Each year the City's Art Division create a holiday card featuring the artwork of a local West Hollywood artist and a poem from the City Poet Laureate. Scroll down to see a list of Holiday Programming and the poem.
Winter Sounds: Holiday Concert
Saturday, December 8, 2018, 5pm
City Council Chambers , 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard
Free, RSVP: www.weho.org/wintersounds
Please join the City of West Hollywood's Arts Division for a special classical chamber music concert featuring holiday music.
Puppet Theater on Wheels: The New Year Adventures of Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Sunday, December 16, 2018, 11am and 12:15pm
Plummer Park Community Center, Rooms 5/6, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd.
11am in Russian
12:15pm 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!
Hanukkah Holiday Celebration
Sunday, December 16, 2018, 12pm
Plummer Park Fiesta Hall, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd.
Suggested donation $10, https://artcenteravanti.webs.com/events
The Avanti Ballet Studio will present a show with children dancing, singing and playing music.
Drag Queen Story Hour: Holiday Edition
Saturday, December 22, 2018, 11am
West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard
Come join us for a special Winter/Holiday Drag Queen Story Hour with Lil Hot Mess! For children of all ages.
#BOOM! 2019: The Boom Ball
Monday, December 31, 2018, 8pm
West Hollywood Park Auditorium, 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard
#BOOM! is a premiere alcohol and drug free New Year’s event, sponsored by the City of West Hollywood. #BOOM!'s purpose is to create a safe space for the West Hollywood community to celebrate New Year’s Eve, where alcohol and drugs aren’t the focus.
Save the dates for upcoming free Winter Sounds concerts with Danny Janklow on January 12 and Zetz Klezmer Ensemble on February 9! www.weho.org/wintersounds
The City of West Hollywood and the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station are partnering to give back to those in need this holiday season with the 28th Annual West Hollywood Toy and Food Drive with toy and clothing donation bins at City Hall (8300 Santa Monica Blvd.) and the Sheriff’s Station (780 N. San Vicente Blvd.). Online donations can be made to: https://secure.qgiv.com/for/todri.
Special thanks to the artist Shag for his cover artwork. The Shag Store, 8443 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069.
Feast for the New Year / Bringing the Feast
The world is too much with us, late & soon,
Wordsworth reminds me
As I flip channels to find a bit of news,
if not uplifting, then with less despair
Than a White House briefing.
I love this time of year, when another spirit prevails:
across borders, across faiths & languages,
We long for a feast of peace & good will,
to be safe & whole. The world will
Always rage and hunger, yet wherever
we can, let us make a home, forge a family,
By birth or chosen, the unlikely kinship
of strangers & adult orphans.
Let us bring the feast together,
whether potluck, prix fixe or soup kitchen.
From Gelson’s or Odessa’s Grocery,
a 99 Cent Store or food bank,
Let us gather the foods of the season
for a holiday menu of memories:
Latkas and Tamales, Herring under Fur,
a Feast of Seven Fishes, or a Princely Trout,
Babka or Kutia or Melomakarona,
Pickled peaches and fried okra,
Kimchi dumplings or oyster dressing,
Black-eyed peas for good luck in the New Year –
The world needs luck, and more.
Let us give grace for what unites us,
for what we can share;
Let us live a riddle of humanity:
we keep what we have by giving it away.
-West Hollywood City Poet Laureate Charles Flowers
For more information about the holiday card and City Poet Laureate program please contact Mike Che, Arts Coordinator, email@example.com.