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Joshua Tree Association of Musicians and Songwriters
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Joshua Tree, CA 92252
Gig reports and editorial comments for the week Jan 25-Feb 1, 2005
Hey, hey, hey-
I have been having an ongoing conversation with a friend who met the guy who is putting a series of wells on the Sunfair Dry Lake for the purpose of ‘possibly’ building a golf course. The idea made me shiver because the water report JT just got said we were overdrawing our aquafer pretty substantially. My friend said that the guy wasn’t planning to build a golf course as I had heard. That made me feel better until another friend sent me the url for the golf course survey which I have copied below.
Now that the carpetbaggers are all over us up here, it’s a no-brainer that our new ‘desert-lovers’ will feel the need to ‘make the desert bloom’. A new golf course is just what our new breed of neighbors might need to help them unwind and get back to the land. Besides, the desert is just a bunch of sand and cactus, we can turn it into a paradise like Palm Desert. Just think of the land values!
Anyway, I have copied the conversation about it from both sides below. Please weigh in with your opinion. You can probably guess what mine is.
Please take the time to fill out the on line survey about a future golf course proposed for Joshua Tree. This is done by the potential developer.
You can access the survey at www.joshuatreecountryclub.com
And please share this with your friends.
Thank you, Melinda
Here is a survey from the guy who ‘isn't building a golf course’ on the dry lake.
actually I talked to him at some length. He is doing a survey to see of a golf course would be welcome there. he is looking at a number of options. A golf course is a lot better than a trailer park??
Actually, both suck, but a golf course wastes 100 times as much water as a trailer park and also pollutes the groundwater with chemicals (which kill all insects and make the grass plush and green so the fat white guys can get 'back to the earth'). Golf courses are an ecological disaster. About the only thing worse on the lake would be a dump.
the guy’s name is Doctor Robert Ellis, he can be reached at 831-0061
I have been rejoicing that so many great musicians and artists are moving up here. Maybe this is the other side of the coin. I remember the folks in Oregon running TV spots in California in the early 70s to discourage the ‘Californication’ of Oregon. It was a bunch of folks standing around in the rain in puddles talkin’ about how great Oregon was. Maybe we need to do our own spin on it. How ‘bout our announcer giving a ‘move to the desert’ spiel and getting attacked by coyotes. Does anyone have any trained coyotes or scorpions, tarantulas? Tortoises? Yeah, the announcer is overrun by tortoises; the shot cuts to a skeleton bleaching in the sun, still holding on to a microphone. Hey, wait, how about jackrabbits, like in Monty Python’s ‘Holy Grail’.
Dat’s all for now…
Ps: if you are interested, check out the Jams Political Supplement (attached)
**Thursday Night Songwriting, Poetry and Rhythm Club**
** Sponsored by The Sun Runner and Z107 Radio and Bulky **
Thursday Nights at the Water Canyon in Yucca Valley, 7-9 PM (starts promptly- attendance will be taken)
Musical guest(s): Keenwild / Mark Griffin
Spoken Word- Megan Close
“spoken words are what most people remember best” Garrison Keiller
(If you’d like to appear on the showcase, email me (da prez) at firstname.lastname@example.org , let me know what you do, and when you’d like to appear)
Water Canyon Coffee Company
Yucca Valley at 55844 29 Palms Highway. 760 365 7771
Saturday 11AM to 1PM
Jon Bertini (mando and guitar acoustic inst. set)
Saturday 8 to 10PM
Janet Robin (Janet's an AWESOME GUITARIST and singer/songwriter. She has played with Lindsay Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac),on tour & in the studio. She's a load of fun and has great stage presence)
howdy…. Anne McCue is playing Pappy and Harriet's February 4th with her band. cheers mike
Debora Iyall with the Never Say Nevers
(the Never Say Nevers are: Clive Wright - guitar; Rich Dembowski - bass; Kevin Jarvis - drums) With Ben Vaughn's Desert Classsic January 29, 2005 Pappy & Harriets, 9 PM, $10. Pioneertown, CA
Radio 60 Upcoming Schedule
January 28, 2005 Patti’s in Cathedral City 35-756 Date Palm Drive 7pm-11pm 760-770-7335
January 29, 2005 The Handlebar & Grill 19-345 Indian Avenue, North Palm Springs 9pm-1am 760-251-6474
For bookings and information call Greg Veach at 760-831-9805
Musical Artist Callan to appear
Saturday - February 5th Songwriter singer Callan will perform an evening of all original vocal and guitar music from 9 pm till 12 am at the Beatnik Cafe in Joshua Tree Ca at 61597 29 Palms Highway 760 366 2090
Every Sunday Guitarist Callan performs a recital of original Finger style guitar solo’s from 11am till 2 pm at Sunday Brunch a the 29 Palms Inn at 73950 Inn Ave 29 Palms 760 367 3505
JT Playhouse presents ‘A Little Princess’
Directed by Allison Garcia
The show runs through Jan 30th
Fri-Sat 8PM/Sunday 2:30
Call Box office 366-3777 for show prices and reservations
Valerie Davis Showing at Crossroads Café in JT
-thru Jan and Feb.
