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connectgoqnotes.cominsideQqnotesMarch 29-April 11, 2013 Vol 27 No 24arts. entertainment. news. views.twitter.com/qnotescarolinasfacebook.com/qnotescarolinascontributors this issuePaige Braddock, Rosendo Brown,The Charlotte Observer, Matt Comer,Jon Hoppel, Charlene Lichtenstein,Lainey Millen, Trinityfront pageGraphic Design by Matt Comer &Lainey MillenPhoto Credit: Matt ComerIllustration: clker.com. Public domain.news & features6 News Notes: Regional Briefs9 Staff transitions signal TOY growtha&e / life&style5 Buncombe County ads DP benefits10 RiverRun honors local gay couple12 Queer Country13 Spring, music in the air15 Playing the field16 Out in the Stars17 Tell Trinity18 Fabulance18 Jane’s World19 Q events calendar21 Blumenthal brings in biggestBroadway Lights seasonopinions & views4 Editor’s Note4 Editorial5 TalkBack5 QPoll1091521Material in qnotes is copyrighted by Pride Publishing & Typesetting © 2013 and may not be reproduced in any mannerwithout written consent of the editor or publisher. Advertisers assume full responsibility — and therefore, all liability —for securing reprint permission for copyrighted text, photographs and illustrations or trademarks published in their ads.The sexual orientation of advertisers, photographers, writers, cartoonists we publish is neither inferred nor implied. Theappearance of names or photographs does not indicate the subject’s sexual orientation. qnotes nor its publisher assumesliability for typographical error or omission, beyond offering to run a correction. Official editorial positions are expressed instaff editorials and editorial notations and are determined by editorial staff. The opinions of contributing writers and guestcolumnists do not necessarily represent the opinions of qnotes or its staff. qnotes accepts unsolicited editorial, but cannottake responsibility for its return. Editor reserves the right to accept and reject material as well as edit for clarity, brevity.Pride Publishing & Typesetting, Inc., dba QNotesP.O. Box 221841, Charlotte, NC 28222ph 704.531.9988 fx 704.531.1361Publisher: Jim YarbroughSales: x207 adsales@goqnotes.comNat’l Sales: Rivendell Media212.242.6863Editor: Matt Comerx202 editor@goqnotes.comCopy Editor:Maria DominguezProduction: Lainey Millenx205 production@goqnotes.comPrinted on recycled paper.charlotteobserver.com/1166/a local news partner ofThe Charlotte ObserverMarch 29-April 11 . 2013 qnotes 3


editor’s noteby Matt Comermatt@goqnotes.comProtecting our local LGBT historyLocal LGBT history must be preserved.It is essential for our community’s past, ourpresent and our future. Documenting ourhistory in publicly-viewable and publiclyaccessibleways also acts to ensure that ourcommunity, its past struggles and its pastvictories, are not forgotten.I was reminded of how important historyis on a recent trip to Philadelphia. I traveledthere in February for a weekend seminar forLGBT journalists. Near the end of the trip, wetook a short tour of the city. I was absolutelyamazed to find several LGBT-related historicmarker signs scattered across the city. Suchsigns are a constant and visible reminder ofthe place of LGBT people in Philadelphia’s localhistory. That reminder is not only visible toLGBT people, but to all members of the localcommunity. In essence, such historic markersact by themselves to create constant visibilityand potential future progress for LGBT people.Here in Charlotte, over the past severalmonths, some local community members havebeen establishing nascent projects to helpdocument and preserve local LGBT history.These community members have alreadybegun the process of starting a formal communityhistory project for Charlotte. Even hereat the newspaper, we’ve brainstormed waysto help preserve our extensive, nearly 40-yearlibrary of LGBT history contained in the archivesof The Free Press, The Front Page andqnotes, among other publications.Community history projects can take manyforms. We need them all, including oral histories,documented research projects and essays,historiographies, photo essays and more.And, like Philadelphia, we need historicmarkers. Charlotte is full of historically-significantlocations scattered across the city.Such locations include The Scorpio. Thoughthe club has been located at its presentsite on Freedom Dr. only since 1974, it wasoriginally established in 1968, making it apre-Stonewall gay bar that, 45 years later, isstill in operation.Other bars come to mind, too, such as theold Oleen’s, one of the first gay bars in Charlotte.The building that once housed Oleen’s is now aDunkin’ Donuts, but the immense history containedthere is the beginning of a social fabricthat was forced to develop in the shadows andwithout the privileges, like churches and civicgroups, afforded to other minority communities.The Bar at 316, formerly Liaisons, is a longtimeLGBT gathering spot as well. The bar is stilllocated next to the original Charlotte location ofWhite Rabbit, once the one certain place LGBTcommunity members could find LGBT-relatedcommunity information, books and magazineslong before acceptance of LGBT-themed materialin mainstream retailers.Early queer history in Charlotte, as inother cities across the U.S., does, indeed, revolvearound bars and bookstores. Yet, thereis so much more. Early newspapers like TheFree Press operated in the mid-1970s. Earlygay rights groups, religious groups and socialgroups also operated in the 1970s. Eachof these historic milestones happened inreal-life locations, be they homes, churches,bars or elsewhere. Each are deserving to beremembered and marked for future researchand education. Historic markers would dothe trick.But, we must act fast. Important detailsin our local LGBT history are in danger ofbeing forgotten — details which can onlybe recalled from memory and experience.And, as the earliest generation of Charlotte’sLGBT leaders and visionaries age, it isviewsgoqnotes.com/to/viewsimperative that we begin to document theirexperiences and stories. Sadly, we havealready lost some of these early leaders and,along with them, the stories they could havetold about what it was once like to live asqueer people here.Our community is strong. It is growing.It is achieving more. We are gaining acceptancewhere acceptance once seemedimpossible. But, to truly know where weare going — and to understand it in all itswonderful