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Posted at 2:33 PM ET, 06/11/2008

Taking Pride in D.C.

By Fritz Hahn

Dancers get down at Cobalt's Flashback retro night. A special edition follows Saturday's Capital Pride parade. (J Carrier for The Washington Post)

The Capital Pride festival is underway in Washington, and along with official events like the parade and street festival, there are many unofficial and affiliated events competing for attention. We already featured some in the Nightlife Agenda column, but there are plenty of others you won't find on the official Pride calendar. Here's a selection of the week's best entertainment options.

Pick of the Night: Mister and Miss Capital Pride Pageant at Town.

Other ideas:
Phase One, the oldest lesbian bar in the country, is hosting Jello wrestling all night with a $1 beer special.

The Onion sponsors a free Capital Pride Happy Hour from 5:30 to 8 at Cobalt.

The DC Kings and the DC Gurly Show team up with DJs Joshua and Junebullet at BeBar, mixing alternative dance music with drag and burlesque performances. The DJs start at 9, while Ken Vegas, the Kings and Gurly Show dancers begin at 10:30. Dos Equis beers and Svedka vodka cocktails are $3 all night. Admission is free until 10 and $5 after.

Pick of the Night: Capital Pride Bachelor and Bachelorette Auctions at Remingtons and RNR Bar & Lounge, respectively.

Other ideas:
Comedienne Judy Gold -- the star of "25 Questions for a Jewish Mother," featured stand-up act on HBO and teller of one of the best "Aristocrats" jokes in the movie of the same name -- headlines "Gaylarious" at Town. Comics Jason Dudey, Zach Toczynski, Mimi Gonzalez and Matt Henry and Chris Doucette are also on the bill. Tickets are $25 from

At Helix Lounge, A Different Kind of Ladies Night features drink specials on the mod patio, beginning at 8 p.m.

Pick of the Night: "Project Runway" winner Christian Siriano and his fashion police visit the Official Capitol Pride Men's Party at Town, where he'll roam the crowd handing out "hot mess fashion citations." Meanwhile, there's an all-star drag show hosted by Lena Lett, a performance by the X-Faction dance troupe and two levels of DJs spinning Top 40, classics, house and high-energy remixes.

Other ideas:
Joan Crawford stars as an unstable mother -- talk about typecasting -- in the 1964 thriller "Strait-Jacket," which is being shown under the stars at the Hillwood Estate as part of the Divas Outdoors series. The movie starts at sunset; the $15 charge includes admission to Hillwood. (It's $10 for those 6 to 18.)

Dating site sponsors "A Real Man's Happy Hour" at Cobalt from 5 to 9, with $3 beers, $4 cocktails and $5 Red Bull and vodka drinks. Beginning at 10, DJ Matt Bailer spins house music. There's a $5 cover after 10.

DJ Susan Morabito has been spinning for more than 25 years, from her home base in New York City to Pride festivals across the U.S. and Canada. Her playlists -- which you can hear on her Web site,, lean toward smooth and funky house rather than the ubiquitous diva-fed anthems played at most clubs. She'll be on the main floor at Apex tonight, while VJ Steve Rosa plays retro music upstairs. The cover for the 18-and-over party is $10, and it's going until the early morning.

Pick of the Night: The Pride Unity Party at Fur, with DJs going from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. in multiple rooms.

Other ideas:
Cobalt gets an early start with its Flashback '70s and '80s party; DJ Jason Royce will hit the decks as soon as the Pride parade finishes winding down 17th Street. After midnight, DJ Chris Combs takes over, offering an intense blend of tribal and progressive house. The cover is $5, or free with a college ID -- and you have to be at least 21 to enter.

There's a special edition of A Different Kind of Ladies' Night at Gazuza, as the weekly lesbian party offers music and specials from 6 p.m. on, including $7 martinis, $5 cocktails, $3 beers and half-price tapas. As always, there's no cover charge.

Even the Black Cat is getting into the act, as it hosts a special quasi-Pride edition of Mousetrap. No, your eyes aren't deceiving you. Michael and Zack of happening local blog The New Gay are joining resident DJ Mark Zimin at what they're calling "a co-ed, straight-friendly, alternaqueer Pride event." Even better: They're taking requests on The crowd will probably still be mostly straight -- this is D.C.'s biggest and longest-running Britpop night -- but it's a welcome alternative for those not interested in the house music offered at most other Pride parties.

DJ Susan Morabito (see Friday listing) returns to Apex for a second night. The party also features a drag show starring Kristina Kelly at 11, salsa music in the lounge and VJ Steve playing retro and current music upstairs. The cover charge is $10, and everyone 18 and over can dance until the wee hours.

BeBar is launching a new Saturday night party for the summer: Boycamp, under the direction of "camp counselor" Ba'Naka Devereaux. DJ Back2Back provides the tunes.

Pick of the Night: The Capital Pride Festival After-Party at Station 9 is targeted at women, and it features drink specials all night, firefighter Dani Campbell (from "A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila"), and DJs spinning Top 40, classics and house. Tickets are $20 from the Fre2be Web site.

Other ideas:
Cobalt has $2 Smirnoff cocktails from 5 p.m. to close and karaoke at 8:30. There's no cover charge.

Lizard Lounge made its triumphant return to the Sunday night scene a few weeks ago, and Lima should be packed tonight for DJ Kostas and Luke Easley. Drink specials are offered from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. and there's no cover.

"Pride Never Ends" is the A Different Kind of Ladies Night motto, and you won't want this party to, either -- not with two-for-one drinks and $2 beers until 10 p.m. The doors at Fab Lounge open at 6, and admission is free.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | June 11, 2008; 2:33 PM ET
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Oh my goodness, now I'm a DJ.

Posted by: Chris Combs | June 12, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Yes...we was waiting for this prideeeee...great show, party, new friends and people everything just perfecttttt...Thanksssss

Posted by: juliana sa | June 12, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

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