Featured Events

Featured Event: 

February 13: Patti LaBelle
The Godmother of Soul brings her inimitable talent to the Queen City, performing new works along with definitive favorites from throughout her career. Tickets $25-$195. Student rush $15 with valid ID, available at the door beginning two hours before curtain. Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, 7:30 p.m.

Other Events:

February 8-9
North Carolina Symphony Valentine’s Romantic Classics
Meymandi Concert Hall at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St., Raleigh
8 p.m.
Violinist Dovid Friedlander leads the North Carolina Symphony in a program of perennial favorites, featuring Ravel’s “La Valse,” Strauss’ “Blue Danube” waltz, selections from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” and more. A pre-concert talk will be held at 7 p.m. in Swalin Lobby. Tickets $18-$74.

February 8-9
Charlotte Symphony: ‘Scheherazade’
Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte
7:30 p.m.
The Charlotte Symphony presents a passionate pairing of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” alongside Strauss’ ”Don Juan.” Tickets $20-$132.

February 8-9
‘Two Trains Running’
Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square
345 N. College St., Charlotte
7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday
August Wilson’s ”Two Trains Running” sees a Pittsburgh restaurant owner forced to consider selling the beloved establishment when aggressive urban development threatens to destroy the neighborhood he calls home. Set against the backdrop of the 1960s civil rights movement, the play represents the seventh of 10 installments in “The American Century Cycle,” for which Wilson was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. General admission $28.

February 8-16
‘Nina Simone: Four Women’
Hadley Theater at Queen’s University
2132 Radcliffe Ave., Charlotte
7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday
Presented by Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, Christina Ham’s play explores vocal legend Nina Simone’s transformation from well-known songstress to activist in the wake of the 1963 Birmingham bombing that resulted in the deaths of four young girls. The official opening Jan. 30 follows three nights of previews offering pay-what-you-can or discount admission. Cast talkbacks will be held each Thursday after the performance. Sunday, Feb. 10 the show will include ASL interpretation. General admission $30-35, $20-25 for students and teachers, or $15-17.50 for military servicepeople, Actor’s Theatre partners, and members of the Queens University community. Premium admission $44-$50.

February 8-16
Charlotte Ballet Innovative Works
Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance
701 N. Tryon St., Charlotte
7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, with 2 p.m. Saturday matinee
The works of William Shakespeare are given new life in the dance company’s collaboration with UNC Charlotte scholars. Admission includes a dessert reception with performers and artistic staff following the show. Tickets $25-$80.

February 8-17
‘Flashdance – The Musical’
Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance
1047 W. Northwest Blvd.,
8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Adapted from the 1983 film of the same name, which launched the career of future “The L Word” star Jennifer Beals, the tale of a teenage welder/dancer features hit singles “Maniac” and “What a Feeling” along with original choreography. General admission $18, $16 for students and seniors 62+.

February 8-17
‘Ain’t Misbehavin’’
Theatre Charlotte
501 Queens Rd., Charlotte
7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday with additional matinee performance 2:30 p.m. Feb. 9
This fan-favorite revue, winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, showcases the best of Golden Age jazz legend Fats Waller. Includes the classic numbers “Honeysuckle Rose,” “The Joint is Jumpin’,” “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” and more. Rated PG-13. $28.

February 8
Walk the Moon
The Fillmore
820 Hamilton St., Charlotte
8 p.m.
The Cincinnati-based foursome returns to Charlotte with new music from their latest album, “What if Nothing.” Frontman Nicholas Petricca is known in part for his performance at the inaugural LoveLoud music festival. Held in 2017 in the heart of conservative Utah, the event was conceived as a celebration of the LGBTQ community and a means of reaching LGBTQ youth from Mormon families with a message of solidarity. General admission $32, VIP package $99. Doors open at 7pm. General admission tickets are standing room only.

February 8
Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte
9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, with additional performance 5 p.m. Saturday
An innovative cabaret-style showcase combining aerial acrobatics, comedy and dance. Rated PG. Tickets $90-$110.

February 9-March 3
2019 Charlotte Jewish Film Festival
Temple Israel
4901 Providence Rd., Charlotte
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
4815 Ballantyne Village Way, Charlotte
Various times
More than a dozen films from around the world elevate Jewish stories and celebrate the diversity of experience they reveal. Take in the LGBTQ-themed “The Cakemaker” on Feb. 16 at the Regal Ballantyne Village theatre. In addition to the core series lineup, limited screenings will be offered on three successive Sundays at Our Town Cinemas in Lake Norman. Ticket prices start at $11.

