L.A. Pride Calendar 2013


Fri. | May 31, LIVING IN LIMBO, WeHo Library

This groundbreaking exhibit by Carolyn Sherer, subtitled Lesbian Families in the Deep South, was the first full exhibition about the LGBT community to be shown at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama. In these photos, families chose to either face or turn their backs to the camera, depending upon their comfort with public acknowledgment of their sexual identities. Through July 10.  livinginlimbo.org

Fri. | May 31, COLORS OF COMPASSION, Eleven Nightclub

An interactive rainbow flag project commemorating the 35th anniversary of the Rainbow Flag by Gilbert Baker for the San Francisco Pride Parade. Individuals will create flags corresponding to the various original symbolic colors of the flag, and LifeCycle riders will carry these flags from San Francisco to L.A. and march in the L.A. Pride parade with them. 7-10 p.m. lgbtcompassiongames.org/colors

Fri. | May 31, THE BEAST OF TIMES, Renberg Theatre

Written by Adelina Anthony, The Beast of Times is a satirical and queer allegory set in our world, where environmental and ethnic diversity are quickly becoming passé. Through June 16. $20, laglcculturalarts.eventbrite.com

Sat. | June 1, 50 SHADES OF QUEER, WeHo Library City Council Chambers

Seven people of color from different backgrounds will discuss sexuality, gender and cultural issues through poetic and dramatic readings. Organized by Kevin Robertson, contributor to For Colored Boys When the Rainbow is Not Enough. Free. 5 p.m.

Sat. | June 1, TRANSVISIBLE: BAMBY’S STORY, WeHo Library City Council Chambers

Special sneak preview of a documentary on transgender/HIV activist Bamby Salcedo’s life by Dante Alencastre, who produced last year’s impactful El Fuego Dentro about the transgender community in Peru. Free, with free validated parking available. 7 p.m.

Sat. | June 1, GAY MEN’S CHORUS OPEN REHEARSAL, WeHo Park Auditorium

Join the Gay Men’s Chorus of L.A. for a behind-the-scenes look at their upcoming show, Not Entirely Wicked: The music of Stephen Schwartz. Free, no reservations needed. 3:30-4:30 p.m. gmcla.org 

Mon. | June 3, RUMOR HAS IT, Great Hall, Plummer Park

Rumors have been spreading all over town about a certain drag queen. Who does she think she is? Rumor Has It is a solo performance by Miss Barbie-Q, an interactive recipe of performance art that questions our perceptions, judgments and notions of what drag truly is. Free. highwaysperformance.org

Tue. | June 4, BRITTEN: SACRED AND PROFANE, WeHo Library City Council Chambers

As part of Britten100, the worldwide celebration of gay composer Benjamin Britten’s 100th birthday, join Dr. Mitchell Morris and L.A. Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artists in a special evening exploring the sacred and profane in Benjamin Britten’s music and biography. Free. 7 p.m. laopera.com

Wed. | June 5, CELEBRATE PRIDE AT MACY'S, Macy's Beverly Center, Men's Store
Join Macy's, Point Foundation and Frontiers as we kick off L.A. Pride with a fabulous shopping party! Enjoy delicious refreshments, great music from our house DJ and check out the hot looks for summer on some of the hottest models in town while you shop! Plus, with your purchase of $200 or more in the Men's Store that evening, receive an exclusive gift bag! Suggested donation of $20 will benefit Point Foundation. RSVP at macyspridebvc.eventbrite.com

Wed. | June 5, STORIES TO BE TOLD, WeHo Library Community Meeting Room

This is a fun and silly children’s show of original stories with gay-identified characters who go on adventures, battle monsters and tell the truth—performed by David LeBarron. Free. 3:30 p.m. proud-kids.com

Wed. | June 5, MY LIFE IN 3 EASY PAYMENTS, WeHo Library City Council Chambers

Inspired by Sunset Boulevard, Valley of the Dolls, Dreamgirls, drag queens, Diana Ross, African storytelling and his own unique experience selling products on live television, Dale Guy Madison tells a humorous interactive story through spoken word, songs, stories and video footage of his life. Free. 7:30 p.m. calgbtartsalliance.com

Thu. | June 6, WE ARE TONGZHI, The Village at Ed Gould Plaza

Though 6,200-plus miles separate them, LGBT homeless youth in China and America share many of the same daily struggles. This exhibit explores these issues with artwork created by homeless youth in China as well as clients from the L.A. Center’s own Homeless Youth Center. A collection of images from the first China AIDS Walk on the Great Wall of China in 2012 will accompany the exhibit. A reception will be held June 20. Through July 5. laglc.convio.net


Thu. | June 6, MY INK IS WHITE, Plummer Park, Art Room 5+6

Local poet Steven Reigns organizes a free evening of artful erotica by gay male writers. Featured readers include Xavier Axelson, Heath Daniels and Trebor Healey. Free. 7-8 p.m. tinyurl.com/crypto9

