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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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Few Notes for the Fall Festival Season (2014):


No doubt, FALL is my favorite season! From pumpkin spice lattes to Oktoberfest beer, the turning of the trees, great fashion, spooky decorations, & an endless array of fun things to choose from, energy fills the air & it's a great time of year.

So helping to keep you I the loop, our autumn updates for The Metro Underground are now complete (we will do one final brush up for Halloween).

Please see http://www.TheMetroUnderground.com as well as links below for what's happening from around the scene.

In the meantime, we're only a few short weeks from one of DC's most lavish & anticipated events: The DC Fetish Ball & DC Fetish Weekend…

Please join us October 10th-12th (Columbus Day Weekend) for a time of unforgettable beauty, intrigue, & sheer possibility. Bringing together some of the scene's very best DJ's, Models, Fashion, & Nationally Recognized Talent - all accented w/ an incredible play space in some of the city's most lavish venues, the DC Fetish Weekend promises to bring a level of twisted delight worthy of the Nation's Capitol! 

Friday (10/10):  Exotic-Erotic Pre-Party at Mad MoMo's.
·         Mad MoMos (3605 14th St. NW DC): offering an intimate setting with beautiful atmosphere, we've arranged a great night to kick off the weekend in style.
·         Dinner Seating runs from 6:30pm-9pm. Main Party runs 9pm-3am. Kitchen runs late. 
·          Please note: this event IS a full blown play party, but due to size restrictions we DO expect it to Sell Out.

Saturday Afternoon (10/11):  Afternoon Vending.
Saturday Night (10/12):  One Great Night - Two Great Parties.
·         In the spirit of The Metro Underground, we've joined forces w/ two of the area's most recognized clubs to bring a level of top notch play & possibility. See links for info.
·         But save your energy! You'll need it for one of DC's most lavish & anticipated nights.

Sunday (10/12):  The Metro Underground Presents the DC Fetish Ball …
·         The weekend culminates in the opulence & decadence of the DC Fetish Ball.
·         DC's most Scandalous Affair! Hosted at the beautiful & spacious Ultra Bar (911 F St. NW DC): offering 3 full floors of exotic possibility.

For Tickets, Talent, Links, Models, & More => See:  http://DCFetishBall.com
Join the Facebook Fetish Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/131545809506

Event Page on Fetlife: https://fetlife.com/events/282745

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Plans are also being laid for the Black & White Ball in November:  driving off our success of the past 2 years, the annual Black & White Ball has gained ground. We're currently laying plans for one of the scene's favorite parties to kick off the December Holidaze. So keep an eye out!

For this & other coming events, be sure to check Metro Events at http://www.themetrounderground.com/Events.html

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Photos from 2013 are FINALLY being posted! 

What can I say, last year brought chaos of biblical proportion. Posting pics were pushed off as a result. But we'll finally have them up w/in the next couple of days (if they're not already up by the time you read this). 

Links to galleries will be posted on the Metro Pages for Facebook, Fetlife, on the Events Page for our main site & the pics page for the DC Fetish Ball. They will also be posted to my scene profile for Facebook & Fetlife. See links:

Thank you for your patience. My apologies for the delay.

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I'd like to offer our congratulations & heartfelt condolences to a couple scene favorites.

First, the good news => this Saturday, D~X~S Rapture will celebrate their 7th anniversary in the scene! Offering monthly play parties, the new Rapture Social, as well as vending at area festivals & events, they've been a mainstay for quite some time. And with all the changes that have taken place over the past few years it's no small accomplishment to still be going so strong. We offer them our most sincere congratulations.

In other news, I'd like to take a moment & offer my deepest condolences to The Pleasure Garden Club in Philadelphia. I understand its owner & founding member has recently passed away. Without question, he created a force w/in the Philadelphia underground & alternative culture. Although I was never given the opportunity to know him personally, my thoughts & best wishes go out to all those who are affected by his loss.

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And finally, a few featured events for the Fall Season:  

- The Maryland Renne-Faire runs each weekend from now until Oct. 19th.

