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'Flourish' celebrates gay and lesbian artists in Charlotte

August 13, 2013

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Aug. 13--The Queer Arts Consortium, a confederation of gay and lesbian artists, will sponsor "Flourish," two days of music, film and theater at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St. At least nine groups or individuals will give free performances Aug. 23-24 in the event, which was organized to coincide with the Charlotte Pride festival.

The lineup includes Gay Men's Chorus of Charlotte, One Voice Chorus, Charlotte Pride Band, Queen City Theater Company, Triptych Collective, StillOut, Gay Charlotte Film Festival, Stephanie Dykes and Joshua Burford. "Flourish" has been designed so audiences can drop into the museum's lobby for as little as 15 minutes between noon and 6 p.m. Aug. 23 and 3 and 6 p.m. Aug. 24.

Something different will happen every 30 minutes in the performance spaces, and the museum will waive entry fees for "Flourish" audiences. Details: queerartsconsortium.org.

'Big Words' screening

Charlotte Black Film Festival presents a screening of "Big Words" Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Studio Movie Grill EpiCentre, 210 E .Trade St. The drama, set in Brooklyn on the eve of Barack Obama's 2008 presidential election, tells the story of three former members of a once-promising hip-hop group, who find themselves stuck in late-30s crisis mode.

Former frontman John is a working-class guy who raps only to himself; James is a publicist living with his boyfriend, far removed from his rhymes about getting girls; DJ Malik spins records and longs for the glory days. The film was written and directed by Neil Drumming and stars Dorian Missick, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Darien Sills-Evans, and Yaya Alafia.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Details: bigwordfilm.eventbrite.com/.

Celebrating Poindexter

A Celebration of Alan Poindexter will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 22 at McGlohon Theatre in Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. An hour of mingling in the lobby will be followed by a tribute to Poindexter, who died July 9 at 47.

Attendees will get a chance to speak about the longtime Charlotte actor and artistic director of Children's Theatre of Charlotte. If you would like to share something but would rather not get up and speak, readers will be provided.

'Nightbreed: Cabal Cut'

Charlotte producer Michael Plumides Jr. is promoting a re-release of Clive Barker's 1990 film "Nightbreed," in a "Cabal Cut" edition that expands the 102-minute theatrical release by more than 40 minutes.

Scream Factory is putting out this version, which was directed by Russell Cherrington and edited by Jimmi Johnson. The film follows a working-class guy (Craig Sheffer) haunted by dreams of Midian, a world full of ancient monster outcasts. He has to go there for help when his psychiatrist (David Cronenberg) turns out to be a serial killer who frames his patients for murder.

For details about screenings of the expanded version, which debuted at Charlotte's Mad Monster Party last year, go to occupymidian.com.

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