Throughout gay history, activists have struggled to enter gay issues into the public discourse against such institutionalized hush-ups as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” In “Everything gAy to Z,” the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington helps out the District’s tight-lipped by simplifying the gay topics of the day down to 26 fabulous phonemes. In the chorus’ spring show, the gay vocab lesson ranges from the obvious—“L” is for “Lesbian!”—to the less-so: “Z” is for “Zaza,” the drag queen dad from the 1983 musical La Cage Aux Folles. The alphabet’s most illustrious letters will be illustrated through personal narratives, gay chorus standards, and wigs. In typical ostentatious fashion, the chorus has engineered some clever wordplay that assures the alphabetical exercise isn’t just child’s play. According to a GMCW rep, “the song ‘Not All Man’ will be performed by a very hunky soloist dressed as a mythological centaur.”
THE GAY MEN’S CHORUS OF WASHINGTON PERFORMS AT 8 P.M. AT GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY’S LISNER AUDITORIUM, 730 21ST ST. NW. $20-$50. (202) 994-6800.