The Stuart Timmons’ City of West Hollywood Immersive LGTBQ History Tour was performed as part of the One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival from 2015-2017. It returns once again in 2021 as a special, online production that will be available to view worldwide at any time.
More details of the new production to come. We currently have an OPEN CALL for performers.
But just what is Stuart’s WeHo Tour?
Stuart’s WeHo Tour is a fun-filled, fantastically informative, and FREE experience revealing the sensational, sordid, and surprising LGBTQ History of the City of West Hollywood! Think you know WeHo? Not quite like this!
Written by acclaimed author/historian Stuart Timmons (The Trouble With Harry Hay, GAY L.A.) and produced/directed by Jason Jenn, the tour first dazzled audiences in 2015 as part of the 30th Anniversary of the City of West Hollywood’s incorporation in November 1984. Stuart’s WeHo Tour was in the process of being written as the final in a trio of walking tours (DTLA and SilverLake are the other two) when Stuart Timmons had a stroke in 2008. It remained incomplete until a grant allowed Timmons and a small team to help finish his research, bringing it to a rousing completion as both a self-guided walking tour and a special in-person performance event. It returned for two more invigorating performance art events in 2016 and 2017 to celebrate Stuart’s legacy.
You can view a photo album of the 2017 festivities at WeHo Arts Photo Album by Tony Coelho
“This program is presented with the support of a grant from the
City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division as part of the City’s One
City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival (May 22 – June 30). More
info at www.weho.org/pride or @wehoarts.”
THE ORIGINAL DETAILS
While the 2021 online version of the tour will allow more people to experience it virtually, it’s good during these physically-distant days to see what the original live, in-person tour was like. Read below for the details.
WHAT TO DO – WHERE TO GO – & WHAT TO EXPECT
Free parking is available at the West Hollywood Municipal Parking Structure II just south of the West Hollywood Library. The Welcome & Reservation Station is located in the loading zone just north of the Library along San Vicente Blvd. We’ll sign you up for the next available shuttle, have you sign a release form (you are responsible for your own wellbeing), and validate your parking.
While you wait, we’ll treat you to live musical performances!
Shuttles depart approximately every 15 minutes with groups of 15-20. First shuttle departs at 11am. Last shuttle MUST leave by 1:30pm. After a brief ride around the city you’ll be dropped off along Sunset Blvd and proceed on foot encountering performers at various stations along the route to deliver the information. All shuttles are handicap accessible and the walking portion of the tour is a predominantly wheelchair friendly route – mostly even level or slightly downhill.
The walking portion takes between 75-90 minutes. You end up right back where you started, in West Hollywood Park near the Library
WHAT TO BRING
Walking shoes and comfortable clothes are recommended. You are welcome to dress in your “pride” for fun if you like! Some refreshments will be available, but we strongly encourage guests to bring their own water bottle/beverage to have at hand during the walk.
We will supply colorful parasols for your use to provide some gentle shade from the sun – it also enhances the enchanting atmosphere!
While the tour is absolutely FREE as sponsored by the City of West Hollywood, tips for our large cast of performers are most appreciated and will be accepted both at the beginning and end of the tour.