Thursday, October 4, 2018

Archive: Fall 2018


Strap in kids, this is a BIG ONE!  The busy Fall season brings an enormous array of possibility from throughout the scene. So much that we’ve compiled a special rundown for the coming weeks.   

Please check it out!  

But first, a few important notes for The Metro Underground

Social Media: we’re on it! 
·       Now on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/themetrounderground
·       Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/131545809506
·       Join us on Fetlife: https://fetlife.com/groups/4756
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·       Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/metroundergrnd
·       Scene News on Blogspot: http://metronewsletter.blogspot.com 

Photo Galleries: we’re getting caught up!  Pics – yes, we hear you & offer our deepest apologies! Life issues first got us behind on posting galleries. We even got caught up, but our computer crashed w/ files that were not backed up (actually, our back up was corrupted – we usually do a triple back-up had not yet done so). Consequently, we had to start rebuilding multiple galleries from scratch - an arduous process. And yes, I almost cried. But we’re back on it & finally getting caught up!

The Metro Underground:  moving in a new direction - For over a decade The Metro Underground has carried TWO core principles: First, to serve as a primary gateway to the 'Full' spectrum of the alternative, adult, & underground scene (for DC, Baltimore, & the Mid-Atlantic region). But ALSO to serve as a forum for bridges to be built from one culture to another & from one group to the next. Until now, we’ve focused on the first. It’s time to change the dialogue & focus more on the second.
Our nation has been bathed in a rhetoric of division & hate for several years now. Indeed, we're seeing the saturation of this in almost every circle & the scene is no exception. More & more the fabric of that which once brought us together is now tearing us apart. Perhaps we can’t change the tide for everyone out there, but we CAN change the conversation w/in ourselves. We can choose to find love & community w/in the circles we engage, & we can create a sense of love & light for all of those around.
  • This year The DC Fetish Ball is dedicated to “Tough Love” - It’s easy to tear something down & fill your heart w/ hate or vengeance for the world around you. To choose love is a much more difficult path. But it’s possible, & only YOU can change the dialogue. So for yourself, for the sake of the scene, & indeed for the world in which we live - do not bow to the message of hate & division that surrounds us. Rather, carry love in your heart & let it shine to all of those around you. Only then will we find the path for a new & better tomorrow.
  • DC eXotica & The Metro Spring Formal are no more – never say never, but as it stands we will no longer be hosting The Metro Spring Formal or DC eXotica. We’re sorry for the abrupt shift. But if you missed the last one, well you missed the last one. As stated, we’re moving in a new direction & the nature of our efforts will reflect this. For now, we plan to keep The DC Fetish Ball & Underground Parties alive, but we’ve decided to shut down DC eXotica & the Spring Formal.
  • We’re possibly working on The Fashion Fantasy Expose – one new event we’re looking into will be the Fashion Fantasy Expose. Focused on great music, top talent, fashion, & a night of high energy opulence, we’ll still offer an awesome affair that you’ve come to expect from The Metro Underground, but we’ll be moving our efforts in a more mainstream direction. So there will be no more play-space, fetish elements, or overt adult themes (the only aspect we may keep is Shibari).
  • More to come so please stay tuned!

Select Events for the coming weeks (please note a number of recurring events have shifted their standard timeslot to accommodate Halloween):  But this is just a VERY small sample of what’s going on! Please see Metro Calendars for these & other great events from around the scene: http://www.themetrounderground.com/calendars/main-calendar-2018
  • The DC Fetish Ball (Sun Oct 7th - Columbus Day Weekend): bringing together some of the scene's very best DJ's, models, fashion, & nationally recognized talent - all accented w/ an incredible play space in one of the city's most lavish venues. Are YOU ready for the ball?
  • 80’s Night 25th Anniv (Sat Oct 6th): hosted by The Angel at the Black Cat DC.
  • The Vortex Zombie Ball (Sat Oct 13th): presented by Mighty Mike Saga at Voltage Lounge Philly.
  • Tabu Hallow-Swing! (Sat Oct 13th): one of Tabu’s biggest & best parties!
  • Sinnergy Haunted Halloween (Sat Oct 20th): one of the region’s most lavish affairs for the Lifestyle Community.
  • Anime USA (Oct 19th-20th): DC Anime convention at the Wardman Park Marriott.
  • Sunset & Chill (Sat Oct 20th): local night of great music & fire performances.
  • Renne-Faire (Oct 20th): Final weekend for the Maryland Renaissance Festival.
  • Drac’s Ball (Wed Oct 31st): Philly’s longest standing goth night returns to the Trocadero.
  • PEX Halloween Ball (Fri Nov 3rd): The Battleship Ball is one of the area’s most incredible events. Hosted on the USS New Jersey in Philadelphia.
  • Crucible Fantasy Fashion Show (Nov 17th): Special crossdressing fashion academy at The Crucible DC.
  • Diabolique Philly (Nov): Philly’s premier Fetish Ball! Coming in Novemeber.  
  • Again, these are just a few of what The Metro has to offer! Please see our main calendars for links, events, & more.   

