October 10-November 4: ‘Hamilton’
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop musical biography of founding father Alexander Hamilton is the Queen City’s most anticipated show of the season. Tickets $75-$600. Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. Various times. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte
The comedian behind HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher brings his famously acerbic wit to the Queen City. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets $49-$125.
‘Leonard Bernstein at 100’
710 Levi Coffin Dr., Greensboro
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra music director Dmitry Sitkovetsky steps down from the conductor’s podium and picks up his violin to celebrate the renowned composer’s centennial. The program will include Bernstein’s Candide overture, Serenade violin concerto, and symphonic dances from West Side Story, along with Mahler’s Blumine. Tickets $6-$46.
September 22 — UPDATE: RESCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 13
‘OUTright’s Amazing Race’
OUTright Youth Center
748 4th St. SW, Hickory
The 2nd annual Amazing Race fundraising event for OUTright Youth of the Catawba Valley sees teams competing in a series of challenges throughout the Hickory area, plus a costume contest with cash prizes at stake. Registration $25 per person, with 2-4 people per team.
Charlotte Film Festival
Ayrsley Grand Cinemas
9110 Kings Parade Blvd., Charlotte
The Charlotte Film Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary showcasing independent film from around the world. Individual screening general admission $10, $9 for students with valid ID. All-access passes including admission to all film screenings and exclusive events $150, advance purchase required.
‘The Music of Elton John’
Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte
The Charlotte Symphony joins forces with Grammy- and Tony nominee Michael Cavanaugh to put a new spin on Elton John’s greatest hits. Tickets $37-$167.
Pride: Durham, NC Parade & Festival
Duke University East Campus
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
The successor to NC Pride kicks off its inaugural event with an opening ceremony and prayer at 11 a.m. followed by the early afternoon parade, then main stage performances beginning at 2 p.m.
2018 Greater Charlotte Heart Walk
First Ward Park
7th St. & Brevard St., Charlotte
The American Heart Association invites Carolinians to combat heart disease and stroke with this event centered around a three-mile walk, also including kids’ activities, CPR demonstrations, free health checks, healthy snacks and more. Walkers can register individually or in teams, or join existing teams, and can opt to participate in the full-length course or take a one-mile alternative route. Strollers, wheelchairs, wagons, and dogs on leashes are all welcome. Check-in begins 7:30 a.m. followed by opening ceremonies at 8:30. Walkers set out at 9 a.m.
ArtWalk & MusicFest of Matthews
Town Green at Matthews Station, Matthews
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The one-day, family-friendly annual festival features live music and dance, a variety of local artists and craft vendors, and hands-on activities for kids. Admission is free and open to the public.
Troye Sivan: The Bloom Tour
Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., Charlotte
Sivan joins special guests Kim Petras and Leland. The event will take place rain or shine. Tickets $29.50 and up.
OUT at the Movies International LGBT Film Fest
The 15th annual OUT at the movies festival and awards feature live appearances by filmmakers and actors including Wes Ramsey of “Latter Days.” Individual screening passes $10, all-inclusive festival passes $75. Tickets for Del Shores’ one-man show “Six Characters in Search of a Play,” $25.
‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’
Hadley Theater at Queens University
2132 Radcliffe Ave., Charlotte
7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday
In the latest production from Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, a teenage prodigy sets out to discover the killer of his neighbor’s dog after he himself is accused. The winner of five Tony Awards is based on the novel of the same name. Pay-what-you-can preview Oct. 4, 50 percent off admission Oct. 5-6. Ticket prices $28-$40 thereafter. Talkbacks will be hosted Oct. 11 and 18. The Oct. 21 performance will offer ASL interpretation.
Manhattan Short Film Festival
Northwest School of the Arts
7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
NWSA joins more than 300 venues across the world in screening finalists’ entries to the 21st annual Manhattan Short Film Festival. Reserved seats $10, available online, with 50 percent of proceeds to benefit the Northwest School of the Arts Foundation.
Race for the Cure
S. Mint St., Charlotte
The Susan G. Komen Foundation’s 2018 Race for the Cure opens with early morning registration and packet pick-up before the 5K walk/run and one-mile Fun Run at 7:45 a.m. The event will also feature a kids’ FunZone, 50 yard dash, Survivor Village and Parade, team activities, music and more. Advance registration available online. Participants may register individually, or establish or join a team.
