Every great invention needs an equally great storyteller, someone who’s steeped in the culture, versed in the technology and knows how to use plain English to convert skeptics. Think Disneyland and Walt Disney. Apple and Steve…
The second annual West Hollywood Dance Festival launched by Multiplex Dance and Chad Michael Hall, returns to West Hollywood this coming week, with three public performances titled “The House of Multiplex.”
These performances, which included work by established L.A.-based choreographers, dance companies and musicians, will be the culmination of a week-long festival that includes workshops for all levels, rehearsals that are open to the public, and opportunities for professional and aspiring-professional dancers to develop their craft.
This coming weekend’s three ticketed performances will be on Friday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For the evening performances, general admission is $30 and $15 tickets are available for students, WeHo residents and members of the L.A. Dance…
The final event in West Hollywood’s One City One Pride series is the world premiere of the feature-length documentary film “Jeanne Cordova: Butches, Lies and Feminism” on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
The film was directed by Gregorio Davila (L.A. A Queer History), who will participate in a Q & A with the late Jeanne Cordova’s partner Lynn Harris Ballen – a journalist and activist – following the screening.
The event takes place in the West Hollywood City Council Chambers, 625. N. San Vicente Blvd. south of Santa Monica. Admission is free, but attendees are asked to RSVP online.
Born in Germany and raised in Los Angeles, Cordova joined the Immaculate Heart of Mary, an order that embraced progressive and pacifist ideologies and sent its nuns to work in the inner cities. Inspired by these social justice ideals, Cordova left…
“Selected Works,” an exhibition featuring ten sculptures by Los Angeles-based artist Shana Mabari, is newly installed in the Blue Lobby at WeHo’s Pacific Design Center and will remain on view for one year. The pieces, ranging from 2014 to 2016, include six round translucent and mirrored pieces from Mabari’s “Diametros Petals” series. Three cube sculptures, one mirrored and two blue, are from her “Illumetric” series of geometric sculptures, as is the “Illumetric Rectangle.” The red, white and blue work stands ten feet tall and is internally illuminated with LED lighting.
This Friday Mabari’s works will be featured as part of designLAb at the Pacific Design Center (PDC), with openings taking place from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Curated by Helen Varola, designLAb features contemporary art and design exhibitions in the lobby and…
David LeBarron has been a performer, playwright and storytelling force for decades. His diverse performances are designed for an array of audiences from children to art houses to repertory theaters to Dungeon & Dragons groups to schools to intoxicated patrons at bars. He is co-founder, with Andrew Henkes, of Apt3F, a performance non-profit devoted to staging and championing underground performers.
Given LeBarron’s skilled storytelling, it’s easy to see why he is the recipient of a WeHo grant for the annual One City One Pride. His new show, “The Complete History of Drag in a Few Mo-mo,” merges history, humor and autobiography.
Viewers will leave more informed about drag history but not by facts alone. This is not a lecture. LeBarron embodies on the stage the wit, wisdom, and vulnerability of an aging drag queen as she…
The long-anticipated demolition of the House of Blues began this morning.
A crew of workers with a large demolition machine had ripped off the rear of the famed rock venue by 8 a.m. this morning. Workers on the site said they expect the demolition to last several weeks.
The House of Blues, which sits on the southeast corner of Sunset Boulevard and Olive Drive, is known for having hosted the likes of Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Aerosmith and Justin Timberlake. It is also one of the most eclectic museums in a creative city that can claim few.
It will be replaced by Sunset Time, a major hotel and residential project by Combined Properties. The project will extend from Sunset Boulevard south to Fountain Avenue. Facing Sunset Boulevard will be an eight-story hotel known as the Pendry with 149 guest rooms,…
One of the best ways to make history come alive is to see it acted out. That’s the idea behind the yearly living gay history walking tour in West Hollywood, taking place on Saturday and starting at 11 a.m. Actors in costumes perform as various characters telling audiences about many aspects of the area’s gay history. However, rather than performing on stage, the actors will be performing on the sidewalks, explaining events in the actual locations where they took place.
“The tour is intended for pretty much everyone,” explained Jason Jenn, the tour’s organizer and director. “For people who think they know a bit about West Hollywood, they’re going to learn more than they probably realize and have a fun time because they’re seeing these surprising performances by the different characters. It’s also for people who…
From collegiate wrestling and wilderness trekking to writing in a wide range of fields, adventure and ambition have been driving forces in the life of WeHo resident John Morgan Wilson.
After breaking into newspapers at age 19, he earned a journalism degree at San Diego State. A few years later, he founded Easy Reader, an alternative newspaper in Hermosa Beach that is still thriving online in other hands. In 1972, Wilson came out and joined the gay movement, freelancing as a journalist and breaking into the New York Times at age 29. Hundreds of bylines later, he joined the staff of the Los Angeles Times as an assistant editor.
His first novel, “Simple Justice” (1996), was a dark, gritty mystery with a local twist – protagonist Benjamin Justice was a gay man living in West Hollywood. “Simple Justice” won a prestigious Edgar…
Yes, West Hollywood is still struggling to understand what L.A. Pride will be about this year. But meanwhile, we can relax and enjoy the city’s celebration of National Poetry Month, which begins on Saturday.
