Not for Reproduction Q - L I V I N G 26 NOVEMBER 28 . 2009 • QNotes Not for Reproduction Out and About . compiled by Q-Notes staff Dec. 1 • Charlotte AIDS names reading Join the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN) for a memorial reading of HIV/AIDS victims names at Charlotte’s Independence Square, corner of Trade and Tryon St. Noon. Free. www.carolinarain.org. Dec. 1 • Charlotte Red Pump AIDS Gala The Red Pump/Red Tie Affair is a benefit for The Red Pump Project (RPP), a national initiative to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls, ensuring that women are empowered with accurate knowledge about HIV/AIDS and the issues surrounding it. The Palmer Building, 2601 East Seventh St., 6 p.m.-9 p.m. $25-$50. Sales end Nov. 30 at theredpumpaffair2009.eventbrite.com. Dec. 1 • Asheville AIDS Day Vigil The Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP) hosts a special World AIDS Day Vigil. Pack Place, Lower Promenade, 2 S. Pack Square. 7 p.m. www.wncap.org. Dec. 2 • Columbia ‘Rent,’ Pride style Be one of the first to see the show everyone in Columbia is talking about. SC Pride and Trustus Theatre present a special performance of the hit Broadway musical “Rent,” two days before the production’s opening day! The special performance preparty,“Bohemian Silent Auction” and stage production will be the last major event for SC Pride in 2009. Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. Pre-party, 6:30 p.m. Curtain, 7:30 p.m. $40, in advance at shop.scpride.org. Dec. 3 • Greensboro Holiday social Join Gay-Straight Advocates for Education (GSAFE) for their annual holiday social. More details to be announced at www.gsafe.org. Dec. 4-5 • Charlotte Sleigh Bells One Voice Chorus present their holiday concert, “Sleigh Bells.” Hop aboard Santa’s sleigh for a musical ride through holiday songs from near and far. Reception immediate following. Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte, 234 N. Sharon Amity Rd. Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., $20. Dec. 5 matinee, 2 p.m., $15. Tickets available at Paper Skyscraper, White Rabbit, any One Voice member or www.onevoicechorus.com. Dec. 4-6 • Charlotte Magic of Christmas Don’t miss an all new Magic of Christmas as the Symphony’s favorite pops conductor, Albert-George Schram, leads this yuletide treat for the first time! With the Oratorio Singers and a host of special guests, Magic of Christmas is a Charlotte holiday tradition. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St.Various times. $20-$77. www.charlottesymphony.org. Dec. 5 • Charlotte AIDS Day forum The Charlotte Teens Taking Action Peer Education Program presents the “Respect Yourself Protect Yourself: A World AIDS Day Forum.” Panel discussion will explore the reality of HIV in Charlotte. Also includes entertainment from local area youth, free food and free HIV testing. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1900 The Plaza. 1 p.m. Free. For more information contact Kimberly Gaither at 704-569-9870, ext. 6543. Dec. 5 • Greensboro Oh, My Stars! Voted Best Choral Group of 2009 by Go Triad readers, the Triad Pride Men’s Chorus presents their annual holiday concert, an evening of “star” inspired music. Greensboro Day School, 5401 Lawndale Dr. 8 p.m. $15. www.triadpridemenschorus.org. Dec. 6 • Durham Velvet Ribbons The Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus presents “Velvet Ribbons,” a warm mix of multicultural holiday music with a Southwestern twist. First Presbyterian Church, 305 East Main St. 3 p.m. General admission: $12/advance, $15/door. Student admission: $6/advance, $10/door. Tickets available at tickets.tgmchorus.org. Dec. 6 • Greensboro Walk for AIDS Triad Health Project hosts its 18th annual Winter Walk for AIDS, a three-mile walk raising money and awareness to benefit Triad Health Project and those affected by HIV/AIDS in Greensboro and surrounding areas. Learn more, contribute and sign up your walking teams at www.triadhealthproject.com. Dec. 6 • Hickory Winter Gala ALFA hosts its 12th annual Winter Gala to raise funds for the organization and the thousands it serves affected by HIV and AIDS. The evening features a four course meal with wine pairings prepared by Youssef Executive Chef Andre Roth.Youssef 242, 242 11th Ave. NE. 6 p.m. Reserved seating with $100 minimum donation. For more information about the Gala call 828-322-1447, ext. 224 or visit www.alfainfo.org. Dec. 11-13 • Charlotte Nutcracker Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s classic holiday favorite takes audiences on an adventure. The journey begins at a cheerful holiday party, where the mysterious Herr Drosselmeyer entertains the guests and presents young Clara with an extraordinary Nutcracker doll. With Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as their tour guides, audiences travel to the glittering Land of Snow and the majestic Land of Sweets. North Carolina Dance Theatre presents. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. Various times. $20-$74. www.ncdance.org. Dec. 12 • Raleigh Velvet Ribbons See Dec. 6 for description, ticket information. Fellowship Hall, 3313 Wade Ave. 8 p.m. Dec. 12 • Wilmington Global Groove Ibiza Nightclub hosts DJ David Knapp’s “Global Groove: Dance 2” release party. Gift bags valued at over $100 in travel, music and more will be distributed to those in attendance for those who bring two canned goods for donation to the local food bank. Ibiza Nightclub, 118 Market St. www.centaurmusic.com. www.ibizawilmington.com. Dec. 12 • Winston-Salem Make the Yuletide Gay OUT at the Movies, Winston-Salem presents a showing of “Make the Yuletide Gay.” Olaf “Gunn” Gunnunderson (Keith Jordan), who is out and proud at college, crawls back into the closet to survive the holidays with his family. He keeps his cool as his quirky parents attempt to set him up with his high school girlfriend, portrayed by Alison Arngrim, “Nellie” of “Little House on the Prairie.”When his boyfriend, Nathan (Adamo Ruggiero), shows up unexpectedly, Gunn must put on a charade to keep the relationship a secret. With pressure mounting from all sides, will Gunn come out before the truth does? UNC-School of the Arts, ACE Theatre Complex, 1533 S. Main St. 6 p.m. $5 at the door. OUTattheMovies@triad.rr.com. 336-918-0902. Dec. 12 • Winston-Salem Oh, My Stars! See Dec. 5 for description. UNC-School of the Arts Watson Chamber Music Hall, 1533 S. Main St. 8 p.m. $15. www.triadpridemenschorus.org. Dec. 18-20 • Charlotte Nutcracker See description, Dec. 11-13. North Carolina Dance Theatre presents. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. Various times. $20-$74. www.ncdance.org. ◗ info: Announce your community event in Out & About. 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Drag Rag by Miss Della . Contributing Writer ‘Dreams do come true, it can happen to you…’ Hello fans and freaks, welcome back to the column where a crown (or a good show) is as good as gold! I’m so excited to be writing this particular Rag as we’ll be talking about a good friend of mine who has recently realized a dream and become your new Miss Gay America. I’m talking about my baby, Alyssa Edwards, of course. I talked to that sister the day following the crowning. She was still in disbelief (but, the crown was on the dresser, so it did happen, gal!) Alyssa became the first national titleholder from another system to win Miss America second. I’m gonna let you think about that one for a minute, but yes, the win was historic in that respect. Her runners-up included Coco Montrese, Jessica Jade, Sally Sparkles and the big and beautiful (and painted for the cheap seats) Kristina Kelly. Other finalists included China Collins, Monica Mohr, Tajma Stetson, Symphony Alexander Love and Miss Mid-East Tatiyana Voché. In other national news, I do hope I mentioned in the last Rag that the gang at Scorpio has purchased a regional prelim to Miss Gay U.S.ofA. to be held the evening before my birthday (Thursday, Dec. 17). Please, come out and join me as I welcome our reigning national goddess, Stasha Sanchez of Atlanta, as she graces the stage that many of her predecessors have in the past. Recent qualifiers to the Memorial Day duke-it-out include the new Miss Great Plains Anjila Cavalier and Miss Wisconsin Jackie Roberts. I believe on that same night, Christina Chase won Miss Wisconsin Classic and her RU was Mabel Kane. Brooke Divine, our Miss NC U.S.ofA., has been burning the road up to her prelims and other bookings, including Miss Buncombe County at Club Hairspray in Asheville, which Ashley Michaels promotes.Vivica Dupree won this one and her RU was Briana Love Michaels. My little sis, Brandonna Dupree, held her prelim to Miss NC — Miss Queen City — at Hairspray which Tyra Couture won and her RU was Eureka O’Hara from Johnson City, TN. Imagine the fun I had recently when I went to do dinner with Brooke and Brandonna, then tagged along as they had their nails done. The ladies early-gifted me that evening with a long dress and purse to match as we make our plans to terrorize the straight Latino clubs on the evening of my birthday. Someone call Disco Rodeo or Club Kalipzo and tell them to beware of the biggun’ in the zebra print! LOL! They’ve had so many contests recently at Warehouse 29 in Greensboro, like Miss and Mr. Warehouse, which Shirli Stevenz and Amari Knight Addams won. Their RUs were Arione DeCardeza and Taylor Knight Addams, respectively. Also, let’s not forget the 15th annual Miss Warehouse Witch contest, which Macaria Rage won with RU Envee. I know a lot of their formers usually come out to support this creative spin on pageantry. I Not for Reproduction wonder if “The Oyl” was in the house? The Warehouse was also just host for the newest state-level contest called the Queen of Clubs. That gorgeous Diamond served as the Emeritus and relinquished the crown. The winner was Versage (Diamond’s NC U.S.ofA. sister) and her RUs were Big Shirli and Crystal Froste. There were a total of eight contestants that night. Elsewhere on the local scene, Amaya recently won Miss Carolina Southern Elegance at Large (which Cierra Nichole gave up). Her RUs were Dy’mond Cartier and Jazmun Tomas. Cierra had also just given up Miss Hickory Unlimited and crowned Ashley remembrance Photo Credit: Nicole Olver, neamattphotography.com. Michaels. Her RU was Brandi Andrews. Finally, after losing my notes and rounding up the results again, hats off to Starla DaVinci who recently won Miss Hide-A-Way in Rock Hill. Her RUs were Jessica Reins Starr and Tracey Stephens. Speaking of the Hide-A-Way, they have a new sister bar in Fort Mill now called the Rainbow In. My sis Carmendy Sinclair worked there not too long ago and tells me it is adorable. Carmendy keeps reminding me I need to get out to Petra’s to see Roxy’s early Sunday evening show as well. Sorry I missed your most recent appearance there, girlfriend! ◗ info: Drop me a line, OK? . TheTeaMissD@yahoo.com On Nov. 20, 40 Charlotte area transgender and transgender ally community members gathered at the Lesbian & Gay Community Center for a somber night of remembrance. After remarks from area leaders, the group held a candlelight vigil for victims of antitransgender violence this year. The International Transgender Day of Remembrance is held annually. For more on this event, read our special online feature at www.q-notes.com. ◗ Not for Reproduction NOVEMBER 28 . 2009 • QNotes 27