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Exhibits, cherry blossoms, comedy, and the return of Black Pride

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The Blade’s 15th annual Summer Kickoff Party features Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester on May 20 in Rehoboth Beach, Del. (Blade file photo by Michael K. Lavers)

The National Gallery of Art hosts a curated tour with art historian Tosca Ruggieri on Saturday, March 12 at 10 a.m. This tour will lead guests into an in-depth visit of the museum’s history and its masterpieces made by some of the world’s most acclaimed artists. Ruggieri will discuss works by Raphael, Da Vinci, Titian, Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh and why these artists are geniuses. For more event details, visit Eventbrite.

Wasted Lounge will host “Art Buzz” on Saturday, March 12 at 5 p.m. Art Buzz is a weekly showcase geared toward creating a space for artists to network, mingle, display their art and have fun while also bridging the gap between the art community and people who just love to be around art. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Artjar will host GraFFiTi Art Workshop on Saturday, March 12 at 1 p.m. at 101 H St., S.E. This event encourages guests to explore their creative side as they learn basic drawing techniques, graffiti art letter formations and spray paint techniques. Tickets cost $127.97 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Paint Amore will host “Art After Dark” on Friday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Ascension Art Atelier. At this event, guests will enjoy a night of flavor, fun, and artistic excitement as they take a ride to a painter’s paradise. Photo and video recording is allowed, and outside food and drink are welcome. Tickets start at $35 and include paint supplies and seating. More details are available on Eventbrite. 

Historic America Tours hosts “Blossoms on the Basin” on Saturday, March 19 at 10 a.m. at Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Bookstore. A multi-sensory experience, guests will hear the words of FDR, hold a piece of American mythology and taste a flavor that uplifted downtrodden Americans during the Great Depression. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased on Eventbrite. 

The National Museum of Asian Art is opening a new works of paper gallery featuring recently acquired Japanese prints. The inaugural exhibition is “Underdogs and Antiheroes: Japanese Prints from the Moskowitz Collection,” and it runs from March 19-Jan. 29, 2023. 

The National Cherry Blossom Festival returns from March 20 – April 17, with four weeks of events featuring traditional and contemporary arts and culture. Visit NationalCherryBlossomFestival.org for information. 

APRIL

SPAIN Arts & Culture will host “Spanish Cinema Now + 2022: A miracle in the form of cinema” on Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the former residence of the ambassadors of Spain at 2801 16th St., N.W. This event will features a screening of “Longa noite (Endless Night)” directed by Eloy Enciso. The film is a striking mise en abyme, looking at the emptiness, after the Spanish Civil War. This event is free and details are available on Eventbrite. 

The Washington D.C. Pancakes & Booze Art Show will be on Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. at Hook Hall. Guests are encouraged to come experience one of the largest pop-up art movements to hit North America over the past decade, celebrate the 10th anniversary of the event serving free pancakes and be introduced to some of the nation’s leading emerging artists. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased on Eventbrite. 

Team DC hosts its annual Night of Champions awards dinner on April 9, honoring its 2022 college scholarship recipients. Tickets are $125 and available at teamdc.org.

Buttonwood Films and Boundary Companies will host an advance screening of “TRASHY: a zero waste film” on Friday, April 22 at 6 p.m. A discussion will follow the screening. “TRASHY: a zero waste film” is a feature documentary that tries to answer that question by following its director over the course of a year, as she tries not to throw anything away. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite. 

MAY

The National Hip-Hop Museum will host “Hip-Hop’s Freshest Fashions” on Sunday, May 1 at 1 p.m. at The House of Hip-Hop. The event will exclusively feature visual artists that specialize in hip-hop such as painters, photographers, digital artists, sculptors and more. The gallery will also feature select pieces of memorabilia from The Hip-Hop Museum’s Collection, which is the largest in the world. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased on Eventbrite. 

DSE ENT will host “Ozio Fridays: Rooftop Experience” on Friday, May 6 at 10 p.m. at Ozio Rooftop. There will be hookah, food and music by DJ Schemes, DJ Trevo and Que the Q spinning the best hip-hop, R&B, reggae, Afrobeats and top 100 songs.This event is free and tickets are available on Eventbrite. 

The Washington Blade presents a cocktail party and panel discussion commemorating the 50th anniversary of John Fryer’s iconic speech to the APA urging removal of homosexuality as a mental illness. The event will be held on Thursday, May 12 with a distinguished panel of experts. Details and tickets to be announced soon.

