We all know this weekend is Coachella.

And with Coachela comes the parties. Step into any pretty popular hotel this weekend and you step into what believes to be a music video set in Los Angeles.
But, maybe that’s not for you. Maybe you rather just go check out some local art and see what’s really going on. This is why I created this blog – for people like you.
So, in the locals’ scene this weekend we got a couple good shows going on that I’d like to invite you to.
On tap we have Photography Exhibit, a theater performance, interior design, and a light and space artist. Each honestly say a little something about the Coachella Valley in their own way.
The descriptions are as follows:

Thursday, April 15th:
Melissa Morgan Fine Art
73040 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260
hours: 10a-7pm daily
The BOXeight Crew and the Gang at Melissa Morgan Fine Art welcome you to our Coachella kick off art exhibition and after party/pre coachella party art and music extravaganza.

Exhibition includes:
Peter Gurnz’s debut of “we are all kids… NAKED + BEAUTIFUL”
Ben Cope’s “Pola”

The current exhibition include the photo based works that have been on display at MMFA for the last month. The opening reception was a huge success and were gonna bring it to a close with an event catering to our LA demographic that will be out there already for the festival including some major acts that have been nice enough to offer their performances as part of the gig.

Live Performances by HUMANS
check them out, its a breaking band out of canada

DJ David J will also be providing sounds for the evening.

The exhibition will go from 6-11pm on the 15th and will be full of Palm Springs socialites, press media, and of course flooded by tons of music industry folk that will be out there for the festival…

We are having an after party with the bands following the exhibition from 11-2am. Starting off the weekend right ya know! We will keep you updated with details…

BOXeight family: come out early, we have the house and will be out there a few days early setting up and playing Marco Polo

Dont be a fish out of water…

Party Your Pants Off.

Friday, April 16th:
Heather James Fine Art
45188 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 346-8926

Heather James Fine Art is pleased to present “Roger Thomas: A Perfected World”, April 16 – June 30, 2010. The opening reception takes place on Friday, April 16, 6-8 PM. RSVP

“In my ‘perfect world,’ design and art are the same,” says Thomas, who as executive vice president of Wynn Design and Development has created large-scale, award-winning environments for Steve Wynn’s destination resorts such as the Bellagio, Wynn Las Vegas and Wynn Encore. In 2007 and again this year, Thomas was selected for Architectural Digest’s AD 100 list of top designers, and in 2008 Interior Design Magazine named him “Designer of the Year.”

For this exclusive exhibition, Thomas is returning to his roots as a classically trained artist while keeping his primary expression in the decorative arts. The fact that Thomas is opening up his legendary sketchbooks to the public for the first time is of utmost importance to Chip Tom, principal and art curator at Heather James Fine Art. “During his travels and everyday life he creates the most exquisite drawings that often become the inspirations of his design work,” says Tom. “These on-site drawings are so much the tradition of classical painters. In many ways, I feel Roger creates his designs as a painter applies oil to his canvas.”

Thomas is bringing into play his existing signature collection of furniture, including several items that were used in Architectural Digest’s 82nd Academy Awards Green Room at this year’s Oscars ceremony, as well as new, custom-made pieces – all covered in muslin to provide a blank slate for his “gestural drawings.” Other elements to be used in the installation include limited editions of chandeliers, hand-knotted Tibetan rugs, Peking glass vases and rare silk embroideries of never-before-seen drawings.

All the upholstered items will have hand-drawings done by Thomas alone, each unique, signed, and numbered. These drawings will masterfully extend from the furniture to the wall surfaces, fixtures and gallery floor, transforming the entire space into one large canvas for Thomas’ vision. Framed drawings on handmade paper of fragments of wall elements also will integrate with the furniture to illustrate, in Thomas’ words, “the perfect environment.”

Thomas acknowledges his “long-standing love” of 18th Century French furniture and design. “The drawings aren’t exact replicas [of 18th Century French designs] but memories of them,” says Thomas. “Designing an entire environment like this is a statement about what I treasure, what I value in art.” Thomas adds: “Art is the world of remembering, interpretation and expression. My job is to create extraordinary memories and experiences.”

Tom has high hopes for the exhibition, the first of its kind for Thomas: “My aspirations for the show are that the viewers experience Roger’s work as an entire art installation with historical art references and many layers of meaning.” The installation is a must-see for a brief period of time, as Thomas’ art will cease to exist at the close of the show.

Wednesday – Saturday Evening:

royale projects : modern & contemporary art
75270 Highway 111 Suite 205
Indian Wells CA 92210

Helen Pashgian ’56 is a Pioneer Light and Space artist, a member of the small group of Southern California artists who coalesced in the 1960s around the use of industrial materials, which offered unique optical and color possibilities. Technically innovative, Pashgian continues her rigorous exploration of the spatial qualities of color in light. The early resin work of 1968 and 1969 introduced Pashgian as a sculptor of light and one of the L.A. Light and Space artist. Artists such as Peter Alexander, Larry Bell, Robert Irwin, Craig Kauffman, James Turrell, DeWain Valentine, Doug Wheeler, and Helen Pashgian shared an interest in new materials, new industrial processes, and new modes of hypersensitive seeing. In the 1960’s this segment of the Southern California art scene was first dubbed the L..A. Glass and Plastic School, and then the Light and Space Movement. Individually they explored the perceptual effects of light in space, testing the limits of luminosity and the possibilities of immateriality with industrial materials such as cast acrylic, resin and glass.

Gallery is open from 11am-6pm Wednesday – Saturday. Email to set up special appointment.

Saturday Night &/or Sunday Afternoon:
College of the Desert- Pollock Theater

43-600 Monterey Ave.
Palm Desert, CA

College of the Desert will present the American College premiere of At Risk
a new work by award-winning
playwright Judy Soo Hoo.
At Risk is a hard-hitting, wickedly funny exploration of the day-to-day challenges and victories of teachers, their union, and their students at a middle school in South Central Los Angeles. The dark comedy introduces an assortment of quirky but endearing characters in a public school system where teachers, students, and the notion of free and public education are “at risk.”

April 16-25
Evening performances are April 16, 17, 23, and 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday matinees are April 18 and 25 at 2:00 p.m.

-$15 or $13 for students and senior citizens.
-Groups of ten or more may arrange discounts by calling (760) 773-2565.

Strong language. Parental discretion is advised.