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Queer Theatre Festival returns for second year

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(Photo by Andreas Praefcke via Wikimedia Commons)

The 2013 D.C. Queer Theatre Festival presents six short plays by award-winning playwrights beginning May 30, 31 and June 1 at Flashpoint Theatre (916 G St., NW).

The plays deal with challenges and joys that the LGBT community in D.C. experience. They range from campy comedies to deeper explorations of love and loss. The goal of the festival is to promote underrepresented voices as well as a diversity of artists. On the last day of the festival, a post-show panel will be held where leaders of area theaters and LGBT organizations discuss the plays and the challenges facing the LGBT community. The playwrights included the festival are David-Matthew Barnes, Marjorie Barnes, Marjorie Conn, Steven Korbar, Duncan Pflaster, Janis Holm, Mario Baldessari and Jon Jon Johnson.

Tickets are $16. Proceeds benefit the D.C. Center. For more information, visit dcqueertheatrefest.org.

23
May
2013

MidCity Dog Days Summer Sidewalk Sale

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MidCity Dog Days is coming to 14th Street on Sunday and Monday. (Photo by iStock)

The 14th annual MidCity Dog Days Summer Sidewalk Sale is on Sunday and Monday along the 14th and U St. Corridors, N.W.

The event showcases the neighborhoods countless art galleries, music venues, restaurants and boutiques in a sidewalk sale. Some of the businesses involved include Som Records (1843 U St., N.W.), Treasury Vintage Clothing (1843 14th St., N.W.) and CakeLove (1506 U St., N.W.).

Businesses will be having sales events between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m., which coincides nicely with the OutWrite LGBT Book Festival at the D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.).

For more information, visit midcitydogdays.com.

31
Jul
2013

LGBT Center will be fine, nightclub future uncertain

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The D.C. LGBT Center and popular nightclub Ziegfeld’s/Secrets may be displaced by the Reeves Center announcement. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The quick and enthusiastic embrace of a tentative deal announced last Thursday by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray to convey land to Major League Soccer’s D.C. United for team construction of a new stadium was notable. Seldom does a complex civic arrangement of such magnitude enjoy the level of immediate and broad-based support from the public, the media and city officials that followed.

In contrast, reaction by D.C. LGBT Community Center leadership was both unseemly and shortsighted. While a city was celebrating a major step forward in local economic development, the group publicly and parochially pilloried the mayor.

Once the drama subsided, however, the Center has managed to adopt a more circumspect and productive tone.

The group’s comportment was in response to news of the eventual termination of the community center’s recently acquired long-term lease at the Reeves Center at 14th and U streets. This was due to the plan to trade the property in a “land swap” allowing acquisition of a major portion of the stadium site.

The assurance of assistance by Gray was as expeditious as it was expected. At the outdoor news conference at the stadium site revealing the planned property exchange transactions, he indicated that city administrators would assist the Center in finding a suitable space at an appropriately located city building.

Sure, the news of a scheduled loss of the Center’s new storefront location came as an emotional disappointment. But denial had been employed in ignoring public speculation since spring that a deal to trade the city’s aging and broke-down behemoth of a building to a local development company in exchange for stadium site land it owns was potentially in the works.

Angered they would be required to relocate prior to the original lease expiration, out came the “victim card” from the top of the deck.

Yes, the disintegrating structure, derided by many as a “basket case” building blighting the nexus of the city’s most rapidly developing commercial corridors, would be demolished. If the stadium deal garners D.C. Council approval as expected, a large privately developed mixed-use housing and retail complex will replace it.

A multi-faceted process delaying the Center’s lease termination for approximately two-plus years allows the organization the option of continuing with renovation and move-in. The group must vacate its current location in less than 60 days.

The Center indicated in a statement on Friday evening that it was halting work on the space until better able to assess the situation following meetings this week with city officials on potential longer-range options – a sensible approach. The smart solution may even prove to be continuing with the renovation with usage through 2015 or later.

Revising an unrealistic desire for prime storefront retail space in an increasingly expensive commercial area, allowed by past temporary arrangements provided by developers with transitional space available for limited duration, is required.

