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Now's your chance to see the films that rarely make it to the big screen in North Carolina. Screening everything from a coming-of-age comedy complete with homosexual rehab groups to psycho beach parties and award-winning documentaries, the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival hits town this weekend at the Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham. Celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, the festival runs from August 10-13 and will screen 18 full-length feature films and several short films dealing with themes central to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Among this year's picks are Paragraph 175 (pictured), winner of both the Berlin Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival for Best Documentary Film. Paragraph 175 documents the history of gay persecution in World War II and contains interviews with holocaust survivors as well as rare historical footage. Other films include The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, an adaptation of the longest running one-man show in New York theatre history, and Psycho Beach Party, adapted from Charles Busch's campy stage-play spoofing '60s beach-blanket films. The festival will also host a reception and Psycho Beach Party Discotheque Friday, August 11, from 9:45 until midnight. Tickets for the reception and discotheque are $13. Tickets for the films are $6.50 each and are also available in 5-packs for $25. For more information, call 560-3030. --Clancy Nolan

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