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LIFE IS GOOD IN BERMUDA DUNES
June 21-July 4, 2018
free second sunday 2
With generous support from the H.N. and Frances C. Berger
Foundation, the museum is proud to present FREE 2nd
SUNDAYS. Admission and all activities are free.
Sun, Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thu 12-8 p.m.; free 4-8 p.m.
(Thu free admission sponsored by the City of Palm Springs)
Tues-Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
First Fridays Nov-May open 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
The Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden is always open
(Daily free admission provided by Helene V. Galen)
Summer hours (May 29-Sept. 2, 2018)
Fri., Sat., Sun., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Closed Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs., and major
Architecture and Design Center:
Sun, Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thu 12-8 p.m.; free 4-8 p.m.
(Thu free admission sponsored by the City of Palm Springs)
Summer hours (May 31-Sept. 2, 2018)
Thurs., Fri., Sat., Sun., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Closed Mon., Tues., Wed. and major holidays
Annenberg Theater Box Office:
Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sat 12-4 p.m.
Closed Sun, Wed
Open one hour prior to all performances
Meets the 2nd Thursday
every other month
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760 863 8990
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760 772 5300
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Robert Nagles-- Vice President
Chris Hogan-- Treasurer
John Thiele-- Secretary
Don Keprta-- Director
Michael Tanner-- Director
Jack Fox - Director
Robert Nelson - Director
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drainage and dry wells),
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vehicles, cable TV
agreement, fee collection
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lights, medians, walls,
guardhouses and all
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Monday thru Friday for
questions and concerns.
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Main Gate: 760-360-1322
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Secretary Janet McMurtrey
Director John Van Kuelan
Joint Committee Representatives
are Janet McMurtrey and Brett
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most problems relating to
property owner's home
and lot, dogs,
draining, trash cans,
fountains and landscaping
at the main gate.
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and are payable in
January in lump sum
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760-776-5100 ext 6309
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|TODAY is Thursday, July 12th, 2018
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THE LIVING DESERT QUARTERLY MAGAZINE
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Lots of great information and photos!!
The Grill Room hours at the Club have changed for the
With advanced notice, lunch preparation for small groups,
on days we are closed, may be possible with a set menu.
Effective Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
The Grill Will Be Closed
11am - 2pm Lunch
4 - 7pm Happy Hour
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
8 - 11am Breakfast
11am - 2pm Lunch
SANDWICHES AND SNACKS AVAILABLE IN
PRO SHOP when Grill is Closed!
|I continue to post this information because, believe it or not, I
see neighbors walking their dogs on the hot pavement. I stop
and remind them to pick up their dogs or put them on grass.
|SUMMER NEW CRAFT SESSION AT THE CLUB
If you are a member of the club you are more than welcome to join
some of us as we do our crafts.
This is a great way to socialize and get to know one another.
We have quilters, painters, jewelry makers so far.
Here are some of the projects the gals are working on!
This week, Thursday July 12th, Donna Nelson will
help teach gals how to repair their costume
The only thing we CANNOT do is oil painting.
THURSDAY - 10:00 AM
Contact: Donna Nelson, 760 772 9053 for info
|PREDTOR ALERT IN BERMUDA DUNES
Here we have an owl, hawk and coyote - these are
all predators that can kill small animals.
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|Old Town Artisan Studios Brings Art to LQ Families
When founders Victory and Richard Grund opened Old Town Art
Studios in 2009, they had a vision: to provide positive art
experiences for all people regardless of age, disability, or financial
condition. Today, the nonprofit provides the Coachella Valley with
an impressive array of art classes for children, adults, and
seniors, open studio time, and family programs that encourage
people of all ages and backgrounds to explore their creative sides.
The studio’s mission is grounded in its founders’ deep belief in the
therapeutic properties of art. Co-founder Victory Grund has
experienced this herself first-hand, after a personal tragedy lead
her to her first clay studio. “We believe art is healing and has an
everlasting positive impact on each of us and the world around
us,” says Victory. This passion for the arts and the local
community, as well as a noticeable lack of facilities in the area,
lead the pair to begin the business.
The community has certainly responded warmly to their efforts.
Since it opened its doors nearly ten years ago, Old Town Artisan
Studios has relocated three times to accommodate the growing
demand for their programs. It now calls a 16,000 square foot
facility home, giving the studios plenty of space to offer its visitors
a myriad of opportunities for artistic exploration. “99% of the time,
when someone new comes through [the gates], the first words out
of their mouth is, “Wow! I never expected this!” says Thomas
Burns, Executive Director. “We never get tired of hearing that!” It
currently offers private and group instruction in clay, fused glass,
painting, drawing, and other forms of art.
Its many classes are a welcome presence in the La Quinta
Community, whose residents may not otherwise have the
opportunity to explore their creative side. “A big part of what we
do here is to bring art back into the lives of the people around us,”
says Burns. Children are especially vulnerable to this lack of
artistic outlets. “With the defunding of art programs in schools the
need is even greater.” Luckily for the children of LQ, the studio
offers several kid-focused programs.
