WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood celebrates Black History Month with several events held throughout the month. Black History Month recognizes, celebrates, and honors the rich and diverse history and important contributions and achievements of African Americans, and is observed annually during the month of February.
On Saturday, February 8, attendees learned about the underground railroad and quilt codes in an event about Quilt Cards, which are believed to be secret codes and symbols that were sewn into quilts and used as visual maps to assist fugitive slaves in their escape to freedom.
On Saturday, February 22 at 3:30 p.m., you can experience an afternoon performance of an original play written and directed by Sharon L. Graine: Dorothy and Otto: The Dorothy Dandridge Affair.
Nominated for five awards by the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Theatre Awards Committee, Dorothy and Otto tells the story of the 1950s love affair between the most powerful director of his time, Otto Preminger, and the up-and-coming African American actress, Dorothy Dandridge.
The performance will take place at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.
On February 25 at 7:30 p.m., a new work, At the Wake of the Drag Queen, is celebrated. Courtney Berringers would like to welcome you to her wake, but — make no mistake — this isn’t your grandma’s funeral.
At the Wake of a Dead Drag Queen by Terry Guest is a one-act play about blackness, queerness, and the fine art of drag. From African goddesses to Trina, the play thoughtfully uses storytelling, drama, and drag to explore identity, illness, and the narratives we construct for ourselves.
Celebration Theatre presents new LGBTQ plays with the support of the City of West Hollywood. Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted. The event will take place at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.
On Wednesday, February 26 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy Strong Women: A 2020 Film Retrospective featuring Foxy Brown. This ongoing film series features strong women in a variety of challenges and predicaments.
This month’s feature has Pam Grier in her groundbreaking role as Foxy Brown, a woman whose undercover agent boyfriend is murdered by the Mafia, prompting her to pose as a prostitute and reclaim power in order to exact revenge and make the streets safer.
This film retrospective will take place at the West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. Light refreshments will be provided. Attendance is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Friends of West Hollywood Library.
For additional information about West Hollywood Library programming, visit (310) 652-5340 or visit west-hollywood-library.
‘Death and Bowling’ Film by Trans Artists to Premiere at Arclight – Mar 29
UPDATE: The event has been postponed until further notice.
HOLLYWOOD — Slamdance is set to premiere Death and Bowling, the debut feature by transgender filmmaker Lyle Kash. The film was made by over 40 transgender artists and their collaborators.
Kash’s team goes by the name T4T Productions. T4T stands for “trans for trans”, an abbreviation born out of bygone Craigslist personals ads.
Slamdance announced “ArcLight Cinemas and Slamdance are proud to present a four-day festival of new films, with a focus on filmmakers and stories from California. The event will also feature live music performances, daily educational workshops and selected works from Slamdance’s (D)igital (I)nteractive (G)aming program.”
Transparent producer and filmmaker Zackary Drucker will present the film and host a Q and A following the screening.
In a February 27th interview in The Advocate, Kash notes, “usually, I say that Death and Bowling is the story of two trans men who meet at the funeral of the captain of a lesbian bowling league in Los Angeles. On paper, it is definitely about that. But Death and Bowling is just as much about that as it is a coming-of-age tale of a leather jacket. Put another way, it’s a straightforward story about what it’s like to have holes.”
The production team behind the film says they are committed to putting trans people in front of and behind the camera lens, and casting trans people in both trans and non-trans character roles.
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“We created a set in which trans people have creative autonomy, access to the film industry, and control over trans narratives,” comments producer and trans NYC filmmaker Ariel Mahler.
To learn more, visit www.t4tproductions.com.
WeHo Women’s History: ‘LA Woman Rising’ Screening with Director – Mar 7
WEST HOLLYWOOD — From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. the City of West Hollywood, it’s Women’s Advisory Board, and WeHo Women’s Leadership Conference & Network will host a screening of the film LA Woman Rising, produced by actor Rosario Dawson.
The film is described as “50 Los Angeles women revealing what motivates them to wake up each morning. Director Nana Ghana gracefully captures the morning rituals and untold stories of uncertainty, struggle and success. Considered a love letter to the real and diverse women of Los Angeles, LA Woman Rising is a distinct celebration of the female voice.”
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Special guest speakers include the film’s director Nana Ghana. Admission is free, but RSVP is requested at www.wlcmovienight.
Saturday, March 7, 6pm
West Hollywood Park Auditorium, 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard
The City presents two Women’s History events on March 7 at the WeHo Park Auditorium. Come by from 12pm -3pm for a flamenco show.
Free parking for both events will be available in the adjacent five-story parking structure at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard with validation at each event.
WeHo HRSS Presents ‘Tsirk (Circus)’ Film Screening & Panel – Feb 28
WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series will host a free panel discussion and screening of the feature film Tsirk (Circus) on February 28 at West Hollywood’s Council Chambers.
This Soviet musical comedy, directed by Grigori Aleksandrov and Isidor Simko, tells the story of Marion, an American circus artist, played by Lyubov Orlova, who flees to Russia after being persecuted because of her mixed-race child who is played by James Lloydovich Patterson.
Although billed as a lighthearted circus romance, this complex film explores themes of miscegenation, racism in America, and the rise of global white supremacy in the 1930s.
Opening remarks will take place at 7 p.m. followed by the film screening, and panel discussion.
The panel discussion will feature: Sasha Razor, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Languages & Cultures at UCLA, Sarah Valentine, Scholar/Author, When I Was White, Rob Adler Peckerar, Executive Director, Yiddishkayt, and will be moderated by Boris Dralyuk, Executive Editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books.
The event is free, but seating is limited, but RSVP is requested. Validated parking will be available at the adjacent five-story West Hollywood Park parking structure, limited to availability.
The City of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series brings together diverse communities to learn about and discuss global, national, and local human rights issues in a supportive environment. The series reflects the City’s commitment to human rights and core value of Respect and Support for People.
Friday, February 28, 2020 at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.
For additional information about the Human Rights Speakers Series, please visit www.weho.org/hrss. For more information, please contact City of West Hollywood Arts Technician Joy Tribble at (323) 848-6360 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.
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