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MAY 10, 2018 Volume 25 Issue 1

14 OPTIMISM DURING WARTIME David Byrne finds “reasons to be cheerful”

in an increasingly somber, cheerless world.

By Randy Shulman

This year’s co-host of the Helen Hayes Awards is committed to
diversifying theater for both children and adults alike.

Interview by Doug Rule

Photography by Todd Franson


Bloodlight and Bami garbles the biographical details
but offers a prime glimpse of the legendary Grace Jones at work.

by André Hereford



Real LGBTQ News and Entertainment since 1994

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Sandra Bernhard
LIKE MY WORK TO BE A PERSONAL INTRODUCTION just the sort of day-to-day small minded stupidity of how people
into the day-to-day life of Sandy, and weave [a] little journey treat each other.”
to take people away from being pummeled every day by the She points out, however, that “everybody has got to find a
obvious things in the news,” says Sandra Bernard, who brings way to settle back in and still be able to be flirtatious in the right
her latest show — complete with band — Sandemonium, to the settings, because that’s the nature of life. That’s different from
sparkling new City Winery this Saturday. “I’m bringing you grabbing or groping somebody or, god forbid, raping them.”
out of the mundane, into a new world. It’s everything that Bernhard, who recently revived her role of the groundbreak-
you expect from an evening of entertainment. It’s fun and it’s ing lesbian character Nancy Bartlett on ABC’s Roseanne reboot,
emotional and the music is rocking and it’s glamorous. Nobody won’t directly comment on Roseanne’s unabashed support of
wants a draggy night of boring political commentary. You want President Trump. “I know where I stand — I’m a liberal, I’m a
to be taken to the next level. And that’s what I do when I hit lefty,” she says. “I believe in social justice, and I believe in peo-
the stage.” ple having total autonomy over their lives and support from the
Bernhard, who identifies as bisexual, is forthright when government. The current water system should be replaced. The
asked about the #MeToo movement. “I never saw it coming the infrastructure should be replaced. We should stop talking about
way it did, and I think it’s fabulous because any woman who has all this divisive crap and go back to what matters, and that’s
been in this business has had to put up with that sort of behav- where I stand. How anybody else feels is not my problem. I just
ior, whether it’s as far as the Harvey Weinstein experiences or get on my pony and ride.” —Randy Shulman

Sandra Bernhard appears in Sandemonium at City Winery, 1350 Okie St. NE, on Saturday, May 12, at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $45 to $58. Visit citywinery.com or call 202-250-2531.

MAY 10, 2018 • METROWEEKLY 9

Ben Thornewill, Tommy Siegel, and Jesse
Kristin met while attending George Washington
University and quickly started making music
together. A dozen years later, the clever, pure-
pop trio returns in support of its fifth studio
album Off To The Races, mixing modern pop,
retro vocals, and classic rock indulgence like a
modern-day variant of Queen — or like a kin-
dred spirit of Mika. The Greeting Committee
opens — and with a name like that, of course
it does. Thursday, May 17. Doors at 7 p.m. 9:30
Club, 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $40. Call 202-
265-0930 or visit 930.com.

Music Director Gianandrea Noseda
takes to the NSO podium for his final
appearances this season, leading three
concerts featuring music composed or
influenced by J. S. Bach — including
Berio’s completion of Bach’s unfin-
ished Contrapunctus XIX, Berg’s Violin
Concerto featuring violinist James
Ehnes, and Brahms’s Symphony No.
4. Thursday, May 17, at 7 p.m., Friday,
May 18, at 9 p.m., and Saturday, May
19, at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert
Hall. Tickets are $15 to $89. Call 202-
467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.


A flamboyant gay artist and a straight and
straight-laced communist become unlike-
ly friends in this Oscar-nominated Cuban
drama from 1994 also known by its Spanish
title Fresa y Chocolate. The film screens as
part of the Kennedy Center’s Artes de Cuba
festival, by virtue of being selected as one
of six chosen to highlight the history of the
Havana Film Festival, the celebrated show-
case of Latin American cinema celebrating its
40th anniversary this year. Sunday, May 13,
at 1 p.m. Family Theater. Tickets are $10. Call
202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.

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Steve McQueen stars as a San Francisco police
lieutenant going after the mob in this 1968 thrill-
er from Peter Yates featuring one of the most
famous, thrilling car chases ever committed
to film. Robert Vaughn and Jacqueline Bisset
co-star. Watch for Robert Duvall in a bit part
as a cab driver. Bullitt was added to the Library
of Congress’s National Film Registry in 2007.
Part of Landmark’s West End Cinema Capital
Classics series. Wednesday, May 16, at 1:30, 4:30,
and 7:30 p.m., 2301 M St. NW. Happy hour from
4 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $12.50. Call 202-
534-1907 or visit landmarktheatres.com.


Havana’s Teatro El Público pres-
ents founding director Carlos Díaz’s
take on Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
The story follows Petra Von Kant,
an arrogant fashion designer in the
mold of Amanda Priestley, who
falls in love with an icy young
beauty who wants to be a model.
The male actors don drag to take
on the female roles. Wednesday,
May 16, and Thursday, May 17, at
7:30 p.m. Family Theater. Tickets
are $19 to $39. Call 202-467-4600

or visit kennedy-center.org.


Morning talk show hosts Tommy McFly, Kelly
Collis, and Jen Richer from 94.7 Fresh FM’s
The Tommy Show (pictured) serve as emcees for
Vida’s fourth annual fundraiser for Athlete Ally.
Former Team USA gymnast Josh Dixon will be
on hand at the benefit representing the nonprofit,
which works to fight homophobia and trans-
phobia and support LGBTQ equality in sports
nationwide. Cocktail attire is required. Music
by DJ Chad Raymond. Friday, May 11, from 6 to
9 p.m. Vida’s Penthouse Pool Club at the Yards,
1212 4th St. SE. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40
at the door, or $1,000 for 10 tickets and access to

a cabana suite with complimentary bottle service

all evening. Visit athleteally.org/vida-fundraiser.

MAY 10, 2018 • METROWEEKLY 11


Out On The Town


Dubbed “Grig’in’ w/ The Gurls 2,” the Housewives of Improv (Ugh) will host and perform a soiree benefiting Washington
Improv Theater, serving face (and body) and lip-syncing for their lives during brunch served by the diner staff and
soundtracked by DJ Khelan Bhatia. Just who are these performing drag vixens? Dan Milliken aka Febreze, Adam Koussari-
Amin aka Kiana, Denny Johnson as Regyna, and Ryan Krull as Vicki, with “surprise” visits from two husbands, Bryce
Slinger as Chad C. and Darnell Eaton as Chad P. Additional guests include Bill Huff aka Anne G. O’Plasty, David Lloyd
Olson aka DivaD, Von Gerik Allena aka Mindy Nao, and Melv Thom aka Judy from HR. There will also be drink specials
— mimosa pitchers! — all day. At the 18th & U Duplex Diner, 2004 18th St. NW, Saturday, May 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets,
including one select brunch entree of your choice and one champagne cocktail or glass of “Ramona-approved” Pinot Grigio,
are $45. Call 202-265-9599 or visit duplexdiner.com.

