Sirens of Spring are clockwise: Mama’s Black Sheep, Christine Havrilla and Crys Matthews and will perform at Hartigan’s on April 5.
Sirens of Spring are clockwise: Mama’s Black Sheep, Christine Havrilla and Crys Matthews and will perform at Hartigan’s on April 5.

Hartigan’s books Spring gig

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Sirens of Spring will hit the Queen City on April 5, 8 p.m., at Hartigan’s Irish Pub, 601 Cedar St.

This 10-day, nine-stop tour traverses the East coast and is in its second year.

Featured artists are Baltimore-based Mama’s Black Sheep, Philadelphia’s Christine Havrilla and Tar Heel State native Crys Matthews.

Mama’s Black Sheep, an acoustical rock and blues duo, is comprised of singer/songwriters Ashland Miller and Laura Cerulli.

Havrilla belts out her tunes with a gritty texture, yet warmth and honesty shines through.

Matthews hails from Boone and has been a mainstay in the High Country.

Cover is $15 at the door.


Blumenthal pre-show soiree planned

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Blumenthal Performing Arts Center will be hosting a pre-show Out on the Town party on March 6, 6 p.m., at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 401 N. Tryon St., #100, prior to the presentation of “Evita” onstage.

The show is at 8 p.m., at the Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St.

“Evita” tells the story of Argentina’s first lady in a musical format.

The LGBT affinity group enjoys camaraderie with other theatre-goers while enjoying beverages and snacks. More information and sign up are available online.

Tickets for “Evita” are available for purchase through Blumenthal’s website.

Contact the Out on the Town coordinator to let them know if one plans to attend the party at


Guild introduces new initiative

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Business Guild has announced that it will have a different format for its meetings in 2014.

On Feb. 25, they kicked off their Exchange Series that highlighted financial planning, tax preparation and legal changes surrounding the post-Defense of Marriage Act LGBT community. It was held at Fifth Third Bank, 3123 N. Davidson St.

The series will continue on a quarterly basis on the fourth Tuesday in May, August and November. It provides for training, education and development relevant to business owners and professionals. It is open to both members and non-members.

In addition to the series, the Guild will have networking social and mixing opportunities on the fourth Tuesday in January, April, July and October. These casual get-togethers include food, door prizes and entertainment.

And, keynote dinners will happen on the fourth Tuesday in March, June, September and December. This is a sit-down affair and also includes a cash bar and entertainment.



Wedding fundraiser slated

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Several congregations are banning together to host a Washington wedding trip during the weekend of May 2.

Temple Beth El, Piedmont Universalist Unitarian Church, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and Holy Covenant United Church of Christ will be taking a number of couples to the nation’s capitol to get married. Plans are to have the vows taken at All Souls Unitarian Church on Saturday evening.

To help defray costs, a Washington Wedding in White Dance fundraiser will be held on April 12, 8 p.m., at Piedmont’s facility at 9704 Mallard Creek Rd. Light refreshments will be served. Itis being sponsored by Temple Beth El, Piedmont and Holy Covenant.

Tickets are $10. Monies raised will go toward the cost of food, wedding cake, entertainment, flowers and more. Couples and guests are responsible for the cost of a bus rental, hotel stays and meals.


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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.