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Calendar: Feb. 21-27

Parties, concerts and events in the week to come



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‘Pose’ star Dyllon Burnside will be at Metropolitan AME Church Thursday for a Black History Month discussion on black/queer issues. (Photo courtesy The Family Room)

Friday, Feb. 21

Bear Happy Hour is tonight from 5-10 p.m. at UPROAR lounge (639 Florida Ave., N.W.). D.C. Bear Crue: Bear Happy Hour celebrates 20 years with this 21-and-up weekly event and no cover charge. For more information on this and other events, visit

Stop Banning Us: Wheat Pasting to Challenge Muslim & African Ban hosted by Justice for Muslims Collective is tonight at 7 p.m. at the Rayburn House Office Building (45 Independence Ave., S.W.). The event begins at Capitol Hill and moves out from there. For more information, visit

The ALT-Queer Party at Mixers bar (6037 Belair Rd., Baltimore) is tonight at 9 p.m. All are welcome to celebrate diversity and body positivity while dancing the night away.Visit for more information on this and other events. 

Rough House hosted by Lemz is tonight at 10 p.m. at the Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.). This lights off, hands-on dance party features music by Lemz and DJ Sean Morris. Cover is $5 and includes clothes check. For more information, visit

Saturday, Feb. 22

Drag Queen Story Hour with the D.C. Public Library is today from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Adams Morgan Community Center at the LINE Hotel (1770 Euclid St., N.W.). Visit to register for this free, family-friendly event. 

The GenOUT youth chorus’ Youth Invasion concert sings songs to inspire and celebrate LGBTQ pride today at 3 p.m. at Live! At 10th and G (945 G St., N.W.). General admission tickets are $25 on

The Mardi Gras Parade at The Wharf (760 Maine Ave., S.W.) is today from 4-7 p.m. This festive parade features floats, a dance party with live music on District Pier and a fireworks finale. There will also be activities and crafts for kids. Visit for more information. 

The D.C. Queer Theatre Festival’s Reading Series closes tonight at 7 p.m. with a staged reading of “We All Fall Down” by Esther Rodriguez at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W., Suite 105). A reception and discussion with the playwright follow the reading. Tickets are $10 at

Marc Anthony’s “Opus Tour” hits Capital One Arena (601 F St., N.W.) tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $59 on Ticketmaster. This award-winning Puerto Rican entertainer is also a 2009 Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Lifetime Achievement Award winner. For tickets and information, visit Facebook Events.

JOX at the Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.), hosted by Matt Black Productions and featuring music by DJ UltraPup, is tonight at 9 p.m. The $8 cover includes clothes check and all night drink specials. More information on this and other events is available at

Sunday, Feb. 23

The Disney Princex Drag Brunch is today from noon-3 p.m. at Taqueria Del Barrio (821 Upshur St., N.W.). $25 tickets include an entree and mimosa. The public is invited to sing-a-long to Disney tunes with host Vagenesis and a cast of drag stars. Visit for details. 

HRC at Barry’s Bootcamp (1345 19th St., N.W.) is today from 1:20-2:20 p.m. Tickets are $35 with a Barry’s Bootcamp account and renews your HRC membership for another year. For tickets and information, visit

Monday, Feb. 24

Jacob Tobia and Casey McQuiston authors of “Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story” and “Red, White and Royal Blue” converse with Roswell Encina of the Library of Congress tonight at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.). The public is invited to this free event which will be livestreamed at

Celine Dion’s “Courage World Tour” takes the stage in Royal Farms Arena (201 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore) tonight at 7:30 p.m. This event features Dion’s musical legacy which includes iconic songs such as “My Heart Will Go On” from the mega-hit film “Titanic.” Visit for tickets and information. 

Singing with the Sisters is a weekly karaoke night at the Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) tonight at 9 p.m. The public is invited to grab a drink and enjoy a few tunes with the D.C. Sisters, a drag nun order. For more information, visit

Tuesday, Feb. 25

“Sagan” by Dianne Kurys screens tonight at 7 p.m. at the French Embassy (4101 Reservoir Rd., N.W.). This film features the life of French author Francoise Sagan whose hedonistic lifestyle was almost as famous as her 1958 novel “Bonjour Tristesse.” Free tickets are available on

Drag Bingo is tonight at 7 p.m. at Red Bear Brewing (209 M St., N.E.). Host Desiree Dik invites guests to dress up in their best Mardi Gra gear to win prizes. For more information, visit

A Democratic Debate Watch Party hosted by the Woman’s National Democratic Club (1526 New Hampshire Ave., N.W.) is tonight at 8 p.m. Free tickets are available at

Wednesday, Feb. 26

Action to Demand an End to MPP hosted by Project Lifeline is today from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the U.S. Capitol (1st St., S.E.). The public is invited to join legal and medical professionals in signing and delivering to Congress an open letter calling for an end to the Migrant Protection Protocols also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy. Visit for more information. 