Halloween Haunted Attractions:  See our Featured Events for links to the area’s top haunted attractions for DC, Baltimore, Philly, & Richmond! See:

News & Notes from around the scene:
  • DC 80’s Night celebrates 25 Years (!) – DC’s longest running dance night will celebrate its silver anniversary at the Black Cat (Sat Oct 6th)! Hosted by The Angel & still going strong after 2-1/2 decades, this is an incredible accomplishment for any endeavor. But it’s almost unheard of in event production! We salute awesomeness as DC 80’s night moves forward in the coming years.
  • Nightmare Festival moves to 4 Quarters Farm – After last year’s shake up at Dreamscape, the June festival was abandoned & apparently further relations between Badass Raves & Ramblewood were severed. Moving over to 4 Quarters Farm (home to BigDub, their largest festival of the year), Nightmare will persevere & move forward. Representing one of the area’s largest festivals for fall, it offers a rave format music festival while celebrating the true spirit of Halloween. For more info see News Links.
  • Baltimore Beyond is Back (!) – Serving as a gateway group for the kink & BDSM scene, one of Baltimore’s most beloved happy hours is back in action! Representing an awesome group in a welcoming environment, they now meet each month at [venue] for one of the area’s best social gatherings. If you’re in the Baltimore area, then be sure to check them out! See Fetlife Group for further updates.
  • Abberant DC is in Flux – Fairly new to the scene, Abberant initially was created as a true TNG organization specific to the under-30 crowd for the local kink scene. Low numbers soon led them to a conversion of all ages. Hosting happy hours in NW DC & a mid-week play night at The Crucible, there was recently a shake up as one of their core directors was called out on multiple consent violations. With backing from its leadership, they since gone on hiatus pending decisions for possible adjustments. A recent town hall was held to determine the viability of a new & better direction, but a new course is uncertain. You can follow further developments through News Links.  
·       TABU Launches TABU Travel – Baltimore’s most recognized & only ‘on-premise’ club for the Swinger Lifestyle has now launched a new initiative w/ Tabu Travel. Hosting annual trips to such destinations as Hedonism & more, this creates a new dimension for the social circles of the area. Please check it out: Tabu Travel.
  • Baltimore Eagle is Restructuring – After its recent closing by previous ownership (see announcement on News & Notes), new ownership has seen the opportunity such a venue carries & has not only stepped in to take over the old space but has purchased the adjacent buildings to expand operations. They are currently renovating the entire site & are planning a grand re-launch soon.
  • DC MixTape bids farewell w/ their 10th Anniversary – With one of the core promoters now having moved to India, one of DC’s most eclectic & beloved dance nights for the LGBYQ community has offered a heartfelt farewell. Having recently celebrated their 10th anniversary, they also made this a sendoff good bye. We wish them well in the next phase of life & thank them for 10 years of memorable achievement.
This was a big one! Stay in the loop & up to date w/ The Metro Underground for all that the underground scene has to offer.  Thanks for reading!

Richard A.D.
(Rick)

The Metro Underground: http://www.themetrounderground.com .
The DC Fetish Ball: http://dcfetishball.com .



Newsletter via Blogspot: http://metronewsletter.blogspot.com .