Its Discovering Clay class allows children to get their hands dirty,
learning how to sculpt their own hand-crafted masterpieces. Of
course, all materials are non-toxic and kid friendly! Once kids are
ready for something a bit more challenging, they can move on to a
Youth Introduction to Ceramics class. Here they’ll learn how to
make functional and sculptural ceramic works using various
techniques such as slab roller, pottery wheel, and hand-building
as well as exploring high-fire glazing and surface decoration.
Youth Drawing is designed to inspire children’s imaginations. Your
child will delight in studying still life, landscape, life drawing, and
illustration. They’ll experiment with different drawing media, such
as pen, pencil, charcoal, and ink, all provided in the cost of the
Adults have plenty of course options as well. A four-week Fused
Glass course is an exciting treat, or discover the fine art of
sculpting with clay in General Sculpture. Students explore
sculpting techniques such as coil building, hand and soft slab
construction, and extrusion. Figure Sculpture allows students to
work with a figure model and learn techniques to portray the
human body and facial features. Both of these courses include
materials, firing costs, and two hours of weekly studio time
designed to help students complete their works of art between
Amongst its most popular family programs is the Paint-Your-Own-
Pottery Studio, a walk-in program open to anyone. Choose a
piece of bare pottery and transform it into a painted treasure. After
it’s fired in the studio’s kiln, you can pick up your masterpiece in a
mere 5 days. This program is especially popular for Mother’s and
Father’s Day, when families come in to make gifts for their loved
ones. After all, what’s better than receiving a handmade piece of
art as a gift?
Whatever course you and your family may choose, one thing is for
certain: Old Town Artisan Studios is an impressive nonprofit that
lives up to its mission to enrich the lives of everyone who walks
through its doors. Bring the whole family and cultivate your inner
artist while spending quality time in its warm, welcoming
environment. You will walk away with not only a work of art, but
memories that will last a lifetime.
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|Why do cats like people who ignore them?
Cats are predators and carnivores. They are born with natural
instincts to stalk and hunt.
They do not like feeling as if they themselves are being stalked or
hunted. If they're around someone they don't trust completely, they
want to feel unseen and unnoticed.
For example: A cat can be very friendly towards his/her owner. The
owner's animal-loving friend could visit the cat for the first time, and
for some reason the cat stays as far away from this new person as
possible. Unless the cat is very friendly, it's unlikely he/she will
greet the new person.
That's because cats, when watched, feel that they are being
hunted. They sense your eyes on them and become alert and can't
relax. They think, "That new human I don't know or trust is watching
me. Will they attack me? What are they planning?" This is a natural
instinct in all cats.
Imagine, if you had to constantly worry about whether or not a
specific person would attack you, would you like to be around
I doubt it.
So, to answer your question. The reason most cats enjoy the
company of people who ignore them is because they do not like
being the center of attention; that translates to "I'm being hunted" in
the cat's mind, and no cat likes to feel like they're being hunted.
Tip: If a cat you know is nervous, move them to a quiet setting. You
can do a 'cat kiss', which is a long, slow blink. By closing your eyes
for a few seconds, you are allowing yourself to be vulnerable to the
cat. This shows the cat that they are in control of the situation, and
that they shouldn't feel afraid. If they can't calm down, move away
from them and give the cat space.
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|Texas Tech Assistant Golf Coach makes Inaugural U.S.
Women’s Senior Open
By Devin Ward, Sports ReporterCONNECT
Brower makes first U.S. Women's Senior Open
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -
“It is the Inaugural U.S. Women’s Senior Open and if you ever
wanted to play in a big tournament, the Open is the one that you
want to play in,” Texas Tech Women’s Assistant Golf coach –
Laurie Brower said.
A little under two weeks ago, Texas Tech Women’s Assistant Golf
coach Laurie Brower, qualified for the Inaugural U.S. Women’s
“Well, I didn’t believe it. I had some friends following me, and I didn’
t realize that they were following on their phone,” Brower said.
“They gave me a thumbs up on 18 because they knew there was
no way that I wasn’t going to make it. I thought, “What are you
doing, thumbs up?” and then they say, “You’re In!”. I said, “I have
to finish 18, thank you very much and sign my card before I am
Over Coach Browers career as a player, she has competed in
every USGA Event.
The U.S. Junior Girls Open, U.S. Amateur Open, U.S. Open and
now the Inaugural U.S. Women’s Senior Open.
“You know, I don’t know why you like them. They are the hardest
and they try to make you look like a big fool because they make
the courses almost impossible,” Laurie Brower said. “But it is just
so challenging and that is the fun about golf. It challenges your
mind, it challenges your spirit, and it challenges your heart and
definitely the physical part of your game.”
In all, there were 120 players from all over the country that
qualified for the Inaugural U.S. Women’s Senior Open, and all of
them will tee it up and aim for the top prize of one million dollars.
“I had one friend say, “Well, I hope you make the cut,” Brower
said. “Make the Cut? I am not going to make the cut, I am going for
the win. You know, all of the old people that we played with back in
the day, that were really good. That people would know the
names, they are all going to be there.”
