We’ve had a big couple of weeks here at Borderstan. And we’re about to have a big weekend.
We’re happy to announce that we’ll have a spot in this year’s Pride Parade on Saturday. We’ll have plenty of staffers on hand to pass out some nifty new Borderstan T-shirts.
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
Look for the MTV crew shooting B-roll for use in episodes of The Real World: DC… at the Capital Pride Parade (Pride info here at official Web site) and events this weekend in the Dupont–Logan-downtown area. No crew, just the basic B-roll stuff. The parade kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Pride Street Festival opens at 11 a.m. on Sunday on Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. between 3rd and 7th Streets (map).