The anti-smoking campaign This Free Life presents an Andy Warhol/pop art-inspired party featuring special guest Creme Fatale along with performances at midnight from other local drag queens Washington Heights, Dee Dee Derèon, Venus Fastrada, and Ariel Von Quinn. DJs Get Face and Honey will help them work the Rock and Roll runway at the 18 and up event, although only those older than 21 can take advantage of the open bar from 10 to 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11. Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H Street NE. Free with RSVP at tfl.events/dc. Call 202-388-ROCK or visit rockandrollhoteldc.com.
The first Sunday of every month, DJ Chord throws a weekend wind down party in the unmarked space behind the freezer door in Capo DC, the Shaw sandwich shop. DJ TWiN joins Chord for a party that will spin in the pop new year along with performances from KC B. Yoncé and Jazzmine. Sunday, Jan. 6, from 5 to 10 p.m. The BackRoom, 715A Florida Ave. NW. Call 202-910-6884 or visit facebook.com/TheBackRoomCapo.
Darryl Strickland was one of the most prolific DJs in gay D.C. in the ’90s, which makes him eminently qualified to serve as VJ for this first-Saturdays party focused on playing the best video hits of the ’80s and ’90s. There are drink specials on offer and the ability to make requests all night long. Saturday, Jan. 5, starting at 9 p.m. Green Lantern, 1335 Green Ct. NW. No cover. Call 202-347-4533 or visit greenlanterndc.com.
“The Clown Prince of Hip-Hop,” as MTV once called him, the Maryland-based DJ Biz Markie is best known for his 1989 hit “Just A Friend.” (You know the one, featuring the off-pitch earnest croon, “Oh baby, YOU! You got what I need…”) Markie relives his glory days by hosting and spinning a decades-spanning dance party at the Fillmore to kick off 2019. Saturday, Jan. 5, at 8:30 p.m. Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Tickets are $15.50. Call 301.960.9999 or visit fillmoresilverspring.com.
Later this month, Nate is set to perform the roster of club hits she became known for — first and foremost, the late-’90s Top 10 pop hit “Free” — at the Mid-Atlantic Leather closing party at the 9:30 Club. Yet for years now the singer-songwriter has been in demand as a DJ on the international circuit. Locally, Nate is known for the underground soulful house party she’s been throwing with fellow Baltimore-native DJ Moody for 15 years. Deep Sugar always draws a mixed crowd, in all the right ways, and that should prove as true this month as any other — ably aided in the cause by popular D.C. DJ Orr, a kindred soul/house spirit tapped by the two Sugar-mamas to get the party started off right. Saturday, Jan. 12, starting at 10 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115A U St. NW. Tickets are $10. Call 202-588-1880 or visit ustreetmusichall.com.
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