Attendees can see Netflix’s documentary Circus of Books, about WeHo’s historic safe-haven. Also screening films from Sundance, including a dramedy starring Alec Baldwin, and a Mexican 1980’s themed drama featuring Oscar nominee Marina de Tavira.
LA Weekly reports:
This year, the festival will screen four world premieres as well as more than 150 short and feature-length films. The festival received more than 1,300 submissions this year, a 40% increase over its next highest year. “The means of making films is becoming more egalitarian,” said Racster. “The roadblocks to entry are being eroded, and I think that we are seeing the fruition of that in this increased amount of really terrific queer content.”
Additionally, advances in digital media have allowed queer visibility to expand on streaming platforms and television even if the movies haven’t quite caught up yet.
“I think it’s a really exciting time to be a queer storyteller,” said Racster. “The past couple of years, especially with the advent of more and more nuanced episodic content, has been a real boon for our writers, directors and actors, who are able to tell really personal, authentic stories. To have the opportunity to be working in the industry and advancing and becoming more visible is incredibly exciting.”
WeHo Webinar: Loneliness, Isolation, Depression, and Anxiety During Pandemic
WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood will present a free informational webinar called Combatting Loneliness, Isolation, Depression, and Anxieties during COVID-19 at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. The City of West Hollywood understands that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is changing life for everyone. Community members may feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, depressed, lonely, or frustrated during this time. These signs of stress are normal. It is important to take care of mental health and well-being, especially during LA County Safer At Home orders.
In this 60-minute webinar, two of the City of West Hollywood’s Social Services providers, APLA Health and Jewish Family Services (JFS), will talk about the importance of accessing mental health information, resources, and services to combat loneliness, isolation, and depression during COVID-19. If you feel lonely or scared, remember: at the moment we may be distanced, but we are not disconnected. You’re not alone. West Hollywood is a community and we are all here for one another.
Register for the free webinar at https://app.livestorm.co/city-of-west-hollywood/west-hollywood-covid-19-mental-health.
The webinar will also be archived on the City’s coronavirus information page located at www.weho.org/coronavirus for future viewing.
This webinar is for informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice; rather, all information, content, and materials available on this webinar are for general informational purposes only.
The City of West Hollywood continues to provide social services and is connecting community members to information and resources during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please call (323) 848-6510 for more information or visit www.weho/org/coronavirus for additional mental health resources.
APLA Health, for the last 35 years, has advocated for health care equity and promote well-being for the LGBT and other underserved communities and people living with and affected by HIV.
The Jewish Family Services (JFS) West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center provides activities and social and recreational services to enhance the well-being of older adults and younger people with disabilities who are residents of the City of West Hollywood, as well as their families. Highly professional and caring staff provide support, counseling, resource coordination, care management, crisis intervention, advocacy, and assistance in both Russian and English.
The City of West Hollywood has launched a website area with tips and resources for mental health and well being, which will be updated regularly at www.weho.org/services/coronavirus-covid-19/mental-health-resources. The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health 24/7 Access Line can be reached at (800) 854-7771 or TDD/TTY: (562) 651-2549 and is available to provide mental health support, resources, and referrals.
Recreational programming is an excellent tool to help improve mental health and well-being. As part of the City’s response to the coronavirus, our Recreation Services team has launched the #WeRecAtHome series, a virtual Recreation Center that provides fun and educational activities, crafts, tutorials, games, and self-care activities that people of all ages can enjoy from the comfort of their own homes. Programming is designed to assist community members in limiting physical contact and promote social distancing while giving people tools to stay creative, active, and healthy. Access the #WeRecAtHome series online through the City’s website at www.weho.org/recreation.
West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to the public and has suspended all in-person transactions. All public City buildings, playgrounds, and facilities are closed. City Hall will remain accessible for business and essential services with transactions to be conducted by phone (323) 848-6400 and via the City’s website at www.weho.org.
The City of West Hollywood coronavirus updates are available at www.weho.org/coronavirus and the City encourages community members to follow @wehocity on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and turn on notifications for up-to-date information regarding details in the City of West Hollywood.