News & Notes: Spring 2018

The Spring Formal 'May' be Our Last at Stanton & Greene –  Each year, The Metro Spring Formal hosts a themed event to welcome the spring party season. This year we’ll be hosting “Studio 54: A Return to the 70’s & 80’s” on Sat Apr 7th. Our current home is Stanton & Greene on Capitol Hill. Unfortunately, the current GM is moving on to bigger & better things. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with him, but this leaves a massive wild card for what the future may hold. Never say never, but in the past such a shake up usually leads to the loss of a venue. So we’ll see, but finding a good venue who will work w/ us is an arduous task. So this ‘might’ even prove to be last Spring Formal. We hope not, but this definitely leaves the future in question.

Our Spring Underground Party has been Rescheduled – Initially set for the end of April, our venue had a schedule conflict, so we had to shift our dates. We’re currently planning on sometime in mid-May (possibly the 3rd Saturday). Please see U-Party for updates as this evolves.

To which…

We're Currently Looking for New Venues – Both private venues for our Underground Parties as well as larger venues for the Spring Formal (keeping in mind that UltraBar will always be our home for the Fetish Ball).  Please let us know of any leads – thank you!

The Metro Underground & DC Fetish Ball Celebrate 10 Years!  Over the past few months we celebrated a full decade in the scene. As the mad mind behind The Metro Underground, DC Fetish Ball, Metro Events, & Underground Parties, I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished in that amount of time. I’m not arrogant about it. Quite the contrary, I’ve always kept it in perspective & ‘am humbled by the level of support we’ve received over the years. But I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved & the impact these efforts have had for the scene. No doubt, we put our heart & soul into everything we do. But without you, we’re nothing but an empty room. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you one & all for being a part of that journey.  

Instagram & Tumblr – In an effort to keep current, The Metro is finally moving into new platforms of social media. This includes a new presence on Instagram, Tumblr, & Pintrest (as well as renewed efforts for Twitter which we’ve previously disregarded). Look for us! 


Other Important News from Around the Scene:   

Our News & Notes page has been recently updated. This is a continually evolving resource so please check back. In the meantime, here are a couple stories of serious interest…. 


The Impact of SESTA/FOSTA – As our trumptopian world offers up an endless parade of weekly chaos, slipping under the radar was the recent passing of the SESTA & FOSTA Acts. While on the surface such initiatives carry the spirit of something truly good & strives to put an end to sex trafficking, as law they are poorly written, FAR too vague, & carry deep ramifications for the entire scene & how we interact online. The fallout is already being felt as various online providers have scrambled to contemplate just what the new laws will mean. People affected are dating sites, hook up sites, anything listing legitimate escorts or adult services, as well as Pro-Domme’s, & an array of others in the alternative culture. Services such as Craigslist & others have already cancelled services for online personals & the reaction is already being felt on mainstream forums across the net. It’s no secret that big brother has been watching, but his impact just became very real for all of us.  See related articles here...

Dreamscape is No More – One of the East Coast’s largest & most loved rave-format music festivals is no more. Hosted at Ramblewood in Darlington, MD, last June saw the close of a giant. The official word is that its promoters are shifting gears to focus on their other two festivals & club nights. But like any major event that comes to a sudden & unexpected end, there’s always more to the story than what you read. Unfortunately, it’s not our place nor intention to comment on such issues. What matters is that one of the greats is gone & there exists a deep void that has yet to be filled. See Link for official statement.

The Steampunk Worlds Fair is Cancelled – Collapsing under the weight of deep scandal & continued allegations of sexual misconduct, Jeff Mach Productions lost full support of his base, & all of his events have fallen as a result (including Wicked Fair & The Geeky Kink Event). As the largest steampunk festival in the eastern U.S. & one of the largest in the world, a savior organization tried to initially step in & carry the banner forward. But we believe the reality of what it takes to create such an event was a bit too much. Consequently, they pulled out & there was no one left to take over the magnitude of such efforts. As a result, the World’s Fair & all Jeff Mach events have been cancelled. There are no current plans for a future resurrection.  See Link for public announcement.

