The Artist:  Carl Hopgood, a British Country Boy, Finds a ‘Beautiful Little Village’ in WeHo

The Artist: Carl Hopgood, a British Country Boy, Finds a ‘Beautiful Little Village’ in WeHo

The fairytale-turreted Beau Sejour building, boasting Corinthian molding, decorative frieze panels, arched entries and weather vanes, has been a cornerstone of West Hollywood’s Courtyard Thematic District since 1928. Designed by Leland…

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WeHo’s Winter Sounds Features Three 2017 Concerts

WeHo’s Winter Sounds Features Three 2017 Concerts

Tue, Jan 10, 2017

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…

WeHo Residents and Producer Give Birth to New Crime Series on 70th Anniversary of the Black Dahlia Murder

WeHo Residents and Producer Give Birth to New Crime Series on 70th Anniversary of the Black Dahlia Murder

Fri, Jan 06, 2017 1 Comment

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….

LACMA’s Priscilla Fraser Named Director of WeHo’s MAK

LACMA’s Priscilla Fraser Named Director of WeHo’s MAK

Fri, Dec 02, 2016

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…

Five More Days to Register Your Thoughts on WeHo’s Arts Programs

Five More Days to Register Your Thoughts on WeHo’s Arts Programs

Wed, Nov 16, 2016 3 Comments

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…

New WeHo Park Mural Suggests Make Love, Not War

New WeHo Park Mural Suggests Make Love, Not War

Mon, Nov 07, 2016 3 Comments

“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 […]

Design District’s DIEM Focuses on Collaboration

Design District’s DIEM Focuses on Collaboration

Mon, Nov 07, 2016

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.

‘There’s Something Happening Here…’ Chronicles the Counterculture of The Strip

‘There’s Something Happening Here…’ Chronicles the Counterculture of The Strip

Wed, Oct 26, 2016 4 Comments

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…

Cultural Designation of Former Jim Morrison Home to Go Before the WeHo City Council

Cultural Designation of Former Jim Morrison Home to Go Before the WeHo City Council

Tue, Oct 25, 2016 4 Comments

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…

Donald Trump Might Not Win the Presidency, But You Can Win Him

Donald Trump Might Not Win the Presidency, But You Can Win Him

Fri, Oct 21, 2016 3 Comments

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 […]

WeHo’s Stephen Palladino Takes 1st Place in Painting at Beverly Hills Art Show

WeHo’s Stephen Palladino Takes 1st Place in Painting at Beverly Hills Art Show

Fri, Oct 21, 2016

West Hollywood’s Stephen Palladino placed first in the Painting category at the Beverly Hills artShow this past weekend. Although Palladino has studios and lives in different parts of the U.S., he spends most of his time in Los Angeles and West Hollywood area. His murals are located in Terronni’s, Culver Studios and on Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica.

An announcement of his award from the City of Beverly Hills says that “Palladino creates work that combines loose, raw, and expressive mark making with tight and clean line work. Jumping between two predominantly linear styles, the painter can create a portrait with one single line or carefully craft a character made up of precise detail work, either style being very recognizable of the artist at just a glance.

“This style stems from Stephen’s childhood obsession with cartoons…

WeHo Celebrates Historic Preservation on Thursday

WeHo Celebrates Historic Preservation on Thursday

Fri, Oct 21, 2016 3 Comments

The City of West Hollywood and its Historic Preservation Commission will celebrate the City’s historic preservation efforts next week on Thursday at an event at the Schindler House/MAK Center for Art and Architecture.

The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. and if free and open to the public. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by contacting Antonio Castillo at (323) 848-6854 or at acastillo@weho.org. Parking will be available at the Kings Road Municipal Parking Structure, located at 8383 Santa Monica Blvd., at the corner of Kings Road. The Schindler House is located at 835 N. Kings Rd., between Willoughby and Waring.

“West Hollywood is unique not only for our progressive ideals and policies — we also have a strong creative culture and we value our historic resources,” said West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister….

City Poet Kim Dower’s Ode to West Hollywood

City Poet Kim Dower’s Ode to West Hollywood

Tue, Oct 18, 2016 2 Comments

The West Hollywood City Council last night officially welcomed Kim Dower, the city’s second poet laureate. Dower succeeds Steven Reigns in the two-year position. As city poet, Dower is tasked with generating excitement about the written word and promoting poetry in the city, including the annual celebration of National Poetry Month each April. The city […]

The Place in West Hollywood Where ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Has a Home

The Place in West Hollywood Where ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Has a Home

Mon, Oct 10, 2016 2 Comments

Mike Pingel’s Charlie’s Angels collection, housed in his apartment on Hacienda Place, is a tribute to the late ‘70s TV show.

