A special full day of screenings and panels including previews of documentaries about the history of the West Hollywood Aquatics Team, AIDS activist Connie Norman, and the creators of the rainbow flag. Free, RSVP required at website
Since 1993, the City of West Hollywood has presented Rainbow Key Awards to people and groups who have made outstanding contributions to West Hollywood’s Gay and Lesbian community. The honorees are Rudy Akbarian, Kathy Griffin, Matt Palazzolo, Brian Pendleton, Bamby Salcedo, and Elizabeth Savage.
Join the Outfest for an exclusive pre-release screening of Ideal Home. This new comedy stars Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd as Erasmus and Paul, a bickering gay couple whose lives are turned inside out when a 10-year-old boy shows up claiming to be Erasmus’ grandson, with a thing or two to teach them about the value of family. Followed by a Q&A with director Andrew Fleming (The In-Laws, the Craft).
This is a story of a family in transition. As 19-year-old Bennett Wallace navigates sobriety, adolescence, and the evolution of his gender identity, his mother moves from resistance to acceptance of her trans son. Along the way, both mother and son find support in their communities, reminding us that families are not only given but chosen. Panel discussion with filmmaker Shaleece Haas will follow. Free, RSVP required at website
Like many people, Craig Hella Johnson was deeply affected by the death of a young gay Wyoming man in 1998, Matthew Shepard, whose death 20 years ago created a worldwide outpouring of grief and sense of injustice. Composer Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare choir members will share the story behind creating the Grammy-nominated masterwork. Considering Matthew Shepard in this intimate evening of song and conversation. Free, RSVP required at website
Celebration Theatre presents this year’s Chuck Rowland Award to Billy Porter, along with a reading of his semi-autobiographical play, While I Yet Live. Free, RSVP required at website
The first meeting of West Hollywood resident Bette Davis and screen icon Mae West took place in 1972 at a dinner party on Orlando Avenue. Bette and Mae discussed their careers, loves, families, thoughts on film, successes, men, and each other, revealing a rare and personal glimpse of these strong women. The evening’s conversation was captured on cassette tape and 40 years later that tape provided the audio for a recreation of that evening using actors. Followed by a Q&A…
Presented with the LA LGBT Center’s Senior Services Department through a grant from the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division, New Stages takes LGBTQ seniors through a series of workshops culminating in an evening of songs, stories and original writing about the individuals who fought for LGBTQ liberation and whose lives were acts of heroism. Free, RSVP requested at (323) 860-5830 or firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be a screening of the documentary Jewel’s Catch One, which chronicles four decades of the oldest Black-owned disco in America and establishes the legacy of businesswoman, activist, and healer, Jewel Thais-Williams. Followed by a panel discussion. Free for Women in Film members/$10 non-members, RSVP required
José Julio Sarria was the first openly gay person to run for political office in the US in 1961. At the unexpected intersections of politics and high camp, this preview of Nelly Queen will reveal an intimate portrait of the Latino civil rights pioneer whose heroic drag has been overlooked as a cornerstone of the LGBTQ rights movement.
The first annual one-day film festival features films created by and featuring transgender and gender non-conforming filmmakers, artists, actors, and themes; filmmaking/acting workshops, and an opening reception.
Join the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division for the official kick-off of One City One Pride and the City’s official Harvey Milk Day celebration featuring a free staged reading of Patricia Loughrey’s “Dear Harvey.” The play is produced and directed by Michael Shepperd of Celebration Theatre, LA’s oldest LGBTQ theatre founded in 1982. Extensively researched, this documentary-style ensemble play recounts the life and lasting impact of groundbreaking activist and politician Harvey Milk, as told by the people who knew…
Join Lambda Literary and the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division for readings from the Southern California finalists for the 31st Annual Lammy Awards. Readers include Kazim Ali, Genevieve Hudson, Steve MacIsaac, Tommy Pico, and Mark Russell. Free – RSVP Eventbrite
The 2019 Rainbow Key Awards marks the 26th year the City of West Hollywood has honored those people and groups who have made outstanding contributions to the gay and lesbian communities.
The City of West Hollywood’s Lesbian Speakers Series presents tea time with Stephanie Miller (political commentator, comedian, and host of an eponymous talk radio show) and Beth Lapides (entertainer, writer, comedian, and founder of Un-Cabaret). Free, RSVP at stephanieandbeth.eventbrite.com
Celebration Theatre, LA’s oldest LGBTQ theatre, presents this year’s Chuck Rowland Award to a special playwright to be announced.
Join us for a screening of the nearly complete documentary film showcasing the LGBTQ history of Los Angeles by Gregorio Davila.
Join the launch of Crush: First Love, New Talent, an LGBTQ comic anthology about first (queer) love from Prism Comics presented as part of WeHo Reads. There will be readings from the book and a book-signing. Free, RSVP requested at weho.org/pride
QueerWise is a writing collective and spoken word performance group led by Michael Kearns, Hollywood’s first openly HIV-positive actor. Free, RSVP requested at weho.org/pride
Being LGBTQ is still illegal in 70 countries. Come see powerful images from award-winning photographer Robin Hammond’s project documenting images and stories from people in those countries; and hear trans leader Rikki Nathanson’s stories of courage and activism in Zimbabwe in a conversation about human rights and our movement for LGBTIQ freedom, safety, equality, and dignity everywhere.
Mariachi to Merman. Sondheim to Cesar Chavez. Decades of Mexican American/Chicano and LGBTQ history intersect from a personal perspective in story and song. Touching, provocative, and hilarious, Dan Guerrero presents this first public screening of a new film. Free, RSVP requested at weho.org/pride
The City of West Hollywood presents the Winter Sounds free Indoor Concert Series, which will take place on Saturdays at the City Council Chambers at the West Hollywood. Free, RSVP Eventbrite
George Sarah is Electronic tv/film composer and multi-instrumentalist and performer. He will be performing a re-imaged film score of The Passion of Joan of Arc 1928.