I have been to Joshua Tree one time and, funny enough, I’ll be headed there this weekend for some brief R&R. From what I remember, it’s a dry, beautiful area full of natural wonder and natural oddity: it certainly is a one-of-a-kind, inspiring landscape. It’s unsurprising that artists from all over the world have visited the area for creative retreats and that the desert has a remarkable, thriving artist scene that functions in conjunction with Los Angeles’.
One of the JT artists currently ruling the roost is Alma Allen. He’s self-taught and currently one of the many Southern Californians participating in the Whitney Biennial. His works are a beautiful, fascinating manipulation of natural objects that represents the human ability to work with and mold nature. He makes in a very zen like way, using what his surroundings give him as the basis for large sculpture. He is as much in charge of his medium as it allows him to be.
Gallery 446 in Palm Springs is welcoming a little Coachella ready art show called ART and SOUND. Huge group effort that features everyone from Moby to Cisco Adler. It’s on view through May 4.
Need some festival travel help while at Coachella? Uber has some special programming for the occasion called #UberAllAccess which will give lucky riders some rad swag and “artist pickups.” WTF? Amazing. Happening April 11 through April 13 and April 18 through April 20.
When visiting a new city, what should you see? That’s probably the most important question on every traveller’s mind as the things you see can make or break a trip or experience of a city. London based design makers Herb Lester Associates think about that often and have made a collection of travel guides to assist travelers through illustrative charm. They’ve made a New York Doughnut map and a guide that can teach how to properly greet Chicago and a smart how-to for Seattle based on if it is raining or not. Super smart!
For Los Angeles, they decided to dig deep and give visitors the more seasoned parts of Los Angeles. The map is called How To Find Old LA and it seeks to do just that: take you around on a historic—Yet cool!—tour of the city. For those who think that LA is too young and without a history, this little guide will show you where our age is.
Going to Coachella? We have some news for you courtesy of Sauce LA: there is going to be some rad food programming at Coachella this year. Like what? Check it out after the jump!