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

What are your plans? Here's a sampling for Dec. 13-16

Celtic Woman have been featured on several PBS specials.


Thursday, Dec. 13
Walking Tour of the Inns. 4-8 p.m. starting from two points - the Del Marcos Hotel, 225 W. Baristo Road, or the Palm Springs Art Museum, 100 N. Museum Drive. The forecast is for rain, but if you've lived here long enough you know how random that is. And it could be over and done with by the time this starts. One Facebook reader said to be sure to stop at the Korakia Pensione, 257 S. Patencio Road.

Village Fest. There will be additional foot traffic from the weekly festival, which runs along Palm Canyon between Baristo and Amado Roads starting at 6 p.m. May be the perfect place to find that holiday gift.

Celtic Woman. Two holiday performances, 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Pechanga Casino Resort in Temecula.  This musical ensemble features five female artists. They have appeared on PBS several times, and have sold more than 50 million albums.

Friday, Dec. 14
Coachella Valley Symphony. Featured cellist Pauline Schiff will play "Gabriel Faure's Elégie in C Minor" for cello and orchestra at 7 p.m. at Sun City Palm Desert's Sierra Ballroom.

A Broadway Christmas. Hear the holiday songs of Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Tormé from Broadway talent at 8 p.m. at the Annenberg Theater. Listen to Tony and Emmy award winner James Tormé band American Idol's David Hernandez.

Moody Blues. This storied band performs at 9 p.m. at The Show at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage.

Dirty Little Showtunes. The show has been extended through Dec. 29, and the songs have been altered to reflect the holiday season. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sundays. Too much fun looking at gay life and love at The Commissary in Rancho Mirage.

Saturday, Dec. 15
Great Santa Run. This time you'll be all dressed up and have somewhere to go. Every entrant receives a Santa outfit. The 4-kilometer run/walk begins at 10:15 a.m at the Civic Center Park in Palm Desert. Entertainment follows featuring Chris Burke, who is best known for playing Corky on "Life Goes On". Glee's Lauren Potter, who plays Becky, will also be there.

Linda Gerard Record Release Party.
Linda sings starting at 10 pm. at The Amigo Room of the Ace Hotel. Linda is the singing hostess of the hotel's Sissy Bingo. Her career spans 50 years including standby appearances for Barbara Streisand and Mimi Hines in "Funny Girl".

Palm Springs Historical Society Yard Sale. Runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 221 S. Palm Canyon Drive.

Sunday, Dec. 16
Check out brunch at Le Vallauris, which was just recognized as one of the top 100 restaurants in the country by Open Table based on consumer reviews.

Palm Springs Art Museum. A cross-section of photographic images depict historical moments and travel albums from the 19th and 20th centuries. Opens Dec. 16 and runs through March 28, 2013.

Take a Drive
Mannheim Steamroller founder Chip Davis will assist the Joshua Tree Philharmonic in bringing a distinctive brand of holiday music. This community orchestra will play the holiday arrangements made famous by Mannheim Steamroller. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 13-15, at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center's Black Box Theater.

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