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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 gwuafg.com 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 zeds.net.

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 busboysandpoets.com

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 eventbrite.com

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 redbear.beer 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 nelliessportsbar.com

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 jrsbar-dc.com 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 redbear.beer 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 edcjcc.s21.gcnet.co

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 greenlanterndc.com

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 dceagle.com.

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 nmwa.org

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 epiphanydc.org 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 facebook.com/mayormurielbowser.

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 greenlanterndc.com

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 nationalgeographic.org

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 redbear.beer.

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 nqapia.salsalabs.org 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 dcats.org 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 ticketmaster.com 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 art.cua.edu

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 archives.gov for more information. 

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The biggest drag stars are coming to town

‘Drag Race’ queens perform alongside local favorites

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Cake Pop! will be among performers at ‘Drag Me to the Disco.’ (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

“Drag Me to the Disco” will be held on Saturday, March 2 at 9 p.m. at the Howard Theatre. 

This event will feature “Drag Race” stars Jaida Essence Hall, Vanessa Vanjie Matteo, Mistress Isabelle Brooks, and Luxx Noir London, and D.C. queens Cake Pop!, Crystal Edge, Dreux Sidora and Crimsyn will open the show. After the drag show, there will be a dance party with NYC’s DJ Boyyyish spinning disco house music. 

Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased on the Howard Theatre’s website.

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Calendar: February 16-22

LGBTQ events in the days to come

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Friday, February 16

Center Aging Friday Tea Time will be at 2 p.m. on Zoom. This is a social hour for older LGBTQ adults. For more details, email [email protected].  

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Social” at 7 p.m. at DIK Bar. This event is ideal for meeting new people and making new friends in a casual, facilitated environment. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Saturday, February 17

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 the strives to be safe and judgement free. For more details, visit thedccenter.org/poc or facebook.com/centerpoc.  

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Brunch” at 11 a.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant. This event is ideal for meeting new people and making new friends in a casual, facilitated environment. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Sunday, February 18

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

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Coffee” at 12 p.m. at As You Are. Guests are encouraged to come enjoy an evening of Italian-style dining and conversation with other LGBTQ folk on the enclosed front patio. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

Monday, February 19

Wicked Mondaze POP-UP Happy Hour will be at 5 p.m. at Wild Dayzs. This event will feature a performance from DJ MIM accompanied by renowned drummer Asha Santee. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Happy Hour” at 6 p.m. at Palette 22. This event is ideal for meeting new people and making new friends in a casual, facilitated environment. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Tuesday, February 20

BiRoundtable will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This monthly roundtable is an opportunity for people to gather in order to discuss issues related to bisexuality or as bi individuals in a private setting. For more details, visit Facebook or Meetup

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Social” at 6 p.m. at Daniel O’Connell’s Irish Restaurant and Bar. This event is ideal for meeting new people and making new friends in a casual, facilitated environment. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Wednesday, February 21

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.

Thursday, February 22

The DC Center’s Fresh Produce 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 5:00 pm 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. 

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

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Duke Ellington Costume Shop unveils design vault

Flea market to include ‘timeless pieces’ from School of the Arts

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The Duke Ellington Costume Shop will unveil its design vault for the first time on Saturday, Feb. 10, showcasing decades of craftsmanship and creativity. 

“The design vault houses an awe-inspiring collection available for purchase at our Flea Market event on Feb. 10. From evening gowns to cocktail dresses, these timeless pieces capture the essence of characters and eras from various productions,” according to a statement from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

The Flea Market event, hosted by Ellington’s Technical Design and Production Department, offers a rare opportunity for patrons to own a piece of theatrical history. The event will take place at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, located at 3500 R St NW, Washington, DC 20007.

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