Fest to showcase diverse films
DURHAM, N.C. — Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., will present its annual North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival from Aug. 15-24.
This event, the second largest of its kind in the Southeast, showcases well over 100 screenings of LGBT shorts, documentaries and feature films. A full list of offerings are available online, along with dates and times. Venues for the screenings include Fletcher Hall, Cinema One, Cinema Two.
Some of the titles include: “I’m a Porn Star,” “But I’m a Genderqueer,” “Appropriate Behavior,” “Waiting in the Wings: The Musical,” “Real Heroes,” “My Straight Son,” “Lady Valor: The Kirstin Beck Story,” “Legend of Billie Jean,” “Kidnapped for Christ” and more.
Network hosts blogger
RALEIGH — The Raleigh Business and Professional Network will hold its monthly meeting on Aug. 13, 6:30 p.m., at 18 Seaboard, 18 Seaboard Ave. #100.
Speaker will be Elliot Acosta, creator of eatraleighblog.com. He will share his story of how a regular guy with no culinary or journalistic experience has become a respected culinary voice.
Registration is available online.
Two gay plays to be mounted
RALEIGH, N.C. — A play reading of “The Whirling Dervish” and “A Cheating Nirvana” will take place on Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m., at The Studio Theatre, Frank Thompson Hall, 2241 Dunn Ave. at North Carolina State University (NCSU).
The theatre presentations are directed by NCSU acting coach and instructor Rachel Klem and NCSU student Antrone Burke. Klem is also director of Common Ground Theatre in Durham.
“The Whirling Dervish” revolves around entertainment icon Dina Manili who is struggling with fame and her inability to find true human connection. Through an alternative universe fantasy, she explores the last evening of her broken life as desperate fans try to save her from herself.
“A Cheating Nirvian” tells the tale of Clem who is ready to settle down and start a family with his girlfriend Lupe. What’s at stake is how she will handle learning that Clem is bisexual who already has a life-long male companion named Tots.
Cuban-born Anthony Garcia-Copian wrote the two plays which are imbued with complex social issues using grey humor. While pursuing a degree in journalism, he was sidetracked when he met playwright Tennessee Williams and was engaged in a workshop with Edward Albee. Garcia-Copian grew up in Miami, Fla., and now resides in Raleigh where he continues to write and exhibits his abstract paintings in various galleries. His award-winning play,“Book of Revolutions,” was produced in Atlanta’s Gay Literary Festival.
There is no admission charge and reservations are not necessary.
info: ncsu.edu/theatre. 919-698-3870.
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