Compiled by Doug Rule WILD COMBINATION: A and space to look at the impacts HOODED,
FILM Matt Wolf offers a visually absorb- bility have on a community. Flood A nominee for the Charles
ing film that looks at the seminal City shines a light on the commu- MacArthur Award for Outstanding
avant-garde composer/musician/ nity’s resilience in the wake of the Original New Play at the upcoming
WASHINGTON JEWISH producer who died from AIDS- unimaginable. Jenna Duncan directs Helen Hayes Awards, this irrev-
FILM FESTIVAL related complications in 1992 and the Theater Alliance production. erent comedy is being remounted
In its final weekend, the festival only became known chiefly for his Opens Thursday, May 10. To June 17. by Mosaic Theater Company after
presents two films in the category experimental post-disco/new wave Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon its original sold-out run last year.
Rated LGBTQ, co-presented by Reel work in the past decade. The AFI Place SE. Call 202-241-2539 or visit All but one of the cast members as
Affirmations and GLOE: Saving Neta, Silver Theatre offers a 10th anni- theateralliance.com. well as all of the designers return
acclaimed Israeli filmmaker Nir versary screening of this visual tone to the show, a deft examination of
Bergman’s evocative, richly imag- poem as part of its two-month-long GIRLFRIEND two young black teens from vast-
ined ode to femininity, parenthood, Rock Doc series. Tuesday, May 15, In 1993, Matthew Sweet toured as ly different circumstances. Metro
and human connection (Sunday, at 9:30 p.m. 8633 Colesville Road, an opening act for newly out lesbian Weekly’s André Hereford praised
May 13, at 2:15 p.m., at the DCJCC) Silver Spring. Tickets are $13 gener- rocker Melissa Etheridge. Sweet’s the voice of playwright Tearrance
and The Cakemaker, a drama about al admission. Call 301-495-6720 or power-pop tunes — including 1991 Arvelle Chisholm as “authentic and
a gay German baker who travels to visit afi.com/Silver. alt-rock album Girlfriend — contin- original,” further noting the “smart,
Jerusalem to secretly connect with ue their LGBTQ appeal and connec- funny staging” of director Serge
the female widow of his Israeli lover tion, soundtracking a gay coming-
(Saturday, May 12, at 4:30 p.m., at STAGE of-age theatrical tale set in ’90s-era
Seiden. But he heaped the most
praise on lead actor Jeremy Keith
AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville small-town Nebraska. Lukas James Hunter as “the engine that keeps
Rd.) The Invisibles, German director FLOOD CITY Miller and Jimmy Mavrikes star the show humming along.” To June
Claus Räfle’s rendering of Jews who Set amid the Great Flood of as a college-bound jock and his 3. The Sprenger Theatre in the Atlas
survived the Nazis while in hiding in Pennsylvania in 1889 as well as the first boyfriend. Directed by Matt Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St.
Berlin closes the festival on Sunday, drying up of the state’s steel industry Gardiner. Pride Night is Friday, NE. Tickets are $20 to $65. Call
May 13, at 7 p.m. Call 202-777-3210 a century later, Gabrielle Reisman’s May 11. To June 10. The Ark, 4200 202-399-7993 or visit mosaicthe-
or visit wjff.org. hopeful dark comedy traverses time Campbell Ave., Arlington. Call 703- ater.org.
820-9771 or visit sigtheatre.org.

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a tribute, I think, that human beings can change, that their points
of view can change, that their attitudes actually can change.”
Byrne’s latest album, American Utopia, is a stunning con-
tinuation of his unique musical aesthetic. More than a mere
assemblage of songs, it’s a cohesive, vibrant journey, featuring a
conglomerate of styles that blend effortlessly to create a vibrant
whole. Byrne deploys techniques that informed much of the
best work by the Heads, notably elaborate, complex rhythmic
arrangements (“I’m very much drawn to rhythm — I find it lib-
erating. It’s helped me get through life.”) and piercing, provoca-
tive vocals. He’s currently on a critically-acclaimed world tour,
featuring an 11-piece band in nearly perpetual motion, that will
see him in our area twice, first at The Anthem this Saturday, and
again in late July at Merriweather.
Though American Utopia has political and social underpin-
nings, Byrne didn’t initially set out to make a statement with the
record. “I didn’t consciously think about it,” he says. “And then,
as it began to emerge, I realized, ‘Yeah, this is what I’m doing.’ I
felt like I needed to do it in a way that’s not super-obvious or spe-
cific. I can talk about someone dying from a bullet wound, and
their life ebbing from them...and I don’t have to refer to recent

events in the news. It’s enough to be as a reminder of what hap-

pens when somebody’s shot.”
Byrne feels popular music can be an important component

in our social toolbox. “It doesn’t answer questions,” he con-
cedes. “And I don’t think music can, in most cases, affect spe-
cific change around specific issues. But it can help people come
together as a community, and it can give them a kind of solace

David Byrne finds “reasons to be cheerful” in an
that allows them to go on.”
Despite the current political climes of the country — indeed,
the world — Byrne remains a staunch optimist, evident to any-
one who visits davidbyrne.com, where they are immediately
increasingly somber, cheerless world. confronted by a bright orange banner linking to reasonstobe-

ID WE HAVE A FOLLOWING?” WONDERS DAVID “A couple years ago, I started collecting news of things that I
Byrne. “I was not aware.” But, of course, you don’t get felt were hopeful,” he says. “I eventually called it ‘Reasons to Be
to be one of the most influential bands in modern musical Cheerful.’ These are things happening around the world, often
history without some kind of an LGBTQ fan base. Still, the iconic in local places — in a city here, or a small country there — where
former frontman of the Talking Heads seems genuinely unaware. they have managed to find a solution to something that seems to
“I mean, I was aware of friends and colleagues and collabora- be intractable in other places. Somebody has found a way to fix
tors and everything else, but I was not aware of a gay following,” it. And if they can do it, then anybody can do it. So, I find little
says the 65-year-old, his once jet-black mane now blazing, bril- pockets of hope around the world. And I’m kind of clinging to
liant white, his demeanor surprisingly cheerful and gentle. “But that at the moment.” —Randy Shulman
there were other acts that I knew had a huge gay following that
were part of my world.” (The B-52s, anyone?) David Byrne’s American Utopia Tour comes to The Anthem on
“These days, I have to say, despite everything, it’s really Saturday, May 12. The show is sold out, but tickets are still avail-
refreshing how much society has changed,” he continues. able for the Merriweather Post Pavilion appearance on Saturday,
“We’ve got a long ways to go, but when you think of the idea of July 28. Tickets are $60 to $130. Visit merriweathermusic.com or
gay marriage — it just was inconceivable decades ago. It’s really call 877-435-9849.

SOUL THE STAX MUSICAL featuring a huge 21-member cast. atrical experience — “no curtain, no the early 1990s, when grunge was
Kwame Kwei-Armah concludes Choreography by Chase Brock. back wall, no proscenium” — pro- popular but DJs and electronic/
his tenure as artistic director of To June 10. 700 North Calvert St., pelled by an original rock-inspired dance music were ascending,
Baltimore Center Stage with a Baltimore. Tickets are $20 to $79. score by Brian Lotter and Matthew Keegan’s production stars Chris
world-premiere musical about Call 410-332-0033 or visit center- Schleigh. To May 13. Source Stezin, Susan Marie Rhea, Josh
the storied Memphis-based label stage.org. Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. Tickets Sticklin, and Ryan Sellers. To May
Stax Records, which created the are $25 to $45. Call 202-204-7741 or 27. 1742 Church St. NW. Tickets
very foundation of American THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE visit constellationtheatre.org. are $35 to $45. Call 202-265-3768
Soul Music through its star ros- A woman saves an abandoned baby or visit keegantheatre.com.
ter. Stax launched the careers of put on trial during a time of corrup- THE UNDENIABLE SOUND
Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, tion and violence in the Caucasus OF RIGHT NOW TITUS ANDRONICUS
Isaac Hayes, Wilson Pickett, and Mountains in Bertolt Brecht’s A hilarious and heartbreaking work Synetic founder Paata Tsikurishvili
Booker T & the MG’s. Matthew drama. Allison Arkell Stockman by Laura Eason, the focus is on a tackles the revenge-driven tragedy
Benjamin wrote the book for what directs 14 actors playing more than Chicago man trying to keep his leg- as the 13th entry in the company’s
is essentially a jukebox musical 60 characters in a 360-degree the- endary rock club afloat. Set during celebrated “Silent Shakespeare”

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Straddling the divide between
musical theater and opera, and as
complicated and tricky as you’d
expect from composer Leonard
Bernstein, this funny, fast-paced
take on Voltaire’s biting satire is not
produced as often we’d like. The
WNO’s Francesca Zambello directs
a production from the Glimmerglass
Festival for the Kennedy Center’s
“Leonard Bernstein at 100” series.
Denyce Graves stars as The Old
Lady alongside Alek Shrader in
the title role, Emily Pogorelc as
Cunegonde, and Wynn Harmon
as Pangloss/Voltaire. Lyrics by
Richard Wilbur, plus additional
lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John
Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy
Parker, and Bernstein himself.
Select dates to May 26. Kennedy

Center Opera House. Tickets are

$45 to $275. Call 202-467-4600 or
visit kennedy-center.org.

