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Pikes Peak Lavender Film Festival

It's a good bet that some of the locals are horrified, or terrified, but here you have it: the Pikes Peak Lavender Film Festival, whose stated mission is "bringing quality international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender films to Colorado Springs." That this weekend's event is the fifth annual Lavender says something about perseverance and the quest for diversity on the tree-lined streets of a city not well known for its embrace of alternative lifestyles.

In any event, former Colorado Springs mayor Mary Lou Makepeace will welcome festival-goers at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, September 17, followed by the Irish film Goldfish Memory at 8 p.m. The remaining eight features include titles from France, Canada, South Africa, Japan, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the United States. All of them have screened previously at the Toronto and San Francisco film festivals.

The fest will run through Sunday, September 19, at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 West Dale Street. For information and schedules, call 1-719-386-6843 or log on to www.pplff.org.

 
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