December 2012

Articles

Taste of South Italy Comes to North Palm Springs

Taste of South Italy Comes to North Palm Springs

Mookie's Pizza Sandwiches and More doubles as a dining spot or late-night stop
Chef Giuseppi Panetta and partner Stafford Fredericks attach a family feel to serving its customers at Mookie's Pizza Sandwiches and More.
10 Places to Ring in 2013

10 Places to Ring in 2013

Where will you be when the clock strikes midnight?
Here's our starter list for where to go on New Year's Eve in the Coachella Valley to celebrate 2013.
Family Ties Push Realism of 'The Impossible'

Family Ties Push Realism of 'The Impossible'

Actress Naomi Watts reveals the power of the movie's fact-based story.
Naomi Watts, who will be honored at the Palm Springs International Film Festival's Gala Awards for her role in 'The Impossible' on Jan. 5, was inspired by the real-life family.
Festival Slate Includes Top Foreign Language Films

Festival Slate Includes Top Foreign Language Films

The Festival will show 42 of the 71 films that had originally qualified in this category
Festival-goers can view 8 of the 9 films selected to advance in the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 85th Academy Awards.
Supporting Local Non-Profits, One Deal at a Time

Supporting Local Non-Profits, One Deal at a Time

Palm Springs native Jeremy Roos grows new daily deal website to assist non-profits
Palm Springs native Jeremy Roos creates an online deal network, Save2Give Deals, to benefit local charities and schools.
Lou Christie Takes Over Follies Reign in January

Lou Christie Takes Over Follies Reign in January

1960s teen idol known for falsetto hits like 'Lightnin' Strikes' makes debut
The singer whose signature falsetto voice fashioned the multi-million dollar selling hit, "Lightnin' Strikes", will star in The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies.
Weekend Planner: Mayan Calendar, Christmas Music, Bob Hope

Weekend Planner: Mayan Calendar, Christmas Music, Bob Hope

What are your plans? Here's a sampling for Dec. 20-23
The Weekend Planner 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.
Palm Springs Becomes Home to Couple's Jewelry Shop

Palm Springs Becomes Home to Couple's Jewelry Shop

Oasis Gallery showcases alluring Tahitian black pearls.
Don and Mary Kelly have brought their passion for Tahitian black pearls, and other exotic South Sea and Asian pearls to Oasis Gallery in Palm Springs.
Film Festival Honors Les Misérables Director, 'Life of Pi' Composer

Film Festival Honors Les Misérables Director, 'Life of Pi' Composer

Tom Hooper will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award; Mychael Danna earns Frederick Lowe Composing award.
Tom Hooper will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award; Mychael Danna earns Frederick Lowe Composing award.
Peter Webster Helps Roberto Coin Celebrate 1st Year on El Paseo

Peter Webster Helps Roberto Coin Celebrate 1st Year on El Paseo

The co-owner and president enjoys a meal at Mastro's with the Palm Desert boutique's top customers.
The co-owner and president of Roberto Coin helped mark the one-year anniversary of the luxury jewelry boutique store on El Paseo.
Top 12 Places to Eat Out on Christmas Day

Top 12 Places to Eat Out on Christmas Day

Add your choice to our list so we can put together a helpful resource for others
Palm Springs has plenty of out-of-town visitors, and that means several restaurant options on Christmas Day.
Film Festival Selects Richard Gere for Chairman Award

Film Festival Selects Richard Gere for Chairman Award

Role in 'Arbitrage' noted as strongest performance to date
Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Dustin Hoffman and Nicole Kidman have been past recipients.
Helen Reddy Returns to the Stage

Helen Reddy Returns to the Stage

After a 10-year hiatus, The Legend finds she missed singing in front of an audience
Her emblematic "I am Woman" literally made history and forever attached her to the feminist movement.
Barry Manilow Cancels Tonight's Concert due to Connecticut School Shooting

Barry Manilow Cancels Tonight's Concert due to Connecticut School Shooting

Rescheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at McCallum.
To honor the victims of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the Palm Spring singer's 'Gift of Love" concert tonight has been rescheduled to Sunday afternoon.
Top 10 'Most Booked' Restaurants

Top 10 'Most Booked' Restaurants

Trio's earns No. 1 in Open Table's monthly ranking; Le Vallauris is 'best overall'
Open Table's monthly ranking puts Trio Restaurant as the 'Most Booked' while Le Vallauris is 'Best Overall'.
Cool Golf Gadget Delivers Swing Info to Your iPhone

