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Gay author Peck mines history for new book

Garrett Peck (Blade photo by Michael Key)

Garrett Peck (Blade photo by Michael Key)

Local gay author Garrett Peck is releasing his fourth book “The Smithsonian Castle and the Seneca Quarry” about the long forgotten quarry that provided the redstone for the Castle and other buildings in the area. To celebrate its release, Peck will be providing several events around the region, including readings and a walking tour.

• Seneca Quarry Tour starting at the C&O Canal’s Seneca Aqueduct (located at the end of Riley’s Lock Road, Poolesville) Saturday morning at 11 a.m. Attendees are asked to RSVP on the Facebook event page.

• Georgetown Neighborhood Library (3260 R St., NW) hosts Peck at the George Peabody Lecture in the library’s Peabody Room on Thursday evening 6:30 p.m.

• Politics and Prose (5015 Connecticut Ave., NW) holds a book talk and a signing beginning at 5 p.m. on Feb. 24.

• The Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE) hosts a talk by Peck and will feature his photos from prior book “The Potomac River” and “The Smithsonian Castle and the Seneca Quarry” at 7 p.m. on Feb. 28. To register for this event, visit hillcenterdc.org.

• Peck will host a Seneca-Quarry Tour on March 2 starting at the Seneca Aqueduct (at the end of Riley’s Lock Rd., Poolesville) at 1 p.m. After there will be a book party at the Rockland’s Farm (14525 Montevideo Rd., Poolesville) starting at 3:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to RSVP on the Facebook event.

• There will be another Seneca Quarry Tour for Politics & Prose patrons on March 16 at 1 p.m.

• Potomac Riverkeeper, one of the leading advocates for a clean, healthy river, hosts a talk about the quarry at 6:30 p.m. on March 28 at 1100 15th St., NW, 11th Floor. Registration details will follow.

• Peck will appear at the Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 18. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Gaithersburg City Hall Grounds (31 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg).

For more information, visit garrettpeck.com.

14
Feb
2013

Don a wig, have a drink

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(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Supreme Wig Council hosts the fourth annual Wig Night Out in support for the Point Foundation Saturday night at 9 at JR.’s (1519 17th St., NW).

The Point Foundation gives financial support and training to students in need and empowers LGBT students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential. The Supreme Wig Council began three years with a small group of friends wearing wigs and donating to charity. Now it is an annual event to raise money for the community.

A $10 donation is suggested. For more information, visit pointfoundation.org.

21
Feb
2013

Friday findings

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Gallaudet University (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The D.C. Center celebrates the results of a study that assessed the needs of the deaf and hard of hearing community this evening from 5:15-8 p.m. The event takes place at the Ole Jim Alumni House at Gallaudet University (800 Florida Ave., N.E).

In the past year the D.C. Center with a grant from Brother Help Thyself had a team of professionals and service providers assess the needs of the deaf and hard of hearing community in the Washington area. This celebration reveals the results of those findings.

Light appetizers will be provided along with a cash bar. For more information visit thedccenter.org.

28
Feb
2013

Capital Queer Prom back this weekend

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Last year’s Queer Prom in D.C. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The seventh annual Capital Queer Prom happens at the Renaissance Dupont Ballroom (1143 New Hampshire Ave., NW) starting at 7 p.m. Saturday night.

The event is a formal gala that gives the LGBT community the opportunity to celebrate prom they way they should have in high school. The evening will include casino games, entertainment, cocktails and canapés, music and dancing, a silent auction, prom photos and the crowing of the 2013 Prom King and Queen.

The following morning will be a brunch at Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., NW).

Tickets are $70-$125. For more information, visit capitalqueerprom.com.

14
Mar
2013

‘Smart Ass’ does Blade

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Nellie’s Sports Bar (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Washington Blade sponsors one of the DC Pub Trivia circuit’s most popular events, Smart Ass Trivia Night at Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., NW) with two games at 8 and 9 p.m. on Wednesday night.

The trivia night involves teams competing against each other to win money off their bar tab and other prizes. The game involves a warm-up round, a theme round, a speed round and wipe out round. Each round comes with its own rules. For this week, the Blade will be providing special prizes and some of the questions will be based on facts about the Blade. The traditional first prize is $40 off the team’s bar tab, second place is $20 off and third place is $10 off.

No cover. For more information, visit smartassdc.com.

14
Mar
2013

D.C. arts briefs: events through Jan. 17

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Marga Gomez brings her stand-up show to Washington this weekend. (Photo by Kent Taylor)

Lesbian jokester to play Busboys and Poets

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Marga Gomez returns to Washington Sunday night when she brings her 2013 comedy show “Laughterglow” to Busboys and Poets (14th St., NW).