complexity — we must know,understand and make available the detailsof our past. We must know from where wehave come if we truly desire to create a morefulfilling and progressive future.In the coming weeks and months, ascommunity members continue their conversations,I hope I can play a role in documentingour local LGBT history. I hope you, too, willjoin us. If interested, feel free to reach out toJosh Burford, the lead organizer of the newlyestablishedcommunity history project, atjoshburford@outlook.com. Or, begin your ownconversations among friends and acquaintances.What makes the studying of historyso great is that much of it begins simply withpersonal stories and recollections. Many ofyou have such stories. So do your friends. Talkabout them. Write them down. Share them.From such a simple beginning will spring awealth of knowledge. : :editorialby qnotes staffYou speak, we listen: 2013 Reader SurveyIt’s been nearly 10 years since qnoteslast performed a large-scale, in-depth readersurvey. Starting with this March 29 issue andcontinuing through April 30, we’re launchingour 2013 QNotesReader Survey. Thequestionnaire, whichyou’ll find on pages23 and 24 and onlineat goqnotes.com/readersurvey/, representsyour opportunity to provide importantfeedback on your thoughts and opinions aboutthis newspaper and your experiences, bothpositive and negative, with our performance.Among the many questions in the surveyParticipate in the 2013 QNotes Reader Surveyon pages 23-24 or online at goqnotes.com/readersurvey/ for your chance to win $100.are those designed to gauge your interest inand satisfaction with our past, current andfuture coverage. 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We arecertain that, together, we can continue to bethe news source you’ve always enjoyed andappreciated. : :qpollDo you believe the City of Charlotte or MecklenburgCounty would ever agree to place LGBT-related historicmarkers in significant local locations?See the options and vote: goqnotes.com/to/qpollSUBSCRIBE!These rates only cover a portion of our true cost,however, our goal is to serve our communityMailed 1st class from Charlotte, NC, in sealed envelope.Subscription Rates: ☐ 1 yr - 26 issues = $48 ☐ 1/2 yr - 13 issues = $34Mail to: P.O. 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news notes:carolinas. nation. world.compiled by Lainey Millen | Matt ComerTriadLeader steps downWINSTON-SALEM — The board of the Adam Foundation has announcedthat it’s president, A.J. DeLaOsa, has stepped down from his responsibilities inorder to take on a career advancement in Florida. Vice President Larry Boleswill take the helm.“While I know The Adam Foundation will continue to shine, it is with aheavy heart that I leave our great community of Winston-Salem. However, I amexcited to announce the leadership of AF continues to be strong, and I trust theskills and talents of Larry Boles as he takes center ring for the remainder of theyear,” DeLaOsa said.Work is still underway on numerous fronts for the foundation. They are inthe height of grant season, as well as collaboration discussions with EqualityWinston-Salem and AIDS Care Service. One long-term goal has finally come tofruition, the Adam Legacy Endowment Fund. It was launched with $25,000 andthe foundation will have a summer kick off for a year-long campaign.info: adamfoundation.org.— L.M.Church says ‘no’ to weddingsWINSTON-SALEM — On March 17, Green Street United Methodist Church,639 S. Green St., issued a statement on marriage saying that it is not going toperform weddings there until everyone can marry, thereby standing in “solidaritywith LGBTQ members.”In a formal release the church said: “On the matter of same-sex marriage,Green Street UMC sees injustice in the legal positionof state government and the theological position of our see next page uTOY to host promCHARLOTTE — Time Out Youth (TOY) will hold its annual prom on April 27, 7:30-10.30 p.m., at Grand Central,1000 Central Ave. Theme is “A Night Beyond the Stars!”This event is open to LGBTQ youth, ages 13-20. It is presentedin an affirming, inclusive and chaperoned environment.DJ Rob Yow will spin tunes and entertainment will be providedby Buff Faye and Casanova Cowboy. Free formal photos will bemade available to attendees.Shuttle service will be available from Time Out Youth to GrandCentral from 7-8 p.m.Tickets are $8 single/$12 couples in advance, $10 single/$15couples at the door.The event is drug and alcohol free.In other news, TOY will host a Breaking the Silence Rally on theevening of the Day of Silence on April 19 at 5:30 p.m. TOY Executive Director Rodney Tucker says that although it istargeted at youth, it is open to the community.After spending the day in a quiet mode, participants will be able to get loud and proud in standing up toLGBT discrimination and harassment in schools. Live music, food and games will highlight the festivities.The Day of Silence is a national project of Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN). Every yearsince 1996, students have been able to join forces with others across the U.S. in voicing their concerns, albeitsilently, as a protest by taking a vow of silence for one day. The initiative started at the University of Virginia and hasgrown into a national call to action, with more than 8,000 middle school, high school and college and universitiesbanding together to voice outrage against bullying and harassment.Students may be silent during non-instructional time as a part of right to free speech accorded to by theConstitution. However, during class time, they may be called upon to answer questions or give input. Talking toteachers ahead of time about participation in the Day of Silence may make it easier for students to be able toremain silent during class time.Online resources are available from GLSEN to assist those who wish to become involved. Activityguides and organizing outlines, as well as other items are located under the quick links area of the website.Registration may be handled there as well.For more on TOY, read the story on page 9.info: timeoutyouth.org. dayofsilence.org.— L.M.6 qnotes March 29-April 11 . 2013


