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CONTENTS

MAY 18, 2017 Volume 24 Issue 3

7 MIND FULL
A new musical at Creative Cauldron
tackles Alzheimers

By Doug Rule

ACTIVIST FOR LIFE


Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, who will be honored this
weekend by the Trevor Project, made history as the
first out transgender White House staffer.

Interview by John Riley


Photography by Todd Franson
24
31 GODS AND MONSTER
With Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott answers the age-old
question, which came first, the facehugger or the egg?

SPOTLIGHT: MIND FULL p.7 OUT ON THE TOWN p.10


By Randy Shulman

EGGED ON: FIVE LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE p.11


COMMUNITY: CHEERS TO CHARITY p.19 FORUM: PRIDE: PROTEST AND PROGRESS p.22
FORUM: CAPITAL PRIDE CAN AND MUST DO BETTER p.23 COVER: ACTIVIST FOR LIFE p.24
TRUTH CELEBRATION: CAPITAL TRANS PRIDE p.29 FILM: ALIEN: COVENANT p.31
STAGE: TIMON OF ATHENS p.33 STAGE: MASTER CLASS p.34 STAGE: THE FATHER p.35
NIGHTLIFE p.37 SCENE: DC LEATHER PRIDE MEET & GREET p.37 LISTINGS p.39
SCENE: DC LEATHER PRIDE REBEL HEART p.44 LAST WORD p.46

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Spotlight
KEITH WATERS, KX PHOTOGRAPHY

Mind Full
I
DONT KNOW HOW SHES DOING IT, MARVELS Lacey first pitched the shows idea to Conner when
Stephen Gregory Smith. I created a near-impossible the actress was starring in Signatures Nevermore, also
thing for an actor to memorize. Smith is talking written by the duo. She thought that Alzheimers was
about Florence Lacey, star of Kaleidoscope, a new musical something that had not really been touched on yet at
co-written with his longtime collaborator (and partner), that time, Conner says. A decade later, Kaleidoscope is
composer Matt Conner. The show centers on an aging the third of five new musicals commissioned by Creative
stage diva struggling with early signs of Alzheimers. Cauldron.
Lacey, who replaced Patti LuPone in the original The show has already had an impact beyond sim-
Broadway production of Evita, told Smith she considers ply the composition or the staging. Weve had a lot of
this her most challenging role yet. She has to memorize talkbacks after the show where a lot of people have said
a series of monologues and speeches that are all variants, its very cathartic, Smith says. They saw their parents
that twist and turn in different ways, he says. And shes again, or their grandparents, and it kind of gave them
also the driver of the evening. Theres a supporting cast peace to see, perhaps, where they were in their mind, or
around her, but if she loses her place, [everything] will what they were experiencing. Its been a beautiful jour-
be derailed. ney so far. Doug Rule

Kaleidoscope runs to May 28 at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 South Maple Ave. in Falls Church, Va.
Tickets are $20 to $30. Call 703-436-9948 or visit creativecauldron.org.

MAY 18, 2017 METROWEEKLY 7


Spotlight
FRONTIER
The Washington Ballet premieres a commission
by choreographer Ethan Stiefel, featuring music by
Adam Crystal performed by the Washington Ballet
Orchestra conducted by Martin West. Inspired
by President John F. Kennedy and his aspirations
for America to be a leader of artistic, cultural and
intellectual excellence, Stiefels work is performed
as part of a JFK Centennial Celebration program
also including works by Antony Tudor and Sir
Frederick Ashton. Thursday, May 25, and Friday,
May 26, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 27, at
1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Kennedy Center Opera House.
Tickets are $25 to $140. Call 202-467-4600 or visit
kennedy-center.org.

LP
With shades of Gwen Stefani, this lesbian singer/song-
writer to Rihanna and Christina Aguilera has been
generating long-overdue buzz of her own with her most
recent two albums and prominent play on Orange Is
The New Black. The 9:30 Club presents an intimate con-
cert with opening acts Josiah and the Bonnevilles and
Lauren Ruth Ward. Sunday, May 28, at 6 p.m. U Street
Music Hall, 1115A U St. NW. Tickets are $15. Call 202-
588-1880 or visit ustreetmusichall.com.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA
FINE ARTS FESTIVAL
More than 200 artists from around the nation will take part in this
26th annual event drawing over 30,000 people and organized by
the Greater Reston Arts Center. In addition to artworks in a variety
of media, from painting to photography to jewelry, the festival also
includes performances and family art-making activities. Saturday,
May 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. Reston Town Center, 11900 Market St. Reston. Suggested dona-
tion of $5 provides festival program with dining certificates inside.
Call 703-471-9242 or visit restonarts.org.

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TIMOTHY WHITE

Out On The Town

WHOOPI GOLDBERG
A rare opportunity to catch the comedy and acting legend in an intimate setting for her thought-provoking commentary
including a Q&A with the audience. From The Color Purple and Ghost to The View today, Goldberg has shown her ver-
satility as an actress, comedian and talk show host and is part of the elite group of artists who have won Grammy, Oscar,
Golden Globe, Emmy and Tony Awards. Saturday, May 27, at 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane,
North Bethesda. Tickets are $65 to $130. Call 301-581-5100 or visit strathmore.org.

Compiled by Doug Rule


superhero canon. But three years and 9:15 p.m., Monday, May 22, at Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road. Call
and a bigger budget later, the orig- 9 p.m., and Wednesday, May 24, 301-588-8279 or visit forum-the-
FILM inality has diminished. Whats here at 9:30 p.m. AFI Silver Theatre, atre.org.
isnt fresh, though its still very pal- 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring.
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE atable. Now playing. Area theaters. General admission is $10 for mat- HIR
LONG HAUL Visit fandango.com. (Rhuaridh inee, or $13. Call 301-495-6720 or Shana Cooper directs Taylor Macs
Apparently enough people watched Marr) visit afi.com/Silver. audacious, uproarious black come-
the first three films in this series to dy billed as a kitchen-sink drama
generate a small profit. Not enough PARIS CAN WAIT
for the main cast to stick around for Eleanor Coppola, Francis Ford STAGE covered in glitter. The story focus-
es on an Iraqi war veteran who
a fourth film, mind you, so theres Coppolas wife, makes her narra- returns to his childhood home
an entirely new group of actors on tive feature debut at 81 with a film BUILDING THE WALL and discovers that his family has
board to... ummm... write diaries? inspired by her life, starring Diane Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright transformed, from a formerly timid
We have no idea what these films Lane as Coppola and Alec Baldwin Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky mother out to subvert the patri-
are about. David Bowers directs as her barely seen husband. Opens Cycle, All The Way) imagines a archy, to a sister who is now a
Jason Drucker, Owen Asztalos, Friday, May 19. Area theaters. Visit future where President Trump is genderqueer anarchist, to a father
Charlie Wright, Alicia Silverstone fandango.com. able to persevere with his plans to who now wears clown makeup.
and Tom Everett Scott. Opens barricade the southern U.S. border. Emily Townley and Mitch Hebert
Friday, May 19. Area theaters. Visit TWIN PEAKS: Building The Wall focuses on a his- are part of the cast. Previews start
fandango.com. (Rhuaridh Marr) FIRE WALK WITH ME torian interviewing the supervisor Wednesday, May 24, at 8 p.m. Runs
The American Film Institute offers of a private prison as he awaits to June 18. Woolly Mammoth, 641
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 a 25th anniversary screening of the sentencing for carrying out a policy D St. NW. Call 202-393-3939 or visit
prequel motion picture to cult that has escalated into a violent woollymammoth.net.
Guardians maintains the scrappy, TV series Twin Peaks, tied to the and chaotic mess, with millions of
jokesy, lovable nature that made the new season debut on Showtime undocumented immigrants round- IN THE HEIGHTS
first film such a huge success and on Sunday, May 21. Its screening ed up and detained in overflow- The U.S. Spanish-language pre-
such a breath of fresh air compared as one of the first films in a two- ing private prisons and makeshift miere of Hamilton creator Lin-
with the slightly stale, formulaic month Directed by David Lynch incarceration camps. Michael Dove Manuel Mirandas first Broadway
nature of Marvels other franchis- retrospective. Titles still to come directs Forum Theatres produc- hit sizzles with the kind of
es. With its bold colors, brilliant include Blue Velvet, Wild At Heart, tion, part of a National New Play urban energy you would expect
soundtrack and wonderful array of and Mulholland Drive widely Network Rolling World Premiere. from its setting in Manhattans
performances, it was a necessary considered Lynchs cinematic mas- Opens Thursday, May 18, at 8 p.m. Washington Heights neighbor-
jolt of adrenaline to the cinematic terpiece. Friday, May 19, at 1:30 To May 27. Silver Spring Black Box hood. Performed in Spanish with

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English surtitles. Extended in a
sold-out run to May 28. GALA
Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. Tickets
are $40 to $60. Call 202-234-7174
or visit galatheatre.org.

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR


Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim
Rices rock opera about Jesus
gets a sleek, modern makeover
in a Signature Theatre produc-
tion helmed by Joe Calarco and
starring Nicholas Edwards. The
cast includes Signature standouts
Natascia Diaz as Mary, Sherri L.
Edelen as King Herod, and Bobby
Smith as Pontius Pilate. To July 2.
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell
Ave., Arlington. Call 703-820-9771
or visit sigtheatre.org.

MACBETH
The provocative Tony-nominated
director Liesl Tommy (Eclipsed)
helms a production of the Bards
exploration of murderous ambition,
fiendish equivocation, and a love
of terrifying intimacy. Shakespeare
RJ PAVEL

Theatre Company regular Jesse


J. Perez takes on the titular role
alongside Nikkole Salter as Lady
MacBeth. With Naomi Jacobson,

EGGED ON
Tim Getman and David Bishins.
To May 28. Sidney Harman Hall,
Harman Center for the Arts, 610 F
St. NW. Call 202-547-1122 or visit
shakespearetheatre.org.
In Monumental Theatres new comedy, five women celebrate
THE ARABIAN NIGHTS
their love of quiche Ten years ago, Constellation
Theatre Company launched its first

D
season with a production of Mary
URING THE FIRST COUPLE WEEKS, WE WOULD ALL JUST DIE Zimmermans entrancing adapta-
laughing, director Jimmy Mavrikes says about Five Lesbians Eating a tion of The Arabian Nights. Now,
Founding Artistic Director Allison
Quiche. The characters are very serious about quiche and dont realize they Arkell Stockman closes out the 10th
are speaking in any sort of innuendo whatsoever. This is their lives. They love quiche. anniversary season by revisiting
They want to celebrate it. And its not anything more for them. the companys roots and reimagin-
ing the show, once again with live
The trick is for the actors to perform Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgoods work,
music by Tom Teasley. Veronica del
set in the closeted, claustrophobic mid-1950s, in full-on deadpan, truly celebrating Cerro leads the ensemble as famed
their common bond over eggy tart. Not that the play, which features audience-led storyteller Scheherazade. To June
improv, is all about quiche. In a turn of events, Mavrikes explains, careful not to 4. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. Tickets
$20 to $45. Call 202-204-7741 or
give away critical details, something big happens, and they all decide to become the visit constellationtheatre.org.
people that they truly are.
Its not the kind of play that youre used to, where youre just sitting down in the THE HUNCHBACK
OF NOTRE DAME
theater and watching the characters come to life on stage, he continues. Its really a
Synetic Theaters Founding Artistic
show where the audience gets to be part of it and actually gets to be a character in the Director Paata Tsikurishvili brings
show. The cast does a really great job of including the audience into their sisterhood. his mind-bending, cinematic style to
The play is produced by Monumental Theatre Company, co-founded by Mavrikes, Victor Hugos gothic, heartbreaking
epic relayed, like many Synetic
Michael Windsor and Beth Amann a few years ago. We realized that we really want- productions, in wordless fash-
ed to celebrate millennial art and millennial artists, he says. A lot of times its hard ion, stripped of Hugos dialogue.
for a new performer or a new playwright or a new choreographer to get in the door. Vato Tsikurishvili is Quasimodo,
Phillip Fletcher is Frollo, and Irina
Its definitely different for everybody. There are some people who are successful
Kavsadze is Esmeralda. In previews.
right out of college. But there are also some people who need a little push or a little To June 11. Synetic Theater, 1800
step that theyre not getting elsewhere. And those are the people that we see things South Bell St., Arlington. Tickets
in, that we think other people should see things in, and want to celebrate them in our are $35 to $60. Call 800-494-8497
or visit synetictheater.org.
shows or do their shows. Doug Rule
THE TEMPEST
Marylands Port Tobacco Players
offers a community theater produc-
Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche runs to Monday, May 22, in Lab I
tion of Shakespeares final work,
at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are $30. adding gender-swapping to put
Call 202-399-7993 or visit monumentaltheatre.org. women in a place of power and