- Risque (Fri 26th): kink oriented play party meets alternative dance night, Risque hosts one of the best nights for the underground adult subculture. Come this Friday for a chance to win 2 free tickets to this year's fetish ball.
- The Golden Tether (Fri 26th):  Studio 58 in Frederick hosts a renne-faire kink event in honor of the Fall Equinox.

- DXS Rapture (Sat 27th): Celebrating 7 years in the scene w/ a special play party BBQ.
- Synn-Ergy (Sat 27th): hosts a special swingers meet & greet at the Gryphon in DC.

- DC Tribal Cafe (Sun 28th): One of DC's best nights for Belly Dance.

- Anime USA (Oct 3rd-5th): One of the nation's largest & most recognized anime conventions takes place in DC the first weekend in October.

- Fetish Weekend Exotic-Erotic Pre Party (Oct.10th): Hosted at Mad Momos.

- Crucible's LF&P (Oct.11th): Fetish Market & Play Party hosted by The Crucible.
- Tabu HallowSwing (Oct.11th):  One of their best parties for the Baltimore Swing culture.

- The DC Fetish Ball (Oct.12th):  DC's Most Scandalous Affair!  See links!

But these are just a couple ideas for everything going on! For a full rundown of what's happening from across the scene, be sure to check out The Metro Underground….

Please visit our main site @ http://www.TheMetroUnderground.com


Also on Twitter: http://Twitter.com/MetroUndergrnd
Quarterly Newsletter on Blogspot: http://metronewsletter.blogspot.com

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One last bit of important news. It appears the spam bots have found me, so please note that my email has changed. Please see "About Us" on our Main Page for updated information. 

We hope see you around the scene!

Rick D~
(RichardAD)

The Metro Underground & Metro Events.

The Metro Underground: http://www.TheMetroUnderground.com
Metro Events: http://www.TheMetroUnderground.com/Events.html

The DC Fetish Ball: http://DCFetishBall.com

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Just in time for spring, the annual build-out for The Metro Underground is now complete (actually we've been done since the end of February but we're late on the newsletter).

Offering full calendars for the local & national scene, regional clubs, groups, mainstream listings, resources, plus news & notes - The Metro Underground offers a primary gateway to the full spectrum of the underground, alternative, & adult scene (for DC, Baltimore, & the Mid-Atlantic from Philly to Richmond). See links below.

~ A Few Notes for the Spring Season ~

First things first… 

Please Note: The Metro Underground & Metro Events are actively searching for a new venue to host our annual events.

Our flagship affair, the DC Fetish Ball will always be held at Ultra Bar but we're currently seeking new locations for our Spring Formal, Black & White Ball, Friday's Meet & Greet for DC Fetish Weekend, plus other potential parties/events.

We also offer networks for various groups & events associated with The Metro Underground. Many are constantly seeking new venues to hold their own events.

Potential locations must be able to host numbers of 400 (+), be amiable to events that carry adult themes, have availability on the weekend (Saturday), access to a good sound system & proper lighting/ambiance, & be financially viable. Metro access & available parking are a definite plus. Allowing ages 18 & over is preferable but not a deal breaker. Central to DC is also preferred (but there has been discussion about moving our spring formal to Baltimore). Most important is a good working relationship w/ the owners to build an ongoing relationship that will carry forward.

Please contact Richard A.D. for details: Rick@TheMetroUnderground.com

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Metro Events:  over the past few years we've generally held 3 events/year plus at least 1 annual private affair.  For 2014 we plan to turn this upside down & hold our main event (The DC Fetish Ball) & 2-3 semi-private affairs.  You'll receive word as to what is currently in the works, so please keep an eye out!

In line with this, I know we've been talking up The Metro Spring Formal. In fact, it was our intention to take our spring event to an entirely new level - something on par with DC Fetish Ball minus the Fashion Show. Unfortunately, efforts for the spring formal have been indefinitely suspended & probably cancelled.

