Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at Dupont Underground.

The festival, in partnership with Broken Diamond Comedy, will bring together more than 100 talented comedians from both local and international scenes. It is a celebration of the vibrant comedy talent in the D.C. metro area and an homage to the city that launched the careers of comedy legends like Dave Chappelle, Martin Lawrence, and Wanda Sykes.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

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Queer and love to paint? Now is your time to shine

Green Lantern holds ‘Thirst and Paint’ event

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The Green Lantern turns on the lights for a painting party on Sept. 12 featuring a model.

“Thirst and Paint” will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at the upstairs section of Green Lantern Bar.

This event is catered to the LGBTQ+ community— allies are also welcome. And guests will be treated to one free drink, a canvas to take home, and a live model to pose for them. 

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

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