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give the show a different, increas- BON IVER
ingly relevant feel. Rachel Wallace Bon Iver has always sounded like
stepped up to direct the romantic the soundtrack to a northern win-
comedy, full of magic, music and ter. The band, the brainchild of
mayhem, in memory of Jim Kleyle, Justin Vernon, invokes cold, quiet
who died a month after being expanses and snowbound wilder-
selected for the task. Closes Sunday, ness. In a sea of talented folk art-
May 21. Port Tobacco Players, 508 ists, Vernons falsetto stands out
Charles St., La Plata, Md. Tickets as distinct, packed with emotion
are $15 to $18. Call 301-932-6819 or and uniquely affecting. Bon Ivers
visit ptplayers.com. sighing, haunting songs have long
been treated as perfect background
ULYSSES ON BOTTLES music, the sort you might listen to
The culmination of its second sea- while studying, or hear playing at an
son, Mosaic Theater Company inoffensive volume in a half-crowd-
presents the 2017 Voices From a ed Starbucks. But there has always
Changing Middle East Festival in been a colder, darker element as
the 50th year since the Six Day War well, a starkness that reflects the
and the start of the Occupation. projects origins in a snowed-in
The festival launches with Israeli cabin. Bon Ivers songs are known
playwright Gilad Evrons poet- to return frequently to themes of
ic and poignant allegory about an loneliness and heartbreak, and on
Israeli-Arab ex-teachers attempts their third full-length album, last
to sail into Gaza on a raft made years 22, A Million, Vernon takes
of plastic bottles. Serge Seiden those nagging feelings and brings
directs Michael Kevin Darnall as them forward, giving us all of the
Ulysses, an anonymous school- chill and very little softness or com-
teacher locked in an Israeli prison fort. Wednesday, May 24, at 8 p.m.
for a fanciful attempt to smuggle Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475
Russian literature to the children Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia,
of Gaza, and Matthew Boston as an Md. Tickets are $46 to $75. Call
attorney assigned to defend him. 800-551-SEAT or visit merriweath-
Sarah Marshall, Elizabeth Pierotti ermusic.com. (Sean Maunier)
and Chris Genebach round out the
ensemble cast of Ulysses on Bottles, FIFTH HARMONY
as translated by Evan Fallenberg. Dubbed Americas most popular
Pay-What-You-Can Preview is girl group by Rolling Stone, the
Thursday, May 18, at 8 p.m. Opens former X Factor contestants come
Monday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m. To to Wolf Trap to perform from their
June 11. Atlas Performing Arts catchy repertoire of hits including
Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are Work From Home, Worth It
$20 to $60. Call 202-399-7993 or and Thats My Girl. Saturday,
visit mosaictheater.org. May 27, at 8 p.m. The Filene
Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap

MUSIC Road, Vienna. Tickets are $35 to


$65. Call 877-WOLFTRAP or visit
wolftrap.org.
AUDRA MCDONALD
Already showered with more Tonys LENA SEIKALY
than any other actress in Broadway A former Strathmore Artist-in-
history and shes only 46! Residence, the local alto singer has
McDonald comes to Strathmore to won lots of praise in the past few
show off the range of productions years, with Duke Ellingtons biog-
shes been in, from The Gershwins rapher John Hasse touting her as a
Porgy and Bess to Ragtime to Master major league young talent in jazz.
Class to, most recently, Lady Day at She returns with her band to D.C.s
Emersons Bar and Grill, the Billie top jazz club for another tribute
Holiday tribute shell revive in to the First Lady of Song, aka
Londons West End this summer. Ella Fitzgerald. Tuesday, May 23,
Also known from her work on TV, at 8 and 10 p.m. Blues Alley, 1073
principally as a lead character on Wisconsin Ave. NW. Tickets are
ABCs Private Practice, McDonald $22, plus $12 minimum purchase.
long ago adopted a Twitter han- Call 202-337-4141 or visit bluesal-
dle that reflects her staunch sup- ley.com.
port for marriage equality @
AudraEqualityMC. Certainly, Im NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY
a child, a product of what came CONCERT
because of civil rights, she told Now in its 28th year, this concert
Metro Weekly. Without civil rights on the U.S. Capitol grounds, airing
I certainly wouldnt have been able live on PBS, features the National
to do half the things Ive done. And Symphony Orchestra led by Jack
so I feel its just my duty to do Everly performing patriotic classics.
whatever I can to help push it along Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds)
to get marriage equality for every- and Gary Sinise (CSI: New York)
body. Friday, May 26, at 8 p.m. co-host for the 12th year, and Colin
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 L. Powell also returns for a special
Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. tribute to our men and women in
Tickets are $45 to $105. Call 301- uniform. Other featured perform-
581-5100 or visit strathmore.org. ers this year include Laurence

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Fishburne, Renee Fleming, Vanessa
Williams, Aulii Cravalho, Scotty
McCreery, Five for Fighting, John
Ortiz, Christopher Jackson, Ana
Ortiz, Ronan Tynan and Russell
Watson. Sunday, May 29, at 8 p.m.
U.S. Capitol Building, West Lawn.
Free. Call 202-467-4600 or visit
pbs.org/memorialdayconcert.

NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC
Piotr Gajewski leads the orchestra,
the National Philharmonic Chorale,
the Strathmore Childrens Chorus
and soloists in Carl Orffs rous-
ing masterpiece Carmina Burana
featuring one of the most versa-
tile musical pieces in the entire
Western canon. You know the one,
the opening section O Fortuna,
which has been the soundtrack for
movies, ads, video games and sports
and other social events. Saturday,
May 20, at 8 p.m. Music Center at
Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane,
North Bethesda. Tickets are $48
to $86. Call 301-581-5100 or visit WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
strathmore.org.
Now in its 27th year, the festival presents traditional film screenings as well as related
PREAKNESS INFIELDFEST: cultural and educational programs at six different theaters. Six films at this years fes-
SAM HUNT, ZEDD tival are Rated LGBTQ, exploring sexuality, gender and identity on screen: Cabaret,
Before the 142nd running of the the hit 1972 adaptation of the stage musical classic starring Joel Grey and Liza Minnelli,
Preakness Stakes comes music, this
year headlined by one of Nashvilles which screens Sunday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m., at the Edlavitch DCJCC, and Saturday,
newest superstars, Sam Hunt, and May 27, at 12:30 p.m., at AFI Silver Theatre; Family Commitments, an outrageously
young German electronic-dance quirky comedy about a Jewish-Arab same-sex wedding, in its Mid-Atlantic Premiere
music producer Zedd on the Mug
Stage. The smaller DeKuyper Stage
Saturday, May 20, at 8:45 p.m. at Landmark E Street Cinema, and Saturday, May 27, at
will feature Baltimores own Good 6:30 p.m., at Edlavitch DCJCC; In Between, Maysaloun Hamouds remarkable feature
Charlotte and the Nashville duos debut about three Arab-Israeli women sharing an apartment in the vibrant heart of
Locash and High Valley. Saturday, Tel Aviv and struggling with contemporary and traditional pressures, which screens
May 20. Starting at 7 a.m. Pimlico
Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Wednesday, May 24, at 8:15 p.m., at Landmark E Street Cinema, and Sunday, May 28, at
Ave., Baltimore. Tickets are $100 1:45 p.m., at AFI Silver Theatre; The Freedom to Marry, a riveting ride through history
in advance, or $110 day-of, or $155 with Evan Wolfson and Mary Bonauto, who led the push for one of the most successful
for access to new The Mug & Vine
Lounge with separate bar, private
civil rights campaigns in modern history, screening on Sunday, May 21, at 5:15 p.m. at
restrooms and picnic lounge. Call AFI Silver Theatre, and Wednesday, May 24, at 7:15 p.m., at Edlavitch DCJCC; The
877-206-8042 or visit preakness.com. Guys Next Door, a lyrical documentary about the bonds between a straight family and
their gay neighbors, screening Sunday, May 21, at 6 p.m., at Landmark Bethesda Row
SIMONE BARON
As part of its 2017 Artist-in- Cinema, and Monday, May 22, at 6:15 p.m., at Landmark E Street Cinema; and Uncle
Residence mentoring program, Howard, a paean and an elegy to Aaron Brookners uncle and the film he made about
Strathmore offers solo concerts his friend William S. Burroughs before his premature AIDS-related death, screening
of its up-and-coming artists. Next
up is a hybrid jazz/classical vocal-
on Sunday, May 21, at 4:15 p.m., at Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema, and Monday, May
ist and accordion player who is 22, at 8:45 p.m., at Landmark E Street Cinema. Festival runs to Sunday, May 28. Tickets
reimagining the possibilities of her are $14.95 for regular screenings. Visit wjff.org.
instrument and collaborating with
everyone from dancers to puppe-
teers to visual artists. Baron cur-
rently performs in a chamber/jazz cert of four world premiers from elements as it explores non-tra- followed by A Body in Fukushima
ensemble with fellow Strathmore 2016-2017 choreographers Nancy ditional venues and responds to lecture and photo demonstration.
AIR participant Ethan Foote. Flores-Tirado (Apotheotik), Therese the innate characteristics of each Free. Call 202-269-1600 or visit
Wednesday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. Gahl (Spectra), Shira Klinger (Dis) specific place. At the core of each danceplace.org.
The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 (onnect) and Asami Seki (Bare Soul) variant is Otake alone on a color-
Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. featuring 30 professional and local ful futon, projecting and exploring JANE FRANKLIN DANCE
Tickets are $17. Call 301-581-5100 performers. The first performance solitude, gaze, fragility and inti- Named in honor of its late board
or visit strathmore.org. on Saturday, May 20, at 6 p.m., is macy. A MacArthur Genius Grant president, the Charlotte Hollister
followed by a short graduation cer- winner with her performance part- Annual Gala is the spring fundrais-
emony and reception for the Icon ner Takashi Koma Otake, the New er for this suburban Virginia-based
DANCE Smart Class of 2017. Also Sunday, York-based Japanese artist comes to company featuring performances by
May 21, at 7 p.m. Dance Loft on 14 D.C. via Dance Place to perform her company dancers with live origi-
CHOREOGRAPHIC INSTITUTE Theater, 4618 14th St. NW 2nd Floor. solo work twice outside. Saturday, nal music by guitarist and banjoist
DANCE LOFT ON 14 Tickets are $15 to $20. Call 202-621- May 20, at 11 a.m. Farmers Market Mark Sylvester. Includes silent auc-
Artistic Director Vladimir Angelov 3670 or visit danceloft14.org. on the Arts Walk at Monroe Street tion, light supper and wine tasting.
and Operations Director Diana Market, 716 Monroe St. NE. Also Sunday, May 21, at 6 p.m. Arlington
Movius, co-founders of Dance EIKO OTAKE Saturday, May 20, at 7 p.m. 3225 Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd.
Loft on 14, end the venues inau- A Body in Places incorporates both 8th St. NE, concluding in Dance Tickets are $70 through Saturday,
gural year with a thesis dance con- performative and non-performative Places Cafritz Foundation Theater, May 20, $80 at the door, or $100 for