In the meantime, we've had a LOT of people asking about pics for 2013. We'll have them posted soon. A lot has been going on so certain priorities have been pushed off as a result. We're sorry for the delay.

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On a more favorable note, with spring now upon us, the Festival Party Season is finally in full swing. Check our calendars for what might be in the works. But don't wait until the last moment, get your tickets now!

Tickets are currently available for the following (this is only a partial list, so please check our main site for the full rundown):

- Fusion (coming mid-June):  Tickets increase to 2nd tier on Monday, 4/14.

- Fabulodge Fire & Flow Retreat (hosted April 25th-27th):  An intimate burner retreat hosted just west of Fredericksburg. Tickets close out on Tues. 4/15.

- Awesome Con (Apr 18th-22nd): DC hosts one of the region's larges comic conventions.

- Transormus (Hosted Jul 18th-20th): Round 2 tickets go on sale April 20th @ 4pm.

- Fairefest (May 1st-4th): Hosted in Glenn Rock, Pa. Tickets are currently available.

- Beltane (May 1st-4th):  Celtic Tribal meets Sensual Desire in Darlington, MD. Tickets are currently available.

- Leather Stip Returns (May 8th): Hosted by Asylum 13 in Wilmington, Del.

- MD Faerie Fest (May 10th-11th): Tickets now available so get those wings a flappin!

- Va Renne-Fair (May 10th-11th): Opening weekend for Va.Renne-Fair in Spotsylvania.

- Steampunk Worlds Fair (May 16th-18th): Tickets are now available.

- Camp Crucible (Memorial Day Weekend):  Tickets are now available.

- Kinetic (Cancelled!): in case you haven't heard.

- Honfest (June 6th-8th): A Baltimore tradition not to be missed!

- Karmafest (June 7th-8th): Holistic/Yoga festival in Towson, MD.

- Free Spirit Gathering (June 12th-15th): Family-friendly Pagan gathering at Ramblewood.

- Freeform Art Festival (June 12th-15th): Hosted at Schuylkill County Fairgrounds.

- Pennsic (July 28th-Aug 10th):  Online Pre-Registration closes June 16th.

- Touch of Flavor (July 4th Weekend): Exploring the possibilities of intimate desire. Tickets are now available

- Pex Summer Festival (July 4th Weekend): Tickets are now available.

- Starwood Festival (July 8th-14th): America's largest pagan gathering. Tickets available.

- Annapolis Irish Festival (July 11th-12th): Hosting celtic traditions in Annapolis.

- Artscape (July 18th-20th): One of the area's largest art festivals takes place in Baltimore.

We'd also like to offer special congratulations to Vicki & Rick of Tabu Social Club. Coming Saturday, April 19th they will celebrate 10 years in business. Quite a milestone for any company, but even more for those in the scene.

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Please visit our main site @ http://www.TheMetroUnderground.com


Also on Twitter: http://Twitter.com/MetroUndergrnd
Quarterly Newsletter on Blogspot: http://metronewsletter.blogspot.com

We hope see you around the scene!

Rick D~
(RichardAD)

The Metro Underground & Metro Events.

The Metro Underground:
http://www.TheMetroUnderground.com
Metro Events: http://www.TheMetroUnderground.com/Events.html

The DC Fetish Ball: http://DCFetishBall.com
 
                                           

Thursday, April 11, 2013



Seasonal News from Richard A.D. & The Metro Underground…

I just wanted to get out the word that the annual build-out for The Metro Underground is now complete (just in time for the spring party season). As of late, we've seen a broad spectrum of recent additions, so I'd like to take this opportunity to reintroduce The Metro & what we're all about.

Our mission is simple: to serve as primary gateway to the Entire Spectrum of the underground, alternative, & adult scene for DC, Baltimore, & the Mid-Atlantic Region (from Philly to Richmond). We provide a synergistic means to lift the fog for what's going on in & around the area, assist in the promotion of the scene as a whole, & provide a synergistic forum for bridges to be built from one culture to another, & from one group to the next.

