Days of Summer


By Bill Chenevert

Thursday, June 12: Tonight marks Philly's sixth year indulging queers thespians with the Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival. Over the course of 16 days you can catch six productions throughout the city of brotherly love, all of them aimed at portraying, educating, enlightening, and entertaining the gays. Catch Keith Bunin's tale of a mommy minister with a homo son in The Busy World is Hushed, running June 20-27. (Watch a preview clip of the Australian premiere here.) Or see Bait, a humorous romp exploring the perils of gay dating, by and starring David Sisco. (See a preview clip here.) Shows go up at various venues, and tickets can be purchased over the phone (215-922-1122) or at the Arden Theater box office.

Friday, June 13: It seems Ang Lee didn't quite get it right with Eric Bana in 2003, so this time Ed Norton takes on the role of Dr. Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulk, directed by Louis Leterrier (the man responsible for The Transporter flicks). Liv Tyler, William Hurt, and Tim Roth also share the big screen in this high-octane, Marvel-inspired joyride. Watch the trailer here. Meanwhile, ruggedly hot Mark Wahlberg gets his turn as hero in M. Night Shyamalan's environmental thriller, The Happening. Wahlberg plays a science teacher hunting for the answers with his wife (Zooey Deschanel) and daughter as they try to determine why dangerous neurotoxins in the atmosphere are causing violent suicides. See the trailer here.