Coachella Valley Arts News – March 2020

Glass artist Lino Tagliapietra, featured this month at the Palm Springs Art Museum, is revered for his graceful forms, exquisite colors, and masterful technique. Photograph courtesy Palm Springs Art Museum

 

ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

Aluminaire draws closer to a Palm Springs home (Palm Springs Life)
A decision is expected soon on a location for the modernist structure designed by Albert Frey and A. Lawrence Kocher in 1931.

 

ART

Glass artist exhibits fragile beauties at Palm Springs Art Museum (Palm Springs Life)
Lino Tagliapietra, widely regarded as the greatest glass blower in the world, has opened his second solo exhibition at Palm Springs Art Museum —  a more intimate affair than his 2009 retrospective, yet equally sensitive to the 85-year-old Murano artist’s decades of innovation. The museum galleries remain open this month, although its events (tours, lectures, performances, screenings) have been canceled.

When the ocean gives you plastic, make animals (The New York Times)
The Washed Ashore nonprofit collects garbage on the Oregon coast and creates sculptures of animals whose health is endangered by the trash they are made of.

 

MUSIC & DANCE

Coachella, Stagecoach move to October (Los Angeles Times)
Both weekends of the Coachella festival and the Stagecoach Country Music Festival have been postponed until October due to concerns over the novel coronavirus outbreak, promoter Goldenvoice announced.

‘Gig worker’ law threatens independent musicians (CV Independent)
Musicians and club owners are grappling not only with the bill’s prohibitions, but also its confusing language.

The Adobe Collective releases third album (CV Independent)
The Joshua Tree-based band has released All the Space That There Is — four years after its last album. The group’s founder, Tim Chinnock, talks about his soothing psychedelic music, life, and the name of the band.

Care to dance? (Palm Springs Life)
Palm Springs Dance Project gives students free professional dance instruction and an opportunity to express themselves through movement.

 

THEATER

McCallum Theatre closes through April 30 (The Desert Sun)
Due to concerns about the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the 1,127-seat venue in Palm Desert has closed through April, but the box office remains open to issue refunds.

Large audiences raise profile of LimonCarr Desert Theatricals (R/M)
The company, which has produced shows in Southern California, has drawn big audiences and the attention of Rancho Mirage City Council, which saw the opportunity for musical theater at its new, state-of-the-art amphitheater.

‘Beautiful Thing’ tells story of young, forbidden love (CV Independent)
Jonathan Harvey’s story of two working-class South London teens grappling with self-acceptance and their love for each other runs through March 29 at the Desert Rose Playhouse in Rancho Mirage.

 

LITERARY

Bombay Beach gets lit (Palm Springs Life)
A new festival and library bring another wave of culture to the resurgent town on the Salton Sea.

 

ISSUES

A California-style Brexit (City Journal)
Freelancers, including artists and musicians, are rising up in opposition to AB 5, the state’s new law regulating “gig workers.”

California’s AB5: not as easy as ABC (American Theatre)
AB 5, California’s new bill aimed at reining in employers who incorrectly or wrongfully classify workers as independent contractors, has sent shockwaves through the California theatre community, especially small, non-Equity companies.

 

FILM & TELEVISION

Native Film Fest focuses on indigenous filmmakers, stories (Palm Springs Life)
The festival, produced by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, opens a door for discussing and exploring indigenous issues, such as tribal identity and the exploitation of Native American land, onscreen.

Hollywood set designer finds his balance in Rancho Mirage (Palm Springs Life)
Jay Hart, who shared a 2019 Academy Award for Black Panther, was only a few days into his R&R at home in Rancho Mirage before an offer came to work on the set design of The Lord of the Rings series.