Arts News Digest – July 2018

New work by Coachella artist Carlos Ramirez, who  opened his first solo exhibition, The Killing of a Ghost, earlier this year at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New Jersey.

 

ART & DESIGN

Catching up with Carlos Ramirez (Coachella Magazine)
After many years of collaborating as part of The Date Farmers, artist Carlos Ramirez is forging a solo career.

Silica Studios a place to commune and create with clay (CV Independent)
Do you remember what it was like to play in the mud? Well, Silica Studios in Palm Springs has elevated this cherished childhood memory into an artistic experience.

Flat Back Art Supply & Gallery marks four years (Coachella Magazine)
Jorge Perezchica checks in with Pete Salcido, who moved his story and gallery to Palm Desert a year ago and has been hosting exhibitions and events like Paint Nights with Cake the Maniac.

Hazel’s Garden: Outsider art discovered in Wonder Valley (California Desert Art)
A film industry veteran moves to the High Desert, takes up photography, and discovers the secret garden of Hazel Iona Stiles (1913-2012), a hitherto unknown piece of land art in Wonder Valley.

ARTS MANAGEMENT

Alexa, donate $100 to my favorite arts organization (Current)
NPR and KUOW in Seattle are testing a donation feature that Amazon developed to enable charitable giving through its Alexa voice assistant.

CDAC ends fiscal year, celebrates successes, looks ahead (CDAC blog)
As the fiscal year ends, the nonprofit California Desert Arts Council takes the opportunity to share some of its successes.

What’s Arts Tank Greater Palm Springs? Read the FAQ (CDAC blog)
The Shark Tank-like program encourages arts innovation that attracts tourism, addresses a local issue or concern, and engages residents and visitors. Here’s how your project can win funding.

Workshop focuses on social media for arts and culture (CDAC blog)
Katy Carrier and Stefanie Paquette of The Social Bar show you how to create and promote irresistible social media posts on Wednesday, September 12, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., at UCR Palm Desert Campus.

DANCE

Want to learn to tango? Meet this local chiropractor (Coachella Valley Weekly)
Palm Desert chiropractor Gary Gaulin brings some Buenos Aires flair to Rancho Mirage, where he teaches Argentine Tango at Premier Ballroom Dance Studio.

FILM

Where to see a dive-in movie in the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs Life)
Many local hotels and parks offer dive-in movies free of charge or for a nominal fee throughout the summer. Here’s a list.

HERITAGE

Japanese farmers: The forgotten pioneers of the Coachella Valley (The Desert Sun)
Japanese farmers were among the first to bring large-scale agriculture to the Coachella Valley, where they found success and community even when political tides turned against them.

State gives $9.7 million to Cheech Marin’s Chicano art museum in Riverside (Los Angeles Times)
The money was rolled up in the $139-billion California budget for 2018-19 that Gov. Jerry Brown signed in late June.

ISSUES & IDEAS

Can artists save the Salton Sea? (Palm Springs Life)
Artists and musicians are buying up the dilapidated houses in Bombay Beach and transforming them into cultural attractions for the 300 or so people who live here and many more who visit.

How architects use VR to walk through buildings that don’t yet exist (Los Angeles Times)
In the studios of Morphosis Architects in Culver City, it is possible to step into the lobby of the new Orange County Museum of Art — even though construction on the museum, which will occupy an empty lot in Costa Mesa, isn’t scheduled to begin until sometime next year.

Are fabricators the most important people in the art world? (The New York Times)
As contemporary artists become increasingly less present in their own work, the people who make their pieces remain unsung heroes.

MUSIC

Concert for autism set for Oct. 19-20 at The Tack Room in Indio (Coachella Valley Weekly)
Blasting Echo frontman Josh Heinz and his wife Linda Lemke-Heinz are gearing up for their Annual Concert for Autism (Oct. 19-20), which won the Best Live Music Event honor at this year’s CV Music Awards.

Splash House announces August lineup (The Desert Sun)
The parties Aug. 10-12 feature recent Coachella duo of DJs Louis the Child, global house titans Gorgon City with support from vocal house originator MK, soulful-house craftsman Gryffin, bassline star Hannah Wants, Aussie legend Cut Snake, and Grammy-nominated duo Camelphat.

THEATER & STAGE

‘Women Behind Bars’ entertains captive audience (Palm Springs Life)
Through July 29, Desert Rose Playhouse in Rancho Mirage presents Tom Eyen’s uproarious send-up of 1950s-era prison exploitation films with “a terrific roster of ideally cast talent.”

Speakers announced for 2019 Desert Town Hall (Coachella Valley Weekly)
The lecture series continues with Chris Christie, Dana Perino, Rob O’Neill, and Dennis Prager and Adam Carollaat Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa.