Metro Weekly

2008: The Year in Preview

A look ahead at D.C.'s GLBT calendar of events

All dates are subject to change at each organizer’s discretion. For more detailed information as the dates for events approach, contact each event organizer or check Metro Weekly’s ”Community Calendar,” your complete guide to local community events, both in print and online.


Saturday, Jan. 5Committee on Lesbian and Gay History and the Rainbow History Project reception. Omni Shoreham, Congressional Room, 2500 Calvert St. NW. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cash bar.

Sunday, Jan. 6The L Word Season Premiere Party with the Human Rights Campaign. Town, 2009 Eighth St. NW, 7 p.m. $15 donation.

Friday, Jan. 11Men’s Winter Chill Party with the Human Rights Campaign. Town, 2009 Eighth St. NW, 6-9 p.m. $15.

Saturday, Jan. 12”Arms Open Wide,” an annual winter concert presented by Bread and Roses Feminist Singers. All Souls Church Unitarian, 2835 16th St. NW. 3-5p.m. $15, $20 door.

Sunday, Jan. 13Women’s Brunch, presented by the D.C. chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association presents a Women’s Brunch. Cashion’s Eat Place, 1819 Columbia Road NW. 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 15TEAM Food & Friends kick-off party for the July ride. Nellie’s Sports Bar, 900 U St. NW. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 15 — ”Spicy Cherry” happy hour to benefit Us Helping Us. Presented by The Cherry Fund and The D.C. Center. Cobalt, 1639 R St. NW. 6:30 p.m. $10.

Friday-Monday, Jan. 18-21Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend. Various locations. Weekend pre-registration $170.

Tuesday, Jan. 22Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance, a concert presented by The GLBT Arts Consortium, with Bread & Roses Feminist Singers, the Lesbian & Gay Chorus of Washington and many others. Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 201 Fourth St. SE. 7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 24Equality Virginia Lobby Day 4.0. Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad St., Richmond.

Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26-27Lesbian & Gay Chorus of Washington’s winter concert. Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 201 Fourth St. SE. 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. $15 advance, $20 door.


Thursday, Feb. 7 National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Friday-Sunday, Feb. 8-10DC Lambda Squares hosts the East Coast’s Annual A/C Weekend square-dancing event. Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1375 K St. NW. Registration $95.

Saturday, Feb. 9Scarlet’s Annual Bake Sale and Auction. DC Eagle, 639 New York Ave. NW. 6 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 11Equality Maryland Lobby Day. 4:30-8 p.m. Annapolis.

Saturday, Feb. 16D.C. Radical Faeries celebrate the Red Dragon Feast. Location and time TBA.

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23”American Masterpieces: A Celebration of American Composers,” presented by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 8 p.m. $30.

Tuesday, Feb. 26”Spicy Cherry” happy hour to benefit DC Pride and Heritage. Presented by The Cherry Fund and The D.C. Center. Cobalt, 1639 R St. NW. 6:30 p.m. $10.


Thursday, March 6Dining Out for Life to benefit Food & Friends. Participating restaurants TBD.

Thursday-Friday, March 6-7Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) Lobby Day. Capitol Hill.

Saturday, March 8Unite: SLDN’s 16th National Dinner & Silent Auction. National Building Museum. $250 and up.

Saturday, March 8Metro D.C. PFLAG gala and silent auction. Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. VIP reception 5:30 p.m., silent auction 6 p.m., gala 7:30 p.m. $150. $250 includes VIP reception.

Wednesday, March 12Mr. and Miss Transgender Health Empowerment Pageant. Club Aqua, 1818 New York Ave. NE, 6 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, March 15-16”That 80’s Show,” presented by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington. Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. Time TBA. $20-$50.

Tuesday, March 14”Spicy Cherry” happy hour to benefit the GLBT Latino History Project. Presented by The Cherry Fund and The D.C. Center. Cobalt, 1639 R St. NW. 6:30 p.m. $10.

Friday, March 21D.C. Radical Faeries celebrate the return of spring with Ostara. Time and location TBA.


Sunday, April 6Victory Fund’s 8th Annual Champagne Brunch. The Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. 11 a.m. $150.

Tuesday, April 8”Spicy Cherry” happy hour to benefit Transgender Health Empowerment. Presented by The Cherry Fund and The D.C. Center. Cobalt, 1639 R St. NW. 6:30 p.m. $10.

