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Guitar virtuoso brings ‘Passions’ to Strathmore

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Sharon Isbin (Photo by J. Henry Fair; courtesy Strathmore)

Classical guitarist Sharon Isbin performs “Guitar Passions” at Music Center at Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Ln., North Bethesda, Md.) Thursday at 8 p.m.

Isbin, a lesbian, is joined by jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan and Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo. The trio performed together on Isbin’s 2011 album “Sharon Isbin and Friends: Guitar Passions.” Isbin has studied music at the Yale School of Music and is director of the guitar departments at Aspen Music Festival and the Juilliard School.

Tickets range from $29-70. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


Bottoms up for Point Foundation

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Number Nine (Washington Blade photo by Lee Whitman)

Point Foundation hosts “Cocktails and Conversation,” at 9½, the upstairs bar at Number Nine (1435 P St. N.W.), Wednesday from 6-8 p.m.

Drinks are two for one. There is a $10 suggested donation. All proceeds benefit Point Foundation, which helps LGBT students achieve academic success through scholarships and programs.

For more details, visit


Ready for Hillary group hosts Town event

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Ready for Hillary is a grassroots organization that supports Hillary Clinton’s potential 2016 presidential run. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Ready for Hillary, a grassroots organization that supports former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s potential 2016 presidential run, hosts “Out and Ready for Hillary” at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) Tuesday from 7-9 p.m.

Ready for Hillary was formed last year and has grown to more than one million supporters and 25,00 donors. The event is the LGBT kick-off in the District. Clinton has not stated her plans for the 2016 election.

Tickets are $20.16. For more information and to RSVP, visit


More ‘Mega’ networking with gay chamber

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CAGLCC Mega Networking Event. (Washington Blade file photo by Joe Tresh)

The Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CAGLCC) hosts its sixth annual “LGBT Mega Network and Social Event” at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) on Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

CAGLCC has brought together thousands of LGBT professionals to mix, mingle and recruit new employees in a social setting for the past three years. Through CAGLCC’s partnership with 30 other LGBT networking and social groups, LGBT professionals are able to make connections at the District’s largest LGBT professional networking and social event.

Admission is free. For more information and to register, visit


Antigone Rising ready to rock Java

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Antigone Rising (Photo by Anthony Saint James; courtesy Effective Immediately PR)

Female rock/country band Antigone Rising performs at Jammin Java (227 Maple Ave., E Vienna, Va.) Saturday at 6 p.m.

Antigone Rising consists of founding members, sisters Cathy Henderson and Kristen Henderson, and Dena Tauriello and Nini Camps. The out-and-proud band has performed alongside rock stars such as Joan Jett, the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith and have released 12 albums, a combination of studio and live recordings, since the 1990s with their latest project “Whiskey EP” being released last year.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 day of show. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit


Ndegeocello brings Simone tribute

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Meshell Ndegeocello. (Photo by Charlie Gross; courtesy Kelly Kettering)

Queer bassist and songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello performs a dedication to Nina Simone at Rams Head On Stage (33 West St., Annapolis, Md.) Thursday at 8 p.m.

Ndegeocello’s 10th studio album “Pour une âme souveraine” (“For a Sovereign Soul”) includes notable guests such as Sinead O’Connor, Lizz Wright, Valerie June and more. The track “Be My Husband” recently premiered on NPR.

Tickets are $49.50. Admission is limited to guests 21 and over. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


Gay artist presents multi-media exhibit

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Dudley Saunders (Photo by Dean Carpentier)

BloomBars (3222 11th St., N.W.) presents “In These Boxes,” a one-night performance by musician and video artist Dudley Saunders, Saturday from 8-9:30 p.m.

“In These Boxes” is a photograph collection of 12 items left behind by deceased loved ones, all taken by members of the D.C. community, set to Saunders’s own original music in a video hallucination of the missing person’s life. All photographs will also be available to view online. Saunders got the idea for what he calls a “social media cemetery” after two of his ex-lovers died leaving behind only a few objects as evidence they were alive.

