City News briefs

May 2, 2013

 

 
News Updates

Published by the City of West Hollywood Public Information Office
 
 
     
 

 

City of West Hollywood Celebrates Seniors Throughout May   Special events include a Senior Awards Luncheon, a Senior Health Fair, a Senior Advisory Board Meeting and Lectures

 

The City of West Hollywood will celebrate Senior Month in May with a series of events including a health fair, an awards luncheon, lectures and a Senior Advisory Board meeting. For more than 20 years, the City has celebrated Senior Month to recognize its thriving Senior community. The wide-ranging series of events is presented by the City of West Hollywood's Senior Advisory Board.

Activities taking place during Senior Month include: 

  • Join the City of West Hollywood in honoring outstanding members of its Senior community at the 12th Annual Senior Awards Luncheon. The event will take place on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Boulevard. Admission is $5. For reservations and for more information, please call (323) 876-1717. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496. 
  • The City of West Hollywood's 12th Annual Senior Health Fair will take place on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. a.m. at the Community Center at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. The Senior Health Fair will feature presentations, free health screenings and representatives from more than 40 community organizations. Admission to the Senior Health Fair is free. A complimentary lunch is available for those who make reservations in advance. For more information or to RSVP and reserve a lunch, please call (323) 848-6820. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496. 
  • A Senior Advisory Board Meeting and Reception will take place on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 starting at 2 p.m. at the City Council Chambers in the West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The results of the recently completed Community Study will be presented, and authors featured in the annual "Senior Moments" publication will read selections of their work. Admission is free. A reception with refreshments will follow the meeting. For more information, please call (323) 848-6510.

A free Lecture Series will also be available. The series lectures include: 

  • Tosca: A Tragic Tale of Love and Loss will take place on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 2 p.m. (English) and 3 p.m. (Russian), in the Community Center at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, Room 2. L.A. Opera League member Tanya Len will discuss Giacomo Puccini's masterpiece Tosca, one of the world's best-loved operas. She will guide visitors through the colorful and passionate music, Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa's libretto, and the real life stories behind the opera. Admission is free. For information, please call (323) 876-1717. 
  • A Walking Tour Through the Harper Avenue Historic District will take place on Thursday, May 23, 2013. Tour bus will leave at 10 a.m. from the parking lot at Fountain and Vista. The tour will conclude by noon. West Hollywood's Harper Avenue Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places. This unique collection of courtyard apartments is an excellent example of 1920s and 1930s styles of period revival architecture. These elegant apartment houses catered to the growing movie industry and were home to many Hollywood stars. City of West Hollywood's Urban Designer Stephanie Reich, AIA, and Historic Preservation Intern Andrew Goodrich will guide the tour. Please wear comfortable shoes, as the area is hilly. Admission is $2. Please call (323) 876-1717 for more information.

For more information regarding the City of West Hollywood's Senior Month activities, please call (323) 848-6510. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496. 

 

12th Annual Senior Health Fair Comes To Plummer Park on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The City of West Hollywood's 12th Annual Senior Health Fair will take place on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Community Center at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. The Senior Health Fair will feature presentations, free health screenings and representatives from more than 40 community organizations. The fair is sponsored by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the City of West Hollywood, Jewish Family Service of L.A., the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and the Saban Free Clinic.

 

Among the free health screenings offered are those for Balance Assessment, Blood Glucose for Diabetes, Blood Pressure, Bone Density, Breast Cancer Risk Assessment, Dental, Hearing, Podiatry, Pulmonary Lung Function, Stroke and Total Cholesterol.

 

The Senior Health Fair is one of many events celebrating West Hollywood's vibrant senior community during May, which is recognized across the country as Senior Month. Senior Month programming is presented by West Hollywood's Senior Advisory Board and the Senior Activity Programs of the West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center.

 

Admission is free. A complimentary lunch is available for those who make reservations in advance. For more information or to RSVP and reserve a lunch, please call (323) 848-6820. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496. 

 

Meet & Greet With Assemblymember Richard Bloom on Thursday, May 30, 2013

Join the West Hollywood City Council and other distinguished guests to meet and greet the new representative in the California Assembly, Assemblymember Richard Bloom on Thursday, May 30, 2013 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

 

Assemblymember Richard Bloom was elected in November 2012 to represent California's 50th Assembly District. The district is comprised of Agoura Hills, Malibu, Topanga, Pacific Palisades, Bel Air, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and parts of Los Angeles and Hollywood.

 

Bloom plans to focus on good government and job creation, improving public school funding and outcomes, providing services for seniors and the disabled, ending homelessness, and protecting California's environment, causes he championed during his tenure as Mayor of Santa Monica.

 

To RSVP, please call Michael Haibach, Deputy to West Hollywood Councilmember Jeffrey Prang, at (323) 848-6460. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496. 

 

West Hollywood Celebrates Pride Through The Arts During The One City One Pride Festival

 Events span May and June 2013, including theater, spoken word, film screenings, art exhibits, concerts and more

 

The City of West Hollywood will become an exciting and vibrant destination during the One City One Pride queer arts festival, which celebrates Pride and the artistic contributions of the LGBT community. Centered around the dates of Friday, May 31, 2013 through Sunday, June 16, 2013, the festival comprises both free and ticketed events featuring theater, film, music, spoken word, visual art, parades and more. On Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 3 p.m. a special pre-festival preview titled "Stolen and Forbidden" explores this year's festival theme "The Sacred and The Profane." June is recognized worldwide by the LGBT community as Pride Month, commemorated on the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in New York City on June 28, 1969, which most historians consider to be the birth of the modern LGBT civil rights movement.

