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OCTOBER 11, 2018 Volume 25 Issue 23


Drag queen Dax ExclamationPoint will emcee GMCW’s
annual costume-themed fundraiser Ropeburn.

By John Riley


The Award-winning actress on Grace and Frankie,
the current state of society,
and the two most important Janes in her life.

Interview by Randy Shulman

Shakespeare Theatre’s The Comedy of Errors is just the ticket
to escape our troubling times.

By Kate Wingfied


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Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker

EBORAH COLKER’S PHYSICALLY DAR- the elites, the life in the mangrove, of ‘invincible and
ing, visually striking company returns to the anonymous force.’” It’s the Brazilian director/chore-
Kennedy Center with Dog Without Feathers ographer’s first work entirely inspired by her heritage
(Cão Sem Plumas), a visually evocative work inspired and is being presented as part of The Human Journey
by a poem by João Cabral de Melo Neto. Following the year-long multidisciplinary collaborative series from
course of the Capibaribe River, the piece depicts “the the Kennedy Center, the National Geographic Society,
poverty of the riverside population, the disregard of and the National Gallery of Art.

Thursday, Oct. 18, through Saturday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater.
Tickets are $49 to $89. Call 202-467-4600 or visit


The Washington National Opera’s Francesca
Zambello launches the company’s season
with a new production of Verdi’s everlast-
ing story of love and sacrifice, renowned for
its soaring arias and heartbreaking conclusion.
A co-production with the Atlanta Opera, the
Glimmerglass Festival, the Seattle Opera, and
Indiana University, La Traviata features ele-
gant staging by Peter Davidson and turn-of-the-
century costumes by Tony-winning designer

Jess Goldstein. To Oct. 21. Kennedy Center

Opera House. Tickets are $25 to $300. Call 202-
467-4600 or visit

A D.C. native and Howard University alum,
the young jazz vocalist and composer blends
traditional, modern, and African jazz styles
while singing in the showy manner of many
of today’s leading soul/pop divas. But she’s
especially well-regarded for covering Nina
Simone, and Allrich will perform renditions
of beloved songs by the jazz iconoclast as well
as South African powerhouse Miriam Makeba.
The concert will be followed by a panel dis-
cussion on “The Role of Black Women, Arts,
and Activism.” Sunday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m. Lang
Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H
St. NE. Tickets are $20 to $25. Call 202-399-
7993 or visit



An astonishing chronicle of one woman’s journey to break the cycle of sex-
ual abuse by Baltimore-native Paula Vogel. The great Helen Hayes Award-
winning actress Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) plays the
adult survivor Li’l Bit, whose “education” at the hands of her Uncle Peck
(Peter O’Connor) began when she was a mere eleven. The cast is rounded
out by Daven Ralston, Emily Townley, and Craig Wallace. To Nov. 4. 4545

East-West Highway, Bethesda. Tickets are $50 to $60. Call 240-644-1100

or visit


Once derided by the critics, Garry Winogrand’s “snapshot aesthet-
ic” is now the universal language of contemporary image making.

The first cinematic treatment of the photographer’s groundbreak-

ing work includes selections from the thousands of rolls of film
still undeveloped upon his untimely death in 1984. Sasha Waters
Freyer’s film won the Special Jury Award for Documentary
Feature at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival. Opens Friday, Oct. 12 at
Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. Call 202-452-7672
or visit

A smokey alto country/Americana crooner who will
put you in mind of kd lang, Barnett also owes much
debt to Patsy Cline. In fact, many people know Barnett
as Cline, as she portrayed the female country pioneer
at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium in a successful run of
the Off Broadway musical Always... Patsy Cline. Barnett
tours in support of Strange Conversation, her first album
in five years, recorded at Muscle Shoals and featuring a

duet with John Hiatt. Thursday, Oct. 18, at 8:30 p.m. City
Winery DC, 1350 Okie St. NE. Tickets are $15. Call 202-
250-2531 or visit


Kelly Collis and Jen Richer, co-hosts of 94.7 Fresh
FM’s The Tommy Show, emcee the race and awards
ceremony at this 4th annual event sponsored by Vida
Fitness. Also known as Hains Point, the park’s flat run-
ning course circles the Potomac River and is both dog
and stroller friendly, with special race heats for both
children and pets. Prizes include Vida memberships,
training sessions, and guest passes, as well as gift cards
from affiliated outfits SweatBox, Aura Spa, and Bang
Salon. Proceeds from the race, as well as new socks col-
lected via a pre-race sock drive, will go toward Thrive
DC, dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness
in the area. Saturday, Oct. 13, beginning at 7 a.m., with
race kicking off at 8 a.m. at Ohio Drive SW just south

of the Jefferson Memorial and across from the District

Wharf. Visit



Out On The Town



Held in a picturesque town in Virginia’s horse and wine country, the Middleburg Film Festival, founded by BET co-founder
Sheila C. Johnson, offers a mix of independent features, documentaries and Oscar contenders, including several submis-
sions for Best Foreign Language Film. Highlights this year include Alfonos Cuarón’s Roma (pictured), Boy Erased, The Front
Runner, based on the derailed presidential campaign of Gary Hart, and Peter Farrelly’s highly anticipated Green Book, star-
ring Viggo Mortensen as a bouncer hired to drive a world-class Black pianist (Mahershala Ali) on a tour of the deep South in
the era of segregation. The festival will honor four exceptional women in film: Actor and producer Maggie Gyllenhaal, actor
Yalitza Aparicio, director Nadine Labaki, and songwriter Diane Warren. The festival runs Thursday, Oct. 18, through Sunday,
Oct. 21 at the Salamander Resort & Spa and select other venues in Middleburg, Va. Passes are sold out except for packages
including dinner, parties, and other events in addition to screenings ranging from $1,000 to $3,500. Visit

Compiled by Doug Rule HOLDEN ON discuss the movie afterwards over SNEAKERS
A 17-year-old, small-town football more drinks from the full-service Robert Redford stars as a security
player fights to keep his mental ill- bar. Special performance by Kunj. expert tasked by the NSA to retrieve
FILM ness a secret at all costs in this Monday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. 3107 an item vital to world security in this
film based on a true story from the Mount Pleasant St. NW. Tickets are lighthearted caper comedy. With
BOY ERASED: ‘90s. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. Lab $15. Visit River Phoenix, David Strathhairn,
SPECIAL ADVANCE SCREENING Theatre I, Atlas Performing Arts Ben Kingsley, Sidney Poitier, and
The second film this year to tackle Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are THE ROCKY HORROR Mary McDonnell. Part of the Capital
conversion therapy, Joel Edgerton $14 to $20, including a pre-show PICTURE SHOW Classics series at Landmark’s West
wrote, directed, and produced this meet-and-greet and a post-show Every October, Landmark’s E Street End Cinema. Wednesday, Oct. 17,
adaptation of Garrard Conley’s panel discussion with the film’s Cinema presents not just one but at 1:30, 4:30, and 7:30 p.m., 2301 M
memoir. Edgerton also stars as a director, Tamlin Hall. Call 202-399- two weekends with screenings of St. NW. Happy hour from 4 to 6:30
therapist determined to “cure” a 7993 or visit Richard O’Brien’s camp classic, p.m. Tickets are $10 to $12.50. Call
Baptist pastor’s son (Lucas Hedges) billed as the longest-running mid- 202-534-1907 or visit landmarkthe-
who reveals to his parents that he’s SILENCE OF THE LAMBS night movie in history. Landmark’s
gay. With Russell Crowe, Nicole Josh Vogelsong, as his alter ego showings come with a live shadow
Kidman, and Troye Sivan. The Donna Slash, presents a weekly cast from the Sonic Transducers, THE WIZARD OF OZ
Mattachine Society of Washington, film series at the cozy, 35-seat Suns meaning it’s as interactive as can The Smithsonian’s National
D.C. presents a sneak preview a Cinema in Mount Pleasant. This be — particularly the last weekend Museum of American History
month before the movie’s nation- week’s film is Silence of the Lambs, of the month and a special spooky screens Victor Fleming’s timeless
al release, followed by a conversa- the chilling Jonathan Demme Halloween run. But you can get your 1939 adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s
tion with real-life subjects Martha Oscar-winner that gave the world next weekend with E Street’s tradi- children’s novel. The film is report-
Conley and her son Garrard. Friday, the iconic catchphrase, “I ate his tional second-weekend run. Friday, edly the most-watched motion pic-
Oct. 12, at 6:30 p.m. The National liver with some fava beans and a Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13, at mid- ture in history. With Judy Garland,
Press Club, 13th Floor of the nice chianti.” Patrons can enjoy night. Landmark’s E Street Cinema, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr,
National Press Building, 529 14th drinks and snacks — hopefully not 555 11th St. NW. Call 202-452-7672 and Margaret Hamilton. Featuring
St. NW. Tickets are $10. Visit matta- of the cannibalistic kind and are or visit a world-class score by Harold Arlen encouraged to stick around and and E.Y. “Yip” Harburg. Showings


are Friday, Oct. 19, through Sunday,
Oct. 21, at 1:50 and 4:10 p.m.
The Warner Bros. Theater, 1300
Constitution Ave. NW. Tickets
are $15. Call 202-633-1000 or visit

GALA Theatre’s GALita Young
Audiences series presents the world
premiere of a bilingual play for chil-
dren based on the life of Mexican-
American botanist Ynés Mexia.
Written by Cecilia Cackley and
directed by Elena Velasco, Entre la
tierra y el cielo follows a curious girl
as she explores the magical world
of plants and stars, and breaks with
family and societal expectations.
Opens Saturday, Oct. 13. To Oct.
27. GALA Theatre at Tivoli Square,
3333 14th St. NW. Tickets are $10
to $12. Call 202-234-7174 or visit

Garson Kanin’s sharp-edged screw-
ball comedy may be 70 years old,
but it resonates all too well with
Politics and mayhem make strange but hilarious bedfellows the Washington of today. The story
focuses on an opportunistic tycoon
in Ike Barinholtz’s dark comedy The Oath. seeking to game the Washington

system — but the plans are sab-
alliance with an idealistic report-
exhibiting just as much enthusiasm discussing Rupaul’s Drag Race as he does politics, or
er pushing back to end corruption.
talking about the classic films that inspired him as a first-time feature director. “There’s Aaron Posner directs Edward Gero
this great old movie called Mrs. Miniver, really old,” says the actor. “I always loved that movie and Kimberly Gilbert in a lavish
because it tricks you, where the first half [depicts] life in this pastoral English village [as] love- production bolstered by Daniel Lee
Conway’s set, a glamorous two-lev-
ly, despite the war. And then it turns into the Nazis in the house.” el hotel suite with striking architec-
Barinholtz is in the nation’s capital to discuss The Oath, the pitch-black comic thriller he tural details. To Oct. 21. Ford’s, 511
wrote, directed, and stars in opposite Tiffany Haddish. Set over a punishing Thanksgiving 10th St. NW. Tickets are $17 to $64.
Call 800-982-2787 or visit
weekend when every American citizen is expected to sign an oath of loyalty to the president
or face the consequences, The Oath, like Mrs. Miniver, takes a hard turn towards the intense. BRYONN BAIN:
Inside the home of happily married couple Chris and Kai (Barinholtz and Haddish), all hell LYRICS FROM LOCKDOWN
breaks loose when every member of their extended family can’t agree to disagree about sign- Bain’s one-man show concerns his
experiences with racial profiling
ing the controversial oath. and wrongful incarceration at the
The gloves come off, the fight gets ugly, and the violence threatens to go too far — though hands of New York City police,
Barinholtz instinctively sensed how far to take things. and how his experience led to a
transformative friendship with
“We knew we were gonna have these really dark elements and violence and blood,” he
a death row inmate. A live band
says. “‘People should probably die,’ is what I was told...I resisted that urge because I want- accompanies Bain as he weaves
ed the movie — despite everything the people in the movie had been through and despite his acclaimed tale with more
everything we’re going through now — to end optimistically. I am still optimistic about the than 40 characters in a produc-
tion presented by Harry Belafonte
country.” — through his Sankofa Justice and
In the film, that optimism runs along a knife’s edge juxtaposed against wild paranoia, Equity Project — and directed by
and everyone on every side feels the pain. The situation, though played for both laughs and his daughter Gina Belafonte. Each
performance will be followed by
scares, is grounded enough in reality that The Oath doesn’t seem like a paranoid fantasy, but
a town hall style dialogue at the
like a real possibility in this cultural moment. “I think the word I would use to describe our Kennedy Center. Thursday, Oct. 18,
current political ecosystem is absurd,” says Barinholtz. “We have an absurd president, you and Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m., and
know what I mean? We have absurd leaders. People handle and process these things in an Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Terrace Theater. Tickets are $35
absurd manner.” to $55. Call 202-467-4600 or visit
That absurdity led to an obvious comparison: “I wanted people to feel like when they’re
watching the movie, [it’s] like they’re going through a Twitter feed. You go to your Twitter
feed and you’re like, ‘Oh, that’s a nice video. That’s funny, that dog is hilarious. Oh my God,
Focused on a young heroine who
they’re separating parents and their children at the border. Holy shit.’ I really wanted to make unlocks a door in her new house
it reflective of that, and just take people on that journey.” —André Hereford and reveals an alternate world with
a dangerous secret, Neil Gaiman’s
2002 children’s book has inspired
The Oath is rated R, and opens in theaters everywhere October 12. Visit adaptations across a range of media,


Studio Theatre presents seven
student activists from the Baxter
Theatre Centre at the University of
Cape Town in a devised work that
grapples with the legacies of race,
class, gender, history, and power still
standing 24 years after the official
end of Apartheid. Written as the
statue of imperialist Cecil Rhodes
was dismantled on campus. Opens
Sunday, Oct. 14. To Nov. 18. The
Mead Theatre, 14th & P Streets NW.

