National Poetry Month Street Pole Banner Display
Throughout the month of April, the City of West Hollywood will honor living poets by displayingstreet pole banners along Santa Monica Boulevard, which will feature selections of their poetry. Currently, there are 17 poets honored, and each year, the West Hollywood City Poet Laureate selects two additional poets to honor. This year’s new honorees are Kate Gale and Elena Karina Byrne.
I See You WeHo by Miguel Andrisani
— Weekdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The new mural, I See You WeHo, was designed by Miguel Andrisani, also known as “Migs” (@Migs.Art) who found inspiration in the poem I Sing the Body West Hollywood, a poem created by the City Poet Laureate Kim Dower in collaboration with the West Hollywood community. The poem’s lines evoke West Hollywood’s landscape, landmarks, people, and joie de vivre, in an homage to Walt Whitman’s classic epic poem I Sing the Body Electric. The artwork brings the poem to life, through a digital rendering, traversing from day into night (left to right) and from the streetscape to the rooftops of the City (bottom to top). Miguel Andrisani is a West Hollywood resident and this is his first public art exhibition. The triptych art banner mural will be on display until mid-2019.
Weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at West Hollywood City Hall Community Plaza,
located at 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard.
L.A. Get Down Festival — Every Friday and Saturday in April, Varied Times
Greenway Arts Alliance, in association with Da Poetry Lounge, presents the 2nd Annual L.A. Get Down Festival, a celebration of hip hop and spoken word, every Friday and Saturday night during the month of April. Admission on most nights is $10. Festival passes are also available. For more information, and a complete listing of events, visit www.greenwaycourttheatre.org/2ndannualgetdownor contact Tiffany Moon at email@example.com or at (323) 655‐7679. This program is presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Arts program.
Fridays and Saturdays in April at varied times, at Greenway Court Theatre, located at 544 N. Fairfax Avenue
City of West Hollywood’s Youth Scholarship Program
The Youth Scholarship Program awards $1,500 scholarships to West Hollywood students who are high school seniors ready to graduate (or a student receiving his/her GED) and planning to pursue post-secondary education. The program requires proof of West Hollywood residency, acceptance to a post-secondary institution, and 150 hours of community service. The Youth Scholarship Program was initiated by the West Hollywood City Council in April 2007 and since that time 38 scholarships have been awarded to community members. For more information, guidelines, and application materials visit the City of West Hollywood Youth Scholarship program web page at www.weho.org/services/social-services/youth-scholarship-program.
— Exhibition, through June 2018
Lost & Found: Safer Sex Activism examines 30 years of inspiring and defiant safer sex and harm-reduction activism. The exhibition at the ONE Gallery presents safer sex posters, comics, brochures, videos, PSAs, and safer sex and clean needle kits, among other archival items, all from the collections at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries. While at the height of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and 1990s widespread public perception linked AIDS to gay men and intravenous drug users, Lost & Found reveals how activists sought to educate and empower varying publics about the pervasive epidemic. Rather than stigmatize sexuality, these educational projects often went hand-in-hand with sex positive practices. Lost & Found shows how the dissemination of information sought to cross cultural, economic, linguistic, and class divisions. While the majority of materials were produced in the 1980s and 1990s, the exhibition also connects these histories to the ongoing AIDS crisis through contemporary artists and activist projects. Lost & Found: Safer Sex Activism is co-curated by David Evans Frantz, curator at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries, and independent curator Hannah Grossman, with support from exhibition consultant Neal Baer, M.D. Generous support is provided by The Calamus Foundation of New York, Inc. and the City of West Hollywood.
Events April 2018:
Women and Books, First Tuesday of Every Month, The Tusk That Did the Damage
Women and Books is a monthly book club that meets the first Tuesday of the month to discuss books written by women authors. This month features The Tusk That Did the Damage by Tania James. The book club is co‐sponsored by the City of West Hollywood’s Women’s Advisory Board and the West Hollywood Library. Admission is free, but space is limited so RSVPs are encouraged. Free parking will be available at the adjacent five-story structure with validation.
For more information, please visit www.meetup.com/womenandbooksinweho.
