Weekend to-do: May 21-23

May 21 • Lake Wylie
Miss Rainbow In Pageant

The Rainbow In hosts its first annual Miss Rainbow In Pageant. This year’s theme is “Masquerade, A Night of Painted Faces!” Drag entertainers interested in competing can contact Roxy C. Moorecox at funnydragqueen@gmail.com. The Rainbow In, 4376 Charlotte Hwy. 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

May 21 • Wilson
The Botanist

Peter Neofotis, a gay writer and author of the story collection “Concord, Virginia” (St. Martin’s Press, 2009), will be presenting his story “The Botanist” for one night only as part of Theater of the American South. Drawn from the writer’s own experience of growing up gay in the rural South and from an account of a 1960s sodomy trial, this story tells the tale of a young college student who is persecuted for his homosexuality. “The Botanist” is both heart-wrenching and hilarious. Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre, Barton College. 9:30-11 p.m. theateroftheamericansouth.org.

May 22 • Charlotte
Gay Day at Crisis Assistance

The boys of Takeover Friday invite you to a day of giving back. Join them at Crisis Assistance Ministries for any one of three shifts: 9 a.m.-11 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Crisis Assistance Ministries, 500 Spratt St. facebook.com/event.php?eid=121111281252253.

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May 22 • Charlotte
Bear Encounters

DJ Danny Gallegos hosts his special monthly party for bears and their admirers. Petra’s, 1919 Commonwealth Ave. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. facebook.com/event.php?eid=125050174177332

May 23 • Charlotte
Drag Yard Sale

Buff Faye hosts her “Big Drag Queen Family Yard Sale” with wigs, sequin gowns, feather boas and more! A portion of proceeds will benefit the Haiti Relief Fund. For more information visit bigdragqueenyardsale.com or email info@bufffaye.com. Bar at 316,
316 Rennsalaer Ave. 1-5 p.m.

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May 23 • Charlotte
Me, Her & Her

The Lesbian & Gay Community Center and Metropolitan Community Church of Charlotte host the Me, Her & Her Benefit Concert for the Center. MCC Charlotte, 1825 Eastway Dr. 5 p.m. $15 at the door. gaycharlotte.com.

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