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October News Briefs

Post Date:September 29, 2016 9:00 AM
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Free Theatre in the Parks will Present Weekend Performances of The Country Wife, Saturdays and Sundays through October 23

The City of West Hollywood’s Free Theatre in the Parks program, part of WeHo Arts, will present Classical Theatre Lab’s production of The Country Wife on Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. through Sunday, October 23, 2016 at Kings Road Park, located at 1000 N. Kings Road.

The Country Wife, a 1675 comic masterpiece by William Wycherley, is perhaps the bawdiest of Restoration comedies. Wycherley’s play introduces Horner — who claims to be impotent so that husbands and guardians will suppose him a safe companion for their women. His ruse fools the men of London, allowing Horner to have his way with any and every woman — especially the beautiful, naïve, and newly married Margery.

Admission is free; first-come, first-served seating will be provided for these outdoor performances. RSVPs are not required, but reservations will be accepted at classicaltheatrelab@gmail.com.

For more information, please contact classicaltheatrelab@gmail.com, or visit www.weho.org/residents/arts-and-culture/theatre.

 

“Junk in the Trunk” Community Rummage Sale, October 1

The City of West Hollywood’s Recreation Division will host “Junk in the Trunk,” a community rummage sale, on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard — Junk in the Trunk will take place in the north parking lot, located off of Fountain Avenue.

Anyone who has yard sale items they would like to sell is invited to register to participate in the event — no vendor goods will be permitted. Items can be displayed from car trunks and hatches, or in their remaining space using a tarp. No tables, pop-up tents, or canopies will be allowed. Participants may start setting up at 8 a.m., and cars will not be allowed to enter the lot after 9 a.m.

Parking sale spots, which cover two standard parking spots, may be reserved for $15 by visiting www.weho.org/recreation. Space is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Admission is free for shoppers.

For more information, please call (323) 848-6546.

 

Worth A Thousand Words: Portraits of Artists and Writers Exhibit Tour with Photographer Pat York, October 1

A special tour of the Worth A Thousand Words: Portraits of Artists and Writers exhibit, conducted by the photographer Pat York, will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. Part of the celebration of the fifth anniversary of the West Hollywood Library, the tour is free to attend, and departs from the main entrance promptly at 9:30 a.m.

As someone who has earned her living as a writer/photographer Pat York has a particular respect for those who have excelled in these fields. Worth A Thousand Words: Portraits of Artists and Writers is an exhibit of several artists and writers, accompanied by anecdotes regarding personal interactions with the artists and writers. The exhibit is on view now at the West Hollywood Library during regular operating hours through October 8, 2016.

For more information, please call (310) 652-5340 or contact Mike Che, Economic Development and Cultural Affairs Coordinator, at mche@weho.org.

For more information on other 5th Anniversary of the West Hollywood Library events, please visit www.weho.org/wehoreads. For more information on the exhibit please visit http://weho.org/residents/pat-york.


SASSAS soundSpark Music Series for Young Children will Feature Caspar Sonnet, October 1

soundSpark is a monthly music series for young children featuring solo and duo performances by emerging artists. This month’s soundSpark performer will be Caspar Sonnet.

The performance will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the West Hollywood Children’s Theatre, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard; the performance is part of the West Hollywood Library’s fifth anniversary celebration. As part of the anniversary celebration, children who attend the concert or the birthday themed BookPALS reading at 11 a.m. (at the same location) will receive free books (while supplies last), courtesy of the West Hollywood Library.

soundSpark is made possible through a grant from the City of West Hollywood through WeHo Arts and is organized by SASSAS (The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound).

soundSpark events are free and take place on the first Saturday of each month. RSVPs are not required.

For more information, please visit http://sassas.org/program/soundspark or www.weho.org/arts, or contact Mike Che, Economic Development and Cultural Affairs Coordinator, at mche@weho.org.

 

West Hollywood Library Fifth Birthday Bash, October 1

The Friends of the West Hollywood Library will join with the City of West Hollywood and WeHo Arts to celebrate the library’s fifth birthday with a Birthday Bash from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

On October 1, 2011, the West Hollywood Library first opened to the public. The 32,000-square-foot, LEED-certified library, owned by the City of West Hollywood and operated by the County of Los Angeles Public Library, showcases the City’s rich intellectual, literary, and cultural communities and provides a landmark facility for the community’s passionate commitment to lifelong learning.

The family-friendly Birthday Bash will feature a caricaturist, henna tattooing, a crafts table, face painting, a juggler, a magician, and a balloon artist. And, of course, no birthday celebration would be complete without cake, refreshments, and special giveaways.

Admission is free; no reservations are necessary and the event is open to the public. Validated parking will be available in the adjacent five-story structure.

For more information, please call (310) 652-5340. For more information on other 5th Anniversary of the West Hollywood Library events, please visit www.weho.org/wehoreads.