Tickets are $20 to $45. Call 202-332-

3300 or visit


The LGBTQ-focused Richmond
Triangle Players marks the 20th
anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s
death with a production of Moisés
Kaufman’s groundbreaking examina-
tion into the Wyoming murder and its
aftermath. Lucian Restivo directs. To
Oct. 19. The Robert B. Moss Theatre,
1300 Altamont Ave. Richmond.
Tickets are $10 to $35. Call 804-346-
8113 or visit
Mae and Clanton


Dubbed “the queer Adele” by L-Mag, D.C.’s power-piped singer-songwriter Mae writes
and performs earnest and affirming folk/pop music, captured on five-song EP I Am DESARE: I LOVE A PIANO
Enough. Mae performs with Nashville-based singer-songwriter and cellist Sarah Clanton. The singing jazz pianist Tony DeSare
The pair will performing their own individual songs as well as duets like “One Step Closer,” has become known for putting
his own jaunty spin on American
a smoldering, haunting punky quiet-storm kiss-off. Seattle-based singer-songwriter Katie Songbook standards. His appearance
Kuffel opens the show, presented in the intimate space above the H Street location of with Jack Everly and the Baltimore
Dangerously Delicious Pies. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. Pie Shop Bar & Patio, 1339 H St. NE. Symphony Orchestra will salute
Tickets are $12. Call 202-398-7437 or visit pop’s greatest pianists, ranging from
George Gershwin and Ray Charles to
Billy Joel and Elton John. Thursday,
Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. Music Center at
Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane,
from a stop-motion animated fea- (DCAC), 2438 18th St. NW. Tickets Moscow stage. Part of the Kennedy North Bethesda. Also Friday, Oct.
ture to an opera. A decade ago, are $25 to $40. Call 866-811-4111 or Center’s World Stages series. In 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m.,
David Greenspan adapted the fan- visit Russian with projected English and Sunday, Oct. 14, at 3 p.m. Joseph
tasy horror for the stage in collab- titles. Remaining performances are Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212
oration with Stephin Merritt of the LABOUR OF LOVE Thursday, Oct. 11, and Friday, Oct. Cathedral St., Baltimore. Tickets are
Magnetic Fields. And that is the A clever mashup of the political 12, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 13, $25 to $90. Call 410-783-8000 or
version the quirky and adventur- gamesmanship of The West Wing at 2 and 8 p.m. Kennedy Center visit
ous Landless Theatre is producing. with a war-of-the-sexes saga akin Eisenhower Theater. Tickets are
Melissa Baughman directs. To Oct. to Shakespeare’s Much Ado About $19 to $75. Call 202-467-4600 or CAGE THE ELEPHANT,
28. Best Medicine Rep Theatre, Nothing, James Graham’s Olivier visit JUDAH & THE LION
Second Floor, Lakeforest Mall, 701 Award-winning comedy is set in Last weekend Mary J. Blige became
Russell Ave., in Gaithersburg, Md. a member of Parliament’s district SUMMERLAND the first entertainer to perform
Tickets are $10 to $20. Visit land- office and pokes witty fun at the ups The Washington Stage Guild pres- at D.C.’s newest multiplex — the and downs of left-wing British pol- ents Arlitia Jones’ drama relay- same honor the Queen of Hip-
itics. Leora Morris directs Olney’s ing the mysterious but true tale of Hop was given back in 2011 when
HOW TO WIN A RACE WAR production, which features M. Scott William H. Mumler, a spirit pho- she officially opened the Fillmore
A parody of white supremacist McLean and Julia Coffey. To Oct. tographer with a talent for captur- Silver Spring. The Grand Opening
“race war” fiction, Ian Allen’s play 28. Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, ing haunting images from the world event at the generically named
spans more than three centuries 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, beyond the veil. Set in the years after Entertainment and Sports Arena is
of civilization for an epic journey Olney, Md. Call 301-924-3400 or the Civil War, Summerland focuses actually this weekend and features
that is part-satire, part-exposé, visit on Mumler’s booming business of the punky pop/rock acts Cage The
and part horror show — depicting contacting the dead for mourners, Elephant and Judah & The Lion.
slave rebellions, skinheads, and a MEASURE FOR MEASURE and the city marshal who wants to Home to the Washington Mystics
liberal dystopian future, and even Shakespeare’s classic becomes a prove the photographer is a fraud. as well as an NBA G-League team,
featuring song-and-dance numbers. mirror of modern society in a dex- Starring Yury Lomakin, Rachel the 4,200-seat ESA was built on the
Presented by the D.C. theater col- terously crafted adaptation by U.K. Felstein, and Steven Carpenter. site of the former St. Elizabeth’s
lective The Klunch, the world-pre- theater company Cheek By Jowl Kasi Campbell directs. To Oct. Hospital in the Congress Heights
miere production has a large 12-per- and the Pushkin Theatre Moscow. 21. Undercroft Theatre of Mount neighborhood in Ward 8. Saturday,
son cast including Kevin Boudreau, The production offers a fresh take Vernon United Methodist Church, Oct. 13. Doors at 7 p.m. 1100 Oak
Kim Curtis, Tony Greenberg, on Shakespeare’s dissection of the 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Dr. SE. Tickets are $45 to $75. Visit
Connor Padilla, and Ned Read, with nature of justice, mercy, and vir- Tickets are $30 to $60. Call 240-582-
voice work by Christopher Henley tue. Director Declan Donnellan 0050 or visit
and B. Stanley. Weekends to Oct. and designer Nick Ormerod orig- DJANGO DJANGO
20. District of Columbia Arts Center inally developed the work for the This eclectic U.K.-based “psychedel-
ic art pop quartet” merges surf rock


gram also includes Mendelssohn’s
Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage
and Beethoven’s Symphony No.
6, “Pastoral.” Thursday, Oct. 11,
at 7 p.m., and Friday, Oct. 12, and
Saturday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m. Kennedy
Center Concert Hall. Tickets are
$15 to $89. Call 202-467-4600 or



Estela Velez de Paredez founded the
Furia Flamenca Dance Company 15
years ago, with a focus on combin-
ing flamenco’s gypsy heritage with
modern flamenco choreography
to produce an elegant balance of
motion and energy. Cafe Flamenco
is an intimate evening of flamenco
“tablao” style, with drinks and tapas
served tableside during the perfor-
mance by dancers from the com-
pany, a legacy resident entity with
Joy of Motion Dance Center, and
FOLGER CONSORT: OKTOBERFEST accompanied by guitarist Torcuato
There won’t be beer steins at this twist on the German tradition. Instead, the Folger Zamora. Saturday, Oct. 13, at 8:30
p.m. Sprenger Theatre in Atlas
Library’s early music ensemble puts the focus on music from German-speaking lands Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St.
in the centuries before the classical era of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms. The Consort’s NE. Tickets are $25 in advance, or
founding directors Robert Eisenstein and Christopher Kendall are joined by other string $40 at the door. Call 202-399-7993
and wind instrumentalists, plus tenor Mark Bleeke, for a program that includes colorful or visit

songs by 14th-century Tyrolean knight and musician Oswald von Wolkenstein, quirky WORDS BEATS & LIFE:
instrumental pieces from the 15th-century Glogauer Liederbuch, and opulent early 16th FOOTSTEPS IN THE DARK
century music by Heinrich Isaac and Ludwig Senfi. Friday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Some of the best Muslim hip-hop
dancers in the world perform as
Oct. 13, 4 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 and 5 p.m. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol part of this original hip-hop pro-
St. SE. Tickets are $25 to $42. Call 202-544-7077 or visit duction featuring choreography by
American and international Muslim
dancers and commissioned by
Words Beats & Life. Co-directed
with synth-pop — something like a MELODIME ing all the music that has preceded by Amirah Sackett and Simone
cross between the Beach Boys and The Northern Virginia-based band him, and all the music informing his Jacobsen as part of the hip-hop
LCD Soundsystem. Singer and gui- is gaining international notice not daily life.” The quote from Leonard company’s multi-year initiative
tarist Vincent Neff leads a group also only for their pleasing, heartfelt Bernstein informs this program, led “From Sifrs to Ciphers: Hip-Hop
featuring drummer/producer David country/rock blend of original by the Philharmonic’s music direc- is Muslim,” Footsteps in the Dark
Maclean, bassist Jimmy Dixon, music, but also for their efforts to go tor Piotr Gajewski, and featuring explores the intersections of hip-
and synth player Tommy Grace. out of their way to make a difference works notable to Bernstein, includ- hop and many Muslim commu-
Monday, Oct. 15. Doors at 7 p.m. U in the world. Melodime donated ing Mozart’s Overture to The Magic nities where social taboo around
Street Music Hall, 1115A U St. NW. 100 percent of proceeds from sales Flute, Shostakovich’s Symphony dance is often rooted in patriar-
Tickets are $30. Call 202-588-1880 of the album Where The Sinners & No. 5, and Barber’s Violin Concerto chy and misogyny. Saturday, Oct.
or visit The Saints Collide to Now I Play featuring Bella Hristova. Saturday, 13, at 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14, at 7
Along Too, a nonprofit foundation Oct. 13, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, p.m. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE.
MAIMOUNA YOUSSEF the group established that provides Oct. 14, at 3 p.m. Music Center at Tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 at
The Baltimore-born, D.C.-raised musical instruments and education Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, the door. Call 202-269-1600 or visit
neo-soul singer-songwriter — for orphans, victims of disasters, North Bethesda. Tickets are $34
whose style recalls Jill Scott, and underprivileged kids locally to $84. Call 301-581-5100 or visit
Floetry, even a little Lauryn Hill
— returns for a one-night-only
and around the world. Comprised
of lead vocalist and guitarist Brad
concert at the Kennedy Center. Rhodes, bassist/pianist Sammy NSO: MENDELSSOHN’S
Youssef is out supporting Vintage VIOLIN CONCERTO KRISH MOHAN
Duis, drummer Tyler Duis, and
Babies, a 2017 release featuring National Symphony Orchestra A Native American comic, who
string player Jon Wiley, Melodime
collaborations with Common, Conductor Laureate Christoph hosts the weekly web show “Fork
performs a hometown show to cel-
Eddie Bryant, and several with DJ Eschenbach returns for a pro- Full of Noodles” and the pod-
ebrate the release of new EP roll-1.
Dummy, including international gram featuring rising star violin- cast “Taboo Table Talk,” Mohan
The Brevet opens. Saturday, Oct. 13.
hit “Shine Your Light.” The con- ist Ray Chen, whose talent, sense explores “bubble culture” among
Doors at 7 p.m. The State Theatre,
cert comes as part of “The Human of humor, and savviness with both Americans and the current divide
220 North Washington St., Falls
Journey” multidisciplinary collabo- social media savvy and pop culture in today’s political climate through
Church. Tickets are $15 in advance,
rative series of the Center with the — with appearances on Amazon’s storytelling, satire, and comedy. His
or $18 day-of show. Call 703-237-
National Geographic Society and Mozart in the Jungle and a part- hour of “socially conscious comedy”
0300 or visit
the National Gallery of Art. nership with Giorgio Armani — are was the Audience Choice Award
winner at the 2018 Pittsburgh
Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC: said to be “redefining what it means
Fringe Festival. Opening set by
Terrace Theater. Tickets are $29 LENNY’S PLAYLIST to be a classical musician.” In addi-
to $49. Call 202-467-4600 or visit tion to one of the most treasured Franqi French. Friday, Oct. 12, at 7
“An orchestral artist is a living concertos in the repertoire, the pro- p.m. Reliable Tavern, 3655 Georgia
being, and a musician incorporat-
Ave. NW. Tickets are $5 online, or


$10 at the door. Call 202-800-0441
or visit

A series of discussions for the
broader Washington community
focusing on topics and questions
in today’s headlines. This week-
end’s dialogue examines our digital
life and world, including ways to
prevent cyberbullying and online


hate speech, led by participants
Ellen P. Goodman of the Rutgers
Institute for Information Policy &
Law, Neema Singh Guliani of the
American Civil Liberties Union’s
Washington Legislative Office, for-
mer Boston Globe columnist and
author Maggie Jackson (Distracted:
Reclaiming Our Focus in a World of
Lost Attention), Marc Rotenberg of
the Electronic Privacy Information
Center, and Maurice Turner
of the Center for Democracy &
Technology. Moderated by GWU’s
Amitai Etzioni. Sunday, Oct. 14,
at 5:30 p.m. Molly Smith Study at


Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. Free.
Call 202-488-3300 or visit arenas-

COMPANION SPECIES LECTURE Drag queen Dax ExclamationPoint will emcee GMCW’s annual
An active member of the Seneca costume-themed fundraiser Ropeburn.
Nation of Indians, the artist — who

works primarily in the medium of
and influences, with a particular rather than hobbies,” says Dax ExclamationPoint. “As soon as you finish one costume,
focus on the piece Companion you’re thinking about the next costume, and the next one.” Widely known for being
Species, as part of the Clarice Smith
Distinguished Lecture Series at on the eighth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Dax is relatively unique because her drag con-
the Smithsonian American Art sists entirely of cosplay — dressing up as a character from a book, comic, movie, TV series, or
Museum. Watt’s work and commu- video game. Over the years, she has portrayed a wide variety of characters, including X-Men’s
nity collaborations create a frame-
work for understanding our relat-
Storm, Rogue and Scarlet Witch, Batman’s Poison Ivy and Catwoman, The Amazing Spider-
edness to place, one another, and Man’s Black Cat, Chun-Li from Street Fighter, and even Sailor Mars from the Sailor Moon
the universe in its ancient and mod- anime series.
ern conditions. Wednesday, Oct. 17, “The appeal of cosplay is being able to express and embrace the fandom that you love,
at 6:30 p.m. McEvoy Auditorium,
Lower Level, 8th and F Streets NW. whether it’s paying homage to a character or franchise or storyline,” she says. “When I put a
Free, and available in the Kogod costume together, it’s because it’s a character I relate to, or want to celebrate, or who inspired
Courtyard beginning at 6 p.m. Call me at any time from when I was young up until now.”
202-633-1000 or visit americanart.
Next Thursday, Dax will host Ropeburn, an annual event to raise money for the Gay Men’s
Chorus of Washington. This year’s theme is centered entirely around cosplay, with a panel
SMUT SLAM DC: ON THE EDGE discussion introducing the concept prior to the on-stage performances. Because last year’s
Smut Slam is a storytelling event Ropeburn was a fetish, leather, and kink-themed event, Dax warns there may be some overlap
where audience members sign up
to tell their most entertaining real- in terms of the costumes on display.
life, first-person, consensual sex “With queer nightlife, there’s always going to be an underlying hint of kink or fetishism. I
stories in under five minutes. Every can definitely guarantee there’s going to be three guys in a pair of Batman underwear, a cape,
event is queer-friendly, as well as
king, sex, and body-positive. The
and not much else.”
Halloween-themed October edi- Dax says those unfamiliar with cosplay shouldn’t shy away from attending. “It’s a party
tion focuses on heart-pounding, with a cause,” she says. “Ticket sales are going to support something that’s creative and
consensual encounters driven by unique to the D.C. area: the Gay Men’s Chorus. Plus, it’s Halloween season, it’s a reason to
the erotic thrill in a little danger
and explorations into the farthest dress up, it’s a reason to go out and socialize.” —John Riley
reaches of our fantasies — from
almost-caught public displays to
edging encounters with suspended
Ropeburn 2: Guardians of Equality is Thursday, Oct. 18, at SAX Restaurant and Lounge,
orgasms. The evening’s “femme- 734 11th St. NW. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $80.
cees” are the event’s co-producers Costumes are optional but highly encouraged. Visit


