Due to a scheduling conflict, the Dunn Brothers will not conduct the lecture on Friday, December 14 as previously announced. On that date, Kenneth Gentry will conduct the lecture "Pioneertown, USA: Where the Old West Lives Again".
Pioneertown was established in 1946 by the infamous Dick Curtis along with his friends an co-stars, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Russell Hayden, Lillian Porter "Mousie" Hayden and The Sons of the Pioneers as a "living breathing movie set" in southern California. Over the 70+ years of Pioneertown's history, many stories of the High Desert town have been lost, embellished or even misreported. Pioneertown, USA is the result of over a year of thorough research and diligent cataloging to help accurately detail the deep and rich history of this hidden treasure in the Morongo Basin.
A self-proclaimed aspiring history buff, Kenneth Gentry has always had a fascination with history and searching for the truth. As member of the Morongo Basin Historical Society, Gentry decided to take action and started a year-and-a-half-long project to create the definitive history of Pioneertown - “Pioneertown, USA: Where the Old West Lives Again”.
Sponsored by the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park and the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, this lecture is held at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, 6760 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, on Friday, December 14 at 7 pm. This lecture is open to the public and costs $5 per person at the door. Optional dinner with speaker at 5 pm at the 29 Palms Inn, reservations are limited and attendees are responsible for their own meal. If interested in dinner please RSVP to 760-367-5539 before Wednesday, December 12.
Desert artists and crafters are invited to participate in the "12 Days of Christmas" celebration, organized by the 29 Palms Chamber of Commerce, with support from the Public Arts Advisory Comittee (PAAC) of the City of Twentynine Palms and local businesses.
Artists and crafters are especially wanted for the Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, December 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to set up booths and sale tables in Bucklin Park, next to the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center Art Gallery and Chamber of Commerce at 73484 29 Palms Hwy. in downtown Twentynine Palms.
Participating local businesses are also offering to partner with a vendor to display and sell their work at their business location on weekends throughout the 12 Days of Christmas celebration, from December 1 to 22. The event will culminate with a community celebration on Saturday night, December 22.
For more information and list of participating businesses:
The Chamber of Commerce is located in the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center & Art Gallery, 73484 29 Palms Hwy. at the corner of Desert Queen Avenue, downtown Twentynine Palms. Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (760)367-3445 or email: email@example.com.
“Listening to the Desert: Military Musings”
Artwork due Friday, January 4, 2019 at
Twentynine Palms Visitor Center & Art Gallery
“Listening to the Desert: Military Musings” is the theme for the next exhibition offered by Art in Public Places in collaboration with Mil-Tree organization from January 5 through March 29, 2019 at Twentynine Palms Visitor Center Art Gallery and Chamber of Commerce, 73484 29 Palms Hwy. in downtown Twentynine Palms.
Desert artists are invited to submit an original piece of art for possible inclusion in the group exhibition. Artwork will be received at the visitor center gallery on In/Out day, Friday, January 4, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Artists unable to make this time can request an alternate delivery time by calling (760) 367-3445 any weekday prior to January 4.
Cheryl Montelle, Founder of Mil-Tree, explained the genesis of this exhibition: “Listening to the Desert: Military Musings” features artwork created in Mil-Tree’s Painting Workshop with acclaimed artist Jo Bertini held November 16-17, 2018, at Copper Mountain College and on the grounds of the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. Jo Bertini is not only an accomplished and gifted artist, she is a gifted teacher as well.
In this 11-hour workshop, Ms. Bertini gave clear and inspiring instruction to participants of various levels from beginner to advanced, and these wonderful pieces are the result. In most cases the landscape served as the model, and creativity flourished with each and every stroke of all the participants.
This painting workshop was another example of the kind of activities that fulfills Mil-Tree’s mission statement: To bring veterans, active duty, and civilians together through arts and dialogue to help transform the wounds of war. This workshop was made possible by a grant from the Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions Foundation.
The theme can be expressed in painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, mosaics, ceramics, fabric art, assemblage, sculpture or other three-dimensional work. All work must be ready to hang with professional wire or mount on a pedestal, must be offered for sale, and must be suitable for viewing by the general public. Outdoor art pieces—either wall-hung or freestanding—are encouraged and will be on display in the Visitor Center’s walled patio area.
The Opening Reception on Saturday, January 5, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. is part of Art Cruise 29! First Saturday and will feature live music and refreshments.
In addition to the exhibition of new art at the Visitor Center, Art In Public Places focuses on two historic murals in Twentynine Palms, Mural #5, Desert Storm Homecoming & Victory Parade, and Mural #20, Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Art in Public Places exhibitions are hosted by the Public Arts Advisory Committee (PAAC) of the City of Twentynine Palms. For questions or more information, contact PAAC liaison Jon Beard at (760) 367-7562 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Visitor Center is open daily at 73484 29 Palms Hwy. at the corner of Desert Queen Avenue in downtown Twentynine Palms. Call (760) 367-3445 for gallery hours
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Images from participants of Mil-Tree’s Painting Workshop with Artist Jo Bertini
Mural #5, Desert Storm Homecoming & Victory Parade by artist Chuck Caplinger, and Mural #20, Operation Iraqi Freedom by artist Don Gray.
