Rain, rain go away, we want the weekend for us gays (and our fabulous events). Shoot, who are we kidding. I’ve never claimed to be a poet. But, I do have some great events to share with you…

Aug. 19-Sept. 4 • Charlotte

Queen City Theatre Company presents “Rope,” a play by Patrick Hamilton. Wyndham Brandon and Charles Granillo are two brilliant young men who decide to murder their Oxford classmate, Ronald Kentley, as an intellectual exercise. A classic thriller first brought to the screen in 1948 by Alfred Hitchcock, contains homoerotic connotations throughout the play and the obvious homosexual relationship between the two main characters. Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square. Various dates. Various times. $24-$28/general admission. $16-$20/students and seniors. queencitytheatre.com.

Aug. 20 • Charlotte
Takeover at Bechtler

Takeover Friday heads to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. A $5 donation at the door gets you in, with half of all funds donated to Time Out Youth. Cash bar available. Music by DJ Chris Taylor and special guests Seventh Son, an ensemble of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte. Bechtler Museum, 420 S. Tryon St. 8 p.m.-11 p.m. takeoverfriday.com.

Aug. 20 • Charlotte
Trans appreciation @ Amelie’s

Amelie’s French Bakery, a popular, LGBT-friendly hangout, will raise awareness of transgender people and issues with a speical night of sharing poetry, art or any other form of expression. Amelie’s employees will also dress out of their normal attire and actively express gender variance. According to organizer Bryce Raynor, the event will “create a safe place for the trans community to meet and…create a beginning for a very strong community foundation.” For more information, email bryce.raynor@gmail.com. Amelie’s, 2424 N. Davidson St. 6 p.m.-2 a.m.

Aug. 21 • Columbia
SC Pride Pageant

Kicks off at 8 p.m., Workshop Theatre (1136 Bull St.), $30/VIP seating, $25/general admission. Admission fee includes open bar provided by Firefly Vodka and Barefoot Wine and food provided by Blue Tapas Bar & Cocktail Lounge and Gotham Bagel. Male and female impersonation contest featuring former Pride Kings and Queens, including Xavier and Venus, 2009 SC Pride King and Queen. For more information on the Pageant, visit scpride.org.
For more information on Workshop Theatre, visit workshoptheatre.com.

Aug. 22 • Durham
‘Almanac of Dust’

Triangle Gay Professionals stage a reading of the play “Almanac of Dust.” Common Ground Theatre, 4815B Hillsborough Rd. 2:30 p.m. Free. RSVP at meetup.com/trianglegayprofessionals/calendar/14146942/.

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Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.