It’s fair to say that multiple options are likely to be identified. The D.C. Center will be fine.

The same cannot be said of the dilemma awaiting Ziegfeld’s/Secrets nightclub, located proximate to the planned soccer stadium in Southwest Washington at Buzzard Point near Nationals Stadium. Its near-term prospects are much less certain.

Once ancillary development in the area immediately surrounding the footprint of the new stadium inevitably begins, the possibility that the venue will lose its lease due to property sale increases. The property owner is already fielding inquiries.

If displaced, relocation options are extraordinarily limited, if not insurmountable, due to restrictions enacted when it and similar businesses were previously displaced from the baseball stadium site. In fact, Ziegfeld’s/Secrets is the only sexually oriented gay business among the group still in operation.

Possessing one of a few strip club licenses, the venue is prohibited nearly everywhere, notably industrial sections of Northeast D.C. Restrictions on both the number and permissible locations within appropriately zoned areas preclude a solution.

That’s what the city needs to remedy.

Mark Lee is a long-time entrepreneur and community business advocate. Follow on Twitter: @MarkLeeDC. Reach him at OurBusinessMatters@gmail.com.

01
Aug
2013

Provocative pages

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Gay author William Sterling Walker will present his New Orleans-themed short story collection at the OutWrite Book Fair Saturday at 11 a.m. (Photo by Lenora Gim)

OutWrite
LGBT Book Fair
Today through Sunday
Starts Friday evening at 6:30 p.m.
D.C. Center for the LGBT Community
1318 U Street, N.W.
‘Women Write Gay Erotica’
Continues Saturday at the Reeves Center
2000 14th Street, N.W.
Ends Sunday with events starting at 10 a.m.
At the D.C. Center
Visit thedccenter.org for full schedule and details

It would be a mistake to assume that all the authors appearing at this year’s OutWrite LGBT Book Fair are small-time writers who’ve all self-published their work.

Novelist Manil Suri, who will be presenting his adventure novel “The City of Devi,” had his first book “The Death of Vishnu” become a bestseller in several countries that has been translated into 27 languages. Poet Joseph Ross — like Suri, a teacher/professor — had his books published by Main Street Rag Publishing based in Charlotte, N.C., and even though William Sterling Walker’s short story collection “Desire: Tales of New Orleans,” is his first book, it was published by Chelsea Station Editions (which will exhibit at this year’s fair) and his stories have appeared in several magazines and anthologies.

“We got a lot of submissions from folks who want to come read so it’s actually become quite competitive,” says David Mariner, director of the DC Center, which produces the fair, now in its third year. “We were lucky to have [lesbian writer] Julie Enszer on the planning committee this year and she was … very valuable in the process.”

Mariner says in previous years the readings typically attract 30 or 40 people at any given time with a “couple hundred” visiting the fair altogether. It kicks off tonight and runs through Sunday. Saturday the events will be in the atrium at the Reeves Building. Tonight and Sunday, readings will take place at the Center’s current location on U Street. Mariner says the events will not be affected by last week’s announcement about changes to the Reeves Building’s fate, where the Center had been planning to move permanently.

Mariner says “the majority” of this year’s authors have had their work published by traditional publishers but he says that’s less a significant distinction than it may have been several years ago as the industry is changing rapidly.

“It’s a little harder to say now who meets that criteria because the lines have really blurred,” Mariner says. “In fact, that’s one discussion we’re going to have at the fair.”

Ross has been writing poetry since college about 20 years ago. The D.C. resident says his poetry book “Gospel of Dust,” which came out in July, touches on everything from the notion of various riots being somewhat ritualistic in nature and the sometimes unexpected places religious elements are found in everyday life such as in the lives of people like Rosa Parks or Matthew Shepard and even in the work of local graffiti artists.

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Joseph Ross will read from his poetry collection at 3 p.m. (Ross photo by Ted Schroll)

“Poetry has the power to move us both emotionally and intellectually,” Ross says. “No one says, ‘Would you read an essay at our wedding?’ It’s there in our important moments — births, deaths, marriages, people turn to poetry. It’s not above anything else, but it moves us in ways other genres can’t.”

