5/31: One City One Pride Arts Festival Kick Off

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The One City One Pride Arts Festival, featuring a month of theatre, film, music, spoken word and visual arts events celebrating LGBT culture, and the Pride parade, kicks off with an artist reception and “kickoff party” on Friday, May 31.

A free reception with photographer Carolyn Sherer, featured in the “Living In Limbo: Lesbian Families in the Deep South” exhibit, will run from 7 to 9 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library at 625 San Vicente at Melrose. RSVPs, required, are online. This was the first full exhibit about the LGBT community to be shown at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama, a state that has legislated discrimination against the LGBT community.

Parking, located in the library’s five-story public parking structure, will be validated for those attending both the kickoff party and the “Living in Limbo” art exhibit.

An AIDS/LifeCycle send off and One City One Pride “kickoff party” will feature DJ Paolo, drag queen Kelly Mantle, Dian Wilson and Irene Soderberg and will be hosted by Tommy Gaebel at Eleven Nightclub from 7 to 10 p.m. There is no cover.

Eleven Nightclub is at 8811 Santa Monica Blvd. at Larrabee. The event benefits AIDS/LifeCycle and LGBT Compassion Games.