 

Here are events set to take place during this year's One City One Pride festival during the month of May. For information regarding times, locations and ticketing, as well additional event listings, please visit www.weho.org/pride

  • Saturday, May 18, 2013, 3 p.m.: "Stolen and Forbidden." This special pre-festival preview explores this year's festival theme "The Sacred and The Profane." Before the internet, pilferage of books and magazines was common for young gay men looking for answers and others like themselves. Sneak reading and the lengths one goes to do so is often comical. This special event serves as a festival preview exploring the One City One Pride queer arts festival's theme in "The Sacred and The Profane," and features readers Clint Catalyst, Steven Reigns, Jonny McGovern, Del Shores, and Bruce Vilanch reading from texts they pilfered out of shame, or were forbidden in their youth. Starting at 3 p.m. at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. 
  • Friday, May 31, 2013, 7:30 p.m.: "8 the Play" by Dustin Lance Black. This staged reading of "8" comes on the precipice of a Supreme Court decision on the case the play is based on. 
  • May 31 and June 1, 2013: Artist Talk and Tour of "Living in Limbo, Lesbian Families in the Deep South." This groundbreaking exhibit by Carolyn Sherer will be on display from Friday, April 19, 2013 through Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at the West Hollywood Library, as part of West Hollywood's One City One Pride queer arts festival. A special artist's reception will be held on May 31, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard, with many of the subjects of the photographs in attendance. 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, and which is built near the site of events that precipitated the submittal of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This public exhibition of photographs marked artist Carolyn Sherer's "coming out" and that of a number of other participants. In Alabama, a state that has legislated discrimination against the LGBT community, many of the participants risked loss of jobs, child custody, and family acceptance. For the exhibition concept, families chose to either face or turn their backs to the camera, depending upon their comfort with public acknowledgment of their sexual identities.

Many of the One City One Pride events are free of charge, or by suggested donation, but some require tickets to be purchased. For updates and details such as event times, locations, and ticketing information please visitwww.weho.org/pride or call (323) 848-6377. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496. 

 

12th Annual Russian Style Festival Events To Take Place From Saturday May 11, 2013 through Sunday, May 19, 2013

The 12th Annual Russian Style Festival is a chance for residents and those living in the greater Los Angeles area to enjoy the rich cultural and ethnic flavor of the Russian-speaking community. Presented by the City of West Hollywood and the Russian Advisory Board, and co-sponsored by Doheny LLC, this year's Russian Style Festival will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

 

During the 12th Annual Russian Style Festival, the Royal Basketball School will present its program at the basketball court in Plummer Park from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be a basketball game between Royal Basketball players, as well as a shooting contest. A DJ will play music during the game. From 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the main stage at the Russian Style Festival, a fashion show by Balizza Fashion Boutique will take place. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Club "Znatoki," one of the oldest operating Russian-speaking clubs in Los Angeles, will present the famous Russian Game of "What? Where? When?" in Room 5 of the Community Room at Plummer Park.

The 12th Annual Russian Style Festival will feature the Puppet Theater on Wheels with two special performances of popular fairy tales, where children will have the opportunity to experience an original, classical puppet theater. The Aikido Academy of Los Angeles will showcase their martial arts techniques and attendees will have the opportunity to win free aikido classes and aikido t-shirts. In addition, the Golden Key Art Studio will present a children's art exhibit.

 

Surrounding the festival will be a week of events celebrating the Russian community. The week's events include: 

  • The City of West Hollywood's Russian Advisory Board and the Russian-speaking Veterans of WWII will co-sponsor a celebration of the 68th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day on Saturday, May 11, 2013 starting at 11 a.m. at Fiesta Hall in Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. The event will have live entertainment, and is free and open to the public. A ceremony will be held to honor West Hollywood and greater Los Angeles area residents and citizens that are veterans who fought during WWII against the Nazis and have contributed significantly to the City of West Hollywood, socially, culturally and civically. The ceremony will also pay tribute to individuals that lost their lives during the war. The event will have live entertainment, and is free and open to the public. Victory in Europe Day, marks the formal celebration of the Allies' victory and the end of fighting in Europe during World War II. On this day in 1945, both Great Britain and the Unites States, as well as formerly occupied cities in Western Europe, put out flags and banners, rejoicing in the defeat of the Nazis. For more information, please call (323) 848-6826. 
  • The 8th Annual Russian Community Awards Presentation will take place on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Auto Court, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The ceremony will include an evening reception featuring a sampling of fine Russian foods, as well as live entertainment. RSVP is required, please call (323) 848-6501. 
  • The Unity in Diversity Arts Foundation will present an Evening of Choral Singing featuring the Russian Choir of the City of West Hollywood, the Metropolitan Master Chorale and the Kol Sephardic Choir. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, 2013, at Plummer Park's Fiesta Hall, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. Suggested donation is $5. For more information, please call (323) 848-7988 or visit www.uidarts.org
  • The Unity in Diversity Arts Foundation will present a Concert with Guldana Zholymbetova and Chris Dunn featuring piano music from around the world in styles ranging from classical music to jazz. The concert will commence at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2013, at Plummer Park's Fiesta Hall, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. Suggested donation is $10. For more information, please call (323) 509-7229 or visit www.uidarts.org
  • The Unity in Diversity Arts Foundation will present a Favorite Melodies Concert featuring popular melodies of the 20th century, and an a Silk Painting Exhibition by Artist Lida Karapetyan, on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at 4 p.m. at Plummer Park's Fiesta Hall, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. The evening will be hosted by Nonna Ter Avanesova. Tickets are $15 at the door, $10 in advance. For more information, please call (323) 509-7229 or visit www.uidarts.org
  •  An Exhibition of Wooden Sculptures by Leonty Usov will be on display at the Great Hall in Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, on Sunday, May 19, 2013, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Usov is world-renown for his sculptures, and this exhibition of his Hollywood star busts will be his first in the United States. Admission is free.

For more information, please call (323) 848-6826. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496. 

 

Thursday Night Certified Farmers' Market on The Sunset Strip on Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Sunset Strip Night Market is back for the summer, starting on Thursday, May 2, 2013. The certified farmers' market will take place every Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 8755 Sunset Boulevard, in the former Tower Records parking lot. Featuring fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs and farmstead cheese from local farms, artisan goods, live music, entertainment, art, cooking demonstrations and education, the goal of the Sunset Strip Night Market is to allow members of the community to enjoy the Market after work hours and at the same time highlight the Sunset Strip's reputation as a leading nightlife destination.

