April 2013

Articles

C-SPAN Will Document Palm Springs History, Literary Life

C-SPAN Will Document Palm Springs History, Literary Life

Network will air stories during special Palm Springs weekend, June 1-2
C-SPAN will be coming to Palm Springs for a week-long visit starting May 6 to record and feature the city’s history and literary life.
10 Places to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

10 Places to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Have you booked your plans? Share yours with us
Cinco de Mayo weekend has a historical context, but has also become a celebration of Mexican culture complete with Mariachi music, parades, piñatas and restaurant specials.
Pedal Pushers: Palm Springs Partners Market Four-Wheel Bicycle

Pedal Pushers: Palm Springs Partners Market Four-Wheel Bicycle

People-powered bike doesn’t require a mechanical IQ, holds multiple occupants
Paul Harris and his partner, Tony Edwards, opened Leisure Wheels Quadracycles in December and have spent the high season introducing this innovative mode of transportation as the first Rhoades Car four-wheel bicycle dealership in California.
Kenny Loggins Riding High Again With Blue Sky Riders

Kenny Loggins Riding High Again With Blue Sky Riders

Country music’s latest super group hits Pappy & Harriet's, Stagecoach
Since Blue Sky Riders’ auspicious beginnings, the trio featuring Kenny Loggins has landed on the must-see lists of concertgoers and become the topic of widespread Internet buzz and adulation.
The Cool Kid’s Guide to Stagecoach

The Cool Kid’s Guide to Stagecoach

Nab yourself a cowboy or cowgirl at three-day event
Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival brings artists with country leanings, folk foundations, and even alt-country superstars to the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio starting today through the weekend (April 26-28).
Mother Hips Maintains Appeal Over the Years

Mother Hips Maintains Appeal Over the Years

Singer Tim Bluhm discusses the band’s slow but steady road to longevity
The Mother Hips’ April 27 show at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace is the perfect venue for the band to make its latest appearance. They’ve played Pappy’s before, and love returning to the Coachella Valley.
Spring Concert Speaks to Individuality, Personal Discovery

Spring Concert Speaks to Individuality, Personal Discovery

'Metamorphosis' connects Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus to its audience
'Metamorphosis' is the cornerstone to this weekend’s Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus spring concert, 'Born This Way', at Palm Springs High School’s auditorium.
Forever Marilyn Sculpture Extends Stay Thru Summer

Forever Marilyn Sculpture Extends Stay Thru Summer

Original departure date of June has been moved to September
The Forever Marilyn sculpture will be extending its stay in Palm Springs throughout the summer.
Weekender: Stagecoach, Budweiser Clydesdales, Kenny Loggins

Weekender: Stagecoach, Budweiser Clydesdales, Kenny Loggins

What's on your agenda? Here's our suggestions for April 25-28
Weekender helps plan out your weekend in Palm Springs and the desert resort cities with concerts, events, restaurants, nightlife, clubs and the world of entertainment only found in the desert.
Jackie Collins, Michael Childers, Bruce Vilanch Headline AIDS Benefit

Jackie Collins, Michael Childers, Bruce Vilanch Headline AIDS Benefit

Trio bring star power, will dish Hollywood secrets at Nov. 15 event
Author Jackie Collins, photographer Michael Childers, and comedy writer Bruce Vilanch are joining forces to benefit AIDS Assistance Program.
Wolfgang Puck Adds Desert Touches to El Paseo Location

Wolfgang Puck Adds Desert Touches to El Paseo Location

“Wolfgang’s Build Your Own Sundae” dessert cart is exclusive to Palm Desert
Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar is indeed the latest addition to El Paseo’s growing list of dining hotspots in Palm Desert, featuring Wolfgang’s 'Build Your Own Sundae' dessert cart.
Fashion Show Benefits Student Scholarship Fund

Fashion Show Benefits Student Scholarship Fund

Theresa A. Mike Fashion Show features clothing from Francesca’s and others
The Theresa A. Mike Fashion Show features a runway show, a French-inspired dinner, silent auction, live raffle, and vendor booths offering clothing, jewelry and accessories.
Abel, McCallister Create Design Magic

Abel, McCallister Create Design Magic

Partners for 10 years, the duo have grown the business exponentially in Palm Springs
Larry Abel and Raymond McCallister's ascent has not gone unnoticed in Palm Springs and beyond. Biz Bash named the tandem to its inaugural 'Top 35 Event Designers' list.
Coachella 2013: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Coachella 2013: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Red Hot Chili Peppers keep playing while fans mix it up
Coachella 2013’s second weekend was a wild companion piece to the first. It was light on clothes, heavy on art and brimming with outstanding music.
St. John Splashes Fall Collection With Color