It will be the top talent, at one of the top courses. As the USGA will
debut a new National Championship course at Chicago’s Golf Club
“They won’t make it as hard as the Men’s was a couple of weeks
ago,” Texas Tech Women’s Assistant Golf coach – Laurie Brower
said. “Because you have to remember, we have to get through the
rough and stuff. I don’t know much about it, other than there is
trouble right off of the greens. Everything just slopes off, so you
have to really accurate with your iron shots. Because everything
just slopes off of the green and so they just said it is paramount
that you get it in the middle of the fairway.”
The Inaugural U.S. Women’s Senior Open will take place at
the Chicago Golf Club on July 12-15, 2018.
SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2018
11 AM - 5 PM
Join us for our first annual Chili Festival. All things pepper-related
are celebrated at this unique event: sample chili-infused dishes,
try some spicy beer & pepper ice cream, or attend one of our
international chili cooking demonstrations.
Limited Parking Available On-Site | $5 per vehicle (Free street
*Unlike the Lavender Festival, there will be no parking or shuttles
from Beaumont High School
|FUN THINGS TO DO IN OUR VALLEY
|And now for something completely
"The Lone Star Ranger", a 1919 silent film, was filmed in Palm
Springs approx 99 years ago....
Starring William Farnum and Australian actress Louise Lovely,
the film is considered a "lost" movie. Miss Lovely made a total of
fifty American films and ten Australian films before retiring in
1925. William Farnum was one of the highest paid silent movie
actors of his time.
"The Lone Star Ranger" was remade four years later with Tom
Mix and Billie Dove starring...both films were based on the same
book by Zane Grey.
(All photos from the PS Historical Society)
|Click on Red Chili for
additional info and photos
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see the finished project!
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WE WILL BE ROOTING FOR YOU!
|Thanks Mrs. B
We love the blog. You have been here for us many years. Just
wanted to let you know we appreciate you and Mr. B
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|JULY HAPPENINGS AT
THE LIVING DESERT
Behind the Scenes Tour
Animal Encounter and Safari Tour
The Animal Encounter includes 30 minutes with your chosen
animal and their keeper. Feedings and trainings are available on
select tours and select times, it all depends on the animal’s
cooperation. (They are wild animals)
All Safari Tours include: admission into the park, your own
personal guide and personal tram with shaded and cushioned
seats, exclusive showing of the District Commissioner’s House,
viewing of all the exhibits and our state of the art Animal Hospital.
There is a lot of preparation that goes into the behind the scene
tours. There is a booking lead time of 12 days.
Availability: Only 1-2 Animal Encounter and Safari Tours can be
booked a week. First come first serve basis so book early and
Animal Encounters can be cancelled at any time by The Living
Desert due to animal health, husbandry or other unforeseen
circumstances. In any of these cases we can reschedule,
accommodate your group with another encounter of a similar
value or refund the total amount for the Animal Encounter.
Please call or email Roshan Patel at (760) 346-9810 or
email@example.com for more information or booking.
Behind the Scenes Tours CANCELLATION AND REFUND
POLICY: Please allow 3 days in advance for cancellation. 50% of
total charge of tour will not be refunded if it is within 3 days of the
tour. That 50% can be used as credit towards another tour.
Summer Chill Experience Package
The Coolest Tour in Town – Experience the Desert Like Never
Take advantage of our special Summer Chill Tour Package.
Book a private Behind the Scenes exhibit tour of jaguar, cheetah,
giraffe or Grevy’s zebra
And as a bonus, choose an extra tour of warthog, badger or camel!
Package also includes a three hour guided shuttle tour of The
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens.
Summer Chill Experience package is $150 per person – a savings
of 50% off the retail rate!
To book this special offer: Contact Group Sales at (760) 346-9810
or GroupSales@LivingDesert.org and mention Summer Chill.
Please note: There is a 12 day lead time for tours and a 50%
deposit require at time of booking. Bookings are available June 1
– September 30. Last day to book is Monday, September 30. Last
day to book is Monday, September 18, 2018. Tour times vary.
Animal Encounter and Safari Tour
The Great Wing Safari: Botswana – South Africa
10 days/ 7 nights
Old Africa’s last refuge is a magical country where nature’s prolific
predators command center stage and the livelihood of the small
human population is closely interwoven with its diverse, unspoiled
natural resources. Share in the excitement that comes from being
in a wilderness that is truly wild! This exclusive opportunity is
limited to a few individuals who value natural luxury and are
seeking an authentic and unique experience.
October 21-30, 2018
Moremi Game Reserve
Chobe National Park
Call today for a full itinerary and reserve your space on this very
760-340-4954 or travel@LivingDesert.org
The Living Desert in Botswana
This fall, join The Living Desert and your host, CEO Allen Monroe,
for an unforgettable safari in Botswana, Africa.
