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The LGBTQ community and allies celebrate in towns across the region
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Did you miss out on Capital Pride this year or want another chance to gather with the LGBTQ community and allies? Several area Pride celebrations are taking place in towns and cities in the area over the next few weeks.
Sept. 16-18
Winchester, Va.
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Three days of events, including drag shows, a party and a festival are planned for the picturesque city in the Shenandoah Valley.
Sunday, Sept. 18
11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
IX Art Park
522 2nd Street, S.E. C
Charlottesville, Va. 22902
Free
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Join Cville Pride at IX Art Park for a mini festival with booths for local nonprofits, food trucks, drag performances, live music, crafts for kids, sweets and crafts from local artisans and more.
Sept. 23-25
Richmond, Va.
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The Virginia Pridefest on Brown’s Island in Richmond is not to be missed: with headlining acts The Queen of Bounce, Big Freedia, Leikeli 47 and Rosé from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Also, check out the parties before and afterwards.
Saturday, Oct. 8
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Granville Gude Park
8300 Mulberry Street (Pavilion A)
Laurel, Md.
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The City of Laurel, Md. hosts its first Pride celebration at Granville Gude Park on October 8 with entertainment, food and educational resources.
Saturday, Oct. 8
1-5 p.m.
Court Square
Harrisonburg, Va.
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Harrisonburg is host once more to Shenandoah Valley Pride on October 8. There will be food trucks, vendors and entertainment for the whole family as well as a (21+) beer garden area.
Sunday, Oct. 9
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods
10431 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, Md.
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The Howard County LGBTQ+ community and allies celebrate with vendors, exhibitions, history, food trucks, and performances at Merriweather Park in Columbia, Md.
Sunday, Oct. 9
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wilson College
Chambersburg, Pa.
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Pride Franklin County returns with a fun, family-friendly, and welcoming atmosphere. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Entertainment will include live music, a DJ, dance performances, drag shows, and more throughout the day. Food truck vendors and beverage stands will be set up. There will be kids’ activities, art projects, fitness/wellness classes, yard games, vendors, swag, and more.
Sunday, Oct. 23
12-5 p.m.
Gypsy Hill Park
600 Churchville Avenue (Route 250)
Staunton, Va.
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Staunton Pride festival will be held in the bandstand area of Gypsy Hill Park. There will be performers, a beer garden, a vendor area, a health and wellness hub, and youth activities area.
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Filmmaker Sarah Polley explores shocking abuse in culturally significant effort
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With the Hollywood awards season well underway, the public conversation around movies these days is mostly around the movies that have begun to emerge as early champions. 
That makes this the perfect time to bring up “Women Talking,” a movie not many people have seen – yet – but that more people should be talking about.
Adapted for the screen and directed by Canadian filmmaker Sarah Polley, it’s based on a 2018 novel of the same name by Miriam Toews (which itself was loosely based on real-life events in Bolivia), and set in an ultraconservative Mennonite colony, isolated from the wider world by both distance and strict religious tradition, in which dozens of girls and women have been drugged with animal tranquilizers and sexually assaulted in the night by a group of men over the course of several years – only to be accused of lying or told that their attacks and injuries were perpetrated by “ghosts or demons.” Now, they’ve now been offered a choice – either forgive their attackers and continue living in fear or leave the community and be expelled from the church; with only a few short hours to decide, a group of townswomen convene in a barn to weigh the dilemma, and to make the impossible choice of what to do.
In Toews’s book, and therefore Polley’s film, the shocking circumstances of the story are reimagined in an American setting, and the scenario is framed – in the spirit, perhaps, of an increasing sense of public conscience that favors commemorating the victims of violence over elevating the victimizers’ names in the cultural record – through the eyes of the women; we never see the faces of their attackers, nor hear their names. Their identities, in fact, are irrelevant; for these women, what matters is making an impossible choice whether to brave the unknown evils of a world outside their experience or resign themselves to endure the all-too-familiar evils to which they are accustomed, forced upon them by male elders who seemingly think of them as little more than human livestock.
That’s a position that feels unsettlingly relevant in the climate of today’s America, and though both book and movie were conceived and executed before the devastating Supreme Court decision striking down Roe v. Wade, the timing of “Women Talking” couldn’t be more powerful or relevant. In watching these onscreen women attempt to find justification within their faith to defy the strictures that leave them powerless and without protection, it’s impossible not to notice the reflected significance; though the arguments they rehash – obedience to the teachings of their church, accepted gender roles within their culture, the “rightful place” of women in society, and all the other well-rehearsed topics inextricably tied to the ideals of feminism and basic human rights – often feel to us like the antiquated rhetoric of a bygone era, we cannot help but be aware that the principles they struggle to define, considered by many of us to be long-settled and self-evident, are currently anything but.
