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Brother, Help Thyself to give awards

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Last year’s Brother, Help Thyself awards ceremony (Washington Blade file photo by Pete Exis)

Brother, Help Thyself hosts its grant/awards reception Saturday at Grand Central (1001/1003 N Charles St., Baltimore) at 2 p.m.

Brother, Help Thyself is an organization that provides financial aid and other support to non-profit organizations that serve the LGBT community in the Baltimore and the Washington metropolitan areas. The reception will include music by D.C.’s Different Drummers and the Gay Men’s Chorus along with a cash bar. Awards will be given to community leaders and there will be checks for LGBT charities.

The reception is free to attend. Winners and grant recipients will be announced at the event.

For more information, visit


Ravens fans ready for Sunday

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(Photo by Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons)

Beyonce and Ravens fans alike have much to celebrate on Sunday — the Baltimore Ravens are playing the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, the first time in 12 years the Ravens will have competed in the big game.

Nicknamed the Harbaugh Bowl, the game marks the first time two brothers, Baltimore’s John Harbaugh and San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh, have opposed each other as head coaches in the Super Bowl.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has publically advocated for marriage equality since 2009.

“It gave the LGBT community, particularly the black LGBT community, a boost,” said Rev. Meredith Moise, a Catholic priest and LGBT community activist in Baltimore. “It showed us that we have allies in places where we least expected.”

She went on to describe a noticeable shift in the atmosphere in Baltimore leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, saying, “People are nicer, people are more positive. … People are just enamored with this team. They really represent the spirit of the city.”

The Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV in 2001 and have made the playoffs nine times with four AFC North division titles and two AFC Championship titles. With five Super Bowl wins, the 49ers are tied with the Dallas Cowboys for second-most Super Bowl wins of any team. Only the Pittsburgh Steelers have more (six). The 49ers are also the only team in NFL history to appear in more than one Super Bowl without ever losing. The teams will face off in New Orleans Sunday at 6:30 p.m. The 49ers are slight favorites to win. CBS will broadcast the game.

In addition to the commercials, anyone not interested in football can look forward to Beyonce’s halftime show. Still riding a wave of publicity from her over-analyzed inauguration performance, Beyonce will attempt to outdo Madonna’s 2012 record-breaking halftime show. Alicia Keys will perform the national anthem.

Rumor has it Beyonce will reunite with former Destiny’s Child group mates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams to perform a medley of the group’s hits as well as “Nuclear,” a new single they released in January.

To celebrate, several gay bars in and around Baltimore will show the game and feature specials all night.

Quest (3607 Fleet St) is hosting Harbaugh Super Bowl, a nod to the game’s sibling rivalry. A buffet will begin at 6 p.m. and happy hour will last until the end of the game. They will also offer free shooters for each Ravens touchdown and beads for everyone.

Club Hippo’s (1 W Eager St) Super Bowl party is from 4 p.m.-2 a.m. and will feature $5 Svedka drinks.

Drinkery (205 W Read St) is having a two-for-one special on beer and a $4 special on rail drinks from 4-9 p.m.

Grand Central (1001 N Charles St) will set aside a lounge with free food for watching the game. Beginning at 3 p.m., they will have two-for-one specials on domestic beers as well as rail and call drinks.

Leon’s (870 Park Avenue) is hosting a potluck dinner featuring two-for-one drink specials and prizes given out for the best gear and costumes.

ZiascoZ (1313 E Pratt St), a lesbian-owned bar, will have $3 Budweiser and a free taco bar.

Halfway between Washington and Baltimore, PW’s Sports Bar & Grill (9855 Washington Blvd N, Laurel, Md.) will have a free buffet beginning at 5 p.m. and happy hour will last all night.

For D.C.-based Ravens, 49ers, or Beyonce fans, Nellie’s (900 U St., N.W.) will be showing the game.


Shi Queeta-Lee returns to the Howard

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Shi-Queeta-Lee hosts her ‘Drag Salute’ shows every other month at the refurbished Howard. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

A Drag Valentine Salute comes to the Howard Theatre (620 T St., NW) Monday night at 8 p.m.

The show was created and directed by cast member Shi Queeta-Lee, who has been featured on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” ABC’s “Ugly Betty” and reality shows “Drag City: DC” and “R&B Divas.” The show is a revue of legendary performers Rihanna, Adele and Whitney Houston with the best female impersonators in the area.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the show. For more information, visit


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

• 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


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


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


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


‘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


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

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

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


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.