denomination. North Carolina prohibits samesexmarriage and all the rights and privilegesmarriage brings. The Leadership Council hasasked that their ministers join others who refuseto sign any State marriage licenses untilthis right is granted to same- sex couples.”The release further said that the UnitedMethodist Church “prohibits its pastors fromconducting same-sex wedding, excluding gayand lesbian couples from the holy sacramentof marriage.” The Leadership Council “hasasked the pastor to refrain from conductingwedding ceremonies in [the Green Street]sanctuary for straight couples, until the denominationlifts its ban for same-sex couples.”Currently, Green Street stands as theonly reconciling congregation in the WesternCarolina Conference. Their LGBTQ membershiphas grown in recent years.To read the complete statement and otherdocuments, visit greenstreetchurch.org.— L.M.TriangleCitizen lobbyists uniteRALEIGH — Equality North Carolina is allset to lobby the General Assembly on April 16and all they need are LGBT and straight allycitizens to join the fight.Take a break from regular activities in orderto help make a difference. Training and supportwill be provided. Online registration is available.Participants are encouraged to visit theirlegislators to let them know they have LGBTconstituents and allies in their districts. Thentake these experiences home and organizecommunities to take action.info: equalitync.org/lobbyday.— L.M.‘Future’ discussion on tapCHAPEL HILL — Frank Bruni, of theNew York Times, and Jonathan Capehartof the Washington Post and MSNBC, willhead to the Tar Heel State on April 10, 5:30p.m., to engage in a conversation on “TheFuture of LGBT Rights in America” at theUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’sNelson Mandela Auditorium, Fed Ex GlobalEducation Center.The event is hosted by the university’sLGBT Representation and Rights initiative. Itis co-sponsored by the Curriculum in GlobalStudies, the Program in Sexuality Studies, theProvost’s Committee on LGBTQ Life and theCenter for Global Initiatives.info: Andrew Reynolds, 919-962-5443.— L.M.Festival approachingRALEIGH — In just over a month, the LGBTCenter of Raleigh will hold its family-friendlyOut! Raleigh on May 4 along Fayetteville St.from the State Capitol to City Plaza.This day-long festival comes completewith stage performances, speakers and aKidsZone. It is free, come rain or shine.Vendor space will showcase businessand non-profit organizations and businessesand restaurants in the area are encouragedto support and welcome attendees.Sponsorships, supporters and volunteersare still being sought, along with vendors.Applications and information are availableonline.info: outraleigh.org. lgbtcenterofraleigh.com.— L.M.newsgoqnotes.com/to/news‘1’ conference registration openCARY — The We Are 1 Conference will beheld April 17-20 at the Embassy Suite Hotel,201 Harrison Oaks Blvd.The theme for the welcoming and affirming“no limits” conference is “Where Fear Is Nota Factor.” Sponsored by the Infinity DiamondClub, it began in 2009 as a way to spirit grownand life-changing for women and men whoinvest their time in the four-day event.A full slate of programs, workshops andmore will keep attendees busy from earlymorning until late evening.Those who wish to showcase their businessesor organizations can register for vendorspace by April 10 for two- or three-day options.Visit the conference site for completedetails on costs, hotel reservations and more.info: weare1conference.com.— L.M.RegionalGay Dems form chaptersRALEIGH — LGBT Democrats across thestate are jumping on board with the formationof county chapters. This initiative is beingspearheaded byLGBT Democratsof North Carolina,President RyanButler (pictured)shared.Right now, thefirst one to comeon deck is fromOrange County.Lee Storrow,a Chapel Hill Town Council member, hasbeen elected president. He is the youngestelected member of the council and one ofthe only openly LGB members.He said, “I’m both thrilled and honored thatOrange County has founded the first countychapter. This is an important step forward forthe Orange County Democratic Party. We lookforward to helping Democrats get elected inOrange County and across the state.”Other officers include Carrboro Boardof Alderman Member Lydia Lavelle, vicepresident, and John Hammond, secretaryand treasurer.In the Triad, an organizational meetingwas held on March 24 at the party headquarters.At press time, a slate of officers wasnot established, but plans are in the works tomove forward on the formation of a chapterthere. To learn more, email Ralph Rodland atralphrodland@gmail.com.In Gaston County, Robert Kellogg, whoserves as county chair, is spearheading theeffort to form a chapter. A meeting is slatedfor April 28, 3-4:30 p.m., at Southern CrescentPrivate Lounge, 324 W. Main Ave. On theagenda at an upcoming organizational meetingwill be election of officers, discussionof political vision and fellowship. For moreinformation, call Kellogg at 704-953-8529 oremail rkellowgg001@carolina.rr.com.For more information on forming a chapteroutside these targeted counties, email Butlerat ryan@ryanbutler.net.info: lgbtdemocrats.org. facebook.com/LGBTDemsOfNC.— L.M.see next page uMarch 29-April 11 . 2013 qnotes 7


Staff transitionssignal growth atTime Out YouthThree newest staffers bring new energyamid increased services and programmingby Matt Comer :: matt@goqnotes.comnewsgoqnotes.com/to/newsCHARLOTTE — An influx of new staffmembers over the past several months at alocal LGBT youth services agency is signalingincreased growth for the organization, as ittackles school outreach, youth homelessnessprevention and other programs designed tosupport LGBT young people.The transition, which has brought threenew staff members to Time Out Youth since lastsummer, also marks theend of a nearly five-yearexperience with theorganization from outgoingyouth services andprogramming directorLaurie Pitts. Joiningthe organization as anintern in 2007, Pitts waslater hired to work for thegroup in February 2009.Her last day at the organizationwas March 27.In her several yearsat Time Out Youth, Pittshas seen the organizationgrow into a stable, well-networked andoutspoken advocate for Charlotte’s LGBTyoung people. She credits some of the stabilityto former executive director Steve Bentley.Today’s growth, she said, can be attributed tocurrent director Rodney Tucker.“He has an incredible vision and isn’t afraidto go for it,” Pitts said. “We’re also in a muchmore stable place than we have ever beenwhich gives us the leeway to look ahead.”With the increase in the organization’sprogramming has come an increase in communitysupport and awareness.