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Calendar: Feb. 28-March 5

Parties, performances and events in the week to come

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Nicki Minaj (right) joins (from left) Michelle Visage, RuPaul and Carson Kressley at the judge’s table for the season 12 premiere of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race.’ Several watch parties are planned in the region tonight. (Photo courtesy VH1)

Friday, Feb. 28

The “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 12 opener watch party hosted by The Dirty Goose (913 U St., N.W.) is tonight at 7:30 p.m. Host Shirley Gaye performs and all drinks are half off until 9 p.m. Details are available at thedirtygoosedc.com.

The “RuPaul’s Drag Race” viewing party is tonight at 8 p.m. at Red Bear Brewing (209 M St., N.E.). Desiree Dik hosts the season 12 event followed by a drag show. For more information, visit redbear.beer.

Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) hosts its “RuPaul Drag Race” season 12 watch party tonight at 8 p.m. There is no cover for this 21-and-over event with a DJ’ed dance party after. Visit nelliessportsbar.com for details. 

Birds of Prey Drag Show featuring special guests Akashia and Nicole Paige Brooks from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is tonight at 10 p.m. at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Road, N.E.). This public event is followed by a dance party until 3 a.m. Tickets are $10 on eventbrite.com.

Kicks and Giggles: Go Wild! Is tonight at 10 p.m. at the Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.). There is no cover for this monthly queer underwear dance party. Visit greenlanterndc.com for details. 

It’s Daddy Night tonight at 10 p.m. at UPROAR Lounge (639 Florida Ave., N.W.). DJ Mike Babbitt mixes beats for daddies, admirers and friends. There is no cover for this event. For details, visit uproarlounge.com.

Boots & Heels,” the Maryland Institute College of Art fifth annual benefit drag show is tonight at 8 p.m. at 1601 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. Proceeds will go to LGBTQ scholarships at the school. Miss Sue Nami, Dee Dee Dereon, Venus Faestrada, Gadfrie Arbulu and Chris Jay will perform. Tickets are $5 for MICA students, $10 general admission or $20 VIP. Look for the event on Facebook for details.

Saturday, Feb. 29

The Harriet Tubman Historical Experience hosted by A Tour of Her Own is today from 8 a.m.-7 p.m., departing from the Navy Memorial (701 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.) sharply at 8. The $140 bus trip includes lunch and a journey through Dorchester County, Md., where Tubman was born, escaped slavery and returned to free others. More information is available at atourofherown.com.

Chanellie’s Drag Brunch is today at 11 a.m. at Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.). Chanel Devereaux hosts a team of drag performers during an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet. Tickets are $41.91 on eventbrite.com.

Mind-Building for Children, a children’s library event at the Embassy of Finland (3301 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.) in collaboration with the D.C. Public Library, is today from 2:30-5 p.m. This free event follows the story of Moomintroll’s growth as he explores humanity, relationships and emotions. Registration is available on eventbrite.com.

Melba Moore performs at City Winery D.C. (1350 Okie St., N.E.) tonight at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $35 to see this three-time Grammy-nominated singer and award-winning Broadway actress. Tickets and information are available at citywinery.com.

Trade (1410 14th St., N.W.) hosts QWERTY: All Black Everything tonight at 10 p.m. CTRL is throwing this special Black History Month event which has a special performance by Drag King Boi Band featuring Roman Noodle, Zillionaire and Majic Dyke. Visit Facebook events and tradebardc.com for details.

The Crew Club: The Closing Party is tonight at 11 p.m. at The Crew Club (1321 14th St., N.W.). The club closes its doors after 25 years with DJs Lemz and Aaron Riggins and special appearances by adult film stars. Visit crewclub.net for more information. 