Tickets are $8. For more information visit or


Three for a Song starts new monthly series

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From left, Kari Paludan, Alex Hassan and Doug Bowles are Three for a Song. (Photo courtesy Grossman Arts)

The Tin Pan Alley group Three for a Song, featuring gay band leader and tenor Doug Bowles, soprano Kari Paludan and pianist Alex Hassan, starts a new monthly engagement Saturday at Germano’s (300 South High Street, Baltimore) at 7:30 p.m.

They’ll also perform there on March 2, April 6 and June 1. Tickets are $15 general admission. Reservations are required for the Cabaret room. Call 410-752-4515 or visit for details. The performance is billed as “the greatest songs you’ve never heard.”

The group will also perform a Valentine’s Day-themed show on Feb. 14 at Creative Cauldron (410 South Maple Ave., Falls Church, Va.). Tickets for that show range from $35-150. For details, visit


Wheeler tunes up for Birchmere show

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Cheryl Wheeler (Photo by Gwendolyn Cates; courtesy Tony Gottlieb)

Folk singer Cheryl Wheeler performs at Birchmere Music Hall (3701 Mount Vernon Ave.) with John Gorka Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.

Wheeler, a lesbian, is a Maryland native. Her music has been covered by numerous notable artists including Garth Brooks and Bette Midler. Her latest release was “Pointing at the Sun” in 2009.

Tickets are $35. For more information, visit


Calendar: events through Jan. 16

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A lithograph by artist Caroline Thorington on display now through the end of February at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantonw, Md. (Image courtesy BlackRock)

Friday, Jan. 10


Gallery B (7700 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, Md.) holds an opening reception for its new exhibit “New Works on Paper” from 6-9 p.m. this evening. The exhibit features artwork by local artists Cathy Kwart, Catherine Levinson, Bonny Lundy and Virginia Mahoney. The exhibit runs all month. For details, visit

Women in Their 20s, a social discussion group for lesbian, bisexual, transgender and all women interested in women, meets today at The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W., Suite 105) from 8-9:30 p.m. All welcome to join. For details, visit

Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts Bear Happy Hour tonight from 6-11 p.m. There is no cover charge and admission is limited to guests 21 and over. For more information, visit

Bachelor’s Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.) holds a happy hour from 5-7:30 p.m. tonight with all drinks half price. Music begins at 11 p.m. Enjoy pool, video games and cards. Admission is $5 after 9 p.m. Must be 21 and over. For more details, visit

TempTation, D.C’S biggest new gay dance party, is tonight at Howard Theatre (620 T St., N.W.) from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. Doors open at 11 p.m. Music by DJ Mike Reimer. Tickets are $15. Admission is limited to guests 21 and over. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


Saturday, Jan. 11


BlackRock Center for the Arts (12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown, Md.) holds an opening reception for its new exhibits “Forma Reliquias” and “Between Two Portraits” today from 3-5 p.m. There will be a brief artist talk at 4 p.m. Admission is free. For details, visit

The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W., Suite 105) has free HIV testing from 4-7 p.m. today. For details, visit

Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts “DIRTY POP with DJ Drew G” tonight at 10 p.m.  Drew G plays electro-pop music all night long. Cover is $8 from 10-11 p.m. and $12 after 11 p.m. Drinks are $3 before 11 p.m. The drag show starts at 10:30 p.m. Admission is limited to guests 21 and over. For more information, visit


Sunday, Jan. 12


Perry’s (1811 Columbia Rd., N.W.) hosts its weekly “Sunday Drag Brunch” today from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $24.95 for an all-you-can-eat buffet. For more details, visit

Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer organization, volunteers for D.C. Central Kitchen (425 2nd St., N.W.) from 9 a.m.-noon. Volunteers will cook alongside chefs who are graduates of D.C. Central Kitchen’s job training program. To volunteer, RSVP at For more information, visit

