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Calendar: March 6-12

Parties, concerts and events in the week to come



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Celine Dion plays Washington Wednesday night. (Photo courtesy Sony Music Entertainment)

Friday, March 6

An International Women’s Day Charity Concert hosted by the George Washington University Afghan Student Association (800 21st St., N.W.) is today at 5:30 p.m. This event features performers Naghma and Qais Ulfat. Proceeds will be sent to Afghanistan to support women in need. Visit for more information. 

Local queer poet Kathi Wolfe reads from her new collection “Love and Kumquats: New and Selected Poems” at Zed’s (8225 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring) tonight at 6 p.m. Wolfe, a Blade columnist and nationally recognized poet, is the 2014 winner of the Stonewall Chapbook Competition. For more information on this free event, visit

Linda Sarsour, co-organizer of the Women’s March, speaks at Busboys and Poets (2021 14th St., N.W.) on how growing up a Palestinian Muslim American feminist empowered her activism. Free tickets to this public event are available on

The Hometown Sheroes Film Festival is tonight at 7 p.m. at the Eaton D.C. (1201 K St., N.W.). This event features short films by local women and nonbinary filmmakers. Free tickets are available on

The “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Viewing Party and Slay Them is tonight at 8 p.m. at Red Bear Brewing (209 M St., N.E.). The viewing party starts at 8 and the drag competition immediately follows with host Desiree Dik. Visit for more information.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 12 watch party at Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) is tonight at 8 p.m. There is no cover for this happy hour event with a dance party upstairs at 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Trade’s (1410 14th St., N.W.) “RuPaul Drag Race” viewing party with host Venus Valhalla is tonight at 8 p.m. This party includes games, free drinks and music by Wess the DJ. More information is available on Trade’s Facebook event page.

Bearlesque is tonight at 9 p.m. at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.W.). Tickets are $5 on Eventbrite for this monthly show.

We the Kingz all drag king show hosted by Ricky Rose is tonight at 10:30 p.m. at JR.’s Bar (1519 17th St., N.W.). There is no cover for this event featuring Jorge Escober, Chris Jay, Remy Blu and Mich. Visit for details. 

Saturday, March 7

Red Bear Brewing’s first anniversary party is today at 11 a.m. at Red Bear Brewing (209 M St., N.E.). This all-day celebration includes music by Silence Echoez and DJ Shea Van Horn with special guest Desiree Dik. Visit for more information.

The Women Filmmakers Festival is today from 2-7 p.m. at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery (800 G St., N.W.). This film festival highlights women and nonbinary artists working outside the Hollywood system. Free tickets are available on Eventbrite.

GLOE in the Dark: A Purim Masquerade hosted by the GLBTQ Outreach and Engagement at the Edlavitch D.C.-JCC is tonight at 7 p.m. at the Dupont Circle Mission Bar (1606 20th St., N.W.). Tickets are $10 online and $15 at the door. For details, visit

Rewind: Request Line hosted by DJ Darryl Strickland is tonight at 9 p.m. at the Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.). Strickland DJs hits from the ’80s and ’90s the first Saturday of the month. More details are available at

Hummer D.C. at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) is tonight at 10 p.m. Admission is $25 for this party hosted by resident DJ Phoenix Rise. For more information, visit

Eden D.C. (1716 I St., N.W.) hosts the Life is Women Party tonight at 10 p.m. This event is hosted by Dnyce with music by DJs Koz and Kidd Fresh. All Pisces are free until midnight for this TMS Entertainment LGBT event. Early bird tickets are $10 on Eventbrite.

Sunday, March 8

The National Museum of Women in the Arts (1250 New York Ave., N.W.) hosts an International Women’s Day 2020 event today from noon-5 p.m. Admission is free and the program includes live music, a women authors book swap, vendors and multicultural exhibits. For more information, visit

The D.C. Concert Orchestra presents a free concert, “American Journeys,” today at 3 p.m. at The Church of the Epiphany (1317 G St. NW.). Program includes Daugherty’s “Route 66,” Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” and more. Visit for details. 

The Georgia O’Keefe, Edward Hopper and Modern Art Tour continues at the National Gallery of Art (4th and Pennsylvania Ave.) today at 3:30 p.m. The program focuses on the lives of these two artists and asks why their work has lasted. Tickets are $10 on Eventbrite.

Monday, March 9

Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Washington Women of Excellence Awards is tonight at 6 p.m. at the Eaton D.C. (1201 K St., N.W.). The public is invited to this event honoring women’s achievement in D.C. For more information on this free event, visit

Queer Tango Initiation Series at Green Lantern presented by Tango Mercurio is tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.). The cost for the series is $120 for this event. No experience is necessary to participate. For more information, visit

Tuesday, March 10

The 2020 National Brunch Table Captain and Volunteer Happy Hour hosted by the LGBTQ Victory Fund is today at 5:30 p.m. at Dacha Beer Garden (1600 7th St., N.W.). This neighborhood happy hour event is for those wanting to learn more about becoming a table captain or volunteer at the National Brunch event. For more information or to RSVP, email [email protected].