Land Cost Per Person
$6,400 double occupancy ($6,150 if booked by May 31, 2018)
Single Supplement: $3,075
International airfare is not included in the above pricing and is
estimated to be around $1,200 from Los Angeles to
Johannesburg. Roundtrip airfare between Johannesburg and
Maun, Botswana is estimated to be an additional $400. Inter-camp
flights between the lodges is included in the land rate above.
Connect With Nature at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
Exclusive offer for our members only! Connect your body and mind
with nature at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens with a private
massage and champagne brunch with the leopard! Enjoy a 60 or
90 minute massage with massage therapist, Stephen Sutherland.
Your private massage will take place in our District Commissioner’s
House in Village Watutu and will come complete with a champagne
brunch. For more details, or to make an appointment, please
contact Dawn Petrick, Director of Park Services and Guest
Relations at 760-346-5694 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Massage Brunch Pricing
For Members Only and By Appointment Only
Maximum Two guests per Appointment
60-minute Treatment $250.00
90-minute Treatment $300.00
Massage with Zoya
|Can Artists Save the Salton Sea?
The creative set at Bombay Beach might be charting the course.
We were somewhere near H Avenue, climbing the berm that
separates the tiny town of Bombay Beach from the sick and
shrinking Salton Sea, when an aria pierced the gale-force wind
and stopped us in place.
The conditions were cold, dark, and gusty. Yet the voice of Kate
Feld, a soprano from L.A., carried all the way from the Bombay
Beach Opera House, an upcycled dwelling on E Avenue with a
bright-blue façade that opens to audiences gathered in the front
yard and on the street. She gave us a brief, beautiful moment in
the unforgiving elements but had finished performing by the time
we walked there.
On the empty adjacent lot, a hand-painted sign for the Bombay
Beach Botanical Garden led us to a larger-than-life-size ceramic
flower “skeleton” created by L.A. artist Yassi Mazandi. A block
away, at the Hermitage Museum, another L.A.-based artist, Greg
Haberny, mounted an exhibition titled Why Do I Destroy
Everything I Love? And across the street, The Monster That
Challenged the World was screening at the Bombay Beach
Drive-In, a graveyard of gutted autos facing forward and rotting
like the tilapia on the nearby shore.
“The Bombay Beach Biennale is a playful engagement with a
very serious undercurrent.”
Yassi Mazandi created the ceramic flower “skeleton” for the
Bombay Beach Botanical Garden.
For a town widely written off as a post-apocalyptic murk, this
place has a spirited community of artists, musicians,
philosophers, and at least one polyamorous eccentric. They’re
buying up the dilapidated houses and transforming them into
cultural attractions for the 300 or so people who live here and
many more who visit.
Each spring they host the Bombay Beach Biennale — although
they never publicly announce the dates. It’s a carnival of the arts
for locals, participants, and a measured number of friends,
family, and art-world insiders. The tongue-in-cheek name
skewers art biennials like the Whitney in New York and others in
Venice and São Paulo.
Musicians and merrymakers transform the neighborhood.
“Bombay Beach Biennale has wonderful alliteration and
absurdity to it,” says Tao Ruspoli, a homeowner and one of the
event’s founders. “But it’s not a joke. By playing with these
sacred concepts of what constitutes art or a festival, by being
irreverent, we honor them both. It’s a playful engagement with a
very serious undercurrent.”
At the Bombay Beach Biennale, we’d make do without the glossy
catalog, vernissage, and sponsored amenities.
Abandoning all subtlety, Olivia Steele installed her neon
sculpture, Save Me, directly on the water for the Bombay Beach
The sea has no outlet, and sources of fresh water have been
either cut off or diverted.
The Salton Sea formed in 1905 when engineers trying to
increase the flow of water from the Colorado River lost control
and overwhelmed irrigation canals for 18 months. The deluge
filled the dry ancient lakebed known as the Salton Sink and
created California’s largest lake, 35 miles long and 15 miles wide.
It’s easy to imagine the eastern shoreline, with its picturesque
backdrop of the far Santa Rosas, lined with million-dollar homes,
yacht clubs, exclusive cabanas, and bustling cantinas.
Someone had this vision when Bombay Beach was incorporated
in 1929, and some version of it became reality, at least for a
short time, in the 1950s and ’60s. Tourists in trailers and
motorhomes would travel 170 miles from L.A. to enjoy boat
races, water skiing, and sport fishing and to see celebrities such
as Sonny Bono, the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, and the Marx
But as the salinity of the water increased, the sea lost its sparkle,
and visitation plummeted. The final blow came from a pair of
tropical storms, in 1976 and ’77. They washed away the Bombay
Beach marina and bars like Luck of the Irish and Barco’s and
filled the eight- by-five-block town — the lowest community in the
United States, at 223 feet below sea level — like a bathtub.
Forty years later, trailers and houses along the shore continue
decaying in the mud. The the berm where we stood, listening to
Feld sing her aria, protects the remaining houses.
