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Apr. 5-26 • Charlotte
The boy/girl line gets blurred when the anonymity of the internet allows a shy and awkward Nick to make a deeper connection with Adam — after he’s been lured by Nick’s alter ego “Rachael.” The Frankenstein-like consequences make “Dark Play” a dangerous and exhilarating piece of theatre. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, 1118 Clement Ave. Thur.-Sat. 8 p.m. $22 general admission, $20 students/seniors. 704-455-8542. www.nccast.com
Apr. 5 • Charlotte
Join The House of Mercy for a three-mile walk through historic Belmont, N.C. to raise awareness and funds for low-income persons with advanced AIDS living at The House of Mercy. There will be a picnic reception with music following the Walk. Register at the stone shelter on the Sisters of Mercy Campus. 9:30 a.m. 704-825-4711 ext 3. www.thehouseofmercy.org
Apr. 5 • Raleigh
Triangle Community Works presents their first annual fashion show. Latin popstar Jade Esteban Estrada will serve as master of ceremonies. Freedoms Hall, 118 S. Person St. 7p.m. www.tcworks.org
Apr. 8 • Huntersville
Join singer/songwriter Jackson Rohm as he rocks Huntersville for AIDSWALK Charlotte 2008. This intimate, private party is a benefit for AIDSWALK and will be Jackson’s unveiling for his new CD. Food and drinks included in your admission price. Montieth Park Clubhouse, Waterfront Dr. 8 p.m. $30. 704-995-3214 for tickets or email Dale Pierce at firstname.lastname@example.org
Apr. 9-26 • Charlotte
A biting, contemporary comedy that takes a look at the scandalous world of Hollywood celebrities. Players in this fast-paced farce include a spin doctor agent, a rising movie star, a sexy rent boy and his naive and needy girlfriend. Actors Theatre Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St. Wed-Thur. 7:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 8p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m. $15-$28. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org
Apr. 9 • Charlotte
Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Shelby Lynne makes her first Neighborhood Theatre appearance. She will be joined by an eight piece band on some of Dusty Springfield’s most beloved songs to promote her new Dusty covers album, “Just a Little Lovin’.” Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. 8 p.m. $25. 704-358-9298. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
Apr. 9 • Greenville
Celebrate Sean Kennedy’s 21st birthday with his family, friends and Sean’s Last Wish Foundation. The Castle, 8-B Legrand Blvd. Regular cover charges apply. Donations to Sean’s Last Wish can be made at the door. RSVP to Elke Kennedy at 864-884-5003 or email email@example.com
Apr. 10 • Durham
This moving documentary examines two gay bars, Rumors and Crossroads, in the middle of redneck America that provide safe havens in the midst of great prejudice, hatred and fear. This screening is part of the Love=Love Film Series. Duke University campus, French Family Science Center 2231. 7:30 p.m. Contact Mayuresh Tapale at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Apr. 11-27 • Raleigh
In a New York turned upside down by the chaotic energy of the 1980s and the destructive terror of AIDS, this Pulitzer Prize-winning play follows the story of two disintegrating relationships, one gay, the other straight. This two-part production can be seen individually or as an extraordinary whole. Part One: “Millennium Approaches”: Apr. 11–13, 24 and 26; Part Two: “Perestroika”: Apr. 18–20, 25 and 27. Theatre In The Park, 107 Pullen Rd. 8 p.m. Sunday matinee 3 p.m. $13-$21. 919-831-6936. www.theatreinthepark.com.
Apr. 11-12 • Duncan
This semi-annual fundraiser for MCC-Upstate promises an evening of fun and fellowship. Come out and have fun. MCCU, 151 W. Main St. 8 p.m. Donations accepted. 864-439-5080.
Apr. 11 • Spartanburg
This symposium will reinforce the campus’ commitment to respecting sexual diversity, and acknowledge Upstate’s longstanding recognition of sexual orientation as a protected category. The symposium will also seek to energize students, faculty and staff to improve the campus climate for LGBTQ individuals. USC Upstate, 800 University Way. For details, contact Dr. Lisa Johnson at 864-503-5724.
Apr. 12 • Charlotte
Audra McDonald is a singing sensation who’s as comfortable on the Broadway stage as she is in a concert hall or an opera house. The Tony-winning actress and singer has performed concerts with America’s leading orchestras, released four solo albums, and currently stars in the ABC television series “Private Practice.” Belk Theatre, 130 N. Tryon St. 8 p.m. $28-$78. www.charlottesymphony.org
Apr. 12 • Winston-Salem
The spiritual walk with HIV/AIDS has included some incredible struggles and amazing opportunities. This retreat highlights the evolving and powerful adaptive responses while challenging each participant to tear down the walls that limit hope for community wellness. This session will explore ways to cultivate and expand these strategies and dialogues through interactive discussions and skills building exercises. MCC Winston-Salem, 4115 Patsy Dr. 9:30 a.m. Email Joe Cobb at email@example.com
Apr. 17-May 3 • Raleigh
First produced in 1978, “Bent” is a powerful, gay love story set in Nazi Germany, where homosexuals were being sent to concentration camps. This is the tale of two men in Dachau, experiencing love in the face of persecution and terror. Artspace, 201 E. Davie Dr. Wed-Sat. 8 p.m. Sun. 7 p.m. $14-$17. 919-832-9607. www.realtheatre.org
Apr. 18-20 • Charlotte
Benefiting the Lesbian & Gay Community Center and Time Out Youth, Queen City Stomp is two days of country dancing, dance workshops, dance exhibitions, cocktail parties, after-hours parties and a BBQ lunch. This is one of the premier events in a growing circuit of gay and lesbian country music and rodeo events. Charlotte Eagle, 4544 South Blvd. www.queencitystomp.com
Apr. 18 • Greensboro
Sponsored by the Guilford Green Foundation (GGF), Green Queen Bingo has become downtown Greensboro’s must-attend event. Join Big Shirli Stevenz, the Green Queen herself, for a night of fun and enjoyment. Empire Room, 203 S. Elm St. 7:30 p.m. $15. www.ggfnc.org.
