2008: The Year in Preview

A look ahead at D.C.'s GLBT calendar of events

Compiled by Will O'Bryan
Published on January 3, 2008, 12:00am | Comments

All dates are subject to change at each organizer's discretion. For more detailed information as the dates for events approach, contact each event organizer or check Metro Weekly's ''Community Calendar,'' your complete guide to local community events, both in print and online.


Saturday, Jan. 5 -- Committee on Lesbian and Gay History and the Rainbow History Project reception. Omni Shoreham, Congressional Room, 2500 Calvert St. NW. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cash bar. www.rainbowhistory.org.

Sunday, Jan. 6 -- The L Word Season Premiere Party with the Human Rights Campaign. Town, 2009 Eighth St. NW, 7 p.m. $15 donation. www.hrc.org.

Friday, Jan. 11 -- Men's Winter Chill Party with the Human Rights Campaign. Town, 2009 Eighth St. NW, 6-9 p.m. $15. www.hrc.org.

Saturday, Jan. 12 -- ''Arms Open Wide,'' an annual winter concert presented by Bread and Roses Feminist Singers. All Souls Church Unitarian, 2835 16th St. NW. 3-5p.m. $15, $20 door. www.geocities.com/mieloerge/bnrhome.html.

Sunday, Jan. 13 -- Women's Brunch, presented by the D.C. chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association presents a Women's Brunch. Cashion's Eat Place, 1819 Columbia Road NW. 11:30 a.m. www.nlgjadc.org.

Tuesday, Jan. 15 -- TEAM Food & Friends kick-off party for the July ride. Nellie's Sports Bar, 900 U St. NW. 6:30-8:30 p.m. www.foodandfriends.org.

Tuesday, Jan. 15 -- ''Spicy Cherry'' happy hour to benefit Us Helping Us. Presented by The Cherry Fund and The D.C. Center. Cobalt, 1639 R St. NW. 6:30 p.m. $10. www.uhupil.org.

Friday-Monday, Jan. 18-21 -- Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend. Various locations. Weekend pre-registration $170. www.leatherweekend.com.

Tuesday, Jan. 22 -- Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance, a concert presented by The GLBT Arts Consortium, with Bread & Roses Feminist Singers, the Lesbian & Gay Chorus of Washington and many others. Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 201 Fourth St. SE. 7 p.m. www.dcglbtarts.org.

Thursday, Jan. 24 -- Equality Virginia Lobby Day 4.0. Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad St., Richmond. www.equalityvirginia.org.

Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26-27 -- Lesbian & Gay Chorus of Washington's winter concert. Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 201 Fourth St. SE. 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. $15 advance, $20 door. www.lgcw.org.


Thursday, Feb. 7 -- National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. www.blackaidsday.org.

Friday-Sunday, Feb. 8-10 -- DC Lambda Squares hosts the East Coast's Annual A/C Weekend square-dancing event. Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1375 K St. NW. Registration $95. www.dclambdasquares.org.

Saturday, Feb. 9 -- Scarlet's Annual Bake Sale and Auction. DC Eagle, 639 New York Ave. NW. 6 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 11 -- Equality Maryland Lobby Day. 4:30-8 p.m. Annapolis. www.equalitymaryland.org.

Saturday, Feb. 16 -- D.C. Radical Faeries celebrate the Red Dragon Feast. Location and time TBA. www.dcradfeys.org.

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23 -- ''American Masterpieces: A Celebration of American Composers,'' presented by the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 8 p.m. $30. www.gmcw.org.

Tuesday, Feb. 26 -- ''Spicy Cherry'' happy hour to benefit DC Pride and Heritage. Presented by The Cherry Fund and The D.C. Center. Cobalt, 1639 R St. NW. 6:30 p.m. $10. www.dcprideandheritage.org.


Thursday, March 6 -- Dining Out for Life to benefit Food & Friends. Participating restaurants TBD. www.foodandfriends.org.

Thursday-Friday, March 6-7 -- Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) Lobby Day. Capitol Hill. www.sldn.org.

Saturday, March 8 -- Unite: SLDN's 16th National Dinner & Silent Auction. National Building Museum. $250 and up. www.sldn.org.

Saturday, March 8 -- Metro D.C. PFLAG gala and silent auction. Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. VIP reception 5:30 p.m., silent auction 6 p.m., gala 7:30 p.m. $150. $250 includes VIP reception. www.pflagdc.org.

Wednesday, March 12 -- Mr. and Miss Transgender Health Empowerment Pageant. Club Aqua, 1818 New York Ave. NE, 6 p.m. www.theindc.org.

Saturday and Sunday, March 15-16 -- ''That 80's Show,'' presented by the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington. Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. Time TBA. $20-$50. www.gmcw.org.

Tuesday, March 14 -- ''Spicy Cherry'' happy hour to benefit the GLBT Latino History Project. Presented by The Cherry Fund and The D.C. Center. Cobalt, 1639 R St. NW. 6:30 p.m. $10. www.cherryfund.org/spicycherries.cfm.

Friday, March 21 -- D.C. Radical Faeries celebrate the return of spring with Ostara. Time and location TBA. www.dcradfeys.org.


Sunday, April 6 -- Victory Fund's 8th Annual Champagne Brunch. The Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. 11 a.m. $150. www.victoryfund.org.

Tuesday, April 8 -- ''Spicy Cherry'' happy hour to benefit Transgender Health Empowerment. Presented by The Cherry Fund and The D.C. Center. Cobalt, 1639 R St. NW. 6:30 p.m. $10. www.theincdc.org.

