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City of West Hollywood’s

One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival

Each year the City of West Hollywood celebrates pride with its One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, which runs from Harvey Milk Day (May 22) through the end of June Pride month (June 30). The theme for 2019 is “Love is Love,” celebrating the universal bond that unites us, especially during this 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall riots.

Some highlights of One City One Pride 2019 include:

  • May 22: Kick-off reception and a staged reading of Dear Harvey with Celebration Theatre

    • Featuring 2 queer poetry pop-ups: “Let Love Flourish,” performances of poems by queer poets past and present, and “Everyone Deserves (A) Love (Poem),” an interactive installation where poets will write you a love poem

  • May 25 + 26: New Stages presents I Do,” a musical based on the life stories of, and performed by, LGBTQ seniors

  • June 1 +2: Metropolitan Master Chorale presents Considering Matthew Shepard

  • June 2: Vox Femina and Trans Chorus LA present Hearts of Courage

  • June 15: Lesbian Speaker Series presents Tea Time with Stephanie Miller and Beth Lapides

  • June 26: “LA: A Queer History,” a documentary about LA’s contributions to the LGBTQ rights movement

  • June 30: Full day of programming including:

    • Launch of “Crush: First Love, New Talent” an LGBTQ comic anthology about first (queer) love

    • Readings from Michael Kearns’ troupe QueerWise

    • “Where Love is Illegal” features portraits of people who live in countries where it is illegal to be LGBTQ. Join us for a panel discussion

    • “¡GAYTINO! Made in America” film debut – a story about being gay and Chicano, and a father’s love

    • Also, the return of the 2 queer poetry pop-ups

One City One Pride is organized by the City of West Hollywood's Arts Division. For more information about One City One Pride contact Mike Che, Arts Coordinator, at mche@weho.org.

Photos and images are available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gi048juwas6hp3f/AACjdq3ujCUQJcfXj64GsScua?dl=0

Throughout the month:

Everyone Deserves (A) Love (Poem): On this 50th anniversary of Stonewall, West Hollywood will transform into a literary salon of love, with a diverse group of queer poets on typewriters helping residents convert their unique love stories into poetry. Anyone may commission and take home a love poem from this interactive art project organized by Brian Sonia-Wallace aka RENT Poet  - a testament to the idea that love is love, and every love story is worth a poem.

Pop-ups will take place on:

  • May 22, 6:30pm, at the One City One Pride kickoff

  • June 7, 6pm, at the Dyke March

  • June 8 and 9, 12-7pm, at the One City One Pride booth at Pride on the Blvd

  • June 30 at the One City One Pride Day of Art

Other times throughout the month TBA (follow @wehoarts and @rentpoet on Instagram to find out when)

 

Let Love Flourish: Queer Poetry Pop-up is a spoken word celebration of historic LGTBQ poets. Performance artist Jason Jenn brings their passionate words to spirited life for the public to enjoy in the streets of West Hollywood in special appearances throughout the 40-day One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival. The presentations employ elaborately styled costumes and various theatrical techniques, while illuminating audiences about the authors’ lives and their historical conditions. Queer love has emerged in writing in various ways, from veiled allusions during oppressive eras to all-out profusions of sensuous splendor in contemporary times. Created and performed by Jason Jenn. Art direction by Vojislav Radovanovic.

Pop-ups will take place on:

  • May 22, 6:30pm, at the One City One Pride kickoff

  • June 8 and 9 at the One City One Pride booth at Pride on the Blvd

  • June 30 at the One City One Pride Day of Art

Other times throughout the month TBA (follow @wehoarts and @jasonjennartist on Facebook to find out when)

 

Where Love is Illegal exhibit

Being LGBTQ is still illegal in 70 countries, and our communities face discrimination, persecution and violence around the world. Award-winning photographer Robin Hammond’s Where Love is Illegal project has documented the stories and images of many indiviudals from these countries. Robin Hammond has dedicated his career to documenting human rights and development issues through long-term photographic projects. He has won numerous awards for his work, including four Amnesty International Awards and several other prestigious prizes.

On view at the West Hollywood Library from May 24, 2019-October 11, 2019 during regular library hours M-Th (11am-7pm), Fr-Sa (10am-6pm), Su (12pm-4pm). Closed holidays and June 9-11, 2019.

