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April News Briefs

Post Date:March 31, 2017 3:37 PM

bluecityhallCity of West Hollywood Celebrates National Poetry Month, Throughout April

Throughout April, the City of West Hollywood, through WeHo Arts, will celebrate National Poetry Month with events, readings, a writing workshop, and more, curated by West Hollywood City Poet Laureate Kim Dower.

Banners featuring lines of verse from celebrated poets will be displayed on lampposts on Santa Monica and San Vicente Boulevards. Two new banners featuring poets selected by Dower, Erica Jong, and Richard Blanco, will join those selected by former West Hollywood City Poet Steven Reigns.

In addition, posters featuring Dower’s new collaborative poem, weaved together from lines submitted by residents and visitors to West Hollywood, “I Sing the Body West Hollywood,” will be displayed throughout the City.

Posters will be distributed for free at the West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard, and at West Hollywood City Hall, located at 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard.

For more information, please visit www.weho.org/residents/poetry-month or contact Mike Che, Arts Coordinator, at mche@weho.org.

 

SASSAS soundSpark Music Series for Young Children will Feature Kozue Matsumoto, April 1

soundSpark is a monthly music series for young children featuring solo and duo performances by emerging artists. This month’s soundSpark performer is Kozue Matsumoto. The performance will take place on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 12 p.m. in the West Hollywood Children’s Theater, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

soundSpark is made possible by a grant from the City of West Hollywood through WeHo Arts and is organized by SASSAS (The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound).

soundSpark events are free and take place on the first Saturday of each month. RSVPs are not required.

For more information, please visit www.sassas.org/calendar or www.weho.org/arts, or contact Mike Che, Ars Coordinator, at mche@weho.org.

 

City of West Hollywood to Proclaim April as National Poetry Month at the City Council Meeting, April 3

The West Hollywood City Council will officially proclaim April as National Poetry Month as part of its regular meeting on Monday April 3, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in the City of West Hollywood’s City Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

West Hollywood City Poet Laureate Kim Dower will be in attendance to receive the proclamation and will officially release the new collaborative poem, “I Sing the Body West Hollywood,” which she will read. Dower created the poem by collecting lines from residents and visitors around the City, in person and via suggestion boxes at City Hall and the West Hollywood Library, and weaving them together in an homage to the classic Walt Whitman poem, “I Sing the Body Electric.”

Attendance is free, and validated parking will be available for the adjacent five-story parking structure.

For more information on National Poetry Month activities in West Hollywood, please visit www.weho.org/residents/poetry-month, or contact Mike Che, Arts Coordinator, at mche@weho.org.

 

Women and Books Club to Discuss The Handmaid’s Tale, April 4

Women and Books is a monthly book club that meets the first Tuesday of each month to discuss books written by women authors. This month’s discussion is the book The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

The book club meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the City of West Hollywood’s Community Meeting Room at West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. Admission is free, and parking in the adjacent structure is free with validation.

Women and Books is sponsored by the City of West Hollywood though its Women’s Advisory Board and by the West Hollywood Library.

RSVPs are not required but are recommended. To RSVP or for more information, please visit www.meetup.com/womenandbooksinweho.

For more information, contact Larissa Fooks, Community Events Coordinator, at (323) 848-6413, or lfooks@weho.org.

 

The City of West Hollywood’s Outfest Series Presents Hungry, April 5

Outfest, with the support of the City of West Hollywood through WeHo Arts, will present a screening of Hungry on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s City Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

Directed by Patty Ivins, who won an Emmy award for producing Girls on the Wall, Hungry is a documentary about three female chefs and restauranteurs who shatter the glass ceiling in the California culinary industry. The film looks at the challenges — and the rewards — faced by women restauranteurs through their personal stories and unique cuisines.

Tickets are $10 — or $7 for Outfest members. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit www.outfest.org/weho-series or www.weho.org/arts.

 

The Maltese Falcon Film Screening and Discussion, April 6

Friends of the West Hollywood Library, in conjunction with Shakespeare at Play, will present a screening and discussion of the classic 1941 film noir, The Maltese Falcon, on Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

The program is made possible by NEA Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Attendees must be aged 13 and up. Admission is free.

For more information, please call (310) 652-5340.

 

As Far as the Eye Can See — Sunset Strip Through the Eyes of Poets, April 6

The City of West Hollywood, through WeHo Arts, presents a celebration of the Sunset Strip folk era, As Far as the Eye Can See — Sunset Strip Through the Eyes of Poets, on Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard, Upper Level.

