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‘Dream Catcher’ – the Transparent, Moving Sculpture on Sunset Boulevard

‘Dream Catcher’ – the Transparent, Moving Sculpture on Sunset Boulevard

West Hollywood’s largest Urban Art Program’s public art project, “Dream Catcher,” the largest public art project of the City of West Hollywood’s urban art program, now is live at the recently opened Jeremy Hotel on Sunset…

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Hear French and Russian Classics in West Hollywood Tomorrow

Hear French and Russian Classics in West Hollywood Tomorrow

Fri, Jan 19, 2018

Paris Chansons, Los Angeles’ premiere French and international band, will perform French and Russian classics tomorrow at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd.

The performance is the latest in the city’s “Winter Sounds” concert series, which continues through February.

Paris Chansons is known for its original renditions of favorites from Aznavour, Brel, Dassin, Piaf, and Montand, as well as songs by contemporary artists including Zax. It features four multilingual singers and musicians on keyboard, violin, bass, guitar and drums. Performances are punctuated by traditional jazz standards in addition to classics performed in many languages.

The performance takes place at 5 p.m. Reservations are not required but are recommended at http://bit.ly/WehoArtsParisChansons.

Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. the…

Opinion:  Will the Sunset Strip Become a Digital Billboard Ghetto or Paradise?

Opinion: Will the Sunset Strip Become a Digital Billboard Ghetto or Paradise?

Mon, Dec 18, 2017

It could be a perfect fit—an eye-catching digital billboard, called the Belltower, on the billboard-famous Sunset Strip. But, also a perfect storm for the neighborhood community that feels under attack by a seven-story, LED-brightened digital billboard in front of their homes.

Fears that the Sunset Strip, a historic and world-famous rock and roll heaven and club culture landmark, will morph into a very different iteration by becoming a digital billboard attraction are surfacing among West Hollywood residents and property owners that are strongly opposed to this project in the city-owned Strip parking lot at 8775 Sunset Blvd. That is where the city will replace an existing billboard with a pilot digital sign and community plaza, according to city officials.

This “Belltower” project may become the poster child for how WeHo…

WeHo Kicks Off Winter Sounds Series with Jazz Performance on Saturday

WeHo Kicks Off Winter Sounds Series with Jazz Performance on Saturday

Wed, Nov 29, 2017

The City of West Hollywood announces its 2017-18 “Winter Sounds” concert series, which will feature three free indoor Saturday-evening concerts to take place at the City Council Chambers, located at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. All performances will begin at 5 p.m.

This season’s Winter Sounds series will kick off with jazz bassist, composer and vocalist Jennifer Leitham this coming Saturday. She will perform holiday classics and standards. Leitham has released ten albums of her own and has performed on more than 140 others. She has performed with Mel Torme, Doc Severinsen, Peggy Lee, k.d. lang and other famous musicians. Her public gender transition from John to Jennifer was documented in the film “I Stand Corrected,” which has won 11 “best of” awards at film festivals internationally, including at Outfest, the Los…

The Arts Club Unveils Mural Designed by Sir Peter Black at WeHo Elementary School

The Arts Club Unveils Mural Designed by Sir Peter Black at WeHo Elementary School

Thu, Nov 16, 2017

The Arts Club, London, and West Hollywood Elementary School tomorrow will unveil a large-scale mural envisioned by British pop artist Sir Peter Blake.

The Blake-designed mural is a collage of more than 80 works submitted by first through fifth grade students following an invitation to illustrate themes such as diversity, creativity and innovation, and then interpreted by Blake. It was painted on-site by local artist Debi Cable, known for her hand-painted fluorescent murals and immersive, architectural environments. Students who participated in the program will be joined by parents, community leaders, and local artists for the unveiling of the public artwork they helped inspire.

The mural is part of the Arts Club’s ongoing community engagement and outreach program. The Arts Club, which provides a meeting place for people…

Mondrian to Open Exhibit by Danish Street Artist

Mondrian to Open Exhibit by Danish Street Artist

Tue, Oct 31, 2017

Danish street artist Mikael B has been tapped by West Hollywood’s Mondrian hotel as its featured artist.

A collection of his work, called “Momentum,” will be displayed in the Mondrian’s lobby beginning Friday and will be up until Dec. 15. The hotel will host an opening reception Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.

The exhibit will feature select prints and originals continued from Mikael B’s most recent solo exhibit, which marked a major shift in his style and outlook.

