July 2013

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Nicki Bluhm Bridges the Gap Between Fashion, Music

Nicki Bluhm Bridges the Gap Between Fashion, Music

The Gap national ad campaign catapults Bluhm from the small indie stages
When Madison Avenue came calling in 2012 — by way of sportswear giant, The Gap — singer Nicki Bluhm went along for the ride and landed in a national ad campaign that took her from the stages of small indie venues to instant name recognition.
Anticon Weekend Continues 'Adventurous Music'  at Ace Hotel

Anticon Weekend Continues 'Adventurous Music' at Ace Hotel

Free weekend event features Daedelus, D33J, Low Limit, Baths and Sodapop
The Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs continues its summer pool-side run Aug. 2-4 featuring emerging artists under the Anticon record label: Daedelus, D33J, Low Limit, Baths and Sodapop.
Sara Petite Shares Her Tall Talent With a Captive Audience

Sara Petite Shares Her Tall Talent With a Captive Audience

The Americana and Bluegrass singer/songwriter has released her latest effort
Americana and Bluegrass singer/songwriter Sara Petite, set to play at Pappy & Harriet's Aug. 10, has released her latest effort, 'Circus Comes to Town'. It shines with songs like “Movin’ On”, “Barbwire” as well as its gorgeous title track.
Explore Palm Springs: Torney General Hospital

Explore Palm Springs: Torney General Hospital

El Mirador Hotel becomes Army medical facility during World War II
At the beginning of World War II, the Army purchased the El Mirador Hotel and converted it into a 1,600 bed medical facility.
Summer Fun Out of the Sun in Palm Springs

Summer Fun Out of the Sun in Palm Springs

Go-karts, bowling among sports that help drive people indoors to escape the heat
For 12 weeks, desert dwellers and visitors scurry into air-conditioned comfort and jockey for shaded parking spaces. But the summer heat doesn't mean you can't exercise your adventurous, sporty, or social side.
Detox, Cleansing Brings a Whole New You at La Quinta Retreat

Detox, Cleansing Brings a Whole New You at La Quinta Retreat

Jan Minter uses her wealth of experience to create a 5-day rejuvenation retreat
Jan Minter has taken her wealth of knowledge in the cleansing and spa business to create a 5-day rejuvenation retreat at a La Quinta bed and breakfast.
Marilyn Monroe Connection Leads to Entry in 'Look-A-Like' Contest

Marilyn Monroe Connection Leads to Entry in 'Look-A-Like' Contest

La Quinta's Bonnie Gilgallon says Monroe is the one who speaks to her.
La Quinta resident Bonnie Gilgallon plans to enter the “Forever Marilyn Look-A-Like Contest” Aug. 1 in Palm Springs, saying the movie icon resonates with her.
La Quinta Resident's Fight Against Cancer Takes on New Meaning

La Quinta Resident's Fight Against Cancer Takes on New Meaning

Azul Tapas Lounge hosts cancer benefit in true Palm Springs style
Like the fight La Quinta resident Chris Hermann has taken on against cancer, the July 27 fundraising event at Azul in Palm Springs will accomplish the same with a little more flair.
Palm Springs Dancer Catches Attention of FOX TV Judges

Palm Springs Dancer Catches Attention of FOX TV Judges

At 6-foot-4, Josh King is hard to miss, and his ballet background serves him well
Palm Springs native Josh King caught the attention of the judges during auditions for the hit Fox TV show, “So You Think You Can Dance”, by standing out in the crowd. Literally.
Weekender: Palm Springs Blood Drive, Sara Evans, Sara Petite

Weekender: Palm Springs Blood Drive, Sara Evans, Sara Petite

What's on your agenda? Here's our suggestions for July 25-28
Weekender 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 Art Museum Gains Prominent Role in 'Hidden Away'

Palm Springs Art Museum Gains Prominent Role in 'Hidden Away'

Lifetime Channel movie shot in Palm Springs will premiere July 27
The Palm Springs Art Museum is just one location that Coachella Valley residents will recognize when the movie, 'Hidden Away', premieres at 8 p.m. July 27 on the Lifetime Channel.
'Forever Marilyn' Extends Stay in Palm Springs Until November

