Things to Do This Weekend: Dolly Parton, Styx, SW Arts Festival

What's on your agenda? Here's our suggestions for Jan. 23-26

Dolly Parton opens her Blue Smoke World Tour Jan. 24 at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage.

Courtesy of Dolly Parton on Facebook


Ask the Rabbi

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 atypical Thursday night.

"The Act of Killing"

Joshua Oppenheimer (pictured at left) will talk about his Oscar-nominated film for Best Documentary after it screens at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at Cinemas Palme D'or. The film focuses on the elderly members of the Indonesian death squads and the crimes they committed when they were younger.

This festival is about women, by women and features documentaries running Jan. 25 at Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs. Read about one of them, ""Granny's Got Game" featuring a team of 70-plus-year-old women touring the country playing basketball.

Michael Dante

A character actor whose face is bound to make you say, "I know that guy," Dante played roles in westerns among 30 films and also made his mark on TV, including a role in "Star Trek" that continues to make him a popular guest at Trekkie Conventions. His personal memoir is out, and we talked to him about it in preparation for a dinner-book singing event Jan. 23 at Melvyn's in Palm Springs.

Southwest Arts Festival

Not too many of the artists come with a moniker, but Elliott Newton is known as the "potter of La Quinta", and you can see his distinctive pottery wares at the Empire Polo Grounds, Jan. 24-26. Watch our VIDEO to see him at work.

Oaxaca Art
Woodcarver Armando Jiménez and weaver Porfirio Gutiérrez will show their wares influenced by the founder of Cabot's Puebo Museum, Cabot Yerxa, Jan. 24-26 at the Desert Hot Springs museum.

Second Annual Pelican Days Festival

This 2-day event, Jan. 25-26, allows you to see more than 400 species of birds that call the Salton Sea State Recreation area home. Scheduled events include bird walks, birders tour, kayaking tours, kids chalk art contest, Jr. Rangers program and more.

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.

La Quinta Hot Rod & Custom Car Show
Cars are truly personal possessions. We even name them. Meet like-minded people Jan. 26 at La Quinta Community Park. Read our preview.

"The Pleasure of Your Company"

Sunnylands has been called the "Camp David of the West", and for good reason. Check out their new exhibit featuring items from five major social events at the Rancho Mirage locations. Watch our VIDEO to gain a sneak peek.

Dolly Parton

The Queen of Country music opens her Blue Smoke World Tour with a one-night only show Jan. 24 at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage. Listen for "Jolene", "Coat of Many Coors" and "I Will Always Love You".

The 1970s band originally from Chicago continues to rock with a Jan. 25 date at Pechanga Casino in Temecula. Styx has its hard-core fans, but with more than 100 tour dates a year, they have also attracted a new audience as well.

The Fabulous Follies
Maureen McGovern takes over as guest star. Watch our VIDEO as founder Riff Markowitz reflects on this Palm Springs institution's 23-year run.

The Copa Palm Springs
Check out the newest addition to the nightclub scene. Watch our VIDEO to gain a see what Copa is all about.

The Living Desert
The 30th annual Jazzoo concert series salutes Billy Eckstein's 100 birthday (pictured at right) by featuring his youngest child, Gina Eckstein. Performances are 3 and 5 p.m. Jan. 26 in Palm Desert.

Singing the Birds
Bird singing and dancing are an important part of the Native culture in California and Arizona. The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum-sponsored festival includes performers, an on-site exhibition, native crafts and food vendors Jan. 25 at Palm Springs High School gymnasium.

Improv Comedy Club

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino continues its Improv Comedy Series Jan. 24 with Stagebenders, Chipper Lowell and Kenny Kane.

The Venue Sushi Bar & Lounge
Owner Engin Onural is a step closer to becoming a Master Sushi Chef. Find out what that means in their food offerings.

Chili Cook-Off
Come sample some chili at The Palm Springs Women's Club's fourth annual event Jan. 25 with judging by several Palm Springs restaurant owners. Proceeds help make improvements to the Woman's Club clubhouse.

Teserra Outdoors Open House

There will be giveaways and Teserra's designers and product specialists will showcase samples of tile, finishes, plants, landscapes, and pool technology.

Volunteer Training at Joshua Tree National Park

There is no charge for the training, set for Jan. 24-26, and opportunities include Field Class Representatives, Extreme Hike Assistants, Lead Field Class Representatives, Lecture series Presenters, Social Media Correspondents, Catalog and Advertising Distribution.

Home Tour Benefits School
Tour the former artist colony of six homes in the historic Tennis Club area of Palm Springs Jan. 26. The homes were originally built between 1929 to 1937. Proceeds benefit Cielo Vista Charter School in Palm Springs.


Antoinio Orozco meets Miguel Angel Huerta in the main event Jan. 24 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio. The card also has East Los Angeles' Julian Ramirez against Florida veteran Derrick Wilson.

HITS Desert Circuit Horse Show
Watch competitive horse jumping Jan. 24-26 at the HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal.

For more events, visit our comprehensive calendar.


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