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Events in the week to come

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Summer Drive-In Movie Nights, presented by the Capital One Center, will screen “Footloose” on Sunday. (Movie still courtesy IMDB)

Friday, July 31

OutWrite, D.C.’s annual LGBTQ literary festival, starts today and finishes on Sunday. Admission is free, but registration is required. Literary workshops and author panels are set to take place. Details at OutWrite DC’s Eventbrite page.

Saturday, Aug. 1

The Palm Collective, along with more than 65 local and national grassroots partners, are set to protest in demand for systemic changes in Washington today at 3 p.m. The group is meeting at the African American Museum of History and Culture. Details at palmcollective.org.

For the Culture Studio is hosting “I MISS MY FRIENDS,” an art show and socially distant block party in Hyattsville today at 4 p.m. The studio will be displaying “Protest,” showcasing Washington’s response to the Black Lives Matter movement. Organizers say attendees must sign up for the live viewing and there will be no more than three guests at a time inside of the art studio. Temperature checks and health screening are required to enter, and admission is free. Learn more on the “I MISS MY FRIENDS” Eventbrite page.

Sunday, Aug. 2

Summer Drive-In Movie Nights, presented by the Capital One Center, will screen “Footloose” tonight at 7 p.m. at the McLean Metro Lot. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. Attendees are encouraged to donate $25 to Second Story, a charity partner and local nonprofit providing food, shelter, and emergency support for community members impacted by COVID-19. For more information, click here.

Monday, Aug. 3

The Sculpture Garden has reopened daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily with social distancing and required face coverings. The available monuments are located along Constitution Avenue NW between 7th and 9th Streets N.W. The East and West buildings are currently closed to the public. Visit nga.gov for more information.

Tuesday, Aug. 4

Politics and Prose Bookstore will host André Aciman, the author of “Call Me By Your Name,” to discuss his book, “Find Me” streamed through P&P Live! tonight at 8 p.m. Admission is free, but a donation is encouraged. Learn more by visiting politics-prose.com/event.

Wednesday, Aug. 5

The DC Center will host a Job Club tonight and every Wednesday at 7 p.m. to help job entrants and seekers to improve self-confidence, motivation, resilience and productivity for effective job searches and networking. Details at thedccenter.org/events.

Thursday, Aug. 6

Pride in the Livingroom and the Israeli Association for LGBTQ Equality will host Elad Strohmayer, the spokesperson of the Embassy of Israel to the United States, today at 3 p.m. via Zoom. Pride in the Livingroom was founded in memory of the 2009 Tel Aviv Gay Center shooting victims and the Jerusalem Pride parade stabbing in 2015. The event will spotlight stories of Jewish LGBTQ individuals worldwide. Admission is free. Visit the respective Facebook page for more information.

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10 LGBTQ events this week

See more than just the fireworks in the days ahead

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From movie nights to dance parties, there is a lot to do in the region this week. (Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

Below are our picks for some of the most fun and creative things to do this week in D.C. that are of special interest to the LGBTQ community.


MNSkating’s Pride Too!

Monday, June 27
7:30 p.m.
Laurel Skating Center
9890 Brewers Court
Laurel, Md.
Facebook | Meetup

Join the Monday Night Skaters for a Pride-themed skating party in Laurel, Md. on Monday.


Queen of the Capital at Adams Morgan Movie Nights

Tuesday, June 28
8-11 p.m.
Adams Morgan Soccer Field
Facebook

The Adams Morgan Partnership BID will be showing “Queen of the Capital” from local documentary maker Josh Davidsburg.


Pride Night at Frederick Keys

Wednesday, June 29
6-9 p.m.
Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium
21 Stadium Drive
Frederick, Md.
Facebook | Tickets

Join Pride on the Patio for a night of baseball as the Frederick Keys hold Pride Night sponsored by the Frederick Center.


LGBTQ Families Discussion & Beer Tasting

Wednesday, June 29
7-8 p.m.
Aslin Beer Company
847 South Pickett Street
Alexandria, Va.
Facebook | Tickets

Rainbow Families will have an informal discussion about such topics as coming out, celebrating your child’s identity, being a good ally in the workplace and more . . . followed by a beer tasting! No charge, but donations will be taken.


First Friday LGBTQ+ Social with GoGayDC

Friday, July 1
7-9 p.m.
The Commentary (in the Westin)
801 North Glebe Road
Arlington, Va.
Facebook | Eventbrite

Join GoGayDC for a monthly social gathering in Ballston.


Drag Race All-Stars Viewing Party

Friday, July 1
7-9 p.m.
JR.’s Bar
1519 17th Street, N.W.
Facebook

Get together with other Drag Race super fans for an evening viewing party hosted by Citrine.


Outdoor Movie Night

Friday, July 1
8:30-10:30 p.m.
Stead Park
1625 P Street, N.W.
Facebook

Bring your blanket and catch a movie on the big screen at Stead Park.


FireWerk with DJ Chord

See more than just the fireworks in the days ahead

Friday, July 1
9 p.m.
AquaGrill Reho
57 Baltimore Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Facebook 

Kick off Independence Day weekend in Rehoboth with a no cover dance party at AquaGrill.


Zodiac Drag Contest

Zodiac Drag Contest (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Sunday, July 3
8 p.m.
Freddie’s Beach Bar
555 23rd Street S
Arlington, Va.
$5 cover
Facebook

The monthly amateur drag competition returns to Freddie’s on Sunday. Check out the new talent (or try it out yourself).


Flashy 4th of July Weekend

Sunday, July 3 – Monday, July 4
10 p.m.
Flash
645 Florida Aveune, N.W.
$30
Facebook | Eventbrite

Celebrate Independence Day with a Flashy 4th of July on the dance floor of Flash.


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Rayceen Pendarvis hosts District of Pride Showcase

Mayor’s Office celebrates resilience of D.C.’s LGBTQ community with night of entertainment

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Rayceen Pendarvis hosts District of Pride Showcase on June 30. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The Mayor’s Office for LGBTQ Affairs will host “The District of Pride Showcase” on Thursday, June 30 at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Theatre.

This event is to celebrate the resilience of D.C.’s LGBTQ community with a night of entertainment and performances that will feature the diverse queer talent.

This event will be hosted by Rayceen Pendarvis, with announcer Krylios, featuring DJ Honey. There will also be a performance by “Real Housewives of Potomac” star Candiace. 

This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

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Mayor’s office to celebrate older LGBTQ individuals

District of Pride: Seniors Brunch on Monday

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The Mayor’s Office for LGBTQ Affairs will host “District of Pride: Seniors Brunch” on Monday, June 27 at 11 a.m. at Frank D. Reeves Center of Municipal Arts. 

This event is a celebration of Pride and a “thank you” to the District’s senior community members for their contributions to the LGBTQ+ community.

This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

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