One City, One Pride

Posted on: 5/17/13

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The City of West Hollywood will celebrate Pride and the artistic contributions of the LGBT community with the One City One Pride queer arts festival. Held throughout late May and June, but centered on the dates of May 31-June 16, this festival comprises both free and ticketed events featuring theatre, film, music, spoken word, visual art, a parade, and much more!

For the first year, the festival has a theme in ‘The Sacred and The Profane’, which explores the dichotomies of the LGBT experience: how the community views itself in contrast to how it is seen from the outside, a blending of the spiritual and the carnal, of things holy and wicked, and of things granted and taken away. Also this year’s festival is mainly concentrated over the course of two weeks, providing something to do almost every day during two weeks of Pride Month, which commemorates the anniversary of the birth of the modern LGBT rights movement. Please note that programs, dates and times are subject to change - so check www.weho.org/pride
for updates and additions to programming occurring throughout West Hollywood.

2013 Festival Lineup:

Stolen and Forbidden
Saturday, May 18, 2013
3 p.m.
West Hollywood Library - City Council Chambers
625 N. San Vicente Boulevard
Free.
RSVPs are recommended
Free validated parking for this event is available in the five-story parking structure.
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/447079348710261/
This special pre-festival preview explores this year’s festival theme in the Sacred and the Profane. Before the internet, young gay men looking for answers would often read in secret, or pilfer books and magazines out of shame. In this special event held in the West Hollywood Council Chambers, gay men will read from texts that were stolen or forbidden in their youth. This event is organized by local poet Steven Reigns and will feature readers including Clint Catalyst, Bernard Cooper, Jonny McGovern, and Bruce Vilanch. Meet the Artist:
Steven Reigns

LAMBDA Lit Book Club
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

West Hollywood Library – Community Meeting Room
625 N. San Vicente Boulevard
Free.

www.lambdaliterary.org/book-clubs/lambda-lit-book-club
The Lambda Literary Book Club is a monthly book club moderated by LAMBDA Literary Foundation director Tony Valenzuela. May’s discussion centers on The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis.

Artist Reception and talk for “Living in Limbo, Lesbian Families in the Deep South.”
Reception - Friday, May 31, 2013, 7 p.m.
Please RSVP here
Artist Talk organized by the June Mazer Archives - Saturday, June 1, 2013, 2 p.m.
West Hollywood Library
625 N. San Vicente Boulevard
Exhibit is free and open during regular library operating hours.
Free validated parking for the library is available in the one-story parking structure.
www.livinginlimbo.org http://livinginlimbo.brownpapertickets.com/
Presented as part of the One City One Pride Queer Arts Festival, this was the first full exhibition about the LGBT community to be shown at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama, whose mission is to promote civil and human rights worldwide through education. The public display of the work marked photographer Carolyn Sherer’s “coming out” and that of a number of other participants. In a state that has legislated discrimination against the LGBT community, many risked loss of jobs, child custody, and family acceptance. This exhibit is funded by the City of West Hollywood through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission and by recommendation of the Gay and Lesbian Advisory Board. This exhibit will be on display from Friday, April 19, 2013 through Wednesday, July 10, 2013 during regular operating hours at the West Hollywood Library. (M-Th 11-7, Fr-Sa 10-6) . Meet the Artist:
Carolyn Sherer

Colors of Compassion

Kick off, May 31, 7-10pm

www.lgbtcompassiongames.org/colors

An interactive rainbow flag project commemorating the 35th anniversary of the creation of the Rainbow Flag by Gilbert Baker for the San Francisco Pride Parade. Individuals will create flags corresponding to the various original symbolic colors of the flag. AIDS Lifecycle riders will carry these flags from San Francisco to LA, and march in the LA Pride Parade with them, and the flag will be featured at the LA Pride festival in the 'Momentum' project area. Kickoff party at Eleven on May 31 from 7-10pm.

 

The Beast of Times with Adelina Anthony and D’Lo
May 31 – June 16 (Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 7:00 p.m.)
Renberg Theatre, The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N McCadden Place

$20, tickets available at
www.laglcculturalarts.eventbrite.com
The Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center proudly presents the new play by artist-in-residence Adelina Anthony! Directed by Mark Valdez, The Beast of Times is a satirical and queer allegory set in our world, where environmental and ethnic diversity are quickly becoming passé.