 

PEN Center will Present Reading Your Work Like a Storytelling God: A Voice Lecture with Dave Thomas, October 2

The PEN Center, through a grant from the City of West Hollywood through WeHo Arts, will present a lecture on how to read your work with renowned voice over actor Dave Thomas on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 1 p.m. at Plummer Park’s Community Center, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

The lecture will include performance demonstrations and will cover topics including —how bad acting can kill a good read; reading the parts of your work that will sell more books; vocal exercises and the ability to relax; and more.

To purchase tickets and for more information about ticket prices, please visit https://penusa.org/davethomas-craftsession.

For more information, contact Amanda Fletcher at PEN Center’s at (323) 424-4939.

 

Women and Books will Discuss Animal Dreams, October 4

Women and Books is a book club that meets monthly to discuss books written by women authors. This month’s discussion will be about the book Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver.

This month’s Women and Books discussion will take place on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

Women and Books is sponsored by the City of West Hollywood’s Women’s Advisory Board.

Admission is free, but reservations are encouraged.

To RSVP or for more information, please email carlabrowning@hotmail.com, call (310) 652-5340, or visit www.meetup.com/womenandbooksinweho or www.weho.org/wab.

 

Outfest West Hollywood Series will Present Thundercrack, October 5

Outfest, with the support of the City of West Hollywood through WeHo Arts, will present Thundercrack on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

Thundercrack, a campy spoof of old dark-house movies by director Curt McDowell, follows the shocking and downright dirty goings-on at the crumbling Prairie Blossom Manor. This pioneering pornographic black comedy horror film, originally released in 1975, shattered taboos and stereotypes in portraying queer sexuality. This newly restored, high-definition presentation includes McDowell’s complete and uncensored director’s cut.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $6 for Outfest members. No one under 18 will be admitted.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit https://outfest.secure.force.com/ticket or www.weho.org/arts.

 

WeHo Pedals Bike Share Basics Class, October 9

The City of West Hollywood will host a WeHo Pedals bike share education class on Sunday, October 9, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the WeHo Pedals Bike Share Hub located between Santa Monica Boulevard and Holloway and N. Olive Drives. The class will offer a hands-on experience that aims to educate and encourage community members to use the bike share system as informed, safe, and lawful cyclists.

Participants will learn how to unlock, adjust, and use all of the features of a WeHo Pedals bike share bicycle. Two League Cycling Instructors, designated by Sustainable Streets, will lead the group in practicing safe riding skills in a vacant paved area. They will review basic traffic principles such as speed positioning, lane positioning, sidewalk riding etiquette, obeying road signs and signals, and more. Participants will also learn West Hollywood’s local bicycle laws, and the class will culminate with a ride around the City to practice riding in traffic and to learn how to dock the bikes at bike share stations and public racks.

Participation in the class is free; however, space is limited to 15 participants. All participants will receive a free helmet.

Please reserve your spot in the WeHo Pedals bike share basics class at www.wehopedals.com. (Walk-ups will not be admitted.)


West Hollywood City Hall will be a Vote By Mail Ballot Drop-Off Location, beginning October 11 (through November 7)

Vote By Mail (VBM) voters can easily and securely drop off their general election VBM ballots at West Hollywood City Hall, located at 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard, beginning on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. The last day to drop off VBM ballots is Monday, November 7, 2016.

In addition to U.S. Post Office locations, the VBM Drop-Off Program has been implemented at additional locations by the Los Angeles Country Registrar-Recorder in order to provide voters with easy, accessible, convenient, and secure options to drop off their ballots.

For more information, please visit the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s voter information website at http://www.lavote.net/home/voting-elections/voting-options/vote-by-mail/vbm-ballot-drop-off, or visit the City of West Hollywood’s City Clerk’s Office webpage at www.weho.org/elections.

 

Human Rights Speakers Series and Women In Film Los Angeles will Present Pre-Premiere Screening of The Uncondemned, October 12

The City of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series (HRSS) and Women In Film Los Angeles will present a pre-premiere screening of the new documentary film, The Uncondemned, on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at
7 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

The Uncondemned tells the true story of a group of lawyers and activists who prosecute rape as an international war crime. In 1997, the underfunded and understaffed International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda pursued its first case against a small town mayor. The Uncondemned captures the untold story that changed the course of international judicial history.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the film’s co-director and co-executive producer Michele Mitchell; activist and songwriter Maya Jupiter; and the former lead counsel for the prosecution, Ambassador Pierre-Richard Prosper. The panel will be moderated by City of West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tempore John Heilman. A “Call-to-Action” dessert reception follows the panel discussion.

Admission is free. Validated parking will be available in the adjacent five-story structure.

To RSVP, please visit http://bit.ly/2cKUJu5 or call (323) 848-6823.

