It’s the most colorful time of the year.
Marchers are slated to cheer, dance and sing their way down streets in Dupont and Logan Circle Saturday afternoon as part of this year’s Capital Pride Parade.
The parade will begin at 22nd and P streets NW at approximately 4:30 p.m., according to organizers. This year’s parade includes 180 groups made up of floats, vehicles and locals on foot, all led by grand marshall Leslie Jordan.
Mayor Bowser, members of the D.C. Council and other local officials will march in the parade and participate in the festivities.
If you’re looking to catch the festivities this year, take note: Attendees usually claim spots along the route hours in advance to get an up-close look at the floats and to increase their chances of catching beads and candy.
Humidity, warm temperatures, a Nationals gaffe in the headlines. Is it summer again? Well, no. But that doesn’t mean you can’t pretend.
Capital Pride will take a page from the summer playbook by screening Disney’s “Maleficent” tonight at Stead Park (1625 P St. NW) at 7:30 p.m.
Though an outdoor film screening may feel July-esque, the film, which stars Angelina Jolie as the infamous Sleeping Beauty antagonist, isn’t. In fact, Capital Pride says tonight’s screening is meant to usher in that time of the year when winds howl, people wear cardigans and ghoulish skeletons drink pumpkin spice lattes.
Attendees are free to bring along picnic baskets, popcorn and blankets, but are asked to leave their pets at home.
Photo via Facebook/CapitalPrideDC
Bike vs. Car — “Two short videos show how difficult people in cars can make it for those on bikes to use the bike lanes on New York Avenue NW and L Street NW.” [Greater Greater Washington]
A Runner at Heart — In a touching memorial service, yesterday the Georgetown community celebrated the life of Nina Brekelmans, who died in a tragic fire on Riggs Place near Dupont Circle last week. [Borderstan]
Pride, Take 1 — The Washington Blade’s Mark Lee criticizes a story from Christina Cauterucci, in which the City Paper staffer calls out the commercialization of Pride Week. Lee said Cauterucci’s story shows an “obsession with radical sloganeering and extremist terminology.” [Washington Blade]
Pride, Take 2 — In the original piece by Cauterucci, the reporter looks at how the Pride events have changed over the years. The opening line: “They call it gay Christmas, but it feels more like New Year’s Eve.” [Washington City Paper]
Blagden Alley — As construction of their ‘Gang of Three’ mixed-use development nears completion in Mt. Vernon, Douglas Development is set to start construction on a yet-to-be-named project at Blagden Alley at 920 N Street NW. [Bad Wolf D.C.]
Pride — Local DJ and Borderstan contributor Khelan Bhatia breaks down his top picks for Capital Pride Week. [Borderstan]
Georgia Ave. Parking — More meters will be built along the 3100 and 3200 blocks of Georgia avenue. After a push by local business owners, the time for these meters will be increased from one to two hours. [Park View DC]
It’s the Humidity — Storms arriving later this afternoon set the tone for a warm and steamy week. [Capital Weather Gang]
Turkish Brunch — Ankara, the new Turkish and Mediterranean restaurant just south of Dupont Circle on 19th Street, is launching a new bottomless brunch this weekend. [Borderstan]
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
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.
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
Hillary for DC, Pride Edition at Howard Theatre, $20.16
This dance party/fundraiser benefits Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Thursday, June 11
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Join DJs Shea Van Horn and Matt Bailer as they bring their monthly dance party to the 9:30 Club.
Sunday, June 14th
Pride Afterhours at Flash, $10
Fill up your Pride weekend schedule and stay up late with San Francisco’s Honey Soundsystem.
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
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.
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.
From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]borderstan.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.