FABERGE REDISCOVERED continues as a tribute to Richmond’s
The late heiress Marjorie heavy metal band GWAR.) Brightest
Merriweather Post has a renowned Young Things has partnered for a
collection of pieces from the firm of month-long spooky crime-themed
Carl Fabergé, the legendary jeweler pop-up that doubles as a preview of
to the last court of Russia. A spe- BYT’s True Crime Festival the first
cial exhibition at Post’s Hillwood weekend of November. Specifically,
Estate, nestled in a leafy section of decor and cocktails will draw inspi-
Upper Northwest a few blocks from ration from three of the most infa-
Van Ness, unveils new discoveries mous flashpoints featuring women
relating to the collection of about from the past: the Black Dahlia, the
90 Fabergé works, including two brutal — and still unsolved — mur-
imperial Easter eggs. To Jan. 13. der of Elizabeth Short in 1947; the
4155 Linnean Ave. NW. Suggested Salem Witch Trials of the 1690s;
donation is $18. Call 202-686-5807 and 16th-century female serial kill-
or visit er Elizabeth Bathory, a Hungarian
noblewoman who allegedly bathed
QUEER(ING) PLEASURE in the blood of virgins to retain her
Inspired by Audre Lorde, this youth. Launches Thursday, Oct. 11.
exhibit of works in various media is Daily from 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. (until
focused on illustrating “the radical 1:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays).

queer potential of pleasure” and the Runs to Nov. 4. Drink Company,

ways in which pleasure is an “unex- 1839 7th St. NW. Call 202-316-9396
pressed and unrecognized” feeling. or visit
Curated by Andy Johnson, per the
District of Columbia Arts Center’s GET A CLUE:
Curatorial Initiative, Queer(ing) A MURDER MYSTERY EVENING
Pleasure goes beyond the standard A live action game of Clue is the
“limited, white, hetero-centric logic draw for this one-night-only event
of the erotic” with works of per- at the DAR Museum, which tells the
formance, photography, embroi- story of American home life from the
dery, video, and sculpture by artists 18th through the early 20th century.
VIRGINIA WINE FESTIVAL including Antonius Bui, Monique
Muse Dodd, Tsedaye Makonnen,
The game will be played out in the
two galleries and 31 period rooms of
Alternately billed as “Virginia’s Oldest Wine Festival” and John Paradiso, and Jade Yumang. the museum, which was founded in
“the East Coast’s Longest-Running Wine Festival,” this To Oct. 14. DCAC, 2438 18th St. 1890 along with the National Society
43rd annual event organized by TasteUSA and present- NW. Call 202-462-7833 or visit of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Who committed a mur-
ed by the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association features der at the museum? And where? And
more than 200 wines from many of the commonwealth’s
with what weapon? Thursday, Oct.
most revered wineries. The festival also features Virginia 18, at 6 p.m. 1776 D St. NW. Tickets
are $35 and include two drink tick-
craft beers poured in the Virginia Oyster Pavilion, with SNALLYGASTER DC: BEASTLY ets, a detective packet, and special
bivalves served on the half shell, grilled, or baked in spe- BEER JAMBOREE access to collection objects. Call 202-
cial dishes. It will all be complemented by live entertain- Named after the mythical beast said 879-3241 or visit
to have once terrorized the area,
ment, craft vendors, and of course food trucks and ven- this craft beer festival and fundraiser OPUS MERRIWEATHER
dors — including Brick n’ Fire Pizza, Columbia Station, features more than 120 of the world’s Columbia’s recently renovated
DC Slices, Danibelle’s Lebanese, Kovi Asian Kitchen, finest breweries pouring more than Merriweather Park at Symphony
350 small-batch brews. The lineup is
Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, Maggiano’s, Red Dog BBQ, Qui Woods gets transformed once
a who’s who of popular and revered again as the second in a three-year
Qui Catering, and Smoke in the City. Saturday, Oct. 13, breweries from around the region project celebrating technology
and Sunday, Oct. 14, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Gateway Park and the country, including Maryland and art. Presented by the Howard
Rosslyn, 1300 Lee Highway, Arlington. Tickets, including (Charm City Meadworks), Virginia Hughes Corporation, the develop-
(Red Dragon Brewery), Vermont ers of downtown Columbia, this
tasting glass, unlimited wine (and cider) tastings, and (Hill Farmstead), Michigan (Jolly free, multi-sensory festival fea-
access to the Oyster Pavilion, are $40 in advance, or $55 at Pumpkin Artisan Ales), California tures immersive art installations,
the door; a VIP pass also grants one-hour early admission, (Ballast Point), Texas (Jester King), mesmerizing music performances
Louisiana (Great Raft), and Florida
plus access to a private tent and bathrooms with addition- and projection mapping, as well
(Funky Buddha), and Canada as artisanal culinary offerings all
al reserve wine tastings and costs $65 in advance or $95 at (Bellwoods). There will be food intended to offer a surreal sensory
the door. Visit trucks and vendors, live music and journey. Among the highlights of
DJs, and other festive fare. Saturday, the second year, with the theme
October 13, from 1:30 to 7 p.m. “Enter The Kaleidoscope,” are
Mindi Mimosa and Diva Darling,
joined by a panel of local celebrity
ART & EXHIBITS Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd
and 6th Streets NW. Tickets are $15,
a multi-layered performance of
MYRIAD by Oneohtrix Point
judges, who will help determine or $40 to $65 for passes also offering Never, photographer Marilyn
ATHENAEUM INVITATIONAL: 30 food and drink tickets and early
which storytellers get prize packs Minter’s film Green Pink Caviar,
full of condoms, lube and sex toys. conceptual art by German “sonic
Artists, both those specially invited
There’ll also be a Fuckbucket, for house” artist Pantha du Prince,
and others who answered a call for
anonymous confessions and ques-
tions to share with the crowd.
submissions, created themed-based ABOVE & BEYOND and the Mexican-born multimedia
artist Alejandro Almanza’s kinetic
works in this fourth annual exhi-
Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. Ten installation “Ahead and beyond of
bition presented by Alexandria’s DEATH BECOMES US P.U.B.
Tigers Parlour, 3813 Georgia Ave. everyone’s time, space and rhythm,”
historic museum. The exhibition Two of the three small connected
NW. Tickets are $10 by preorder, or which suggests a rupture in space-
brings a modern context to the idea spaces in the Drink Company’s Shaw
$15 at the door. Call 202-506-2080 time between two divergent events,
of a curiosity collection enveloped pop-up bar, or PUB, finally reopen
or visit namely a fancy dinner and a dance
in a gallery-sized cabinet. On dis- after Warner Bros. threatened to
party. Saturday, Oct. 13, from 4:30
play to Nov. 11. The Athenaeum, sue if they opened as an immersive
to 11 p.m. 10475 Little Patuxent
201 Prince St., Alexandria. Call 703- tribute to the animated TV series
Parkway, Columbia, Md. Free. Visit
548-0035 or visit Rick and Morty. (The third space l



Warming up for 2016’s Walk to End HIV

Camaraderie, respect for those who have passed, and hope for the future
are trademarks of Whitman-Walker’s Walk to End HIV. By John Riley

WAYNE LAWSON-BROWN WAS FIRST INTRO- very little federal support, relying chiefly on the generosity
duced to AIDS Walk Washington as a child, when of individual donors. As time has gone on and the disease
he and his Boy Scout troop participated. “In the has become more of a chronic, manageable condition, not
late ’80s and early ’90s, there was a lot of talk around HIV only has the name changed — it’s now known as the Walk to
and transmission,” says the Washington, D.C. native. “And End HIV — but so, too, has the walk’s purpose. It has mor-
the images you saw were of people dying. So my troop and phed from a fundraiser seeking to scrape together money
our Scoutmaster saw the need, and said, ‘We’re not doctors. for palliative and end-of-life care for people living with
We’re not going to be able to do anything medical, but a way AIDS, to an event focused on providing quality healthcare to
we can help is by raising some money and walking.’ HIV-positive individuals and funding efforts to find a cure
“I remember first thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, we’ve got to for HIV.
walk for how long? Why? It’s not going to be fun,’” he recalls. Hannah Byrne, the organizational archives assistant at
“And getting there and realizing, ‘Wait, this is for a good Whitman-Walker and one of the chief forces behind the
cause.’” community health center’s “40 Stories” Project, has spent
Ever since that first AIDS Walk, the event has been a fix- the past year collecting oral histories from different figures
ture in Lawson-Brown’s life. He joined in several walks as a whose lives form the larger story of Whitman-Walker’s evo-
teen, and later, after becoming a youth health educator for lution. Working in collaboration with American University’s
Metro Teen AIDS, arranged for a group of kids in the pro- Humanities Truck, an educational project that collects and
gram to walk with him, carrying on the tradition first begun displays historical artifacts inside of a converted delivery
by his forward-thinking Scoutmaster. truck, Byrne has curated a mobile exhibit on the history of
“As far as my story goes, it’s always been connected to the Walk to End HIV. The exhibit will be on display at this
serving young people as they navigate this fight against year’s walk.
HIV,” says Lawson-Brown, now health educator for social Byrne marvels at the tenacity of those who launched the
mobilization at Whitman-Walker Health. “I think it’s time first AIDS Walk in 1987, calling it an “incredible feat” to
for us, as people in their 30s and late 20s, to continue to cul- bring people together to raise money for a disease that was
tivate young activists who are ready to take up the mantle, little understood and shrouded in stigma.
to be a leader, to get others in their social groups to walk.” “It’s incredible to think of the collective courage it took,
Started in 1987 as “The Next Step,” the walk began out in 1987, to come together and say, ‘Here we are. Here’s what
of a sense of desperation. At the time, HIV/AIDS service we’re fighting for. These are the people we’re fighting for.
organizations were coping with a mounting death toll and Forget all of the stigma. We just need to raise money to help


save people’s lives,’” she says. “I’ve read an article featuring those who are unable to participate physically in the walk
[former Whitman-Walker Clinic director] Jim Graham, or the 5K can contribute financially by dining at participat-
where he said they raised like $240,000 at that first walk. ing restaurants from Oct. 27-28. Under the arrangement,
I think that’s an incredible show of a community coming restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to benefit
together publicly, dedicated to fighting for their commu- Whitman-Walker Health’s HIV/AIDS services.
nity, fighting for their lives, and the respect of the larger For Naseema Shafi, the deputy executive director of
community.” Whitman-Walker Health, the Walk to End HIV and its
Dave Mallory, director of annual giving at Whitman- affiliated events are a central part of the community health
Walker, says the earlier walks were as much a protest of center’s identity.
government inaction on HIV/AIDS as they were fundrais- “I’ve seen a different level of engagement from the com-
ers. munity in terms of the people who actually show up that
“In the earlier days, the crowds were there to protest, day,” she says, noting that the event’s timing in October can
to raise visibility, to demand often conflict with walks or
treatments and education,” he races aimed at raising money
says. “There’s always been a for other causes. “It gives us
sense of community around the
Walk to End HIV, and that’s
“When you see an opportunity to be at a large
gathering that reinvigorates us
very much still there. It’s great
to see the diversity of commu-
every kind of person about why we exist and how
much we are integrated with,
nities that come together for
the walk, whether it’s the faith participating in and rely on, the community.”
Shafi’s most vivid mem-
community, the LGBTQ com- ory of a walk was in 2016,
munity, or the law firms,” he The Walk to End when many members of the
says, referring to a number of Whitman-Walker family, and,
local businesses that sponsor HIV, people from indeed, many residents of the
employees who take part in the liberal-leaning District, were
Michael Kharfen, senior
every walk of life, still smarting from the surprise
election of President Trump.
deputy director for the D.C.
Department of Health’s HIV/
quite frankly, “I remember the Gay Men’s
Chorus sang,” she says. “There
AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB was an energy that hung in the
Administration, which partners you hope, as well as air, this sense of dread, but it
with Whitman-Walker for the sort of reflected the need for
Walk to End HIV, says the evo- motivation, that we us to stick together. It was very
lution highlights the progress powerful.”
that’s been made in combating
can see an Shafi says the walk also
serves as a poignant reminder
“I started working on HIV
in 1985 in New York City,
end to HIV.” that more needs to be done
on a variety of fronts to com-
and we didn’t have the public bat HIV, and the essential role
health, or the kind of govern- — Michael Karfen that Whitman-Walker plays in
mental national leadership to achieving those goals.
respond to the epidemic taking “Our job at Whitman-
people’s lives,” he says. “Heck, Walker and as members of the
the President of the United States didn’t even say the word HIV community is to help continue to educate folks on
‘AIDS’ until his last year in office.” where we need help and which parts of the community
But Kharfen also notes that despite medical break- aren’t accessing care,” she says. “We have to think about
throughs like antiretrovirals that have prolonged the lives how we get more young people engaged in their health care
of HIV-positive individuals, or the advent of PrEP to combat earlier, how do we get young people, especially young men
transmission of the virus, there is still no cure or vaccine, and women of color, on PrEP, how do we get more trans
meaning those who are committed to fighting the disease folks engaged in their health care.
cannot be lulled into a false sense of security. “And so, we have to think about the ways we can com-
“We have to keep walking, we have to keep talking, we municate how important we still are, and how, without the
have to keep being visible,” he says. “To me that’s an import- help of the community, we would really struggle to provide
ant part about what The Walk to End HIV is about, that we those services.” l
are visible right there in the center of the city. When you see
every kind of person participating in The Walk to End HIV, The Walk & 5K to End HIV is Saturday, Oct. 27, at Freedom
people from every walk of life, quite frankly, you Plaza, at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 13th Street
hope, as well as motivation, that we can see an end to HIV.” NW. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m., with the 5K kicking off at
For the second year in a row, Whitman-Walker will 9:15 a.m. and the walk at 9:20 a.m. To sign up or donate, visit
sponsor a companion event, the Brunch to End HIV, where


THURSDAY, October 11 411, Takoma Park, Md. To set
up an appointment or for more
information, call Gaithersburg,
Weekly Events
301-300-9978, or Takoma Park,
offers free HIV testing and HIV
offers free, rapid HIV testing.
services (by appointment). 9
Appointment needed. 1012 14th
a.m.-5 p.m. Decatur Center,
St. NW, Suite 700. To arrange
1400 Decatur St. NW. To
an appointment, call 202-638-


arrange an appointment, call
202-291-4707, or visit androm-
SMYAL offers free HIV Testing,
3-5 p.m., by appointment and
walk-in, for youth 21 and
session at Takoma Aquatic
younger. Youth Center, 410 7th
Center. 7:30-9 p.m. 300 Van
St. SE. 202-567-3155 or test-
Buren St. NW. For more infor-
mation, visit
STI TESTING at Whitman-
Walker Health. 10 a.m.-12:30
ning/walking/social club Stoltzfus p.m. and 2-3 p.m. at both 1525
welcomes runners of all ability
14th St. NW and the Max


levels for exercise in a fun and
Robinson Center, 2301 Martin
supportive environment, with
Luther King, Jr. Ave. SE.
socializing afterward. Route
Testing is intended for those
distance is 3-6 miles. Meet at
without symptoms. For an
7 p.m. at 23rd & P Streets NW.
appointment call 202-745-7000
For more information, visit A dedication to community service motivates or visit
Carrie Stoltzfus in her work for Food & Friends.