“Historically the [wider] community didn’tknow we were here and that was sort of bydesign,” Pitts said. “The goal was to create asafe space for youth. We didn’t do marketing.We didn’t do outreach. We didn’t do a lot ofpress or get a lot of media attention. In the pastfour years, that’s all changed. Our name is outthere more and we’re letting more people in.”Time Out Youth’s recent school outreachefforts are just one example of the group’s initiativeto widen its appeal. Recently, the grouppartnered with the national Gay, Lesbian,Straight Education Network (GLSEN) to distribute“Safe Space” kits to school counselorsand officials at every public middle and highschool in the metro area.School outreach coordinator MicahJohnson, who earned his bachelor’s degreein psychology from Luther College and amaster’s in social work from St. AmbroseUniversity, brings six years of experience ofchild welfare, substance abuse and mentalhealth to his position. Johnson joined TimeOut Youth last summer. School officials andstudents are responding positively to theoutreach and Time Out Youth’s support of localLaurie Pitts File Photogay-straight alliances and other high schoolLGBT student groups is growing.Pitts, who pulled double duty organizingboth youth programming and services,will be succeeded by two new staff people.Sarah Awlran, a Charlotte native and formerYMCA of Greater Charlotte employee,joined as Time Out Youth’s director of youthprograms in mid-February. She receivedhere bachelor’s degree in sociologyfrom the University of NorthCarolina-Charlotte and she’scurrently pursuing a graduatedegree in marriage and familyplanning at Pfeiffer Unviersity.O’Neale Atkinson also joinsthe organization, coming on boardas director of youth services onApril 1. Atkinson, who earned amaster’s in social work from theUniversity of South Carolina, hasworked as the LGBT CommunityCenter of Charlotte’s operationsmanager since June 2011 andbriefly worked as qnotes’ editorin spring 2012. [Ed. Note — At press time, theLGBT Community Center was still in the processof hiring a new operations manager. Staytuned to goqnotes.com for more on that story.]Both Awlran and Atkinson are excitedabout their futures at Time Out Youth and theorganization’s recent upward trajectory.“I’m excited to see where these changeslead us,” Awlran said.Atkinson is most excited about increasingcapacity for in-house programming and theincreased school outreach.“I’m excited to engage with staff likeMicah,” Atkinson said. “The more we can dooutreach in school and a have a presence inthe school system, the more we are casting awider net to engage more youth.”Awlran said Time Out Youth’s currentclients and youth members are adjusting tothe changes.“Just to see the welcome that so manyof the youth have given me,” she said. “Theyimmediately treated me like a member of thefamily. That says a lot on their part.”Though the staff additions are positivesteps, the accompanying transition by Pittsis somewhat bittersweet. She’s moving toAsheville with her wife and her daughter,where she’ll be a stay-at-home mom. Thedeparture evokes a range of emotions.“The truth is, I have two families — Ihave my wife and my child and I have myTime Out family,” Pitts said. “Some of theseyouth are just as much mine as my own kidand I love them. I can’t imagine my life withoutthem, but I think now is the perfect timefor me to leave and have someone else comein with some new blood with new ideas andnew energy.” : :March 29-April 11 . 2013 qnotes 9


RiverRun to honorlocal gay coupleFilm festival to feature transgenderCanadian filmby Matt Comer :: matt@goqnotes.comLongtime LGBT activists and localarts supporters Frank Benedetti and GaryTrowbridge will be honored at this year’s 15thannual RiverRun International Film Festival inWinston-Salem. The festival, featuring over140 different award-winning feature films,documentaries, animated films, foreign filmsand shorts, will include two screenings ofdirector Madeline Carlin’s “We Will Prevail,”a short documentary following the coupleboth before and after the May 2012 passage ofNorth Carolina’s anti-LGBT state constitutionalamendment.“Originally it started with a young ladyfrom Elon College,” says Benedetti, 73. “Shewas working on a class project and asked ifwe would help her with it. She came out andvisited with us and came back another timeand took pictures and we said, ‘Okay, that’sthe end of that.’”Months later, the couple received a packagein the mail with a DVD and a thank younote. Later, they learned the film was submittedto the festival.“We review films for RiverRun and weheard this was one of the films submitted,”Benedetti says.Trowbridge, 72, adds, “Of course, theywouldn’t let us review that one.”The couple says feedback for the film,which was also screened at last year’s NorthCarolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival inDurham, has been positive.“They (RiverRun screeners) enjoyedwatching it very much and said there’s probablya genesis of a much larger story in thatand they hoped she would pursue that.”The film on the couple, who are longtimeadvocates for marriage equality, comes as theSupreme Court hears and considers two importantmarriage-related cases this spring andsummer. On March 26, the court heard oralarguments in the cases on the federal Defenseof Marriage Act and California’s anti-LGBTstate constitutional amendment, Proposition 8.Canadian dramacenters on transstory linesee next page uRiverRun International Film Festivalwill also screen the 2012 Canadiandrama, “Laurence Anyways.” The film,directed by Xavier Dolan and filmedin French, stars Melvil Poupaud astransgender character Laurence Aliaand Suzanne Clément as Laurence’slove interest Fred Belair. Set in the 1980sand 1990s, the film follows Laurence ashe reveals himself to Fred and exploreshow the couple navigates Laurence’stransition. The story line is a rocky one,as Fred and Laurence eventually breakup, Fred moves away and marries andtheir paths cross later in life. The filmwill be screened on April 13, 16 and 20at various venues at the University ofNorth Carolina School of the Arts and indowntown Winston-Salem.For more information on the film andtickets, visit riverrunfilm.com.Melvil Poupaud stars as the titlecharacter in ‘Laurence Anyways.’Photo courtesyRiverRun International Film Festival10 qnotes March 29-April 11 . 2013


