The end of the year is an important and busy time for families.
- Dec. 9, 2013
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The end of the year is an important and busy time for families.
Local cancer support nonprofit Gilda's Club has reopened in its new location in Palm Desert, a bright complex of cheery yellow walls, comfy couch-lined rooms for support groups, pamphlets of resources and a children's art exhibit titled 'How My Life Has Been Touched By Cancer' showing drawings of angels, hospitals and family members.
Interviewing Shelby Lynne is like walking through the desert sand in bare feet.
The space odyssey 'Gravity' and the futuristic romance 'Her' have tied for best picture honors from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
Actress Eleanor Parker, a Palm Springs area resident and three-time Oscar nominee who played the scheming baroness in 'The Sound of Music,' has died at age 91.
Palm Springs plays host to “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” in episodes set to air Monday night and the following week. While they were in town, the cast posed for a photo with Mayor Steve Pougnet.
Arts and entertainment-related events from across the Coachella Valley and beyond
Lupita Nyong'o, who makes a stunning film debut as a slave nearly beaten to death by her master in '12 Years A Slave,' will receive the Breakthrough Performance Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala Jan. 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
The Indio Chamber of Commerce unveiled the 2014 poster for the Southwest Arts Festival last week.
At age 9, America Ferrera came across a videotape of the 1993 TV movie of the musical 'Gypsy' starring Bette Midler with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
The 'City of Festivals' had another strong showing on the first day of its 22nd annual Indio International Tamale Festival Saturday in Old Town Indio. Previously named one of Food Network's Top 10 'All-American Food Festivals,' the festival's organizers project the two-day event will attract about 125,000 people. Those predictions may not be far off as Old Town Indio's streets were filled Saturday with tamale lovers from all over.
I met director Christian Sesma earlier this year at his family-owned restaurant, Guacamoles in Palm Springs. Over some fish tacos we discussed all things filmmaking — how it changed his life, what it took to get to Hollywood and what it means to come back home.
For years, Liberace fans have had no place to pay their respects to the famously flamboyant entertainer. The once wildly popular Liberace museum, only a couple of miles from Las Vegas' main tourist corridor, closed in 2010 after years of declining patronage, and the shimmering artifacts have since languished in storage.
Traveling Route 66 through San Bernardino County is a journey through California's early love affair with car travel and discovery. The official route from Chicago to Santa Monica traverses eight states and three time zones, but California's portion through San Bernardino County is an off-the-beaten path worth taking.
It was 7 a.m. when the tour van got stuck in the sand, and the temperature was 32 degrees, and it was still a little bit dark. My sister and I, the only passengers, got out of the battered vehicle and stomped around to keep warm amid the sharp gray-green sagebrush and snakeweed. Otherworldly spires in the distance were silhouetted by the impending sunrise. All was silent in this magnificent Navajo tribal park along the Utah-Arizona border.
Of Tiffany Schutt's 250 wedding guests, one surely stood out. Not only was she not invited, but the young guest, a relative with whom the couple wasn't particularly close, turned up in a white dress — and a short and sexy one at that.
Orchid is growing on us: A version of the purple hue is Pantone Inc.'s color of the year for 2014. It follows this year's pick of emerald green.
We often make new things familiar by giving them old names. When Europeans first came to America they saw a reddish-breasted bird and called it a robin. Never mind that the American robin was more than twice the size of the European robin and was a thrush, not a warbler. The new bird got the old name even though the birds were not even in the same family.
As a past contestant (fan-favorite in 2012) covering this year's 'Dancing with the Desert Stars' competition was a thrill. All the past anticipation, excitement, and anxiety came rushing back to me as I entered the ballroom at the Renaissance Hotel Palm Springs, a major sponsor of the evening. This year's winners included an assemblyman, restaurant owner, Chamber of Commerce executive, and a mayor, as well as other energetic, high-profile competitors.
The crowd hovered around Renaissance Esmeralda's dining room door, eager to see the beautiful table decorations created by Friends of the Boys & Girls Clubs. The Friends' first event two decades ago was only 10 round tables for 100 guests. But now this high-energy luncheon has grown to 33 tables with 450 guests.
Everyone knows that an early introduction to the performing arts is vital to awakening the creativity in young students. But Helene Galen not only knows it, she has done something about it. Galen was the primary donor of the beautiful new theater and performing arts center at Rancho Mirage High School. The dedication for the Helene Galen Performing Arts Center and Helene Galen Theater brought out many of our local stars, public officials and citizens.
There was a 'Peaceful Easy Feeling' at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort when the premier Eagles Tribute Band 'Desperado' took The Show stage for a benefit concert. The 'Eagles Experience' was a huge success with chart-topping hit after hit creating a memorable evening for all.
A perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon is tasting 49 different types of cupcakes, enjoying Art of Sax playing dance music, and being one of more than 400 attendees raising funds for The Well in the Desert.
Hidden Harvest's inaugural 'Bountiful Harvest' luncheon, fashion show, and shopping boutique at Palm Valley Country Club was sold out within 10 days with more than 225 guests in attendance.
Palm Springs was certainly 'Swinging' at last month's Temple Isaiah's 'Palm Swings' event. An enthusiastic crowd of more than 150 lucky attendees lent their support at this fun-filled event, held at the historic O'Donnell House, perched on the hillside overlooking Palm Springs.