Narcotics Anonymous Meeting.
gay and lesbian square-dancing VER SINCE I’VE WORKED FOR FOOD & FRIENDS,
The group is independent of
group, features mainstream starting as the delivery volunteer coordinator, I’ve UHU. 6:30-7:30 p.m., 3636
through advanced square
gotten to meet all of these people who care about their Georgia Ave. NW. For more
dancing at the National City
Christian Church. Please dress community, and want to help take care of other people they information, call 202-446-1100.
casually. 7-9:30 p.m. 5 Thomas haven’t met and don’t know,” says Carrie Stoltzfus, director
Circle NW. 202-930-1058, of program services for Food & Friends. “It’s what’s kept me INSTITUTE for young LBTQ here for so long.” women, 13-21, interested in
Stoltzfus, who has been with the organization for 15 years, leadership development. 5-6:30
was recently named the successor to longtime executive direc- p.m. SMYAL Youth Center, 410
practice. The team is always
tor Craig Shniderman, who is leaving his position at the end of 7th St. SE. For more informa-
looking for new members.
tion, call 202-567-3163, or email
All welcome. 7-9 p.m. Harry December after 24 years. For Stoltzfus, Food & Friends’ mis-
Thomas Recreation Center, sion of providing prepared meals and nutrition counseling to
1743 Lincoln Rd. NE. For more
information, visit scandalsrfc. those suffering from debilitating or life-threatening illnesses FRIDAY, October 12
org or remains close to her heart.
“We meet people at a time where they’re vulnerable,” she GAMMA is a confidential, vol-
THE DULLES TRIANGLES says. “We love to see people get better and transition off Food untary, peer-support group
Northern Virginia social for men who are gay, bisexual,
& Friends, but we also want to be there for people for whom questioning and who are now
group meets for happy hour at
Sheraton in Reston. All wel- that’s not their story or their path. or who have been in a relation-
come. 7-9 p.m. 11810 Sunrise “It can be really hard, but there’s also a lot of joy in this ship with a woman. 7:30-9:30
Valley Drive, second-floor bar. work, and that’s what gets you through it,” she continues. “It’s p.m. Luther Place Memorial
For more information, visit Church, 1226 Vermont Ave
an honor to be there for someone at a difficult time in their life. NW. GAMMA meetings are
And the feedback that we hear from people who receive these also held in Vienna, Va., and in
HIV TESTING at Whitman- meals, or will write or call after their loved one has passed Frederick, Md. For more infor-
Walker Health. 9 a.m.-12:30 away and talk about how we helped the family, that’s the ener- mation, visit
p.m. and from 2-5 p.m. at 1525 gizing factor that gets you through the sad times.”
14th St. NW, and 9 a.m-12 Join LGBTQ people from
For Shniderman, leaving is bittersweet, but he has the all over the D.C. area for a
p.m. and 2-5 p.m. at the Max
Robinson Center, 2301 MLK Jr. utmost confidence in Stoltzfus taking the helm. HAPPY HOUR SOCIAL at The
Ave. SE. For an appointment “Food & Friends has been such an instrumental part of my Embassy Row Hotel’s Station
call 202-745-7000 or visit whit- life for 24 years that it’s hard to separate who I am from it,” Kitchen & Cocktails Lounge. he says. “[But] I’m thrilled that Carrie is going to be the next Everyone welcome. No Cover.
6-9 p.m. Dupont Circle Metro
director. She is an extraordinary person and an extraordinary is two blocks away. 2015
IDENTITY offers free and
confidential HIV testing at professional, and is really in deep with the mission of Food & Massachusetts Ave. NW. For
two separate locations. Walk- Friends. I know that the future of the organization is in really more information, visit meetup.
ins accepted from 2-6 p.m., good hands with her.” —John Riley com/GoGayDC.
by appointment for all other
hours. 414 East Diamond Ave., Food & Friends is located at 219 Riggs Rd. NE in Washington, WOMEN IN THEIR TWENTIES
Gaithersburg, Md. or 7676 D.C. For more information, call 202-269-2277 or visit (AND THIRTIES), a social
New Hampshire Ave., Suite discussion and activity group


for queer women, meets at The DC in a fun and supportive environ-
Center on the second and fourth ment, with socializing afterward.
Friday of each month. Group social Route distance will be 3-6 miles.
activity to follow the meeting. Walker meet at 9:30 a.m. and run-
8-9:30 p.m. 2000 14th St. NW, ners at 10 a.m. at 23rd & P Streets
Suite 105. For more information, NW. For more information, visit

Weekly Events DIGNITYUSA sponsors Mass for

LGBT community, family and
BET MISHPACHAH, founded by friends. 6:30 p.m., Immanuel
members of the LGBT community, Church-on-the-Hill, 3606 Seminary
holds Friday evening Shabbat ser- Road, Alexandria. All welcome. For
vices in the DC Jewish Community more info, visit
Center’s Community Room. 8 p.m.
1529 16th St. NW. For more infor- SUNDAY, October 14
mation, visit
Weekly Events
DC AQUATICS CLUB holds a prac-
tice session at Howard University. LGBT-inclusive ALL SOULS
6:30-8 p.m. Burr Gymnasium, 2400 MEMORIAL EPISCOPAL CHURCH
6th St. NW. For more information, celebrates Low Mass at 8:30
visit a.m., High Mass at 11 a.m. 2300
Cathedral Ave. NW. 202-232-4244,
affirming social group for ages
11-24. 4-6 p.m. 1419 Columbia Road BETHEL CHURCH-DC progressive
NW. Contact Tamara, 202-319- and radically inclusive church
0422, holds services at 11:30 a.m. 2217
Minnesota Ave. SE. 202-248-1895,
SMYAL’S REC NIGHT provides a
social atmosphere for LGBT and
questioning youth, featuring dance DC AQUATICS CLUB holds a
parties, vogue nights, movies and practice session at Wilson Aquatic
games. For more info, email cather- Center. 9:30-11 a.m. 4551 Fort Dr. NW. For more information, visit
SATURDAY, October 13
AGLA, the alliance for LGBTQ walking/social club welcomes run-
Arlington and Alexandria residents, ners of all ability levels for exercise
holds an AFTERNOON COFFEE in a fun and supportive environ-
JOLT for its members and allies at ment, with socializing afterward.
Republik Coffee Bar of Ballston. Route will be a distance run of 8, 10
2:30-3:30 p.m. 4401 Wilson Blvd., or 12 miles. Meet at 9 a.m. at 23rd
Arlington, Va. For more informa- & P Streets NW. For more informa-
tion, visit or facebook. tion, visit
DIGNITYUSA offers Roman
KHUSH DC, a support group Catholic Mass for the LGBT
for LGBTQ South Asians, hosts community. All welcome. Sign
a monthly meeting at The DC interpreted. 6 p.m. St. Margaret’s
Center. 1:30-3:30 p.m. 2000 14th St. Church, 1820 Connecticut Ave.
NW, Suite 105. For more informa- NW. For more info, visit dignity-
tion, visit

The DC Center hosts a monthly FAIRLINGTON UNITED

a group to support and empower inclusive church. All welcome,
LGBTQIA people with disabili- including the LGBTQ commu-
ties, offer perspectives on dating nity. Member of the Reconciling
and relationships, and create Ministries Network. Services at
greater access in public spaces for 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. 3900 King
LGBTQIA PWDs. 1-2:30 p.m. 2000 Street, Alexandria, Va. 703-671-
14th St. NW, Suite 105. For more 8557. For more info, visit fairling-
information, contact Andy Arias,
welcomes all to 10:30 a.m. service,
DC AQUATICS CLUB holds a prac- 945 G St. NW. or
tice session at Montgomery College 202-628-4317.
Aquatics Club. 8:30-10 a.m. 7600
Takoma Ave., Takoma, Md. For more FRIENDS MEETING OF
information, visit WASHINGTON meets for worship,
10:30 a.m., 2111 Florida Ave. NW,
DC FRONT RUNNERS running/ Quaker House Living Room (next
walking/social club welcomes run- to Meeting House on Decatur
ners of all ability levels for exercise Place), 2nd floor. Special welcome


to lesbians and gays. Handicapped UNITARIAN CHURCH OF
accessible from Phelps Place gate. ARLINGTON, an LGBTQ welcom-
Hearing assistance. ing-and-affirming congregation,
offers services at 10 a.m. Virginia
HOPE UNITED CHURCH OF Rainbow UU Ministry. 4444
CHRIST welcomes GLBT commu- Arlington Blvd.
nity for worship. 10:30 a.m., 6130
invites LGBTQ families and indi-
HSV-2 SOCIAL AND SUPPORT viduals of all creeds and cultures to
GROUP for gay men living in the join the church. Services 9:15 and
DC metro area. This group will be 11:15 a.m. 10309 New Hampshire
meeting once a month. For infor- Ave.
mation on location and time, visit UNIVERSALIST NATIONAL
INSTITUTE FOR SPIRITUAL ing and inclusive church. GLBT
DEVELOPMENT, God-centered new Interweave social/service group
age church & learning center. Sunday meets monthly. Services at 11 a.m.,
Services and Workshops event. 5419 Romanesque sanctuary. 1810 16th St.
Sherier Place NW. NW. 202-387-3411,

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UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST for The Metro D.C. chapter of PFLAG,
an inclusive, loving and progressive a support group for parents, family
faith community every Sunday. 11 members and allies of the LGBTQ
a.m. 1701 11th Street NW, near R in community, holds its monthly meet-
Shaw/Logan neighborhood. lincol- ing at The DC Center. 7-9 p.m. 2000 14th St. NW, Suite 105. For more
information, visit
REFORMATION invites all to
Weekly Events
Sunday worship at 8:30 or 11 a.m.
Childcare is available at both ser-
The DC Center hosts COFFEE
vices. Welcoming LGBT people for
25 years. 212 East Capitol St. NE.
COMMUNITY. 10 a.m.-noon. 2000
14th St. NW. For more information,
call 202-682-2245 or visit thedc-
VIRGINIA services at 11 a.m., led
US HELPING US hosts a black gay
by Rev. Emma Chattin. Children’s
men’s evening affinity group for
Sunday School, 11 a.m. 10383
GBT black men. Light refreshments
Democracy Lane, Fairfax. 703-691-
provided. 7-9 p.m. 3636 Georgia
Ave. NW. 202-446-1100.
WATER POLO TEAM practices 7-9
services at 9 a.m. (ASL interpret-
p.m. Newcomers with at least basic
ed) and 11 a.m. Children’s Sunday
swimming ability always welcome.
School at 11 a.m. 474 Ridge St. NW.
Takoma Aquatic Center, 300 Van
Buren St. NW. For more informa-
tion, contact Tom, 703-299-0504
or, or visit
CHURCH, inclusive church with
GLBT fellowship, offers gospel wor-
ship, 8:30 a.m., and traditional wor-
ship, 11 a.m. 5 Thomas Circle NW.
for newly diagnosed individuals,
meets 7 p.m. Registration required.
202-939-7671, hivsupport@whit-
a Christ-centered, interracial,
welcoming-and-affirming church,
offers service at 10 a.m. 680 I St.
SW. 202-554-4330, TUESDAY, October 16


INCARNATION, an “interra- Center, hosts a monthly roundtable
cial, multi-ethnic Christian discussion around issues of bisex-
Community” offers services in uality. 7-8 p.m. 2000 14th St. NW,
English, 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., and Suite 105. Visit
in Spanish at 5:15 p.m. 1525 Newton
St. NW. 202-232-0900, saintste- THE HIV WORKING GROUP of The DC Center hosts a “Packing
Party,” where volunteers assemble
safe-sex kits of condoms and lube.
7-9 p.m. 2000 14th St. NW, Suite


105. For more information, visit Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. All welcome. 7:30 p.m. 2000 14th St.
NW, Suite 105. Visit bookmendc.
Weekly Events