MAY 18, 2017 METROWEEKLY 15


READING JUN KANEKO
In conjunction with its spring pro-
& DISCUSSION duction of Madama Butterfly, the
Washington National Opera pres-
ents ceramic sculptures by the
JEFFREY GOLDBERG, ABDULLAH Japanese-American visual artist
ANTEPLI and painter, who also served as
Jews and Muslims in America:
the productions set and costume
Political Challenges and Moral
designer. The installation includes
Opportunities is this years focus
pieces from two of Kanekos sculp-
at Sixth and I through its annual
ture series: Heads, large, neutral
offering The Ten: An Alternative
forms that are instantly recogniz-
Shavuot Experience. Atlantic
able as human yet loaded with a
Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Goldberg
vast array of traditions and associ-
and Imam Abdullah Antepli discuss
ations, and Dangos, or mound-like,
Jewish-Muslim relationships today
freestanding works that have been
and consider new solutions to dif-
molded into an intriguing fami-
ficult topics while studying ancient
ly of different shapes reflecting a
texts together. Monday, May 22,
wide range of expression. Closes
at 6:30 p.m. Sixth & I Historic
Monday, May 22. Kennedy Center
Synagogue. 600 I St. NW. Tickets
Hall of Nations. Free. Call 202-467-
are $15 in advance, or $18 day-of
4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.
event. Call 202-408-3100 or visit
sixthandi.org.
MARCIA COPPEL: CONNECT/
DISCONNECT 2
PETER DORAN A former speech pathologist,
Breaking Rockefeller is an incredi-
Coppel was inspired for her new
ble tale of how ambitious oil rivals
series of paintings by a sign she
Marcus Samuel, Jr., and Henri
saw at an outdoor cafe in Mexico,
Deterding joined forces to topple
Talk to Each Other. We dont have
the Standard Oil empire in the late
Wi-Fi. Some of the whimsical, col-
19th Century. Doran, a vice pres-
orful works in the show feature
ident for research at the Center
people talking to each other in cafes
for European Policy Analysis in
and at the beach, others are in their
Washington, is also responsible
own worlds, floating in the air as
for the History of Oil podcast.
well as sitting under umbrellas, and
Tuesday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m.
some are seated in a group with no
Kramerbooks, 1517 Connecticut
interaction. Meet the Artist event
Ave. NW. Call 202-387-1400 or visit
Saturday, May 20, from 1 to 3 p.m.
kramers.com.
On exhibit through May 28. Gallery
B in Touchstone Gallery, 901 New
RICHARD DAWKINS York Ave. NW Call 202-347-2787 or
World-renowned evolutionary biol-
visit touchstonegallery.com.
ogist and bestselling author discuss-
es science, secularism and current
MARTI JONES DIXON: VALLEY OF
events in this Center for Inquiry
THE DOLLS
KHANH LE: WHILE WE WAIT presented conversation with fellow
evolutionary biologist and author
Though she never became a major
Cultural DC presents works by a D.C. inter- star, Dixon was signed to two
Jerry Coyne. Wednesday, May 27,
different major labels, A&M and
disciplinary artist motivated by Syrian ref- at 7 p.m. GW Lisner, The George
RCA, in the 80s. She has long since
ugees and immigration issues to develop a Washington University, 730 21st St.
returned to her first love: visual
NW. Tickets are $29. Call 202-994-
mixed-media photography series reflecting art. Miss Pixies the quirky 14th
6851 or visit lisner.org.
Street vintage furniture store
on his personal experiences waiting with his presents a new series by Dixon,
Vietnamese family for permission to immigrate EXHIBITS inspired by Jacqueline Susanns
to the U.S. in the late 80s. The resulting works 1966 bestseller and the cult film it
are a mix of abstract and identity-based art. On AN AMERICAN DIPLOMAT IN spawned a year later. On display
1820S RUSSIA through May 31. Miss Pixies, 1626
display through June 3. Flashpoint [Gallery], 14th St. NW. Call 202-232-8171 or
Friends and Fashion paints a capti-
916 G St. NW. Tickets are free. Call 202-315- vating picture of diplomatic life in visit misspixies.com.
1310 or visit flashpointdc.org. An Artist Talk early 19th century St. Petersburg,
based on an album of watercol- ONE LIFE: BABE RUTH
will be held on Sunday, May 21, at 1:30 p.m., on The National Portrait Gallery
ors assembled by the family of
the Third Floor of the Smithsonian American politician and statesman Henry presents the first exhibition in
Art Museum, 8th and F Streets NW. Middleton. The collection was its One Life series devoted to a
acquired by Hillwood in 2004 and baseball star. Featuring more than
conserved in 2015, but this marks 30 objects, including prints and
the first time the fascinating set is photographs of Ruth in addition
presented in its entirety. To June to personal memorabilia and select-
VIP including first access to Silent Citizens Brigade, from New York 11. Hillwood Estate, 4155 Linnean ed artifacts of advertising that he
Auction. Call 703-933-1111 or visit and Los Angeles, riffs on D.C. and Ave. NW. Suggested donation endorsed, this exhibition looks at
janefranklin.com. audience-members alike. The bri- is $12. Call 202-686-5807 or visit the legend of Babe Ruth and his
gade has many famous alumni, HillwoodMuseum.org. legacy as one of the first sports
superstars to become a marketable
COMEDY including Amy Poehler and Ed
Helms. Sunday, May 21, at 7 p.m. brand all to himself. Closes Sunday,
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 600 I May 21. National Portrait Gallery,
UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE St. NW. Tickets are $20 in advance, 8th and F Streets. NW. Call 202-
Like the funniest extroverts at the or $25 day-of show. Call 202-408- 633-8300 or visit npg.si.edu.
party, the improv troupe Upright 3100 or visit sixthandi.org.

16 MAY 18, 2017 METROWEEKLY


YUMMM! THE HISTORY, to $30 each (or $38 with bottomless
FANTASY AND FUTURE OF FOOD classic mimosas). Now Executive
One of the quirkiest museums Chef Matt Kuhn is working to get
around celebrates its 21st birthday Nopa on your radar earlier in the
with a playful visual feast featur- weekend as well, with a new dinner
ing works by 34 artists focused menu focused on composed dish-
on humankinds relationship with es designed for couples, whether
food. Food-centric paintings, sculp- lovers or close friends, reasonably
tures, embroideries, installations, priced at $70 for two, before tax
and films are part of this explora- and tip. Though the menu chang-
tion of the serious creative vision es weekly, regular options include:
needed to reinvent how a planet Nopa Spring Mixed Grill, with bites
of an estimated 9.6 billion people of quail, fennel sausage, ribeye, red
will eat in the year 2050. Runs to prawns and grilled asparagus, plus
Sept. 3, 2017. American Visionary garlic custard and ramp salsa verde;
Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. Crispy Chesapeake Soft Shell Crabs,
Baltimore. Tickets are $15.95. Call three jumbo crustaceans served
410-244-1900 or visit avam.org. with Old Bay sweet corn and crab
succotash, smoked new potatoes
and pickled ramps; and the stand-
FOOD AND DRINK out Maine Lobster Bake, a whole
lobster with Old Bay-seasoned kiel-
NOPA KITCHEN+BAR: $70 basa, local clams and red prawns,
WEEKEND DINNER FOR TWO and sides of roasted sweet corn,
MENU pee-wee potatoes and smoked
Across from the Smithsonian tomato butter. Available exclusive-
American Art Museum in Penn ly on Fridays and Saturdays during
Quarter, this 160-seat American dinner service, 5 to 11 p.m., subject
brasserie, part of the same family as to availability. Nopa Kitchen+Bar,
Rasika, Bibiana and the Oval Room, 800 F St. NW. Call 202-347-4667 or
should already be on your shortlist visit nopadc.com. l
for brunch. On Sundays between
11 a.m. and 3 p.m., each diner can
choose between an appetizer and
entree or sandwich, as well as a spe-
cial mimosa or bloody Mary, for $28

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Community
Weekly Events

ANDROMEDA
TRANSCULTURAL HEALTH
offers free HIV testing and HIV
services (by appointment). 9
a.m.-5 p.m. Decatur Center,
1400 Decatur St. NW. To
arrange an appointment, call
202-291-4707, or visit androm-
edatransculturalhealth.org.

DC AQUATICS CLUB practice


session at Takoma Aquatic
Center. 7:30-9 p.m. 300 Van
Buren St. NW. For more infor-
mation, visit swimdcac.org.

DC FRONT RUNNERS run-


KZENON - SHUTTERSTOCK

ning/walking/social club
welcomes runners of all ability
levels for exercise in a fun and
supportive environment, with
socializing afterward. Route
distance is 3-6 miles. Meet at
7 p.m. at 23rd & P Streets NW.
For more information, visit
dcfrontrunners.org.

CHEERS TO CHARITY
A Dacha Beer Garden happy hour raises funds for vulnerable LGBTQ people
DC LAMBDA SQUARES gay
and lesbian square-dancing
group features mainstream
through advanced square
dancing at the National City
Christian Church, 5 Thomas

W
Circle NW, 7-9:30 p.m. Casual
E [HAVE] A STRONG RELATIONSHIP WITH DACHA, SAYS CYNDEE CLAY, dress. 301-257-0517, dclamb-
the executive director of HIPS. It started last year, when Dacha Beer Garden dasquares.org.
hosted a fundraising happy hour for the organization to help finance initiatives DC SCANDALS RUGBY holds
that serve sex workers, the LGBTQ homeless, and transgender individuals. practice. The team is always
We were able to raise $1,300 with Stonewall Dodgeball for our HIV/Hepatitis C testing looking for new members. All
services, she says. We had a great turnout, including a bunch of people who were just welcome. 7:30-9:30 p.m. King
Greenleaf Recreation Center,
there to drink, who became part of our happy hour. 201 N St. SW. For more infor-
Clay is hoping for similar success on Tuesday, May 23, when Dacha once again hosts mation, visit scandalsrfc.org or
HIPS Pride Season Kickoff happy hour. All proceeds from the event go toward HIV/STD dcscandals@gmail.com.
testing, sex worker outreach initiatives, HIPS Peer Education program, and transportation The DULLES TRIANGLES
costs for clients expenses that the various grants that HIPS receives from government Northern Virginia social
agencies and nonprofits are unable to cover. group meets for happy hour at
Admission to Dacha is free, but patrons who make a suggested donation of $10 will receive Sheraton in Reston. All wel-
come. 7-9 p.m. 11810 Sunrise
a wristband that makes them eligible for extended happy hour drink specials until 8 p.m. Valley Drive, second-floor bar.
Dacha is a wonderful space, and its going to be a wonderful day, Clay says. Its a great For more information, visit
time to meet the HIPS family and support a worthy cause, while having some great food and dullestriangles.com.
drinking some great beer. John Riley HIV TESTING at Whitman-
Walker Health. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at
HIPS Pride Season Kickoff fundraiser is Tuesday, May 23, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Dacha Beer 1525 14th St. NW, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Garden, 1600 7th St. NW. Visit hips.org or call 202-232-8150. at the Elizabeth Taylor Medical
Center, 1701 14th St. NW, and 8
a.m-5 p.m. at the Max Robinson
Center, 2301 MLK Jr. Ave.
SE. For an appointment call
THURSDAY, May 18 The DC Center holds a meet- NIGHT at Agora Restaurant. 202-745-7000 or visit whit-
ing of its POLY DISCUSSION The Center will honor the man-walker.org.
SAGE and AARP hold an GROUP, for people interested Youth Advocate of the Year and
INTERGENERATIONAL in polyamory, non-monogamy Youth Champion of the Year, IDENTITY offers free and
DINNER at The DC Center as or other non-traditional rela- and will host a silent auction confidential HIV testing at
part of a movement aimed at tionships. 7-8 p.m. 2000 14th and raffle, as well as free appe- two separate locations. Walk-
building and strengthening St. NW, Suite 105. Visit thedc- tizers, champagne, and happy ins accepted from 2-6 p.m.,
connections between different center.org. hour drink specials. Tickets are by appointment for all other
generations within the LGBT $20 online, and $25 at the door. hours. 414 East Diamond Ave.,
community. 7-9 p.m. 2000 14th The DC Center hosts its annual 6-8 p.m. 1527 17th St. NW. For Gaithersburg, Md. or 7676
St. NW, Suite 105. Visit thedc- YOUTH WORKING GROUP tickets and more information, New Hampshire Ave., Suite
center.org. RECEPTION AND AWARDS visit thedccenter.org. 411, Takoma Park, Md. To set

