December 2013

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Explore Palm Springs: El Mirador Hotel

Explore Palm Springs: El Mirador Hotel

Stars flocked to stay there, later became military hospital
Beginning New Year’s Eve in 1928, the El Mirador Hotel became one of the most fashionable resorts of its day in Palm Springs.
Palm Springs Film Festival Breaks With Tradition, Honors U2

Palm Springs Film Festival Breaks With Tradition, Honors U2

Bono will receive award from Mary Bono
The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival has broken tradition from presenting the Sonny Bono Visionary Award to a director, and instead is recognizing the musical group U2.
Casting Chemistry Strikes Gold for "In Bloom"

Casting Chemistry Strikes Gold for "In Bloom"

Georgia's Oscar-submission film plays opening night of Palm Springs Film Festival
Directors Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross held numerous casting calls for "In Bloom" before finding the perfect girls to create the pivotal relationship for the film.
Polo's Frantic Pace Fits Rider's Need for Speed

Polo's Frantic Pace Fits Rider's Need for Speed

Indio's El Dorado Polo Club hosts play starting in January
Jared Sheldon has no desire to even be near water, so it's probably a good thing that his favorite sport is polo, which begins play in January at Indio's El Dorado Polo Club.
Palm Springs Show Attracts "Best of Breed" Champion

Palm Springs Show Attracts "Best of Breed" Champion

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier recently won at 2013 AKC/Eukanuba Nationals
The field at the Kennel Club of Palm Springs All Breed Dog Show will include a recent National champion, Chip, who recently won “Best of Breed” at the prestigious 2013 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.
Cabot's Pueblo Museum - 'This Must be the Place'

Cabot's Pueblo Museum - 'This Must be the Place'

Cabot Yerxa creates an architectural masterpiece in Desert Hot Springs
Cabot’s Pueblo Museum covers an impressive 5,000 square feet, divided into 35 rooms, and adorns 150 windows and 65 doors. No two doors or windows are alike.
Things to Do This Weekend: Chris Isaak, Judy Tenuta

Things to Do This Weekend: Chris Isaak, Judy Tenuta

What's on your agenda? Here's our suggestions for Dec. 26-29
Palm Springs Life 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.
U.S. Premiere of "Belle" Opens Palm Springs Film Fest

U.S. Premiere of "Belle" Opens Palm Springs Film Fest

"Le Week-End" will close festival
The Palm Springs International Film Festival showcases new and veteran directors, respectively, by opening Jan. 3 with "Belle" and closing Jan. 12 with "Le Week-End".
Burger Records: No Need to Ask, 'Where's the Beef?'

Burger Records: No Need to Ask, 'Where's the Beef?'

Hosts New Year's Eve show at Ace Hotel Palm Springs
Burger Records is back at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs to bring in 2014 with a New Year's Eve jam featuring The Blank Tapes.
Architect Don Wexler's Steel Houses Keep Attracting Buyers

Architect Don Wexler's Steel Houses Keep Attracting Buyers

1960's design presents clean, simple, and modern appeal in north Palm Springs
Clean, simple, modern. Those are the characteristics which continue to attract owners to famed architect Don Wexler's steel homes in north Palm Springs.
Palm Springs is Among Romantic Destinations in U.S.

Palm Springs is Among Romantic Destinations in U.S.

Travel & Leisure magazine selects 15 cities
Palm Springs has been designated among the country’s romantic destinations compiled by Travel and Leisure magazine.
Explore Palm Springs: Liberace Christmas Home

Explore Palm Springs: Liberace Christmas Home

Transformed his living room into a winter wonderland
In 1958, Liberace’s Deep Well Estate home was chosen by the Palm Springs Villager magazine as the Home-of-the-Month for December.
Things to Do This Weekend: Bryan Cranston, Leslie Jordan

Things to Do This Weekend: Bryan Cranston, Leslie Jordan

What's on your agenda? Here's our suggestions for Dec. 19-22
Palm Springs Life 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.
Meryl Streep Chosen 1st Recipient of Film Festival's Icon Award

Meryl Streep Chosen 1st Recipient of Film Festival's Icon Award

Honored for her career work highlighted by role in "August: Osage County"
Academy Award winning actress Meryl Streep will become the first recipient of the Icon Award at the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala Jan. 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
Fashion Week El Paseo 2014 Names Sponsors

Fashion Week El Paseo 2014 Names Sponsors

Saxony Group will be title sponsor while JM Couture debuts its line as presenting sponsor
Fashion Week El Paseo 2014, a Palm Springs Life magazine event, continues to break new ground as one of the premiere events on the West Coast with the naming of Saxony Group as title sponsor and JM Couture as presenting sponsor.
The Blank Tapes Find Their Yin & Yang

