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

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!

Night Sky
Alison O'Daniel
august 30, 2014, the integratron

UPDATE!: TICKETS TO BOTH SCREENINGS ARE NOW SOLD OUT!  All tickets are will call (no tickets will be mailed), and unfortunately no additional tickets will be sold at the door.  Please do not show up for the event unless you have already purchased tickets!  We are blown away by all of the interest in this event, and really wish we could accommodate everyone - but need to keep the intimate nature of this experience.

Email us at if you'd like to be placed on the wait list.  (Questions? Please contact HDTS, not the Integratron!)


Please join us on August 30, 2014 for a very special screening of Night Sky, a film written and directed by Alison O'Daniel, with live accompaniment by The Renderers.  O'Daniel shot this film in Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and Landers in 2009-2010, and we are thrilled to present it at one of the very locations in which it was filmed - the Integratron!

Night Sky has parallel, overlapping stories: two girls—Cleo and Jay—travel through the desert while a group of contestants compete in a current-day dance marathon. A small hula-hoop serves as a window between worlds, hovering unnoticed in the midst of the marathon contestants and simultaneously hanging in the desert air. Sound bleeds between the locations, drawing attention to parallel series of events, while locations collapse into one another and places formerly encountered continue to announce their presence.

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Screenings at 6PM and 8PM
The Integratron 
Landers, CA

Space is extremely limited - reserve your ticket here!  ($10 general admission, $6 high desert residents)

UPDATE (8/19/14): Due to popular demand, we've added a 6PM screening!  Tickets will go on sale online Friday,  August 22, at 3PM (PST) at  

UPDATE!: TICKETS TO BOTH SCREENINGS ARE NOW SOLD OUT!  All tickets are will call (no tickets will be mailed), and unfortunately no additional tickets will be sold at the door.  Please do not show up for the event unless you have already purchased tickets!  Email us at if you'd like to be placed on the wait list.  (Questions? Please contact HDTS, not the Integratron!)


Night Sky, 2011, 75 minutes

Written and directed by Alison O'Daniel. With Evelina Gaina, Jay Mandell, Deafinitely, Cauleen Smith, Joann Karl, Lucky Dragons, and the voice of Vaughan Rachel.

Cinematography by Tom Clancey
Score by Ethan Frederick Greene
Animation by Lisa Ramsey and Justin Acree
Effects by William Downes and Matt Chea


HDTS 2014 Postcard Project
now accepting submissions


It's that time of year again - we are now accepting postcard images for our 2014-2015 Postcard Project! 

Each year a carefully curated selection of limited edition postcards is produced to benefit High Desert Test Sites. They are available on our website, and at a few of our favorite shops in Joshua Tree and beyond. (Check out the 2013 and 2012 selections!)

Selected artists will be fully credited for their contributions, and will receive a complimentary set of all twelve postcard selections. 

Please send all submissions in JPEG format (4 x 6”, 350 dpi, CMYK), along with artist name and image title (if applicable) to by August 1, 2014.  No more than 3 postcard submissions per person please!

We're looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!

Gradually / We Became Aware / Of a Hum in the Room
Halsey Rodman
opening may 31, 2014, 4-7 pm


Please join us on May 31, 2014 for the opening celebration of Gradually / We Became Aware / Of a Hum in the Room, a new project by Halsey Rodman that presents a temporally distributed architectural structure conceived for two locations: the desert of High Desert Test Sites' Andy's Gamma Gulch parcel outside of Joshua Tree, and Art in General's sixth floor gallery in the heart of downtown New York City.  Learn more about this project.

Help install this project!

Gradually/We Became Aware/Of a Hum in the Room is an Art in General New Commission in collaboration with High Desert Test Sites.

Saturday, May 31, 4-7pm
Andy's Gamma Gulch
Pioneertown, CA