Coachella Valley Arts News – August 2020

Jane Culp’s painting Mojave Desert: Pass Through the Panamint Mountain Range, from Echoes of the San Andreas, a new book about the life and work of the artist.

 

ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

Modernism Week Fall Preview moves online (The Desert Sun)
Modernism Week has announced that its fall preview scheduled for October will include no in-person events due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Local designer turns home renovation into YouTube series (Palm Springs Life)
The new program follows Christopher Kennedy’s makeover of a home in the Indian Canyons neighborhood of Palm Springs.

 

ART

Palm Springs Art Museum announces plan to reopen in the fall (Palm Springs Life)
An exhibition by legendary Cathedral City artist Agnes Pelton will welcome visitors back to Palm Springs Art Museum in the fall.

Jane Culp’s life and work revealed in ‘Echoes of the San Andreas’ (California Desert Art)
The book reveals the artist’s affection for violent natural forces that the fault line.

Artists beautify public benches in downtown Palm Springs (CV Independent)
The city has commissioned local artists to paint 10 public benches on Palm Canyon Drive between Amado and Alejo roads.

Artist recalls an inspiring encounter with John Lewis (The Desert Sun)
Palm Springs artist Claudio D’Agostino went to Capitol Hill to measure the late congressman for a bust and went home with an education about Selma.

Adam Enrique Rodriguez creates art for Kobe Bryant book (The Desert Sun)
When the artist answered the call to contribute the NBA legend’s book, he had two weeks to read the manuscript and create original work.

 

FILM & TELEVISION

Before he died, Trini Lopez told his story for a new documentary (Palm Springs Life)
David Ebersole and Todd Hughes discuss My Name is Lopez, which the Palm Springs-based filmmakers hope to release early in 2021. Lopez, a longtime Palm Springs resident, succumbed to complications from COVID-19.

Hitting ‘Pay Dirt’ in Coachella (Palm Springs Life)
Christian Sesma says Pay Dirt, his film starring Val Kilmer and Luke Goss, couldn’t have been made without the city of Coachella, its mayor, city council, and residents.

Why the Coachella Valley is a great place to make a movie (Palm Springs Life)
Actor-producer Mike Hatton discusses upcoming films being made in the Coachella Valley.

Drive-in movies come to Westfield Palm Desert (CV Independent)
Screenings take place Tuesday through Saturday on the top-level of the parking structure with concessions and pop-up stores.

The Living Desert appears in Netflix doc (The Desert Sun)
Connected: The Hidden Science of Everything focuses on the technology that The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert uses to gather data on their animals and protect endangered species.


LITERARY

Bookstore honors zinesters with new award (Hi-Desert Star)
Space Cowboy Books has announced the winners of their first Space Cowboy Award: Gideon and Janice Marcus, who publish the fanzine Galactic Journey, and for their support of science fiction, educationm and independent bookstores.

 

MUSIC

Kal David and Lauri Bono earn CVMA lifetime achievement award (CV Weekly)
Blues Hall of Fame members and longtime desert residents Kal David and Lauri Bono talk to CV Weekly about winning the Coachella Valley Music Award for lifetime achievement.

Actress, singer Francesca Amari gives back (The Desert Sun)
The 2018 Desert Theatre League award nominee has found inventive ways to perform during the pandemic.

 

THEATER

Nominees announced for Desert Star Awards (Desert Theatre League)
The Desert Theatre League has announced the 2020 nominees as well as the cancelation of its October awards gala. Winners will be announced online Oct. 18.

Coachella Valley live theaters form alliance (CV Independent)
Some — but, notably, not all — of the desert’s theater companies have banded together to share information and ideas, and possibly pool resources.

Dezart Performs looks forward to the future (The Desert Sun)
While the theater company has pivoted to meet community needs during the pandemic, artistic director Michael Shaw continues to focus the future for the performing arts. 

Desert Rose Playhouse moves to Palm Springs (Palm Springs Life)
The nonprofit LGBTQ community theater company has signed a leased in the space previously occupied by Zelda’s in South Palm Springs.