Jazz, Gender and Society with Terri Lyne Carrington is tonight at 7 p.m. at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (1400 Constitution Ave., N.W.). Carrington, a Grammy Award-winning drummer, composer and producer, discusses their work and activist music.Tickets are $30 at

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. Call 202-841-0279 if you need a partner.

Thursday, Feb. 27

Reel Affirmations Xtra Presents “Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America” at Landmark’s E Street Cinema (555 11th St., N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m. This documentary by Tom Shepard explores the stories of LGBT refugees and asylum seekers resettling despite increasing U.S. restrictions. For tickets and information, visit

Nashwa: Night of Middle East and North African Rhythms in D.C. presented by The Andalusian is tonight at 7:30 p.m. at La Pop D.C. (1847 Columbia Road, N.W.). Raqs Sharqi (belly dance) classes are followed by live music and open dancing. The cost is $10 and dancers are encouraged to bring a scarf to tie around their waists. Visit and Facebook Events for details. 

Metropolitan AME Church (1518 M St., N.W.) offers its conversation series The Family Room tonight at 6:30 p.m. when Dyllon Burnside (Ricky from “Pose”) will discuss the “expanding boundaries of blackness — the intersection of black and LGBT issues” with Darnell Moore, author of “No Ashes in the Fire.” Tickets are $40 on Deatils at

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

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Smithsonian Zoo programming is back

Family-friendly Halloween event begins Oct. 28



(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute will host “Boo at the Zoo” starting on Friday, Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m. 

This is a family-friendly Halloween event that includes special after-hours access for animal viewing at the Elephant Community Center, Small Mammal House, Reptile Discovery Center, Great Ape House and Think Tank, a Halloween souvenir treat bag, dance party and 30 trick-or-treat stations around the festively decorated Zoo. 

Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased on the Smithsonian’s website.

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10 LGBTQ events this week

SMYAL Fall Brunch, Va. Pridefest among attractions



The SMYAL Fall Brunch, Virginia Pridefest and Leather Dykes Night are among attractions this week. (Washington Blade photos by 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.

Spectrum Drag Show

Friday, Sept. 23
9 p.m.
Red Bear Brewing Co.
209 M Street, N.E.
21+ / no cover

Desiree Dik hosts a drag show on Friday with Chanel Janae, Darcy De La Cuada, Javon Love and Thea Trickality.

SMYAL Fall Brunch

SMYAL Fall Brunch (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Saturday, Sept. 24
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
$175+ / proof of vaccination required
Facebook | Tickets

The annual fundraiser brunch for LGBTQ youth programs is a highlight of the year.

Virginia Pridefest 2022

Virginia Pride (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Saturday, Sept. 24
12-8 p.m.
Brown’s Island
Richmond, Va.

Virginia Pridefest on Brown’s Island in Richmond boasts headlining acts including Big Freedia, Leikeli 47 and Rosé from RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Art All Night

Saturday, Sept. 24
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
DC Housing Finance Agency
815 Florida Avenue, N.W.
Website |

The event, hosted by Rayceen Pendarvis and Krylios, features live music, dance contests, vendors, voguing and fashion.

Pitch Please Studio 54: Dance Party

Saturday, Sept. 24
8-11 p.m.
The Dirty Goose
913 U Street, N.W.
$10 suggested donation

The Stonewall Kickball team Pitch Please hosts a Studio 54 dance party/fundraiser at The Dirty Goose Saturday night complete with dancing and drag performances. Proceeds are slated to help support the work of the Wanda Alston Foundation.

Leather Dykes: DC Dyke Night at DC9

Saturday, Sept. 24
10 p.m. – 3 a.m.
1940 9th Street, N.W.
$15 / proof of vaccination required


Saturday, Sept. 24
5-10 p.m.
1219 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
$15 advance tickets / VIP packages $335+
Facebook | Tickets

Ten star DJs, food, hookah, dancing and drink specials are all at Decades on Saturday for a giant LGBT event produced by the DMV DJ Ladies Takeover Team.

Pups and Pumps Adoption Fundraiser

Sunday, Sept. 25
12-4 p.m.
The Hall CP
4656 Hotel Drive
College Park, Md.

Join queens Cake Pop, Crimsyn and Druex Sidora and bring your own pup to “Pups and Pumps” on Sunday. Money raised will go to Saving Grace Animal Rescue.

