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Calendar: Jan. 29-Feb. 4

Events in the week to come



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Red Bear Brewing hosts ‘A Dark Beer Journey.’ (Washington Blade file photo by Zach Brien)

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 and

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 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

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

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 and

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

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Beyonce vs. Rihanna dance party

Music provided by DJ Just Different at Union Stage



R² Productions LLC and Union Stage are teaming up to host  R² Productions’ inaugural “MEGA Dance Party” on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at Union Stage at The Wharf.

The event will be a night full of dancing to music by pop stars Beyonce and Rihanna. DJ Just Different will be performing at the event. 

General Admission tickets cost $25 and Premier Plus tickets cost $35. For more information about ticket purchases, visit Union Stage’s website.

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Kiki quickly becomes popular LGBTQ destination

New bar on U Street plans summer expansion, patio space



Kiki, at 915 U St., is already drawing crowds. (Blade photo by Michael Key)

After a New Year’s Eve soft opening, Kiki has become one of the most popular LGBTQ destinations in Washington, D.C.

The two-floor bar takes over the space vacated by Velvet Lounge and Dodge City on the 900 block of U Street. Both closed during the pandemic. The locale is directly adjacent to another gay bar, Dirty Goose.

Owner and gay man Keaton Fedak, a general manager at Dirty Goose, noticed that these two next-door bars had gone dark during the pandemic, and met with the owners of the two buildings, who are cousins. Plans quickly developed to use both buildings to craft an expansive, interconnected, inclusive space to transform the city’s gay bar landscape.

Fedak called the bar “Kiki” both after himself (it’s a nickname) and for its connection with the LGBTQ community. “The word wasn’t invented by the Scissor Sisters song,” he explains. “It’s been an important concept in the community for decades.”

The first half of Fedak’s vision has already opened. The ground floor of the 915 U St. building is open-plan space with bar stools and a color-block wall of rainbow panels. A bar sits in the back up a short flight of stairs. This level will feature music, but quieter than the second-floor space. There, a DJ booth presides over a large dance floor. Disco lights flood this space; there is a bar on this level as well. The elevated dance floor is set to hold drag shows.

In the spring, a small patio will open, strung with fairy lights. It will have a “backyard aesthetic,” he says, to be green, bright, and relaxing. “It’s a good place to chill on a nice day outside.” It may even be reminiscent of Town Danceboutique’s popular patio.

The second half, at 917 U St., is still waiting for permits, and Fedak hopes to open this section in the summer.

It will connect to the current space via the outdoor patio. This section will have more of a sports bar feel, given Fedak’s connection to D.C.’s Gay Flag Football League (he is a former board member). The bar will welcome Stonewall Sports and other LGBTQ sports teams, and will be replete with plenty of mounted TVs to show various games.

After the closing of Cobalt and Town, Fedak wanted to ensure that Kiki was “an inclusive space, so that there’s vibes for everyone,” he says. “It should be a place where regulars would just show up and hang out.” He made sure that he recruited staff from different professional and personal backgrounds.

Fedak began working in food and hospitality at age 17 in his hometown in Pennsylvania. After moving to the D.C. area for work, he continued to moonlight as a bartender. Fedak joined Dirty Goose as general manager in 2019 before starting his Kiki journey.

To stock the bar, Fedak has plenty of spirits to go around. There is a focus on the vodka offerings, but he ensures that local distilleries take center stage: He carries District Made Vodka and Rye Whiskey, as well as Green Hat Gin. The beer game is also a winning strategy: there are more than 25 bottles and cans available, with three beers on tap. Local options are first-string, including selections from DC Brau, Right Proper, and Anxo Cider. Finally, the bar comes complete with a house margarita on tap (“ it’s a homemade recipe,” notes Fedak, using agave nectar syrup instead of sugar). The 16-ounce marg is always on special for $10.

While Kiki doesn’t serve food, Fedak is exploring options for a small truck or stand in the backyard.
Moving forward, Kiki will host weekly events. The bar already hosts drag shows during “RuPaul’s Drag Race” viewing parties. Fedak plans to begin a “Cobalt-style underwear contest” as well. Once COVID cases decline, he also wants to resurrect the Sunday funday parties that Cobalt would host with sports teams.

Fedak’s mantra for Kiki is evident in the mural that will take up the backyard patio – a quote from “Schitt’s Creek”: “I like the wine and not the label.”

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Disco Funk Brunch at Crazy Aunt Helen’s

Tara Hoot and DJ Phil Reese perform



Tara Hoot and DJ Phil Reese (Blade photo by Michael Key)

Drag queen Tara Hoot and DJ Phil Reese perform at the biweekly Disco Funk Brunch at the LGBT-owned Crazy Aunt Helen’s on Sunday. For future showtimes, go to (Blade photo by Michael Key)

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