Solas Nua, billed as the nation’s only organization exclusively dedicated to contempo- OF LAUGHTER AND REFLECTION
rary Irish arts, commissioned this site-specific production to commemorate Douglass’s The comedy pioneer and dynamic
1845 voyage to Ireland as well as the bicentennial of his birth. To be staged on a wharf in entertainer puts herself on the spot,
taking questions from the audience,
Southeast, just a stone’s throw from his historic home at Cedar Hill, the project includes just as she did in the intro to every
live music and dancing in a blend of African-American and Irish culture. It consists of two episode of The Carol Burnett Show.
short plays offering a dual perspective on the trip to Ireland: An Eloquent Fugitive Slave The focus of the 90-minute “Laughter
and Reflection” program is on the
Flees to Ireland by budding local theater artist Psalmayene 24, and Wild Notes by Irish
85-year-old’s performing career,
playwright Deirdre Kinahan. To May 24. The Yards Marina, 1492 4th St. SE. Tickets are which was launched into superstar-
$35. Call 202-484-0309 or visit solasnua.org. dom with a 1959 Tony-nominated
role in Once Upon A Mattress. More
recently she’s been heralded not once
but twice by the Kennedy Center,
series — meaning no words, all Weekends to May 19. Theatre Two loveliest and cheekiest songs com- as an Honoree in 2003 and as the
fiery action, energy, and violence, in Gunston Arts Center, 2700 South posed and written by legendary gay 2013 recipient of the Mark Twain
with choreography led by Irina Lang St. Arlington. Tickets are $25. composer Cole Porter (“Anything Prize for Humor. Friday, May 11, at
Tsikurishvili, who also portrays Call 571-DS-SHOWS or visit domin- Goes”). The concert also features 8 p.m. Concert Hall. Tickets are $59
Tamora. Philip Fletcher is Titus in ionstage.org. musical luminaries Liz Callaway, to $149. Call 202-467-4600 or visit
the large ensemble show including Ali Ewoldt, Bobby Smith, Vishal kennedy-center.org.
Irina Kavsadze, Audrey Tchoukoua, PRISCILLA QUEEN Vaidya, and Luke Hawkins. Kelly
Dallas Tolentino, and Alex Mills. OF THE DESERT Crandall D’Amboise directs the MICHAEL POLLAN: HOW TO
To May 27. 1800 South Bell St., It’s not the Outback, but Kensington, show, which also includes dramatic CHANGE YOUR MIND
Arlington. Tickets are $15 to $55. the leafy Maryland suburb, is a pret- readings from over-the-top online After a decade spent focused on the
Call 800-494-8497 or visit synet- ty unexpected place to find drag dating profiles. Saturday, May 19, at way we eat now that started with
ictheater.org. queens all the same. Yet that’s 8 p.m. Fichandler Stage in the Mead his critically acclaimed best-sell-
exactly what you’ll find on stage at Center for American Theater, 1101 er The Omnivore’s Dilemma, this
the Kensington Arts Theatre this 6th St. SW. Tickets are $20 to $110. author and journalist sets out in a
COMMUNITY month, starring Larry Munsey as
Bernadette, Gregory Wilczynski as
Call 202-488-3300 or visit theamer-
new direction with a focus on drugs.
How to Change Your Mind: What
the New Science of Psychedelics
Tick, and Jon Simmons as Adam
in the community-based compa- CAPITAL CITY SYMPHONY: FROM Teaches Us About Consciousness,
ny’s production, directed by John SEA TO SHINING SEA Dying, Addiction, Depression, and
HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE Nunemaker, of the hit Broadway The orchestra concludes its 50th Transcendence reviews the science
The metaphor of driving is used musical — based of course on season with a global exploration into mind-altering medicine and
by noted playwright Paula Vogel the hilarious cult Australian film of national identity expressed what it reveals about the human
in her Pulitzer Prize-winning from 1994. Opens Friday, May 11. through music, a program led by mind, the self, and our connec-
drama focused on an adolescent Weekends to May 26. 3710 Mitchell Artistic Director Victoria Gau and tion to the natural world and to
girl and her struggles to get past a St., Kensington, Md. Tickets are $19 including Shostakovich’s power- each other. Pollan will discuss his
strained, sexual relationship with to $27. Call 206-888-6642 or visit ful Symphony No. 5, Russell Peck’s new book with NPR’s Alix Spiegel.
her step-uncle. The play has lighter katonline.org. tone poem Peace Overture, Arturo Thursday, May 17, at 7 p.m. Sixth
moments, but due to its tackling of Marquez’s Danzón No. 2, and Joan & I Historic Synagogue. 600 I St.
serious issues — from pedophilia
MUSIC Tower’s Made in America, a work NW. Tickets are $15, or $33 with
and incest to manipulation and con- centered around the melodic theme one book. Call 202-408-3100 or visit
trol — it’s ultimately best for only of “America the Beautiful.” Sunday, sixthandi.org.
those aged 17 and up, and hardly AMERICAN POPS: May 13, at 5 p.m. Atlas Performing
typical fare for a community the- COLE PORTER AFTER DARK Arts Center, Lang Theatre, 1333 H
ater company, even one with the Betty Who will make her orchestral St. NE. Tickets are $25. Call 202-
tagline “Anything But Predictable.” debut with a tribute to some of the 399-7993 or visit atlasarts.org.

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Now in its 10th year, the challenge
celebrates culinary diplomacy, pro-
viding an only-in-D.C. opportunity
to taste authentic food and drinks
from embassy chefs from all regions
of the world — all while interna-
tional musicians and dancers per-
form. A panel of experts will honor
the best chefs with their Judges’
Choice awards, with one chef earn-
ing the Golden Pineapple trophy as
the People’s Choice winner. Among
competing chefs this year are those
representing Iraq, the Philippines,
Ethiopia, Ghana, Belgium, the
Slovak Republic, Canada, Colombia,
El Salvador, and Haiti. Thursday,
May 17. Doors at 6:30 p.m. Atrium
of the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300
Pennsylvania Ave. NW. General
Admission tickets start at $90,
while VIP, including early entry and
an After Party, costs $175; a ticket
to just the After Party with an open
bar and DJ is $50. Visit eventsd-



Where else but in Washington
could you treat your mother on her
special day to a restaurant serv- BETTYE LAVETTE
ing dishes inspired by First Ladies? Very little has been straight, traditional, or predictable in the life of LaVette, who grew up
Occidental’s Executive Chef Jake in Motown-era Detroit and became a recording artist at 16. She even had what she calls
Addeo reviewed old cookbooks
to create a special Mother’s Day
“dalliances” with other women when she was young — something that has given her “keen
menu at the 112-year-old D.C. insti- insight” into the LGBTQ experience, as well as several enduring LGBTQ friendships. “I
tution located only a block from have a complete understanding and comfortability with people who are not necessarily,
the White House. Among the quote-unquote, straight,” she told Metro Weekly last fall. The good-humored soul singer
options: Michelle Obama’s Minted
Spring Pea Salad ($12), Martha is in what she refers to as her “fifth career,” capped by Things Have Changed, her album of
Washington’s Crab Soup ($12), Bob Dylan covers released in March by Verve Records. “Now, I don’t have any thoughts
Jackie Kennedy’s Gingery Salmon of becoming Justin Bieber,” she laughs, “but I certainly would like to see [her memoir]
with grilled peaches, pickled red
onions, and arugula ($26), and Lou
turned into documentary form, and I would like to see what’s going to happen over the
Henry Hoover’s “Caramel” Tomato hurdle with this new CD. All the ducks are in a row right now for the very first time in my
Toast ($10). In addition, the venue’s entire career. So if this shit don’t work, I’m going to start taking it personally.” Saturday,
Bar Manager Frankie Jones hon- May 19. Doors at 6:30 p.m., at The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. Tickets are $20 to $50. Call
ors the late Barbara Bush with his
First Impression of a First Lady, 202-787-1000 or visit thehamiltondc.com.
a sweet and creamy beverage that
nods to her love of chocolate chip
cookies and apparently tastes like
liquid cookie dough ($11). Sunday, arts and craft vendors, an area for are the core elements to celebrat- choice of hot beverage as part of the
May 13, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 1475 lawn games, a mobile pizza oven, ing Mother’s Day in Pentagon City. rather gracelessly named “Mommy
Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Call 202- and of course a bevy of indepen- The brunch options also include a and Me” Afternoon Tea. Saturday,
783-1475 or visit occidentaldc.com. dent breweries offering tastings, children’s buffet as well as stations May 12, and Sunday, May 13, from
including lesbian-owned Denizens, for coloring and cake decorating, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The tea costs $38
PIZZERIA PARADISO Manor Hill, Streetcar 82, Heavy allowing kids to draw and design per adult or $16 per child. Fyve,
HYATTSVILLE: SPRING BEER Seas, Flying Dog, DC Brau, Charm a treat for mom. Sunday, May 13, 1250 S. Hayes St., Arlington. Call
FEST City Meadworks, Union Craft, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost is 703-412-2762 or visit ritzcarlton.
The Hyattsville location of Pizzeria Right Proper, Diamondback, Stone, $89 per person or $40 for children com.
Paradiso presents the first in a RAR, and Captain Lawrence. 4800 under 12, exclusive of tax and gra-
four-season series celebrating all Rhode Island Ave., Hyattsville, Md. tuity, but inclusive of valet parking. SHAW’S TAVERN: DINNER-N-
things pizza and craft beer, as well Tickets are $20 to $25 for three 6 oz Naturally, brunch could be followed DRAG, SERVED!
as the local diverse, artistic commu- pours, or $50 to $55 for unlimited. by taking mom on a shopping stroll Sometimes you’re dragging and
nity. Saturday, May 12, from 12 to Call 240-467-3210 or eatyourpizza. through the adjoining Fashion you just can’t make it to brunch.
5 p.m. The parking lot area behind com. Centre. Stay a little longer in the And sometimes you want a regular,
the restaurant and the Art Works complex for more live music and more traditional kind of meal — you
Now building will be bustling with RITZ-CARLTON PENTAGON CITY: homemade pastries served with a know, at night, over wine. Well,
music from live acts and a DJ, local MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH & TEA these days, you can have just that
A selection of artisan meats and with one of D.C.’s leading ladies of
cheeses, an elaborate seafood dis- drag. Every Sunday night at Shaw’s
play, and a classic omelet station
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Tavern, Kristina Kelly hosts a show
over supper with half-priced bot-
tles of wine and different dinner
specials each week. Seating at 7
p.m., show at 8 p.m. 520 Florida
Ave. NW. Reservations required via
Call 202-518-4092 or visit shaw-

