WHAP! Lecture Series Kicks Off Spring Semester With ‘Political Fictions’


Tonight (Jan. 30), the West Hollywood Aesthetics & Politics (WHAP!) guest lecture series continues its 2012-13 season at the Common Room of the West Hollywood library at 8 pm. The lecture, titled Political Fictions: Literature and the Political, features former CalArts faculty member Peter Gadol and current CalArts faculty Martín Plot.

Gadol, who is Associate Professor of the Graduate Writing Program at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, is the author of six books—including Light at Dusk (2000) and Silver Lake (2009)—and is currently writing an epic novel about 20th-century design, titled American Modern.

Below is the complete WHAP! spring schedule:

  • Bodies in the Break: A Night of Queer Performance
    Feb. 15, 7:30 pm, Fubar, 7994 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
    Poet/Performer Ronaldo V. Wilson stages “queer” as an aesthetic action in his multimedia presentations of oppositional poetics, b-boy bizness and hardcore signifying.
  • Screening: Dear Comrade
    Feb. 27, 8-9:30 pm, West Hollywood Library, City Council Chambers
    A documentary essay film (55 minutes). Written and directed by CalArts faculty Mady Schutzman.
  • Screening: La Huelga
    March 15, 7:30-9 pm, West Hollywood Library, City Council Chambers
    Occupy West Hollywood! A screening of Ken Ehrlich’s new documentary video La Huelga. Hosted by Martín Plot, with James Wiltgen as respondent.
  • Materialisms
    Friday, April 5, 7-9 pm, West Hollywood Library, Common Room
    Adrian Johnston and Suhail Malik join Dean of Critical Studies Amanda Beech to talk about the stakes of materialism—aesthetic, political, speculative, et cetera—today.
  • Designing West Hollywood
    Friday, April 26, 7:30-9 pm, West Hollywood Library, Common Room
    MA in Aesthetics and Politics alumnus and West Hollywood Councilmember John D’Amico will wrap up the year with a conversation about urban design in West Hollywood.

All events are free and open to the public. Pay parking is available in the West Hollywood Library structure, but parking will be validated.

Political Fictions: Literature and the Political
West Hollywood library, Community Room
625 N. San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 8-9:30 pm

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