Improbable Comedy will host “Comedy as a Second Language” on Thursday, May 19 at 8 p.m. at Busboys and Poets Takoma. “Comedy as a Second Language” is a live, interactive comedy show that features immigrants and first generation comedians. Lots of fun with our comics as they share stories and jokes about their lives, families, multiple cultures and their relationship with their new home. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased on Eventbrite. 

The 15th annual Washington Blade Summer Kickoff Party returns after a two-year COVID hiatus to Rehoboth Beach on Friday, May 20, 5-7 p.m. at The Pines. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester is the keynote speaker. Tickets are $20 on sale in April and proceeds benefit the Blade Foundation’s Steve Elkins Memorial Fellowship. Visit bladefoundation.org for more information.

Black Pride 2022 is back and promises to be “bigger and bolder than ever,” May 27-30. Details and schedule of events at dcblackpride.org.

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10 LGBTQ events this week

Drag, parties and Night Out at the Nationals among attractions

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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.

Night Out at the Nationals

Night Out at the Nationals (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)
Tuesday, June 14 6 p.m. Nationals Park 500 South Capitol Street, S.E. $25 Facebook | Tickets Join Team D.C. for the annual Night Out at the Nationals on Tuesday. There will be a lot of Pride activities and it is a nice chance to socialize with other LGBTQ fans. The Nationals will take on the Atlanta Braves.

Pride Drag Bingo

Tuesday, June 14 7-9 p.m. Red Bear Brewing Co. 209 M Street, N.E. Facebook | Webstite Enjoy some Bombastic Bingo with drag queen Desiree Dik at Red Bear Brewing Co. on Tuesday.

DC Boys of Leather Pride Happy Hour

Thursday, June 16 6-9 p.m. Trade 1410 14th Street, N.W. Facebook Every month, the DC Boys of Leather get together for some general merriment. Wear your gear and celebrate Pride at Trade on Thursday.

Drag Underground

(Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)
Friday, June 17 Doors 7:30 / Show 8:30 Dupont Underground 19 Dupont Circle, N.W. Facebook | Eventbrite Don’t miss a truly unique experience on Friday with an underground drag show.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Viewing Party

Friday, June 17 8-9 p.m. JR.’s Bar 1519 17th Street, N.W. Facebook Watch RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 7 among friends at JR.’s on Friday.

DELMARVA Pride

Saturday, June 18 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Harrison Street Easton, Md. Facebook Looking for Pride on the peninsula? Easton, Md. is host to DelMarVa Pride for three days this week, with a festival downtown on Saturday. The event is free and family friendly with comedy, drag, music, vendors and crafts.

PridePalooza

Saturday, June 18 12-3 p.m. Annapolis Town Center 1906 Towne Centre Boulevard Annapolis, Md. $12.24 Facebook | Tickets Celebrate pride month at Annapolis Town Center’s PridePalooza. Enjoy food trucks, games, crafts, face painting, balloon animals, henna, tie-dye and more.

Pride Bar Crawl

A League of Her Own (Washington Blade file photo by Tom Hausman)
Saturday, June 18 4-11:59 p.m. A League of Her Own 2319 18th Street, N.W. $20-$25 Facebook | Eventbrite The fifth annual Pride Crawl with take participants across several venues for an evening of fun. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Trevor Project.

Lip-sync Duels

Sunday, June 19 8-10 p.m. Freddie’s Beach Bar 555 23rd Street S Arlington, Va. Facebook The Imperial Court hosts a Lip Sync Duel at Freddie’s Beach Bar in Crystal City on Sunday.

Flashy!

Sunday, June 19 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. (Monday) Flash 645 Florida Avenue, N.W. $30 advance / $40 door Facebook | Eventbrite TWiN and Sean Morris will be spinning on the main floor for Juneteenth Holiday Weekend.
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Baltimore Pride features parade, festival, High Heel Race

Festivities kick off June 20; headliners include Mya

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Singer Mya is one of Baltimore Pride’s headliners at the Sunday festival on June 26. (Photo courtesy of Baltimore Pride)

The Pride Center of Maryland has moved into a new building that allows it to expand its services to better serve Baltimore’s LGBTQ community. 

The 45-year-old organization, which hosts Baltimore Pride, will kick off its Pride celebrations on Monday, June 20 with a ribbon cutting ceremony at its new premises at 2418 Saint Paul Street. There will be tours of the new center, remarks from Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott and performances by Black Assets and Kenneth Something.

“This new building will give more freedom and opportunity to be a resource to our community,” said Kenneth Something, the center’s director of strategic partnerships and special events.

The new location, which the center owns, is four times larger than its current location and will allow it to unabashedly signal that it is a safe space for the Baltimore queer community to gather.

