Monday, December 16, 2019

Archive: December 2019.


With the holidays now upon us, the busy party season is in full swing! We trust you had a good Thanksgiving & hope your Yuletide Holidays are filled w/ friendship, joy, & the coming light of a new year. December always has so much going on that we like to offer a special addition to our seasonal newsletter, keeping you in touch & up to date for days ahead!

Metro calendars, clubs, groups, news & notes have all been updated so please check it out.  Calendars run until the end of the year, after which we take a few days to do our annual build-out. This is usually up sometime around MLK Weekend.  In the meantime, here are a few notable happenings to keep an eye on…

But these are only a select events from a complete spectrum for what's in the works. Please see our main calendars for links & a complete outlay of what's happening across the scene: http://www.themetrounderground.com

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Fri 6th (St.Nicholas Day): 

·        DCAS Happy Hour - Holiday party for one of DC's best gatherings for the kink set.
·        Sinn-Ergy's Holiday Party (Sinnergy): A special holiday affair & lavish event by sinnergy.

Sat 7th:  Naughty & Nice converge at the Gallery O on H Street for the 8th Annual Krampusnacht DC!

According to ancient lore, St. Nicholas actually had several attendants - one of which was the horned satyr Krampus. Whereas Santa would reward good girls & boys, Krampus would appear to punish those children who were bad. In this tradition, Krampusnacht DC offers an age old celebration to benefit an amazing cause for DC's foster kids. Bringing you an incredible night of artistic expression, talented performance, family fun, & revelry for all, Krampusnacht represents one of the area’s most unique events & the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.  Please note: this event takes place outdoors so please dress accordingly.
Tues 10th: Dinner w/ Domme's Holiday Party - A special dinner held at Uno's Chicago Grill in Union Station. Presented for the area's more prominent Pro-Domme's & those who love them. 

Saturday 14th:

·        Naughty Snowball - Massive Burner Ball by Mischief DC at The DC Eagle.
·        Krampus Fest Baltimore - By Shadow Woods Productions at Rituals.
·        Tabu XXXmas - Lifestyle Holiday Party & one of their best events.
·        Avalon Holiday Party - High energy dance party & drag show at Soundcheck DC.
·        Distrikt-C - Special fetish dance night at Karma DC (10pm-6am).

Sun 15th:  The Final DC Rope - Artistic Educational get together for all things rope, bondage, & Shibari. After 5 years w/ a strong presence in the scene, the leadership of DC Rope has decided to step away & move on to new endeavors. December will host their last round of classes.

Sat 21st (Winter Solstice / Yule):  Underground Parties Present: A Mid-Winter Speakeasy Formal! As we move into 2020, we bring back the flavor & decadance of the Roaring 20's. So please join us for an Underground Speakeasy as only The Metro can do it! Venue is pending so please check our main site for vetting & location. Just tell 'em Rick sent ya. 

Sun 22nd: Hanukkah.

Tues 24th (X-mas Eve):  Please join us at the Old Ebbitt Grill as Santa Takes Flight! This is a long standing tradition for The Metro Underground & open to all. The holidays are a crazy time. But our gathering on X-mas Eve has seriously grown over the years & offers a perfect respite from holiday mayhem. It’s a great chance to gather our scene-based family & truly connect over drinks, good food, & good conversation. So if you don’t have plans (or might want to escape the plans you have), then please join us at the Old Ebbitt Grill for a chance to unwind & connect before the holiday mayhem takes hold.

Fri Dec 27th: GWAR w/ Unearth - Live at the 9:30 Club, NW DC.

Tues 31st (New Year's Eve):

·        Fidelium XII - High end underground affair for the capitol hill crowd by Balaibalan Productions. 
·        The Crucible NYE Party - Holds open play or scheduled theme nights.
·        Touch of Flavor NOLA on NYE - Hosted by Touch of Flavor at the Baltimore Playhouse.
·        Sinn-Ergy's New Year's Ball - A grand event for DC & one of the most lavish affairs for the region.
·        Tabu NYE Gala Event - Lifestyle Social & Play Party hosted On-Premise in Catonsville, MD.
·        The Private Affair NYE - Lifestyle social play party hosted on-premise in Northeast MD.
·        Shadows New Year's Eve Masquerade - On-Premise Play Parties in Hyattsville, MD.
·        Pleasure Garden Club NYE Ball - TPA is one of Philly's finest lifestyle parties.
·        Saints & Sinners NYE Gala - on-premise play party social by in Philadelphia.
·        Ziegfelds NYE in Drag - DC's Biggest & Best Drag Show (11pm).
·        National Gala - Mainstream black tie affair at the Ronald Reagan Building in DC.

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In Memorial:  as many have already heard, our community recently lost an icon. Frazier Botsford was the driving force & founder of The Crucible, Camp Crucible, LF&P, & a long-standing leader for the DC Scene. No doubt, his legacy carries far & his tireless efforts have touched the lives of many. Speaking personally, he & I actually go back well before the days of The Crucible - a lifetime ago when our younger selves were managing restaurants & pubs. I've always considered him a long standing friend well outside our efforts w/in the scene; efforts to which we always stood in deep support of each other.

