LGBT and friendly bars and night clubs across the city have rolled out their plans to keep people entertained and feeling happy as some 35,000 or more delegates, other convention guests and journalists head into town for the Democratic National Convention. Below are a sampling of activities submitted to us.
Saturday, Sept. 1
Men of Petra’s Reunion
Past contestants in Petra’s amateur and camp drag contest come back for another performance. $5 cover. 10 p.m. Petra’s, 1919 Commonwealth Ave., 28205. 704-332-6608.
Sunday, Sept. 2
One Kick Ass Party
NY Producer/DJ Johnny Vicious, Warner Brothers Records “Official Madonna Remixer” will be delivering his signature house sounds alongside local fav DJ Andy Kastanas for Soul’s “One Kick Ass Party. Soul welcomes diversity and appreciates its loyal LGBT fans! SOUL Gastrolounge, 1500 Central Ave., 28205. 704-348-1848. soulgastrolounge.com/.
Labor Day Show
Charlotte’s longest-running LGBT nightclub presents a special Labor Day show featuring hostess Buff Faye, Aiesha Paris, Gypsy Starr and Miss Gay NC U.S.ofA. 2012 Jamie Monroe. $2 vodka drinks. The Scorpio, 2301 Freedom Dr., 28208. 704-373-9124. thescorpio.com.
Monday, Sept. 3
Petra’s opens up a week’s worth of activities with a night special-made for local and visiting pianophiles. Three of the best pianists in town will be on deck that night as Ethan Uslan, Gordon Gergory James and Ryan Stamey all take turns at the keyboard. Petra’s, 1919 Commonwealth Ave., 28205. 704-332-6608. Free cover.
Democratic Divas Drag Show
Celebrate Labor Day and Kick off DNC week with some flair! Join Roxy C. Moorecox as she welcomes an all-star cast to the stage of Wet Willie’s at the NC Music Factory! The show will feature: Big Shirli Stevenz, Jamie Monroe, Beth Ann Phetamine and Charlotte’s own DNC delegate, Janice Covington! Wet Willie’s, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., 28206. Free cover.
Tuesday, Sept. 4
LGBT Delegate and Elected Officials Reception, Watch Party and Dance Party
8 p.m.-2 a.m.
Official 2012 Democratic National Convention reception for LGBT delegates and elected officials hosted by National Stonewall Democrats, Netroots Nation and The PPL. Convention procedings watch party 8-10 p.m., with dance party following. Free with DNC or PPL Credential; $25 otherwise. Packard Place (The PPL), 222 Church St., 28202. stonewalldemocrats.org.
Wednesday, Sept. 5
Petra’s is known for its midweek Karaoke Party and with the DNC in town, this one is sure to be off the chain. The $6 pitchers of cold draft beer, along with other drink specials, will give you the courage you need to take to the mic even if you have sworn you never will. Petra’s, 1919 Commonwealth Ave., 28205.
704-332-6608. Free cover for members. $3 for guests.
Miss At Large and Mister Scorpio Pageants
Local contestants vie for a chance to be crowned the next Scorpio royalty. The Scorpio, 2301 Freedom Dr., 28208. 704-373-9124. thescorpio.com. : :
See more events in the joint QNotes/LGBT Community Center/Visit Gay Charlotte calendar at goqnotes.com/calendar/. Don’t see your special event listed here? Log on to the calendar and get it submitted to our online version today!
Community leaders pictured (left to right): Jermaine Nakia Lee, Power House Project, Program Coordinator; O’Neale Atkinson, The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte, Operations Manager; Richard Grimstad, 2012 Pride Charlotte, Sponsor Co-Chair; Gil Croy, The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte, Art Chair; Jonathan Hill, 2012 Pride Charlotte, Festival Co-Chair.