 “At our old location, we were told we couldn’t hang Pride flags in our window,”  said Something. “We weren’t able to display that we are a safe space for our community.”

In addition to its current roster of services, such as facilities that allow individuals to report discrimination against sexual and gender minorities, the center will welcome 40 small LGBTQ initiatives free-of-charge to use its premises to host meetings including book clubs, yoga classes, art clubs and identity support groups. 

Baltimore Pride will be a mix of fun and serving the community, according to Something. This year’s Pride month events will be the biggest the city has witnessed, with a total of 26 events featuring local and national entertainers. 

On Friday, June 24, there will be “Ecstatic Dance in the Park- Pride Edition” at 6 p.m. at Zen Garden Druid Hill Park; “Music at the Market – Pride Edition” at 7 p.m. at Broadway Market, and Bike Party Pride Ride at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Park — the bike party will have an expected attendance of over 500 cyclists and will conclude with a dance party with DJ Deezy, resident DJ at The Baltimore Eagle.

The organization will also host “Baltimore Pride Slam” on Wednesday, June 22 at Busboys and Poets. The event time is to be determined, according to Baltimore Pride’s website. The poetry competition will be hosted by Radi, an award-winning Black queer poet. Ten poets will compete for a chance to win $1,500 in cash prizes and the title of Baltimore Pride Slam Champion.

“It is important to center and uplift the stories of our community,” said Something regarding the event, which will also feature open mic performances. 

Of course, the usual parade and festival are on tap this year. The parade along Charles Street begins Saturday, June 25 at 1 p.m., and the adjacent Block Party runs 3-9 p.m. Visit baltimorepride.org for exact locations. The annual High Heel Race is Saturday, June 25 at 12:10 p.m. at Charles and 25th streets. Pride in the Park takes over Druid Hill Park on Sunday, June 26 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. with more than 100 vendors, music, drag, and more. Headliners include Mya, Averie Wilson, and George Lovett.

One of the service events on the organization’s calendar is the Pride Job Fair on Tuesday, June 21 at 5 p.m. at the Pride Center’s new location. There will be 15 LGBTQ-friendly employers at the event that are geared to empowering sexually gendered minority community members by connecting them with companies that prioritize diversity and inclusion.

The job fair was one of the components of Pride month that the Pride Center wanted to grow by ensuring that people not only leave connected to their communities, but also with employment opportunities to better their livelihoods. 

“We want to make sure we don’t forget the root of where Pride started— a movement to uplift and support our community,” said Something. 

At its roots, Baltimore Pride —which also happens to be the third oldest Pride festival in the country— is a fundraiser for the Pride Center. So, the 14th edition of its famed annual “Twilight on the Terrace” fundraiser will be hosted on Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m. at Gertrude’s at the Baltimore Museum of Art. 

There will also be a new fundraiser “Queens Cruise” — on Sunday, June 26 at 11 a.m. at City Cruises Baltimore— that Something describes as “one of the newest grand events of Baltimore Pride.” The event will be a drag brunch and buffet hosted by Emerald Star, featuring performances by Chanel Belladonna, Vee Vee Majesty, Angel Devero, and Lyric Bordeaux.

 “I think organizations [sometimes] get swept away by current events,” Something said. “We listened deeply to the community and created a Pride relevant to Baltimore that is not necessarily shaped by national politics.”

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Calendar: June 10-16

LGBTQ events in the week to come

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Bombalicious Eklaver hosts a 'We Say Gay' party at Dirty Habit on Sunday. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Friday, June 10

Friday Tea Time and social hour for Older LGBTQ+ adults will be at 2 p.m. on Zoom. Feel free to bring your beverage of choice. For the Zoom link or more information, contact Justin ([email protected]).

Women in Their Twenties and Thirties Happy Hour will be at 7 p.m. at Wunter Garten. Guests are encouraged to come meet new people, catch up with friends, and enjoy snacks and drinks. Like all WiTT activities, this event is trans and non-binary inclusive. You must be 21+ to attend. For more info, join WiTT’s private Facebook group.

Saturday, June 11

Universal Pride Meeting will be at 1 p.m. on Zoom. This group seeks to support, educate, empower, and create change for people with disabilities. Please email [email protected]  or the group’s facilitator [email protected] to receive the password to join the meeting.

