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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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Calendar: July 23-29

Events in the week to come

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‘Stepping OUT on Faith’ features speakers addressing their interfaith spiritual experiences of the AIDS Memorial Quilt displayed on the National Mall 1987. (File photo courtesy of the NAMES Project Foundation)

Friday, July 23

Friday Tea Time and social for older LGBTQ adults will be at 2 p.m. on Zoom. You are welcome to bring your own beverage. For access to the Zoom link, email [email protected].

“Trans Support Group” will be hosted on Zoom at 7 p.m. This event is intended to provide emotionally and physically safe space for transgender people and those who may be questioning their gender identity/expression to join in community and learn from one another.  All who identify under the trans umbrella or are unsure, and seek to continually reinforce principles of respect, acceptance, and protection through ongoing input from our attendees are welcome.

Saturday, July 24

The “Gay District Meeting” will be at 8 p.m. via Zoom. Gay District is a community-based organization focused on building understanding of gay culture and personal identity, awareness of community events and civil rights for gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and inter-sexed men between the ages of 18 and 35 in the D.C. metropolitan area. For more information, visit gaydistrict.org

Join the DC Center in volunteering at Food & Friends from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 219 Riggs Road, N.E. Food and Friends prepares and delivers meals and groceries to people living with HIV, cancer, and other life challenging illnesses. Up to five volunteers are needed every month. If you need a ride from the Fort Totten Metro, call the Food and Friends shuttle at 202- 669-6437.

Sunday, July 25

“Crafternoons with Shop Made in DC!” will be at 12 p.m. at 1353 Wisconsin Ave., N.W. Guests are encouraged to bring a project or come and make one at Shop Made in DC’s classroom table. There will be various art supplies available. For more information, visit Eventbrite.

Monday, July 26

The Center Aging Coffee Drop-in will be at 10 a.m. at the DC Center. LGBT Older Adults and friends are invited for friendly conversations and current issues that you might be dealing with. For more information visit Center Aging’s Facebook or website.

Tuesday, July 27

Join Center Faith for Intersectional Faith Forums at 7 p.m. online. In this Forum, attendees will hear from panelists who participated in the LGBT history event “Stepping OUT on Faith” in 2014. These pioneers will speak about their interfaith spiritual experiences of the AIDS Memorial Quilt of the Names Project Foundation displayed on the National Mall 1987 that led to establishing Center Faith. For more information, visit Center Faith’s Facebook page.

Genderqueer DC support group will be on Zoom at 7 p.m. All those who identify as bigender, agender, genderfluid, or are not 100% cisgender are welcome to attend. For more information visit genderqueerdc.org or Genderqueer DC’s Facebook

Wednesday, July 28

Join the DC Center for its virtual job club, a weekly job support program to help job entrants and seekers, including the long-term unemployed, improve self-confidence, motivation, resilience and productivity for effective job searches and networking. The event begins on Zoom at 6 p.m. For more information, email [email protected]

Friendship Place’s LGBTQ+ will host the final session of a free webinar series titled “Advocacy, Resistance, and LGBTQ+ Resilience” at 12 p.m. This event will be a panel conversation focused on the vital work of advocacy and resistance to ensure access and rights for the LGBTQ+ community. The panel will also touch on the importance of self-care in the work of advocacy and resilience that comes from community. For more information, visit capitalpride.org.

Thursday, July 29

“Queer Book Club” will be at 7 p.m. via Skype. This month’s book discussion will be “Black Boy Out of Time” by Hari Ziyad. If you are interested in participating, please email [email protected]

The Mayor’s Office will host a “Veterans Roundtable” on Thursday, July 29 at 12 p.m. This event aims to connect the District’s veterans with information, resources, and organizations that may be beneficial to a successful military transition. 

It will be an informal discussion that revolves around varying topics including housing, employment, healthcare, and legal services. Upon conclusion of the discussion, all resource providers in attendance offer feedback on any topics discussed or how they can assist the veteran or their family in a positive capacity.

The event will be hosted in person and will highlight BIPOC Veteran Mental Health Awareness with speakers from the DC VA Medical Center. For more information, visit Eventbrite.

