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WxW Takes Over Barnsdall Art Park on April 22

Don’t miss the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s WxW: For Women. By Women on April 22! The day-long community celebration for LBTQ women and their allies will include a short film program, a comedy show, live music and theater performances, a fashion show, and interactive LBTQ-centric activities at Barnsdall Art Park in Hollywood.

“The impact of the Women’s Marches happening nationwide and the empowering #MeToo movement are clear signs that all women deserve visibility and community now more than ever—regardless of their sexual orientations or gender identities,” says the Center’s Melantha Hodge, a member of the organizing committee for WxW. “This is our time to continue rising up and supporting each other as a community.”

It will be a day filled with women who are “vocal, creative, and unbridled” role models.

“We have selected a roster of amazing, talented women to influence, strengthen, and entertain our community,” says Center committee member Megan Phelps.

Among them are singer-songwriter Stephanie Rice, who finished in the top 11 on Season 12 of NBC’s The Voice.

“I come from a place that didn’t celebrate being a woman and was told that it is wrong to be gay,” says Rice, who will be performing a two-song acoustic set. “I want to raise awareness that there’s nothing to be ashamed of and that we should celebrate both those things.”

Participants in an outdoor resource fair include AIDS/LifeCycle; Angel City Derby; an arts and crafts station by SparkleBlob; EVERYBODY Gym; Los Angeles LGBT Center programs (Audre Lorde Health Program; Center Action Network; Los Angeles Women’s Network; Resistance Squad; Senior Services; Young Professionals Council); a makeup station provided by April Love Pro Makeup Academy; Mistress Natalie; Stuzo Clothing; The Pleasure Chest; and World Dodgeball Society.

Beginning at noon, doors of the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre will open to welcome attendees for a short film program screening Girl Night Stand directed by Jenna Laurenzo; Out Again directed by Robin Cloud; and Fran This Summer directed by Mary Evangelista.

Following the short film program, the SORORITY theater troupe will take the stage and feature new works (scenes and monologues) by Gina Young, Nadia Vazquez, Natalie Nicole Dressel, Amber Hurst Martin, and Katie Liederman.

“Most of the pieces deal with some facet of life as a queer woman,” Young says. “It’s going to be funny, poignant, intimate, and vulnerable.”

Young says as a longtime fan of the Center, it was a “no-brainer” for the troupe to want to take part in WxW.

“It’s very queer women-centric and that’s why we’re such a great fit for this event,” she says. “The queer women’s community is so diverse and so broad. It’s rare that we ever hang out in inter-generational spaces that bring women together from different parts of the city.”

The Lesbian Culture Club will present a comedy show hosted by Anna La Chocha

with performances by Chaunte Wayans, Amanda-Faye Jimenez, Kate Rigg, Jackie Monahan, and Dana Eagle.

Also, part of the day’s activities is a fashion show featuring Stuzo Clothing which owners Stoney Michelli and Uzo Ejikeme say celebrates “whatever shape or form you choose to exist in.”

The fashion show will showcase a new spring/summer line that Michelli describes as “super casual and fun. We are celebrating vibrant colors that represent spring. It’s a light and airy vibe for the summer.”

Celebrities such as Ruby Rose and Lena Waithe have been seen in the brand which has pieces that are unisex or genderless. Stuzo Clothing fashions will also be on sale at WxW.

“We are women of color and it’s important for us to represent our demographic at events,” Ejikeme says. “Visibility is very important to us, it’s important for us to be a part of events that celebrate who we are. It’s important because the world is a super masculine place. We both love being women and celebrating being women.”

The day will conclude with music performances by Stephanie Rice, Celina Graves, Terra Naomi, and LZ Love.

Guests and their families are encouraged to create their own picnic spaces throughout the day at the sprawling city park in between scheduled programs. Complimentary food and hosted bar will be provided.

Guests can also enjoy music in the park provided by DJ 2lips, on-air disc jockey for the Los Angeles radio station Mega 96.3. Tito’s Handmade Vodka is the Official Vodka Sponsor. Ménage à Trois Wines is the Official Wine Sponsor.

RSVP and full details at lalgbtcenter.org/wxw.


Published April 12, 2018

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