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Calling Children of All Ages! Drag Queen Story Hour – Feb 22

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photo by Waldemar Brandt

WEST HOLLYWOOD — Start a Saturday morning off on the right uh… high heel, with the fun and fabulous Drag Queen Story Hour.

Children are invited to bring their parents, guardians, friends of all ages and join the City of West Hollywood at the West Hollywood Library for Drag Queen Story Hour, which is exactly what it sounds like: glittering, magical drag queens capturing the imagination, playfulness, and gender fluidity of childhood, while giving kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models.

At Drag Queen Story Hour, children are able to meet people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people present as they wish — a world where dress up is real.

Admission is free. For children of all ages. No registration necessary.

Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

This is an ongoing program. Future Drag Queen Story Hour events April 25 and June 27th

Co‐sponsored by the City of West Hollywood. For more information, please visit colapublib.org.

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WHAP! Lecture Series: Nan Da, ‘On King Lear & Contemporary China’ – Feb 21

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood and the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Master of Arts (MA) program in Aesthetics and Politics present the West Hollywood Aesthetics and Politics lecture series (WHAP!) at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room.

This series features events that range from political debates to film screenings and performances, as well as conversations about art, architecture, and philosophy.

This month WHAP! will host Nan Z. Da, an assistant professor of English at the University of Notre Dame where she teaches comparative literature and literary theory. She is the author of Intransitive Encounter, a prehistory of Sino-US literary relations that theorizes non-verifiable, self-contained encounters.

This talk is drawn from her work-in-progress, That No Harm Will Come to Harmless Things.

This event is free to the public and no RSVP is required.

Friday, February 21, 2020 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

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WeHo Reads: ‘The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood’ Feb 5

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood and Book Soup invite community members to a WeHo Reads event featuring Sam Wasson’s new book, The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood.

The event will include an Author’s Talk and Q&A. Wasson will be joined for a conversation with Director and Screenwriter James Gray (Ad Astra , The Lost City of Z). A book-signing will follow the conversation.

Chinatown is one of the most notable films of 1970s cinema. Its twist ending is notorious. In Sam Wasson’s telling, it becomes a defining story of colorful characters in a most colorful period of Hollywood history. The film stars Jack Nicholson at the height of movie stardom embarking on a doomed love affair with Anjelica Huston. Roman Polanski, both predator and prey, is haunted by the murder of his wife, returns to Los Angeles, the scene of the crime, where the seeds of his own self-destruction are planted. Here is the fevered deal-making of producer “The Kid” Robert Evans. Wasson peels off layers of myth to provide the true account of the realization of Robert Towne’s original screenplay. Looming over the story of this classic movie is the imminent eclipse of the ’70s filmmaker-friendly studios as they gave way to the corporate Hollywood we know today.

Tickets are $29 plus tax, and include one copy of the book, which can be signed by the author at the conclusion of the event. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com.

A limited number of free tickets (which do not include a copy of the book) will be provided to West Hollywood residents upon providing proof of residency via a government ID, lease or utility bill. Please confirm your address is in West Hollywood by visiting www.weho.org/streets, and email Mike Che, Arts Coordinator, at mche@weho.org to reserve tickets. There is a limit of two tickets per person and tickets may not be resold.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at the West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

The City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads series will offer additional programming throughout Spring 2020 including:

  • March 6, 2020: Antonio Gonzalez, Architects Who Built Southern California;
  • April 7, 2020: Kathy Valentine, All I Ever Wanted: A Rock n’ Roll Memoir;
  • April 21, 2020: National Poetry Month, Be the Change;
  • May 6, 2020: Russian Arts & Culture Month, Dr. Emil Draister, Farewell, Mama Odessa;
  • May 12, 2020: Arthur Dong, Hollywood Chinese; and
  • May 22, 2020: One City One Pride Kickoff, Dear Harvey.

For additional information about these events, please visit www.weho.org/wehoreads.

For more information, please contact Mike Che, Arts Coordinator, City of West Hollywood at (323) 848-6377 or mche@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496. For up-to-date news and events, follow the City of West Hollywood on social media @WeHoCity and sign up for news updates at www.weho.org/email.

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WeHo Reads at Book Soup: Conversation With Author Sam Wasson Feb 5

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — Mark your calendar for February 5 to join WeHo Reads at Book Soup. Sam Wasson will be there to greet fans and discuss his latest book, “The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood.”

He will be in conversation with director and screenwriter James Gray (Ad Astra, The Lost City of Z).

Chinatown is one of the best films of 1970s cinema. Its twist ending is the most notorious in American film and its closing line of dialogue the most haunting.

Here for the first time is the incredible true story of its making. In Sam Wasson’s telling, it becomes the defining story of the most colorful characters in the most colorful period of Hollywood history.

Here is Jack Nicholson at the height of his powers, as compelling a movie star as there has ever been, embarking on his great, doomed love affair with Anjelica Huston. Here is director Roman Polanski, both predator and prey, haunted by the savage death of his wife, returning to Los Angeles, the scene of the crime, where the seeds of his own self-destruction are quickly planted. Here is the fevered dealmaking of “The Kid” Robert Evans, the most consummate of producers. Here too is Robert Towne’s fabled script, widely considered the greatest original screenplay ever written.

Wasson for the first time peels off layers of myth to provide the true account of its creation. Looming over the story of this classic movie is the imminent eclipse of the ’70s filmmaker-friendly studios as they gave way to the corporate Hollywood we know today. In telling that larger story,

Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 pm
City Council Chambers at the West Hollywood Library
625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069  


Ticket purchase required ($29+tax, includes one copy of the book). There is a limit of 2 tickets per person and tickets may not be resold.

For tickets: https://www.weho.org. Questions about the event? Please call Book Soup at 310-659-3110 or visit www.booksoup.com.

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