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Calendar: Feb. 14-20

Parties, shows and events in the week to come

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Chanellie’s President’s Day Drag Brunch is on Monday. (Washington Blade photo by Vanessa Pham)

Friday, Feb. 14

Valentine’s Murder Mystery at the Whittemore House (1526 New Hampshire Ave., N.W.) is tonight from 6-10:30 p.m. Tickets start at $60. Valentines, palentines and galentines are invited to solve the Mystery of the Masquerade Ball. Visit thewhittmorehouse.com for more information. 

Woo at the Zoo hosted by Friends of the National Zoo is tonight at 7 p.m. at the National Zoo (3001 Connecticut Ave., N.W.). Tickets are $50 for Friends members and $60 for others. Guests are invited to grab a cocktail, learn all about animal sex and dance the night away ‘80s prom-style. For tickets and information, visit nationalzoo.si.edu

Valentine’s Bear Bust is tonight at 8 p.m. at Red Bear Brewing (209 M St., N.E.). Bottomless select craft beer and cider is $35 and DJ Shea Van Horn runs the floor for this holiday event. For details, visit redbear.beer.

GLO, the underwear dance party, returns to the Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) tonight at 10 p.m. Admission is $5 and includes a free clothes check. The event features music from resident DJs UltraPup and Phoenix Rise. Visit greenlanterndc.com for more information. 

Madonna Love 3 is tonight at 10 p.m. at JR.’s (1519 17th St., N.W.). DJ Travis Island spins tunes and Madonna videos all night long. More information is available at jrsbar-DC.com and on Facebook events.

The Blade has its annual “Most Eligible LGBT Singles” party this evening at 6 p.m. at 18th & Duplex Diner (2004 18th St., N.W.). This year’s singles will be on hand. It’s free for 21 and up.

Saturday, Feb. 15

Frederick Douglass’ 202nd Birthday Celebration hosted by the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (1411 W St., S.E.) is today from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This year’s event focuses on Douglass’s role in the women’s rights and suffrage movements as part of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. For a complete program list, visit nps.gov/frdo

Chanellie’s Drag Brunch presented by Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) is today at 11 a.m. Chanel Devereaux and her team of drag performers entertain during an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet. Visit nelliessportsbar.com and Eventbrite for details. 

The Bear Cave #LoveOrLust hosted by Bears Can Party is tonight at 9 p.m. at the Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.). This post-Valentine’s Day party features two new GoGo boys, DJ Popperz spinning all music genres and no cover. More information is available at greenlanterndc.com.

Desiree Dik presents a Drag Show Extravaganza at Red Bear Brewing (209 M St., N.E.) tonight at 9 p.m. This Valentine’s weekend event features performances by India Larelle Houston, Ricky Rose, Bombalicious Eklaver and more. For more information, visit redbear.beer.

Peach Pit: 90s Dance Party hosted by the DC9 nightclub (1940 9th St., N.W.) is tonight at 10:30 p.m. Cover is $5 before midnight and $8 for this party which features ’90s tunes mixed by DJ Matt Bailer. For more information, visit dc9.club.

Deviant Events (1348 H St., N.E.) hosts a body-positive dance party tonight at 10 p.m. for queer people of color. General admission is $30 and $75 for VIP. Tickets are available on eventbrite.com

Sunday, Feb. 16

February Bingo with the Sisters is today at 1 p.m. at Red Bear Brewing (209 M St., N.E.). This event features six rounds of Bingo for $20 with the D.C. Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and a sci-fi costume contest. Visit dcsisters.org for more information on this and other events. 

Dinner N Drag at Shaw’s Tavern (520 Florida Ave., N.W.) is tonight at 8 p.m. Host Kristina Kelly and her troupe of drag performers entertain diners every Sunday. Reserve a table at [email protected] and visit shawstavern.com for more information. 

The Red Party hosted by Flashy Sundays (645 Florida Ave., N.W.) is tonight at 10 p.m. Guests are encouraged to wear red to this special event featuring music by TWiN, Sean Morris and DJ Steve Sidewalk on the rooftop. Cover is $20. Visit facebook.com/flashydc for details. 

A new queer Flower Factory! party dubbed Spree, dubbed an “afternoon tea dance on the banks of the Anacostia,” debuts today at 4 p.m. at Dacha Navy Yard (79 Potomac Ave., S.E.). Four rotating DJs and two hosts will offer a “lounge/chill” vibe, champagne and drinks specials “with no pressure or expectations to turn fierce looks, gag with shows or get sweaty and sexy.” It’s conceived as a chance to “just groove with friends and strangers.” No cover. Look for the event on Facebook for details.

