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Arts News Digest – October 2019

The 14th annual fall edition of the Joshua Tree Music Festival runs Oct. 10–13 and features the North Mississippi All Stars, The California Honeydrops, Ocho Ojos, Desert Rhythm Project, and many others. Photograph courtesy Joshua Tree Music Festival.

 

ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

50 ways to celebrate modernism (CV Independent)
The schedule for Modernism Week Fall Preview features 50 events over four days, Oct. 17–20, including home and neighborhood tours, lectures, a mini version of the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, and the spirited Cul-de-Sac Experience.

Ghosts of Palm Springs past (Palm Springs Life)
Tour these scary-good relics that haunt with their modernist spirit and apparitions of Old Hollywood.

2019: the year of Hugh Kaptur (Palm Springs Life)
At 88, the architect is fresh off a career retrospective exhibition and still working. This month, the Modernism Week Fall Preview features him in four events.

It’s a midcentury life at Modernway (Palm Springs Life)
Twenty years ago, Courtney Newman turned his passion for modernist design into Modernway, the first vintage furniture and home accessories business in Palm Springs. That makes it the oldest midcentury modern store in the desert — and the place where the design movement’s local renaissance began.

 

ISSUES

California new gig economy law could impact arts workers (The Art Newspaper)
Music industry associations are warning that recording studios will flee Los Angeles for Nashville or New York. In the art world, nobody is quite so alarmist, but experts say it could affect some culture workers and the companies that hire them, including independent curators and art handlers.

The Big List features art and culture leaders (Palm Springs Life)
Palm Springs Life has published a list of 50 people shaping everyday life in the Coachella Valley, and it includes 15 artists, designers, architects, preservationists, and other arts and culture leaders and visionaries.

 

MUSIC

The love story behind the Concert for Autism (Palm Springs Life)
Single parents of autistic children meet, marry, and make beautiful music together. This is the story of Josh and Linda Lemke Heinz, a Bermuda Dunes couple and their Oct. 18–19 concert at The Tack Room Tavern in Indio.

Joshua Tree Music Festival preview (CV Weekly)
What do a heavy metal throat-singing band from Mongolia, a jet-setting DJ from London, and the Punk Empress of Afro Pop have in common with bands from Coachella, Palm Desert, and Joshua Tree? They’re all on the lineup for the 14th Annual Joshua Tree Music Festival, Oct. 10–13.

New Palm Springs arena to host Vegas-style musician residencies (The Desert Sun)
Tim Leiweke of the Oak View Group said “we think we’re going to do residencies here,” while announcing an American Hockey League team would play in the arena to be built on Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians land in downtown Palm Springs.

Yip Yops hit the road (CV Weekly)
Ison Van Winkle and Ross Murakami, better known as the Yip Yops, are on tour, with dates in Orange County and Seattle, and they have a new song and video, The Death of a Gentleman.

 

THEATER AND STAGE

Encore Theatre District plants its flag in Palm Springs (CV Independent)
The company has moved to the Palm Springs Cultural Center and opened its second season with 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother.

 

LITERARY ARTS

UCR Palm Desert introduces writers-in-residence (UCR Palm Desert blog)

UCR Palm Desert’s Low Residency MFA program announced its first writers-in-residence: Heather Scott Partington (critic-in-residence) and Jacqueline McKinley (screenwriter-in-residence). They will develop content for upcoming residencies, consult with graduating students, and provide optional consultations with alums.

 

HERITAGE

A new date festival for Coachella (KESQ News Channel 3)

Mark Tadros, a local grower and co-founder of the new Date Harvest Festival, set for Nov. 9 at the Rancho Las Flores Park in Coachella, says he’s trying something new to get people excited about the superfood growing in our backyard.

 

VISUAL ART

Desert X heads to Saudi Arabia — and into contentious territory (Los Angeles Times)
Desert X, the biennial site-specific exhibition based in the Coachella Valley, recently announced it would collaborate on a new edition ‘Desert X AlUla’ in Saudi Arabia in early 2020.

Robolights artist buys plots in Desert Hot Springs (The Desert Sun)
Robolights, artist Kenny Irwin Jr.’s popular but contentious holiday exhibit that the city of Palm Springs shuttered earlier this year, might have a new home on 10 acres in Desert Hot Springs.

Palm Springs costume designer turns toilet paper into Southern belle gown (The Desert Sun)
Frank Cazares worked for 600 hours to craft the gown of 41,416 sheets of toilet paper, cutting delicate designs, for TLC’s 15th annual “Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Challenge.”

Who will pay for ‘Marilyn Forever’? (Cactus Hugs)
PS Resorts, the organization behind the iconic statue’s return to downtown Palm Springs, has less than half the funds it needs to deliver on the promise, its chairman concedes.

Coachella artist Armando Lerma gets solo show at Riverside Art Museum (Inland Empire)
The artist known for his murals for Desert X and Coachella Walls has opened Lost in the Andes, an exhibition of paintings and sculpture at Riverside Art Museum that continues through January 5, 2020.

California Love (Palm Springs Life)
A Palm Springs couple deepens their relationship by pursuing a mutual passion: collecting early California paintings.

Bernard Hoyes announces San Bernardino museum exhibition (Inland Empire)
The Coachella Valley-based artist presents Spirit of the Land Through Climate Change, an exhibition of large-scale watercolors, Nov. 17 through March 8, 2020, at the San Bernardino County Museum.

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