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Pride Guide

Your Quickie Guide to 2008 Baltimore Pride Events

Adam Joseph
Jonny McGovern
Odd Girl Out
Mara Levi

Posted 6/18/2008

As of press time, there are a total of two of these United States that recognize gay marriage. Two! And while two is enough for tango, a lovely conversation, and breakfast in bed, it's hardly the diversity party we expected to be invited to in 2008. Baltimore Pride: Live. Love. Be'more! celebrates love and families made up of all sexes, sizes, colors, and ages. This weekend Mount Vernon, Druid Hill Park, and many local businesses host Pride events, from the block party Saturday to literary readings and dance revolutions. With great nibbles and bevies, fountains of information, and entertainments both local and from afar, Baltimore embraces its gay, lesbian, and transgender community with a festival full of pride, big enough to encompass us all.

Wednesday June 18

Pride Bingo, 8:30 p.m., the Hippo, 1 W. Eager St., (410) 576-0018, www.clubhippo.com Try your luck to win cash prizes, or a chance at a Caribbean cruise for two. First and second place prizes will be awarded to whoever struts in through the doors donning the best use of Pride colors. Proceeds benefit the Gay and Lesbian Community Center and AIDS Action Baltimore.

Thursday June 19

Interfaith Pride Service, 7:30-8:30 p.m., First Unitarian Universalist Church of Baltimore, corner of Charles and Franklin streets, (410) 685-2330, free. An annual service that welcomes people of all walks of life, cultures, and creeds who'd like to begin the weekend's festivities on a more spiritual note. Reception to follow in the Enoch Pratt Parish Hall.

Friday June 20

Baltimore Women's Litfest, 8 p.m., Read Street Books and Coffee, 229 W. Read St., (410) 669-4103, www.readstreetbooks.com, $15. More than just your ears will perk up during these erotic readings by a collective of Bold Strokes Book authors such as Radclyffe, K.I. Thompson, V.K. Powell, Ali Vali and Rachel Spangler. This will be the first of a series of events marking Baltimore's first lesbian book festival, and will feature musical accompaniment by Pantera Saint-Montaigne. Guests are welcome to BYOB for an additional $5, and a light buffet will be included so that your taste buds can get in on the action too. Sponsored by Read Books, Bold Stroke Books, and Women's KISS.

Twilight on the Terrace, 8-11 p.m., Gertrude's Restaurant, 10 Art Museum Drive, (410) 837-5445, www.glccb.tix.com, $75. The sinking sun will mark the start of this fundraiser for Baltimore Pride. Get all dolled up and begin Pride weekend with a touch of culture and sophistication. Gingerly grasp the stem of a fluted cocktail glass while waltzing through the sculpture garden, then make sure there is no evidence of the hors d'oeuvres lurking between your pearly whites as you make eyes at that cutie across the room. No one would want to be caught bumping and grinding alone on the dance floor to the musical renderings of DJ Alex Funk.

DuWanna Moore Presents: Pride--A Deeper Love, 10 p.m., the Hippo, 1 W. Eager St., (410) 446-1883, www.clubhippo.com, $6, reserved $7. Miss USA Classique 2008 DuWanna Moore hosts a showcase of the hottest drag queens to grace this fine city. HellYeahWeWanna Moore.

Wet Underwear Contest, 11:30 p.m., Club Phoenix, 1 W. Biddle St., (410) 837-3906, www.baltimorephoenix.net, free. Leave the wet T-shirts to spring break sorority girls in Mexico and prove that you are truly "drenched with pride" in the boxers or briefs that best show off that cute butt of yours. Presented by Baltimore Pride and Club Phoenix, and hosted by Dimitria.

Saturday June 21

Baltimore Frontrunners' Fun Run/Walk, registration begins 8:30 a.m., Sundial Pavilion in Druid Hill Park, 2600 Madison Ave., www.baltimorefrontrunners.org, free, but a suggested donation of $5 benefits the Baltimore Gay and Lesbian Community Center. Get some sleep Friday night so you can put into action all of the healthful living and working out you've done since last summer at this 5K Fun Run/Walk. Bring your four-legged friends for the exercise and a picnic basket for relaxing and recharging after (they will provide a safe place for them during the run/walk). Pre-registration is encouraged, as are large groups. And every participate will receive a giftie and bragging rights.