This includes but is not limited to: alternative music (dubstep, rave, goth-industrial, EBM, etc), alternative cultures (medieval themes, pagan, Celtic, burning, steampunk, etc); the fetish, fantasy, & BDSM culture; the swinger & lifestyle communities; those into poly or open relationships; the gay, bi, transgender, & transvestite cultures; as well as anyone on the fringe who simply wants to explore their interests outside the norm.

We list clubs & groups, resources & culture, FULL calendars, recurring events, national events, as well as news & notes from around the scene. Essentially, we give you everything you need to be completely plugged in & in the know.  

We also maintain pages for Facebook & Fetlife (Twitter also updates from Facebook). Postings to Facebook tend to be focused on alt music, alt cultures, & the club scene, while its kinky cousin on Fetlife carries an emphasis more toward adult opportunities.   

But keep in mind, the real action takes place on our main page:  http://www.TheMetroUnderground.com.


Please Note: we've made a few changes in our format. Weekly Recurring Events are no longer listed on the Main Calendar (except for special theme nights). From now on, weekly gatherings will be listed under Recurring Events. Also, our newsletter is now archived through Blogspot (http://metronewsletter.blogspot.com), not the now obsolete LiveJournal. Finally, we've added a new section to News & Notes called "Coming & Going" - this will be used to track clubs & groups which have gone inactive vs. those who are recent additions.

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Metro Events:

In addition to our endeavors online, we also host select events throughout the year. These are generally lavish affairs w/ top DJ’s & great entertainment in some of the best venues available. We always draw a high energy crowd from across the spectrum, & roll well into the morning hours.

Our largest event (by far) is the DC Fetish Ball. Held each October, DCFB has become internationally recognized, & is featured in such well respected publications as Von Gutenberg, Skin Two, Regen, Fixe Magazine, as well as a handful of others.

I'm pleased to say that the past Ball was w/out question our best event to date. Be sure to pick up a copy of Skin Two Issue 64 for our most recent publication, or visit http://DCFetishBall.com
                              
Following the success of DCFB, we went ahead to host the Black & White Ball. Hosted on Black Friday & offering a special birthday celebration for DJ Cosmo & what has since become my ex-fiancĂ©, it was a great night & a fantastic way to kick off the holiday season. People have asked if we plan to make this an annual event, but we're in question if we'll do so. The final decision will be made by the next DCFB.  

More recently, we hosted PROHIBITION. Honestly, this made the Black & White Ball look like a dress rehearsal. It was true Metro Event in that it drew together a huge diversity of the overall scene. We had people there to dance & take in the music. We had kinksters & swingers alike. We had people from the burner community, rave culture, goth, gay - you name it! In the end, it was an incredible night w/ an amazing crowd. The energy carried forth on the dance floor, in the playspace, & lasted well into the morning hours. Driving off such a monumental success, this will mark the first of what will soon become our annual spring formal (to be held under various themes). We need only a few tweaks (the bar) to help make this venue even better for next time.
  • LOST & FOUND:  We recovered a woman's black coat at Prohibition. We understand that her boyfriend may have accidentally taken the wrong jacket. In its place, a black fake-fur reversible satin long coat was taken. It belongs to a friend & she'd really like to get it back if possible. We also picked up a grey pinstrip suit jacket at the Black & White Ball. Mistakes happen, so if anyone has any info please contact Rick@TheMetroUnderground.com. We'd like to get the right items back to the right owners.
 I want to thank EVERYONE who has supported our various events over the years. I can't tell you what it means to be working w/ such a great group of people, or to have such support from across the scene.

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Calendar / News & Notes…

As I said, the annual build-out for The Metro is now complete. So be sure to check out our various calendars for a complete run down of what's currently in the works. The  stay in the loop for what's going in & around the scene through News & Notes.  

In the meantime, here are a few items for April & May that you may want to keep an eye on…

Fri 4/12 - Bound Returns to DC: the area's longest running themed dance night returns to the district. Launching their return w/ Bound in Wonderland, they will host a club night on the 2nd Friday of each month at the upstairs club-space of Phase I in Dupont.

