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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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Calendar: June 18-24

Events in the week to come



Friday, June 18

Join the National Archives and Bishopsgate Institute Special Collections and Archives as they present their LGBTQ+ archive collections virtually at 8 a.m. In this event, Vicky Iglikowski-Broad from The National Archives and Stefan Dickers from Bishopsgate will explore the different strengths of their collections, to reflect on how they can be used together to build a fuller picture of LGBTQ+ lives. Event registration is available on Eventbrite.

“DISDance, Pride Edition- Still We Dance” will be at 6:30 p.m. Join the D.C. Public Library and show your Pride by dancing with the Library’s Freegal music collections. Post a video or photo of you and your crew dancing or lip-syncing to Instagram and tag D.C. Public Library on Instagram (@dcpubliclibrary) using the tags #DCPLDanceParty and #StillWeDance. The library’s favorite videos will be shared, and crown the video with the most likes the virtual Queen of Pride. All four Pride playlists are available on Freegal with the names Still We Lead, Still We Live, Still We Laugh, and Still We Love.

Saturday, June 19

Join the DC Center for its virtual job club, 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. The event begins on Zoom at 6 p.m. For more information, email [email protected].

Sunday, June 20

Join the DC Center and the Beta Kappa Chapter of the Beta Phi Omega Sorority for a peer-led support group devoted to the joys and challenges of being a Black lesbian. You do not need to be a member of the Beta Kappa Chapter or the Beta Phi Omega Sorority in order to join, but they do ask that you either identify as a lesbian or are questioning that aspect of your identity. This event will be hosted on Zoom at 1 p.m. More details are available here.

Monday, June 21

The Center Aging Coffee Drop-In will still take place virtually at 10 a.m. via Zoom. LGBT Older Adults (and friends) are invited to have friendly conversations about current issues they might be dealing with. For more information, visit Center Aging’s webpage.

Join GenderQueer DC for a monthly support group on Zoom for people who identify outside of the gender binary. Whether you’re bigender, agender, genderfluid, or just know that you’re not 100% cis – this is your group. The event will be at 7 p.m. For more information, visit

Tuesday, June 22

The European Union Delegation to the United States will host “Joining Forces for LGBTI Rights Around the World” virtually at 9:30 p.m. This event is a discussion on how the international community can help advance LGBTI rights around the world and will feature panelists: Mark Bromley, chair of The Council for Global Equality, Olena Shevchenko, director of Insight, and Urooj Arshad, senior program manager of Dignity for All: LGBTIQ+ Assistance Program, Freedom House. Registration for this free event is available on Eventbrite.

“Rainbow Challah Tutorial and Discussion” will be at 5 p.m. on Zoom. All are welcome to attend this event. Challah is a type of bread traditionally baked to celebrate the Jewish sabbath. Attendees will be provided with the recipe and materials list in advance if they would like to make it at home. There will also be a discussion about food, identity, and community. For more information, email [email protected] or call 202-543-1778 x204.

Wednesday, June 23

Capital Pride Alliance and Hook Hall will host “Hooked on Capital Pride” at 2 p.m. There will be drink specials, music, and celebration of all things LGBTQ+. A portion of the proceeds from this event will support the Capital Pride Alliance and partner Pride organizations responsible for producing Youth Pride, Silver Pride DC, DC Black Pride, DC Latinx Pride, Capital AAPI Pride, and Trans Pride, through the GivePride365 Fund. Every reservation will include a bottle of Rose Bubbly, and cabana reservations will come with a bonus celebration kit! For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Join the LGBTQIA Alliance Washington National Cathedral for a free webinar featuring Billy Curtis, director, Gender Equity Resource Center UC Berkeley on Zoom at 8 p.m. Curtis is a community activist and advocate who was hired as UC Berkeley’s first full-time director for LGBT Resources in 1999. Curtis is currently the director of the university’s Gender Equity Resource Center. To register for this event, visit:

Thursday, June 24

Join the DC Public Library for a poetry reading with Micah Powell from his book “Things No One Else Wants to Say.” Micah will read from his book and join a conversation with DC’s own Regie Cabico, poet and director of Capturing Fire Press. The event will be hosted on Facebook and YouTube at 5:30 p.m. To register, visit the library’s website.

Hope in a Box will host “Books That Make Us: A Pride Month Celebration of LGBTQ+ Stories” online at 8 p.m. The event will feature a number of notable figures including Jahana Hayes, member of Congress (D-Conn.) and 2016 National Teacher of the Year, Zach Stafford, columnist for MSNBC and former editor of the Advocate. Tickets are available at:

The DC Anti-Violence Program will have an open meeting via Zoom at 7 p.m. At this meeting, there will be opportunities to learn more and get involved in lessening violence both within and directed toward the LGBT communities. To access the Zoom link, email [email protected].

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Blade live chat with ‘Real Housewives’ author Moylan

Interview to ‘spill the tea’ on all aspects of hit Bravo franchise



Join the Washington Blade for a live interview with Brian Moylan, a former Blade staffer and author of the new book “The Housewives: The Real Story Behind the Real Housewives.” The book explores the origins and ongoing popularity of the franchise. Moylan will be interviewed by his former boss, Blade editor Kevin Naff. The two promise to “spill the tea” Housewives-style about all aspects of the hit Bravo franchise, including whether or not the shows are scripted and just how controlling Bravo is when it comes to marketing the Housewives.

The interview will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 24 and will stream on all Blade social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The interview will be uploaded to Instagram after it concludes.

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SAAM celebrates drag culture, American art

Virtual bingo night hosted by KC B. Yoncé



The Smithsonian American Art Museum will host “Virtual Drag Queen Art Bingo Night” on Friday, June 18 at 7 p.m. The event will be hosted by DC drag diva KC B. Yoncé.

Event attendees are encouraged to register now and request 1 to 4 printable bingo cards featuring artwork by American artists who are part of the LGBTQ+ community.

D.C.-area registrants are eligible to get 10% off Red Bear Brewing’s official 2021 Pride Helles lager, Smash Me With A House. This offer is available for pick up only while supplies last. Must be 21+ with proper ID and show SAAM coupon to Red Bear Brewing staff to apply the discount.

For more information, visit the museum’s website.

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