The Blank Tapes Find Their Yin & Yang

"Vacation" shows band's roots in Joshua Tree and LA
The Blank Tapes, which plays at Pappy & Harriett's Dec. 21, echoes back to a nostalgic The Beach Boys 1960’s pop sensibilities with a modern-psychedelic edge.
Tropicale, Copa Synergy Gives Patrons Double Treat

Tropicale, Copa Synergy Gives Patrons Double Treat

Proximity between restaurant, nightclub create one stop for food, entertainment
With a new synergy between Tropicale Restaurant and Copa in downtown Palm Springs, patrons can dine first then walk next door for a high-energy nightclub experience, or enjoy a top nightclub act, then wind down with a late-night bite or dessert next door.
Palm Springs Designer Creates Show House for Modernism Week

Palm Springs Designer Creates Show House for Modernism Week

Christopher Kennedy enlists help of other local designers to outfit Stan Sackley home
With the help of other local designers, Palm Springs' Christopher Kennedy has created his own compound that will be open to tours during Modernism Week in February.
Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Palm Springs Area

Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Palm Springs Area

Where to dine, where to pop the bubbly
There are a plenty of choices available to usher in 2014, whether that is simply a nice meal out or a complete package of food, drinks and entertainment in the Greater Palm Springs area.
The Hood Palm Desert: Part of Something Cool

The Hood Palm Desert: Part of Something Cool

Brothers came back home wanting to create a local vibe
The minute you walk in The Hood Pizza Bar & Pizza in Palm Desert, it fits you like a glove. Punk just got cooler.
Holiday Drinks to Keep Your Spirits Merry

Holiday Drinks to Keep Your Spirits Merry

Raise a toast with these specialty cocktails
Celebrate the season desert-style with festive and original holiday cheer designed to put a twinkle in your eye and keep your spirits merry.
Where to Enjoy Christmas Dinner in Palm Springs Area

Where to Enjoy Christmas Dinner in Palm Springs Area

Leave the holiday cooking to someone else, and more time to enjoy family and friends
Take the worry about where you're going to enjoy that Christmas holiday meal by taking advantage of the numerous restaurants in the greater Palm Springs area offering sumptuous feasts in an atmosphere geared to enjoy family and friends.
Tom Hanks' Dual Films Earn Film Festival's Chairman's Award

Tom Hanks' Dual Films Earn Film Festival's Chairman's Award

Actor honored for his roles in "Saving Mr. Banks" and "Captain Phillips"
Academy Award winning actor Tom Hanks will be presented with the Chairman’s Award for his roles in two films at the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala Jan. 4.
Consignment Stores Offer Holiday Shopping Alternative

Consignment Stores Offer Holiday Shopping Alternative

La Quinta couple forgo retirement by opening Encore Consign and Design Studio
Pat and Jack Woods’ retirement move to the Coachella Valley took a detour when the couple decided to open Encore Consign and Design Studio in La Quinta.
December Late-Night Bites

December Late-Night Bites

Enjoy a late dinner or appetizer to cap a great evening celebrating the holidays. Many restaurants and bars serve food well into the night and the wee hours of the morning.
Holiday Magic Easily Found in Coachella Valley

Holiday Magic Easily Found in Coachella Valley

Embrace the holiday spirit with dance, music, and theatrical delights
From elegant ballets and soaring chorales to live theater, it’s easy to find your holiday magic in the Coachella Valley.
Hugh Kaptur Belongs Among Top Palm Springs Architects

Hugh Kaptur Belongs Among Top Palm Springs Architects

From the Steve McQueen house to buildings along Tahquitz Canyon Way
Architect Hugh Kaptur's vast accomplishments across the Coachella Valley will be at the center of Modernism Week in February 2014.
Canada Cinema Earns Palm Springs Film Festival Focus

Canada Cinema Earns Palm Springs Film Festival Focus

Awards Buzz field contains several Oscar hopefuls
Canadians have long had an affinity for Palm Springs, so the Palm Springs International Film Festival is returning that admiration by spotlighting Canadian Cinema in its 2014 edition.
Things to Do This Weekend: Rat Pack, Willie Nelson, Santa

Things to Do This Weekend: Rat Pack, Willie Nelson, Santa

What's on your agenda? Here's our suggestions for Dec. 12-15
Palm Springs Life 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.
Explore Palm Springs: Shirley Temple Bungalow

Explore Palm Springs: Shirley Temple Bungalow

Child actress earns a special place at The Desert Inn
In December of 1937, 9-year-old Shirley Temple christened a bungalow the “Shirley Temple Bungalow" at her favorite vacationing spot, The Desert Inn in Palm Springs.
Brian Gay: Humana Challenge Title Set Tone for 2013