Originally organized during Capital
Pride, this locally focused leather
weekend event successfully moved
last year to the month prior, a pat-
tern followed with this year’s line-
up, which kicks off Thursday, May
11, with the popular weekly pro-

motion enticing men to strip their

shirts for free drinks from 10 to 11
p.m., and again for those willing to
strip to their underwear from 12 to
12:30 a.m., at Green Lantern, 1335
Green Ct. NW. The next evening,
Friday, May 11, starts at 6 p.m. with
Bear Happy Hour at Town, and


ends with a Play Party from 10 p.m.
to 2 a.m. at the Crucible, 412 V St.
NE. The DC Eagle is the destina-
tion for events Saturday, May 12,
starting with the Kink Du Soleil
Baltimore’s Single Carrot Theatre presents a new adaptation of Peter Pan Expo with demos, from 1 to 6 p.m.,
developed with the local LGBTQ community. followed by a Rubber Gear Social
from 8 p.m. to midnight, and con-

cluding with the monthly DistrktC
is the one fairytale they have connected with,” says Single Carrot Theatre’s Ben Kleymeyer. from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Kristina Kelly
kickstarts the final day, returning
“To be able to give it back to the community in a way that more specifically reflects their lives as emcee for the Drag Out Your
and their stories is really powerful.” Leather event, this time offered
Kleymeyer is the community liaison for the Baltimore theater troupe, as well as a member of its over brunch with fellow drag enter-
acting ensemble. He’s starring as Peter Pan in its latest production. tainers including Tula, Moka Loka
Latte, Ashley Madison Kuter, and
“In many ways it’s the same Peter Pan story that people know,” says director Tristan Powell. Pam d’Ammonia, and served with
“The difference is that we’ve incorporated a bunch of different queer narratives for the characters bottomless mimosas and food pro-
so that, for example, Tink is a character who pines after Peter and desperately wants to be with vided by Mason Dixie Biscuit Co.
Sunday, May 13, from 11 a.m. to 2:30
Peter — is in love with Peter, wants to sleep with Peter, but can’t because her body is too small. p.m. Cobalt, 1639 R St. NW. Later
Hook and Smee [also] have a relationship.” comes the Closing Beer Blast fea-
Los Angeles-based playwright Joshua Conkel developed his queer adaptation — which he titled turing $10 pitchers of Trade Lager
Wendy, Peter. Peter, Wendy — through the community engagement initiative of Single Carrot. and XL Happy Hour drinks, from
3 to 8 p.m. Trade, 1410 14th St.
Conkel and the company held meetings and workshops with LGBTQ service organizations, busi- NW. A Weekend Pass is $70. Visit
nesses, and community members. “Their stories became the source material for what’s onstage,” facebook.com/DCLeatherPride for
says Kleymeyer. more information.
Some of those same community members auditioned and now perform in the work. “This is
a really unique project for a number of reasons,” says Powell, a New York-based theater artist.
“Definitely that we’re queering the canon, and also that several of the performers have no experi-
ence whatsoever... That was a little new on my end as a director.” AND BEYOND
“There’s a lot more flexibility about who you can be in Neverland — and how you can change
and how people will relate to you once you’ve changed,” Powell continues. “There are tensions RAYCEEN, FIX ME UP! SINGLES’
between the different groups of Neverland, just as there are tensions within the queer community Rayceen Pendarvis hosts an evening
between different populations.” of ice-breaker games as he attempts
Finally, there’s the relationship at the heart of the tale, that between Peter and Wendy, two kids to play matchmaker between eligi-
“questioning and navigating who they are.” ble singles. The free event is pre-
sented by Team Rayceen and We
Says Powell, “Where they go and what happens to them in their journey, flying to Neverland and the People, as one event in the com-
coming home, changes them. The tail end of our story is radically different from the original and munity photo project’s “May Is?
offers a completely new interpretation of the characters.” —Doug Rule All About Trans” series. Thursday,
March 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. Lower
Level Meeting Room, Shaw
Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St.
Wendy, Peter. Peter, Wendy runs to May 20 at Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N Howard St., NW. Free, including light refresh-
in Baltimore. Tickets are $25 to $29. Call 443-844-9253 or visit singlecarrot.com. ments. Call 202-727-1288 or visit
teamrayceen.eventbrite.com. l

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The DC Center celebrates the
successes of its Center Global
group and looks to the future at
the annual CENTER GLOBAL
RECEPTION. The evening
includes hors d’oeuvres, drinks,
music, a silent auction of local
services and hospitality, and
awards for Outstanding Global
Advocates. All money raise
directly benefits Center Global’s
work with LGBTQ asylees and
refugees. General admission is
$20. 6-8 p.m. Room & Board,
1840 14th St. NW. To purchase
tickets or for more info, visit

OutWrite presents THE

event bringing together four
LGBTQ+ writers from the local
community to share a unique
queer perspective on specula-
tive fiction writing. This year’s
guests include Kellan Szpara,

Na’amen Tilahun, Ruthanna
Emrys, and Rashid Darden.
Moderated by Marianne
Kirby. 6:30-8:30 p.m. East City
Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania
The American Military Partner Association wants to help familiarize Ave. SE. RSVP via Facebook at
the American public with LGBTQ-led military families facebook.com/outwritedc or

visit thedccenter.org for more
coming to our fifth annual gala,” says Ashley Broadway-Mack, president Weekly Events
of the American Military Partners Association. “Not just members of
the LGBTQ community, but a great number of allies. Everything is focused on cel- ANDROMEDA
ebrating and honoring our service members and their spouses for their sacrifice, offers free HIV testing and HIV
while also focusing on the challenges we have ahead.” services (by appointment). 9
The nation’s largest LGBTQ military event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, a.m.-5 p.m. Decatur Center,
1400 Decatur St. NW. To
May 19 at the Washington Hilton with a cocktail reception, followed by a dinner arrange an appointment, call
program and after-party. For the second year in a row, AMPA will give out Military 202-291-4707, or visit androm-
Spouse Scholarships, which allow spouses of military members to pursue higher edatransculturalhealth.org.
To say that the past year-and-a-half has been trying for LGBTQ service mem- session at Takoma Aquatic
bers — particularly those who are transgender — would be a gross understatement. Center. 7:30-9 p.m. 300 Van
As President Trump attempts to limit transgender people from serving in the Buren St. NW. For more infor-
mation, visit swimdcac.org.
Armed Forces, AMPA has found itself partnering with Lambda Legal to sue the
administration and block them from carrying out the proposed ban. DC FRONT RUNNERS run-
While that lawsuit works its way through the courts, AMPA remains commit- ning/walking/social club
ted to its mission of providing support and resources to military members, veter- welcomes runners of all ability
levels for exercise in a fun and
ans, their spouses, and children, including LGBTQ children of straight military supportive environment, with
members. AMPA also partners with outside military and LGBTQ organizations to socializing afterward. Route
advocate on behalf of LGBTQ-led families, and familiarize the broader public with distance is 3-6 miles. Meet at
7 p.m. at 23rd & P Streets NW.
their existence. For more information, visit
“It’s extremely important for us as an organization to be able to highlight these dcfrontrunners.org.
families in a very positive manner so mainstream America can learn that these
families are just like any other military family,” says Broadway-Mack. “We saw DC LAMBDA SQUARES, D.C.’s
gay and lesbian square-dancing
that after the repeal of DADT, when families started coming out in the open. So I group, features mainstream
think it’s important that all of our community, no matter what they identify as, that through advanced square
they’re out and about and visible.” —John Riley dancing at the National City
Christian Church. Please dress
casually. 7-9:30 p.m. 5 Thomas
AMPA’s 5th Annual National Gala is Saturday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Circle NW. 202-930-1058,
Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Black-tie formal.
Visit militarypartners.org/gala.

