Taking the Waters
november 8-9, 2014

467 Zzyzx, 2012 (photo: Aurora Tang)

The desert, a place defined by its lack of water, has an especially rich and curious cultural relationship with it: for ritual, relief, renewal, and recreation.  In these arid lands, water has always been a premium - a sign of vitality and prosperity.  All water is healing water. 

Taking the Waters is a two-day search for water in the desert.  We will drive to and through some of the Mojave's finest oases, natural pools, hot springs, rivers, reservoirs, and retreat center and water park remains, and consider the cultural significance of water in the desert through a program of site-specific installations, performances, films, tours, and presentations. 

Sites include: China Ranch Date FarmDevils HoleTecopa Hot Springs, and Zzyzx (former site of Dr. Curtis Springer's mineral springs and current site of the CSU Desert Studies Center). 

Artists and presenters include: Korakrit ArunanondchaiMatthew Coolidge (The Center for Land Use Interpretation)Alyse EmdurRobert Fulton (CSU Desert Studies Center)Marc GanzglassEmilie HalpernSant KhalsaAlice KönitzNancy LupoErin SchneiderKim Stringfellow, and Julie Tolentino.

Taking the Waters is organized by HDTS managing director Aurora Tang.  Special thanks to Travis Brown.  This program is supported by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.


Kip's Desert Book Club
Burro Bill and Me - Edna Calkins Price
november 3, 2014


November's Book Club selection is Burro Bill and Me by Edna Calkins Price. It's the true story of a nurse who falls in love with a hobo during the Great Depression and follows him to Death Valley to start a life of freedom. When Death Valley becomes too crowded with tourists, they buy a pack of burros and head off for the Arizona strip district on a 3 year adventure. Our meeting place will be the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center at 65336 Winters Rd. Twentynine Palms, CA. It is 4 miles East of Border Rd. on the left hand side. When driving north on Border, coming from Joshua Tree, look for the Winters sign on the left hand side of the road and a large white Copper Mountain Mesa sign on the right. Can't wait to hear what you think about this one!

Monday, November 3, 2014, 7PM
Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center
65336 Winters Road
Twentynine Palms, CA

This is the second meeting of Kip's Desert Book Club.  Learn more about this monthly gathering.

Art Show at Sky Village Swap Meet
october 25-26 & november 1-2, 2014


Join HDTS and our good friends at Sky Village Swap Meet on the weekends of October 25-26 and November 1-2, 2014 for an art show and more!  

October 25-26 artists include: Bob Carr, Gary, Kelly Gazlay, Robert Hayes, Stan Kolbe, Susan Rucker, Scott, Eden Solas (Sunday only), Catharine Stebbins, Grace White, Kelly Witmer, Lucas Wrench, and Kim Zitzow.

November 1-2 artists include: Reanna Alder, Ali Beletic, Bob Carr, Bob Dornberger, Mark X. Farina, Gary, Kelly Gazlay, Tara Grayson, Robert Hayes, Stan Kolbe, Jay Lizo, Jennifer Morris, Seth Olinsky, Nora Rolf, Susan Rucker, Scott, Eden Solas (Sunday only), Gabie Strong, and Grace White.  (more artists to be announced)

Sky Village Swap Meet is the home of Bob Carr's legendary Crystal Cave - a neverending daydream that began over ten years ago, and now features four running rivers, numerous waterfalls, a pond, and more crystals than you can count.  And of course, the old-style swap meet will be in full effect too, where you can find everything from junk to gems.  (Don't forget to bring cash!)

The projects will be on view from 8 am to 2 pm so come early and hungry so you can enjoy breakfast or lunch at the Sky Cafe.

Hope to see you soon at Sky Village, "the downhome people place"! 

October 25-26 & November 1-2, 2014
8 am - 2 pm
Sky Village Swap Meet
7028 Theater Road
Yucca Valley, CA

Kip's Desert Book Club
summer of hate - chris kraus
october 6, 2014


Welcome to Kip's Desert Book Club! The first Monday of the month we meet at about 7pm at various locations around the Morongo Basin to eat snacks, drink cocktails, discuss a book, and grouse about the condition of our washboard roads. You don't need to read the book to show up, the important thing is that you bring tasty snacks and beverages. The book titles will be announced at the previous meeting and will be available on Amazon, possibly Kindle, and in my Little Free Library box planted in the driveway of my house, 63452 Winters Rd. 1 mile East of Border, on the left hand side. Look for the orange reflective triangle with LFL in the center. If you have questions, want to suggest a book, or want to host a meeting, contact me at kipfjeld at earthlink.net.

The first book selected is Summer of Hate by Chris Kraus. Published in 2012, this is a 251 page desert whirlwind that has a discussable topic on almost every page. It starts with a BDSM relationship, morphs into desert real estate, then delves to the depths of the criminal justice system. We will be meeting at The Palms roadhouse at 83131 Amboy Road in Wonder Valley at 7pm on Monday, October 6, 2014. The Sibleys have graciously offered to open up the bar for us on their day off, but we may stagger across Amboy Road at some point and continue our session at the Wonderland bookstore with a Coleman lantern for light, if the weather cooperates. Hope to see you in beautiful Wonder Valley!

Monday, October 6, 2014, 7PM
The Palms 
83131 Amboy Road
Wonder Valley, CA

Night Sky
Alison O'Daniel
with the renderers at the integratron


A huge thank you to everyone who came out to the Integratron for our very special screening of Alison O'Daniel's Night Sky, with live accompaniment from The Renderers!  The two sold out screenings brought together a wonderful audience of folks from our high desert community, as well as many who made the trek to Landers from Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland, and even New York.

Alison shot the film in and around the high desert communities of Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and Landers including at the Integratron - so it was an extra special treat to be able to screen it in the Integratron dome, and on its 5 year anniversary!  To see the dome projected in the dome, to watch Joanne perform a sound bath on the big screen was truly a surreal experience.

Each screening of Night Sky is different, accompanied by either live sign language interpretation or musical accompaniment put together by the musicians specifically for the film.  We were honored to have legendary New Zealand band The Renderers (Maryrose and Brian Crook) share their musical interpretation of Night Sky - their unique brand of desert psychedelia filled the dome throughout the 75-minute film, with highlights including the nearly 10-minute opening overture, and epic accompaniment that further heightened the drama of the film's broken down car scene (you can watch a short clip of this scene, with The Renderer's live accompaniment, along with other photos from the evening, on the HDTS Instagram page.)

A huge thank you to Scoli Acosta, Kristy Campbell, Mark X. Farina, Eden Solas, and our friends at the Integratron: Joanne, Nancy, Travis, and Drayton - we love you all and are so grateful for everything you do for HDTS!

Thanks to all for sharing this incredible end-of-summer evening with us!