What’s on your calendar in October? If you love the arts, we have some ideas for you.

“Curated each month for residents and visitors, our itineraries offer thoughtful, in-the-know recommendations and even a few bold dares,” says Christi Salamone, CEO of the nonprofit CDAC. “We help everybody navigate and appreciate our big, diverse arts and culture community.”

In lockstep with its mission to unify, empower, and promote the arts, CDAC shares the itineraries on its website, in social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter), and via a free e-newsletter. CDAC’s partner, the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, promotes the itineraries to visitors via digital media and destination travel media.

Here’s are October highlights for arts lovers:



• PACIFIC STANDARD TIME: The second iteration of the Getty-funded Pacific Standard Time opens with a focus on Latin American and Latino art in L.A. Among more than 70 institutions mounting shows are Palm Springs Art Museum (Kinesthesia: Latin American Kinetic Art, 1954-1969), the museum’s Architecture and Design Center (Albert Frey and Lina Bo Bardi: A Search for Living Architecture), and Sunnylands Center and Gardens (Carved Narrative: Los Hermanos Chávez Morado).

BEYOND THE BLUE features artworks created by participants of CSUSB’s community-based Prison Arts Collective at College of the Desert’s Marks Art Center in Palm Desert. The event is open now through Oct. 26, when closing-day events include a panel discussion at 3 p.m. and reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Free to the public.

• DESERT ART CENTER’s Fall Art Show, featuring painter David Fairrington and ceramicist Rick Christie, opens with a reception Oct. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. Free to the public.

• THE ARTIST COUNCIL EXHIBITION opens Oct. 7 at Palm Springs Art Museum. Jurors — artist Lita Albuquerque, critic David Pagel, and dealer Rick Royale — selected works by more than 40 Artists Council members. The show continues through Dec. 10.

NO GLASS CEILING! Women Working in Glass, Part 1 opens Oct. 14 and continues through March 5, 2018, at Palm Springs Art Museum.

HWY 62 OPEN STUDIO ART TOURS: Visit working artist studios and purchase original works directly from the artists, Oct. 14-15 and Oct. 21-22.

MODERNISM PREVIEW WEEKEND: Immerse yourself in four days of lectures, tours, parties, and even a car show during Modernism Week’s Fall Preview, Oct. 19-22.

• A DAY IN JOSHUA TREE: On Oct. 29, take a self-guided tour of the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Museum of Assemblage Art and then head to boxoPROJECTS to enjoy the reception for artist-in-residence Daniel Kukla’s at 6 p.m. Joshua Tree. Both free to the public.



• DESERT THEATRE LEAGUE STAR AWARDS gala on Oct. 8 honors theatrical performers in the Coachella Valley and High Desert communities. The event begins with a reception at 4 p.m. at Sun City Palm Desert.

TOD GOLDBERG, author of Gangster Nation, is in conversation on Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m., at UCR Palm Desert’s Arts & Letters lecture series. Goldberg, director of the campus’ MFA in Creative Writing program, discusses the sequel to his 2014 crime novel Gangsterland.

• THE BAD SEED: Rhoda’s mother gets an uneasy feeling about her when one of Rhoda’s small Southern-town schoolmates mysteriously drowns at a picnic. The Bad Seed runs Oct. 12-15 at Palm Canyon Theatre.

• VENUS IN FUR: David Ives’ classic funny and sadomasochistic tale Venus in Fur runs Oct. 25 to Nov. 19 at CV Rep at the Atrium in Rancho Mirage.



DINNER IN THE CANYONS, Agua Caliente Cultural Museum’s annual fundraiser on Oct. 7, features a sunset reception, live performance, and sit-down dinner under the stars in Andreas Canyon.

• DESERT SCREENWRITERS GUILD’s Pitch Festival Oct. 14 welcomes writers to pitch producers Stephanie Bell, Todd Shotz, Chip Miller, and Leanna Bonamici.

REEL WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL returns Oct. 28 and 29 to Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs for an inspiring weekend of films about women.

• DESERT FILM SOCIETY SCREENS The Testament (Israel) at Camelot Theatres on Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. Based upon a book and facts, the film is about Yoel, a meticulous historian who’s conducting a double-investigation, personal and scientific.

PHOTO (top): Carlos Cruz-Diez’s Chromosaturation installation in the exhibition Kinesthesia at Palm Springs Art Museum. Photo by Steven Biller.