The town still has a couple of places to get a burger and a beer
— Ski Inn and American Legion Post 801 — as well as a tiny
market. But it has no gas station, and the closest supermarket is
40 minutes away. Visitors these days tend to be photographers,
filmmakers, and plein air painters who come to document the
“So many things are fascinating and enchanting about Bombay
Beach,” says Randy Polumbo, who transformed one of the
houses into a “psychedelic human terrarium” called Angler
Grove. “The forgotten, forlorn, bedraggled paradise; the tragic
and fraught ecology; the tiny, dense community of rugged and
colorful individuals who live here; the beautiful light and desert
landscape; the incredible dawns and sunsets; and the defiant
hope and creative spirit of both the humans and animals that still
find a way to make some use of a fouled artificial waterway.”
The Toy House by Kenny Scharf is a “permanent” installation.
The sea is failing because it has no outlet, and over the years its
sources of fresh water have been either cut off or diverted. It
probably would have evaporated by now if not for agricultural
runoff from the Imperial and Coachella valleys. As the sea
shrinks, the high concentration of salt and minerals makes the
water unlivable. Only the algae-eating tilapia remain. Fish die-
offs leave little food for migrating birds. And when the wind blows
just right, a wretched foulness, infused with tiny, toxic
particulates, wafts through the manicured resort communities of
the Coachella Valley.
As more of the Salton Sea shoreline becomes exposed, the
potential for alkaline dust clouds to blow into the valley presents
not only an environmental health crisis but an existential threat to
tourism, the lifeblood of the region’s economy.
This is where the artists come in.
Giancarlo Neri’s Moontruck fooled some people into thinking it
was the actual moon.
On our way into Stefanie Schneider’s exhibition of photographs,
appropriately shot on expired and unstable Polaroid film, we
found Ruspoli in his element, reveling on a rough edge of
civilization. The Joshua Tree–based filmmaker and philosophy
addict has been coming to Bombay Beach since 2007, the year
he read Kim Stringfellow’s book Greetings From the Salton Sea.
“I was enthralled with this place. When I got divorced in 2011,
the first thing I did was buy a house in Bombay Beach,” says
Ruspoli, who incidentally released the feature film Monogamish
Steve Shigley’s Tesseract offered a visual spectacle.
As his visits grew more frequent, he began to notice the others.
“Every time I’d go, I’d see people making videos, taking pictures.
Nobody spent the night. They would come and shoot fashion,
the beach. And there was nothing in the town to celebrate all the
creativity that happens here.”
One of his first Bombay Beach houseguests was L.A. hotelier
Stefan Ashkenazy, a friend since they were in the seventh grade.
Four years ago, Ashkenazy started a camp at Burning Man
where he hosted a black-tie dinner for 100 people, including
Susan Sarandon, who Ruspoli recalls had a vial of Timothy
Leary’s ashes and put a little in everyone’s drink.
“When I got divorced in 2011 the first thing I did was buy a house
in Bombay Beach.”
“Stefan is like the ring leader, unapologetic in the extreme- ness
of his vision,” says Ruspoli, who in 2015 invited Ashkenazy,
owner of West Hollywood’s Petit Ermitage, to Bombay Beach for
Thanksgiving dinner, along with Johnson & Johnson heiress Lily
“There was a symbiosis between the three of us,” Ruspoli says.
A biennial sounded like a wildly creative way to bring attention to
the Salton Sea and a measure of culture to a deprived
community. “People are hungry for originality and experiences.
What would be more interesting and more surreal than bringing
art, opera, ballet, and a philosophy conference to Bombay
In April 2016 they hosted the first Bombay Beach Biennale. The
theme was “Decay,” particularly our attraction to it. The following
year it was “The Way the Future Used to Be.” This year was
Ashkenazy collaborated with artists and designers to transform
houses and empty lots into the opera house, drive-in theater,
Hermitage Museum, Bombay Beach Estates, and The Bombay
Beach Beach Club — venues for exhibitions, interventions,
performances, and parties.
“The amazing thing is the caliber of people we draw,” Ruspoli
says, citing Aileen Getty, who gave a grant; San Francisco Ballet
principal dancer Maria Kochetkova, who performed at the
Bombay Beach Opera House; L.A. muralist Kenny Scharf, who
created the Toy House and painted The Banned Book Library;
and a roster of top- tier philosophy professors.
Revelers in offbeat outfits, playing offbeat music, marched in the
The desert does have this feeling right now of being the next
frontier for artists.
Tickets to this year’s biennial were limited to 500, but the wind
forced the registration table from the parking area to the Ski Inn,
so many more visitors slipped in without being counted.
“We’re trying to make this for the locals first and for the artists
and their close friends,” Ruspoli says. “We don’t have the
infrastructure for a mass audience.”
The free-flowing biennial has a loose schedule, with scores of
culture-loving merrymakers wandering the neighborhood from
morning to night. The events and installations unfold on the
beach and at many of the residences, including Danielle
Aykroyd’s place, which she calls Pythia, at Third Street and F.
The daughter of actor Dan Aykroyd is a poet and musician who
performs as Vera Sola. During the biennial, she played at the Ski
Inn and The Bombay Beach Institute of Particle Physics,
Metaphysics, and International Relations.
