A partial selection of events, dances and social gatherings surrounding the 30th Annual Capital Pride Festival
Wednesday, June 8th
[OFFICIAL EVENT] Mr. and Miss Capital Pride Pageant -- Honoring Monet Dupree and Bruce Ashcraft and hosted by Lena Lett. These annual pageants celebrate the talents of the individuals competing and represent the diversity of the LGBT community. The winners are invited to perform on the main stage and appear at other events throughout the year. At Apex, 1415 22nd Street NW. Doors open at 8 p.m. Show starts at 9 p.m. Cover: $10.
[AFFILIATED EVENT] A Journey of Spirit: The Debate over Debbie Friedman -- This documentary examines the controversial debate over the music of lesbian singer, songwriter and guitarist Debbie Friedman. A post screening discussion with the film's director, Ann Coppel, is followed by a 9 p.m. concert by the Fabrangen Fiddlers. At the DCJCC, 1529 16th Street NW, at 7 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Visit www.boxofficetickets.com.
[AFFILIATED EVENT] Fashionably Aware Fashion Show -- An evening of fashion and celebration featuring the shining stars of local HIV/AIDS organizations. Benefiting Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive (HIPS) and PreventionWorks. In the Lankford Auditorium, at 1200 U Street NW at 7 p.m. Tickets: $25 in advance. $30 at the door. Reserve by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, June 9th
[OFFICIAL EVENT] Capital Pride Heroes Reception -- Honoring 30 years of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender heroes. Hosted by D.C. Councilmembers David Catania and Jim Graham at the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 202-797-3514.
[OFFICIAL EVENT] Mr. Capital Pride Leather Contest 2005 -- An official preliminary contest to Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather. The D.C. Eagle, 639 New York Avenue NW (Between 6th and 7th) at 9 p.m. No cover.
[OFFICIAL EVENT] A Night of Country Pride -- Come celebrate the 30th anniversary of Capital Pride. Remington's, 639 Pennsylvania Avenue SE. Donation requested.
Friday, June 10th
[OFFICIAL EVENT] An Evening of Courage -- The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce's 2nd Annual Business and Leadership Awards Dinner. At the National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW. Reception from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dinner at 7:30 p.m. Call 202-661-3327 or visit www.nglcc.org.
[OFFICIAL EVENT] Official Capital Pride First Annual Deaf/Hearing Impaired Kickoff Party -- Join the LGBT deaf community for their first ever Capital Pride Kickoff Party. Green Lantern, 1335 Green Court NW, 9 p.m. No cover.
[OFFICIAL EVENT] Official Capital Pride 2005 Opening Party at Cobalt -- Come let loose and celebrate the start of the weekend with a few hundred of your friends and be proud. Featuring music all night by world-famous DJ David Knapp (Roxy/Twilo/Limelight) and hosted by Miss Lena Lett and Miss Capital Pride 2005. At Cobalt, 17th & R Streets NW, from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Cover charge; 21+ with I.D. Visit www.cobaltdc.com and www.madtizzy.com for more info.
[OFFICIAL EVENT] Dancer Auction -- Wet Nightclub, 52 L Street SE. Two auctions: 11 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. Call 202-488-1200 for more info. Cover.
Saturday, June 11th
[OFFICIAL EVENT] 30th Annual Capital Pride Parade -- Marching through the streets of Northwest Washington, D.C., in the heart of Dupont Circle. Parade steps off at 6:30 p.m. Reviewing stand at Whole Foods on P Street (1440 P Street NW, between 15th & 14th Streets NW). NEW EXPANDED PARADE ROUTE: See page 76 for map. For a listing of parade participants as of press time, please see page 72.
[OFFICIAL EVENT] Back to the Future -- Start your night immediately following the conclusion of the Capital Pride parade when you are transported (by time machine of course) back to when Wham! ruled, Madonna was causing a commotion and the super freaks were trying to get into 54: the '70s & '80s. At midnight, lightning strikes and you'll instantly find yourself back in 2005. Music all night by DJ Jason Royce. Cobalt, 17th & R Streets NW, from the conclusion of the parade until 3 a.m. Cover; 21+ with I.D. Visit www.cobaltdc.com and www.djjasonroyce.com for more info.
[OFFICIAL EVENT] Liquid Ladies of Pride -- A Saturday dance event for the women of Washington, D.C. and their friends. Bringing a new and exciting experience to the dance floor each and every Saturday night. DJ Randy White. At Apex, 1415 22nd Street NW, at 9 p.m. Cover. Visit www.apex-dc.com for more info.
[AFFILIATED EVENT] Stonewall Regatta XII -- Presented by the D.C. Strokes Rowing Club. At the Anacostia Community Boathouse, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Races go all day. Call 703-772-2153.
[AFFILIATED EVENT] VoluPalooza III -- Fuel up for the Capital Pride Parade this evening with a FUNdraiser for Burgundy Crescent Volunteers, D.C.'s LGBT volunteer organization. Whole Foods Market at 1440 P Street NW is hosting a BCV Sidewalk Festival & BBQ from 11 p.m. to 3 p.m. Music by DJ Eileen Kennedy. Whole Foods Market is donating all the food, cooks, and equipment and all proceeds will be donated to BCV. This isn't your father's backyard BBQ!
Sunday, June 12
[OFFICIAL EVENT] 30th Annual Capital Pride Street Festival -- Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Capital Pride, more than 200,000 people are expected to enjoy the festival on historic Pennsylvania Avenue with featured entertainers. Street festival opens to the public at 11 a.m.
For updates, please visit www.capitalpride.org.