February 21, 2020 at 10:53 am EST | by Philip Van Slooten
Calendar: Feb. 21-27
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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 uproarlounge.com

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 justiceformuslims.org

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 mixersbaltimore.com 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 greenlanterndc.com

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 eventbrite.com 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 gmcw.org

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 warfdc.com 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 thedccenter.org

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 greenlanterndc.com.

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 taqueriadelbarrio.com 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 barrys.com/register

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 kennedy-center.org.

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 ticketmaster.com 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 greenlanterndc.com

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 frenchculture.org

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 redbear.beer.

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 events.constantcontact.com

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 actionnetwork.org 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 nmaahc.si.edu.

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 thedccenter.org

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 lapopdc.com 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 eventbrite.com. Deatils at thefamilyroomdc.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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