GMCLA - The Gay Men’s Chorus of LA
Open Rehearsal
Saturday, June 1, 2013

3:30-4:30 p.m.
West Hollywood Park Auditorium
647 N. San Vicente Boulevard
Free, no reservations needed

Join the Gay Men’s Chorus of LA for a behind the scenes look at their upcoming show "Not Entirely Wicked - The music of Stephen Schwartz"

50 Shades of Queer: LGBT Artists and Writers in their Own Words
Saturday, June 1, 2013
5 p.m.

West Hollywood Library – City Council Chambers
625 N. San Vicente Boulevard
Free

Seven people of color from different backgrounds will discuss sexuality, gender, and cultural issues through poetic and dramatic readings. Organized by Kevin Robertson, contributor to ‘For Colored Boys when the Rainbow is not Enough’.

Transvisible: Bamby’s Story
Saturday, June 1, 2013
7 p.m.

West Hollywood Library - City Council Chambers
625 N. San Vicente Boulevard
Free, No RSVPs needed
Free validated parking for this event is available in the five-story parking structure.
Special sneak preview of a documentary on Transgender/HIV activist Bamby Salcedo’s life by Dante Alencastre, who produced last year’s impactful El Fuego Dentro, about the Transgender Community in Peru.

Install: WeHo
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Noon - 8 p.m.
El Tovar Lot, next to the Shepard Fairey Elephant mural
626 N. Robertson Boulevard
Free with suggested donation of $10
Free validated parking for this event is available in the five-story parking structure.
www.installweho.com
Held for the first time last year, Install:WeHo returns with an exploration of what it means to be a ‘Good Queer’. In this one day exploration of visual and performance art, queer artists create installations in shipping pods/U-Hauls that appear overnight in the El Tovar Parking lot, forming a one-day temporary pop-up queer arts village, complete with a performance stage curated by Apt 3F on a flatbed truck. This production is partially funded by the City of West Hollywood through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission and by recommendation of the Gay and Lesbian Advisory Board.

LA Opera presents “Britten: Sacred and Profane”
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
7 p.m.
West Hollywood Library - City Council Chambers
625 N. San Vicente Boulevard
Free, No RSVPs needed
Free validated parking for this event is available in the five-story parking structure.

http://www.laopera.com/calendar/Britten-100LA-Event-Britten-Sacred-and-Profane
As part of Britten100, the worldwide celebration of gay composer Benjamin Britten’s 100th birthday, join Dr. Mitchell Morris and LA Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artists in a special evening exploring the sacred and profane in Benjamin Britten’s music and biography.

Stories to be Told
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
3:30 p.m.

West Hollywood Library - Community Meeting Room
625 N. San Vicente Boulevard
Free, No RSVPs needed
www.proud-kids.com
Free validated parking for this event is available in the one-story parking structure.
A fun and silly children’s show of original stories with gay-identified characters who go on adventures, battle monsters, and tell the truth. The most important truism: love is for everyone. The 4 stories are: Coyote and Berdache; Ginger and Mary-Anne; The Shoe, the Shrew, a Prince and a King; and the Sassy Scarf Story. David LeBarron performed in at the 2010 National Storyteller’s Conference and opened the LA Storytelling Festival. His work has been seen at the NYC and Hollywood Fringe Festivals. David recently completed the books: Any Given Day, a cultural exchange between students in Echo Park, Los Angeles and students in Rwanda, Africa, and his picture book “When Carrots Ruled the World.” He teaches and performs out of Los Angeles.

My Life in Three Easy Payments by Dale Guy Madison
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
7:00 p.m.

West Hollywood Library - City Council Chambers
625 N. San Vicente Boulevard
Free, RSVP at
calgbtarts@gmail.com
Free validated parking for this event is available in the five-story parking structure.
www.calgbtartsalliance.com
Inspired by Sunset Boulevard, Valley of the Dolls, Dreamgirls, drag queens, Diana Ross, African storytelling and his own unique experience of selling products on live television, Dale Guy Madison tells a humorous interactive story through spoken word, songs, stories and video footage of his life. Meet the Artist:
Dale Guy Madison

My Ink is White
Thursday, June 6, 2013
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Plummer Park – Art Room 5+6
7377 Santa Monica Boulevard
Free, No RSVPs needed
Free parking is available in both Plummer Park parking lots.

https://www.facebook.com/events/434212173337374/?ref=ts&fref=ts
Local poet Steven Reigns organizes a free evening of artful erotica by gay male writers. Featured Readers: Xavier Axelson, Heath Daniels, and Trebor Healey. Meet the Artists:
Steven Reigns, Xavier Axelson

We Are Tongzhi: Artwork from LGBT Homeless Youth in China and Los Angeles
Thursday, June 6 – Friday, July 5.

