Palm Springs, CA

@macmittch made this video and it’s also over on her blog


Palm Springs, CA

In the 1950s, when our little palm city was a sapling, the local rotary club produced this talky, top-full of kitsch. It’s a trip back to a more complicated time, when some people didn’t know the world was so simple: feed each other’s souls and we’ll all be more energetic and also we’ll simultaneously be more peaceful. 


Palm Springs, CA
So school’s out for Summer. And what did you do with your Summer vacation?
We hung out like indoor kids with Alvaro Ilizarbe, Jean André, Erin D. Garcia and Mtendere Mandowa in the arts & crafts cabin — cutting and gluing and drawing and dunking our way through Ace Hotel & Swim Club’s Summer School 2014, co-presented with School Night Los Angeles and HVW8. We learned, we laughed, we liquored up like high school. 





Thanks to Alternative Apparel, Mailchimp and Nowness for making it possible. It beat the hell out of repeating Algebra 2. 
 

Palm Springs, CA

So school’s out for Summer. And what did you do with your Summer vacation?

We hung out like indoor kids with Alvaro IlizarbeJean André, Erin D. Garcia and Mtendere Mandowa in the arts & crafts cabin — cutting and gluing and drawing and dunking our way through Ace Hotel & Swim Club’s Summer School 2014, co-presented with School Night Los Angeles and HVW8. We learned, we laughed, we liquored up like high school. 

Thanks to Alternative Apparel, Mailchimp and Nowness for making it possible. It beat the hell out of repeating Algebra 2. 

 


Pioneertown, CA
It’s a mirage, right? 
Deep in the High Desert of the Yucca Valley — north of Palm Springs, past the anachronistic edifice of Hollywood-fabricated Pioneertown — there’s a wooden arrow that reads “Gods Way Love.” The arrow aims down an ambling dirt road to a strange oasis — a place with fruit-bearing gardens, ponds thick with lilypads and koi, a family of chickens, gardens full of crystals and magnetic minerals. 
Garth Bowles bought some 640 acres of California desert back in 1981, with a dream of simpler living. He’s spent the last decade adhering to the principles of permaculture to help reshape the landscape of Boulder Gardens — transforming the grounds through ecological engineering to foster and sustain a natural wellspring of water, and through it, agriculture. 

With a half dozen or so semi-permanent structures — teepee, yurt, outdoor kitchen, sauna, etc — Boulder Gardens is Garth’s sacred space, where he welcomes the curious with disarming empathy all year round. 
photos by Natalie and Mariko

Pioneertown, CA

It’s a mirage, right? 

Deep in the High Desert of the Yucca Valley — north of Palm Springs, past the anachronistic edifice of Hollywood-fabricated Pioneertown — there’s a wooden arrow that reads “Gods Way Love.” The arrow aims down an ambling dirt road to a strange oasis — a place with fruit-bearing gardens, ponds thick with lilypads and koi, a family of chickens, gardens full of crystals and magnetic minerals. 

Garth Bowles bought some 640 acres of California desert back in 1981, with a dream of simpler living. He’s spent the last decade adhering to the principles of permaculture to help reshape the landscape of Boulder Gardens — transforming the grounds through ecological engineering to foster and sustain a natural wellspring of water, and through it, agriculture. 

With a half dozen or so semi-permanent structures — teepee, yurt, outdoor kitchen, sauna, etc — Boulder Gardens is Garth’s sacred space, where he welcomes the curious with disarming empathy all year round. 

photos by Natalie and Mariko


San Francisco, London and everywhere.  
After some years of gay-ins early in ’70s Golden Gate Park, on this day in 1978, San Francisco Pride pushed through Market as Gay Freedom Day. That day was the coming out of the Gilbert Baker-designed Rainbow Flag that has become a banner for the rights of everyone. 
Tomorrow in Shoreditch at Ace Hotel we’re rainbow flagging it up with JD Samson and our collaborative Pride party Everyone. Everyone’s invited. We’ve got a Pride playlist to blast on the ‘phones as you get ready for tonight. It’s the second part of our series of Pride celebrations with JD at Ace outposts in LA, London, New York, and Palm Springs. (And number three Pride is this weekend in New York City.)
You can dance, you can sing, you can make a team of hi-fivers and hi-five everyone you see if you want. You can be free and be together with free people. As part of the party, JD created a hand-screened shirt and a poster that you can pick up to pack pride anywhere you wear clothes or have walls. And proceeds go to help good people, too. 