Mandalas, Wood Mandalas, Mineral Chimes
(Valerie’s stuff is beautiful and inspiring)
"AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'" CONTINUES AT THEATRE 29
Theatre 29's critically acclaimed and audience approved performance of this Fats Waller Musical Review continues it's run with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings through February 5.
There will be one Sunday Matinee on January 30 at 2:30PM. All regular Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 7:00PM.
"Ain't Misbehavin'" is an uproarious romp through Jazz Age Harlem with the music and vitality of Thomas "Fats" Waller and his Rhythm. Memorable songs such as "Honeysuckle Rose", "I've Got A Feelin' I'm Fallin'", "This Joint Is Jumpin'", "Mean to Me" and many, many more - The energy of the music and the incredible performances of the small cast and three-man combo make the PG rated "Ain't Misbehavin'" a heart-pumping, toe-tapping evening of live entertainment you won't want to miss.
Reservations are available by calling the Box Office at (760) 367-6563. The John Calveri Memorial Theatre, home of Theatre 29, is located at 73637 Sullivan Rd around the corner from Barr Lumber in Twentynine Palms. Ticket prices are $8 for general admission, $7 for seniors, Military with I.D. and DAN Members and $6 for students.
Don't forget $1 Student Rush is available FIVE minutes prior to curtain (open seating only) with student I.D. Certain Restrictions apply.
SHOWTIME PRODUCTIONS WELCOMES DANCE INSTRUCTOR, SARAH BOND TO THE COMPANY. BORN IN ARLINGTON, VA., SARAH HAS PERFORMED IN PRODUCTIONS SUCH AS "THE NUTCRACKER", "CINDERELLA", AND "WESTSIDE STORY". SHE HAS STUDIED WITH THE RICHMOND BALLET, RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL ROCKETS AND VARIOUS CHOREOGRAPHERS FOR SUCH GROUPS AND ARTISTS SUCH AS WILL SMITH & N SYNC. SARAH HAS ALSO DANCED IN L.A. WITH THE KING DANCE COMPANY. AS PART OF SHOWTIME PRODUCTIONS PERFORMANCE CRITERIA, SARAH WILL BE OFFERING CLASSES IN BALLET TECHNIQUE, POINTE, TAP, HIP HOP, JAZZ, LYRICAL & MUSICAL THEATRE. LISA FURUGEN, OWNER & DIRECTOR OF SHOWTIME OFFERS CLASSES IN VOCAL TRAINING, THEATRE TRAINING AND GROUP PERFORMANCE. FURUGEN WHO IS DIRECTING "WIZARD OF OZ" FOR THE HI-DESERT PLAYHOUSE HAS BROUGHT SARAH ON AS HER CHOREOGRAPHER. "SHE IS ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS TO WORK WITH, AND MY CAST OF 75 JUST LOVE HER". WE ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE HER IN THIS AREA. SARAH WILL ALSO BE CHOREOGRAPHING THE PLAYHOUSE'S LAST SHOW OF THEIR SEASON, "FUNNY GIRL". FOR SCHEDULES OF CLASSES AND TUITION, CALL FURUGEN AT 369.6546 OR 819.9830
VIDEO GAME DESIGN CLASSES OFFERED AT THE HI-DESERT PLAYHOUSE
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR CLASSES IN WORLD CLASS VIDEO GAME DESIGN. CLASSES FOR VIDEO GAME DESIGN WILL BEGIN WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2005. TAUGHT BY PROFESSIONAL "GAME DESIGNERS", STUDENTS WILL LEARN TO CREATE CUSTOM "MODS" OR MODIFICATIONS OF EXISTING VIDEO GAMES. USING PROFESSIONAL TIPS AND SHORTCUTS, THE STUDENT WILL LEARN HOW TO BUILD 3-DIMENSIONIAL GAME WORLDS, CREATE NEW TEXTURES, BUILD 3-D MODELS FOR THEIR WORLDS AND MODIFY CHARACTERS. THE CLASSES WILL HAVE 3 LEVELS OF INSTRUCTIOIN; BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED. ALL STUDENTS WILL INITIALLY START AT THE BEGINNER LEVEL AND PROGRESS TO THE ADVANCED LEVEL WHERE THEY WILL PRODUCE DEMO WORLDS READY TO PLAY. CLASSES BEING OFFERED ARE: VIDEO GAME DESIGN, 3-D MODELING, PHOTOSHOP FOR VIDEO GAMES AND FLASH ANIMATION. THE CLASSES WILL BE HELD EVERY WEDNESDAY, 6:00PM - 8:30PM. IT IS AN 8 WEEK COURSE. TUITION IS $180. CLASS IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 15 PEOPLE. ALTHOUGH DESKTOP COMPUTERS WILL BE PROVIDED, EACH STUDENT IS ENCOURAGED TO BRING A LAP TOP IF THEY HAVE ONE. CALL THE PLAYHOUSE BOX OFFICE M-F 9AM-2PM TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT IN THE CLASS. 760.366.3777