Free Admission.

www.weho.org/pride

Location: West Hollywood Library, 625 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood

For a trip down memory lane, you can view last year's guide (2018) here: OCOP Book 2018

The 2017 guide here: OCOP Book 2017

The 2016 guide here: OCOP Book 2016

Please follow or tag any social media posts with #onecityonepride @wehopride and @wehoarts

If you have additional questions about One City One Pride please email Mike Che, One City One Pride coordinator/City of West Hollywood's Arts Coordinator at mche@weho.org


Celebration Theatre “Cabaret”
Jun
30
8:00 PM20:00

Celebration Theatre “Cabaret”

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Celebration Theatre, the world’s oldest LGBTQ theatre group, presents Kander & Ebb’s dark, eerily relevant masterpiece like you’ve never seen it before as directed by the multiple Ovation Award winning Michael Matthews.  Based on the play by John Van Druten and the stories of Christopher Isherwood. Previews begin Friday, May 25; runs Th/Fr/Sa at 8pm, and Su 2pm.

Tickets $25-$55,  www.celebrationtheatre.com/cabaret

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Gender Fluid Consciousness Raising
Jun
30
7:00 PM19:00

Gender Fluid Consciousness Raising

  • West Hollywood Community Meeting Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

7:00 PM – Social Gathering & Binary Detox - Mix and mingle with others interested in Gender Fluid, Nonbinary Identities. Water, light snacks, and welcoming environment will be provided.

7:30 PM – Safe Space Opens with Ancestral Wisdom - Elders from the LGBTQ+ and allied community will open a safe space with ancestral wisdom. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own quotes about Gender Fluid / Nonbinary Identities

8:00 PM – Oral History Project Segments & Discussion

  • Featured segments from THE LAVENDER EFFECT Gender Fluid Oral History Project will be screened, followed by facilitated group discussion. Individual videos are a primer for discussion about specific topics including genderfluidity, binary/non-binary, preferred pronouns, social constructs, gender etiquette, historic milestones, gender dysphoria, dual genders, and future obstacles. Videos Segments feature the following pioneering individuals:
  • Addie Rose Vincent (they/them/theirs)
  • Chandler Wilson (they/them/theirs)
  • Rabbi Rachel Bat-Or (Per/Pers)
  • Jaxon Cat Williams (He/Him/His)
  • Aydin Olson-Kennedy (He/Him/His)
  • Maximiliana (they/them/theirs)
  • Ann Thomas (She/Her/Hers)
  • Casey Weitzman (She/Her/Hers)

Funded through a grant from the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division.

Free Admission, RSVP requested, www.weho.org/pride or  https://fluid.brownpapertickets.com

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Celebration Theatre “Cabaret”
Jun
29
8:00 PM20:00

Celebration Theatre “Cabaret”

Celebration Theatre, the world’s oldest LGBTQ theatre group, presents Kander & Ebb’s dark, eerily relevant masterpiece like you’ve never seen it before as directed by the multiple Ovation Award winning Michael Matthews.  Based on the play by John Van Druten and the stories of Christopher Isherwood. Previews begin Friday, May 25; runs Th/Fr/Sa at 8pm, and Su 2pm.

Tickets $25-$55,  www.celebrationtheatre.com/cabaret

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Nelly Queen: The Life and Times of José Sarria
Jun
29
7:00 PM19:00

Nelly Queen: The Life and Times of José Sarria

José Julio Sarria was the first openly gay person to run for political office in the US in 1961, and many credit Sarria with helping pave the way for Milk's run for office. At the unexpected intersections of politics and high camp, this preview of Nelly Queen will reveal an intimate portrait of the Latino civil rights pioneer whose heroic drag has been overlooked as a cornerstone of the LGBTQ rights movement.   

Free admission with donations accepted.

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Jun
29
1:00 PM13:00

DoYou: Memoirs of Promethean Sisters

Yozmit will create a wearable art installation as a performance shrine in the Long Hall/Plummer Park, one of the historic LGBTQ places in West Hollywood. It will be an altar/sacred space in remembrance of legendary *Leigh Bowery* a costume designer, performance artist and a club promoter who pioneered performance with an animalistic and postmodern take on drag. This project will have many different layers of materials and vignette performances related to Yozmit’s personal memories and influences of experiencing life as a LGBTQ identified artist in South Korea and America.

