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‘Gear up’ for Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend

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Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend is upon us! (Washington Blade 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.


Drag Bingo

Tuesday, January 10
7 p.m.
Red Bear Brewing Company
209 M Street, N.E.
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Join host Desiree Dik for a fun night of bingo and drag at Red Bear Brewing Co.


It’s A Pride Affair: Volunteer Mixer

Wednesday, January 11
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Number Nine
1435 P Street, N.W.
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Meet up and volunteer for Capital Pride. It’s an excellent place to meet new friends and to give back to the community. With WorldPride 2025 coming to D.C., volunteers are needed now more than ever.


Queer Trivia with the Mistresses

Wednesday, January 11
7-9 p.m.
The Dew Drop Inn
2801 8th Street, N.E.
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Show your LGBTQ history and culture skills of with friends with a game of trivia at the Dew Drop Inn on Wednesday.


Drag Bingo! Hosted by Brooklyn Heights

Wednesday, January 11
8-11 p.m.
Pitchers DC
2317 18th Street, N.W.
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Brooklyn Heights hosts a night of drag bingo at the popular LGBTQ sports bar Pitchers DC on Wednesday.


Geared Up: A Kinky Kickoff to Leather Weekend

Thursday, January 12
7 p.m.
Trade
1410 14th Street, N.W.
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Here is a great way to start Leather Weekend with DJ Dean Sullivan (on at 9 p.m.).


Vernonza Extravaganza Lipsync Battle

Thursday, January 12
8 p.m.
Dupont Italian Kitchen
1637 17th Street, N.W.
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Monica Vernonza and Lady London host a lipsync battle at Dupont Italian Kitchen on Thursday.


Sleaze: Triple Sweat

Thursday, January 12
9 p.m.
DC9 Nightclub
1940 9th Street, N.W.
$15
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Dance the night away at this monthly LGBTQ party at DC9.


Bootcamp: MAL Kick-Off

Thursday, January 12
10 p.m.
Soundcheck
1420 K Street, N.W.
$15
Facebook | Tickets

Kinetic has done it again with a full weekend packed with parties. The official MAL kick off party starts at Soundcheck on Thursday.


Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend

(Washington Blade file photo by Damien Salas)

January 13-16
Hyatt Regency Washington
400 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.
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Loads of events take place during this kinky weekend. While the all-weekend passes are sold out, on-site day passes are still available to buy at the Centaur store. Be sure to check out the Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather competition on Sunday.


Kinky Bears

Friday, January 13
5:30-9:30 p.m.
UPROAR Lounge & Restaurant
639 Florida Avenue, N.W.
No cover
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At the intersection of bears and leather comes Kinky Bears at UPROAR.


Staches and Lashes

Friday, January 13
Showtime 10:30
The Lodge
21614 National Pike
Boonsboro, Md.
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Catch a show hosted by Chase Anthony, Ivanna Rights and Bayley out at the Lodge. Doors open at 7:30 for a RuPaul’s Drag Race watch party. $8 cover charge after 10 p.m.


RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 15 Viewing Party

Friday, January 13
8-9 p.m.
JR.’s Bar
1519 17th Street, N.W.
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Citrine hosts a RuPaul’s Drag Race season 15 viewing party at JR.’s on Fridays.


Leather Weather: MAL Drag Celebration

Friday, January 13
9 p.m.
Red Bear Brewing Company
209 M Street, N.E.
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Watch a leather-inspired drag show at Red Bear on Friday hosted by Desiree Dik and featuring Crystal Edge, Amara Lee Dupree, Evry Pleasure and Dr. Torcher.


Hanky’s Out: A Highwaymen TNT Special BarNite

Friday, January 13
9:30 p.m.
UPROAR Lounge & Restaurant
639 Florida Avenue, N.W.
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Do you know the hanky code? Google it. Join the Highwaymen TNT for a ‘BarNite Special: MAL Edition’ at UPROAR Lounge on Friday.


