Friday, Jan. 29
The Manassas Park Community Center (99 Adams St. Manassas Park, Va.) hosts a virtual LGBTQ+ youth hang out tonight at 7 p.m. This free event facilitated by queer and ally facilitators from the center is a chance for you to meet new people, play games and possibly win prizes from the comfort of your home. For more information, call 703-335-8872 or visit the event’s Facebook page.
The D.C. Center hosts a free social anxiety workshop tonight at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Participants can learn more about the causes of social anxiety and its special effects on the LGBTQ community, although the workshop is open to the general public. No one will be required to speak or interact, and participants should understand this is an educational event, not a therapy session. More information is available at socialanxietyhelp.com and thedccenter.org.
Saturday, Jan. 30
Colage, a national organization dedicated to supporting people with one or more LGBTQ+ caregivers, hosts “Being the Child of an LGBTQ+ Parent in the 1970s or 1980s” today at 1 p.m. via Zoom. Email [email protected] or visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.
Sunday, Jan. 31
A Dark Beer Journey hosted by Red Bear Brewing (209 M St., N.E.) and DC Beer ends tonight at 10 p.m. DC Dirt, Black is Beautiful and Grande Goddess are among the stouts, porters and other dark beers during this special event. Visit redbear.beer for more information on this and other events.
Monday, Feb. 1
Busboys and Poets and The Downtown Columbia Partnership host Poetry on Ice at the Color Burst Ice Rink (6251 Mango Tree Rd., Columbia, Md.) tonight at 4 p.m. Admission is $7 for this family-friendly event featuring live music, spoken word performances and more honoring the birthday of Busboys and Poets namesake, Langston Hughes. For more information, visit merriweatherdistrict.com/whats-on/color-burst-ice-rink.
Tuesday, Feb. 2
The American History Museum presents the free panel discussion “Pandemic Perspectives: Race and Place – Yellow Fever and the Free African Society in Philadelphia” today at 4 p.m. When yellow fever raged through Philadelphia in 1793, many fled, including doctors. The Free African Society helped provide free care during the epidemic, but suffered a backlash in its wake. To learn more and register for this event, visit si.edu.
Wednesday, Feb. 3
BookMen DC, an informal group discussing fiction and nonfiction gay literature, meets tonight, and every third Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Participants do not have to become members, commit to reading every book, or attend every meeting. More information is available at bookmendc.blogspot.com and thedccenter.org.
Thursday, Feb. 4
P&P Live! presents a virtual discussion with Jeane Theoharis on “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks,” a young reader’s edition of the original work which won an NAACP Image Award, today at noon via their website. This version is accessible to a 12-and-up audience and corrects the myths that Parks was a meek, passive player in American history. For more information on this event, and to purchase the book, visit politics-prose.com.
Rehoboth Beach welcomes Christopher Peterson back
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Christopher Peterson will celebrate 25 years of performing his brilliant show EYECONS when he brings it back to Rehoboth Beach this summer. He will be at Clear Space Theatre every Saturday at 10 p.m. and Sunday at 9 p.m. from July 4 to Sept. 5.
I have seen the show a number of times over the years from when he performed at the Renegade showroom (youngsters may not remember the Renegade out on the highway) to now at the Clear Space Theatre, so I am biased in saying it is always worth the price of a ticket. In fact it is worth a lot more because Christopher is an amazing talent. In addition to his own show he can be seen in “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” at Clear Space.
I recently had the opportunity to chat with Christopher. He has lived in Key West, Fla., for years and performs there during the winter and when he isn’t booked around the country. Christopher told me he was born Moncton, New Brunswick but grew up in Halifax (actually Dartmouth across the harbor) Nova Scotia, Canada 58 years ago.
We talked about gay life today and I asked him when he came out and he responded: “in the womb.” He told me he always knew who he was even before he knew you could call it gay. He told me he was lucky and grew up in a family that always accepted him for who he was. I asked him if he was excited about coming back to Rehoboth and he told me he sometimes thought of this as his final ‘widow tour’ as it is his first time back at the beach since he lost the love of his life, James Mill, in September of 2019. They were together for 35 years and James was not only his partner in life but in business. Many in Rehoboth knew James and will miss seeing him at Christopher’s side. He was a beautiful man.
Christopher has been called North America’s greatest female impersonator and though I haven’t seen all of them, I have seen enough to thoroughly concur with that. He not only impersonate the characters, he seems to become them. He never lip-syncs but sings their songs and talks in their voice. Christopher once said his only vocal training was in high school and in church choirs but you would never know that when listening to him sing. Christopher also designs all of his own costumes and they are incredible. It’s amazing how quickly he can change from Marilyn Monroe and become Cher with just a new gown and new wig that he has stashed in the closet at the side of the stage. The transformation is mesmerizing.