Sat 4/13 - Tabu Celebrates 9 Years:  While DC ushers in a new era for Club Fantasies, up north, Baltimore's most recognized Swing Club will be celebrating its 9th year in operation! Vicky & Rick have put together a great affair as they turn the final corner to soon witness a decade in the scene. Good Job!

Sat 4/20 - The Return of Club Fantasies:  Formally Capitol Cream, Club Fantasies was for a short time affiliated w/ the Crucible. However, they have more recently moved back their roots to offer more intimate private parties for couples in the area. Under the guiding hand of Sir Angelo, they unquestionably offer one of the region's best events for the DC Swinger Set. See News & Notes for the full rundown or Groups for full contact information.

Sat 27th - Fire & Flow Arts Retreat: Hosted by Dance-a-Fire Production in Orange, Va.

Sat 5/4 - Peter Murphy Comes to U St. Music Hall: See Main Calendar for Links & Tickets.

5/17-19th - A 'Touch of Flavor' Comes to Baltimore:  So maybe a part of you is interested in kink but you'd like to learn a bit more before you venture into "The Scene." Maybe you saw an old DVD of 9-1/2 Weeks or read Shades of Grey & it ignited something w/in you. Perhaps you're just tired of mainstream life so you're looking to explore some inner sense of desire. Well, then there'ss a special conference made just for you. Please see Metro Calendars for links & more. 

New Faces at the Crucible - 2 Hot Nights:
  • Risque - The maiden voyage of Crucible's new monthly night took flight on March, 29th. Under the guiding hand of DJ Cosmo, we can attest to its absolute success. In fact, it was possibly one of the best nights the Crucible has ever hosted. With a deeper focus on music, a beautiful high energy crowd created the perfect balance between dance, party, & play. Hosted the final Friday of each month, it's a new face for an old stand-by & a new night well worth checking out.
  • College Park Kink - Serving as DC's most recent entry for the TNG crowd, CPK has not only brought a new generation to the scene, but has created a bangin' new night for The Crucible. With Mr. Fox at the helm, the monthly event draws a young beautiful crowd of up & coming kinksters. The level of play is very high, social engagement is good, & capacity crowds fill the space. Hosted on the 2nd Friday of each month, it's a night to definitely keep an eye on.

Philly Shakes Up - From the ashes of Nocturne & Sex Dwarf (both now closed), comes UnScene Philly, Vortex, as well as a new resurgence in Philly's alt dance scene. See News & Notes for the full story.

Asylum 13 brings the Underground to Delaware - When one thinks of a hotbed for the Alternative music scene, Wilmington, Delaware rarely comes to mind. But Asylum 13 has changed all that. Hosting both live bands & top DJ's from around the region, blending specialty nights that cater to the kink scene & burners alike, this weekly dance night has made quite an impact. Indeed, not far from Baltimore or Philly & worth the drive from DC, Asylum 13 is definitely one to check out.

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These are just a FEW of what we've recently listed. We could go on for pages…  WAY too much for a simple newsletter. So for items such as info on the Baltimore Playspace, Fetfest Playspace, Orpheus, the Attic, DC Eagle, Omega, Red Palace, & a host of others - be sure to check out News & Notes.

For a full rundown of events not to be missed, be sure to check out our Main Calendar, Recurring Events, National Events, & Featured Events. Not sure what you're in the mood for? Then just brows through Clubs & Groups until you find something that catches your eye.

In the meantime, on a personal note, should we ever cross paths then please be sure to grab me & say hi. I am forever looking to connect with people who have an open mind, a thirst for adventure, & the passion to seek out a path outside the norm.

I wish you all good times, healthy travels, & a sense of discovery as you explore the underground!

Rick D~
(RichardAD)

The Metro Underground & DC Fetish Ball.

Also on Twitter: http://Twitter.com/MetroUndergrnd
Quarterly Newsletter on Blogspot: http://metronewsletter.blogspot.com