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DC SCANDALS RUGBY holds prac- and who are now or who have been
tice. The team is always looking for in a relationship with a woman.
new members. All welcome. 7:30- 7:30-9:30 p.m. Luther Place
9:30 p.m. King Greenleaf Recreation Memorial Church, 1226 Vermont
Center, 201 N St. SW. For more Ave NW. GAMMA meetings are
information, visit scandalsrfc.org or also held in Vienna, Va., and in
dcscandals@gmail.com. Frederick, Md. For more informa-
tion, visit gammaindc.org.
Northern Virginia social group WOMEN IN THEIR TWENTIES
meets for happy hour at Sheraton (AND THIRTIES), a social discus-
in Reston. All welcome. 7-9 p.m. sion and activity group for queer
11810 Sunrise Valley Drive, sec- women, meets at The DC Center
ond-floor bar. For more informa- on the second and fourth Friday of
tion, visit dullestriangles.com. each month. Group social activity
to follow the meeting. 8-9:30 p.m.
HIV TESTING at Whitman-Walker 2000 14th St. NW, Suite 105. For
Health. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and from more information, visit thedccen-
2-5 p.m. at 1525 14th St. NW, and ter.org.
9 a.m-12 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. at the
Max Robinson Center, 2301 MLK SATURDAY, May 12
Jr. Ave. SE. For an appointment
call 202-745-7000 or visit whit- CHRYSALIS arts & culture group
man-walker.org. visits Winterthur, a lavish DuPont
family estate near Wilmington,
IDENTITY offers free and confi- Del., to tour the 175-room home
dential HIV testing at two separate and to enjoy the extensive gardens.
locations. Walk-ins accepted from Admission is $20 for adults, $18 for
2-6 p.m., by appointment for all seniors. Dinner in restaurant next
other hours. 414 East Diamond Ave., to Susquehanna River in Havre de
Gaithersburg, Md. or 7676 New Grace, Md., afterwards. Carpool
Hampshire Ave., Suite 411, Takoma at 9 a.m. from the Forest Glen
Park, Md. To set up an appoint- Metro Kiss & Ride lot. Return after
ment or for more information, call dark. For more info, contact Jeff,
Gaithersburg, 301-300-9978, or 301-775-9660 or jeffreyhughes@
Takoma Park, 301-422-2398. me.com.


offers free, rapid HIV testing. KINK DU SOLEIL EXPO, featuring
Appointment needed. 1012 14th an afternoon of kink demonstra-
St. NW, Suite 700. To arrange an tions and information on the kink
appointment, call 202-638-0750. community, at The DC Eagle. 1-6
p.m. 3701 Benning Rd. NE. For
SMYAL offers free HIV Testing, 3-5 more information and listings of
p.m., by appointment and walk-in, other Leather Pride events, visit
for youth 21 and younger. Youth dcleatherpride.org.
Center, 410 7th St. SE. 202-567-
3155 or testing@smyal.org. The DC Center hosts a monthly
STI TESTING at Whitman-Walker a group to support and empower
Health. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2-3 LGBTQIA people with disabili-
p.m. at both 1525 14th St. NW and ties, offer perspectives on dating
the Max Robinson Center, 2301 and relationships, and create
Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. SE. greater access in public spaces for
Testing is intended for those with- LGBTQIA PWDs. 1-2:30 p.m. 2000
out symptoms. For an appointment 14th St. NW, Suite 105. For more
call 202-745-7000 or visit whit- information, contact Andy Arias,
man-walker.org. andyarias09@gmail.com.

US HELPING US hosts a Narcotics

Anonymous Meeting. The group is
SUNDAY, May 13
independent of UHU. 6:30-7:30 p.m.,
3636 Georgia Ave. NW. For more Weekly Events
information, call 202-446-1100.
LGBT-inclusive ALL SOULS
INSTITUTE for young LBTQ celebrates Low Mass at 8:30
women, 13-21, interested in lead- a.m., High Mass at 11 a.m. 2300
ership development. 5-6:30 p.m. Cathedral Ave. NW. 202-232-4244,
SMYAL Youth Center, 410 7th St. allsoulsdc.org.
SE. For more information, call 202-
567-3163, or email catherine.chu@ DC AQUATICS CLUB holds a
smyal.org. practice session at Wilson Aquatic
Center. 9:30-11 a.m. 4551 Fort Dr.
NW. For more information, visit
FRIDAY, May 11 swimdcac.org.
GAMMA is a confidential, volun- DC FRONT RUNNERS running/
tary, peer-support group for men walking/social club welcomes run-
who are gay, bisexual, questioning

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ners of all ability levels for exercise Romanesque sanctuary. 1810 16th
in a fun and supportive environ- St. NW. 202-387-3411, universalist.
ment, with socializing afterward. org.
Route will be a distance run of 8, 10
or 12 miles. Meet at 9 a.m. at 23rd MONDAY, May 14
& P Streets NW. For more informa-
tion, visit dcfrontrunners.org. The YOUTH WORKING GROUP
of The DC Center holds a monthly
DIGNITYUSA offers Roman meeting to discuss upcoming pro-
Catholic Mass for the LGBT gramming options. Light snacks
community. All welcome. Sign will be provided. 6-7:30 p.m. 2000
interpreted. 6 p.m. St. Margaret’s 14th St. NW, Suite 105. Visit thed-
Church, 1820 Connecticut Ave. ccenter.org.
NW. For more info, visit dignity-
Center, hosts a monthly roundtable
welcomes all to 10:30 a.m. service,
discussion around issues of bisex-
945 G St. NW. firstuccdc.org or
uality. 7-8 p.m. 2000 14th St. NW,
Suite 105. Visit thedccenter.org.
10:30 a.m., 2111 Florida Ave. NW,
THE DC CENTER hosts a “Packing
Party,” where volunteers assemble
Quaker House Living Room (next
safe-sex kits of condoms and lube.
to Meeting House on Decatur
7-9 p.m. 2000 14th St. NW, Suite
Place), 2nd floor. Special welcome
105. Visit thedccenter.org.
to lesbians and gays. Handicapped
accessible from Phelps Place gate.
Hearing assistance. quakersdc.org. WEDNESDAY, May 16


GROUP for gay men living in the gay literature group, discusses
DC metro area. This group will be From Macho to Mariposa: Gay
meeting once a month. For infor- Latino Fiction,” edited by Charles
mation on location and time, visit Rice-Gonzalez and Charlie
H2gether.com. Vasquez, at the DC Center. All are
welcome. 7:30 p.m. 2000 14th St.
INSTITUTE FOR SPIRITUAL NW, Suite 105. Visit bookmendc.
DEVELOPMENT, God-centered blogspot.com.
new age church & learning center.
Sunday Services and Workshops The TOM DAVOREN SOCIAL
event. 5419 Sherier Place NW. isd- BRIDGE CLUB meets for Social
dc.org. Bridge at the Dignity Center, across
from the Marine Barracks. No
LUTHERAN CHURCH OF partner needed. 7:30 p.m. 721 8th
REFORMATION invites all to St. SE. Call 301-345-1571 for more
Sunday worship at 8:30 or 11 a.m. information.
Childcare is available at both ser-
vices. Welcoming LGBT people for Weekly Events
25 years. 212 East Capitol St. NE.
reformationdc.org. AD LIB, a group for freestyle con-
versation, meets about 6-6:30 p.m.,
METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY Steam, 17th and R NW. All wel-
CHURCH OF WASHINGTON, D.C. come. For more information, call
services at 9 a.m. (ASL interpret- Fausto Fernandez, 703-732-5174.
ed) and 11 a.m. Children’s Sunday
School at 11 a.m. 474 Ridge St. NW. DC AQUATICS CLUB (DCAC)
202-638-7373, mccdc.com. holds a practice session at Dunbar
Aquatic Center. 7:30-9 p.m. 101 N
RIVERSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH, St. NW. For more information, visit
a Christ-centered, interracial, swimdcac.org.
welcoming-and-affirming church,
offers service at 10 a.m. 680 I St. FREEDOM FROM SMOKING, a
SW. 202-554-4330, riversidedc.org. group for LGBT people looking
to quit cigarettes and tobacco use,
UNITARIAN CHURCH OF holds a weekly support meeting at
ARLINGTON, an LGBTQ welcom- The DC Center. 7-8 p.m. 2000 14th
ing-and-affirming congregation, St. NW, Suite 105. For more infor-
offers services at 10 a.m. Virginia mation, visit thedccenter.org.
Rainbow UU Ministry. 4444
Arlington Blvd. uucava.org. JOB CLUB, a weekly support pro-
gram for job entrants and seekers,
UNIVERSALIST NATIONAL meets at The DC Center. 6-7:30
MEMORIAL CHURCH, a welcom- p.m. 2000 14th St. NW, Suite 105.
ing and inclusive church. GLBT For more info, centercareers.org. l
Interweave social/service group
meets monthly. Services at 11 a.m.,

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Gay Day at the Zoo - Sunday, May 6
Photography by Randy Shulman
See and purchase more photos from this event at www.metroweekly.com/scene

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Michael J. Bobbitt’s

This year’s co-host of the Helen Hayes Awards

is committed to diversifying theater
for both children and adults alike.

