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).
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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.
December is upon us…and Gallery 62 in downtown Joshua Tree is starting the celebration this week with a gala gift show of wondrous artworks, all priced at $100 and waaay under!
G62’s HOLIDAZE show will feature dozens of delightful local artisans, with imaginative items from paintings to cozy pillows, ceramics to sensational jewelry, coasters to creative journals, photographs and much more! And, don’t forget—everything is very affordably priced to please your pocketbook!
Your presence is highly and happily encouraged at the HOLIDAZE Artists’ Reception during the Second Saturday Downtown Art Crawl, December 8th. Regular G62 hours are Fridays and Sundays, 12-3pm, and Saturdays, 9am-3pm, plus by appointment--with the show running from Friday, November 30th through Sunday December 30th.
Gallery 62 is located at 60167 Twentynine Palms Hwy, Suite H, Joshua Tree and proudly features the exceptional talents of local artists. It is the cooperative gallery of the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council, a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization with a 501(c)(3) status. For further information, visit gallery62.org or MBCAC.org
Panel for the ‘The PEARLY GATES COLLECTION’ exhibition at the Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center to be held on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 at 4 pm
The Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s Yucca Valley Arts Center (YVArts) will present a panel discussion on the ideas and concepts surrounding its current exhibition, THE PEARLY GATES COLLECTION. The event will take place on December 2nd at 4pm. The exhibition, a conceptual curatorial project created by Michael McCall, the gallery’s executive curator, was built by trading worthless bank notes to 50 chosen artists, asking each artist to trade an artwork they feel would be worthy of exhibiting in the “Halls of Heaven”. The project pays tribute to famed curator, Walter Hopps, who once owed the aforementioned bank notes. Hopps, along with Edward Kienholz, spearheaded the contemporary Los Angeles art movement during the mid-50s and opened the Ferus Gallery, which exhibited Andy Warhol’s “Soup Cans” in 1962. It was Warhol’s first gallery showing. Hopps went on to become the director of the Pasadena Art Museum, exhibiting Marcel Duchamp first retrospective in 1963. The year previous to the Duchamp retrospective, Hopps curated a show entitled, “Paintings of Common Objects”, credited as the first exhibition of Pop Art in the United States.
McCall will be joined on the panel by Jim Edwards, a colleague of Walter Hopps. Edwards co-curated the Pop Art: U.S/U.K. Connections 1956-1966 exhibition for the Menil Collections of Houston in 2001. Art critic, curator, poet, and current YVArts Advisory Board member, Peter Frank will also be joining the panel discussion. Frank, a contributing writer to the Huffington Post and many art publications, recently curated the Tony DeLap retrospective for the Laguna Art Museum. Past Los Angeles Cultural Affairs General Manager and current YVArts Advisory Board member, Adolfo V. Nodal, will join the panel. Nodal worked with Hopps during the late 1970s when Nodal was director of The Washington Project for the Arts. Nodal curated the current exhibition in the Project Room at the Yucca Valley Arts Center, entitled “Havana Noir”, which features artworks by famed neon artists Kadir López Nieves of Cuba and Michael Flechtner of Los Angeles.
Tickets to this special panel are free for members and only $15 for non-members. The new center is located at 58325 CA-62 in Yucca Valley, CA 92284. For more information on the new Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center, visit YVArts.org or send an email to email@example.com to learn how to get involved or to become a founding member or donor.
The Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center is a program and annex of Hi-Desert Cultural Center. Additional information on the Hi-Desert Cultural Center may be found on the Cultural Center’s main website, HiDesertCulturalCenter.org or by calling 760.366.3777. The Hi-Desert Cultural Center is a GuideStar “Gold Status” non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the arts agency for the Joshua Tree National Park region.
PHOTO CAPTION: Art critic, Peter Frank, will be among the art panelists for the Yucca Valley Arts Center’s upcoming December 2 panel on The Pearly Gates Collection--a collection in celebration of famed art curator Walter Hopps.
ABOUT HI-DESERT CULTURAL CENTER
With its multi-venue performing and visual arts centers located in Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, California, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center (HDCC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation (Federal Tax ID# 23-7425816) that has been serving as the regional performing and visual arts organization and arts agency for the gateway communities of Joshua Tree National Park for more than 50 years. The Cultural Center owns and operates its own performance venues and facilities and produces award-winning community and professional live theater, concerts, art exhibits and galleries, festivals, the Joshua Tree Philharmonic symphony orchestra, a master chorus, an artist residency for veterans, an extensive educational arts and technology academy program for youth and adults, and more. The Cultural Center is the largest and oldest non-profit arts organization in the region with several million dollars in assets, employing over 30 full-time and part-time employees, and with an annual budget exceeding half-a-million dollars. Having achieved GuideStar Gold status and recognized as an organization of artistic excellence by the National Endowment for the Arts, it instructs over 700 adults and youth weekly and operates a significant financial aid and scholarship program so that no children are turned away from programs due to their socioeconomic situation. Learn more at: www.hidesertculturalcenter.org
Reach Out Morongo Basin organizers have geared up for the 2019 Parade of Homes fundraiser to be held on February 17, 2019 and are securing homes for the annual fundraising event. With three homes secured , two in Twentynine Palms and one in Yucca Valley, officials are seeking homes in Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley and Morongo Valley to round out the line-up as well as sponsors for the 15th Annual Parade of Homes.
