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Events in the week to come

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gay events dc, gay news, Washington BladeFriday, April 9

Friday Tea Time for Older LGBTQ Adults is today at 2 p.m. via Zoom. This social hour is for older community members to share and fellowship. For more information, contact [email protected]center.org.

Women in their Twenties and Thirties meets virtually tonight at 8 p.m. This social discussion group for D.C.-area queer women is an opportunity to meet other queer women in a relaxed setting. Visit thedccenter.org for more information.

Saturday, April 10

The DC Poet Project virtual open mic reading series and competition judged by D.C.-area Poets Laureate Holly Karapetkova, Kim B. Miller and Grace Cavalieri continues tonight at 7 p.m. This event is part of a series throughout the April poetry month, and it features a queer poetry reading on Saturday, May 1. Selected open mic readers from tonight’s competition, including the winner, will be invited to compete at a later event for a $1,000 book contract. Only D.C. residents may compete in the finale for this top prize. For more information, visit the event’s Eventbrite page.

Sunday, April 11

Bet Mishpachah, a congregation for the LGBTQ Jewish community, hosts a virtual brunch featuring guest speaker and group member Al Munzer, a survivor of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands and a U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum volunteer at 11 a.m. For more information, visit betmish.org or contact [email protected] by April 9.

The D.C.-area Transmasculine Society hosts a monthly support group meeting for partners of transmasculine folks today at 5 p.m. via Zoom. For more information, visit dcats.org or the Facebook event page.

Monday, April 12

DC Gaymers hosts their virtual Pokemon Battle Association Kickoff Event tonight at 7 p.m. The battle association is a chance for queer Pokemon enthusiasts to enter a seasonal tournament. For more information on this free event, visit the group’s Facebook page.

Tuesday, April 13

The D.C. Public Library Center for Accessibility presents virtual ASL story time today at 2 p.m. This free Facebook Live event features a read aloud paired with sign instruction for ages 2-5. All are welcome to this family-friendly, ability diverse event. Captioning will be available. For more information, visit dclibrary.org.

Wednesday, April 14

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden presents a virtual talk with fragment artist Danh Vō. Vō uses fragments, such as from objects or stories, to explore his self-identity as a Vietnamese immigrant assimilating into Denmark and Europe. Email [email protected] for questions about this program.

Thursday, April 15

Sixth and I virtual trivia is tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6, but free to those with financial need. Test your knowledge of sports, pop culture and more in teams of up to seven people from the comfort of home. For tickets and information, visit sixthandi.org.

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10 LGBTQ events this week

Cupid’s Undie Run among highlights

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Cupid's Undie Run takes place this Saturday. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

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


JR.’s Showtunes

Monday, February 6
9 p.m.
JR.’s Bar
1519 17th Street, N.W.
Facebook

Join your friends to belt out your favorite showtunes at the neighborhood LGBTQ venue, JR.’s.


Queer Trivia!

Wednesday, February 8
7 p.m.
The Dew Drop Inn
2810 8 the Street, N.E.
Facebook

The Mistresses lead a game of trivia on all things LGBTQ.


Drag Bingo

Wednesday, February 8
8-11 p.m.
Pitchers DC
2317 18th Street, N.W.
Facebook 

Brooklyn Heights hosts free games of bingo at Pitchers on Wednesday.


Ultimate TayTay Party

Friday, February 10
10 p.m.
Songbyrd Music House
540 Penn Street, N.E.
18+ / $25 advance / $30 door
Facebook | Tickets

Show your appreciation for Taylor Swift at a DJ dance party at Songbyrd Music House on Friday.


Cupid’s Undie Run

A scene from last year’s Cupid’s Undie Run afterparty. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Saturday, February 11
12 p.m.
Union Stage
740 Water Street, S.W.
$45 for individual tickets
Facebook | Tickets

Raise money for neurofibromatosis research in a fun short run wearing your most festive undies and with a pre-party and afterparty that has become a D.C. staple. While not specifically an LGBTQ event, you will certainly be among many LGBTQ people who participate.


Miguel Espinoza’s Art Exhibition Closing

Saturday, February 11
7-9 p.m.
DC Center for the LGBT Community
2000 14th Street, N.W.
Suite 105
Website

This free event celebrates the work of Miguel Espinoza: “naked unafraid.”


Vanguard Valenties: A Dark Dance Party

Saturday, February 11
9 p.m.
Safari DC Lounge
4306 Georgia Avenue, N.W.
$7
Facebook | Eventbrite

DJs Johnny Panic, Ultra Violet Rah and Villainess entertain at a dark dance party at Safari DC Lounge on Saturday.


Lovers & Friends

Sunday, February 12
10 p.m.
Zebbie’s Garden
1223 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., 3rd Floor
$10-$100
Eventbrite

Davon Hamilton Events and Willieeb World Events present “Lovers & Friends” at Zebbie’s Garden on Sunday with DJ Apollo and DJ Dave Thomm.


Gaga Brunch

Sunday, February 12
12 p.m.
Red Bear Brewing Company
209 M Street, N.E.
$25
Facebook | Eventbrite

Desiree Dik hosts a Lady Gaga-inspired drag brunch on Sunday. Performers include Every Pleasure, Venetian, Sweet Pickles, Mia Vanderbilt and Tip Boy: Pup Indigo.


Doming0’s Got Talent XXXO

Sunday, February 12
7 p.m.
DC9 Nightclub
1940 9th Street, N.W.
21+ / $20
Facebook

Catch a campy drag game and show celebrating the lovers, partners and friends of DMV drag royalty at DC9 Nightclub on Sunday.

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Celebrate Mardi Gras in the DMV

‘Arty-Gras’ held at Whino in Arlington

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Artomatic will host “Arty-Gras” on Friday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. at Whino in Arlington, Va. 

This event is an art-centric mardi gras party in the DMV. There will be a masquerade parade and a costume contest party. Winners of the contest will be awarded cash prizes. The event will end with a dance party hosted by a DJ.

Admission is free, for any inquiries email [email protected].  

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Rainbow History Project to interview Malebox! publisher

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Ric Irick (Promotional photo via Eventbrite)

Rainbow History Project will host “Talking Gay History” to celebrate Black History Month by interviewing Ric Irick on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 12 p.m. on Zoom. 

Irick is ​​the creator and publisher of the magazine Malebox!: DC’s Largest Publication for Black Gay Men. Rainbow History Project will also dig into its recent donations of Black gay and lesbian publications to interview Irick. To register for this event, visit Eventbrite.

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