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City's Artists & Icons Series Presents: A Conversation and Q & A with Artist Dan Guerrero

Post Date:November 01, 2018 2:07 PM

DanguerreroThe City of West Hollywood’s Artists & Icons Series, which celebrates the lives and work of West Hollywood residents, artists who present their work in the City, and those who have made significant contributions to the local, national, or global culture, will feature a conversation and Q & A with artist, educator, and activist Dan Guerrero.

The event will take place on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 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 event is free, but seating is limited. RSVP is requested; please RSVP to www.eventbrite.com/e/west-hollywood-artists-and-icons-dan-guerrero-registration-47834255546.

An out-and-proud resident of West Hollywood since 1982, Dan Guerrero is an award-winning producer of diverse programming for network and cable television and has directed arts and culture concert events across the globe.

Guerrero began his career in New York as a 20-year-old musical theatre performer. He took his last stage bow there in an Off-Broadway revue in 1973 before moving on to a successful career as a Broadway theatrical agent representing Tony Award winners and future Hollywood stars in the years from A Chorus Line to Cats.

Back to hometown L.A., this time settling in West Hollywood, the former Broadway agent became a “born-again Hispanic” fiercely working for more positive Latino images on the screen as a casting director, writer, and highly creative independent network and cable television producer for more than a decade. He’s helmed projects for NBC, HBO, CNBC, Fox, Univision, Telemundo, and PBS, where he co-produced “The Concert of the Americas” with Quincy Jones among other PBS music specials.

At the same time, he produced and staged non-broadcast international arts and culture events at various prestigious venues such as the Cite de la Musique in Paris, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for the Los Angeles Opera, the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New York’s storied Apollo Theatre, and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

The eclectic artist also produced an award-winning documentary about his late father, Chicano music legend Lalo Guerrero that aired nationally on PBS stations and included a DVD/CD release. Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano continues to screen at Film Festivals in the U.S., Mexico, and Latin America.

In the middle of his multi-faceted career, Guerrero decided he had something to say about his dual identities as a gay man and a Latino. ¡Gaytino! Made in America was born and the longtime Latino activist became an outspoken supporter of LGBT rights.

His most recent presentation, Activism & the Arts: A Life Journey has been hailed for its portrayal of the intersection of the social and political movements in both communities and the interconnected lives of artists and activists who fueled the civil rights struggles of the past several decades. The talk has been presented at UCSB, UCLA, UT Austin, and the Herberger Theatre Center in Phoenix. The Smithsonian Latino Center and the Human Rights Campaign recently brought it to the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.

Guerrero is an influential activist who has been recognized for his activism and career achievements by the California State Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, the National Council of La Raza, the California Legislature Assembly and the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors. Industry honors include an Imagen Award, an Honorary Local Emmy Award and an Alma Award nomination. The City of Los Angeles City Council declared Dan Guerrero Day in Los Angeles for all of his contributions to the city and he was recently honored at the Los Angeles Times Latinos de Hoy awards with its inaugural LGBT Ambassador Award.

The eclectic artist has also added educator to his resume. He serves as a Regents Lecturer in the Cesar E. Chavez Chicana/o Studies and LGBT Departments at the University of California, Los Angeles. The Dan Guerrero Collection on Latino Entertainment and the Arts has been established in the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and The Dan Guerrero Research Collection is housed at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. His ¡Gaytino! collection became part of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries.

The City of West Hollywood’s Artists & Icons Series is organized by the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division. For more additional information about arts programming in the City of West Hollywood, please visit www.weho.org/arts.

For more information, please contact Joy Tribble, the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Technician, at (323) 848-6360 or at jtribble@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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