DC AQUATICS CLUB practice The DC Center hosts a GET

session at Takoma Aquatic Center. EMPOWERED! Self-Defense
7:30-9 p.m. 300 Van Buren St. NW. Workshop on how to defend your-
For more information, visit swim- self if you are verbally or physically harassed. Open to women, trans-
gender, and gender-nonconforming
DC FRONT RUNNERS running/ people ages 16 and up. 6:30-8:30
walking/social club welcomes run- p.m. 2000 14th St. NW, Suite 105.
ners of all ability levels for exercise To register, or for more informa-
in a fun and supportive environment, tion, visit
with socializing afterward. Route
distance is 3-6 miles. Meet at 7 p.m. The TOM DAVOREN SOCIAL
at Union Station. For more informa- BRIDGE CLUB meets for Social
tion, visit Bridge at the Dignity Center, across
from the Marine Barracks. No
DC SCANDALS RUGBY holds prac- partner needed. 7:30 p.m. 721 8th
tice. The team is always looking St. SE. Call 301-345-1571 for more
for new members. All welcome. information.
7-9 p.m. Harry Thomas Recreation
Center, 1743 Lincoln Rd. NE. For Weekly Events
more information, visit scandalsrfc.
org or AD LIB, a group for freestyle con-
versation, meets about 6-6:30 p.m.,
THE GAY MEN’S HEALTH Steam, 17th and R NW. All wel-
COLLABORATIVE offers free come. For more information, call
HIV testing and STI screening Fausto Fernandez, 703-732-5174.
and treatment every Tuesday.
5-6:30 p.m. Rainbow Tuesday DC AQUATICS CLUB (DCAC)
LGBT Clinic, Alexandria Health holds a practice session at Dunbar
Department, 4480 King St. 703- Aquatic Center. 7:30-9 p.m. 101 N
746-4986 or text 571-214-9617. St. NW. For more information, visit


holds an LGBT-focused meet- group for LGBT people looking
ing every Tuesday, 7 p.m. at St. to quit cigarettes and tobacco use,
George’s Episcopal Church, 915 holds a weekly support meeting at
Oakland Ave., Arlington, just steps The DC Center. 7-8 p.m. 2000 14th
from Virginia Square Metro. For St. NW, Suite 105. For more infor-
more info. call Dick, 703-521- mation, visit
1999. Handicapped accessible.
Newcomers welcome. liveandletli- HISTORIC CHRIST CHURCH offers Wednesday worship 7:15 a.m.
and 12:05 p.m. All welcome. 118 N.
Support group for LGBTQ youth Washington St., Alexandria. 703-
ages 13-21 meets at SMYAL. 5-6:30 549-1450,
p.m. 410 7th St. SE. For more
information, contact Cathy Chu, JOB CLUB, a weekly support pro-
202-567-3163, or catherine.chu@ gram for job entrants and seekers, meets at The DC Center. 6-7:30
p.m. 2000 14th St. NW, Suite 105.
US HELPING US hosts a support For more info,
group for black gay men 40 and
older. 7-9 p.m., 3636 Georgia Ave. STI TESTING at Whitman-Walker
NW. 202-446-1100. Health. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at both 1525
14th St. NW and the Max Robinson
Whitman-Walker Health holds its Center, 2301 Martin Luther King,
weekly GAY MEN’S HEALTH AND Jr. Ave. SE. Testing is intended for
WELLNESS/STD CLINIC. Patients those without symptoms. For an
are seen on walk-in basis. No-cost appointment call 202-745-7000 or
screening for HIV, syphilis, gon- visit
orrhea and chlamydia. Hepatitis
and herpes testing available for fee. WASHINGTON WETSKINS
Testing starts at 6 p.m, but should WATER POLO TEAM practices 7-9
arrive early to ensure a spot. 1525 p.m. Newcomers with at least basic
14th St. NW. For more information, swimming ability always welcome.
visit Takoma Aquatic Center, 300 Van
Buren St. NW. For more informa-
WEDNESDAY, October 17 tion, contact Tom, 703-299-0504
or, or visit
BOOKMEN DC, an informal men’s l
gay literature group, meets at
The DC Center to discuss John
Ashbery’s 1975 poetry collection,


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Life According to

Interview by Randy Shulman

The Award-winning actress on Grace and Frankie,

the current state of society, and the two
most important Janes in her life.

“My god, we’ve been talking for a long time!”

Indeed, a scheduled 30-minute interview with Lily Tomlin has depth of its purpose. Yes, it’s extremely funny, and is superbly
somehow reached the 100-minute mark — a rarity with almost acted by its two leads to the point where you’d think you were
any celebrity. Despite her pronouncement, on this particular watching an ongoing master class, but the program swells with
Monday afternoon, the award-winning actress and comedian honest heart and, thanks to Tomlin, delightful, offbeat quirks. It
seems happy to remain on the phone, at times even breaking has something for everyone, not least the LGBTQ community in
into her famous characters to punctuate a point. The only thing the way it expresses its main gay relationship between two men
preventing our call from overtaking the entire afternoon is that well into their seventies. It doesn’t hurt matters that both Marin
Tomlin and her wife, Jane Wagner, are expecting guests. Sheen and Sam Waterston give themselves over fully to their
Tomlin is exactly as you’d expect her to be — warm, wise, characterizations, with the latter breaking free of his years as a
welcoming. When the conversation takes a turn toward discuss- stern, hard-nosed DA on Law & Order, and offering up a perfor-
ing our mothers — hers is deceased, and mine is laid up with mance overflowing with whimsy and wonder.
a hip injury — she shows deep and genuine concern, offering “I had never worked with Sam before,” recalls Tomlin. “He
homespun advice on mobility solutions. came in on the first day of shooting, and was just like a big puppy
It’s not at all surprising, really, considering that the overar- dog. You can absolutely believe he could have been Frankie’s
ching topic of her current hit comedy, Grace and Frankie, is how husband for 40 years, and they’re best friends, and Frankie was
society copes with aging. Tomlin stars as the free-spirited half of in love with him, and really valued her relationship with him.
two women whose husbands left them — for each other — and But she wants him to be happy.”
who come to depend on one another for companionship. Out Fonda, of course, is a longtime friend of Tomlin’s, and the pair
of an initially testy relationship gently flowers a deep, abiding, had worked together before, most notably in Nine to Five, the
loving friendship between the pair. With the glut of content on 1980 comedy that also starred Dolly Parton, Dabney Coleman,
Netflix these days, Grace and Frankie stands out as a miraculous and the great British veteran Jean Marsh. In it, three put-upon
oasis of both originality and familiarity. In the old days, they office workers teach their abusive, harassing, sexist boss a lesson
would call it “Must-See TV.” he’ll never forget. Tomlin is optimistic that a sequel, featuring
The show, entering its fifth season on Netflix in 2019, is not the original cast, is imminent.
only a terrific showcase for Tomlin and costar Jane Fonda, but Tomlin, who will appear next Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the
deals with authentic issues that confront the elderly, including Kennedy Center Concert Hall for an evening celebrating some
the ennui of retirement, the need to feel like one is still a viable of her most treasured characterizations, from Ernestine to
member of society, late-in-life romance, and even how arthritis Edith Ann to Mrs. Beasley to Tommy Velour, is just happy to be
impacts the ability to masturbate. working.
To call Grace and Frankie a sitcom would be to diminish the “I don’t feel like I’m working hard,” says the 79-year-old. “If




you have the energy, you want to work.” Still, she admits she’s whole creation of the vibrator business was hilarious, but at the
happiest when collaborating with Wagner, the brilliant writer same time really dealt with sexual issues in a way that younger
who has been a guiding force behind some of Tomlin’s most people don’t think about. It’s groundbreaking in that regard.
memorable achievements, including the Tony-winning Search TOMLIN: Yeah. I could’ve become the vibrator maven if those
for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. “If Jane is going to were operable. People would write us, “Can you get me a couple
work on it, it’s going to be something revolutionary,” she glows of those vibrators?” I’d just say, “There’s plenty on the market,
of the woman she married in 2013 after 42 years together. you could probably buy one easily, but these don’t work. They’re
Even though she officially came out late in life, Tomlin’s sen- props.” God help us, though, they’re huge.
timents toward her LGBTQ community are filled with the kind MW: Frankie seems very suited to you in terms of our general per-
of sincerity that emanates from her naturally. ception of who Lily Tomlin is as a known celebrity. How much do
“I’m so proud of this community, and what it’s accomplished you share in common with her as a character?
in such a short time,” she says. “I never dreamed in the ’60s and TOMLIN: As the years have gone on, I don’t try to create a charac-
’70s that all this would ever happen so quickly. The community ter as much as I kind of live it. I find more and more characters
has just always been there for each other. I just love it.” that I attempt are closer to me — or maybe it takes less to convey
a character. I feel very close to Frankie. I do what comes natu-
METRO WEEKLY: Let’s start with Grace and Frankie. We’ll be see- rally to me in the role. Of course, you bring your experience as an
ing the fifth season soon. actor to the part and you fill out certain moments.
LILY TOMLIN: Yes, we’re going to start shooting the sixth season MW: Your rapport with Jane Fonda is incredible.
in January. TOMLIN: Well, I just believe she is Grace, and I guess she believes
MW: Did you expect it to take off like it has? I’m Frankie. We get a lot of pleasure out of it. Sometimes we get
TOMLIN: No, god, no. We didn’t know what to expect. We were to laughing so much, we keep the crew until two in the morning.
lucky, Jane and I. Marta Kauffman called both of us and said she That doesn’t go over great. [Laughs.]
had an idea for a show for us. Netflix was just starting to crest in I truly love Jane. Jane’s a great friend, and has been for years.
terms of its popularity. We got in right after House of Cards. So When our characters have a fight, we both get affected by it —
we were just kind of excited to do it, to be in that new venue. And we get sad that we’re having a fight. I know audiences like our
it turned out so well, and we’ve had so much fun doing it. And friendship immensely. Netflix has let us know that. They don’t
we got such great people. Martin and Sam were so adorable. And let us know much else, but they let us know that.
[the actors playing] our kids are so good, each one is so different. MW: They don’t give you feedback?
MW: Has it been challenging, going from year to year, to come up TOMLIN: They don’t. That’s how they operate. They don’t want
with narrative arcs, to make it feel as natural as it does? you to know just how popular the show is. But they keep renew-
TOMLIN: No, it hasn’t been terribly difficult. Jane and I were ing it, so as long as that happens, I guess we should probably
very excited to be able to do two women of our age. And, it was enjoy the fruits.

“People would write us,

‘Can you get me a couple
of those vibrators?’ I’d just
say, ‘There’s plenty on the
market, you could probably
buy one easily. THESE


Marta’s intention to show what they’re up against in terms of MW: How much further do you think the show can go? Is there a
society, marginalization, and discounting. It was great to have point where you’d say, “Okay, we’ve told all the story that we need
the husbands leave them for each other, so we have that whole to tell.”
gay issue. TOMLIN: No. I think Jane and I want to completely age for the
But, of course, no one knew how we were going to do it. I’m audience. But we’re youthful — we don’t age too well. Well, we
thinking maybe Marta knew — I hope she knew. And how she’s don’t age too rapidly. And we have a great cinematographer, I
able to stay ahead of each year, I don’t know. Very often we have must say. I guess he could lay down on the job and we’d age fast-
input to certain things about our characters. We say when we’re er. But Jane is always saying, “I want to go until we really can’t
uncomfortable with something that the character’s asked to do, walk.” I think, “Well, okay, I’ll hang in there with you.”
or if we think it betrays the character, but that doesn’t happen MW: The show has been especially good at conveying the relation-
very often. We have a great set of writers. It’s just sort of blessed. ship between Martin and Sam’s characters. While it’s hard to
MW: The show deals with sex and the older set so forthrightly. The condone what they did to their wives, their relationship is sweetly


portrayed, and allows the show to have a unique LGBTQ angle. perately so that if he does get into trouble with [special counsel
How important was it to you, as a member of the LGBTQ commu- Robert] Mueller that this justice will fight for him to be exon-
nity, that a gay relationship be part of the equation. erated, to not be indicted at all, to not have anything brought
TOMLIN: Very important, very important. There’s only been one against him, that he’s above the law. Kavanaugh will endorse
time that I called about a scene on the show. It was during one that. He said it in his writings, he said it in his speaking. And, of
of the protests, and Martin and Sam have a bunch of gay friends course, I worry about Roe v. Wade, and anything else that this
around. I thought the director had just let them go too far. Not guy can [help] overturn.
Sam and Martin so much, but the other guys. They just kind of MW: We’ve had a lot of discussions in our staff meetings about
overdid it. I called and asked if they couldn’t look for another whether or not gay marriage would be overturned. I think what
cut in this one scene. I think all that stuff can be cumulative and they’ll do is bolster religious freedoms to the point where they make
color the audience’s reaction. things as difficult as possible for us.

“I was kind of insulted.

It wasn’t like Time was
saying, ‘We want to put
you on the cover for your
work,’ but ‘WE WANT TO


MW: Occasionally, I’ll come across sitcoms from the ’70s on cable — TOMLIN: Did you ever see that film — an anti-Nazi movie, I can’t
All in the Family, for instance — and am genuinely shocked about think of the name — that all they did was change the law incre-
what they got away with. Obviously, these were shows designed to mentally? They just carefully kept changing the law, changing
provoke and make you consider society’s mores through the laughs. the law, until finally it was a world that the Germans wouldn’t
All in the Family, in particular, held a huge mirror up to society. I even recognize, allowing the absolute siege of the Jews and
wonder what would happen if we had an Archie Bunker archetype anyone else they didn’t like — gays — in the country. In the
on network TV now. Holocaust museum in Berlin, they have notebooks filled with the
LILY: [Conservative audiences] would just see that character as a directions — the Nazi directions — for how to vanquish the Jews.
validation of their own feelings. It’s more dangerous, unless the And gay people. It’s just horrifying.
writer is able to infuse the project with a morality that somebody You have to think in the worst possible scenario when people
would produce, and distribute. There’s not too much morality have a racist, misogynistic, anti-gay everything mindset. You
anymore either, in terms of writers. I mean, that was the writer’s just want to stop them now. There just comes a time when the
duty at one point — to create a more progressive tolerance in human’s mindset has to change, it has to grow and change and
society. I don’t know if that’s always true anymore. do better for other people.
MW: Speaking of society today, what are your thoughts on how it’s MW: The president’s son, Donald Jr., said he’s more worried about
shifted in the past several years? his sons being accused of sexual assault than his daughters being
TOMLIN: It bothers me terribly. I keep thinking, “Well god, how assaulted. It’s disturbing these people don’t truly understand what
much longer do I have? What is the world going to be like before any of this #MeToo movement is about.
I exit the planet?” It’s gotten like it’s just a battle — who can TOMLIN: It’s a power thing. They have never cared. Even if they
dominate? Can a more progressive agenda in this country take have daughters, they haven’t really been aware of, or even sensi-
over from this terribly restrictive, old-fashioned, really misogy- tive to, generally speaking, what their daughters are up against.
nistic, racist kind of ethic that everybody’s living by on the other Edith Ann says it best, she says, “Kids learn how to act in the
side? They seem rabid in their beliefs. world by seeing how grown-ups act in the world.” I do not think
It’s just all mixed up, because of people’s limited beliefs. I’m the world will ever get better unless this changes.
terribly frightened — if they are able to continue and dominate MW: We’re told that one of the things that will come out of all this
— of what might come of being a gay person in this culture. You furor over Kavanaugh is that even more women will seek office.
think nothing can happen, but you have to vigilant. You just Elizabeth Warren, apparently, is seriously considering a run for
don’t know. president, for instance.
MW: Do you worry that with Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, TOMLIN: If women really take power, or even if they make the
things will end up badly for society? power equal, there will be a backlash against them. The current
TOMLIN: I’m way worried. He should’ve withdrawn a long time order will really try desperately to discount them.
ago. And a normal president would’ve withdrawn his name. It’s MW: It occurs to me that Nine to Five should be considered a
the first sign of real trouble. You feel Trump wanted him des- harbinger of the #MeToo movement. The women take charge and