Cie Herve KOUBI will perform its dance interpretation of “Boy’s Don’t Cry” tonight at 8 p.m. at Dance Place (3225 8th St., N.E.). The show will also be performed on Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets are $15-30 at danceplace.org

Sunday, March 1

Harry Potter Drag Brunch hosted by Logan Stone is today at noon at St. Arnold’s (7525 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, Md.). Local drag performers bring Harry Potter characters to life during an a la carte brunch with bottomless cocktail specials. For more information, visit starnoldsdc.com and Facebook events. 

Flashy Sundaze is tonight at 4 p.m. at Flashy Sundays (645 Florida Ave., N.W.). There is no cover for this special party featuring music by TWiN and DJ Sean Morris. More information is available at facebook.com/flashydc.

Queer/Trans Fusion Dance: Bachata Night with DJ Perez is tonight at 6 p.m. at the Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.). Lessons are $10 with an open social dance following featuring Latinx music. Free self-serve popcorn is provided. For more information, visit greenlanterndc.com and qtfusiondance.wordpress.com

AEG Presents Trixie Mattel tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St., N.W.). Tickets are $39.50. This event features the season three “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” winner performing music and comedy backed by a live band. Tickets and information are available on eventbrite.com.

Celebrate Diversity, the A Wider Bridge and Fuente Latina Reception, is tonight at 8:15 p.m. at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mt. Vernon Place, N.W.). For free tickets and information, register at awiderbridge.org/AIPACreception

Monday, March 2

Monday Night Trivia is tonight at 7 p.m. at Red Bear Brewing (209 M St., N.E.). New host William Burlew, aka Logan Stone, curates questions from history, science, entertainment and more. Visit redbear.beer for details.

Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” will be performed tonight at 7 p.m. at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.). The Washington Opera delivers a tale of a lover who meets his fiery fate. Tickets start at $45 at kennedy-center.org.

Queer Tango lessons continue at the Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) hosted by Tango Mercurio tonight at 7:30 p.m. The price is $120 for the entire series. For more information, visit greenlanterndc.com

Tuesday, March 3

Iranian storyteller Poupeh Missaghi shares her work “trans(re)lating house one” tonight at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose at Union Market (1270 5th St., N.E.). The book uses reports and documents to tell the story of a woman’s search first for statues then for missing demonstrators in the aftermath of Iran’s 2009 elections. Visit politics-prose.com/union-market for more information on this free event. 

Michelle Wolf performs at the D.C. Improv Comedy Club (1140 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $40. Wolf made headlines in 2018 as the outspoken headliner of the White House Correspondents Dinner. For tickets and information, visit dcimprov-com.

“Bandstand,” the Tony-winning Broadway musical about a young soldier rebuilding his life after WWII through friends and song, will be performed tonight at the National Theatre (1321 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $54 on thenationaldc.com.

Wednesday, March 4

The International Women’s Day Celebration with Female Ambassadors to the U.S. hosted by the Women and Politics Institute is tonight at 6 p.m. in the Abramson Family Founders Room of the SIS building (4400 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.). Represented will be the female ambassadors from Oman, Rwanda, Afghanistan and Iceland. Free tickets are available on eventbrite.com

BOOKMEN DC, an informal men’s gay literature group, discusses Felice Picano’s 1979 novel, “The Lure,” tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Park Library (3310 Connecticut Ave., N.W.). All are welcome to attend. For more information, visit bookmendc.blogspot.com

Thursday, March 5

A Conversation with Speaker Nancy Pelosi hosted by the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service (37th & O St., N.W.) is today from 2-3 p.m. In celebration of Women’s History Month, Speaker Pelosi will discuss the impact the 19th Amendment had on history as well as the women who have influenced her. Visit politics.georgetown.edu for details. 

Phillips After 5: Wonder Women is an exhibition at the Phillips Collection (1600 21st., N.W.) today at 5 p.m. celebrating International Women’s Day. The event includes music by R&B, soul and Afro beat artist TOMMI, brews from the women-owned Denizens Brewery Company and more. Tickets are $12 at phillipscollection.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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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

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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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Erasure’s ‘Neon Tour’ coming to The Anthem

Features out lead Andy Bell

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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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