Ruspoli masterminded the institute and runs its program of
performances and lectures around the biennial theme. Jessie
Ann Owens, distinguished professor emeritus of music at
University of California, Davis, delivered a talk about “God’s
Silence in Bach’s Matthew Passion,” and a half-dozen
philosophy professors stirred lively conversations about a few of
life’s timely and perplexing questions.
“One of my big points was the conception of justice in the form of
punishment,” says Christia Mercer, a Columbia University
philosophy professor and activist who also teaches in prison.
She invoked St. Thomas, who had suggested that people in
heaven revel in the eternal suffering of the damned, for they
have sinned. “I’m interested in what people say about life and
how they live life. I hope some of the things I said resonate with
Mercer and Oxford professor Mark Wrathall proved that
philosophical ideas, presented interactively, grip and transform
people like the visual arts, music, and dance. That’s no easy feat.
Polumbo’s trippy Angler Grove, on H Avenue between Third and
Fourth streets, is an adult funhouse with a mirrored exterior and
large circular window framing a disco ball and an assortment of
colorful, blown-glass adornments that look like sex toys. Its soul,
we’d learn, runs much deeper than our first impression.
“Reflective surfaces are the ‘mirror’ Narcissus stared into, the
window into the soul of introspection, or better yet, the
unconscious,” says Polumbo, an artist and master builder who
works in New York and Joshua Tree. “I like people making their
own experience and connections, but their behavior is most
certainly directed, augmented, maybe catalyzed by time in the
structure. Walking out, folks are often stirred up, thinking or
feeling hard about something. Being present is a gift art and
music easily inspire in humans, and encouraging people to do
this together in a fun, lighthearted way can inspire anything from
whimsical connections to the kind of healing I expect occurs
when groups of monks chant.”
Angler Grove, like the institute, drive-in, and several other
attractions, is a “gift to the town,” a permanent installation that
visitors access by asking the bartender at the Ski Inn.
Many artists installed their work on the beach, on or near E
Avenue. The two-story-tall Tesseract, a four-dimensional steel
and light sculpture by Steve Shigley of Yucca Valley, was one of
the most photographed pieces. Three adjacent installations —
Bombay Beach Metro by Dave Corcoran and Ruspoli, Salty by
Ray Ewing and Adrian Pijoan, and El Barco de la Muerte (The
Boat of the Dead) by Sean Guerrero — lead to the Bombay
Beach Beach Club, a music venue with yellow-Speedo-clad
bartenders and loungers facing the sea.
Greg Haberny exhibition at the Hermitage.
Nothing curbs progress at the Salton Sea more than the politics
In 2003 the Imperial Irrigation District agreed to transfer a
massive amount of water to San Diego County. The deal called
for mitigation water at the sea through 2017 and a restoration
plan to abate the salinity and its toxic aftermath. When the
California Natural Resource Agency delivered that plan four
years later, its $9 billion price tag was a nonstarter for lawmakers.
In 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown created the Salton Sea Task Force,
which came up with a 10-year, $383 million plan for habitat
restoration in areas where migrating birds once proliferated and
for dust suppression on up to 25,000 acres of crusty playa. But
little has happened since then.
“We’re trying to make this for the locals first and for the artists
and their close friends.”
“We have a plan, we have money, there is additional money
lined up, and we have a constituency, myself included, that is
running out of patience,” Assembly member Eduardo Garcia said
during a May oversight hearing where he pressed for action.
“Now we need to move forward and execute mitigation efforts in
a timely manner to improve air quality and safeguard human
health, as well as the ecological and economic issues
surrounding the sea.”
Some experts say the only way to save the sea is to bring in
more water, either from the Colorado River, the Gulf of
California, or the Pacific Ocean. But Riverside County
Supervisor V. Manuel Perez, whose district includes the
Coachella Valley, has proposed the $400 million North Lake
Vision, calling for a barrier wall to preserve the northern
shoreline. A new finance district would issue project bonds to be
repaid through hotel, property, and sales taxes.
Meanwhile, artists like Berlin-based Olivia Steele, who installed
the neon-light piece Save Me directly on the water, hope to draw
attention to the cause as it gains urgency. Ruspoli agrees. “[The
biennial] is about how the arts can affect meaningful change and
jolt people out of complacency,” he says.
He has lived in Venice Beach and knows the cycle of artists
discovering a place, being drawn to its “freedom and anarchy,”
and eventually watching gentrification and displacement set in.
“There’s always this risk that what follows spoils it,” Ruspoli
says. “In Bombay Beach, that seems like such an obscure
possibility. But the desert does have this feeling right now of
being the next frontier for artists: It has its original landscape, it’s
still affordable to artists, and there’s opportunity to engage
meaningfully with the geography, weather, people, and history.
But that’s a double-edge sword.”
Back on the berm, Giancarlo Neri’s sculpture Moontruck fools
the people who look at it from the neighborhood side, where it
appears to be the actual moons rising. But Neri himself was
nowhere in sight.