Friday-Sunday, April 18-20 -- Cherry Weekend. Various locations. www.cherryweekend.org.

Thursday-Saturday, April 24-26 -- National Black Justice Coalition's ''The Power of Us'' conference, including the second annual Black LGBT National Leadership Conference and the third annual Black Church Summit. Renaissance Harborplace, 202 E Pratt St., Baltimore. Full registration $400. www.nbjcoalition.org.

Friday and Saturday, April 25-26 -- D.C. Different Drummers ''Festival of Earth'' Concert. Location TBA. 8-10 p.m. www.dcdd.org.

Saturday, April 26 -- Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry's ''Imagine a World Without AIDS'' fundraiser. Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 8 p.m. Cost TBA. www.novam.org.


Saturday, May 3 -- Youth Pride Day. Location TBA. 12-5 p.m. www.youthpridedc.org.

Saturday-Sunday, May 3-4 -- Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, Washington. http://walk.avonfoundation.org.

Saturday, May 3 -- Bread and Roses Feminist Singers present their 30th Anniversary Concert. Further details TBA. www.geocities.com/mieloerge/bnrhome.html.

Saturday, May 3 and May 10 -- ''Let Us Entertain You,'' presented by Potomac Fever, GMCW's a capella group. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW. Time TBA. $25. www.gmcw.org.

Wednesday-Monday, May 21-26 -- D.C. Black Pride. Full listing of events TBA. Host hotel: Renaissance M Street Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Deadline for early hotel reservation is April 15. www.dcblackpride.org.

Friday, May 30 -- A Celebration of Life Spring Gala. Presented by WWC. Details TBA. www.wwc.org.


Friday and Saturday, June 6-7 -- ''America, The Fabulous!'' presented by GMCW. Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $20-$50. Time TBA. www.gmcw.org.

Saturday-Sunday, June 7-15 -- Capital Pride. Parade, June 14; Festival, June 15. www.capitalpride.org.

Friday, June 13 -- ''Latinos GLBT: Nuestras Visiones,'' an exhibit and panel discussion presented by the Latino GLBT History Project. Location TBA. 6:30 p.m. JoseGutierrezDC@aol.com.

Friday, June 16 -- Chef's Best dinner and auction to benefit Food & Friends. Hilton Washington, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. 6 p.m. Cost TBA. www.foodandfriends.org.

Wednesday-Sunday, June 18-22 -- 2008 Championship meet of International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics, hosted by the D.C. Aquatics Club and the Washington Wetskins. Takoma Recreation Center, 300 Van Buren St. NW; and at the University of Maryland. www.igla2008.org.

Saturday, June 21 -- Pride of Pets dog show presented by PETS-DC. Dupont Circle. Registration at 2 p.m., event 3-6 p.m. www.petsdc.org.


Saturday, July 19 -- The D.C. Aquatics Club sponsors the 17th Annual Maryland Swim for Life fundraising event. Further details TBA. www.swimdcac.org.

Thursday-Sunday, July 24-27 -- TEAM Food and Friends Weekend 2008 pedals across the Eastern Shore. Emmitsburg, Md. www.foodandfriends.org.


Friday-Sunday, Aug. 8-10 -- DC Bear Invasion, host hotel the former Holiday Inn-On the Hill, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW. Further details TBA. www.bearinvasion.com.

Thursday-Monday, Aug. 28-Sept. 1 -- Olympia XX, the Centaur MC's outdoor leather event in rural Pennsylvania. Further details TBA. www.centaurmc.org.


Friday-Sunday, Sept. 5-7 -- Atlantic Stampede, presented by the Atlantic States Gay Rodeo Association. www.asgra.org.

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 19-21 -- Capital Classic, sponsored by the Capital Tennis Association. Part of the 2008 Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance Tour. Further details TBA. www.capclassic.org.

Mautner Project 17th Anniversary Gala. Time and details TBA.


Saturday, Oct. 4 -- AIDS Walk Washington presented by the Whitman-Walker Clinic. www.aidswalkwashington.org.

Saturday, Oct. 4 -- HRC National Dinner. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Further details TBA. www.hrcnationaldinnner.org.

Friday-Monday, Oct. 10-13 -- GAYLAXICON, the GLBT sci-fi convention, returns to the D.C. area. Hyatt Regency Bethesda, 7400 Wisconsin Ave. www.gaylaxicon.org.

Saturday, Oct. 11 -- National Coming Out Day. www.hrcnationaldinner.org.

Wednesday, Oct. 15 -- National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. www.nlaad.org.

Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 16-25 -- Reel Affirmations 18, One in Ten's annual GLBT film festival. Various locations. www.oneinten.org.

Tuesday, Oct. 28 -- High Heel Race. 17th and Church Streets NW. 9 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 31 -- D.C. Radical Faeries honor their ''beloved dead'' with Samhain. Location and time TBA. www.dcradfeys.org.


Saturday, Nov. 1 -- The Latino GLBT History Project offers a Day of the Dead event with a GLBT altar, Latin food, music and performances. Location TBA. 6:30 p.m. JoseGutierrezDC@aol.com.

Friday, Nov. 14 -- Art for Life art auction, presented by the Whitman-Walker Clinic. Details TBA. www.wwc.org.

Thursday, Nov. 20 -- Transgender Day of Remembrance. Local events TBA. www.ncte.org.


Monday, Dec. 1 -- World AIDS Day.

Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 4-7 -- 2008 International Gay & Lesbian Leadership Conference. The Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Early registration $225. www.victoryfund.org.

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