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Leaders Excited About CicLAvia Coming to ‘the Hollywoods’

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CicLAvia Map for 2019

There’s plenty to be excited about exploring along the 6.5-mile CicLAvia route on August 18. Streets will be closed and transformed to open space for human beings to enjoy (instead of the normal soul crushing vehicle traffic).

The communities along the way are home to a diverse collection of historic and cultural sites, great bars and restaurants, and unique street art. To help us all get ready, four elected leaders shared what they’re most excited for us to explore in their communities.

These are great suggestions of things to keep an eye (and ear) out for on CicLAvia Sunday. Make a plan for the day by using the Interactive Digital Map, and make sure to tag @CicLAvia in your photos as you explore on August 18th.

“As you enter our City from Los Angeles and ride through our beautiful urban village along Santa Monica Boulevard, take a moment to savor the diversity of our community. Take a break and grab a Russian delicacy on the east side of the City and head over to Plummer Park for lunch under the trees. Little known fact: the City of West Hollywood’s Russian-speaking community represents approximately 8 percent of the City’s population.”City of West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico

“I’ve always loved CicLAvia and it has been a long-held dream to bring it to the City of West Hollywood. As you reach the turnaround point on the west side of our City, be certain to take a moment and celebrate the vibrant LGBTQ culture that surrounds you. Grab a selfie at our rainbow crosswalks on San Vicente and Santa Monica Boulevards and then head into one of the many bars and restaurants and enjoy a refreshing break from your cycling trek through our amazingly diverse city.”City of West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tempore Lindsey P. Horvath

“One thing you can’t miss is the mural by Eduardo Kobra on North Highland Avenue. It’s a beautiful, 4,300 square foot mural, but the story behind it is even better. Kobra makes the mural of famous Nobel laureates, people who have changed the world for the better like Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa — but he intentionally focuses on just their eyes. It’s an evocative mural, seeming to ask all who see it what they are doing to make the world a better place. I think the fact that the mural covers the former LGBT Center’s Youth Center is even more fitting.” — Los Angeles Councilmember David Ryu, 4th Council District
“As CicLAvia participants arrive in Hollywood via this car-free route, I am excited for Angelenos to experience all the landmarks that make this such an iconic area. Whether it’s the Hollywood Boulevard National Historic District, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, or the communities of Thai Town and Little Armenia, this route features one-of-a-kind neighborhoods and attractions. On the eastern end of the route, at Hollywood Boulevard and Vermont Avenue, is one of the great public amenities in our City: Barnsdall Art Park, the proud home of the Hollyhock House, which recently became Los Angeles’s first-ever UNESCO World Heritage site. This historic designation comes just in time to celebrate it with CicLAvia and thousands of Angelenos as we gather to ‘Meet the Hollywoods’ and celebrate our City’s unique cultural fabric and resources.”Los Angeles Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, 13th Council District
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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: Architects Who Built Southern California Opens Mar 6

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — Join author Antonio Gonzalez for a free event, as he tells the stories of the people behind some of Southern California’s most iconic buildings.

In the early 1900s, the population of Southern California exploded, and the cities grew at such a rapid pace that builders could hardly keep up.

Among those who settled in the area were ten architects looking to make their marks on the world. Claud Beelman, a man who never received a college degree, would go on to design the Elks Lodge in Los Angeles.

Albert C. Martin, architect of Grauman’s Million Dollar Theater, founded a company that is still going strong more than one hundred years later, and Julia Morgan, the first woman architect licensed in California, was hired by William Randolph Hearst to design the Examiner Building.

Antonio Gonzalez has a BA in journalism from the University of Iowa and an MLIS from San Jose State University. He is a member of the Odd Fellows fraternity, works in an architecture and fine arts library and has a blog where he post items related to architecture and his other interests (misterdangerous.wordpress.com).

In 2015, arts and historic preservation staff began a project of documenting all of the City’s designated historic properties.

This free exhibition shows a selection of photographs from the over 80 properties that were documented by West Hollywood photographer Tony Coelho, representing a wide array of architectural styles and associations with well-known architects and builders. These images celebrate West Hollywood – recognizing our past, present, and future.

When and Where:
Friday, March 6, 7:00 pm
Community Meeting Room at the West Hollywood Library
625 N. San Vicente Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069

  • 7-8 pm: Reading and Architecture Presentation by Antonio Gonzalez
  • 8-9 pm: Exhibition Reception with artists upstairs.

RSVP required. Register at: niahistoric-weho-reception. For more information about this exhibit visit https://www.weho.org, or contact Mike Che, Arts Coordinator, mche@weho.org.

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Don’t Laugh: BYOB ‘Tickle Party’ at Sanctuary Studios – Feb 19

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LOS ANGELES –If the cellophane-wrapped commercial aspect of Valentine’s Day is getting under your skin, perhaps something a bit more titillating is up your weird little alley (no judgement from us here at WHD). Hollywood Laughter Ent. offers a monthly Tickle Party at the Sanctuary Studios in Lennox – and yeah, they have couples pricing!

You may have heard of “tickle parties” before, perhaps in the context of a military controversy, or maybe you’ve seen a documentary about “tickle videos”- heck- maybe you’re a tickle flick aficionado. Here’s a chance to see for yourself what the world of tickle kink is all about.

In between the laughing tickle sessions, attendees can grab their favorite cocktail at the communal BYOB bar. No alcohol will be sold but snacks are available.

For $20 per ten minutes, guests can laugh out loud with models. Mini sessions go for $5.

Sanctuary Studios
10914 South La Cienega Boulevard
Lennox, CA 90304

Entry to the event is $60 at the door, or you can order now and save.

Free parking in the small lot on the side of the building, otherwise street parking.

For tickets, visit Eventbrite.

The event is sponsored by Hollywood Laughter Ent. (IG & Twitter). If you have a FetLife.com account, you can learn more about the event thru: FetLife.com/events/855774

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