City of WeHo Announces Events to Commemorate Harvey Milk Day

The City of West Hollywood will mark the third annual Harvey Milk Day with several special events on Monday, May 21, 2012 and Tuesday, May 22, 2012. On Monday, May 21, 2012 at 6:30 p.m., during the regularly-scheduled West Hollywood City Council meeting, the book, “The Harvey Milk Story” will be presented to local West Hollywood-area elementary schools in the Council Chambers at West Hollywood Park, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. Immediately following, a Jeff Tsuji-designed Harvey Milk banner will be unveiled. “Perhaps more than any other modern figure, Harvey Milk’s life and political career embody the rise of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights movement,” said West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang. “At a time when society forced many to lead closeted lives, Harvey Milk dared to hope for a time when LGBT people could live openly, freely, equally.

Tyler the Creator to Pay Damages for Roxy Vandalism

(TMZ) – Tyler the Creator is sorry he trashed a bunch of sound equipment at a Hollywood nightclub back in December … nearly starting a riot in the process — and now, he’s proved it by paying roughly $8,000 to cover the damage. Tyler was arrested on December 22nd outside the world famous Roxy on Sunset Blvd — after the rapper performed at the venue … and went nuts on stage, throwing things around and destroying a soundboard. Fans took to the streets to protest Tyler’s arrest …

At WeHo’s Revived Revolver, Everyone’s Welcome

LOS ANGELES TIMES – After being closed for nearly a decade, the well-loved gay video bar, Revolver, which originally debuted in the early ’80s, has reopened under new management in West Hollywood. Times have changed, though, and the revolving entrance door and the expansive front windows are no longer blacked out. And with new transparency comes a new sensibility for the bar. What was once dark and divey is now clean, bright and fresh, as is the roster of talented performers that Revolver’s new owner, Alfredo Diaz, has been quietly amassing since the bar opened. Most notably Jai Rodriguez of the TV show “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” who hosts Twisted Cabaret on the first and third Wednesdays of each month…

Sunset Strip Picks: Metal Night, GuitarTown Ends Soon

via Brent X. Mendoza and TheSunsetStrip.com

Grammy-nominated “it girl” Skylar Grey makes her Sunset Strip debut tonight at The Roxy Theatre. Signed to Linkin Park’s Machine Shop Recordings imprint, Grey’s voice has been heard on tracks by Dr. Dre and Lupe Fiasco in addition to lending her song writing genius to a number of other A-list collaborations. Doors open at 8 p.m. Contact The Roxy for ticket details. www.theroxyonsunset.comSUPER-SIZED PICK OF THE WEEK: This Wednesday, Nov. 2 is a night of nothing but metal on The Sunset Strip.

Halloween 2011 Street Closures and Parking Info

Hundreds of thousands of Halloween revelers are expected to flock to Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood for the 2011 West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval on Halloween night, Monday, October 31, 2011. One of the world’s largest Halloween celebrations, the West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval will be held from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. along Santa Monica Boulevard from Doheny Drive to La Cienega Boulevard. Street Closures

Due to the City of West Hollywood’s annual Halloween Costume Carnaval, the following streets will be temporarily CLOSED as follows:

San Vicente Boulevard between Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard from 12:01am Monday, October 31, 2011 through 6 a.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard including all side streets from 12 p.m. Monday, October 31, 2011 through 6 a.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2011. Robertson Boulevard between Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard from 12 p.m., Monday, October 31, 2011 through 6 a.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2011. San Vicente Boulevard between Cynthia Street and Santa Monica Boulevard from 12 p.m., Monday, October 31, 2011 through 6 a.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2011.

