Show your pride

CHARLOTTE — Over the last year, the Queen City has added yet another jewel to its crown with regard to LGBT organizations. Its Pride Band, formed in February 2010, is one of 35 nationwide. They hope to be included in full membership in 2011 in the Lesbian and Gay Band Association. Currently, they have been accepted as a band in formation.

Already, this newbie has played two concerts and will begin with rehearsals in the fall. And, they are looking for some musically-inclined folks to join them. All wind and percussion musicians are encouraged to audition. They are hoping to get large enough to form a marching band in order to participate in Pride celebrations across the country.

Practices will be on Thursday evenings at MCC-Charlotte, 1825 Eastway Dr. An introductory picnic will be held on Aug. 14, 6-7 p.m. Upcoming concerts will be held in conjuntion with the Charlotte Gay Men’s Chorus.

For those interested in or for more information, email Mark Taylor, artistic director, at or visit

Hold onto the ‘Rope’

CHARLOTTE — Queen City Theatre Company will present “Rope,” a play by Patrick Hamilton, at Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. from Aug. 19 through Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. with a matinee on Aug. 29 at 3 p.m.

An adult content presentation directed by Glenn T. Griffin, it tells the story of Wyndham Brandon and Charles Granillo, two brilliant young men who decided to murder their Oxford classmate, Ronald Kentley, as an intellectual exercise.

A classic thriller first brought to the screen in 1948 by Alfred Hitchcock, contains homoerotic connotations throughout the play and the obvious homosexual relationship between the two main characters.

Tickets are $24-28, general admission; $16-20, students and seniors. A special discounted performance on Aug. 25 will be $14. Visit to make purchases. For more information, visit

A call for entries

CHARLOTTE — The Third Annual Charlotte Fine Art & Craft Show will be held on Oct. 9-10 at The Park Expo & Convention Center, Freedom Hall, 2500 E. Independence Blvd.

Time is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on both days of exhibition. Admission is $5 and goes to support the Institute for Arts & Education. Twelve and under are admitted free.

It is produced by Hot Works, LLC out of Milford, Mich. The event is juried by art professionals based upon quality and originality, as well as technique and execution. Only 150 will be accepted worldwide.

Forms being accepted for consideration are painting, sculpture, glass, fiber, clay, wood, photography print making, drawing, digital and mixed media. For more information, call 248-684-2613, email Patty Narozny at or visit

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' former associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director.