Suri’s latest book, which came out in February from Bloomsbury, tells an adventure story of a woman searching Bombay/Mumbai (Suri’s native land where all his books are set) for her missing husband with — unbeknownst to her — a gay guy who had been her husband’s lover. Suri says the book, which he spent about 12 years working on off and on, offers a snapshot look at gay life in India.

“You see some of that in the characters,” he says. “Initially it was very oriented toward anonymous sex and been sort of 10 or 20 years behind the U.S. but now you see more liberal attitudes and people are thinking about settling down and having relationships and … you see how people treat Jaz and Karun as a couple even though they don’t know they’re together explicitly.”

Walker says the nine short stories in his book “Desire: Tales of New Orleans” all pertain to the title city in some way and have gay themes.

“I’m gay and I have always considered myself as having a gay audience,” he says. “I’ve always felt that way. I consider myself a gay writer with gay sensibilities.”

He says it’s important for gay writers to have spaces such as the OutWrite festival.

“There are very few venues left for gay books,” he says. “There are very few gay bookstores left and other independent bookstores are going away too. … I think it’s very important for writers and readers to connect and to do so on the face-to-face level and this is one way to do it.”

Mariner agrees.

“The overarching message of all of our arts programming is that it’s very powerful and moving and affirming when we hear our own stories through our own voices in our own spaces,” he says. “It’s a powerful and important part of building our community.”

02
Aug
2013

MOVA hosts reception for Meth recovery group

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Mova hosts the 8th anniversary reception for the Crystal Meth Working Group — a project of the D.C. LBGT Community Center — this Tuesday. (Washington Blade file photo by Pete Exis)

MOVA Lounge (2204 14th St., N.W.) hosts a reception for the Crystal Meth Working Group to celebrate the organization’s eighth anniversary on Tuesday from 5-8 p.m.

The Crystal Meth Working Group, part of the D.C. Center, addresses issues of methamphetamine addiction and recovery within the D.C. LGBT community. The group provides education, outreach and prevention advocacy.

Guests will give a $10 donation to the Crystal Meth Working Group to enter. Free champagne will be served from 5-6 p.m., and MOVA will serve happy hour-priced drinks until 8.

For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

07
Aug
2013

Mark your calendar

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Fall events of interest to the LGBT community include the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Some fall events don’t fit in our other fall arts categories. Here are a few to note.

On Sept. 20, the D.C. Center has its fall reception at 6:30 p.m. at the Reeves Center (2000 14th Street, N.W.). Tickets are $75. Visit thedccenter.org for details.

On Sept. 21, Hope D.C., a men’s HIV-positive social group, has its 25th anniversary at 7 p.m. a private residence in Arlington. For details, call 202-466-5783 or visit hopedc.org/events.

Sept. 27 is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Details are at cdc.gov or aids.gov/awareness-days.

On Sept. 28, the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club has its 37th anniversary Leadership Awards Reception at Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar (223 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E.). Tickets are available at steindemocrats.org or at the door.

Sept. 28 is also Gay Day at Hillwood Estate (4155 Linnean Ave., N.W.) from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $15. Visit hillwoodmuseum.org for details.

If you happen to be in Los Angeles that weekend, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force has its 40th anniversary event on Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. at Sportmen’s Lodge (12833 Ventura Bouevard, Studio City, Calif.). Tickets are $125. Visit thetaskforce.org for details.

On Oct. 5, Human Rights Campaign has its national dinner at the Convention Center (801 Mt. Vernon P., N.W.). It’s sold out but a waiting list is available at hrcnationaldinner.org.

Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day. There’s a Facebook page devoted to it.

On Oct. 14, Us Helping Us has its 25th anniversary awards event (“A Passion for Living”  at 6 p.m. at Arena Stage (1101 6th Street, S.W.). Actress/singer Jennifer Holliday will be honored. Tickets are $150. Visit uhupil.org for details.

Oct. 15 is National Latino HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Details are at aids.gov/awareness-days.