a&egoqnotes.com/to/artsSpring, and music,is in the airUpcoming concertsFall Out BoysIt’s spring time. With warmer weathercomes more opportunities to get out and see,do and hear. Take a gander at these upcomingconcerts and musical events in and aroundCharlotte. Concert listings courtesy livenation.com, where you can purchase tickets andlearn more about each performance.Emmylou Harris // April 1Country legend Emmylou Harris comes toCharlotte’s Belk Theater on April 1, performingwith Rodney Crowell and the RichardThompson Electric Trio.Bob Seger // April 25Bob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band will lightup Time Warner Cable Arena on April 25.Bob Dylan // May 1Performing with Dawes, the American legendBob Dylan comes to Time Warner Cable Arenaon May 1.2013 Country Megaticket // May 3Country stars Keith Urban, Dustin Lynch andband Little Big Town team up for a blow-outconcert at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.Fall Out Boy // June 1Pop punksters Fall Out Boy, with its gayfriendlystar Pete Wentz, heads to The Fillmoreat the NC Music Factory.Brad Paisley // June 7Country star Brad Paisley books VerizonWireless Amphitheatre with Chris Young andLee Brice for his “Beat This Summer” tour.‘The Package’ // JUne 19In the mood for some old-school, boy-bandfun? New Kids on the Block, 98-degreesand Boyz II Men are slated to headline TimeWarner Cable Arena on June 19.O.A.R. // July 13American rocksters O.A.R. will perform withAndrew McMahon and Allen Stone at TimeWarner Cable Arena.‘Last Summer’ // July 25Three alternative favorites, Barenaked Ladies,Guster and the North Carolina-native BenFolds Five, combine forces for their “LastSummer on Earth” concert at Time WarnerCable Arena.Events600 FestivalFood Lion Speed StreetMay 23-25Charlotte’s favorite and largest Uptown streetfestival returns on Memorial Day Weekend,packing in three days full of NASCAR racingfun and music of all genres. As of press time,entertainers had yet to be announced. Staytuned to 600festival.com for updates.Uptown Charlotte Jazz FestJune 21-22The Fourth Annual Uptown Charlotte JazzFest returns to Uptown with the sounds andrhythms of some of the world’s greatestjazz performers, this year including BrianCulbertson and band BWB comprised ofguitarist Norman Brown, saxophonist KirkWhalum and trumpeter Rick Braun.uptowncharlottejazzfest.com.Summer Love Music FestAug. 18This benefit concert raises funds for Live OutLoud and Area Fifteen in NoDa. It also servesto raise awareness for local Charlotte bands.Six hours of music and vendors.facebook.com/summerlovemusicfest.Charlotte PrideAug. 24-25The Queen City’s annual LGBT Pride festivalreturns to Uptown Charlotte bringinglocal, regional and national entertainment,including bands, singer/songwriters and dragperformances.charlottepride.org.March 29-April 11 . 2013 qnotes 13


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SPORTSPlaying the fieldMatch-ups from across the Carolinas: Team season off and runningby Jon Hoppel :: qnotes contributorWell kids, it’s been an exciting first fewmonths here on the Charlotte sports scene. Incase you’ve missed any of it, here’s a recap.lifegoqnotes.com/to/lifeDavid June running to make points.Photo Credit: Robert Harmonmeet and get accustomed to the league, field,players, and coaches.see Playing on 20Danny Wadsworth passing toJon Hoppel.Photo Credit: Robert HarmonJoseph Pennington of Atlanta being tackled by B.J.Smith, Alex Grauer and J.T. Wentz.Photo Credit: Robert HarmonRugbyThe Charlotte Royals played their firsthome game of the season March 9 againstthe always formidable Atlanta Bucks. If youremember, the Royals tied the Bucks last season,10-10, at Atlanta’s annual Ruck-A-Bucktournament, so both teams were eager to getmore substantial result this time.Charlotte came out sluggish to start thegame, getting out hustled in rucks and toloose balls. Several careless turnovers led tothe first score by the Bucks: a quick penaltythat was taken by the scrum half, JosephPennington, while Charlotte was lackadaisicalgetting back on defense.Luckily, that and a quick tongue-lashingfrom their none-too-pleased coach, AmandaVestal, woke the team up and got their focusadjusted. The team answered back quickly bywinning a scrum 15 meters out from Atlanta’stry line and converting it into a score by insidecenter, Jon Hoppel.With the score evened, Charlotte neverlooked back. Outside center David June, 8man J.T. Wentz, and fly half Danny Wadsworthall followed with scores before the half ended.The Royals were able to keep the Bucks offthe scoreboard the second half while continuingto find the try zone, with the final scorebeing 5-64.Earning man of the match for the forwardswas J.T. Wentz, and for the backs was DannyWadsworth. Up next for the Royals is an awaygame March 23 in Charleston, S.C., versus theBlockade, followed by a home match againstTable Rock, April 13.Box Score: Wadsworth (24pts), June (15),Hoppel (10), Wentz (5), Colin Howard (5),Garrett Jordan (5).TennisIt’s getting close to April, which meansthe Queen City Tennis Club will be startingup again. These men and women play andcompete in all skill levels and experienceand welcome those interested in enjoyingthe game of tennis. This group meets everySunday morning from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at ParkRoad Park (although location is subject tochange based on tournaments) starting inApril, and runs through October. If you wantto find out more, go to their website: qctc.org. And, be on the lookout for their big yearlytournament versus the Triangle Tennis Clubfrom Raleigh, the Carolina Cup, happeningsome time in June.SoftballWell, their season is almost here. But,signups for the Carolina Softball league arestill available on their website, carolinasoftball.org. The league would like to ask any newplayers to the league to attend one of two clinicsbeing held at Revolution Park so you canMarch 29-April 11 . 2013 qnotes 15