That’s entirely the point, of course. Polley’s film derives considerable power from the juxtaposition of an old-fashioned lifestyle into a contemporary setting; most of what we see on the screen – clothing, mores and manners, the quaint routine of a daily life lived without technology and off the grid – belies any connection to the 21st century, and when we are occasionally reminded that we’re watching a story that takes place in modern times, it’s jarring.
Indeed, there’s an unabashedly “meta” effect that permeates throughout, heightened by a theatrical approach to the narrative that spends more of its time on dialogue than on action – after all, the title is “Women Talking” – and takes place mostly in a single location. The movie’s studied mix of emotion and intellect, its prominent agenda and its progressive political leanings, all land with us as if we were watching a play, rather than a movie. Yet Polley ingeniously expands into the cinematic realm to connect with us though our eyes as well as our ears, particularly with the use of rapid-paced flashback collages that cut away from a character to wordlessly convey crucial details of their backstory, deepening both our insight and our empathy in the process.  
She also takes pains to illuminate the emotional triggers – fear, rage, even guilt over perceived culpability – that bubble to the surface as her traumatized characters try to form a unified front; by tracking the way these lingering psychic scars affect the dynamic among this group of survivors, determining the positions they take and setting them at odds against each other, her movie helps open us up to empathy for those whose psychic scars sometimes drive them to act against their own self-interest. Yet things aren’t unrelentingly grim, nor are they always somber; there are frequent interspersions of humor, appreciations of beauty, and expressions of love. It’s this focus on lived inner experience that keeps “Women Talking” grounded in the human and enables it to indulge in lengthy theoretical discourse about justice, ethics, and theology without feeling like an exercise in aloof didacticism.
To that end, a gifted ensemble of players, each obviously relishing the chance to do work of such substance, turns in a remarkably gripping collection of performances. Standing out in the showiest roles, Claire Foy and Jessie Buckley offer up unforgettable moments throughout the film, while a softer Rooney Mara serves as a warm and intelligent heart; screen veterans Judith Ivey and Sheila McCarthy bring depth and dignity to their roles as elders in this female contingent, with multi-Oscar-winner Frances McDormand leaving her stamp in a brief but indelible supporting turn; out gay actor Ben Whishaw shines as a gentle schoolteacher enlisted by the women to take the minutes of their meeting, a sole reminder that men can be allies, too; and nonbinary performer August Winter, cast as a transmasculine colony member, adds an affirming thread of queer inclusion to the mix, opening the door for one of the film’s most unexpected – and powerful – moments.
It’s not surprising, given the talents of Polley and her cast (not to mention the expert cinematography of Luc Montpellier and a stirring score by Hildur Guðnadóttir) “Women Talking” has quietly gained momentum as an awards contender – even though it doesn’t go into wide release until Jan. 20. Whether it can pick up more prizes than the more widely seen titles currently leading the race remains to be seen. Even in a post-#MeToo Hollywood, female-led films are often overlooked for the big awards, and the industry’s supposed progressive leanings rarely prevent it from shying away from polarizing subject matter.
Incredibly, in 2023, the subject of women seeking freedom to have agency over their own bodies feels more polarizing than ever, and women are fighting for it under oppressive regimes from Iraq to Indonesia, let alone in parts of the USA.
That’s why, whether it wins any awards or not, “Women Talking” is still one of the most culturally significant movies on the shortlist.
D.C. stop planned for Sept. 2
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Madonna announced a new world tour on Tuesday via video parody of her 1991 “Truth or Dare” in which friend Amy Schumer dares the pop superstar to go on tour and perform her greatest hits. Madonna accepts the challenge.
The NSFW video features Judd Apatow, Jack Black, Diplo, Lil Wayne, Bob the Drag Queen, and Schumer, among others. 
The 35-city tour kicks off on July 15 in Vancouver, BC with stops around the country, including Sept. 2 in D.C. The tour also heads to Europe, starting with the O2 Arena in London on Oct. 14 and ending in Amsterdam on Dec. 1. The tour is produced by Live Nation. Bob the Drag Queen was announced as special guest on all dates.