Interview by Doug Rule

Photography by Todd Franson

Styling by Gregory R. Michael

of Stitched at MGM National Harbor

T’S ALWAYS THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY YEAR WHEN I Flynn is currently planning his fourth collaboration with
get to dwell in the Michael Bobbitt Experience,” says Peter Bobbitt: Into The Woods, set for next spring at Ford’s. “Michael
Flynn. “I’m healthier, I’m smarter, I’m better at my job when walks in tall, powerful, very gentle, and not just with a smile on
I’m working with him. his face, just this constant aura of goodwill and kindness,” he
“He starts outside of the box, and the box either becomes says. “And then he’s this font of imagination, and joy-filled inno-
prettier or a sports car,” says the director. “It’s either the best vation, really smart collaboration, and a good day.... I hope that
version of what we were going for, or something completely we continue to be collaborators for a very long time.”
unrecognizable that is even better.” Flynn cites their collabora- Bobbitt, the artistic director of Adventure Theatre-MTC, is
tion on Ragtime at Ford’s Theatre, nominated for seven awards gearing up to expand his imprint next season by directing and
at this year’s Helen Hayes ceremony. “Ragtime was really choreographing shows at several theaters around town. Currently,
Michael’s canvas of innovation.” however, his focus is on co-hosting the 2018 Helen Hayes Awards

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on Monday, May 14. Washington’s answer to the Tonys celebrates people that were also called “sissy” and “gay.” But when I came
a thriving theater scene that, by some measures, is second only back to D.C., that’s when I realized that it was true. I found
to Broadway, and this year will be held at The Anthem, the new myself being drawn to Dupont Circle. I joined a men’s choir
entertainment anchor of the Southwest Waterfront. that wasn’t even a gay choir, but it rehearsed in Dupont Circle,
“I’m so excited about it,” Bobbitt says. “To be asked to the Washington Men’s Camerata. I remember walking past and
co-host is a huge, huge honor that I don’t take lightly.” He’ll seeing the bars, and grabbing the print publications, taking them
share the spotlight with actress Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan, who is home, being intrigued by them. This would have been in ‘92, at
“extremely honored to be representing my theater community 19. And then I remember my first encounter — when I had my
alongside Michael.” first kiss with a guy. It was like an electric bolt, it was so visceral.
“He’s a beautiful human being,” she says. “He’s constantly “Oh! Oh! Yeah, that makes sense.”
striving to be a bigger and better person — for himself, for his MW: How’s your family with it?
family, and for his community. “The more I get to know him, the BOBBITT: They’re fine. I think initially, it was — this is circum-
more and more I admire him.” spect — “Michael is doing his thing, he’s doing something dif-
“Alyssa and I are gonna have a lot of fun,” Bobbitt says, as he ferent. We’re all into sports and he’s into the arts, so of course.”
settles in for an interview focused on his life, work, and health But I think it made sense for all of them. There was no big drama
and wellness at the age of 45 — all from front-row seats in around it. My grandma had a bit of a hard time — she suggested
Adventure’s main theater space in Glen Echo Park. “I’m going that I just become a hermit — but then she was fine.
to try my best to make people laugh. There’s nothing happier They had a close relationship with my ex, and even before
and healthier than laughing.... Even during the heavy part of my I was with him, I brought a couple of guys that I was dating
transition and life change, laughing helped.” around, and there was no weirdness. They all adore my new
partner, Steve, so it’s totally a non-issue.
MW: Speaking of family, tell me about your son, Sang.
METRO WEEKLY: Tell me about your upbringing. You’re from the BOBBITT: He was adopted from Vietnam when he was eight
area, right? months old. In a month, he’ll be 17. Having so many teens in my
MICHAEL J. BOBBITT: I’m D.C.-born and raised. I grew up in life at [the Adventure-MTC] academy, and at the theater, I can
lower Northwest D.C., near Howard University. Went to D.C. say I have an easy, easy, easy kid. He’s always been very jovial
public schools until 8th grade, and then transferred to Gonzaga and happy and fun, and we have a nice, intimate, fun relation-
College Preparatory High School. ship. We like to make fun of each other. But in the last couple
MW: Was coming out a struggle? of years, he has gotten even happier. And I see him growing
BOBBITT: I don’t know how much of a struggle it was. In high into this really awesome, mature, kind, caring, thoughtful kid.
school, at Gonzaga, I had a black, gay counselor – Outside of his room getting a little messy, there are no problems.
MW: Wait. Seriously? And with things like learning how to drive, and managing his
BOBBITT: I know, at a Jesuit high school. I was going through schedule, and now we’re into college planning — to see him take
a whole bunch of stuff with my family. the lead on that stuff and get excited
I was pulled out of the culture that I
knew and put into this new culture “I wasn’t eating about it, it makes me super proud.
MW: Is he interested in following you into
where I was one of the few black people.
I didn’t identify with the black kids at a lot of food, theater?
BOBBITT: Sang does not aspire to be a
my school. I’m in this new environment, theater artist. I was gonna say he hates
with all these people that have different
family situations and different cultures,
but I was eating theater, because that probably is some-
what of the truth. He grew up around it
and I was intrigued by that. But at the
same time, I didn’t want to be part of my
food that I was all the time.
MW: Have you visited Vietnam since
family, because we didn’t have money
and we didn’t do things the way my
allergic to and adopting him?
BOBBITT: When he graduates from high
white friends did it. So I was just con-
fused and really struggling, and some of didn’t know it. I school next year, part of the celebration
will be to go to Vietnam for a few weeks
that brought on some depression, and and then hopefully see if we can find
some need for attention. Really weird was eating lots of some of his birth family. He hasn’t been
things manifested in high school. And to Vietnam yet, but he went to Japan for
when I went to this counselor to talk
about these things, he actually asked,
ice cream, lots of a month two summers ago. That’s his
second obsession after marine biology,
“Do you think you’re gay?” I said, “No!
No way! Never!” I don’t think I really
breads and pastas. Japanese.
My partner Steve studied Japanese
knew what it meant.
MW: It’s kind of amazing that he was bold I WAS EATING in college, and lived in Asia for many
years, so they’ve bonded over Japan.
enough to broach the topic with a high
schooler like that. FOOD THAT In fact, the first day they met, Steve
brought Sang bags and bags of Japanese
BOBBITT: Yeah, he could have gotten in
food. They have a great relationship.
a lot of trouble. As a kid, I was teased And they make fun of me in Japanese.
and called “sissy” all the time. And then They point at me and laugh.
in college, I was in theater and with
dancers and the arts, so I knew lots of
MAKING ME SICK.” MW: How long have you been with Steve?
BOBBITT: About 19 months. We have an

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apartment in Bethesda. BOBBITT: No. The HGC is probably the only unnatural thing I
MW: Before you met, you initiated a process that transformed you did.
in more ways than just the physical, but that’s perhaps the most MW: What was your maximum weight?
telltale sign. What inspired your weight loss? BOBBITT: The last time I got on the scale [at my heaviest] I can
BOBBITT: I was getting to a place where it was time to get remember was 296. At the moment I’m hanging at about 210.
healthy. One, my [previous] relationship was coming to an end. With not a lot of effort, I’m 6’2”. I had lost an inch, but I’ve gotten
So it was time to really think about health and happiness, and it back from the yoga and working out again.
what I wanted out of the rest of my life. I don’t know where the MW: You mentioned Buddhism. Is that part of your spiritual renewal?
constitution to stick to it came from. I just knew that I wanted BOBBITT: I wouldn’t call myself a Buddhist, but the practices of
to be happy. And the good thing is that I was able to focus on Buddhism, the philosophies, I’ve found very, very useful as I’ve
not only the physical, but the spiritual, and the mental, and the gone through so much change in my life. Everything from what
emotional. I had to figure out why I was so unhappy, and what forgiveness looks like, and why forgiveness is there. One of the
made me stay in a relationship for so long that was not happy. beliefs is that everyone suffers, it just depends on what you do
It was a combination of seeing my doctor, and getting a list with it. I also feel like I’ve lost the emotion of anger, because of
of all the things that were wrong, and taking care of those one at Buddhism.
a time, going to a nutritionist and finding out more about food, MW: You don’t get angry?
and going to a therapist, and getting involved with Buddhism BOBBITT: I don’t. When I am tested, or something is going
and yoga and mindfulness. And then really, really aggressively wrong, even if the feelings get stirred up, if there’s a solution
pursuing a lot of self-care. for the problem, why get angry? If there’s no solution for the
Slowly but surely, the feelings of happiness kept growing and problem, why get angry? It’s really a useless emotion. It’s hard to
growing and growing and growing, and confidence came back. identify with anger. I see the benefit of not having it. But I really
MW: What kind of timespan are we talking about? think mindfulness, too, has been especially great. To not think
BOBBITT: Well, I lost 90 pounds in about six months. I did an about the past, or not stress about the future.
extreme weight loss program called the HCG diet. It was med- I wouldn’t call myself a Buddhist, because I don’t sit and
ically monitored through the Nava Wellness Center. I worked meditate, I don’t do all the teachings everyday, but I do find
with a nutritionist. Only about a third of the weight loss came myself listening to a podcast now and then, or listening to the
from that. I also learned that I was allergic to gluten and dairy, teachings, or occasionally going to a sitting. Last month I went
so a lot of the weight came off from that. to a weekend Buddhist retreat.
From my research, no human should consume gluten. We’ve MW: Just you, or you and your partner?
only been farming for about, what, 12,000 years? Before that, BOBBITT: Myself. I can’t get the two of them into it. I really
it was all hunter-gatherer stuff. The processing of grains is not think my success, and the reason why the weight is staying off,
something that the human body really should do and could do. is that I really went back and looked at all the reasons why I was
But I got tested and learned that I was highly allergic to it. unhealthy. And I worked through most of them, but I’m still
MW: What do you mean by highly allergic? working through a little bit of them. And all of that has given
BOBBITT: My body gets inflamed. Much of the weight was me a big sense of peace and quiet, and happiness and joy. It feels
inflammation. I remember the doctor said, “We think you’re really genuine now. Some people, they pretend to be happy, but
pre-arthritic.” I had tons of joint pain, I thought it was from all they’re still suffering and struggling. My suffering is minimal,
the years of dancing. And I couldn’t believe that after I got it out and I know exactly what I have to work on, and I am working
of my system, it all went away. I have no joint pain. The only on it.
soreness my body has is after I have a really intense workout. I MW: How different do you think you are as a person? You seem pret-
have no physical pain. ty open, but is that how you’ve always been, or has that changed?
MW: So now you can do moves that you weren’t able to do previously? BOBBITT: Oh, I think I’ve always been fairly vulnerable about
BOBBITT: Well, I’m still older. But yeah, I don’t have the physical insecurities and problems. But the number of people I see that
ailments that I used to have. But I had severely low Vitamin D, I say, “You seem so different, and so happy and at peace,” and
had high fat in my liver, I had an arrhythmia. they’re seeing it, and it feels genuine. I can talk to my therapist
I went to my primary [doctor], I got a full, exhaustive physi- now about the fact that it feels genuine, but I’m nervous that
cal, and then he sent me to a whole bunch of specialists that deal it’s not real, that I’m making it up, or I’m pretending, or kidding
with all the pains. It was a lot of work, but the other thing that myself, making myself believe that I feel this way. But I do, I
I did was really start focusing. When I learned I was allergic to wake up feeling happy, I go to bed feeling happy. Really, really
gluten and dairy, I thought, “Shit, what can I eat?” And started feeling happy.
really exploring and learning a lot about food. MW: Your freelance work with area theaters is not primarily in
MW: Were you eating poorly before, or is it that you just didn’t children’s theater, is it?
know you were allergic? BOBBITT: It is not. My background is in musical theater and
BOBBITT: I wasn’t eating a lot of food, but I was eating food that I dance, for the most part. I love musical theater, I love it, love it,
was allergic to and didn’t know it. I was eating lots of ice cream, love it. And I’ve always maintained a love of adult theater, espe-
lots of breads and pastas and stuff like that. A lot of vegetables cially musical theater.
and meats, but I was also eating food that was actually making Next season is kind of a crazy one for me. I have a lot coming
me sick. Apparently there’s a bacteria that helps you process the up, and I’m excited about it, and nervous about managing it all,
gluten in your body, and when you get gluten out of your system, because I also have to get my kid in college. But I’ll be directing
the bacteria goes away. So, that made me even more allergic to it. Aida at Constellation. We’ve cast all people of color. It’s a really
And now within a minute of eating something that has gluten in good and talented cast.
it, I can feel it — the room starts spinning a little bit. MW: Will you also be the choreographer for Aida?
MW: The weight loss was all natural? No surgery? BOBBITT: No. Tony Thomas, one of our instructors at the

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[Adventure Theatre-MTC] Academy, is. He’s
very good. I think it’s gonna have a huge impact “We’ve always been
in their small space. I gotta figure out how to
tell this intimate, pretty visceral story. very intentional
That’s in the fall. And then I’m directing Elf about making
at Olney. It’s a big, winter, happy holiday/fami- sure we have
ly show. And then I’m choreographing Into the
Woods at Ford’s. And then after Into the Woods, representation at
I’ll have a tiny bit of a break, then I’ll be direct- Adventure-MTC.
ing Legally Blonde at Keegan Theatre. I was criticized in
MW: You’re really branching out.
BOBBITT: Yeah, I had long talks with Leon the beginning when
[Seemann], my Managing Director at I CAST FAMILIES
Adventure, and my board about this. I think THAT HAD AN ASIAN
the benefit of me working outside Adventure
is that I bring ideas from other theaters in how DAD, A LATINO
they run their business, I bring artists, I bring KID, AND A BLACK
new producers, and then the visibility of the MOTHER.”
company grows because Michael Bobbitt and
Adventure Theatre are well associated with
each other. So I don’t feel like it’s just me, I feel
like it’s me and Adventure Theatre out there
in the community. I think we’re seeing the
benefit. Some of the artists that work here, I
think work here because they are aware of the
reputation of the theater, but also of my work
and the quality of my work.
MW: When is Legally Blonde?
BOBBITT: Summer ‘19. What I’m hoping to
bring to these organizations is my desire to see
more equity and diversity on the stage.
MW: Even with a show called Legally Blonde?
BOBBITT: Beyoncé is blonde. So there’s no rea-
son why it has to be a Caucasian. My hope is to
have a really diverse cast, and part of my own
personal desire is to see at least fifty percent
representation on stage.
I’ve committed Adventure to that, fifty per-
cent representation in productions. So for the
whole team — actors, designers, directors —
next season, we’re making sure we have fifty percent represen- with the original writers. And Huck and Jim are gonna be the
tation. same age — in a cast of eight. Jim will be African-American — as
MW: Is that a leap? one of the roles in the show written to be African-American. But
BOBBITT: It’s not much of a leap. My family is like a Benetton the other roles can be whomever is best for the part. I’m really
ad, so diversity is part of my DNA. We’ve always been very, very, going in with the intention to try to diversify that show. We have
very intentional about making sure we have representation at so much talent in the area among people of color, we need to
Adventure-MTC. I was criticized in the beginning when I [cast] showcase them.
families that had an Asian dad, a Latino kid, and a black mother. I know that in my family, my kid loves experiencing other
“Hey, that’s my family.” people’s cultures. And that’s why he’s got such a wonderful
There was a show we did at Adventure called Stuart Little, array of friendships, and a broad sense of the world. So another
and if I remember, one of the mice moms was Latina, the mice person from a different culture is not scary to him, therefore not
dad was black, and the mouse kid was Asian. And we got some a threat. And certainly maybe in utopia, race can become a good
letters. word, as opposed to a bad word. I think the way we get there is
MW: I imagine: “That’s not genetically possible.” by celebrating each other, celebrating the diversities, and not
BOBBITT: Well, first of all, they’re mice. And also, it’s theater. saying that, because you’re different, you’d bad. l
But when the kid looks at the mother and calls her “Mom,”
there’s no confusion about the relationship. So to me, unless The 34th Annual Helen Hayes Awards are Monday, May 14,
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Hannah Chertock: Bodies Adapt

SPECIFIC BODY PART — THE BRAIN, THE HEART making her own colored paper, sourced from commonly found
— is often the focus of the art pieces by this local mul- organic materials, including fruit, grass, and recycled paper.
timedia artist, who aims to heighten awareness and Metallic or glitter material is then added to “stitch up” the work,
appreciation of human anatomy, natural resiliency, and the a nod to the way medicine and surgery can aid our bodies. A 2016
medical sciences. For example, see Chertok’s series of anatom- graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Arts,
ically-inspired, three-dimensional, intricately layered, hand cut Chertock sells some of her wares at BodiesAdapt.Etsy.com. To
paper art. These are DIY pieces down to their core: she starts by learn more about the artist, visit bodiesadapt.com. l

