DIE KRÄNKEN: SPRAYED WITH TEARS
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries at 909 West Adams Boulevard in Los Angeles is the world’s largest repositories of LGBTQ materials. The unique collection includes: Books and periodicals, audiovisuals, art and photography, posters, textiles and objects, as well as subject files, a broad digital library and a large collection of archival collections from activists, artists, cultural, social and educational organizations, as well as ordinary citizens. Part of what ONE Archives at the USC Libraries and the ONE Archives Foundation do, is to organize a range of exhibitions on queer art and culture, viewed at ONE’s main location near USC or other off-site locations such as the ONE Gallery in West Hollywood. From Saturday, February 11 through Saturday, April 8, a new exhibition will be on display at the ONE Archives called Die Kränken: Sprayed with Tears, featuring works from a group of artists formed in 2015 in response to the extensive holdings on gay motorcycle clubs in Southern California housed at the archives. “Taking its inspiration from these outlaw clubs, Die Kränken’s projects examine the significance and complicated history of these motorcycle groups through a variety of multimedia and performative strategies. Frustrated by gay assimilationist aspirations, Die Kränken strives for new strategies of queer radicality.”
For more information on this and other upcoming exhibitions, or the extensive holdings housed inside ONE Archives, go to one.usc.edu.
RESOLUTION RIDE AND AIDS/LIFECYCLE EXPO
AIDS/LifeCycle is the fully supported, annual seven-day bike ride that originates in San Francisco and culminates in Los Angeles whose funds raised go to support San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. The ALC Expo, taking place at the Crystal Springs Picnic Area in Griffith Park on Sunday, February 12, is the info place at which you will learn pretty much everything you need to know for the Ride: Workshops featuring all you need to know about fundraising, training, nutrition, camp life and even what to pack. Los Angeles’ Griffith Park is the location and the theme is Connect.Prepare.Love. Connect with AIDS/LifeCycle cyclists, roadies, staff and community partners. Prepare: Hear about training, fundraising and life in camp. Love: Meet other cyclists and roadies. Bring friends, family, neighbors and colleagues—the more, the merrier—spread the Love Bubble!
ADDED BONUS: The Resolution Ride! Postponed to inclement weather, the fourth annual Resolution Ride has landed smack-dab in the middle of its sister event the same day! Check-in for Resolution Ride begins at 7:30 a.m., also located in the Crystal Springs Picnic Area in Griffith Park. Two fully-supported rides for riders of all skill and fitness levels. The day includes a bike skills and safety clinic for new riders, a fitness festival with local businesses, nutritious food, great music and even a chance to win a new bike!
For more information on AIDS/LifeCycle or the Los Angeles LGBT Center, please visit tofighthiv.org or lalgbtcenter.org.
QUEERING WELLNESS: HEALING AS A COMMUNITY
The Southern California LGBT Health Conference was conceived due to a lack of health care education during a time of ongoing health disparities in LGBT communities. Their third annual event, takes place on Saturday, February 18, at the at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles. This year’s theme, Queering Wellness: Healing As A Community was chosen because, as they say, “Now more than ever, our personal survival is inextricably linked to the survival of our larger community.” Their mission statement reads, “To educate, empower, and support all who advocate for the physical, emotional, and psychological wellness of LGBTQIA communities.” Medical schools in the U.S. for example only allocate an average of five hours of curriculum to LGBT health issues, with HIV/AIDS being the predominant topic. Disparities among healthcare for LGBT people, especially in communities of color, have continued to persist despite advancement in medical care. LGBT adults are less likely to have health insurance coverage, more likely to delay or not seek medical care, get prescription medicine, more likely to have cancer and lesbian and bisexual women are less likely to receive mammograms. LGBT youth are more likely to be threatened or injured with a weapon in school, to be overweight, to experience psychological distress and need medication for emotional health issues and to have suicide ideations and attempt suicide. Five conference tracks include: Healing Self, Healing Patients, Healing Communities and Continued Medical Education. Tickets (donation options) begin at $5 for students and community members, $20 for professional healthcare providers and $100 for those seeking continuing medical education.
For more information or to register, go to socallgbthealthconference.org.
THE ENVELOPE PLEASE: AN OSCAR VIEWING PARTY
16 years and counting… The AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) Oscar Viewing Party has been taking place at The Abbey Food and Bar in West Hollywood, so that has given them a lot of years to perfect a flawless party. Centering around the glamorous, star-studded 89th Annual Academy Awards Show on Sunday, February 26, the annual black-tie WeHo event has raised more than $2 million for APLA Health’s critically needed services. AIDS Project Los Angeles brings vital support to the 14,000 L.A. County HIV/AIDS patients and low-income LGBTQ community clients every year. The event features a VIP cocktail reception, a seated dinner and an exclusive viewing of the Academy Awards broadcast, with Pauley Perrette (of CBS’s NCIS), returning once again as host during the events. Brush off that beautiful tux, polish up that patent leather, starch that collared shirt and perfect the tie on your bowtie, Red Carpet Arrivals begin at 4 p.m., with the seated dinner and viewing party starting at 5 p.m.
For tickets and more information, go to aplahealth.org.