Celebrate National Poetry Month by experiencing a unique and memorable trip down the historic Sunset Strip as various poets read from both original works and works by poets who captured the era.

Organized by Kim Dower, West Hollywood City Poet Laureate, the event is part of the There’s Something Happening Here... commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Sunset Strip curfew riots and the counterculture era in West Hollywood. For more information about this and other exhibits and events that are part of the commemorative programming, a downloadable brochure and map of historic locations, and links to music, books, and film is available at www.weho.org/residents/sunsetstrip1966.

For more information and to reserve a spot, please visit www.bit.ly/April6SunsetPoets, or contact Michael Che, Arts Coordinator, at (323) 848-6377, or mche@weho.org.

 

spcaLA to Host a Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic, April 8

The SPCALA Low-Cost Pet Vaccine Clinic will take place on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Plummer Park, located 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, in Community Rooms 5 & 6.

The clinic will offer:

  • $7 Rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs;
  • $10 Bordetella vaccinations for dogs;
  • $15 DA2PPV vaccinations for dogs;
  • $15 FVRCP vaccinations for cats;
  • $15 FeLV vaccinations for cats;
  • $25 microchips for cats and dogs; and
  • $25 de-worming for cats and dogs.

All dogs must be on leash or in carriers. All cats must be in carriers. Copies of past vaccination records are requested, if available. Cash and cards will be accepted, but no checks.

For details, please visit www.spcala.com or call (888) 772-2521.

For more information, please call the City of West Hollywood’s Department of Public Works at (323) 848-6375.

 

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month Outreach, April 9

Each April, the City of West Hollywood recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. This year, the City will host a Community Outreach Event on Sunday, April 9, 2017, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers are wanted to get involved and to help get the word out about the City of West Hollywood’s public-awareness campaign: Only Yes Means Yes. The campaign encourages people in the community to be more aware of sexual assault and to promote a message of consent.

Help distribute information and materials at various locations in the City of West Hollywood. For more information and to register as a volunteer, please call (323) 848-6885.

 

Red Circle Project at APLA Health C.L.A.S.S. Event, April 15

The City of West Hollywood will host the Red Circle Project at APLA Health’s C.L.A.S.S. event, a program for transgender women of color, on Saturday, April 15, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

C.L.A.S.S., which stands for Caring, Loving, Adoring, Spiritual Sisters, is a program that allows transgender women of color to gain more world knowledge to equip them with needed life skills and personal development tools to live powerful lives. The event is designed to bring the transgender community together for a day of games, food, entertainment, and HIV education, and will highlight National Transgender Testing Day, which is recognized annually on April 18.

The Red Circle Project is the only HIV prevention program in Los Angeles County that specifically provides services to Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

The event is free and open to the public, and free parking is available in the Plummer Park south parking lot.

For more information, please visit www.redcircleproject.org.

 

Saturday Movie Melee Features Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, April 15

The West Hollywood Library will host a “Saturday Movie Melee,” featuring a screening of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom on Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

The film is rated-PG and kids from grades 8 through 12 are invited to attend. Admission is free and food will be served. A list of ingredients will be provided.

For more information, please call (310) 652-5340.

 

Senior Poetry Writing Workshop, April 17

West Hollywood City Poet Laureate Kim Dower will lead a free Senior Poetry Writing Workshop on Monday, April 17, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Community Center at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, in Room 5.

This fun and informative poetry workshop, which is sponsored by the City of West Hollywood through WeHo Arts as part of its Poetry Month programming, will offer an intimate writing experience filled with ideas and exercises, including writing to prompts, dreams, and memories — all with the goal of awakening the poet within.

No previous writing experience is necessary and RSVPs are not required.

For more information, please contact Corey Roskin at croskin@weho.org.

 

1st Annual LA Get Down Festival Celebrates Hip Hop and Spoken Word Poetry, April 18 through 30

Greenway Arts Alliance, in association with Da Poetry Lounge, announces a new annual poetry festival to celebrate hip hop and spoken word, the LA Get Down Festival, which coincides with National Poetry Month and features 13 days of spoken-word performances, workshops, and more.

The festival, which is sponsored by the City of West Hollywood through WeHo Arts, takes place from Tuesday, April 18, 2017 through Sunday, April 30, 2017 at the Greenway Court Theatre, 544 N. Fairfax Ave., in Los Angeles.

LA Get Down will celebrate the power of the spoken word with a diverse collection of locally and nationally acclaimed artists, with showcases dedicated to women, youth, the voices of the LGBTQIA community and more.