Outfest West Hollywood Series, First Wednesday of Every Month, My House
The Outfest West Hollywood Series is a monthly program featuring films and discussions of interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) audiences. Catch this exclusive sneak preview of the first two episodes of Viceland’s new docuseries My House from Outfest alumni Nneka Onuorah and Elegance Bratton. My House is an insider’s guide to New York City’s hyper-competitive underground queer ballroom scene. Screenings are on the first Wednesday of the month throughout the year. Tickets are $10. For more information, please visit www.outfest.org/weho‐series. Free parking will be available at the adjacent five-story structure with validation. This program is presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Arts program. For more information, please visit www.weho.org/arts or follow via social media @WeHoArts.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.
Nonhuman Rights Project Film Screening and Panel Discussion: Unlocking the Cage
The Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) presents a screening of the film that comedian Jon Stewart said made him “proud to be a primate.” Directed by world‐renowned documentarians Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker, Unlocking the Cage follows the NhRP’s novel mission and work to transform nonhuman animals from legal “things” with no rights to “persons” with fundamental rights, beginning with four captive chimpanzees in New York. A question-and-answer discussion with NhRP’s Elizabeth Stein and a reception will follow the screening. Admission is free; space is limited. Please RSVP athttps://tinyurl.com/utcLA.
For more information, please contact Kevin Schneider, Esq. Executive Director, Nonhuman Rights Project at firstname.lastname@example.org or (857) 991-4148. Free parking will be available at the adjacent five-story structure with validation.
National Transgender HIV Testing Day
This free event is designed to bring the transgender community together for a day of games, food, entertainment, and HIV education. For more information, contact Plummer Park at (323) 848-6533 or email email@example.com.
The City of West Hollywood is participating in the nation’s “favorite pastime” with the United States Conference of Mayors and Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Play Ball initiative, which encourages cities across the nation to engage community members in events that generate enthusiasm and broad participation for the game of baseball and baseball‐related activities. The event will feature a home run derby and baseball clinic. The first pitch will be thrown at 10:45 a.m. by West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station personnel. Refreshments will be provided. Admission is free and open to everyone. For more information, contact Susana Salazar, Recreation Coordinator at (323) 848‐6479 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
soundSpark with Max Kutner
soundSpark is a free monthly music series for young children featuring solo and duo performances by emerging artists sponsored through a grant from the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Arts program. This month’s performer will be guitarist and composer Max Kutner. For more information, call the West Hollywood Library at (310) 652-5340 or visit sassas.org/program/soundspark.
Artist Reception for Sergey Djavadian’s Bunker Opens Doors, an Exhibition about Free Expression, Creativity, and Liberty
Sergey Djavadian’s collection of artwork by the original members of the Bunker Art Group will be on display for the first time in the United States at Plummer Park in West Hollywood. The Bunker Art Group is a team of dissident artists from the former Soviet Union whose current members participated in the Bunker’s shows from 1994‐2017. The first part of the show will be curated by Peter Frank, a renowned critic and curator living in Los Angeles. He has organized exhibitions around the world in his more than 45‐year career. The second part of the show will be juried and curated by Peter Frank and Barry Gordon and will display new artwork from the Bunker Art group, as well as artwork from the winners of the Lark Gallery competition “Bunker Opens Doors.” Admission is free. The exhibition runs through Friday, May 25, 2018. For more information, email email@example.com or call (310) 473‐0890.
Sunday, April 8, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Plummer Park’s Great Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. Exhibition is open at Plummer Park’s Long Hall on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads: The Perfume Burned His Eyes by Michael Imperioli
The City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads program and Book Soup bookstore present Michael Imperioli discussing and signing his debut novel, The Perfume Burned His Eyes, which begins (in summary) as follows: “Matthew is a 16‐year‐old living in Jackson Heights, Queens, in 1976. After he loses his two most important male role models, his father and grandfather, his mother uses her inheritance to uproot Matthew and herself to a posh apartment building in Manhattan. Although only three miles away from his boyhood home, ‘the city’ is a completely new and strange world to Matthew. Matthew soon befriends (and becomes a quasi‐assistant to) Lou Reed, who lives with his transgender girlfriend Rachel in the same building.” Tickets are $28+tax and fees, which includes one copy of The Perfume Burned His Eyes, which the author will sign at the close of the reading. Tickets are available on the Eventbrite web page.