deal aggressively with a sexist boss. The movie was an initial call TOMLIN: It would be very early for me, and it would’ve been real-
to arms, even in 1980. ly tough. My mother is from Kentucky — she’s dead now, but she
TOMLIN: I’ll take that! was from Kentucky, and she was fairly Fundamentalist. All her
MW: There have been rumors that there’s going to be a sequel. family, her sisters, and her mother, and everybody were still in
TOMLIN: Yeah, they’re working on it. It’s being written right Kentucky, and they were so very religious. My brother’s gay, too,
now. I’m pretty sure Jane [Fonda] will be an executive producer and my mother had a collapse when she found out about him.
on it. We’ve had input on the script a little bit. We hope it comes Anyway, my mother knew very well that I lived with Jane, and
to fruition. I think it will, because everybody’s so excited about that we were a couple, but she just didn’t want everybody else
it. Jane, Dolly [Parton], and I are already on board. I’m sure to know. So I was torn about that. And I was torn about being
there’ll be another generation, but we’ll be very significant to desired [for the cover] only because I was gay. So I declined it.
the plot. MW: If you had come out in 1975, it would have been historic.
MW: What can we expect from your upcoming performance at the TOMLIN: It was too soon for me. I’m saying too soon for me,
Kennedy Center? because I was such a huge television star from Laugh-In. I knew
TOMLIN: I use video in the show to sort of ridicule myself, and it would be risky if I did. I was awfully grateful when Ellen
have perspective on that, to maybe reflect on a character’s his- came out. She paid a price for that, but she ultimately triumphed
tory. But it’s totally entertaining, totally funny. I talk to the audi- incredibly.
ence about the world, and segue into different monologues, and MW: Do you think male celebrities have a harder time than women
do about ten characters. coming out?
MW: You have quite a canon of characters. Is there one you love TOMLIN: It depends if the men are leading men in the movies.
doing the most? There’s always that issue.
MW: I’m thinking Barry Manilow. A
couple of years ago he came out, and,
“Can a more progressive agenda in this to be honest, it wasn’t a surprise. I
mean, he was Bette Midler’s accompi-
country take over from this terribly anist in the bathhouses in the ’70s. Still,
I guess when you get past a certain age,
restrictive, old-fashioned, really it’s harder. It takes more courage than
when you are in your 20s.
misogynistic, racist kind of ethic that TOMLIN: It depends on how much the
culture is supporting you at that time,
everybody’s living by on the other side? even the gay culture. Many people in

THEY SEEM RABID IN THEIR BELIEFS.” the business knew that I was gay, and
so many fans knew I was gay. I knew
that they knew I was, even though it
wasn’t public knowledge. If you’re 20
TOMLIN: [Laughs.] That’s like asking Mrs. Duggar which of those years old now, you’re just out.
19 kids she really has a soft spot for. I don’t really — they’re like MW: When you did come out publicly, did anything change for you?
people to me. I like to have them in my life. TOMLIN: Not that I’m aware. It’s nicer to be able to always refer-
I opened my first Broadway show in 1977. And Mrs. Beasley ence Jane [Wagner] as my partner. But she has been my partner
— she’s a Red Cross volunteer, and she had like a Florence for so many years.
Nightingale with the big hat piece, with the silk hanging down, I’m just now thinking of something else — one time I was
and the cape — handed out coffee and donuts and Kleenex to on The View, and Barbara Walters said to me, “Lil, you’ve never
the kids in line. Because, in those days, my fans were sleeping married. Just didn’t find the right guy?” I said, “Now Barbara,
in sleeping bags to get good seats on the first day the box offices you and I both know that’s not the reason.” She didn’t say any-
were open. So she was out there walking the streets for hours thing else, she just shut up. I hate to go back over my life. I’ve
with the kids, and giving them Kleenex to blow their noses. All failed in so many areas.
day I was out there. Well, Mrs. Beasley was. MW: How can you say that? You’re the epitome of success in so
MW: That’s amazing. How did they react to that? many areas.
TOMLIN: They kind of expected it, I think. Or I’d conditioned TOMLIN: I appreciate that. You’re awfully sweet.
them to expect it. I don’t do that so much anymore, because by MW: Tell us one thing that you feel that you failed at that you wish
and large my fans are older. They certainly don’t sleep in sleep- you could change.
ing bags, for the most part. In those days, though, the fans that TOMLIN: Well, I would have liked to have been really cheeky and
were really fans, they were just adorable. They knew everything brazen and come out in ’75. [Laughs.]
about the characters, and they’d ask you everything. They’d val- MW: You’re turning 80 on your next birthday. That’s a big one.
idate you on every point. What do you want most of all for your 80th birthday?
MW: What year did you come out? TOMLIN: [Laughs.] A hammock by a stream. l
TOMLIN: I don’t remember. I think it was like 2000.
MW: Is it true that in the ’70s Time magazine promised you a Lily Tomlin appears Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. in the Kennedy
cover, but only if you’d come out? Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $39 to $129. Call 202-467-4600 or
TOMLIN: Yes. I was kind of insulted. It wasn’t like Time was say- visit
ing, “We want to put you on the cover for your work,” but “We
want to put you on the cover for you being gay.” Seasons 1 through 4 of Grace and Frankie are available for stream-
MW: Why didn’t you do it? ing on Netflix. Visit




Counterspell (detail) Oracle

Brian Hitselberger: Other Ways of Telling

N INCIDENT OF HATE SPEECH IN THIS against hate speech and homophobia. Montgomery
multidisciplinary artist’s own home as well College’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts
as other anti-gay activities in his base of presents the series as the first in a Soapbox Series
Athens, Ga. spurred creation of this series of paint- at the Open Gallery on its Takoma Park/Silver
ings, drawings, and installations. “Counterspell,” Spring campus. Now to Nov. 9, with a reception
the largest installation in the collection, combines on Oct. 25, and an art Artist Talk on Nov. 12.
small works by seven other LGBTQ-identified art- Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts
ists along with elements of Hitselberger’s creation Center, 930 King St., Silver Spring. Free. Call 301-
to form a wall that acts as a spiritual protection 362-6525 or visit



Goddard so deftly twists this star-laden

popcorn thriller into a shrewd backdoor

Hotel California
chronicle of nearly every terror of the ’60s
— from the Vietnam War to the Manson
murders, and Psycho to COINTELPRO —
that it’s possible not to see the turn com-
A dynamite thriller with a stacked cast and a smart script, Bad Times ing. The characters at the Royale aren’t
at the El Royale delivers a ferociously good time. By André Hereford just pawns in a game, but symbols of

an American society driven towards the
an extra article in its title, but it’s packing just the right amount of everything As Flynn, Darlene and company dis-
else. Heat, mystery, drama, history, music, comedy, and a mile-wide streak of cover, the Royale might be a hell there’s
Nixon-era paranoia all meet inside the Royale, a gloomy but glamorous no-tell motel no turning back from, and their fear is
just outside of Reno on the Nevada-California state line. acutely recognizable. It’s the same fear
“We’re a bi-state establishment,” boasts the bellman Miles (Lewis Pullman) to the that gripped America in the turbulent
disparate cast of characters who all show up one misbegotten, rainy night. ’60s, and that animates so much of today’s
They’re a vividly-drawn bunch, each distinct in their own way as they assemble conflict and resistance. Can we make it
like players in an Agatha Christie novel, or avatars for a very grown-up game of Clue. back from here? And yet, Goddard keeps
Writer-director Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) strikes up a scintillating game that subtext hidden beneath, but not far
from the start, with a sprightly ’50s-set opening scene of a man alone in his room at the beneath, the shiny surface of movie stars
Royale burying something beneath the floorboards. and period production design, and a boun-
Ten years later, and Darlene Sweet (Cynthia Erivo), a single, black woman rolls cy soundtrack of ’60s R&B plattered up by
up to the establishment, like Marion Crane pulling into her doomed spot at the Bates the Royale’s Wurlitzer.
Motel. Despite the luxe design and decor at the Royale, a strong sense lingers that Those songs, including the Isley
something wicked awaits Darlene and the other guests who join her. Father Flynn Brothers’ “This Old Heart of Mine” and the
(Jeff Bridges), a friendly but ragged priest, looks like he might be hiding something. Four Tops’ “Bernadette,” aren’t deployed
Laramie Seymour Sullivan (Jon Hamm), a gregarious salesman from Biloxi, seems like merely as period signposts, but play inte-
he’s hiding something. And no-bullshit looker Emily Summerspring (Dakota Johnson) gral parts in the plot and pacing. Bad Times
definitely is hiding something. is well-crafted, driven by a time-shifting
Whether these characters pose a greater danger to each other than what the powers narrative that adds Tarantino-esque flavor
that be at the Royale have in store for them forms the mystery, and underscores the fun. to the mix. The high-wire act wobbles a
Although, it’s not all fun and games. Death and horror are at home there, too. bit in the homestretch, and loses some of


its pep, but then it brings in the big guns to take the whole show of The Color Purple, will be a revelation to many. Her Darlene
home in grand, blazing style. is delicate yet strong, and sings her way through a singularly
By big guns, in this case, Goddard brings in his Cabin in the tense sequence involving Father Flynn and a shotgun. Bridges is
Woods leading man Chris Hemsworth as charismatic cult leader endlessly resourceful as the squirrelly Flynn, and carries much
Billy Lee. Strolling shirtless through a field of goldenrod, trailed of the comedy in his deadpan delivery. Nick Offerman makes a
by his followers, Billy Lee is a potent example of just how allur- brief, entertaining appearance, and Hamm hams it up with pur-
ing pure evil can be. A scene in which he pits two of his eager pose as the suspiciously loquacious Southerner Sullivan.
female followers in a knock-down, drag-out fight for the privi- The entire cast captures the atmosphere of black humor and
lege of sharing a bed with him speaks volumes. The movie hits dread, but perhaps no character or performance personifies it as
on a mood that’s eerily timely. well as Pullman in the role of Miles. Innocent in appearance but
In most other regards, Bad Times is just plain eerie, as well as harboring a grim past and several secrets, he knows something
droll and highly suspenseful. And Goddard isn’t precious about about the abyss and how dangerous it can be to step too close to
killing off any of these characters. They come and go in unpre- the edge. He warns the Father more than once that the Royale is
dictable fashion. no place for a good man, but again and again, his warnings aren’t
They all make an impression, though Erivo, a Tony winner heeded. Maybe there are no good guys or ladies at the Royale,
for her performance in the acclaimed 2016 Broadway revival but it’s definitely a good time. l

Bad Times at the El Royale is rated R, and opens in theaters everywhere on Friday, October 12. Visit

rounded by a vibrant cast of fellow space

pioneers, including Corey Stoll as Apollo
11 pilot Buzz Aldrin. And, providing a wel-
come counterpoint to all the buzzcuts and
bravado, Claire Foy turns in an incandes-
cent performance as Armstrong’s devoted
wife Janet.
Janet, and Foy’s steely take on her,
dominates one of the film’s two scenes
that are memorably thrilling. In the first,
a scene that probably will follow Foy’s
introduction as a nominee at next year’s
Academy Awards, Janet insists that her
husband step out of his stoic comfort zone
to give their children a proper farewell
before he boards a rocket to the moon.
They have already seen other astronauts
make the ultimate sacrifice — Janet wants
her sons to know that their father might

Moon Struck
not come home from Apollo 11, and she
wants Neil to be the one to tell them.
Janet’s plea to Armstrong, and her wish
for his safe return, sums up the love and
First Man eschews spectacle for a reflective portrait of pioneering commitment of thousands of families who
astronaut Neil Armstrong. By André Hereford send their loved ones off for service.