It was a fond memory to host him for Xmas during the hiatus when the Crucible stood between locations. But once up & running, he was back at it, giving all of us orphans a home. Indeed, that's what he's always done, working tirelessly to give us a place where people of a like mind could gather & explore that side of us which stood true to our inner selves. I had donated my family's pool table to The Crucible because I wanted to find it just such a home. After the opening, we shot a round but something came up & we never finished the game. Perhaps in the next life, but I feel there's a lesson here. So much of our lives are often left unfinished, so always show you care & always carry forth a message of love to those who matter most. His legacy shall carry on, but he shall be missed. Rest well old friend. Soon enough, we shall all meet again upon the seas of time.

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Indeed, life is precious & our time together is not guaranteed. So please take this season to reach out & share a moment of love & friendship with those who matter most. From myself & The Metro Underground, may the holiday find you happy, healthy, & prosperous in all you hope to be.

Rick D~
(Richard A.D)

Archive: Metro Newsletter (Summer 2019).


The Metro Underground: we're back!
Back in action & once again taking the DC Scene to the national stage!

Aaaaand we're back! After a necessary hiatus to reassess & realign, The Metro Underground is back in action with some awesome news, new endeavors, & a new direction. 

Our main site (TheMetroUnderground.com) has been fully revised with a complete rebuild. Clubs, Groups, Resources, & our various Calendars have all been updated. We also recognize there were some issues w/ our formatting for mobile platforms. These have now been fixed, so the site offers a better interface for laptop, tablet, & cell phone alike. Finally, we've expanded our social media to offer a more aggressive effort across the spectrum.

In our research, we were a bit surprised by just how much the scene has tangibly shrunk over the past year. The chaos of hate culture seems to have taken its toll on a good number of organizations, many who's leaders simply became dissolutioned & decided to step away. Many more ceased efforts for public parties & pulled back to a vetted list for private functions. Across the entire country, larger full-scale events have seen a decrease in numbers (still pulling enough for a good event, but down none the less).

However, we seem to be entering a period of transition. Where chaos once reigned, more tempered attitudes seem to be taking hold. Where event hosts were quickly stepping away, we now have several new additions for the regional scene. So it seems we've begun a new day as we step onto the path for what lies ahead. Just where that path will take us is entirely up to us. We can continue the rhetoric of hate & division, or we can move in a more positive direction, taking a stand to bring back the sense of community & acceptance that once brought us all together.

In this spirit, The Metro is returning to its roots as we launch new initiatives for something pure. Since its inception, our central focus has been to create a forum for people of a like mind to come together & connect for something more. In this, we have some major announcements, both for The Metro itself as well as the scene in general...

Major Announcements from The Metro Underground:

Coming Sun Oct 13th (Columbus Day Weekend): Offering an unforgettable time of beauty, intrigue, & sheer possibility, The DC Fetish Ball returns to the National Stage with this year's featured performance by international sensation Miss Rubber Doll!  With some of the scene's very best DJ's, models, fashion, & national talent, plus an incredible play space in one of the city's most lavish venues, we will continue to bring a level of twisted delight worthy of the Nation's Capitol! Are you ready for The Ball? No doubt, THIS is a night you WON'T to miss!

·    For Talent, Entertainment, Fashion, & more, please see DCFetishBall.com.

The Metro Launches Happy Hour Socials - our central focus has always been on bringing people together & creating a forum for people to connect. Our new Happy Hours strive to do just that. All too often we converse at affairs with not much more than a sound-bite. So by design our casual socials are NOT a scene-based event. They're offered purely as a chance for people to gather & connect on a deeper level over drinks, good food, & honest conversation. So in addition to our events & parties, we now plan to host about 8 such gatherings per year. Please keep an eye on our "Events Page" for future gatherings.

The Spring Fantasy Expose - Metro Events have always been known for bringing a strong edge w/ active play to the public forum. Indeed, The DC Fetish Ball will continue to do just that! But in 2020 we plan to bring something new to the stage. Focused more on music, entertainment, & fashion we'll offer something a bit more mainstream while keeping 'just' enough of an edge to keep it interesting. Details are coming soon, so please keep an eye out.

Road Trip! Coming Memorial Day Weekend (2020): The Metro Underground takes to the road for an event of epic proportion. We're planning a trip to Ft. Lauderdale for the Fetish Factory 25th Anniversary Weekend. Possibly the biggest, baddest, & most amazing fetish event in North America - The Metro & Friends will be there in force as DC travels to Florida for an unbelievable time not to be missed! 5 days, 9 parties, for an epic all fetish hotel takeover! Tickets are already going fast, so we hope you'll join us for an incredible trip w/ memories to last a lifetime. 

Our Next Underground Party is in motion for mid-September. When things come together we'll be sending invites & Evite to our U-Party List. Please keep an eye out.