'Forever Marilyn' Extends Stay in Palm Springs Until November

Palm Springs, The Sculpture Foundation work out new extension
The iconic 'Forever Marilyn' sculpture in downtown Palm Springs will be around until mid-November after the city received another extension from The Sculpture Foundation.
Mario's Offers Plenty of Italian Food Options

Mario's Offers Plenty of Italian Food Options

Palm Desert location sets itself apart from family chain of restaurants
Mario’s Italian Café has locations in cities throughout the Coachella Valley. But if you thought all of those restaurants were created equal, you’re in for a surprise when you dine at the newest incarnation just down the road from the Westfield Palm Desert mall.
Existing House Prices Rise $140,000 in Coachella Valley

Existing House Prices Rise $140,000 in Coachella Valley

Price tags of single-family homes are $481,000 compared to $341,000 last year
An existing home in the Coachella Valley is worth $140,000 more than it was a year ago in the same month, according to the California Desert Association of Realtors.
Body Parts Scores a Pair of Firsts With Ace Hotel Appearance

Body Parts Scores a Pair of Firsts With Ace Hotel Appearance

Indie band makes its inaugural Palm Springs showing, debuts new single
Indie dance band Body Parts makes its first appearance in the desert July 27 just days after the debut of its first single at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club's 'Summer School' in Palm Springs.
Explore Palm Springs: Bob Hope House

Explore Palm Springs: Bob Hope House

Fourty years ago, fire guts partially completed structure of famous couple
During construction of the iconic home for Bob and Delores Hope, an accident led to a fire that gutted the partially completed structure on July 24, 1973.
Take a Dive into Palm Springs Pool Culture

Take a Dive into Palm Springs Pool Culture

Splash House is the newest desert indulgence with 3 hotels and hot DJs
Splash House is a two-day music and swim-culture festival features three simultaneous pool parties and cutting-edge music at the Curve, the Saguaro, and Caliente Tropics hotels.
Idyllwild Students Chased by Fire Cool off by Palm Springs Pool

Idyllwild Students Chased by Fire Cool off by Palm Springs Pool

Palm Springs couple open their home up to Idyllwild Arts Summer program participants
Palm Springs residents Michael Slocum and Jeff Dvorak hosted a group of Idyllwild Arts Summer Program students and counselors evacuated due to the Mountain Fire.
Omni Rancho Las Palmas Suites Receive Makeover

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Suites Receive Makeover

HGTV Star finalists employ mid-century modern touches to Rancho Mirage property
HGTV Star winning designer Tiffany Brooks created a playful Palm Springs resort vibe in the Agave Suite of the Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage.
Omni Rancho Las Palmas Debuts New Suites on HGTV Star Finale

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Debuts New Suites on HGTV Star Finale

Each suite showcases the designers’ interpretation of mid-century modern design
The debut of three new grand suites at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage come courtesy of the season finale of the HGTV Star series.
Chef Alejandra Schrader Shares Summer Salad Recipe

Chef Alejandra Schrader Shares Summer Salad Recipe

Refreshing and hydrating for those hot summer evenings
Chef Alejandra Schrader, who participated in Food & Wine Palm Desert in March, is back to lighten your summer and provide readers with an inviting summer salad.
Weekender: Desert AIDS Benefit, Lonestar, Mixed Martial Arts

Weekender: Desert AIDS Benefit, Lonestar, Mixed Martial Arts

What's on your agenda? Here's our suggestions for July 18-21
Weekender 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.
The Cha Cha Podcast: Jeff the Brotherhood, Yogurt, Lovelace

The Cha Cha Podcast: Jeff the Brotherhood, Yogurt, Lovelace

Desert Guide Editor Ebony March, writer Nick Marcucci share their favorite happenings
Desert Guide Editor Ebony March and contributing writer Nick Marcucci discuss their favorite happenings and places in the Coachella Valley. We call their dance … The Cha Cha.
CV Studios Entertainment Intent on Bringing Hollywood to Palm Springs

