3rd annual Go-Go Dancer Appreciation Day joins with Tom of Finland


Photo credit: Jim Winsor/SDPIX

The third annual celebration of go-go dancing, which is said to have originated in West Hollywood, will be held on Nov. 9 as part of the opening reception for a Tom of Finland art exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) branch at the Pacific Design Center

“It’s really exciting,” said West Hollywood Councilmember John D’Amico, who came up with the idea of Go-Go Dancer Appreciation Day in 2011. “This is the first-ever Tom of Finland display at MOCA. It seemed natural to tie go-go dancing to the opening of the exhibit.” 

James F. Mills – WeHoVille.com





TOM OF FINLAND (DetaIl) © 1962 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND (Detail) © 1962 Tom of Finland Foundation

After this Saturday’s MOCA opening for Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland and ONE’s Art and Physique Circa Bob and Tom, head over to West Hollywood’s third annual Go-Go Boys Appreciation Day Festival and Competition at 7:30 p.m. The contest will be held between Revolver & Eleven.

Celebrity judges for this TOM themed, star-studded, red carpet event include David Moretti (Dante’s Cove, The Lair), Gerald McCullouch (CSI, BearCity), Matthew Breen (The Advocate Magazine), Guy Baldwin (International Mr. Leather 1989), Mike Gerle (International Mister Leather 2007) and Vladimir Shmygol (WeHo GoGo 2012).

International recording artist and YouTube sensation VINITA will be performing live. 

Frontiers magazine has partnered with The City of West Hollywood, Tom of Finland Foundation, Visit West Hollywood, MOCA at the Pacific Design Center, 665 Leather and the bars and clubs of Boystown for the third annual Festival.

This year’s event will have a Tom of Finland theme with donations
benefiting Tom of Finland Foundation and Frontiers Foundation.

City of West Hollywood – “Arts Briefs” – 12th September, 2012

16th September, 2012
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

El Tovar Parking Lot
8752 El Tovar Place
West Hollywood

INSTALL: WeHo is an interactive exhibition showcasing the curated and juried work of LGBTQ-minded artists in the Greater Los Angeles community. In the raw, spontaneous spirit of the underground art scene and the refined organization of a fine art biennial, INSTALL: WeHo will appear overnight in a caravan of U-Haul trucks, each dedicated to, and curated by an individual, organization, gallery or performance troupe, but together a pop-up “City.” Visit www.installweho.com for more information.


17th Annual Erotic Art Fair
 28 – 30th September

Plummer Park – Fiesta Hall
7377 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood

Tom Finland Foundation and the City of West Hollywood presents the 17th annual Erotic Art Fair Weekend. The event features 50 artists from around the globe and they will be presenting a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, mixed media, and digital work celebrating the LGBT experience. There is a suggested donation of $10. For more information, please visit www.tomoffinlandfoundation.org.


11th Annual West Hollywood Book Fair
30th September
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

West Hollywood Library and WeHo Park
625 N. San Vicente Blvd
West Hollywood

This year’s Book Fair will feature 13 stages with hundreds of acclaimed authors and artists, 100 exhibitors, live performances, culinary demonstrations, children’s theater programming, and workshops across a broad spectrum of works. The 2012 Book Fair will also feature new genre-specific and multi-genre stages in addition to performance areas that carry on the success of the past ten years. Admission is free, and there will be free parking and shuttles for the event. For more information, contact (323) 848-6482 or visit www.westhollywoodbookfair.org


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Artist Reservations open – Erotic Art Fair 28th–30th September – LA


Come and Celebrate Who We Are As a People Expressed Through the Visual Arts

Tom of Finland Foundation produces an Art Fair each year in West Hollywood – Los Angeles.

This is the coming together of 50 artists from around the world to share with each other and to present their latest creations of art to the public.

It is one of the most positive,
life-affirming experiences in which one can partake,
from both the artist’s and public’s
point of view.