Yom HaShoah Remembrance
— Thursday, April 12, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The City of West Hollywood will host a Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration. Yom HaShoah is an opportunity to remember victims of the Holocaust and focus on preventing genocides and other human atrocities from happening again. The program will feature a documentary screening by Philippe Mora called Monsieur Mayonnaise. Complimentary refreshments will be served. A candle-lighting ceremony will be held outdoors at the Babi Yar Memorial immediately following the program. Admission is free. For more information, contact Plummer Park at (323) 848-6533 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Hollywood Kids Fair
The City of West Hollywood presents the 23rd Annual West Hollywood Kids Fair, a free day of fun and education for young children and their families. Participants include local schools, public safety and social services programs, health services, environmental organizations, and other nonprofits. The Kids Fair also includes face painting, arts and crafts, games, and entertainment. Admission is free.
For more information, contact Corey Roskin at email@example.com or at (323) 848-6403.
Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month Outreach Event — Sunday, April 15, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. The City of West Hollywood will host a local outreach activity to promote a message of consent and encourage people in the community to be more aware of sexual assault. The event will utilize materials from the City’s public-awareness campaign, Only Yes Means Yes. Outreach team participants include members of West Hollywood City Council; the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s West Hollywood Station; Block by Block Security Ambassadors; and the City of West Hollywood’s Women’s Advisory Board and Public Safety Commission. For more information, please contact Rob Winrader at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (323) 848-6580.
Sunday, April 15, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the northwest corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Palm Avenue.
SEEfest: Trieste Literary Salon
With support from the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Arts program, SEEfest presents a literary salon featuring a panel of experts discussing the cultural climate of Middle Europe/Mitteleuropa in 1910. Trieste will feature UCLA professor Thomas Harrison, author of 1910, in conversation with John Agnew, distinguished professor of Political Geography; Tzvi Rafael Rivlin, Trieste cultural scholar from Montreal; Nina Bjekovic, Ph.D. candidate in Italian studies researching the literature of prominent authors of the Slovene minority in Northern Italy; and, moderator MariaCristina Heller, Trieste‐born actress and journalist. Admission is free. To RSVP, please visit seefilmla.org.
Celebration Theatre New Works: Born to Win
With the support of the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Arts program, Celebration Theatre, the world’s oldest LGBTQ theatre company, presents a monthly staged reading series of new work. This month’s new work is Born to Win by Matthew Wilkas and Mark Setlock. Pinky Corningfield has always dreamed her daughter would win the Supreme Queen pageant. When Marge, a newcomer to the child pageant circuit, shows up with her daughter and starts making a grab for the glory, Pinky and her minions Bob and Bobby will stop at nothing to get the crown once and for all. Admission is free, but space is limited. RSVP is strongly encouraged at http://bit.ly/WilkasSetlockWeHo.
WHAP! Lecture Series, Human Trafficking in Global Perspective by Pardis Mahdavi
The City of West Hollywood and the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Master of Arts (MA) program in Aesthetics and Politics present the West Hollywood Aesthetics and Politics lecture series (WHAP!). This series features events that range from political debates to film screenings and performances, as well as conversations about art, architecture, and philosophy. This month, WHAP! will host a lecture on Human Trafficking in Global Perspective by Pardis Mahdavi, Ph.D. This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, visit:
Junk in the Trunk Rummage Sale
The City of West Hollywood’s Recreation Services Division will host a Junk in the Trunk rummage sale. Participants may sell items from the trunks of their vehicles or in the space remaining in designated areas. Anyone who has yard sale items to sell is invited to register to participate in the event — no vendor goods will be permitted. Items can be displayed from car trunks and hatches, or in a parking sale space using a tarp or table. Sellers are welcomed to use one pop-up tent or a canopy in their assigned space, but those must not be bigger than 10’x10’. Participants may start setting up at 8 a.m. Cars will not be allowed to enter the lot after 9 a.m. Parking sale spaces, which cover two standard parking spots, are available for $15 and must be reserved in advance. Space is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is free for shoppers. For more information, please contact Michael Gasca at (323) 848-6546 or at email@example.com.
City of West Hollywood Recognizes National Arbor Day
The City of West Hollywood and its Public Facilities Commission will recognize National Arbor Day with a brief ceremony and tree planting.
For additional information, call (323) 848-6895.
Women in Film Speaker Series: The Handmaid’s Tale
The Women in Film Speaker Series hosts a monthly panel of filmmakers to discuss how they’ve carried their messages beyond the screen to urge involvement from viewers in response to social issues and injustices. The event is co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood through its WeHo Arts program and Women’s Advisory Board. Women in Film is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women, encouraging creative projects by women, and expanding and enhancing portrayals of women in all forms of global media. This month features a screening of episode one of the second season to be followed by a moderated panel featuring actors Samira Wiley, Madelyn Brewer, and Alexis Bledel and costume designer Ane Crabtree. Admission is $10. For tickets and more information, please visit http://womeninfilm.org/speaker-series. Free parking will be available at the adjacent five-story structure with validation.
