Riverside Weekender: Coachella Murals, Desert Writers' Symposium and A Day With(out) Art

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Today we present a guide to weekend art, cultural and literary happenings in Riverside County.

There's a lot to observe and partake in. Enjoy!

Architecture & Design

Painting in Pixels: An Exhibition of Concept Art at Riverside Art Museum

Through January 12, 2013

Animated films and electronic games begin as illustrations during the early stages of conceptualization. Painting in Pixels: An Exhibition of Concept Art presents the hyper realistic storyboard designs of more than 30 artists.

3425 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, 92501, 951-684-7111

Community Arts

Shady Lane Mural in Coachella. | Photo: Culturas Music & Arts (CMA)

Shady Lane Mural in Coachella

A group of artists conceived the idea for the mural during the late 1970's. Images of Mexican cultural heritage were laid out initially but the public display was abondoned and left incomplete in the early 1980's. Recently, the project was finalized on November 17 after a community initiative that lasted a year-and-a-half and the collaborative efforts of several local artists. If you're in the area, drop by to see the extensive mural measuring over 1,000 feet, a reflection of the Mexican-American experience in the Coachella Valley.

Adjacent to Dateland Park: 85421 Bagdad Avenue, Coachella, 92236, 760-398-3502

Film & Media Arts

Gimme Shelter screening at Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts

Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 at 7 p.m.

Catch one of two weekend projections of the 1970 documentary directed by Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin that captured an epic musical expedition by The Rolling Stones.

3834 Main Street, Riverside, 92501, 951-827-3755


Empire Moon. | Image: PEN Center USA

Empire Moon at Ace Hotel & Swim Club

Saturday, December 1 at 7 p.m.

Organized by PEN Center USA, this end-of-the-year symposium will gather a number of cultural and educational institutions, writers and organizations engaged in promoting language arts. Members of the Artbound staff will be in attendance. Columnist Ruth Nolan will be one of several presenters who will be contributing a reading at the social event. See who else is participating, here.

RSVP on Facebook

701 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, 92264, 760-325-9900


A Day With(out) Art at the Palm Springs Art Museum

Saturday, December 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This activity-filled evening coincides with the World Health Organization's World AIDS Day on the first of December. The museum is one of several institutions across the country that will promote consciousness of the disease. A performance, group discussions and screenings are programed to occur throughout the day. View the complete schedule of events, here.

101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs, 92262,760-322-4800


2011 Vocal Competition Winners. | Photo: Palm Springs Opera Guild.

29th Annual Vocal Competition at the Rancho Mirage Public Library

Saturday, December 1 at 3 p.m.

Participants meet for another contest hosted by the Palm Springs Opera Guild that showcases vocal ability.

California 111, Rancho Mirage, 92270, 760-341-7323

Visual Arts

Hell's Union: Motorcycle Club Cuts as American Folk Art at UCR/ California Museum of Photography

Through Saturday, December 8

Characteristics of personal style and expression within the motorcycle culture are highlighted in this display by artist Jeff Decker. For more on the exhibition, take a look at columnist Tyler Stallings' feature, here.

3824 Main Street Riverside, 92501, 951-827-4787

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Top Image: Painting in Pixels: An Exhibition of Concept Art. | Photo: Riverside Art Museum.

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Melody Soto is a journalist living in the San Fernando Valley.
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