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On Thursday, PhilaMOCA is screening Del Shores’ Southern Baptist Sissies, the coming-of-age tale about four gay choir boys growing up in a church in the South. The film stars Leslie Jordan, the adorable, country-bumpkin dynamo who’s stolen scenes — and our gay hearts — in everything from Sordid Lives and Will & Grace to, most recently, American Horror Story: Coven (AHS), where he held his own alongside the likes of Jessica Lange and Francis Conroy.
Every week we round up the one-off film screenings playing in Philadelphia. Click film names for trailer when available.
- Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (2013, various) Wednesday, February 26, 5:50 p.m.
- Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts (2013, various) Thursday, February 27, 8 p.m.
Tuesday Tune-out: PhilaMOCA’s weekly Tuesday Tune-Out revives old-fashioned picture show interest for the Netflix-weary. This week’s installation pairs live scoring from Philly-based Marlo Reynolds and Phil Benson with John Schenk’s abstract-experimental feature Blue Wonder. It’s like the movies, but without Gerard Butler, and with beer. Tuesday, February 25, 7:30 p.m., $5, PhilaMOCA, 531 North 12th Street.
Being a big ol’ Southern sissy myself, I was excited to see that Del Shores’ Southern Baptist Sissies is getting a little more Philly screen time since showing at QFest last year. Shores, writer and director of gay favorites Sordid Lives and Queer As Folk, has released the film on a limited theatrical run, and it will show as a special engagement at PhilaMOCA on March 13.
Malvern, Pa. brothers Ben and Mike Lebovitz are premiering their TV pilot/short film Welcome to Brownsville this week at PhilaMOCA. The protagonist of the film is a puppet named Weird Larry, ”a registered sex offender who’s taunted into misadventures and epic musical numbers as he tries to escape to Thailand where he can freely be himself.” Before he makes it, though, he needs to get past a bunch of cops, racists, drug addicts and “monster scientists” who want to study his brain. Think Avenue Q, but even less kid-friendly. Catch the trailer here. 7 p.m., PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St.,tehmuppetz.com.
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Local artists Ellie Brown, Seth Reichgott and Arlen Hancock are throwing a party tonight at Quig’s Pub to raise funds for their production of Dear Diary, Bye. The play is based on a journal Brown kept in 1984, so they’re calling the shindig Totally Awesome ’80s Party and planning all kinds of decade-specific shenanigans, like karaoke, dancing and even some ’80s-themed cocktails (Jack and Crystal Pepsi, perhaps?) Hancock will also perform a snippet of the show. 6 p.m.-9 p.m., $15-$20,Quig’s Pub, 1714 Delancey Place.