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WeHo Reads at Book Soup: Conversation With Author Sam Wasson Feb 5

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — Mark your calendar for February 5 to join WeHo Reads at Book Soup. Sam Wasson will be there to greet fans and discuss his latest book, “The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood.”

He will be in conversation with director and screenwriter James Gray (Ad Astra, The Lost City of Z).

Chinatown is one of the best films of 1970s cinema. Its twist ending is the most notorious in American film and its closing line of dialogue the most haunting.

Here for the first time is the incredible true story of its making. In Sam Wasson’s telling, it becomes the defining story of the most colorful characters in the most colorful period of Hollywood history.

Here is Jack Nicholson at the height of his powers, as compelling a movie star as there has ever been, embarking on his great, doomed love affair with Anjelica Huston. Here is director Roman Polanski, both predator and prey, haunted by the savage death of his wife, returning to Los Angeles, the scene of the crime, where the seeds of his own self-destruction are quickly planted. Here is the fevered dealmaking of “The Kid” Robert Evans, the most consummate of producers. Here too is Robert Towne’s fabled script, widely considered the greatest original screenplay ever written.

Wasson for the first time peels off layers of myth to provide the true account of its creation. Looming over the story of this classic movie is the imminent eclipse of the ’70s filmmaker-friendly studios as they gave way to the corporate Hollywood we know today. In telling that larger story,

Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 pm
City Council Chambers at the West Hollywood Library
625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069  


Ticket purchase required ($29+tax, includes one copy of the book). There is a limit of 2 tickets per person and tickets may not be resold.

For tickets: https://www.weho.org. Questions about the event? Please call Book Soup at 310-659-3110 or visit www.booksoup.com.

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WHAP! Lecture Series: Michael Nylan, ‘Pleasure as Practical (Not as Goal)’ – Mar 13

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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!).

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 Michael Nylan, Ph.D. She began her teaching career at Bryn Mawr College where she founded and led the major in East Asian Studies. While there she also began to learn political philosophy from Steven Salkever, an Aristotle expert.

Now she writes in three main academic disciplines: the history of early China (roughly 300BC-AD300), early Chinese philosophy, and the art and archaeology of China.

This event is open to the public and no RSVP is required. For more information, please contact Joy Tribble at (323) 848-6360 or jtribble@weho.org.

Friday, March 13, 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 Women’s Book Club: Camille Di Maio’s ‘The Way of Beauty’ – Mar 3

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — On Tuesday, March 3 at the West Hollywood Park Sky Room, the WeHo Women’s Book Club will discuss The Way of Beauty by Camille Di Maio. In celebration of the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote, the discussion will focus on women’s suffrage in the context of the book. Book Description:

“Vera Keller, the daughter of German immigrants in turn-of-the-century New York City, finds her life upended when the man she loves becomes engaged to another woman. But Angelo Bellavia has also inadvertently opened up Vera’s life to unexpected possibilities. Angelo’s new wife, Pearl, the wealthy daughter of a clothing manufacturer, has defied her family’s expectations by devoting herself to the suffrage movement.

In Pearl, Vera finds an unexpected dear friend…and a stirring new cause of her own. But when Pearl’s selfless work pulls her farther from Angelo and their son, the life Vera craved is suddenly within her reach—if her conscience will allow her to take it.

Her choice will define not only her future but also that of her daughter, Alice.

Vera and Alice—a generation and a world apart—are bound by the same passionate drive to fulfill their dreams. As first mother and then daughter come of age in a city that is changing as rapidly as its skyline, they’ll each discover that love is the only constant.”

Tuesday, March 3, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  West Hollywood Park Sky Room, 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard Admission is free, but space is limited- RSVPs are encouraged via meetup.com. Free parking will be available at the adjacent five-story structure with validation at the event. Co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood’s Women’s Advisory Board. 
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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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