Adam Freeland, the English DJ, musician, record producer, and
newly minted High Desert resident, had enlisted Neri for the
biennial, but authorities at LAX turned away the Italian artist
because of a 1995 marijuana arrest in New York City.
“His non-arrival became the premise of this other work of art,”
Freeland says, referring to stickers placed around town with the
words “Where’s Neri?” The artist wrote an essay about his
troubles in New York and at LAX that biennial visitors could read
at the institute.
The stickers add a layer to the Bombay Beach narrative and
symbolize the far-reaching interest in the Salton Sea. “I would
like to see the biennial grow organically,” Ruspoli says. “I’d like
to see the town become a place of intellectual discourse — de-
emphasize the weekend and go more toward screenings at the
drive-in, maybe a film fest, exhibitions at the Hermitage Museum,
and shows at the opera house.
“Opera singers should wear a performance at Bombay Beach as
a badge of honor.”
Likewise, Ashkenazy envisions black-tie movie premieres at the
drive-in, but his most dramatic addition to the town will be The
Last Resort, a five-room (“maybe more”) hotel built with shipping
containers that “play with guests in a way you couldn’t in any
other environment,” Ashkenazy says. “My big joy in life is the
opportunity to guide everyone’s senses and their emotions with
fragrance and textures.”
Sonny Bono was the last great advocate for the sea, and no
public figure has stepped forward to replace him. Now artists
want to fill that void.
“Because of the art, people are talking about a place that was
long forgotten,” says Mazandi, who created the ceramic flower
The question now is, who’s listening?
|Does Owning a Pet Help You Live Longer?
It might sound unbelievable, but having a pet can help you live
longer. There are many reasons why this is possible, which have
surprised researchers around the world.
People have been dealing with a lot, from the recent economic
scare to the overall state of the country's politics, such as decisions
made by the Trump administration.
After switching on the television or scrolling through news online,
you might feel stressed about current events. It may not seem like
stress can be hurtful to a person, but the overproduction of cortisol,
which is a stress-related neurotransmitter can lead to several
An overproduction of this neurotransmitters has been linked to
obesity, depression, and inflammation. All of these problems can
diminish the quality of life of a person.
Most people know that obesity can end up hurting the heart and
spike cholesterol levels. Inflammation can lead to things like
arthritis and other issues within the body. Depression is the kind of
ailment that can haunt a person for years while hurting him or her
in different ways.
It is troubling to imagine that stressing over politics or news in
general could have this kind of effect on a person. Sure, some
people can ignore current events or the odd behavior sometimes
displayed by Trump. Sadly, this does not reverse the damage yet
owning a pet can.
One of the main reasons owning a pet can help is because it helps
release another neurotransmitter called oxytocin. This
neurotransmitter is associated with love and care, which make
sense since pet owners get attached to their pets. Researchers
found a link between healthy hearts and a healthy production of
A person who has been stressing for far too long can begin to
protect his or her heart by owning a pet to trigger oxytocin
production. Another reason owning a pet is healthy for people is
because it also triggers the production of serotonin. This is the
'feel-good' neurotransmitter, which helps reduce cortisol levels
within the body.
Serotonin also helps fight depression and is vital for proper
digestion. It might not seem like digestion is all that important, but it
is. Proper digestion ensures that the body absorbs all vitamins and
minerals from the food consumed.
The body needs all of these nutrients to thrive and heal itself,
making the production of serotonin a good idea for anyone who
wants a good quality of life. Owning a pet makes a person happy,
increasing the production of serotonin.
Many pet owners have noticed that pets know when their owners
are feeling the blues. Their pets will attempt to comfort them by
snuggling next them, which can make a person feel better
immediately. Pets may not necessarily understand what they are
doing for their human owners, but that does not mean they are
Now, it should be noted that pet ownership does come with a few
hiccups. A pet owner is going to have to care for the animal. This
means regular vet checkups, feeding, and grooming, just to name a
In essence, a person who decides to purchase a pet is going to
have to be responsible for that animal from now on. It might be a
costly affair, but it is one that may help people live longer and
happier lives. Not many people will argue against living longer.
|NOTE FROM MRS. B
We have been invited by friends to join them in the
Escape Room...we will do an article if we find our
Escape Room Palm Springs - Locker Room
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battle wits with a sadistic serial killer. Uncover the fate of the
prisoners captured before you and if you’re clever enough,
maybe you’ll save more than just yourselves. In this game you’ll
face both mental and physical challenges to test your mind and
spirit. 3-10 players. $33 per person.
Escape Room Palm Springs is a family-owned live adventure
game. Book between two and ten players per game. Using only
your wits, logic, and fellow players, you'll discover that you've
never had so much fun in one hour before, and you'll be talking
about it for days afterward.
Just The Facts:
Great fun for family, friends, team building or co-workers. We’re
minutes from Downtown Palm Springs near the Palm Springs
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player 18 or older required. $33/pp. All escape games private.
Open 365 days a year.
