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Print Edition 2016-02-12 – QNotes

Self-made women

Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hysterical, Queen City Theatre Company stages Harvey Fierstein’s ‘Casa Valentina’

“Casa Valentina” begins with a darkened stage. A light fades up, revealing a posh vanity and a large man seated behind it, carefully applying lipstick and rouge. He turns on the radio, and a poppy tune from the 1960s innocently floats out of the receiver.

Our People: Q&A with Milton Howard

Nickel Bar owner offers intimate atmosphere at reasonable price

Milton Howard was, quite literally, born to be a party animal.

“Growing up, I pretty much was always that party kid, always liked to go out,” the Huntersville, N.C., native said. “It has always been my passion. Maybe I’m a victim of my birth: I was actually born on New Year’s Eve. And here it is, almost 50 years later, and I’m still kicking it!”

Positive Thoughts: Q&A with Mondo Guerra

Designer, ‘Project Runway’ winner, HIV/AIDS activist

Mondo Guerra is a fashion designer who first came to fame in 2010 as a contestant on the eighth season of the reality television show “Project Runway.” Although he didn’t win, Guerra was a fan favorite, even before he disclosed his HIV-positive status on the show. At that moment, he also took on the role of HIV/AIDS activist.

Out and About: Carolinian hits the Keys

Actress Kelly McGillis is the namesake for a Florida tourney

Famed actress Kelly McGillis was in Key West, Fla., from Jan. 28-Feb. 1 for the International Women’s Flag Football Association’s (IWFFA) 25th Kelly McGillis International Women’s & Girls Flag Football tournament.

MASC 4 MASC ONLY: Drag Queen Love

Dishing with Buff Faye

February is the month for Valentine’s Day and for falling in love (and chocolate). And, yes, even drag queens need love and romance too. Oh and did I mention chocolate. Well my muse for this column on “Drag Queen Love” came from my good Judy (drag lingo for friend) Shelita Bonet Hoyle and her recent Facebook post. She states:

Charlotte: Gay delegate, PFLAG fundraiser, prayer breakfast, band concert, music benefit, vet summit, men’s group

Carolinas News Notes

Ryan Butler is the first gay Democratic super delegate from N.C.; Pride hosts fundraiser; Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS prayer breakfast is around the corner; Pride Band slates concert; a music benefit for the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce will help fund a grant; the North Carolina Diversity Council announces its vet summit; and a men’s group offers support.