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Calendar: July 16-22

Events in the week to come

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Friday, July 16

The National Museum of African Art will reopen its doors today. Visitors will be able to engage with African art and history dating back centuries. The National Museum of African Art provides a comprehensive look at the history of expressions on the African continent, using a fascinating creative lens. For information regarding hours and entry, visit the museum’s website.

Friday Tea Time and social for older LGBTQ adults will be at 2 p.m. on Zoom. You are welcome to bring your own beverage. For access to the Zoom link, email: [email protected].

Saturday, July 17

LGBTQ People of Color Support Group will be at 1 p.m. on Zoom. 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. There will be many activities including watching movies, poetry events, storytelling, and just hanging out with others. For more information, visit thedccenter.org/poc

Khush DC will host a South Asian LGBTQ Support Group at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. This peer support group is an outlet for South Asian-identified LGBTQ individuals to come and talk about anything affecting them. It’s a secure, judgement-free environment to discuss relationships, sexuality, health, well-being, identity, culture, religion, and many other topics. For more information, please contact [email protected]

Sunday, July 18

The DC Center and Beta Kappa Chapter of the Beta Phi Omega Sorority will have a peer-led Black Lesbian Support Group at 1 p.m. on Zoom. This support group will discuss the joys and challenges of being a Black lesbian. 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, please contact [email protected]

Monday, July 19

Genderqueer DC support group will be on Zoom at 7 p.m. All those who identify as bigender, agender, genderfluid, or are not 100% cisgender are welcome to attend. For more information visit genderqueerdc.org or Genderqueer DC’s Facebook

The Center Aging Coffee Drop-in will be at 10 a.m. at the DC Center. LGBT Older Adults and friends are invited for friendly conversations and current issues that you might be dealing with. For more information visit Center Aging’s Facebook or Twitter.

Tuesday, July 20

Center Faith will host Interfaith Intersectional Forums at 7 p.m. online. In this forum, attendees will hear from panelists who participated in the LGBT history event “Stepping OUT on Faith” in 2014. These pioneers will speak about their interfaith spiritual experiences of the AIDS Memorial Quilt of the Names Project Foundation displayed on the National Mall 1987 that led to establishing Center Faith. To sign up to watch the livestream, visit: facebook.com/centerfaith

The Center Bi monthly round table will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This event is an opportunity for people to gather in order to discuss issues related to bisexuality or as Bi individuals in a private setting. Visit Center Bi’s Facebook or Meetup for more information.

Wednesday, July 21

Join the DC Center for its virtual job club, a weekly job support program to help job entrants and seekers, including the long-term unemployed, improve self-confidence, motivation, resilience and productivity for effective job searches and networking. The event begins on Zoom at 6 p.m. For more information, email [email protected]

Join BookMen DC for an informal discussion of gay literature (both fiction and non-fiction). Attendees mostly live in or near D.C., but a few members bring a breath of fresh air to meetings from outside the Beltway. Visitors to D.C. are always welcome to drop in and join the discussion. For more information, visit: bookmendc.blogspot.com

Thursday, July 22

The DC Anti-Violence Project will have an open meeting on Zoom at 7 p.m. The primary mission of the DC Anti-Violence Project is to reduce violence against LGBT individuals (and those perceived as LGBT) through community outreach, education, and monitoring cases to ensure that the rights and dignity of LGBT victims are respected and protected. The DC Anti-Violence Project also seeks to assist victims of anti-LGBT violence by advocating on their behalf, encouraging reporting, and providing a community of support. To access the Zoom link, email [email protected].

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BMA’s ‘Now is the Time’ exhibition closing soon

‘Recent Acquisitions to the Contemporary Collection’ to run through July 18

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(Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Museum of Art)

The Baltimore Museum of Art’s “Now is the Time: Recent Acquisitions to the Contemporary Collection” exhibition will run until Sunday, July 18. 

The exhibition offers an insightful snapshot of the BMA’s curatorial effort, led by Asma Naeem, Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Chief Curator, and Katy Siegel, Senior Programming and Research Curator and Thaw Chair of Modern Art at Stony Brook University, to identify artists deserving of greater scholarly research and public attention, placing the highest priority on those artists who are also women, Black, Indigenous, self-trained, and/or have connections to Baltimore.

For more information regarding “Now is the Time,” visit the BMA’s website.

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