JUDGEMENT DAY: portraits of queer style
a reading by tania hammidi

Saturday, October 22, 2011, 11 am
HDTS HQ, Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree author Tania Hammidi teamed up with fine art photographers Leon Mostovoy, Love Ablan, and Lola Flash to explore queer and LGBT fashion and clothing styles emphasizing stud, ftm, gender-queer and butch masculinities. JUDGEMENT DAY, a book of photography and essays, is the result.

Tania will be reading from her opening essay. Photographer Leon Mostovoy will discuss his photographic techniques and concepts for the book.



Thank You!

39 OutOut Houses by LeRoy Stevens, HDTS 2011HDTS 2011 was amazing!!  Thank you so much to everyone who turned out for the event last weekend...we are so grateful for your support and involvement.  As things slowly return to a more normal pace here at the HDTS headquarters, we are spending lots of time reminiscing about all of the highlights of the weekend.  Besides wanting to thank all of our awesome attendees, we want to put out a huge thanks to the following people who helped make it all happen.

A huge thanks to our guest curators Brooks Hudson Thomas, The McCarthy Family, and Robert Stone, for bringing us a bunch of artists, designers, and architects who were committed, smart, resourceful, and a total delight to work with.  We are so grateful for your participation, as we know that it took a lot of time and energy to curate such well considered selections!

Another massive thank you to the entire lineup of HDTS 2011 artists: Ball Nogues Studio, bodycity, Bob Carr, Claude Collins-Stracensky, N. Dash, Sam Falls, and Kol Solthon, Sid M. Duenas and Naotaka Hiro, Shari Elf, Dawn Kasper, Tyler Matthew Oyer, Ephraim Puusemp, Kiersten Puusemp, ROLU and WELCOME PROJECTS, Scout Regalia, Adam Silverman, LeRoy Stevens, and Von Tundra, for all your hard work and relentless dedication to your HDTS projects!  We truly hope that you feel all the waves of good will and appreciation for your efforts, and that you will return to say hello or possibly even evolve your high desert projects further in the future.

And a super loud shout-out to Mary, Laura, and James Sibley and everyone at the Palms, for so graciously hosting us - serving up a delicious lasagna dinner AND performing the very same night!

David Dodge, for designing our lovely publication - on a really tight deadline (true to HDTS tradition)

Tellef Tellefson, for designing our website and helping us make it as informative and easy to use as possible!

Ari Marcantonio, for good-naturedly tackling any task, from installing HDTS signs and spearheading the sandwich board project, to baking up several batches of delicious gluten-free cookies!  (We know you are going back to LA, but hope you will be back out to help with future events.)

Suzanne Calkins, our smart and dedicated archivist, for your continued hard work on the website and for bringing your amazing friends on board!

Patrick Woody, for your sparkling energy, and for being on call and ready to assist with any and all HDTS-related needs at a moment’s notice...

E*Rock, Tara Jane ONeil, Lisa Schonberg and Tyler Held, who made us want to put Portland, Oregon as our next destination on the HDTS driving map.

The Sibleys, for your warmth and authenticity - and for always keeping it cool no matter how much is piled on your plate.

Jamuel Saxon for making the long haul to put on a great show s at the Palms!

Llano del Rio, for uncovering the long lost High-Desert Peace Pipe Archives and sharing this rich material with HDTS.

Our core team of headquarter volunteers - the driving force keeping everything up and running at the HQ: Catharine Stebbins, Jay Lizo, Brian Bosworth, Jena Lee, and Sofia Arreguin.

Our new HQ volunteers who turned out for the weekend: Montana Graboyes, Vivian Haesloop, Samantha Plakun, Lia Griesser, Laurel Bybee, Eva Struble, Danielle McCullough, and Marie Saldana for holding down the fort at the HDTS HQ and keeping an eye on the sites during the event!

David Eaves, Tano Ferrer, Bucky Glaubitz, Katya Khan, Roman Khan, Stephanie Lie, Kate Moxham, Geoff Tuttle, Kerri Tuttle, and Bari Ziperstein for giving our artists a hand with their installs!

Shaun Regen and Regen Projects, for your continued support of HDTS and for hosting the lovely artists’ brunch.

Hannah Rose Vainstein and the Lower Lodge, for providing HDTS guests with a shady spot to retreat from the sun and enjoy a cup of tea.

Hannah Stearn, Andrea's ultra amazing A-Z West intern from the UK - and covergirl of the HDTS 2011 publication

Andy Stillpass for generously offering your Gamma Gulch parcel as a HDTS project test site!

