Welcome to “Art Shows a Go Go”.  A weekly feature here on The Coachella Valley Art Scene that features a listing of all the art show openings going down around town this weekend that we think are pretty cool.  And when we say, “cool,” we are referring to those types of art shows where you don’t have to be surrounded by those oh-so-pretentious-snooty-art-snobs (featured in the photo above), and where you can just be comfortable and come as you are.  With, of course, walls full of good art that is visually and mentally stimulating for young and wise minds alike.

Almost every show below links to their Facebook invite.  For any questions on anything below, please contact the venues/curators/hosts/artists etc.



All Info is on flyer.  Located at: Michael Lord Gallery  1090 N Palm Canyon drive Palm Springs, CA

1090 N. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760 699-8957
Via their Facebook Event invite: You are invited to join us Gay Pride Weekend; November 4th, 5th and 6th.  Between 10 AM – 5 PM for a Palm Springs Modernism Week  preview of Functional Art.  Gallery 446 South Indian Canyon Drive  Palm Springs, CA

Via the Facebook Event Invite: Get your poodle skirt and put on your dancing shoes. It’s an old-fashioned high school gymnasium style sock hop. 1950s/60s music, refreshments, and fun for no particular reason.
http://modpophop.pspartyplanners.com/ // Marc Joseph’s 777 North Palm Canyon, upstairs in the courtyard Palm Springs, CA 92262 from 6:00pm-10:00pm

From their Facebook invite: “Qulture Qreative continues their now 3 year tradition of bringing queer events to the Gay Pride mix in Palm Springs, CA.   From the folks that brought you the “West Coast Love Train” 2009/2010 at The Ace Hotel http://blog.acehotel.com/pridecomeshttp://www.seattlegayscene.com/2010/12/nark-goes-to-palm-springs-pride.html comes “COMPOUND” This year we are excited to be working with our new partners; Cheeky’s, Birba and Alcazar to celebrate Gay Pride. Qulture Qreative is curating an all-star event that will be taking place on all three property’s and will offer a diverse array of artists and performers. “Compound”, will provide an alternative choice for a more inclusive “Gay Pride”. There are so many options for people in Palm Springs for this infamous city wide event and Qulture Qreative aims to curate a “refuge” from all the madness. A place where all kinds of queer people that seek something different from the usual fair can come and relax, exchange ideas, eat, drink and yes celebrate! Compound pride is about Collective individualism that includes L.G.B.T.Q. and ALL People who love freely! /// COMPOUND GAY PRIDE WEEKEND November 4, 5, 6, 2011 @ Cheeky’s, Birba & Alcazar

Nothing better than a good drag show!!!  Performance art at it’s best.

Via Ace’s website: +  Warm Leatherette : T.V.O.D. & Sean Carnage present Blok & Myles Cooper  8pm til midnight, Amigo Room
+  Paris is Burning : Poolside Film Screening  8:30pm, Commune
+  Stay Gold vs. Mustache Mondays


Via the Facebook Event Invite: Opening Night Party – Bar Hosted by Crater Lake Vodka. Come celebrate the life and work of Palm Springs octogenarian John Palatinus, who pioneered Male Beefcake Photography during the 1950s. As part of the gay witch hunts of McCarthyism, John Palatinus was arrested, jailed, tried and convicted as a pornographer. In 1959 – his studio was raided by pre-Stonewall Authorities who confiiscated all of his negatives, prints, camera equipment and mailing lists – thought to be lost forever. By today’s standards, his work was tame – but none the less important in the Gay Movement. We wouldn’t be where we are today without risk-takers like him, who pushed the envelope…regardless of the consequences. Now 50 years later, his work has emerged from the underground resulting in a world-wide tour featuring more than 40 of his vintage beefcake photos – many of which appeared in the body builder magazine Tomorrows Man. Having just completed the European tour of cities including Paris, London, Antwerp and Berlin – we are bringing the show to Palm Springs during Pride Week when John will be honored with the Palm Springs Pride – Spirit of Stonewall Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Palatinus is alive and well – enjoying his new found celebrity. Please join us in celebrating him and his trail-blazing role in gay history. Show runs through November 15th. For the full story on the man and his work click on www.john-palatinus.com // Savage Gallery  870 Research Drive (Off Farrell between ESP Building & DMV)  Palm Springs, CA from 6pm-9pm

