December News Briefs
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For information about events at the West Hollywood Library please visit lacountylibrary.org/west-hollywood-library
*** City Hall will be closed on Tuesday, December 25 and on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 ***
Ongoing Events — December 1 through December 31, 2018
cacti by James Peterson — Exhibition runs through March 31, 2019
The public art sculpture installation cacti by artist James Petersen uses the cactus as inspiration and reinterprets the form. The artist mimics and honors these resilient, native Californian models of self‐sustainability, taking visual cues from the Barrel, Yucca, Agave, Nopales, Organ Pipe and Saguaro Cacti. During the day, transparent materials that include dichroic film and tinted resin will combine with sunlight to create twinkling reflective treasures. Admission is free. For more information, please visit www.weho.org/arts.
Daily on the Traffic Median at Santa Monica Boulevard and N. Doheny Drive
28th Annual West Hollywood Toy and Food Drive
The City of West Hollywood and the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station are partnering to help give back to people in need this holiday season. The 28th Annual West Hollywood Toy and Food Drive will be accepting donations until Friday, December 21, 2018 with the goal of providing up to 900 families with meals and gifts. For the past three decades, the generous contributions of local businesses and individuals have helped provide more than 7,300 local families with food and gifts in the spirit of the holiday season. The West Hollywood Toy and Food Drive provides families in our community with a holiday meal — as well as two toys for every child in the family. The cost to help one family is $65; this can go up to helping as many as ten families for $575. New unwrapped toys are also needed, as well as new clothing, store coupons, and discount cards.
Visit www.weho.org/holidaydrive to donate online. Monetary donations can be made at the cashier’s window at West Hollywood City Hall, located at 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard.
The Sunset Experience: Launch Event — Tuesday, December 4 at 5 p.m.
Experience the Sunset Strip in a new way! The City of West Hollywood is testing ideas to make Sunset a better place to walk. People will soon see seats on the sidewalk under colorful light poles from east to west, a place to sit under umbrellas near Book Soup, and four intersections extended with bold strokes of color. Bright posters on the light poles will point pedestrians to spots for food, drink, and entertainment — and share tidbits of history about the Sunset Strip. These are only up for six months; after that, the City will assess the projects. The launch event will celebrate the pilot projects with food and music, and provide community members an opportunity to learn about it all and provide feedback. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.weho.org/sunsetexperience or contact Garen Srapyan at (323) 848‐6827 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 5 p.m. at the parklet adjacent to Book Soup, located at 8818 Sunset Boulevard.
Tales from The Strip: A Century in the Fast Lane — Tuesday, December 4 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Join the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division for a WeHo Reads event featuring the authors of Tales from The Strip: A Century in the Fast Lane — Van Gordon Sauter, Robert Landau, and Frans Evenhuis. The book is a thought‐provoking (and riotous!) amble from Doheny Drive to Crescent Heights Boulevard on America’s most famous street, the Sunset Strip. For everyone who ever danced at the Whisky a Go Go, bought spats at gangster Mickey Cohen’s haberdashery, longed to go to the Playboy Club, frolicked at The Roxy, tangoed at Ciro’s, rocked-and-rolled at Tower Records, or rubbed shoulders with Sir Elton John at Book Soup, this event will be a wonderful trip both down memory lane and Sunset Boulevard. A book-signing will follow the event. Books will be for sale by Angel City Press. A reception hosted by the Friends of the West Hollywood Library will be a part of this event. Admission is free. Free parking in the adjacent five-story structure is available with validation at the event. To RSVP, visit www.wehoreadstalesfromthestrip.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Mike Che at (323) 848-6377 or at email@example.com. For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads literary series, visit www.weho.org/wehoreads.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the City’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.
Women And Books, First Tuesday of Each Month, The Leavers by Lisa Ko — Tuesday, December 4 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Women And Books is a book club that meets on the first Tuesday of each month to discuss books written by women authors. This month features The Leavers by National Book Award-finalist Lisa Ko. Women And Books is co‐sponsored by the City of West Hollywood through its Women’s Advisory Board and by the West Hollywood Library. Admission is free, but space is limited so RSVPs are encouraged. Free parking will be available at the adjacent five-story structure with validation. For more information, visit www.meetup.com/womenandbooksinweho.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.
Junk in the Trunk Rummage Sale — Saturday, December 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The City of West Hollywood’s Recreation Services Division will host a Junk in the Trunk rummage sale. Participants may sell items from the trunks of their vehicles or in the space remaining in designated areas. Anyone who has yard sale items 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 a parking space sale area using a tarp or table. Sellers are welcome to use one pop-up tent or a canopy in their assigned space, but those must not be bigger than 10’x10’. Participants may start setting up at 8 a.m. Cars will not be allowed to enter the lot after 9 a.m. Parking lot sale spaces, which cover two standard parking spots, are available for $15 and must be reserved in advance. Space is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is free for shoppers.
For more information, please contact Michael Gasca, City of West Hollywood Recreation Coordinator, at (323) 848-6546 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, in the north parking lot, located off of Fountain Avenue.
The Beau Defeated, a Stage Reading — Saturday, December 8 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Classical Theatre Lab presents “The Beau Defeated” by Mary Pix and directed by James Loren, and presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division. The play is a biting satire on the social aspiration of two women in search of respectable husbands. The unfortunate Mrs. Rich makes a desperate attempt to land herself an aristocratic husband. For witty Lady Landsworth, the problem is to discover whether the man she loves is quite as good as he looks. From the nobles to the servants, no one is what they appear to be. Imposters are unmasked, confidences are betrayed, and a great deal of money changes hands as the story careers towards its disastrous conclusion. Admission is free. To RSVP, email email@example.com or call (323) 960-5691.
Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Plummer Park’s Long Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.
City of West Hollywood’s Winter Sounds Concert Series: California String Quartet — Saturday, December 8 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division and the West Hollywood Library present the 2018‐19 Winter Sounds free indoor concert series. The debut concert of the season features the California String Quartet who will perform its Holiday Classical Chamber Music concert. This concert will honor and celebrate the memory of violinist and concertmaster Katia Popov. Admission is free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, music samples, and parking information, visit www.weho.org/wintersounds.
Saturday, December 8, 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.
Advocacy Training Project: “Social Media for Advocacy” — Sunday, December 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (for beginners) and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
This workshop will inform attendees about how to utilize social media tools, including Twitter, Facebook, and online petitions to advocate. Registration is $20 for this workshop or $110 for the entire series of six workshops ($10 discount). Attendees of all six workshops will receive a certificate of program completion from the City of West Hollywood. Participation is open to everyone. All workshops include snacks and refreshments. To register and for more information, visit www.ncjwla.org/events or call (323) 852.8536.
Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles Council House, located at 543 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles.
Photography Exhibit Opening Reception: In a New Light by Matthew Finley — Sunday, December 9 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
In A New Light is a photographic exhibition exploring themes of nostalgia, memory, homosexuality, family, and healing through the use of infrared film technology blended with digital. The exhibition is presented with support from the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division. Photographer Matthew Finely examines the ways in which places stamp themselves upon human memory, creating indelible, sensory relationships that can inspire both positive and negative emotional reactions. Admission is free. Metered street parking is available; public parking is also available at the West Hollywood Park five-story structure, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/2061954380801341.
Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at The Assembly, located at 634 N. Robertson Boulevard.