out in the starsby Charlene Lichtenstein :: qnotes contributorMarch 29 - April 11a&egoqnotes.com/to/artsDon’t become an April fool when so manyplanets cluster in Aries and square retrogradePluto. What this means is that seemingly innocentactions can totally upend our personallandscapes. Think you have a great idea? Thatis great but wait, wait and…wait some more.ARIES (03.21-04.20) The temptation will be totry as many new people and experiences aspossible. Your focus spans many interests, fromlatent projects to love. But, the universe hasa way of letting you know that the landscapeis changing quickly and today’s good idea istomorrow’s second thought. Give things timeto percolate, gay Ram, at least until the tastereplicates the aroma.TAURUS (04.21-05.21) In this cosmic swirl ofintuition and just-pure fantasy, can you really tellfact from fiction? Not likely, queer Bull. So, if youfind that your imagination is conjuring all sortsof crazy scenarios, take a step back and thinkabout it for a second. There will be time to chaseyour dreams. To this time period, however, dreamboats can be scuttled on a craggy rock…or two.GEMINI (05.22-06.21) Friends are sending youall sorts of sensual signals. The air is rife withsparky love. Will you bite or just be devoured? Itis up to you, pink Twin. The ball is in your court,so to speak. And, you have to decide if you areready to complicate your platonic life for onelusty moment. If the answer is yes, go into itwith your eyes wide open, among other things.CANCER (06.22-07.23) The harder you work andtry to get ahead in your career, the more youmay upset certain close relationships. Maybethis is a good, refreshing change, gay Crab. Or,maybe it is just to be expected as you need todevote so much attention to the task at hand.Whatever your motivation, be sure that theends justify the means when you finally get tothe top of whatever heap.LEO (07.24-08.23) Life is one big adventure, butas you begin your momentous journey, youmay find yourself tied down by trivial tasks andtime wasters. Freedom and adventure is rightaround the corner, proud Lion, but you will haveto find a way to clear off your desk, finish uploose ends on the job and get your health inship shape for cruise season. Then set sail toseek some seamen.VIRGO (08.24-09.23) Queer Virgins certainlyhave “it” right now as their sexy animal magnetismis turned on full force. You not only attractanyone you set your sights on, you also havegreat fun doing it. Almost too much fun. So, besomewhat choosy, turn on your charisma andsee who is lured to your bright light. Will it belike moths to a flame? I would not be surprised.LIBRA (09.24-10.23) Proud Libras strive forharmony and balance in their lives. But, certainsituations may tip your scales. Love relationshipscan now impact long-standing familyissues. As much as you would like both sidesto see eye-to-eye, they may be head-to-head.Hopefully, with some careful maneuvering, bythe end of this time period, you will have themcheek to cheek.SCORPIO (10.24-11.22) Don’t let the dailyfrustrations of life spill into your job. And, don’tlet any job frustrations cause you to complain.It won’t do any good and will make it harder toregain your footing. Be the strong, silent typenow, proud Scorp. Let the vagaries of life swirlaround you while you meditate on happiertimes. Even better, escape and let the bureaucracygo on without you.SAGITTARIUS (11.23-12.22) Fun is on your personalagenda, whatever ”fun” means to you. So,whatever you find enjoyable and fulfilling, do it allthrough this time period. Just check on the costsinvolved to be sure that what you like to do iswithin your budget. Gay Archers can get carriedaway by an inspiration. You don’t want inspirationto cause much monetary perspiration.CAPRICORN (12.23-01.20) If you find that youare chafing under restrictive family rules, breakfree now and give yourself a chance to re-inventyourself with your own rules. Some rules arenaturally made to be broken. For those pink Capswho are planning a residential move, expect tobe surprised by the choices out there. Will you gorural from urban? Let’s not bet the farm.AQUARIUS (01.21-02.19) What you think isquickly said could upend careful behind-thescenesnegotiations. At least that is whatAqueerians seem to want at this time. You arefull of big ideas and are ready to share themwithout careful editing. My advice is to contemplatethe impact of your ideas and carefully testthe waters before you launch them. There istime to unleash your torrent later.PISCES (02.20-03.20) Good times with friends ison your agenda. But, be sure that you have themoney to party hearty and float your pals whentheir wallets are empty. Guppies can exceed theirbudgets because of a combination of too manyneedy friends and too many great things to do.Have fun, but save a little for a rainy day too. Oh,do I feel a drop? Or is it just a bunch of drips? : :© 2013 Madam Lichtenstein, LLC.All Rights Reserved. Entertainment.info: Visit TheStarryEye.com for e-greetings,horoscopes and Pride jewelry. My book “Her-Scopes: A Guide To Astrology For Lesbians”from Simon & Schuster is available at bookstoresand major booksites.16 qnotes March 29-April 11 . 2013


Queer Countrycontinued from page 12When all that comes to be, Brooks sang,then “we shall be free.”Other popular Country stars have madetheir gay-friendliness known, too. Dolly Partoncomes immediately to mind, putting her famousbrand behind her support with her 2005“Travelin’ Thru,” a song written and sung forthe transgender-themed film “Transamerica.”The same year, Willie Nelson and EmmylouHarris recorded songs for the breakthroughhit movie “Brokeback Mountain.” Nelson alsoreleased “Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly(Fond of Each Other)” that year, a song originallywritten in 1981 by the Texas-born NedSublette. Nelson said at the time that the songhad “been in the closet for 20 years.”“The timing’s right for it to come out,”Nelson said in a statement at the time of thesong’s release on Valentine’s Day 2005. “I’mjust opening the door.”Increasing inclusionThough you might not readily see it,gay-friendliness is increasing in Nashville.Country star Toby Keith — famous for his spatwith the Dixie Chicks — said in 2011 that hehad no problem with marriage for same-sexcouples or openly gay members of the ArmedServices.