Fri. | June 7, BEARRACUDA L.A. PRIDE EDITION, Echoplex

The East Side has pride, too! This SF-based party heads back to its original L.A. home for a great night with Sydney’s DJ Paul Goodyear and hundreds of furry guys from all over the country. Indulge in friendly guys, tasty snacks and go-go bears. $6 before 10 p.m., $10 after. bearracuda.com/LA

Fri. | June 7, OUT THERE, Gallery 825

For the sixth year, L.A. Art Association presents its annual gallery show celebrating Pride. A reception will be held June 7 (6-9 p.m.), and the exhibit will be open during the entire week, including the day of the parade. Through June 14. laaa.org

Sat. | June 8, OUT AT UNIVERSAL, Universal Studios

It’s Gay Day & Night at Universal Studios! Head into the park as early as 3 p.m. to enjoy all of Universal’s attractions and shows with the general public, then stay and play as the park becomes exclusively yours at 9 p.m. with an outside dance area featuring performances and DJs. Head up in the afternoon and stick around for WE Party: Formula. outatuniversal.com

Sat. | June 8, FRONTIERS PRIDE BASH, Here Lounge

After spending the afternoon perusing the Pride festival, stop into Here Lounge for the Frontiers Pride Bash from 4-9 p.m., sponsored by Hustler Hollywood, a free party featuring $4 Bud Lights, hosted vodka and a free sampling of JOIA All Natural Soda. It’s all a pre-party for Paul Nicholls’ Pride Casino, Pride’s luckiest event, featuring DJ Beau Dasher. herelounge.com

Sat. | June 8, SPLAASH L.A., Private estate

Kick off Pride weekend at an all-new edition of SpLAash 2013, L.A.’s biggest pool party and T-dance. Soak, sun, splash and dance with thousands of sexy guys and gals at a private $65 million estate in Bel Air. (The location will be announced the Friday before.) The party also features all new bars and a new dance floor. wonderlandweekend.com

Sat. | June 8, WE PARTY: FORMULA, Universal Studios

It’s time for the main event! Once again, this party is two in one—dance outside and ride theme park rides, then step inside a giant sound stage that’s been transformed into L.A.’s biggest mega-club. Universal Studios belongs to revelers til 4 a.m., making this party a great way to enjoy more time at the park and check out the rides! wonderlandweekend.com

Sun. | June 9, IGNITE 3, Arena Cafe

After you’ve partied at Universal Studios, the party isn’t quite over. Pride’s biggest after-hours returns for its third year with one of L.A.’s favorites, DJ Paulo! Dance until the morning before heading to the parade on Sunday—who needs sleep? wonderlandweekend.com

Sun. | June 9, PRIDE TEA 2013, Circus Disco

One of Wonderland Weekend’s biggest events from last year returns to an all-new, bigger and better venue with a new and improved taste. Expect to find a writhing sea of men—music courtesy of DJs Phil B and Brett Henrichsen. wonderlandweekend.com

Sun. | June 9, MATINEE L.A. PRIDE 2013, Metropolitan/Ultra Suede

The world’s biggest party comes to L.A. Pride! This T-dance is brought to you by the likes of Paul Nicholls, Jeffrey Sanker, Patrick Crough and Jake Resnicow, featuring the DJ talents of Javier Medina, Hector Fonseca, Billy Lace, Ryan Kenney and a surprise celebrity performer. 4 p.m.-midnight. matineeLA.com

Sun. | June 9, TO WONG FOO, Electric Dusk Drive-In, DTLA

Head to Downtown’s drive-in movie theatre for a special Pride screening of To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, starring Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo. Then stick around for the drag costume party. 8:30 p.m. electricduskdrivein.com

Sun. | June 9, PRIDE BLOCK PARTY, Café La Boheme

A WeHo staple for over 20 years, Café La Boheme presents its fun-filled gala once again in the restaurant’s adjacent parking lot. This year the event will be hosted by legendary vocal tribute artist Jimmy James. From 11 a.m.-3 p.m., watch the Pride parade while enjoying an upscale brunch buffet. A live DJ will provide the pulse of the Pride festivities. Tickets $30 in advance, $35 at the door. cafelaboheme.us


Chad Hudson Events invites you to join in the celebration for PRIDE AT PALIHOUSE 2013, the Fifth Annual Parade Viewing Party, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held once again on the rooftop of Palihouse in WeHo. Watch the parade from the best view in Boystown, right above the media platform. Enjoy $10 Pride Cocktails, $35 Pride Cocktail Buckets, $25 Beer Buckets and more from the bar. Groove to the sounds of DJ Jeremy Blacklow and enjoy tasty barbecue, grilled up on the roof. chadhudsonevents.com

Wed. | June 12, HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE, Silver Screen Theatre, Pacific Design Center

A screening of the Academy Award-nominated film featuring a panel discussion with the filmmakers and local activists and dignitaries. Tickets $15. 6 p.m. pre-reception, 7:30 p.m. screening, 9:30 p.m. panel discussion.

