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Frances Allen’s Desert Roundup—Living Desert, Art Museum Members Get Both For Free

Feeding giraffes at The Living Desert.
The Palm Springs Art Museum

Posted Friday, June 14, 2019 - 12:47 pm

What’s better than getting something for free? The answer: getting two of something at no cost.

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens and the Palm Springs Art Museum have partnered to give a special summer’s benefit. Now, through Sept. 30 members of either organization are being offered free admission to both establishments.

Members of The Living Desert are allowed free entry into all three Palm Springs Art Museum locations: main museum in Palm Springs, the Architecture and Design Center and The Galen and Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden in Palm Desert. Palm Springs Art Museum members receive free entry to The Living Desert.

Visitors to The Living Desert will be able to meet Vicky Lou, the giraffe calf born in March, bighorn sheep lambs, a Nigerian dwarf goat kid and Chacoan peccary piglets, among others recently to make their public debut soon. Daily programming includes keeper chats, the reptile show and giraffe feeding.

At Palm Art Museum visitors can experience the “Brave New Worlds: Explorations of Space” exhibition on display through December. This exhibition allows guests to enter the creative universes of five contemporary artists through sculpturally immersive installations.

At the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Palm Desert campus guests will be treated to the continuing “Shoulder to Shoulder: Depicting the Figure” exhibition, a survey of how artists have represented the body across cultural contexts and artistic movement. Through July 7, the Architecture and Design Center is showcasing “Hugh Kaptur: Organ Desert Architecture.”

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The guests were all wet, but not all were in bathing suits as several thousand revelers made it to one or more of the hosted venues for this year’s Splash House 2019 weekend.

Conceived as a way to welcome in the summer (as if we needed reminding) revelers from all over Southern California and adjacent states created one continuously movable house party.

Kicked-off by a pre-after party at the normally staid and somber Palm Springs Air Museum, the party moved to the host venues: The Riviera Palm Springs, Saguaro and the Renaissance Palm Springs.

Will the visitors return next season? I don’t know; but their musical sound is. It’s called electric dance music, but fans and performers must be careful and not too close to the talent, otherwise their initials may stand for Electronically Dangerous Music.

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