Events for Weho’s Go-Go Dancer Appreciation Day

The City of West Hollywood in conjunction with Eleven, Revolver and Micky’s nightclubs will host the first ever Go-Go Dancer Appreciation Day by holding a Go-Go Festival and Street Party on Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Larrabee Street near Santa Monica Boulevard between Eleven and Micky’s. Several other West Hollywood area businesses will also participate in Go-Go Dancer Appreciation Day by holding special in-store events. The Go-Go Festival and Street Party will offer guests a visual array of Go-Go dancers, choreographed performances of the Evolution of Go-Go; DJ Paulo Ramirez; and contests with prizes for Go-Go participants. The contests will be open to the public for any wannabe Go-Go dancers along with professional Go-Go dancers and will include categories such as Hottest Jock, Best Bootie, Twink, Best Package, Muscle Stud, and Amateur Go-Go Boy. To enter the contest, visit www.wehogogofest.com A Grand Prize of $1,000 will be offered and celebrity judges include Bruce Vilanch, Leslie Jordan and Mayor John J. Duran.

Gay & Lesbian Center to Honor Chaz Bono at Gala

Writer, actor, musician and transgender activist Chaz Bono (Dancing with the Stars) will be honored at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s 40th Anniversary Gala & Auction, hosted by Leslie Jordan (The Help) and featuring Jane Lynch (Glee) on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel. As was previously announced, Neil Patrick Harris and partner David Burtka will also be honored. Bono, who will be honored with the Center’s Board of Directors award, has been a trailblazer in transgender activism, publicly sharing his experience transitioning to male in the documentary Becoming Chaz. Since 1995, he has been a dedicated activist in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, having served as a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign and Entertainment Media Director for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

Library Opens Blending Style, Tech and Community

The New West Hollywood Library officially opened on Saturday with an open house and dedication featuring bestselling author Jackie Collins and remarks by Mayor John Duran and other members of the City Council. Other speakers included Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Other guest speakers will include West Hollywood City Manager Paul Arevalo; Los Angeles County Librarian Margaret Donnellan Todd; author and member of the West Hollywood Library Fund Christopher Rice; and Jennifer Parker of Vanity Fair. The library was already being met with lavish praise in advance of the opening. Christopher Hawthorne, the Architecture Critic for the Los Angeles Times wrote on Friday, “The new library across from the Pacific Design Center strikes an appealingly upbeat tone, borrowing from various architectural influences to become one of the most impressive public pieces in the region in a decade.”

West Hollywood Holds 10th Annual Book Fair

The City of West Hollywood will host the 10th Annual West Hollywood Book Fair on Sunday, October 2, 2011 10:00a.m to 6:00p.m. at the new West Hollywood Library and West Hollywood Park, 625 North San Vicente Boulevard in West Hollywood. The West Hollywood Book Fair is one of Southern California’s largest, most eclectic literary events attracting readers and writers of all ages and interests. This year, the West Hollywood Book Fair will also celebrate the opening of the much-anticipated new West Hollywood Library. The West Hollywood Book Fair will feature twelve stages with author panels, special guests and live performances, 125 exhibitors and writing workshops. Featured authors will include Lisa See, author of critically-acclaimed international bestseller Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and author of the new book Dreams of Joy; Florence Henderson, an actress best known for her role as Carol Brady in the television series The Brady Bunch and new author of the autobiography Life is Not a Stage: From Broadway Baby to a Lovely Lady and Beyond; Kwei Quartey is the author of the best-selling Darko Dawson mystery series set in Ghana, his current book is “Children of the Street”; Hector Tobar is a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, weekly columnist for the Los Angeles Times and author of the upcoming novel “The Barbarian Nurseries”; Dyan Cannon, is an Academy-award nominated actress and author of Dear Cary: A Memoir about her tumultuous relationship with Hollywood legend Cary Grant; and Ransom Riggs, author of the young adult best-seller Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka to Be Honored

Emmy-winning stage and screen star Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) and his partner, actor and chef David Burtka, will be honored at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s 40th Anniversary Gala & Auction on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles. Harris and Burtka are steadfast supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations, including the Center. They’ve given generously to help LifeWorks, the Center’s youth development and mentoring program, thrive. The two have been out publicly for years, and as the proud fathers of twins they’re the perfect pair to join the Center in celebrating “40 Years of Family” at the gala.