Congo Stories: Battling Five Centuries of Exploitation and Greed — Monday, December 10 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division and Book Soup present a WeHo Reads special event featuring John Prendergest & Fidel Bafilemba, with actor Ryan Gosling and Congolese journalist Chou Chou Namegabe, discussing and signing Congo Stories: Battling Five Centuries of Exploitation and Greed. Through Gosling’s photographs of Congolese daily life, Bafilemba’s profiles of heroic Congolese activists, and Prendergast’s narratives of the extraordinary history and evolving social movements that directly link Congo with the United States and Europe, Congo Stories provides windows into the history, the people, the challenges, the possibilities, and the movements that could change the course of Congo’s destiny. Tickets are $29 and are available on Eventbrite. Tickets include one entry and one copy of Congo Stories to be received at check-in. A book-signing will follow the talk. Validated parking available. 20 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. Confirm your address is in West Hollywood by visiting www.weho.org/streets. There is a two ticket limit per person. Tickets may not be resold. Reserve advance tickets by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The physical WeHo resident tickets must be picked up by 6 p.m. on night of the event or will be released to those on standby. For more information, call Book Soup at (310) 659-3110 or visit www.booksoup.com. For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads literary series, visit www.weho.org/wehoreads.
Monday, December 10, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the City’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.
Celebration Theatre New LGBTQ Works: Skin Like Milk — Tuesday, December 11 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Skin Like Milk, written by Ryan Fogarty, takes place in a makeshift basement gay bar in 1941 Berlin. Heinrich and Otto hide the dead body of a Nazi officer, as guests arrive attempting to forget the destruction of the prior night’s air raids. Adding to the raw nerves in the room, Emile, Heinrich’s former lover and his new interest, Horst, show up to share a drink and a bit of music with their friends. As the night unravels, the alcohol disappears and air raids resume, the men realize that their dark bar is no longer a refuge from the hateful world above. Their demons have followed them below, unmasking enemies and facing the possibility of an unlikely escape. Celebration Theatre presents readings of new LGBTQ theatre pieces; this reading is supported by the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. Validated parking is available in the adjacent five-story public parking structure. For more information, contact Mike Che at (323) 848-6377 or at email@example.com.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 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.
Don’t Drink and Drive Public Education Campaign — Wednesday, December 12 at 6 p.m.
Join members of the City of West Hollywood’s City Council and Public Safety Commission, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department, and Block by Block Security Ambassadors as we visit local drinking and eating establishments to hand out educational materials about the dangers of driving under the influence. For more information, contact Rob Winrader at (323) 848‐6580 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 beginning at 6 p.m. at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, located at 780 N. San Vicente Boulevard.
New Year’s Musical Celebration, and Masquerade Ball: “Homage to Vienna” — Saturday, December 15 at 6 p.m.
Join the City of West Hollywood and its Russian Advisory Board for a new year’s musical celebration and masquerade ball, An Homage to Vienna, which will feature the music of Strauss, Offenbach, Lehar, Chopin, and Puccini. Participants are encouraged to wear masquerade costumes or evening attire. General admission is $30 and admission for seniors and students is $20. For more information, contact Tatiana Rodzinek at (323) 848-6826 or at email@example.com.
Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 6 p.m. at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.
Puppet Theatre on Wheels: The New Adventures of Goldilocks and the Three Bears — Sunday, December 16 at 11 a.m. in Russian, 12:15 p.m. in English
Everyone knows Goldilocks, right? But what happened after she ran back home? In this original story by Puppet Theater on Wheels, she decides to spend the winter holidays with the bear family, and at the end everyone sees Grandfather Frost and Snegurochka! These puppet shows highlight aspects of Eastern European culture and are geared towards children and parents. A Russian language performance at 11 a.m. will be followed by an English language performance at 12:15 p.m. Admission is free. This performance is supported by the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division and is part of the City’s holiday programming. For more information about Puppet Theater on Wheels in West Hollywood, visit www.bit.ly/WeHoPuppetTheater2018. Все помнят Машу, не правда ли? Но что случилось после того, как она убежала обратно домой? В этой оригинальной истории от «Кукольного театра на колесах» она решает провести зимние праздники в семье медведей, а в конце все встречаются с Дедом Морозом и Снегурочкой.
Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 11 a.m. in Russian, 12:15 p.m. in English at the Plummer Park Community Center, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard in Rooms 5 and 6.
