Artists hit the high country

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Musical talents Jen Foster, Michelle Malone and Patrice Pike will perform at The Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., on Oct. 10.

The award-winning musicians will share their craft in the round similar to that done at the famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tenn.

Foster, a native of Houston, Texas, is a singer/songwriter.

Malone, from Atlanta, Ga., is a “guitar slinger and sweet songstress,” Guitar World shared. She has netted Grammy nods and her songs have been recorded by the likes of the Indigo Girls and more.

Pike rounds out the trio. Another Texan from Austin, she has made appearances around the world and was the youngest musician to be inducted into the Austin/Texas Music Hall of Fame.

The group will also be on hand at The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave., in Asheville, at 8 p.m. on Oct. 13, 8 p.m.


Fall fundraiser set

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An Autumn Jubilee will be held on Oct. 12, 7-9 p.m., at The LGBT Center of Charlotte, 2508 N. Davidson St.

This inaugural event will help to raise funds for the center. The evening will be graced with dinner and music.

Opening address will be given by Mayor Patsy Kinsey and keynote speaker will be Christopher J. Carmichael, senior vice president of Fifth Third Bank.

Tickets are $50. For those who wish to attend, email an RSVP to

In other news, Fifth Third Bank is sponsoring a community bingo game on Sept. 28, 7-10 p.m. at the center. Tickets are $20 at the door and includes nine games of bingo, dauber and a sheet for a $150 grand prize jackpot.

Get an extra 25 percent off the entrance fee for those who hold a Fifth Third Bank credit or debit card or are an employee of the bank.


TOY to offer counseling

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Time Out Youth Center will offer free individual, couples, family and group therapy this fall.

It will partner with the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and Phiffer University. Through this endeavor, the center will be able to provide therapeutic services at no cost to program participants.

Rodney Tucker
Rodney Tucker

The new program will be under the direction of Adrienne Erby, a third-year Ph.D. student from UNCC who will be supervised by TOY Executive Director Rodney Tucker.

“In our 2013 community needs assessment of LGBTQ youth, it was very clear that for the next level of services for the youth of Time Out, therapeutic services were at the top of the list,” Tucker said. “As an alumni of UNCC’s counseling program, I am proud to see how they have embraced our agency and want to help address the needs of LGBTQ youth. This is a huge gift to our community.”

UNCC’s counseling department will be instrumental in developing the program and will provide clinical supervision. TOY will offer 30 hours of therapeutic sessions per week and plans on creating a schedule of therapeutic support groups for youth on Monday evenings, as well. In addition to Erby, two masters-level interns and Micah Johnson, director of school outreach, will offer individual sessions. Services will target youth 11-20, with additional support for youth 21-26 through the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte’s young adult group, PRISM.

The program will offer scheduled individual session and emergency drop in sessions.


Youth conference slated

Updated: Oct. 1, 2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Conference on Queer Youth will be held on Oct. 18, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte’s Student Union, 9201 University City Blvd. Time Out Youth is helping to coordinate the conference.

The event brings together middle school, high school and college students, teachers, counselors and other practitioners working with this queer youth. It is open to professional educators, students and community members. Conversations will center around what is being done to create safe and affirming spaces for LGBTQ youth.

Keynote speakers will be Mike Weir, graduate student at The George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services, and Bishop Tonyia M. Rawls, founding pastor of Unity Fellowship Church Charlotte.

Workshop topics include: Youth SpeakOUT: Realities of Queer Southern Youth; Knowing Your Rights at School; Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and HIV: The Convergence; Revolution by the Campfire: Queer Programming Outside the School System; Did You Know?: Sexuality 411; Supporting and Advocating for Transgender Youth; When the Going Gets Tough: Tools for LGBTQ Allies; The School to Prison Pipeline; Heterosexism & Cisgenderism in High Schools: Tackling the Problem at Multiple Levels; Campus Pride: Finding Your LGBTQ-Friendly College; Dating and Respect: Tools for Addressing Relationships from Healthy to Abusive; What Can We Do? Bias, Bullying, and Bystanders.  There will also be opportunities for networking and collaboration through unique caucuses by affinity group.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration is free. Parking is available in the visitor’s parking deck and is $10.

Continuing education units are available for select education-related professionals who attend the entire day’s programming.


Fall inspirational concert set

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Fourth Annual Evening of Hope and Inspiration will take place on Nov. 23, 7 p.m., at the McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St.

Jason Crabb and Christy Sutherland will headline the event that benefits the Jeanne White-Ginder Food Pantry at Different Roads Home, an HIV/AIDS resource agency located at 15905 Brookway Dr., Suite 4203.

Crabb is a southern Grammy-award winning gospel singer. Sutherland is a Christian singer/songwriter.

Joining them will be White-Ginder who will share her son Ryan White’s story and his experience with his guardian angel.

A VIP package is currently available which includes guaranteed reserved seating within the first five rows, a limited edition commemorative event poster hand signed by Crabb and Sutherland and a copy of “Treasures of the Snow,” the book from Grammy and Dove award nominee Janet Paschal whose first book, “The Good Road,” inspired the creation of Different Roads Home.

Tickets are $20-$50 and are ready for purchase at the Carolina Tix website.


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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.