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up an appointment or for more PROJECT STRIPES hosts LGBT- DC AQUATICS CLUB holds a prac- Join LINCOLN
information, call Gaithersburg, affirming social group for ages tice session at Montgomery College CONGREGATIONAL TEMPLE
301-300-9978, or Takoma Park, 11-24. 4-6 p.m. 1419 Columbia Road Aquatics Club. 8:30-10 a.m. 7600 UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST for
301-422-2398. NW. Contact Tamara, 202-319- Takoma Ave., Takoma, Md. For more an inclusive, loving and progressive
0422, layc-dc.org. information, visit swimdcac.org. faith community every Sunday. 11
METROHEALTH CENTER a.m. 1701 11th Street NW, near R in
offers free, rapid HIV testing. SMYALS REC NIGHT provides a DIGNITYUSA sponsors Mass for Shaw/Logan neighborhood. lincol-
Appointment needed. 1012 14th social atmosphere for LGBT and LGBT community, family and ntemple.org.
St. NW, Suite 700. To arrange an questioning youth, featuring dance friends. 6:30 p.m., Immanuel
appointment, call 202-638-0750. parties, vogue nights, movies and Church-on-the-Hill, 3606 Seminary METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY
games. For more info, email cather- Road, Alexandria. All welcome. For CHURCH OF WASHINGTON, D.C.
SMYAL offers free HIV Testing, 3-5 ine.chu@smyal.org. more info, visit dignitynova.org. services at 9 a.m. (ASL interpret-
p.m., by appointment and walk-in, ed) and 11 a.m. Childrens Sunday
for youth 21 and younger. Youth SATURDAY, May 20 GAY LANGUAGE CLUB discusses School at 11 a.m. 474 Ridge St. NW.
Center, 410 7th St. SE. 202-567- critical languages and foreign lan- 202-638-7373, mccdc.com.
3155 or testing@smyal.org. CHRYSALIS arts & culture group guages. 7 p.m. Nellies, 900 U St.
sees exhibit on early Impressionist NW. RSVP preferred. Email bren- RIVERSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH,
Us Helping Us hosts a NARCOTICS painter Frederic Bazille at the dandarcy@gmail.com. a Christ-centered, interracial,
ANONYMOUS MEETING. The National Gallery of Art. Free. All welcoming-and-affirming church,
group is independent of UHU. welcome. Meet at 11:30 this morn- SUNDAY, May 21 offers service at 10 a.m. 680 I St.
6:30-7:30 p.m., 3636 Georgia Ave. ing past security inside the 4th & SW. 202-554-4330, riversidedc.org.
NW. For more information, call Pennsylvania Avenue entrance of ADVENTURING outdoors group
202-446-1100. the East (New) Building. Lunch holds Spring Social at members UNITARIAN CHURCH OF
in Cascades Cafe follows. Craig, home in suburban MD. For more ARLINGTON, an LGBTQ welcom-
WOMENS LEADERSHIP 202-462-0535. craighowell1@ver- details, visit adventuring.org. ing-and-affirming congregation,
INSTITUTE for young LBTQ izon.net. offers services at 10 a.m. Virginia
women, 13-21, interested in lead- Join CAPITAL TRANSPRIDE for Rainbow UU Ministry. 4444
ership development. 5-6:30 p.m. CHRYSALIS arts & culture group its TWEET (Transgender Worship. Arlington Blvd. uucava.org.
SMYAL Youth Center, 410 7th St. holds bi-monthly Potluck Social in Engaged. Empowered. Together.)
SE. For more information, call 202- members home in suburban Md. transgender-centered religious UNIVERSALIST NATIONAL
567-3163, or email catherine.chu@ Plans for early summer museum service, featuring Rev. Kenneth MEMORIAL CHURCH, a welcom-
smyal.org. visits and out-of-town excursions King. 2 p.m. New Hope Baptist ing and inclusive church. GLBT
will be reviewed. Meet at 7 p.m. in Church, 309 E St. NW. For more Interweave social/service group
FRIDAY, May 19 the Kiss & Ride lot on the east side information, visit facebook.com/ meets monthly. Services at 11 a.m.,
of Georgia Avenue at the Glenmont capitaltranspride. Romanesque sanctuary. 1810 16th St.
GAY DISTRICT, a group for Metro Station. For transportation NW. 202-387-3411, universalist.org.
GBTQQI men between the ages of and food coordination, contact Weekly Events
18-35, meets on the first and third Kevin, 571-338-1433. kgiles27@ MONDAY, May 22
Fridays of each month. Dinner or gmail.com. BETHEL CHURCH-DC progressive
social outing to follow the meeting. and radically inclusive church Weekly Events
8:30-9:30 p.m. 2000 14th St. NW, KHUSH DC, the group for LGBTQ holds services at 11:30 a.m. 2217
Suite 105. For more information, South Asians, hosts a monthly Minnesota Ave. SE. 202-248-1895, DC AQUATICS CLUB holds a
visit gaydistrict.org. meeting at The DC Center. 1:30-3 betheldc.org. practice session at Dunbar Aquatic
p.m. 2000 14th St. NW, Suite 105. Center. 7:30-9 p.m. 101 N St. NW.
The DC Center hosts a TRANS For more information, visit face- DIGNITYUSA offers Roman For more information, visit swim-
AND GENDERQUEER GAME book.com/khushdc. Catholic Mass for the LGBT dcac.org.
NIGHT on the third Friday of the community. All welcome. Sign
month for an evening of card and The DC Center hosts a month- interpreted. 6 p.m. St. Margarets GETEQUAL meets 6:30-8 p.m. at
board games and fun. 7-9 p.m. 2000 ly LGBT ASYLEES SUPPORT Church, 1820 Connecticut Ave. Quaker House, 2111 Florida Ave.
14th St. NW, Suite 105. For more MEETING AND DINNER for LGBT NW. For more info, visit dignity- NW. For more information, email
information, visit thedccenter.org. refugees and asylum seekers. 5-7 washington.org. getequal.wdc@gmail.com.
p.m. 2000 14th St. NW, Suite 105.
Volunteers are needed to help For more information, visit thedc- FAIRLINGTON UNITED NOVASALUD offers free HIV test-
with CASA RUBYS MONTHLY center.org. METHODIST CHURCH is an open, ing. 5-7 p.m. 2049 N. 15th St., Suite
DINNER. Held on the third Friday inclusive church. All welcome, 200, Arlington. Appointments: 703-
of each month, in conjunction with The DC Center hosts its month- including the LGBTQ commu- 789-4467.
The DC Center, the event provides ly LGBTQ HARM REDUCTION nity. Member of the Reconciling
a hot meal to those being housed SUPPORT GROUP FOR Ministries Network. Services at The DC Center hosts COFFEE
at Casa Ruby. Homemade or store SUBSTANCE USE on the third 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. 3900 King DROP-IN FOR THE SENIOR LGBT
bought meals welcome. 6:30-7:30 Saturday of each month. 3-4:30 Street, Alexandria, Va. 703-671- COMMUNITY. 10 a.m.-noon. 2000
p.m. Casa Ruby, 3530 Georgia Ave. p.m. 2000 14th St. NW, Suite 105. 8557. For more info, visit fairling- 14th St. NW. For more information,
NW. For more information, contact For more information, visit thedc- tonumc.org. call 202-682-2245 or visit thedc-
lamar@thedccenter.org. center.org. center.org.
FRIENDS MEETING OF
Weekly Events Volunteers are welcomed and WASHINGTON meets for worship, US HELPING US hosts a black gay
encouraged to help out with 10:30 a.m., 2111 Florida Ave. NW, mens evening affinity group for
BET MISHPACHAH, founded by CAPITAL TRANS PRIDE at Studio Quaker House Living Room (next GBT black men. Light refreshments
members of the LGBT community, Theatre from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 1501 to Meeting House on Decatur provided. 7-9 p.m. 3636 Georgia
holds Friday evening Shabbat ser- 14th St. NW. Visit capitalpride.org/ Place), 2nd floor. Special welcome Ave. NW. 202-446-1100.
vices in the DC Jewish Community events/capital-trans-pride. to lesbians and gays. Handicapped
Centers Community Room. 8 p.m. accessible from Phelps Place gate. WASHINGTON WETSKINS
1529 16th St. NW. For more infor- Weekly Events Hearing assistance. quakersdc.org. WATER POLO TEAM practices 7-9
mation, visit betmish.org. p.m. Newcomers with at least basic
BRAZILIAN GLBT GROUP, includ- HSV-2 SOCIAL AND SUPPORT swimming ability always welcome.
DC AQUATICS CLUB holds a prac- ing others interested in Brazilian cul- GROUP for gay men living in the Takoma Aquatic Center, 300 Van
tice session at Howard University. ture, meets. For location/time, email DC metro area. This group will be Buren St. NW. For more informa-
6:30-8 p.m. Burr Gymnasium, 2400 braziliangaygroup@yahoo.com. meeting once a month. For infor- tion, contact Tom, 703-299-0504
6th St. NW. For more information, mation on location and time, visit or secretary@wetskins.org, or visit
visit swimdcac.org. H2gether.com. wetskins.org.

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WHITMAN-WALKER HEALTH WEDNESDAY, May 24
HIV/AIDS Support Group for
newly diagnosed individuals, The DC Center hosts a monthly
meets 7 p.m. Registration required. meeting of its HIV PREVENTION
202-939-7671, hivsupport@whit- WORKING GROUP. 6-8 p.m. 2000
man-walker.org. 14th St. NW, Suite 105. For more
information, visit thedccenter.org.
TUESDAY, May 23
THE LAMBDA BRIDGE CLUB
The DC Centers GENDERQUEER meet for Duplicate Bridge. 7:30
DC support and discussion group, p.m. Dignity Center, 721 8th St., SE
for people who identify outside the (across from Marine Barracks). No
gender binary, meets on the fourth reservations needed, all welcome.
Tuesday of every month. 7-8:30 Call 202-841-0279 if you need a
p.m. 2000 14th St. NW, Suite 105. partner.
For more information, visit thedc-
center.org. Weekly Events

The DC Center hosts a meeting AD LIB, a group for freestyle con-


of HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS versation, meets about 6-6:30 p.m.,
GROUP FOR GAY AND BI MEN. Steam, 17th and R NW. All wel-
6-7 p.m. 2000 14th St. NW, Suite come. For more information, call
105. For more information, visit Fausto Fernandez, 703-732-5174.
thedccenter.org.
DC AQUATICS CLUB (DCAC)
Weekly Events holds a practice session at Dunbar
Aquatic Center. 7:30-9 p.m. 101 N
ASIANS AND FRIENDS weekly St. NW. For more information, visit
dinner in Dupont/Logan Circle swimdcac.org.
area, 6:30 p.m. For more informa-
tion, email afwash@aol.com, or FREEDOM FROM SMOKING, a
visit afwashington.net. group for LGBT people looking
to quit cigarettes and tobacco use,
DC AQUATICS CLUB practice holds a weekly support meeting at
session at Takoma Aquatic Center. The DC Center. 7-8 p.m. 2000 14th
7:30-9 p.m. 300 Van Buren St. NW. St. NW, Suite 105. For more infor-
For more information, visit swim- mation, visit thedccenter.org.
dcac.org.
HISTORIC CHRIST CHURCH
DC FRONT RUNNERS running/ offers Wednesday worship 7:15 a.m.
walking/social club welcomes run- and 12:05 p.m. All welcome. 118 N.
ners of all ability levels for exercise Washington St., Alexandria. 703-
in a fun and supportive environment, 549-1450, historicchristchurch.org.
with socializing afterward. Route
distance is 3-6 miles. Meet at 7 p.m. JOB CLUB, a weekly support pro-
at Union Station. For more informa- gram for job entrants and seekers,
tion, visit dcfrontrunners.org. meets at The DC Center. 6-7:30
p.m. 2000 14th St. NW, Suite 105.
DC SCANDALS RUGBY holds prac- For more info, www.centercareers.
tice. The team is always looking for org.
new members. All welcome. 7:30-
9:30 p.m. King Greenleaf Recreation NOVASALUD offers free HIV
Center, 201 N St. SW. For more testing. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 2049 N.
information, visit scandalsrfc.org or 15th St., Suite 200, Arlington.
dcscandals@gmail.com. Appointments: 703-789-4467.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS PRIME TIMERS OF DC, social club