“Somebody’s sexual preference is, like,who cares,” he told “CMT Insider.”Yet, even in a world where conservativeToby Keith comes out in favor of LGBT equality,there remain few openly gay Country stars. k.d.lang is an obvious example, but she left Countryand turned to Pop not long after her debut.Chely Wright, whose hit “Single White Female”placed number one on the Country charts in1999, became the first major Country musicperformer to come out as gay in May 2010.It remains to be seen whether a majorCountry artist will come out during the peak oftheir popularity, though it’s more likely a questionof “when” than “if.” And, recent tidesin Country point, perhaps, to a brighter, lessstereotypically-conservative genre.Brad Paisley, with all his nostalgic the-South-is-so-wonderful sentimentality, has atleast been consistent with his progressiveideals. Despite calls for boycotts from someTea-party-crazed conservatives, Paisley’ssuccess continues to grow as fans devourhis liberally-enthused lyrics in songs like“American Saturday Night” and “SouthernComfort Zone,” each anthems calling theSouth, and America as a whole, to progressivism,multiculturalism and inclusion.A southern booster, for sure, Paisley isn’tblind or deaf to the past. His 2009 “Welcometo the Future” was supposedly inspired thenight then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama won the2008 election. In it, Paisley paid tribute to thatpainfully complex southern history that, evenafter nearly 150 years since the end of theCivil War, saturates nearly every corner ofsouthern politics, religion and culture.“I had a friend in school/Running backon a football team/They burned a cross inhis front yard/For asking out the homecomingqueen,” the song’s last verse states. “Ithought about him today/And everybody who’sseen what he’s seen/From a woman on a bus/To a man with a dream/Hey, wake up MartinLuther/Welcome to the future/Hey, glory, glory,hallelujah/Welcome to the future.” : :more: Read and watch special online extrasfor this article, including explorations of feminismand other LGBT topics in Country music,online at goqnotes.com/queercountry/.18 qnotes March 29-April 11 . 2013


Queering the big screenApril 25-28 • CharlotteGayCharlotte Film FestivalThe 5th Annual GayCharlotte Film Festival is slated for April 25-28 at Theatre Charlotte! Don’t miss the line-upof 10 incredible LGBTQ-themed movies including hilarious features and thought-provoking documentaries.Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Rd. Various dates. Various times. $8/online. $10/door. $65/10-ticket “flex pass.”GayCharlotteFilmSeries.com.March 29 • CharlotteWe Are PrideCharlotte Pride teams up with sponsor TheScorpio for a benefit night raising funds forthis year’s 2013 Charlotte Pride Festival. Aportion of entry fees and your donations willbenefit Charlotte Pride. Featuring shows fromformer Miss Charlotte Pride title holders. TheScorpio, 2301 Freedom Dr. Doors 10 p.m.,showtime Midnight.thescorpio.com. charlottepride.org.March 30 • CharlotteBig Gay SingThe Gay Men’sChorus of Charlottejoins with over 100performers from avariety of groups likethe Charlotte PrideBand, Charlotte RollerGirls, Charlotte RoyalsRugby Team, SouthernCountry Charlotte,Time Out Youth and others for “The Big GaySing.” Halton Theater, Central PiedmontCommunity College.8:04 p.m. $20-30. gmccharlotte.org.April 6 • CharlotteAmazing Race Bar CrawlSupporting AIDS Walk Charlotte. Cost is $150per team. For more information or to register,visit barsagainstaids.org.April 6 • CharlotteSongs of WisdomOne Voice Chorus presents an eclectic eveningof song featuring choral and organ workswith British connections, in collaboration withthe Charlotte chapter of the American Guild ofOrganists. First United Methodist Church, 501N. Tryon St. 7:30 p.m. $15/advance. $20/door.onevoicechorus.com.April 9 • CharlotteTrivia for charitiesTrivia nights have returned to Petra’s, with anew twist! The winning team receives $100given to the charity organization of its choice.Teams should be two-six people and must besigned up between 7:30-8 p.m. to play. Secondand fourth Tuesdays only. Petra’s, 1919Commonwealth Ave.7:30 p.m. petraspianobar.com.facebook.com/lanacanetrivia.April 12 • CharlotteBeing Gay, Going GreyThe LGBT CommunityCenter of Charlottepresents an artexhibit of photography,paintings and thewritten word exploring LGBT aging. Openingreception, April 12. LGBT Community Centerof Charlotte, 2508 N. Davidson St. 7-10 p.m.704-333-0144.gaycharlotte.com.April 13 • CharlotteWalk for AIDSThe House of Mercy hosts its 20th annualWalk for AIDS, raising awareness and fundsfor the House of Mercy’s services. For moreinformation, entry and support, visitthehouseofmercy.org.April 13 • SalisburyPride Drag ShowSalisbury Pride presents a fundraiser anddrag show. Cooper’s, The Gathering Place, 122E. Fisher St. 8 p.m. For more information, visitsalisburypride.com.April 16 • RaleighEquality NC Lobby DayEquality North Carolina hosts their annuallobby day and day of action at the NorthCarolina General Assembly. The day starts offwith a training at the North Carolina Museumof History and then lobbying with state legislators.For more information and to register, visitequalitync.org/lobbyday/.April 19-21 • CharlotteQueen City StompSouthern Country Charlotte presents its annualQueen City Stomp,with weekend dancelessons, evening partiesand their Saturday“Cattle Call Ball”fundraiser for the LGBTCommunity Center ofCharlotte, One VoiceChorus and Time OutYouth. Main events atHartigan’s Irish Pub,601 S. Cedar St., andhost hotel Residence Inn, 404 S. Mint St. Forregistration and more information visit,queencitystomp.com.April 20 • CharlottePrime Timers AnniversaryPrime Timers of Charlotte, an organizationfor “slightly older gay and bisexual” men,will celebrate the 20th anniversary of theirlocal chapter. Special speaker at the programis Rob Howard, president of Prime TimersWorld-Wide. Musical entertainment willQeventsgoqnotes.com/qguide/eventsalso be provided, with a special after partyat Sidelines Sports Bar. Park Road BaptistChurch Fellowship Hall, 3900 Park Rd. 6-9 p.m.$15/members. $25/friends and guests.704-236-3775. primetimersww.com/charlotte.April 27 • CharlotteFilm Festival: Guest SpeakerDirector Robert L. Camina will be a specialguest speaker following a screening of his“Raid of the Rainbow Lounge” during theGayCharlotte Film Festival. The 103-minutedocumentary recountsthe widely publicizedand controversial 2009police raid on the 40thanniversary of the raidon the Stonewall Innat a Fort Worth, Texas,gay bar that resultedin multiple arrests andserious injuries anda resulting local andnational outcry. TheatreCharlotte, 501 Queens Rd. 3 p.m. $8/online.