Molly Sullivan, for your block printing expertise!

ForYourArt, for your continued support of HDTS!

David John for sharing some great interviews with HDTS artists on YHBHS.

John Schuster and Clea Benson, our landlords at the Starlite, for your ongoing understanding and support.

Gordon and Miriam Zittel, for all your help behind the scenes.

Thank you so much!

HDTS 2011 October 15-16

35 Photo by Aurora Tang.
The HDTS 2011 Event is immanent!  There are a lot of important last minute details that need to go out.

*Shari Elf is looking for singers to participate in The World Famous Crochet Museum’s Gospel Revival.  If you have ever sung gospel, or just fantasized about belting it out, give Shari a shout.  There will be rehearsals in Joshua Tree the week before the event.  Contact Shari Elf shari@sharielf.com for more info.

*Support and learn more about Claude Collins-Stracensky's United States Artists fundraising campaign for his HDTS 2011 project Solar Distiller/Fountains.

*An Indian Casino is proposed for Joshua Tree, just east of the dinosaurs on Highway 62. There will be a meeting at the Joshua Tree Community Association in the JT Community Center (6171 Sunburst) at 10 am on Saturday the 15th to discuss these plans.  It is critical to get a large turnout at this meeting because Sen. Feinstein's representative has told us that he will make his recommendation based on community input.  Please help protest the casino and come to this meeting before heading out to see the sites. Read about it in the Joshua Tree Star.

The HDTS 2011 Driving Map will be posted the week before the event.  Download it if you are driving in from out of town so that you can check out the western sites such as Andy’s Gamma Gulch Site (Pioneertown) and Sky Village Swap Meet (Yucca Valley) on your way to the HDTS HQ in downtown Joshua Tree .

The HQ will have lots of things for sale, including the HDTS publication, books, cool succulents and planters, life enhancement accessories, and refreshments. *Bring lots of cash.  The Dinner at the Palms will be a cash only event as well.

Plan your trip wisely.  Bring lots of water, snacks, big hats, sunscreen, a trash bag for your refuse – and be ready to help dig fellow travelers out of the sand.

Remember – HDTS is run on a shoestring budget.  Our entire event is built upon the generosity of our artists (who are totally self-funded) and our awesome volunteer force.  We need you to help make lots of goodwill between HDTS and our local community – so be cool, be respectful, spend money in their shops, and don’t hesitate to jump in and help out.

HDTS 2011
HDTS Returns October 15-16

30 Performance still from The End, Jacob Dyrenforth, HDTS 3 (2004)
High Desert Test Sites returns this fall for a weekend of new experimental art, architecture, and design projects sited in the Southern California high desert communities of Joshua Tree, Pioneertown, Wonder Valley, Yucca Valley, and 29 Palms. HDTS 2011, curated by the McCarthy Family, Robert Stone, and Brooks Hudson Thomas, will feature new works by an exciting group of emerging and established artists, architects, and designers, including:

Ball Nogues Studio


Bob Carr
Claude Collins-Stracensky

N. Dash, Sam Falls, and Kol Solthon

Sid M. Dueñas and Naotaka Hiro

Shari Elf

Dawn Kasper

Tyler Matthew Oyer

Ephraim Puusemp

Kiersten Puusemp


Scout Regalia

Adam Silverman

LeRoy Stevens

Von Tundra

The weekendʼs festivities will include a dinner and performances by E*Rock, Lisa Schonberg, Tara Jane ONeil, and Tyler Held with Von Tundra, The Sibleys, and Jamuel Saxon at the Palms Restaurant and Saloon in Wonder Valley.

A zine-style publication, designed by David Dodge, with original contributions by the Llano del Rio Collective, will accompany the event.

A full schedule of events and driving map of the sites is available on the HDTS 2011 event page, and will also be available at the HDTS HQ in downtown Joshua Tree the weekend of the event.

Saturday October 15 and Sunday October 16

29 Rendering of Yucca Crater, Ball Nogues Studio

HDTS returns this fall for a weekend of new experimental art, architecture, and design projects sited in the Southern California high desert. Curators the McCarthy Family, Robert Stone, and Brooks Hudson Thomas have invited an exciting group of emerging and established artists, architects, and designers to create new works for HDTS 2011.

Don’t forget to make travel accommodations early, as hotels and campsites tend to fill up over the weekend of the HDTS event.