 

Author Allene Symons will Discuss Aldous Huxley, October 12

The West Hollywood Library will host Allene Symons, author of Aldous Huxley’s Hands: His Quest for Perception and the Origins and Return of Psychedelic Science, on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

Symons will discuss science fiction legend Aldous Huxley’s interest in psychedelics, parapsychology, and the paranormal, and his Tuesday night experimental salons at his North Kings Road home which led to a body of work, including The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell.

Admission is free; reservations are not required. Validated parking will be available in the adjacent five-story structure.

For more information, please call (310) 652-5340.

 

Teen Movies at West Hollywood Library will Present Ghostbusters, October 15

The Friends of the West Hollywood Library invite teens to celebrate Halloween with a free screening of Ghostbusters on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

Admission is free; reservations are not required. Lemonade and popcorn will be served.

For more information, please call (310) 652-5340.

 

Disabilities Awareness Month Health and Wellness Event, October 18

In recognition of Disabilities Awareness Month, the City of West Hollywood will join Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, AIDS Project Los Angeles, and AIDS Healthcare Foundation in hosting a free Health and Wellness Event on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the West Hollywood Community Center at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

There will be free screenings for blood glucose, blood pressure, and total cholesterol, as well as HIV and STD testing. Free pneumococcal and seasonal flu immunizations will also be offered. Information will also be provided about signing up for health coverage through Covered California.

For more information, please call (323) 848-6510. For people who are deaf or hearing impaired, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

 

Celebration Theatre New Works: Transitions, October 18

Celebration Theatre, the country’s oldest LGBTQ theatre, with support from the City of West Hollywood through WeHo Arts, presents new works bimonthly. A staged reading of Transitions by John Anastasi, directed by Jeffrey Passero, will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 in the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

Transitions is the story of a committed couple facing the life-altering choices the modern world offers and examines what happens when one person’s sense of self is pitted against one’s commitment to another. Tanya and Addison are a caring, intelligent lesbian couple. They have professional careers, a beautiful home, a baby on the way, and an unshakable passion for each other. But one of them has a lifelong secret that threatens to destroy all they hold dear.

Admission is free with donations accepted; seating is provided and RSVPs are not required.

For more information, please contact Mike Che at mche@weho.org, or visit www.facebook.com/Celebrationthtr/events or www.weho.org/residents/arts-and-culture/theatre.

 

“Time Presses” Wednesday-Night Recreation/Social Club, October 19

The City of West Hollywood and its Russian Advisory Board, each month, host the Recreation Club “Time Presses” — a Wednesday-Night Social Club. This month’s event will take place on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, in Great Hall.

The evening will feature karaoke singing, movies, potluck food, and an opportunity to communicate in Russian and English languages. Admission is free.

For more information, please call (323) 848-6826, email info@timepresses.com or visit www.timepresses.com. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

 

West Hollywood’s Gay Men’s Discussion Group “TRIBE,” October 19

The City of West Hollywood’s Gay Men’s Discussion Group, TRIBE, will take place on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

TRIBE meets on the third Wednesday of every month. TRIBE discussions are open to the public and attendees are encouraged to discuss their own experiences about issues of importance to the gay male community. Admission is free. Validated parking will be available in the adjacent five-story structure.

For more information, please visit www.weho.org/tribe or email tribe@weho.org.

 

SPCALA Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic, October 22

The SPCALA Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Plummer Park, located 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, in Community Rooms 5 & 6.

The clinic will offer:

  • $5 Rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs;
  • $10 Bordetella vaccinations for dogs;
  • $15 DHPP vaccinations for dogs;
  • $15 FVRCP vaccinations for cats;
  • $15 Leukemia vaccinations for cats;
  • $25 microchips for cats and dogs; and
  • $25 de-worming for cats and dogs.

All dogs must be on a leash or in a carrier. All cats must be in a carrier. Copies of past vaccination records are requested, if available. Cash and cards will be accepted, but no checks.

For more information, please call (323) 848-6375.

 

L.A County Department of Public Health Flu Clinic, October 22

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health are partnering with the County of Los Angeles Public Library to provide flu vaccines at no charge to people who do not have health insurance or who may have healthcare providers that do not offer flu vaccines.

The Flu Clinic will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

Flu vaccines are recommended for everyone six months of age and older, including healthy adults. People who are allergic to eggs or are feeling sick on the day of the Flu Clinic should first check with a doctor before getting vaccinated.

For dates and locations of other Flu Clinics offered by the County of Los Angeles Public Libraries, please visit www.colapublib.org/flushot.

For information on no-cost and low-cost vaccine providers, call 2-1-1 (the Los Angeles County Information Line) or visit www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/chs/phcenters.htm.

This Flu Clinic dates and times is subject to change — in order to confirm the date and time, please call (310) 652-5340.