Apr. 19 • Columbia
Garden of Grace Church UCC is having a cookout on the church lawn to raise money for AIDS Benefit Foundation of South Carolina. Come out and have a good time for a good cause. Garden of Grace, 1020 Atlas Rd. Noon. $25 suggested donation. Contact Andy Sidden. 803-695-9664.
Apr. 23-24 • Greensboro
This musical drama is about being young, learning to survive, falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. “Rent” has made a lasting mark on Broadway with show-stopping songs like “Seasons of Love” and a story that resonates with anyone who’s ever longed for a human connection. Greensboro Coliseum, 1921 W. Lee St. 8 p.m. $35.50-$45.50. www.greensborocoliseum.com
Apr. 26 • Columbia
Come out and join “Dining With Friends” at the dessert finale. There will also be a silent auction and all proceeds will go to AIDS Benefit Foundation of South Carolina. Palmetto GBA, 17 Technology Cir. 8 p.m. $25. www.abfc.org
Apr. 26 • Durham
The CC presents Garden Party Bingo. Come join the fun with Miss Mary K. Mart for a great show benefiting people living with HIV/AIDS in the Triangle. Durham Armory, 220 Foster St. Doors open at 7 p.m. $15 advance/$17 door. Tickets can be purchased at White Rabbit, Regulator Book Shop and Cherry Pie. www.dragbingo.com
Apr. 29- May 4 • Raleigh
“Riverdance” is a record-breaking spectacle that celebrates traditional Irish step dancing and music. Memorial Auditorium, 2 E. South St. Tue.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 2p.m.; Sun. 7 p.m. $31-$59.50. 919-831-6060. www,progressenergycenter.com
May 1 • Charlotte
The Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund presents its first annual “The Happening” public luncheon. The event seeks to educate the community about the Fund’s purpose and to highlight recent charitable contributions. Entertainment by One Voice Chorus. Tickets are $20 and can be obtained by mailing a check to: CLGF Happening, 2100 Crescent Ave. Suite 100, Charlotte, N.C., 28207. Please make checks payable to Foundation for the Carolinas with “CLGF Happening” written in the memo line; checks must be received by April 21 to secure a seat. Omni Charlotte Hotel. 132 E. Trade St. Noon - 1 p.m. www.fftc.org
May 3 • Charlotte
Join the largest HIV/AIDS awareness and fundraising event in the Carolinas. All money raised from AIDS WALK Charlotte benefits RAIN, the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network, in their work to improve the quality of life for those living with HIV and AIDS. All funds raised during this event stay in the Charlotte region. Gateway Village atrium, 800 W. Trade St. Registration at 8 a.m. www.aidswalkcharlotte.org
May 3 • Raleigh
Help Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolina go the distance for people living with HIV and AIDS. Events include one-mile and three-mile walk routes and 30-mile, 60-mile and 101.5-mile bike routes. Events start at 6 a.m. in the Halifax Mall parking lot. Contact Camille Keonce at 919-596-9898 ext. 18 for details. www.aas-c.org
May 6-11 • Raleigh
A hilarious musical full of heart and hummable tunes, “Avenue Q” is about trying to make it in NYC with big dreams and a tiny bank account. The show employs a cast of people and puppets to tell the story in a smart, risque and downright entertaining way. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Memorial Auditorium, 2 E. South St. Tue.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 2p.m.; Sun. 7p.m. $21-$57. 919-831-6060. www.progressenergycenter.com
May 8 • Columbia
Playwright Del Shores (“Sordid Lives”) traces the journey of four gay boys in the Baptist Church in this production. Narrator Mark Lee Fuller tries to create a world of love and acceptance in the church and clubs of Dallas, Texas, while desperately searching for a place to put his pain and rage. All proceeds benefit The Harriet Hancock Center. Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. 7:30 p.m. $40. 803-781-0515. www.trustus.org
May 16 • Columbia
The S.C. Gay and Lesbian Business Guild presents its 16th Annual Awards Gala featuring nationally recognized and openly gay comedic entertainer ANT (“The Last Comic Standing”). The night of events will feature a reception and networking hour, dinner and awards presentation and an after dinner dance. Sponsored by American Airlines, Asset Realty, Inc., Embassy Suites, FASTCO and Q-Notes. Tickets can be purchased online. Embassy Suites Hotel. 200 Stonebridge Dr. 6 p.m. $60 Guild members, $75 non-members. www.scglbg.org.
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