Oct. 24 is the Blade’s Best of Gay D.C. party/awards reception at Huxley (1730 M Street, N.W.). Details pending.

Oct. 26 is AIDS Walk Washington. Visit aidswalkwashington.org for details or to register.

Oct. 29 is the High Heel Race on 17th Street, N.W. A Facebook page has details.

Nov. 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance. Details pending on the Washington event.

11
Sep
2013

Queery: Holly Goldmann

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Holly Goodmann (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Holly Goldmann says she can’t stay serious for more than a few minutes at a time. With a world-weary quip, she’s off in a million directions.

While she likes being a board member at The Center, she says the meetings can be tedious.

“After an hour, yeah, I’m like — OK, let’s wrap it up here,” she says with a laugh.

Her work with Capital TransPride over the past three years got her noticed by The Center, whose staff was looking for trans representation on its board. She’s happy to serve but says she’s “really bad” at being secretary where taking minutes is required.

“I had no idea until recently that I had any talent for activism of any kind but apparently I’m good at bringing communities together,” she says. “I’m white, passable, over-glamorous yet not a drag queen. People love me — I can’t help it, that’s the reality.”

Capital TransPride is Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle, N.W.). Guest Codie Leone, a big-time New York stylist, will speak and many other events are planned. Visit capitalpride.org/transpride for a full schedule.

Goldmann, who freelances as an independent designer by day, says, “It’s really important for trans people to get under one roof and not really worry about pretense.”

“It’s not political and it really gives us a chance to talk about issues,” she says.

Goldmann, a native New Yorker who’s been in Washington “15 years, maybe more,” is vague on details. She admits only to being “between 30 and death” and says she transitioned “a really long time ago.”

She lives in Columbia Heights and enjoys fashion history, “golden age” Hollywood and high-end fashion collecting in her free time as well as dissecting the nuances of “Mommie Dearest.”

How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?

Since I was 18 but everyone knew.

Who’s your LGBT hero?

Holly Woodlawn

What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present? 

The old Ziegfelds/Secrets. I rarely go out any more.

Describe your dream wedding.

Never thought of it.

What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?

Preservation of society in general.

What historical outcome would you change?

WWII — but I may not have been born.

What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?

“AbFab” coming back a third time!

On what do you insist?

A concrete schedule and answers to questions in a reasonable time.

What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?

A picture of Little Edie and Big Edie for Mother’s Day.

If your life were a book, what would the title be? 

“How I Gave Up on My Dream to Marry a Millionaire”

If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?

Right away? Nothing. I’d have to wait and see how it’s used.

What do you believe in beyond the physical world? 

Heaven

What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?

Honestly the LGB need to start being more T accepting and stop making decisions on our behalf.

What would you walk across hot coals for?

To get loved ones who have passed away back.

What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?

Oh, there are far too many.

What’s your favorite LGBT movie?

“Some of My Best Friends Are”

What’s the most overrated social custom?

I still write thank you cards.

What trophy or prize do you most covet?

The Tony

What do you wish you’d known at 18?

To put myself on the 20-year wait list for a rent controlled apartment in New York City.

Why Washington?

Was bored and came to visit a friend. Never went back.

15
May
2013

Will ‘land swap’ displace LGBT Center again?

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Reeves Building (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

As the D.C. LGBT Community Center gets ready to move into its new home in the Reeves Center municipal building at 14th and U Street, N.W. unconfirmed reports have surfaced that the city is considering turning the building over to a developer as part of a high stakes land swap.

According to an article in the local blog Greater Greater Washington, the Akridge development company would demolish the Reeves building under the terms of the land swap to make way for an upscale condominium and retail development project in the highly desirable U Street, N.W. corridor.

The city, in return, would obtain from Akridge vacant land it owns in the Buzzards Point section of Southwest Washington near the Anacostia River, which would become the site for a new stadium for the D.C. United Soccer team.

“I don’t know anything about it so I’m not going to comment at this time,” said LGBT Center President Michael Sessa, who earlier this year signed a 15-year lease for the Center’s rental of space in the Reeves building.