Friday-Sunday, April 18-20Cherry Weekend. Various locations.

Thursday-Saturday, April 24-26National Black Justice Coalition’s ”The Power of Us” conference, including the second annual Black LGBT National Leadership Conference and the third annual Black Church Summit. Renaissance Harborplace, 202 E Pratt St., Baltimore. Full registration $400.

Friday and Saturday, April 25-26D.C. Different Drummers ”Festival of Earth” Concert. Location TBA. 8-10 p.m.

Saturday, April 26Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry’s ”Imagine a World Without AIDS” fundraiser. Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 8 p.m. Cost TBA.


Saturday, May 3Youth Pride Day. Location TBA. 12-5 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday, May 3-4Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, Washington.

Saturday, May 3Bread and Roses Feminist Singers present their 30th Anniversary Concert. Further details TBA.

Saturday, May 3 and May 10”Let Us Entertain You,” presented by Potomac Fever, GMCW’s a capella group. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW. Time TBA. $25.

Wednesday-Monday, May 21-26D.C. Black Pride. Full listing of events TBA. Host hotel: Renaissance M Street Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Deadline for early hotel reservation is April 15.

Friday, May 30A Celebration of Life Spring Gala. Presented by WWC. Details TBA.


Friday and Saturday, June 6-7”America, The Fabulous!” presented by GMCW. Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $20-$50. Time TBA.

Saturday-Sunday, June 7-15Capital Pride. Parade, June 14; Festival, June 15.

Friday, June 13”Latinos GLBT: Nuestras Visiones,” an exhibit and panel discussion presented by the Latino GLBT History Project. Location TBA. 6:30 p.m.

Friday, June 16 Chef’s Best dinner and auction to benefit Food & Friends. Hilton Washington, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. 6 p.m. Cost TBA.

Wednesday-Sunday, June 18-222008 Championship meet of International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics, hosted by the D.C. Aquatics Club and the Washington Wetskins. Takoma Recreation Center, 300 Van Buren St. NW; and at the University of Maryland.

Saturday, June 21Pride of Pets dog show presented by PETS-DC. Dupont Circle. Registration at 2 p.m., event 3-6 p.m.


Saturday, July 19The D.C. Aquatics Club sponsors the 17th Annual Maryland Swim for Life fundraising event. Further details TBA.

Thursday-Sunday, July 24-27TEAM Food and Friends Weekend 2008 pedals across the Eastern Shore. Emmitsburg, Md.


Friday-Sunday, Aug. 8-10DC Bear Invasion, host hotel the former Holiday Inn-On the Hill, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW. Further details TBA.

Thursday-Monday, Aug. 28-Sept. 1Olympia XX, the Centaur MC’s outdoor leather event in rural Pennsylvania. Further details TBA.


Friday-Sunday, Sept. 5-7Atlantic Stampede, presented by the Atlantic States Gay Rodeo Association.

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 19-21Capital Classic, sponsored by the Capital Tennis Association. Part of the 2008 Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance Tour. Further details TBA.

Mautner Project 17th Anniversary Gala. Time and details TBA.


Saturday, Oct. 4AIDS Walk Washington presented by the Whitman-Walker Clinic.

Saturday, Oct. 4HRC National Dinner. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Further details TBA.

Friday-Monday, Oct. 10-13 — GAYLAXICON, the GLBT sci-fi convention, returns to the D.C. area. Hyatt Regency Bethesda, 7400 Wisconsin Ave.

Saturday, Oct. 11National Coming Out Day.

Wednesday, Oct. 15National Latino AIDS Awareness Day.

Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 16-25Reel Affirmations 18, One in Ten’s annual GLBT film festival. Various locations.

Tuesday, Oct. 28High Heel Race. 17th and Church Streets NW. 9 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 31D.C. Radical Faeries honor their ”beloved dead” with Samhain. Location and time TBA.


Saturday, Nov. 1The Latino GLBT History Project offers a Day of the Dead event with a GLBT altar, Latin food, music and performances. Location TBA. 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 14Art for Life art auction, presented by the Whitman-Walker Clinic. Details TBA.

Thursday, Nov. 20Transgender Day of Remembrance. Local events TBA.


Monday, Dec. 1World AIDS Day.

Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 4-7 2008 International Gay & Lesbian Leadership Conference. The Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Early registration $225.

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