A historical look at the Los Angeles and West Hollywood drag scene from the late 1800’s to today.
Professor and author Chris Freeman interviews the author of the new book on drag artist Charles Pierce along with a book signing, video clips, and a Q&A.
City Poet Steven Reigns leads a book discussion on What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell.
Join the library for a fun and fabulous Drag Queen Story Hour to celebrate the City of West Hollywood’s One City One Pride. Come enjoy the children’s storytelling and art activity event that has been sweeping the nation. Featuring the incomparable Devan M. For children of all ages. No registration necessary.
One of America’s most original comedic voices delivers a darkly funny, wryly observed, and emotionally raw account of her year of death, cancer, and epiphany. I’m Just a Person is a moving and often hilarious look at this very brave, very funny woman’s journey into the darkness and her thrilling return from it.
We’re recognizing African-American History Month with our showing of “Malcolm X”. Directed by Spike Lee, this 1992 classic stars Denzel Washington as the eponymous activist. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the West Hollywood Library.
The Great Gatsby brilliantly recast in the contemporary South: a powerful first novel about an extended African-American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream. No One Is Coming to Save Us is a revelatory debut from an insightful voice that combines a universally resonant story with an intimate glimpse into the hearts of one family. Sponsors: West Hollywood Library and the City of West Hollywood’s Women’s Advisory Board.
In the film, a group of seemingly “perfect” high-school buddies lead double lives. They fly high in a world of petty crime and material excess – a free-wheeling lifestyle that soon takes a downward spiral, leading to an unexpected, violent end. Sponsor: Friends of the West Hollywood Library
Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. So, begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland, caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity. Sponsor: West Hollywood…
The City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division presents a new exhibition featuring photography by Wayne Shimabukuro and original artwork by Don Bachardy. Bachardy and Isherwood, the acclaimed novelist, were a couple for over 30 years until Isherwood’s death in 1986. They lived together in Santa Monica on Adelaide Drive, which provides the name of the exhibit. This exhibit is organized by the City of West Hollywood’s Economic Development Department / Arts Division and is also part of the City’s One City One…
The library’s book club selection for June is the award-winning graphic novel, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, by Alison Bechdel. A memoir done in the form of a graphic novel by cult favorite comic artist, Alison Bechdel. She offers a darkly funny family portrait that details Bechdel’s relationship with her father – a funeral home director, high school English teacher and closeted homosexual. Free RSVP required at website
Come to the Community Meeting Room for a screening of Brokeback Mountain. Summary: It’s 1963, a time in the United States when life was simple, straightforward and the lines between the sexes and sex roles were crisply drawn and severely delineated.
Join the library for a fun and fabulous Drag Queen Story Hour to celebrate the City of West Hollywood’s One City One Pride. Come enjoy the children’s storytelling and art activity event that has been sweeping the nation. For children of all ages. No registration necessary.
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now, change-averse Simon must find a way to step out of his comfort zone … without… fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
Elevate your awareness and expand your thinking about Gender Fluid / Non-binary Identities. THE LAVENDER EFFECT® will create a safe space for diverse Gender Identities and Expression. Open minded individuals of all ages, races, genders, and sexualities are welcome and encouraged to participate. Featured segments from THE LAVENDER EFFECT Gender Fluid Oral History Project will be screened, followed by facilitated group discussions.
Being LGBTQ is still illegal in 70 countries, and our communities face discrimination, persecution, and violence around the world. Award-winning photographer Robin Hammond’s Where Love is Illegal project has documented the stories and images of many individuals from these countries. Robin Hammond has dedicated his career to documenting human rights and development issues through long-term photographic projects. He has won numerous awards for his work, including four Amnesty International Awards and several other prestigious prizes.
Join inaugural West Hollywood City Poet Laureate Steven Reigns and the West Hollywood Library in discussing “Into?” by North Morgan.
Join the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division and the LA County Library for Drag Queen Story Hour. For children of all ages.
Join inaugural West Hollywood City Poet Laureate Steven Reigns and the West Hollywood Library in discussing “Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls,” a lesbian memoir by T. Kira Madden.
Join us for a performance of an original play written and directed by Ms. Sharon L. Graine. The recipient of 5 nominations by the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Theatre Awards Committee, Dorothy and Otto tells the story of the 1950s love affair between the most powerful director of his time, Otto Preminger, and the up-and-coming African American actress, Dorothy Dandridge. Free RSVP at tiny.cc/dorothyandotto