Brian Gay: Humana Challenge Title Set Tone for 2013

Formidable field confirms for 2014 edition
Brian Gay can only hope 2014 starts off as well as 2013 did. The defending Humana Challenge champ returns to defend his title when the 2014 version tees up Jan. 13-19 at PGA West in La Quinta.
Friendships On/Off Stage Help Oak Ridge Boys Hit Milestones

Friendships On/Off Stage Help Oak Ridge Boys Hit Milestones

This year marks the 24th year for the Oak Ridge Boys’ Christmas Tour. Even more mind-boggling, this is the quartet’s 40th anniversary.
Room with a Vue, Food to Match at Indian Wells Golf Resort

Room with a Vue, Food to Match at Indian Wells Golf Resort

New restaurant complements libations and food
Executive Chef Cale Falk and Bar Manager Javier Santana have combined fine food with handcrafted beverages as part of the newly renovated and renamed Vue Bar & Grille at the Indian Wells Golf Resort.
Latin American Artists Bare Their Souls in Palm Springs

Latin American Artists Bare Their Souls in Palm Springs

Jorge Mendez opens new gallery with "Twelve"
Jorge Mendez Gallery in Palm Springs opened with “Twelve,” featuring mostly large contemporary paintings by emerging and established artists from Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Peru.
Copa Palm Springs Adds to Downtown Nightlife

Copa Palm Springs Adds to Downtown Nightlife

Leslie Jordan, Judy Tenuta are first acts booked
There will be plenty of noise coming from the building that once housed an auto paint shop when Copa Palm Springs opens Dec. 13.
'Spinning Plates' Documentary Celebrates Humanity in Food

'Spinning Plates' Documentary Celebrates Humanity in Food

Director rented Rancho Mirage house to edit award-winning documentary
Director Joseph Levy chose Rancho Mirage to edit the documentary"Spinning Plates", which has garnered multiple film festival awards and a screening in Palm Desert.
Inn Walk Showcases Palm Springs' Boutique Hotels

Inn Walk Showcases Palm Springs' Boutique Hotels

See midcentury modern to historic European/Spanish designs
Eighteen years ago when only a handful of Palm Springs inns participated, this year's Walking Tour of the Inns on Dec. 12 has grown to include 17.
“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” Visit Palm Springs

“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” Visit Palm Springs

Episode films them at Colony 29, Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
The City of Palm Springs will be featured on two upcoming episodes for the fourth season of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”
"12 Years a Slave" Actress Receives Film Festival Award

"12 Years a Slave" Actress Receives Film Festival Award

Thomas Newman earns 2nd honor for film composing
"12 Years a Slave" actress Lupita Nyong’O and "Saving Mr. Banks" film composer Thomas Newman are the latest honorees for the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Genius: Willows Inn Reincarnates Vintage Palm Springs

Genius: Willows Inn Reincarnates Vintage Palm Springs

Each of the historic inn’s rooms is named rather than numbered
The Willows Historic Inn's guest list in its previous incarnation included Albert Einstein, and its modern version maintains that historic heritage in Palm Springs.
"American Hustle" Cast Earns Film Festival's Ensemble Award

"American Hustle" Cast Earns Film Festival's Ensemble Award

Bradley Cooper could make another appearance at Gala Awards
Bradley Cooper, who last year was honored by the Palm Springs International Film Festival for his acting performance in director David O.Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook, has been recognized again - this time for the Ensemble Performance Award in another Russell-directed film, "American Hustle".
Holiday Lights Glimmer on Waters of Newport Beach

Holiday Lights Glimmer on Waters of Newport Beach

Annual Christmas Boat Parade attracts nearly 1 million visitors
More than 100 vessels are expected to light up Newport Harbor for the annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade starting Dec. 18.
Cork & Fork Makes Room for More With Outdoor Patio

Cork & Fork Makes Room for More With Outdoor Patio

La Quinta restaurant doubles capacity
Cork & Fork Wine Bar & Kitchen in La Quinta has recently added an outdoor patio to nearly double its seating capacity.
Kelly King Brings 'Sparkle' to Palm Springs Production

Kelly King Brings 'Sparkle' to Palm Springs Production

Senses city is undergoing 'a real renaissance'
Although she makes her home in New York, Billboard Top 20 recording artist Kelly King recognizes a special vibe building in the greater Palm Springs area.
Things to Do This Weekend: Venus Williams, Mannheim Steamroller

Things to Do This Weekend: Venus Williams, Mannheim Steamroller

What's on your agenda? Here's our suggestions for Dec. 5-8
Palm Springs Life 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.
Explore Palm Springs: Snow? In Palm Springs? Yes, It Has

