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City of West Hollywood’s “One City One Pride” happening through June 30

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The City of West Hollywood, through its One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, celebrates pride in 2016 with more than 90 interactive, performing, visual arts, and educational events over 40 days, May 22 – June 30. This year’s theme is “Into the Streets,” echoing a rally cry of early LGBTQ rights groups “Out of the closet and into the streets.”

Designed to expand the celebration of pride with diverse programming exploring LGBTQ art and history at venues throughout West Hollywood, One City One Pride kicks off on May 22 – Harvey Milk Day – with a screening of Milk, a film based on the life of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to be elected to U.S. public office (3PM, West Hollywood City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., 90069). For information and RSVP links to all One City One Pride events, most of which are free: please visit

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One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival highlights include:

• June 4: A day in West Hollywood Park with art interventions and an LGBTQ history tour:
o 11AM-2PM: Stuart Timmons LGBTQ History Tour: A fun-filled, fantastically informative, and FREE experience revealing the sensational, sordid, and surprising LGBTQ History of the City of West Hollywood! Stuart Timmons, co-author of Gay LA, suffered a stroke before the tour he created was completed. Thanks to a team of helpers, the tour will be restaged with a cast of colorful characters from different eras stationed along the route. Tours last approximately 90 minutes, and leave every 15 minutes from 11AM-2PM (meet at the loading zone just north of the West Hollywood Library in West Hollywood Park)).
o 12PM-3PM: Army of Lovers – Art Intervention: An afternoon of free interactive creative queer activism in West Hollywood Park with a series of hands-on activities including: personal manifesto making, glitter adornment, costume fun, a mini liberation march and more, all ending in a glamorous outdoor modeling session/photo shoot for all your queer social media needs organized by artist Ian MacKinnon. Show what Pride means to you! No RSVP necessary.
o 1PM-4PM: APT 3F’s “Art Out!” – Art Intervention: APT 3F presents “Art Out,” an afternoon arts laboratory in West Hollywood Park. Highlights include live musicians (Mariachi Arconis, Adrian Banuelos, ETM, Coral Lobera, and Rebecca Norris), readings (City Poet Steven Reigns, homo-centric), kids craft tables (JP of Craft Night at Akbar), chalk art (David Rasmussen), dance (1122 Dance Company) drag appearances (Rubella Sparks) and drag art (Martin Matamoras) all celebrating pride and art.
• June 8, 7:30PM: “What Did Robert Mapplethorpe Teach Us?” – a Zócalo/Getty “Open Art” event hosted by WeHo Arts , West Hollywood City Council Chambers: How did Mapplethorpe change photography—and the perception of photography as an art? Coinciding with a major retrospective of his work, join J. Paul Getty Museum curator Paul Martineau, fine arts photographer Catherine Opie, LACMA curator Britt Salvesen, and painter and Yale art historian Jonathan Weinberg in a discussion on how Mapplethorpe continues to teach us, even now, a quarter century after his untimely death at age 42. This program is free but RSVP is required and it’s expected to fill up soon. If you wish to attend:
• Now through June 27: “A Brief History of Drag,” installed on second floor of West Hollywood Library: This extensive photographic exhibition chronicles the Los Angeles and West Hollywood drag scenes from the late 1800s through the present. In addition to historic photos, A Brief History of Drag features work by photographer Austin Young – including “Portrait of Anyone Who Shows Up In Drag, Los Angeles Edition, 2016,” a 7.5 x 7.5-foot composite photograph featuring more than 100 people in drag. The show is a collaboration between the City of West Hollywood (through WeHo Arts and One City One Pride), Los Angeles LGBT Center, and CAP UCLA (The Center for Performing Art, UCLA) with assistance from the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives.

The City of West Hollywood is also the setting for the LA Pride Festival and parade, taking place on June 10-12, and produced by Christopher Street West. For festival tickets, and information on additional events and the June 12 parade, visit: For street closures you can visit:

One City One Pride is organized by the City of West Hollywood through WeHo Arts — the City’s Arts & Cultural Affairs Commission and the City’s Arts & Economic Development Division — through an open process, with input from the City’s Lesbian & Gay Advisory Board, Transgender Advisory Board, and other community partners. This year, One City One Pride is additionally supported through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Credit: One City One Pride “Into the Streets” poster art by Ricky Serrano

For more information on One City One Pride and the full line-up:

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