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Nightlife Agenda: Black Pride, Biggie and the Lindy Hop

The DJs, bands, dance nights and parties you need to plan for. We'll feature more events throughout the week.

Deleted Scenes celebrates the release of its third album at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Thursday. (Photo by Pepi Ginsberg and Adil Dara)

Black Pride
The annual celebration of Black Pride runs May 22-26 in and around Washington, which means our calendar is full of official and unofficial happenings. Friday night finds soulful singer Debby Holiday – the voice behind "Dive," the recent "Fantasy" with Farley and other club hits – at Cobalt. Saturday brings several day parties, including a big one that runs from 3 to 9 p.m. with DJs and free food at the Park at 14th. On Saturday night, "the official main event" for men is at Echostage, where "1 Thing" singer Amerie performs, and the female party takes over the Howard Theatre. On Sunday, rapper Fly Young Red and DJs from D.C. and New York City are featured at the "Rock the Block" day party from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Fairgrounds. The evening is capped off with Shi-Queeta-Lee hosting a special Pride edition of her always-entertaining "Drag Salute to the Divas" revue at the Howard Theatre. More information, schedules and advance tickets can be found on and

Wednesday, May 21
Total was the definitive girl group on Bad Boy Records. The R&B trio will forever be linked to the Notorious B.I.G. for two reasons: Total sang the memorable hook on B.I.G.'s debut smash "Juicy," and Biggie returned the favor with a cameo on Total's 1995 hit "Can't You See." These ties make Total's appearance at a Biggie tribute at the Howard Theatre a priority for true fans of Brooklyn's Finest. Start at happy hour and rock to B.I.G.'s music all night before Total takes the stage for a live performance. There's no cover charge if you RSVP, but if you don't, you'll pay $20 at the door.

Thursday, May 22
Deleted Scenes has always been unpredictable: The group can shift at a moment's notice from jittery, well-crafted indie-pop to spacey, chiming art-rock that painstakingly builds to noisy crescendos. Deleted Scenes' third album, "Lithium Burn," is again all over the map, but that's not a problem: The squealing, Dismemberment Plan-like rhythms of "Stutter," the melancholia-with-upbeat-handclaps "Let's Not Try to Fix Everything at Once" and the plaintive breakup tune "Seasons of the Wire" are all highlights. Though "Lithium Burns" officially came out last month, the band is finally getting around to hosting an album release party. Laughing Man and Celestial Shore are also on the bill at the Rock and Roll Hotel.

Saturday, May 24
As one of the founding fathers of the Lindy Hop, Frankie Manning did much to create swing dancing as we know it. But decades after ruling the floor at Harlem's Savoy Ballroom and shining on screen in Hollywood's "Hellzapoppin'" and "A Day at the Races," Manning kept swing dance alive, hosting workshops and classes for dancers all over the world, including annual appearances in Washington and Baltimore. Manning, who passed away in 2009, would have turned 100 on May 26, and dance events are being held in his honor all over the world this weekend. Washington's contribution is a battle of the big bands at Glen Echo Park's Spanish Ballroom, featuring the stellar Tom Cunningham Orchestra and the Craig Gildner Big Band performing a mix of 1930s and '40s hits and originals from 9 p.m. to midnight. Dance performances and presentations take place between sets. Admission is $20 at the door, and includes a free swing dance lesson at 8 p.m.

Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.



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