Early registration deadline nears

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Gay Christian Network’s 2016 Conference is providing registration at a 35 percent discount until Aug. 28.

The conference’s focus will center around the concept of “What’s next for me?” It will be held from Jan. 7-10 in Houston, Texas.

Mary Lambert will be in concert during the event. She is known as the singer/songwriter who crafted and sang the hook on Maclemore & Ryan Lewis’ marriage equality anthem, “Same Love.”

Speakers slated to appear are: Allyson Robinson, Baptist preacher and national trans leader; Broderick Greer, Episcopal curate and social justice advocate; Justin Lee, founder and executive director of GCN; and Tracey Lind, dean of Trinity Cathedral.

Super early bird rate is $119 single until the deadline date. Afterward, prices go up to $135/early bird (Oct. 2), $150/regular (Dec. 4), $185/last minute (Jan. 2) and onsite. Group rates are also available. A complete itinerary and more is available online.

info: gcnconf.com.

Seniors visit theatre

RALEIGH, N.C. — SAGE Raleigh will be taking in an evening of theatre reveling on “Spamalot” on Sept. 11, 8 p.m., at Raleigh Little Theatre, Cantey V. Sutton Theatre, 301 Pogue St.

The musical comedy is a bit irreverent and spoof laden. Its storyline revolves around King Arthur and his Knights of the Roundtable as they embark on a quest. It is an adaptation of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

Former “American Idol” and political candidate Clay Aiken played the role of Sir Robin on Broadway from 2008-09, with a break between June through August.

Tickets are $24/general and $20/senior.

info: lgeller@lgbtcenterofraleigh.com. raleighlittletheatre.org.

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