Cool Golf Gadget Delivers Swing Info to Your iPhone

Wireless module provides a snapshot of how the club is being manipulated through impact.
SwingSmart is a digital swing analysis tool that allows golfers to plug in the data into their iPhone, iPad or iPod to detect and correct flaws in their golf swing.
Weekend Planner: Celtic Woman, Moody Blues, Great Santa Run

Weekend Planner: Celtic Woman, Moody Blues, Great Santa Run

What are your plans? Here's a sampling for Dec. 13-16
The Weekend Planner 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.
Le Vallauris Achieves Top 100 Open Table Dining List

Le Vallauris Achieves Top 100 Open Table Dining List

Palm Springs restaurant earns 2012 Diners' Choice Award from online reservation website.
Award reflects the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants across the U.S.
'Let My People Go!'

'Let My People Go!'

Director Mikael Buch gets candid about love, movies and Palm Springs
The film's U.S. debut at the 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival was an ideal stop for the project.
Small Hotels Remain Focus of Walking Tour of the Inns

Small Hotels Remain Focus of Walking Tour of the Inns

Palm Springs event may gain a companion event in the future
Thursday evening's free tour in downtown Palm Springs starts an hour earlier and offers walkers two starting points.
Colorful Chinese Cloisonné Exhibit Set for Sunnylands

Colorful Chinese Cloisonné Exhibit Set for Sunnylands

The program is the first in a series of Family Days
Walter and Lenore Annenberg's collection features a wide range of styles and periods dating from the Ming Dynasty to the 20th century.
Let's Talk SHoPS

Let's Talk SHoPS

Palms Springs' small hotels find strength in numbers, cooperation over competition
When the Small Hotels of Palm Springs formed in 2004, they created a unified voice that continues to be heard.
Film Festival Picks Bradley Cooper for Acting Award

Film Festival Picks Bradley Cooper for Acting Award

"Silver Linings Playbook" star has Oscar buzz surrounding his performance
Joins star-studded list of Desert Palm Achievement Award winners, including Jeff Bridges, Daniel Day-Lewis, Colin Firth, Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and John Travolta.
Casa de Frida Brings Latino Cuisine to South Palm Springs

Casa de Frida Brings Latino Cuisine to South Palm Springs

Chef Victoriano Rodriguez creates a colorful, sophisticated backdrop
Restaurant's menu is inspired by chef's French, Spanish, and Mexican heritage.
Cal State San Beradino Students Create Literary Compilation

Cal State San Beradino Students Create Literary Compilation

Annual publication features original creative work in Spanish and English.
"Badlands" publication features original creative fiction, non-fiction and poetry in Spanish and English.
Canada Fest Celebrates Comrades to the North

Canada Fest Celebrates Comrades to the North

Bette King puts her big-time signature on inaugural event.
More than 300 vendors will turn the Palm Springs Convention Center into a Canadian cultural experience all under one roof.
Morongo Casino Restaurants Gain New Looks

Morongo Casino Restaurants Gain New Looks

Tacos and Tequila, Natural 9 Noodle Company set to reopen later this month.
The 11,000-square feet remodeling project involved the existing kitchen and restaurant space along with the outdoor patio.
Film Festival Taps Sally Field for Career Achievement Award

Film Festival Taps Sally Field for Career Achievement Award

Actress' work covers a broad range of roles.
Academy-award winning actress joins a list of previous winners that includes Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren.
Weekend Planner: The Nutcracker, Betty Buckley, Canada Fest

Weekend Planner: The Nutcracker, Betty Buckley, Canada Fest

What are your plans? Here's a sampling for Dec. 6-9
The Weekend Planner 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.
CV Rep's Plays Engage Students on Touchy Subjects

CV Rep's Plays Engage Students on Touchy Subjects

Coachella Valley Repertory addresses bullying by connecting high school actors with middle school audiences.
'Argo' Ensemble to Receive Film Festival Award

'Argo' Ensemble to Receive Film Festival Award

Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin and Bryan Cranston singled out for their roles
Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin and Bryan Cranston are singled out for their roles in the story behind the Iran hostage crisis.
Lorna Luft Finds 'Follies' Stint Inspirational

Lorna Luft Finds 'Follies' Stint Inspirational

Understands public's comparison to her famous mother, but doesn't hear it herself
The daughter of the legendary Judy Garland and Sid Luft, and the half-sister of Liza Minelli, Lorna Luft has created an act very much her own.
Escena Adds Yucca Valley Artist's Sculpture

Escena Adds Yucca Valley Artist's Sculpture

"Wind Wave" adds stunning welcome to Palm Springs development.
Steven Rieman's kinetic sculpture, “Wind Wave”, has become an official part of the 450-acre master-planned development.
Get The Party Started!