St. John Splashes Fall Collection With Color

Neon pinks, oranges and bold blues bring 'feel good' look to traditionally neutral season
St. John recently presented its 2013 pre-fall and fall collections at its Palm Desert boutique on El Paseo featuring neon pinks, oranges and bold blues to the delight of its customers.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Hits Record Ridership Mark

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Hits Record Ridership Mark

Nearly 55,000 people rode to top of Mount San Jacinto and back in March
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway set an all-time ridership mark of nearly 55,000 in March.
LGBT Community Center Picks Gary Costa for Director Post

LGBT Community Center Picks Gary Costa for Director Post

Has served interim position since November 2012
Gary Costa, who served as interim executive director of the LGBT Community Center of the Desert in Palm Springs since November 2012, has been named executive director following a nationwide search.
'Natural Facelift' Provides Youthful Glow

'Natural Facelift' Provides Youthful Glow

Spa La Quinta's old world charm creates refreshing experience
Spa La Quinta at the La Quinta Resort & Club offers a new 'Natural Facelift' that diminishes fine lines, improves elasticity and enhances collagen production.
Winning Cocktail Has a Kick, Dash of Zing

Winning Cocktail Has a Kick, Dash of Zing

Pinzimini bartender creates Rancho Mirage's 40th anniversary drink
The first time he tasted the Caliente Mirage Margarita, Cameron Robeson knew this was not your ordinary concoction. So did the judges at Rancho Mirage's Citywide Cocktail competition at The River.
Passion Pit Enraptures Tachevah Audience

Passion Pit Enraptures Tachevah Audience

Local rockers tell it to the kids at free downtown concert
Passion Pit brought its synth-pop cool to the April 17 free Tachevah concert event held in downtown Palm Springs before an estimated crowd of 10,000 outside the Spa Resort & Casino along with live sets from locals You, Me & Us, Pedestrians, Tribesmen, and DJ Alf Alpha.
Weekender: Coachella, Palm Springs' 75th, Melissa Etheridge

Weekender: Coachella, Palm Springs' 75th, Melissa Etheridge

What's on your agenda? Here are suggestions for April 18-21
Weekender helps plan out your weekend in Palm Springs and the desert resort cities with concerts, events, restaurants, nightlife, clubs and the world of entertainment only found in the desert.
Tachevah: A Palm Springs Block Party

Tachevah: A Palm Springs Block Party

Enjoy a taste of Coachella, free of charge
Tachevah, a free concert slated for tonight in downtown Palm Springs, will not only feature amazing local bands, but will also showcase scheduled Coachella act, Passion Pit.
Coachella 2013: Ace Hotel Offers Desert Gold

Coachella 2013: Ace Hotel Offers Desert Gold

The Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs provided Coachella 2013 Music and Arts Festival goers another alternative to keep the party going last weekend.
Palm Springs Chosen Best Western Destination for Gay Travel

Palm Springs Chosen Best Western Destination for Gay Travel

TravelAge West, travel agents recognize Convention & Visitors Bureau
Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau has been honored with a TravelAge West 2013 Editor’s Pick Award in the category of Best of the West: Best Western Destination for Gay Travel.
Cafe Scandia is a Hidden Palm Springs Treasure

Cafe Scandia is a Hidden Palm Springs Treasure

At 81, Chef Erik Pedersen continues to cook up European-style dishes
Despite the loss of his wife, Marna, chef Erik Pedersen decided to reopen Cafe Scandia with new partners but the same menu that customers clamor back for again and again.
Dezart Performs Raises Curtain on New Works

Dezart Performs Raises Curtain on New Works

Fifth annual Play Reading Series rewards winner with staged production
Dezart Performs is in the midst of its most popular event - the Annual Play Reading Series in Palm Springs - which attracts submissions nationwide for a chance to have their play fully staged and professionally performed.
Coachella 2013: Sky Ferreira Blossoms at Saguaro

Coachella 2013: Sky Ferreira Blossoms at Saguaro

Desert Weekender party attracts the faces of Forever 21
The Capitol Records recording artist was back in Palm Springs for The Saguaro Desert Weekender event, one of several sites holding events to coincide with the Coachella Music and Arts Festival 2013 in Indio.
Coachella 2013: Festival Rife With Surprises

Coachella 2013: Festival Rife With Surprises

First weekend includes unexpected appearance by R. Kelly
The first weekend of Coachella Music and Arts Festival 2013 had plenty of surprises, including an unscheduled appearance by R&B singer R. Kelly.
Coachella 2013: Katharine McPhee, Jonas Brothers, Chloe Sevigny

