‘Peace and Pearls’ Black Jacket (label detail); Franco Moschino (Moschino LLC) (Italian, 1950-1994); Created: 1989-1990; Museum Purchase: Funds provided by Deidre and Clay Grubb. T0077.3A. Collection of The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC.

Designer’s collection pieces on exhibit

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Selected work from Franco Moschino, internationally respected gay fashion legend and designer, will be on exhibit at the Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St., beginning on Oct. 31 and continuing through April 3, 2016.

The “Viva Moschino!” exhibit features presentations created by Moschino that were theatrically inspired and were filled with humor, irony and surrealism. In the height of his career, his creations were worn by rock stars, actors and other celebrities and are still admired by musicians and performers to this day who purchase from the fashion house that bears his name.

The Italian-born fashionista began his career as an illustrator for the renowned designer Gianni Versace and followed that up with work with Karl Lagerfeld.

In 1990 Princess Diana wore a houndstooth Moschino suit to the christening of her niece, Princess Eugenie.

He never considered himself a fashion designer, but did as a painter and decorator. His reputation was wide and far memorable and his sense to abandon the norm was remarkable.

Moschino died in September 1994 due to complications from AIDS. A portion of the proceeds of the exhibit will go to support the Moschino Foundation, a charity founded to assist HIV-positive children.

Visit the Mint Museum website to learn more about Moschino and to get information on other events that will be held during the exhibit’s run, as well as ticket prices.

info: mintmuseum.org.


‘Birds’ on stage

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Queen City Theatre Company is bringing the regional premiere of “Birds of a Feather” to the stage from Nov. 5-14, 8 p.m., at Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St.

The play by Marc Acito, is an adaptation of a book based upon a true story of two male chinstrap penguins, Roy and Silo, who become enamored with one another, partner, adopt an egg, hatch it and raise the chick together in the heart of New York City. The situation spearheaded nationwide controversy. The children’s book, “And Tango Makes Three,” is one of the most banned books in U.S. history.

The narrative is also interwoven with the story of a pair of rare hawks who nest on a Fifth Avenue co-op, raise their family and throw gristle and bone out at wealthy pedestrians below.

Playing over 30 roles, four award-winning actors are set to give the show a comedic flavor. They are Stephen Seay, Kristian Wedolowski, Karen Christensen and Robbie Jeager. Director is Glenn T. Griffin.

The performance is recommended for those who are 13-years-old and above.

Tickets are $23-$25 and student and senior discounts are available. There will be a special discounted performance on Nov. 10 at $15 for each ticket.

info/tickets: queencitytheatre.com.

Band opens season

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Pride Band will open its sixth season with its “Reflections” concert on Nov. 7, 5 p.m., at Park Road Baptist Church, 3900 Park Rd.

This concert features a musical journey through the band’s five-year history with audience (and band member) favorites such as Aaron Copland (“The Promise of Living”), Gustav Holst (“First Suite in Eb”), Leonard Bernstein (“Selections from West Side Story”), John Kander (“Selections from Chicago”), Frank Ticheli (“Vesuvius”) and James Barnes (“Caribbean Hideaway”).

Tickets are $13/individual and $22.50/family pass (2 adults, all children under 12) and are available online or at the door. Discount tickets are available from band members.

info/tickets: charlotteprideband.org.

Community event slated

CONCORD, N.C. — PFLAG Concord/Kannapolis will hold its fall community soiree on Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m., at McGill Baptist Church, 5300 Poplar Tent Rd.

Special guest will be former Methodist minister Jimmy Creech. He was a founding member of the North Carolina Religious Coalition for Marriage Equality and has been an advocate for marriage equality. He has authored “Adam’s Gift,” a memoir on defying the church’s stand on same-sex marriage.

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte will perform a special selection during the  evening.

The event is open to the community. Contributory proceeds will go to benefit the chapter’s work.

info: ckpflag@gmail.com.

Paddlers host yard sale

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One World Dragon Boat is holding a fundraising yard sale on Nov. 21, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., at Charlotte Open Air Market, 5471 Central Ave.

Items are now being sought for sale and volunteers are also needed.

Proceeds go to support the team’s mission to provide a healthy, athletic and supportive outlet for LGBT members, their families, friends and allies to train and participate in the centuries-old paddle sport of dragon boating for fun and competition.

info: oneworlddragonboat.org.

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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.