UNCUT XL

Friday, January 13
10 p.m.
BLISS Nightclub
2122 24th Place, N.E.
$60-$115
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Kinetic MAL Official Events continue with UNCUT XL at BLISS Nightclub on Friday.


Strip-TEAs Drag Burlesque

Friday, January 13
10 p.m.
JR.’s Bar
1519 17th Street, N.W.
No cover / 21+
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A drag burlesque and fetish show not to be missed starring Ricky Rosé, Blaq, Molasses and special guest Majic. The event is hosted by Citrine and music is provided by DJ Dez.


ONYX Cocktail Party & Gear Auction

Saturday, January 14
2-6 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Washington
400 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.
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The 12th annual Leather Cocktails event will benefit SMYAL.


Tara Hoot’s Bingo and Show

Saturday, January 14
7 p.m.
Crazy Aunt Helen’s
713 8th Street, S.E.
$10
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Tara Hoot hosts a night of drag bingo with a show starring Shelita Ramen and Cassi at Crazy Aunt Helen’s on Saturday.


Candela Leather (Cuero) MAL

Saturday, January 14
9 p.m.
UPROAR Lounge & Restaurant
639 Florida Avenue, N.W.
No cover / 21+
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Jayzeer Shantey and Lady J Monroe entertain at the Candela Leather event at UPROAR on Saturday. Music by DJ Milko.


Vanguard 5 Year Anniversary Party

Saturday, January 14
9 p.m.
Safari DC Lounge
4306 Georgia Avenue, N.W.
$7 advance / $10 door
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The Vanguard Dark Dance Party holds its 5th year anniversary at Safari DC Lounge on Saturday featuring DJ Roy Retrofit, DJ Johnny Panic, DJ Ultra Violet Rah and DJ Villainess.


BENT: Leatherette

Saturday, January 14
10 p.m.
9:30 Club
815 V Street, N.W.
$25
Facebook | Tickets

This month’s BENT party is leather-centric at the 9:30 Club on Saturday.


KINETIC: Kink with Alyssa Edwards

Saturday, January 14
10 p.m.
Echostage
2135 Queens Chapel Road, N.E.
$50-$65
Facebook | Tickets

Kinetic’s MAL events continue with the Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend Main Event Dance Party at Echostage featuring “RuPaul’s” Alyssa Edwards.


Freeform 2.0: Leather and Lace

Saturday, January 14
11 p.m.
Songbyrd Music House
540 Penn Street, N.E.
No cover / 18+
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Guest host Dirty Sanchez presents and open stage drag event and dance party with music by Kristy La Rat. Shows start at 11:30.


Drag Queen Roulette Brunch

Sunday, January 15
12 p.m.
Hello Betty Bethesda
940 Rose Avenue
North Bethesda, Md.
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Reserve your table and catch a game of Drag Roulette. The audience picks the songs and the queens lip sync and dance for the win. This week’s challengers: Dustyn Dawn, Chanel Belladonna, Angel DeVero, Sirene Noir Sidora Jackson and Numi Von.


Disney Drag Me To Brunch

Sunday, January 15
12-2 p.m.
Three Monkeys Pub and Chophouse
9329 Main Street
Manassas, Va.
$10
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Ophelia Bottoms hosts this Disney-inspired drag show in Manassas.


Kinky Beer Bust + UPROAR 7th Anniversary

Sunday, January 15
4-9 p.m.
UPROAR Lounge & Restaurant
639 Florida Avenue, N.W.
Facebook

Show of your leather and gear at this Kinky Beer Bust for MAL Weekend. The event is complete with a pig roast and a cigar tent.


Pretty Boi Drag Presents #PrettyBoiAnniversary

Pretty Boi Drag (Washington Blade file photo by Tom Hausman)

Sunday, January 15
4-6 p.m.
Union Stage
740 Water Street, S.W.
$25-$40
Facebook | Tickets

D.C.’s premiere drag king troupe performs at Union Stage on Sunday for its anniversary.


