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Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend 2019 Event Guide

Your Complete Guide to Every Official and Unofficial MAL 2019 Event and Party

MAL Dark and Twisted — Photo: Todd Franson/file photo

No contest, it’s the gayest weekend in D.C. after June’s Capital Pride. No matter how frightfully bad the weather, January’s Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend consistently draws a diehard and devoted core of fetishists and their fans — several thousand strong — to the capital every year. The Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill transforms into Grand Leather Central as the sold-out MAL host hotel, where there’s always something (or someone) to see and do, dozens of official and affiliated events to drop by, and an extensive Exhibitor Hall full of gear and goods to buy.

And yes, there actually is a contest — the 34th Annual Mr. MAL Contest is the penultimate official event of the weekend. Yet MAL isn’t confined to the Hyatt, or to only official events organized by the local LGBTQ organization Centaur MC. Indeed, most gay and many gay-friendly clubs citywide offer at least one MAL-inspired function, all within easy access to and from the Hyatt via Metro, Uber, Lyft, taxi, and shuttles.

The following list includes official, MAL-ticketed events for weekend pass holders, designated with an asterisk. Admission to the Exhibitor Hall and other events on the Hyatt’s lower levels are available at $15 for one-day entries Friday and Sunday, $20 for Saturday only, or $30 for all three days. A limited number of Full Weekend Packages, costing $250, will be available at the Hyatt. Visit www.leatherweekend.com for more details. — Doug Rule

Thursday, January 17

Welcome to DC/Former MAL Bar Night

DJ StrikeStone on the Exile Dance Floor

Hosts: Mr. & Ms. DC Eagle 2019 (Christopher Booth & Alyssa Durnien) and other area titleholders/The Centaur MC presents the current and former Mr. MALs in the Main Bar

9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
DC Eagle
3700 Benning Rd. NE
www.dceagle.com

Shirtless Men/Men in Underwear Drink Free

DJs BacK2bACk
10 to 11 p.m./12 to 12:30 a.m.
Green Lantern
1335 Green Ct. NW
www.greenlanterndc.com

Sleaze: XXXL

DJs Mark O’Brien, Lemz & Keenan Orr, plus Alex DB & Get Face
Host: Jane Saw
Special Live Performance: Donna Slash
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Dew Drop Inn DC
2801 8th St. NE
www.sleazeparty.com

Otter Happy Hour + FAM Night

DJs Dean Sullivan + Tommy Cornelis
7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Trade
1410 14th St. NW
www.facebook.com/OtterDenDC

Friday, January 18

MAL Registration

3 to 10 p.m.
Capitol Rooms A & B
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill

Bootblacks on Duty

3 p.m. to Midnight
Lobby Level
4 to 10 p.m.
Lower Level
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill

Exhibitor Hall

4 to 10 p.m.
Lower Level
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill

Heroes and Villains Showdown

5 to 7 p.m.
Yellowstone
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill

Bear Happy Hour: Leather Bear

DC Bëar Crüe
5 to 10 p.m.
Uproar Lounge & Restaurant
639 Florida Ave. NW
www.dcbearcrue.com

Puppy Play Time: Glowstick & Blacklight Party

Hosted by DJ duo Alpha Omega (Pup Ultra & Pup Phoenix)
5 to 8 p.m.
Green Lantern

MIR at MAL: A Rubber Meet and Greet

Mr. International Rubber
7 to 9 p.m.
Congressional A & B
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
www.facebook.com/MIRubb

Rough House Leather Edition: Hands On, Lights Off

“Check your limits — and your clothes — at the door”
DJs Lemz & The Barber Streisand
9 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Green Lantern

La Fantasy: Sex Shop

DJs Alex Acosta, X Gonzalez & Joe Pacheco
10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
L8 Lounge
727 15th St. NW
www.lafantasyproductions.com

Impact: Heroes MAL Fetish Ball

Highwaymen TNT Party
DJ TWiN
10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Regency Ballroom B
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill

Honcho: MAL Weekend

DJs Josey Rebelle & George D’Adhemar
10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
U Street Music Hall
1115 U St. NW
www.ustreetmusichall.com

Furball DC MAL 2019: Weekend Kick Off Party

Joe Fiore presents DJs Jack Chang & Sean Morris
Dancers: Homorodeo.com Models Brian Michael & Lloyd Baker, plus Sean from Atlanta & Chuck from D.C.
Host: Vinny Parrello
10 p.m. till late
Rock and Roll Hotel
1353 H St. NE
www.furball.nyc