LGBT focused meeting every for mature gay men, hosts weekly
Tuesday, 7 p.m. St. Georges happy hour/dinner. 6:30 p.m.,
Episcopal Church, 915 Oakland Windows Bar above Dupont Italian
Ave., Arlington, just steps from Kitchen, 1637 17th St. NW. More
Virginia Square Metro. For info, contact Carl, 703-573-8316.
more info. call Dick, 703-521-
1999. Handicapped accessible. WASHINGTON WETSKINS
Newcomers welcome. liveandletli- WATER POLO TEAM practices 7-9
veoa@gmail.com. p.m. Newcomers with at least basic
swimming ability always welcome.
SUPPORT GROUP FOR LGBTQ Takoma Aquatic Center, 300 Van
YOUTH ages 13-21 meets at Buren St. NW. For more informa-
SMYAL. 5-6:30 p.m. 410 7th St. tion, contact Tom, 703-299-0504
SE. For more information, contact or secretary@wetskins.org, or visit
Cathy Chu, 202-567-3163, or cath- wetskins.org. l
erine.chu@smyal.org.
Submit your community event for
US HELPING US hosts a support consideration at least 10 days prior
group for black gay men 40 and to the Thursday publication you
older. 7-9 p.m., 3636 Georgia Ave. would like it to appear. Email to cal-
NW. 202-446-1100. endar@metroweekly.com.

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PRIDE:
PROTEST AND PROGRESS
By Ryan Bos

I
T WOULD BE EASY TO TURN THE RECENT and simply being present and visible.
discussions surrounding LGBTQ+ Pride into a This year people can show up to the Capital
politicized argument between different camps, Pride Parade, in solidarity with organizations they
but that would be unfair to the staff, boards, and affiliate with to proclaim they have pride, they can
thousands of volunteers across the United States show up for The Equality March for Unity & Pride
who help put on Pride and the millions of people to protest existing and potential actions against
who participate in those events. It would also be our community, and the Capital Pride Festival
unfair to LGBTQ+ people, who have long been where they will have the opportunity to engage
marginalized, are increasingly under threat, and with over 200 organizations that do much needed
bring critical concerns that our movement must work every day.
grapple with all stemming from the diversity of Pride is an individual experience, born of pro-
LGBTQ+ communities and intersectionality of the test and rooted in acknowledging and celebrating
many issues that affect us. who we are unapologetically. We need all types
Our community is like no other, representing of protest to create change. Admittedly, our move-
a microcosm of our culture in all its rich diversi- ment has a long way to go to be more inclusive, and
ty, cutting across age, race, gender identity, cul- we need to work together across issues as much
ture, economic status, political views, abilities, and as possible. After the repeal of Dont Ask Dont
every other identity. It is our greatest asset, but Tell and the victories for marriage equality, it was
also can present immense challenges. immediately clear that we had to devote even more
Instead, it may be useful to look at where we energy and resources to other, less visible issues,
share common ground. As hard as it may be, lets from LGBTQ+ youth homelessness to national
put away our assumptions and focus on what we employment protections for LGBTQ+ people to
know. My hope is that collectively and collabora- safety issues for the trans community and others
tively we can undertake this work so that together who are most vulnerable and marginalized.
we can be more powerful and successful. I also As Executive Director of the Capital Pride
hope we share common goals, such as equality Alliance, I affirm my commitment to work with our
for all and a safe world in which to live, work, and Board of Directors, volunteer leadership, and our
thrive. Our paths may differ but our destination is LGBTQ+ partner organizations on the concerns
the same. addressed at our recent Community Dialogue that
We know this year is different, for obvious directly impact our Pride activities, but also our
reasons. People are scared and traumatized, and greater LGBTQ+ community in the national capital
our internal struggles are manifesting themselves region and beyond. For example, we are already
in ways that we must all appreciate and examine working with community leaders to have trans
as we approach Pride 2017 and beyond. If we do it queer youth, one of our most marginalized and
right, our impact as a community will be powerful, threatened communities, lead our 2017 parade.
positive, and permanent. For Pride 2017 in the nations capital, my goal
No one person, organization, or community is for us to come together in celebration and pro-
owns Pride, and we all have the right to experi- test, to be visible and show the nation and the
ence it in our own way. One of our primary respon- world that our community represents the best of
sibilities is to create opportunities that allow indi- America. The real America, made up of incredibly
viduals to experience Pride in the way they feel diverse, different, and proud people who believe in
most comfortable. This provides space for protest the principles and values of social justice, equality
through marches, celebration, education, laughter, and community. l

Ryan Bos is the Executive Director of the Capital Pride Alliance, which produces Capital Pride. What are
your thoughts on Capital Pride? Have your say at metroweekly.com/forum.

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CAPITAL PRIDE CAN AND


MUST DO BETTER
By Angela Peoples

P
RIDE ORIGINATED AS A COMMEMORATION tion, police violence, and disruptive deportations for
of the Stonewall Riots a groundbreaking years. Whether Pride is a protest or a celebration, by
moment of rebellion against state violence, welcoming these law enforcement agencies, Capital
with trans women of color and low income folks at Pride is turning their backs on these efforts.
the forefront. Certainly there are some LGBTQ police offi-
Today, Pride has become an institution. cers, and some do genuinely seek to do well by
Corporations eager to market their products to afflu- our community. But those individuals experiences
ent LGBTQ people have stepped in to provide funds cannot erase the fact that choices made by the MPD
that promise to make each coming Pride celebration have pushed D.C.s incarceration rate off the charts,
larger, more elaborate, and more expensive than ever allowed officers to harrass and kill members of our
before. In exchange, corporations and state institu- community, and left young LGBTQ people to die
tions get to wrap themselves in the rainbow flag and in our jails. At a time when dog whistles like law
showcase their allyship. But in pursuing bigger and order and blue lives matter are being used to
and better, Capital Pride has abandoned the prin- intimidate and further criminalize black and brown
ciples of freedom, liberation, and self-determination people, and the abuse of trans women by police is
that make Pride a tradition worth celebrating. well-reported, we must demand more from institu-
Today, Capital Pride colludes with forces that tions who want to share in our Pride.
actively oppress large swaths of the LGBTQ and two How can Pride stand for any of us, if it doesnt
spirit community. Last year, our parade included stand for the most marginalized members of our
members of the Federal Bureau of Prisons; weapons community? Capital Pride has been asked on many
manufacturers and border securitization contrac- occasions to recognize this fact by rejecting spon-
tors; banks that profit from mass incarceration and sorship from Wells Fargo and other harmful corpo-
pipelines that desecrate indigenous land; and people rations, not partnering with police and immigration
who helped Donald Trump get elected and today enforcement, and making their leadership struc-
serve in his administration. Corporations that spend ture more representative of D.C.s queer and trans
millions of dollars lobbying for policies that keep our community. These actions would demonstrate that
people impoverished and imprisoned do not belong Capital Pride is about something more important
in Pride. than big crowds, glitter, and consumerism. These
Ironically, Capital Pride has also come to include actions would demonstrate that Capital Pride stands
the police the very entity responsible for the vio- for justice for all LGBTQ people. So far, Capital Pride
lent raids on Stonewall that started it all. The pres- has refused to take action.
ence of uniformed police officers in Pride makes it Whether or not Capital Pride decides to adhere
fundamentally unsafe and unwelcoming to members to our demands and return Pride to the people, the
of our community who face discriminatory policing community that has come together under the banner
like that which drove our ancestors to rebel at of No Justice No Pride is not going away. Across
Stonewall every day. the country, a movement is growing rapidly within
Celebrating police officers as allies without the LGBTQ community. Lines are being drawn
addressing the vast injustices carried out by the between those who value their own comfort, secu-
police as an institution puts Capital Pride on the rity and privilege, and those who recognize that the
wrong side of a critical issue. LGBTQ people pursuit of justice and freedom for LGBTQ people is
especially those who are black, trans women, immi- inseparable from the pursuit of racial, economic, and
grants, undocumented, Muslim and Latinx have social justice for all. Its time for all of us especially
been at the forefront of fights to end mass incarcera- Capital Pride to choose a side. l

Angela Peoples is the Executive Director of GetEqual and a member of the No Justice No Pride Coalition.
What are your thoughts on Capital Pride? Have your say at metroweekly.com/forum.

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Activist
for Life Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, who will be honored
this weekend by the Trevor Project, made history
as the first out transgender White House staffer.
Interview by John Riley Photography by Todd Franson

F
ROM AN EARLY AGE, RAFFI FREEDMAN- an impromptu rally across from the White House. NCTE and
Gurspan was destined to become political- other LGBTQ groups were protesting a pending executive order
ly involved. Raised in the tradition of Reform that was expected to allow anti-LGBTQ discrimination under
Judaism, the child of two social workers has the guise of religious freedom. (President Trump later signed a
always seen it as her lifes mission to stand up different order.) Reflecting on the protest, Freedman-Gurspan
and fight for equality. At 14, she was a full-fledged particularly hones in on the words of one speaker, who said, If
gay rights activist, protesting harmful budget cuts outside of the you think that theyre not coming for you, youve got to be out of
Massachusetts State House. your mind.
Equal treatment and justice for those that are vulnerable I think thats the thing for the gay community, in particular,
in society was always just at the forefront of my childhood, and to remember 10 years ago, they were coming after us, and they
made me decide early on that I wanted to be involved in social still are, she says. I look at it in the context of being a Jew Im
justice work, she says. I didnt know at the time, of course, reminded lately of just how much anti-Semitism is out there. Its
what that would exactly be. the same thing for the gay community and the queer community
As an adult, Freedman-Gurspan worked for the Massachusetts at large, to say, Look, just because we have these rights doesnt
Transgender Political Coalition while it was trying to convince mean that people dont want to come after us.
lawmakers to pass a nondiscrimination law protecting trans- Freedman-Gurspans work on a multitude of issues affecting
gender residents. From there, she worked for State Rep. Carl the LGBTQ community has earned her a wealth of praise, and
Sciortino (D-Medford) as his legislative director, becoming recently, the Trevor Project announced it will honor her with its
the first openly transgender person to hold that position in the Outstanding Public Service Award at its Night Out for Trevor
Massachusetts House of Representatives. benefit on Friday, May 19.
Freedman-Gurspan later moved to Washington to work for Raffis whole career has been about lifting up transgender
the National Center for Transgender Equality, and once again folks, says Amy Loudermilk, the Trevor Projects director of
made history when she was hired by the Obama administration, Government Affairs. Particularly transgender people of color...
becoming the first out transgender White House staffer. who often struggle with suicidal ideation. Raffi was really well-
My parents often joke, Where did you get this political thing versed in suicide, she really understood the issues. She did a
from? she says. My mom was a bureaucrat, but I just fell in lot for our cause, which tends to go a little unnoticed in the
love with legislating and policy advocacy work. community. She worked hard with HHS and SAMHSA to make
On the day of this interview, Freedman-Gurspan, now the sure they heard from the community about their mental health
director of external relations for NCTE, had just returned from needs, challenges, and access to care. And she did that around

