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The members of the former Portland, Ore., performing troupe Sissyboy are not drag queens. They wear facial hair and makeup and they don't "tuck." We've come a long way since Jennie Livingston's Paris is Burning (1990), about New York drag queen beauty pageants in which the ideal was "to pass" as female. The men in Katie Turinski's documentary Sissyboy are not trying to pass. They embrace masculine and feminine-identified looks, and they each have their own visions of their sexual identity. Their shows tend toward outrageous social satire and they aren't polished or glitzy. The film includes a hilarious song parody about teen pregnancy and a dark version of the Wizard of Oz, in which Dorothy is Matthew Shepard, the young gay man lured out of a Laramie, Wyo., bar by two men who beat him savagely and left him for dead — martyring him in Sissyboy's musical version. Other bits are more abstract and bizarre, and there's one serious performance art piece Lee Kyle (aka Splendora Gabore) does about his brother's suicide. After performing in bars and club spaces for three years in Portland, the troupe piled into a borrowed RV and went on tour, and much of Turinski's project comes off like a road-trip film. They journey to Seattle and San Francisco, where they perform with that city's alternative drag show Trannyshack, which revels in horror camp. It's a mostly upbeat film, and at only 68-minutes Turinski could have spent more time getting to know some of the many troupe members, particularly Kyle, who talks briefly about growing up gay in a small town in east Texas. The film runs in conjunction with NOLA Pride Festival. Tickets $7, $5 New Orleans Film Society and CAC members. — Will Coviello

June 28


7 p.m. Tuesday

Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 528-3800;


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