Wed. | June 12, API ARTISTS PRESENT, WeHo Library City Council Chambers

An evening of performances and presentations by Queer Asian Pacific artists (including D'Lo, Skim and Viet Le) exploring art practice as activism, identity formation and creating community, followed by an artist/audience interaction moderated by Alice Y. Hom, the Director of the Queer Justice Fund at Asian-Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. Free. 7 p.m. calgbtartsalliance.com  


Thu. | June 13, WEST HOLLYWOOD IN BLOOM, WeHo Library Community Meeting Room

Discover local queer writers who have appeared in the pages of BLOOM, called by Edmund White “the most exciting new queer literary publication to appear in years.” Featured readers include Michael Wolf, Monica Carter, Joshua Charles, Abbie Leavens and others. Free. artsinbloom.com  

Fri. | June 14, OUTLAUGH! COMEDY SPECIAL EVENT, WeHo Library City Council Chambers

The minds behind Outlaugh!—America's first queer comedy festival—have come together to create a unique one-night comedy event featuring Sandra Valls. Proceeds from this ticketed event support The Lavender Effect, a nonprofit organization creating a local LGBT Museum and Cultural Center. Tickets $20, $50 VIP. outlaughfestival.com


As part of its Fifth Annual Gay Play Reading Festival, the Association of Los Angeles Playwrights will present a reading of new short gay and lesbian plays. Saturday’s program will feature six short (10-minute) plays: Romeo and Jules by Ron Burch, The Mom Auditions by John Corcoran, Straight Eye for the Gay Guy by Jonathan Dorf, Stuffed Dressing by Elixeo Flores, Intermissions by Scotty-Miguel Sandoe and Dancing with Sherpas by Mary Steelsmith. Free. 1 p.m. laplaywrights.org


Performances by past L.A. Women's Theatre Festival artists that speak to the LGBT community and performances that speak to human, civil and voting rights. Free. Performances start at 1 p.m. lawtf.com


Organized by AIDS Project Los Angeles’ Red Circle Project, this third annual pow wow held in Plummer Park celebrates Native American culture with music, dance, crafts and food, while providing HIV testing and education and the opportunity to build community. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. tinyurl.com/cyosgfv

Sat. | June 15, CMG SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, WeHo Library City Council Chambers

California Men’s Gathering presents short films made by both men and women in its second annual festival, with four unique programs of films and webisodes. Tickets sold for this event benefit AIDSWalk Los Angeles. Programs start at 4 and 8 p.m. Through June 16. thecmg.org/film


As a kickoff to the Summer Sounds series, a special Father's Day concert will take place in WeHo Park and be part of the “World's Largest Gay Father’s Day Celebration” co-sponsored by the Pop-Luck Club, RaiseAChild.us and The Abbey, among others. In addition to the concert, there will be activites for children, storytelling and info for families. Sponsored by L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Free. 1-3 p.m. weho.org


As part of its Fifth Annual Gay Play Reading Festival, the Association of Los Angeles Playwrights will present a reading of a new full-length play titled The Incredible Life and Wondrous Exploits of the Amazing Fabulous Fred, written by Dan Berkowitz. Free. 7:30 p.m. laplaywrights.org 

Wed. | June 19, MAKING LOVE LETTERS, City Council Chambers

Actors will read fan letters expressing praise for Making Love, one of the first mainstream gay-themed films ever made. These letters reveal the impact the film had on viewers, when public representations of homosexuality were almost nonexistent. Filmmakers A. Scott Berg and Barry Sandler will be present for a Q&A. $20 general admission. 7 p.m. tinyurl.com/bp63jbk

Thu. | June 20, RENT, Lee Strasberg Theatres

Directed by Troy Rintala, this interpretation of La Bohème has been a favorite for musical lovers for years. Tickets $10. 8 p.m. Through June 23. losangeles@strasberg.com

Thu. | June 20, GREY HAIR, The Village

Stagebridge, a senior theater company, will produce their own version of Hair called Grey Hair. 7 p.m. stagebridge.org

Fri. | June 21, CALL ME KUCHU, Laemmle’s Music Hall

This award-winning documentary about David Kato's historic fight for gay rights in Uganda and his brutal murder that attracted worldwide attention, opens in L.A. It depicts the last year in the life of a courageous, quick-witted and steadfast man—Uganda’s first openly gay man—whose wisdom and achievements were not fully recognized until after his death, and whose memory has inspired a new generation of human rights advocates. callmekuchu.com

Sat. | June 22, VOICES OF L.A., WeHo Library City Council Chambers

William Blake was arguably one of the world’s first straight allies. Similarly, the composers of new works based on William Blake’s poetry for Voices of L.A. are not gay but supportive. Free. 7:30 p.m. hollywoodmasterchorale.org  

Tue. | June 25, LAMBDA LIT BOOK CLUB, WeHo Library Community Meeting Room

The Lambda Literary Book Club is a monthly book club moderated by LAMBDA Literary Foundation Director Tony Valenzuela. June’s discussion centers on American Honor Killings: Desire and Rage Among Men, by David McConnell. Free. 7-8:30 p.m. lambdaliterary.org

Through October 2013, WILLIAM SWEETLOVE EXHIBITION, Median of Santa Monica Blvd. at Holloway

An outdoor exhibition of colorful and joyous animal sculptures by Belgian artist William Sweetlove will grace Santa Monica Blvd along the parade route. 

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