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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: 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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