LA Pride Continues Celebration of Pride Month with One City One Pride

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Photo by Mike Pingel

So you thought LA Pride ended two weekends ago? Well, you’re wrong! The City of West Hollywood continues celebrating Pride Month with ongoing events as part of LA PRIDE’s ONE CITY ONE PRIDE. There is a calendar full of great LA PRIDE events that one should not miss during the rest of this month and most of these events are free.

Last night there was the debut of the sold-out screening of When Bette Met Mae, a 65-minute documentary of the rare meeting of two Hollywood icons, Bette Davis & Mae West.  The movie is based on a cassette recording of the their first meeting during a 1973 private cocktail party. The audio recording was taken over 40 years ago by then bartender, Wes Wheadon. Wheadon is the film’s director and co-producer. He is currently a local optometrist in West Hollywood.

When Bette Meet Mae (https://whenbettemetmae.com) showcases very believable impersonators acting out the audio of the voices in the feature. The film also packs career facts of these two legendary actresses with film clips and interviews by those who knew Bette Davis and Mae West.

The film captivated the audience at the One City One Pride screening with an peek inside an ultra-rare conversation that took place between these two screen sirens. The theater was filled with laughter and clapping throughout the screening. There was a Q&A with Wes Wheadon and actors, Karen Teliha (Bette Davis), Victoria Mills (Mae West), Tomas Arana (Stan Musgrove) & Dan Yana (Glenn Shahan). Both Teliha and Mills work as professional impersonators of the film’s characters in real life.

Photo by Mike Pingel
Photo by Mike Pingel
Photo by Mike Pingel

This was just one of the many events celebrating ONE CITY ONE PRIDE in the Los Angeles area. Most of the event are free of charge but one must be RSVP prior to the event at https://pride.weho.org/

Upcoming: One City One Pride events include:

Friday, June 22 : New Stages present Heroic Lives, an original musical based on the life stories of, and performed by, LGBTQ seniors

Saturday, June 23:  ALAP Pride Play Reading Festival

Saturday, June 23 – Drag Queen Story Hour

Sunday, June 24 — Summer Sounds concert with Mariachi Arcoiris, the world’s only LGBTQ mariachi

Tuesday, June 26 – Lambda Lit Book Club

Saturday, June 30 — TransLifeLA PoPUp Film Festival

One City One Pride also includes the following visual art exhibitions for 2018:

Adelaide Drive: Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy – artwork by Wayne Shimabukuro and Don Bachardy at the West Hollywood Library (on view all of May and June)

Out There – group show at Gallery 825 (on view June 8 – June 15)

Lost & Found: Safer Sex Activism – ONE Gallery, 626 N Robertson Blvd. (on view all of May and June)

Rashaad Newsome – digital billboard artwork (between advertisements) on the Sunset Strip

Do You: Memoirs of the Promethean Sisters –  an exhibit and shrine to performer Leigh Bowery (June 25-29)

Heroes and History of the LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement – on temporary construction fencing at 8120 Santa Monica Blvd.

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