Each year, the City of West Hollywood celebrates Pride month through the artistic contributions of our community with the One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival. For 2015, One City One Pride will run from Harvey Milk Day (May 22) through the end of June.
2015's festival theme: 'WeHo@30', Life@30'
In celebration of West Hollywood's 30th anniversary of Cityhood, One City One Pride takes a look at what it means to turn 30 with the theme 'WeHo@30, Life@30'.
When West Hollywood was founded 30 years ago, it was the first city in the nation with a predominantly LGBTQ City Council. As the LGBTQ community has become less marginalized, what does this mean for both the community and the City? For many individuals, the big '30' looms large as a modern rite of passage into full adulthood, something not everyone is ready for judging by the scores of online profiles seemingly stuck at 'forever 29'. The AIDS movement is now in its 30s, and a major component of One City One Pride will be a look back at the impact AIDS has had on art with 'WeHo@30: Art AIDS WeHo', which continues through September with extended exhibits and performances.
A milestone year means a lot of things to different people, but it’s a great time to pause and reflect on where we've been and where we are headed, as individuals, as a City, and as a community.
Details about the festival will be posted soon, but here are some highlights you'll want to save the date for:
Saturday, June 6, a day of film and visual art. - Celebrate the opening of several 'WeHo@30:Art, AIDS, WeHo' exhibits at the West Hollywood Library, ONE Archives and MOCA PDC with a series of films beginning at 3pm in the City Council Chambers. The day kicks off with a very special historical tour of the City of West Hollywood written by Stuart Timmons, author of Gay LA, which will take place at 11 am leaving ample free time to tour the exhibits.
Saturday, June 27, a day of theatre - One City One Pride presents a day of theatrical performances in Plummer Park featuring staged readings and productions by:
- Apt 3F (Andrew Henkes and David LeBarron) presents "WEST HOLLYWOOD: This is Your Life!" Modeled after a game show, the format of this show harkens back to the year 1985, and presents a framework within which the other performances can take place.
- ALAP (Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights) Annual Gay & Lesbian Playreading Festival, this annual open competition presents readings of several short plays on the theme “Life At 30”
- Jason Jenn, ReBegin Productions "Recognition=Life" based on the work of Paul Monette & others who passed from AIDS and related complications.
- Planet Queer (Ian MacKinnon and Travis Wood) presents "Flirty Thirty: The WeHo Queer History Project." Through a series of workshops, a group of performance artists mine the rich LGBTQ history of West Hollywood to create original pieces.
- REACH LA presents "Face Over 30: The Road to Ovahness, A Play Ball in 4 Acts" an original musical based on true-life stories of young people from the House and Ball community. The show traces a young man’s journey from age 15 to 30. ‘Face Over 30’ refers to a historical category in House and Ball competitions for participants over 30.
Of course the biggest event happening during Pride is the LA Pride Parade and Festival produced by our community partner Christopher Street West on June 13 and 14. (along with several free to the community events in the days just prior). For details, tickets and the entertainment line-up, visit www.lapride.org. For street closure information over LA Pride weekend, click here.
To see photos of One City One Pride events from 2014 and years prior please visit the City’s flickr account at www.flickr.com/weho.
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