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.
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
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
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.