Although the city would most likely provide some compensation to the Center for the early termination of its lease, the Center would be forced to undergo another search for a home at a time when property values are rising sharply in the city.

Greater Greater Washington and other news outlets have reported that a land swap involving the Reeves Center and other older city buildings to facilitate the building of a soccer stadium was under discussion between city officials, Akridge, and D.C. United. But the news outlets have not identified their sources for the reports.

“We do not comment on anonymously sourced articles,” said Darrell Pressley, a spokesperson for the D.C. Department of General Services, which oversees city properties.

But Pressley added, “We are continuing our discussions with D.C. United about a stadium and we’re hopeful about their future in the District. Commenting beyond that is premature at this point.”

15
May
2013

Calendar through March 21

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Icaruc … Flight Cancelled’ is one of the paintings featured in ‘It’s Greek to Me’ by Timothy Johnson at Touchstone Gallery. (Image courtesy Touchstone)

Friday, March 15

Touchstone Gallery (901 New York Ave., NW) hosts the exhibitions “Icons” by Steve Alderton and “It’s Greek to Me” by Timothy Johnson through the month of March. Alderton distills his subjects down to the basics in his expressionistic paintings, while Johnson reinterprets Greek myths. For more information, visit touchstonegallery.com.

Whitman Walker provides free HIV testing at the Anacostia Metro Station from noon to 3:30 pm. For more information, visit whitman-walker.org.

Special Agent Galactica celebrates the weekend with her show at Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., NW) tonight at 6 p.m. Her show brings a variety of music genres and comedy in two different sets. The first is the critically acclaimed Theatrical LipSync Show. The second set is the live sung acoustic set with Jeremy Kin on guitar. There is no cover for this event. For more information, visit pinkharedone.com.

FUK!T HIV prevention working group does outreach at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) tonight at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts Bear Happy Hour tonight from 6-11 p.m. This event is for people 21 and older. There is no cover charge. Later the drag show will start at 10:30 p.m. and the gay Washington DC GoGo boys come out at 11. Cover is $5 before 11 and $10 after. There are $3 drinks until 11. For details, visit towndc.com.

The Black Cat (1811 14th St., NW) holds its “Dr. Who Happy Hour” tonight at 7 p.m. on its backstage. There will be one episode of “Dr. Who” along with drink specials. For more information, visit blackcatdc.com.

Saturday, March 16

Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer organization, volunteers today for the Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation at Falls Church PetSmart (6100 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, Va.) starting at 11:45 a.m. For more information, visit burgundycrescent.org.

Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts the party “Funky Town” tonight at 10 p.m. DJ Ed Bailey is taking the party back with ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s classics all night. Cover is $8 before 11 p.m. and $12 after. For more information, visit towndc.com.

Sunday, March 17

Metropolitan Community Church (474 Ridge St., NW) holds its weekly 9 and 11 a.m. worship services today. The church has one of the most diverse communities and communion is open to everyone. For more information, visit mccdc.com.

Monday, March 18

The D.C. Center (1318 U St., NW) holds coffee drop-in for the senior LGBT community today at 10 a.m.-noon. The center will provide complimentary coffee and a community to chat with. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

Bears do Yoga takes place this evening 6:30 p.m. as part of a series at the Green Lantern (1335 Green Court, NW). This is part of a basic yoga series that takes place every Monday and is open to people of varying body types and experience. There is no charge. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

The D.C. Lambda Squares holds its dance series tonight at 7:30 p.m. at National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle, NW). The only square dance club located in Washington, the group invites everybody to learn square dancing in just 16 Mondays. No special outfits, partner or prior dance experience is needed. The cost is $100. For more information or to register, visit dclambdasquares.org.

Whitman-Walker Health (1701 14th St., NW) holds its HIV+ Newly Diagnosed Support Group tonight at 7. It is a confidential support group for anyone recently diagnosed with HIV and the group welcomes all genders and sexual orientations. Registration is required and attendees must call 202-797-3580 or email peersupport@whitman-walker.org. For details, visit whitman-walker.org.

