Arts News Digest – August 2018

Coachella Valley-based artist Cristopher Cichocki has a solo show at Lancaster’s Museum of Art and History through September 30.

 

INNOVATION

YV Arts opens in Yucca Valley (Palm Springs Life)
It has a large gallery with moveable walls, a dance studio, rehearsal space, and outdoor sites for sculpture and installations. Coming soon are a kitchen for cooking classes; a costume, fashion design and fabric arts studio; a carpentry shop for scenic design, woodwork and metal; and classrooms for painting and ceramics.

The 3-D-printed ballet shoe that eases dancers’ pain (Dezeen)
Bezalel Academy of Art and Design graduate Hadar Neeman has created personalized ballet shoes using 3-D printing technology that adapts to fit the user’s foot, providing greater comfort, protection, and durability than traditional ballet shoes.

FILM

Here are the most filmed places in Palm Springs (The Desert Sun)
Whether it’s the natural beauty of the desert, the architectural gems sprinkled across the neighborhoods, or the ease at which permits are issued, the city of Palm Springs is increasingly leaving its mark on film.

MUSIC

With no Desert Trip, Lake Perris emerges as fall festival hotspot (The Desert Sun)
With the Same Same But Different Festival in September and the Desert Daze Festival, which is relocating from Joshua Tree, in October, it appears Lake Perris Recreational Campgrounds has become the new fall music festival destination.

‘Big Sing California’ brings 6 cities into perfect harmony (Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Master Chorale’s artist-in-residence Eric Whitacre said wants to teach the world to sing, and he started with a statewide singing event, “Big Sing California.”

THEATRE

Nominees announced for Desert Star Awards (deserttheatreleague.org)
An extensive list of nominations has been revealed for the Desert Theatre League’s annual Desert Star Awards in October. The awards dinner has already sold out.

‘Electricity’ is shocking good drama (Palm Springs Life)
Using an actual hotel room as a stage, a new play explores the dynamics between men who meet up every 10 years attempting to turn a hookup into a relationship.

VISUAL ART

Cristopher Cichocki gets solo show at MOAH Lancaster (CV Independent)
The multimedia artist with a long exhibition history in the Coachella Valley has a solo show, Divisions of Land and Sea, at Lancaster’s Museum of Art and History through September 30. It’s part of a larger exhibition called The Robot Show, in which eight artists each have a solo installation.

Cathedral City man finds, turns in missing Desert X ‘Shybot’ rover (The Art Newspaper)
The missing desert rover, engineered to avoid human contact, went missing during the inaugural Desert X, which gave Cathedral City resident Kyle Gomez a $1,000 reward for finding and turning it in. The biennial exhibition of site-specific art returns in February 2019.

Palm Desert is for (art) lovers (Palm Springs Life)
The biennial El Paseo sculpture exhibition, between Highway 74 and Portola Avenue, is a tangible manifestation of the city’s dual art mission: to draw more people and retailers, and to foster the creative spirit.

California tried to give artists a cut. The judges said no (The New York Times)
A federal appeals court has ruled that visual artists will no longer be entitled to royalties from resales of their work in California — a decision that may discourage other states from considering royalty laws.

Does GM owe royalties to artist whose mural appears in TV ad? (The New York Times)
A federal judge in California will hear arguments in a copyright lawsuit that could determine if graffiti wins new protections, or if companies can use it for commercial purposes without having to compensate the artists who create it.