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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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Must-attend events in D.C. this fall

Mix of in-person and virtual exhibits, brunches, and more



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SMYAL Executive Director Sultan Shakir addresses the crowd at the 2018 Fall Brunch. (Blade photo by Michael Key)

Last year, the pandemic forced many event planners to cancel their projects or move everything entirely online. However, this year, with the number of vaccinated people increasing and the mask mandate in place, events are slowly returning to the in-person format. Check out the list below for a good mix of both in-person and virtual events to watch out for this fall:

Smithsonian Associates will be hosting “Palestinian Embroidery 101: The Tatreez Sampler Series” on Friday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. This online event teaches the art of Palestinian embroidery including the basic Palestinian cross-stitch and how to create a tatreez sampler, using Aida cloth fabric. The class will be taught by Wafa Ghnaim who began her training in embroidery with her mother at age 2. Visit the Smithsonian’s website for more information.

Join Capital Pride Alliance virtually to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” on Monday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. This event will focus on “[supporting] the continuous fight for full inclusion for transgender and intersex servicemembers.” Keynote speakers include former Rep. Patrick J. Murphy, and Jennifer Dane, Air Force veteran and Executive Director of the Modern Military Association of America. Guests will get to hear extraordinary stories from service members of all branches and learn more about the fight for the codification of transgender military service and the effort to lift the ban on service for intersex individuals and folks living with HIV. For more information, visit Capital Pride Alliance’s website.

The 2021 LGBTQ Intergenerational Symposium will be on Thursday, Sept. 23. This is a free two-day virtual event sponsored by the DC Department of Aging and Community Living, Capitol Hill Village, and the DC Villages and is open to LGBTQ individuals and allies of all ages. There will also be a virtual kickoff for attendees, speakers, and organizations that are involved to get to know each other. Each day will include two health and wellness sessions, one panel, and breakout session.

The Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics will host New Vistas in Astronomy: Imaging a Black Hole on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. This event will celebrate the 51st year of the New Vistas in Astronomy lecture series at Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (FLWO). There will be speakers from across the many scientific divisions of the Center for Astrophysics Harvard & Smithsonian led by founding director of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Shep Doeleman. 

DC Front Runners will host its 40th anniversary party on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Jack Rose Dining Saloon at 3 p.m. This event will be held outside on the large roof deck. Tickets for this event are $35 and cover two drinks, passed appetizers and hors d’oeuvres. You are welcome to open a tab at the bar after your drink tickets have been used. Drink tickets for paid attendees will be available starting mid-September at the runs, and also available day of the event by contacting Josh Yankovic. More information about this event is available on DC Front Runners’ website.

All Things Go and the Capital Pride Alliance are joining forces to launch “Club Pride”, a third stage and dance party at the All Things Go Music Festival on Saturday, Oct. 16. This all-day event will feature special intimate artist performances, DJ sets, special guests and more throughout the day. Access to Club Pride is included with all festival tickets. Club Pride is located at Merriweather Post Pavilion’s 9:32 Stage. For more information, visit Capital Pride Alliance’s website.

Capital Pride Alliance will host the first ever “Colorful Fest” that will include a block party and street fair on Sunday, Oct. 17. The Street Fair will feature small independent businesses, community groups, artisans, and food along 15th Street. The Block Party will include entertainment, an As You Are Bar pop-up, and dancing throughout the day for guests 21 and over. For more details, visit Capital Pride Alliance’s website.

Smithsonian Associates presents “The Philosophical Thought of Thomas Aquinas” on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. This event will be hosted online and Aquinas scholar Gregory T. Doolan will explore Aquinas’s philosophical thought. Thomas Aquinas’s work presents one of Western civilization’s most comprehensive philosophical systems. Although a theologian by profession, this man of faith dedicated much of his vast writings to discerning what the human mind can learn independently of faith. For more information, visit the Smithsonian’s website. 

“SMYAL’s Annual Fall Brunch” will be on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the Marriott Marquis. This event ​​includes a cocktail reception featuring a silent auction, three-course brunch, and a chance to hear from some of the LGBTQ community’s most inspiring leaders. This event will bring together LGBTQ individuals and allies, friends, and families in support of the inspirational youth SMYAL works with every day. For more information, visit SMYAL’s website.

DC Area Transmasculine Society (DCATS) will host “Transmasculine and Nonbinary Social Hour on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. at Red Bear Brewing Company. At this social hour, DCATS will be accepting binder donations and will also give out needles to those who are in need. All partners and friends are required to be accompanied by a transmasculine individual. The event is reservation-only, and you can RSVP online on Eventbrite. 

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Lil Nas X heads up new role at Taco Bell

The 22-year-old musical artist, now riding the success of two global No. 1 hits was an hourly wage earner as part of a Taco Bell team in 2017



Lil Nas X (Screenshot courtesy of Taco Bell)

The iconic American fast-food chain serving Mexican-inspired fare such as tacos, quesadillas and nachos has a new pitchman, former Taco Bell employee and now Grammy award winning rapper & singer-songwriter Lil Nas X, (real name Montero Lamar Hill).

In an announcement Monday, Mark King, CEO of Taco Bell commented that “Lil Nas X knows the job, the experience and the culture Taco Bell creates for its fans – including its people,” King added; ““This unique partnership will deliver on more than just marketing, allowing us to tap into the genius of Lil Nas X to inspire our team members and align with our commitment to unlocking opportunities for young people.”

As a cultural icon with an insider’s perspective on the Taco Bell team member experience, Lil Nas X has been appointed the title of ‘Chief Impact Officer,’ a newly created role that will allow him to collaborate on the brand experience from the inside out.

The 22-year-old musical artist, who catapulted to fame and now is riding the success of two global No. 1 hits in “Old Town Road” and “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” was an hourly wage earner as part of the Taco Bell team at an Atlanta-area restaurant in 2017.

Two years later as a successful up and coming musical artist, on June 30, 2019, the last day of Pride Month, he came out publicly as gay tweeting: “some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care, some of y’all not gone fwm no more. but before this month ends i want y’all to listen closely to c7osure. 🌈🤩✨”

(Courtesy of Taco Bell)

In today’s announcement the company acknowledged his ascendency to artistic celebrity as well as his sexual orientation.

Back in 2017, Lil Nas X laid down roots working at an Atlanta-area Taco Bell as a team member and less than five years later he’s ascended to stardom by defying conventions, charting his own course and remaining authentically true to himself – all things that Taco Bell stands for in its own way.”

As part of his new role, Lil Nas X will support the Taco Bell Foundation’s mission and help announce awards to recipients of the Live Más scholarship to enable them to pursue their creative passions. The Taco Bell Foundation breaks down barriers to educate and inspire the next generation of America’s leaders.

Since 1992, the Taco Bell Foundation has reached more than 4 million young people across the country and has awarded more than $110 million in Live Más Scholarships and grants to youth-serving nonprofit organizations focused on education and career readiness.

The artist’s “expertise in understanding social media and youth culture alongside his skills in creating great music makes this partnership with Taco Bell exciting, brave and one of the most innovative campaigns I’ve had the pleasure of creating,” said Jennifer Frommer, senior vp brand partnerships & commercial sync at Columbia Records.

As one of his first initiatives, Lil Nas X will make a cameo in Taco Bell’s breakfast campaign, which kicks off today, as the brand brings its breakfast offerings back to approximately 90% of restaurants nationwide by mid-September.

According to music industry trade magazine Billboard, in June, the rapper revealed his highly anticipated first full-length album would be “coming soon,” though a release date has not been announced.

Lil Nas X x Taco Bell:

From the press release:

As a brand known for its late night Fourth Meal, Taco Bell is celebrating fans who begin craving and planning for their morning meal in the evening to remind them that Taco Bell breakfast awaits come morning.

Breakfast, In Bedtime Stories – Toasted Breakfast Burritos (Commercial) |Taco Bell:

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Music & Concerts

Erasure’s ‘Neon Tour’ coming to The Anthem

Features out lead Andy Bell



Erasure (Photo courtesy of The Anthem)

Erasure will play The Anthem on Thursday, Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The band features lead singer Andy Bell who is openly LGBTQ and HIV positive.

Tickets cost between $69.50 and $89.50. Super Excellent Seats are non-transferable. The ID of the original purchaser must be presented to pick up the tickets, and also, Super Excellent Seats will be made available for will call pick up no earlier than 30 minutes prior to doors. 

For more information, visit The Anthem’s website.

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