$10/door. gaycharlottefilmseries.com.April 28 • GastoniaLGBT Democrats chapter formationA new county chapter of the LGBT Democratsof North Carolina will be formed. SouthernCrescent Private Lounge, 324 W. Main Ave.3-5:30 p.m. For more information, contactRobert Kellogg, 704-953-8529 or rkellogg001@carolina.rr.com.Submit your event toour new calendar!You can now submit your event to a special comprehensive community calendar presented by qnotes, the LGBTCommunity Center of Charlotte and Visit Gay Charlotte. Submit your event at goqnotes.com/eventsubmit/ and get athree-for-one entry. 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Playing the fieldcontinued from page 15Also, this Easter, Birmingham, AL is hostingtheir annual Southern Shootout. This isone of the biggest softball tournaments in thesoutheast and next article we will have a fullbreak down of the results.Roller DerbyThe Charlotte Roller Girls All-Stars wontheir first bout of the season March 2 whenthey beat the Gate City Roller Girls on the roadin Greensboro, 164-59. It was an ’80s themedmatch called “Breakfast Clubbed,” and thatis exactly how Gate City felt after going down105-25 at half. The home team tried to “club”back in the second half, but it was too little toolate. Earning roller girl of the bout was LeahDavidson, aka Hitsteria, who played jammerfor the All-Stars.The All-Stars took on the Cape Fear RollerGirls at home on March 23 and won the bout185-157.The CLTRG B-Dazzlers next take on theFive 40 Roller Derby squad at home April 6.For more information on the team ortickets to their bout, check out their Facebookpage at facebook.com/CharlotteRollerGirls orwebsite at charlotterollergirls.com. : :Charlotte Roller Girl All-Stars and theGate City Roller GirlsPhoto Credit:Charlotte Roller Girls Facebook Gallerylifegoqnotes.com/to/life20 qnotes March 29-April 11 . 2013


Blumenthal brings in biggest,Broadway Lights seasonGay-themed hit ‘Book of Mormon’ slated for December 2013by Lawrence Toppman :: ltoppman@charlotteobserver.comCurrent Tony-winning musical, previous Tony-winning musical,current Tony-winning revival of a musical.More shows than ever before and more opportunities toswap tickets you don’t want. And as of this year, no fee to jointhe pay-as-you-go plan.That’s the biggest news about the 2013-14 Broadway Lightsseries from Blumenthal Performing Arts, which begins inNovember with Matthew Bourne’s new version of “SleepingBeauty” and ends in autumn 2014 with “Once.”In between come the revamped “Evita” and the revised“Porgy and Bess,” the lighthearted “We Will Rock You” andthe deep-hearted “Ghost,” the frolicsome “Peter and theStarcatcher” and — wait for it — “The Book of Mormon,” whicharrives Christmas week.Throw in the seven shows in the Broadway Extras group, ifwe count the “Lion King” announced last year and coming thisAugust, and you can see 15 productions overall.Blumenthal president Tom Gabbard, who coordinated theseason with vice-president of programming Douglas Young,says the Blumenthal has never offered so many titles before.“We do try to match supply to demand,” he says. “Last year,we offered only two extra titles, because our sense was thatthe market here was fragile.“This year, there are a variety of indicators that the market isstrong. … ‘Fela!’ had trouble selling tickets in other cities but soldout two nights here. We were at 95 percent on ‘Wicked’ beforeit opened. And because we have only one multi-week run nextseason (‘Book of Mormon’), we’ve booked more titles.”Theatergoers with sensitive ears will appreciate themove away from acoustically troubled Ovens Auditorium. TheBlumenthal will place all these shows in its Belk, Knight, Boothor McGlohon theaters; it uses Ovens as a backup, when a longrun keeps a show out of its own heavily booked venues.“While we won’t be hosting any Broadway Lights events inthe upcoming season, we know we’ll have many more opportunitiesto potentially partner with Blumenthal Performing Artsin the future,” said George Hite, general manager of Bojangles’Coliseum and Ovens Auditorium. “Ovens will continue to upholdits 55-plus year legacy of entertainment through continuedprogramming of quality events.”People who like straight plays will be happy (and surprised)to learn that the Blumenthal is bringing three in one seasonfor the first time: “Starcatcher,” the comedy “Potted Potter”(think of Reduced Shakespeare meeting J.K. Rowling) and “TheMountaintop,” Katori Hall’s fictional depiction of Martin LutherKing Jr.’s last night before his assassination.Traditionally, the Blumenthal has let season ticketholdersswap one show in the series for any other production inits facilities, including the Charlotte Symphony, N.C. DanceTheatre or Opera Carolina. This year, you can swap two. (If thea&egoqnotes.com/to/arts2013-14 Broadway Lights SeasonTickets went on sale on March 24 for Blumenthal PerformingArts’ season of touring shows. The packages entitle you to sevenshows (or eight, if you want “Peter and the Starcatcher”); seasonticket-holders get first crack at single tickets for those shows andthe seven titles in the Broadway Extras list. For more information, call704-372-1000 or blumenthalarts.org. Visit goqnotes.com/broadwaylights2013/ for full details on the upcoming Broadway Lights season.new ticket is more expensive, you pay the difference; if it’s lessexpensive, the Blumenthal gives a refund.)Buyers have always been able to pay off their tickets over10 months with credit-card deductions, and Gabbard says 40percent of the buyers do that. But for the first time, that longtermplan carries no surcharge.Most unusually, 12 of the 15 titles have never been here.That suits his desire to “set a high standard by trying to get firstnational tour companies.”The biggest coup is “Book of Mormon,” which openedtwo years ago today on Broadway and still sells the highestpercentage of available seats there.Plays with religious themes can raise eyebrows inCharlotte, but Gabbard doesn’t expect the Tony winner to do so.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints even boughtads in the playbill for the Los Angeles run. One showed a mansmiling next to the words “I’ve read the book.” Another had asmiling woman saying, “The book is always better.”Says Gabbard, “In their quirky way, the show’s creatorshonor faith: What people believe is important. The Salt LakeTribune called this show ‘sweet,’ and it is.” : :— Originally published by The Charlotte Observer onMarch 24, 2013. Reprinted via the Charlotte News Alliance.March 29-April 11 . 2013 qnotes 21


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