Things to Do This Weekend: John Ondrasik, Jeff Dunham, Modernism Week

What's on your agenda? Here's our suggestions for Feb. 20-23



Comedian Jeff Dunham brings Achmed and the rest of his friends Feb. 22 to Agua Caliente Resort Casino.

Photo Courtesy of Jeff Dunham website

 

MODERNISM WEEK
Frey House II

In case you missed the opportunity to see this desert gem, we've got a VIDEO tour with great narration from Sidney Williams.

Snow Creek Home
See this John Lautner inspired home north of Palm Springs and hear from its owner, Bill Dailey, in our VIDEO tour.

Vintage Travel Trailer Show
This is a fun tour of some amazing trailers that have been maintained or restored and a chance to talk to the owners. They will be parked behind the Palm Springs Hilton from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Feb. 22-23.

FILM
"Broken Circle Breakdown"

This Belgium film continues to draw accolades, including a successful run at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Hear from the Oscar-nominated film's lead actress Veerle Baetens and director Felix Van Groentingen following a 6:30 p.m. screening Feb. 21 at Cinemas Palme D'or in Palm Desert.

"Omar"
This Oscar-nominated film from Palestine will screen at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 and follow with a Q&A with director Hany Abu-Assad at Cinemas Palme D'or in Palm Desert.

"My Kid Could Paint That"
Another in a series of documentary films presented by the city of Palm Desert, this one spotlights the rise of artist Marla Olmstead at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 at the University of California Riverside Palm Desert campus. Featured speaker is Suzanne Houck, a certified appraiser of arts and antiques.

"Southern Baptist Sissies"
Director Del Shores (Sordid Lives) brings back this film after is showed during the Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival last fall. The film was actually shot before a live audience. Cast members will be in attendance for the 7:30 p.m. screening Feb. 21 at Camelot Theatres. Watch and Listen to Del Shores.

FAIRS
Ask the Rabbi - Palm Springs Street Fair

If you have ever walked Palm Canyon Drive during this weekly Thursday night street fair, perhaps you've seen the small table and sign that prompts, Ask the Rabbi. Rabbi Yonason Denebeim has been answering questions for more than 25 years. Watch our VIDEO to see a day-in-the-life of Rabbi Denebeim on a typical Thursday night.

College of the Desert
Not to be outdone, College of the Desert's Palm Desert campus is the site of its own Street Fair from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through May.

ART
Artwalk in Indian Wells

Palm Desert's Joanne Casey is the featured artist for the Artwalk in Indian Wells, Feb. 22-23, recognizing not only her painting talents but her 40-year career in the industry. Read our profile.

Donald Cravens: Witness to History
His collection of historically significant photos are on display through Feb. 27 at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert.

Recline/Design
The beauty and eccentricity of chair design is posited in the context of artworks that explore the human figure at rest starting Feb. 20 and running through June 8 at the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert.

"Inner Landscape"
Aida Schneider will show her latest collection of oil stick (example of her work at right) on board paintings running Feb. 20-28 at Desert Art Collection & Sculpture Garden in Palm Desert.

"LA n CV"
This survey show of Los Angeles area artists include painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, drawing, video and performance runs through Feb. 28 at the Coachella Valley set Center in Indio.

CAR BUFFS
Kick the Tires

McCormick's Classic Car Auction features more than 500 classic and exotic vicars raining in price from $2,000 to $200,000. Free admission Feb. 21, $15 per person Feb. 22-23 at the Spa Resort Casino parking lot in downtown Palm Springs.

TRIP BACK IN TIME
Cabot's Pueblo Museum

Set in Desert Hot Springs, this architectural masterpiece shows the painstaking efforts by Cabot Yerxa. Roam 5,000 square feet, 35 rooms, 150 windows, 65 doors. Gain a sneak peek with our VIDEO.

SOCIAL SET
"The Pleasure of Your Company"

President Barack Obama is coming back to Sunnylands late next week. Called the "Camp David of the West", check out Sunnylands' new exhibit featuring items from five major social events at the Rancho Mirage location. Watch our VIDEO to gain a sneak peek.

LIVE MUSIC
Five for Fighting

Singer John Ondrasik actually thought of the name of the band after attending a Los Angeles Kings hockey game. Read our Q&A, and see FFF play Feb. 21 at the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival.

Call Me "Miss Kitty"
As part of Black History Month, Suzanne Nichols performs as the late singer in a play written and directed by Sharon L. Graine at 4 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Tolerance Education  Center in Rancho Mirage.

Chita Rivera
Say 'Happy Birthday' to Rivera (at left), who is turning 80 and watch her recreate signature moments from "West Side Story", "Chicago" and "Sweet Charity" among others at 8 p.m. Feb. 21 at McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert.

The Fabulous Follies
Guest star Maureen McGovern sounds terrific singing "The Morning After". Watch our VIDEO as founder Riff Markowitz reflects on this Palm Springs institution's 23-year run.

The Copa Palm Springs
Spencer Day is an up and coming jazz singer and musician who performs Feb. 20-22 at the Copa Palm Springs. Read our profile of him. Watch our VIDEO to gain a sneak peek of this latest nightclub entry.

Roberta Flack
Who doesn't still sing along with "Killing Me Softly"? The Grammy winner delivers the goods in a performance Feb. 22 at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert.

Wayne Newton
He has performed more than 30,000 solo shows in Las Vegas. After performing for Barbara Sinatra Feb. 22, Newton takes the stage Feb. 23 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.

Peter Gallagher
The actor, musician and writer performs at the Palm Springs Art Museum's Annenberg Theater Feb. 22 in Palm Springs. He has been recognized for his work on stage, on film and TV.

MAKE ME LAUGH
Jeff Dunham & Friends

Here is the guy who brought ventriloquism back on stage with one liners and zingers that will keep you laughing Feb. 22 at Agua Caliente Resort Casino in Rancho Mirage.

SPOOKS AND GOBLINS
Cemetery Tour

Costumed guides will take you on a one-hour tour of the Coachella Valley Public Cemetery by lantern light. Tours are at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. starting from the Coachella Valley History Museum in Coachella.

EATS
Tonga Hut Palm Springs

Tiki is back and in a big way in downtown Palm Springs. Take in the view from the second floor location. Watch our VIDEO tour.

Morgan's in the desert
Chef Jimmy Schmidt (pictured at right) prepares amazing dinner and wine pairings with the next one slated for Feb. 28. Read to find out why he's pushing Wagyu beef.

Chili Cookoff
Professional and home cooks compete for prizes along with games, entertainment and silent auction to raise funds for Food Now food bank Feb. 22 at Cabot's Pueblo Museum in Desert Hot Springs.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational

The 26th annual golf invitational, Feb. 20-23, led by Barbara Sinatra includes time on the links, a Black Tie Gala Reception and Dinner with Wayne Newton entertaining and an open house at the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center.

Men of the Desert Fashion Show
Have a nice lunch, fashion show and live auction to benefit Animal Samaritans SPCA Feb. 22 at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells.

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