Advocate & Gochis Galleries, The Village at Ed Gould Plaza

1125 N McCadden Place
323-860-7300, Free, Free parking in the two 'Village' parking lots.

http://laglc.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=TE_IN_OUR_GALLERIES
Though 6200+ miles separate them, LGBT homeless youth in China and the USA share many of the same daily struggles. This exhibit explores these issues with artwork created by homeless youth in China as well as clients from the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s own Homeless Youth Center on Highland. The arts hold an incredible power to heal and these budding artists have some of the deepest wounds. A collection of images from the first China AIDS Walk, on the Great Wall of China in 2012, will accompany the exhibit. Open 6:00 pm Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Saturday. A reception will be held on June 20, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

 

LA Art Association presents ‘Out There’
Friday, June 7 to 14, 2013

Gallery 825
825 N. La Cienega Boulevard
Gallery 825 open from 10-5, opening reception June 7, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Closed on June 10.
Free. Parking is available on surrounding streets. Please check street signs for parking restrictions.

http://www.laaa.org/outthere2013/index.html
For the sixth year, Los Angeles Art Association presents its annual gallery show celebrating Pride. A reception will be held on the evening of June 7 and the exhibit will be open during the entire week, including the day of the parade. Partially funded by the City of West Hollywood through a grant from its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission.

Purple Party and Dyke March
Friday, June 7, 2013

West Hollywood Park
647 N. San Vicente Boulevard

http://www.lapride.org/pride2013/dyke_march.html
Christopher Street West presents an entire evening celebrating female pride and entertainment in and around West Hollywood Park.

LA Pride Festival
Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9, 2013

West Hollywood Park
647 N. San Vicente Boulevard

Tickets, $20+
www.lapride.org
Christopher Street West produces this annual ticketed, two-day festival featuring performers, entertainment, food, dancing, exhibitors, and more in West Hollywood Park, drawing thousands of people. This year there will be an entire section devoted to an art show and LGBT heritage with contributions from Install:Weho, ONE, the June Mazer Archives, The Lavender Effect, and Impact Stories.

LA Pride Parade
Sunday, June 9, 2013
11 a.m.

Santa Monica Boulevard between Crescent Heights and San Vicente Boulevard
Free, early arrival to secure a viewing space is highly recommended.

www.lapride.org
Organized by Christopher Street West, this is the first pride event in the world to call itself a parade, now in it's 43rd year. The parade kicks off from Crescent Heights at 11am and runs down Santa Monica Blvd to West Hollywood Park. Early arrival is encouraged to secure a good viewing spot. Prior to the parade Frontrunners organizers a Pride Run along the parade route. Santa Monica Boulevard between Fairfax and Doheny remains closed from approximately 6 a.m. until after the parade, which may be as late as 4 p.m.

The Lavender Effect/Rainbow Key Awards
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
8 p.m.

West Hollywood Library - City Council Chambers
625 N. San Vicente Boulevard
Free, No RSVPs needed
Free validated parking for this event is available in the five-story parking structure.
https://www.facebook.com/TheLavenderEffect#!/events/194390644018383/
The Lavender Effect is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating an LGBT Museum and Cultural Center for the LA area. This project collects oral histories from LGBT leaders and pioneers to be preserved for future historians and to document the LGBT rights movement from those who experienced it first-hand. On June 11, a thematic program of oral histories will be presented in conjunction with the Rainbow Key Awards ceremony. This production is partially funded by the City of West Hollywood through a grant from its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission and by recommendation of the Gay and Lesbian Advisory Board.

Screening of How to Survive a Plague

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

6 p.m.

Silver Screen Theatre, Pacific Design Center

8687 Melrose Ave

Tickets - $15

A screening of the Academy Award nominated film featuring a panel discussion with the filmmakers and local activists and dignitaries.

6:00PM-7:30PM - Pre-Reception featuring APLA 30th Anniversary historical archive

7:30PM-9:30PM – Screening of the film

9:30PM-10:00PM – Panel discussion

 

CA LGBT Arts Alliance presents API Artists Present!
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
7:00 p.m.

