Stonewall Pride Weekend Kicks Off With Open-Air Gay Films Screening

Kawa

Get an early start to the Stonewall Pride weekend this Friday with movies presented by Oakland Park Main Street and the Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Billed as “Cinema Under the Stars,” the films, Kawa and What Happens Next, will be screened at dusk in Jaco Pastorius Park, 4000 N. Dixie Hwy. in downtown Oakland Park.

Kawa is a touching coming-out story set in the native Maori community of New Zealand. With a screenplay from the writer of The Whale Rider, the film tells the story of Kawa, a businessman who must find the courage to tell his wife, kids and Maori friends that he’s gay. It’s not an easy struggle as he makes his decision in this lushly-filmed movie.

Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me!, Hot in Cleveland) stars in What Happens Next, a film that explores the changing definition and meanings of family and relationships.  Paul Greco (Jon Lindstrom) seems to have it all, until his overbearing sister (Malick) gives him a dog. While walking the pooch, Greco encounters Andy Chance (Chris Murrah), a gay, advertising whiz, and his life gets turned on its head.

Food and drink vendors will be at the park beginning at 7 p.m. and the public is encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the double feature.

“Cinema Under the Stars is a great way to celebrate Pride with friends and family,” said Jason Hagopian, president of Oakland Park Main Street. “We have two wonderful films and Jaco Pastorius Park is the perfect setting to kick off the festive weekend.”

Oakland Park Main Street is a non-profit volunteer organization founded to support the city of Oakland Park’s business growth initiatives and create a special sense of pride and place in the downtown business district.

For more information, go to OaklandParkMainStreet.com.

Steamy Scenes

You still have two weeks to catch Moe Bertran’s performance in “Love Scenes” at Empire Stage. In a one-man, award-winning show by David Pumo, Bertran portrays six characters, including a 20-year-old hustler falling for his kinky mentor, a Broadway producer locked in a locker room brawl with a starlet who’s after his man, and a drag diva who settles for true love after seeking a rich husband.

The show was voted Best of the San Francisco Fringe Festival and comes off sold out runs in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. through July 1 at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Dr. in Fort Lauderdale. All tickets are $25 at EmpireStage.com.


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