February 9
HKonJ People’s Assembly and Moral March on Raleigh
North Carolina State Capitol
1 E. Edenton St., Raleigh
The Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) People’s Assembly Coalition, a union of NAACP branches from across North Carolina also including members of more than 200 other social justice organizations, stages its 13th annual demonstration at the state legislature. A pre-rally assembly will be held at 9 a.m. at the corner of Wilmington and South Streets, with the march beginning at 10 a.m. and demonstrations continuing thereafter.

February 9
‘It’s Not You, It’s Me.’
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square
345 N. College St., Charlotte
8 p.m.
Chicago’s legendary Second City comedy company (boasting alumni the likes of Tina Fey, Steve Carell and Gilda Radner) puts its unique spin on the perils of love and relationships. Tickets $22-$57.

February 9
27th Annual Johnson Valentine Bash
Snug Harbor
1228 Gordon St., Charlotte
10 p.m.
Hardcore Lounge headlines this year’s benefit for HIV/AIDS advocacy organization RAIN, with supporting acts The Electronic Park and The Situationals along with DJs Spaceboy and DJ Godwin. Doors open at 9pm. Tickets $5. Ages 18+.

February 13
Salisbury Pride Hearts & Heels Dinner and Drag Show
Sweet Meadow Café
105 E. Fisher St., Salisbury
5:30-9 p.m.
Dinner at this Valentine’s Day- themed fundraiser for Salisbury Pride will be served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with a drag show featuring the likes of Jamie Monroe and Cierra Nichole beginning at 8pm. $10 donation does not include the price of dinner.

February 13
Show Some Love! Auction
256 Union Square N.W., Hickory
5-8 p.m.
Catawba Valley Pride is hosting a fun evening with friends. Dessert auction, door prizes, 50/50 raffle and more. Participants can leave with a fabulous dessert or three. Funds raised will be used for scholarships awarded to local LGBTQ students, as well as for future events. Tickets are $10 and area available at the door or online.

February 14
Buff Faye’s ‘Be My Valentine’
Drag Dinner
Dilworth Neighborhood Grille
911 E. Morehead St., Charlotte
7:30 p.m.
The prominent Queen City performer and Sunday morning drag brunch hostess celebrates Valentine’s Day with a special evening show. $25 tickets include show and buffet; drinks, cash bar and gratuity are not included. Seating at 7 p.m.

February 18-19
Book Talk — ‘No Sanctuary: Teachers and the School Reform That Brought Gay Rights to the Masses’
February 18: Flyleaf Books
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill
7 p.m.
February 19: Page 158
415 Brooks St., Unit B,
Wake Forest
6:30 p.m.
Author and Boston high school teacher Steve Lane discusses his new book “No Sanctuary,” exploring the history of LGBTQ protections in schools.

February 19-24: ‘Miss Saigon’
The North American tour of this acclaimed Broadway revival, from the creators of “Les Misérables,” comes to Charlotte offering both afternoon and evening performances. Tickets $25-$195. Student rush $25 with valid ID, available at the door beginning two hours before curtain. Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. Various times. bit.ly/2TvvRsX.

February 19
Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Gender
An Evening with S. Bear Bergman
The Schoolhouse
720 Magnolia Rd., Charleston
7 p.m.
Presented by the Alliance For Full Acceptance and We Are Family, award-winning writer, educator and storyteller. Bear Bergman is the author of six books, as well as the founder of Flamingo Rampant, a children’s press focused on feminist, LGBTQ-positive, racially-diverse children’s books and writer of the advice column “Ask Bear.” His most recent book for grownups (“Blood, Marriage, Wine, & Glitter”) made several Best Of lists and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.

February 24
‘An Evening with Fleetwood Mac’
Spectrum Center
333 E. Trade St., Charlotte
8 p.m.
Tickets are in high demand for the Charlotte leg of the iconic group’s North American reunion tour, with resale admission still available beginning $123.

March 9
Married Wedding Shows’ Spring 2019 Expo
Meridian Convention Center
312 W. Meadowview Rd., Greensboro
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Peruse the shows’ exhibitors to find services from a variety of multi-cultural and inclusive wedding vendors. Tickets are: $12/online and $15/at the door for those who are engaged (includes wedding tote); $10/online and$12/at the door for family and friends; $35/online and $40/at the door for planners (includes two admission tickets, a wedding tote and wedding planner).


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: February 8, 2019, 1:26 a.m.