The event, which sees Reach Out Morongo Basin supporters from across the basin open their homes to curious visitors, is the Neighbors-Helping-Neighbors program’s long running fundraiser bringing in thousands of dollars in ticket sales and sponsorships every year to support it's services to senior and disabled residents of the Morongo Basin.
"We are very excited for the upcoming 15th Parade of Homes and the generosity of owners who open their doors to us is what makes this event such a success” said Executive Director Robin Schlosser who continues “Growing interest and success has homeowners eager to show their homes which range from renovated homestead cabins to astonishing architectural masterpieces. The unique qualities of each home showcase our desert community and way of life to visitors from all over the world as they tour view six homes in the Morongo Basin each with its own story.”
In Twentynine Palms homes is ‘Hummingbird Haven’ – the home of Paul Stackel and Lyn Sells. Originally a 1960’s ranch style home the owners completely renovated between 2002 – 2006 adding a dining room, master bedroom and bath, an artist’s studio and garage. The home features artwork and collectables as well as antiques from America and Europe collected during the owner’s time abroad as teachers for the Department of Defense.
Interested homeowners are urged to call Reach Out at 760-361-1410 for information or to offer their homes for consideration.
In addition organizers are looking for tour and media sponsors at the following levels:
Platinum: $1,000 or more
The single platinum sponsor will receive top billing in all publicity about the home tour as well as listing on tickets, directional signs, advertising, fliers and posters and the Reach Out Morongo Basin website and newsletter.
The platinum sponsor also has the option of nominating one home for the tour, with the caveat that the home should be of historical or architectural interest and that the chairman reserves the right to choose homes for the tour.
Docents at each home will wear company shirts and hats, assuming they are supplied by the sponsor and will display company brochures during parade hours.
The platinum sponsor will receive 20 free tickets.
Gold: $500 or more
Each gold sponsor will also be the floral centerpiece sponsor for one home on the tour, with their name featured prominently in the display.
Gold sponsors will also be listed in advertising, fliers, posters and on the Reach Out Morongo Basin website and newsletter and will receive eight free tickets.
Silver: $250 or more
Silver sponsors will be listed in advertising, on fliers and posters and on the Reach Out Morongo Basin website and newsletter. They will receive four free tickets.
For more details, call Reach Out Morongo Basin at (760) 361-1410
The Palm Desert R/C Raceway & Hobby Shop will host the 14th Annual Toys for Tots Toy Drive & R/C Off-Road Race on Saturday, December 1st at the PDRC Track, located at 72440 Painters Path in Palm Desert, California – behind the Desert Crossing Shopping Center and next to the entrance to the “Bump-n-Grind Trail.”
The Toys for Tots Toy Drive & Race will bring the top R/C nitro off-road drivers from around the West Coast to the Coachella Valley. Practice for the race opens on Friday, November 30th from 12pm to 8pm. Then on Saturday, gates will open at 7am, presentation of the colors and national anthem at 8:30am, and racing begins promptly at 9am. Food and drinks will be available all-day during Saturday’s event. Locals are encouraged to come by to watch and cheer for their favorite R/C driver and team during practice and race days for free.
For 2018, the Toys for Tots Toy Drive & Race is in its 14th season and is the most popular radio-control nitro car and truck racing event in Southern California during the Christmas season. “We are so pleased to have Toys for Tots back at PDRC, we need all the support we can get this season with Toys-R-Us closing down, which was our biggest supporter and donor,” says retired USMC Gunnery Sergeant Luis and Debbie Solares, regional coordinators for USMCR Toys for Tots. The “R/C community” is very community oriented and is heavily involved in local events benefiting non-profit organizations that support local residents and military and public service personnel. The race features many different racing classes for the novice to the expert racer alike. Racing fee is $20 plus New Unwrapped Toy ($10 or More Value) and Military/Public Service with ID are FREE with New Unwrapped Toy.
“I am pleased to bring PDRC back to the community and provide Coachella Valley’s only true ‘grass roots’ R/C racing facility and hobby shop that’s top-notch and fun for all hobbyists and ages alike,” says Jon VanderMolen, new owner and operator of Palm Desert R/C Raceway & Hobby Shop since March 2018. Jon has been involved in the R/C community since the late 1980’s and is former partner and co-founder of Rise Up HobbyTown and former manager at Uncle Don’s Hobbies. The buzz on the streets from those who have visited the track and hobby shop say it’s the best facility they’ve seen since it opened in 2002.
PDRC began in 2002 and has been serving local and out of town radio-control off-road car and truck racers of all ages and skill levels alike. It has hosted many of the top race events, such as Best of the West, West Coast Shootout, JBRL Nitro Off-Road Series, and Grass Roots. The track and hobby shop is open to the public, Wednesday and Friday 5pm to 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 6pm. Local club racing will begin on Fridays, starting November 7, 2018. Practice costs $10 per person and racing costs $15 per person. R/C rentals are available on a first-come-first-serve basis and start at $20 per hour.
Toys for Tots is a toy drive run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve. It was founded in 1947 by Major Bill Hendricks in Los Angeles, CA and is still going strong to this day. The Toys for Tots program in our region is coordinated by local charitable organization, “Rise 4 the People” founded and operated by retired USMC Gunnery Sergeant Luis and Debbie Solares.
For more information about Palm Desert R/C Raceway & Hobby Shop, visit http://fb.com/PalmDesertRCRaceway/ or contact Jon VanderMolen at (442) 324-3515 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Toys for Tots and Rise 4 the People, call Debbie Solares at (951) 756-6057.