** -- Denotes Official Pride Event.
Tuesday, June 6
**Annual LGBT Pride Week Interfaith Service "Many Faiths, All Proud!" -- Sponsored by the Celebration of the Spirit Coalition. At the First Congregational United Church of Christ at 945 G Street NW (one block from Metro Center and Gallery Place Metro Stations), from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Featured speaker will be Katrina Messenger of Connect D.C. Featured choir will be MCC-D.C. Music Ministry led by Shirli Hughes, Minister of Music. For more information, e-mail Allan Armus at email@example.com.
Reel Affirmations Film Festival - Dreamship Surprise: Period 1 -- Screenings at 7 and 9 p.m. with a reception from 8 to 9 p.m. -- stay after the 7 p.m. screening or come early to the 9 p.m. Screenings and reception at the Goethe Institut, 812 7th Street NW. Tickets are $10 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. Seating very limited. Dreamship Surprise, a box office smash in Germany, is an irreverent spoof of the sci-fi genre from Star Trek to Star Wars. In the year 2304, the Martian colonies wage war upon the Earth. Our only hope against total annihilation is the prissy crew of the Dreamship Surprise. Unfortunately, they're much better suited for the Miss Waikiki beach contest than interstellar heroics. In German with English subtitles. 87 minutes. For more information on Reel Affirmations and One in Ten visit www.oneinten.org.
Wednesday, June 7
**''So You Want to Be a Parent?'' Workshop -- Sponsored by Capital Pride and the Family Project of the Human Rights Campaign, this interactive workshop will provide an overview of the most current legal, financial, social and practical issues to consider before deciding on your path to parenthood. You will hear from a diverse panel of experts -- all of whom are parents -- about the wide range of options available both to single parents and couples, the legal landscape, financial costs, creating a support network, and what to realistically expect along the road. In the HRC Equality Forum, 17th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Moderated by Ellen Kahn, Director of the HRC Family Project. Event is free. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-797-3510.
**Mr. and Miss Capital Pride Pageant -- Honoring Patti Lovelace (Miss Capital Pride 2005) and Ray Matthews (Mr. Capital Pride 2005) and hosted by Monet Dupree. These annual pageants celebrate the talents of those competing and the diversity of the LGBT community. The winners will appear on the main stage at Sunday's festival and will represent Capital Pride throughout the coming year. Pageant takes place at Apex, 1415 22nd Street NW. Doors open at 8 p.m.; pageant starts promptly at 9 p.m. $10 cover.
A Different Kind of Ladies' Night Pride Happy Hour -- At Topaz, 1733 N Street NW, at 8 p.m. Don't miss the perfect place to meet other women and celebrate Pride! This event will have no cover, drink specials and the perfect place to mix and mingle in a relaxed, chill atmosphere. Event is wheelchair accessible. A Different Kind of Ladies' Night strives to go beyond what is currently offered to the women of the Washington, D.C. area and to provide better alternatives, events and venues as a means to meeting others and creating social involvement in the community. For more information, visit www.ADifferentKindofLadiesNight.com or e-mail DCLesbianEvents@aol.com.
Thursday, June 8
**Bachelor Auction at Remington's -- Hosted by Destiny B. Childs. Bid on some of D.C.'s most desirable bachelors and their special gift packages. A highlight of Capital Pride that you won't want to miss. Grab some friends (and your wallet!) for an evening of fun. Doors open at 9 p.m. at Remington's, 639 Pennsylvania Avenue SE. Auction begins at 10 p.m.
''Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World'' -- A screening and discussion of a 60-minute documentary featuring stories of LGBT progress and oppression in Africa, Asia and Latin America. From 7 to 9 p.m. at Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th Street NW, in Davenport Hall in the church basement. Free. Sponsored by D.C. OUTfront, Amnesty International's GLBT group. For more information, visit www.dcoutfront.org or e-mail email@example.com.
Friday, June 9
**Official Opening Party at Apex with DJ Kimberly S -- Come let loose and celebrate the start of the big weekend! Dance and celebrate as circuit DJ phenomenon, Kimberly S, provides her renowned mix of soulful house, pulsing tribal beats, trance and vocal club anthems. VJ Mark Hawkins will keep things lively in the video lounge. Apex is at 1415 22nd Street NW. $12 cover ($5 goes directly to Capital Pride); 18 to enter and 21 to drink. Doors open at 9 pm. Visit www.apex-dc.com.
**An Evening of Cabaret with Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen -- Come enjoy the act you've heard friends rave about when they've returned from Provincetown or their RSVP Cruise! Amy the Diva and her gifted pianist, Freddy Allen, finally bring their unique cabaret act and great humor to Washington, D.C. Come to the cabaret tonight, and then see Amy and Freddy as Grand Marshals in Saturday's parade. Show begins at 11 p.m. at Mimi's American Bistro at 2120 P Street NW. Discounted advance tickets available at Mimi's. Full price tickets (if available) at the door. For more information, visit www.mimisdc.com or www.amythediva.com.
Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance Pride Happy Hour --
During AGLA's 25th anniversary, come out and celebrate at the annual Pride Happy Hour from 6 to 9 p.m. at Freddie's, Arlington's only full-time, straight-friendly destination, at 555 S. 23rd Street in Crystal City. AGLA has invited all like-minded groups in Northern Virginia to this free event; so, there should be many "mix and mingle" opportunities. AGLA will give a free raffle ticket to each person who enters before 7:30 p.m. You could win great prizes. Show up to win and just have fun! Event is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit www.agla.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federal GLOBE Social -- A great opportunity to meet and socialize with other GLBT federal workers and their supporters. Federal GLOBE's chartered purpose is to eliminate prejudice and discrimination in the federal government based on sexual orientation. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at 929 M Street (Mt. Vernon Square/7th Street/Convention Center Metro). Extremely limited street parking. Front entry has steps that are not wheelchair accessible. Please call 202-289-7273 to discuss alternative access availability. This is a smoke-free event. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call 202-289-7273.