Hanukkah Holiday Celebration with Avanti Ballet Studio — Sunday, December 16 at 12 p.m.
Join the City of West Hollywood and its Russian Advisory Board for a Hanukkah Holiday Celebration with Avanti Ballet Studio — children dancing, singing, and playing various musical instruments will celebrate Hanukkah. There is a $10 suggested donation per person. For more information, contact Avant Ballet Studio at (310) 980-3171.
Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 12 p.m. at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.
Seniors in Action: Community + Connection + Conversation — Tuesday, December 18 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Seniors in Action: Community + Connection + Conversation offers activities that provide engaging opportunities for participants to learn something new, contribute their talents and experience, and deepen their connection to the West Hollywood community. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. For more information, contact Corey Roskin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (323) 848-6403 or Leslie Isenberg at email@example.com or (323) 848-6306.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.
Holiday Musical Performance for Children of All Ages — Thursday, December 20 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Join the City of West Hollywood as Happy Notes School presents a free holiday musical performance for children of all ages. The program will feature students from Happy Notes School and Santa Claus. Festivities include games, singing, and dancing around the Christmas tree. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Happy Notes Facebook event page. This event is presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division
Thursday, December 20, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.
Calling Children of All Ages! Drag Queen Story Hour — Saturday, December 22 at 11 a.m.
Start Saturday morning off on the right uh… high heel, with our fun and fabulous Drag Queen Story Hour. Children are invited to bring their parents and guardians and join the City of West Hollywood at the West Hollywood Library for Drag Queen Story Hour, which is exactly what it sounds like: glittering, magical drag queens capturing the imagination, playfulness, and gender fluidity of childhood, while giving kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. At Drag Queen Story Hour, children are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people present as they wish — a world where dress up is real. For children of all ages. No registration necessary. Admission is free. Co‐sponsored by the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division. For more information, please visit www.colapublib.org/libs/whollywood.
Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.
Holiday Tree Recycling — Wednesday, December 26 through Saturday, January 12, 2019
Holiday trees are 100% recyclable! Athens Services will collect holiday trees on normal pickup days beginning Wednesday, December 26, 2018 through Saturday, January 12, 2019. Tips to ensure collection of your holiday tree: remove stands, ornaments, lights, and tinsel; place holiday trees at the curb; trees over six feet in length must be cut in half; trees with flocking or fire retardants are acceptable; and please do not put the tree in a plastic bag (as the bag gets caught in the chipper blades). For more information, or to arrange for extra trash and recycling services, contact Athens Services’ Customer Service Office at (888) 336‐6100.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 through Saturday, January 12, 2019, Citywide
Interactive Winter Christmas Show — Saturday, December 29 at 11 a.m., 5 p.m., and 6 p.m.
Join the City of West Hollywood and its Russian Advisory Board as Gorozhanka presents an interactive Winter Christmas Show. Don’t forget to get your picture taken with Father Frost and Snow Maiden. Admission is $35 per child (includes gift); $20 per adult. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Gorozhanka online at its event page or call (818) 210-6399.
Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 11 a.m., 5 p.m., and 6 p.m. at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.
#BOOM! An Alcohol and Drug Free New Year’s Event — Monday, December 31 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. January 1, 2019
#BOOM! is West Hollywood’s premiere alcohol and drug‐free New Year’s Eve event. #BOOM! brings hundreds of people together for a fabulous celebration, complete with a DJ, dancing, food, and alcohol‐free midnight toast. This year’s theme is “HOUSE OF BOOM!” Bring your best vogue runway dance performance and dance the night away! This event is sponsored by the City of West Hollywood, the Institute for Public Strategies, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the West Hollywood Project, the Tweakers Project, and APLA Health. Admission is free. You must be 18 years or over to enter. Capacity is limited. To RSVP, visit www.boom2019.eventbrite.com. For additional information, contact Alexis Sanchez at firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 434-1907.
Monday, December 31, 2018 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. January 1, 2019 at the West Hollywood Park Auditorium, located at 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard.