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Los Angeles-based stand-up comic Georgia Ragsdale--who's launched a tongue-in-cheek campaign to replace the term "lesbian" with "sporty girl" because it's "less alarming"--will be in Oak Park this weekend to celebrate the local premiere and DVD release of her latest film, Wave Babes--It's Never Too Late to Ride the Big Ones. In the movie, she plays one of three former surfer girls who get together for a reunion at the beach. Featuring scenes like a catfight in the sand between lead Tina Carlisi and her ex-husband's new trophy wife, Babes is already on its way to "cult classic" status--at least according to Ragsdale. The 70-minute film was voted best comedy feature in the February 2003 installment of the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival and best lesbian feature by Q Cinema, Fort Worth's Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival. The screening and postshow question-and-answer session benefit the Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association. The event starts at 7:30 (doors open at 7) on Saturday, October 25, at Beye Elementary School, 230 Cuyler in Oak Park. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at Val's Halla Records, 7231/2 South Blvd. Call 708-848-0273 for more information.

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