Coachella 2013: Katharine McPhee, Jonas Brothers, Chloe Sevigny

Celebs hit GUESS Hotel Pool Party at Viceroy Palm Springs
Katharine McPhee, Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas, Gigi Hadid and Riley Keough were just some of the famous faces to hit the Coachella 2013 extra parties at Palm Springs hotels.
Artwork That Hits Home

Artwork That Hits Home

Christian Hohmann brings Clemens Kindling's legacy to El Paseo art gallery
One of Christian Hohmann’s earliest childhood memories is visiting the studio of Clemens Kindling, and now he has put together a collection of the late artists' work at his art gallery on El Paseo in Palm Desert.
Cool Kid's Guide to Coachella

Cool Kid's Guide to Coachella

Planned collaborations, secret duets and parties
Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio creates all sorts of questions, from what to bring, to what to wear, celebrity sightings, and what parties to attend.
Biffy Clyro Riding Meteoric Rise

Biffy Clyro Riding Meteoric Rise

Scottish group courts larger audience beginning this weekend at Coachella
The Scottish group, fronted by guitarist Simon Neil, has finally achieved success on the top of the British charts heading into this weekend's Coachella Music & Arts Festival with the release of 'Opposites'.
Palm Springs Modernism Week Names Executive Director

Palm Springs Modernism Week Names Executive Director

Lisa Vossler Smith looks forward to broadening activities across Coachella Valley
Lisa Vossler Smith, a longtime Coachella Valley resident, has been named executive director of Palm Springs Modernism Week, a non-profit organization that produces the annual festival.
Gavin MacLeod's Break Was Getting Fired

Gavin MacLeod's Break Was Getting Fired

Rancho Mirage resident has a new bio book coming out on his star-studded life
Best known for his roles on the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Love Boat", Rancho Mirage resident Gavin MacLeod got there from being cast in a series of Blake Edwards movies.
Weekender: Coachella, Brian Regan, Gavin MacLeod

Weekender: Coachella, Brian Regan, Gavin MacLeod

What's on your agenda? Here are suggestions for April 11-14
Weekender helps plan out your weekend in Palm Springs and the desert resort cities with concerts, events, restaurants, nightlife, clubs and the world of entertainment only found in the desert.
Jerry Argovitz Takes Renewed Aim at NCAA

Jerry Argovitz Takes Renewed Aim at NCAA

Rancho Mirage resident says his new book spurred him to tackle college athletics' biggest conglomerate
Jerry Argovitz was once the most hated sports agent in the country because he refused to go with the flow, and now spurred by his new book, he's set his sights on changing the NCAA.
Antiques Roadshow Host Chosen for 'Evening Under the Stars'

Antiques Roadshow Host Chosen for 'Evening Under the Stars'

Mark Walberg will emcee night dedicated to AIDS Assistance Program
While Cyndi Lauper commands the stage, host Mark Walberg from 'Antiques Roadshow' will emcee the AIDS Assistance Program's special night in Palm Springs.
Garden Tour Proves Desert Doesn't Have to Be Drab

Garden Tour Proves Desert Doesn't Have to Be Drab

Color accents tour of six Palm Springs homes with desert landscape
Desert landscape impressions could seem boring, uninviting, or even bone dry. However, the Desert Garden Tour of six Palm Springs homes shows desert gardens can be colorful all year and require less water.
Io Echo Saving Something Special for Coachella

Io Echo Saving Something Special for Coachella

Ionna Gika and Leopold Ross could wind up being the fest's hottest duo
Where most bands falter under the watchful eye of trendsetters, hungry Hollywood types looking to make a love match, and fickle industry talking heads who love you today but not tomorrow, Io Echo has stood strong, slowly developing its sound.
How the Alexanders Brought Design to Palm Springs Tract Housing

How the Alexanders Brought Design to Palm Springs Tract Housing

Tract housing took on a whole new look in Palm Springs thanks to the Alexander Construction Co., and architects Robert Alexander and William Krisel.
Documentary Film Fest Slates Final Screenings

Documentary Film Fest Slates Final Screenings

Foreign films show growth of festival worldwide
The closing day of the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs features a cross-section of foreign-based films.
“Best Chefs America” Awards Chef Johannes Bacher

“Best Chefs America” Awards Chef Johannes Bacher

Chosen for inaugural guide of U.S. chefs based on peer recommendations
Chef Johannes Bacher of Johannes restaurant in Palm Springs has been honored as one of the country’s top culinary talents in the inaugural edition of “Best Chefs America”.
Tame Impala Comes to Coachella on Fire

Tame Impala Comes to Coachella on Fire

Front man Kevin Parker provides hilarious glimpse inside the band's popularity
The Australian psych-rock band Tame Impala has become one of the most sought-after concert experiences in the U.S. since the release of its third, full-length effort Lonerism.
Desert Scents, Critters and Beauty

Desert Scents, Critters and Beauty

This weekend's International Desert Flower, Fragrance and Garden Show showcases the beauty of the desert in the form of floral and desert plant arrangements, desert dwellers from The Living Desert all under one inflatable "Dome" at The Shops on El Paseo in Palm Desert.
Healing Power of Art

Healing Power of Art

Victory Grund's Old Town Artisan Studio gives children a creative outlet
Stricken with polio as a child, Victory Grund knows full well the healing power of art, and opening Old Town Artisan Studio in La Quinta allowed her to let other children feel it as well.
Dionne Warwick Says Documentary Reflects 'Incredible' Memories of Cousin Whitney Houston

Dionne Warwick Says Documentary Reflects 'Incredible' Memories of Cousin Whitney Houston

"Voices of Love" includes one of the last interviews by Houston
"Voices of Love" provides an uplifting experience for singer Dionne Warwick watching the story of her gospel-rich family be told on film at the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs.
Documentary Gives Hope for Dementia Struggle

Documentary Gives Hope for Dementia Struggle

Day 3 Schedule: American Documentary Film Festival
The third day of the American Documentary Film Festival features a touching film that shows the effects of dementia have been slowed by a learning therapy program.
"Right to Play" Brings Ex-Olympic Champion Speed Skaters Together

"Right to Play" Brings Ex-Olympic Champion Speed Skaters Together

Link between Eric Heiden, Johan Olav Koss helps tell story of organization's formation
The documentary 'Right to Play' creates a link between former Olympic champion speed skaters Eric Heiden and Johan Olav Koss to help tell story of organization founded by Koss that brings sports to impoverished and war-torn areas of the world.
Day 2 Schedule: American Documentary Film Festival

Day 2 Schedule: American Documentary Film Festival

The second day of the American Documentary Film Festival features a mix of sports, nature, historical and pagentry films showing at the Camelot Theatres and Century Theatres at The River.
Weekender: The Commodores, The Dinah, Kraft Nabisco Championship

Weekender: The Commodores, The Dinah, Kraft Nabisco Championship

What's on your agenda? Here are suggestions for April 4-7
Weekender helps plan out your weekend in Palm Springs and the desert resort cities with concerts, events, restaurants, nightlife, clubs and the world of entertainment only found in the desert.
Dionne Warwick Headlines Film Festival Opener

Dionne Warwick Headlines Film Festival Opener

Legendary singer will appear for screening about family ties to Whitney Houston
Dionne Warwick will appear at The American Documentary Film Festival with the screening of 'Voices of Love', which details a rich family history linked to the late Whitney Houston.
Opera Voice Speaks to Castillo

Opera Voice Speaks to Castillo

Baritone will sing in the Palm Springs Opera Guild's 'Opera in the Park'
After being awarded the Palm Springs Opera Guild's Encouragement Award, baritone David Castillo has been invited back to sing in the Guild's 'Opera in the Park' on April 7 in Palm Springs.
From Russia With Paint Brush

From Russia With Paint Brush

Elena Bulatova's creative freedom flourishes in her new American home
Palm Springs artist Elena Bulatova has found her permanent move to America loosened her creative freedoms and allowed her to flourish in the art world she loves.
White Party Palm Springs Delivers

White Party Palm Springs Delivers

Beautiful bodies, great music, lots of pride
White Party Palm Springs 2013 featured top name entertainment, but it was the attendees who made the party legendary.
Rio Azul Chef Ernesto Gastelum: Shrimp Tacos

Rio Azul Chef Ernesto Gastelum: Shrimp Tacos

Rio Azul Chef Ernesto Gastelum shows how he prepares one of the Palm Springs restaurant's more popular dishes, Shrimp Tacos.
Linda Gerard in Spotlight Again with "Bingo Night"

Linda Gerard in Spotlight Again with "Bingo Night"

A battle with cancer in the background, Sissy Bingo diva will appear at documentary screening
Linda Gerard’s most recent association the last few years have been as the iconic face of Sissy Bingo, which led to a spot in 'Bingo Night', set to screen April 7 in the American Documentary Film Festival.
Stars Lighting up the Indio Sky at Coachella

