News & Notes

From Around the Scene

We're Back!   Welcome to the ‘New & Improved’ Metro Underground. Now bigger, better, & more badass! Now with a new look, new layout, fully expanded info, plus full compatibility for tech platforms from across the spectrum.  

 

Celebrating 10 years in the scene, our new initiative offers a WHOLE new level for everything you need to stay fully informed & in the know. In truth, we’re proud to say we’re currently the most comprehensive resource for any metro region throughout the world!

First a Few Notes for The Metro...

 

Social Media: we’re on it! 

 

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!

We're Looking for Private Venues!  We're currently seeking private accomodations for future Underground Parties

                                                              Please let us know should you have any leads – thank you!

 

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News from Around the Scene:

 

Archived postings for each of the following can now be found on Blogspot:

News & Notes: Spring 2018 (& always check back for updates)...

 

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...

 

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. See Facebook.

 

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 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 Here.  

 

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 Here), 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. See Mixtape.

 

Metro review you say? Why yes…  In the beginning we would publish 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 we're now reinstalling this element under News & Notes. So please check back, we'll do our best to keep you up to date.

 

Our Recent Visit to Sinn-Ergy – write-up coming soon.

Coming & Going (In-&-Out):

Recent Additions:

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Currently Inactive & Deleted from the Site:

Alchemy - After a brief return to the scene, one of DC's longest running Goth-Industrial Dance nights has canceled all ongoing operations There's an outside chance they'll bring back Goth Prom & Spooky, but we doubt it

 

Essence Productions - Based out of Baltimore, Essence produces some of the most high end Raves in the area. Events & productions tend to be specific to the DC / Baltimore region & carry a direct focus in Dubstep, EDM, & Drum-&-Base.

 

Open Hearth Foundation - An open & active organization focused toward the pagan community.

Nocturne Wednesday - Previously hosted at Shampoo Nightclub, all further events as a weekly goth night have been permanently suspended. It's promoters will instead focus on the furthered success of the long running Drac's Ball.

Unscene Philly - As the name suggests, UNscene was not about any particular scene, label, or trend. Rather, it's designed to be a welcoming & friendly atmosphere for creative, quirky, artistic & eclectic people from all backgrounds & identities. A noble experiment that seems to proven focus is better, or that Goth-Industrial is dead no matter what spin you put on it.

Sex Dwarf - Described as "Philly’s Premiere New Wave Dance Party." In operation for over 9 years, they feature 80's nostalgia, goth, & non-stop new-wave dance tracks. Fluid Nightclub closed & the promoters decided to move forward.

John's Dark Corner - Due to the sudden & unexpected passing of its founder & core promoter (lost in an auto accident), Philadelphia's longest running Gothic & Alternative Dance Party has past into the night. Thank you John for many dedicated years.

Wasteland - Held the Last Friday of each month. Hosted by DJ Medusa, the club night features goth, ambient, experimental, & a dash of glam rock. After 5 good years the host DJ's & Promoters felt enough was enough.

Sacred Mark Sanctuary - Blending tribal ritual with sensual desire, the cornerstone of Sacred Mark is to more deeply explore the connection between mind, body, & spirit. Embracing both the sacred & profane, they seek an enriched journey. As we understand it, Sacred Mark was essentially folded into Primal Arts. See listing under Groups.

 

Fire & Flow List - A comprehensive listing of Fire & Flow events for the national calendar.

 

Aberrant DC - One of DC's newer groups, Aberrant offers social gatherings on the 1st & 3rd Monday of each month. They also host ocassional play parties, usually held at the Crucible. Check thier Fetlife profile for details. 

 

Skin Two (SkinTwo.com): International magazine for fetish fashion, clubs, parties, news, & more. Still in existence as a company, but they've completely refocused efforts into a latex & fetish clothing line.

DC Dungeon - Fully developed play parties hosted at a beautiful location in Rockville. The crowd is diverse, welcoming, & the parties generally offer a very high degree of energy & play. This operation has been rebranded & moved to Baltimore.

DXS Rapture - Brought to you by Dream~X~Streams, a long standing S&M organization hosting on-site play parties at a well equipped but discreet location. Full bar, dancing, & Dom's/Domme's on site are included. A scene leader for years, DXS finally wore out & decided to call it a day.