Gomez brings her commentary of the 2012 elections and the Mayan prophecies with a queer Latina twist. She is one of the first openly lesbian comedians and is the winner of a GLAAD Media Award. Doors open at 7:45 p.m. for the 70-minute show, which starts at 8.

Tickets are $10. For more information, visit margagomez.com.

La Ti Do resumes at Black Fox Lounge

La Ti Do, a weekly word-based and musical cabaret series, returns Monday night for its first installment of the new year at Black Fox Lounge (1723 Connecticut Ave., NW). It starts at 8 p.m. and features Regie Cabico, DonMike Mendoza and Jonathon Tuzman.

Cabico is a leading guru in poetry slam having won three national top prizes and winning The Nuyorican Poets Café Grand Slam. He teams up with Mendoza, a local gay actor, and Tuzman, a local pianist active in the cabaret scene.

Cover is $10. For more information, visit blackfoxlounge.com.

Showcase features D.C.-based talent

The Capital City Showcase brings some of the best comedians, musicians and performing artists in the D.C. area to the D.C. Arts Center (2438 18th St., NW) Saturday tonight at 10.

This weekend features comedians Damo Hicks, Shahryar Rizvi, Emily Ruskowski and Brandon Wardell along with rock band Yellow Tie Guy.

Tickets are $10 online and $15 at the door. For more information, visit capitalcityshowcase.com.

10
Jan
2013

Battle for the tiara!

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Miss Gay D.C. America crowning in 2010. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The Miss Gay DC America 2013 regional pageant is Saturday at Town (2009 8th Street, NW).

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Cover is $10. Last year’s title holder Chantel Reshae will be honored and current Miss Gay America Sally Sparkles will attend. Though competitors need not be D.C. residents to participate, the contest is a big deal — former Miss Gay D.C. American winners have finished in the top 10 at nationals four different times three have won the national crown (Victoria DePaula, Coti Collins and Kirby Kolby).

This is the regional competition in anticipation of the national event to be held in October in St. Louis. Directly after the pageant, Ivy Winters from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” will perform followed by an underwear model night from Universal Gear with DJ Chord.

21
Mar
2013

Calendar: events through Jan. 17

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‘Detritus’ by Diane Wiencke is part of the ‘Art From the Hinterlands’ series. (Image courtesy the Series)

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The big news this weekend, of course, is Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend which has events tonight and through late Sunday night. All specifics are at leatherweekend.com.

The Hong Kong Dance Company and the Guangdong Song and Dance ensemble present “Qingming Riverside” for a special performance tonight at 8 and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater (2700 F St., NW). The show is inspired by the scroll painting “Along the River during the Qingming Festival,” which was painted between AD 1119 and 1125. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit kennedy-center.org.

Whitman-Walker Health offers HIV testing at Bachelor’s Mill (1104 8th St., SE) tonight from 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. For details, visit whitman-walker.org.

Daryl Wilson hosts his monthly “First Fridays” party at the Bachelor’s Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.) starting at 10 p.m. DJ Bladerunner is on the upper level while DJ Sedrick is on the main floor on the lower level. Cover is $10. For more information, visit thebachelorsmill.com.

A special edition of CODE, a gear party with a strict dress code for anyone into leather, rubber, jock gear, etc., is tonight and Saturday from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. at the Crucible (16 M Street, NE). CODE is ordinarily the first Saturday of the month. XXX Code resumes Jan. 18 at 10 p.m. also at the Crucible. Visit codedc.com for details.

Gallery B (7700 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda) has its opening reception for a new show tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. The show features Patricia Affens, Ceci Cole McInturff, Alice Kresse, Maya Ormsby and Susan Tibolla Gray. For details, visit bethesda.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. (21 and up). There is no cover charge. For details, visit towndc.com.

Saturday, Jan. 12

Blowoff resumes tonight with its first dance party of the new year with gay DJs Bob Mould and Rich Morel. Expect lots of folks from Mid-Atlantic Leather to join the fun again this year. It’s at the 9:30 Club (815 V Street, NW) and starts at 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. A portion of the proceeds goes to Brother Help Thyself. Visit blowoff.us for details.

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington has two performances of its “Showmen and Showstoppers” cabaret fundraiser today at Camp Rehoboth in Rehoboth Beach, Del. Soloists from the chorus will perform their favorite cabaret numbers, many with show business themes. Tickets are $20. Call 302-227-5620 to order. The performance is in the “big room” at Camp Rehoboth, located at 37 Baltimore Ave. in Rehoboth Beach. Visit camprehoboth.com or gmcw.org for details.

The year-long art series Art from the Hinterlands presents “Fragmented Musings” by Diane Wiencke at Stages Premier Realtors (1515 14th St., NW) this evening from 6-8 p.m. Wiencke’s work challenges the idea that artists need to be living in cities and metropolitan communities to create meaningful work. The series features artists living in remote regions. For details, call 202-449-8657.

