WeHo One City One Pride festival begins Thursday

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WeHo One City One Pride festival begins Thursday

Independent Staff Report

WEST HOLLYWOOD — The city begins its annual One City One Pride arts festival Thursday with, which is Harvey Milk Day, marking the birth of the San Francisco County supervisor who was the first openly gay elected official in the country.

The festival, which celebrates the artistic contributions of the

Gay Pride Photo by Gary McCarthy

Gay Pride
Photo by Gary McCarthy

community in the city, runs for 40 days through June 30.

This year’s festival features more than 30 events — ranging from art exhibits to author talks to music performances to stage productions. The theme of this year’s festival is “I Do” to acknowledge the hundreds of marriages that were performed in the city last year following the June 2013 Supreme Court decision that affirmed marriage equality in California.

To begin the festival, the city will host a reception Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. for photographer David McCoy and his exhibit “Love is Love: The Five-Year Road to Marriage,” at the West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. Admission is free.

Mayor John D’Amico will make opening remarks and the event will feature classical renditions of pop songs by Queertet, an LGBT string quartet.

McCoy’s photo exhibit features images y largely taken at “No on Proposition 8” rallies across Southern California.

On May 31, the city will host an outdoor digital art event from 8 to 11 p.m. at West Hollywood Park, 647 San Vicente Blvd., featuring projections on an inflatable balloon, and music and dance performances by Kate Crash and Donna Sternberg & Dancers.

The event is a recreation of an installation developed to celebrate the opening of the Pacific Design Center’s Green Building in 1988, when the West Hollywood-based EZTV gallery was an epicenter for digital art and computer graphics.

Two events will take place June 21 at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. A performance art event, “A Midsummer Afternoon’s Queer Wedding Reception,” will take place from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Some of Southern California’s most cutting-edge gay musicians and performance artists, including Devin Tait & the Traitors, Odious Ari, Themegoman, take part in the performance which puts members of the audience as guests at a special wedding reception.

It will be followed by “Behold the Bridegroom,” an exploration of the poetry of James Broughton during the 100th anniversary year of his birth at 7 p.m.

A complete list of One City One Pride arts festival events is available at www.weho.org/pride.

Additional information: Michael Che at (323) 848-6377.

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