Social Media: we're on it! 
·        Join us on Facebook: Facebook.com/groups/131545809506
·        Now on Instagram: Instagram.com/themetrounderground
·        Join us on Fetlife: Fetlife.com/groups/4756
·        Also on Twitter: Twitter.com/metroundergrnd
·        Videos on Youtube: Youtube.com/channel/UCaq4QTI4MoH_Qr6i29MB_8Q
·        Scene News on Blogspot:  MetroNewsletter.blogspot.com 

Photos Long Overdue: Yes! Believe me, we've heard you...  Sometimes life moves in a certain direction & priorities must prevail. We got horribly behind on posting galleries from past events. It takes an enormous amount of time to gather, sort, & post our galleries but we've been working to pull it all together. We hope to have all past event pics done & up by this year's Fetball. So please keep an eye out & thank you for your patience.

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News & Notes from around the Scene:

The end of an era as Bound comes to a close: after 23 years in the scene, Bound finally comes to a close. Celebrating incredible highs & lows for an amazing run as one of the scene's most recognized club nights, Bound finally celebrates a final farewell with its last Summer Masquerade Ball at the DC Eagle. We thank Todd & his crew for over 20 years of memories to last. Life is a moving parade & change is an ever present reality. With the passing of Bound, we celebrate the end of an era for the DC Scene.

After 25 years, DC 80's Night bids a final farewell: after a quarter century in the scene, Neal (The Angel) has decided it was time to reprioritize & move his efforts in a new direction. In this, 80's night has taken its final bow as DC's longest running dance night. We wish him well & hope to see him spin his signature old school sets on occasion around the area.

Elektroschock rebrands & moves to a new venue:  after its host venue was closed, the region's last great night for gothic-fusion came to a close. It was a sad affair for many, & yet again signaled the end of an era for many. But DJ Neska, Nicholai, & Cerberus have decided to rebrand & launch a new night at Baltimore's Metro Gallery. So September 2019 shall see the launch of 'Metroschock' to keep 1st Saturdays alive & well. Please see our Club Listing for links & more.

Saints & Sinners opens in Philadelphia:  Lifestyle organization Saints & Sinners provides beautiful hotel accommodations on the boardwalk of Atlantic City. But they have now expanded operations to include a new club in Philadelphia. The club offers beautiful decor & an active calendar. Indeed, Philly has a highly active swinger scene & we look forward to hearing feedback on what the new club offers. See our Clubs listing & keep an eye on Calendars for more.

Distrikt C moves from the DC Eagle: the largest fetish dance night for DC's gay scene has decided to end its relationship with the DC Eagle & has moved to Karma on Adams Place. While we sense there's more going on, the new venue purportedly offers a much better system for lighting & sound to take the night to a new level of possibility. The new direction also sees Distrikt expanding beyond DC to include nights in Philadelphia & New York. No doubt, they are growing to become a premier night for the gay culture throughout the east coast. We applaud such efforts & wish them well in their new home. See links in the Club section for more.

But these are only a few stories for news in the scene. Please see News & Notes for more:  http://www.themetrounderground.com/news-notes.

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Select Events for the coming weeks:  This is just a minute sample of what’s going on! Also we'll adding more events in the coming weeks. So please see Metro Calendars for a full listing great events from around the scene: http://www.themetrounderground.com/calendars
·        The DC Fetish Ball - Save the date! Coming Sun Oct 13th (Columbus Day Weekend): Richard A.D. & The Metro Underground proudly announce this year's featured performance by international sensation Miss Rubber Doll!  Offering some of the scene's very best DJ's, models, fashion, & national talent, plus an incredible play space in one of the city's most lavish venues, THIS is a night you WON'T to miss! Tickets go on sale in Mid-August, so please check back.
·        The Pittsburg Bondage Ball - Sat Aug 17th.
·        Crucible Aerial Candy - Sat Aug 17th.  Aerial performances & open play.
·        Carnival at Pennsic - will you be at Pennsic this year? Then join Clan Die Fledermaus & The Metro Underground for its biggest & most recognized event. Hosted Monday of War Week, we bring a level of debauchery that's worthy of our reputation.
·        The Final SMB & Bound Event - coming Sat Aug 24th at The DC Eagle, the end of an era comes to close with a final farewell to Bound & the Summer Masquerade Ball.
·        The Bowie Ball Labyrinth Masquerade - Fri Aug 9th comes to U St. Music Hall.
·        Key City Steampunk Festival - Aug 16th-18th in Frederick, Md.
·        Fahrenheit Flow Arts Festival - Aug 16th-18th in WV.
·        Vortex presents iLove Industrial - Fri Aug 23rd in Philly.
·        Opening Weekend at MD Renn-Faire - Aug 24th & 25th.
·        S&S SLS Takeover - Sat Aug 17th in Philadelphia.

·        Please see Recurring Events for a number of new inclusions & great nights not to be missed.
·        National Calendars for major events from across the globe.
·        Main Calendars for a FULL listing of what's going on throughout the scene.

Please 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.


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
·       Adult galleries on Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/themetrounderground
·       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 .



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