Into the Archive: Mavens and Misfits is tonight at 6 p.m. at the National Geographic Museum (1145 17th St., N.W.). This event exhibits and discusses archival images by and about female National Geographic photojournalists, writers and explorers. Tickets are $50 on

ALOHO Trivia is tonight at 8 p.m. at A League of Her Own (2319 18th St., N.W.). Starts promptly at 7 p.m. Visit the Facebook event page for details.

Drag Bingo is tonight at 7 p.m. at Red Bear Brewing ( 209 M St., N.E.). Desiree Dik hosts an evening of bingo and drag performances with co-host Bombalicious Eklaver. More information is available at

Wednesday, March 11

The Census and LGBTQ Asians is tonight at 6 p.m. and is hosted by the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (13th St., N.W.). This free event is presented by LGBT civil rights attorney Glenn D. Magpantay. Visit to RSVP. 

The Transmasculine and Nonbinary Happy Hour is tonight at 6 p.m. at Red Bear Brewery (209 M St., N.E.). Hosted by the D.C. Area Transmasculine Society, this social hour event is for 17-and-up trans men, nonbinary, two-spirit and genderqueer people who were assigned female at birth. Visit for more information.

The Big Gay Book Group will meet tonight at 7 pm at Trio Bistro/Restaurant (17th & Q St., N.W.). The book for discussion will be “Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York’s Legendary Chelsea Hotel” by Sherill Tippins. For more information and to RSVP, please send an email to [email protected]. Newcomers are always welcome.

The Lambda Bridge Club meets at 7:30 pm at the Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for duplicate bridge. No reservations are needed and newcomers are welcome. Phone 202-841-0279, if you need a partner.

Celine Dion’s “Courage World Tour” takes the stage at Capital One Arena (601 F St., N.W.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $95 on Ticketmaster. This five-time Grammy-award winner also launched Celinununu, a gender-neutral children’s clothing line. Visit for more concert information. 

Thursday, March 12

The Figure Interpreted: Redux group exhibition featuring the works of contemporary painters who investigate the body’s inherent beauty is today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Salve Regina Hall (620 Michigan Ave., N.E.). This free event explores why the human figure has been an enduring subject since early cave paintings. For more information, visit

Harriet Tubman Tribute and Performances hosted by the National Archives (700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.) is tonight at 7 p.m. This special event celebrates the life of the spy, scout, Civil War nurse, abolitionist and women’s suffrage supporter. Visit for more information. 


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10 LGBTQ events this week

Catch upcoming drag shows, an ugly sweater party and Pamala Stanley live



From left, Detox appears with other 'RuPaul's Drag Race' alums at a Christmas Misfits show, an Ugly Sweater Party is planned at As You Are and Pamala Stanley is slated to perform at Freddie's. (Blade file photos by Michael Key and Daniel Truitt)

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.

Mocktail Night

Wednesday, December 7
6-10 p.m.
Pitchers DC
2317 18th Street, N.W.
First Base Room

Pitchers is hosting its first alcohol-free night for those celebrating sobriety with festive mocktails. No alcohol will be served, so go to Pitchers for a stress-free social event with other sober LGBTQ friends and allies.

“Flee” Movie Screening

Thursday, December 8
Doors 5:30 p.m./Opening remarks 6:30 p.m.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
555 11th Street, N.W.
Free/registration required
Facebook | Register

The European Parliament Liaison Office and Capital Pride present a screening of European Parliament LUX Award 2022 finalist, “Flee.”

“Flee” portrays the true story of a man who shares his hidden past of fleeing his home country of Afghanistan to Denmark.

Christmas Misfits: A Drag Holiday Extravaganza!

Thursday, December 8
6 p.m.
Capital One Hall
7750 Capital One Tower Road
McLean, Va.
Facebook | Tickets

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” alumni Violet Chachki, Gottmik, Detox and Latrice Royale perform at a holiday show on Thursday.

Vernonza Extravaganza Lipsync Battle

Thursday, December 8
8 p.m.
Dupont Italian Kitchen
1637 17th Street, N.W.

Monica Vernonza and Lady London host a lip sync battle at Dupont Italian Kitchen on Thursday.

StartOut Baltimore-Washington Launch Reception

Friday, December 9
6 p.m.
Selina Union Market
411 New York Avenue, N.E.
Facebook | Eventbrite

StartOut Baltimore-Washington holds a launch party with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment and networking at the rooftop at Selina Union Market on Friday. The new organization looks to increase the number, diversity and impact of LGBTQ entrepreneurs.

