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WeHo Holiday Events, a Commemorative Card and Decorative Streets

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood will celebrate the holiday season with special programming throughout the month of December.

As part of the holiday fun, there will be decorative street pole banners and a commemorative holiday card featuring original artwork generously created and donated by the artist, Shag (Josh Agle). As part of the holiday card, a poem entitled Homecoming was specifically penned for the season by West Hollywood City Poet Laureate, Charles Flowers.

The poem and a digital image of the card can be downloaded. Printed cards are available at West Hollywood City Hall, the West Hollywood Library, and Plummer Park. Street pole banners featuring the holiday artwork may be seen on Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood.

A selection of upcoming holiday-time City events:

On Sunday, December 8 at 12 p.m., the City of West Hollywood and the Avanti Art Center’s student dancers will present a special performance of The Nutcracker at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. Suggested donation is $10. For more information, please call (310) 980-3171.

On Saturday, December 14, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. the City of West Hollywood will present the Holiday Jazz Quartet Quintet as part of its 2019‐20 Winter Sounds free indoor concert series.

This holiday concert will take place at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at the West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. It will feature vibraphonist Nick Mancini and his quintet who will perform a special holiday jazz concert. Admission is free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, music samples, and parking information, please visit www.weho.org/wintersounds.

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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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The Gallery at Circus Presents Jeremy Kost ‘Seismic Dreams’ – Feb 15

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WEST HOLLYWOOD (WeHo Times) — Chi Chi LaRue’s Circus and The Gallery at Circus are launching the inaugural exhibition, Jeremy Kost: Seismic Dreams, on February 15 from 7pm-10pm. This is Kost’s first exhibit in Los Angeles, featuring more than 30 works from his newly released book of the same name.

The event is free to attend. There will be cocktails at the open reception on February 15.

Jeremy Kost (b 1977) lives and works between Los Angeles and New York. Kost’s work is included in multiple private and public collections across the globe, including LACMA, Museo Jumex, MoCA Los Angeles, MFA Houston, The Studio Museum Harlem, The Nerman Museum, and many more.

He has exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Galerie Nuke, Paris, and Galerie Charlotte Moser in […]

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‘afroLAtinidad: mi casa, my city’ Exhibit Opens in Los Angeles Feb 22

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LOS ANGELES — LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (LA Plaza) presents “afroLAtinidad: mi casa, my city,” an exhibition that explores the history and contemporary realities of the Afro-Latinx community in Los Angeles. 

It will exclusively feature personal objects and art from LA’s Afro-Latinx community and invites audiences of all backgrounds to understand this long-standing and vibrant history. The exhibition will be on view February 22 through July 20.

afroLAtinidad: mi casa, my city is the first exhibition at a major institution examining the history and contemporary experience of Afrolatinidad in Los Angeles. 

The exhibition will be installed in LA Plaza’s 1,000 foot, 2 first floor gallery and will feature a recreation of an Afro-Latinx home, complete with personal objects, photographs, art, and digital media. 

“afroLAtinidad: mi casa, my city is co-curated by Walter Thompson-Hernández and Mariah Berlanga-Shevchuk, and advised by Samantha Blake Goodman, La Mikia Castillo, Mike Davis, Kimberly Drew, Kelly Lytle Hernández, Tanya Melendez, and Kaelyn Rodriguez. The exhibition is designed by Aviva Rubin.

The exhibition will explore the presence of Los Angeles’s Afro-Latinx community, beginning with the pre-American founding of LA by the pobladores, a group of settlers of mixed African, Indigenous, and Spanish descent. It will continue with the contemporary experiences of residents identifying as Black and Latinx, in the many forms that can take.

The Afro-Latinx community represented in the exhibition includes Latin Americans of African descent, as well as those of mixed African-American or Black and Latinx heritage. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore cultural touchpoints that are assumed to be Latinx but are in fact of African origin.

Objects on view will include paintings, ceramic art, family photographs and video installations, as well as personal mementos, including musical instruments, devotional objects, clothing, jewelry, hand-written recipes, and a home-made plantain grinder made of washing machine parts. 

The exhibition also includes contemporary artwork and videos by June Canedo, Wayne Perry, Patrick Martinez, Carolyn Castaño, Nery Gabriel Lemus, and more.

When: February 22, 2020 – July 20, 2020 Hours: M, W, & Th, 12-5 pm, Fri-Sun 12-6 pm
Where: LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Admission is free.

PHOTO: Esperanza Bandera with her mother Rosie Dominguez and father Rafael Bandera, ca. 1993. Courtesy of Esperanza Bander

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