During the exhibition period (June 25 through June 29, 1-5pm), there will be surprise performances, and on June 28, there will be an outdoor performance event in the courtyard of Long Hall (6-9pm).

Admission is free.

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Celebration Theatre “Cabaret”
Jun
28
8:00 PM20:00

Celebration Theatre “Cabaret”

Celebration Theatre, the world’s oldest LGBTQ theatre group, presents Kander & Ebb’s dark, eerily relevant masterpiece like you’ve never seen it before as directed by the multiple Ovation Award winning Michael Matthews.  Based on the play by John Van Druten and the stories of Christopher Isherwood. Previews begin Friday, May 25; runs Th/Fr/Sa at 8pm, and Su 2pm.

Tickets $25-$55,  www.celebrationtheatre.com/cabaret

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Jun
28
1:00 PM13:00

DoYou: Memoirs of Promethean Sisters

Yozmit will create a wearable art installation as a performance shrine in the Long Hall/Plummer Park, one of the historic LGBTQ places in West Hollywood. It will be an altar/sacred space in remembrance of legendary *Leigh Bowery* a costume designer, performance artist and a club promoter who pioneered performance with an animalistic and postmodern take on drag. This project will have many different layers of materials and vignette performances related to Yozmit’s personal memories and influences of experiencing life as a LGBTQ identified artist in South Korea and America.

During the exhibition period (June 25 through June 29, 1-5pm), there will be surprise performances, and on June 28, there will be an outdoor performance event in the courtyard of Long Hall (6-9pm).

Admission is free.

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Outfest West Hollywood Series: Community Collaborator Film Guide Review
Jun
27
7:30 PM19:30

Outfest West Hollywood Series: Community Collaborator Film Guide Review

Outfest’s Festival Programmers welcome community partners and the public for a preview of the Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival lineup. Come meet other community partners and take home copies of the 2018 festival film guide to share with your neighborhood. Programming presentation is followed by a mixer. To enroll your organization as an official community partner please email programming@outfest.org

Free, RSVP required, www.outfest.org/weho-series

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Jun
27
1:00 PM13:00

DoYou: Memoirs of Promethean Sisters

Yozmit will create a wearable art installation as a performance shrine in the Long Hall/Plummer Park, one of the historic LGBTQ places in West Hollywood. It will be an altar/sacred space in remembrance of legendary *Leigh Bowery* a costume designer, performance artist and a club promoter who pioneered performance with an animalistic and postmodern take on drag. This project will have many different layers of materials and vignette performances related to Yozmit’s personal memories and influences of experiencing life as a LGBTQ identified artist in South Korea and America.

During the exhibition period (June 25 through June 29, 1-5pm), there will be surprise performances, and on June 28, there will be an outdoor performance event in the courtyard of Long Hall (6-9pm).

Admission is free.

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Lambda Lit Book Club
Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

Lambda Lit Book Club

  • West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join inaugural West Hollywood City Poet Laureate Steven Reigns and the West Hollywood Library for the Lambda Lit Book Club, discussing “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli.

Free Admission.

RSVP not required, www.lambdaliterary.org/book-clubs/lambda-lit-book-club

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Jun
26
1:00 PM13:00

DoYou: Memoirs of Promethean Sisters

Yozmit will create a wearable art installation as a performance shrine in the Long Hall/Plummer Park, one of the historic LGBTQ places in West Hollywood. It will be an altar/sacred space in remembrance of legendary *Leigh Bowery* a costume designer, performance artist and a club promoter who pioneered performance with an animalistic and postmodern take on drag. This project will have many different layers of materials and vignette performances related to Yozmit’s personal memories and influences of experiencing life as a LGBTQ identified artist in South Korea and America.

During the exhibition period (June 25 through June 29, 1-5pm), there will be surprise performances, and on June 28, there will be an outdoor performance event in the courtyard of Long Hall (6-9pm).

Admission is free.

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Women In Film: “Jewel’s Catch One”
Jun
25
7:00 PM19:00

Women In Film: “Jewel’s Catch One”

Join Women In Film for a screening of the documentary “Jewel’s Catch One,” which chronicles four decades of the oldest Black-owned disco in America and establishes the legacy of businesswoman, activist, and healer, Jewel Thais-Williams. Followed by a panel discussion.