Tickets range from $10 to $20. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.greenwaycourttheatre.org/tickets.

For more information, contact tmoon@greenwayartsalliance.org.

 

“Time Presses” Wednesday-Night Recreation/Social Club, April 19

The City of West Hollywood and its Russian Advisory Board co-sponsor the recreation club “Time Presses” — a Wednesday-Night Social Club on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, in Great Hall.

The evening will feature karaoke singing, movies, potluck food, and an opportunity to communicate in Russian and English languages. There will be a special presentation by members and an open microphone.

For more information, please call (323) 848-6826, email info@timepresses.com, or visit www.timepresses.com. For people who are deaf or hearing impaired, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

 

TRIBE, the West Hollywood Gay Men’s Discussion Group, April 19

The City of West Hollywood’s Gay Men’s Discussion Group, TRIBE, will take place on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

TRIBE meets on the third Wednesday of every month. TRIBE discussions are open to the public and attendees are encouraged to discuss their own experiences about issues of importance to the gay male community. Admission is free. Validated parking will be available in the adjacent five-story structure.

For more information, please visit www.weho.org/tribe or email tribe@weho.org.

 

City of West Hollywood Recognizes National Arbor Day on Earth Day with Tree Planting, April 22

The City of West Hollywood and its Public Facilities Commission will recognize National Arbor Day on Earth Day with a brief ceremony and tree planting Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 9 a.m. at Pacific Hills School, located at 8628 Holloway Drive.

Once planted, the tree, which will be a native, drought-tolerant species, will be used as an educational tool and will be maintained and nurtured by the students.

For additional information, please call (323) 848-6895.

 

Drag Queen Story Hour, April 22

The City of West Hollywood, through WeHo Arts, in conjunction with the West Hollywood Library, presents Drag Queen Story Hour, a children’s storytelling and craft event, on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

Drag Queen Story Hour was created in 2014 in San Francisco by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions as a way to bring children, families, and drag queens together for an hour of storytelling, celebration, and fun.

The event is free to attend and RSVPs are not required.

For more information, contact Mike Che, Arts Coordinator, at mche@weho.org.

 

WeHo Pedals Bike Share Basics Class, April 23

The City of West Hollywood will host a WeHo Pedals Bike Share education class on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the WeHo Pedals Bike Share Hub at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

The class will offer a hands-on experience that aims to educate and encourage community members to use the WeHo Pedals system as informed, safe, and lawful cyclists. Two instructors, designated by Sustainable Streets, will lead the class in practicing safe riding skills and learning how to use all of the features of a WeHo Pedals bike share bicycle. Participants will also learn West Hollywood’s local bicycle laws. Participation in the class is free and space is limited to 15 participants. All participants will receive a free helmet. Unfortunately, walk-up participants cannot be accommodated.

To reserve a spot in the WeHo Pedals bike share basics class, please visit www.wehopedals.com.

 

Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration, April 23

The City of West Hollywood will host a Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration on Sunday, April 23, 2017, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s City Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

Yom HaShoah is an opportunity to remember victims of the Holocaust and focus on preventing genocides and other human atrocities from happening again. The program will feature the subtitled documentary Holocaust – is that wallpaper paste? The documentary is based on journalist Mumin Shakirov’s mission to educate two Russian sisters on the subject of the Holocaust.

Complimentary shuttle service from Plummer Park will be provided beginning at 12:15 p.m. To reserve a spot on the shuttle, please call the City of West Hollywood’s Recreation Services Division at (323) 848-6479.

Immediately following the program, the complimentary shuttles will return to Plummer Park, where a candle lighting ceremony will be held outdoors at the Babi Yar memorial.

For more information, please contact the City’s Recreation Services Division at (323) 848-6479.

 

Women In Film Speakers Series, April 24

The Women In Film Speakers Series features filmmakers and industry leaders across many areas of entertainment who share valuable professional insights into the art and craft of film, television, and media-making.

This month’s event will be held on Monday, April 24, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s City Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. Admission is $10 and free parking is available in the adjacent five-story parking structure with validation.

Women In Film is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women, encouraging creative projects by women, and expanding and enhancing portrayals of women in all forms of global media.

This event is co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood, through its Women’s Advisory Board and the City of West Hollywood’s Women’s Leadership Conference and Network.

For more information, visit http://womeninfilm.org/speaker-series/, or contact Larissa Fooks, Community Events Coordinator, at (323) 848-6413, or lfooks@weho.org.