Bold Strokes Books Author Panel: What We Write and Why, 10-11:45 a.m., Night of the Cookers, 881 N. Howard St., free. Bold Strokes Books specializes in LGBTQ fiction and non-fiction and as part of the Lesbian Literary Festival, offers readers a chance to hear from authors Radclyffe, Rachel Spangler, J.D. Glass, V.K. Powell, Ali Vali, I Beachem, and K.I. Thompson.

Lunch, Reading and Question-Answer with the Authors, noon-1:45 p.m., 2-4 p.m., Night of the Cookers 881 N. Howard St., lunch tickets are $25, reading and Q and A are free. The Lesbian Literary Festival allows readers the chance to lunch, socialize, and then hear Bold Strokes Books' authoresses' read favorite selections from one another's works.

Baltimore Pride Parade, 4-5:30 p.m., parade begins on Charles and Franklin streets and heads north to Chase Street, www.baltimorepride.org, free. Those boots are made for walking, and that's what they'll do in the Pride parade. Bring the silver stilettos to walk over anyone who gets in your way at the high-heel race starting the parade as everyone from drag queens to the King and Queen of Pride make the street a catwalk and show how fabulous they are--why not you?

Baltimore Pride Block Party, 6-10 p.m., Eager Street between Cathedral and Charles streets, www.baltimorepride.org, free. Put the hairbrush and mirror away and shake your booty in the streets with singers, dancers, and impersonators of all kinds. Catch a show on the main stage or wander the booths to find that special something (or one). Bring some friends and make sure to work it. Performing at the Block Party from 6-9:30 p.m. are: Miss Gay America 2002 Sabrina White, Fusion Dance Team, Chaka Convict, Miss Hippo Veronica Wynters, K.C. Sullivan, Miss EOY PA 2008 Vanity Starr, Charm City Boys, Danielle Revlon, Voice of Pride 2008 Billy Morton, Sue Nami, Marlowe Rainbow, Eddie Xavier, Miss Gay Maryland America Tatiyanna Voche, Club Phoenix, Shawnna Alexander, Wicked Jezabel, King of Pride 2008 Justin Credible, Queen of Pride 2008 Karmella, Odd Girl Out, and Jonny McGovern and Team Pimp.

LitFest Women's Pride Dance, 8 p.m.-midnight, Sydonne's, 713 N. Howard St., (410) 669-4103, $20. After a weekend of reading, doncha feel like dancing? With a DJ, a light menu, and a cash bar, it's quite a way to end the Lesbian Literary Festival.

Karaoke, 10 p.m., the Rowan Tree, 1633 S. Charles St., (410) 468-0550, www.therowantree.com Streisand-savvy, got Beyonce's strut, or just feeling bold after the Block Party? Head to Federal Hill and belt out the tunes. With special guests the Tree Bitches.

Sunday June 22

Baltimore Pride Festival, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Druid Hill Park, 2600 Madison Ave., www.baltimorepride.org, free. Day-long music performances, games, and play for your children, and vendors all in celebration of Pride in Druid Hill Park. Line-up includes New Wave Singers of Baltimore, Baltimore Men's Chorus, Tom Goss, 24 Karat Gold, Mara Levi, Eric Himan, Julie Clark, Brendan Velasquez, Odd Girl Out, Raffle, Degenerettes, and Adam Joseph. Drag performances merit their own stage. What's more, the booths and vendors ranging from tasty eats and drinks to helpful info-stands on LGBT health and rights. There's even a watering station for your dogs to rest, for there is much ground to cover.

Pride Cookout and Draft Beer Blast, 6-8 p.m., the Baltimore Eagle Inc., 2022 N. Charles St., (410) 685-3219, www.baltimoreeagle.com This event is pretty self-explanatory. Finish off your fun-filled Pride weekend outside on the patio with cheap beer and something yummy from the grill. Just make sure you're up to snuff on your hankie code to avoid any confusion.

Compiled by Wendy Ward and the Charm City Interns: Heather Barbakoff, Cindy Chen, John McCartin, and Claire Zachik

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