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t
the country, which was really amazing. It had never been done a private college, respected the law and they knew my rights.
before, and has really helped us. Its hard to say I experienced the benefits of protection because
For her part, Freedman-Gurspan is motivated by her concern I was in a small town, on a small college campus. It wasnt like I
for those who will be affected by policy decisions. was running around Minneapolis.
Its going to sound cheesy, [but] I care about people, she I did actually apply for a job that I didnt get with the state of
says. Theres so much suffering in the world, and if I can Minnesota, and I came to my interview having transitioned. At
help alleviate that, I feel like, as we say in Hebrew, Ive done that point, not all my documents were changed and they were
a mitzvah. really good about it. Part of it, I think, is because they knew they
couldnt discriminate against me. I was confident in the fact of
heres how the law applies and I know my rights.
METRO WEEKLY: Tell me about your background and childhood. MW: Then you moved back to Massachusetts. At what point did
RAFFI FREEDMAN-GURSPAN: Im adopted from Honduras. I grew you get seriously involved in activism?
up outside of Boston in the town of Brookline, and went to public FREEDMAN-GURSPAN: Almost immediately. Its funny, I came
schools. I was raised by two social workers, my parents, Marian back without a plan, like many college graduates. This was right
and Stan. They really instilled this value of social justice. after the recession. It was a dicey time. Having transitioned
I got involved very early on with activism, in particular and having literally left a state that had protections, being the
around the LGBT community, because I came out pretty early. daughter of two progressive-leaning social workers, they were
I came out when I was 12, initially as gay, and got involved always Get involved! I picked up the phone and called
with our high school Gay-Straight Alliance. At the time, there Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition and spoke with
was state funding for certain projects for GSAs. Then, when Gunner Scott, whos now my dear, dear friend, and sent him my
acting governor Jane Swift cut that funding, one of my first resume. He says that my call struck him because here I was, this
protests was at the age of 14 going in front of the statehouse in 22-year-old kid, saying, I really want to help and Im interested
Massachusetts and demanding that that funding be restored. in policy.
MW: What happened after you graduated from high school? My work with Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
FREEDMAN-GURSPAN: I went to St. Olaf College in Minnesota. I became a passion. It became everything that I was looking for, in
was a political science major. I also have a hobby of Norwegian the sense that it was a small organization. Gunner was involved
culture. I speak the language, so thats partially why I went to St. in high-level conversations with the sponsor of the bill that
Olaf. It was also at St. Olaf where the values of service and stew- would ultimately enfranchise us, and [was involved in] legisla-
ardship of oneself in the service of others were instilled in me. tive strategy meetings, and I just fell in love with it.
MW: When did you transition? MW: How long were you there for?
FREEDMAN-GURSPAN: In college. I got involved once I knew that FREEDMAN-GURSPAN: I was with them for about a year and a
trans rights were behind in terms of LGB and Q. After I gradu- half. It was unpaid the entire time, although I got some summer
ated from college, I moved back to Massachusetts. At that point, stipend from the Equality Federation. I left them in June 2011,
Massachusetts did not have any state protections for trans folks. when I got hired by Carl Sciortino as his legislative staffer.
That gets at the root of how I landed into the trans movement in I did everything for him, because I was his single staffer. The
Massachusetts. reps, if theyre not in a leadership position, they at least can get
MW: Tell me about your two coming outs, both as gay and trans- one staffer. I handled constituent services. I handled legisla-
gender. What was the reaction? tive strategy. I wrote speeches for him. I dealt with the media
FREEDMAN-GURSPAN: I think people knew. I wasnt exceedingly for him. I scheduled him. I knew everything. I was just joking
feminine when I was a little boy, but I played with Barbies. I with someone the other day that I would literally wake up in
danced. I wasnt into rough-and-tumble sports. Also, I was a the morning and say, Okay. What does Carl have to do today?
premature baby, so [I had problems with] fine motor skills and before I even thought about myself.
vision. I was not going to be a football player by any means, so MW: Lets talk about the evolution of the trans rights bill in
they werent shocked. I think at that young age, they were con- Massachusetts. Lawmakers had a particularly hard time support-
cerned about bullying. This was 1999 and only a few years after ing protections in public accommodations.
Matt Shepard had been killed. Thinking about it now, it really FREEDMAN-GURSPAN: I wasnt there at the start, but the original
was a different world. bill was filed in 2007. I think that sometimes Massachusetts
My parents, my good friends, and my community have always is misunderstood as a liberal bastion and everyone is left, and
been very clear: that they love me unconditionally. But when I it actually isnt. In fact, there are some very, very conservative
came out again, so to speak, trans was new. It was literally 10 parts of the state, and it just so happened at the time that we
years ago, in 2007, when I came out. It wasnt as accepted and were lobbying for the bill we had pretty conservative-leaning
it was difficult at points, I think, for my family to really digest [Democratic] leaders. The chair of the Judiciary Committee,
the understanding that their son was becoming their daughter. where the bill was being housed, was very uncomfortable with
[But] by no means was I kicked out. Quite the reverse. I think it the bathroom scenario. He understood everything else, but it
was about protecting me and making sure this is what I wanted. was bathrooms and locker rooms. In fact, the 2011 bill didnt
They wanted me to [realize], Look, its part of your identity, but have public accommodations, because leadership just was not
youre so much more than that. ready to go there.
MW: What was it like living in Minnesota, which at the time was A lot of what Ive learned from that experience is that
one of the few states with a transgender rights law? [the instinct of] leadership, in particular in the House of
FREEDMAN-GURSPAN: I was cognizant of the fact that upon Representatives, was to protect their members. In Massachusetts,
graduation and my decision to go back to Massachusetts, I would its a two-year cycle for everyone. Everyones up at the same time
be leaving a state that had protections to one that had none. In and so leadership was just so paranoid that they would be cost-
terms of how it actually played out, my college, even though its ing their members their seats. This was right after the 2010 Tea

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Party surge. All of thats going on. faith communities, with faith groups. Obviously, Massachusetts
I think also because, again, looking back at it, people didnt is a very Catholic state, but there are LGBTQ-leaning Catholic
know transgender people. They didnt get it. It seemed, having organizations. Of course, in Massachusetts there is also is huge
to use the Yiddish here, farmisht. It was all jumbled to them. I Unitarian Universalist community. I think going to all these
remember we would have these conversations with colleagues different communities is going to require a lot of work, but Im
who were having some difficulties. We dont want to discrim- hopeful that were dealing with a different public. Were dealing
inate, but its the bathroom piece. Its the locker room piece. with a public that actually has now seen information about trans
Im hearing from womens or conservative groups, and so we people, for better or for worse. Caitlyn Jenner certainly opened
would get womens groups and healthcare providers and trans the conversation for many people who might not otherwise have
youths themselves to come in and talk to these legislators and been aware. What 16-year-old isnt watching the Kardashians?
really explain [that] Were talking about me, a living, breathing MW: Has Caitlyn Jenner harmed or helped the transgender com-
person and that all these fears that the opposition is painting are munity?
blatantly wrong. Indeed, we need these protections because we FREEDMAN-GURSPAN: I think that she has helped open the con-
are the victims of so much intolerance. versation. Im not about beating up on her, to be very clear, but
I was very disappointed that we couldnt do the full bill in in her own decisions and actions, there are things that I probably
2011, but we made a decision at the time that we were going wouldnt have done, but shes also in a different world than me
to go ahead with all the protec-
tions that we got, except for pub-
lic accommodations. Im pleased
Theres been an explosion
that last year, they finally passed
that bill and Governor Baker of trans children that have
come out very young.
signed it, even though he also had
to evolve in his understanding of
trans issues.
Unfortunately, they have a Most of the school systems want to do the right thing.
ballot initiative. The opposite side
is really hell-bent on repeal. Im hopeful that because of the as a celebrity, as someone whos wealthy and obviously someone
larger exposure of trans issues on the national scene across who is Republican.
the world, frankly that the electorate in Massachusetts has To me, this is not a partisan or class issue. Trans people are
changed. everywhere. Caitlyn has had to learn a lot about that. I think
MW: After the 2011 bill passed without public accommodations, we certainly try and educate her, be supportive where we can,
were you ever accused of selling out the transgender community? but she doesnt work for us. Shes not the president of the trans
FREEDMAN-GURSPAN: Yes. Thankfully, the decision came to the community. I understand that a lot of people have reservations
trans people involved in this whole process. It was myself and about her, but my attitude is that shes part of our community,
Gunner Scott and a couple of other folks in a large conference just like everyone else.
room with our coalition partners, and everyone just turns to us MW: You made history as the first openly trans person to work
and says, What do you want to do? in the White House. What was your role in President Obamas
I remember tearing up. We had waited so long and it wasnt administration?
clear how much longer we would have to wait and the feeling FREEDMAN-GURSPAN: I had two titles. I started out as an out-
was, Lets get 95 percent of what we want. In particular, the reach and recruitment director for presidential personnel and
employment protections, because of the unemployment in the then in January 2016, I was asked to take on the role of LGBT
community, and the housing protections, because of the home- liaison in the Office of Public Engagement. It was awesome. My
lessness in the community, and education [protections] with the colleagues were so amazing. At that point, this was at the tailend
kids. We justified it to ourselves that we were still helping the of the administration. A lot of institutional values and structures
majority of the community. It was a Faustian bargain, for sure. were in place by then, around not only diversity, but also about
Some people certainly criticized us, but the majority of the com- opportunity. In particular, my first job was to recruit folks to
munity understood and said, Yes, well take it. work for the administration, and it was made very clear that we
MW: What needs to be done to convince voters to support the public wanted people from a diversity of backgrounds and talents. To
accommodations law in the 2018 ballot initiative? be an ambassador, so to speak, for the administration, and collect
FREEDMAN-GURSPAN: They absolutely need to go into the small folks to come work for us was really thrilling and exciting.
communities. Theyre going to focus on Boston, of course. I dont When I was LGBT liaison, I was involved with almost every
even know what the statistic is, but I think about one-third of issue that came across the presidents desk because, ultimately,
the population is in the greater Boston area. But they have to a lot of it was about building public support. If it was something
go out to western Massachusetts. They have to go to the Cape around energy or healthcare, of course, it was about how are
and the islands. Barnstable County, Worcester County, Cape we going to interface this with the LGBT community. I worked
Ann. All of Bristol County from Fall River, going all the way with very talented, brilliant people who knew what they were
in a little loop to Agawam is Republican districts. Or you have doing and really wanted to make sure that we were inclusive of
Blue Dog Democrats, more conservative-leaning, usually from everyone, and not just LGBTQ people. We did fantastic work
working-class neighborhoods. around people with disabilities. We had a Muslim liaison, first
What were trying to do here at National Center for time in the history of the White House. I worked a lot with our
Transgender Equality is getting local trans people to talk about military liaison in the veterans community. It was just a lot of
their experience, to tell their stories. We dont use this as much fun.
in Massachusetts as we probably should, but coalition work with MW: Was it the inclusive attitude fostered by the Obama adminis-

