Chick Flicks

Not only are the girls' shorts filled with both fresh-faced little women and naughty-bodied hotties, but most of the shorts themselves are as breathtakingly beautiful as the females in the lead roles.

Private Life, which precedes Tick Tock Lullaby (Mon., Oct. 8. 7 p.m. Tampa Theatre), is a piece about England's not-so-golden-olden' days, where women could only wear pants if they traded their dresses to their favorite cross dresser. In Pitstop, which precedes Finn's Girl (Thurs., Oct 11. 7 p.m. Tampa Theatre), a family with a half dozen rug rats takes a break — and leaves one behind long enough for her to get a first peek into the world of women and the art of leather making. My First Time Driving, which precedes Kate Clinton 25th Anniversary Tour (Sun., Oct. 14. 3:30 p.m. Tampa Theatre), is about a Jewish teen who must learn to handle a vehicle — and her mother.

The actual short programs are simply stellar. Girls Shorts 1 features Long Ago, in which a super-cute lesbian with bad hair who's sick of being rejected must let go of her rat tail (and thoughts of her ex) before she can move on; Pariah, about a young African-American lesbian who tries to pass for straight at home and butch among her friends; and Happenstance, about a momma's boy who brings his new girlfriend home, only to find she's got her own ideas about how to please the matriarch. Girls Shorts 2 is by turns light-hearted (Commitment Ceremony, a very funny albeit amateur music video that addresses all the issues that prevent a happy lesbian couple from having a lawful union) and deep (Sexy Thing, which reveals a family secret that leads a young girl to hide in her ocean world). Just like a woman.

Girls Shorts 1, Sat., Oct. 13. 5 p.m. Tampa Theatre; Girls Shorts 2, Sun., Oct. 14. 2 p.m. Tampa Theatre.

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