Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Charlotte Pride weeks starts Friday

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 11:22 AM

It's that time of the year, time for Charlotte Pride.


Here are the details from the Pride Charlotte press release:

Highlighting the social, cultural, ethnic and artistic diversity of the metro Charlotte area’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte will kick-off their 10-day Pride Charlotte Week slate of activities on Aug. 19. The diverse series of events run through Aug. 28, with its premier event, the annual Pride Charlotte Festival, taking over S. Tryon St. and Uptown’s Levine Center for the Arts on Saturday, Aug. 27, Noon-8 p.m. A full list of Pride Charlotte events and activities can be found at PrideCharlotte.com/events/.

For the first time, organizers have moved their annual festival to S. Tryon St., home to many of the city’s other high-profile festivals and street fairs. The event, featuring dozens of vendors and multiple stages of entertainment, will include featured national and local entertainers like Charlotte hip-hop band Eyes of the Elders, drag performer Jessica Wild from Logo’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” teenaged transgender singer-songwriter Ryan Cassata, recording artist Adam Tyler, indie rocker Richard Cortez and many others.

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners Chairman Jennifer Roberts are scheduled to speak at the Pride Charlotte Festival on Aug. 27 at 2 p.m. on the festival’s Stonewall Stage. For more on this year’s festival, a festival map and entertainment line-up, visit PrideCharlotte.com/events/festival/.

Pride Charlotte Week will run Aug. 19-28. The week-long series of events includes an art exhibit, an interfaith Pride worship service, diverse nightlife events, a family-friendly picnic and more. In addition, “The Sounds of Pride,” a joint concert in celebration of Pride Charlotte will be presented by the Charlotte Pride Band, Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte and One Voice Chorus at the Mint Museum Uptown on Thursday, Aug. 25. For more information on Sounds of Pride and for tickets, visit PrideCharlotte.com/SoundsofPride/.

Pride Charlotte, a project of The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte, is the largest event across the Carolinas celebrating the lives and culture of the LGBT community. A portion of proceeds from the event benefit The Center.

For more detailed information about Pride Charlotte, visit PrideCharlotte.com.

It is great that local politicians aren't hiding from Pride Charlotte and are recognizing that a community that accepts all of its residents is the only way Charlotte will ever be a world class city.

Friday, Aug. 19. 5:30 p.m.
The Human Canvass Art Exhibit
LGBT Community Center of Charlotte
820 Hamilton St., Suite B11 (map)
An art and gallery exhibit featuring live, painted models and photography from the LGBT Community Center’s StillOut Photography Club

Saturday, Aug. 20, 10 p.m.
Petra’s Got Talent Finale
1919 Commonwealth Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28205
The winner announced! Join Petra’s for the finale to their Petra’s Got Talent competition! The winner receives the opportunity to perform at the Pride Charlotte Festival on Aug. 27!

Sunday, Aug. 21, 4 p.m.
Interfaith Pride Service
Caldwell Memorial Presbyterian Church
1609 East 5th St.
Charlotte, NC 28204 (map)
Join LGBT and welcoming religious leaders from diverse faith traditions for this special interfaith fellowship celebrating the lives and spirituality of LGBT people.

Monday, Aug. 22, 7-9 p.m.
Rainbowlers Bowling Night
AMF Centennial Lanes
4501 South Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28209 (map)
Come out for two hours of free bowling at AMF Centennial Lanes! $5 suggested donation.

Monday, Aug. 22, 8 p.m.
Rainbowling Sidelines After Party
Sidelines Sports Bar and Billiards
4544 South Blvd, Suite C
Charlotte, NC 28209 (map)
Sidelines Sports Bar and Billiards hosts a special after party following bowling night, with $2 Draft, $3 Well, Free Pool, Wii, and Prizes.

Tuesday, Aug. 23, 7 p.m.
Pride Charlotte Sounds of Summer Party
The Westin Charlotte Ember Terrace
601 S. College St.
Charlotte, NC 28202 (map)
Join Pocket Rocket for a special Pride party at The Westin! Includes one complimentary drink ticket to the first 50 guests that arrive, half-off appetizers, $4 draft beers, $6 Smirnoff Cosmopolitan Martinis and a raffle for one complimentary one night weekend stay at The Westin Charlotte (one submission per guest).

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m.
GayCharlotte Film Festival presents: ‘Make the Yuletide Gay’
Wells Fargo Auditorium, Knight Theater Center
430 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202 (map)
The GayCharlotte Film Festival brings Christmastime to summertime with a special screening of “Make the Yuletide Gay.” Olaf “Gunn” Gunnunderson, an out-and-proud gay college student, crawls back into the closet to survive the holidays with his family. He keeps his cool as his quirky Midwestern-hearted parents try to set him up with his high school sweetheart, Abby. But when his boyfriend, Nathan, shows up at their doorstep unannounced, Gunn must put on a charade to keep the relationship a secret. With pressure mounting from all sides, will Gunn come out before the truth does? Cost: $5 general admission. $3 seniors/students.

Thursday, Aug. 25, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
It’s Britney! Pre-Concert Takeover
Hotel Sierra HBAR
435 E. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202 (map)
Takeover Friday lights up a no-cover pre-Britney Spears concert social and mixer with DJ Bethany, drink specials and more. For more event details: takeoverfriday.com

Thursday, Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m.
The Sounds of Pride
Mint Museum Uptown, James B. Duke Auditorium
500 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202 (map)
A joint production of Pride Charlotte, Charlotte Pride Band, Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte and One Voice Chorus. More info and ticketing: PrideCharlotte.com/SoundsofPride

Thursday, Aug. 25, 9 p.m.
Pride ShipRocked
Snug Harbor
1228 Gordon St.
Charlotte, NC 28205 (map)
Join Snug Harbor for their weekly LGBT night, with a special celebration for Pride Charlotte.

Friday, Aug. 26, 7 p.m.-11 p.m.
Kick-off to Pride Charlotte Takoever
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Join the guys and gals of Takeover Friday for a special pre-Pride Charlotte Festival Takeover at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Open to the public. Free.

Friday, Aug. 26, Showtime: 11:30 p.m.
Jessica Wild at The Scorpio
The Scorpio
2301 Freedom Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28208
Presenting Pride Charlotte Festival entertainer Jessica Wild from Logo’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Showtime at 11:30 p.m. $10 cover with all-you-can-drink draft.

Saturday, Aug. 27, Noon-8 p.m.
Pride Charlotte Festival
S. Tryon St., Uptown

Sunday, Aug. 28, 10 a.m.
SOUL Pride Brunch
SOUL Gastrolounge
1500-1/2 Central Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28205 (map)

Sunday, Aug. 28, Noon (12:30 p.m. showtime)
Buff Faye’s Sunday PRIDE Drag Brunch
Hartigan’s Irish Pub
601 S. Cedar St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Food, fun and drag for the whole family! Benefiting Pride Charlotte and the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte

Sunday, Aug. 28, Noon-4:30 p.m.
HRC Family Fun Day
Independence Park Shelter 1
300 Hawthorne Ln.
Charlotte, NC 28204
Come enjoy a family-friendly day in the park with members of the local Human Rights Campaign family. A cookout with hot dogs, hamburgers and sides will be provided. Event is free; No alcohol permitted.

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