10th Annual QFest St. Louis Runs Rrom March 29-April 2 at .ZACK

Tuesday, February 21 2017

Come get your Q on! The 10th Annual QFest St. Louis, presented by Cinema St. Louis, runs March 29-April 2, 2017, at the .ZACK Theatre. The St. Louis-based LGBTQ film festival, QFest will present an eclectic slate of 19 films — 11 features (eight narratives and three documentaries) and eight short subjects. The participating filmmakers represent a wide variety of voices in contemporary queer world cinema. The mission of the film festival is to use the art of contemporary gay cinema to spotlight the lives of LGBTQ people and to celebrate queer culture.

A highlight of the fest is the St. Louis premiere of the documentary “The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin” by veteran QFest director Jennifer Kroot (“To Be Takei”), which looks at the life the beloved gay author of the “Tales of the City” books. Other prominent films include the heartbreaking lesbian love story “Lovesong,” starring Riley Keough and Jena Malone; “Real Boy,” an empowering documentary about a young trans boy trying to make his way in the world and make peace with his mother; and the delightful Irish dramedy “Handsome Devil.” QFest also offers a rare chance to see two queer classics: the outrageous, groundbreaking 1970 film “The Boys in the Band,” directed by William Friedkin (“The Exorcist” and “The French Connection”), and a restoration of Donna Deitch’s lesbian love story “Desert Hearts,” starring Helen Shaver as a ’50s-era woman who goes to Reno for a quickie divorce only to find love instead.

The 2017 QFest St. Louis begins on Wednesday, March 29, and runs through Sunday, April 2. Tickets go on sale March 1. Cost is $13 each or $10 for students and Cinema St. Louis members with valid and current IDs. All screenings will be held at the .ZACK Theatre in Grand Center. .ZACK is located three short blocks east of Grand Boulevard at 3224 Locust St., St. Louis, MO 63103. Advance sales are available through Metrotix. Direct sales links will also be on the QFest website.

For the schedule of screenings and events, including trailers and full descriptions of the films, visit the festival website at www.cinemastlouis.org/qfest. The official QFest St. Louis page on Facebook is www.facebook.com/QFestSTL. Advance digital copies of the films and some of the short subjects are available for press review on request. Please inquire with QFest St. Louis artistic director Chris Clark.

QFest St. Louis, a presentation of Cinema St. Louis, is sponsored by Jeffrey T. Fort, AARP in St. Louis, Whitaker Foundation, Regional Arts Commission, Missouri Arts Council, Arts & Education Council, Coffee Cartel, Just John Nightclub, Dennis Gorg Trust, Mark Utterback, and Michael Reiser. V


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Tales of the City Concert Will Play Broadway’s Music Box Theatre

FEB 21, 2017
The cast will include Betsy Wolfe, Justin Vivian Bond, and Wesley Taylor.

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center will present the New York City premiere of the musical version of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City March 27 at 7:30 PM at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre.

The cast will feature Justin Vivian Bond as Anna Madrigal, Betsy Wolfe as Mary Ann Singleton, and Wesley Taylor as Michael Tolliver with Armistead Maupin, Jose Llana, Mary Birdsong, Josh Breckenridge, Jeffrey Carlson, Kathleen Monteleone, and Dianne J. Findlay. Additional casting will be announced at a later time.

The concert will be directed by Travis Greisler with music direction by Cian McCarthy.

Tales of the City has a score by the Grammy-nominated Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears and John Garden, and a book by Tony Award winner Jeff Whitty.

All proceeds from the concert will benefit the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and The Trevor Project.

The musical, according to press notes, “follows a community of friends, lovers, and others who reside at the mythical address of 28 Barbary Lane in 1976 San Francisco. Mary Ann Singleton (Betsy Wolfe), a fresh arrival from Ohio, falls into a diverse band of Bohemians and blue- bloods, as families are created and rediscovered under the watchful eye of mystical landlady Anna Madrigal (Justin Vivian Bond).”

Tales of the City was first developed at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Music Theater Conference in 2009, and had a subsequent run at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco in 2011. The concert will feature many returning cast members from both productions as well as support from the original creative team, including original director Jason Moore and music director/vocal arranger Stephen Oremus.