Pretty Girl Rock Drag Brunch

Saturday, December 10
10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Hard Rock Cafe
999 E Street, N.W.
Facebook | Tickets

Evon Dior Michelle hosts a drag brunch with Druex Sidora and Katrina Colby at Hard Rock Cafe on Saturday.

Ugly Sweater Party

Saturday, December 10
9 p.m.
As You Are DC
500 8th Street, S.E.

Wear your ugliest sweater and party all night with DJ L Stackz at As You Are on Saturday.

UNCUT: Jingle Balls with DJ Cindel

Saturday, December 10
10 p.m.
Bliss Nightclub
2122 24th Place, N.E.

Kinetic presents the 2nd annual UNCUT Jingle Balls event at Bliss Nightclub on Saturday complete with a clothes check and play zones.

It’s Britney, Brunch!

Sunday, December 11
Doors 11 a.m./show 12 p.m.
Red Bear Brewing Co.
209 M Street, N.E.

Desiree Dik leads the Britney Spears-themed drag brunch featuring Elecktra G, Silverware Sidora, Millie Meringue and Tip Boy Pup Indigo at Red Bear Brewing Company on Sunday.

Pamala Stanley LIVE at Freddie’s

Sunday, December 11
7-9:30 p.m.
Freddie’s Beach Bar
555 23rd Street S
Arlington, Va.

Pamala Stanley returns to Freddie’s Beach Bar in Arlington for a holiday show on Sunday.

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Calendar: December 2-8

LGBTQ events in the days to come



Friday, December 2

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 details, contact Adam ([email protected]).

GoGay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Social” at 7 p.m. at The Commentary. This event is ideal for making new friends, professional networking, idea sharing, and community building. Admission to the event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

Saturday, December 3

Virtual Yoga Class with Jesse Z. will be at 12 p.m. online. This is a free weekly class focusing on yoga, breath work, and meditation. Guests are encouraged to RSVP on the DC Center’s website, providing their name, email address, and zip code, along with any questions they may have. The link to the class will be sent out at 6 p.m. the day before the event.

LGBTQ People of Color Support Group will be at 1 p.m. on Zoom and in-person at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. 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 information and events for LGBTQ People of Color, visit or

Sunday, December 4

GoGay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Coffee + Conversation” at 12 p.m. at As You Are. This event is for those looking to make more friends in the LGBTQ community and trying to meet some new faces after two years of the pandemic. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

AfroCode DC will be at 3 p.m. at Decades DC. This event is 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, December 5

Center Aging Monday Coffee and Conversation will be at 10 a.m. on Zoom. LGBT Older Adults — and friends — are invited to enjoy friendly conversations and to discuss any issues you might be dealing with. For more information, visit the Center Aging’s Facebook or Twitter

Center Aging Advocacy Meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. Participants are welcome to provide guidance and feedback on programs and services for LGBT older adults here at The DC Center for the LGBT Community. Second, this group will focus on advocating for LGBT older adults in the District of Columbia. For more information, email [email protected]

Tuesday, December 6

Center Aging Women’s Social & Discussion Group will be at 6 p.m. at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. This group is a place where older LGBTQ+ women can meet and socialize with one another. To register for this event, visit the DC Center’s website

Gay Men’s Chorus will be at 7:30 p.m. at Washington DC Temple Visitors’ Center. The Gay Men’s Chorus will perform at the Washington DC Temple Visitors’ Center for Festival of Lights. Tickets are free and can be purchased on Eventbrite

Wednesday, December 7

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

BookMen DC will be at 7:30 p.m. on Zoom. This is an informal group of men who are interested in fiction and non-fiction gay literature. For more details, visit BookMen’s website.

Thursday, December 8

The DC Center’s Food Pantry Program will be held all day at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. To be fair with who is receiving boxes, the program is moving to a lottery system. People will be informed on Wednesday at 5 p.m. if they are picked to receive a produce box. No proof of residency or income is required. For more information, email [email protected] or call 202-682-2245. 

Comedy and Cocktails will be at 6 p.m. at Pure Lounge. Guests are encouraged to come out for laughs, libations and drinking games with the best DMV comics. There will be a comedy show, live DJ, dancing, 2 for 1 drinks and drinking games. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

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JPride Baltimore to host film screening

‘Spoiler Alert’ playing at Cinemark Egyptian



Jim Parsons and Ben Aldridge star in ‘Spoiler Alert.’ (Photo courtesy of Focus Features)

JPride Baltimore will host a screening of “Spoiler Alert” on Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at Cinemark Egyptian 24 and XD.

The LGBTQ-themed film is based on Michael Ausiello’s best-selling memoir “Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies.” It is a heartwarming, funny and life-affirming story of how Michael and Kit’s relationship is transformed and deepened when one of them falls ill.

This event is free and more information is available on Eventbrite.

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