 

Parking for the Sunset Strip Night Market will be available at several lots for $5 with validation at the Market. For more information about the Sunset Strip Night Market, please go to www.sunsetstripmarket.com or call (310) 659-7368. 

 

Grande Cinco De Mayo Block Party Benefiting Project Angel Food on Sunday, May 5, 2013

The City of West Hollywood and Tortilla Republic will co-sponsor the Grande Cinco De Mayo Block Party benefitting Project Angel Food on Sunday, May 5, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The West Hollywood open air parking lot behind Tortilla Republic, 616 Robertson Boulevard (located on El Tovar Place) will be transformed into an outdoor Grande Cinco de Mayo celebration featuring food and live entertainment to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture.

 

The Grande Cinco de Mayo Block Party will benefit Project Angel Food, a non-profit organization that provides free and nutritious meals to those affected by HIV/AIDS. For more information, please call (323) 871-1151 or visit www.tortillarepublic.com  or call the Office of Councilmember John Duran at (323) 848-6460. For the deaf and hard of hearing at (323) 848-6496. 

 

 Bike To Work Day Is Thursday, May 19, 2013

City of West Hollywood to Sponsor a Festive "Weho Bike Hub" for Cyclists with Coffee, Snacks and Giveaways

 

May is National Bike Month, and West Hollywood is celebrating the benefits of healthy and eco-smart human-powered transportation with Bike To Work Day on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Throughout that morning, the City of West Hollywood is sponsoring a "Weho Bike Hub" from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. at 8743 Santa Monica Boulevard, just east of Hancock Avenue as a place for cyclists to stop for coffee, snacks and bike safety giveaways.

 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey, the share of Americans commuting by bike has grown by 47 percent since 2000. And there are many great reasons to choose bicycling as a form of transportation: it's more affordable than driving a car, it burns calories, it releases endorphins, and bicycling helps reduce greenhouse gases and pollutants.

On Bike To Work Day, the Weho Bike Hub will be a festive destination for cyclists to gather throughout the morning. 

 

In addition to being a place to rehydrate and refuel on the way to work, the Weho Bike Hub will feature: 

  • Bike valet parking, a slideshow, music and seating around a pop-up parklet 
  • A chance to meet staff from the City of West Hollywood, members of the West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition, AIDS/LifeCycle and Bikes & Hikes. 
  • A pop-up bike repair and tune-up station with a "cook" from the Bicycle Kitchen, a non-profit bicycle repair educational organization 
  • A raffle for prizes including a Bicycle Tour Birthday Party, donated by Bikes & Hikes and helmets donated by I.Martin 
  • A chance to learn more about the City's upcoming Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility Plan Update

In addition to the City of West Hollywood, sponsors for the Weho Bike Hub include Metro, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Trader Joe's, Bikes & Hikes, I.Martin, the West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition, the LA Bicycle Kitchen, and AIDS/LifeCycle.

 

For more information, please go to www.weho.org or call (323) 848-6400. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496.

 

Basic Property Maintenance: A Rent Stabilization Ordinance Building Blocks Seminar to be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Learn the types of basic property maintenance that are required by the City of West Hollywood's Municipal Code, including habitability standards, security, safety, relocation for tenants during repairs, and proper notice to tenants to enter an apartment on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 starting at 7 p.m. in Art Room 2 at the West Hollywood Community Center at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. Rent Stabilization and Code Compliance staff will lead the discussion. Admission is free.

 

For more information or to register, please contact Tom Trevor at ttrevor@weho.org or (323) 848-6472 or Laura Schoonover at lschoonover@weho.org or (323) 848-6323. For the deaf and hard of hearing at (323) 848-6496.

 

 First-Time Homebuyer: Rent Stabilization Ordinance Building Blocks Seminar to be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2013

First-time homebuyers have the opportunity to learn from experts in the real estate, banking, and insurance industries how to navigate the process of purchasing your first home on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 starting at 7 p.m. in Art Room 2 at the West Hollywood Community Center at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. Admission is free.

 

For more information or to register, please contact Tom Trevor at ttrevor@weho.org or (323) 848-6472 or Laura Schoonover at lschoonover@weho.org or (323) 848-6323. For the deaf and hard of hearing at (323) 848-6496. 

 

Wednesday Night Social Club on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Wednesday Night Social Club will take place on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. in the Great Hall, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. The event is sponsored by the City of West Hollywood's Russian Advisory Board and the recreational club "Time Presses." The Wednesday Night Social Club will include a night of karaoke, slide show, live music, potluck and socializing in a nice friendly circle. Admission is free.

 

For more information, please call (323) 850-5899, (323) 874-4926, (310) 318-0066 or email info@timepresses.com or visit www.timepresses.com For the deaf and hard of hearing at (323) 848-6496. 

 

WAB Club: Woman And Books! to Discuss Barbara Natterson-Horowitz Zoobiquity on Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Join the West Hollywood Women's Advisory Board for its monthly gathering of the WAB Club: Women And Books! at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. With the vision of transforming a city into a community one woman at a time, the WAB Club is a book club that meets to discuss books of interest to women. The reading selection for May is "Zoobiquity: What Animals can Teach us about Health and the Science of Healing" by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz. Admission is free.

Parking is available at the five-story West Hollywood Park Parking Garage. 

 

For more information please call (213) 840-4958 or email carlabrowning@hotmail.com or visit www.weho.org/wab For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496. 

 

Q.E.D. II: Inchoate Affinities – The Open-Wall Architecture of Language and Gender

Conversation on Queer Art and Literature To Take Place on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

 

"Q.E.D." is a short series of long conversations on queer art and literature sponsored in part by the City of West Hollywood's Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission and presented by Les Figues Press. "Q.E.D. II: Inchoate Affinities: The Open-Wall Architecture of Language and Gender" will take place on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the MAK Center Schindler House, 835 N. Kings Road. The evening will feature performances curated around issues of affinity, influence and provocation featuring Les Figues authors and writers Vanessa Place, Kim Rosenfield and Yedda Morrison. The performances will be followed by a town-hall style discussion moderated by Andrea Quaid.

