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“Hollywood Beauty Salon,” screening 7 p.m. Oct. 10 (National Metal Health Day) at International House, is a largely observational documentary about a Germantown program by and for people in recovery for mental-health issues. Gay filmmaker Glenn Holsten chronicles more than a dozen men and women who struggle with depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia as they try to live meaningful lives and show — as one subject says — “they are more than just their diagnosis.”

The Kelly Writers House will host the second meeting of the recently formed Trans & Gender-Nonconforming Youth Creative Writing Group Oct. 8. The monthly writing group is open and free of charge for youth ages 14–22 who identify as transgender or gender-nonconforming, and meets on the second Saturday of each month during the University of Pennsylvania academic year.

Every year in September we are used to the Fringe Festival bringing us edgy, out-of-the-box presentations that push the boundaries of their genres. This year we’re being presented with something even more different. We may be seeing the birth of an entirely new genre.

Tony Award winner Betty Buckley will perform her new show, “Story Songs,” at the Rrazz Room at the Prince Sept. 18. The cabaret act includes new songs from composers including Jason Robert Brown, Stephen Schwartz and Joe Iconis, as well as a cover of Radiohead’s “High and Dry.”

Out singer/songwriter Tom Goss will perform his hit “Bears,” along with tunes from his new album, “What Doesn’t Break,” when he headlines the Rehoboth Beach Bear Weekend Sept. 17. In addition to his current tour and album, Goss just released a new video, “Son of a Preacher Man,” and appears as a singer in the new DVD “Confessions.”

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