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Doug Aitken's art train -- with Beck and others -- stops in Barstow
Doug Aitken's art train -- with Beck and others -- stops in Barstow

BARSTOW -- As far as art happenings in the desert go, this stop of Doug Aitken’s cross-country, roving art show was surprisingly, if beautifully, mellow. At first. Roughly 800 people streamed into Barstow’s Skyline Drive-In Theater for a "Station to Station" show that included performances by headliner Beck along with No Age, Lucky Dragons, Cold Cave and Cat Power. Also part of the show: brightly colored “art yurts” housing installations by Urs Fischer, Ernesto Neto and Kenneth Anger. The happening initially felt a bit physically dwarfed by the vast, open dust bowl that was the Drive-In, a 50-year-old historic site along Old Highway 58. As visitors...

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