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Andrew Christian
5/23/12

Pride Month is Just Around the Corner: Events Calendar

June is recognized as Pride Month by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community worldwide. Events are held in June to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in New York City on June 28, 1969 which most historians consider to be the birth of the modern LGBT civil rights movement.

PrideOne City, One Pride Festival The City of West Hollywood will once again celebrate LGBT arts and culture with its annual festival throughout June. There are both free and ticketed events featuring theatre, film, music, poetry, spoken word, visual art and more. Please see the calendar below for program ticketing and reservation information.


While there is no charge for free events, we recommend that you reserve a space (if so noted) since seating wil be limited at most venues. Please note that programs, dates and times are subject to change - and new events may be added - so check back for updates and additions to programming occurring throughout West Hollywood. Calendar of Events (All events subject to change.)

xo NEO xo

Friday, June 1, 2012
Pride Month Opening Reception
West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., 7 p.m.
The official kick-off of One City/One Pride programming celebrating the opening of the Jean Cocteau exhibit and the concert by Pacific Serenades musicologist and composer Byron Adams. To RSVP email andrew@pacser.org
"Poetic Expressions of Jean Cocteau 1889-1963" – VA, FV, MT
West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
This exhibit features a suite of fifty-five (55) lyrical original drawings and lithographs by French poet, writer, artist, and film maker Jean Maurice Eugene Clement Cocteau. Curated by Tony Clark, Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Corresponding components to this exhibit include a screening of La Belle et la Bete (Beauty and the Beast) Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 7 p.m. and a staged reading of Dr. William Emboden's play "Cocteau and Colette at The Grand Vefour" Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 7 p.m. See individiual listings below for more details. Parking: West Hollywood Park 5-Story Parking Garage. For more information, contact Prentis Bonds at (323) 848-6354 or pbonds@weho.org. FREE Admission.
Aloud and Proud- Chamber Music by Gay and Lesbian Composers - MT
West Hollywood Public Meeting Room Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., 8 p.m.
The Pacific Serenades ensemble will showcase work by three gay composers as part of the City of West Hollywood's One City, One Pride arts and cultural festival. Composers are Mark Carlson, Miguell del Aguila, and Laura Karpman, with musicologist Byron Adams lecturing on what it is like working as a gay composer. Performers include Gary Gary, clarinet; Seamrmi Park, violin; Jason Uyeyama, violin; Connie Kupka, viola; David Speltz, cello. Admission is free. Please call (213) 534-3434 to make reservations. Parking: West Hollywood Park 5-Story Parking Garage.

Friday and Saturday, June 1 & 2, 2012 Baby Daddy, written and performed by Alec Mapa - MT
L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, The Renberg Theatre
The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center proudly presents the return of "America's Gaysian Sweetheart," Alec Mapa, in a special, encore presentation of his acclaimed solo show, Baby Daddy. The show hilariously chronicles Mapa's adventures as he marches into the unchartered territory of gay fatherhood.
Outlaugh Comedy Festival - MT
MACHA Theatre, 1107 N. Kings Road.
Two nights of gay & lesbian standup comedy. plus presentation of the Outlaugh Comedy Award on Saturday to Assemblymember Tom Ammiano. $15 general admission, VIP packages begin at $50. For more information and tickets visit the website. Parking: Kings Road Municipal Parking Structure, 8383 Santa Monica Blvd.

Sunday, June 3 - Sunday, June 17, 2012 BITCHSLAP by Darrin Hagen - MT
MACHA Theatre, 1107 N. Kings Rd.
Friday & Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 7 p.m., June 3 & June 17, 3 p.m.,
BitchSlap! is a comedic take on the long running dispute between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford with a memorable behind-the-scenes look at the 1962 classic "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" Egging the celluloid luminarieso n is reigning gossip queen Hedda Hopper, publishing and profiting from her notes on Davis' notorious one-liners and Crawford's sly maneuvering. Starring C. Stephen Foster, Michael Taylor Gray, Therese McLaughlin and Jeanne Carr. Tickets $35. For more information and tickets (323) 960-7724  or plays411.com/bitchslap or goldstar.com Parking: Free on Theatre lot. Parking also available at Kings Road Municipal Parking Structure, 8383 Santa Monica Blvd.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 Screening of El Fuego Dentro - FV
West Hollywood Public Meeting Room Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., 7:30 p.m.
World premiere of a documentary on the Peruvian transgender community and their efforts to fight for civil rights. FREE Admission.

