The seventh annual Long Beach Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Were Here, Were Queer, Were Cinematic

The fest's annual Girls Night Out party follows the screening, with lots of food, drink and chitchatting (all for only $16.50). 6:45 p.m.


"Beefcake tells the story of Bob Mizer, who, along with his unusual mother, ran an empire that published so-called 'physique' magazines in the 1950s and '60s. Ostensibly, the publications were designed for bodybuilding aficionados and art lovers (all straight, of course). But for gay men, these picturesque magazines were a window to a world many could only dream about." 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY Rice & Potatoes

"The story of gay Asians and the Caucasian men they date, this revealing documentary delves into the lives of 17 men, offering insightful commentary on the issues and stereotypes surrounding interracial gay relationships." Noon.

The Investigator

"What happens when your military superiors assign you to an undercover unit that ferrets out lesbians, only to discover that you're one, too? The Investigator is based on the true story of Lieutenant Caroline Meagher, who herself became the victim of military witch-hunts in the 1980s." 1:30 p.m.

Rites of Passage

"When his eldest son catches his philandering father having an affair, the two decide to talk it out over the weekend at the family's cabin. But when they arrive, a younger, estranged son is already on the scene. Soon, longtime resentments over the older son's sexuality come to the surface." 4 p.m.

Like It Is

"Like It Is tells the story of a young gay man trying to make it in the unlikely world of boxing. Craig, a twentysomething prizefighter from a working-class background, lives in a world where winning and survival are synonymous. Pop-music producer Matt is a successful gay man driven by his financial ambition. A chance meeting at a nightclub leads to a casual sexual encounter between the two. When Craig leaves Blackpool only to wind up at Matt's place in London, the two begin a relationship that will change them forever." 7 p.m.

The seventh annual Long Beach Gay & Lesbian Film Festival at the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts, on the Cal State Long Beach campus (next to the Pyramid), 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach, (562) 985-7000. Fri.-Sun.

Le Jupon Rouge, Rice & Potatoes andThe Investigator, $7.50; all other films, $9.50. Tickets for the Opening Night Gala and the Girls Night Out parties, $16.50 (includes film ticket). VIP passes, which allow access to all films and parties, $40 (senior and student), $50 (regular). VIP passes are only available through the Long Beach Gay & Lesbian Center, 2017 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 434-4455.

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