Youth doll up for prom

toy_logoCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Time Out Youth Center will host its annual Alternative Prom for LGBT youth and allies, ages 13-20, on April 12, 7:30 p.m., at Grand Central, 1000 Central Ave.

This year the focus is on merging the worlds of prom and comic-conto, with “Promic Con” serving as the theme. This affirming, inclusive, chaperoned event is alcohol- and drug-free.

Music and lighting will be provided by DJ Rob Yow. Patti O’Furniture will dish up the entertainment, while Jack Stutts takes prom photos. Catering will be provided by Your Custom Catering & Events.

Prom attire or costumes are welcome, however, no costume weapons or fake blood are allowed to ensure youth safety.

Tickets are $5/single and $10/couple in advance or $10/single and $15/couple at the door.

In other news, Time Out Youth Center is looking for contributions for its Platinum Gala on June 6. Email to learn more or to teach an art class for youth on Thursdays.

info: 704.344-8335.

— Lainey Millen

‘Angels’ panel slated

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST) will join Charlotte Viewpoint Magazine for a community conversation and “Angels in America” retrospective on April 15, 6 p.m., at CAST 2424 N. Davidson St.

Panelists in the discussion will include Arts and Science Council President Robert Bush as moderator, play co-directors Dr. Charles LaBorde and Thom Tonetti, President and CEO of Foundation for the Carolinas Michael Marsciano, civic leader and founder of the Wesley Mancini Foundation Wesley Mancini and representatives from the Levine Museum.

A short film about the original 1996 Charlotte production of “Angels in America” will also be shown.

CAST will present their production of the play this May, the first time “Angels” has returned to Charlotte since the 1996-1997 controversy which ultimately saw the Mecklenburg County Commission strip its public funding from the Arts & Science Council.


— Matt Comer

Catholic retreat slated

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Diocesan Ministry for Gay & Lesbian Catholics is holding their spring retreat on April 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Bliss Hall, 507 S. Tryon St.

Theme this year is “God is a Verb, not a Noun!” Fr. David Brzoska, who serves St. Elizabeth Parish in Boone, N.C., will be the guest speaker. A simple lunch will be provided Admission is free.


— Lainey Millen

Pride schedules picnic

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Pride will host a community potluck and picnic on April 27, 2-6 p.m., at Park Road Park, Shelter 1, 6220 Park Rd.

Bring a favorite dish to share while enjoying an afternoon of camaraderie, games and fun. It’s open to all ages and families are welcome. Dishes, serving utensils and coolers should be labeled with the owner’s name.

Outdoor activities include volleyball, horseshoes, corn hole and more.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. The event is alcohol-free.

Registration is free and allows organizers to have an accurate headcount and better plan for the event.


— Lainey Millen

Benefit aids House of Mercy

CHERRYVILLE, N.C. — A benefit held on March 22 at the Bar After Hours, 100 E. Church St., netted $431 in contributions for the House of Mercy, located in Belmont, N.C.

Two hundred people attended the Night Owls’ reunion party. Not only was the evening “great,” said Zachary Alan, one of the people who helped organized the event, but it also was a coming out as an LGBT-friendly establishment milestone for the bar where the festivities were held.


— Lainey Millen

Center seeks input

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Glenn Griffin, operations director with the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte, 2508 N. Davidson St., is asking the community to submit suggestions that can help improve fundraising, programming, events, public outreach, working with volunteers and more.

An online form on Suggestion Ox will capture private, anonymous feedback. All information is confidential.


— Lainey Millen

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