- D.C. celebrates World AIDS Day (Photo: Associated Press)
Tomorrow, Dec. 1, marks World AIDS Day, and local activist organizations have organized a full schedule for your commemorating needs. Below: All the day's vigils, worships, bar nights, and open mics in the D.C. metro area. Know of an event I haven't listed? Send it to me here.
TONIGHT, NOV. 30 at 6:30 p.m. Persistent Voices, a "night of poetry, reflection, art, fellowship, and remembrance," will be held on the eve of World AIDS Day (that's tonight). The evening will feature readings by Timur Tugberk, Clarence Fluker, Monte Wolfe, Jeremy Pace, David Richardson, Sampson McCormick, Antonio Pineda, Mark Chalfant, Jacob Pring, and Philip Clark. Thurgood Marshall Center, 1816 12th Street NW, DC.
WEDNESDAY DEC 1 at 9 a.m. The Whitman-Walker Clinic begins a day of free, confidential HIV testing at locations in NW and SE Washington. Testing at the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center, 1701 14th St. NW, will continue until 5 p.m.; testing at the Max Robinson Center, 2301 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE,will continue until 4:30 pm.
10 a.m. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., George Mason University will host free, rapid, and confidential HIV testing by the Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry (NOVAM). With a stick of the finger or an oral swab, the testing unit will deliver results in 20 minutes. Ten AIDS Quilt panels will also be on display at the school's Johnson Center. George Mason University, Student Union Building, Fairfax Campus, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, Va.
11:30 a.m. At the DC Fights Back World AIDS Day rally, activists will "call on the new City Mayor and City Council to develop a comprehensive strategy to address the severe HIV epidemic in DC." Ralliers are specifically "concerned about the growing numbers of people living with AIDS on the AIDS Housing waiting list as well as the low income housing waiting list." Freedom Plaza, 14th and Pennsylvania Ave. NW, DC.
5:30 p.m. The Whitman-Walker Clinic's annual candlelight vigil in Dupont Circle will recognize the fact that "at least one in every seven gay or bisexual men in DC has HIV." The DC Center will partner with WWC to lead the vigil, and the clinic's mobile testing unit will be on-hand for rapid HIV testing. Dupont Circle, 1900 P St. NW, DC.
FOLLOWING the vigil, the Whitman-Walker Clinic will host a fundraiser at Dupont Circle wine bar Urbana. Proceeds from "Red Hot Night" will benefit the clinic. Urbana, Hotel Palomar, 2121 P St. NW, DC.
6:30 p.m. The Prince George's County World AIDS Day Social will feature singing, dancing, and door prizes. Sponsors include Heart to Hand, Inc., the Greater Than AIDS campaign, Sistas United, GapBuster Learning Center, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. MSG, 7929 Central Avenue, Capital Heights, Md.
8 p.m. Illuminations . . . Light from the Soul! presents an interfaith worship service at D.C.'s Covenant Baptist Church: "Journey through the intimate stories of those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, a night where life is transformed into dance, music, and poetry. Each story is translated into poetry, reenacted by dancers, and accompanied by the gospel music that helped them through these trials and tribulations." The event will also include a prayer vigil. Covenant Baptist Church, 3845 South Capitol Street SW, DC.
8 p.m. POZ, a weekly social event for HIV-positive men, "their friends, and supporters," celebrates its one year anniversary. The Green Lantern, 1331 Green Court NW, DC.
FRIDAY DEC. 3 at 8 p.m.: The DC Center hosts an open mic night at the close of AIDS week. The Center will present "queer poetry and spoken word" with a "focus on HIV/AIDS issues." The DC Center, 1318 U St. NW, DC.