DC, Diva-style: La-Ti-Do at the Black Fox

DC, Diva-style: La-Ti-Do at the Black Fox

As I descended the stairs in the Black Fox Lounge in Dupont, La-Ti-Do host Regie Cabico greeted me extravagantly and gave me a warm hug like we were old buddies, although we’d only just formally met about an hour ago when we fell to chatting at the upstairs bar. My coworker, who was there for the first time, settled across from me at one of the hightop tables. “Do you know everyone here?” he asked me. Not a soul but the fellow colleague we’d come to see, actually, but that’s what an evening at La-Ti-Do is like. It’s almost harder not to make friends the minute you walk in the door. A combination musical cabaret and spoken word series, La-Ti-Do debuted in January of 2012 to a full house and has been going strong ever since. It raises the roof weekly every Monday at 8 at the Black Fox, and also on Sundays in Manhattan at the Bowery Poetry Club. Co-created by the show’s hosts, local impresarios Regie Cabico and DonMike Mendoza, each week features a lineup of local, national, and international artists performing everything from pop music accompanied by ukulele through powerhouse slam poetry. I’d heard of it awhile ago and Facebook-stalked the event for a long time, but only recently started going. I’d had an image in my mind of stylishly jaded jazz aficionados at tiny round tables and heavy-lidded sirens in floor-length sequins purring out old torch songs, but the reality was infinitely more fun. All types of people crowd the Black Fox’s tiny basement, shoulder to shoulder on low-slung couches or perched at bar tables, dressed for...
DC, Diva-style for May 2014: Spring Fever Has Us Foaming at the Mouth Edition

DC, Diva-style for May 2014: Spring Fever Has Us Foaming at the Mouth Edition

This is the first of  the “DC, Diva-style” series wherein I hook you up with the events that I think are going to be fantastic that month. Despite the name, I include northern Virginia and much of Maryland (specifically Baltimore) in my picks, so I can show you the seamy underbelly of the ENTIRE DMV region! Happy May Day/Beltane/first day of sun in what feels like weeks! You know what the first of May means, right, kids? (Video is NSFW, you slacker.)   Well, we may not be able to get THAT crazy in the capital, but I think everyone’s about ready to hump everything in sight out of sheer joy that we made it through the seemingly-endless winter. Right about now, going outside without a puffy down coat on kind of feels like running around all nekkers. Moving on! Being the generous soul I am, and in my ongoing quest to ensure that all the delightful freaks in the area are able to find out about all the quirky, weird, nerdy, kinky, and just plain colorful stuff there is to do around here, I’m sharing with you the events I’m personally excited about this month. Check back here for new additions in the upcoming weeks, and definitely drop a comment or shoot me a note if you hear of something fabulous that I don’t have listed. (Yes, you can shamelessly plug your own event.) Friday, May 2: Hot Night Productions Summer Kick Off (BURLESQUE/VARIETY) I know and love several of the performers in this revue and I know it’s going to be a great show full of sparkle and...