Drive-In Screening: FANTASTIC FUNGI

SEPT. 12 - 7:30PM
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Help us kick-off the Big Read at our pop-up drive-in screening of FANTASTIC FUNGI.

When so many are struggling for connection, inspiration and hope, FANTASTIC FUNGI brings us together as interconnected creators of our world. FANTASTIC FUNGI, directed by Louie Schwartzberg, is a consciousness-shifting film that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offer us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges.


Masks and social-distancing required. Filmgoers are asked to respect the safety of fellow attendees by remaining in their designated parking space, wearing masks when outside their vehicles and maintaining a distance of six feet from others at all times.

Panel Discussion:
EcoArt: The Intersection of Art, Nature and Science

SEPT. 18 - 7:30PM

The keynote panel discussion will feature artists Kim Abeles, Sant Khalsa, Kim Stringfellow, Claudia Bucher and Rebecca Lowry, whose creative practices are informed by the natural world and focus on critical environmental issues.

 

The artist panelists will share examples of their work and discuss how navigating within the realm of science, often in collaboration with scientists, stimulates innovative ideas, new visual strategies and artistic production. The panel discussion will be moderated by Sant Khalsa, Professor of Art, Emerita at California State University, San Bernardino.

This program is co-presented with the Joshua Tree Center for Photographic Arts.

Photograph: Salt/Water by Sant Khalsa

Zine Drawing Workshop

SEPT. 20 - 1PM to 2.30PM
For veterans, service members, civilians and their families

Make an 8-page mini-zine (booklet) from a single sheet of paper! 


The workshop will begin with a short exercise to help us think about the different ways we connect to the land we live on and the plants around us - through our family lineages, our identities and communities, and our stories and histories. We will then each make a zine about our relationship to plants and land, with guidance offered for each step. All ages. No art experience necessary!

List of items needed:

2-3 sheets of paper
pen/pencil
paper scissors


Jillian Sandell is an artist and educator who lives in Joshua Tree. To learn more about her work go to jilliansandell.com

This program is co-presented with Mil-Tree Veterans Project.  

Book Discussion

SEPT. 22 - 7PM

With the Hi-Desert Contemporary Literature Book Club

 

Book Discussion

SEPT. 23 - 5PM

With the Libraries of Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley

 

Panel Discussion:
Women In Science Discovering Our Mojave

SEPT. 26 - 1PM

Celebrating National Public Lands Day, the Mojave Desert Land Trust will host a presentation and panel discussion with young women students who are participating in MDLT’s WISDOM internship program (Women In Science Discovering Our Mojave) in Afton Canyon.


The WISDOM program engages women from underrepresented communities in scientific field studies and environmental conservation research projects in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management. Mary Cook-Rhyne, MDLT Education Coordinator, will moderate the discussion as WISDOM program interns share their experience in fieldwork and data collection mirroring Hope Jahren’s own experiences in Lab Girl. 

 

Talk:
The Intersection of Gardening, Harvesting, and Wholistic Well-Being

SEPT. 27 - 10AM

The Joshua Tree Retreat Center will host a talk with Tanesha Atwell, MScN, a Nutritionist and Exercise Specialist whose research and work are focused on environmental sustainability, therapeutic behavioral transformation, as well as alternative and wholistic health services.


Tanesha will provide insight on the intersection between the mind, body, and spirit, in relation to the benefits of gardening and harvesting. She will also share specific examples of the link between cultivation and the ever-changing climate in the Morongo Basin and beyond.    

 

Book Discussion

SEPT. 30 - 5PM

With Copper Moutain College Greenleaf Library

 

Zine Drawing Workshop

OCT. 3 - 1PM to 2.30PM
All ages

Make an 8-page mini-zine (booklet) from a single sheet of paper! 


The workshop will begin with a short exercise to help us think about the different ways we connect to the land we live on and the plants around us - through our family lineages, our identities and communities, and our stories and histories. We will then each make a zine about our relationship to plants and land, with guidance offered for each step. All ages. No art experience necessary!

List of items needed:

2-3 sheets of paper
pen/pencil
paper scissors


Jillian Sandell is an artist and educator who lives in Joshua Tree. To learn more about her work go to jilliansandell.com

 

Talk:
Bringing Together Art & Science To Study Joshua Trees

OCT. 4 - 10AM

Harrison House Music, Arts & Ecology will host a talk with Dr. Juniper Harrower, an ecologist and multi-media artist whose research is published in both science and art scholarly journals.

 

Dr. Harrower will share highlights and challenges of blending the two disciplines in her work and screen her short stop motion animation, A Joshua Tree Love Story, which visually sets forth Juniper’s research findings on the impacts of climate change on Joshua trees in an approachable and inclusive way for non-scientists and scientists alike. Dr. Harrower will be in conversation with Eva Soltes, Founder/Director of Harrison House Music, Arts & Ecology.

 

For more information about Harrison House Music, Arts & Ecology visit: louharrisonhouse.org

 

Performances:
You’ve Slept Too Long In Silence

OCT. 10 - 7PM
OCT. 11 - 4PM

Join Thought Theatre as it explores mental illness, its effect on family and society, its connection to creativity, as well as the stigma of seeking help.


How we understand our world consists of how we see and how we are seen.  Does one reflect the environment or is one’s life reflected in experiences and how events add or subtract from understanding one’s environment.   Are we not like plants?  Wanting to be grounded, while reaching for the sun?  When we are emotionally cut down, have feelings negated by others, when we are shunned, medicated to the point of not feeling, we are cut off. And like a plant we shrivel and die. 

 

Open Readings:
Cholla Needles 45 – The Science Issue

SEPT 12 - OCT. 12, 2020

Enjoy open readings of the science issue throughout the Big Read month at www.chollaneedles.com and submit your own!


Cholla Needles Arts & Literary Library has dedicated the September issue of its literary magazine to the theme of science and nature in honor of the NEA Big Read. Local writers whose works are published in this issue include Kim Martin, Jean-Paul L. Garnier, Cynthia Anderson, Simon Perchik, Tobi Alfier, Peter Jastermsky, Susan Rukeyser, George Howell, Ellen e Baird, Ernest Alois, Caryn Davidson and L. I. Henley.

Artwork by Kim Martin

 

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