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10 LGBTQ events this week

Goss, DeRoche return to D.C., Pride Night at Kings Dominion among attractions



From a performance by Liz DeRoche to a 'Seven Seas Drag Brunch' to Pride Night at Kings Dominion, there are many exciting things to do in the days to come. (Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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

Not Another Drag Show

‘Not Another Drag Show’ is at DIK Bar on Monday. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Monday, Sept. 5
8 p.m.
Dupont Italian Kitchen Bar
1637 17th Street, N.W. (second floor)

Join Logan Stone, Dabatha Christie and Hennessey for a fun-filled show on Monday.

Harm Reduction Rocks! HIPS Benefit

Thursday, Sept. 8
6 p.m.
The Public Option
1601 Rhode Island Avenue, N.E.

Vanguard DC and EBM Worldwide present a concert and benefit for HIPS on Thursday. The concert is hosted by The Darkest Star and features High Horse Cavalry, Grim Winter, Leftovers, The Raw Dawgs and Babies With Rabies. HIPS promotes the health, rights, and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by sexual exchange and/or drug use due to choice, coercion, or circumstance.

Double Trouble Tour with Tom Goss and Liz DeRoche

Tom Goss and Liz DeRoche perform at City Winery on Thursday. (Washington Blade file photos by Michael Key)

Thrusday, Sept. 8
Doors 6 p.m. / Concert 8-10 p.m.
City Winery
1350 Okie Street, N.E.
Facebook | Tickets

Award-winning out musicians Tom Goss and Liz DeRoche return to D.C. for a “Double Trouble” performance at City Winery on Thursday.

Blade Rehoboth Summer Closing Party

Friday, Sept. 9
7-9 p.m.
Diego’s Bar & Nightclub
37298 Rehoboth Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Join the Washington Blade for our Rehoboth Summer Closing Party at Diego’s with special guests Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness and Rehoboth Beach Commissioner Edward Chrzanowski. Money raised supports the Steve Elkins Memorial Fellowship for aspiring young LGBTQ journalists. The event is sponsored by Delmarva Power and Diego’s.

Imperial Court Gala of the Americas Coronation XI

Imperial Court Gala (Washington Blade file photo by Vladyslav Rekhovskii)

September 9-10

The charity group Imperial Court hosts several events this week culminating in the Gala of the Americas Coronation XI on Saturday.

  • Thursday, Sept. 8 from 8-10 p.m.: In Town Show | DIK Bar | $10 | Facebook
  • Friday, Sept. 9 from 7-9 p.m.: Out of Town Show | Green Lantern | $25 | Facebook
  • Saturday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.: Gala of the Americas Coronation XI | The Schuyler | $120 | Facebook

Sirene’s Seven Seas Drag Brunch

Sirenè Noir Sidora-Jackson hosts a ‘7 Seas’ drag brunch on Saturday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Saturday, Sept. 10
10 a.m.
Bark Social
935 Prose Street
Bethesda, Md.
Facebook | Eventbrite

Sirène’s 7 Seas Drag Brunch presented by Sirenè Noir Sidora-Jackson will feature beats by DJ Alex Love and drag performances by Doming0, Evry Pleasure, Juniper Gin, Logan Stone Vagenesis.

Washington Spirit Pride Night

Saturday, Sept. 10
1 p.m.
Audi Field
100 Potomac Avenue, S.W.
Facebook | Tickets

The Federal Triangles Soccer Club co-hosts Washington Spirit Pride Night alongside Team DC. Celebrate the DC LGBTQ+ community and cheer on the Washington Spirit as they take on San Diego Wave FC on Saturday at Audi Field.

Pride Night at Kings Dominion

Celebrate Pride Night at Kings Dominion on Saturday. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Saturday, Sept. 10
6 p.m.-midnight
Kings Dominion
16000 Theme Park Way
Doswell, Va.
Facebook | Tickets

SpeakOut hosts the return of PRIDE Night at Kings Dominion on Saturday. Speak Out serves as a safe space for creating meaningful connections across LGBTQ+ communities of color.

Dance Club hosted by Ricky Rosé

Ricky Rosé (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Saturday, Sept. 10
Doors 11 p.m.
Songbyrd Music House
540 Penn Street, N.E.

Join Ricky Rosé at Sonbyrd Music House for the LGBTQ+ BIPOC+ event “Dance Club” on Saturday.

Sunday Vibes LGBTQ+ Inclusive Outdoor Event

Sunday, Sept. 11
2-7 p.m.
Dirty Habit
555 8th Street, N.W.
No cover
Facebook | Eventbrite

Enjoy “Sunday Vibes” with DJ Eletrox and DJ Jai Syncere at Dirty Habit for a “No Labels Queer Sunday Party.”


