The Cocktail Hour
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March 23 – April 1 (9 performances)
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THE STORY: The time is the mid '70s, the place acity in upstate New York. John, a playwright, returns to his family's house, bringing with him a new play, which he has written about them. His purpose is to obtain their permission to proceed with production, but his wealthy, very proper parents are cautious from the outset. For them the theatre is personified by the gracious, comforting era of the Lunts and Ina Claire, and they are disturbed by the bluntness of modern plays. And there is also John'ssister, Nina, to contend with, although her reservations have to do with the fact that John has given her character such a minor role. Their confrontation takes place during the ritual of the cocktail hour, and as the martinis flow so do the recriminations and revelations, both funny and poignant. In the end it is evident that what John has written is closer to the truth than his family has heretofore been willing to admit, and that beneath their WASP reserve his parents and siblings are as beset with uncertainties and frustrations as their presumed "inferiors." But while they seem shackled by the past, and tantalized by an alien future, the ties which bind them do prevail—surmounting disputes and disappointments and, with unfailing warmth and humor, converting pained resignation into cautious but hopeful anticipation.
Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award as Best Off-Broadway Play. A long-run New York success, this witty, perceptive play blends mordant humor with moments of affecting poignancy. "THE COCKTAIL HOUR is as funny and moving as The Dining Room…it could be the best play he has done so far." —The New Yorker. "It makes for a deliciously funny and also occasionally touching evening, as Gurney's family sit around raking over old coals and settling old scores with a quite new and beguiling freshness." —NYPost. "The lines in the play crackle and pop with an electricity all their own." —Drama-Logue. "…when I watch Gurney at his best, as he is here,I laugh through the tears." —NY Daily News.
11/13 – Latin American Modernisms
Kinesthesia curator Dan Cameron highlights the history of modernism as it developed in Latin America between the 1930s-60s, from Cubist and Constructivist influences, to Mexican murals and Surrealism, to Pop, Op, and Kinetic Art.
11/27 – Living Architecture in the Americas
Former Palm Springs Art Museum curator and writer on modernist architecture Sidney Williams joins Wonne Ickx, Mexico City architect and Professor of Architecture at UCLA. Together, they share their knowledge of midcentury modernists Albert Frey and Lina Bo Bardi in the larger context of modern and contemporary architecture and design.
12/11 – An Insider’s Guide to Pacific Standard Time (PST: LA/LA)
With over 70 PST: LA/LA shows spread across Southern California, how do you select which to visit? Ask an expert. LACMA curator and PST: LA/LA contributor (A Universal History of Infamy) Rita Gonzolez will talk about five amazing exhibitions at LACMA and other stand-out shows that are changing how we think about Latin American and Latino art. Join us for this insider’s guide to the best PST: LA/LA!
1/22 – The Artist as Cultural Producer: Sustaining a Creative Life
Artist and educator Sharon Louden shares stories about the inner lives of artists who work outside the commercial art world in favor of public engagement in contemporary society.
2/12 – Another Minimalism: Art After California Light and Space
Melissa Feldman, Distinguished Visiting Faculty at Cornish College of the Arts, talks about the legacy of Light and Space Art of the 1970s on contemporary art practice.
2/26 – Artists, Icons, and Legends: The Portraits of Michael Childers
Award-winning photographer Michael Childers talks about his portraiture work across several decades, from Mae West to Paul Newman, to David Hockney and Andy Warhol, with a special focus on his stint as founding photographer of Warhol’s Interview magazine.
3/12 –Behind the Veil, Andy Warhol In Context
Richard H. Axsom, noted curator and print scholar, takes a closer look at Andy Warhol’s art. Beneath the glitter and glamour of the public persona, Axsom reveals a sensitive and deeply introspective artist, one who was attuned to the political realities of his time. He also places Warhol in a broader context of modern and contemporary art during the 1960s and 1970s.
3/26 – A Line in the Sand: From Pre-History to Post-Modern
Focusing on the museum’s permanent collection, art historian Elizabeth Armstrong traces a line in the sand from 19th-century Cahuilla artistry to 20th-century landscape painting, to midcentury modern design and celebrity, to contemporary art in the California desert.
April 6 at 8:00p.m.
April 7 at 8:00p.m.
April 8 at 3:00p.m.
Ticket Price: $25-$50
Annenberg Theater, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs
Cruzin’ –Haight-Ashbury to Woodstock highlights all the magic and excitement of the Summer of Love along with the intensity and life-changing experience of Woodstock. This period of time created milestones in the musical path of the 60’s and 70’s. New genres of music were created by the artistry of such mavericks as Simon and Garfunkel, Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Drifters, Righteous Brothers, Mamas and Papas, Martha and the Vandellas, Everly Brothers, The Association and The Beach Boys. New TV programs Soul Train and Dick Clark’s American Band Stand made these performers household names. Hitch a ride on the Love Bus as we take a journey down memory lane.
Box Office Hours & Phone Number:
760-325-4490 (Please don’t hesitate to call if you have questions)
Mon. & Tues 12N-4p.m.
Thurs- Fri. 12N - 9p.m.
Saturday, April 14, 2018
$75 and $65 ($5 off for museum members)
Tony and Grammy Award winner, Ms. Holliday shot to national stardom when she was cast in Michael Bennett's "Dreamgirls" playing the role of "Effie". Her iconic performance won her the Tony, Drama Desk, and Theater World awards for Best Actress in a Musical. Her performance in the role was widely acclaimed, particularly for her show-stopping, heart-wrenching, rendition of the musical's number that ends Act One, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going". Her rendition of the song later hit number one on the Billboard charts.
Her other Broadway credits include starring roles in the musicals, "Your Arms Are Too Short To Box With God","Chicago", and "The Color Purple". Ms. Holliday's recording career, including R&B, Gospel, Broadway, and Pop, has flourished since her breakout performance in "Dreamgirls". She has been seen on numerous television series and specials including "Touched By An Angel",
"Hang Time", and in a reoccurring role on "Ally McBeal, among others.
An "Evening With Jennifer Holliday" will be a not-to-be-missed finale to the Annenberg Theater Council's exciting 2017-2018 "season".
Coachella Valley Men’s Chorus
Rocket Man The Music of Elton John
Appearing at the Annenberg Theater
April 21 7pm
April 22 3pm
Dr. Stan Hill – Artistic Director
Kurt Jordan – Principal Accompanist
Mark Austin – Artistic Director
2nd annual Desert’s Got Talentfundraising event on April 28. Boo2Bullying event will feature performers ofall ages -- providing an opportunity for young people and adults to showcasetheir diverse talents, build bridges, and promote unity with their peers andothers in a welcoming community that celebrates differences andself-expression.
Let your imagination swirl with Dance With Miss Lindsay’sSpring Recital on Saturday, June 9, 2018; 2:00pm & 6:00pm. Tickets are now on sale at the PalmSprings Annenberg Theater. Prices $28: Silver $30 Gold
Showcasingbeautiful ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop, audiences delight in seeingdancers ages 2 ½ to adult sweep across the stage in a kaleidoscope of colorfulperformances illustrating storybook favorite Sleeping Beauty to the circus andbeyond.
Meetdirector Lindsay Kaufmann when she and her dancers light up the Annenberg forthis highly anticipated Desert Cities event!