Coachella Valley Arts News – July 2021

Palm Springs Noir, a new collection of short stories, upends the desert’s sunny disposition. Photo: Palm Springs Life/Getty Images

 

ART

Robert Longo’s Storm of Hope opens at Palm Springs Art Museum (Palm Springs Life)
The New York-based artist, who recently purchased a home in Palm Springs, has opened Storm of Hope: Law & Disorder, an exhibition at Palm Springs Art Museum featuring seven new monumental-scale charcoal drawings chronicling our time through critical, social, and political subjects. The show continues through Feb. 6, 2022.

 

LITERATURE

Authors peel back a layer of paradise in ‘Palm Springs Noir’ (Palm Springs Life)
Barbara DeMarco Barrett embraces the dark side of the bright and beautiful in a collection of 15 stories in the new book, Palm Springs Noir. Authors with Coachella Valley ties, including Tod Goldberg, Michael Craft, J.D. Horn, and Janet Fitch, reveal the fictional underbelly of familiar places from the Salton Sea to the Deepwell neighborhood of Palm Springs.

 

MUSIC

Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, and Luke Combs top Stagecoach ’22 lineup (The Desert Sun)
A summer announcement is unusual, as the lineup is typically released in October. Los Angeles-based producer Goldenvoice announced on the Stagecoach Twitter last week it was forgoing an advance sale in lieu of an early lineup release. 

How Steve Baker propels the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus (The Desert Sun)
Encouraged by his musician partner to join the chorus, Steve Baker, who worked for Hewlett-Packard for almost 30 years in the Bay Area, quickly went from singer to singer and board member. The chorus’ impacts are resonating across the Coachella Valley.

Jazzville Palm Springs returns with Lizzy & The Triggermen (CV Weekly)
With weekly performances scheduled through September at the Cascade Lounge at the Agua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs, the popular jazz series founded by Barry Martin transports audiences to a bygone decade.

Desert icons perform at Joshua Tree National Park (CV Weekly)
For the first time in over a decade, a concert was held “beneath the desert stars” inside Joshua Tree National Park, featuring Alain Johannes, earthlings?, and Mojave Lords. Yawning Man headlines another fundraising concert in the park July 17.

Splash House announces lineup for August (Palm Springs Life)
Weekend I, set for Aug. 13-15, welcomes some of modern house’s biggest stars, and Weekend II, set for Aug. 20-22, digs just as deep with dance luminaries like Camelphat, Gorgon City, Bob Moses (Club Set) and Yotto taking center stage. 

 

THEATRE

Dezart Performs to return in October with four productions (The Desert Sun)
The season begins at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater on Oct. 27 to 30 with the rock musical Girlfriend. The remaining productions — The Mountaintop (Jan. 14–23), Grand Concourse (March 4–13), and Every Brilliant Thing (April 1–10) — will be performed at the Pearl McManus Theater in Palm Springs.

Desert Ensemble Theatre moves to Palm Springs Cultural Center (The Desert Sun)
The company starts its 11th season Oct. 22-24 with a weekend benefit concert for its theater internship and scholarship program. The company’s upcoming season will include five productions from December through April and feature television and film star Judith Chapman as director.

Desert Rose Playhouse christens its new home (CV Independent)
The valley’s LGBTQ theater performed its first play, The Miss Firecracker Contest, with an in-person audience at its new home:the former site of Zelda’s nightclub in Palm Springs.

Palm Canyon Theatre celebrates 25th year and return of live performances (The Desert Sun)
The theater runs about 13 musicals and classic productions on the main stage from September to June, with a summer performance in July. PCT also offers six weeks of children’s theater camp in June and July, which culminates with a full-stage production.