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LGBT Center Presents New Production of Classic Musical ‘Hair’

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LGBT Center mounts new production of ‘Hair’

HOLLYWOOD (Los Angeles Blade) — The Los Angeles LGBT Center is getting ready to head back into the era of flower children and free love with a brand new production of the iconic musical, “Hair.”

The Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center has announced a brand-new production of the groundbreaking rock musical, to be directed by Kate Sullivan with musical direction by Jared Stein. Sullivan is a seasoned and highly-regarded LA directors of theatre, film, and television; Stein is a veteran of many Broadway and National Tour productions.

“Hair” (subtitled “The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical”) debuted on Broadway on April 29, 1968, after a hugely successful off-Broadway run. With music by Galt MacDermot and a book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado, it confronted mainstream America with an […]

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The Vagina Monologues Returns to WeHo for Valentines

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The ever popular Vagina Monologues are back. The 4th Annual Production of the Hollywood Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and the City of West Hollywood’s production of The Vagina Monologues comes February 14th and 15th to benefit Hollywood NOW and Planned Parenthood Los Angeles.

Twenty-one years ago, Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues gave birth to V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against all women and girls (cisgender, transgender, and gender non-conforming), bringing widespread attention to issues of harassment, rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation, and sex slavery.  Every year around the world The Vagina Monologues are performed during the month of February to raise awareness and funds.

The play is directed by Shaina Rosenthal with Assistant Director Karen Eyres and Produced by John Erickson. This year’s cast includes. Toni Sawyer, Connor Kelly-Eiding, Deshon Gray, Myra ‘Mikie” Friedman, Chela Demuir, Minzi, Zekiah Wright, Kristina Mitchell, Marie Cartier, Lindsey Horvath, Gia Ryan, Jackie Steele, Mel Lubey, and Abbe Land!

The event is co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood, Pacific Shore NOWV-DayOne Billion Rising – Los Angeles, the City of West Hollywood Transgender Advisory Board, and the City of West Hollywood Women’s Advisory Board. 

When and Where:
February 14th and 15th 2:00 pm
West Hollywood Park Public Meeting Room/Council Chambers
780 N. San Vicente Blvd. West Hollywood
West Hollywood 90069

Tickets are $15. For tickets, go to: Eventbrite. Free validated parking is provided in the 5-story parking structure. Bring your ticket to check-in.

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All-male ‘Swan Lake’ Still Packs a Punch

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All-male ‘Swan Lake’ still packs a punch

LOS ANGELES (Los Angeles Blade) — It’s been nearly a quarter century since Matthew Bourne’s bold reimagining of the classic Tchaikovsky ballet “Swan Lake” turned the dance world on its collective ear.

His bold choice to recast its famous Swan Princess as a Swan Prince instead, with an attendant corps-de-ballet of male dancers replacing the traditional female ones, was near blasphemy in the deeply traditional world of ballet at the time, for no other reason than because it simply wasn’t done; more than that, of course, it meant that the doomed romance at the center of the ballet was transformed into a love story between two men – and in 1995, that was an unprecedented idea, and a controversial one, to say the least.

That controversy was at least partly responsible, no doubt, for turning Bourne’s audacious spectacle into the longest-running ballet in the history of the art form – but only partly, because the electrifying brilliance of the choreographer’s staging made it clear that this was a […]

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New LGBTQ Play ‘Still At Risk’ by Tim Pinckney on Dec 10

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — Celebration Theatre is the region’s oldest LGBTQ theatre, founded in 1982. It houses a non-profit theatre company in West Hollywood, on the west end of Theatre Row, and specializes in works representing the LGBTQ+ experience.

It received the Margaret Hartford Award for sustained excellence in theater. On December 10, the theater presents staged readings of new plays with the support of the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division.

Featured is Tim Pinckney’s “Still At Risk” among other new works. Pinckney has written work for Hangar Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre Center and Theatre for the New City.

In the play, Kevin, a surviving activist from the front lines of the AIDS crisis, finds himself struggling to find his place and purpose in contemporary gay culture. When a gay fundraising event threatens to erase the history he was part of creating, Kevin’s anger and passion are renewed and he is confronted with the challenge of how to motivate change in this new climate of visibility.

Along the way, Kevin’s raw and slightly unhinged methods provoke everyone who can help him, damage long friendships and eventually expose some dark secrets.

Hilarious, sharp, and deeply moving, Still at Risk is a powerful look at the personal and political hazards of rewriting the past and one man’s attempt to move forward.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

Admission is free, however donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, please contact Mike Che at (323) 848-6377 or mche@weho.org.

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