“I am excited to explore as many songs as possible in hopes to give my fans the show they have been waiting for,” Madonna said in a statement. She said the tour will feature 40 years of her greatest hits, something she has resisted in the past, while also paying tribute to the role New York City played in launching her career.
Madonna is the latest in a string of ‘80s icons to hit the road in 2023 after three years of COVID cancellations. Janet Jackson announced her “Together Again Tour,” which kicks off in April and stops in Baltimore on May 13 and Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va., on May 6; Bruce Springsteen’s tour kicks off next month with a March 27 stop in D.C.; and Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks last week announced a joint tour stop in Baltimore on Oct. 7. 
July 15 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
July 18 – Seattle, WA @ Climate Pledge Arena
July 22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Footprint Center
July 25 – Denver, CO @ Ball Arena
July 27 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
July 30 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
August 2 – Cleveland, OH @ Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
August 5 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
August 7 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
August 9 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
August 13 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
August 19 – Montreal, QC @ Centre Bell
August 23 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
August 24 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
August 30 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Sept. 2 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
Sept. 5 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
Sept. 7 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
Sept. 9 – Miami, FL @ Miami-Dade Arena
Sept. 13 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Sept. 18 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Sept. 21 – Austin, TX @ Moody Center ATX
Sept. 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Crypto.com Arena
Oct. 4 – San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center
Oct. 7 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
Oct. 14 – London, UK @ The O2
Oct. 21 – Antwerp, BE @ Sportpaleis
Oct. 25 – Copenhagen, DK @ Royal Arena
Oct. 28 – Stockholm, SE @ Tele2
Nov. 1 – Barcelona, ES @ Palau Sant Jordi
Nov. 6 – Lisbon, PT @ Altice Arena
Nov. 12 – Paris, FR @ Accor Arena
Nov. 13 – Paris, FR @ Accor Arena
Nov. 15 – Cologne, DE @ Lanxess Arena
Nov. 23 – Milan, IT @ Mediolanum Forum
Nov. 28 – Berlin, DE @ Mercedes-Benz Arena
Dec. 1 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome
Sports, drag, music and dancing in the days to come
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Below are our picks for some of the most fun and creative things to do this week in the DMV that are of special interest to the LGBTQ community.
Tuesday, January 17
Party 6 p.m. / Game 7 p.m.
Capital One Arena
601 F Street, N.W.
$49-$169
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While it appears the Night OUT tickets are already sold out (or their website doesn’t work), you can get general tickets to the game here. The Team DC party will be at 6 and the game starts at 7.
Wednesday, January 18
8-11 p.m.
Pitchers DC
2317 18th Street, N.W.
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Join Brooklyn for a night of bingo at Pitchers on Wednesday.
Friday, January 20
7-9 p.m.
Puro Gusto Cafe
1345 F Street, N.W.
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Go Gay DC has created another opportunity to make LGBTQ+ friends in the DMV.
Friday, January 20
8 p.m.
Warner Theatre
513 13th Street, N.W.
$27.50-$75
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Shangela of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fame is coming to Warner Theatre on Friday as a part of her Fully Lit Tour.
Friday, January 20
8-9 p.m.
JR.’s Bar
1519 17th Street, N.W.
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Speaking of RuPaul’s Drag Race, meet up with friends and catch the latest installment on Friday. Citrine hosts a night of fun.
Saturday, January 21
5-10 p.m.
UPROAR Lounge & Restaurant
639 Florida Avenue, N.W.
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Meet up with other gaming enthusiasts at UPROAR for an evening of Super Smash.
Saturday, January 21 .
9 p.m.
Crazy Aunt Helen’s
713 8th Street, S.E.
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Crazy Aunt Helen’s has a live music drag cabaret planned for Saturday.
Saturday, January 21
9:30 p.m.
JR.’s Bar
1519 17th Street, N.W.
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Evry Pleasure hosts a show celebrating Hispanic heritage with Labianna, Chata Uchis and Whoreslina.
Saturday, January 21
10:30 p.m.
DC9 Nightclub
1940 9th Street, N.W.
$10-$15
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Dance like its 1995 at the Peach Pit with a party at DC9 on Saturday.
Sunday, January 22
12-2 p.m.
H Street Country Club
1335 H Street, N.E.
$55
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Drag legend Shi-Queeta Lee leads a fun-filled brunch on Sunday at the H Street Country Club.
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