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Calendar: April 10-16

LGBT events in the week to come

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JR.’s Monday online show features a rotating cast of characters and hosts and includes a special performance by Vagenesis at 9:30. (Photo courtesy Images Male Photography)

Friday, April 10

Quarantine Concert Series 2: Katherine Needleman and Hanchien Lee is tonight at 5:30 p.m. presented by An die Musik (409 N. Charles St., Baltimore). The presented video is a recording made during the live March 7 performance of the Coffee, Patisserie and Classical Music Series: A Celebration of Degenerate Music with Needleman on oboe and Lee on piano. Video access is $5. Visit instantseats.com for tickets and information.

Kabbalat Zoom Shabbat hosted by Johns Hopkins Hillel (3109 N Charles St., Baltimore) is tonight at 6 p.m. This virtual Kabbalat Shabbat experience is hosted on Zoom. Visit their Facebook event page for the link and more information.

Politics and Prose Live! Presents Veronica Roth tonight at 7 p.m. Roth, author of the popular YA Divergent series, will discuss her first novel for adults, “Chosen Ones,” during the conversation streamed online. Register for this free event here.

Saturday, April 11

“Edo Avant Garde” Online Screening with Q&A is today from 2-3 p.m. via Vimeo and Zoom. This event hosted by the Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art explores the pivotal role Japanese artists of the Edo era played in setting the stage for the modern art movement in the West with its focus on abstraction, minimalism, surrealism and the illusion of 3D. Free tickets are available on eventbrite.com. For more information on this and other online screenings, visit asia.si.edu/films.

Fantom Virtual Trivia Night hosted by Fantom Comics is tonight at 6:30 p.m. This online event charges a $5 fee to help pay staff and continue operations. For more information on how to donate or participate, click here. Instructions on how to play on a team via Zoom are listed on their Facebook event page.

Frolic and Lobo Present: Quarantine every Saturday night at 7 p.m. the D.C. Eagle, DJ Jake Maxwell, UltraPup and others host this series of online social events with live music and an open chat. Visit lightsoutbarksout.com for the Zoom link and more information.

Easter Vigil hosted by St. Anselm’s Abbey (4501 South Dakota Ave., N.E.) will be live streamed via their Facebook page beginning at 9 p.m. For more information, visit stanselms.org.

Sunday, April 12

Online Easter Sunday at the Cathedral hosted by the Washington National Cathedral (3101 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) is today from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via Facebook or YouTube. Visit cathedral.org for more information.

The Partners of Transmasculine Folks Support Group meeting is tonight at 5 p.m. This online meeting is a supportive partner-only space open to those of all genders and sexual orientations in any type of relationship with a transmasculine-identified person. For the meeting link or more information, email [email protected].

Monday, April 13

Passover 2020: “Let My People Stay Home!” is a live-streaming concert featuring Seth Kibel and Sean A. Lane tonight at 7 p.m. The streaming cost is $5 and the link will be mailed shortly before show time. Visit instantseats.com for tickets and details.

Stay-At-Home Showtunes, a weekly streaming benefit show for JR.’s bar (1519 17th St., N.W.), is tonight at 8:30 p.m. Guests can tune into the stream via Twitter @JRsBar_DC to watch the performance. Each Monday’s show features a rotating cast of characters and hosts and includes a special performance by Vagenesis at 9:30. Virtual tips via Venmo will support the weekly video DJ, drag performers and a general wage relief fund for the staff. Visit twitter.com/jrsbar_dc for the show and JR.’s Facebook page for details.

Tuesday, April 14

Trans & NB Chat Hours hosted by the D.C.-area Transmasculine Society is every Tuesday and Friday from 7-10 p.m. through the month of April. There is no need to create an account to join, simply choose your name, pronouns and gender identity, then enter the room. Visit dcats.org/chat or the Facebook event page for details.

Wednesday, April 15

District Zouk’s resident ballerina Natallia Pcholkina with host DanceSport Dupont Circle (2201 P St., N.W.) leads an online conditioning and technique class to stay in shape during quarantine. The session focuses on ballet and jazz technique to help with balance, conditioning, mobility and more. The class is tonight at 7 p.m. for $15. Five classes are $65 and ten are $120. For more information or to sign up, click here.

Thursday, April 16

Virtual Workshop: Meditation and Mindfulness hosted by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art is today at 12:15 p.m. This series includes free 30-minute online meditation sessions each week led by D.C.-based mediation instructors. All are welcome and no previous experience is required. For more information, visit the museum’s Facebook event page or this link.

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Calendar: June 18-24

Events in the week to come

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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 genderqueerdc.com.

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: capitalpride.org.

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: hopeinabox.splashthat.com.

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

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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

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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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