Monday, Feb. 17

Chanellie’s President’s Day Drag Brunch is today at Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) from noon-2:30 p.m. Host Chanel Devereaux and her team of performers entertain during this holiday-themed buffet event. For more information, visit nelliessportsbar.com and Eventbrite. 

Monday Night Trivia is tonight at Red Bear Brewing (209 M St., N.E.). Host William Burlew curates questions from history, science, entertainment and more. More information is available at redbear.beer.

“SNL’s” Pete Davidson will be at the D.C. Improv Comedy Club tonight at 7:30 p.m. working out new material. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $45 for VIP. For tickets and information, visit dcimprov-com.seatengine.com

Tuesday, Feb. 18

Art AfterWords: A Book Discussion hosted by the D.C. Public Library and the National Portrait Gallery (8th and F streets, N.W.) features a discussion on “Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson in connection with portraits of Civil Rights icon Angela Davis tonight at 5:30 p.m. Visit npg.si.edu for more information. 

Chance The Rapper performs Capital One Arena (601 F St., N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m. Chance, whose younger brother Taylor Bennett came out as bisexual in 2017, is known for hits “Smoke Break” and “All Night.” Tickets are available on ticketsidekick.com

Wednesday, Feb. 19

“Day of Remembrance: Preserving and Sharing a Community Collection” is tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the National Museum of American History (14th St. and Constitution Ave., N.W.). Feb. 19 is the Day of Remembrance in recognition of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 which interned nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans. Free tickets to this event are on Eventbrite and americanhistory.si.edu

Market Crash: LGBTQ Night is tonight at 9 p.m. at The Big Board (421 H St., N.E.). This event celebrates love with no cover and guest DJ Mike Babbitt. For more information, visit thebigboarddc.com

Thursday, Feb. 20

Queer/Trans/Nonbinary Yoga is this evening at 6:30 p.m. at Lamont Dharma House (1719 Lamont St., N.W.). YogAlle hosts yoga for those who identify outside the binary or don’t feel comfortable in a traditional yoga studio. Visit Facebook events for details.

Pretty Boi Drag Presents #OpenKingNight tonight at 8 p.m. at Busboys and Poets Brookland (625 Monroe St., N.E.). This event is open to new and seasoned drag king performers. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, visit eventbrite.com

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Studio House, Visual AIDS partner for educational program

Day With(out) Art 2021 to be held at Lamont Plaza

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World AIDS Day is next week.

Studio House and Visual AIDS will join forces for “Day With(out) Art 2021” on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. at Lamont Plaza. 

This event is a community outdoor screening of “Enduring Care,” a video program that highlights strategies of community care within the ongoing HIV epidemic followed by a discussion about the video.

There will be an open house in the neighborhood at the David Bethuel Jamieson (1963-1992) Studio House and Archives featuring newly commissioned work by Katherine Cheairs, Cristóbal Guerra, Danny Kilbride, Abdul-Aliy A. Muhammad and Uriah Bussey, Beto Pérez, Steed Taylor, and J Triangular and the Women’s Video Support Project.

For more information, visit Eventbrite

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Forget Santa Claus – Ginger Minj is comin’ to town

‘Drag Race’ alum’s Winter Wonderland Tour stops in D.C. Nov. 29 and 30

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Ginger Minj will perform her holiday spectacular Winter Wonderland Tour at Miracle Theatre.

Ginger Minj is a busy little elf.

From her new country album “Double Wide Diva” to sporadic stints in TV and movies to her upcoming book, “Southern Fried Sass” (which reportedly scored her a six-figure deal), the “Drag Race” diva is everywhere these days, including a venue near you. On Nov. 29 and 30, the new queen of Christmas will perform her holiday spectacular Winter Wonderland Tour at Miracle Theatre.

We recently caught up with the multitalented actress/comedian/singer to discuss her continued success, including making friends with Jennifer Aniston while filming Netflix’s “Dumplin,’” her take on the latest Dave Chappelle backlash, the best Christmas gift she’s ever received, and what exactly makes her the “nicest bitch” this side of the North Pole – but first, let’s take a sleigh ride back to the beginning.

BLADE: Tell me a bit about how you got started in drag and the genesis of Ginger Minj. 

GINGER MINJ: Like most good show-tune-loving queers, I stumbled into drag through musical theater. I auditioned for a show that required either full-frontal nudity or drag, and I figured I would fare better in a wig and heels than nothing at all. I got the role and really took to it quickly. I felt more free and honest as a performer than I ever had before, and I realized I could make a livable income doing something that I was wholly responsible for creating. 

BLADE: How has your appearance on “Drag Race” helped your career, and what are your top takeaways from your time on the show?