Kim Dower, the city’s poet laureate, has curated a diverse array of things including street banners, readings, interactive events, a writing workshop and the official presentation of a citywide collaborate poem, in performance and on a poster to be seen all over the city.
Dower will read the collaborative poem, “I Sing the Body West Hollywood,” at the City Council meeting on Monday. (It begins at 6:30 p.m. at the City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd.)
Dower created the work by collecting lines from residents and visitors all around West Hollywood, in person at events and by pulling verse ideas dropped in…
The City of West Hollywood has launched its micro-parks pilot program with the installation of the #WeLoveWeHo “selfie wall” at West Hollywood City Hall, located at 8300 Santa Monica Blvd. at Sweetzer. Designed by Moore + Friesl, architects Terri Moore and Marcus Friesl, the micro-park encourages residents and visitors to interact with the east-facing wall of City Hall on Sweetzer Avenue by posing in front of it and using the hashtag #WeLoveWeHo in order to create digital posts to share on social media.
“The wall is a visual representation of what so many people feel: a great deal of love for our community,” said City Councilmember John Heilman. “We are really fortunate to have so many residents, business people, and visitors who love West Hollywood.”
#WeLoveWeHo consists of multi-colored hearts shaped in the geography…
“Inconsequential Ideas,” an exhibit by West Hollywood artist Martin Gantman, will open Friday at June Street Architecture in West Hollywood.
Gantman is a conceptual artist whose work features everything from photos of people crossing West Hollywood streets to altered images of classical odalisques to postcards sent aloft on helium-filled balloons.
Gantman has described his “inconsequential” works as an effort to “tiptoe gingerly into the edges of the viewer’s unconscious. While, within these works, one might find reference to contemporary issues, such as migration, colonialism, or visual perception, I am hoping that the path one takes to encounter these somewhat contentious matters travels into the unknown and then back out again.”
The overriding theme to Gantman’s work is inequity in our world. In 1926, his…
WeHo photographer Stefan Pinto’s “Smoke + Mirrors” exhibit will open Saturday at AC Gallery in Los Angeles Pinto’s first solo exhibition is supported by Out magazine and the Tom of Finland Foundation. An announcement of the exhibition says it “is filled with flashing-hot strobe lights and fashion focused poses that twist into sublime humanist statements […]
A large cast of local women will appear on Saturday in a staging of “The Vagina Monologues” sponsored by the City of West Hollywood and the Hollywood chapter of the National Organization of Women.
The play, written by Eve Ensler, was staged in 1996 in New York City and quickly became a hit. In a story in The New York Times in 2006, critic Charles Isherwood said of Ensler’s play: “Her collage of testimonials about the culture of silence surrounding sexual violence against women is probably the most important piece of political theater of the last decade, at least if we measure a play’s impact in quantifiable terms. It has been produced in 90 countries, and the annual ‘V-Day’ benefits it inspired have raised more than $40 million for local charities.”
Isherwood’s statement was part of a larger story about whether theater could…
Pointedly relevant in an era of renewed social protest, “There’s Something Happening Here…On The Sunset Strip 1966” is a series of events and exhibits marking the 50th anniversary of the Sunset Strip riots,and spotlighting the significance of the music, activism and revolution that united and shaped a generation.
Presented by the City of West Hollywood through WeHo Arts, the programming continues in the new year on Feb. 8 with “The Rise of Counterculture in West Hollywood: Art, Music and Poetry,” an event featuring author and culture historian Domenic Priore. Priore is author of “Riot on the Sunset Strip: Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Last Stand in Hollywood,” (Jawbone Press, London, 2015). Priore’s talk will take place in the City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., south of Santa Monica. Free parking validation will be…
Carrie Fisher and David Bowie, both of whom died last year, are being celebrated in murals installed on the side of the Sofitel Hotel at La Cienega and Beverly boulevards just outside West Hollywood.
The murals were created by artist Mike McNeilly. Bowie is portrayed as his alter ego Ziggy Stardust and Fisher as Princess Leia, one of her most memorable characters. The murals are labeled “They are in the galaxy far far away.”
Bowie died on Jan. 29 last year and Fisher died on Dec. 25.
McNeilly said he was inspired by both artists. “On the other hand what I like my music to do to me is awaken the ghosts inside of me. Not the demons, you understand, but the ghosts,” McNeilly said, quoting Bowie. And he quoted Fisher’s “I don’t want my life to imitate art, I want my life to be art.” McNeilly has worked to raise awareness for…
Winter Sounds, West Hollywood’s free indoor concert series, resumes on Jan. 21 with a performance by Solmaaz Adeli and Bill Cantos.
Solmaaz Adeli, a classical mezzo-soprano, has released six solo albums, tours with Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, and is a featured live performer with Burt Bacharach. Cantos is a keyboardist/singer-songwriter. They will team up to perform favorites from the American popular songbook of the 1920s and 1930s, as well as top jazz standards.
Two other events are scheduled for this year, with the K8 Stewart Experience on Feb. 18 and the Arohi Ensemble on March 5.
All concerts take place in the West Hollywood City Council Chambers adjacent to West Hollywood Library at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., south of Santa Monica.
The performances begin at 4 p.m. and run until 5:30 p.m.. First come, first served…
A docudrama podcast series created by West Hollywood residents and produced by a WeHo-based company launches today.
The series, produced by Wondery, is called “Hollywood & Crime.” It will investigate the underworld of crime in the entertainment capital of the world, with each season covering a different series of cases. The first season will center on the Black Dahlia murder, premiering today, which is the eve of the case’s 70th anniversary.
At the beginning of season one is Elizabeth Short, a star-struck young woman whose body was found completely severed at the waist in January 1947 in Los Angeles. She would be forever remembered as the Black Dahlia, one of the most infamous unsolved murders in the U.S. to this day. However, few people know that more than a dozen other women died in similar circumstances around the same time….
Priscilla Lovat Fraser, a senior architect and project manager at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), has been named director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in West Hollywood. She will assume the position on Jan. 2.
Fraser replaces Kimberli Meyer, the longtime director of MAK, who left to become director of the University Art Museum at CalState Long Beach.
MAK Los Angeles, whose headquarters is the Rudolph Schindler House at 835 N. Kings Rd. is a branch of the MAK — the Museum für angewandte Kunst Wien (MAK), the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art in Vienna. MAK Los Angeles was created in 1994 when Friends of the Schindler House agreed to lease the home of the famous architect property to MAK whose programming and exhibits are focused on the relationship between art and architecture. MAK…
The deadline is near! If you have an opinion about the City of West Hollywood’s arts and cultural programs you have until Nov. 20 to share it.
You can do that through a brief online survey.
“The survey will provide feedback and insight about how people in West Hollywood interact with the arts and what priorities community members may have,” according to an announcement from the city.
That is part of an effort underway for several months to gather information for WeHo Arts: The Plan. The plan has three key goals:
1) To celebrate the city’s distinctive artistic and cultural identities;
2) To identify and commemorate West Hollywood’s support and advancement of the arts; and
3) To articulate a shared vision for the future: securing the importance of arts and culture within the city.
Since the effort began in April, the…
“Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom; 8990,” a mural by Los Angeles-based artist Mei Xian Qiu, has just been installed in West Hollywood Park. Presented by the City of West Hollywood through WeHo Arts, the large format piece [9 x 9 feet] is located on the ground floor of the five-story parking structure adjacent to West […]
The West Hollywood Design District’s 5th annual DIEM event on Friday focuses on collaboration in everything from design to sharing an office.
The theme of the event is “co-everything.”
Curators of the event are Mallery Roberts Morgan and Frances Anderton. Morgan is a Los Angeles-based writer, curator and interior designer. She is the Los Angeles correspondent of Architectural Digest France. Anderton is host of KCRW’s DnA: Design and Architecture and writes about architecture and design.
The themes of the panels are: Co-mmunication, Co-working, Co-mmunity, Co-mmerce, Co-nnection and Co-llaboration.
Details about the events, including panelists and locations, and an RSVP form are available online.
West Hollywood is marking the 50th anniversary of one of the pivotal moments of music and protest of the 1960s — the Sunset Strip Curfew Riots. Beginning Friday, the city will host a series of events and exhibitions that explore the cultural significance of that era: “There’s Something Happening Here… On the Sunset Strip 1966.”
The Sunset Strip Curfew Riots erupted on Nov. 12, 1966, in protest to curfews and efforts to close nightclubs that catered to young music fans. The 10 p.m. curfew and strict no loitering laws were imposed i by L.A. County after complaints from nearby residents and businesses about young people blocking the sidewalks outside nightclubs. As many as 1,000 young people showed up at Pandora’s Box, a club on the Strip at Crescent Heights, on Nov. 12 for a demonstration attended by celebrities like Peter Fonda…
WeHo’s Historic Preservation Commission voted unanimously Monday night to pass along to the City Council a request from the owner of 8214 Norton Ave. that it be designated culturally significant. But the commission also agreed to note to the Council that its initial approval in 2014 came in a 3-to-4 vote. Current Commissioners Allegra Allison and Ed Levin are among those who voted against the designation in 2014.
Commission Chair Gail Ostergren said it was unclear why the 2014 decision was not passed along to the City Council for its final approval. The owner of the building, Cheri Woods, has asked that it be designated as culturally significant because it once was the home of Jim Morrison of the Doors. Woods has evicted the building’s tenants and wants to turn it into a bed and breakfast. City staffers last year raised questions…
UPDATE: The winning bidder, identity undisclosed, paid $22,000 for the “Naked Trump.” If you’re afraid that Donald Trump will disappear after his likely loss of the Nov. 8 (or is that Nov. 28?) Presidential election, here’s an option: Attend the event tomorrow at Julien’s Auctions at which a puffy statue of the Republican Party candidate […]