Featured Events

Featured Event: 

December 16: Charlotte Comicon Winter Show
Charlotte Comicon brings together vendors, local artists and pop culture enthusiasts of all stripes in 21,000 square feet of new and vintage comics, toys and more for sale and trade — plus an all-ages costume contest with convention cash prize. $5 admission at the door, ages 12 and under free. Embassy Suites Concord, Convention Center, 5400 John Q. Hammons Dr. NW, Concord. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. bit.ly/wintercomicon.

Other Events:

December 14-16
‘Buy My Art and Call It Holy’
Durham, various locations, times
The third installment in artist Monet Noelle Marshall’s “Buy It Call It” Trilogy is comprised of a series of free, open and interactive events variously incorporating music, dance, food, word and ceremony. Events are appropriate for all ages.

December 14-23
‘The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical’
Hadley Theater at Queens University
2132 Radcliffe Ave., Charlotte
7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30pm Sunday
Actor’s Theater of Charlotte reprises the bawdy tale of Armadillo Acres and its residents’ very own neighborhood Scrooge, with a content warning alerting potential guests to “an uncensored good time.” Regular admission $30-$35, half price for students, teachers and military. Premium admission $44.

December 14-29
‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical’
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th St., Charlotte
7:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. and
3 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday (note Friday Dec 28 will operate on a Sunday schedule with shows at 2 and 4 p.m. only)
The “worst kids in the history of the world” wreak heartwarming havoc on a Sunday school Christmas pageant in one of Children’s Theatre’s greatest hits, based on the book by Barbara Robinson. Sensory-friendly performance Dec. 28 at 4 p.m.

December 14-January 20
‘The Beyond – Georgia O’Keefe and Contemporary Art’
North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday
“The Beyond” exhibits painting and sculpture by the pioneering O’Keefe alongside the works of 20 emerging artists, exploring her lasting impact on the development of contemporary American art. The exhibit is ticketed with “Candida Höfer in Mexico,” a group of 25 large-format photographs of the interiors of Mexican libraries, churches, museums and more. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $12 for youth. Museum members receive half-price admission. Tickets are sold for specific dates and times.

December 15
Uptown Flea
700 N. Tryon St., Charlotte
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Live music entertains while copious food truck offerings sustain patrons of more than 80 local vendors, including purveyors of vintage and one-of-a-kind handmade goods. $1 entry fee. All ages welcome.

December 16
Take Time for Time Out Youth
NoDa Company Store
3221 Yadkin Ave., Charlotte
12:30-5 p.m.
Sponsoring this year’s fundraiser for Time Out Youth’s Emergency Financial Assistance program, the Company Store is offering free brunch for attendees bringing an EFA donation. A list of desired material donations can be found online and includes toiletries, bus passes, gift cards, basic clothing items and more, along with links to TOY’s Amazon wish lists. The event will also feature a silent auction with all proceeds to benefit the Emergency Financial Assistance program.

December 16
Crape Myrtle Festival Drag Brunch
Five Star Chinese Restaurant
511 W. Hargett St., Raleigh
11:30 a.m.
Enjoy this fun-filled event, featuring Michelle Warren, Vivian Vaughn, Ebony Summers, Kirby Kolby and Kelly Ray Shelton. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., show begins at 12:15 p.m. Music by DJ Fred Livingston. Standing room only tickets are $20 and are available online at bit.ly/2Gg6kSh.

December 16
Triangle Empowerment Center’s
Community Roots Award Fundraiser and Gala
The Pit
321 W. Gear St., Durham
5:30-8 p.m.
Enjoy entertainment, heavy hor d’oeuvres, cocktails and fellowship while honoring award recipients Candis Cox (Advocate of the Year), Jim Manchester (Volunteer of the Year), Veleria Levy (Business Ally of the Year) and Dr. Victoria Mobley (Visionary of the Year). Tickets are $20/individual and $150/table and are available online. All contributions are tax deductible.

December 17
A Benefit for LGBT Center of Raleigh
The Pour House
224 S. Blount St., Raleigh
6:30 p.m.
A benefit and a welcome to neighborhood for the LGBT Center of Raleigh (which is moving after Dec. 20 to new digs) featuring Henbrain, Fruit Snack and Noah Cross.

December 18-20
‘The Wizard of Oz’
Ovens Auditorium
2900 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte
7 p.m.
The iconic film is recreated onstage “nearly scene for scene.” Tickets start at $34.

December 18
PFLAG Greensboro Holiday Party
College Park Baptist Church
corner of Aycock St. & Walker Ave., Greensboro
6:30 p.m.
A meat dish and drinks will be provided at PFLAG Greensboro’s annual celebration, with guests asked to contribute a side dish to share. For more information, call
336-541-6754 or email info@pflaggreensboro.org.

December 19 and 26: Pearl and the Charlotte Holding Company
Janis Joplin tribute artist Travis “Pearl” Laughlin and local backing band the Charlotte Holding Company take up residence on the Snug stage for the month of December, working their way chronologically through the 1960s legend’s four studio albums, including the posthumously-released “Pearl.” $5 cover charge. Ages 21+. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., Charlotte. 9 p.m. 917-805-7601.

December 19
‘Sleeping Beauty’
Knight Theater at Levine Center
for the Arts
430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte
7:30 p.m.
In its first-ever American tour, the National Ballet Theatre of Odessa travels to Charlotte from the Ukraine to present this beloved work to Tchaikovsky’s score. Tickets $40-$60. Special group rates may be available for parties of 10 or more.