 

Les Figues Press creates aesthetic conversation between writers, artists and readers, especially those interested in innovative, experimental and avante-garde work.

 

On-street parking is available, as is parking at the Kings Road parking garage at 8337 Santa Monica Boulevard. General admission is $7. Admission is free for Friends of the MAK Center and members of the Les Figues Press with RSVP to office@makcenter.org  For more information, please visit www.lesfigues.com For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496. 

 

Lambda Lit Book Club to Discuss "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" by Ayana Mathis on Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The City of West Hollywood's Lambda Lit Book Club will meet on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. A program of the Lambda Literary Foundation, co-sponsored by the West Hollywood Library, the Lambda Lit Book Club meets the last Tuesday of every month to highlight a different queer book. The Lambda Lit Book Club's book selection for May is The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis.

 

Lambda Lit Book Club discussions are led by the Lambda Literary Foundation's director, Tony Valenzuela, or by guest facilitators. When possible, selected authors will be invited to discuss their books in person. Books selected for the club are a heady mix of LGBT classics, unheralded gems and buzz-worthy new releases.

 

Admission is free. Validated parking is available at the five-story West Hollywood Park Parking Garage. For more information, please call (310) 652-5340 or visit www.lambdaliterary.org/book-clubs/lambda-lit-book-club  For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496. 


TRIBE – WeHo Gay Men's Discussion Group
Thursday, May 16, 2013 Topic is '"Gay Activism: We're Here. We're Queer. Now What?"

 

Gay Activism: We're Here. We're Queer. Now What?" is the topic of the May TRIBE WeHo Gay Men's Discussion Group. It will take place on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room in the West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The gay community is on the doorstep of full equality. Is activism still necessary? The discussion will center around up and coming issues in the gay community – what is the next frontier of gay activism? Discussion topics include: is activism still necessary; what issues do you care about; activism in 2013 – social media and beyond; what's left in the battle for equality?

 

The City of West Hollywood's ongoing TRIBE WeHo Gay Men's Discussion Group fosters internalized dignity in gay men. This is done through the exploration of shared challenges and opportunities using face-to-face discussions. The discussion groups are held the third Thursday of every month in the Community Room at the West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. All programs are moderated by a facilitator offering topics for discussion, and men will be given a chance to offer insight and answers. Guest speakers will not lecture, but will instead spark dialog.

 

All TRIBE discussion groups are free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Validated parking will be available at the five-story West Hollywood Park Parking Garage at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard (enter from Robertson Boulevard at El Tovar Place).

 

For more information, please visit www.weho.org/tribe or email tribe@weho.org For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS 

Save the Dates: Christopher Street West LA Pride Festival Slated for Friday, June 7, 2013 through Sunday, June 9, 2013

The Christopher Street West LA Pride Festival will take place Friday, June 7, 2013 to Sunday, June 9, 2013 in West Hollywood. For more information, please visit www.lapride.org  

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December 12, 2012

Free West Hollywood Library Tour on Saturday, December 15, 2012

Want to learn more about the West Hollywood Library? Join Michael Dampier for a tour of the library building inside and out, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 15, 2012.

The West Hollywood Library is located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The tour will convene at the foot of the library’s main staircase.

The tour is designed to enlighten everyone – visitors that are new to the West Hollywood Library, as well as frequent visitors.

The tour is free of charge and no reservation is required. Parking will be available in the 5-Story West Hollywood Park Parking Garage, and validation will be available.

For more information, please call (310) 652-5340. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call at (323) 848-6496.

Hannuka Music Festival on Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Kol Sephardic Choir and the City of West Hollywood presents a Hannuka Music Festival featuring the Kol Sephardic Choir and Flamenco Dancers on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at Fiesta Hall in Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

Doors open at 3:45 p.m. and the concert will begin at 4 p.m.

The Kol Sephardic Choir is an upbeat and inspirational musical choir and ensemble comprised of singers from Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

Their repertoire consists of Sephardic Romanceros sung in Ladino and liturgical/religious songs in Hebrew with Sephardic melodies.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted. With a $20 donation, guests will receive a CD. For more information, please call (310) 557-1096 or visit www.kolsephardicchoir.com  For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496.

“Breakthrough Conversations” Training on Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The California Faith for Equality and the West Hollywood Library Foundation are co-sponsoring a “Breakthrough Conversations” training event on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

The event is designed for both LGBT and non-LGBT persons concerned with ensuring their full civil rights.

Just in time for holiday family visits, the Breakthrough Conversations project provides an educational, safe and supportive space for people to think about how to engage in conversations with friends and family that are mutually respectful and ultimately effective in gaining support for full equality for LGBT persons.

Admission is free. For more information, please call (323) 274-2986 or email info@cafaithforequality.org For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496.

“Star in a Glass Jar” Performance on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Friends of the West Hollywood Library present “Star in a Glass Jar,” a production of The Microscope Toy Theater, at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19, 2012.

The production will take place in the West Hollywood Library Children’s Theater, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

“Star in a Glass Jar” is an incredible adventure about a child’s letter with no address finding its way to the other side of the world. There, in a small village, may live someone who is willing and ready to help.

The show, presented in English, is inspired by the charm and traditions of “Kamishibai,” a form of Paper Theater originating in Japan. The program is for children age 4 to 12.

Admission is free. Parking validation will be provided. For more information please call (310) 652-5340. For ADA accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter or materials in an alternate format, please call (562) 940-8462 (voice) or (562) 940-8477 (TTY), Monday through Friday, at least six days prior to event.

Recreational Club “Time Presses” Comes to the Wednesday Night Social Club on December 19, 2012

The City of West Hollywood’s Russian Advisory Board and the Russian-American recreational club “Time Presses,” will host the Wednesday Night Social Club from 6:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, in the Great Hall at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

The night features karaoke singing, movies, potluck food and socializing in both Russian and English. There will also be a special presentation by members and an open microphone.

