Hearsay: December 2009 Archives

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You may recall that Hearsay mentioned the other day a local D.C. gay bar was rumored to be undergoing a name change. Well that news became rumor no longer as of 12:13 a.m. this morning, as it was announced via press release that Halo would change its name to MOVA come Friday, January 1, 2010.

In the release Timur "Diamonds Are Furever" Tugberk, the establisment's new media contact, writes:

The event is the beginning of a year long process...to institute a philosophical shift in corporate culture and set the foundation for national expansion of a new entertainment concept.
“Our objective is to introduce a new and exciting entertainment concept brand for the LGBT community,” [said] Babak Movahedi, Owner....
This new concept is designed to further engage the local LGBT community through philanthropy, community outreach, and will include many green and sustainable practices. This will combine our staple upscale lounge environment while providing an outlet for our patrons to give back to the community on a quotidian basis. It will be incorporated into our corporate culture to utilize MOVA employees to take part in community out reach and services to benefit our surroundings.

The release also alludes to "national expansion into other major markets." Could that mean Halo Miami is similarly getting the MOVA treatment? And what about New York? Chicago? Sweet MOVA Alabama? And Kansas, too?

As for where the new name MOVA hails from? Hearsay may not know the meaning of the word "quotidian" (it believes it to be some sort of Star Trek alien), but it knows how to spot four letters in a string of eight pretty handily. Let's just say as a young gossipmonger, Hearsay was an expert at Jumbles.

Pictured: Movahedi with Tim Gunn, December, 2008. File photo by Ward Morrison.

As evening nears, Hearsay has taken a few moments to find out which gay bars and clubs are open and which ones are closed on this snowy Saturday in D.C. So if you're not landlocked (like Hearsay, without so much as a scrap of nourishment, praise the lord for gin, vermouth and cocktail olives) and you want camaraderie and booze tonight, you have plenty of neighborhood options from which to choose.

Here's who's open:

18th & U Duplex Diner

30 Degrees/Cobalt (but the Bare anniversary has been postponed)

Annie's (24 hours!)


EFN Lounge


Freddie's Beach Bar & Grill

Green Lantern


JR.'s Bar & Grill

Mixtape at DC9

Nellie's Sports Bar

Playbill Cafe

PW.'s Sports Bar (but they will likely close early)

Here's who's closed tonight:

Apex DC

Dito's at Floriana

Omega DC

Town Danceboutique

Ziegfeld's/Secrets (there goes the prospect of nude snow angels)

The following establishment did not answer their phones as of 5:45 p.m. (and Hearsay let them ring a good long time, too), nor have reported one way or another on Facebook whether or not they're open. It's possible they're opening later, but Hearsay strongly suggests calling the following before you make the trek.

Bachelor's Mill

Club Hippo in Baltimore

D.C. Eagle

Fab Lounge


Phase One


Tonight's Bare Postponed Due to Snow

Posted by Hearsay
December 19, 2009 8:25 AM |

Snow, snow go away. Come again some other day.

Well, it's too late for that, in'a'nit? The white powder is wreaking havoc on our D.C. metropolitan area, sheathing us in a blanket of soft, fluffy chill. More urgently, however, it's disrupting a key nightlife event planned for tonight. Bare, the first anniversary celebration of which was to be held tonight at Cobalt, has been postponed. Karen "Let's Make A" Diehl e-mailed Hearsay at 1:07 a.m. Saturday morning with the following:
Unfortunately we will be rescheduling our Anniversary Event for Saturday, January 16, 2010.

Think of it as a school closing for adults.

So all you party-minded lesbians and out there, get out your iPhones and Palm Pixis, pull out your Droids and Blackberries (and for you slightly older gals who haven't quite jumped it into today's electronic deep end, your Sierra Club Weekly Planners and Cross pens), and take note of the new date. So... what to do instead? Hearsay has an idea:

Rent Julie & Julia and fantasize about Julia Child feeding you boeuf bourguignon bare naked with a shrimp fork. Mmmmmm, boeuf.

What's in a Rename?

Posted by Hearsay
December 14, 2009 3:46 PM |

Buzz has it one of D.C.'s gay nightspots is undergoing a full-on name change. Hearsay learned from a secret source that the change could happen sooner rather than later (although Hearsay is undeniably perplexed by the reason for the change and may still do a little digging to uncover why in fact the name change is even necessary).

Hearsay is fairly confident it knows what the establishment's name is changing to, and is also fairly confident that the new name will consist of only four letters and could in fact be part of a certain someone's name. Stay tuned...

Akasha stands up for geeks and nerds on Maury

Posted by Hearsay
December 9, 2009 5:57 PM |

Maybe you missed her on America's Got Talent as part of The Diva League's "Disturbia" drama. If so, local drag diva Akasha "You are not the father!" Cassadine is heading back to the small-screen spotlight. This time, it's with Maury Povich on his self-titled afternoon scandal show. Is she raising a dangerously overweight baby? Did she perform at an outrageous bachelor party? No and no. Miss Akasha actually filmed for an episode last month titled "We Were Geeks & Nerds, Now We're Knockouts!"

"School was kind of rough," Akasha tells Hearsay, even sharing her childhood nickname, 'Fro Daddy , for some untamed hair. No labels. Bad hair. Sensible shoes. All true! And that's just for starters. "I've always been gay and everyone knew it. I was teased and taunted by the cool kids."

Tune in to Maury on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m. on DC50, and you'll get to see Akasha turn the tables on one of her former tormenters -- the one who actually came up with 'Fro Daddy. "I asked him to get down on his knees and apologize," she says.

You'll have to watch the show to find out if Akasha's old bully follows orders. She'll tell you right now, though, that time has not been kind to all.

"He said I was looking good. He looks about the same, got a little chunky."