No weekend plans? Here are 6 gay things to do in Los Angeles

The gay romance “Call Me By Your Name” is nominated for four Academy Awards. Photo: Photo by Sayombhu Mukdeeprom/Sony Pictures Classics

Here’s your big gay guide for the weekend in the Los Angeles area.


‘Call Me By Your Name’ author André Aciman book signing

What: “Call Me By Your Name” author André Aciman, whose best-selling novel is the basis of the the critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated film of the same name, will discuss his book at the West Hollywood Library as part the city’s WeHo Reads program. The book “Call Me By Your Name” follows a summer love affair between an intellectually precocious 17-year-old U.S.-Italian Jewish boy and a visiting 24-year-old U.S.- Jewish scholar in 1980s Italy and the 20 years that follow their relationship. ‘Call Me By Your Name’ has received four Oscar nominations

When: 7 p.m.

WhereWest Hollywood Library in the City’s Council Chambers-Public Meeting Room

Cost: Free with validated parking in structure next door

“I Am My Own Wife”

What: At a time where fascist and neo-Nazi movements have made a return across the country, four transgender actors are reviving “I Am My Own Wife,” the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, an antiques dealer and transgender woman who survived the Nazi and Communists regimes in East Berlin. 

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m.

WhereLos Angeles LGBT Center

Cost: Free with a $10 suggested donation benefiting the Center

An informal celebration of life for Thor Stephens, who passed away Wednesday, will take place Saturday at Precinct from 3 to 7 p.m. Photo: Facebook


Thor Stephens celebration of life

What: Thor Stephens, who co-owned the popular queer rock ‘n’ roll gay bar Precinct with his partner, Brian McIntire, died Wednesday. There will be an informal celebration of life at their bar

When: 3 to 7 p.m.

Where: Precinct

Kub Kamp 14th Birthday Party

What: Celebrate 14 years of furry fun at Kub Kamp at Hamburger Mary’s in Long Beach. DJ Big Dipper will be back on the decks. 

When: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Where: Hamburger Mary’s Long Beach

Cost: $5 after texting BEAR to 54900; $7 at the door


What: Enjoy a collection of short plays celebrating the queer Latinx experience. “Brown and Out IV” features 10 world premieres from a group of queer Latinx storytellers. The mission of the festival is to present plays showcasing the rich and diverse culture, community, and queer experiences. The festival opens Friday and runs through March 4. 

Here’s the lineup:

  • “He Said, She Said, They Said” by Jaime Mayorquin
  • “Girl Misinterpreted” by Josefina Lopez
  • “Twinks & Boobs MC” by Raymond Arturo Perez
  • “L.U.G. (Lesbian Until Graduation)” by Claudia Duran
  • “Angelito” by Gilbert Salazar
  • “Scratching the Surface” by Patricia Zamorano
  • “When Boyz Cry” by Abel Alvarado
  • “Almost Family” by Matthew Benjamin Ramos
  • “Young Dudes” by Corky Dominguez
  • “Cochino” By Richard Villegas Jr.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2 and 3; 5 p.m. Sunday and March 4

Where:  Casa 0101 Theater in Boyle Heights

Tickets: $15-$45 are here.

The political satire movie “Chocolate Babies” will be shown Sunday at the Hammer Museum.


‘Chocolate Babies’ screening

What: The Hammer Museum will screen the audacious, 1997 political satire “Chocolate Babies” about a band of HIV-positive queer urban activists of color who stage a series of surprise attacks to expose political corruption surrounding the AIDS epidemic. Author Tisa Bryant and film critic Ernest Hardy will participate in a Q&A after the movie.

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Hammer Museum

Cost: Free

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Beatriz E. Valenzuela

Beatriz E. Valenzuela is an award-winning journalist who’s covered breaking news in Southern California since 2006 and has been on the front lines of national and international news events. She also covers all things nerd, including comic book culture and video games. She’s an amateur obstacle course racer, constant fact-checker, mother of three, and lover of all things geek.

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