Mayor McArthur Wright will be presenting the State of the City Address at the Mojave Moon Café and Dessert Lounge, 73511 Twentynine Palms Highway, Twentynine Palms, on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 beginning at Noon. Lunch will be served. There will be limited seating, so please RSVP to City Clerk Cindy Villescas at (760) 367-6799 no later than Tuesday, December 4th if you would like to attend.
For further information and menu choices, please call City Hall at (760) 367-6799.
Leapin’ lizards! It’s little orphan Annie! On stage, in Twentynine Palms!
Theatre 29 brings back the red-headed tyke and her benefactor Daddy Warbucks for a reminder that little girls are cute, rich guys can be generous and scoundrels are always ready to scam the innocent.
The show, inspired by the 1920s-and-forward comic strip, made it to the Broadway stage in 1977 and folks haven’t stopped singing the perky anthem “Tomorrow” since. “Annie” has proved a training ground for budding singers who can belt while handling a frisky dog or play one of a ragged group of residents of a dingy orphanage run by the boozy Miss Hannigan. It’s fun for the family and even resonates today with its Hooverville jobless and upbeat President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his public work projects that helped lead America out of the Great Depression.
In the name-sake role of Annie is Carly Bateman, 13, making the move from Theatre 29’s wildly successful Summer Youth Theater program to the main stage. Playing billionaire Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks is Charles Harvey. His long-time secretary and business companion, Grace Farrell, is Cindy Ross. The diabolically alcoholic Miss Agatha Hannigan is Char Childs, her no-good brother Daniel “Rooster” Hannigan, is played by Chris Fleischman and his floozy-of-the-week Lily St Regis is played by his real-life wife Katie Fleischman.
The Orphans of the New York City Girl’s Orphanage are, played by Jocelyn Gonzalez, Alyssa Sahagun, Jessica David, Haylie Rodriguez, Katelyn Coleman, and Evelyn Gonzalez.
In a variety of characters is Dave Jessup, as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Kevin Myers playing the dual role of radio personality Bert Healy and butler Drake. Kegan Longuevan is the Broadway Star-to-be.
Rounding out the cast are Grace Rodriguez, Leigh-Ann Crummett, Cathy Inscore, Kelly Ames, McKenna Saneshale, Anna Carnes, Cruz Jimenez, Marissa Pennington, Tyler Bateman, Liam Keeran and Bobby Ames
For sunny attitude and child-pleasing hijinks, don’t miss “Annie”, for a delightful and endearing bit of escapism.
The Broadway musical based on the "Little Orphan Annie" comic strip will run through December 16 at Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms. Shows begin at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets cost $15 for general admission; $12 for students, seniors and military; and $10 for children 12 and younger.
Tickets are available at www.theatre29.org, by calling the Box Office at 760-361-4151.
Theatre 29 is the Morongo Basin’s largest year-round all-amateur theater company. The Community Theater Organization is a tax-exempt non-profit 501(c)3, (55-0808217).
Photos and graphics:
Warbucks (Charles Harvey) and Grace Farrell (Cindy Ross) show Annie (Carly Bateman) the sights of NYC in a scene from ANNIE at Theater 29 through Dec 16 (Photo by Olivia Sahagun)
Caption Easy Street:
This trio of ne’re-do-wells, Rooster (Chris Fleischman), Miss Hannigan (Char Childs) and Lily (Katie Fleischman) dance their way to “Easy Street” in a scene from ANNIE at Theatre 29 through December 16 (Photo by Olivia Sahagun)
New wildlife photographs by Kim and David Clements and landscape paintings by Warner Graves are on exhibit at the 29 Palms Art Gallery through Dec. 30. Join the artists at an opening reception Dec. 1 from 5-7 p.m. as part of the Art Cruise 29! first Saturday events in Twentynine Palms. Also showing in the gallery is a variety of artwork by 29 Palms Art Gallery guild members. On Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., shop for artwork and uniquely hand-crafted items made by artist guild members at the gallery’s annual holiday sale.
Kim and David Clements’ exhibition “Hi-Desert Highlights” is a photographic representation of the rich landscape and wildlife found in the unique surroundings of the high desert area. As animal lovers, the couple is drawn to the constant entertainment of the wildlife in Joshua Tree National Park. Their photographs express the beauty of the area and personalities of the animals who live in it.
Warner Graves’ exhibition “Back to the Canyons” is a series of oil paintings that bridge traditional desert landscape painting with explorations in contemporary art. With elements of abstraction and the energy of light, wind, sun and repetitive patterns, Graves’ paintings challenge the viewer to experience the natural world not as a static form, but as a living entity.
The week following the art exhibition opening, the gallery will hold its annual holiday sale featuring paintings, greeting cards, jewelry, quilted projects, wood creations, hats, bags, ceramics, ornaments and more. Visit the gallery Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. to shop for unique gifts from desert artists.
The 29 Palms Art Gallery is located at 74055 Cottonwood Drive at the corner of National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA, 92277. The gallery is free and open to the public Thursdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For details, visit www.29palmsartgallery.com or call 760-367-7819, Thursday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.