Number Nine (1435 P St., N.W.) hosts “Sunday Oneday: A Onesie Party” from 4-7 p.m. Rail drinks are $1 from 4-5 p.m. for anyone in a onesie. No cover. For details, visit


Monday, Jan. 13


The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W., Suite 105) hosts coffee and conversation this morning from 10 a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT community. Older LGBT adults can come and enjoy complimentary coffee while engaging in a discussion facilitated by Ron Swanda, a member of Mayor Vincent Gray’s Advisory Committee for LGBT Affairs, about what is important for older adults in D.C. For more information, visit

Us Helping Us  (3636 Georgia Ave., N.W.) holds a support group for gay black men to discuss topics that affect them today, share perspectives and have meaningful conversations. For details, visit


Tuesday, Jan. 14


Lord Fairfax Community College (173 Skirmisher Ln., Middletown, Va.) hosts a Veteran’s Hiring Event and Conference today from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in its Community Development Center. There will be workshops and hiring representatives. Admission is free. For more details and to register, visit or call 540-868-7021.

D.C. Bi Women hosts its monthly meeting in the upstairs room of Dupont Italian Kitchen (1637 17th St., N.W.) from 7-9 p.m. tonight. For more details, visit

SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) provides free and confidential HIV testing drop-in hours today from 3-5 p.m. For more information, visit


Wednesday, Jan. 15

Big Gay Book Group meets tonight at 1155 F St., N.W. Suite 200 at 7 p.m. to discuss ”Dreadful: The Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns” and “The Gallery” both by John Horne Burns. The first book is Burns’s autobiography and the second is a novel that examines gay life in the military. Newcomers welcome. For details, email

The Tom Davoren Social Bridge Club meets at the Dignity Center (721 8th St., N.E.) at 7:30 p.m. tonight for social bridge. No partner needed. For more information, call 301-345-1571.

Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosts its “January Women’s Wednesday” at Godiva (1143 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The lecture will be on the legend of how an 11th century woman influenced a master chocolatier while networking with prominent female business leaders. The event is free for Chamber members and $25 for guests. For details, visit

The Mayor’s Office of GLBT Affairs has a forum today called “Protecting Our Diversity: A Criminal Justice Forum” from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at 441 4th Street, N.W. In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, the forum will focus on various criminal justice issues that impact the LGBT community in Washington including hate crimes, domestic violence, wage theft and visas for non-immigrant witnesses. For more information, call 202-727-9493.

Also today, the Mayor’s GLBT Advisory Committee has its first meeting of the new year from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the City-wide Conference Room on the 11th floor at 441 4th Street, N.W. Those attending will have two minutes to speak during a public comments section at the beginning of the meeting. For more information, call 202-727-9493.


Thursday, Jan. 16


Rude Boi Entertainment hosts “Tempted 2 Touch,” a ladies dance party, at the Fab Lounge (2022 Florida Ave., N.W.) Doors open at 10 p.m. Drink specials $5 and vodka shots $3 all night. No cover charge. Admission limited to guests 21 and over. For more details, visit

The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W., Suite 105) hosts its monthly Poly Discussion Group at 7 p.m. People of all different stages are invited to discuss polyamory and other consensual non-monogamous relationships. This event is for newcomers, established polyamorous relationships and open to all sexual orientations. For details, visit

The D.C. Center and Professionals in the City host speed dating for women in their 20s and 30s at Chi-Cha Lounge (1624 U St., N.W.) tonight from 7-9 p.m.  Dating is approximately one hour. After enjoy a mixer with fellow speed daters. Cash bar. Check in is at 7 p.m. and dating begins at 7:20 p.m.  Complimentary valet parking offered to anyone who purchases two drinks or other items from the bar or restaurant. Cost is $30. For details, visit