The Confessional

DJs Ryan Doubleyou & Icy Funk
Biqtch Puddin’ & Dahli from OutTV’s Boulet Brothers’ Dragula
Boomer Banks & Ba’Naka host the Birds of Prey drag show with Brooklyn Heights, Sasha Adams Sanchez, Iyana Deschanel, Crystal Edge, Brie DeVine, and Desiree Dik
11 p.m. to 4 a.m.
DC Eagle’s Exile Dance Floor

Saturday, January 19

MAUL Coffee Social

9 to 11 a.m.
TBA
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill

MAL Registration

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Capitol A & B
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill

Bootblacks on Duty

11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Lower Level
11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Lobby Level
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill

Exhibitor Hall

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Lower Level
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill

Puppy Park XI

Puppy mosh pit
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Regency B, C & D
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill

International Mr. Leather 2019 Judges Announcement

Noon to 1 p.m.
Thornton Room
www.imrl.com

Onyx Cocktail Party & Gear Show

Fetish Auction to benefit Youth Empowered Society
2 to 6 p.m.
Congressional A & B
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
www.onyxmen.com

SigMa BDSM Demonstrations

2 to 4 p.m.
Regency B, C & D
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill

Leather Cocktails*

7 to 9 p.m.
Parade of Colors Lineup at 8:15 p.m.
Regency Ballroom
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill

The Bear Cave: #Leather

Bears Can Dance
DJ Popperz
Go-Go Bear Roman
9 p.m. to close
Green Lantern

SirCuit

Extended Set by DJ Sean Morris
GoGo Dancers Israel Hermes & The Honey Bear
10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
DC Eagle’s Exile Dance Floor

Avalon Saturdays: MAL Weekend Initiation Party

DJ Wess
10 p.m. to close
Soundcheck
1420 K St. NW
www.dougiemeyerpresents.com

Distrkt C: Masters, Boys & Pigs

DJs Tony Moran & Barney Philly
Special guest appearance by Rocco Steele
10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Karma DC
2221 Adams Place NE
www.distrktc.com

TNX Leather Weekend: T4T LUV NRG Tour

The NeedlExchange DJ Collective
Trans for Trans DJs Octa Octa b2b Eris Drew
11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Undisclosed Location TBA
www.facebook.com/tnxdc

Midnight: Leather, Fetish & Dance Party

DJ Bo Bear
11 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Uproar Lounge & Restaurant

Sunday, January 20

MAL Brunch*

10 a.m. to Noon
Capitol A & B, Congressional A & B
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill

MAL Registration

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Capitol Room Foyer
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill

Bootblacks on Duty

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lobby and Lower Levels
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill

Exhibitor Hall

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lower Level
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill

Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2019 Contest*

1 to 4 p.m.
Regency A, B, C & D
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill

BLUF Tea Dance

Breeches, Leather, and Uniform Fanclub
DJ Popperz
4 to 10 p.m.
DC Eagle’s Exile Dance Floor

Roar: Sunday Beer Bust (MAL Edition)

DJ Mike Babbitt
4 to 8 p.m.
Uproar Lounge & Restaurant

Leather Casual: Otter Den’s Recovery Tea Dance

DJs Colin Bass of San Francisco and StrikeStone!
Performance by Kunj
5 to 10 p.m.
Trade
www.facebook.com/OtterDenDC

JOX: Leather Edition

DJs Ultra Pup & C Dubz
9 p.m. to close
Green Lantern

Flashy Sundays: MLK/MAL Weekend

DJs Sean Morris & TWiN, with Mike Babbitt & Bill Spieler
10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Flash Nightclub
645 Florida Ave. NW
www.facebook.com/flashydc

The Official MAL Weekend Closing Dance

“A Tribute to Frankie Knuckles”
Dueling DJs Tedd Patterson & Manny Ward
Performance by Ultra Nate
7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
9:30 Club
815 V St. NW

www.930.com

Penance Afterhours

DJ Ryan Doubleyou
GoGo Dancers Israel Hermes & The Honey Bear
1:30 to 6 a.m.
DC Eagle’s Exile Dance Floor

For more, see Metro Weekly’s Nightlife section.

Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly.

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