Over the years he has impersonated so many iconic women, including Marilyn Monroe, Carol Channing, Madonna, Joan Rivers, Reba McEntire, Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Eartha Kitt, Cher, Bette Davis, and Lucille Ball. He will add a new character once in a while if he feels comfortable having tried them out — one being Lady Gaga.
I asked him if he has a favorite character and he said, “That’s like asking me if I have a favorite child. These are all my children and they each represent something special to me.” He said, “as an example Streisand is the voice and Garland is the heart.” I remember he was once quoted as saying Judy Garland is his favorite to do and since he told me she represents the heart it didn’t surprise me as Christopher has a big heart. He often saves her for the end of the show and when you see her you leave wanting more.
I asked Christopher about the weirdest thing that ever happened during his show. He told me the story about an evening during the show, when he talks with an audience member, he leaned over the stage and began to chat with a table on the right of the stage and asked an older gentleman, Christopher called him Mary, how he liked the show. After saying he loved it the next thing Christopher saw was Mary keeling over. Turns out he had a heart attack. Christopher said he told the audience there would be a pause in the show and asked if there was a doctor in the house. One came forward and attended to the man and called 911. The gentleman seemed to recover and after they took him out on a stretcher the show went on. Christopher said this has happened more than once at his shows. Maybe it’s the excitement.
I asked him if any of the women he impersonates have been to see the show and was surprised when he said no. I would think any of those still alive would be honored to see how Christopher does them and shows them off so well.
This will be an exciting summer in Rehoboth and Christopher is prepared for visitors to come to the show and still follow any restrictions in effect for the pandemic. The theater has said it will continue to abide by all COVID restrictions in order to ensure the safety of both the actors and the audience. Clear Space Theatre has been doing this all winter and doing it safely.
I urge anyone who has never seen Christopher Peterson to get your tickets early as anyone who has seen him will be buying tickets to his shows and you don’t want to miss this chance to have a great fun evening in the theater.
Miss Richfield debuts new show at Rehoboth’s Blue Moon
Celebrating ‘40 Years on the Throne’
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. — Miss Richfield 1981, the longtime drag star known for Provincetown residencies and performances aboard gay cruises, debuted a new show here Monday for an invitation-only audience at the Blue Moon.
The show, dubbed “40 Years on the Throne,” celebrates Richfield’s four decades entertaining largely LGBTQ audiences with tales from her hometown “where butter is a spice and gravy is a beverage.”
Coincidentally, the Blue Moon is also celebrating 40 years in business this year.
Russ King, a Minnesota native, created the Miss Richfield persona to chronicle “her lifelong goal of being crowned beauty queen of her first-ring suburb of Minneapolis.”
Monday’s show — a dress rehearsal before it heads to Provincetown — got off to an unintentionally hilarious start, when Richfield tripped and fell onto the stage. She laughed it off, blaming a nearby female patron for “pushing me.” Then Richfield left the stage and started over.
The riotous show included a rendition of Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” that brought the audience up to date on Richfield’s recent travels; a video montage of her many outrageous TV appearances, including on “Cake Boss”; and a beauty pageant quiz show with two audience members. Longtime fans will be relieved to know that the new show includes Richfield playing the saw.
At the end of the show, Richfield solicited audience feedback as she refines it for her summer residency. Richfield is scheduled to open the show on May 29 at the Pilgrim House in Provincetown, Mass., and it’s slated to run through the summer, wrapping on Sept. 18. (Tickets are $30 for general admission and $40 for VIP at pilgrimhouseptown.com.)
King now lives in Rehoboth and is planning to return for a one-night-only performance of “40 Years on the Throne” on June 21 at the Blue Moon. (Visit BlueMoonRehoboth.com for tickets, $40.)
The Blue Moon has a full summer of entertainment planned, including performances by the Boy Band Project (June 7, July 19, and Aug. 30); Lady Bunny (July 5, Aug. 23); and Sherry Vine (Aug. 16). The talented Nate Buccieri returns for another summer on the piano, Sundays through Thursdays, 6-8:30 p.m. The award-winning “Climax! With Magnolia” continues on Sundays at 9:30 p.m.
Red Bear offers Valentine date nights
Event held this weekend complies with CDC guidelines
Red Bear Brewery (209 M St., N.E.) hosts Brewery Date Nights this Valentine’s Day weekend from Friday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. to Sunday, Feb. 14 at 10 p.m.
This event could be a good opportunity for those looking for a holiday cuddle with their favorite bear over a choice brew for two. Red Bear complies with D.C. and CDC pandemic guidelines while offering a rerelease of their Cupid’s Black Heart Strawberry Chocolate Bock and Cupid’s Arrow Chocolate Raspberry Chocolatini.
For more information or to monitor pandemic-related changes, visit redbear.beer.
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