San Francisco, London and everywhere.  

After some years of gay-ins early in ’70s Golden Gate Park, on this day in 1978, San Francisco Pride pushed through Market as Gay Freedom Day. That day was the coming out of the Gilbert Baker-designed Rainbow Flag that has become a banner for the rights of everyone. 

Tomorrow in Shoreditch at Ace Hotel we’re rainbow flagging it up with JD Samson and our collaborative Pride party Everyone. Everyone’s invited. We’ve got a Pride playlist to blast on the ‘phones as you get ready for tonight. It’s the second part of our series of Pride celebrations with JD at Ace outposts in LA, London, New York, and Palm Springs. (And number three Pride is this weekend in New York City.)

You can dance, you can sing, you can make a team of hi-fivers and hi-five everyone you see if you want. You can be free and be together with free people. As part of the party, JD created a hand-screened shirt and a poster that you can pick up to pack pride anywhere you wear clothes or have walls. And proceeds go to help good people, too. 


Palm Springs, CA
Every Monday at King’s Highway, Bella da Ball hosts a bossy night of bingo. After a day in the sun and some Feel Good Spa bodywork, it’s a sassy way to transition into the night. 

Palm Springs, CA

Every Monday at King’s Highway, Bella da Ball hosts a bossy night of bingo. After a day in the sun and some Feel Good Spa bodywork, it’s a sassy way to transition into the night. 


Los Angeles / London / New York / Palm Springs
Pride is coming. And everyone is invited. This year we’re tickled all colors of the rainbow that JD Samson is teaming with us to pop the pride parties for our locals in LA / LDN / NYC / PSP. JD’s been a pardner to Ace here for a hot minute, and it’s with worlds of pleasure that we work together again. The cherry on top: JD went out and made a special mixtape for our aural delight. Participate. Be active. Let’s be out and let’s do this. #everyonespride

Los Angeles / London / New York / Palm Springs

Pride is coming. And everyone is invited. This year we’re tickled all colors of the rainbow that JD Samson is teaming with us to pop the pride parties for our locals in LA / LDN / NYC / PSP. JD’s been a pardner to Ace here for a hot minute, and it’s with worlds of pleasure that we work together again. The cherry on top: JD went out and made a special mixtape for our aural delight. Participate. Be active. Let’s be out and let’s do this. #everyonespride


Palm Springs, CA
Desert Gold Number Six: where we got to play ourselves in a Festival Nrmal music video for ten days. 
Thanks again to our partners Festival Nrmal, REMEZCLA, Mark Mothersbaugh, Airbrush Kingdom, Alternative Apparel, Dublab Radio, The Do-Over, ¡Reunión!, Marc By Marc Jacobs Eyewear, MailChimp, and everyone who followed us on tumblr for the dawn of spring in the sun.
2015 is Desert Gold’s seven-year anniversary. But we’re itching to see you before then, friend.

Palm Springs, CA

Desert Gold Number Six: where we got to play ourselves in a Festival Nrmal music video for ten days. 

Thanks again to our partners Festival Nrmal, REMEZCLA, Mark Mothersbaugh, Airbrush Kingdom, Alternative Apparel, Dublab Radio, The Do-Over, ¡Reunión!, Marc By Marc Jacobs Eyewear, MailChimp, and everyone who followed us on tumblr for the dawn of spring in the sun.

2015 is Desert Gold’s seven-year anniversary. But we’re itching to see you before then, friend.


Yuma, Arizona
"You are never strong enough that you don’t need help." — César Chávez
Photo by Richard Avedon

Yuma, Arizona

"You are never strong enough that you don’t need help." — César Chávez

Photo by Richard Avedon


Palm Springs, CA 
Desert Gold 2014.
Photo by Roby Jeffers

Palm Springs, CA 

Desert Gold 2014.

Photo by Roby Jeffers


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