Recreational Club Time Presses is an organization whose mission is to promote a healthy lifestyle through organized social, recreational and outdoor activities, as well as educational lectures and cultural events.

Admission is free. For more information, please call (323) 848-6826 or e-mail info@timepresses.com or visit www.timepresses.com For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496.

“Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal”Author Talk with J. Jack Halberstam on Thursday, December 20, 2012

J. Jack Halberstam, author of the recently published Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal, will be featured in an Author Talk on Thursday, December 20, 2012, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

Why are so many women single, so many men resisting marriage, and so many gays and lesbians having babies?

In Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal, Halberstam answers these questions while attempting to make sense of the tectonic cultural shifts that have transformed gender and sexual politics in the last few decades.

A book signing will follow the author’s presentation. Admission is free. Parking validation will be provided.  For more information, please call (310) 652-5340. For ADA accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter or materials in an alternate format, please call (562) 940-8462 (voice) or (562) 940-8477 (TTY), Monday through Friday, at least six days prior to event.

“The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”: A Reading by Joe Praml on Saturday, December 22, 2012

“The Nutcracker and The Mouse King,” a reading by Joe Praml, will take place on Saturday, December 22, 2012, at 2 p.m. in the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

“The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” by E.T.A. Hoffman is a magical, enchanting tale of a young girl who becomes attached to a toy nutcracker who is really the Prince of Candy City in the Kingdom of Sweets.

He and his army of toy soldiers, harlequins, cupids, clowns and gingerbread men are involved in a fight to the death with the Mouse King and his legions of mice. It is a complex, exciting fairy tale featuring vivid characters such as Nutcracker, young Marie, Godfather Drosselmeier, Princess Pirlipat, the King and Queen of Sausages, and the Hard Nut to Crack.

Joe Praml lived in London for 14 years where he worked on stage, film, television and radio projects as an actor, writer and director. As an actor on the London and UK stage, he learned the use of voice and language, which he uses to bring energy and power to his readings.

Admission is free. Parking validation will be provided.  For more information, please call (310) 652-5340. For ADA accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter or materials in an alternate format, call (562) 940-8462 (voice), or (562) 940-8477 (TTY), at least six days prior to event.

City Hall Closed on Christmas, Tuesday, December 25, 2012

City Hall will be closed on Christmas, Tuesday, December 25, 2012. There will also be no trash or recycling collection on Christmas Day. Regularly scheduled Tuesday collections will be picked up on Wednesday. For more information, please call (323) 848-6404. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496.

Holiday Tree Recycling Offered Wednesday, December 26 through Saturday January 19, 2013

The City of West Hollywood will provide Holiday Tree Recycling service from Wednesday, December 26 through Saturday, January 19, 2013.

Place your tree on the curb on your regular trash day. Remove all ornaments, tinsel and stand so that the tree can be composted. Please do not place trees in plastic bags, because these bags cannot be composted.

For more information, please call (323) 848-6404. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496.

No Trash or Recycling Collection on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2013

There will be no trash or recycling collection on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2013. Regularly scheduled Tuesday collections will be picked up on Wednesday.

For more information, please call (323) 848-6404. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496.

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West Hollywood, California (Thursday, June 15, 2009) -West Hollywood City-sponsored events this June.



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Third Annual West Hollywood Economic Showcase, “For Women Only” Safe Sex Kits, 2009 Summer Sounds Series, Launch Of New Web Series “In the Moment,” Wednesday Night Social Club, The State of Gay Theater, “Gaylarious!” an Evening of Lesbian and Gay Comedy, “James Baldwin Down from the Mountain,” Summer Children’s Reading Program, City of West Hollywood to Host a 4th of July BBQ

1) The City of West Hollywood and the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will host the Third Annual West Hollywood Economic Showcase from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 in the Silver Screen Theater at the Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood.

The event will provide an overview of the economic state of the City of West Hollywood.

Cost of advance admission is $35 (Chamber members) and $50 (non-Chamber members). Tickets will be available on the day of the event at the door for $45 (Chamber members) and $60 (non-members).


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A light breakfast is included.

West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land and City Manager Paul Arevalo will present the “State of the City” address.

The Economic Showcase will also feature a presentation by Jack Kyser, Founding Economist of the Kyser Center for Economic Research of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, regarding West Hollywood’s economy.


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Called the “Guru of the Los Angeles Economy” by the Los Angeles Business Journal, Kyser is responsible for interpreting and forecasting economic trends in the Los Angeles region, and for analyzing the major industries of the region.

For additional information, and to purchase advance tickets, please call the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, at (323) 650-2688. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496.

2) City of West Hollywood to Launch “For Women Only” Safe Sex Kits During PRIDE 2009

The City of West Hollywood’s Lesbian & Gay Advisory Board and Lesbian Visibility Committee will begin distribution of newly created “For Women Only” safer sex kits at the Annual Dyke March on Friday, June 12, 2009 beginning at 7:30 p.m. on San Vicente Boulevard, south of Santa Monica Boulevard.


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The “For Women Only” safer sex kits offer information on safe sex, HIV and STDs, and include protective barriers for women of all sexual orientations.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women account for more than one quarter of all new HIV/AIDS diagnoses.

Women of color are especially affected by HIV infection and AIDS.


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In 2004 (the most recent year for which data are available), HIV infection was the leading cause of death for black women (including African American women) aged 25-34 years; the 4th leading cause of death for Hispanic women aged 35-44 years; the 5th leading cause of death among all women aged 35-44 years; and the 6th leading cause of death among all women aged 25-34 years. The only diseases causing more deaths of women were cancer and heart disease.

For more information regarding the “For Women Only” safer sex kit launch, please call the City’s Social Services Division at (323) 848-6510. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496.

3) City of West Hollywood to Host 2009 Summer Sounds Series Throughout the Summer Season

The City of West Hollywood is proud to present its free 2009 Summer Sounds Series on select Sundays throughout the summer months.


