WeHo Arts Holidays 2017

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Join the City of West Hollywood for these Holiday programs!

Winter Sounds: Holiday Jazz Concert

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 5pm – 6:15pm

City Council Chambers , 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard

Free, RSVP: www.weho.org/wintersounds

Please join the City of West Hollywood's WeHo Arts program for a special holiday jazz concert with Jennifer Leitham who has played with the likes of Mel Torme, Doc Severinsen, Peggy Lee, k.d. lang and countless other music world greats.


Outfest WeHo: A Very Special Screening of Rent

Wednesday, December 06, 2017, 7:30pm

City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard

$6/$10, Tickets: https://outfest.secure.force.com/ticket

Come join Outfest as they celebrate the holidays with your most-watched revolutionary rock opera, RENT! Feel free to sing along! Dressing up as your favorite character is encouraged! Tracie Thoms playing the part of "Joanne" and director Chris Columbus will be in attendance.


New Year Fairy Tale Voyage

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Plummer Park, Fiesta Hall, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, 90046

$15/$39, Tickets: www.bit.ly/2017Yolka  

Dance Studio Showtime Katusha presents a dance and music show for children of all ages around the Russian tradition of a Yolka tree.


Puppet Theater on Wheels: The Snow Queen

Sunday, December 17, 2017, 11am and 12:15pm

Plummer Park Community Center, Rooms 5/6, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd.

Free, /community/puppet-theater-on-wheels-2017 

Published by Hans Christian Andersen in 1845 (and the inspiration for Frozen), the Snow Queen is a story which shows that true friendship will prevail over evil. Russian language performance at 11 am, English language performance at 12:15pm.


Winter Concert of the Nutcracker

Saturday, December 23, 2017 2pm

Plummer Park, Fiesta Hall, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard

Free, www.bit.ly/Avanti17 

The Avanti Ballet Studio will present the ballet “Nutcracker.”


Drag Queen Story Hour: Holiday Edition

Saturday, December 30, 2017, 11am

West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard

Free, www.bit.ly/2017HolidayDQSH

Come join us for a special New Year's/Holiday Drag Queen Story Hour with Frida Laye from Chico's Angels! For children of all ages.

Save the dates for upcoming free Winter Sounds concerts with Paris Chansons on January 20 and Peter Kavanaugh Quartet on February 17! 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 27th 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 holiday artwork. The Shag Store, 8443 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood. www.shagthestore.com

Also, please enjoy this poem from our West Hollywood City Poet:

How to Shop for a Poet


Before shopping, ask yourself,

what kind of poet am I looking for?

Perhaps you want a clairvoyant


amnesiac poet who’ll recite your future

then forget your name, or a handy

poet, who’ll mend the holes


you’ve punched into your walls,

boss you around in couplets:

where’s the glitter, where’s the chickens,


don’t touch the stew until it thickens.

You can find an assortment of poets

in the stationery and picture frame aisle


though you might also try intimate

apparel. Pack a snack in your pocket,

so you can feed your new poet


on the way home. Keep in mind poets like

covered snacks which they can unwrap

slowly, on their own. Be sure to examine


your poet carefully. Pry her mouth open,

look down her throat for what she’s about

to say: her job is to tell the truth for as long


as she can, only to crack like a jar of pennies,

roll off the counter, spill across your floor,

her sobs echoing, people wondering why


did he bring that poet home, what

was he thinking? Prepare a proper spot

for your poet: desk and chair hanging


from the ceiling, open window so she

can dip her toes into the air, trampoline

below. Before shopping ask yourself why


you want a poet at all? Is it the comfort

of rhyme you’re after, or is it free verse

you crave: a warrior-poet who’ll asphyxiate


you with words, teach you to savor the shadow

that haunts you, explain why thousands

of blackbirds fell from the sky, or why


the elephant in the tree searches for his nest?

You want a poet who’ll confess, press you

into consciousness, feed you purple grapes


from her stained silk glove, help you to hear

the silence of your song, leave you saturated

with meaning, already aching for more.


- West Hollywood City Poet Laureate Kim Dower