Hungry for History? Here’s a Look at West Hollywood’s Famous Restaurants

Hungry for History? Here’s a Look at West Hollywood’s Famous Restaurants

Wed, Oct 05, 2016 5 Comments

George Geary’s “L.A.’s Legendary Restaurants” chronicles the most famous of WeHo’s restaurants (such as Dan Tana’s, pictured above) along with dozens more in Los Angeles.

Friends of WeHo Library Celebrates the 5th Anniversary with a Party

Friends of WeHo Library Celebrates the 5th Anniversary with a Party

Wed, Sep 28, 2016

The West Hollywood Library’s 5th anniversary will be celebrated for two days, beginning on Friday with a panel discussion, “Do Libraries Have a Future?”, presented in conjunction with Zócalo Public Square and WeHo Reads. Then on Saturday there will be a birthday party that includes face painting, caricatures, a fortune teller, balloon twister and  cakes. […]

A Thief in Palm Springs Shows Appreciation for Todd Williamson’s Art

A Thief in Palm Springs Shows Appreciation for Todd Williamson’s Art

Tue, Sep 27, 2016

The thief got away with $25,000 worth of art, leaving Todd Williamson with nothing but a sense that there’s yet another person who appreciates what he does. Not that Williamson, who is a well-known West Hollywood artist and a member of the city’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, needed that. Williamson works from a studio […]

Kim Dower is WeHo’s New Poet Laureate

Kim Dower is WeHo’s New Poet Laureate

Tue, Aug 16, 2016

Kim Dower, a 40-year resident of West Hollywood who describes herself as “a West Hollywood girl” who “then became a WeHo mom,” has been named the city’s new poet laureate. The position, called was created two years ago and filled by Steven Reigns. Dower will assume the role in October. The city poet receives an […]

The Lengthy, Costly and Controversial Task of Memorializing Veterans

The Lengthy, Costly and Controversial Task of Memorializing Veterans

Mon, Aug 15, 2016 6 Comments

WeHo’s Russian Veterans Memorial and Sal Guarriello Veterans Memorial were marked by controversy, local and international, before they finally were erected.

Artist Manuel Lima Begins 10 Days of Life on the Outside on Sunset Blvd.

Artist Manuel Lima Begins 10 Days of Life on the Outside on Sunset Blvd.

Fri, Aug 12, 2016

Brazilian-born artist Manuel Lima today began his 10-day residency in “The Cube” on Santa Monica Boulevard, an interactive performance piece that is part of the City of West Hollywood’s Art on the Outside program. Lima will live in a 10-foot-wide square translucent structure that is temporarily constructed around a shade tree, containing a piano and […]

WeHo’s Weeklong Dance Festival Begins on Monday

WeHo’s Weeklong Dance Festival Begins on Monday

Fri, Aug 12, 2016 1 Comment

Chad Michael Hall, Choreographer from MULTIPLEX DANCE on Vimeo. West Hollywood kicks off its first dance festival on Monday with a series of free community workshops and rehearsals followed by performances Aug. 20. The West Hollywood Dance Festival’s Multiplex Dance event is directed by Chad Michael Hall. It will bring together L.A.-based choreographers, dance companies […]

WeHo Will Engage the Community In an Arts & Culture Plan for the Future

WeHo Will Engage the Community In an Arts & Culture Plan for the Future

Thu, Jun 23, 2016

West Hollywood, which already has one of the most active public arts and culture programs of a city its size, is putting together a plan to guide its efforts for the next five to ten years. WeHo Arts: The Plan has three primary goals: — Celebrate the city’s distinctive artistic and cultural identities. — Identify […]

WeHo Seeks Applicants for New City Poet

WeHo Seeks Applicants for New City Poet

Fri, May 06, 2016 4 Comments

Do you lead a lyrical life? Do your friends marvel at the way you rhyme? Perhaps you should consider applying for the position of West Hollywood City Poet. The City Poet, a position currently filled by Steven Reigns, the first to hold the position, serves as the official ambassador of West Hollywood’s literary culture, tasked […]

Dancing at the Car Wash

Dancing at the Car Wash

Fri, May 06, 2016 1 Comment

An outdoor dance event at the Santa Palm Car Wash will likely be eyecatching on Saturday night.

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