Transformus Rises from the Ashes! – As other giants fall, like the Phoenix from the flames one has risen from the ashes! Indeed, Transformus is back! After a temporary hiatus, they now have a new location offering more space & better accommodations to fit the size of its crowds, Indeed, one of the East Coast’s most revered burns is a welcome return.Tickets are currently on sale & available. Please see Mainn Site for details.

Larry Harvey (Burning Man Founder) January, 11, 1948 - April 28, 2018 - Larry Harvey, the founder of Burning Man & main force behind its core principals has recently passed away. Most people grieve such loss, but I take a different perspective…  What an incredible life to have created something that would have such an impact on so many. My god, what an amazing legacy to leave behind!  THAT is a life well lived!  Rest well good sir, you have brought a sense of love & light to the world that burns bright & carries forward forever more. We honor your memory, your life, & the impact it’s had on so many throughout the world. Please See: Journal Memoriam.

Drac’s Ball Celebrates 20 Years! - On April 14th, Drac’s Ball will host its 20th Anniversary in Philadelphia. We believe this is the longest running Goth Night on the east coast & possibly the nation. The event is already sold out & plans are set. Twenty years in the scene is an amazing accomplishment. So we salute such an awesome achievement!

Tribalcon Draws to a Close – Offering one of the nation’s most beloved gatherings for Tribal & Fusion Dance, this past February Tribalcon celebrated its final installment. This effectively brought the end of an era to a close for a great many. In short, the rising expenses of travel, lodging, & venue created an inequitable weight on its promoters. The economies of the festival just could not support the rising cost for such an endeavor. So the core promoters have wisely decided to refocus efforts into a single teacher model for those in the community. We wish them well w/ their new endeavors & hope for a fulfilling future as they now venture forward.  See Facebook for follow-up.

Spoutwood Faerie Fest Hosts Its Last – Spoutwood Farm has announced that this May will probably be the last Faerie Festival for the venue. Never say never, as the owners ‘may’ move the beloved festival to a new location (ha! I see what you did there). But as it stands, the plan is to simply let it draw to a close.  Growth is good, but the festival has grown so much that its now stressing the farm, surrounding township, parking, & staff. So, after 27 years of making magic come to life, 2018 will host the last May Day Fairie Festival at Spoutwood Farm.  See Link for announcement.

Klimaxxx Takes a Break while Swinky Fills the Void – As one of the area’s more active swinger nights, the founders of Klimaxxx have decided to step away & take a break. This is a great loss for the scene & we thank them for all their effort to create such a great night. However, in its wake one of their core promoters has stepped forward & created “Swinky” to help fill the void. The inaugural event offered a great night which we hope will build to an amazing future. We wish them luck as the weeks & months progress.

TABU Launches TABU Travel – Baltimore’s most recognized & only ‘on-premise’ club for the Swinger Lifestyle has now launched a new initiative w/ Tabu Travel. Hosting annual trips to such destinations as Hedonism & more, this creates a new dimension for the social circles of the area. Please check it out: Tabu Travel.

Mixtape Draws to a Close – Traditionally hosted at the 9:30 Club, Mixtape offers one of the area’s best & longest running dance nights for the gay communities. Unfortunately, the promoters are moving on with other endeavors. So this brings an amazing night to a close. We wish them well & hope for a bright future in all they hope to be. Their final nights will be Gay Pride at the 9:30 Club on June 9th, & a final farewell at the U Street Music Hall on Sept. 8th. See Facebook.

Code DC is now Hummer – DC’s all male night for those into gear, leather, & more has passed the baton. As Code DC comes to an end, Hummer has risen in it’s place. Hosted 1st & 3rd Saturdays at the Glory Hole (just off of New York Ave), they offer a very similar night under new leadership.


Monday, September 26, 2016

Important News & Coming Dates (Fall 2016)…



Important News & Coming Dates from The Metro Underground

First & Foremost, coming Sunday, Oct. 9th (Columbus Day Weekend): Richard A.D. & The Metro Underground present The 9th Annual DC Fetish Ball!  

For Tickets, Talent, Links, Models, & More see:  http://DCFetishBall.com.

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HUGE changes are coming to TheMetroUnderground.com => Due to required upgrades, we're currently in the process of rebuilding our entire site (& I can't begin to express what a pain this is). So by year's end we will have completed a full overhaul of the structure, design, & all core elements. But aside from a new look & feel, once done we'll also be more mobile friendly & aligned to tech-platforms across the spectrum. So please bear with us as our general maintenance may lag behind a bit while we make way for the new build-out.  

In the meantime, our main site IS up & fully functional: http://www.TheMetroUnderground.com.

Join us on Fetlife:  https://fetlife.com/groups/4756 .

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DC's Greatest New Night => Last year we hosted The Fourth & Final Black & White Ball.  It's been a great event, but the timing was such that it came at the height of my busy season. Changes were needed, so we had to let this one go. However, from its ashes one of DC's greatest new traditions will soon rise to take its place…

Coming this January over MLK Weekend, The Metro Underground will present DC eXotica! Hosted at UltraBar, it's our intention to include all core elements of the Fetish Ball except the fashion show. But fear not! We'll be replacing fashion with some incredible demos & stage performance to carry throughout the night. So please stay tuned - details are coming soon! 

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Underground Parties => The Metro Underground / Metro Events are known for some of the region's most anticipated & respected affairs. We now offer a new dimension through Underground Parties as well. These are sex-positive, kink & swinger friendly, dance worthy, full blown private affairs where anything goes & it usually does.

Our next U-Party is set for Saturday, Oct. 22nd. In honor of the 40th Anniversary for the Maryland Renne-Fair, we'll be doing a Return to Renaissance / Halloween Crossover.  Please note that unlike Metro Events, U-Parties are handled almost exclusively through Evite. So please RSVP to Richard A.D. for vetting & further info.

With this in mind, the Fetish Ball might be a good time meet me & get on the list.

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Metro News => Over the last year or so, it seems the scene has witnessed a fairly major shake up. To keep up with core bullet points & news from around the area, please keep an eye on News & Notes:  http://www.themetrounderground.com/News.html

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An Important Note – The DC Fetish Ball will no longer be doing the full fetish weekend! Rather, we will focus strictly on the main ball for one incredible night. We recommend checking The Metro Underground for available options.

However, for Saturday, we recommend The Crucible's LF&P –an afternoon affair offering some great vending for scene friendly items. Unfortunately, this year it will be hosted in Baltimore but this will give you a change to explore the full flavor of the region.  
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With regard to The Crucible, there have been a couple developments as of late…

For quite some time The Crucible (DC's main fetish venue for a number of years) has been locked in eternal bureaucratic gridlock as it settled in to a new location. A couple months ago the city finally dropped the zoning restrictions that allowed them to proceed.  

This was a huge milestone to get them back up & running. Currently, efforts have been under way to move forward with interior construction. The permits are in place & things are moving along. However, they still need funding to install a commercial sprinkler system which will bring the new space up to code. This is the final major hurdle before DC can have its main play space back. With this intention, crowd-sourcing has been initiated & investors are being sought.

Please see:  http://www.the-crucible.com/frontFund.htm


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While we're on the subject, the Crucible may be structurally in transition but the group remains active. Ongoing parties, events, & cruises have been hosted at various locations throughout the area - including their flagship affair Camp Crucible... 

For a change of pace, this past summer we took a trip to camp. I must say, it caught me off guard. It was different, but in a good way. As it is an often overlooked camp for so many in the fetish culture, I'd like to offer a quick review for those who have never been.

Hosted at Ramblewood in Darlington, MD, it's held for 9 days over 2 sessions on the crux of Memorial Day Weekend. Overall, I found it was a noticeable change of pace.

For the full article, see:  http://www.themetrounderground.com/News.html

[Metro Reviews you say?  Some time ago we were publishing active & unbiased reviews from our travels throughout the scene. Basically, we wanted people to know what they were missing. We kind of pulled away from that, but I think we'll be reinstalling this element under News & Notes (on our main site). So please check back, we'll do our best to keep you up to date]  

Thanks for reading!

Richard A.D.
(Rick)

The Metro Underground: http://www.themetrounderground.com .
DC Fetish Ball: http://dcfetishball.com .



Newsletter via Blogspot: http://metronewsletter.blogspot.com .

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