DURHAM, N.C. — Kathy Griffin, a two-time Emmy winner and best selling author, will perform at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) on Aug. 10 as a part of the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. The Carolina Theatre and DPAC are partnering on this event.

Griffin is a quick-fire standup comedian. She has performed on television, on the stage and elsewhere. She was the recipient of GLAAD’s 2009 Vanguard Award and obtained Lifetime Honoree status with The Trevor Project at their 2011 gala. Of course, these are only a sampling of the ways in which she has been acknowledged for her time and talents over the years.

“We are thrilled to add Kathy Griffin to our unmatched 2012 comedy lineup. I look forward to hours of laughs as Kathy shares her uncensored take on the latest in pop news to politics. Kathy Griffin will be the perfect kick-off to the annual North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival hosted in downtown Durham. Along with our friends at the Carolina Theatre, we look forward to presenting superstar entertainment that will bring thousands of visitors to our community this summer,” said DPAC’s Marketing Director of Concerts and Comedy Emily Dahl.

Carolina Theatre President and CEO Bob Nocek shared that the festival has been extended to 10 days to broaden its venue spaces through partnerships.

Tickets go on sale on May 21 at 10 a.m. and may be purchased online at dpacnc.com or carolinatheatre.org; at the DPAC ticket center, 123 Vivian St.; and through Ticketmaster at Crabtree Valley Mall, ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.

VIP passes for the film festival will include a premium seat to Kathy Griffin at DPAC. The film festival’s VIP passes went on sale on May 4 through the Carolina Theatre Box Office. Availability is limited.

Friends of DPAC members may place orders to the show on May 17. Joining the Friends of DPAC is free with registration at DPACnc.com/friendofdpac.

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.