I have a condo in north Palm Springs available for rent February 1. It has new flooring, totally repainted and plumbing updated so it looks fabulously new!
It's one bed, one bath so appropriate for a single person or a couple. No children. No smokers, no pets.
Please let me know if you know somebody or pass this on.
Pamelah Tablak Director, Desert Voices
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve invites the public to participate in the first “Take A Hike” event of 2005.
Saturday, January 29th, at 9AM take a guided Interpretive Nature Hike down the beautiful Big Morongo Canyon. This unique and moderately difficult, 5 ½ mile excursion begins in the Mojave Desert and winds slowly through the Little San Bernardino Mountains to the lower Sonoran Desert. This downhill trail is easy paced with some short “steep” ups and downs and possible stream crossings.
Two experienced interpretive docents will lead hikers down the canyon floor, along a willow lined stream to a beautiful waterfall, which empties into a deep freshwater pond. After a snack break, hikers will continue down to Indian Avenue.
Watch for wildlife and enjoy the flora and fauna in this riparian area. Learn how desert plants were used by the early Native Americans, and discover how they continue to survive in the harsh climate of the desert.
Vehicles will be waiting at the lower end of the canyon, to transport hikers on the return trip to the Preserve.
Hiking boots and extra water are a must for all hikes into the rugged areas. Bring a snack, sunscreen and a hat. The hike begins at the Information Kiosk at the south end of the parking lot at Big Morongo Canyon Preserve at 9 AM. These programs are free to the public, but donations are accepted.
Groups are limited to 15, so make your reservation today by calling (760) 363-7190.
Visitors are also welcome to visit Big Morongo Canyon Preserve to explore and walk the established trails as individuals or in self-guided groups.
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is located at 11055 East Drive, Morongo Valley CA. For more directions and a map, or to see previews of the trails, please visit our website at www.bigmorongo.org.
Big Morongo Canyon Wildlife Preserve
"The Best of Times is Now!" PLAYING TONIGHT! Playing Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday Matinee Thru January 30! That FABULOUS Broadway Musical LA CAGE AUX FOLLES by Jerry Herman & Harvey Fierstein Starring MICHAEL HADLEY * DERRIK LEWIS with Jody Bell, Ricky Fromeyer, Jason Grayney Mike Layne & Susie Wourms and the Notorious (and Dangerous!) LES CAGELLES THE PALM CANYON THEATRE
538 N. Palm Canyon Drive at Alejo, Palm Springs Box-office: (760) 323-5123
McCALLUM SETS DATE FOR OPEN CALL, SEEKS ENTRIES
Open Call 2005 Amateur Talent Project Saturday, April 30, 2005 2PM & 7PM
Call For Entries: Singers, dancers, instrumentalists, jugglers, magicians, comedians, and other performers - here’s a chance to perform at the McCallum Theatre! Deadline for entries: Feb. 4. No cost to enter For more information visit our website at www.mccallumtheatre.com or call 346-6505 ext. 142.
JUGGLING TUTOR NEEDED
Playwright's Circle's is in need of a juggling tutor for it's upcomming production of La Table. For more information, please call 310-709-1156.
MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP TO BEGIN
Justin Blake begins a new session of Singing On Stage in late January. This level two class will be made up of previous students who wish to continue studying singing for the actor. There will be space for a limited number of beginning students. Beginning students are encouraged to read "On Singing Onstage" by David Craig. Classes will meet from 10 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday mornings in Rancho Mirage. Tuition is $300, or $250 for members of DAN. Call 328-1483 or email Vstages@earthlink.net for information.
PALM SPRINGS YMCA SEEKS INSTRUCTORS
The YMCA in Palm Springs is looking for some instructors - Dance, Yoga, Ballet, Pilates, Aerobics, Computer Lab --If anyone is interested please call Marilee @ 320-6430 or e-mail her @ email@example.com.
(to sign up for the DAN newsletter, email Desertactorsnet@aol.com )
THE WAVERLY GALLERY AT GROVES CABIN THEATRE IN MORONGO VALLEY SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS FROM FEBRUARY 5 - 27
Kenneth Lonergan's insightful drama The Waverly Gallery opens at Groves Cabin Theatre in Morongo Valley on Saturday, February 5, and will be presented for eight performances only, on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons through February 27.
The Waverly Gallery is about the final years of a generous, chatty, and feisty grandmother's battle against the specter of old age. Gladys has been a socially and politically active woman and the longtime owner of a small art gallery in Greenwich Village. She is losing the gallery to developers-and her confidence to the challenges of aging. The play explores her fight to retain her independence, and also the effects of her decline on her family, especially her grandson. It captures well the humor and strength of a family in the face of crisis.
The original New York production starred Eileen Heckart in the role of Gladys and was lauded in The New York Times as, "A stirring and soulful, comic drama...classically so, à la Glass Menagerie… Waverly is often deeply funny. It is both painful and hilarious," while Charles Isherwood of Variety declared, "You will be awed by Lonergan's writing."
Playwright Kenneth Lonergan is known for his trademark humor and his genius for capturing the real heart and soul of human interactions. In addition to several successful plays, including the landmark This Is Our Youth, he is the author of the popular movie Analyze This, starring Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro and also wrote and directed the highly critically acclaimed You Can Count on Me, winner of the 2000 Sundance Festival's Grand Jury Prize and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Well-known Coachella Valley director Justin Blake directs The Waverly Gallery. The production features Dr. Rainbow Casey in the role of Gladys, Kenneth White as her grandson Daniel, Jenise Fryatt and Howard Glenn-Rawley as her daughter Ellen and son-in-law Howard, and Nolan Reynolds as Don, the artist who is Gladys' last "project." Scenic design is by Kathleen Marion.
Groves Cabin Theatre has won multiple Desert Theatre League awards for its high-quality productions. The 24-seat theater offers one of the most intimate theatrical experiences in the world-that experience having been described as being "like a fly on the wall, witnessing real life happening before my eyes." The limited seating means early reservations are a must.
The Waverly Gallery plays Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 PM, from February 5 - 27. Groves Cabin Theatre is located at 8768 Desert Willow Trail in Morongo Valley north of Highway 62 (look for the large red, white, and blue stone on the north side of the highway). Tickets are $10 ($8 for seniors 60+ and students). For additional information and reservations call! (760) 365-4523.
Journey of the Dragon "Sanctuary" Saturday - January 29, 2005 and half-day Sunday - January 30, 2005 featuring Dr. Todd Ovokaitys with presentations at Mentalphysics in Joshua Tree, CA and The Integratron, world renowned sound chamber and historic rejuvenation machine in Landers, CA World renowned expert on DNA rejuvenation and head of research & development at Genmatria Products, Dr. Todd will be presenting scientific and esoteric aspects of optimizing DNA biology. The presentation will then move to the world famous Integratron where Dr. Todd will share amazing tones of the Pineal Peel Technique. $185.00 M/C and Visa accepted Includes All Speakers & Special Guests
1 Lunch Beverages & Snacks Integratron Tour Crystal Bowl Sound Bath and a Spiritual Experience in the California Desert THIS IS ONE EXPERIENCE YOU CANNOT MISS! For information or to reserve your space
714-238-1199 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Complete information http://www.getunplugged.org/events.html Special Invitation Spend the night sleeping in The Integratron Bring your sleeping bag and spend the night in The Integratron ONLY $45.00*
* In addition to the cost of the seminar. Call for further information 760-365-3266
AUDITIONS FOR "OKLAHOMA" AT THEATRE 29
Auditions for Theatre 29's production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical classic, "Oklahoma" will be held on Monday, February 7, 2005.
