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Takei hosts evening of otherworldly music

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George Takei will be at the Strathmore next week. (Photo courtesy BSO)

“Star Trek” alum George Takei hosts Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s “Sci-Fi Spectacular” at the Music Center at Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Ln., North Bethesda, Md.) Thursday at 8 p.m.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra plays selections from “Star Trek,” “Star Wars,” and John Williams’s “E.T.: Somewhere in Time.” Takei, who is openly gay, is also an LGBT rights activist.

Tickets range from $46-$109. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit


‘Black to Silver’ returns for second year

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William Wilson and Moyston Henry rehearse. (Photo by Shawn Short; courtesy Dissonance Dance Theatre)

Dissonance Dance Theatre presents “Black to Silver: A Black LGBT Experience,” at Joy of Motion Dance Center (5207 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m.

“Black to Silver” is the first theatrical platform for African-American LGBT dancers and choreographers. Performers will express their personal narratives of interpersonal relationships, identity and love through their own signature choreography. This is the show’s second year.

Tickets are $18 online and $25 at the door. For more information, visit


Black Cat gets in the Pride spirit with two parties

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Black Cat (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) holds two Pride parties this weekend.

Booty Rex Pride Party is tonight (Friday)  and features music by Natty Boom, DJ Rat, DJ Joshua and many more. Cover is $8. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Saturday night is Babe Rainbow with Dean Sullivan, Tommy Cornelis and Natty Boom playing music. Cover is $10. Doors open at 9:30 p.m.

For more information, visit


‘Tree’ growing at Arena

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Daniel Beaty as Paul Robeson in Tectonic Theater Project’s ‘The Tallest Tree in the Forest,’ playing at Arena’s Mead Center through mid-February. (Photo by Don Ipock; courtesy Arena)

Acclaimed director Moisés Kaufman, who is openly gay, brings a musical solo show “The Tallest Tree” to Arena Stage (1101 Sixth St., S.W.). It’s playing now and runs through Feb. 16.

The show combines storytelling and music to tell the story of iconic performer Paul Robeson. Award-winning solo artist Daniel Beaty brings to life more than 40 characters as he recounts Robeson’s history.

Tickets range from $40-$100. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


Blogger Walsh to sign memoir


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Kenneth Walsh (Photo courtesy Donald Weise)

New York-based blogger Kenneth Walsh appears for a book signing of his memoir “Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful?” at Number Nine (1435 P St., N.W.) Sunday at 3 p.m.

Walsh’s blog “Kenneth in the 212” has featured on BuzzFeed, and the New York Post’s Page Six. His book revisits his childhood as he ran the local babysitting service called the KKK (Kenny’s Kid Kare) and how he tried to track down a serial killer. Other tidbits from the memoir include living with ‘80s porn star Mike Henson, attending a book event for Ricky Martin and living in D.C.

For more details, visit


GLAA honors local activists

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GLAA Distinguished Service Awards. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance (GLAA) hosts its annual reception to present “Distinguished Service Awards” at Policy Restaurant and Lounge (1904 14th St., N.W.) on Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Jerry Clark, Earl Fowlkes and Alison Gill are the three activists being honored. There will be hors d’oeuvres, happy hour bar specials and a complimentary champagne toast.

Tickets are $55 and considered a donation. For more details, visit


Glitterlust headlines Band Camp benefit

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Mikey Torres of Glitterlust. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Glitterlust, a local, gay-helmed electro dance-rock group, headlines Band Camp Benefit IV at Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) Saturday at 9 p.m.

Glitterlust will be joined by acoustic duo Frankie and Betty, rock group More AM Than FM, blues-rock group Freeform Radio and punk group Sister Ex. All proceeds from the show benefit Girls Rock! D.C., a rock and roll empowerment group for girls.

Tickets are $12. For more details, visit



Kathleen Turner makes singing debut


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Kathleen Turner in the title role in ‘Mother Courage and Her Children’ at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. (Photo by Tony Powell; courtesy Arena)

“Mother Courage and Her Children” starring Kathleen Turner, opens at Arena Stage (1101 6th St., S.W.) tonight at 8 p.m. and runs through March 9.

Mother Courage, played by Turner, struggles to keep her family and business together during the war. The story combines politics and satire while incorporating more than 10 pieces of original music with Turner making her singing debut. Previously Turner performed at Arena in a production of “Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins.”

