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10 LGBTQ events this week

SMYAL for the New Year, joining kickball and dancing among highlights



Events this week include SMYAL for the New Year at Red Bear Brewing, a couple of chances to join Stonewall Kickball, and country western dancing at Eastern Market. (Washington Blade photos by Michael Key and Molly Byrom)

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.

Stonewall Kickball new players info session

Wednesday, January 23
7-9 p.m.
915 U Street, N.W.

Feel out the Stonewall Kickball organization and see if you might want to take part in the popular sports and social club.

SMYAL for the New Year

A SMYAL event at Red Bear Brewing last year. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Thursday, January 26
6-8 p.m.
Red Bear Brewing Company
209 M Street, N.E.
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Support LGBTQ youth programs at a fundraiser at Red Bear Brewing on Thursday.

Haus of Bambi: An Intimate Night with Bambi and Molasses

Friday, January 27
7-10 p.m.
Dance Place
3225 8th Street, N.E.
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“Cabaret extravaganza explores intimacy and the stories that shape us.” There is also a Saturday show (7-10 p.m.) with an ASL interpreter.

Monumental Drag Brunch

Saturday, January 28
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
All-Purpose Pizzeria Capitol Riverfront
79 Potomac Avenue, S.E.
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Join Darcy de la Cuadra, Echinacea Monroe, Labianna, Sirene Noir and Thea Trickality for an afternoon with bottomless mimosas, bellinis and aperol spritzes (with purchased package). A portion of the proceeds are slated to benefit SMYAL.

Stonewall Kickball new player registration and league social

Last year’s Stonewall Kickball recruitment event. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Saturday, January 28
2-4 p.m.
Number Nine
1435 P Street, N.W.

Welcome new players to registration and social time.

New Year Queer Affair

Saturday, January 28
8:30 p.m.
Private residence in Dupont Circle
Location emailed upon RSVP
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Join LesbiFriends Travel for a party with wine, snacks, games and conversation. “This is where all the cool kids will be.”

DC Rawhides: Country Western Dance

DC Rawhides (Blade file photo by Molly Byrom)

Saturday, January 28
7-11 p.m.
Eastern Market
225 7th Street, S.E.
$5 minimum donation / 21+

Learn to dance in the country western style, see old friends or meet new ones. Lessons are from 7-8 and then the music will play on for dancing for the next three hours.

Gangsters & Dragsters drag brunch

Sunday, January 29
1:30 p.m.
DC Improv Comedy Club
1140 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
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Vagenesis leads a drag show at the DC Improv Comedy Club on Sunday. Doors open at 12:15.

Free Queer Tango all-levels class and practica

Sunday, January 29
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Petworth Neighborhood Library
4200 Kansas Avenue, N.W.

Practice Argentine tango skills in a safe (queer) environment with Jose Otero and the DC Queer Tango Collective. There is a free class in the beginning followed by dancing time through 4:30.

Domingo’s Got Talent Presents: META(((PHYSICAL)))

Sunday, January 29
8-11:30 p.m.
DC9 Nightclub
1940 9th Street, N.W.
$10 suggested donation / 21+

Domingo and Evry Pleasure co-host a spiritual disco and “Varie-Tea Show” on Sunday. Doors open at 7 p.m.


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Catfish Stand-Up features LGBTQ comedians

A League of Her Own hosts performances from D.C.’s funniest



“Catfish Stand-Up Comedy” will be on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. at A League of Her Own. This event will feature performances from D.C.’s funniest and most talented LGBTQ comedians. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

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Build your professional network

‘Meaningful Networking for LGBTQ Professionals’ on Tuesday



Out Professionals will host “Meaningful Networking for LGBTQ Professionals” on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. at Number Nine DC. The event will feature color-coded industry badges to help connect guests with people in their industry and a Dot to seamlessly share contact information.

Tickets are $85 and more details about the event are available on Eventbrite.

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Calendar: January 27-February 2

LGBTQ events in the days to come



Friday, January 27

Center Aging Monthly Yoga & Lunch will be at 12 p.m. at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. Lunch will be held in the climate-controlled atrium at the Reeves Center. For more information, contact Adam at [email protected]

Women in Their Twenties and Thirties will meet at 8 p.m. on Zoom. This event is a social discussion group for queer women in the D.C. area and a great way to make new friends and meet other queer women in a fun and friendly setting. For meeting updates join WiTT’s closed Facebook group.

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

Saturday, January 28

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.

Black Lesbian Support Group will be at 11 a.m. on Zoom. This is a peer-led support group devoted to the joys and challenges of being a Black lesbian. For more details, email [email protected]

Sunday, January 29

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Coffee + Conversation” at 12 p.m. at As You Are. This event is for those looking to make more friends in the LGBTQ+ community and trying to meet some new faces after the pandemic. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

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

Monday, January 30

Center Aging Monday Coffee and Conversation will be at 10 a.m. 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

Not Another Drag Show will be at 8 p.m. at Dupont Italian Kitchen. Logan Stone will host the event and there will also be a rotating cast of local DMV performers. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

Tuesday, January 31

“CONNECTails: Lively networking for Entrepreneurs & Investors” will be at 6 p.m. at Saigon Noodles & Grill. This event is the premier networking and professional development organization for more than 25,000 entrepreneurs, VCs and angels, CEOs, and other business leaders in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Wednesday, February 1

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

Comedy & Cocktails – Open Mic Wednesdays will be at 7:30 p.m. at Pure Lounge. This event is an open mic featuring comedians from the DMV. There will be drinking games, free prizes, and music by DJ K-OZ. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

Thursday, February 2

The DC Center’s Fresh Produce Program will be held all day at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. People will be informed on Wednesday at 5 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. 

API Queer Support Group will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This event is a support group for the Asian and Pacific Islander queer community. For more information, email [email protected].

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