Pride Night Out at the Commanders

Sunday, Sept. 25
1 p.m.
FedEx Field
1600 FedEx Way
North Englewood, Md.

Celebrate Pride Night Out at FedEx Field on Sunday as the Washington Commanders take on the Philadelphia Eagles. Join the Pregame Pride Party for $35 and recieve an exclusive Pride Commanders T-shirt, a pregame buffet and entertainment.

Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero

Lil Nas X (Promotional poster via Anthem’s Facebook event listing)

Sunday, Sept. 25
6 p.m.
The Anthem
901 Wharf Street, S.W.
$54.95 – $254.95
Facebook | Tickets

Famed out performer Lil Nas X comes to D.C. on Sunday.

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Post-pandemic fall events will keep you busy in D.C.

SMYAL Brunch, HRC Nat’l Dinner return along with regional Prides



Big Freedia headlines Virginia Pride later this month. (Photo by kathclick/BigStock)

Fall means cooler temperatures make it more bearable to go out to town and enjoy all that D.C. has to offer. Below is a list of select fall events you should check out.

Dacha Garden will welcome the fall season with Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 12 p.m. at Dacha Shaw. The Bavarian revelry will continue at 2 p.m. at Dacha Navy Yard with costumes, contests, and a live concert featuring Oktoberfest Queen and Yodeling Superstar Manuela Horn, Capital Chill Band, and Dacha’s own Polka band. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

Virginia Pride is slated for Sept. 23-25 in Richmond. Big Freedia and stars of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” will perform. Visit for information.

Team Rayceen Productions will host Art All Night on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the DC Housing Finance Agency. There will be live music, dance contests and visual artists will sell and create art. This event is free and open to the public, and more details are available on Team Rayceen’s website

Sparkle, a queer-friendly open-mic poetry night at Busboys & Poets is slated for Oct. 2 at 7 p.m., 2021 14th St., N.W.

SMYAL’s 25th Annual Fall Brunch will be on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Marriott Marquis in D.C. This event includes a cocktail reception featuring a fabulous silent auction, a three-course brunch, and a chance to hear from some of our community’s most inspiring leaders. Tickets start at $175 and can be purchased on SMYAL’s website

“Crossroads, Detours, & Exits” is a personal interrogation from JR “Nexus” Russ of his identities, particularly being Black, Filipino American and Queer, Sunday, Oct. 2 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St., N.E.) at 3:30 p.m.

Author Kevin Mallinson will discuss “Alarm in the Firehouse: a Memoir of America’s First Openly Gay Firefighter” on Monday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Patrick Henry Library. Mallinson’s book highlights the importance of personal values and a sense of humor when facing adversity. Registration is required for this event and more details are available on the library’s website

The inaugural Laurel Pride will be held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 at Granville Gude Park in Laurel, Md.

Harrisonburg Pride is set for Saturday, Oct. 8, 1-5 p.m. in Court Square in Harrisonburg, Va. 

HoCo Pride celebrates the LGBTQ community in Howard County, Md., on Sunday, Oct. 9 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, 10431 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia.

Safe Place International will host Coming Out Celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. at Moxy DC. This event will connect the D.C. community with global leaders and spotlight stories of inspiration and explore what made D.C.’s LGBTQ refugee community resilient, compassionate, and ready to change the world. Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased on Safe Place’s website

Mix & Mingle with the Maryland Black Chamber and Maryland LGBT Chamber, Oct. 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at EKO House, 150 Gibbs St., Rockville, MD.

The Washington Blade will host the 2022 Best of LGBTQ DC Awards Party on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at Wild Days at Eaton DC. This event is sponsored by ABSOLUT, PEPCO, The Eaton DC, and the Washington Regional Transplant Community. Attendees should be at least 21 years old. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased via

The Reel Affirmations LGBTQ Film Festival is scheduled for Oct. 21-24. More information is available at the DC Center for the LGBT Community website.

Live Tour: Under the Rainbow + High Heel Race will be on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 5:30 p.m. at 748 Jackson Place, N.W. This event is a queer history walking tour exploring the gay community from war heroes to modern day human rights activists. Individual tickets are $35 and can be purchased via The annual High Heel Race will begin after the tour.

After a two-year hiatus, Human Rights Campaign’s National Dinner will return on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This fundraising dinner will help fuel the work for equality that HRC does. For more information, visit HRC’s website.

District of the Dead delivers a fright-filled Halloween Weekend at three D.C. venues: BLISS Nightclub, Ivy City Smokehouse, and SAX. Three events over three days. Visit Kinetic’s website for ticket information.

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