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December 25, 2010 – QNotes

A ‘Pageant’ like no other

Popular musical returns to the Queen City, reveals deeper meaning through campy fun and humor

Let’s face it: Beauty pageants are a joke. Some would even argue such contests are sexist. Fortunately for us sane folks, we can indulge in “Pageant: The Musical,” a hilarious and satirical spoof on this strange, albeit popular, world of beauty pageantry. Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte will stage the show in January.

The Hole Story

Indie film legend John Cameron Mitchell snags his first Hollywood feature directing gig with Nicole Kidman

In “Rabbit Hole,” a little boy’s death tears his parents’ lives apart. Actor-turned-filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell (“Shortbus,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”) connected deeply with the material — adapted by David Lindsay-Abaire from his own Pulitzer Prize-winning play — and won over star/producer Nicole Kidman, snagging his first high-profile, Hollywood feature directing gig.

Person of the Year: Steve Bentley

Service and leadership at Time Out Youth forged with passion, dedication

Time Out Youth executive director Steve Bentley (l-r) with youth member Loan Tran and youth services director Laurie Pitts. A native North Carolinian, Steve Bentley grew up in North Wilkesboro. It’s a small town in the state’s western Piedmont, an hour away from Boone to the West and Winston-Salem to the East. Perhaps it’s that …

City settles Atlanta Eagle lawsuit

News Notes: Beyond the Carolinas

A settlement in the Atlanta Eagle raid lawsuit will force the Atlanta Police Department to rewrite unconstitutional policies regarding arrest, search and seizure, and make other changes to protect the public from police misconduct.

South Carolina: Local doc gets premiere

News Notes: Carolinas

Darrell Senter and Emory Helms are taking on the challenge of producing their documentary short film, “The Mirror,” by asking one simple question, “My name is (blank), hear my story.”

Charlotte: Band recruits for wind ensemble

News Notes: Carolinas

Pick up that fife and flute. The Charlotte Pride Band is recruiting for the first LGBT wind ensemble in the Queen City. Open to the community and its affirming ally musicians, regardless of background or experience, it welcomes all wind players and percussionists.

Triangle: Couple wins Scandinavian nuptials

News Notes: Carolinas

Thomas Landreth and Brett Kessler were among one of three recipients of SAS’s U.S. VisitSweden’s “Love is in the air” competition. They said their “I dos” with a commitment ceremony at the IceHotel in northern Sweden and a honeymoon package in Stockholm’s Hotel Skeppsholmen.

ENC sets year-end goal

News Notes: Carolinas

Equality North Carolina (ENC) which had set a year-end goal of $8,000, need help. They are only a quarter of the way there. In order to secure legislative and campaign initiatives, the monies are necessary.

Stop talking. Start walking.

Editor's Note

Only real political courage will be enough to fix Charlotte’s slim and pathetic record of progress. And, while Mayor Anthony Foxx was “there” at the Lesbian & Gay Community Center forum in December, I have doubts whether or not he’ll be “there” for us when it matters the most.