Defend Freedom Rally
800 E. 3rd St., Charlotte
A rally to call for a special prosecutor to be appointed to investigate all possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign and administration, after the firing of FBI Director James Comey. The event is hosted by the group Indivisible Charlotte. More information is available online.
Charlotte Pride Band Presents ‘80s to the Max’
Myers Park Baptist Church, Heaton Hall
1900 Queens Rd., Charlotte
The Charlotte Pride Band will take audience members back to the 1980s with this performance featuring favorite pop hits from the decade from radio, film and stage. Hear performances of songs from the likes of Queen, Toto, John Williams, Stephen Sondheim, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Bon Jovi, and more. Tickets cost $15. More information and tickets are available online.
2nd Annual Triad LGBTQ Expo
The Depot Stage
119 W. Main St., Gibsonville
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Whether rain or shine, this year’s Triad LGBTQ Expo will feature entertainment by recording artist Rykashay, Rainbow Man, rap duo Feightle, a drag show, food, prizes, 50/50 raffle and music in a kid- and community-friendly environment. Emcees are EM Shaun and Gigi Devine Jonez. Vendors, non-profits, etc., will have informational tables and there will be games, face painting and kids play area. Dogs are permitted on leashes. All LGBTQ community members and supporters of all ages welcome.
Continues through May 21
Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus Presents
‘How Can I Keep from Singing?’
The Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus will give two performances of their spring production of “How Can I Keep from Singing?” One will take place at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh, N.C. on May 20 at 3 p.m. and the other one at Calvary United Methodist Church, 204 E. Trinity Ave. in Durham, N.C. on May 21 at 3 p.m. The music will feature everything from “the glitz and glamour of George Gershwin to patriotic songs and rousing spirituals.” Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the show. Tickets and more information are available online.
Continues on May 24
‘Dear Harvey — Stories of Harvey Milk’
Various locations & times
Celebrate the life of political activist and politician Harvey Milk with readings from the play “Dear Harvey — Stories of Harvey Milk.” There will be readings on May 22 at Levine Museum of the New South, at 12 p.m., at Theatre Charlotte, at 7:30 p.m., and at NoDa Brewing Company, also at 7:30 p.m. On May 24, there will be a reading at Levine Jewish Community Center, at 7:30 p.m. The reading at the Levine Museum of the New South costs $8, and the others are free with donations accepted. More information and tickets are available online.
Boo Reefa, with Lara Americo, Nicholas Holman, and LeAnna Eden and the Garden Of
3400 Tuckaseegee Rd., Charlotte
8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show
Boo Reefa, from Athens, take the stage with local favorites Lara Americo, Nicholas Holman and LeAnna Eden and the Garden Of. Tickets cost $5 in advance, $7 the day of the show, with a $2 surcharge for anyone under 21. Tickets are available at ticketfly.com/event/1448374. More information is available online.
North Carolina Entertainer of the Year XVI
330 W. Hargett St., Raleigh Times vary
The North Carolina Entertainer of the Year will be crowned in three pageants, held on three different nights. Friday will see the crowning of the NC EOY King, followed by the NC EOY Femme on Saturday and the NC EOY Fi on Sunday. There are over $5,000 in total cash and prizes up for grabs, along with bragging rights. More information and tickets are available online.
Continues through June 3
Charlotte Ballet: Inspired Works
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts
430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte
Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux presents his final performance of his Charlotte Ballet tenure. He presents a collection of his inspiring works throughout the years, including George Balanchine’s “Rubies,” Mark Godden’s “Angels in the Architecture,” Sasha Janes’ “Lascia la Spina, Cogli la Rosa,” Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Quentin Talley’s “Transformation,” and Jiri Kylian’s “Sechs Tänze.” Ticket prices range from $25-$85. Tickets and more information are available online.
Continues through June 25
Charlotte Squawks 13: Charlotte, We Have a Problem
Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte
The news, both local and national, sports, pop culture and life in the Queen City get a sendup in what creators call a cross between “Saturday Night Live” and a Broadway show. The creative team of Mike Collins and Brian Kahn, and a team of the area’s most talented performers, will have no shortage of material to draw from this year. Ticket prices vary and start at $24.50. Tickets and more information are available online.
Carolinas CARE 5K Run
8711 Monroe Rd., Charlotte
Run for a good cause to raise funds for the work Carolinas CARE Partnership does for those living with HIV/AIDS. Everyone who registers will get a free t-shirt and everyone who finishes will get a medal. Early registration before May 15 is $30 and afterward goes up to $35. Registration is available online at bit.ly/2okGgaw.
Vintage Charlotte Summer Market
Camp North End
1776 Statesville Ave., Charlotte
10 a.m-5 p.m.
Over 80 local and regional vendors will be on hand at the 6th annual Vintage Charlotte Summer Market, offering vintage and handmade items. Not Just Coffee and Birdsong Brewing Co. will be on hand to provide beverages and Bleu Barn Bistro, The Dumpling Lady and King of Pops will supply the food. There will also be live music and an art installation. $7 early bird tickets are available for entry at 10 a.m. Starting at 11 a.m., tickets will drop down to $2. Parking is free. More information is available online.
Last updated: May 18, 2017 5:15 p.m.