West Hollywood Library - City Council Chambers
625 N. San Vicente Boulevard
Free, RSVP at
calgbtarts@gmail.com
Free validated parking for this event is available in the five-story parking structure.

www.calgbtartsalliance.com
An evening of performances and presentations by Queer Asian Pacific artists (including D'Lo, Skim, and Viet Le) exploring art practice as activism, identity formation and creating community, followed by an artist/audience interaction moderated by Alice Y. Hom, the Director of the Queer Justice Fund at Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy.

West Hollywood in BLOOM
Thursday, June 13, 2013
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
West Hollywood Library – Community Meeting Room
625 N. San Vicente Boulevard
Free, No RSVPs needed. Free validated parking for this event is available in the five-story parking structure.
www.artsinbloom.com
Discover local queer writers who have appeared in the pages of BLOOM, called by Edmund White, "the most exciting new queer literary publication to appear in years." Featured readers include Michael Wolf, Monica Carter, Joshua Charles, Abbie Leavens, and others. Meet the Artist:
Charles Flowers

Outlaugh! Comedy Special Event
Friday, June 14, 2013

8 p.m.
West Hollywood Library - City Council Chambers
625 N. San Vicente Boulevard
$20 admission. VIP tickets $50 include preferential seating and meeting the comics afterward.
Free validated parking for this event is available in the five-story parking structure
.
www.outlaughfestival.com
The minds behind Outlaugh! America's first and continuing queer comedy festival have come together to create a unique one-night comedy event featuring Sandra Valls. Proceeds from this ticketed event support The Lavender Effect, a nonprofit organization creating a local LGBT Museum and Cultural Center.

ALAP Gay Playreading Festival – Short Play Readings
Saturday June 15, 2013
1 p.m.

Celebration Theatre
7051 Santa Monica Boulevard
Free, no RSVPs needed.
Parking is available on surrounding streets. Please check street signs for parking restrictions
.
www.laplaywrights.org
As part of its Fifth Annual Gay Play Reading Festival, the Association of Los Angeles Playwrights (ALAP) will present a reading of new short gay and lesbian plays. Partially funded by the City of West Hollywood through a grant from its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission. Saturday’s program will feature six short (10-minute) plays: Romeo and Jules by Ron Burch, The Mom Auditions by John Corcoran, Straight Eye for the Gay Guy by Jonathan Dorf, Stuffed Dressing by Elixeo Flores, Intermissions by Scotty-Miguel Sandoe, and Dancing with Sherpas by Mary Steelsmith.


Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival presents "PRIDE"
Saturday, June 15, 2013
1 p.m.
King’s Road Park
1000 King’s Road
Free, No RSVPs needed
Parking is available on surrounding streets or in the Kings Road Parking Structure. Please check street signs for parking restrictions.

www.lawtf.com
Performances by past Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival artists that speak to the LGBT community and performances that speak to human, civil and voting rights. Free performances in King's Road Park start at 1pm. Partially funded by the City of West Hollywood through a grant from its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission.

‘Celebrating all Life and Creation’ Pow Wow
Saturday, June 15, 2013
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Plummer Park
7377 Santa Monica Boulevard
Free, No RSVPs needed
Free parking is available in both Plummer Park parking lots.
For info: (323) 329-9906

https://www.facebook.com/redcircleproject#!/events/520050478037055/
Organized by AIDS Project Los Angeles’ Red Circle Project, this third annual Pow Wow held in Plummer Park celebrates Native American culture with music, dance, crafts and food, while providing HIV testing and education and opportunity to build community.

CMG Short Film Festival
Saturday, June 15 and 16, 2013
Programs start at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
West Hollywood Library - City Council Chambers
625 N. San Vicente Boulevard
Free validated parking for this event is available in the five-story parking structure.

www.thecmg.org/film
California Men’s Gathering presents short films made by both men and women in their second annual festival, with four unique programs of films and webisodes. Tickets sold for this event benefit AIDSWalk Los Angeles. Meet the Artists:
Michael Derry, Dominic Haxton, Leon Acord

Father's Day Celebration and Summer Sounds Concert
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Free concert from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
West Hollywood Park
647 N. San Vicente Boulevard
Free, No RSVPs needed

As a kickoff to the Summer Sounds series, a special Father's Day Concert will take place in West Hollywood Park, and be part of the 'World's Largest Gay Fathers' Day Celebration' co-sponsored by the Pop-Luck Club, RaiseAChild.US, and The Abbey, amongst others. In addition to the concert there will be activites for children, storytelling,and information for families. This concert is sponsored by LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. For more info on our
Summer Sounds Concert Series follow the link.

