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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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Pride week events roundup

Your guide to LGBTQ celebrations throughout the DMV

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The Washington Blade holds its annual Pride on the Pier and fireworks show on Saturday, June 8. (Photo courtesy of the Wharf)

The D.C. Metro area is awash in rainbow bunting as workers at local venues prepare for the throng of revelers celebrating Pride. The 2024 Capital Pride Parade and Festival to be held over the weekend is expected to draw several hundred thousand people to the region. But the fun doesn’t end with the main public gatherings; there are parties and events scheduled throughout the week. Here is a sampling of D.C.-area Pride events that you won’t want to miss.

Friday, June 7

Sixth & I (600 I St., N.W.) is holding a Pride Shabbat on Friday with a happy hour at 6, service at 7 and dinner at 8:15. Registration required. $36. You can get more information at sixthandi.org/event/pride-shabbat-3.

Bet Mischpachah holds a Pride Shabbat and drag happy hour at the Edlavitch D.C. Jewish Community Center (1529 16th St., N.W.) at 8 p.m. Jessica Stern, U.S. Special Envoy U.S. Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQ+) persons, will be the special guest. Shabbat services will be led by Rabbi Jake Singer-Beilin.

Gottmik of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” performs at Crush (2007 14th St., N.W.) tonight around 10 p.m. with a meet-and-greet scheduled for 9 p.m. Limited (free) tickets to the meet-and-greet are available at crushbardc.com/events. $5 cover.

The ever-popular Drag Underground is back for a Pride Edition at Dupont Underground (19 Dupont Circle, N.W.) tonight at 8:30. Doors open at 7:30. Performers include Cake Pop!, Bombalicious Eklaver, Kabuki Bukkake and Mr. Capital Pride Xander Childs Valentino. Tickets are $15-$20 and may be purchased on Eventbrite.

Pretty Bitter, Bryce Bowyn and Ari Voxx perform at the Queer Music Rock and Drag Show: A Pride Kick-Off Party at Metrobar  (640 Rhode Island Ave., N.E.) from 7-11 p.m. Drag performers Evry Pleasure, Ruth Allen Ginsberg, Brooke N Hymen and Hennessy are also slated to entertain. The event is free, but tickets are available on Eventbrite.

The Capital Pride Alliance holds the giant RIOT! The Capital Pride Official Opening Party tonight at Echostage (2135 Queens Chapel Rd., N.E.) from 9 p.m.-3:30 a.m. The event stars Sapphira Cristál of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” and features dancers, DJs, drag and more. 18+/$50. Further information is available at capitalpride.org.

Saturday, June 8

The massive Capital Pride Parade is held with its new route on Saturday. The parade is slated to begin at 1844 14th St., N.W. at 3 p.m., move through Shaw, Logan Circle, downtown and the Penn Quarter neighborhoods, and end on Pennsylvania Avenue. The event is free to the public and draws tens of thousands of spectators. Grand Stand tickets as well as accessible viewing reservations are available on Capital Pride’s website. More information is available here

If you want to settle in one place during the parade to grab a refreshing beverage and catch some entertainment, you might check out the Capital Pride 17th Street Pride Block Party from 12-10 p.m. today along 17th Street, N.W. between P and S streets. The Block Party includes a “family area” at Stead Park between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The Washington Blade holds its annual not-to-be-missed Pride on the Pier and Fireworks Show at The Wharf (101 District Square, S.W.) today from 2-10 p.m. There will be music, vendors and drag entertainment as well as a giant screen with live images from the Capital Pride Parade winding through the city. The event is free and open to the public, but VIP tickets are available for an air-conditioned lounge, private bathroom, catering and open bar. To purchase tickets ($75-$125), go to prideonthepierdc.com/vip.

The Capital Pride Alliance holds its Flashback Tea Dance at the end of the parade route (Constitution Ave. and 6th St., N.W.) from 3-9 p.m. in partnership with KINETIC Presents. The DJ lineup includes Cake Pop, Robbie Leslie and DJ Joe Gauthreaux. Vocalist Max Rae is also scheduled to perform. Tickets run from $10-$15, but entry is included for all Parade contingents and the KINETIC Presents general admission and VIP Weekend Passholders. Tickets and more information is available here.