LGBTQ+ Pride Brunch will be at 10 a.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar and Restaurant. This event is ideal for those who want a good brunch and conversation with other LGBTQ+ folk. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

WERQ Pride Party and Drag Show will be at 3 p.m. at DC Brau Beer Garden. This event will be hosted by CAKE and will feature performances from the winner of Painted with Raven Season 1 Crimsyn, Crystal Edge and Druex Sidora. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

Socialist Contingent in DC Pride Parade will be at 2:30 p.m. at 15th Street Northwest between P and Q Streets. The Party for Socialism and Liberation will be marching in the parade and organization members and friends are encouraged to attend the march. For more details, visit Eventbrite

Goat Yoga at Faith Lutheran Church Celebrating Pride will be at 1 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Arlington, Va. This event will be an hour of mellow yoga suitable for all levels with friendly goats from Walnut Creek Farm roaming among guests, with plenty of time for goat cuddles and selfies. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey will be at 8 p.m. at Spooky Action Theater. In this show, Nine characters are brought to life as one actor introduces us to the lives changed by the bright spark that is a 14-year old boy, Leonard. Tickets cost $37 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

Little SMYALs in the Pride Parade will be at 11:30 a.m. at SMYAL. This is an opportunity for any youth who have previously attended Little SMYALs and their families to march in the Capital Pride Parade. Tickets are free, required, and available on Eventbrite

Exploring Entrepreneurship will be at 7 p.m. at Town Tavern DC. The National Association of Asian American Professionals will host an event where guests have a productive space to discuss ideas and goals with people already doing it! It will start with a scripted Q&A session with a panel then an open floor for other discussions and questions. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

Sunday, June 12

“We Say Gay Party” will be at 3 p.m. at Dirty Habit. The event will be hosted by Bombalicious Eklaver, voted DC’s ‘Best Drag Queen’ in 2019 and 2021. Guests can also expect live DJs sets and festive food and drink specials, including rainbow-colored churros and a mouthwatering “Spunk” cocktail made with Vodka, Lemon, Raspberry and Spice. Details are available on Eventbrite.

AfroCode DC Sundays will be at 3 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 fusion of cultures such as Afrobeats, hip hop and soca. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

Lost in Sauce Tour will be at 5 p.m. at Little Penn Coffeehouse. Queer artist, Mariah Counts, will team up with DC Little Penn Coffee House to kick off Pride month with an evening of human connection and music. She will take guests through her music with an acoustic storytelling performance. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Together Again: Baltimore’s Community Thriving and Surviving will be at 4 p.m. at The Garage. This event will involve free education, food, music, libations, dancing and entertainment. This event will be hosted by Coalition of Baltimore HIV Providers whose mission is to improve the health and social well-being of those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and provide culturally sensitive education and clinical care. For more details, visit Eventbrite

Kiki Sundays will be at 6 p.m. at Wunter Garten. Kiki is a monthly drag party featuring hosts Crystal Edge and Katrina Colby! Guests are encouraged to come enjoy drag bingo, games, and music provided by a live DJ. There will also be a special guest. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

Monday, June 13

Center Aging Coffee Drop-In will be at 10 a.m. at the DC Center for the LGBT Community and online on Zoom. LGBT Older Adults — and friends — are invited to enjoy friendly conversations and to discuss any issues you might be dealing with. For more information, visit the Center Aging’s Facebook or Twitter

Wicked Mondaze will be at 5 p.m. at Bidwell Restaurant. Guests are encouraged to come “chill with friends” or mix & mingle to make new connections while enjoying delicious craft cocktails and food bites during the happy hour vibe. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

Tuesday, June 14

Coming Out Discussion Group will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This is a peer-facilitated discussion group and a safe space to share experiences about coming out and discuss topics as it relates to doing so. For more information, visit the Coming Out Discussion Group Facebook page

2nd Tuesdays open mic will be at 8 p.m. at Busboys and Poets in D.C. This is a two-hour event where audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week. Tickets cost $8 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

Wednesday, June 15

Center Faith will host a Pride Interfaith Service at 7 p.m. virtually on YouTube and Facebook. The service aims for togetherness and reaching out in love to people of all faiths, sexual orientations, and gender identities in all communities. The theme is “Born in a pandemic. Quilted Together. United by Faith.” For more information, visit the DC Center’s website

Job Club will be at 6 p.m. in-person at the DC Center for the LGBT Community and online on Zoom. The Job Club 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.”

Thursday, June 16

Poly Group Discussion will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This group is designed to be a forum for people at all different stages to discuss polyamory and other consensual non-monogamous relationships. For more information, email [email protected]

The DC Center’s Food Pantry Program will be held all day at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. To be fair with who is receiving boxes, the program is moving to a lottery system. People will be informed on Wednesday at 5 p.m. if they are picked to receive a produce box. No proof of residency or income is required. For more information, email [email protected] or call 202-682-2245. 

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