Rainbow Lounge -- A special fundraiser for the Washington, D.C. Furies Women's Rugby Football Club at Tom Tom, 2333 18th Street NW) in Adams Morgan beginning with a happy hour from 8 to 10 p.m. with drink specials and then a party with on the deck until 2 a.m. $7 cover charge. For more information, visit www.dcfuries.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, June 10
**Capital Pride Parade -- Stepping off from 23rd and P streets NW, at 6:30 p.m. near the site of our earlier Pride festivals, the Pride Parade celebrates its official 25th Anniversary! The parade retains its ''hometown'' feel as it marches through the heart of Dupont Circle. Reviewing stand is in front of Whole Foods at 1440 P Street. See page 80 for a map of the parade route and page 76 for a listing of parade contingents as of press time.
**Mix, Mingle & Munch at Lesbian Services Program Open House -- Dance to the sounds of DJ Angela, chill out in our quieter conversation areas, design and enjoy your own breast cupcakes! Bring your friends and meet new friends. Snack on munchies and nonalcoholic drinks while you learn more about LSP's activities. Join us at LSP: the place to chill out or rev up immediately after the parade. 7:30 to 10 p.m.; $5 cover charge; takes place at Lesbian Services Program of Whitman-Walker Clinic at 1810 14th Street NW. For more information, call 202-797-3580 or e-mail email@example.com.
**An Evening of Cabaret with Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen -- Missed 'em last night? You have one more chance! Come enjoy the act you've heard friends rave about when they've returned from P'town or their RSVP Cruise! Amy the Diva and her gifted pianist, Freddy Allen, finally bring their unique cabaret act and great humor to Washington, D.C. Come to the cabaret tonight. Show starts at 9:30 pm at Freddie's Beach Bar and Restaurant at 555 S. 23rd Street in Crystal City (Arlington, VA). Advance discounted tickets available at Freddie's; regular tickets (if available) at the door. For more information, visit www.freddiesbeachbar.com or www.amythediva.com.
**Liquid Ladies, the Official Ladies Dance of Capital Pride -- The Saturday dance event for the women of the Washington, D.C., area and their friends. Bringing a new and exciting experience to the dance floor each and every Saturday night. With DJ Randy White. At Apex, 1415 22nd Street NW, at 9 p.m. Visit www.apex-dc.com for more information.
VoluPalooza IV -- Fuel up for the Capital Pride Parade with a FUN-draiser for Burgundy Crescent Volunteers, D.C.'s LGBT volunteer organization. BBQ lunch and sidewalk festival at Whole Foods Market (complete with a DJ!) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Whole Foods is located at 1440 P Street NW. No cover -- just the cost of lunch. Event is wheelchair accessible. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
D.C. Dyke March -- The annual rally and march to raise the visibility of dykes and their issues in the larger queer community and society in general. All are welcome at this radical anti-establishment pride event. The theme for 2006 is ''End the Apathy -- Get Involved in Your Community.'' Event is free and begins at 1 p.m. in Dupont Circle. March route is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit www.geocities.com/dcdykemarch or e-mail email@example.com.
''Walk Like a Man -- The Play'' -- Sex with an attitude for women of all ages and ethnicities. Presented in dramatic monologues, the play spotlights issues and stereotypes in the lesbian community. It's a gender studies course wrapped in lesbian erotica. Special Pride performance at 2 p.m. at the Flashpoint Theatre, 916 G Street NW. Contains explicit language and may not be suitable for all viewers. For ticket information, visit www.walklikeaman.net or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
LSF Pre-Pride Video / Gaming Party and Meeting -- Lambda Sci-Fi: D.C. Area Gaylaxians hosts its monthly meeting and social with a video/gaming party and potluck at 2 pm at 1425 S Street NW. Bring science fiction, fantasy and horror DVD/VHS movies to watch and food to share. Social card and board games are also encouraged. Event is free. Event is not wheelchair accessible. Lambda Sci-Fi is an organization for LGBT people and their friends who are interested in science fiction, fantasy, horror and related genres in all forms. Its primary goals are to have fun and to promote community. For more information, visit www.lambdasf.org.
A Different Kind of Ladies Night Pride Party -- This free event takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. at Gazuza, 1629 Connecticut Avenue NW. Have a drink on Gazuza's amazing patio overlooking Connecticut Avenue, order a little sushi, or try one of their specialty cocktails or flavored hookah. A perfect place to meet other women and celebrate Pride. Event is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit www.ADifferentKindofLadiesNight.com or e-mail DCLesbianEvents@aol.com.
Sunday, June 11
**31st Annual Washington, D.C., Pride Street Festival -- Join over 200,000 people for the annual celebration of Pride on historic Pennsylvania Avenue (between 3rd and 7th streets NW). Festival site opens to the public at 11:30 a.m. A full day of vendors, non-profits who need your support and entertainment at both the Arts Stage (at 6th and Pennsylvania) and on the main stage with emcees Paul Williams, Chris Peterson, and Derek and Romaine, as well as performances from Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen, Rachel Panay, Kimberley Locke, CeCe Peniston and Thelma Houston. A closing dance party spun by DJ Chris Wren starts at 7 p.m. Open to the public; donations very welcome. See site map on page 81 for more information. For a list of participating vendors and organizations, as of press time, please see page 78. For information on Main Stage entertainment, please see page 83, and for information on the Arts Stage entertainment listing please see page 87.
For updates, please visit www.capitalpride.org.