Theatre presents ‘Bent’

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance, 1047 Northwest Blvd., will present “Bent” from Jan. 15-24.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on Jan. 15-16, 20-23 and at 2 p.m. on Jan. 24.

The show storyline takes place in 1934 Berlin, Germany, on the eve of the Nazi incursion, with grifter Max and his lover Rudy who are recovering from a night of debauchery with a SA trooper. Two soldiers burst into the apartment and slit their guest’s throat, beginning a nightmare odyssey through Nazi Germany. Ranked even lower on the human scale than Jews, the two men as avowed gay men, hope to survive with each other for comfort and courage.

“Bent is a powerhouse of a show that delivers a slice of life that should have never been served.  The play allows us to explore, only superficially, the horrors to which millions were subjected.  Stories like this must be told over and over, so we cannot forget them, lest we, as a race, repeat our mistakes,” shared Artistic Director Jamie Lawson.

“Bent” stars Michael Ackerman, Seph Schonekas, John C. Wilson, Ray Stewart, Thao Nguyen, Zac Hiatt, Donald Carroll and Adam Plant.

Tickets are $18/adult and $16/seniors and students and are available at the box office or online at


PFLAG to meet

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Greensboro will meet on Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m., at College Park Baptist Church, 1601 Walker Ave.

The organization recently highlighted their accomplishments during 2015. Those were: provided $1,000 in scholarships for high school students; received $2,100 in grants from Guilford Green Foundation; shared booth with YouthSAFE at Greensboro Pride; hosted the Oscar-nominated documentary, “Facing Fear;” and launched a new website.


Movie screenings go bi-monthly

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — OUT at the Movies has announced that its screenings have gone to a bi-monthly schedule due to the success of the organization’s festival.

Times are slated for 7 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month on March 12, May 14, July 9, Sept. 10 and finishing out the year with the OUT @ the Movies Fest slotted for Oct. 5-9. Screenings are held at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts ACE Theatre Complex, 1533 S. Main St.

Tickets go on sale the evening of the performance and can be secured in the theatre’s lobby.


Gala goes Hollywood

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Guilford Green Foundation’s Hollywood Gala Green Party will be held on March 19, 7 p.m., at the Proximity Hotel, 704 Green Valley Rd.

In it’s 17th year, the annual event is the organization’s premier fundraising effort. It touts that “everyone’s a star.”

Attendees will be treated to a cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a reception with live action food stations, open bar, special seating areas and live entertainment.

Silent auction items will be up for bid.

Three awards will be presented during the evening: Visionary, Distinguished Service and Distinguished Leadership. The names have not been made available as of press time.

Tickets are $175 and are available online.

Sponsorships are also being sought. Email


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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.