 

LAMBDA Literary Book Club, April 25

The Lambda Literary Book Club, which is co-sponsored by the West Hollywood Library, will meet on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The Book Club highlights a different LGBT book each month and is moderated by Steven Reigns. In April, the group will discuss Crimes Against Nature by Minne-Bruce Pratt.

Admission is free, no RSVPs are needed, and validated parking is provided. To see this month’s book selection, please visit www.lambdaliterary.org/book-clubs/lambda-lit-book-club.

For additional information, please contact Mike Che, Arts Coordinator, at mche@weho.org.

 

Denim Day Raises Awareness about Sexual Assault, April 26

City of West Hollywood staff members and local Sheriff’s representatives will join communities around the world in recognizing Denim Day to raise awareness about rape and sexual assault by wearing jeans on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Denim Day was founded following a court ruling in Italy in 1999 in which a rape conviction case was overturned with the argument that, because the victim had been wearing tight jeans at the time of the assault, she must have been expressing consent.

The City’s Denim Day recognition is organized each year by the City’s Public Safety Department in the spirit of uniting against sexual assault; to break the silence about sexual violence; and to stand up in support of survivors.

For more information, please call the City’s Public Safety Department at (323) 848-6414.

 

Rock ‘N’ Roll Billboards on the Sunset Strip Slideshow and Talk, April 26

The City of West Hollywood, through WeHo Arts, will host a slideshow and trip down memory lane with photographer Robert Landau, who will present a slideshow of his historic Sunset Strip billboard images and colorful stories on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the City of West Hollywood’s City Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

The event is presented in conjunction with the Rock ‘N’ Roll Billboards on the Sunset Strip outdoor public art exhibit of 10 large format versions of Landau’s images, located at 8775 Sunset Boulevard through January 2018.

Rock ‘N’ Roll Billboards on the Sunset Strip part of the There's Something Happening Here... commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Sunset Strip curfew riots and the counterculture era in West Hollywood. For more information about this and other exhibits and events that are part of the commemorative programming, a downloadable brochure and map of historic locations, and links to music, books, and film is available at www.weho.org/residents/sunsetstrip1966.

For more information, contact Michael Che, Arts Coordinator, at (323) 848-6377, or mche@weho.org.

 

12th Annual South East European Film Festival, April 27 to May 5

The 12th annual South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) will take place between Thursday, April 27, 2017 and Thursday, May 4, 2017 at locations in the City of West Hollywood, and surrounding areas.

This year’s SEEfest will feature more than 40 recent films from South East Europe, including features, documentaries, shorts, and animation. The festival promotes cultural diversity and serves as a cultural hub to South East European independent artists and filmmakers who live and work in the area.

SEEfest 2017 is sponsored by the City of West Hollywood through WeHo Arts. Tickets and information are available at www.seefilmla.org.

 

Los Angeles LGBT Center’s LBTQ Women’s 360 Health and Empowerment Fair, April 29

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s LBTQ Women’s 360 Health and Empowerment Fair, which is geared towards elevating the overall wellness of LBTQ women, will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The L.A. LGBT Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza, located at 1125 N. McCadden Place, in Los Angeles.

The event, which is co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood, will feature free interactive workshops on such topics as digital privacy, online activism, and staying healthy as we age; a keynote speech by Amita Swadhin about resistance and self-care; and a Health and Know Your Rights fair.

The event is free to attend, but registration is required.

For more information and to register, please visit www.eventbrite.com/e/360-health-empowerment-fair-for-lbtq-women-tickets-31983084266.

 

West Hollywood Kids Fair, April 29

The City of West Hollywood will host the West Hollywood Kids Fair on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

This free event will feature fun, community services information, environmental and public safety education, local school participation and more, for children and their families.

For more information, please contact the City’s Social Services Division at (323) 848-6510, or email croskin@weho.org.

 

Puppet Theater on Wheels Presents Cinderella in English and Russian, April 30

The City of West Hollywood, through WeHo Arts, presents Puppet Theater on Wheels’ performance of Cinderella on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at
11 a.m. in Russian, and at 12:15 p.m. in English, at the Plummer Park Community Center, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, in Rooms 5 & 6.

The classic fairy tale, in which an industrious and kind girl’s dreams come true, Cinderella enchants children with magic, a fairy godmother, and love.

Admission is free and the performances are open to the public.

For additional information, please visit www.puppettheateronwheels.com or contact Mike Che, Arts Coordinator, at mche@weho.org.