Free for WIF members / $10 non-members. RSVP required, https://womeninfilm.org/speaker-series  

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Jun
25
1:00 PM13:00

DoYou: Memoirs of Promethean Sisters

Yozmit will create a wearable art installation as a performance shrine in the Long Hall/Plummer Park, one of the historic LGBTQ places in West Hollywood. It will be an altar/sacred space in remembrance of legendary *Leigh Bowery* a costume designer, performance artist and a club promoter who pioneered performance with an animalistic and postmodern take on drag. This project will have many different layers of materials and vignette performances related to Yozmit’s personal memories and influences of experiencing life as a LGBTQ identified artist in South Korea and America.

During the exhibition period (June 25 through June 29, 1-5pm), there will be surprise performances, and on June 28, there will be an outdoor performance event in the courtyard of Long Hall (6-9pm).

Admission is free.

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Summer Sounds: Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles
Jun
24
5:00 PM17:00

Summer Sounds: Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles

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Join the City of West Hollywood’s Summer Sounds series for a free outdoor concert with Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles, the first and only LGBTQ mariachi group in the world. Led by director Carlos Samaniego, Mariachi Arcoiris also features Natalia Melendez, first transgender female in the history of mariachi, as one of its members. Presented by the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division as part of One City One Pride and Summer Sounds.

Free Admission. Seating is first come, first served. RSVP requested.

For more information, click here.

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Celebration Theatre “Cabaret”
Jun
24
2:00 PM14:00

Celebration Theatre “Cabaret”

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Celebration Theatre, the world’s oldest LGBTQ theatre group, presents Kander & Ebb’s dark, eerily relevant masterpiece like you’ve never seen it before as directed by the multiple Ovation Award winning Michael Matthews.  Based on the play by John Van Druten and the stories of Christopher Isherwood. Previews begin Friday, May 25; runs Th/Fr/Sa at 8pm, and Su 2pm.

Tickets $25-$55,  www.celebrationtheatre.com/cabaret

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Celebration Theatre “Cabaret”
Jun
23
8:00 PM20:00

Celebration Theatre “Cabaret”

Celebration Theatre, the world’s oldest LGBTQ theatre group, presents Kander & Ebb’s dark, eerily relevant masterpiece like you’ve never seen it before as directed by the multiple Ovation Award winning Michael Matthews.  Based on the play by John Van Druten and the stories of Christopher Isherwood. Previews begin Friday, May 25; runs Th/Fr/Sa at 8pm, and Su 2pm.

Tickets $25-$55, www.celebrationtheatre.com/cabaret

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New Stages: “Heroic Lives”
Jun
23
7:00 PM19:00

New Stages: “Heroic Lives”

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“Heroic Lives” is about the people who changed our world, told by the people who were there. Presented with the LA LGBT Center's Senior Services Department and through a grant from the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division, New Stages take LGBTQ seniors through a series of workshops culminating in an evening of songs, stories and original writing about the individuals who fought for LGBTQ liberation and whose lives were acts of heroism. Directed by Mark Salyer and Kay Cole and music directed by Debbie Lawrence.

Free Admission, RSVP requested at (323) 860-5830 or seniors@lalgbtcenter.org (Reference Event #0410)

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Celebration Theatre “Cabaret”
Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

Celebration Theatre “Cabaret”

Celebration Theatre, the world’s oldest LGBTQ theatre group, presents Kander & Ebb’s dark, eerily relevant masterpiece like you’ve never seen it before as directed by the multiple Ovation Award winning Michael Matthews.  Based on the play by John Van Druten and the stories of Christopher Isherwood. Previews begin Friday, May 25; runs Th/Fr/Sa at 8pm, and Su 2pm.

Tickets $25-$55,  www.celebrationtheatre.com/cabaret

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New Stages: “Heroic Lives”
Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

New Stages: “Heroic Lives”

“Heroic Lives” is about the people who changed our world, told by the people who were there. Presented with the LA LGBT Center's Senior Services Department and through a grant from the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division, New Stages take LGBTQ seniors through a series of workshops culminating in an evening of songs, stories and original writing about the individuals who fought for LGBTQ liberation and whose lives were acts of heroism. Directed by Mark Salyer and Kay Cole and music directed by Debbie Lawrence.

Free Admission, RSVP requested at (323) 860-5830 or seniors@lalgbtcenter.org (Reference Event #0410)

June 22-23, 2018 - New Stages presents Heroic Lives - Performer Lauren Peterson tells her story, photo credit Sashi Peterson.jpeg
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Celebration Theatre “Cabaret”
Jun
21
8:00 PM20:00

Celebration Theatre “Cabaret”

Celebration Theatre Logo.png

Celebration Theatre, the world’s oldest LGBTQ theatre group, presents Kander & Ebb’s dark, eerily relevant masterpiece like you’ve never seen it before as directed by the multiple Ovation Award winning Michael Matthews.  Based on the play by John Van Druten and the stories of Christopher Isherwood. Previews begin Friday, May 25; runs Th/Fr/Sa at 8pm, and Su 2pm.

Tickets $25-$55,  www.celebrationtheatre.com/cabaret

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West Hollywood Artists and Icons: “When Bette Met Mae”
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

West Hollywood Artists and Icons: “When Bette Met Mae”

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The first meeting of West Hollywood resident Bette Davis and screen icon Mae West took place in 1972 at the home of Charles Pollock on Orlando Avenue. It was a cocktail and dinner gathering of only seven people. Bette and Mae discussed their careers, loves, families, hopes and thoughts on work in film, their successes, men, and each other. It revealed a rare and personal glimpse of these strong women.

The evening's conversation was captured on cassette tape and 40 years later that tape was used to dub in the audio portion of a recreation of that evening using actors chosen to visually bring the guests to life while hearing the actual taped words of Bette Davis and Mae West.

The film represents a first effort in history to create video from an authentic live tape recording.
It is a fun, sometimes outrageous, entertaining and very personal historical look at two iconic women; unrehearsed, honest and a funny evening bringing the viewer to the party.

"When Bette Met Mae" is the winner of "Best Documentary" at Hollywood & Vine Film Fest, and "Audience Favorite Film" at the DTLA Film Festival.

This screening of the 65-minute documentary will be followed by a brief discussion/Q&A with Wes Wheadon, the Writer/Director of the film and a panel of people involved in the film.

Free Admission.

RSVP requested, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/west-hollywood-artists-and-icons-when-bette-met-mae-tickets-45605274604

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Celebration Theatre “Cabaret”
Jun
17
2:00 PM14:00

Celebration Theatre “Cabaret”

Celebration Theatre Logo.png

Celebration Theatre, the world’s oldest LGBTQ theatre group, presents Kander & Ebb’s dark, eerily relevant masterpiece like you’ve never seen it before as directed by the multiple Ovation Award winning Michael Matthews.  Based on the play by John Van Druten and the stories of Christopher Isherwood. Previews begin Friday, May 25; runs Th/Fr/Sa at 8pm, and Su 2pm.

Tickets $25-$55, www.celebrationtheatre.com/cabaret

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Celebration Theatre “Cabaret”
Jun
16
8:00 PM20:00

Celebration Theatre “Cabaret”

Celebration Theatre, the world’s oldest LGBTQ theatre group, presents Kander & Ebb’s dark, eerily relevant masterpiece like you’ve never seen it before as directed by the multiple Ovation Award winning Michael Matthews.  Based on the play by John Van Druten and the stories of Christopher Isherwood. Previews begin Friday, May 25; runs Th/Fr/Sa at 8pm, and Su 2pm.

Tickets $25-$55, www.celebrationtheatre.com/cabaret

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Building the Legacy: An Evening of Storytelling for the West Hollywood AIDS  Monument
Jun
16
5:00 PM17:00

Building the Legacy: An Evening of Storytelling for the West Hollywood AIDS Monument

The City of West Hollywood and Los Angeles creative agency Wondros will host a special evening of storytelling to share reflections that will inform the design of the West Hollywood AIDS Monument, built by the not-for-profit Foundation for the AIDS Monument.   The evening will also serve as the public launch of a dedicated website for people in the greater Los Angeles area to post their personal stories.  The stories will ultimately become part of an archive to preserve the remembrances of all who have been impacted by HIV/AIDS.    

 

Admission is free, but seating is limited.  To reserve: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-the-legacy-of-the-fight-against-aids-tickets-46595680936

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