December 19
Guilford Green Foundation LGBTQ Center Holiday Open House
LGBTQ Center
1205 W. Bessemer Ave., Suite 226, Greensboro
12 p.m.-6 p.m.
Stop by the LGBTQ Center for some holidays treats and fun! See old friends and make new ones and enjoy an ornament decorating contest, with a prize for the winner. The center is collecting items for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness this holiday season. Consider bringing an unwrapped gift for LGBTQ teens at the Youth Focus Act Together shelter. Here’s a list of commonly requested items: fast food gift certificates, hair dryers, flat irons, hoodies (Nike is the “in” brand this year), Nike socks, makeup kits, teen novels, water bottles, colorful soft blankets, over-the-ear headphones, cards, card games, journals and duffel bags to carry belongings. Items will be delivered on Dec. 20. The center is also accepting donations for our Queer Library! Check out the Amazon wishlist for more details.

December 21-22
Ilana Glazer
The Comedy Zone
900 NC Music Factory Blvd. Suite B3, Charlotte
7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday
Comedian, actor, writer and executive producer of the critical and commercial phenomenon ‘Broad City’, Ilana Glazer brings her signature outrageous, no-holds-barred wit to the Queen City in this PG-18 -rated live show. General admission $30, gold circle $35.

December 21
LGBT Center of Raleigh Blue Christmas
St. John’s MCC
622 Maywood Ave., Raleigh
7-8 p.m.
A gathering on the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, offering companionship, comfort and affirmation to those dealing with grief, loneliness, depression or otherwise struggling to experience the holiday season as a time of joy. Coffee and refreshments will be available before and after the program.

December 22
Crystal Chanda-Leer’s Holiday Revue
The Woodshed Bar
3935 Queen City Dr., Charlotte
11 p.m.-2 a.m. December 23
Crystal Chanda-Leer leads this one-of-a-kind celebration featuring “a bevy of bearded beauties” along with entertainment from special MC Boogie Bear and a plethora of diverse queens to suit every appetite. Ages 21+. ID required. The Woodshed is a private club; new patrons must apply for membership at a cost of $10 or be signed in by a current member and pay applicable guest cover charge.

December 27–31
‘Rock of Ages’
Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte
A “dynamic” new cast hits Charlotte with the 10th anniversary tour of this jukebox celebration of 1980s rock, including songs by Styx, Twisted Sister, Poison and other staples of the era. Tickets $25-$95. Show contains adult language and content.
bit.ly/rockyburlesque. bit.ly/2DHqMc8.

December 28
‘E.T.: Movie in Concert’ with The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte
2900 E. Independence Blvd.
7:30 p.m.
The Charlotte Symphony performs legendary composer John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score as the beloved film makes its return to the big screen in high definition. Tickets $19-$99.


Charlotte LGBT Chamber
Regular business meetings, social events and other activities throughout the year. Days and times vary.
info: clgbtcc.org.

Charlotte Latin Pride
Spanish-language support nights, second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m., Charlotte Pride offices at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1900 The Plaza, Charlotte.
info: charlottepride.org/latin/.

PFLAG Charlotte
Support meetings, second Monday of each month, 6:30-8 p.m., Time Out Youth Center, 3800 Monroe Rd., Charlotte.
info: pflagcharlotte.org.

PFLAG Concord/Kannapolis
Meets for monthly group support meetings, second Tuesday of each month, 7-9 p.m., Trinity United Church of Christ, 38 Church St. N., Concord.
info: bit.ly/1pCFVBq.

PFLAG Gaston
Meets for monthly support meetings, third Thursday of each month, 7 p.m., St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 258 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia.
info: pflaggaston.org.

Prime Timers
Monthly meeting including dinner, speaker, games and more for gay men ages 21 and up, 5-7 p.m., Park Road Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 3900 Park Rd., Charlotte.
info: primetimersww.com/charlotte/.

Stonewall Sports
Regular team sports, meet-up, social and service events throughout the year. Days and times vary.
info: stonewallcharlotte.leagueapps.com.

Trans Youth Group
Weekly discussion groups for transgender youth ages 13-20 each Thursday, 4:30-6 p.m., 3800 Monroe Rd., Charlotte.
info: timeoutyouth.org.

Transcend Charlotte
Support groups for partners, friends and family of transgender and gender non-conforming adults ages 18 and older, second and fourth Sundays of each month, 6-7 p.m., Time Out Youth Center, 3800 Monroe Rd., Charlotte.
info: transcendcharlotte.org.

Youth Drop-In Space
Drop-in space Monday-Friday, 3-6:30 p.m., 3800 Monroe Rd., Charlotte.
info: timeoutyouth.org.

Youth Discussion Group
Weekly discussion groups for LGBTQ youth ages 13-20 each Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 3800 Monroe Rd., Charlotte.
info: timeoutyouth.org.

Youth of Color Group
Weekly discussion groups for LGBTQ and ally people of color each Thursday, 7-8:30 p.m., 3800 Monroe Rd., Charlotte.
info: timeoutyouth.org.

Our calendar is designed to give you more diverse options for events in the community. Have one to submit? A listing to update? Email us at editor@goqnotes.com.

Last updated: December 14, 2018, 3:25 p.m.