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Nightlife Highlights: The final Mixtape, Meatlocker at Green Lantern, Freaky Fridays, and The Coven DC!

Our picks of the best nightlife in D.C. this week!

MixTape — Photo: Ward Morrison/file photo


DJs Matt Bailer and Shea Van Horn have decided to stop mixing things up together after a full decade of doing just that with their monthly roaming party, which has repeatedly sold out the 9:30 Club and the Howard Theatre, to name but two regular venues. Yet not without an encore, one last spin through their mix of indie-dance, electro-pop, house, and disco throwbacks, all as a send-off and a celebration for making it to 10 years. Saturday, Sept. 8, starting at 10 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115A U St. NW. Tickets are $10. Call 202-588-1880 or visit


This Sunday, Sept. 2, lesbians and everyone “under the rainbow” are welcome to enjoy the bar menu and drink specials at the original Dupont location of the small chain of restaurants run by Jamie Leeds. The last Ladies Tea of the season runs from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Hank’s Dupont, 1624 Q St. NW. Call 202-462-4265. Visit


Davon Hamilton Events presents “Leather & Jockstraps Part 2,” a party where, naturally, leather and jockstraps are encouraged attire. To heighten the sexual vibe, the party features go-go dancers as well as live demos from leather group the Men of Onyx. And resident DJ Tryfe will provide the evening’s sexy, sultry vibe, with guest hosts William, Cherry Coca-cola, and Egidio. Friday, Sept. 7, starting at 10 p.m. Green Lantern, 1335 Green Ct. NW. Cover is $10. Call 202-347-4533 or visit


September sees the launch of a new monthly party from the veteran Daryl Wilson Promotions at Southwest’s large LGBTQ nightclub and entertainment complex. After Kristina Kelly and her ladies of illusion perform their weekly “Diva Fev-ah” show on the Ziegfeld’s level, Wilson will take over both floors of the complex for a party with 20 all-nude male dancers and partygoers dancing to either house beats from DJ Sedrick or hip-hop from DJ Tim Nice and DJ Unknown. Friday, Sept. 7. 1024 Half St. SW. Call 202-863-0607 or visit


Earlier this summer, Shaw’s hip Italian restaurant Al Crostino rebranded its second floor XX+, which it calls a “queer womxn’s lounge/bar advocating inclusivity, diversity, and community.” Over Labor Day, the venue plays host to the two-year anniversary of Taste, a monthly queer women’s takeover party organized by promoter Natasha Sebastiani. A live drummer and DJ Salamander will be on hand for a party including food and drink specials and a pool table. Saturday, Sept. 1, starting at 10 p.m. XX+, 1926 9th St. NW. Cover is $5 with Eventbrite, or $10 at the door Call 202-797-0523 or visit


Every second Saturday of the month comes a queer women-centered “witchy dance party” in the Petworth restaurant/bar/intimate nightclub venue owned by D.C.’s ubiquitous Hilton Brothers (Brixton, Marvin). Kate Ross’ The Coven is touted as “open to all genders, orientations, ideologies, and badasses,” and an event where — no surprise given the name — “dark couture is encouraged.” Saturday, Sept. 8, starting at 10 p.m. 3813 Georgia Ave. NW. Call 202-506-2080 or visit

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Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @ruleonwriting.

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