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Chairs will be available for attendees of the free concerts in the park, or guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and lounge on the lawn while enjoying the music.

Summer Sounds Concerts at Kings Road Park, 1000 N. Kings Road include:

Sunday, June 14, 2009 at 4 p.m. – Jazz and contemporary music provided by Catte Adams;


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Sunday, June 28, 2009 at 4 p.m. – Classical music from DMG Music;

Sunday, July 12, 2009 at 4 p.m. – Jazz music provided by String Project Los Angeles;

Sunday, July 26, 2008 at 4 p.m. – Classical music from Brentwood Strings and Liliana Filipovic;

Sunday, August 9, 2009 at 4 p.m. – Special performance of Shakespeare’s classic “Twelfth Night” by the Classical Theatre Lab;

Sunday, August 23, 2009 at 4 p.m. – Classical music from DMG Music.

Summer Sounds Concerts at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard include:

Sunday, August 2, 2009 at 3 p.m. – Fresh renditions of Jewish soul music by Klezmer Juice which will be sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky;


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Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 3 p.m. – Jazz music provided by String Project Los Angeles; and

Sunday, August 30, 2009 at 3 p.m. – Latin jazz music provided by Susie Hansen Latin Jazz Band.

For more information, please call (323) 848-6883 or visit www.weho.org/arts. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496.


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4) The City of West Hollywood to Launch its New Web Series “In the Moment” on Monday, June 15, 2009

The City of West Hollywood will launch its new HIV Prevention Social marketing campaign and web series “In the Moment” at the regularly-scheduled City Council meeting on Monday, June 15, 2009 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Fiesta Hall in Plummer Park located at 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. Weho Life staff will present “In the Moment,” which is a sexy, dramatic and humorous look at the many choices and challenges sexually active gay men have in today’s world of safer sex.

For more information, please call (323) 848-6510 or visit www.inthemoment.tv

For the deaf and hard of hearing at (323) 848-6496.


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5) City of West Hollywood to Co-Sponsor Wednesday Night Social Club on Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The City of West Hollywood’s Russian Advisory Board, the recreational club Time Presses and the Russian-American Club will host a “Wednesday Night Social Club” on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 and every third Wednesday of the month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Room 6 at the West Hollywood Community Center in Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.


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The “Wednesday Night Social Club” will feature karaoke singing, movies, potluck food and an opportunity to communicate in Russian and English languages.

Admission is free.

For more information, please call (323) 848-6826 or email: info@timepresses.com or visit www.timepresses.com



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For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496.

6) The City of West Hollywood to Co-Sponsor “The State of Gay Theater” on Tuesday June 23, 2009

The City of West Hollywood’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, City of West Hollywood’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board and the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights (ALAP) will co-sponsor “The State of Gay Theater” on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. at MACHA Theatre, 1107 N. Kings Road. “The State of Gay Theatre” is a panel discussion on lesbian and gay theatre, past, present and future. Admission is free.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Sue Hamilton, co-creator of the Lily Tomlin/ Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center and Producing Artistic Director for the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center from 1999 to 2005. Sue Hamilton is also the creator and director of the world’s first lesbian musical, “The Break Up Notebook: The Lesbian Musical,” which garnered numerous awards. She also directed the original play, “The Break Up Notebook” (non-musical), which earned a GLAAD Media Award.


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ALAP is a support and service organization for southern California playwrights. Its membership ranges from students and beginning playwrights, to nationally-known, award-winning writers.

For more information, please call (323) 957-4752. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496.


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7) The City of West Hollywood to Sponsor “Gaylarious!” an Evening of Lesbian and Gay Comedy on Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The West Hollywood Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board and the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission will sponsor “Gaylarious!” on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at MACHA Theater, 1107 N. Kings Road. A reception will take place at 7 p.m. followed by the show at 7:30 p.m. Featured comics will include Suzanne Westenhoefer, The Gay Mafia and Sandra Valls. Admission is free.

Suzanne Westenhoefer’s ground-breaking career as the first openly gay comedienne, includes appearances on Letterman, HBO, Bravo, Logo and GSN as well as performances across the country.

The Gay Mafia has given hundreds of performances including sketch and improvisation comedy in venues across the United States. Comedienne Sandra Valls ignites the stage with her powerful and electric performance in Showtime’s “The Latin Divas of Comedy.”

For more information, please call (323) 848-6354. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496.


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8) The City of West Hollywood to Sponsor the Solo Performance “James Baldwin Down from the Mountain” on Saturday, June 27, 2009

The City of West Hollywood and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center to co-sponsor the solo performance of “James Baldwin Down from the Mountain” on Saturday, June 27, 2009 at The Village of Ed Gould Plaza, 125 N. McCadden Place in Los Angeles.

A reception will be held at 7 p.m. followed by the show at 8 p.m. “James Baldwin Down from the Mountain” is written by Tony Award nominee Calvin Levels and chronicles the rich and fervent life of the esteemed writer and human rights activist James Baldwin. Admission is free.

For more information and to RSVP, please call (323) 848-6354. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496.


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9) West Hollywood Library to Host a Summer Children’s Reading Program

The West Hollywood Library will host a Summer Children’s Reading Program throughout the summer months. The West Hollywood Library will offer reading games and incentives, art activities and host free performances for families. All events will be held at the West Hollywood Library located at 715 N. San Vicente Boulevard.



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The West Hollywood Summer Children’s Reading Program will take place on the following dates:

Monday, June 22, 2009 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Barnyard Animal Show

Saturday, June 27, 2009 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Alternate Routes’ Woodworking Bus*

Monday, June 29, 2009 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Mariachi Magicians.

Those that are interested in participating in the Alternate Routes Woodworking Bus performance should call the West Hollywood Library in advance to reserve a spot.

For more information, please contact Susan Anderson, Community Library Manager at (310) 652-5430 or email sanderson@library.lacounty.gov

10) City of West Hollywood to Host a 4th of July BBQ on Saturday, July 4, 2009 at Plummer Park


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The City of West Hollywood will host a 4th of July BBQ on Saturday, July 4, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. Celebrate America’s birthday by spending a safe, fun-filled day at Plummer Park. Arts and crafts, games and much more for the entire family will be provided. Admission is free.