 

Indulgent Events - Hosting monthly events at the DC Speakeasy, they are self-described as an event production company that "breaks the rules on a traditional play party." Check fetlife group for further info & updated schedule.

Fetfest Playspace - Currently inactive as far as we can tell .

Club Femme  - A group dedicated to the Dominant Female & submissive male. Select gatherings are hosted on the final Saturday of each month at an on-site dungeon in Glen Burnie, MD. Membership application is required.

Dark Sanctuary - A members only on premise BDSM group with a focus on education & a safe, sane, & consensual environment for open play. Most events draw between 15-30 couples.

 

Philly Area Bondage Enthusiasts - A Bondage Group focusing on Japanese & Western rope art. They offer on-line discussions, private hands-on workshops, demo's, & meet for fairly frequent gatherings.

T.I.E.D. / Tidewater Individuals Exploring Domination - Non-profit pansexual organization for those interested in BDSM, D&S, & the Fetish Culture. Seminars & open forum chat groups are featured every Thursday.

W.H.I.P / West Virginia Humans Into Perversion - “WHIP” is a pansexual education & social group serving the BDSM Culture throughout WV, MD, VA, & S. PA. WHIP offers Member’s Socials, Munches, Educational discussions & demo’s.

DCBDSM (DCBDSM.com) - Offering a concise layout for events specific to the DC BDSM Scene. This effort use a Google calendar application & provides a more familiar format than the expansive scroll provided by The Metro Underground.

Northern Delaware D/s - Since 2004, Steve & Tami have been hosting events throughout the year, including their grand event, the NDDS Boot Camp. New members must first attend a munch to be included within the group. Current members must attend a munch, event, or group party at least once every 3 months to remain on the list-serve. There is no fee for membership.

 

R.O.D.S. / Roanoke Order of Dominants & Submissives - A pansexual BDSM group for Southwest Virginia & the surrounding area. They are "dedicated to providing education, support, & a social network in a safe, responsible & discreet environment."

DC Couples - But alas, one of DC's longest running & exclusively on premise clubs lives no more... :-(

Starz: Formally Capital Couples - DC's longest running organization for the swinger community has finally come to an end. The Crucible has merged it with Rites of Bacchus & folded both into the new Crucible Lifestyle. Please see listing above...

Rites of Bacchus / R.O.B.E. - see "Crucible Lifestyle" for full details.

 

Chesapeake Polyamory Network - CPN used to be a centralized organization, but when its formal membership began to dwindle it changed its format to more of a community. It remains active in the area, but events now come from the community itself & not a centralized structure. Events & discussion are posted through yahoo groups.

 

Carnal Desire - On a local level they produce parties & gatherings for the regional market of lifestyle swingers. But they also offer a mobile app designed to unify the lifestyle with a global outreach.

Sweet Ecstasy Couples & Singles - Based in Temple Hills, MD. SECS is an on-premise group for African American couples & single women to meet for active & open play. Events begin with a social happy hour & lead into erotic entertainment to get the energy flowing. The atmosphere is one of safe fun & togetherness. Drugs are not tolerated. 

Obsescions - An on-premise group for African American couples & single women. Events run from club style gatherings, to private parties at select locations. They also feature erotically themed events on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.

Capital Cream - Formally hosted monthly on premise Play Parties in & around DC. This was a couples only organization. After recent issues w/ zoning, they have shut down operations & moved forward w/ more select private parties.

Harford County Swing Club (HCSC) - MoCo, Baltimore, & Anne Arundel (site is down): on premise house parties for couples & select women twice a month. Hosted by Ron & Cookie as the Silver Spring chapter of HCSC.

Seaside Encounters - Yet another great venue has closed it's doors forgood. The Lifestyle's favored weekend getaway to Bethany Beach has sold its house & left the area so it is no more. Quite sad... :-(

Northern VA Couples - Monthly off premise socials are held for couples & single women in the Fredericksburg area. Current association is about 400 members. All contact information was recently returned as undeliverable

Club Kama Sutra - But alas, one of Philly's most well known & exclusively on premise clubs lives no more... :-( "After five great years of parties with everyone’s knowledge and approval we were suddenly ordered to close." 

The Delaware Valley Synergy Group - One of Philadelphia's best kept secrets for over 30 years. The DVS supports open relationships allowing individuals & couples to openly explore alternatives to the traditional monogamous relationship. They conduct discussions & workshops as well as sponsoring socials, events, parties, brunches, restaurant & theater outings, hot tub parties, etc.