Scorpio Entertainment, Tezrah Productions and As You Are present Pride Rewind: The Official Sapphic Queer Dance Party at 8 p.m. at The Square (1850 K St., N.W.). The event is billed as having multiple DJs, “electrifying live performances,” as well as vintage video and board games. Tickets are $20-$35. The event is 18+. Tickets may be purchased at PrideRewind.com.

The Washington Blade and Capital Pride Alliance present a night “filled with heat-filled roasts, laughter, comedy, and spectacular entertainment” with the inaugural Capital Pride Roast on Saturday from 8-11:30 p.m. at Penn Social DC (801 E Street, N.W.). Roastees this year include Blair Michaels and Lena Lett. Legendary drag artist Shi-Queeta Lee is serving as the 2024 Roast Mistress. $15 admission at the door, $10 advance tickets. Tickets may be purchased at capitalpride.org.

Take time to cool off at the Capital Pride Trans Pool Party tonight from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at VIDA Penthouse Pool and Lounge (1612 U St., N.W., 4th floor). $5 admission includes entry and light refreshments. Tickets may be purchased at capitalpride.org.

The Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) is holding LOBO (Lights Out, Barks Out)! Pride 2024 on Saturday starting at 9 p.m. 21+. Pet, handler, furry and kink friendly with all genders welcome. More information is available here.

KINETIC Presents holds its Pride Under the Sea event at Echostage (2135 Queens Chapel Rd., N.E.) with pop star Slayyyter and DJs Dani Basil and Jerac. The party runs from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. The event is 18+. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased on kineticpresents.com

Sunday, June 9

If you are still up for a good party late into the night, the Cherry Fund is hosting an after-hours event at Flash (645 Florida Ave., N.W.) from 4-8 a.m. on Sunday. The Official Capital Pride After Hours event features Australian superstar DJ Kitty Glitter. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Red Bear Brewing Company (209 M St., N.E.) is holding a Pride Divas Drag Brunch hosted by Desirée Dik on Sunday at noon. Tickets are $25 and are available on Eventbrite. Performers include Hennessy, Silver Ware Sidora, The Baphomette, Fennic B. Foxx and Johnny Alucard.

The main event, the Capital Pride Festival and Concert, draws thousands of participants to Pennsylvania Avenue on Sunday. The festival features performances, music, food, and more than 300 exhibitors. The event is free and open to the public, though VIP Concert Zone tickets are available to get a spot near the stage with a private bar, restrooms, and more. Performers include Ava Max, Billy Porter, Exposé, Sapphira Christál and KeKe Palmer. The event concludes with the Sunset Dance Party from 8-10 p.m. More information is available at capitalpride.org.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” star Shea Couleé will be performing at Howard Theatre tonight at 9 p.m. Tickets are $31 and are available at thehowardtheatre.com.

Monday, June 10

Center Faith is holding the 41st annual Pride Interfaith Service at Foundry United Methodist Church (1500 16th St., N.W.) on Monday at 7 p.m. There will be a memorial tribute to Center Faith Co-Founder Allan Armus. Music from the GenOut Youth Chorus will be featured.

Thursday, June 13

The Nordic Embassies are holding a Nordics for Equality: Pride Movie Screening at the Embassy of Sweden (2900 K St., N.W.) at 7:30 p.m. There will be a reception followed by screening of short films on the rooftop of the House of Sweden by Nordic filmmakers. The event is free, though registration is required for attendance.

Friday, June 14

Our friendly Baltimore neighbors begin their Pride festivities with Mt. Vernon Pride at 200 E. Read St. in Baltimore from 2-7 p.m. on June 14. More information is available at baltimorepride.org.

Baltimore Pride continues with the Twilight on the Terrace: the premier gala event hosted by the Pride Center of Maryland. The event includes food, an open bar, dancing and music. The gala will be held at 10 Art Museum Dr. in Baltimore. Tickets are $150 +fees and can be purchased at baltimorepride.org.

