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Rainbow Streets, Kurt Powers and Plenty of Patterns

Capital Pride Decorations on 17th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Capital Pride Decorations on 17th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Dito Sevilla. Email him at dito[AT]borderstan.com, follow him on Twitter @DitoDC.

This week we’ve once again festoon anything and everything with the six colors that comprise the rainbow flag. It’s that special time of year, when our usually gay neighborhoods become cloyingly gay. And, yes, I contribute my fair share.

Each year in a futile attempt to outdo the previous one, I encrust the facades of several 17th Street businesses, Floriana included, with just enough rainbow materials to make Rainbow Brite wish she were colorblind. It’s fun, it’s harmless, and it couldn’t be tackier. Trust me, we’ve tried.

We call it Capital Pride because this is the nation’s Capital after all, and frankly, because it really helps with getting permits to close city streets for several hours so we can parade & party. Of course, anything involving gay men, summer heat, and vodka quickly becomes a large, messy, sweaty, street fair — albeit one attended by the happiest and best looking people you’ll eve run into.

Basically it’s fun, it’s upbeat, and it’s gayer than Barbara Streisand riding a unicorn sidesaddle, though the wedding of Lindsey Graham and Marcus Bachmann.

Kurt Powers, Patterns

With all these “Pride” related events  (Jello-O Wrestling is tonight (9 pm at Phase 1 of Dupont), other, dare I say, equally interesting, less colorful pursuits may be overlooked. To that end, may I suggest you experience the world through the eye of Kurt Powers.

Kurt is a DC-based photographer who has a knack for capturing the ordinary in a rather extraordinary light. Beginning this weekend, his work will be on display at Caramel, 1603 U Street NW. The show, “Patterns,” includes some wonderfully deceptive pieces from his travels through Yellowstone National Park.  Moments of self-reflection are all but guaranteed moments after even paying them a cursory glance. A reminder that first impression are not always what they seem.

"Kurt Powers"

Kurt Powers, “Patterns,” at Caramel Boutique. (Courtesy of Powers).

I know just what you’re thinking. This year’s Pride theme is Heroes, and his name — Kurt Powers — sort of sounds like he might look splendid in a cape… and that perhaps Yellowstone is the material the Yellow Brick Road was fashioned from. But trust me, it’s well worth your time.

Juxtaposed among deeply exposed, highly saturated scenes resembling nebulas, outer space, and the vibrant cosmos are hung somber images captured at Fort Zachary Taylor Park in Key West.

There, a stack of cannonballs piled ominously against one side of a diptych created by uneven decay of an exterior wall provides an excellent foil for the optimistic scenery captured at Yellowstone.

“Patterns” runs from June 7 to July 27 at Caramel Boutique (1603 U Street NW). Get a further glimpse of Kurt’s work.

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Friday: A Night Out For Trevor

From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]borderstan.com.

"Trevor Project"

Come out and celebrate with Trevor Project. (Courtesy Trevor Project)

Much of Capital Pride Week is about celebration and much is about education, understanding and improving our communities.

One of the events this week that blends the two together is A Night Out For Trevor, a fundraising event for the Trevor Project. Taking place at the Palomar Hotel (2121 P Street NW), this fundraiser will be held on Friday, June 7, from 7 to 9:30 pm. At this exciting event, you’ll find:

  • Open bar
  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • An a cappella performance by Potomac Fever of the Washington Gay Men’s Chorus
  • Music by DJ Khelan Bhatia
  • Silent auction

Standard tickets are available for $75 in advance and $85 at the door; Trevor Star tickets are available in advance for $150. All proceeds will go toward The Trevor Project’s activities here in DC and nationwide.

What Is The Trevor Project?

The Trevor Project is a suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization focused on LGBTQ teens. The Project began in 1998 after the release of Trevor, a short film about a homosexual teenager experiencing prejudice from his family and friends. The filmmakers — James Lecesne, Peggy Rajski and Randy Stone — had the realization that there were many youths experiencing in the real world what their character Trevor was experiencing within the film.

The film was released in 1994, tied for an Academy Award for Best Short Subject in 1995, and the Trevor Lifeline was begun in August 1998. Since then, the Project has continued to grow and expand its scope in helping the LGBTQ youth community.

Suicidal behavior is a troubling problem for teens overall but a significantly more prevalent issue for LGBTQ teens. A 2008 paper by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (“Suicide Risk and Prevention for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth) that collected a number of studies showed that LGB teens are up to seven times more likely to attempt suicide than non-LGB teens. The Trevor Project is working not just to decrease that ratio, but to help drop the total number of suicides and suicide attempts amongst all teens.