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tration that made it fun? of course, do folks like Priebus and Bannon. I think they have, for
FREEDMAN-GURSPAN: Yes. It was also the real diversity that decades now, built relationships with these right-wing groups.
was in there and that it wasnt tokenized. If you think about it, This is classic favoritism to me. Theyre rewarding some folks
in particular around women of color, we had amazingly talent- that they are friends with.
ed women of color in key influential positions: Valerie Jarrett, In this world of alternative facts, I feel like if we called them
Cecilia Muoz, Susan Rice. So to have role models and, as we out on it, theyd be like, No, were not hiring people like that.
would say, getting stuff done. It was a great working environ- Its like, Yes, you are. I dont know why, other than thats who
ment. I never once woke up and said, I dont want to go to work theyre friends with and thats who they want to help, and those
today. I actually wanted to be there. I wanted to be around are their values.
those people. Also, I think it was MW: Does the president know what he is doing, or is he
because of the timing. We were not thinking of the consequences of hiring these people?
coming to the end of the adminis- Trumps the president, he FREEDMAN-GURSPAN: I really dont know. Im just
tration. Everything mattered. We makes the decision, but like you. I read the Post and others, in terms of what
needed to get as much as we could people think is happening in the Oval Office. Having
done. And so to be part of that, and I think hes worked there I wasnt briefing the president, like
to do it on behalf of the LGBT com-
munity, was such an honor. getting a lot Kellyanne Conway does but understanding the
structure of the White House, my sense is that hes
MW: What is the biggest thing
President Trump has done to hurt of bad advice getting information from multiple people. Of course,
Trumps the president, he makes the decision, but I
the trans community?
FREEDMAN-GURSPAN: The rescind-
from his think hes getting a lot of bad advice from his coun-
selors.
ing of the student guidance. Also,
this impending executive order is
counselors. MW: Lets talk about your involvement with the Trevor
Project.
an abomination, but in particular, FREEDMAN-GURSPAN: It goes back to my parents.
the rescinding of the guidance sends such a horrible message Childrens mental health has been an area of interest to me. My
not only just legally, but ethically to our nations school systems, mom works for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
which came to the federal government and said, Please help in Childrens Division. Im very proud of Massachusetts being
us. a state that has really worked to destigmatize mental illness
Theres been an explosion of trans children that have come and have parity with insurance coverage for treatment. Its an
out very young. Most of the school systems, most of the admin- LGBTQ issue and, as you know, the high levels of suicide and
istrators, they want to do the right thing. In Tulsa, they might mental health issues and alcoholism in the community are real.
not necessarily know how to do that and so they came to What Trevor does, I think, is incredible, because they bring
the federal government [seeking help]. Justice and Education what some people might see as completely separate issues
did their guidance. It was fair-minded. It was pragmatic. together and really humanize it and say this is a queer issue and
To be very clear, it was not a mandate, although, of course, they actually, we need to be dealing with this in our own way.
said, If you do discriminate, though, your federal funding could One of the things that is clear is that not all of our mental
be at risk. health service providers are necessarily LGBTQ-competent.
Most of [the guidance] has been misconstrued. I saw some- Trevor, of course, has their lifeline and there are other support
thing out there, some rumor that this required all bathrooms services. They also do some training of other providers to under-
to be gender-neutral. Of course, it didnt do that. What it really stand queer competency. That is so important. I was familiar
did for kids is it gave them and their parents an assurance that with them before the White House, and certainly when I was in
they have rights, that they were protected, and that there are the White House. We actually had some briefings on substance
common-sense ways to deal with a childs transition. At the end abuse and mental health issues. [Director of the White House
of the day, this is about every child having the opportunity I Office of National Drug Control Policy] Michael Botticelli was a
would argue the human right to get an education in safety and great person to talk about the opioid issues with, and so Trevor
in an environment where they can grow and learn. was a partner for us.
MW: Have you had any communication with anybody from that MW: What does it mean to receive an Outstanding Public Service
administration on the guidance? Award from the Trevor Project.
FREEDMAN-GURSPAN: No. Unfortunately, it is such a changed FREEDMAN-GURSPAN: My understanding is its a recognition
reality, not only for NCTE, but for all the advocacy organizations of my work, and in particular, when I was at the White House,
out there. There was a channel of communication, with folks advocating on their behalf, and on queer childrens mental
like me in the White House, LGBT liaisons. There were people health issues.
in the Civil Rights Divisions at Education and Justice and, of Im very touched, very humbled by that. I am also happy to
course, theyve just appointed very conservative people to run lend my public support for an organization that, I think, now
those bureaus, so no. We have no lines of communication and more than ever is exceedingly critical to keep around and have. l
thats exactly why we were literally outside the White House
and trying to scream at them. The Trevor Projects A Night Out for Trevor gala is Friday,
MW: There are many anti-trans and anti-gay figures in the new May 19, from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at Hotel Monaco, 700 F St. NW. The
administration. Is there a message behind those appointments? after-party is at Duplex Diner, 2004 18th St. NW. For more infor-
FREEDMAN-GURSPAN: I think its pandering to a population that, mation on the Trevor Project, visit thetrevorproject.org.
first of all, financially assisted this president to get into power. I
also think a lot of this is the vice president. I think the vice presi- For more information on the National Center for Transgender
dent yields an enormous amount of power behind the scenes, as, Equality, visit transequality.org.

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ness and the smile on her face, and her just
being who she was that whole day.
Bianca Rey, an executive producer for
Capital Trans Pride, enjoys the sense of
accomplishment she feels when she hears
positive feedback from attendees.
I remember at last years Pride, when
we were at Studio Theatre at the evening
social event, watching everybody from the
sidelines, she says. Listening to their
conversations about what a good time they
had made me feel that all of the planning
and all of the meetings we had for Capital
Trans Pride were worth it. It was worth-
while that I made even one person happy
that day.
A significant portion of Capital Trans
Pride is dedicated to educational work-
shops dealing with issues important to the
transgender community, such as obtain-
ing health insurance coverage, advice on
changing ones name and gender marker,
and information on legal rights.
This years event also features a resource
fair, on-site HIV testing and counseling
by community health center Whitman-
Walker, a screening of MAJOR!, a Reel
Affirmations documentary about the life
of transgender activist Miss Major Griffin-
Gracy, and an open mike talent showcase,
hosted by Rayceen Pendarvis.
Transgender advocate Gavin Grimm,
whose lawsuit protesting his local school
boards bathroom policies led to the first
pro-transgender ruling from a U.S. appeals
court, will give the keynote address at lunch.
It was two years ago, when the various
workshops began to be filled to capacity,
that Holly Goldman, also an executive pro-
WARD MORRISON

ducer of the event, realized Tran Pride had


taken on a life of its own.
Wanzer
I think that this year is going to be
the last year that its going to be a one-day
event, she says. Weve already outgrown

Truth Celebration
Capital Trans Pride allows D.C. trans folk to celebrate their identity in
Studio Theatre I had to turn people away
this year. I have a six-deep waiting list.
Goldman believes that part of what
makes Capital Trans Pride so special is that
a safe space and a loving environment By John Riley the day is a truth celebration.
Were not protesting, were not put-

T
ting our hardships and our problems out
HE MOST MEMORABLE CAPITAL TRANS PRIDE WOULD HAVE TO BE THE there. Were not pretending they dont
first, says SaVanna Wanzer, who cofounded the event in 2007. There was this exist, but for one day, were putting them
sense that the community had waited so long, and wed received the greatest aside and celebrating the fact that were
gift. Wanzer, who sits on the board of Capital Pride, highlights Trans Prides transfor- trans and that were all the same, and that
mation station, where a team of hair stylists and makeup artists help attendees change we love each other. Whether its someone
their outward appearance to match their gender identity. who transitioned 40 years ago, or someone
The moving part is when they look in the mirror and see the person that they want who transitioned the day before, thats
to be, Wanzer says. We had one lady last year, where it was the first time she had ever what makes it special. It really, truly is for
dressed up as a woman and been around other people. You should have seen the happi- everyone. l

Capital Trans Pride is Saturday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. For more information,
visit capitalpride.org/events/capital-trans-pride or facebook.com/capitaltranspride.

MAY 18, 2017 METROWEEKLY 29


20TH CENTURY FOX
Movies

Alien, has been revealed. While each of


the two prequels tell their own story, and

Gods and Monster


With Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott answers the age-old question, which
while Covenant is vastly more gory, vastly
more action-packed, vastly more frighten-
ing and unnerving than the boring dredge
pile that was Prometheus, it still only gives
came first, the facehugger or the egg? By Randy Shulman us an inch when what we really want,
what we really need, is a mile.

I
Walk into Alien: Covenant without hav-
T IS ETERNALLY PERPLEXING TO ME WHY FILMMAKERS CHOOSE TO ing seen at least Prometheus, if not the
endure the creative duress of prequels. While the lure of exploring an origin story original Alien, and youll find yourself lost
is clearly compelling, allowing a filmmaker to bring greater depth and understand- in a thicket of nuance. Covenant shares
ing to previously created subject matter, it must also be like trying to jam a square peg remarkably similar DNA to Alien, and the
into a round hole. Sometimes, it works witness what Francis Ford Coppola achieved new film is littered with references to the
with Godfather, Part II and sometimes it doesnt (yes, George Lucas, were looking at 1979 classic, including a tough-minded
you), even though the intent is to create a chronology for future generations to watch a heroine, a possibly duplicitous synthetic,
story from the very beginning to the very end. a dulcet-voiced mother, and even, at one
The problem with a prequel, however, comes with alignment. A good sequel point, a familiar drinking bird. But these
advances a premise, taking it in new, unexpected directions. Prequels, on the other are details the real similarity is in the
hand, are tethered to and constrained by the original subject matter. Theyre stuck on a telling: Covenant might as well be Alien
pre-defined track that, no matter how many swerves and detours are taken, must wind with a special effects facelift.
up at exactly the right spot, lest continuity suffer. The plot goes something like this: The
Wrenching a narrative into place takes effort. And creativity. And, it would seem, Covenant is a massive and gorgeous
time. Lots and lots of time. No longer can anything be achieved with just one film. Now colonization ship toting several thousand
we need two, or three, or, in the case of the Alien franchise, god knows how many. All frozen humans and embryos to a far off
I know is, director Ridley Scott isnt getting any younger. And neither are we. It would world, presumably to get away from an
be nice to see this saga wrap up before were all dead. Earth ravaged by climate change deniers,
And yet, by the time Alien: Covenant ( ) has ended, and revealed its (some- Republicans, and any remaining Trump
what unsurprising) secrets, you realize that, much like 2012s Prometheus, only a tiny progeny. The ship is tended to by a placid
shred of information, leading to the events of the ill-fated voyage of the Nostromo in synthetic named Walter, an upgrade from

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the previous films David who has had creativity and emotion lies in the formation of the crew. Theyre not exactly as memora-
stripped from his programming. Hes like an efficient, talking ble as the crew of the Nostromo, but they have that same rag-tag
microwave with flesh. When the ships core crew of 15 are jolted camaraderie that makes space travel so much fun for everyone.
out of a peaceful cryosleep by an accident, they unearth a sig- Katherine Waterston brings stoic resolve to the movies hero-
nal emanating from a habitable planet 70 years closer than their ine, Daniels, though shes hardly iconic. Danny McBride adds
true destination, and the captain chooses to investigate. Because rumpled zip to the ships pilot, Tennessee, and Billy Crudup is
thats always a good idea, right? a scene-stealer as a religious zealot who ends up on the wrong
Once on the planet, the crew encounters a being who inevi- side of an egg. The rest of the cast is fodder, and are pretty much
tably poses that timeless question: which came first, the facehu- dispensed with, one by one. The crew is made up of couples,
gger or the egg? which gives their deaths greater weight, and Scott has seen fit
Covenant exhibits signs of how the prequels will, at some to include a gay couple in the mix. Its nice to watch how qui-
point, match up with Alien mythology, and the web is already etly and matter-of-factly the couple is revealed. Theyre here.
frothing over whats going to happen next. But after youve seen Theyre queer. Theyre alien food.
Covenant, consider this: is Ridley Scott thumbing his nose at the Walter is portrayed to majestic, frequently unsettling effect
mythology James Cameron advanced in Aliens, his sublime 1986 by Michael Fassbender, who, in the movies opening moments,
sequel to the original? No matter. People will one day watch the also appears as the unhinged earlier model, David.
series from start to finish and devise a drinking game from the Alien and its sequels focused on the creature as the perfect
inconsistencies that arise. life-form. But with Prometheus and Covenant, Scott explores the
Heres whats good about Covenant: The set-pieces are effi- idea of how that perfect life-form came into being. The notion
cient, thrilling works of art, and are flanked by several quietly was hinted at in Prometheus, as we met the Engineers, a race
unnerving, terrifying sequences, even though none rise to the whose horrific, life-mutating virus is key to Covenants ultimate
level of Alien, which featured an insidiously slow pacing that premise. Its the stuff of Frankenstein and Island of Dr. Moreau,
ripped through the seams at the end, producing a third act of so well-trod it feels culturally trampled. Which is why perhaps
unprecedented intensity as Sigourney Weavers Ripley franti- it would have been better to not try to explain the original
cally struggled to escape both a ferocious, unstoppable xenom- film in the first place. In doing so, Scott has stripped his 1979
orph and a massive ship set to self-destruct all while trying groundbreaking film of all its mystery, and supplanted it with the
to save a cat. worlds oldest cliche: Somebody decides to play god and ends up
Another similarity between the original Alien and Covenant creating a monster. l

Alien: Covenant is rated R for intense gore. Opens Friday, May 19, at area theatres. Visit Fandango.com.