Get The Party Started!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve Desert Style
Whether you’re in the mood to start the New Year with raucous revelry, family fare, or delectable dining, the Coachella Valley is packed with events to help you ring in 2013 with panache.
Late-Night Bites

Late-Night Bites

Grab dinner or an appetizer after an evening out. Many local restaurants and bars serve food well into the night and into the wee hours of the morning. Here are a handful of great places that cater to late-night diners.
The Holidays!

The Holidays!

Celebrate Desert Style
The weather outside is anything but frightful, and Jack Frost may not be nipping at your noses, but the desert is alive with holiday spirit.
Palm Springs Opera Guild Gets Vocal

Palm Springs Opera Guild Gets Vocal

Most desert opera fans know about Opera in the Park — a day of languid alfresco enjoyment and arias in the afternoon. The annual celebration of music and song, presented by Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert, takes place each spring at Sunrise Park in Palm Springs.
Explore Classic Palm Springs

Explore Classic Palm Springs

Stroll through some of Palm Springs’ most celebrated neighborhoods during WALK OF INNS on Dec. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Renew the New You

Renew the New You

Pamper Yourself Now and into Next Year
Reinvent yourself in the new year by indulging in some of the area’s finest spas. Enjoy pampering at resort hotels, day spas, and spas built around mineral springs.
Palm Springs Life Best of the Best

Palm Springs Life Best of the Best

You Picked ’Em!
You vote. We reveal. That’s how Best of the Best works. We ask readers and viewers to weigh in weekly at www.palmspringslife.com/best on their favorite people, places, and things in the Coachella Valley.
At the Casinos

At the Casinos

When it comes to live entertainment, local casinos rock — literally. Here’s a sampling of what’s hot and happening.
Canada Fest

Canada Fest

Go North Of The Border
Visit more than 200 vendors while celebrating all things Canadian.
A Day With(out) Art

A Day With(out) Art

Palm Springs Art Museum joins museums, arts organizations, universities, and AIDS service organizations in recognizing A Day With(out) Art on Dec. 1.
’Tis The Season to Sparkle

’Tis The Season to Sparkle

Brighten your holidays with entertaining bling. Sparkle: An All-Star Holiday Concert takes the Annenberg Theater stage at Palm Springs Art Museum
Pedal Around the Desert

Pedal Around the Desert

Bicycle enthusiasts gravitate toward the Coachella Valley for myriad reasons: ideal weather, easy terrain, great sightseeing, a green attitude, great exercise, a growing network of bike paths, and cycle-centric events such as Tour de Palm Springs in February.
Frolic in a Frosty Wonderland

Frolic in a Frosty Wonderland

Embrace the Season at Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Get out mittens out and your wool hat. It’s time for a holiday tram adventure. While the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway draws visitors in all seasons, winter is a great time to plan a trip up the mountain.
Shop Pocket

Shop Pocket

Perez Art and Design District
Tucked in a nondescript strip mall down the road from the many car dealerships in Cathedral City is a collection of gems known as the Perez Art and Design District.
The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Enjoy a Timeless Holiday Classic
Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet The Nutcracker blends fantasy and finesse with masks, mice, a princess, a prince, and, of course, a nutcracker. Enjoy a performance of the Christmas classic performed by Moscow Classical Ballet at McCallum Theatre.
The Art Of Brunch

The Art Of Brunch

Enjoy Sunday’s Breakfast and Lunch Blend
The desert’s leisurely lifestyle creates an ideal atmosphere for Sunday brunch. Sip champagne and indulge in opulent omelets and poufy pastries.
Great Last-Minute Gifts & Stocking Stuffers

Great Last-Minute Gifts & Stocking Stuffers

Don’t Be Caught Empty-Handed Over the Holidays
Gift-giving plans can go awry, so expect the unexpected. The following suggestions can help you keep your emergency holiday gift stash stocked.
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