Dinner N Drag

Sunday, January 15
8 p.m.
Shaw’s Tavern
520 Florida Avenue, N.W.
Facebook | Reservations

Reserve your spot for some dinner and drag hosted by Kristina Kelly.


Flashy: Leather Edition

Sunday, January 15
8 p.m.
Flash
645 Florida Avenue, N.W.
$40
Facebook | Eventbrite

The Flash parties always bring you the city’s best DJs, and this time with a leather theme.


Babylon Sunday

Sunday, January 15
11:30 p.m.
Privilege DC Nightclub
1115 U Street, N.W.
$0-$100
Facebook | Eventbrite

Davon Hamilton Events brings you the Babylon Sunday Basement Dance Party at Privilege with sounds by DJ Apollo and DJ Obie.


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The biggest drag stars are coming to town

‘Drag Race’ queens perform alongside local favorites

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Cake Pop! will be among performers at ‘Drag Me to the Disco.’ (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

“Drag Me to the Disco” will be held on Saturday, March 2 at 9 p.m. at the Howard Theatre. 

This event will feature “Drag Race” stars Jaida Essence Hall, Vanessa Vanjie Matteo, Mistress Isabelle Brooks, and Luxx Noir London, and D.C. queens Cake Pop!, Crystal Edge, Dreux Sidora and Crimsyn will open the show. After the drag show, there will be a dance party with NYC’s DJ Boyyyish spinning disco house music. 

Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased on the Howard Theatre’s website.

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Calendar: February 16-22

LGBTQ events in the days to come

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Friday, February 16

Center Aging Friday Tea Time will be at 2 p.m. on Zoom. This is a social hour for older LGBTQ adults. For more details, email [email protected].  

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Social” at 7 p.m. at DIK Bar. This event is ideal for meeting new people and making new friends in a casual, facilitated environment. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Saturday, February 17

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 thedccenter.org/poc or facebook.com/centerpoc.  

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Brunch” at 11 a.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant. This event is ideal for meeting new people and making new friends in a casual, facilitated environment. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Sunday, February 18

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+ Coffee” at 12 p.m. at As You Are. Guests are encouraged to come enjoy an evening of Italian-style dining and conversation with other LGBTQ folk on the enclosed front patio. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

Monday, February 19

Wicked Mondaze POP-UP Happy Hour will be at 5 p.m. at Wild Dayzs. This event will feature a performance from DJ MIM accompanied by renowned drummer Asha Santee. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Happy Hour” at 6 p.m. at Palette 22. This event is ideal for meeting new people and making new friends in a casual, facilitated environment. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Tuesday, February 20

BiRoundtable will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This monthly roundtable is an opportunity for people to gather in order to discuss issues related to bisexuality or as bi individuals in a private setting. For more details, visit Facebook or Meetup

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Social” at 6 p.m. at Daniel O’Connell’s Irish Restaurant and Bar. This event is ideal for meeting new people and making new friends in a casual, facilitated environment. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Wednesday, February 21

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 thedccenter.org/careers.

Thursday, February 22

The DC Center’s Fresh Produce 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 5:00 pm 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. 

Virtual Yoga Class with Charles M. will be at 12 p.m. online. This is a weekly class focusing on yoga, breath work, and meditation. Guests are encouraged to RSVP on the DC Center’s website, providing your name, email address, and zip code, along with any questions you may have. A link to the event will be sent at 6 pm the day before.

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Duke Ellington Costume Shop unveils design vault

Flea market to include ‘timeless pieces’ from School of the Arts

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The Duke Ellington Costume Shop will unveil its design vault for the first time on Saturday, Feb. 10, showcasing decades of craftsmanship and creativity. 

“The design vault houses an awe-inspiring collection available for purchase at our Flea Market event on Feb. 10. From evening gowns to cocktail dresses, these timeless pieces capture the essence of characters and eras from various productions,” according to a statement from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

The Flea Market event, hosted by Ellington’s Technical Design and Production Department, offers a rare opportunity for patrons to own a piece of theatrical history. The event will take place at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, located at 3500 R St NW, Washington, DC 20007.

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