Performances are scheduled for April 15 - May 14, 2005 at the John Calveri Theater on Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms.
Director Kathryn Ferguson is looking for a cast of 10 women, 14 men and various ensemble members. Leads must sing and dance, but all are invited.
The auditions will begin at 6 pm and will be held at the Twentynine Palms Community Services Building, which is located at 74325 Joe Davis Drive in Twentynine Palms.
All performers auditioning for singing parts must bring sheet music or Karaoke tape/CD with no background vocals. Come dressed prepared to move.
Anyone wishing to volunteer to help backstage with set construction, props, costumes, or as a member of the stage crew should also be at the auditions.
Notice that the auditions are not being held at the John Calveri Theatre as "The Apple Tree" is in rehearsal there.
Come to the Community Services Building directly across Joe Davis Drive from the Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation office.
For more information concerning these auditions call the Director at (760) 251-0034.
I finally got the GramFest Pictures done. Please pass on my apologies for the long time to get them finished. The pictures can be found on my website
I have also finished the Coyote Festival 2004 pictures. They can be seen at the same place (see below) as the Gramfest pictures.
In the "Galleries" section, at the bottom of the page.
Visions by Dave Photographer
760.898.4188 Cell email@example.com www.visionsbydave.com
hello everyone - - - happy new year. -some news to share, i will be opening for Minnie Driver in february on her upcoming UK tour. should be good. -also - i have posted a couple things on the site in the "news" space. some new interviews and some new pictures from the recent east coast tour for you to check out. -here are the dates. if you have any friends in the UK, have them bring me good candy.
02/03/2005 DanceHall Theatre Manchester, UK
02/04/2005 King Tuts Glasgow, Scotland
02/06/2005 Northumbria University Newcastle, UK
02/07/2005 Wulfrun Hall Wolverhampton, UK
02/08/2005 Zodiac Club Oxford, UK
02/10/2005 St. James Church London, UK -please keep me in your fine prayers and meditations. solidly yours, michael http://www.michaelmillercrusade.com
May I add your JAMS newsletter to my www.vistadeladobe.com website?? I want to attract more creative/arts appreciators to my home. (yes- by all means)
Our Guest House is on 40 acres surrounded by nearly 1,000 acres of undeveloped desert, (except for Pat and I in the Old Adobe - circa 1929- approx 300 feet away). I believe the Guest House is great for meditation, creative time, writing, practice and/or rehersal - 1,500 sq ft, sleeps 4 ...(in beds), super kitchen, new construction). Please visit to check it out if interested (we are on Morongo Road just south of Poleline, near the back gate of the Base)
Z107-7 Radio hosts the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council's local arts calendar 2 times a week, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8:20. Hosted by local artist Kit Brooks.
Z107-7 present 2 hours each week of local musicians every Saturday from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Hosted by Mindee J. Local musicians are featured in this 2 hour show that includes interviews and some live performances. Just last week the show featured the world debut of the new album by UNHERD.
(in these days of corporate domination of the radio waves, I hope everyone in the area appreciates having a local station that is interested in local music. This is getting, unfortunately, very rare in the industry. Keep up the good work, Gary and Z107.)
Hello everyone! It was so incredible to see everyone that was able to make it. Thank you all so much for coming and please know how special an occasion you made it. For our friends and relatives who could not make it, we completely understand; the short notice does makes such things difficult.
Anyhow, we're finally getting settled down, now that it's been about 1.5 weeks since the big event, and Bernadette is back in town. For those who don't know, she had to leave the day after the wedding to drive off to Pennsylvania to help her aunts get home due to an illness... so she drove to Georgia with them, and only returned this weekend. Heck of a honeymoon, but sick relatives come first!. :)
Notes du jour:
- We'll be getting off thank you cards for all the generous gifts shortly, but in advance: thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! They were very truly appreciated.
- A guest (no names mentioned... Beekman...) appears to have contacted the Post who called Bernadette to be interviewed for the Weddings Section of Sunday's paper. If you care to see the pic and write-up, just go to www.nypost.com and scroll down to the bottom and click on the WEDDINGS SECTION.
You can hit the "stop" button to read the story, if you like. There is one odd typo -- somehow they changed my occupation from Writer to Computer Repairman. Whatever :)
That's the news from Chelsea. Take care, thanks again, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.
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