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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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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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