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‘WeHo Reads’ to Host Former NFL Player Ryan O’Callaghan

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood and Book Soup invite community members to a WeHo Reads event featuring the new book, My Life on the Line: How the NFL D*mn Near Killed Me, and Ended Up Saving My Life, by former NFL player Ryan O’Callaghan.

The event will take place on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The event will include an author’s talk with co-author Cyd Ziegler, co-founder of Outsports.com. There will also be a book-signing at the conclusion of the conversation. Tickets ($0-$30) are available at EventBrite.

Ryan O’Callaghan’s plan was always to play football and then, when his career was over, kill himself. Growing up in a politically conservative corner of California, the not-so-subtle messages he heard as a young man from his family and from TV and film routinely equated being gay with disease and death. Letting people in on the darkest secret he kept buried inside was not an option: better death with a secret than life as a gay man.

As a kid, O’Callaghan never envisioned just how far his football career would take him. He was recruited by the University of California, Berkeley, where he spent five seasons, playing alongside his friend Aaron Rodgers. Then it was on to the NFL for stints with the almost-undefeated New England Patriots and the often-defeated Kansas City Chiefs.

Bubbling under the surface of O’Callaghan’s entire NFL career was a collision course between his secret sexuality and his hidden drug use. When the league caught him smoking pot, he turned to NFL-sanctioned prescription painkillers that quickly sent his life into a tailspin. As injuries mounted and his daily intake of opioids reached a near-lethal level, he wrote his suicide note to his parents and plotted his death.

Yet someone had been watching. A member of the Chiefs organization stepped in, recognizing the signs of drug addiction. O’Callaghan reluctantly sought psychological help, and it was there that he revealed his lifelong secret for the very first time. Nearing the twilight of his career, O’Callaghan faced the ultimate decision: end it all, or find out if his family and football friends could ever accept a gay man in their lives.

The City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads series will offer one additional program in 2019 — on Wednesday, December 11, 2019: Felice Picano will present Coming to Hollywood: 1935-2000 in Words and Pictures.

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

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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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