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Far removed from that joy, but just as
understandable, is the apparent pain and
catharsis felt when Jones and family dis-

Under Pressure
cuss the abusive nature of her grandfather,
the man everyone called “Mas P.”
The film dangles the thread that Jones
might see some of Mas P’s rage in herself.
Bloodlight and Bami garbles the biographical details but offers a prime “Don’t make me lose it!” she yells at one
glimpse of the legendary Grace Jones at work. By André Hereford member of her team. It doesn’t appear to
take much for her to lose it, at least when

the matter pertains to her work. On more
RACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI (HHHHH) IS NOT A PRIMER than one occasion, Fiennes captures that
on the singularly stylish and provocative Ms. Jones. Rather, the intimate Grace Jones’ patience runs eternally thin
documentary — directed, shot, and edited by Sophie Fiennes — immerses the when it comes to someone or something
audience in Jones’ world for a return visit to her native Jamaica, during the recording potentially compromising her artistic
of her 2008 album, Hurricane. The editing and chronology are fluid, and demand that vision or bottom line.
viewers just keep up. On the other hand, where family and
Kinetic concert footage, featured throughout, places viewers front-row for perfor- home are concerned, Jones exercis-
mances of the artist’s Hurricane World Tour, but the film unspools no helpful montage es a refreshing calmness and openness.
listing the lady’s accomplishments. There are no “Grace is...” testimonials from those Onstage, of course, she also exercises a cer-
who know her best. Fiennes doesn’t use captions to identify anyone on screen, which, tain grace. The starkly lit concert footage,
frankly, would be helpful, since context is everything. shot mostly at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre,
Watching Jones in conversation with one longtime collaborator, the sense of inti- looks and sounds great, with Jones still a
macy is powerful, but for those who don’t recognize photographer Jean-Paul Goude master of the rhythm, in an array of stun-
on sight (most people, that is), there would be no way to know she’s talking to perhaps ning Philip Treacy headpieces.
her most important collaborator, the father of her only child. Grace and Goude have One particularly illuminating sequence
produced other great work together as well, though that’s not specifically the topic of tracks the inception of her song “Love
their on screen conversation. You to Life,” from just a bass-line that
Fiennes keeps the audience in the room, but not necessarily in the know, as Jones a producer plays for Jones, to her later
treks around Jamaica visiting old friends and distant kin. Her family and associates recording the vocal, then finally delivering
toss around stories and first names willy-nilly. It’s easy to get lost trying to follow the a fiery performance of the finished song in
family history exchanges between Jones, her mother, and other relatives about who concert. What this film does well is cap-
went where and when. ture the artist at work.
Some family stories do come through loud and clear, however, even without clarifi- Bloodlight and Bami delivers a real rush
cation. Jones in Paris, happy to see her newborn granddaughter, needs no explanation. showing Jones being the boss in every

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of scantily clad female dancers.
Jones deems the whole concept
“tacky,” and is particularly upset that
the staging implies she’s a bordello
madame offering her wares. Based on
what’s shown, she isn’t wrong, but she
really has to put her foot down to get
anywhere persuading the defensive pro-
ducer to change the concept. She knows
she’ll be the name held responsible for
how the performance is perceived, just
as she acknowledges that she’ll take the
blame from the dancers if she gets her
way and they’re cut from the number.
But the artist wants what she wants.
Grace Jones is, and has always been,
willing to fight to present the concepts,
looks, and sounds that excite her. The
film doesn’t shy away from her fighting
aspect of her business, whether marshaling legendary musicians Yet, it also relishes the positive energy she exudes, and the
Sly & Robbie to show up for a recording session, or standing up success she’s earned for her artistry and her defiance. The lady
to the producers of a French TV show. enjoys a life of champagne and oysters, late nights out on dance
The sequence at the French studio, perhaps more than any floors from New York to Barcelona, and visits with her grand-
other in the film, demonstrates what nerve it takes to be Grace child. She returns home to Jamaica bearing new hats for her
Jones, (or any pop star, for that matter). For a studio perfor- mother. Grace Jones is made real, and she even gleefully quotes
mance of Jones’ classic disco-lite rendition of “La Vie en Rose,” Dolores Claiborne: “Sometimes you have to be a high-riding bitch
the TV show’s director insists on surrounding her with a harem to survive.” l

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami is not rated, and opens at the Landmark E Street Cinema on Friday, May 11.
Visit landmarktheatres.com.

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Photography by
Ward Morrison

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Trade - Thursday, May 3
Photography by Ward Morrison
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Thursday, 10-11pm •

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Queeta-Lee, Riley Knoxx
and Ba’Naka • DJ Wess
upstairs, DJs BacK2bACk May 12
downstairs following the
show • GoGo Boys after 9 1/2
11pm • Doors open at Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on any
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Men of Secrets, 9pm • Dance Party in the Nest,
Guest dancers • Rotating 9:30pm-2am • $5 Cover
DJs • Ladies of Illusion • Drink Specials in the
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Drag Brunch, hosted
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Doors open 5pm • Huge
long • Singing with the May 15 SHAW’S TAVERN by Ms. Regina Jozet Happy Hour: Any drink
TRADE Sisters: Open Mic Karaoke Happy Hour, 4-7pm • $3 Adams, 8pm • Bingo prizes normally served in a cock-
Doors open 2pm • Huge Night with the Sisters 9 1/2 Miller Lite, $4 Blue Moon, • Karaoke, 10pm-1am tail glass served in a huge
Happy Hour: Any drink of Perpetual Indulgence, Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on any $5 House Wines, $5 Rail glass for the same price,
normally served in a cock- 9:30pm-close drink, 5-9pm • Multiple Drinks • Half-Priced Pizzas 5-10pm • Beer and wine
tail glass served in a huge TVs showing movies, and Select Appetizers • only $4 l
glass for the same price, shows, sports • Expanded Half-Priced Burgers and
2-10pm • Beer and wine craft beer selection • Pizzas all night with $5
only $4 • DC Leather Pride No Cover House Wines and $5 Sam
Closing Party, 3-9pm • $10 Adams
Trade Lager pitchers

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DIK Bar - Saturday, April 28
Photography by Ward Morrison
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People say the queerest things

“[Andrew Cuomo’s] history of cutthroat campaigns helped inspire my campaign’s new slogan:
‘Vote for the homo, not for Cuomo.’”
— CYNTHIA NIXON, who is running for governor of New York, joking about a potential new campaign slogan in a speech at the
Legislative Correspondents Association show in Albany. Nixon was referencing the infamous “Vote for Cuomo, not for the homo”
slogan that arose while Mario Cuomo, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s father, was running for NYC Mayor in 1977.

“My dad’s the mayor

you fucking faggot.”
— JORDAN HANCOCK, son of Denver, Colorado Mayor Michael Hancock, shouting at a traffic cop who pulled him over for speeding.
Hancock was captured on body cam footage making the homophobic comments, including threatening to have the officer fired.
Mayor Hancock issued a statement on Twitter saying “we don’t support nor condone his inexcusable actions & words.”

“There are other people in many other places who, yes, do still need to see this….
How many straight rom-coms do we need?
When is it ‘too late’ for them?”
— JIM PARSONS, speaking on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, rebutting critics who said that the gay rom-com Love, Simon’s
coming out story arrived “too late” were wrong. Parsons is currently starring in The Boys in the Band on Broadway alongside
other out gay actors, including Zachary Quinto and Matt Bomer. “To be in a room, filled with nothing but eight other gay actors,
it was tonally different immediately,” he told Colbert.

“ If someone happens to have a vagina or a penis,

I’m not going to let that count out me falling in love with somebody

just because of their body parts.”

— RuPaul’s Drag Race star COURTNEY ACT, in a video for PinkNews explaining her pansexuality. Act, whose real name
is Shane Jenek, identifies as gender-fluid, and said, “I’m not going to conform to some societal expectation of being a man
or being a woman, and that I’m just going to be me — dress how I want to dress, act how I want to act.”

“Mr. Cross Coburn has publicly demonstrated actions unbecoming a Public Official,
compromising the integrity of his office.”
— WILLIAM HOWLETT, resident of Groves, Texas, in a petition asking that 19-year-old Councilmember Cross Coburn be removed
from office. Coburn’s “unbecoming” actions are presumably being gay and using Grindr. In March, someone sent
Coburn’s Grindr profile and private photos to City Hall with an anonymous note asking “Is this in any way proper behavior
of a councilman to represent himself online or a ‘dating’ app?”

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