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WeHo Reads: ‘The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood’ Feb 5

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood and Book Soup invite community members to a WeHo Reads event featuring Sam Wasson’s new book, The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood.

The event will include an Author’s Talk and Q&A. Wasson will be joined for a conversation with Director and Screenwriter James Gray (Ad Astra , The Lost City of Z). A book-signing will follow the conversation.

Chinatown is one of the most notable films of 1970s cinema. Its twist ending is notorious. In Sam Wasson’s telling, it becomes a defining story of colorful characters in a most colorful period of Hollywood history. The film stars Jack Nicholson at the height of movie stardom embarking on a doomed love affair with Anjelica Huston. Roman Polanski, both predator and prey, is haunted by the murder of his wife, returns to Los Angeles, the scene of the crime, where the seeds of his own self-destruction are planted. Here is the fevered deal-making of producer “The Kid” Robert Evans. Wasson peels off layers of myth to provide the true account of the realization of Robert Towne’s original screenplay. 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.

Tickets are $29 plus tax, and include one copy of the book, which can be signed by the author at the conclusion of the event. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com.

A limited number of free tickets (which do not include a copy of the book) will be provided to West Hollywood residents upon providing proof of residency via a government ID, lease or utility bill. Please confirm your address is in West Hollywood by visiting www.weho.org/streets, and email Mike Che, Arts Coordinator, at mche@weho.org to reserve tickets. There is a limit of two tickets per person and tickets may not be resold.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at the West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

The City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads series will offer additional programming throughout Spring 2020 including:

  • March 6, 2020: Antonio Gonzalez, Architects Who Built Southern California;
  • April 7, 2020: Kathy Valentine, All I Ever Wanted: A Rock n’ Roll Memoir;
  • April 21, 2020: National Poetry Month, Be the Change;
  • May 6, 2020: Russian Arts & Culture Month, Dr. Emil Draister, Farewell, Mama Odessa;
  • May 12, 2020: Arthur Dong, Hollywood Chinese; and
  • May 22, 2020: One City One Pride Kickoff, Dear Harvey.

For additional information about these events, please visit www.weho.org/wehoreads.

For more information, please contact Mike Che, Arts Coordinator, City of West Hollywood at (323) 848-6377 or mche@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496. For up-to-date news and events, follow the City of West Hollywood on social media @WeHoCity and sign up for news updates at www.weho.org/email.

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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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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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Lesbian Speakers Series: Tig Notaro & Beth Lapides in Conversation – Feb 21

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood invites community members to kick-off the weekend at a very special evening with actress, writer, and comic Tig Notaro in conversation with UnCabaret’s High Priestess of Alternative Comedy Beth Lapides.

This event is part of the City of West Hollywood’s Lesbian Speakers Series — a series of free talks, performances, and readings from phenomenal lesbians and queer friends — and is co-sponsored by the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Audre Lorde Health Program and Mazer Lesbian Archives.

Admission is free. Validated parking will be available in the adjacent five story-structure. To RSVP, please visit tigandbeth.eventbrite.com.

For more information, please contact Corey Roskin at (323) 848-6510 or croskin@weho.org.

Friday, February 21, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at the West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

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