Explore Palm Springs: Snow? In Palm Springs? Yes, It Has

Last measured snowfall hit in 1979
Contradicting everything you have been taught about weather in the desert oasis, it has snowed in Palm Springs.
Purple Room Casts a New Shade of Food Offerings

Purple Room Casts a New Shade of Food Offerings

Trio Restaurant owners offer classic and regional American dishes
Tony Marchese and Mark Van Laanen, owners of the popular Trio Restaurant, bring back the classy 1960s to the Purple Room with great libations, top entertainment, and up-to-date American fare.
Jonah Hill Gains Acting Kudos from Film Festival

Jonah Hill Gains Acting Kudos from Film Festival

"Saving Mr. Banks" John Lee Hancock to receive Creative Impact in Directing Award
Actor Jonah Hill's ability to move from comedic to serious roles will be recognized at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Gift Certificates For SilverRock Resort Make Holiday Shopping Easy!

Gift Certificates For SilverRock Resort Make Holiday Shopping Easy!

A trip to La Quinta’s SilverRock Resort is more than an outing on the award-winning Arnold Palmer Classic Course. It’s also golf instruction, luxury golf apparel and accessories in the golf shop or dining at the scenic SilverRock Grill.
Music Elevates Desert Experience at Desert Willow Golf Resort

Music Elevates Desert Experience at Desert Willow Golf Resort

Music and Dining Under the Stars Series offers live entertainment, sumptuous buffet
Music and Dining Under the Stars Series offers live entertainment, sumptuous buffet
Maria Rios Cooks Up One Hot Tamale for Indio Festival

Maria Rios Cooks Up One Hot Tamale for Indio Festival

Considered one of the top 10 food festivals, this is a foodies haven
Maria Rios of Maria's Authentic Tamales will be back to defend last year’s awards for Best Traditional Tamale and Best Overall at this year's Indio International Tamale Festival.
Santa Holds Court at Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade

Santa Holds Court at Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade

Mike Allen has been the parade's one and only Santa Claus
There’s a reason why Michael G. Allen remains the “official” Santa Claus for the Palm Springs Festival of Lights every year. At 6 foot, 2 inches and weighing 300 pounds, you would swear that you were looking at the old gent himself.
Tim Bruneau: The Message is In the Music

Tim Bruneau: The Message is In the Music

OperaArts, Steinway Society honor trio for musical contributions
Tim Bruneau lives and breaths music, and he has spread that message throughout the Coachella Valley, leading to being one of three honorees by Opera Arts and the Steinway Society of Riverside County.
Dengue Fever: New Album, New Record Label

Dengue Fever: New Album, New Record Label

Cambodian 60’s surf pop band stays true to its sound
Dengue Fever recently started its own record label, and will play tunes from the Dec. 3 release of "Girl From The North" Dec. 7 at Pappy & Harriet's.
Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine in Rancho Mirage

Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine in Rancho Mirage

Innovative Hawaiian Fusion, Warm Aloha Service
Roy Yamaguchi opened his first Roy's restaurant in Honolulu in 1988. Since he has expanded his culinary empire to 31 locations throughout the world and, lucky for us, one of those is right here in Rancho Mirage.
Jackalope Ranch - Savor the Southwest

Jackalope Ranch - Savor the Southwest

If you haven't experienced genuine ranch hospitality in the Coachella Valley, you haven’t been to Jackalope Ranch. Located on Highway 111 where La Quinta meets west Indio, it’s a destination unto itself.
Hog's Breath Inn La Quinta

Hog's Breath Inn La Quinta

Mission Style Meets Hollywood Glam in Old Town La Quinta
In 1999, when Clint Eastwood asked his good friend Kaiser Morcus to reopen the Original Hog — which the A-list actor-director-producer had owned for more than three decades in Carmel, Kaiser Restaurant Group jumped at the chance.
Chill Out

Chill Out

Explore the wintry wonders at Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
It’s easy to forget about snow while basking poolside in the mild desert climate. But frostier temperatures — and even snow — are just minutes away at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.
All That Glitters

All That Glitters

Go fashion-forward at holiday parties with trendy metallics, jewel tones, and mixed textures
Holiday festivities drive the desert’s casual mode up a notch. Dare to be seen about town, at friendly get-togethers, and the most lavish of parties, using best-dressed tips from those in the know.
Here’s to ’14

Here’s to ’14

Salute the old year and ring in the new, desert-style
Whether it’s retro chic or traditional dining and dancing you seek, make the last moments of 2013 memorable and usher in the new year with flair.
Ready  for Your Close-up

Ready for Your Close-up

Put your best face forward with customized makeup
Here’s a New Year’s resolution you can keep in style — new look, new makeup, new colors — without breaking a sweat.
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2014/15 Best of the Best

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