If you can’t stand the heat, stay inside. That’s where you’ll find the desert’s best art, music, dance, and film this summer. The staff of the California Desert Arts Council has offers these recommendations for the month of July. Also, please join us for Thankful Thursday July 12 at Dead or Alive Bar in Palm Springs. A portion of the evenings proceeds benefit support CDAC’s mission to unify, empower, and promote the arts in the Coachella Valley region.
Above: CV Rep presents Andrew Pearson’s this is a blank page. a story, in motion, an evening of dance and theater, July 20-22.
ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN
TWO FOR THE SHOW: In Conversation: Alma Allen and J.B. Blunk blurs the line between design and sculpture, with both men creating evocative organic work from natural materials. The exhibition continues through July 8 at Palm Springs Art Museum’s Architecture and Design Center. Info
GAY MEN’S CHORUS: Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus delivers a matinee performance July 29 at CV Rep in Rancho Mirage. Info
AVIATION ART: Palm Springs Air Museum presents the 32nd International Aviation Art and Aerospace Exhibition (through July 31) featuring works by more than 25 artists from around the world. Info
MUSIC & STAGE
MUSIC ALL SUMMER: CV Rep, located at the Atrium in Rancho Mirage, begins three summer music series: Cabaret (July 7-8, Leslie Page: A Tapestry Through Music), Classical (July 12, Steven Vanhauwaert and Tereza Stanislav), and Jazz (July 17, TBA).
THE WEDDING SINGER: Stood up at the altar in 1985, wedding singer/rock star wannabe Robbie Hart aims to make everybody’s wedding as disastrous as his own — until a winsome waitress wins his attention. Catch the show July 6-15 at Palm Canyon Theatre. Info
CARNEY MAGIC: This show blends mind-blowing sleight of hand with taste, intelligence, and wit July 13-15 at CV Rep in Rancho Mirage. Info
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN: Green Room Theatre Co.’s Summer Theatre Conservatory presents Annie Get Your Gun July 18-19 at CSUSB Palm Desert Campus. Info
DANCE AT CV REP: A dance-theater production with a strange name — this is a blank page. a story, in motion– comes to the stage July 20-22 at CV Rep in Rancho Mirage, exploring themes such as partnership, identity, sexuality, and comfort zones. Info
YELLOW SUBMARINE: Once upon a time there was a paradise called Pepperland, where happiness and music reigned supreme — until the Blue Meanies declared war and sent their army, led by a menacing Flying Glove, to destroy all that was good. The Beatles classic screens July 8, 9, and 11 at the Mary Pickford Theatre in Cathedral City. Info
YOURS, MINE & OURS: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic comedy Yours, Mine & Ours, starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda, July 14 at Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly Camelot Theatres). Info
HIGH DESERT ART: Artists from across the High Desert converge on Joshua Tree Art Gallery, aka JTAG, for its Pop-Up Exhibition through July 14. Info
DESERT PHOTOGRAPHY: Journey Through the Desert – The Road Less Traveled, a survey of photography from early 20th century to today, continues through July 29 at Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert. Featured photographers include Stephen H. Willard, John Divola, Lee Friedlander, Karen Halverson, Wanda Hammerbeck, Richard Misrach, and Mark Ruwedel. Info
EIGHTY@80: This exhibition of recent gifts to the Palm Springs Art Museum runs through September 16 at the museum’s main location in downtown Palm Springs and features works by Alexander Calder, Julius Shulman, Diane Arbus, John Divola, Maynard Dixon, Frank Lobdel, Squeak Carnwath, and Hung Liu. Info
NARRATIVES IN GLASS: This exhibition, through November 4 at Palm Springs Art Museum’s main space in downtown Palm Springs, showcases artists working in glass who use the human form to share their individual storytelling. Featured artists include Nicolas Africano, Sibylle Peretti, William Morris, Oben Abright,and Clifford Rainey. Info