Ahmanson Releases Statement on Suspending 60 Year LACMA Relationship
LOS ANGELES — The Ahmanson Foundation is suspending its 60-year funding relationship with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) pending a clear understanding of how the works acquired over that time at a cost of more than $130 million will be displayed in the proposed new building.
Over the past few years Ahmanson has sought information about future display plans from LACMA.
“The museum has chosen to not address these concerns,” said the Foundation. “If an understanding is not met, the suspension will become permanent and The Ahmanson Foundation may need to deepen its relationship with other museums if art acquisition is to remain a funding interest.”
“It is with great sadness and much contemplation that the Foundation decided to suspend LACMA. In January 2019, we denied a purchase request because we could not resolve the issue of when or if the painting would ever be displayed.”
“It’s a regretful end to a trusted partnership where the Foundation worked closely with museum curators to acquire 114 European Old Master paintings and 15 sculptures, including one of the museum’s crown jewels, Georges de La Tour’s, The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame,” the foundation said in a statement. “The Foundation’s giving history with LACMA was guided by the museum’s mission and expressed commitment to build a world class encyclopedic museum to be enjoyed by the public at the Wilshire location.”
Despite public outcry, the existing buildings where the permanent collections have been shown are scheduled to be razed for a new building designed by Peter Zumthor. The new one-story building will replace three multi-story buildings and will have less square footage and less space for LACMA’s expansive permanent collection, including European Old Master’s. Without space to exhibit existing works, collection growth will be limited as well. The Ahmanson Foundation believes past commitments have been breached.
In 2006, Michael Govan, who had just been appointed LACMA’s director, made assurances to the foundation that if a new building were to be built “the Ahmanson Collection will be displayed with equal, and likely much better, space and galleries than today…” Govan has yet to divulge how much of the collection purchased or donated with Ahmanson assistance will be on view in the new museum and has yet to provide the Foundation with any confirmation or promise for the collection’s future display.
William Ahmanson, President of The Ahmanson Foundation, said, “It is with great sadness and much contemplation that the Foundation decided to suspend LACMA. In January 2019, we denied a purchase request because we could not resolve the issue of when or if the painting would ever be displayed.” In a 60-year history of giving, this was the first denial. Over the years The Ahmanson Foundation purchased at least one work a year. The last work acquired with funds from the Foundation was January 2017, Alessandro Algardi’s Baptism of Christ for $2,500,000.
The Foundation’s greatest concern is that the public will have limited or no access to works carefully curated and collected over decades and that these works will be removed from the Wilshire Boulevard site which was championed by The Ahmanson Foundation founder Howard F. Ahmanson Sr.
For more information about Ahmanson gifts of European art, visit www.lacma.org/publications to view the 3-volume electronic catalog.
THE AHMANSON FOUNDATION — The Ahmanson Foundation serves Los Angeles County by funding projects in the arts and humanities, education at all levels, health care, programs related to homelessness and underserved populations as well as a wide range of human services. By supporting non-profit organizations that demonstrate sound fiscal management, efficient operation, and program integrity, the Foundation strives to enhance the quality of life and cultural legacy of the Los Angeles community
The Strange Reality of a WeHo Without a Queer Nightlife Scene
WEST HOLLYWOOD (Los Angeles Magazine) — It was an epidemiologist’s worst nightmare set to the new Justin Timberlake/SZA collab from Trolls World Tour.
L.A. was hours away from shutting down all bars due to the coronavirus pandemic, but you wouldn’t have known it from the typical Sunday chaos on Santa Monica Boulevard, as throngs of people (some shirtless) crammed into West Hollywood gay bars like Mother Lode, Mickey’s, and Rocco’s for one last ungloved hurrah.
At Rocco’s, a drag queen in a black latex leotard bravely swooped her hand down to grab a dollar bill from a customer.
Another performer did the splits, touching the floor ever-so-quickly as she pulled herself up. Go-go dancers valiantly kneeled on bar tops, accepting cash in their […]
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