Theatre, Art, Discussions Wrap Up WeHo’s One City One Pride

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On Monday West Hollywood continues its 40-day series of One City One Pride arts and cultural events celebrating Gay Pride, which run through June 30. On the calendar are the following:

ONE magazine cover, April-May 1956 (ONE Archives)
ONE magazine cover, April-May 1956 (ONE Archives)

June 22, a TransPride exhibit featuring work by Sandy Stone and others continues on display in the Advocate & Gochis Galleries at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles, through July 18. The exhibit is open Mondays through Fridays from six to 10 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.facebook.com/TransPrideLA

June 26, 8 p.m., Miss Barbie Q in “Rumor Has It: I’m Not the Marrying Kind. ” Now that it is legal for gays to get married, Miss Barbie Q is elated. Or is she? As she ponders the joys of marriage, she begins to wonder if she has what it takes. Directed by Jim Fall, the performance is presented as part of One City One Pride at the Hollywood Fringe. Free admission. www.hff15.org/2348. The Actors Company, 916 N. Formosa Ave, Los Angeles.

June 26, 9:30 p.m. Queer Classics presents an understudy performance of “Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew (An Exploration of Gender Expression)” which re-imagines William Shakespeare’s controversial and often polarizing commedia dell’arte “The Taming of the Shrew.” Conceived and directed by Casey Kringlen, this exploration of gender expression in the comedic style of “I Love Lucy” comes to the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival as part of One City One Pride. Street parking is available as is paid parking at the West Hollywood Gateway. Admission is $10 for One City One Pride audience members (use code: WEHO). Tickets are available online.

June 27, One City One Pride Day of Theatre, featuring the following:

  • 2 p.m. ALAP Gay and Lesbian Play Reading festival features readings of six short plays on the theme “Life at 30.”
  • 3 p.m. Performance artist Yozmit will perform a meditational walk through Plummer Park wearing a special outfit that incorporates red ribbon in remembrance of those who were lost to AIDS.
  • 4 p.m. Hank Henderson’s HomoCentric brings together diverse voices in LGBTQ writing.
  • 4:30 p.m. ReEvolutionary Productions’ “Recognition = Life” honors the contributions and talents of those who were lost too early in the AIDS epidemic or by other causes.
  • 5:30 p.m. Under the guidance of performance activist Ian MacKinnon of Planet Queer, local performance artists will mine the rich 30-year history of West Hollywood’s LGBTQ community for potent stories in “Flirty Thirty: The WeHo Queer History Project.”
  • 6:50 p.m. -APT 3F hosts a variety show with artists reflecting on the wild days of WeHo.
  • 7:45 p.m. – REACH LA presents “Face Over 30: The Road To Ovahness” an original production based on the true stories of an African American gay young man’s plight and journey from age 15 to 30 with elements of vogue runway dancing from ‘ball’ culture.

All performances are at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. (In Community Center rooms 5 and 6, Fiesta Hall and throughout the park). Free Parking is available in both lots at Plummer Park. The south parking lot, accessible from Santa Monica Boulevard has a three-hour time limit. The north parking lot with access from Fountain Avenue has no time restrictions. Admission is free for all events. There is a suggested donation of $5 for “West Hollywood, This is You Life” shows.

June 27, 2 to 5:30 p.m. “Memes,” curated by Margaret Rhee and supported with a grant from the City of West Hollywood, will convene former Los Angeles Queer Nationals to talk about the group’s historic use of slogans and stickers as a form of social protest and aesthetic intervention. Participating Los Angeles Queer Nation activists and authors include Michael du Plessis, Kathleen Chapman and Judy Ornelas Sisneros. The panel discussion will be moderated by USC gender studies professor Karen Tongson.

Following the discussion, there will be a sticker-making workshop to facilitate brainstorming about the future of queer activism in Los Angeles. The event will focus on HIV/AIDS, art, literature, ephemera, protest and Los Angeles LGBT history to honor queer activism and the diversity of protest expressions. The event will be at the MAK Center Schindler House, 835 N. Kings Rd. Admission is free.

June 28, 2 p.m., ALAP presents “Stolen Moments,” a play by Paul Elliott. Admission is free. RSVP at www.laplaywrights.org . The event is at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. (Community Center Rooms 1 and 2). Free Parking is available in both lots at Plummer Park. The south parking lot, accessible from Santa Monica Boulevard has a three-hour time limit. The north parking lot with access from Fountain Avenue has no time restrictions.

June 28, 6 to 8 p.m. “New Stages: Life in the First Gay City,” celebrates the birth of West Hollywood, which has mirrored the coming out and adventures of the gay communityFree admission. To RSVP, call Senior Services at the L..A. LGBT Center at (323) 860-5830.

June 30, 7 p.m., “Dear ONE: Love & Longing in Mid-Century Queer America,”is a reading by Z.J. Gershick that illuminates the lives of ordinary queer Americans as recounted through letters written between 1953 and 1967 to L.A.’s ONE Magazine, the first openly gay and lesbian periodical in the United States. The event takes place at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. Free validated parking will be provided for the five-story parking structure on El Tovar Place. RSVP to zjgershick@gmail.com . More information is available at http://bit.ly/DearONEOneCityOnePride

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