Stars Lighting up the Indio Sky at Coachella

Canadian band gains mainstream attention from movie soundtrack of 'Like Crazy'
You’ve probably fallen under the spell of Stars without even knowing it. The Canadian rockers have been a mainstay in venues throughout the U.S., as well as its home turf in the Great White North.
Leap Into 'Poppies Pond' Reaches Milestone

Leap Into 'Poppies Pond' Reaches Milestone

Writer has chance to experience plunge into sacred waters
The Kraft Nabisco Championship creates anticipation for golf's first major of the season and one of the most recognizable and cherished traditions in all of sport: The victor's leap into 'Poppie's Pond'.
Figue Encourages Guests to Share in Mediterranean Cuisine

Figue Encourages Guests to Share in Mediterranean Cuisine

La Quinta restaurant gives chef another chance to leave his mark
Lee Morcus, whose family name is well known for the Kaiser Restaurant Group, has opened his own venture, Figue, in La Quinta.
Coachella Extras

Coachella Extras

Have fun without tickets to the big show.
Coachella Music and Arts Festival sold out in record speed. However, not all is lost if you couldn’t score tickets to either weekend’s shows. Check out our list of activities happening in the desert, April 12-21, 2013
Teach a Man to Fish

Teach a Man to Fish

Louis Pagano dishes about seafood and his deadliest catch
Louis Pagano, the owner of Fisherman's Market & Grill restaurants, furthers his empire with the expansion of Fisherman's Landing at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert.
April Showers

April Showers

Let healing waters wash away what ails you
Nearly 60 percent of the human body is composed of water. Stay hydrated with our favorite water-based spa treatments.
Desert Super Stylin'

Desert Super Stylin'

What to wear, buy, and bring to Coachella and Stagecoach.
It’s that time again: Coachella Music and Arts Festival (April 12-21) and Stagecoach California’s Country Music Festival (April 26-28) are back. You’ve got your tickets. Now, use our quick-reference guide to make your experience a memorable one.
Bull’s-Eye!

Bull’s-Eye!

Try your hand at archery in Indio
Ever since The Hunger Games franchise shot its way into cinematic history, archery has become a favorite pastime of many men, women, and children.
Open-Air Arias

Open-Air Arias

One activist gives music to Coachella Valley's children
Meeting Arlene Rosenthal is like having a personal audience with a hybrid of Janis Joplin and Oprah Winfrey. She’s a passionate champion for the arts, and determined to ensure that culture permeates the formative years of every child she encounters.
Bands of Coachella

Bands of Coachella

I chat with Dillon Francis the day he finds out that he’s landed the official remix for Justin Timberlake’s Rat-Pack-inspired anthem, “Suit and Tie.” But it’s his response to the news that resonates
At The Casinos - April 2013

At The Casinos - April 2013

When it comes to live entertainment, local casinos are the foremost authority. Here’s a sampling of what’s hot and happening.
Swanky Swimwear

Swanky Swimwear

Find the perfect trunks or teeny-weeny bikinis
Palm Springs offers the perfect places to lose your street clothes and don swanky swimwear that ranges from the tiniest string bikinis to much more modest fare. Get your new suit at one of our favorites.
Date-Night Bites

Date-Night Bites

Find or recapture love … one nibble at a time
Keeping romance alive is easy when couples make time for each other. Catch up with your spouse heading out for a date-night bite to eat.
Best of the Best

Best of the Best

You picked 'em!
You vote. We reveal. That's how Best of the Best works. You weigh in weekly at www.PalmSpringsLife.com/best on your favorite places in the Coachella Valley.
Desert Guide

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90 Days of Summer Romantic Palm Springs Getaway 2014

90 Days of Summer Romantic Palm Springs Getaway 2014

Experience the beauty, romance and excitement of the Palm Springs area when you enter to be the lucky winner of this romantic couple’s getaway
90 DAYS OF SUMMER Instagram Contest 2014

90 DAYS OF SUMMER Instagram Contest 2014

Win a fabulous Palm Springs weekend!

Win a fabulous Palm Springs weekend!

Each month, a first place winner will be selected to win a fabulous Palm Springs weekend!And, each month, three additional runners up will be selected to win a wonderful Palm Springs area Dining certificate!
2013/14 Best of the Best

2013/14 Best of the Best

Palm Springs Life’s annual Best of the Best. Readers tell us who their choice is for the “Best of the Best” of the Coachella Valley in over 40 categories.
Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.
Pets on Parade 2014 Photo Contest

Pets on Parade 2014 Photo Contest

Enter your “Cutest Pet” photo in the Pets on Parade 2014 Photo Contest. Online users will be able to like the Cutest Pet photos from six (6) categories.