The second scene that might be sig-
EIL ARMSTRONG CASTS LONG SHADOWS ACROSS BOTH THE MOON nature for Chazelle’s approach to story-
and human history in the biopic First Man (HHHHH), directed by Damien telling in First Man is perfectly minimal
Chazelle, the Oscar-winning director of La La Land. Taking off from James in its emotion and detail. In a pre-Apol-
R. Hansen’s book, published in 2005, Chazelle’s film hones in on the thrilling decade lo training mission, Armstrong rockets
of exploration and sacrifice that culminated in the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon. towards space, with the entire flight shot
But, despite a breathtaking opening scene of Armstrong piloting an X-15 up to an from his strapped-in position inside the
altitude of 140,000-feet, thrills don’t seem to be what Chazelle and screenwriter Josh cramped craft. Chazelle and cinematog-
Singer are chasing. rapher Linus Sandgren strap the audience
In charting NASA’s space race, First Man weighs heavily the human toll that’s paid in for the astronauts’ unbelievably limited
by the astronauts and their families. Accordingly, the movie presents a thoughtful field of vision: a mere tiny porthole out-
account of Armstrong as a stoic maverick, utterly down-to-earth in how he goes about side of which the visible patch of sky goes
his duties as pilot, engineer, husband, and father. This seriousness of intent is echoed from blue to white to the black of space.
through star Ryan Gosling’s restrained performance as the unflappable midwesterner. They called them pilots, but they really
Beyond a somewhat adorable single-mindedness about math and mission engi- were just men hurtling miles above earth
neering, Gosling’s Armstrong doesn’t exhibit much personality. Fortunately, he’s sur- at the mercy of math and science. l

First Man is rated R, and opens in theaters everywhere October 12. Visit



the helm, the cast is a gathering of many

Twin Peaks
of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s
long-standing talent, all of whom can
carry comedy as skillfully as they carry
the beauty and depth of their Shakespeare.
Shakespeare Theatre’s The Comedy of Errors is just the ticket Cornerstone of this talented ensem-
to escape our troubling times. By Kate Wingfied ble is the always charismatic Gregory

Wooddell. Bestowed with Superman/
Company’s musically inclined The Comedy of Errors (HHHHH), is funny, cute, happily against type here, delivering his
and just the ticket in these difficult times. With a vibe part Monty Python, part Antipholus (of Syracuse) with a kind of
Zorba the Greek, and aesthetically reminiscent of Herge’s Adventures of Tintin, director just-got-out-of-bed cheerful bewilder-
Alan Paul creates a perfect, cheerful moment for Shakespeare’s tale of long-lost twins ment between moments of authentic pas-
and their inevitable mix-ups. sion and some stellar comic timing. As the
An early work, students of the Bard will enjoy spotting the themes (twins) and sce- hilariously assertive Adriana, Veanne Cox
narios (deadly storms) that make their first appearances here and return in later plays couldn’t be more in her element, channel-
such as Pericles, Twelfth Night and The Tempest. But unlike the latter with their mythic ing Maria Callas with a hint of Irene Papas
textures and metaphysical layers, The Comedy of Errors keeps it far homier and cozily in her brittle but salacious Adriana. Her
domestic. Married couples spar, shop merchants wheedle, everybody argues, nobody scenes with Wooddell’s Antipholus, who
gets seriously hurt. There is ribaldry, deliciously clever language, and gorgeously win- she mistakes for her husband (his twin),
some monologues, but there are no Shakespearean wars, murders, or tragic betrayals. draw some of the best laughs for their per-
That’s for after the theater, when we get back to the headlines. fectly timed comedy and the kind of risqué
With madcap comings and goings so much a driver of this comedy, set designer sensibility that knocks this production
James Noone’s cramped-but-movable town is crafty and clever, bringing its own brand into better, wittier realms.
of wit to the rapidly changing locations and the characters’ energetic maneuvers. We Working incredibly hard as a second set
are moved in and out of houses, around corners and into and out of the town’s narrow of long-lost twins, the Dromios of Syracuse
streets with minimal fuss, maximum efficiency, and total clarity. The characters may and Ephesus, Carson Elrod and Carter
lose their bearings, but we do not. When the plot thickens and tempers rise, director Gill provide much of the broad comedy
Paul whips people and set into a comic, physical crescendo that is choreographed to a with their put-upon manservants. Though
fabulous tee. they don’t seem much like twins, they
Indeed, pretty much everything here is done to a tee, certainly when it comes to each bring plenty of humor — Gill for his
the lead performances. In honor of Artistic Director Michael Kahn’s final season at long-suffering consistency and Elrod for


though there is no discernable chemistry
with Wooddell’s obviously too-much-
older (and a lot more fun) Antipholus.
The other standouts here bring all
manner of variety and color, regard-
less of size of the role. As the jewelry
merchant Angelo, Tom Story thorough-
ly enjoys his campy outfit and perso-
na, while Matt Zambrano brings zing to
both his Tailor and the temperamental
Second Merchant. Sizzling with pres-
ence, Eleasha Gamble offers some musi-
cal theater glam to her Courtesan. And
back in the comedy category, a well-dis-
guised Sarah Marshall as Dr. Pinch runs
with Paul’s slightly incongruent southern
Baptist exorcist theme, which could have

been rather tired without her inventive

chops. The most guilelessly ebullient per-
former of the evening, the mega-versatile
Matt Bauman’s police officer and louche
Greek waiter are truly entertaining.
his odd inspired moments, especially when it comes to J. Bernard Of course, any thoughts on this Error must end with the
Calloway’s Flip Wilson-inspired Luce. As the “other” Antipholus wonderful Nancy Robinette as Emilia and Ted van Griethuysen
(this one of Ephesus), Christian Conn is a tad less polished than as Egeon. Sharing the warmth of their long association with
Wooddell, but he does deliver some priceless exasperation as the the Company and their commitment and joy in delivering
confusion mounts. Finally, as counterpoint to the arch Adriana, Shakespeare, they continue to give back to the audiences that so
Folami Williams’ Luciana is convincing sweet and genuine, value their art. l

The Comedy of Errors runs to November 4 at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW.
Tickets are $49 to $128. Call 202-547-1122 or


NightLife Photography by
Ward Morrison


Scene Oktoberfest at Nellie’s - Saturday, October 6 - Photography by Ward Morrison
See and purchase more photos from this event at


Happy Hour, 4-7pm • $3 Open 3pm • Beat the Happy Hour, 4-7pm • $3
Miller Lite, $4 Blue Moon, October 12 Clock Happy Hour — $2 Miller Lite, $4 Blue Moon,
$5 House Wines, $5 Rail (5-6pm), $3 (6-7pm), $4 $5 House Wines, $5 Rail
Beat the Clock Happy Hour
Drinks • Half-Priced Pizzas A LEAGUE OF HER OWN (7-8pm) • Buckets of Beer, Drinks • Half-Priced Pizzas
October 11 — $2 (5-6pm), $3 (6-7pm),
and Select Appetizers • All
You Can Eat Ribs, 5-10pm,
Open 5pm-3am • Happy
Hour: $2 off everything
$15 • Weekend Kickoff
Dance Party, with Nellie’s
and Select Appetizers
$4 (7-8pm) • $15 Buckets
$24.95 • $4 Corona and until 9pm • Video Games DJs spinning bubbly pop TRADE
A LEAGUE OF HER OWN of Beer all night • Sports
Heineken all night • Live televised sports music all night Doors open 5pm • Huge
2319 18th St. NW Leagues Night
Happy Hour: Any drink
Open 5pm-2am • Happy
TRADE FREDDIE’S BEACH BAR NUMBER NINE normally served in a cock-
Hour: $2 off everything NUMBER NINE
Doors open 5pm • Huge Crazy Hour, 4-8pm • Open 5pm • Happy Hour: tail glass served in a huge
until 9pm • Video Games Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on any
Happy Hour: Any drink Karaoke, 9pm 2 for 1 on any drink, 5-9pm glass for the same price,
• Live televised sports drink, 5-9pm • No Cover
normally served in a cock- • No Cover • Friday Night 5-10pm • Beer and wine
tail glass served in a huge GREEN LANTERN Piano with Chris, 7:30pm only $4 • Otter Happy
glass for the same price, Happy Hour, 4-9pm • $3 Hour, 5-11pm
Crazy Hour, 4-8pm • 2317 18th St. NW
5-10pm • Beer and wine Rail and Domestic • Free PITCHERS
Karaoke, 9pm Open 5pm-2am • Happy
only $4 Pizza, 7-9pm • $5 Svedka, Open 5pm-3am • Happy ZIEGFELD’S/SECRETS
Hour: $2 off everything
all flavors all night long Hour: $2 off everything Men of Secrets, 9pm •
GREEN LANTERN until 9pm • Video Games
ZIEGFELD’S/SECRETS • HybridNine: Stripped, a until 9pm • Video Games Guest dancers • Rotating
Happy Hour, 4-9pm • Foosball • Live televised
All male, nude dancers • Harness and Jock Party, • Foosball • Live televised DJs • Kristina Kelly’s Diva
• Shirtless Thursday, sports • Full dining menu
Open Dancers Audition • 10pm-close • Featuring sports • Full dining menu Fev-ah Drag Show • Doors
10-11pm • Men in till 9pm • Special Late
Urban House Music by DJ DJ Ryan Doubleyou • till 9pm • Special Late at 9pm, Shows at 11:30pm
Underwear Drink Free, Night menu till 11pm •
Tim-e • 9pm • Cover 21+ No Cover Night menu till 2am • Visit and 1:45am • DJ Don T. in
12-12:30am • DJs Visit Ziegfeld’s • Cover 21+





Drag Brunch, hosted
October 13 by Chanel Devereaux,
10:30am-12:30pm and CTRL, the queer DJ collaborative that came into being as a popular monthly party,
A LEAGUE OF HER OWN 1-3pm • Tickets on sale including a four-year run at Town, is ensuring Britney Spears fans aren’t left in the dark
Open 2pm-3am • Video at
Games • Live televised • House Rail Drinks, Zing with the forced shuttering of its home. DJs Jeff Prior, Adam Koussari, and Dvonne aka
sports Zang Bloody Marys, Nellie Devon Trotter have found a new venue for its fourth annual dance party paying tribute
Beer and Mimosas, $4, to Britney’s album Blackout, released Oct. 25, 2007, and featuring the hits “Gimme
FREDDIE’S BEACH BAR 11am-3am • Buckets of
Saturday Breakfast Buffet, Beer, $15 • Guest DJs More,” “Piece of Me,” “Break The Ice,” and “Toy Soldier.” All in all, we’re talking 14
10am-3pm • $14.99 with tracks, which is not enough, even allowing for remixes, for a multi-hour dance party.
one glass of champagne NUMBER NINE
or coffee, soda or juice • Doors open 2pm • Happy
Which is why there will also be a heavy dose of other favorite pop artists “with an
Additional champagne $2 Hour: 2 for 1 on any drink, electropop, nu-disco, house kick.” Saturday, Oct. 20, starting at 10 p.m. U Street Music
per glass • World Tavern 2-9pm • $5 Absolut and $5 Hall, 1115A U St. NW. Tickets are $10. Call 202-588-1880 or visit
Poker Tournament, 1-3pm Bulleit Bourbon, 9pm-close
• Crazy Hour, 4-8pm • • Pop Tarts, featuring DJs
Freddie’s Follies Drag BaCk2bACk, 9:30pm JUSTICE
Show, hosted by Miss
Destiny B. Childs, 8-10pm PITCHERS
Bottoms Up Productions, in association with Flashy Sundays, presents a new all-night
• Karaoke, 10pm-close Open Noon-3am • Video affair, with music by Hex Hector, the pioneering dance remixer/producer to the star
Games • Foosball • Live divas, and Mexico’s gay star DJ Isaac Escalante, as well as Sean Morris and Kurt
GREEN LANTERN televised sports • Full
Happy Hour, 4-9pm • $5 dining menu till 9pm • “TWiN” Graves, the DJs from Flash’s regular gay party. Although undisclosed, expect
Bacardi, all flavors, all Special Late Night menu the venue to be bigger and better able to accommodate the Flashy crowd. Saturday,
night long till 2am • Visit pitchers- Oct. 20, starting at 10 p.m. Location to be announced. Tickets are $15 to $30. Visit


Every second Saturday of the month comes a queer women-centered “witchy dance
party” in the Petworth restaurant/bar/intimate nightclub venue owned by D.C.’s ubiq-
uitous Hilton Brothers (Brixton, Marvin). Kate Ross’ The Coven is touted as “open to all
genders, orientations, ideologies, and badasses,” and an event where — no surprise
given the name — “dark couture is encouraged.” Saturday, Oct. 13, starting at 10 p.m.
3813 Georgia Ave. NW. Call 202-506-2080 or visit


Pussy Noir pays tribute to Samhain, the Gaelic festival with pagan roots ushering in the
“darker” winter season, with the October iteration of her monthly out-there cabaret/per-
formance art party. Fellow local drag act Jane Saw serves as special guest for a witchy
party where “there will be a bloodbath,” so “latex and vinyl and patent leather are all
encouraged.” Wes the DJ will be behind the decks playing eerie and dark dance-pop/
house tunes. Tuesday, Oct. 16. Trade, 1410 14th St. NW. Doors at 8 p.m. Call 202-986-
1094 or visit – Doug Rule


Brunch with $15
Happy Hour, 4-9pm •
Doors open 2pm • Huge
Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on any
Beat the Clock Happy Hour
Bottomless Mimosas, Karaoke with Kevin down- Happy Hour: Any drink drink, 5-9pm • No Cover — $2 (5-6pm), $3 (6-7pm), October 17
10am-3pm • Happy Hour, stairs, 9:30pm-close normally served in a cock- $4 (7-8pm) • Buckets of
5-7pm • $3 Miller Lite, tail glass served in a huge SHAW’S TAVERN Beer $15 • Drag Bingo A LEAGUE OF HER OWN
$4 Blue Moon, $5 House NELLIE’S SPORTS BAR glass for the same price, Happy Hour, 4-7pm • $3 with Sasha Adams and Open 5pm-12am • Happy
Wines, $5 Rail Drinks • Drag Brunch, hosted 2-10pm • Beer and wine Miller Lite, $4 Blue Moon, Brooklyn Heights, 7-9pm • Hour: $2 off everything
Half-Priced Pizzas and by Chanel Devereaux, only $4 $5 House Wines, $5 Rail Karaoke, 9pm-close until 9pm • Video Games
Select Appetizers 10:30am-12:30pm and Drinks • Half-Priced Pizzas • Live televised sports
1-3pm • Tickets on sale and Select Appetizers • NUMBER NINE
ZIEGFELD’S/SECRETS at Shaw ’Nuff Trivia, with Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on any FREDDIE’S BEACH BAR
Men of Secrets, 9pm-4am
• Guest dancers • Ladies
• House Rail Drinks, Zing
Zang Bloody Marys, Nellie
Monday, Jeremy, 7:30pm drink, 5-9pm • No Cover Crazy Hour, 4-8pm • $6
Burgers • Beach Blanket
of Illusion Drag Show Beer and Mimosas, $4, October 15 TRADE PITCHERS Drag Bingo Night, hosted
with host Ella Fitzgerald 11am-1am • Buckets of Doors open 5pm • Huge Open 5pm-12am • Happy by Ms. Regina Jozet
• Doors at 9pm, Shows Beer, $15 • Guest DJs FREDDIE’S BEACH BAR Happy Hour: Any drink Hour: $2 off everything Adams, 8pm • Bingo prizes
at 11:30pm and 1:45am Crazy Hour, 4-8pm • normally served in a cock- until 9pm • Video Games • Karaoke, 10pm-1am
• DJ Don T. in Ziegfeld’s NUMBER NINE Singles Night • Half-Priced tail glass served in a huge • Foosball • Live televised
• DJ Steve Henderson in Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on Pasta Dishes • Poker Night glass for the same price, sports • Full dining menu GREEN LANTERN
Secrets • Cover 21+ any drink, 2-9pm • $5 — 7pm and 9pm games • 5-10pm • Beer and wine till 9pm • Special Late Happy Hour, 4pm-9pm •
Absolut and $5 Bulleit Karaoke, 9pm only $4 Night menu till 11pm • Bear Yoga with Greg Leo,
Bourbon, 9pm-close • Pop Visit 6:30-7:30pm • $10 per
Goes the World with Wes GREEN LANTERN class • $3 rail cocktails

Sunday, Della Volla at 9:30pm • Happy Hour, 4-9pm • SHAW’S TAVERN and domestic beers all