“Momentum is about progress and drive to do something new,” Mikael B said. “Keep going for what you want and to constantly have greater goals – to keep momentum. That’s how my mindset has changed to where I am now. I wanted to show works that resemble that and also showcase where I’m going.”

The Mondrian Los Angeles is located at 8440 Sunset Blvd….

City Celebrates the Launch of ‘WeHo Arts: The Plan’ at Plummer Park on Saturday

City Celebrates the Launch of ‘WeHo Arts: The Plan’ at Plummer Park on Saturday

Tue, Oct 31, 2017

The City of West Hollywood will celebrate the launch of “WeHo Arts: The Plan” on Saturday at Plummer Park.

The plan, which was approved by the City Council on Aug. 21, is intended to guide the activities of the city’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission and its Arts Division for the next five to ten years. It has been in the works since April 2016. The plan’s goals are to:

— Celebrate the city’s distinctive artistic and cultural identities.

— Identify and commemorate West Hollywood’s support and advancement of the arts.

— Articulate a shared vision for the future: securing the position of the arts and culture in the city.

Saturday’s event takes place outside from noon to 2 p.m. at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. (In the event of rain, it will be moved to Plummer Park’s Long Hall). It will feature art…

First Retrospective Exhibit of Work by Juan Bastos Opens Sunday

First Retrospective Exhibit of Work by Juan Bastos Opens Sunday

Mon, Oct 30, 2017

The Denenberg Fine Arts Gallery announces the first retrospective exhibition of portrait artist Juan Bastos, part of The Getty’s “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA – Latin American & Latino Art in LA.” The exhibition brings together 35 oil paintings, pastels and pencil drawings of distinguished Californians and celebrities painted and drawn by Bastos from 1996 to 2017.

Portraits of Richard Harrison, Sir Ian McKellen, the children of Jimmy and Vicki Iovine, Rudolph Nureyev, Patricia Morison, Lawrence Platt, Don Bachardy, Dr. Alan Shabo, Valerie Sobel, Susan Sontag, Charlize Theron, Gore Vidal, Maria Vidal, Andrew and Erna Viterbi and Hutton and Ruth Wilkinson will be among those on view.

“Juan Bastos: California Portraits” is part of the Participating Gallery Program of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an exploration of Latin…

WeHo Celebrates L.A.’s Latino Heritage with Exhibits, Dance and Films

WeHo Celebrates L.A.’s Latino Heritage with Exhibits, Dance and Films

Fri, Oct 27, 2017

WeHo Artes begins its next round of events celebrating L.A.’s Latino heritage in November with art exhibits, a dance performance, film screenings and forums.

The series encompasses events related to the Getty Foundation Initiative “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA” and additional original projects that West Hollywood is presenting

Queer Califas: LA Latinx Art

It all starts on Nov. 4 with the opening of the group exhibition “Queer Califas: LA Latinx Art.” The multi-disciplinary show was curated by artist and West Hollywood resident Rubén Esparza, and features multi-generational LGBTQ artists – from communities across the U.S. and beyond – who call California home. They include Laura Aguilar, Marcel Alcala, Maritza Amezcua, Enrique Castrejon, Rick Castro, Ben Cuevas, Gregorio Davila, Diego Eduardo, Cleonette Harris,…

WeHo Celebrates Library’s 6th Anniversary with the First of Three Fall Events

WeHo Celebrates Library’s 6th Anniversary with the First of Three Fall Events

Mon, Oct 02, 2017

WeHo Reads kicks off its Fall schedule on Friday with an open dress rehearsal of the Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre’s “Back In Circulation” as part of the celebration of the West Hollywood Library’s sixth anniversary.

Built by the City of West Hollywood, the West Hollywood Library opened in October 2011. Christopher Hawthorne, writing in the Los Angeles Times, described it as “one of the seven or eight most impressive pieces of public architecture to open in Southern California in a decade.”

The library’s notable features include long expanses of floor-to-ceiling glass windows that look over the major West Hollywood thoroughfare, San Vicente Boulevard, and across to the Pacific Design Center and MOCA Pacific Design Center.

Friday’s is the first of three Fall events. On Oct. 10, celebrated author Armistead Maupin…

WeHo Offering Grants to Trans Artists and Nonprofits

WeHo Offering Grants to Trans Artists and Nonprofits

Fri, Sep 29, 2017

The City of West Hollywood is offering grants to support art presented or exhibited by transgendered individuals.