Saturday, June 15

The 2024 Baltimore Pride Parade and Block Party are scheduled for Saturday from 12-7 p.m. along N. Charles Street in Baltimore. It is one of the largest LGBTQ Pride Parades in the region and draws thousands of revelers, marchers, and spectators. More information can be found at baltimorepride.org.

Wild Side Media is holding a Walk on the Wild Side Pride Block Party on Saturday, June 15 from 4 p.m. to midnight at Dock5 (1309 5th St., N.E.). The Union Market District event is set to “celebrate D.C.’s vibrant arts scene.” Tickets run from $22.50-$45 and are available here.

Sunday, June 16

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington presents its show “PORTRAITS” at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $28.75 and may be purchased at kenndy-center.org.

Baltimore Pride concludes with the Pride in the Park festival event at Druid Hill Park (900 Druid Park Lake Dr., Baltimore). There will be drag, music, entertainment, vendors, food, activities, and more. Further information is available at baltimorepride.org.

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Trans women athletes to be spotlighted at event

‘We Have Always Been Here’ presentation held in Rehoboth

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“We Have Always Been Here,” a presentation by Daria Rawley and Kathy Carpenter Brown will be on Monday, June 3 at 6 p.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar in Rehoboth.

There will be a PowerPoint presentation about the struggles women athletes, intersex, twin spirited and transgender children assigned male at birth experienced in pursuit of equal rights on Delmarva. There will also be a special reading of “Queering Rehoboth Beach: Beyond the Boardwalk” by author James Sears. 

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Calendar: May 31-June 6

LGBTQ events in the days to come

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Friday, May 31

Center Aging Friday Tea Time will be at 2 p.m. on Zoom. This is a social hour for older LGBTQ+ adults. Guests are encouraged to bring a beverage of choice. For more information, email [email protected]

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Social in the City” at 7 p.m. at Courtyard at Dupont Circle. This fun weekly event brings the DMV area LGBTQ+ community, including allies, together for delicious food and conversation. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Saturday, June 1

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 judgment free. For more details, ​​visit thedccenter.org/poc or facebook.com/centerpoc.

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Pride Month Brunch” at 11 a.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Sunday, June 2

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Pride Month Dinner” at 7 p.m. at Federico Ristorante Italiano. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

AfroCode DC will be at 4 p.m. at Decades DC. This event will be an experience of non-stop music, dancing, and good vibes and a crossover of genres and a fusion of cultures. Tickets cost $40 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

Monday, June 3

“7 Pillars of Self Care” will be at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. This is a free mental health workshop by The LGBT+ Counseling Collaborative and The DC LGBTQ+ Community Center. Join therapists Roland Scheppske, LPC-R and Michele Johns, LICSW on a journey of self-discovery, balancing life, and increasing inner peace. For more details, visit the DC Center’s website

Center Aging: Monday Coffee & Conversation will be at 10 a.m. on Zoom. This is a social hour for older LGBTQ adults. Guests are encouraged to bring a beverage of their choice. For more details, email [email protected]

Tuesday, June 4

Universal Pride Meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This group seeks to support, educate, empower, and create change for people with disabilities. For more details, email [email protected]

Pride on the Patio Events will host “LGBTQ Social Mixer” at 5:30 p.m. at Showroom. Dress is casual, fancy, or comfortable. Guests are encouraged to bring their most authentic self to chat, laugh, and get a little crazy. Admission is free and more details are on Eventbrite.

Wednesday, June 5

Job Club will be at 6 p.m. on Zoom. This is 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 — allowing participants to move away from being merely “applicants” toward being “candidates.” For more information, email [email protected] or visit thedccenter.org/careers.

Center Aging: Women’s Social and Discussion Group will be at 6 p.m. on Zoom. This group is a place where older LGBTQ women can meet and socialize with one another. For more details, visit the DC Center’s website

Thursday, June 6

KINETIC Pride 2024 DC Weekend Pass Featuring Slayyyter will be at 10 p.m. at four D.C. venues. This will be a series of partner events that give back to our D.C. LGBTQ community. This year’s KINETIC: Under The Sea MAIN EVENT features a performance by Slayyyter at Echostage, stunning visuals, and top talent for a D.C. Pride you won’t soon forget. Tickets start at $149 and more details are available on Eventbrite

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