Tuesday, March 19

The D.C. Center (1318 U St., NW) holds its “Freedom from Smoking Class” for members of the community who are trying to quit smoking this evening starting 6:30. The class is an adaptation of the American Lung Association’s group clinic that has helped thousands of smokers, however it has been modified to be more relevant to the LGBT community and people living with HIV/AIDS. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

Whitman-Walker (1701 14th St., NW) holds its group Starting Over for Women tonight at 7. The group is for women whose long-term relationship with another woman. Registration is required and attendees must call 202-797-3580 or email peersupport@whitman-walker.org. For more information, visit whitman-walker.org.

Green Lantern (1335 Green Court, N.W.) hosts its Safer Sex Kit-packing program tonight from 7-10:30. The packing program is looking for more volunteers to help produce the kits because they say they are barely keeping up with demand. Admission is free and volunteers can just show up. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

Wednesday, March 20

Whitman-Walker Health (1701 14th St., NW) holds its HIV+ Newly Diagnosed Support Group tonight at 7. It is a confidential support group for anyone recently diagnosed with HIV and the group welcomes all genders and sexual orientations. Registration is required and attendees must call 202-797-3580 or email peersupport@whitman-walker.org. For details, visit whitman-walker.org.

The Tom Davoren Social Bridge Club meets tonight at the Dignity Center (721 8th St., SE) at 7:30 p.m. for social bridge. Newcomers are welcome and no reservations are needed. For more information or if you need a partner, visit lambdabridge.com.

Thursday, March 21

International speaker and teacher of Christian Science healing Fujiko Signs gives a talk about how prayer can have a tangible impact on the world tonight at Busboys and Poets (14th and V St., NW) at 7:30 p.m. Signs has met with Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi and exchanged with her ideas about how spirituality lead to freedom. Signs was also a survivor of the 2011 Japanese tsunami. In her talk she will share how she used spirituality to overcome these challenges. For more information, visit busboysandpoets.com.

Whitman-Walker Health (1701 14th St., NW) holds its gay men over 50 support group this evening at 6:30 p.m. The group is for gay men entering a new phase of life. Registration is required to attend. Registration is required and attendees must call 202-797-3580 or email peersupport@whitman-walker.org. For more information, visit whitman-walker.org.

14
Mar
2013

Calendar through Jan. 24

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WTF at Town Danceboutique (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

TODAY, Friday, Jan. 18

Club Heaven (2327 18 St., NW) hosts the inaugural launch party for Indie Adams Morgan, a local indie music series, featuring the band Ten Feet Tall, Chrissi Poland from The Scissor Sisters and Caleb Hawley from “American Idol” tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $12 at the door. For more information, email indieadamsmorgan@gmail.com.

Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd., Vienna) hosts Christopher Cross in the Barns tonight at 8 p.m. and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Cross brings his fusion of rock and pop together that created his Grammy winning song “Ride like the Wind.” For more information, visit wolftrap.org.

Whitman-Walker Health offers free HIV testing at Town (2009 8th St., NW) tonight from 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. For details, visit whitman-walker.org.

The Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) hosts “Dr. Who Happy Hour” tonight at 7. There will be one episode of Dr. Who and drink specials. Admission is free. For details, visit blackcatdc.com.

Phase 1 (528 8th St. SE) has its weekly dance party with DJ Jay Von Teese tonight starting at 7:30. Cover is $10. For more information, visit phase1dc.com.

Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts Bear Happy Hour tonight from 6-11 p.m. This event is for people 21 and older. There is no cover charge. For details, visit towndc.com.

The Bachelor’s Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.) is having its happy hour tonight starting at 5 p.m. All drinks are half off until 7:30 p.m. After 9 p.m., admission is $10. The dance floor opens at 11 with DJ Tim-Nice and DJ Cameron. For details, visit thebachelorsmill.com.

Saturday, Jan. 19

Center Women, women from the D.C. Center, will have an outreach table at BARE at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W) tonight from 10 p.m. to midnight. BARE is a monthly dance party for women. First shift of volunteers will meet at 8 p.m. at D.C. Center (1318 U St., NW) to collect materials and then go to the club. The second shift begins at 10 and goes to midnight. If you are interested in volunteering, visit thedccenter.org. For more information about the party, visit cobaltdc.com.

