Los Angeles Vanguard Weekly Blog

Out & About May 2018

We’ve compiled the best of LGBT-related happenings in Los Angeles for May. Enjoy!

 

Soft Power

May 3–June 10
Soft Power
Ahmanson Theatre

Out actor Conrad Ricamora of ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder is in the cast of this contemporary East-meets-West musical-comedy. Soft Power rewinds our recent political history and plays it back through a Chinese lens: a future, beloved musical. A Chinese executive visiting America finds himself falling in love with a good-hearted U.S. leader, as the power balance between their two countries shifts following the 2016 election.

Confessions of a Mulatto Love Child

May 4–6
Confessions of a Mulatto Love Child
Davidson/Valenti Theatre

The acclaimed solo play by Bellina Logan (Sons of Anarchy), is a hilarious, touching, and poignant story of a daughter, her eccentric mother, and the deep bond they forged on an extraordinary coast-to-coast journey.

GMCLA Voice Awards

May 5
GMCLA Voice Awards
Dolby Ballroom

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles Voice Awards honors those who advance our world, refute silence, lend a voice to the oppressed, exhibit leadership and give hope to those living under the weight of silence. This year’s awards honor political commentator and strategist Ana Navarro and Crescenta Valley High School student and activist Zach Johnson. Recording artist Shoshana Bean will be headlining with the Gay Men’s Chorus.

Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS epidemic

May 9
Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS epidemic
West Hollywood Council Chambers

The City of West Hollywood presents a special community event featuring author Richard A. McKay who wrote the book Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic. McKay will be in conversation with poet and educator Steven Reigns. A reception and book signing will follow the conversation.

Jackie Hoffman: Memoircita

May 11–13
Jackie Hoffman: Memoircita
Renberg Theatre

Best known for her performance as "Mamacita" on FEUD: Bette and Joan (and for making a public spectacle of herself at last year's Emmy Awards), Jackie Hoffman continues her downward spiral at the Center’s Renberg Theatre. Fresh off her fifth Broadway musical, this self-loathing scene stealer gives the inside dish on Broadway, filming FEUD, and all things Emmy.

Die Mommie Die!

May 10–20
Die Mommie Die!
Kirk Douglas Theatre

A Greek tragedy on acid with a gay Hollywood twist! Trapped in a hateful marriage with sleazy film producer Sol and desperate to find happiness with her gorgeous young lover Tony, aging Hollywood star Angela Arden (Drew Droege) murders her husband. But when her children discover what she's done, they decide to take revenge!

Mack & Poppy

May 11–13
Mack & Poppy
Cavern Club Celebrity Theater

Mack & Poppy, the nation’s best least-known lounge act, return to Los Angeles with their acclaimed show ‘Til Death Do Us Part. This dynamic comedy duo will take a musical look at their tumultuous, legendary marriage and professional partnership and song takes audiences on a trip down memory lane recalling their first meeting, courtship, marriage, and their meteoric rise from total obscurity to semi-fame. Net proceeds from these shows will benefit this year’s AIDS/LifeCycle Ride (June 3–9), in which both Mack and Poppy will be participating.

An Evening With David Sedaris

May 12
An Evening With David Sedaris
Valley Performing Arts Center

With only a podium, a mic, and a wicked sense of humor, Sedaris turns over-sharing into a fine art that leaves audiences breathless from laughter. His wise insights into human nature have made him America's favorite raconteur for over two decades.

DragCon Los Angeles

May 13
DragCon Los Angeles
Los Angeles Convention Center

The three-day convention is the world’s largest all-ages and family-friendly celebration of drag and will feature vendors, exhibitors, exclusive merchandise, panel and Q&A sessions, autograph and photo opportunities with drag stars — including over 65 confirmed queens from the Emmy award-winning series RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Who’s Da Boss? Live!

May 16–20
Who’s Da Boss? Live!
Cavern Club Celebrity Theatre

Yep, this is really happening! The musical parody of the sitcom Who’s the Boss? is here starring Jackie Beat in Judith Light’s role of Angela Bower. Mario Diaz is Tony Danza as Tony Micelli, Sherry Vine is Katherine Helmond as Mona Robinson, Nadya Ginsburg is Alyssa Milano as Samantha Micelli, and in a real casting coup, Danny Pintauro plays himself as Jonathan Bower.

West Hollywood Once City One Pride Kickoff

May 22
West Hollywood Once City One Pride Kickoff
Celebration Theatre

A free staged reading of Patricia Loughrey's Dear Harvey, organized and produced by Celebration Theatre, the world's oldest LGBTQ theatre. This event will serve as the official kick-off for One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival which takes place from May 22–June 30.

Los Angeles LGBT Center: May Volunteer Information Session

May 23
Los Angeles LGBT Center: May Volunteer Information Session
Renberg Theatre

This informational meeting will provide an overview of the Center's history, programs and services, events and the many ways that you can get involved. The session will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Renberg Theatre, located at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza. 

Cabaret

May 25 – June 24
Cabaret
Celebration Theatre

Kander & Ebb’s dark, eerily musical is being presented as its never been before. Directed by Ovation Award-winning director Michael Matthews, the production stars Talisa Friedman as Sally Bowles and Alex Nee as Emcee.

HRC Connect with Rep. Adam Schiff and Supervisor Sheila Kuehl

May 30
HRC Connect with Rep. Adam Schiff and Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
The Abbey

Learn the latest from U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, a staunch LGBT ally, and out Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl about what is going on both locally and abroad in the fight for equality. Get an update on what the Human Rights Campaign is doing across the country to support equality for all. The event is free but you must register to attend.

Published April 26, 2018

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