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Nightlife Highlights: Secrets’ 10-Year Anniversary, Birds of Prey at the DC Eagle, Flashy Sundays, and more!

Our picks of the best LGBTQ nightlife in D.C. this week, Feb. 14-21

Ella Fitzgerald at Ziegfeld’sSecrets

SECRETS’ 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY

As hard as it is to believe, this month marks a full decade since Ziegfeld’s/Secrets reopened in a large, two-story complex on the outskirts of Southwest, with the Ladies of Illusion downstairs and fully exposed go-go boys upstairs. This Saturday, Feb. 16, starting at 9 p.m., the entertainment complex will celebrate 10 years of fun and excitement, all soundtracked by diva club hits from today and yesterday spun by one of Secrets’ founding resident DJs, tim ē. The house’s grand dame, Ella Fitzgerald, will be on hand for the occasion, as will special guest La Troya Nichole. Meanwhile, upstairs is much eye candy and (beef)cake as you can handle. Ziegfeld’s is at 1024 Half St. SW. Call 202-863-0607 or visit www.secretsdc.com.

DC EAGLE’S BIRDS OF PREY WITH DELTA WORK

Last year, the mighty big bird Ba’Naka fluttered her wings far and wide upon losing her old Town Danceboutique perch, building a nest in Exile at the DC Eagle. There, Ba’Naka leads a show every Friday night at 10:30 p.m. featuring Brooklyn Heights, Iyana Deschanel, Sasha Adams Sanchez, Crystal Edge, Katrina Colby, Evon Michelle, and Alicia Love. Joining the flock for a special Valentine’s treat this Friday, Feb. 15, is Delta Work. A contestant from season three of RuPaul’s Drag Race who is now part of the show’s design team, Work’s hairstyling even garnered an Emmy last year. DJ Icy Funk will serve beats in between the performances. After the show, stay for the 18-and-up Sashay dance party featuring go-go dancer Trevor, plus extended alcohol service until 4 a.m., courtesy of the Presidents’ Day holiday weekend. The Eagle is at 3701 Benning Rd. NE. Tickets are $10, or $15 with a Meet & Greet with Work at 9:30 p.m. Call 202-347-6025 or visit www.dceagle.com.

FLASHY SUNDAYS: A VALENTINE’S CARNIVAL

After celebrating its 5th anniversary this past fall in the still hip, still sharply designed jewelbox of a nightclub, the popular holiday Sundays party thrown by DJs Sean Morris and Kurt “TWiN” Graves returns to spin more love, plus a few surprises, for a Valentine-themed carnival bacchanal this Sunday, Feb. 17. It all starts heating up at 10 p.m. Flash is at 645 Florida Ave. NW. Tickets are $20. Call 202-827-8791 or visit www.flashdc.com.

MADONNA LOVE 2: VIDEO PARTY WITH DJ TRAVIS ISLAND

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. For the past year the Saturday night regular at Uproar has presented a number of video parties, each devoted to a different gay-favorite pop diva, from Stevie Nicks to Kylie Minogue to of course the Queen of Pop herself. Expect music videos and specially edited montages featuring the Material Girl Gone Wild all night long. Saturday, Feb. 16, starting at 10 p.m. Uproar is at 639 Florida Ave NW. Call 202-462-4464 or visit www.facebook.com/uproarloungedc.

BLOWOUT: A BRAND SPANKIN’ INCLUSIVE DANCE PARTY

Bombalicious Eklaver launches an all-inclusive, LGBTQ-focused monthly dance party at Adams Morgan’s Songbyrd Music House. DJs Electrox and Juba will work to get people dancing in the intimate, subterranean space during the inaugural Blowout, at which Eklaver and fellow drag acts Pussy Noir, Majic Dyke, and Sigma Fraud will perform. The party starts at 11 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16 and will also feature male and female go-go dancers. Songbyrd is at 2477 18th St. NW. Tickets are $7 to $10. Call 202-450-2917 or visit www.blowoutdc.eventbrite.com.

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

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