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A Few Suggestions Of Things To Do At This Weekend’s Claremont/Pomona/Palm Springs Focus Weekend


It’s that time again: time for another Pacific Standard Time Focus Weekend! This time, the focus will be on the eastward bound, to Claremont , Pomona, and Palm Springs, where there are shows at Scripps College, AMOCA, Pomona College, and Palm Springs Art Museum. Let’s run down what is going on and a few places and things to do while you are there.

First things first: the art events! The events are only on Saturday and Sunday, despite it being a three day weekend, and are covering some ground. Saturday will be a clay celebration at AMOCA, including tours, wheel-throwing for kids, and related film screenings. The Palm Springs Art Museum will be hosting Charles Phoenix’s “Retro Slide Show: Pools, Patios, and BBQs” in conjunction with their Backyard Oasis show. Scripps College’s Ruth Williamson Gallery will be having CLAY DAY, which is exactly what you think it is: a celebration of clay in honor of Clay’s Tectonic Shift! Sunday will bring the same for AMOCA and Scripps (which is good, in case you can’t make it Saturday). Pomona College Museum of Art will be holding a pretty rad panel in conjunction with part two of It Happened At Pomona: an artist conversation with John Baldessari, William Leavitt, and Allen Ruppersberg, hosted by Helene Winer. You can read all about the events here.

Now, what to do when you are in the area hmmm…First off, know that Palm Springs will be bustling with Modernism for Modernism Week, which will have tons of things going on that you can learn about here. Also, while in the Springs, you have to do things like hit up the Ace, the Parker, and the newly opened Saguaro for some sunbathing, pool bathing, and spa bathing because you just haveto. You should also check out Hair Of The Dog, an authentic English pub (and the “only one in Palm Springs”), and the (slightly cheesy but indulgent) Shanghai Red’s Oyster Bar.

As far as Pomona and Claremont, there are lots of things to do. Firstly, some places to go: Nectar Clothing has some sweet women’s clothes (and, if you like, you can speak with them about modeling this Saturday!); Rhino Records is a nice little music outpost; Magic Door is an old bookstore that will please any bibliophile; Gameology will have you set on board games, as they carry over one thousand games; and, speaking of games, why not stop by Super Arcade to get rid of some quarters?

For more things to do at this weekend’s Focus Weekend, check out the Pacific Standard Time blog!

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