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Nightlife Highlights: Halloween Bash, La Fantasy, Peach Pit, Cherry Halloween

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

GayBash at Trade — Photo: Ward Morrison


Josh Vogelsong started his monthly alternative drag-focused party more than six years ago at the Black Cat, but it wasn’t until it moved to Trade that it became what he had long envisioned it could be. “People show up in looks, everybody comes dressed up,” Vogelsong says. “Everybody gets crazy during the show. You can just spray beer on the crowd, and they’d cheer and love it. It’s wild.” The October edition is exactly what you’d expect, with spooky performances by Jane Saw, Jaxknife Complex, Ana Latour, Iyana Deschanel and, last but not least, Donna Slash, Vogelsong’s other-persona. Jams from the Barber Streisand. Saturday, Oct. 20. Doors at 10 p.m., with shows at 11:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. Trade, 1410 14th St. NW. Call 202-986-1094 or visit


October is dress-up-as-a superhero month, and La Fantasy Productions is aiding the cause as it gears up for a Halloween costume party at L8 Lounge featuring tribal/club beats from gay circuit star DJ Ivan Gomez from Barcelona and D.C.’s own Chord Bezerra. Friday, Oct. 19, starting at 10 p.m. 727 15th St. NW. Tickets are $25 to $30. Call 202-506-7006 or visit


Named after the diner on Beverly Hills, 90210, Peach Pit was started by DJ Matt Bailer more than eight years ago at Dahlek, the former Eritrean restaurant that also birthed Mixtape. Bailer describes the party as a “kind of sweaty mosh pit of guys and girls, straights and gays, black people and white people, old people and young people — all just dancing and singing at the top of their lungs.” Peach Pit is very strictly ’90s, as Bailer only plays and takes requests for tracks released between Jan. 1, 1990, and Dec. 31, 1999. Saturday, Oct. 20. Doors at 10 p.m. DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. Cover is $5, or $8 after midnight. Call 202-483-5000 or visit


The Cherry Fund presents a party at Cobalt featuring a $1,000 costume contest and beats from Brazilian DJ Paulo Pacheco along with Cherry’s own Sean Morris. Beyond the good spirits of Halloween, the party is primed for Mental Health Awareness Month, with proceeds benefiting the Barry D Smythers Fund for Mental Health Awareness. Saturday, Oct. 27, starting at 10 p.m. Cobalt, 1639 R St. NW. Tickets are $15. Call 202-232-4416 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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