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serious work.

Greek Myths
In this rendering, Timon is seen first as
a successful businessman, but beneath his
well-groomed exterior lies an unsettled,
neurotic soul. Whether it suggests latent
Folgers Timon grapples with a challenging play, while MetroStage mental illness or a psyche too sensitive
offers an engaging Master Class By Kate Wingfield for his world (or both), it makes for a val-
iant attempt at explaining the plays long

L
second-half, in which Timon is lost in a
IKELY CO-WRITTEN WITH THOMAS MIDDLETON, SHAKESPEARES wilderness, both literal and psychological.
Timon of Athens (HHHHH) is something of an odd, uneven play. It starts with Does it work? Not wholly. Part of the
the promise of gratifying comeuppance the wealthy Timons realization that problem lies with the play itself and its
his supposed friends are the kind that disappear when the money runs out. But there is unconvincing transitions, but it is also
little more, and certainly no real exploration, before Timon is angrily serving up (liter- the challenge of sustaining the sense of
ally) a communal rebuff. The play then changes tone, pivoting to Timons angry self-ex- the executive gone semi-mad. Peakes is a
ile from Athens, where he continues to be visited by users and a few compatriots. There nuanced and understated actor and it works
is never much of a catharsis other than his evolving conclusion that humanity sucks. to great effect in the first part of the play in
Timon never quite endears himself enough to be tragic, nor do his enemies truly interpreting Timon as a (secretly) socially
get their just desserts, unless you count a significant dry-cleaning bill. Subplots about awkward and nave man, blind to his false
the political health of Athens and Timons friend Alcibiades, ably played by Maboud friends. But his extroversion first with
Ebrahimzadeh, hang largely unresolved. Ultimately, it feels like some kind of morality the confrontational banquet and then the
play that deflates into a long-winded, anatomy of a bagman. assertive self-exile make for a harder sell.
It cant be easy to stage, but thats probably why the unstoppable folks at Folger took Given the concept, it might almost have
it on. They do like a challenge, and they know how to rise to it. made more sense to give him a corporate
In this case, Tony Ciseks cleverly evocative set moves the action into the future, tower in which to cloister himself.
suggesting efficiencies that have eroded personal contact, perhaps to the kind of dys- Sustaining Timons feverish state of
topian levels that could explain Timons rejection of his world. And it is in explaining maddened disillusion during the second
this man that director Robert Richmond and Ian Merrill Peakes, in the title role, do the half of the play is another challenge. Its a

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long haul and, in trying to keep it compelling, Peakes must walk who have heard the recordings of her master classes say not.
a tightrope: too low-key and it may fail to compel, but overplayed However, if taken as impressions of a life and as a contemplation
and it gnaws at the scenery. This is where director Richmond must of not just opera, but all kinds of human endeavor, it is uniquely
be the decider, and a tad more reigning in would have worked bet- thoughtful.
ter. Peakes is a wonderful actor and his less is always more. Needless to say, the lead requires not just stamina but a
Bringing a nice counterweight to Peakes agitated Timon, is strongly credible presence. In Metro Stages production, Ilona
Eric Hissom as Apemantus, a philosophical acquaintance who Dulaski creates a memorably feisty Callas as she holds forth in
plays witness to Timons faithless friends and his subsequent class and in her reveries. To her credit, it does not feel at all like
meltdown. Hissom, a master of Shakespearean phrasing, offers an impersonation. She is less convincing in her recreations of
the perfect blend of a man bemused, cynical and contemptu- Aristotle Onassis bullying her submissive Callas somehow
ous of Timons world. The other standout here is Antoinette doesnt quite jibe with the woman who could survive being
Robinson as Flavius, Timons faithful servant. Quietly pained booed at the Met. But this is quibbling. Overall, Dulaski paints
by what she sees, Robinson brings an emotional cohesion to the her memorably big and bold.
uneven play. Of the three young students, a charismatic, if slightly wood-
If the play itself cant quite deliver the pathos or gratification en, Daniel Noone sings Tenor Tony with attractive gusto and
of full-blooded Shakespeare, this production of Timon delivers some pleasing high notes. Ayana Reed is convincing as Second
something with its own unique value: a genuinely engaging the- Soprano Sharon, who nearly bottles out of performing. She sings
atrical grapple with a challenging piece. with exciting promise and attractively urgent expression. Emily
Honzel gives her First Soprano Sophie an array of charming
IN HIS ODE TO OPERA singer Maria Callas and the tutelage expressions as she struggles to interpret the music, and sings
she gave at Juilliard toward the end of her career, Terrence with precision and sweetness. Delivering a bit of deadpan is a
McNallys Master Class (HHHHH) is certainly fascinating. nicely understated Michael Sharp as Stagehand, while Joseph
Delivered almost in monologue, Callas veers between ruthless Walsh brings warmth (and skill) to Manny, the Accompanist.
dissections of her three opera students, reflections on the art This is an intimate, evocative portrait of a still somewhat
form, and deep reveries on her personal and professional life. mysterious star of another age. Seeing it in the intimacy of the
Whether it accurately reflects the real Callas is debatable: those Metro Stage is an engaging treat. l

Master Class runs to June 11 at MetroStage, 1201 North Royal St., Alexandria. Tickets are $55 to $60.
Call 800-494-8497 or visit metrostage.org.

Timon of Athens runs to June 11 at The Folger, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Tickets are $35 to $75. Call 202-544-7077 or visit folger.edu.

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shes Anne (Erika Rose) actually is his

Daddy Issues
daughter or a different person altogether,
a stranger. Still sharp and cantankerous,
and anchored in the reality of his charm-
ing Paris apartment, Andr is increasingly
The right actor for a brilliant play, Ted van Griethuysen leads a affected by his minds steep decline. His
wonderful production of The Father By Andr Hereford thoughts flicker heedlessly, like the strobe
lights racing over and around set designer

A
Debra Booths cleverly specific scenery.
STARK DRAMA TILTED ACUTELY TOWARDS THE DROLL HUMOR OF Not entirely unaware, Andr rails in
its octogenarian title character, The Father (HHHHH) also offers a walloping his fog against the painful loss of clarity
dose of what feels like the truth. Florian Zellers illuminatingly dark and pierc- and agency. Van Griethuysen, in a round-
ing comedy translated from its original French by Christopher Hampton is brutal ly sympathetic portrayal, makes sublime
but not cold in its honesty. It handles an audience much like the daughter at its center, comedy of the mans rancor and befuddle-
Anne (Kate Eastwood Norris), handles her mercurial, elderly father, Andr (Ted van ment, without a hint of parody. Beautifully
Griethuysen) with firm directness, guided by warmth and patience. rendering Andrs layers of confidence
A lightning wit and devilish flirt, Andr has just scared off his latest housekeep- gradually torn away by confusion van
er/personal caretaker, Isabelle. Though never seen in the play, the young womans Griethuysen, abetted by director David
absence is felt by Anne, who believed she finally had found the person who could be Muses powerful staging and transitions,
nurse, companion, and lion tamer to tend to her dad on a daily basis, thus enabling Anne persuasively relays Andrs shaky, shifting
to focus on managing her own life. point of view.
Andr was certain that the girl was stealing from him, and had taken to setting traps Andr cant trust his memories, or rec-
around the house to prove his suspicions. So Anne brings in a new girl, Laura (Caroline ognize all the faces around him, and, in
Dubberly), who seems competent and serene in equal measure. Finally freed from some what seems like a moment, a decade might
responsibility, Anne can move forward with less guilt, and consider taking a big step pass. Its humbling, horrifying, and utterly
with her boyfriend, Pierre (Manny Buckley). Or was it Antoine (Daniel Harray)? true, whether stood on Annes or Andrs
From one moment to the next, Andr isnt certain if Anne is still married to that side of the line. Zellers play taps into the
pesky Antoine, or if Antoine is Pierre, or if the woman standing before him saying universal fear of getting old, as well as the

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almost any era, but he feels partic-
ularly representative of a certain
great or Greatest generation, old
enough to have lived through the
last world war, yet with perhaps
more vivid memories of those
great times (for some) that fol-
lowed.
Andr and his male peers in
20th century middle and upper-
class society had it good and simple
for a dozen or more years, until the
flames of societal revolution were
lit before their very eyes. Propelled
by technology, change that had
been gradual suddenly hurtled for-
ward at breakneck speed, and now
at every turn, they see new, unfa-
miliar faces, and hear languages
and voices they dont recognize as
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being like their own.


The plays subtle comments on
the reactionary ways of our cul-
associated anxiety of needing to be strong enough, fit enough, and tures elders are drawn out into the open here by the smart,
in this world rich enough, to care for someone whos gotten old. diverse casting of the ensemble. Its just one more way that
The Father also taps into the frisson of generational disso- Studios well-appointed and splendidly acted production suc-
nance now roiling culture and politics and shaping elections ceeds in expressing the wealth of truth and wisdom in this
in nations across the globe. Andr could be an 80-something of inspiring, heartbreaking, and absolutely terrific play. l

The Father runs until June 18, at Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. Tickets are $20 to $85.
Call 202-332-3300, or visit StudioTheatre.org.

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10pm-1am

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Scene
DC Leather Pride Rebel Heart at The DC Eagle - Friday, May 12
Photography by Ward Morrison
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LastWord.
People say the queerest things

Discrimination towards trans Texans is


one shameful top priority.
GLAAD CEO SARAH KATE ELLIS, in a tweet responding to Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) telling Dallas Morning News that pass-
ing an anti-transgender bathroom bill is one of his priorities. Abbott apparently wants lawmakers
to approve the bill before the end of May.

Youre becoming who youve always been.


How wonderful is that?

A new card by HALLMARK, designed for a transgender person undergoing their transition. It is our goal to be inclusive rather
than exclusive so that our products appeal to the widest range of people who wish to communicate
and connect with one another, Hallmark told PinkNews.

Darebin Council will fly the rainbow flag


until the Marriage Act is changed so that Australians are able to marry,
regardless of who they are or who they love.

KIM LE CERF, mayor of Darebin, Australia, pledging to keep a rainbow flag flying outside the citys council offices until Australia
legalizes same-sex marriage. The council also approved $20,000 in grants for the local LGBTQ community.

If you argue spirit and purpose of marriage is offspring, then


marriage has to be banned
for, for example, retired people or infertile heterosexual couples, too.

Germanys LIBERAL ISLAMIC ASSOCIATION, in a statement advocating for the legalization of same-sex marriage in the country. They
justified their support by citing the Qurans lack of gender specifics when discussing marriage, saying: In the Arabic original the
Quran does not talk of man and woman, but uses the word azwadsch, which means pair.

To me, queer is like to each his own.


Its not our problem. Wherever you fall, whatever you dig, its good if nobodys getting hurt. Its good.

KEVIN BACON to Out.com about what queerness means to him. He added, Whats wrong with love? Whats wrong
with love in all of its forms? After being told that he has a large gay following,
Bacon said, Thats awesome, Im happy to hear that.

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