 

A Night in Disguise Senior Masquerade Ball, October 22

The City of West Hollywood’s Recreation Services Division will host
A Night in Disguise, a Masquerade Ball for seniors 55+, on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. The event will feature live music by the Willie McNeil Quartet, special performances, and appetizers. Attendees are encouraged to dress up in their favorite masquerade outfits.

Admission is $5. Check or credit cards only, cash will not be accepted.

For more information, please contact (323) 848-6530 or email recreation@weho.org.

 

Lesbian Speakers Series and WeHo Reads will Host A Thin Bright Line, October 22

The City of West Hollywood, through its Lesbian Speakers Series and WeHo Reads —in conjunction with Book Soup, Lambda Literary, the Mazer Lesbian Archives, and the West Hollywood Library — will present A Thin Bright Line — Looking Back and Reaching Forward in the Literature of Lesbians & Queer Women.

The event will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 6 p.m. in the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

A celebration of A Thin Bright Line, the new novel by Lucy Jane Bledsoe, the event will feature Bledsoe in conversation with Christina Quintana, Brandi M. Spaethe, and Griselda Suarez. Books will be available for purchase and a book signing, hosted by Book Soup, will follow the event.

Admission is free. Validated parking will be available in the adjacent five-story structure.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Corey Roskin at (323) 848-6403 or croskin@weho.org. For more information on WeHo Reads events, please visit www.weho.org/wehoreads.

 

Women In Film Speaker Series, October 24

This month’s Women In Film Speaker Series event will be held on Monday, October 24, 2016 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at the City of West Hollywood’s City Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. Admission is $10 per person. Validated parking will be available in the adjacent five-story structure.

Women In Film is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women, encouraging creative projects by women, and expanding and enhancing portrayals of women in all forms of global media. This event is co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood, through its Women’s Advisory Board and West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference and Network.

For more information, visit www.womeninfilm.org/speaker-series.

 

City of West Hollywood will Host 18th Annual Disability Service Awards, October 26

The City of West Hollywood will host its 18th Annual Disability Service Awards on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 5 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s City Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

The Disability Service Awards honor individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations for their work with people living with disabilities. The event will feature a reception, awards presentation, and special performance by the Braille Institute’s Johnny Mercer Children’s Choir.

Admission is free; RSVPs are not required. Validated parking will be available in the adjacent five-story structure.

This event is sponsored by the City of West Hollywood’s Disabilities Advisory Board in recognition of Disabilities Awareness Month.

For more information, please call (323) 848-6510. For people who are deaf or hearing impaired, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

 

Free Theatre in the Parks will Present a Staged Reading of Ghost Stories, October 29

The City of West Hollywood’s Free Theatre in the Parks program, organized through WeHo Arts, will present an indoor staged reading series with Classical Theatre Lab. The series will begin with Ghost Stories on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

The indoor staged reading series will continue with Lex Julia on Saturday, November 19, 2016 and Much Ado About Nothing on Saturday, December 10, 2016. All shows will begin at 2 p.m.

Admission is free; seating is provided and RSVPs are not required.

For more information, please contact Alex Wells at classicaltheatrelab@gmail.com, or visit www.classicaltheatrelab.org, or www.weho.org/residents/arts-and-culture/theatre.

 

City of West Hollywood’s Youth Halloween Carnival, October 29

The City of West Hollywood will celebrate Halloween with its annual family-friendly Youth Halloween Carnival on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., at West Hollywood Park, located at 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

The Youth Halloween Carnival is free to attend. It will feature a pirate show, magician, face painting, and much more.

For more information, please call (323) 848-6534.

 

West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval, October 31

This year’s West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval will take place on Monday, October 31, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard.

Each year, the City of West Hollywood hosts its Halloween Carnaval — one of the most unique Halloween gatherings in the world. With an estimated attendance of 500,000 people, it is one of the region’s largest events. Staged over a one-mile stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard/Historic Route 66, the Halloween Carnaval will feature exceptional entertainment and incredible people-watching for a one-of-a-kind festival. Although this event is open for all to enjoy, children, and pets are not recommended.

Halloween Carnaval was launched in 1987 and is rooted in the foundation of the City of West Hollywood’s diverse culture and community. The event has grown year-by-year into an annual gathering of phenomenal costumes, entertainment, culture, and self-expression with a myriad of observers, revelers, exhibitionists, and performers. People come from all over the region and even travel from domestic and international spots to take part in the fun.

For more information, please visit www.weho.org/halloween —information will be posted as it becomes available.

 

The PickUp will Offer Special Service on Halloween, October 31

The PickUp, West Hollywood’s free weekend ride, will shuttle ghosts and ghouls, pirates and princesses, and other Halloween revelers to and from the Carnival festivities on Monday, October 31, 2016 from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.

For a route map, please visit www.wehopickup.com —information will be posted as it becomes available.

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