“I’m excited to rock the Music Box with this very special show. In 2009, the energy in the O’Neill’s Barn Theater was electric as Tales of the City took its first steps, and we’ll light up New York next month when the musical takes its next step,” O’Neill Executive Director Preston Whiteway said in a statement. “It will be a magical evening, with the words and music of Jeff, Jake, and John, under the watchful guidance of Armistead. I’m grateful to our incredible cast, many of whom are returning to the roles, everyone at Dear Evan Hansen and the Shubert Organization for lending us the theater, and to the authors and creative team for bringing this piece alive again in support of the O’Neill and The Trevor Project.”

For tickets, priced $60, $175, and $400, click here. The Music Box Theatre is located at 239 W. 45th St.


Founded in 1964, the O’Neill is the country’s preeminent organization dedicated to “the development of new works and new voices for the American theater, and named in honor of Eugene O’Neill, four-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and America’s only playwright to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.”

The Trevor Project is the “leading and only accredited national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under the age of 25.”


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A Documentary About Armistead Maupin’s Life Is Debuting At SXSW

The “Tales of the City” author steps into the spotlight.
by Christopher Rudolph

This March The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, a new documentary about the man behind Tales of the City, is making its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival.

The film “celebrates one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels inspired millions to reclaim their lives.” It’s directed by Jennifer M. Kroots who previously helmed the George Takei documentary To Be Takei.

In addition to a movie about his life, Maupin is also releasing a memoir in October entitled Logical Family—a phrase that Maupin’s character Anna Madrigal used in Tales of the City to describe her friends and tenants of Barnaby Lane.

Aside from news of a Maupin memoir and movie, the author also dropped some hints last year that there might be another Tales of the City TV adaptation in the near future. The last miniseries, Further Tales of the City, aired on Showtime in 2001.

The SXSW Film Festival runs March 10-19 in Austin, TX.


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“The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin” Premieres at SXSW Film Festival

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin (World Premiere)
Director: Jennifer M. Kroot
The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin celebrates one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels inspired millions to reclaim their lives.

Check out the full festival lineup here

Check out the films Official Facebook Page here

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‘Tales of the City’ author Armistead Maupin says, ‘I surrendered my youth.’


Who today even remembers that Armistead “Tales of the City” Maupin is from Raleigh?

That’s right. The man who, in 1976, began chronicling the gay movement in San Francisco, came from a conservative family in Raleigh. His father, so the story goes, led the entire family out of church when the minister preached for integration.

A few years ago, Maupin told an interviewer: “My only regret about being gay is that I repressed it for so long. I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when I could have been out there loving someone. Don’t make that mistake yourself. Life’s too damn short.”

In October, Transworld will release Maupin’s first memoir, “Logical Family,” where he recounts, according to the Guardian, “his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer, via Vietnam and the bathhouses of 1970s San Francisco.”

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/books/reading-matters-blog/article126838304.html#storylink=cpy

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Top 5 Vintage Gay TV Characters

Antony Simpson
13th July 2016

ac0af23b86aeb42d28e80cb7a544069bAntony Simpson shares his Top 5 Vintage TV Characters. In order to make the list, characters had to be iconic, queer and in some way vintage.

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Talking With Armistead Maupin :: Telling Tales in Ptown

by Jim Halterman
Friday Jul 8, 2016

We know that Armistead Maupin is a great storyteller from his legendary “Tales of the City” book series and other novels he’s penned over the years, and this weekend he is also going to be telling those stories at the Paramount in Provincetown.

At his two shows set at the Paramount (at the Crown and Anchor), Maupin will be telling stories about himself and his journey that began, in his words, when he was an “ultra-conservative” young man who is now an activist and voice for the queer community.

When EDGE talked to him earlier this week, the esteemed author didn’t have anything to announce quite yet about what may or may not be happening with a potential “Tales of the City” revival on TV; but there was still plenty to talk about in terms of his love for Ptown, how it and San Francisco are similar, and, since he was present at the recent San Francisco premiere, his thoughts on the upcoming “Looking” movie on HBO.

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