GM: It’s an international platform that allows us to introduce ourselves to the entire world. It got me a seat at the table with people and places that refused to even open the door for me in the past. I think there was – and maybe still is sometimes – this initial assumption that drag artists are limited in their talents, but we have been able to show the world that we are just as talented and capable as any other entertainer. I don’t wear a wig as a gimmick. I wear it as an accessory, and it doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be taken as seriously as any other actor, singer, etc. “Drag Race” is doing a great job of showing the world that – and I’ll forever be grateful.

BLADE: If folks didn’t catch you on “Drag Race,” they might recognize you from the 2018 Netflix movie “Dumplin’” starring Jennifer Aniston and Dove Cameron. What was your experience like on set, and do you have any other TV/film projects in the works?

GM: “Dumplin’” was the single best experience of my life! Jennifer Aniston brought me coffee every morning, and Kathy Najimy had my trailer moved next to hers so we could listen to Beyoncé and play with makeup. That entire cast and crew treated all of us queens with unbelievable respect. It really gave me a passion for filmmaking and, yes, I’m happy to say there are a few more projects – big screen and small – coming your way soon.

BLADE: What makes you the “nicest bitch you’ll ever meet?”

GM: It’s like those good ole’ southern church ladies who will give you the shirts off their backs but read you to filth for not bringing one of your own. The only thing bigger than my mouth is my heart and the “shady” things I say should never be taken seriously. 

BLADE: As a comedian yourself, what are your thoughts on the latest Dave Chappelle/Netflix controversy?

GM: I’ve always felt like comedy and drag go hand in hand: It’s an outrageous way to start a conversation and make people confront their own feelings about anything and everything. That being said, I think there’s a way to do that without disparaging and discrediting an entire group of human beings. I think it’s shameful that someone with that great of a platform would choose to punch down. 

BLADE: Your new single “Walk Tall” is about growing up gay in the South – and it’s a very good song. Radio worthy even, but a hard sell, given its content, to a country-music audience. How do you think that changes? Will LGBTQ+ country artists ever enjoy the kind of success their straight counterparts do?

GM: I think so. To be completely honest with you, I’ve gotten much more support for that album from the country community than I have from the drag world. The message is so universal, and we were very careful to do it in an authentic, simple way. When we stop focusing on our differences and start embracing our similarities, the world can change. I just do the things that make me happy and hope it finds the people who need to hear it. 

BLADE: Christmas is just around the corner – do you prefer giving or receiving? What’s your most prized Christmas present from the past?

GM: I’m definitely a giver! I drive myself crazy for months researching and planning and looking for the perfect gifts for everyone. It’s my way of showing the people I care most about that while I may be busy, I’m listening. I hear them, I see them, and I appreciate them. The best Christmas present I ever got was a cheap plastic pair of ruby slippers from my mama when I was a kid. I still have them. That moment changed my life forever. It’s what actually inspired “Walk Tall.”

BLADE: Like Santa Claus himself, the Ginger Minj Winter Wonderland Tour 2021 is coming to town. What do you have in store for audiences this holiday season?

GM: What don’t we have in store?! There are 20 costume changes, instructional videos gone terribly wrong, singing, dancing, magic tricks, fog machines, comedy, and it even snows over the audience! This is the biggest, prettiest, most ambitious show we have ever put together.

BLADE: Looking forward to 2022, what’s in the works? What are a few of your New Year’s resolutions?

GM: So many great things — more music, some movies, some TV, a stage production of “La Cage aux Folles” in Chicago, and my book “Southern Fried Sass” will hit the shelves. It’s a great time to be the “Glamour Toad,” and I am grateful every single day. 

Mikey Rox is an award-winning journalist and LGBT lifestyle expert whose work has been published in more than 100 outlets across the world. Connect with Mikey on Instagram @mikeyroxtravels.

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Children’s Beach House to host holiday fundraiser

Music by artists Pamala Stanley and 2nd Time Around

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Pamala Stanley performs at a fundraiser for the Children’s Beach House in Lewes, Del., on Dec. 3. (Blade file photo by Daniel Truitt)

The Children’s Beach House in Lewes, Del., will begin its weekend-long fundraiser with an annual holiday party on Friday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

The event will include a live auction, cocktails, dinner by Touch of Italy and music by artists Pamala Stanly and 2nd Time Around. This fundraiser will help support CBH’s work with children and families. Tickets are $150.

The celebrations will continue with a “Santa’s Workshop” event on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. This event will include cookie decorating and making holiday crafts, among other events. There will also be a cash bar available with bloody mary’s and mimosas for those 21 years and older. Tickets cost $30.

CBH will end the weekend with “Happy Hour With the Boy Band Project” on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. This event will be a musical performance by an electric boy band cover group, which was named “Best Group” by the 2019 Broadway World Awards that re-imagines the sound, movement, and energy of NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, One Direction, and more. Tickets are $150. Visit cbhinc.org for more information.

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