Summer is always an interesting time for the Coachella Valley. Even with the infamous high temperatures afoot there is plenty of fun, plenty to do and we still have a big share of visitors who love the desert. This year is no different. Thanks to the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert we have a non-stop list of amazing cultural offerings and at the top of that list is the Ray Bradbury Theater film screenings.
Kicking off last month the free film screenings will run every Thursday at 5PM until early September at the Museum’s Palm Desert location and will feature many of Bradbury’s most beloved stories including: Zero Hour, The Concrete Mixer, Everyday People, Too Perfect Murders, Invasive Technology, Stranger Danger, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, and many more.
The Ray Bradbury Theater series is actually in conjunction with an upcoming exhibition entitled: Across Dimensions: Graphics and Sculpture from the Permanent Collection featuring innovative 2 and 3 dimensional works, just as Bradbury managed to do on paper and film. His genius has been celebrated globally and millions mourned his death last year in Los Angeles at the age of 91.
What some do not know is his long time love of Palm Springs. His modernistic home is now a popular vacation rental and boasts 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms of mid-century beauty, immaculate and show stopping. This 1957 Alexander home has been fully restored and has been enjoyed by myriad vacationers over the years. It was featured in the 1958 edition of Modern Mechanics as the “House of Tomorrow” and was even photographed by the venerable Julius Shulman for Modernism Rediscovered the same year.
Few men have stimulated the imagination of humanity is the same way Bradbury did. One of the most prolific authors of all time and one of the most creative science fiction storytellers of the twentieth century, his genius seems to know no bounds. In 1985 and 1986 HBO featured 65 of his tales adapted for the screen in their iconic Ray Bradbury Theater which was a smash hit.
Bradbury’s legions of loyal fans continue to make the pilgrimage to Palm Springs to visit his old home here and learn more about who he was. A devoted husband and father, he was married to his beloved “Maggie” for 56 years. Don’t miss the summer series at the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert honoring the literary genius of the late great Ray Bradbury, perhaps best known for Fahrenheit 451, but with plenty more selections of great reading and films to choose from. Make it a safe and happy summer!