Applications for WeHo’s “Transgender Arts Initiative Grant” will be accepted through Thursday, Oct. 5, at 3 p.m. Click here for the online form with which to apply.

Individual artists, artist collectives or groups and non-profit organizations with a history of supporting transgender artists are all welcome to apply.

Projects will be evaluated by the City of West Hollywood’s Transgender Advisory Board and Arts & Cultural Affairs Commission based on the quality of the proposed art project, relevance to West Hollywood and the transgender community, and artistic samples and history provided by the applicant. Applicants will be strongly encouraged to attend the advisory board meeting in person at which their…

Frida Fest, the Lesbian Art and Musical Festival, Is Saturday at Plummer Park

Frida Fest, the Lesbian Art and Musical Festival, Is Saturday at Plummer Park

Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Frida Fest, an art and music festival honoring the life and legacy of the legendary Mexican painter and feminist icon Frida Kahlo, will take place Saturday at Plummer Park in West Hollywood.

The City of West Hollywood is a co-sponsor of the event, which is hosted by the L-Project Los Angeles. It will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. in Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall. The event will feature the works of lesbian, bisexual and transgender lesbian visual and performing artists from the greater Los Angeles area. They include Vixen Noir, who will MC, and performances by Lonely Bones, Liora Paniz, Jo Popadynetz, Halle Johnson and Dian Katz. DJ Notorious Jen will spin hip hop, R&B and other music.

This will be the third year of Frieda Fest. Tickets to are $15 in advane or $20 at the door. VIP tickets, which include table seating and wine,…

WeHo to Host Screening of ’13th’ Next Week at the PDC

WeHo to Host Screening of ’13th’ Next Week at the PDC

Fri, Sep 01, 2017

The City of West Hollywood is hosting a screening next week of “13th,” a film that explores the intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States.

The film, by Ava DuVernay, director of “Selma,” has been nominated for eight Emmy awards. It takes its title from the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery in the United States.

A panel discussion will follow the screening. It will be moderated by Dr. Melina Abdullah, professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at CSU Los Angeles and organizer of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles.

Guest speakers will include Tyree Boyd-Pates, history curator and program manager for the California African American Museum; Susan Burton, founder and executive director of the “A New Way of Life Reentry Project;” Patrisse Cullors, co-founder…

WeHo Dance Festival Presents ‘The House of Multiplex’ this Weekend

WeHo Dance Festival Presents ‘The House of Multiplex’ this Weekend

Sun, Aug 20, 2017

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…

Jeanne Cordova Documentary Screens on Thursday

Jeanne Cordova Documentary Screens on Thursday

Sat, Jun 24, 2017

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…

Works by Shana Mabari on Display at the PDC Beginning Friday

Works by Shana Mabari on Display at the PDC Beginning Friday

Tue, Jun 20, 2017

“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 Tells “The Complete History of Drag” in a Mix of Humor, History and Autobiography

David LeBarron Tells “The Complete History of Drag” in a Mix of Humor, History and Autobiography

Mon, Jun 05, 2017

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…

Demolition Begins on WeHo’s Iconic House of Blues

Demolition Begins on WeHo’s Iconic House of Blues

Thu, Jun 01, 2017

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,…

Gay History Walking Tour Takes to WeHo’s Streets Saturday

Gay History Walking Tour Takes to WeHo’s Streets Saturday

Thu, Jun 01, 2017

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…

‘Simple Justice,’ a Mystery Classic Set in WeHo, Under Discussion at the Library This Month

‘Simple Justice,’ a Mystery Classic Set in WeHo, Under Discussion at the Library This Month

Thu, May 18, 2017

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…

April Will Be Lyrical and Poetic in West Hollywood

April Will Be Lyrical and Poetic in West Hollywood

Wed, Mar 29, 2017

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…

WeHo Installs a ‘Selfie Wall’ on City Hall

WeHo Installs a ‘Selfie Wall’ on City Hall

Mon, Mar 20, 2017

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…

Exhibit of Work by WeHo’s Martin Gantman Opens on Friday

Exhibit of Work by WeHo’s Martin Gantman Opens on Friday

Wed, Mar 15, 2017

“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…

Stefan Pinto’s ‘Smoke + Mirrors’ Features Bodies of All Shapes and Sizes

Stefan Pinto’s ‘Smoke + Mirrors’ Features Bodies of All Shapes and Sizes

Wed, Mar 01, 2017

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 […]

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