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Summer outings around the Carolinas

From mountains to coast, Carolinas offer variety of fun

East to west. North to south. Summertime will soon be upon us and the Carolinas certainly aren’t lacking in a diversity of fun and engaging events, festivals and daytrips to interest every member of your family and circle of friends. Fiddlin’ around With door prizes and plenty of food and drinks, the Sixth Annual Old …

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Green Living: Alternative fuels make headway

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As if security weren’t already a good enough reason to get off petroleum-based fuel sources, their escalating price is a wonderful motivation to stop using them completely. With oil and gas becoming ever more problematic for a variety of political, economic, inter-cultural and environmental reasons, alternative fuels are making great gains as we reduce our …

Gay soccer, Beckham and an unorthodox Jesus

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“Eleven Men Out” (here!/Regent/Liberation) — A few athletes on U.S. sports teams — from baseball to basketball to football — have come out as gay over the years. In more recent times, such an event has come to create less drama than it would have in the past. Apparently professional soccer players in Iceland still …

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Superdivas: Madonna! Mariah! Leona?

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Suck on it Madonna’s 11th studio album, “Hard Candy,” is an interesting combination of the fizzy dance-pop of her 1983 debut and the urban luster of 1994’s “Bedtime Stories.” Unfortunately, it never quite matches the best of either, lacking the coquettish charm of the former and the musical sophistication of the latter. Which is not …

Gay VP of PETA makes coffee talk with Q-Notes

exQlusive When deciding on a meeting place for our interview, animal rights activist Dan Mathews and I first considered one of those ubiquitous corporate coffee shops. (You know — the ones that are so plentiful they need not be named because you can probably see one or two of them from whatever window is nearest …

Bear-ing it all in concert

Bearapalooza music fest hits Raleigh May 11

Two North Carolina artists will be the featured performers at Bearapalooza at Raleigh’s The View and Legends on May 11. The first-time event will bring together gay male artists from around the country for a concert filled with the sounds of country, jazz, pop, blues, rock and gospel. Bearapalooza started six years ago in Tennessee …

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Spirituality: Spring into the labyrinth

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Throughout the world there are religions that celebrate the arrival of spring as a time of renewal. It is easy to understand why this season inspires awe in our spirits: In places where there are four distinct seasons, spring is the time when the world seems to burst into green, life and light after months …

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Out on DVD: Surveillance 24/7

Tom Harper and Sean Brenden Brosnan star in ‘Surveillance 24/7.’ A hot leading man and an intriguing premise make the gay paranoid thriller “Surveillance 24/7” watchable, but just barely. An inconsistent style and a script that contradicts itself make the British film more confusing than suspenseful. Tom Harper, a hottie in the Colin Farrell mold, …

Sizzling summer fashion

Whether at the pool, beach or the club, this season’s hot-off-the-runway fashion is sure to make all those P-Town gay boys jump for joy. Whether you’re looking for the sexiest swimwear or that perfect night-on-the-town look, Q-Notes has your Sizzling Summer Fashion Guide ready and waiting. Swimwear Forget the long trunks boys. We want to …

Great Dame: The return of Shirley Bassey

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You wouldn’t expect a song from a 70-year-old artist to be ripping up the club — but, there it is. As I write this, septagenarian Dame Shirley Bassey is at number three (with a bullet) on the “Billboard” Hot Dance Club Play chart with a cover of Pink’s “Get The Party Started.” Once you get …