Each year, the city of West Hollywood celebrates the artistic contributions of the LGBTQ community with its vibrant One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival. The festival runs for 40 days, from Harvey Milk Day on Saturday, May 22, through Wednesday, June 30, which marks the end of Pride month.
Due to the coronavirus crisis, all festival events have moved to an online virtual platform. A select few programs can also be experienced as self-guided solo walking tours or outdoor exhibitions. A complete list of this year’s One City One Pride festival events is available at weho.org/pride.
The 2021 theme for One City One Pride is “For the Record,” LGBTQ stories of the past that have often been hidden or undocumented. One must read between the lines to find stories hidden behind “beard” marriages, coded language and erased or destroyed evidence. This year, One City One Pride looks at some of these previously hidden stories.
The 2021 One City One Pride Festival kicks off at 4 p.m. on May 22, with a special online performance of Patricia Loughrey’s play “Dear Harvey: Stories of Harvey Milk.” This documentary-style ensemble play recounts the life and lasting impact of groundbreaking LGBTQ activist and politician Harvey Milk, as told by the people who knew him best. This performance will be available to watch through June 30.
“As we continue to celebrate West Hollywood Pride in new and creative ways, I’m thrilled to share the city’s 40 days of One City One Pride with everyone in West Hollywood and with the global community,” Mayor Lindsey Horvath said. “A virtual platform this year will help us include everyone in the new West Hollywood Pride, continue to safeguard community health and well-being, and make our next in-person Pride celebration that much more special.”
Additional events of the 40-day festival include “John Elgin Woolf: Master of the Hollywood Regency,” which can be experienced online or as a self-guided walking tour from May 23 to June 30. Woolf’s architectural work defined luxury living for Hollywood’s elite in the Golden Era. Creating glamorous homes for figures including Katharine Hepburn, Judy Garland, Mae West, John Wayne and others, he became the master of the style known as “Hollywood Regency.”
Also, Rogue Artists Ensemble’s “Love Note” is a free, interactive, solo audio expedition of your heart, taking place in West Hollywood’s Plummer Park, where audience members can activate sonic narrative experiences at eight unique stops throughout the park. Using only a cell phone and headphones, participants will discover and listen to stories about romance, compassion and connection, leading to a secret phone line, where participants are invited to share their own love story that will become part of the project’s archive.
For information and for more events, contact West Hollywood’s Arts Coordinator, Mike Che, at (323)848-6377 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit weho.org/pride.
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