Palm Springs, CA

There’s something about the desert that unbridles the creative spirit in us. It’s where Michel Foucault had an LSD vision quest in 1975. It’s The Desert Religions’ origins. And it has informed the work of artists and thinkers for millennia. Spring is creeping into the 70s in the Coachella Valley, and it’s got us revisiting our own desert experiences, absorbing others’ inspirational reactions to the desert and ready to explore a new or even a well-worn stretch of our favorite otherworldly landscapes. 

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Andrea Zittel’s High Desert Test Sites

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Garth’s Boulder Gardens

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Alma Allen: Sculptures

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Noah Purifoy’s Visions

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The Revolution of Charles Stephen Russell


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This is a photograph from the lens of Chris Hornbecker. He’s taking over our Instagram feed for the week at Desert Gold. Blue skies and hard rock forthwith. 

Palm Springs, CA

This is a photograph from the lens of Chris Hornbecker. He’s taking over our Instagram feed for the week at Desert Gold. Blue skies and hard rock forthwith. 


Desert Gold 2014, Palm Springs


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This is the finished Aaron de la Cruz mural he’s been creating at the Commune wall. It’s part of our Desert Gold kickoff. Time to hit the waves, sport some shortpants, and dance it out. 
In his interview he was kind enough to let out a signal flare that’s illuminating Desert Gold this year: we’re focusing extra attention on Latino artists, musicians and cultures.
The world is bursting with wonder, and sometimes it’s nice to have a lens to look through. So for now we’ll echo H. Valentine Miller: “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”


photo by Aaron de la Cruz

photo by Aaron de la Cruz

Palm Springs, CA

This is the finished Aaron de la Cruz mural he’s been creating at the Commune wall. It’s part of our Desert Gold kickoff. Time to hit the waves, sport some shortpants, and dance it out. 

In his interview he was kind enough to let out a signal flare that’s illuminating Desert Gold this year: we’re focusing extra attention on Latino artists, musicians and cultures.

The world is bursting with wonder, and sometimes it’s nice to have a lens to look through. So for now we’ll echo H. Valentine Miller: “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”

photo by Aaron de la Cruz

photo by Aaron de la Cruz


México / Palm Springs 
Festival NRMAL made an epic Desert Gold mixtape. Soundcloud it here. 

México / Palm Springs 

Festival NRMAL made an epic Desert Gold mixtape. Soundcloud it here


Linda Gerard

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Linda Gerard, the spiritual queen of Ace Hotel & Swim Club and soulful mentor to us all, passed away yesterday. A fiery, radiant star with a special kind of gravity unto herself, she’s been a legend around Palm Springs for so long now that it’s impossible to quantify all the ways her irrepressible spirit has served our community. 

Linda’s storied life in Broadway and cabaret stretched both coasts — sharing stages with Streisand and Mimi Hines, and winning hearts nationwide for decades. As the weekly Mistress of Ceremonies at Ace Hotel & Swim Club’s long-standing Sissy Bingo, we learned from our favorite OWL (Older Wiser Lesbian) how to be gracious and strong and brave. She fought the good fight against cancer for some while now with tenacity and grit. Linda, we cherish you from here to the moon. 


Palm Springs, California

One of our favorite human beings, everyone’s femme idol, our love and light, magician and fairy godmother, Linda has been kicking cancer’s ass for a long while. Today we’re sending her some extra healing power. If you’d like to drop her a line of love, she’s staying in touch through this Facebook post and Ace’s Instagram (@acehotel). 

Photos by @shellyetc and @lady_dianna.


Judith Pansarosa loving life at our Palm Springs location circa 1960.

Judith Pansarosa loving life at our Palm Springs location circa 1960.


They have the best band name to say out loud. Try it — Tashaki Miyaki, Tashaki Miyaki, Tashaki Miyaki. Tashaki Miyaki is a band from Los Angeles, born of an impromptu late-night jam session which led to an impromptu recording session which led to an impromptu band. A few EPs worth of reverb-soaked hazy dream pop later (anchored with band member Rocky’s — not his real name, in yet another mysteriously compelling and ultimately successful ploy for our attention— weightier contributions on the guitar), and Tashaki Miyaki is well on its way to international indie-pop acclaim. But first, a pit stop at Ace Hotel & Swim Club — 8pm tonight, in the Amigo Room. Once more ——— Tashaki Miyaki.

They have the best band name to say out loud. Try it — Tashaki Miyaki, Tashaki Miyaki, Tashaki Miyaki. Tashaki Miyaki is a band from Los Angeles, born of an impromptu late-night jam session which led to an impromptu recording session which led to an impromptu band. A few EPs worth of reverb-soaked hazy dream pop later (anchored with band member Rocky’s — not his real name, in yet another mysteriously compelling and ultimately successful ploy for our attention— weightier contributions on the guitar), and Tashaki Miyaki is well on its way to international indie-pop acclaim. But first, a pit stop at Ace Hotel & Swim Club — 8pm tonight, in the Amigo Room. Once more ——— Tashaki Miyaki.


Hairi Mendez at Ace Palm Springs shot this while traipsing around the grounds this morning.

Hairi Mendez at Ace Palm Springs shot this while traipsing around the grounds this morning.


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