October 14
No Cover $3 rail cocktails and
domestic beers all night
Tuesday, Happy Hour, 4-7pm • $3
Miller Lite, $4 Blue Moon,
night long

PITCHERS long • Singing with the October 16 $5 House Wines, $5 Rail NELLIE’S SPORTS BAR
9 1/2 Open Noon-2am • $4 Sisters: Open Mic Karaoke Drinks • Half-Priced Pizzas SmartAss Trivia Night,
Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on any Smirnoff, includes flavored, Night with the Sisters A LEAGUE OF HER OWN and Select Appetizers • 8-10pm • Prizes include
drink, 2-9pm • $5 Absolut $4 Coors Light or $4 Miller of Perpetual Indulgence, Open 5pm-12am • Happy Half-Priced Burgers and bar tabs and tickets to
and $5 Bulleit Bourbon, Lites, 2-9pm • Video 9:30pm-close Hour: $2 off everything Pizzas all night with $5 shows at the 9:30 Club •
9pm-close • Multiple TVs Games • Foosball • Live until 9pm • Video Games House Wines and $5 Sam $15 Buckets of Beer for
showing movies, shows, televised sports • Full din- NELLIE’S SPORTS BAR • Live televised sports Adams SmartAss Teams only •
sports • Expanded craft ing menu till 9pm • Visit Beat the Clock Happy Hour Absolutely Snatched Drag
beer selection • No Cover — $2 (5-6pm), $3 (6-7pm), FREDDIE’S BEACH BAR TRADE Show, hosted by Brooklyn
$4 (7-8pm) • Buckets of Crazy Hour, 4-8pm • Taco Doors open 5pm • Huge Heights, 9pm • Tickets
A LEAGUE OF HER OWN SHAW’S TAVERN Beer, $15 • Half-Priced Tuesday • Poker Night — Happy Hour: Any drink available at nelliessports-
Open 2pm-12am • $4 Brunch with Bottomless Burgers • Paint Nite, 7pm 7pm and 9pm games • normally served in a
Smirnoff and Domestic Mimosas, 10am-3pm • • PokerFace Poker, 8pm • Karaoke, 9pm cocktail glass served in a
Cans • Video Games • Happy Hour, 5-7pm • $3 Dart Boards • Ping Pong huge glass for the same NUMBER NINE
Live televised sports Miller Lite, $4 Blue Moon, Madness, featuring 2 Ping- GREEN LANTERN price, 5-10pm • Beer Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on any
$5 House Wines, $5 Rail Pong Tables Happy Hour, 4pm-9pm and wine only $4 • Sissy drink, 5-9pm • No Cover
FREDDIE’S BEACH BAR Drinks • Half-Priced Pizzas • $3 rail cocktails and That Tuesday: A Monthly
Champagne Brunch Buffet, and Select Appetizers domestic beers all night Cabaret, 8pm • Hosted
10am-3pm • $24.99 with • Dinner-n-Drag, with long by Pussy Noir and special
four glasses of champagne Miss Kristina Kelly, 8pm guests • Music by Wess
or mimosas, 1 Bloody • For reservations, email the DJ
Mary, or coffee, soda or shawsdinnerdragshow@
juice • Crazy Hour, 4-8pm
• Karaoke, 9pm-close





DJ Snake ft. Cardi B

Mark Knight
Open 5pm-12am • Happy
Happy Hour, 4-9pm
Open 5pm-3am • Happy
Hour: $2 off everything • Shirtless Thursday, October 19 Hour: $2 off everything
until 9pm • Video Games 10-11pm • Men in until 9pm • Video Games Sunday Noise Bootleg
• Foosball • Live televised Underwear Drink Free, A LEAGUE OF HER OWN • Foosball • Live televised Childish Gambino
sports • Full dining menu 12-12:30am • DJs Open 5pm-3am • Happy sports • Full dining menu
till 9pm • Special Late BacK2bACk Hour: $2 off everything till 9pm • Special Late
Night menu till 11pm • until 9pm • Video Games Night menu till 2am • Visit BUM BUM TAM TAM
Visit NELLIE’S SPORTS BAR • Live televised sports
Beat the Clock Happy Hour
Jax Jones Remix
SHAW’S TAVERN — $2 (5-6pm), $3 (6-7pm), FREDDIE’S BEACH BAR SHAW’S TAVERN J Balvin
Happy Hour, 4-7pm • $3 $4 (7-8pm) • $15 Buckets Crazy Hour, 4-8pm • Happy Hour, 4-7pm • $3
Miller Lite, $4 Blue Moon, of Beer all night • Sports Karaoke, 9pm Miller Lite, $4 Blue Moon,
$5 House Wines, $5 Rail Leagues Night $5 House Wines, $5 Rail PLAYED-A-LIVE (THE BONGO SONG)
Drinks • Half-Priced Pizzas GREEN LANTERN Drinks • Half-Priced Pizzas Massivedrum 2K18 Remix
and Select Appetizers • NUMBER NINE Happy Hour, 4-9pm • $3 and Select Appetizers
Rail and Domestic • Free
Safri Duo
Piano Bar and Karaoke Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on any
with Jill, 8pm drink, 5-9pm • No Cover Pizza, 7-9pm • $5 Svedka, ZIEGFELD’S/SECRETS
all flavors all night long • Men of Secrets, 9pm • IN MY FEELINGS
TRADE PITCHERS Rough House: Hands On, Guest dancers • Rotating
Doors open 5pm • Huge Open 5pm-2am • Happy Lights Off, 10pm-close • DJs • Kristina Kelly’s Diva
David Dancos Remix
Happy Hour: Any drink Hour: $2 off everything Featuring DJ Lemz • $5 Fev-ah Drag Show • Doors Drake
normally served in a cock- until 9pm • Video Games Cover (includes clothes at 9pm, Shows at 11:30pm
tail glass served in a huge • Foosball • Live televised check) and 1:45am • DJ Don T. in
glass for the same price, sports • Full dining menu Ziegfeld’s • Cover 21+ DANCIN’ KINDA CLOSE
5-10pm • Beer and wine till 9pm • Special Late NELLIE’S SPORTS BAR Tough Love & GUZ
only $4 Night menu till 11pm • Open 3pm • Beat the
Visit Clock Happy Hour — $2
(5-6pm), $3 (6-7pm), $4
(7-8pm) • Buckets of Beer, Saturday,
SHAW’S TAVERN Sted-E & Hybrid Heights Remix
Thursday, Happy Hour, 4-7pm • $3 $15 • Weekend Kickoff October 20 Robbie Rivera
Miller Lite, $4 Blue Moon, Dance Party, with Nellie’s
October 18 $5 House Wines, $5 Rail DJs spinning bubbly pop A LEAGUE OF HER OWN
Drinks • Half-Priced Pizzas music all night Open 2pm-3am • Video PROMISES
A LEAGUE OF HER OWN and Select Appetizers • All Games • Live televised
Open 5pm-2am • Happy You Can Eat Ribs, 5-10pm, NUMBER NINE sports Sonny Fodera Remix
Hour: $2 off everything $24.95 • $4 Corona and Open 5pm • Happy Hour: Calvin Harris ft. Sam Smith
until 9pm • Video Games Heineken all night 2 for 1 on any drink, 5-9pm FREDDIE’S BEACH BAR
• Live televised sports • No Cover • Friday Night Saturday Breakfast Buffet,
ZIEGFELD’S/SECRETS Piano with Chris, 7:30pm 10am-3pm • $14.99 with Chord Bezerra is the resident DJ at Number
FREDDIE’S BEACH BAR All male, nude dancers • one glass of champagne 9 (1435 P St. NW) and will next spin there
Crazy Hour, 4-8pm • Open Dancers Audition • or coffee, soda or juice •
Karaoke, 9pm Urban House Music by DJ Additional champagne $2 on Friday, Oct. 12. On Friday, Oct. 19, he
Tim-e • 9pm • Cover 21+ per glass • World Tavern will spin at the Super Hero Underwear
Poker Tournament, 1-3pm Party at L8 Lounge. Follow him on Twitter
• Crazy Hour, 4-8pm •
Freddie’s Follies Drag at @djchordb and on Instagram at
Show, hosted by Miss @chorduroy80.
Destiny B. Childs, 8-10pm
• Karaoke, 10pm-close
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Happy Hour, 4-9pm • $5 Open Noon-3am • Video Men of Secrets, 9pm-4am Champagne Brunch Buffet, Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on • Dinner-n-Drag, with
Bacardi, all flavors, all Games • Foosball • Live • Guest dancers • Ladies 10am-3pm • $24.99 with any drink, 2-9pm • $5 Miss Kristina Kelly, 8pm
night long • The Bear televised sports • Full of Illusion Drag Show four glasses of champagne Absolut and $5 Bulleit • For reservations, email
Cave: Retro to Electro, dining menu till 9pm • with host Ella Fitzgerald or mimosas, 1 Bloody Bourbon, 9pm-close • Pop shawsdinnerdragshow@
9pm-close • Featuring Special Late Night menu • Doors at 9pm, Shows Mary, or coffee, soda or Goes the World with Wes
DJ Popperz • Specialty till 2am • Visit pitchers- at 11:30pm and 1:45am juice • Crazy Hour, 4-8pm Della Volla at 9:30pm •
Cocktails • No Cover • DJ Don T. in Ziegfeld’s • Karaoke, 9pm-close No Cover TRADE
• DJ Steve Henderson in Doors open 2pm • Huge
Drag Brunch, hosted Brunch with $15 Happy Hour, 4-9pm • Open Noon-2am • $4 normally served in a cock-
by Chanel Devereaux, Bottomless Mimosas, Karaoke with Kevin down- Smirnoff, includes flavored, tail glass served in a huge
10:30am-12:30pm and 10am-3pm • Happy Hour, stairs, 9:30pm-close $4 Coors Light or $4 Miller glass for the same price,
1-3pm • Tickets on sale
5-7pm • $3 Miller Lite,
$4 Blue Moon, $5 House
Lites, 2-9pm • Video
Games • Foosball • Live
2-10pm • Beer and wine
only $4 • Gay Bash: The
• House Rail Drinks, Zing Wines, $5 Rail Drinks • October 21 Drag Brunch, hosted televised sports • Full din- Alt Dance Party and Home
Zang Bloody Marys, Nellie Half-Priced Pizzas and by Chanel Devereaux, ing menu till 9pm • Visit for Unconventional Drag
Beer and Mimosas, $4, Select Appetizers A LEAGUE OF HER OWN 10:30am-12:30pm and in the Nation’s Capital,
11am-3am • Buckets of Open 2pm-12am • $4 1-3pm • Tickets on sale 10pm • Hosted by Donna
Beer, $15 • Guest DJs TRADE Smirnoff and Domestic at SHAW’S TAVERN Slash with special guests
Doors open 2pm • Huge Cans • Video Games • • House Rail Drinks, Zing Brunch with Bottomless • Resident cast: JaxKnife
NUMBER NINE Happy Hour: Any drink Live televised sports Zang Bloody Marys, Nellie Mimosas, 10am-3pm • Complex, Salvadora Dali,
Doors open 2pm • Happy normally served in a cock- Beer and Mimosas, $4, Happy Hour, 5-7pm • $3 Jane Saw • Music by The
Hour: 2 for 1 on any drink, tail glass served in a huge 11am-1am • Buckets of Miller Lite, $4 Blue Moon, Barber Streisand l
2-9pm • $5 Absolut and $5 glass for the same price, Beer, $15 • Guest DJs $5 House Wines, $5 Rail
Bulleit Bourbon, 9pm-close 2-10pm • Beer and wine Drinks • Half-Priced Pizzas
• THIRSTY, featuring DJ only $4
Chord Bezerra, 9:30pm


Scene Uproar - Saturday, September 29 - Photography by Ward Morrison
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Scene Sleaze at Wonderland Ballroom - Thursday, Oct. 4 - Photography by Ward Morrison
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People say the queerest things

“I couldn’t take the bus anymore, because

kids would refer to me as ‘it.’”
— Transgender actress NICOLE MAINES, who plays superhero Dreamer on The CW’s Supergirl, speaking on The Ellen DeGeneres
Show about being bullied in school. Maines said that one conservative Christian grandfather took particular exception to her,
and “had his grandson follow me into the girls’ bathroom and he said, ‘My grandfather says
we don’t have to have any faggots in our school.’”

“ We know PrEP is greater than 99% effective.

There are some cases where
HIV will break through.”
— DR. ROBERT GRANT, of the University of California, San Francisco, in a statement after news broke that a man who had been tak-
ing Truvada for PrEP had contracted HIV. The unnamed man contracted a rare form of the disease — for which Truvada is insuffi-
cient to prevent infection — from an HIV-positive sexual partner who had stopped taking his medication. According to Queerty,
it is only the third documented case in the U.S. of someone contracting the virus while taking PrEP.

“ These member churches rely on the Bible

rather than modern-day cultural fads for religious and moral guidance, [and]

will not hire practicing homosexuals or

transgendered people as clergy.”
— The notoriously anti-LGBTQ U.S. PASTOR COUNCIL, in a lawsuit against the city of Austin arguing that the city’s nondiscrimination
ordinance should be overturned to allow churches and religious employers to freely discriminate against LGBTQ people. “Every
church in Austin that refuses to hire practicing homosexuals as clergy or church employees is violating city law and subject to
civil penalties and liability,” the group states, despite both the ordinance and federal law exempting religious institutions from
nondiscrimination laws in hiring for religious positions.

“ We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to
enact legislation banning conversion therapy
to minors in Canada.”
— A petition on the Canadian government’s Our Commons website, calling for a ban on conversion therapy being practiced on
LGBTQ youth. The petition, sponsored by Sheri Benson, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon West, argues that “the practice of
‘conversion therapy’ or ‘reparative therapy,’ is seriously harmful to individuals, and is opposed by the “Canadian Psychological
Association, the World Health Organization...and others.”

“ We believe
this is direct discrimination

for which there can be no justification.
— JOHN O’DOHERTY, director of Northern Irish LGBTQ organization The Rainbow Project, in a statement after the United Kingdom’s
Supreme Court ruled that a bakery did not discriminate against a gay man when they refused to make a pro-same-sex marriage
cake. A number of lower courts had ruled against Ashers Baking Company, arguing that they had discriminated against gay rights
activist Gareth Lee, but the Supreme Court overturned those rulings on appeal.


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