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Desperado LGBT Film Festival

We're kind of surprised it took this long for someone to make a movie about Greg Louganis. You know, the Olympic diver who publicly came out as gay 25 years ago and openly talked about being HIV positive. Even by today's standards, that's an impressive feat for a professional athlete. Louganis will be hosting a Q&A session after the screening of the documentary Back on Board: Greg Louganis, which kicks off the Desperado LGBT Film Festival on Friday, January 23. The three-day festival, January 23 to 25, showcases nine feature-length movies, a handful of short films, and local musicians at Paradise Valley Community College, 18401 North 32nd Street. For a schedule of showtimes and to purchase tickets, visit www.desperadofilmfestival.com or call 602-787-7276. Evie Carpenter

See also: Desperado LGBT Film Festival 2015 Brings Award-Winning Movies to Paradise Valley

YAlapalooza

Young-adult literature sometimes gets a bad rap, but the judgment is not always a fair one (we're looking at you, millions of adults who read The Fault in Our Stars and Twilight). At YAllapalooza, an annual event at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 South McClintock Drive in Tempe, teens and tweens can celebrate their love of YA books in an afternoon filed with book signings, games, and pizza. This year's attending YA authors are: Jennifer Niven, Austin Aslan, Tawni Waters, Amy Nichols, Lisa McMann, Shonna Slayton, Rae Carson, and Nick Lake.

YAllapalooza 2015 kicks off at 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 24, at Changing Hands. The event is free to the public. For more information, call 480-730-0205 or visit www.changinghands.com. Katrina Montgomery

See also: Should Adults Really Be Embarrassed to Read YA Novels?

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