Best View: The Armpit
Since its debut in 1999, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has made sure to emphasize "art" in many forms, from performance to large-scale kinetic sculpture. Right in the center of the polo fields this year is something called "The Armpit," an off-center, multi-level structure built from scrap wood. Like five other huge sculptures onsite, it was commissioned especially for Coachella. Festival goers lined up to walk inside, go up the steps, and discover rooms with video screens and footage of young and old men working on metal and wood or just sweeping out the garage. One screen read: "This is a place to just be." It was also a place to get a rare view of the festival grounds, with a patio to take in the landscape and the sounds rising from the two outdoor stages, as the festival roars into the night.