Coachella Valley Arts News – September 2020

The Aluminaire House, a prototype structure designed in 1931 by Albert Frey and A. Lawrence Kocher, will be installed at Palm Springs Art Museum.

 

ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN

Aluminaire House finds home in Palm Springs (The Desert Sun)
The 1931 prototype residence designed by Albert Frey and A. Lawrence Kocher will be installed in 2021 in the south parking lot of the Palm Springs Art Museum, which has accepted the historic structure into its permanent collection.

 

ART

Podcast: The unbelievable true story of the mystical painter Agnes Pelton (Artnet)
Whitney curator Barbara Haskell discusses the rediscovery of the spiritualist painter who lived in Cathedral City. The exhibition Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist opens at Palm Springs Art Museum in November.

‘Desert Transcendentalist’ among 3 shows at reopened Whitney (The New York Times)
The survey of Agnes Pelton paintings, expected to open at the Palm Springs Art Museum in late November, is a reminder that the history of modernist abstraction, and women’s contributions to it, is still being written.

Artists paint more benches in downtown Palm Springs (Uken Report)
Benches are ideally situated for taking a load off — and providing some of the best places to people watch. These are not, however, your typical street benches. They are works of art. And, soon there will be more of them.

‘Rovinsky’s Palm Springs’ illustrations conjured desert style and society with flair (The Desert Sun)
Alice Rovinsky created the sophisticated, witty and always entertaining “Rovinsky’s Palm Springs,” a series of topical cartoons conjured from the desert’s lifestyle and social scene, for Palm Springs Life magazine in the late 1960s and 70s.

 

FILM

LGBTQ film fest streaming from Palm Springs (Palm Springs Life)
Michael Green, executive director of the Palm Springs Cultural Center, discusses how streaming technology saved Cinema Diverse, which continues through Sept. 30 and includes a pair of drive-in movies.

Duo sets up drive-in movies at air museum (The Desert Sun)
Operated by Socially Distanced Entertainment, founded by two local school district employees, the theater made its debut Sept. 11 at the Palm Springs Air Museum, screening Bill & Ted Face the Music and The New Mutants.

 

EDUCATION

Idyllwild Arts Academy introduces virtual gap year program (The Desert Sun)
As more students defer college enrollment amid the pandemic, the gap year allows those between high school and college to take part in educational or career-focused programs. All the school’s disciplines — music, visual art, film, fashion, and dance — are available this fall.

 

LITERATURE

Rancho Mirage Writers Festival announces 2022 dates (The Desert Sun)
The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival, which was slated to take place in late January, has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The organization’s board announced dates for the next festival: Jan. 26-28, 2022.

Excerpt: A mystery in Orvieto unfolds in ‘Upon This Rock’ (CV Independent)
An American couple in Italy investigates the suicide of a cleric in the picturesque city of Orvieto and plunge into a conspiracy that could destroy the Catholic Church in the new thriller Upon This Rock by Palm Springs-based author David Eugene Perry.

 

MUSIC

Joshua Tree Music Festival cancels fall event (The Desert Sun)
Since its 2003 inception, the family-friendly festival has featured acts such as indie-rock band Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Latin rock band Chicano Batman, and folk rock band the Avett Brothers.

Law loosens strictures for musicians and other freelancers (San Francisco Classical Voice)
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed California Assembly Bill 2257 into law, rolling back some stringent limitations on freelance musicians, entertainment-industry workers, writers, photographers, and others that had been imposed by AB5, which was intended to protect “gig” workers.

Ruth Moir inspires generations of music lovers (The Desert Sun)
With more than five decades introducing children to music as a teacher and performer, the founder of the Steinway Society of Riverside County has inspired generations of music listeners and artists.

Local band SID ready to drop second album (Coachella Valley Weekly)
Slipping Into Darkness, which got its break playing at the 2013 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, spoke to Noe Gutierrez about the release of their second full album, Second Wind for Love, due out Sept. 18.