WeHo Pedals Bike Share Basics
The City of West Hollywood hosts a monthly mid-day WeHo Pedals Bike Share Basics class. The class is a fun, hands-on experience that aims to educate and encourage community members to use the bike share system as informed, safe, and lawful cyclists. In this 90-minute workshop, participants will learn how to unlock, adjust, and use all of the features of a WeHo Pedals Bike Share bike while practicing safe riding skills. The workshop will include a group ride on WeHo Pedals bikes. Participation in the class is free and space is limited to 15 participants. Walk-up participants cannot be accommodated; advance reservations are required. All participants will receive a free helmet. To reserve a spot in the WeHo Pedals Bike Share Basics class, please visit www.wehopedals.com and scroll down for the Sustainable Streets Bike Basics course.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at a Bike Share Hub in West Hollywood. Call for location details.
Lesbian Speakers Series: Sinister Wisdom
The City of West Hollywood’s Lesbian Speakers Series presents readings from women who have been featured in the publication, Sinister Wisdom. Readers include Tai Farnsworth, Olga Garcia, Bonnilee Kaufman, Ronna Magy, Louise Moore, and Kitty Tsui. In existence since 1976, Sinister Wisdomfeatures the words, art, and images of lesbian creators. The event is co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Arts program, the Mazer Lesbian Archives, and the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Audre Lorde program. The event is free but space is limited so RSVPs are encouraged atwww.sinisterwisdom.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Corey Roskin firstname.lastname@example.org or (323) 848-6403.
Lambda Lit Book Club: Notes on a Past Life by David Trinidad
The Lambda Literary Book Club meets on the last Tuesday of each month (except in December). It highlights a heady mix of LGBT classics, unheralded gems, and new releases. This month’s selection is Notes on a Past Life: Poems by David Trinidad. Trinidad recounts literary (and other) life and loves in Los Angeles and New York. For more information, please contact the West Hollywood Library at (310) 652-5340.
City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads: Route 66 Through the Eyes of Poets
In celebration of National Poetry Month, the City of West Hollywood’s City Poet Laureate Kim Dower has curated a poetry reading as part of the City’s WeHo Reads program. The event, Route 66 Through the Eyes of Poets, builds on the success of last year’s Sunset Strip Through The Eyes of Poets. Participating poets include Laurel Ann Bogen, Elena Karina Byrne, Brendan Constantine, Yvonne Estrada, Bill Mohr, and Lynne Thompson. Admission is free. To RSVP and for more information, visitwww.weho.org/wehoreads. For more information on the City of West Hollywood’s City Poet Laureate program and National Poetry Month activities, visit www.bitly.com/wehocitypoet.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the second floor of the West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.
Human Rights Speakers Series: Poi E: The Story of Our Song
The City of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series, Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), World Channel, and IMP’s Community Perspectives Film Series present a special screening and panel discussion of POI E: The Story of Our Song. The film brings to the screen the life of Dalvanius Prime, the man who brought disco to Australia, and through him a story of the Maori people. When Dalvanius returns to the small town of Pātea, he not only comes face-to-face with the reality of a dying mother but also with a devastated community whose livelihood was on the brink. Dalvanius did the only one thing he could to make ends meet: tour and sing in an Eme at a time when being Māori meant you had to watch where you stepped. Cheryl Hirasa, Director of Program Development & Content Strategy at PIC will lead the conversation. Reception provided by La Conversation. Admission is free, but space is limited and RSVP is required by visiting, http://bit.ly/2FuWPOC. For more information, contact Joy Tribble at email@example.com or (323) 848-6360.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.
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Drag Queen Story Hour Featuring Willam from RuPaul’s Drag Race
Children of all ages are invited to join Willam for a fun and fabulous Drag Queen Story Hour. Willam is an American actor, drag queen, model, reality television personality, recording artist, and author, who is known for his recurring role as transgender woman Cherry Peck in Ryan Murphy’s medical drama Nip/Tuck and for being a contestant on the fourth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Admission is free. No registration necessary. Drag Queen Story Hour is co‐sponsored by the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Arts program. For more information, please call the West Hollywood Library at (310) 652-5340.