Off-Road Expo
HDTS & Machine Project
march 28-29, 2015


High Desert Test Sites and Machine Project are teaming up to present Off-Road Expo, coming March 28th and 29th.  We’ve invited a few of our favorite artists and you, the public, to join us for a weekend of camping and art activity at a secret off-road site in the desert (site will be roughly 100 miles from both Joshua Tree and Los Angeles). 

Participating artists include: Ali Beletic, Bob Dornberger, Sean Duffy, Johanna Hedva with Arne Gjetlen, Joe Seely & Zut Alors; John Knuth, Candice Lin; Chrysanthe O, Gabie Strong & Dustin Smith of KCHUNG, and Michael Parker.

Here’s how it’ll work: to get the site location/reserve your spot, purchase your ticket here (sliding scale from $10 to $100).  Alternatively you can find a list here of everything our artists need to make their projects happen.  Email to commit to providing one or more of these items, we’ll connect you with the artists who need them, and in exchange we’ll reserve you a spot at the expo. Space is limited.

In addition to bringing everything you need to camp for an evening, please bring ghost stories, weird projects to show off, and a meal to share for a sunset potluck dinner.  (Don't forget to pack out everything you bring in!)  Hope to see you there!

Kip's Desert Book Club
a canticle for leibowitz - walter m. miller, jr.
march 2, 2015


The book club meeting for March 2nd will feature the 1960 Hugo Award winning science fiction novel A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. This book predicts the future of a dusty patch of Utah desert as told by generations of Catholic monks. Many versions of this book are available - short story, radio play, audio book, and Kindle.  Andrea Zittel has graciously offered her cozy blast-proof concrete bunker in Joshua Tree as our meeting place. Driving east on Highway 62, just outside of town, turn right (south) on the dirt road in front of the Bail Bonds office (Neptune Street), then follow my nifty white Book Club signs to guide you in. Plenty of parking is available if you continue past the house to the studio on the upper level. Can't wait to see you at the book club!

Monday, March 2, 2015, 7PM
A-Z West
Joshua Tree, CA 
(see driving directions above)

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

Gem and Mineral Expo - Auction of Artist's Rocks
Email us your bid by 5PM today!


Bid on an artist's rock!  HDTS is holding a silent auction of artist-painted and altered rocks, being held in the spirit of artists Scott and Tyson Reeder’s project General Store Rocks (originally featured in Amy and Wendy Yao’s Art Swap Meet at the HDTS 2004 event). A selection of artists, including many HDTS artists and collaborators, have contributed original “painted rocks” to be auctioned in support of High Desert Test Sites. Email your bid to by 5pm PST today, or bid in person today from 12-5pm at Riverside Studios in LA - part of the HDTS Gem & Mineral Expo fundraising event (we still have plenty of great deals on gems & minerals, plus Sunday mimosas!)

View artist rocks up for auction:

Gem and Mineral Expo and Pancake Breakfast
a fundraiser supporting high desert test sites
february 14-15, 2015


High Desert Test Sites is pleased to announce the HDTS Gem and Mineral Expo and Pancake Breakfast, a fundraising event in Los Angeles to support the Joshua Tree-based nonprofit organization that supports artists and their endeavors to make work that engages directly with a community, culture, or landscape. The three part event will feature a Gem and Mineral Sale, a painted rock auction, and a Saturday pancake breakfast.

February 14, 2015, 10AM - 5PM
February 15, 2015, 12PM - 5PM
Riverside Studios

3352 San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, CA 90065
(across from LA Zine Fest)

Pancake Breakfast:  On Saturday February 14th, HDTS will host a pancake breakfast. $7 buys you a breakfast with your choice of coffee or juice. $10 gets you breakfast and a mimosa. (Beverages also available throughout the event.)

Gem and Mineral Sale:  Inspired by the gem and mineral mecca of Quartzsite, Arizona, HDTS will hold its own gem and mineral sale throughout the weekend that will feature a vast array of stones and crystals for sale at every price range, from $1 to $100.

Silent Auction:  The two-day event will showcase a silent auction of artist-painted rocks, being held in the spirit of artists Scott and Tyson Reeder’s project General Store Rocks (originally featured in Amy and Wendy Yao’s Art Swap Meet at the HDTS 2004 event).  

A selection of artists, including many HDTS artists and collaborators, have contributed original “painted rocks” to be auctioned in support of High Desert Test Sites. Email your bid to, or bid in person Saturday and Sunday! View artist rocks up for auction here.

Participating artists include:

Adrienne Adar
Mark Allen
Lisa Anne Auerbach
Katie Bachler
Tanya Brodsky
Jedediah Caesar
Akina Cox
N. Dash
Bob Dornberger
Shari Elf 
Alyse Emdur
Claire L. Evans
Cayetano Ferrer
Katie Grinnan
Emilie Halpern
Steve Halterman
Katie Herzog
Matt Merkel Hess
Bettina Hubby
Daniel Ingroff
Patrick Jackson
Emily Joyce
Alice Könitz
Molly Larkey
Candice Lin
Jay Lizo
Karen Lofgren
Shana Lutker
Aram Moshayedi
Alison O'Daniel
Michael Parker
Corrina Peipon
Paul Pescador
Sarah Rara
Fay Ray
Tyson Reeder
Ry Rocklen
Samantha Roth
Kathleen Ryan
Lindsay August-Salazar
Pascual Sisto
LeRoy Stevens
Glen Steigelman
Julie Tolentino
Richard Turner
Amy Yao
Amanda Yates Garcia
Vanesa Zendejas

View event updates on Facebook
View Instagram to preview some of the artist rocks that will be up for auction, and gems & minerals that will be for sale!

Special thanks to Riverside Studios, Matthew Dannevik, Bob Dornberger, Mark X Farina, Megan Plunkett, Catharine Stebbins, Gabie Strong, Tatiana Vahan, and all of the amazing artists who donated rocks! 

Kip's Desert Book Club
The Valkyries - Paulo Coelho
february 2, 2015


The next meeting of Kip's Desert Book Club will be February 2, 2015, and we'll be discussing Paulo Coelho's The Valkyries.

I was really impressed with The Valkyries by Paulo Coelho, February's book club selection, suggested by Laurence Geledan.  About as far opposite from Deathwatch (last month's book) as you are likely to find, it's about Paulo's spiritual quest through the Mojave desert searching for his personal guardian angel. What's even better is that we will be discussing the book in a very special place, Mother House, a space  Laurence and John Alexis have dedicated exclusively to spiritual practice.

To find Mother House from downtown Joshua Tree, drive north on Sunburst from Hwy 62, turn right on Golden, turn left on Border, keep an eye out for Pole and Del Oro roads, then turn left on Winters (sign on the left) and drive 1 1/4 mile on dirt road to Shangri La and turn left. Mother House will be on your right in less than a quarter mile - look for the big white book club sign to guide you to the correct driveway.

Monday, February 2, 2015, 7PM
Mother House 
Joshua Tree, CA
(see driving directions above)

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

PS - We're going to give everyone the heads up on the Book Club selection for March a little early due to the deep nature of the book. We will be reading A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. It can be found on Amazon, used, Kindle, and as a radio-play for free on the net, which I will definitely check out.  This is a Hugo award winning Science Fiction work set in the Utah desert over many centuries and might need a bit of time to digest before we can discuss it fully.