ONGOING at Royale Projects in Indian Wells: (via their Facebook invite) “After a long, warm summer Royale Projects launches its new season with an exhibition of six Los Angeles artists. Drawn from the grit of downtown LA, from the sunny surf of Malibu Beach, and from every stop along Sunset Boulevard, sculptures, paintings, photographs, and video works comment on the state of California today.  “I don’t know where but she sends me there” is a line from The Beach Boys’ 1966 hit song “Good Vibrations”. Brian Wilson created a collage of sound, taking disparate musical parts and combining them together to hone a perfect, symphonic – pop song. This audio masterpiece has become a true California anthem and an aural icon of West Coast culture.  With that in mind Royale Projects brings together six artists that, at first glance, could not be more different. Upon closer scrutiny you will start to recognize themes and movements within the works of art. Witty references to Pop Art and Minimalism as well as tender homages to California’s own Light and Space artists are woven through the exhibition. The wry observations of banal, urban culture challenge the viewer to look closer at the contemporary beliefs, lifestyle, and identity of Southern California.  I Don’t Know Where But She Sends Me There: six Los Angeles artists now will send you on an insightful and fanciful journey. The exhibition introduces a cross section of exciting artists currently creating in Los Angeles; the most shiny, yet at times tarnished, city in our great Golden State.”

Event Info via their website: “Beauchamp was one of the first and most prominent Figurative Expressionist painters to appear in the American art world in the late 1950’s. His work was bold, inventive, and at times eccentric and wildly humorous. He was greatly admired by his peers: including artists, critics and curators. He was one of those rare individuals who went his own way and developed his own vision without compromise. His output, which was extensive, included not only oil paintings on canvas, but also oversized drawings and large oil-stick paintings on paper.  His early works depicted romantic and somewhat enigmatic fantasies. Later Beauchamp developed a more existential expression in which seemingly unrelated objects, animals and people, were combined in a dynamic tapestry. As he matured, the human condition, with all its expectations, fears, and ironic confusions, became his focus. Beyond the subject, however, there was always the very nature of paint itself, which he used as an emotional experience much as the Abstract Expressionists did. The Beauchamp trademark was his masterful control of the medium. The texture of the paintings, infused with his inexhaustible energy, became just as important as his bold compositions and his powerful colors.  Beauchamp was an active participant in the New York art scene, exhibiting extensively throughout his career. During his lifetime he had 54 one-man exhibitions and participated in numerous invitational group shows. He first showed in a group exhibition at the Tanager Gallery, on Tenth Street in New York City in 1955, then at the Hansa Gallery and the Green Gallery downtown. In the late 1960’s he was represented at the Graham Gallery, and then at Monique Knowlton in the 1980’s and 90’s. The Whitney Museum included Beauchamp in six of their Annual Invitationals, and the Guggenheim Museum included him in their “Ten Independents” exhibit.”  /// Michael Lord Gallery 1090 N. Palm Canyon Drive PS, CA from 10am-6:00pm

High Desert funkiness.  Get up on it.  


Via the Facebook Event invite: “Join us for our Heritage Day Festival this Sunday! Admission is free, and we have live entertainment, cultural demonstrators, food, kid’s activities, and much more! For more information, check out the flyer, or call the museum at (760) 342-6651” // Coachella Valley History Museum  82616 Miles Ave.  Indio, California from 12:00pm-7:00pm.

Art show charity event in the High Desert… check it out.





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If you know about an art show opening in the Coachella Valley happening this weekend that you don’t see listed up here, then email me!!  Link me with the flyer and details on the event and I will post.  That’s it- very simple,  Email: thecoachellavalleyartscene@gmail.com