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Win a date with John Waters

10 lucky bidders can score dinner at the P-town dump



John Waters (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Want a date with John Waters?

For the second year in a row, the Baltimore-based writer and filmmaker has put himself on the auction block to benefit one of his favorite causes: the Provincetown Film Society.

Last year, Waters offered a guided tour of sex haunts in Provincetown as an auction item. This year he’s cooking up a formal dinner for 10 lucky bidders – at the town dump.

According to the auction website, successful bidders will be treated to a “dumpster dive meal” with food from local markets prepared by Chef Jack Hetnarski, formerly of Prune NYC. It will be served on “custom damaged plates” from artist John Derian, alongside “dead flower arrangements” from Garden Renovations Nursery of Provincetown. And it will all take place at the Provincetown Dump, where people bring their trash and recyclables.

“Regardless of your culinary sense of adventure, we can promise you’ve never had a dinner like this,” the film society says on its website. “How can you resist?”

Waters said he thinks it’s a fitting location for someone who’s known as the Pope of Trash, and whose cult movie “Pink Flamingos” stars Divine as a character who wants to be known as “the Filthiest Person Alive.”

“It’s not out of character” to have a dinner there, Waters reasons. “We’re making it elegant but it’s going to be at the dump…I think it’ll be a fun night.”

“Director John Waters: A Formal Dinner at the Provincetown Dump,” is one of more than 100 items up for bid in the annual winter auction to raise money for the film society, which produces the Provincetown International Film Festival and many other events.

Waters has spent every summer in Provincetown since 1964 and is a strong supporter of the film society. His tour of sex haunts last year raised more than $17,000.

The date at the dump will be either July 18, 19, or 20. The website shows three lots up for bid with two tickets each and four lots with one ticket. The winners will all dine on the same night, and the date will be firmed up once the winning bidders are identified and contacted, so people can make travel arrangements if necessary. All bidders for this item must be over 21 and must follow local public health protocols.

Other auction items include: a virtual Provincetown architectural tour with historian David Dunlap; vacation rentals in Umbertide, Italy, and Culebra, Puerto Rico; a private Provincetown dune tour; a stay at designer Ken Fulk’s Mary Heaton Vorse House; a custom voice mail message by Kathleen Turner; a drag makeover from Billie Jean Beetum; Broadway tickets to Company, Mrs. Doubtfire, Six and Hadestown; and souvenirs, private dinners and gift certificates to various Provincetown shops and restaurants.

The online auction went live on Feb. 2 and ends on Feb. 13 at 11:59 p.m. The website is:


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Want to meet other queer individuals over some drag?

‘Everyone Welcome’ free variety show scheduled for Sunday



(Washington Blade file photo by Damien Salas)

Mixxed/Be You will host “Everyone Welcome Drag Variety Show” on Sunday, April 7 at 4 p.m. at Be You Social (2427 18th Street, N.W.).

This will be a night of fabulous performances and entertainment. Guests should come prepared to experience the magic of drag in person and celebrate diversity and inclusivity. 

This event is open to everyone and is free of charge. More details are available on Eventbrite.

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Calendar: April 5-11

LGBTQ events in the days to come



Friday, April 5

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Happy Hour” at 7 p.m. at The Commentary. This fun weekly event brings the DMV area LGBTQ community, including allies, together for delicious food and conversation. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Saturday, April 6

LGBTQ People of Color Support Group will be at 1 p.m. on Zoom. This peer support group is an outlet for LGBTQ people of color to come together and talk about anything affecting them in a space the strives to be safe and judgement free. For more details, visit or

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Brunch” at 11 a.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Sunday, April 7

AfroCode DC will be at 4 p.m. at Decades DC. This event will be an experience of non-stop music, dancing, and good vibes and a crossover of genres and a fusion of cultures. Tickets cost $40 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ FunDay Social” at 3 p.m. at Moxie DC. This event is ideal for making meaningful new connections and community building or just to unwind and enjoy extended happy hour. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Monday, April 8

Center Aging: Monday Coffee & Conversation will be at 10 a.m. on Zoom. This is a social hour for older LGBTQ adults. Guests are encouraged to bring a beverage of their choice. For more details, email [email protected]

Tuesday, April 9

Pride on the Patio Events will host “LGBTQ Social Mixer” at 5:30 p.m. at Showroom. Dress is casual, fancy, or comfortable. Guests are encouraged to bring their most authentic self to chat, laugh, and get a little crazy. Admission is free and more details are on Eventbrite.

Trans Support Group will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This group is intended to provide an emotionally and physically safe space for trans-identifying people and those who may be questioning their gender identity/expression to join together in community and learn from one another. For more details, email [email protected]

Wednesday, April 10

Job Club will be at 6 p.m. on Zoom. This is a weekly job support program to help job entrants and seekers, including the long-term unemployed, improve self-confidence, motivation, resilience and productivity for effective job searches and networking — allowing participants to move away from being merely “applicants” toward being “candidates.” For more information, email [email protected] or visit

Thursday, April 11

The DC Center’s Fresh Produce Program will be held all day at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. To be more fair with who is receiving boxes, the program is moving to a lottery system. No proof of residency or income is required. For more information, email [email protected] or call 202-682-2245. 

Virtual Yoga with Charles M. will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This is a free weekly class focusing on yoga, breath work, and meditation. For more details, visit the DC Center for the LGBT Community’s website.

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Washington Wizards to host Pride night

Seasons of Love ensemble to perform



Wizards Pride Night is Friday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Wizards are celebrating “Pride Night” on Friday, March 29.

Each purchase includes discounted tickets to the Wizards vs. Pistons game and an exclusive Pride Night belt bag. The night will be full of Pride celebrations and a National Anthem performance from Seasons of Love, an ensemble of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C.

Tickets are available on the Wizards’ website

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