For more information, please call (323) 848-6530. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496.


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West Hollywood, California (Monday, December 15, 2008) – City of West Hollywood Amends the Hours of Enforcement and Tow Away No Parking Zones for Parking Meters on Sunset Boulevard.



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The West Hollywood City Council voted to amend the hours of enforcement and tow away no parking zones for parking meters on Sunset Boulevard east of La Cienega Boulevard to the City limit for six months.

The new amendment will not become effective until appropriate signs giving notice have been posted.

For more information, please contact (323) 848-6392. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496.

City’s Housing Division Creates Educational DVD:

“Save Money, Avoid Fines” for Landlords and Property Managers on How to Work with Residential Code Compliance and Avoid Fines.


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The City of West Hollywood’s Housing Division has created an educational video called “Save Money, Avoid Fines” which discusses how landlords and property managers can work with the City of West Hollywood’s Rent Stabilization and Housing Department to avoid administrative citations and fines.



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The video includes information about the City’s proactive residential code compliance program, how complaints are handled, potential residential code violations and how to avoid fines.

The “Save Money, Avoid Fines” video also includes a chapter on lead paint safety. The video will be mailed to 1,700 West Hollywood property owners in December.

For more information about the “Save Money, Avoid Fines” video, please contact Elizabeth Savage at (323) 848-6490. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496.

City of West Hollywood to Present a Celebration of Russian-Jewish Wedding Music on Thursday, December 18, 2008 at Plummer Park

The City of West Hollywood’s Arts Grant Program and Yiddishkayt will present a celebration of Russian-Jewish wedding music on Thursday, December 18, 2008 starting at 7 p.m. in Fiesta Hall at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.


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Yiddishkayt will feature Isaac Sadigursky on clarinet, David Kasap on accordion and klezmar revivalist and scholar Michael Alpert on violin and vocals. Admission is free.



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For more information, please call (323) 848-6883. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496.

City of West Hollywood to Participate in “No Bag for a Day” on Thursday, December 18, 2008

As a holiday gift to the environment, the City of West Hollywood, Heal the Bay and cities throughout the Santa Monica Bay Watershed will participate in “No Bag for a Day” on Thursday, December 18, 2008.

Residents and business owners are encouraged to only use reusable bags on this day to help keep plastic out of the ocean.

For more information, please call (323) 848-6499. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496.



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Club Freedom New Year’s Eve Party Set for Wednesday, December 31, 2008



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The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center with the City of West Hollywood, AIDS Project Los Angeles, Van Ness Recovery House and the WeHo Life HIV Prevention Collaborative will host the eleventh annual alcohol and drug free New Year’s Eve celebration, Club Freedom

The event takes place on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles.

The Club Freedom dance party provides a fun and festive environment for those who wish to celebrate the New Year without indulging in alcohol or mind-altering substances.

Suggested donation is $10 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.


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For more information, please call (323) 860-7389 or go to www.clubfreedomla.com


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West Hollywood, California (Monday, November 17, 2008) – The City of West Hollywood announces a series of events in the coming weeks.



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1) City to Sponsor Global AIDS Awareness Month in December

The City of West Hollywood is sponsoring a series of events in recognition of Global AIDS Awareness Month in December. According to UNAIDS there are currently an estimated 33 million people world-wide living with HIV/AIDS. Since 1981, more than 25 million people have died of AIDS.

The goal of Global AIDS Awareness Month is to create awareness, reduce HIV transmission rates and create a more tolerant world for persons living with HIV/AIDS. Events taking place in West Hollywood as part of Global AIDS Awareness Month include:

“Going In: Once Upon a Time in Africa,” will be performed on Sunday, November 30, 2008 starting at 3 p.m. at the Macha Theater, 1107 N. Kings Road in West Hollywood. “Going In: Once Upon a Time in Africa,” is a powerful one man show written and performed by Michael Kearns and chronicles the month that Kearns and his daughter spent in Johannesburg, South Africa working at an orphanage for children with HIV/AIDS. For more information or to RSVP, please call (323) 848-6889.


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The City of West Hollywood’s annual World AIDS Day Commemoration will take place on Monday, December 1, 2008. The World AIDS Day Commemoration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a gathering at West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard.



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At 6 p.m. a Candlelight Ceremony will begin and will include special guest speakers followed by a presentation of the Paul Starke Warrior Award at 6:30 p.m. at the regularly scheduled City Council meeting in West Hollywood Park Auditorium.

The Paul Starke Warrior Award is presented to an outstanding staff person working for an HIV-AIDS service organization. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, please call (323) 848-6410. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496.

2) AIDSWATCH, a 24-hour World AIDS Day Memorial, Cablecast from West Hollywood on Monday, December 1, 2008

On World AIDS Day, Monday, December 1, 2008, the City of West Hollywood will once again sponsor and originate AIDSWATCH, an electronic, televised memorial.


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For 24 hours beginning at midnight, West Hollywood Citychannel 6 (on Time Warner Cable) will display the names of thousands of people who have died of AIDS, one at a time.



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Twice each hour, information about HIV/AIDS service providers will be displayed. The goal of the televised memorial is to reach into people’s living rooms and remind them that HIV and AIDS touches everyone. AIDSWATCH has been a part of World AIDS Day since 1996, and the City of West Hollywood continues to be a sponsor.

The public is invited to contribute names of people to whom they would like to pay tribute on AIDSWATCH. Names may be added at www.aidswatch.org

For more information, please contact Kent Egenberger at (323) 848-6388. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496.

3) City of West Hollywood to Co-Host a Book Signing of “The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and the Woman He Loved” on Saturday, November 15, 2008

The City of West Hollywood and the West Hollywood Library will host a book signing and reading of “The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and the Woman He Loved” by author Judith Freeman on Saturday, November 15, 2008 starting at 2 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library, 715 N. San Vicente Boulevard in West Hollywood. Admission is free.