Burgundy Crescent volunteers with the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation at the Petsmart in Falls Church (6100 Arlington Blvd.) today between 11:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers will be dog handlers for their adoption events. Each volunteer will be given a dog to be walk around the property and will be given basic information about the dog for people who ask. For more information, visit burgundycrescent.org.

Special Agent Galactica comes to Freddie’s Beach Bar (555 23rd St. S Arlington) tonight 8 p.m. The show features jazz and rock songs including music from Led Zeppelin, Romantics, Stevie Nicks, Pat Benatar, the Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane and Elton John. There is no cover for this event. For more information visit pinkhairedone.com.

The Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) hosts “Hellmouth Happy Hour” where attendees watch one episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” with drink specials. Cover is free and doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, visit blackcatdc.com.

Sunday, Jan. 20

Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts “WTF: Glitter Ball,” described as the gayest inauguration party ever. Two floors will be open; DJs Kennan Orr, Aaorn Riggins and Ed Bailey will be doing the music; seven performers will be out on the floors with lots of glitter. Doors open at 10 and cover is $5. For more information, visit towndc.com.

Monday, Jan. 21

Whitman-Walker Health (1701 14th St., NW) holds its HIV+ Newly Diagnosed Support Group tonight at 7. It is a confidential support group for anyone recently diagnosed with HIV and the group welcomes all genders and sexual orientations. For details, visit whitman-walker.org.

Banana Café (500 8th St., SE) has its karaoke night from 7 p.m. to closing. Admission is free. For more information, visit bananacafedc.com.

An Arc of Justice rally and parade is planned for today at 9 a.m. at Malcolm X Park at 16th and Euclid Street, N.W. The march, which starts at 10 a.m., will go to K and 15th streets N.W.

Organizers are calling the event a “determined but hopeful expression of our concern and dissent against the wars, occupations, loss of civil liberties, overwhelming corporate and big money power” and more. An LGBT contingent is planned so bring rainbow flags, issue signs, etc. E-mail to arcofjustice2013@gmail.com for full details.

Tuesday, Jan. 22

Whitman Walker offers free HIV testing at Panam Supermarket (3552 14th St., NW) today from 4-7:30 p.m. For more information, visit whitman-walker.org.

Whitman-Walker (1701 14th St., NW) holds its group Starting Over for Women tonight at 7. The group is for women whose long-term relationship with another woman. Registration is required. For more information, visit whitman-walker.org.

Green Lantern (1335 Green Court, N.W.) hosts its Safer Sex Kit-packing program tonight from 7-10:30. The packing program is looking for more volunteers to help produce the kits because they say they are barely keeping up with demand. Admission is free and volunteers can just show up. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 23

Whitman-Walker Health (1701 14th St., NW) holds its HIV+ Newly Diagnosed Support Group tonight at 7. It is a confidential support group for anyone recently diagnosed with HIV and the group welcomes all genders and sexual orientations. For details, visit whitman-walker.org.

The Lambda Bridge Club meets tonight at the Dignity Center (721 8th St., SE) at 7:30 p.m. for duplicate bridge. Newcomers are welcome and no reservations are needed. For more information or if you need a partner, visit lambdabridge.com.

Thursday, Jan. 24

The HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STI and TB Administration of the D.C. Department of Health presents “Enhanced Comprehensive HIV Prevention Planning Activities” today from noon to 1 p.m. at HAHSTA (899 North Capitol St., NE). For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

Whitman-Walker Health (1701 14th St., NW) holds its gay men over 50 support group this evening at 6:30 p.m. The group is for gay men entering a new phase of life. Registration is required to attend. For more information, visit whitman-walker.org.

Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W) is hosting its weekly Best Package Contest tonight at 9 p.m. There is a $3 cover and there are $2 vodka drinks. Participants in the contest can win $200 in cash prizes. The event is hosted by Lena Lett and music by DJ Chord, DJ Madscience, and DJ Sean Morris. For details, visit cobaltdc.com.

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