WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Out at the Movies will screen the classic comedy, “The Adventures of Pricilla, Queen of the Desert,” on Feb. 23, 6 p.m., at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ Ace Theatre Complex, 1533 South Main St.

Immediately following the screening will be an after-party with complimentary snacks/cash bar in the lobby of the historic Nissen Building, 310 W. 4th St. After 10 p.m., the party will continue at Elixir, 411 W. 4th St.

“Pricilla” is a cult favorite among the LGBT community and stars Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Bill Hunter and Terence Stamp. It tells the story of a transsexual and two drag queens who stage a cabaret in the middle of the Australian desert.

Donations to Equality Winston-Salem will serve as admission to the event. Funds are being collected for Winston-Salem Pride/2103 to be held Oct. 17-20. Contributions of $25 or more will enable attendees to receive two drink tickets for the after-party.

On March 9 at 7 p.m., Out at the Movies will screen “How to Survive a Plague.” Tickets are $6/adult, $5/seniors and students and will be available when the doors open at 6 p.m. the evening of the showing.

The film is the story of two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) — whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time. With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and 1990s, filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making, producers say.

It is a 2013 Academy Award nominee and has netted various awards from festivals, critics, and more, across the nation.

The film will also be shown in Durham on Jan. 24 as part of the Full Frame Film Festival’s Winter Series.




Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.