Benefits & Fundraisers, Festivals/Events

Benefit: Retro Prom-O-Rama

When: Sat., Nov. 5, 7 p.m.-12 a.m. 2011

It's misleading to think the sexy, tatted-up ladies who make up Riot Dolls (all pictured) - an all-female group promoting femininity and diversity through the beauty of curvy inky-limbs, which they feel is somewhat void in the mainstream modeling industry - are just eye candy. Though they aren't strangers to striking a pose, the gals are rabid about promoting arts and organizing creative ways to raise money for local charities. Currently they're primming up for the Retro Prom-O-Rama, celebrating styles from the 1920s to the '50s to benefit The Shelter of Gaston County, A Battered Woman's Residence and Resource Center. That's where you come in. A prom wouldn't be poppin' without fab folks to shake, rattle and roll the setting. Dust off the dated attire in your closet or go thrifting for something fit to crown you prom king and/or queen in the evening's best dressed ceremony. At the event, you'll also have the opportunity to gaze at groovy/glam/grunge sporting gals in the Miss Hot Rod Honey pin-up pageant, down some brews and surrender to sybaritic jitterbug boogies as live music (by Ritchie Mars and The Big Dipper, Jem Crossland and The Hypertonics and DJ Seth Boulton) freshens the dance floor. Bring extra cash for the silent auction and art show (containing photos of lovely Riot Dolls and more). Sounds like the prom you wish you'd had, right?

Anita Overcash

Price: $10