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We Got Pics! 2013 Drag Kickball at Stead Park


Click above to see the photo album: Sunday’s 2013 Stonewall Drag Kickball at Stead Park. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

View the photo album of Sunday’s Drag Kickball at Stead Park.

Sunday afternoon was the perfect time for the Annual Stonewall Kickball Dragball tournament game the JR’s and Cobalt divisions. The game took place at Stead Recreational Park (1625 P Street NW). Neighbors and and fans jointed the fun. Players were there on time and, in-between dresses, heels and hats, the game started.

The Tug of War was part of haft-time festivities as was an eating competition and a run of the bases in drag. JR’s division won the kickball game by a score of 10-7.

The event was presented by JR’s and Cobalt, and donations raised help The DC Center.

Learn more about the DC Stonewall Kickball on their Facebook page and website. Their spring season is about to wrap up with the summer season getting underway shortly; Stonewall Kickball also has a fall season. For more information, email info[AT]stonewallkickball.org.

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Tonight: The Capital PRIDE Happy Hour Fundraiser


Capital PRIDE at MOVA. (Luis Gomez Photos)

A happy hour celebration benefiting Capital PRIDE will take place on Wednesday, February 27, at MOVA Lounge, 2204 14th Street NW.

All proceeds from the evening will benefit Capital PRIDE and its community partner, Different Drummers.

The happy hour will take place from 6-9 pm – and there will be raffle prizes. For more information, contact apisapia[AT]capitalpride.org.

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Jost Houk Exhibits DC Photographs with Capital Pride

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Jost Houk exhibits his series “Historic Washington, DC Theatres.” (Images courtesy of Jost Houk)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

On Friday, August 3, Capital Pride will exhibit the work of DC-based artist, Jost Houk (aka Craig Shireman) at the Century 21 Redwood Realty August Art Show.

At the evening’s reception, Houk will unveil his latest series of work, “Historic Washington, DC Theatres.” Houk is known for his black and white photographs, as well as his bright bursts of color in his Photographic Art. His work has been displayed in Georgetown galleries, as well as art galleries throughout Florida.

The reception will run from 6 until 9 pm at the Century 21 Redwood Realty office (1701 Q Street NW). The event is free and open to the public and includes beverages and passed hors d’oeuvres. Ten percent of all art sales from the show will be donated to Capital Pride. Additional proceeds from the artist’s sales will benefit Easter Seals and Augustana Media Fund.

More information is available on the event’s Facebook page.

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Photos! Capital Pride 2011 Parade

Capital Pride 2011 Parade

Click on the collage for the photos: The annual LGBT Pride Parade was Saturday in Dupont-Logan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Check out the photos from Saturday’s Capital Pride Parade through the neighborhood.

Did you have a good time at the LGBT Pride Parade yesterday? Luis was there shooting photos for us (as he does every year) and the photo gallery is up on Flickr. We’ve got 187 photos — so maybe you’re in one of them.

Happy Pride!

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Laura’s Weekend Picks: Music Festivals, Beer Week, Museums Galore (and More!)

ChurchKey, Logan Circle 14th Street NW, Borderstan

Want to stick around in Borderstan and eat bivalves? Head to ChurchKey on Sunday for Rogue Ales Kegfest and Oyster Bash! (Photo from ok-oyot in Borderstan Flick pool)

From Laura Herman of LauraLikesThis. Laura is also a contributor over at Brightest Young Things; you can find her on Twitter @Lmhhabs.

After Memorial Day and a short work week, it feels like the weekend really crept up on us. But that’s MORE than okay, because there’s a TON going on this weekend. Here are your best bets for weekend fun and beating the heat.

Music Festivals, Beer Week, Seersucker Bike Ride

Six U Street corridor spots (several on 9th Street NW) are hosting the Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Festival this weekend, a two-day affair featuring live performances and music from more than 125 bands, including Echo Wall, Noble Air, We Were Pirates, and MORE. The festival is FREE, so get all your details here and go check it out.

The non-stop party over at BYT’s Vitaminwater Uncapped Live CONTINUES. There’s great music, art, and fun happening every night so check out the full schedule and plan your visit. There’s also free Vitaminwater…

Put on your finest bowties or pearls and hop on your bike for the annual Seersucker Social this Saturday, June 4. Get your $10 ticket here to participate in the bike ride (the starting point will be announced in advance of the ride) and lawn party at the Hillwood Estate from 2 to 7 pm. Guaranteed to have SUPERB clothing and people-watching. The Seersucker Social After-Party will continue at the Lamont Bishop Gallery (1314 9th Street NW) from 8 pm ‘till midnight. Admission is FREE.

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