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Fundraisers, block parties, art, wine and more events coming to our area

Enjoy the best of the season’s entertainment



Out comedian Sampson McCormick returns for a local engagement Sept. 19. (Photo courtesy Kola for 510 Media)

Temperatures are dropping, leaves are turning orange, and the sun is setting earlier. But life in D.C. is still vibrant with a variety of arts events for the coming months.

Shop Made in DC will host “Wine & Watercolors” on Friday, Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. at Shop Made in DC’s Georgetown location. Guests will enjoy two complimentary glasses of wine while making watercolor art inspired by one of the shop’s designs. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

Artbae will host “Intimate Encounters Art Show: Exploeing the Art of Intimacy & Connection” on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 4 p.m. at Selina Union Market. This event will raise awareness about HIV and sexual health while taking guests on a sensory adventure where they dive into the vulnerability of touch. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

Sweet Water Gallery will host “Water in the African Sky” starting Sunday Sept. 17 at 12 p.m. at Wharf Street. This abstract exhibit by Franklin Eze will showcase works by African artists celebrating unique beauty and richness through an abstract scope. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

Award-winning, Black LGBTQ comedian Sampson McCormick will perform on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at DC Comedy Loft. McCormick uses humor and nuance to help audiences process life challenges and human differences regarding race, religion, and sexuality. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on DC Comedy Loft’s website

CAMP Rehoboth Chorus Ensemble will present “Music of the Night,” a series of three concerts starting on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist. The concert program will feature songs “Fly Me To The Moon,” “Moondance,” and “A Hard Day’s Night.” Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased on CAMP Rehoboth’s website.

LGBTQ bar Shakers will host “MX Shakers,” a drag competition in which queens will start competing on Wednesday, Sept. 20. The competition will be hosted by “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestant Tatianna. Along with Tatianna, the challenge will feature judges Evry Pleasure, King Molasses and Alexa Shontelle.

The 20th Annual DC Shorts International Film Festival begins on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at JxJ’s Cafritz Hall and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema DC. At least 135 films from 20 countries will be screened. There will also be parties, eight panel discussions, and filmmaker talkback after many of the showcase screenings. For more details, visit the festival’s website

The Anthem will host Janelle Monaé on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. as part of their “Age of Pleasure” tour. Tickets start at $144 and can be purchased on The Anthem’s website

The Art League will host “Art on the Rocks” on Friday, Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at Waterfront Park. This event showcases talented local mixologists and chefs competing to create artistic cocktail and appetizer pairings inspired by art. Tickets cost $70 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

9:30 club will host “Gasolina: Reggaeton Party” on Friday, Oct. 6 at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $22 and can be purchased on 9:30 Club’s website

Union Stage will host “Look What You Made Me Do: Taylor Swift Dance Party” on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 10:30 p.m. at Howard Theatre. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased on Howard Theater’s website

The Human Rights Campaign hosts its annual National Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the D.C. Convention Center. Tickets are sold out but you can join a waitlist at

CAMP Rehoboth hosts its 2023 Block Party on the second block of Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, Del., on Sunday, Oct. 15 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Local restaurants, entertainers, businesses, and nonprofits will participate. All ages are welcome. Admission is free; donations benefit the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center.

Capital Cabaret’s Annual Fall Gala and Raffle will be on Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Carlysle Room. The event will feature performances from Broadway star Susan Derry and local D.C. cabaret artists. Tickets cost $150. For more details, email [email protected]

SMYAL hosts its 26th annual Fall Brunch on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Marriott Marquis. Tickets at The event includes a cocktail reception featuring a silent auction, a three-course brunch, and a chance to hear from some of the community’s most inspiring leaders.

Sweet Honey in the Rock will perform on Friday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s College of Maryland Dodge Performing Arts Center. The group is a performance ensemble rooted in African-American history and culture. It educates, entertains and empowers its audience and community through the dynamic vehicles of a cappella singing and American Sign Language interpretation for the Deaf and hard of hearing. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

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Looking for a good laugh? Dupont has you covered

DC Comedy Festival starts Monday



(Image via Eventbrite)

The fifth annual DC Comedy Festival will start on Monday Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at Dupont Underground.

The festival, in partnership with Broken Diamond Comedy, will bring together more than 100 talented comedians from both local and international scenes. It is a celebration of the vibrant comedy talent in the D.C. metro area and an homage to the city that launched the careers of comedy legends like Dave Chappelle, Martin Lawrence, and Wanda Sykes.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

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Queer and love to paint? Now is your time to shine

Green Lantern holds ‘Thirst and Paint’ event



The Green Lantern turns on the lights for a painting party on Sept. 12 featuring a model.

“Thirst and Paint” will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at the upstairs section of Green Lantern Bar.

This event is catered to the LGBTQ+ community— allies are also welcome. And guests will be treated to one free drink, a canvas to take home, and a live model to pose for them. 

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

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