Kip's Desert Book Club
The Void, the Grid, and the Sign - William L. Fox
december 1, 2014


At the December 1st book club meeting we will be discussing The Void, the Grid, and the Sign: Traversing the Great Basin by William L. Fox. Bill's creative and passionate contacts in the desert allow one to take the ultimate desert camping trip without leaving the comfort of your own home!  Bernard Leibov of BoxoHOUSE has generously offered to host the meeting. His address is 62732 Sullivan Road, Joshua Tree - but don't bother to GPS yourself there, it will end in tears. Simply turn south on Whitefeather Road off of Highway 62, drive past the hospital, and turn right on the second dirt road when you see the Boxo sign. Bernard's house will be the first one on the left, with the Book Club sign in front. Bring a folding chair if you have one so we are sure to have enough seating. See you there, and don't forget to bring the delicious snacks and drinks!

Monday, December 1, 2014, 7PM
62732 Sullivan Road
Joshua Tree, CA

This is the third meeting of Kip's Desert Book Club.  Learn more about this monthly gathering.

Taking the Waters - Important Information
november 8-9, 2014

November 8-9, 2014
Sites: Zzyzx, China Ranch Date Farm, Tecopa Hot Springs, Devils Hole

Artists & Presenters: Korakrit Arunanondchai, Matthew Coolidge (The Center for Land Use Interpretation), Alyse Emdur, Robert Fulton (CSU Desert Studies Center), Marc Ganzglass, Emilie Halpern, Sant Khalsa, Alice Könitz, Nancy Lupo, Erin Schneider, and Kim Stringfellow
Taking the Waters is this weekend!  This two-day program will involve driving around remote parts of the desert, getting intimate access to super interesting and culturally significant locations, sharing a communal potluck meal, spending the night camping or in a local lodge, going the weekend without cell phone service, and viewing a curated selection of talks, artworks, videos, and performances.  
If you are planning on attending the Taking the Waters event this weekend, please read this important information before you hit the road:

Taking the Waters
november 8-9, 2014

467 Zzyzx, 2012 (photo: Aurora Tang)

The desert, a place defined by its lack of water, has an especially rich and curious cultural relationship with it: for ritual, relief, renewal, and recreation.  In these arid lands, water has always been a premium - a sign of vitality and prosperity.  All water is healing water. 

Taking the Waters is a two-day search for water in the desert.  We will drive to and through some of the Mojave's finest oases, natural pools, hot springs, rivers, reservoirs, and retreat center and water park remains, and consider the cultural significance of water in the desert through a program of site-specific installations, performances, films, tours, and presentations. 

Sites include: China Ranch Date FarmDevils HoleTecopa Hot Springs, and Zzyzx (former site of Dr. Curtis Springer's mineral springs and current site of the CSU Desert Studies Center). 

Artists and presenters include: Korakrit ArunanondchaiMatthew Coolidge (The Center for Land Use Interpretation)Alyse EmdurRobert Fulton (CSU Desert Studies Center)Marc GanzglassEmilie HalpernSant KhalsaAlice KönitzNancy LupoErin Schneider, and Kim Stringfellow.

Taking the Waters is organized by HDTS managing director Aurora Tang.  Special thanks to Travis Brown.  This program is supported in part by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Kip's Desert Book Club
Burro Bill and Me - Edna Calkins Price
november 3, 2014


November's Book Club selection is Burro Bill and Me by Edna Calkins Price. It's the true story of a nurse who falls in love with a hobo during the Great Depression and follows him to Death Valley to start a life of freedom. When Death Valley becomes too crowded with tourists, they buy a pack of burros and head off for the Arizona strip district on a 3 year adventure. Our meeting place will be the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center at 65336 Winters Rd. Twentynine Palms, CA. It is 4 miles East of Border Rd. on the left hand side. When driving north on Border, coming from Joshua Tree, look for the Winters sign on the left hand side of the road and a large white Copper Mountain Mesa sign on the right. Can't wait to hear what you think about this one!

Monday, November 3, 2014, 7PM
Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center
65336 Winters Road
Twentynine Palms, CA

This is the second meeting of Kip's Desert Book Club.  Learn more about this monthly gathering.

HDTS 2014 Limited Edition Postcard Series



We're pleased to announce the third collection in our annual postcard series!  The HDTS 2014 Limited Edition Postcard Series features images by: 

Cindy Bernard
Tim Chinnock
Alison Jean Cole
Bob Dornberger
Sara Engberg
Tara Grayson
Aaron Hawn
Megan Morgan
David O'Brien
Krzysztof Pyda
Lili Tanner
Tracy Tynan

These twelve images were chosen from hundreds of wonderful submissions from around the globe, in what proved to be a very difficult blind review selection process. 

The postcards are now available online - individually for $1 each, or as a set of all 12 for $10.  HDTS postcards are also for sale at a few of our favorite shops in Joshua Tree and beyond (including BKB Ceramics in Joshua Tree and Otherwild in Los Angeles).  Sales of the postcards help support future HDTS programming.

They'll be making their public debut this weekend at the the Art Show at Sky Village Swap Meet in Yucca Valley November 1-2, 2014 (look for us by the Crystal Cave).  

Thanks so much to everyone who shared their images with us, and congratulations to this year's postcard artists!