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Cool Yule: Holidays 2012

December 8, 2012 in Cover Stories, Featured Stories, Holidays by QNotes Staff

Pull out your scarves, long coats and mittens! qnotes style columnist Daniel Stroupe graces the page with his tips and advice for fabulous winter-season style. Additionally, we have Carolina winter destinations, holiday recipes and gift-giving ideas just for you.

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Charlotte: Learn how to say ‘no’

December 8, 2012 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A multi-location event revolving around the critically-acclaimed “Bully” documentary film will be held in the Queen City in January through Joined In Education and the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte. It is being sponsored by The Leon Levine Foundation, the Duke Energy Foundation, the Gorelick Foundation and others.

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Queers trek across U.S.

December 8, 2012 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

ATLANTA, Ga. — North Carolina photographer Keith Bailey has launched his cross-country journey “Queer Across America,” with the pilot shooting taking place in Augusta, Ga., as qnotes hits the streets on Dec. 8. The three-day filming will be followed by other filmings in Atlanta before Christmas and then up to Charlotte, N.C., in January, ProjectQAtlanta.com reports.

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Charlotte: Nuns to hit Blumenthal stage

December 8, 2012 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Out on the Town (OOTT), the LGBT theater social group available through the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center’s Duke Energy Broadway Lights Series, has announced that it will host an exclusive pre-show party in the lounge at Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., before the performance of “Sister Act” on Jan. 10.

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Triangle: Holidays bring fun

December 8, 2012 in Carolinas News Notes by Lainey Millen

RALEIGH — The LGBT Center of Raleigh, 411 Hillsborough St., has a host of activities to fill the festive season ahead.

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Beyond the Carolinas: ‘Ex-gay’ agency sued for fraud

December 8, 2012 in Beyond the Carolinas by David Stout

NEW YORK, N.Y. — The Southern Poverty Law Center, joined by the law firms of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Lite DePalma Greenberg, LLC, filed a lawsuit Nov. 27 against Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH), its founder, Arthur Goldberg (pictured) and a counselor, Alan Downing, for peddling conversion therapy services, a dangerous and discredited practice that fraudulently claims to convert people from gay to straight.

Crisp English Style for Winter

December 8, 2012 in Featured Stories, Holidays by Daniel Stroupe

Theater Charlotte is presenting “The Foreigner” from Jan. 25 – Feb. 10. The play revolves around a couple of Englishmen, Charlie Baker and Staff Sgt. Froggy LeSueur visiting a fishing lodge in Georgia. This comedy is full of intrigue as Charlie wants to just be left alone, so they feign that he does not know a word of English. He has to keep up the ruse as he hears the secrets and gossip of the local townsfolk in this classic comedy by Larry Shue.

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Winter excursions in North Carolina

December 8, 2012 in Featured Stories, Holidays by Matt Comer

Winter is on its way. With it comes the expected cold weather and the doldrums of bleak, gray skies. Kids look forward to snow and days out of school. Grown-ups look toward breaking the monotony of the coldest, darkest part of the year. Whether you’re a winter lover or the I-can’t-wait-until-spring-and-summer-returns kind of person, there’s plenty to keep you occupied this season.

Holiday-time recipes stir entertaining inspiration

December 8, 2012 in Featured Stories, Holidays by Cecelia Thompson

Are you looking for a simple, seasonal, elegant and colorful meal for holiday dinner parties this December?

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Holiday Guide, Part II: Note the need

December 8, 2012 in Holidays by QNotes Staff

In the fall, qnotes published several wish lists from local organizations which chose to participate in our annual Community Assessment Survey. In the spirit of this giving season, we’re reprinting the lists.

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20 Questions: Bruce Claus, NoPo

December 8, 2012 in 20 Questions, Holidays by David Stout

Bruce Claus doesn’t live in the Tar Heel state, but the “confirmed bachelor” says his work with the family business — an international manufacturing and distribution non-profit — brings him to the area at least once a year.

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Naughty and Nice 2012

December 8, 2012 in Editor's Note by Matt Comer

I’ve got my fine parchment paper, my inkwell filled with the finest purple ink and my fancy feather quill pen all ready to go. Yes, it is time for this year’s Naughty and Nice list, recounting the heroes, villains and foes of 2012.

N.C. GOP still catering to the extreme Right

December 8, 2012 in Guest Commentary by Chris Fitzsimon

Folks looking for signs that rational behavior and common sense might be slowly creeping back into the national political discussion must be at least a little encouraged these days.

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QPoll: Will you give philantropically this year?

December 8, 2012 in QPoll by QNotes Staff

Do you plan to incorporate local or regional philanthropic giving into your holiday gifting this year?

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Playing the field: An end to season play

December 8, 2012 in Playing the Field by Jon Hoppel

Season’s greetings from your qnotes sports staff! We hope everyone enjoys their time with friends and family this December, even if it’s to wait out the Mayan apocalypse hunkered down in a bunker somewhere. For those throwing caution into the wind and ignoring the prophecies, here is what went down this past November in the Charlotte sports scene.

Out in the Stars: December 8 – 21

December 8, 2012 in Out in the Stars by Charlene Lichtenstein

Venus and Mercury make their move into zesty Sagittarius. All this fiery energy makes our wild, little world more exciting. As long as we are out and about, let’s do it with impact as well as style.

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When best friends leave you for boyfriends

December 8, 2012 in Tell Trinity by Trinity

A reader asks: “About two months ago my best friend got his first real boyfriend. Now, we hardly talk anymore. I know he’s happy, but I’m losing my best bud. Help!”