Your staff will work together to achieve a common goal, and in
doing so, bond, strengthen their relationships, and improve
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or fitness level, you’ll be challenged while having lots of fun in
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Located minutes from Downtown Palm Springs near the Palm
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I am really happy that I found a worker that lived up to my
expectations. Luke Horning did a beautiful job on some exterior
painting of my property. He was on time. He was personable and
worked quickly but very carefully. because he started at 6 AM the
later rain had no effect on the job. We are considering the
possibility of selling our property and he was very knowlegable on
how to prepare the house so that our home could be more sellable.
After he finished the job he was hired for he did some other work
for us at a very reasonable rate. I have already contacted him to do
more work for us. I think you know how hard it is to find an honest
and hard worker in this valley. that is why I hope when you have
the need for a painter who really knows what they're doing give
Luke a call at 760-485-3175
Gary Spero, Esplanade
Thanks so much for this excellent vendor.
Look for Luke under 'P' for painting in our list.
We feel it is important that all vendors on our list come
highly recommended by our friends and neighbors.
|Zoo animals are ambassadors for their cousins in
the wild. Jack Hanna
|Eva Rocha, Shadow Hills II
Please Help me Find my Lady she went missing this
morning ans i still can’t find her . She’s a small all black
chihuahua listens to the Name of Lady . Please if you see
her let me know 760.296.57.38
|NOTE FROM MRS. B
I enourage all to sign up for the TownSQ app. This is going to
be your best chance of being notified on the BIG ONE or any
other major disaster.
The website is above, and I will continue to leave it there for
your future referenence.
Bob and I took a drive around the Community and checked
out all of the road, curb and gutter work that has be on-going
for the past few years.
It is hard to believe that all of this was accomplished without
a special assessment and the impact it has had on the
appearance of our community is monumental.
A special thanks to Jerry Lugos for all of his hard work and
devotion to this community for so many years.
It would appear that a few on the new BDSA Board tell us
there are people out there who are unhappy. Really?
Give us their names and we will go talk with them. We are so
tired of the nonsense some like to create for the sake of
creating discord in this community!!!!
We could name names, but at this point we will remain silent.
You know who you are ...
We noticed that when the road committee was forming, not
one of the complaining board members wanted to join. If you
think you can do a better job - do it. Otherwise, keep your
unkind words to yourself.
Is there an explanation for the current condition of the lake on the
7th. fairway of the Lake 9 ? We moved to Old Harbour eight years
ago. At that time the lake was vibrant. There were two fountains,
gorgeous waterlilies, water irises, abundance of turtles and fish,
and, of course, ducks. One of the fountains ceased to exist quite
some time ago, the waterlilies have disappeared, the turtles have
disappeared, the ducks have disappeared, and we have seen
dead fish floating around.The irises were severely cut back some
years ago, but are surviving. Could it be that the one surviving
fountain is not enough to sustain the health of the lake water ? As
far as the ducks are concerned, the numbers have been declining
over the years for some reason. We only saw one chick this year,
and that lasted less than a day. I know this is probably good news
for the golfers as duck poop is a sticky problem , but we miss
seeing them around. We have water features. Wild fowl are
attracted to water features. It makes me wonder if something is
happening to their nests.
Please take a look and let me know what you think.
Sincerely, Janice Elder.
So sorry to hear this. I live just across the street from this
lake. I will take a look and let you know. Unfortunately, I
have not been golfing much for several years and have not
noticed the deterioration.
In the interim, I have sent your email to Chris Hoyer, Golf
Course Superintendent for his review.
I will let you know what he says.
Mrs. Elder, and Mrs. Hubenthal,
I first want to thank you for your concern. I also want to assure you
the lake is in much better condition than it was last summer. Last
summer the lake "turned over". This is when there is an imbalance
and the lake essentially restarts itself, but with that there is usually
a large fish kill and plant material is lost. However, I have added
more irises to the north end of the lake where there were none,
and we have also restocked the lake with fish. There is still a very
good population of turtles as well. The lilies on the other hand are
a bit more tricky. We want to make sure there is adequate animal
populations before we introduce more plant material that actually
shades out the lake. The fountain is the last piece of this. We
keep the one fountain going 24/7 to keep the water moving to
avoid this problem again. I have not gotten the ok from the board
to spend the money to replace the other fountain as it it quite
expensive. Since one fountain is taking care of the lake at this
time, it is hard to justify repairing the other. I know this is a lot of
information all at once but I hope it helps. If at anytime you have
further questions or concerns, please contact me directly.
Thanks so much for your prompt reply.
My goodness. Who knew how difficult it is to keep a pond
thriving. I am sure our readers will appreciate all of your
Our opinion follows:
We feel it is far more important to maintain our golf course
and ponds than it is to have parties upstairs. Total waste of
funds. We have been saying this for years. If only someone
would have listened!
Mr. B was on the BDCC Board for years and he could prove
they consistently lost large amounts of money, but most of
the Board (back then) refused to listen.
Many felt is was imperative to maintain a certain lifestyle
for the older Equity members. Finally, years later - a Board
that can see the handwriting on the wall.
They have reduced the days of operation; improved the Grill
Room and the upstairs will get minimal use.