‘Sordid Lives’ cast of characters (left to right) Del Shores, Leslie Jordan and Caroline Rhea.

Sordid’ coming to Queen City

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — “A Sordid Affair” will be held on Sept. 26, 7 p.m., at the McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St.

The night of comedy to benefit Different Roads Home stars Del Shores, Leslie Jordan and Caroline Rhea (pictured above) and is presented by DRH and signature sponsor Rosedale Infectious Diseases.

Shores is a writer and producer. Rhea and Jordan are TV and movie iconic actors and comedians.

The evening will include a silent celebrate item auction and a private VIP meet and greet with the stars.

Tickets go on sale on June 1. Regular seating is $32.09, balcony seating is $25 and VIP package is $132.09. VIP tickets are limited to the first 58 to purchase them. Seating is on the first five rows.

info: carolinatix.org. differentroadshome.org.

Guild to share tips

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Business Guild will hold its “Optimizing LinkedIn for Business” on May 26, 6:30 p.m., at Sensibly Chic Designs for Life, 830 Lamar Ave.

The presentation shares tips on how to use the social media tool to boost sales and gain new clients for business-to-business and business-to-consumer opportunities.

Featured speakers are Trish Saemann, owner of Go Beyond SEO and Jaime Campbell, co-owner and CFO of Tier One Service, LLC.

The free program includes information on how to best use LinkedIn and more. Light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP online at facebook.com/events/1081980681831096/.

info: cltbusinessguild.org.

Dogs hit the runway

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Canine Couture 2015, presented by Charlotte Pride, will be held on Jun 6, 2 p.m., at Triple C Brewing Company.

Paws will strut the runway as canine models, decked out for success and showcasing the best in “poochwear” to benefit the Humane Society of Charlotte.

Categories include: Best Hair/Fur; Best Dressed/Costume; Best Owner/Pet Look Alike; Best Trick; and Best in Show.

Attendees and participants will be able to enjoy local brew, while they mix, meet and socialize with fellow dog owners, organizers shared.

Twelve vendors will be on hand, including a “doggie beauty shop” for grooming. Great hits will be spun by a DJ during the show.

Admission is $5, with VIP seating going for $20.

Dog contest entry is $15 and $5 for additional category entries. Waivers are required for each dog brought to the event.

Fashions are provided by Silverfly.

More information is available online, along with tickets.

info: charlottepride.org/canine.

Org seeks award nominees

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Pride’s executive committee has announced that its Champions of Pride Awards are now accepting nominations to be presented at this year’s festival that runs from Aug. 15-16.

The third annual call recognizes “those whose work and dedication exemplify the spirit of Pride,” organizers said. Champions endeavor to empower and unite LGBT and allied individuals through leadership, service and support, they added. Additionally, a champion understands the importance of celebrating the past, present and future while advancing LGBT visibility and rights.

Awards are: Harvey Milk (leadership), Outstanding Ally (committed and impassioned allies), Young Catalyst (up and coming leaders under 30 years-of-age) and Legacy (lifetime achievers).

Nominations can be submitted through June 12. Organizers encourage nomination of those who represent diverse community achievements. Those chosen will be notified by June 22. Winners are asked to lend their support to the festival, as well as their participation.

Applications are available online.

info: charlottepride.org/champions.

Summit held at JCSU

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Diversity & Inclusion Summit was held on April 29-30. It was hosted by Johnson C. Smith University, a first for the HBCU campus.

info: jcsu.edu.

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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.