Dan Berkowitz News
The Lavender Effect:
A nonprofit foundation preserving our past,
celebrating our present, and creating our future
All the events are part of West Hollywood’s “One City, One Pride” Arts Festival http://weho.org/pride
*Tuesday, June 11*, it’s the City of West Hollywood’s *Rainbow Key Awards*, which I will be co-hosting onstage! It’s being done in conjunction with the launch of The Lavender Effect’s *Oral History Project *. The Oral History Project consists of in-depth video interviews with LGBTQ leaders talking about the strides made in the past 50 years and how they were accomplished. The Rainbow Key Awards recognize men and women who have made significant contributions to the community. This year’s honorees are Chaz Bono, Drian Juarez, Torie Osborn, Felice Picano, Stuart Timmons, Virginia Uribe and Gail Rolf. A fabulous dessert reception follows the program. 8:00 PM at the West Hollywood Library Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard; free parking in the City Lot with validation at theevent. Admission is free, but reservations are essential. To reserve, contact Jeff Book at 323-848-6471 or JBook@weho.org.
*Friday, June 14*, it’s the *Outlaugh Special Event*, an evening of gay and lesbian stand-up comedy. Sandra Valls, known for her appearances on Showtime and Logo, headlines, with Andre Kelley, Shawn Pelofsky, The Angry Daddies, and a special appearance by community icon Ivy Bottini. Tickets are $20 (standard admission) and $50 (VIP). 8:00 PM at the West Hollywood Library Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard; free parking in the City Lot with validation at the event. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.thelavendereffect.org and go to the “Our Events” page – you’ll find a link to ticketing.
*Saturday, June 15*, the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights present the short play readings of the *5th Annual Lesbian and Gay Play Reading Festival* at the Celebration Theatre, 7051 Santa Monica Boulevard; street parking. I don’t have a short play in the program, but I’ll be co-hosting. Admission is free, no reservations needed, and a reception follows the program. I DO have a play in the following event, which is…
The full-length play reading of the *5th Annual Lesbian and Gay Play Reading Festival*, which is MY play (!), *The Incredible Life and Wondrous Exploits of the Amazing Fabulous Fred*, in which I’ll be reading the role of Fred. That happens on *Monday, June 17*, at 7:30 PM at the Celebration, again free, no reservations needed, with another reception to follow, at which I will definitely be getting drunk… This is, btw, a rewrite of my play *Bodysurfing in the Sea of Contagion*, so if you’ve read it already, you’re excused.
*Wednesday, June 19*, TLE hosts “*Making Love Letters*,” a unique combination of drama and discussion. Panelists will discuss the landmark 1982 film *Making Love*, the first big studio movie to feature positive gay role models, and include me as moderator, with Pulitzer Prize winner A. Scott Berg (another Princeton guy), who came up with the idea for the film; Barry Sandler, who wrote the screenplay; and (hopefully) Harry Hamlin, who starred in the film; clips from the film will be shown during the discussion. The drama comes when several of Hollywood’s “leading ladies” read excerpts from the many letters Sandler received from viewers, telling him how the film changed their lives. Actresses who have agreed to participate (schedules permitting) include Barbara Bain (3-time Emmy-winner, *Mission Impossible*), Cleo King (Nana on *Mike and Molly*), Martha MacIsaac (Becca on *1600 Penn*), Mary Gordon Murray (Tony nominee, *Little Me*), and Ann Walker (LaVonda Dupree on *Sordid Lives*).Tickets are $20 (standard admission) and $50 (VIP). 8:00 PM at the West Hollywood Library Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard; free parking in the City Lot with validation at the event. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.thelavendereffect.org and go to the “Our Events” page – you’ll find a link to ticketing.
For those of you who can’t make any of these events, please consider making a donation to The Lavender Effect, or becoming a member of the “Host Committee” by purchasing 5 or more VIP tickets and giving them to your friends and enemies. We’re at a critical juncture in the project, and need to raise funds to continue moving forward. Any help you can give will be most appreciated.
The Lavender Effect (TLE) – the “host” of the Rainbow Key, Oral History Project, Outlaugh Special Event, and “Making Love Letters” is a not-for-profit Foundation formed to create an LGBTQ Museum and Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA