Kate Clinton

Kate Clinton to visit High Country

ASHEVILLE, N.C. —  The Queer Studies Conference 2015, “Navigating Normativities, Queering Institutions and Challenging Inequalities,” will be held on April 2-4 at the University of North Carolina-Asheville.

“The biennial event established in 1998, attracts an international audience of activists, academics, and artists who showcase a range of creative and scholarly pursuits related to the investigation of genders and sexualities,” organizers shared.

The conference will welcome comedian Kate Clinton on April 2, 7:30 p.m., at Lipinsky Hall Auditorium, 1 University Heights.

Clinton will serve as a keynote presenter. Her satirical political commentary is used to educate audiences about LGBT issue and more.

Tickets are $22 and are available online. The event is open to the public.

info: wgss.unca.edu/queer-studies-conference.

Film fest around corner

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Fourteenth Annual F*-Word Film Festival will be held on March 17, 7 p.m., at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall, at 1 University Heights.

The event is part of the university’s Women’s History Month and is sponsored by the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies department.

Filmmaker Jennifer Lee will discuss “The Women’s Liberation Movement and American Cultural Memory.” This will be followed by her film “Feminist: Stories from Women’s Liberation” and a Q & A session.

“It is a film exploring the significance of the second wave of the women’s liberation movement on our lives. Interviewees include author and NOW founder Betty Friedan, authors and activists Frances M. Beal, Robin Morgan, Sonia Pressman Fuentes, Betita Martinez and many other feminists who are not well-known but should be,” Lee said.

Some of the films she has worked on previously included “Forrest Gump,” “Ghost,” “Back to the Future 2” and others. Her foray into independent filmmaking was directing “Mary Jane Colter: The Desert View,” narrated by actress Ellen Burstyn.

The event is free and open to the public.

info: Lee Horvitz, lhorvitz@unca.edu.

Stacks support youth

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — SisterCare Western North Carolina and the Asheville Prime Timers are holding a flapjack fundraiser to support the work of Youth OUTright on April 4, 8-10 a.m., at Applebee’s in either Asheville, 1655 Hendersonville Rd., and Hendersonville, 1635 Four Seasons Blvd.

Participants will be able to enjoy pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice.

Tickets are $7 which serves as a contribution and are available online. Those who attend must have a receipt for the transaction with them in order to be included. Names will be on a list at the door.

tickets/info: sistercarewnc.weebly.com. ashevilleprimetimers.com. youthoutright.org.

Prom date announced

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Pride Prom 2015, “Speakeasy,” will be held on April 11 at Toy Boat Community Art Space, 101 Fairview Rd.

This straight-friendly event is for LGBT adults 21-years-old plus is hosted by Anam Cara Theatre.

Attendees will be treated to a night of live music, entertainment, DJ, “merriment and libations” while supporting the local avant garde, social justice-oriented theatre company. The night’s festivities will also include a silent auction, cash bar and photo booth. Dress recommended for attendees is 1920s attire.

Tickets are $20.

info: acamcaratheatre.org.

Pride launches new system

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Blue Ridge Pride has recently unveiled its new constituent management system that will serve to enhance its connection to those it serves.

Available to visitors are event registration, volunteer sign-up, Pride merchandise purchase, donations management and more.

The community is encouraged to visit its secure site at bit.ly/1wfFdvv to complete a personal profile.

info: blueridgepride.org.

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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.