Washington Metro BBW Swingers - A regional group that hosts regular on premise parties as well as off premise meet & greets specifically for 'Big Beautiful Women' & the people who love them. Events tend to alternate between MD & N. VA. (adjacent events are also held in Baltimore & Delaware) - Single Men, Women, & Couples are all welcome. 

 

The Lion's Den (LionsDenLifestyle) - Based out of Ft. Washington, MD. the Lion's Den offers ongoing parties for select couples as well as online forums to meet & greet. Membership is required. Currently, the site is down so we're checking to confirm if they've disbanded.

 

Pendulum - Kink aware swingers group located in Central Virginia. Available for couples, singles & other groups interested &/or active in the swinging lifestyle.

 

Tidewater Blue Magazine - Currently an archive housing what was one of the Mid-Atlantic's main online magazines for Southeastern Virginia & Richmond. It offers personals, articles, & erotic fiction. Serves a variety of Lifestyle interests.

 

The Garden / DC Hothouse - A queer owned, sex-positive endeavor offering education & events for the DC area. At its core, their mission strives to provide a place for everyone to explore their sexuality in a safe inclusive environment.

 

Vitruvian Men (Vitruvianmen.org): Discreet art gallery on Capitol Hill hosting all male nude social & play parties. These include but are not limited to Capitolbate, nude male sketch sessions, & naked yoga. Donation is minimal & parties are scheduled weekly.
Also see FacebookThe group seems to have fallen inactive. We're checking on viability.

 

CapitolBate (vitruvianmen.org): All Male Masturbation Group that meets biweekly at a private gallery in the Eastern Market area of Capitol Hill. Gatherings are hosted On-Premise w/ a strict focus on J/O. All types are welcome. We believe this group to be inactive & are checking its viability.

 

Open Minded Events (OpenMindedEvents.Blogspot.com): Private group sponsoring all male play parties in Dupont. Affairs offer a no-pressure environment but active participation is encouraged. Pics & stats are required for invitation. A donation of $20-$40 is requested  (no donation for first time attendees). Previously known as Having Parties. This group may be inactive. We're checing on thier status.


Lambda Soleil - Gay male nudist group in the DC & Mid-Atlantic region. Members include all races, ethnic groups, ages, sizes, etc. Membership is required but annual dues are only $10. See website for full information. Site is down & no activity is noted.

Naked Boys of N.Va - A relatively new group to the DC & Northern Virginia scene, they provide private parties, select meet & greet opportunities, never really seemed to gain traction or get off the ground.

Fuel Warehouse Parties (confirmed closed) - Fully nude all male play parties hosted in a discreet warehouse in the stadium district of Baltimore. Parties on Friday & Saturday have select door standards for young & hot - Wednesday & Sunday are open to all.. 

KINK - A group offering 2 distinct & different parties. One is specifically for women & the transgender community, while the other is for men. Both are held at a dedicated play space in DC. website is down & last Twitter post was well over a year ago.

Sticky Playground - All Male masturbation & play party. Parties are held at a private residence in Silver Spring, Md. Small donation ($5) covers cost of refreshments. RSVP is required. - Website is down & they never seemed to get going .

Sons du Soleil - Gay male nudist group in the DC & Mid-Atlantic region. They provide a yahoo post board & host between 2-4 major functions each year. No membership fee. Small donation for parties to help cover the cost of food, etc. Website has been diverted but we believe they're still active. We're currently checking on location & status so please check back.

Deck 10 - Offering pool-side nude socials throughout the summer season. Check website for updates & parties.

DC Jacks - All Male network group for J/O parties in & around the DC area. Yahoo Group is Down.

Men of Discipline DC - An alternative leather fraternity of Gay men focused in the BDSM Community.

Corcoran Society - The Corcoran provided gala events, on-site cocktail parties, exhibit preview/receptions, & cultural gatherings. As the gallery has been sold, the Corcoran Society has been disbanded.

American Independent Writers- Association for professional freelance writers, formally Washington Independent Writers. Due to dwindling membership & lack of leadership it was shut down.

Learning Escapes - Events & trips for singles in the DC area. The endeavor changed hands & new leadership let it slide.

 

Events & Adventures - "An activities group for active singles." This is a members only organization so you'll have to join the regional group. But they do host a wide variety of interesting outings & activities.

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