FREE EVENT 2/8: Signs of the Times


By thelaegotist / / Seen any good protest signs lately? As the people take to the streets of cities all across America to decry everything from “We Are All Immigrants” to “We Shall Overcomb,” a WeHo discussion/slide show this Wed., Feb. 8, will conjure up a fascinating moment in local teen activism history from 50 years past—and commemorate it with a truly rare gift: free parking! Location and Time: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, 7:00pm – 9:00pm WeHo Library West Hollywood City Council Chambers 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069 RSVP here: Through WeHo Arts, the City of West Hollywood is presenting a series of free events called “There’s Something Happening Here… On The Sunset Strip 1966” through May to mark the golden anniversary of several important dates for the world-famous mile-and-a-half stretch of Sunset Boulevard, which runs through the municipality. West Hollywood became incorporated in 1984. During this week’s presentation, “The Rise of Counterculture in West Hollywood: Art, Music and Poetry,” L.A.-based writer/historian Domenic Priore will illustrate how the Sunset Strip absorbed—then advanced—the folk music movement previously “owned” by Greenwich Village when Bob Dylan took the stage with The Byrds at Ciro’s in 1965. He’ll then show how the scene flourished as musicians such as Frank Zappa, Love, The Doors, and Buffalo Springfield became world-famous, as did clubs like It’s Boss, Whisky a Go Go, The Trip and Pandora’s Box. The 1966 closure of the latter, in fact, incited a peaceful protest by teenage baby boomers who frequented the Sunset Strip, which in turn inspired an indelible antiwar-era anthem, the Buffalo Springfield hit “For What It’s Worth.” WeHo Arts’ “There’s Something Happening Here…” takes its title from the song’s famous opening lyric. Priore will also discuss the Strip’s key role in the 1966 anti-Vietnam Artists’ Tower of Protest art installation, the organization of the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival and the February 1967 demonstrations over police raids on Silver Lake gay bar the Black Cat—a full two years before New York City’s legendary Stonewall Rebellion. Priore is the author of several books that explore the historical—and often hidden— ways pop culture, politics, economics and geography intersected to build the Los Angeles we know today. His WeHo presentation draws from “Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Last Stand in Hollywood” (Jawbone Press, 2015) Priore’s slide show will be shown in West Hollywood’s City Council Chambers, which is adjacent to the library. FYI: Please arrive early as this event will accept more RSVPs than the space can hold to account for no shows. Priority seating will go to those who RSVP’d and arrive by 7pm. At 7, those who did not RSVP will be allowed to fill any remaining seats. PARKING: Free validated parking provided for the five-story public parking structure. For more information on the speaker series, For more information on other WeHo Arts programs please visit or follow along on social media @wehoarts.