These days it seems like everyone throws a holiday party full of people wearing genuinely horrid Christmas sweaters. But the best have a reason for the gaudy seasonal display, such as making it a benefit for the Trevor Project, the leading organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. That’s the cause that will benefit from donations at the door and profits from drink sales — including $3 from every Janky Sweater Squeeze — this Friday, Dec. 14, at 18th & U Duplex Diner. Drag queen Goldie Grigio hosts the 5th annual event featuring music by DJ Wes Della Volla. The party starts at 9 p.m. — after a viewing of the premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 4 — and “ends when we take our sweaters off.” Duplex Diner is at 2004 18th St. NW. A donation of $10 gets you a complimentary champagne cocktail. Call 202-265-9599 or visit duplexdiner.com.
The best and most ambitious video jockeys do twice as much work as their strictly audio counterparts, and for a fraction of the fame. Which is why you may not know the name VJ Tre, although you certainly know his work if you ever set foot in Omega, where he mixed and played music videos for a dozen years before the ultimate video bar shuttered in 2012. These days, Tre has worked to boost recognition of his craft by adopting a different, telling alias, DJ Travis Island. In 2018 alone, the Saturday night regular at Uproar has thrown video parties devoted to gay-favorite pop divas — everyone from Madonna to Olivia Newton-John to Stevie Nicks. The series launched exactly one year ago with music videos and edited montages featuring Kylie Minogue all night long. Island promises a bigger and better round two, with “Kylie’s Xmas music and all the hits you know and love.” Calling All The Lovers, Your Disco Needs You, Dancing. (The Loco-Motion optional.) Saturday, Dec. 15, starting at 10 p.m. Uproar is at 639 Florida Ave NW. Call 202-462-4464 or visit facebook.com/uproarloungedc.
This Sunday, Dec. 16, promoter Orri Orr’s The Cake Factory presents another round of its monthly Sunday Funday tea dance. This “Ho Ho Ho” afternoon dance party, from 3 to 7 p.m., will feature holiday favorites and spirited beats by DJ Saint Deporres, fueled by $4 Smirnoff drink specials “to tickle your tonsils with merriment and cheer.” Be sure to wear your finest festive-wear and prepare your balls — that is, bells — to sleigh. Pitchers is at 2317 18th St. NW. Call 202-733-2568, visit pitchersbardc.com, or search “The Category Is” on facebook.com.
All the Cindy Lou Whos and Boos in Whoville are expected at Cobalt next Saturday, Dec. 15, for a party featuring the mean, green one himself running around handing out goodies, including drink tickets and prizes. The occasion is the holiday edition of the popular third-Saturdays party that Karen Diehl and her Ladies of LURe started a decade ago, making Bare one of the longest-running queer women’s dance events in D.C. history. DJ Eletr()x will pump up the party with festive jams while the DystRucXion Dancers add to the merry festivities all starting at 10 p.m. Cobalt is at 1639 R St. NW. Cover is $7 before midnight, $10 after. Call 202-232-4416 or visit facebook.com/lurewdc.
“Fetish the Phuck Up” goes the tagline to a new monthly party at the Green Lantern where each edition will focus on a specific kink and the goal of helping fellow fetish fiends “find your phucker.” Inspired by the famous, evergreen hanky code, the Phucker Party actually launches with an all-color-hankies affair, where fetishists are encouraged to don a handkerchief or other accoutrement in their preferred kink’s color — among the more colorful choices are navy blue for anal, lavender for drag, mustard for hung, and coral for toesucking — and positioned on either their left or right side depending on what they want to give or take. DJ Ryan Doubleyou will set the sexy pace at a party he co-hosts with bartender Matt Strother. Drink specials and clothes-check all night. Friday, Dec. 14, from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Green Lantern is at 1335 Green Ct. NW. No cover. Call 202-347-4533 or visit facebook.com/GreenLanternDC.