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Calendar: Feb. 26-March 4

Events in the week to come

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Friday, Feb. 26

REEL Affirmations on Demand presents a preview screening of “Nora Highland,” a film exploring praise given to straight actors in queer roles, beginning Friday, Feb. 26 at noon. A $10 virtual ticket grants unlimited access to the film until noon on Saturday, Feb. 27. It also grants access to a pre-recorded Zoom Q&A with Director Ryan Spahn and the cast. Tickets and information are available at thedccenter.org

Saturday, Feb. 27

The Women Veterans United Committee, Inc., honors D.C. and Maryland National Guard and Reserves service members as well as area First Responders for their work during the pandemic on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m via Zoom. This virtual event is part of the “COVID-19: Our Lives Matter” series, which includes a Black History program by the Coalition of Churches and Community on Sunday and a Homebound and Homeless discussion panel on Monday. All events start at 10 a.m. and all are welcome. For more information, email the group at [email protected] or at [email protected]

Sunday, Feb. 28

Global K-Pop sensation BTS hosts a free one-day online concert today at 5 p.m. Eastern via Facebook. Live Online Concert Hd and Live Stream Online Music presents this event and encourages early registration before access fills up. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page. 

Monday, March 1

The 2021 Multicultural Womxn’s Conference hosted by OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates launches Monday, March 1 at 6 p.m. and runs until Friday, March 5 at 8:30 p.m. This free four-day event discusses issues and challenges common to womxn across cultures and backgrounds with a goal of elevating participants through mentoring and empowerment. There are also economic-focused discussions on the impacts of the pandemic, recognizing bullying and harassment, and a spotlight on community “sHEROs.” To register or learn more, visit the symposium’s pages on Facebook and Eventbrite. 

Tuesday, March 2

BookMen DC meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. This is an informal group of men who are interested in sharing gay literature and mostly live in the D.C. area, but visitors from outside the Beltway are welcome. For more information and for the book schedule, visit bookmendc.blogspot.com

Wednesday, March 3

P&P Live! and the DC Public Library present a discussion with children’s book author Sharee Miller about her picture book “Michelle’s Garden” today at 4 p.m. This tale for young readers tells the true story of when local students, the White House staff and former President Barack Obama helped former First Lady Michelle Obama grow the biggest kitchen garden the White House had ever seen. More information is available at politics-prose.com, Facebook and Eventbrite. 

Today at 7 p.m. P&P Live! also presents a discussion with Dave Zirin, the award-winning author of “Singled Out,” the story of Glenn Burke, the first openly gay Major League Baseball player who is credited with inventing the “high five.” Burke left professional baseball at age 27 to live as a gay man until his AIDS-related death at 42. For more information on this free event, visit politics-prose.com.

Thursday, March 4

The Smithsonian American History Museum and the African Art Museum present “Saragua Mourning,” a short film by Nigerian-born artist Zina Saro-Wiwa about her murdered father political activist Ken Sara-Wiwa, today at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. This free screening will be followed by a conversation with the artists by curator Karen Milbourne as part of this Women’s History Month event. More information is available at womenshistory.si.edu

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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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