SAGE is cinema bound

RALEIGH, N.C. — SAGE Raleigh is heading out to the movies on Oct. 18, 7 p.m., to see an AARP-sponsored screening of “Freeheld” at the Rialto Theatre, 1620 Glenwood Ave.

The film explores issues involving what happens when a lesbian couple beset with news is about one of them being diagnosed with cancer. The adaptation of the documentary shares the love story between Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree and their fight for justice when Hester, a New Jersey police detective, wishes to leave her pension to Andree, her domestic partner, and gets pushback from her superiors. The film stars Julianne Moore and Ellen Page.

Reservations for the showing are free on a first-come, first-served basis, are required to attend and are available online. Email Les Geller to learn more at

On Oct. 24, SAGE will join forces with the trans and allies groups to hold its “All Souls’ Spooktacular Halloween Dance and After-Party” at 6 p.m. at the LGBT Center of Raleigh, 324 S. Harrington St. Bring a side dish, dancing shoes and good “spirits!”


Network hosts trans 101

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Raleigh Business and Professional Network will hold its monthly dinner meeting on Oct. 14, 6:30 p.m., at P.G. Werth’s, 927 W. Morgan St.

Elaine Martin will explain through her Transgender 101 presentation, information on transgenderism, key statistics and trends, challenges and more.

Registration is required to attend and is available online.


Martin to perform

DURHAM, N.C. — ¡Hola! Ricky Martin will bring his “One World Tour” and Latino moves to the stage on Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m., at the Durham Performing Arts, 123 Vivian St.

Special guests Wisin and pop duo Ha*Ash (Hamma Nicole and Ashley Grace) will join him as well.

The multiple Grammy Music Award and Latin Grammy Award winner Martin has completely designed the show with both classic and new hits, along with elaborate choreography and more.

Tickets are $55-$125 and sell out fast, so purchase quickly.


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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.