Whitman Walker offers HIV testing at D.C. Center (1318 U St. NW) this afternoon 4-7:30 p.m. For more information, visit whitman-walker.org.

Burgundy Crescent needs 12-14 volunteers this morning from 9:30 a.m.-noon at the MLK Library for two enormous children’s book projects. For details, visit burgundycrescent.org.

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. 13

Defenders Washington, part of Dignity Washington, offers a Roman Catholic Mass today at 6 p.m. for leather, levi and fetish community during Leather Weekend at St. Margaret’s Church (1820 Connecticut Ave., NW). Everyone is welcome. For details, visit dignitywashington.org.

Burgundy Crescent volunteers at D.C. Central Kitchen this morning from 9 a.m.-noon. Volunteers will help cook and prepare food. For more information, visit burgundycrescent.org.

Lambda Sci-fi has its monthly meeting at 1425 S St., NW for LGBT science fiction, fantasy and horror fans today at 1:30 p.m. The annual blind book exchange will be at the same time. For details, visit lambdascifi.org.

Monday, Jan. 14

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 tonight from 7 p.m. to closing. Admission is free. For more information, visit bananacafedc.com.

Tuesday, Jan. 15

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. 16

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

Thursday, Jan. 17

Club Heaven (2327 18th St., NW) hosts Indie Adams Morgan, a local indie music series, starting tonight with the band Funk Ark. Cover is $8. For more information, email indieadamsmorgan@gmail.com.

Special Agent Galactica and her rock steady band play Cobalt (1639 R St., NW) tonight from 8-10 p.m. The show features classic and contemporary rock songs including music from Led Zeppelin, Romantics, Stevie Nicks, Pat Benatar, the Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane and Elton John. No cover. For more information, visit pinkhairedone.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. 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.

10
Jan
2013

Strathmore Easter Jamboree

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(Photo by John W from DC Area via Wikimedia Commons)

Strathmore’s Friday Night Eclectic presents “You, Me, Them, Everybody’s Most Eggcellent Country Teatime Jamboree” Friday at 8 p.m. at the Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda).

The jamboree will be emceed by Lisa Markuson and Josef Palermo with music provided by the D.C. Square Dance Collective. Three of Washington’s premiere comedians Adam Friedland, and comedy combo Jenn Tisdale and Andrew Bucket, take on Easter with dark autobiographical humor and improvisation. Attendees can also participate in various crafts to commemorate the evening and join in the Strathmore’s Mansion Easter egg hunt.

Tickets are $10 online and $12 at the door. For more information, visit Strathmore.org.

28
Mar
2013

Inauguration and more planned for MLK weekend

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2009 Presidential Inauguration Parade (Washington Blade file photo by Henry Linser)

Inauguration events galore planned for weekend

If you’re excited about the upcoming inauguration but have nowhere to go, here are a few parties happening over the weekend that will celebrate the inauguration in full LGBT fashion:

  • Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League and the D.C. Center host the 2013 Youth Inaugural Ball tonight at 6 p.m. at THEARC Community Center (1901 Mississippi Ave., SE). The party includes free food and drinks, including Chipotle burritos, a photo booth, a DJ and exciting performances. There will also be free and confidential HIV testing. Attendees are asked to “dress to impress.” The ball is open to youths between the ages 13-21. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.
  • Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts DJ Hector Fonseca for the Inaugural Party Saturday night 10. Cover is $8 before 11 p.m. and $12 after. For more information, visit towndc.com.
  • Human Rights Campaign hosts a cocktail reception for supporters and leaders in town for the inaugural events Sunday at 6 p.m. at Number Nine (1435 P St., NW). For more information, visit action.hrc.org.
  • Bachelor’s Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.) hosts “Barack Obash” presented by DW Promotions tonight at 10 p.m. There will be a special surprise guest. A free buffet will be provided. Cover is $10. For more information, visit bachelorsmill.com.

MLK Freedom Walk slated for Saturday

To celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, Washington will host the 35th MLK’s Peace and Freedom Walk Saturday morning beginning at 7:30 a.m.

The first walk is the Freedom Walk beginning at Lansburgh Park. Assemble time is 7:30 a.m. Departure time is 8:45 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to make signs reflecting “peace.” For more information, email freedomwalkdc@gmail.com.

The next site is the “Peace Walk,” which begins at 2500 MLK Ave., SE. It departs at 10 a.m. Those who do not want to do the “Freedom Walk” can meet at this site at 8:30 a.m. For more information, visit info@mlkholidaydc.org.

The final destination is Shepard Park where the walkers will arrive at noon. Those who won’t walk may arrive at 10:30 a.m. for the program agenda. For more information, visit mlkholidaydc.org.

17
Jan
2013