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For more information, please call (323) 848-6460 or (310) 652-5340 or visit www.colapublib.org For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496.



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4) City to Launch Lights on West Hollywood Program on Monday, November 17, 2008

The City of West Hollywood and local Neighborhood Watch groups will launch the “Lights On West Hollywood” program to enhance public safety in residential and commercial neighborhoods on Monday, November 17, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. at the regularly scheduled City Council meeting.

The goal of the “Lights On West Hollywood” program is to aid residents and business owners by providing free motion detector lights to qualifying addresses. Proper lighting is an important part of crime prevention.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer another tool to our residents and business owners to help increase public safety in West Hollywood,” said Mayor Pro Tempore Abbe Land, who initiated the program.

“We remain committed to working in partnership with our Neighborhood Watch groups, business owners, the Public Safety Commissioners and others to make our community even safer.”


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All participants in the “Lights On West Hollywood” program must be West Hollywood residents or business owners. One motion detector light is available per address and are available on a first come, first serve basis.



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Priority will be given to those who participate in their Neighborhood Watch group. Applicants must have the authorization of the property owner where the light is to be installed. The City of West Hollywood will not install lights or be responsible for maintenance.

For more information, please contact Corri Planck, Deputy to West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tempore Abbe Land at (323) 848-6460.

5) City of West Hollywood to Co-Host The Big Read Program in November

The City of West Hollywood, Friends of the West Hollywood Library and the PEN Center present the Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Big Read involves communities participating in the reading of one book as an exercise in building community and expanding literacy through the arts.

This fall, West Hollywood neighbors and friends will read Bless Me, Ultima, by author Rudolfo Anaya. As part of the Big Read program the following events will be held in West Hollywood throughout November:


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As part of The Big Read, Will & Company will present a theatrical performance of Bless Me, Ultima on Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 4 p.m. at West Hollywood Park Auditorium, 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard. For more information, please call (323) 848-6534.



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The Big Read: Bless Me, Ultima discussion group led by Sonia Quinones will take place on Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 2 p.m. at the West Hollywood Park Library, 715 N. San Vicente Boulevard. For more information, please call (323) 848-6883.

All The Big Read programs are free. For more information on The Big Read, please call (323) 848-6883 or visit www.neabigread.org For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496.

6) City of West Hollywood to Host the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra: Symphonic Masterpieces on Saturday, November 22, 2008 at Plummer Park

The City of West Hollywood’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission will host the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra: Symphonic Masterpieces on Saturday, November 22, 2008 starting at 3 p.m. in Fiesta Hall at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.


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The Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra: Symphonic Masterpieces is part of the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Grant Program. The classical music concert will be conducted by Music Director Ivan Shulman. Admission is free.

For more information, please call (323) 848-6826 or (323) 662-1045. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496.



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7) West Hollywood Celebrates Artist Raymond Pettibon With its Winter/Spring “Art on the Outside” Exhibit to Be Displayed Through March 2009

A new public art exhibit by artist Raymond Pettibon will add a new visual aesthetic to West Hollywood’s landscape this winter with an untitled exhibit being displayed on a vertical billboard at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Olive Drive which will be displayed through March 2009.

The exhibit is part of the City’s “Art on the Outside” program. The Raymond Pettibon exhibit is affiliated with the 2008 California Biennial, organized by the Orange County Museum of Art, curated by Lauri Firstenberg and is in collaboration with LAXART Public Art Initiatives for CB08.

Raymond Pettibon lives and works outside Los Angeles, where he has been an influential figure in the art community since the early 1980s. To his early admirers and collectors, he was an unofficial in-house artist for the punk music scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s.


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Today his work is widely admired among the contemporary art audience and has avid devotees in the international field of drawing connoisseurs. While his style initially relied on the conventions of cartoon illustrations, over the years he has developed an entirely personal approach marked by a uniquely sophisticated relationship between image and text.

“Art on the Outside” is a program of the City of West Hollywood’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission. Its mission is to promote and nurture the arts and cultural life of the City of West Hollywood.



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“Art on the Outside” aims to enhance the City’s lively pedestrian-friendly culture through the presentation of dynamic temporary art installations on the Santa Monica Boulevard median and elsewhere in the City.

In sponsoring these public art installations, the City hopes to provide visitors and residents alike with the opportunity to engage with art in the course of their daily lives.

For more information, please visit www.weho.org/arts or contact Andrew Campbell at (323) 848-6883 or acampbell@weho.org For more information on the 2008 California Biennial, visit www.ocma.net For more information on LAXART or to see photos of the Pettibon work on the billboard, visit www.laxart.org

8) City of West Hollywood Displays Cal State LA Student Video Project Through December

A new public art exhibit by Cal State Los Angeles students is now contributing to Sunset Boulevard’s colorful skyline. A new video exhibit is currently being displayed on the Sunset Videotron at 8410 W. Sunset Boulevard (across the street from the Hyatt/Andaz Hotel) and the Key Club Videotron at 9039 Sunset Boulevard through the end of December.



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The exhibit is part of the City’s Art on the Outside Program and is funded in part by a City of West Hollywood Arts Participation Grant. These programs are under the purview of the City’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission.



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Three videos were selected to play on the Videotron from a competition among Cal State Los Angeles students who created video installations visually representing the City of West Hollywood.

Under the guidance of Cal State Los Angeles media instructor (and West Hollywood resident) Jonathan Pope Evans, the project was designed to provide student video artists with an opportunity to exhibit their work in a public setting and to create alliances between West Hollywood’s “east” side programs and “west” side programs.

In addition to having their works displayed on the videotrons, the creators of the winning videos also received prize money.

The videos can be viewed on Youtube: West Hollywood: Hidden in Plain Sight by Karen Mitchell http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlRhfZCt2HY


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Inevitable by Marla Ulloa & Jovanny Venegas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWg51frjvCA

Kaleidoscope by Luz Reyes, Crystal Leong, Rory Sheehan, Walter Martinez http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31RoDcImRls


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