Liberating Theologies Conference
Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Freedom Center for Social Justice ‘Do No Harm’ Initiative presents its inaugural gathering focusing on queer, activist, and black liberation theologies. Tickets $50-$75. All ages welcome.
October 7: Public opening: ‘African-Print Fashion Now!
Music and art activities accompany the opening of the Mint’s “African-Print Fashion Now! A Story of Taste, Globalization, and Style.” The new exhibit “introduces visitors to a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits.” From 2-3 p.m. meet featured designers Titi Ademola and Alexis Temomanin. Light reception to follow. Museum general admission $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Rd., Charlotte. 1-5 p.m. Photo Credit: Ikiré Jones
The Comedy Zone Greenville
221 Main St., Greenville, SC
3 and 5 p.m.
Sunday Funday with AJA Kween from “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
Patti O’Furniture hosts this one-time-only event also featuring Venus Alexander and Carmella Monet Monroe. Ticket prices range from $25 general admission to $300 for a VIP table for eight. Ticketholders for the 3 p.m. show can add brunch ticket for an additional $15, with doors opening at 1 p.m. 21+ only.
The Art of Fashion Fall Runway Report
4400 Sharon Rd., Charlotte
The Mint Museum collaborates with the luxury retailer for a special event featuring food, music and more, with 10 percent of proceeds to benefit the Mint Museum Annual Report. Tickets $50.
701 N. Tryon St., Charlotte
7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday
The Charlotte Ballet’s autumn offering is a triple feature composed of Fancy Free, choreographed by Jerome Robbins with a score by Leonard Bernstein; a new piece by Charlotte Ballet Resident Choreographer Sasha Janes, also set to Bernstein’s music; and Petite Cérémonie, choreographed by Medhi Walerski. Tickets $25-$95 general admission. Saturday’s afternoon presentation is a special family-oriented event featuring pre-show activities beginning at 1 p.m., an abbreviated one-hour performance and more. Tickets $15 for children.
AIDS Walk & 5K Run
Dorothea Dix Park
795 Dawkins Dr., Raleigh
This year’s event, featuring music, food, awards, door prizes and an after-race party, will benefit the Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolina, NC AIDS Action Network, the LGBT Center of Raleigh and the Crape Myrtle Festival. Individuals and teams of all fitness levels are welcome. Registration $25 for the untimed walk or a “virtual runner” donation, $30 for the timed race, through Sept. 18; $30/$35 Sept. 18–Oct. 19; $35/$40 day of event.
‘The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber’
Knight Theater at Levine Center
for the Arts
430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte
The Charlotte Symphony and guest vocalists present Webber’s greatest hits along with works from Broadway favorites ”Cabaret,” “Chicago,” “Les Miserables” and more. Tickets $43-$195.
October 26-November 11
‘The Philadelphia Story’
501 Queens Rd., Charlotte
7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday
Wealthy, headstrong Tracy Lord (famously portrayed by Katharine Hepburn alongside Cary Grant and James Stewart in the film of the same name) attempts to marry while dodging tireless tabloid journalists — and her ex-husband. Tickets $28. Rated PG-13.
Charlotte LGBT Chamber
Regular business meetings, social events and other activities throughout the year. Days and times vary.
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.
Support meetings, second Monday of each month, 6:30-8 p.m., Time Out Youth Center, 3800 Monroe Rd., Charlotte.
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.
Meets for monthly support meetings, third Thursday of each month, 7 p.m., St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 258 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia.
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.
Regular team sports, meet-up, social and service events throughout the year. Days and times vary.
Trans Youth Group
Weekly discussion groups for transgender youth ages 13-20 each Thursday, 4:30-6 p.m., 3800 Monroe Rd., 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.
Youth Drop-In Space
Drop-in space Monday-Friday, 3-6:30 p.m., 3800 Monroe Rd., Charlotte.
Youth Discussion Group
Weekly discussion groups for LGBTQ youth ages 13-20 each Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 3800 Monroe Rd., Charlotte.
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.
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Last updated: September 6, 2018, 7:17 p.m.