ALAP Gay Playreading Festival – Full Length Play Reading
Monday June 17, 2013
7:30 p.m.

Celebration Theatre
7051 Santa Monica Boulevard
Free, no RSVPs needed.
Parking is available on surrounding streets. Please check street signs for parking restrictions.
www.laplaywrights.org
As part of its Fifth Annual Gay Play Reading Festival, the Association of Los Angeles Playwrights (ALAP) will present a reading of a new full length play titled The Incredible Life and Wondrous Exploits of the Amazing Fabulous Fred writeen by Dan Berkowitz. Partially funded by the City of West Hollywood through a grant from its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission.

Making Love Letters

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

7:00 p.m.

City Council Chambers, $20 general admission tickets https://facebook.com/events/144058892434253/

Actors will read fan letters expressing praise for \"Making Love', one of the first mainstream gay-themed movies ever made. These letters reveal the impact that this movie had on viewers, when public representations of homosexuality were almost non-existent. Filmmakers A. Scott Berg and Barry Sandler will be present for a Q&A.

Rent
Thursday, June 20 – 8 p.m.
Friday, June 21 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 22 – 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 23 – 5 p.m.
Lee Strasberg Theatres, Marilyn Monroe Theatre
7936 Santa Monica Blvd
Tickets are $10 ($5 for students) and is reserved seating.
For more info: (323) 650-7777

losangeles@strasberg.com
Parking is available on surrounding streets. Please check street signs for parking restrictions.
Directed by Troy Rintala, this interpretation of La Boheme has been a favorite for musical lovers for years.

‘Grey Hair’ by Stagebridge
Thursday, June 20, 2013, 7 p.m.

The Village at the LA Gay and Lesbian Center
1125 N. McCadden Place

Parking is available on surrounding streets. Please check street signs for parking restrictions.
www.stagebridge.org/los-angeles
seniors@lagaycenter.org
Stagebridge, a senior theatre company, will produce their own version of ‘Hair’ called ‘Grey Hair’. This production is partially funded by the City of West Hollywood through a grant from its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission.

Voices of L.A.: Songs of Experience by the Hollywood Master Chorale
Saturday, June 22, 2013
7:30 p.m.

West Hollywood Library - City Council Chambers
625 N. San Vicente Boulevard
Free validated parking for this event is available in the five-story parking structure.

www.hollywoodmasterchorale.org
William Blake was arguably one of the world’s first straight allies. Though he himself was not gay, his poetry and art argued for freedom in love, and strongly influenced many artists and activists over the years. Similarly, the composers of new works based on William Blake’s poetry for Voices of LA are not gay, but supportive. One composer describes his piece as “A love song, looking towards the future with optimism. It is too true even today that, for some, ‘Love! sweet Love! [is] thought a crime’.” Partially funded by the City of West Hollywood through a grant from its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission.

LAMBDA Lit Book Club
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

West Hollywood Library – Community Meeting Room
625 N. San Vicente Boulevard
Free.

www.lambdaliterary.org/book-clubs/lambda-lit-book-club
The Lambda Literary Book Club is a monthly book club moderated by LAMBDA Literary Foundation director Tony Valenzuela. June’s discussion centers on American Honor Killings: Desire and Rage Among Men, by David McConnell.

Joey Terrill, a Retrospective

May through August 25, 2013

ONE Archives Gallery and Museum

626 N. Robertson

Free, suggested admission $5. www.onearchives.org/joeyterrill

A retrospective exhibition of queer Chicano artist Joey Terrill covering five decades of the artist’s work including paintings, drawings and artist publications. Rooted in a commitment to social justice issues, Terrill’s work contests categories of Chicano and queer art and identity, consistently blurring the line between art, life, archive and activism. Open Thurs: 4– 8pm, Fri-Sun: 1-5pm..

 

Other Must-See West Hollywood Shows:

William Sweetlove Exhibition, June 2013 – October 2013

Median of Santa Monica Boulevard at Holloway.

An outdoor exhibition of colorful and joyous animal sculptures by Belgian artist William Sweetlove will grace Santa Monica Blvd along the parade route.

 

Everything Loose Will Land

MAK Center, 835 N. Kings Road

Part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Presents Architecture, this exhibit explores the interactions between artists and architect in the 1970s

 

The Happy Show

MOCA PDC, 8687 Melrose Ave.

Award winning designer created this interactive, fun exhibit on happiness. Not to be missed! Through June 6.