Thursday, June 7, 2012 Gallery Reception for Gestalt, featuring Kellan Shanahan and Andy Macasil - VA
L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, Advocate & Gochis Galleries, 7-9 p.m.
This gallery show features work by two soon-to-graduate BFA candidates at Chapman University and will run from June 7-July 6.

Friday, June 8, 2012                         
Dyke March - EF
Pride Festival Grounds at  West Hollywood Park

The  Dyke March and Purple Party celebrate the achievements of the Lesbian community and raise awareness about issues affecting the local lesbian community. Sponsored by the Lesbian Visibility Committee and Christopher Street West. FREE Admission.
Out There – VA
825 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles Art Association (Gallery 825) 4th annual exhibit of new visual art work by Los Angeles – based artists celebrating the LGBT experience. (Through June 15) FREE Admission.

Saturday, June 9, 2012 to
Sunday, June 10, 2012
LA Pride Festival - EF
Pride Festival Grounds, West Hollywood Park
The LA PRIDE Festival offers an opportunity for all who gather and be celebrated, entertained, educated and encouraged in finding new ways of generating Pride values for greater equality and social acceptance.

Sunday, June 10, 2012 Pride Run - EF
Once again, this very special annual run is about fitness, friendship and family with the LA Frontrunners. The Run/Walk for LGBT PRIDE will feature a traditional 5K and 10K Run, a 5K Race Walk, Kids’ Race and the Ultra Pride Run. Be part of the fun and fitness with the LA Frontrunners, the running/walking club for LGBT people and their friends and allies. For more info, please visit www.lafrontrunners.com

LA Pride Parade - EF
Santa Monica Blvd.
The Parade steps-off at Crescent Heights and extends past the Grand Bandstand viewing area at the Veterans Triangle on Holloway to its final completion at Robertson Boulevard.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 ‘Q.E.D.' – Les Figues Press - LA
MAK Center  835 N. Kings Rd.
A series of three evening performances/conversations on avant-garde queer literature will conclude with the June 13 Pride Month event. The name, ‘Q.E.D.’ references one of the earliest works written by Gertrude Stein — one of the first books she wrote but which remained unpublished until after her death due, in part, to its openly lesbian content. Q.E.D. (quod erat demonstrandum) is Latin for “which was to be demonstrated.”

"Black is...Black Ain't" Screening & Panel Discussion by CA LGBT Arts Alliance  and the Black LGBT Project - FV
West Hollywood Park Public Meeting Room Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. (at Melrose), 7 to 9:30 p.m. - FV
A screening of the 1994 Marlon Riggs film, "Black is...Black Ain't" followed by a panel discussion on Black LGBT identity in America.
SHE - WeHo Lesbians' Discussion Group - CC
West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, 7:30 p.m.
This monthly women's discussion group occurs on the second Wednesday of the month. June's discussion "Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are" wll focus on coming out, how we come out on a daily basis, and how this never-ending process impacts our lives.

Thursday June 14, 2012 Tribe Men's Discussion Group
West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, 7:30 p.m.
Occurs on the second Thursday of the month. June’s discussion will focus on the family including what it means to be a family, how we define family, family traditions, mentorship, and marriage equality.

Thursday June 14 -Sunday June 17, 2012 LGBT Youth Playwriting Festival - MT
Celebration Theatre,  7051 Santa Monica Blvd.

Thursdays, June 14, 21 & 28, 2012 Oh But Wait, There's More! - MT
L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center, 8 p.m.
An all-new, one-woman show created especially for the Hollywood Fringe Festival by Kim Coles, this show chronicles the ebb and flow of Coles' showbiz rise with Hollywood-insider stories, multi-media features, and an interpretive dance number that must be seen to be believed. Three performances on consecutive Thursdays. For tickets, visit their website.

Saturday, June 16, 2012 Rainbow Key Awards - EF
The Robertson, 665 N. Robertson, 5 to 7:30 p.m.
The Rainbow Key Award was created to recognize individuals and organizations whose efforts have significantly benefited the Lesbian and Gay community.

Sunday, June 17, 2012 'Celebrating the Muse’ Concert by Vox Femina - MT
Congregation Kol Ami, 1200 N. La Brea Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90038; 3 p.m.
Vox Femina celebrates the music, people, and events that have inspired us in our 15 years of togetherness. We take a look back at special songs from our very first concert, commissions by well-known composers and the guest performers that shared the stage with us. A number of our alumnae will be singing with us again, some having traveled quite a distance to be here for this momentous occasion. For tickets and information visit the Vox Femina website.

Monday, June 18, 2012 Gay & Lesbian Play Reading Festival by Celebration Theatre - MT
7051 Santa Monica Blvd. 7:30 p.m.
The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights presents the 4th Annual Gay & Lesbian Play Reading Festival featuring severn (7) new short plays including The Skanky Ho and Her Halfwit Brother by Dan Berkowitz; Flight by Joe Godfrey; Significant Others by Susan C. Hunter; Coffee and Paul by B.V. Marshall; DateN Switch by Felix Racelis; Moon Dancers by Mary Steelsmith; and The Tao of Fruit by Lucy WAng. Free Parking: Street Parking. For more information (323) 654-4552 or danB@laplaywrights.org

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 "LA BELLE ET LA BETE" (Beauty and the Beast) Directed by Jean Cocteau - FV
West Hollywood Public Meeting Room Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., 7 p.m.
The City of West Hollywood through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission presents Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bete) Jean Cocteau's 1946 sublime adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont's fairy-tale masterpiece in which the pure love of a beautiful girl melts the heart of a feral but gentle beast. A landmark of motion picture fantasy, the film features unforgettable performances by Jean Marais and Josette Day. The fiilm is in French with English Subtitles. Parking: West Hollywood Park 5-Story Parking Garage. Admission is free. For more information, contact Prentis Bonds (323) 848-6354 or pbonds@weho.org

Saturday, June 23, 2012 Gay & Lesbian Play Reading Festival - MT
Celebration Theatre 7051 Santa Monica Blvd., 11 a.m.
Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights presents the 4th Annual Gay & Lesbian Play Reading Festival featuring the full-length play In the Name of the Son, by Brian Raine. Admission is free. Parking: Street parking. For more information (323) 654-4552 or danb@playwrights.org
On Staging LGBT Oral History: Laramie, Brokeback & "8" -- Gregory Hinton - CC
West Hollywood Library, Community Meeting Room, 2 p.m.
A recounting of how the oral histories of The Laramie Project, Beyond Brokeback and "8" were collected and the importance of staging them to preserve LGBT history, followed by an interactive workshop that invites the audience to recreate the emotional 2010 Missoula City Council hearing on a controversial anti-discrimination ordinance. FREE Admission.

Cocteau and Colette at the Grand Vefour- MT
West Hollywood Public Meeting Room Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. (at Melrose), 7 p.m.
A compelling, evocative dramatization of conversations between French poet, artist and filmaker Jean Cocteau and French author Colette whose stage career, colorful life and love affairs paralleled her sensual yet realistic works. Jason Jann as Cocteau and SKY as Colette provide insight into the lives, works and friendships of two remarkable figures of the 20th century. The staged reading will be preceded by an introduction from Dr. Emoden. FREE Admission. Parking: West Hollywood Park 5-Story Parking Garage. For more information contact Prentis Bonds (323) 848-6354 or pbonds@weho.org

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 LAMBDA Literary Book Club - LA
West Hollywood Library - Community Meeting Room, 7 p.m.
LGBT Book Club sponsored by LAMBDA Literary and the County Library.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Ser: L.A. vs. B.A. - MT
West Hollywood Public Meeting Room Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., 7 p.m.
This one woman play is based on actress and performance artist Karen Anzoategui’s life between L.A. and Buenos Aires, soccer fanaticism, sexual identity, political repression and economic woes.

Special Pride Month Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board and Transgender Advisory Board Combined Meeting - CC
West Hollywood Library - Community Meeting Room, 7 p.m.
This special meeting between the Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board and Transgender Advisory Board will discuss issues of mutual interest and concern.

Friday, June 29, 2012 Creating Queer Asian-American Visibility in the Arts by CA LGBT Arts Alliance - CC
West Hollywood Public Meeting Room Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., 7-9pm
LGBT artists from Southern and Northern California present their work and strategies that bring greater visibility to the queer and Asian community. The panel will focus on art practice as activism and identity formation, building political and institutional alliances, creating community and developing personal and social responsibility. Panelists include: Tina Takemoto - performance artist, filmmaker and Associate Professor at the California College of the Arts; Arthur Dong - filmmaker and director of DeepFocus Productions; Mia Nakano - photographer and founder of the Visibility Project and Alison De La Cruz - multi-disciplinary artist. Admission is FREE, but please RSVP to calgvtarts@gmail.com. Parking is available at the West Hollywood Park 5-Story Parking Garage.

Saturday and Sunday
June 30 and July 1, 2012
Outfest - FV
West Hollywood Public Meeting Room Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
In celebration of their 30th Anniversary, Outfest will present a series of four important or rare films, with either a Q/A with the director or an introduction by a notable figure who will speak to the significance of the film, preceded by a reception with targeted outreach to people 18-30.

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