Tickets range from $50-99. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit


Calendar: March 21-27

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‘Wonder Women!: The Untold Story of American Superheroines’ screens tonight in Germantown. (Still courtesy BlackRock)

Calendar for the week ahead in LGBT D.C. events:

Friday, March 21

Iron Crow Theatre Company presents a “pay what you can” performance of “The Homo Poe Show,” a “queering” erotic performance of Poe, at Theatre Project (45 W. Preston St., Baltimore) tonight at 8 p.m. The show, created by Steven J. Satta-Fleming, features work from Daniel Talbott, Megan Gogerty, Rich Epsey and more. The show runs through April 5. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit

BlackRock Center for the Arts (12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown, Md.) screens “Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines,” tonight at 7:30 p.m. The movie chronicles comic book character Wonder Woman’s legacy and how powerful representations of women reflect on gender roles. Tickets are $8. For more information, visit

Gay District, a facilitated group discussion focused on building understanding of gay culture and personal identity for men ages 18-35, meets at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) tonight from 8:30-9:30 p.m. For details, visit

Number Nine (1435 P St., N.W.) hosts a happy hour today from 5-9 p.m. All drinks are half price. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Saturday, March 22

Bishop Allyson Abrams brings “It’s Her Season,” a welcome back concert, to City of District Heights Municipal Building (2000 Marbury Dr., District Heights, Md.) today at 2 p.m. The concert brings Rick Brown of New Hope Baptist UCC Church and psalmists from around the local area as they celebrate Bishop Abrams’s return to the D.C. area.

Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) hosts “Bearracuda D.C.,” the largest bear dance party in the U.S., tonight from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Music will be played by DJ Matt Consola and Bil Todd. Cover is $7 before 10 p.m. and $10 after. For more information, visit

MOVA Lounge (2204 14th St., N.W.) hosts a CD release party for Kylie Minogue’s latest release “Kiss Me Once” tonight. DJs will be playing Kylie Minogue songs all night. Drink specials are $6 for bottom shelf drinks and $9 for top shelf drinks. Martinis are $3 extra. For more details, visit

The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) hosts a free relationship workshop for lesbian couples today from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. This workshop is led by professional relationship coach Jayne Kelly and focuses on family. Bring lunch and learn how to address spoken and unspoken needs and how to strengthen your bond with your partner for a healthy family. For details, visit

The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) hosts “Direct Action: What is It Good For?,” a community discussion about direct action protests, today at 3 p.m. Kelly Cogswell, community activist and author of “Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger” and Wayne Turner, co-founder of ACT UP D.C., are featured speakers. For more information, visit

Sunday, March 23

Australian indie-pop singer Betty Who performs at Rock and Roll Hotel (1353 H St., N.E.) tonight at 8 p.m. Her debut EP “The Movement” has received critical acclaim. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $16. For more information, visit

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

Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) hosts a drag brunch today with two shows at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer organization, volunteers today for the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation at the Alexandria PetSmart (3351 Jefferson Hwy., Alexandria, Va.) at 12:15 p.m. today. You will be paired with a dog on a leash to walk around and play with. Wear casual clothes. For more information, visit

Monday, March 24

The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) hosts coffee drop-in hours this morning from 10 a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT community. Older LGBT adults can come and enjoy complimentary coffee and conversation with other community members. 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, share perspectives and have meaningful conversations. For details, visit

Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) hosts poker night tonight at 8 p.m. Win prizes. Free to play. For more information, visit

Tuesday, March 25

Genderqueer D.C. holds a discussion group at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.)  at 7 p.m. tonight. The group is for anyone who identifies outside of the gender binary. For more information, visit

Bachelor’s Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.) offers all drinks half price tonight until 2 a.m. Enjoy pool, video games and cards. Admission is free. Must be 21 and over. For more details, visit

Wednesday, March 26

SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts “Café SMYAL,” a fun event to get out of the cold, today from 4-5 p.m. Drink hot cocoa, play board games and make new friends. SMYAL also provides free and confidential HIV testing from 3-5 p.m. For more details, visit

Thursday, March 27

Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV) hold a meeting at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) tonight from 7-8:30 p.m. GLOV works to reduce violence against LGBT individuals through community outreach, education and assisting members of anti-LGBT violence. For more details, visit

The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) 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 new comers, established polyamorous relationships and open to all sexual orientations. For details, visit

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


Poet Becker explores lesbian friendships

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Robin Becker (Photo courtesy of the University of Pittsburgh Press)

Poet Robin Becker reads from her latest collection of poetry “Tiger Heron” at Politics and Prose (5015 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) Saturday at 1 p.m.

“Tiger Heron,” her eighth collection of work, explores through poetry intimate lesbian friendships over a lifespan and relationships between humans and other creatures. Becker has been praised for her contributions to LGBT studies and has been a visiting scholar to the Center for Lesbian and Gay studies at the City University of New York. She was also the recipient of the Lambda Literary Award, an award that praises LGBT themes in literature.

Poet Jeffrey Harrison will also be reading his work. For more information, visit