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A Local DJ’s Guide to Pride

by khelan — June 5, 2015 at 4:15 pm 0

Capital Pride Parade, Photo via Facebook.com/CapitalPrideDC

DC Pride is right around the corner. I thought it would make sense to provide a pride guide, if you will, on all the wonderful activities around town over the next week.

Here’s a smattering of events in our area, some of which I’m DJing, to attend during Pride Week.

*Denotes an event at which I’m DJing

Friday, June 5

6:00 p.m.

Out/Spoken* at 9:30 Club, $25

Who doesn’t love a good story? SpeakeasyDC, the District’s true story-telling group presents stories from the LGBT perspective that will be sure to challenge, provoke, inspire, and ignite.

9:00 PM

BreakfastClub presents Rainbow-Brite* at 18th & U Duplex Diner, Free

This event celebrates all the colors of the rainbow. Expect your favorite ’80s tracks.

Wednesday, June 10

7:00 p.m.

Hillary for DC, Pride Edition at Howard Theatre, $20.16

This dance party/fundraiser benefits Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Thursday, June 11

7:00 p.m.

Stonewall Sports Flashback: the First Five Years* at Town Danceboutique, suggested donation of $10 online, $15 at the door

Stonewall Sports is celebrating its first five years of fitness and camaraderie by throwing a bash of epic proportions. While the party winds down at 11 p.m., the after-party will keep going at the 18th and U Duplex Diner.

8:00 p.m.

Uncivil Union: Comedy for Equality at Howard Theatre, $24.50 to $98

Uncivil Union, a special benefit concert for The Ally Coalition, will bring together artists and comedians to end discrimination against the LGBTQ community.  This event is headlined by W. Kamau Bell, Bridget Everett, Rachel Dratch, Chelsea Shorte and a host of special guests.

Friday, June 12

8:30 p.m.

BYT & Cap Pride Present: Flashback Opening Party at Arena Stage, $20 online, $25 at the door

DC Pride’s kickoff party will feature a litany of talented DJs that include Shea Van Horn, Matt Bailer, Lil E, Ca$$idy and Pearl from RuPaul’s Drag Race.

9:00 p.m.

Otter Crossing’s Special Pride Edition at The Green Lantern, $10

The oh-so adorable and cuddly otters are joining forces with CTRL, DC’s electro-mayhem dance party, to bring you disco beats and anthems all night. Be sure to leave your pants at the door, but not your dancing shoes.

Saturday, June 13

4:30 p.m.

The Pride Parade (duh) at Dupont and Logan circles, Free

The parade begins on the corner of 22nd and P NW and culminates on the 14th street corridor. Find your favorite location to watch the festivities. And don’t forget to hydrate.

10 p.m.

Paradise Mirage at U Street Music Hall, Free for ages 21+ before 11 p.m.

Paradise Mirage is a tribute to one of America’s most influential LGBT nightclubs, Paradise Garage. U Street Music Hall “will be aesthetically transformed to represent a Paradise Garage-like atmosphere,” says the event page.

11 p.m.

Mixtape Pride Party at 9:30 Club, $15 online or at the door

Join DJs Shea Van Horn and Matt Bailer as they bring their monthly dance party to the 9:30 Club.

Sunday, June 14th

3 a.m.

Pride Afterhours at Flash, $10

Fill up your Pride weekend schedule and stay up late with San Francisco’s Honey Soundsystem.

11:30 AM

DC Pride Liquid Brunch at SAX, $65

Bottomless champagne, mimosas, bloody marys, and vodka drinks. This event features DJ Matt Bailer and live entertainment by the SAX dancers.

During the day, Khelan Bhatia is a campaign manager. But by night, he’s a DJ at the Duplex Diner and other locales, and has performed at ’80s dance party, BreakfastClub, regularly for the last three years.

Photo via Facebook.com/CapitalPrideDC

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