APRIL 28  
WHITEWATER ROUNDTABLE AND HIKE: SHERIN GUIRGUIS AND LITA ALBUQUERQUE

5pm Whitewater Preserve 
9160 Whitewater Canyon Road, Whitewater, CA 92282

Discussion with Sherin Guirguis, Lita Albuquerque, Elizabeta Betinski, Neville Wakefield, and Jack Thompson, Regional Director and Manager of the Whitewater Preserve. 
Guided night hike to follow at 7pm.

APRIL 29
ANDREA ZITTEL'S A-Z WEST:     11am – 1pm

Tour the A-Z West house, Studio, Wagon Station Encampment, Homestead Cabin, Regenerating Field, and shipping container compound on more than 50 acres next to Joshua Tree National Park. Since 2000 the grounds have been ever evolving as Andrea Zittel’s test site for designs for living, where all aspects of day-to-day living – home furniture, clothing, and food – become the sites of investigation in an ongoing endeavor to better understand human nature and the social construction of needs. Reservations available on first come first served basis, upon a donation of $45 for adults and $35 for students. Visit zittel.org for more info. or e-mail info@highdeserttestsites.com for availability and waiting list.

APRIL 29

FILM SCREENING: WHERE IS ROCKY II?
6pm Ace Hotel & Swim Club / The Commune
701 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Layering documentary and fictional storylines and meta-narratives, artist and Academy Award winner Pierre Bismuth’s Where is Rocky II? sets out to locate an undocumented sculpture by renowned American artist Ed Ruscha in the Mojave desert. Click here for more info. Doors open at 5:30pm.


APRIL 30
EARTH BY LITA ALBUQUERQUE – 1pm
Sunnylands Center & Gardens
37977 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Albuquerque’s artwork for Desert X, hEARTH. A play on words – a gathering site for storytelling, the ear, Earth – the artwork’s title speaks to art’s ability, here, through movement, voice and sculpture, to both listen and become a catalyst for action. Working in close collaboration with Kristen Toedtman of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and dancer and choreographer, Jasmine Albuquerque, the performance gives mass and volume to the silent act of listening. 
Free and open to the public, no reservations needed.

APRIL 30

FILM SCREENING: THE CHALLENGE – APRIL 30

FILM SCREENING: THE CHALLENGE – APRIL 30

FILM SCREENING: THE CHALLENGE – 6pm
Ace Hotel & Swim Club / The Commune
701 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Falconry has a history that stretches back over 40 centuries. In the West it was a prevailing passion of the medieval aristocracy, but its prestige continues undiminished in contemporary Arab culture. Three years of observing this form of hunting in the field have made it possible to capture the spirit of a tradition that today allows its practitioners to keep a close rapport with the desert, despite their predominantly urban lifestyle. Director Yuri Ancarani’s guide to how they cross that threshold is a falconer taking his birds to compete in a tournament in Qatar. In the glaring light of an empty landscape, following flight lines and lures, the film recounts a strange kind of “desert weekend,” in which technological and anthropological microcosms hang in the air, like the falcon, drifting on the irreversible currents of images. Click here for more info. Doors open at 5:30pm.