CV Studios Entertainment Intent on Bringing Hollywood to Palm Springs

Want to grow Coachella Valley area into a hub of movie, TV and Internet production
CV Studios Entertainment is bringing back 'Hollywood in the desert' with the goal of building a comparable production facility in the Palm Springs area.
Elmer's Gives Us a Reason to Make Breakfast a Priority

Elmer's Gives Us a Reason to Make Breakfast a Priority

South Palm Springs location may be part of chain, but it acts like a local place
Not everyone agrees that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But that clearly doesn’t matter to the daily crowd of people enjoying every imaginable breakfast option at Elmer’s Restaurant in South Palm Springs.
Mixed Martial Arts Event Has Local Flavor

Mixed Martial Arts Event Has Local Flavor

Coachella Valley competitors bring some 'home cooking' for fans to check out
The July 20 Mixed Martial Arts Up and Comers event will debut Coachella Valley contenders hoping to attract national attention, including Everett Cummings, Steven Stryker, Jason Gonzales, and Jaime Sierra.
Art Exhibit Pays Tribute to Passing of Donald Lloyd Smith

Art Exhibit Pays Tribute to Passing of Donald Lloyd Smith

Fans of his paintings have chance to own one of his works, and others can say goodbye
A July 20 exhibition of the late Palm Springs artist and interior designer Donald Lloyd Smith at Highest Form Gallery marks the one year anniversary of his passing.
Desert Theatreworks Hopes to Put a Little Sizzle in Summer

Desert Theatreworks Hopes to Put a Little Sizzle in Summer

'Friday Night Lights' writer Bridget Carpenter brings 'Up' to premiere first
Brand new to the Coachella Valley, Desert Theatreworks presents the premier of its first production, “Up”, July 19, from 'Friday Night Lights' writer Bridget Carpenter.
'Blast Magic' Will Look Familiar to Fantasy Springs Fans

'Blast Magic' Will Look Familiar to Fantasy Springs Fans

Indio resort takes on look of Vegas strip hotel for Syfy Channel movie
What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Not always. The movie, Blast Vegas, starring Barry Bostwick and Frankie Muniz July 18 on the Syfy Channel, was actually shot last year at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio.
Explore Palm Springs: Palm Springs Library

Explore Palm Springs: Palm Springs Library

George Wellwood Murray deeds the Murray Memorial corner to the new city
On the day after Palm Springs became incorporated, George Welwood Murray deeded the Murray Memorial corner to the city for the library's new home.
DJ Kimberly S, Desert AIDS Project Benefit Cranks up the Volume

DJ Kimberly S, Desert AIDS Project Benefit Cranks up the Volume

Neon attire, artistic light show create multi-media experience for attendees
The combination of DJ Kimberly S and the Mid Summer Dance Party has raised the bar on the sixth annual desert pool event to benefit Desert AIDS Project.
Leon Panetta, Karl Rove Head Desert Town Hall Speaker List

Leon Panetta, Karl Rove Head Desert Town Hall Speaker List

Speaker series also includes Ling sisters and Dr. Ben Carson
The Desert Town Hall speaker series continues its tradition of bringing world leaders and other notables to the desert.
Idyllwild Festival Helps Lemon Lily Population Rebound

Idyllwild Festival Helps Lemon Lily Population Rebound

Mountainous plant was once on the verge of extinction, but grows wild again
The fourth annual Lemon Lily Festival in Idyllwild has helped bring attention to the survival of the mountainous plant, along with other environmental topics important to the Coachella Valley region.
Speed Dating Helps Break the Ice in Palm Springs Area

Speed Dating Helps Break the Ice in Palm Springs Area

There are plenty of adult playdates to be had in the desert
The desert communities, with their distinctive blend of silver foxes, chic 30somethings, and cool young things, have set a new standard for adult playdates that just doesn’t exist in larger markets like New York and L.A.
Weekender: Smokey Robinson, Lemon Lily Festival, Amateur Boxing

Weekender: Smokey Robinson, Lemon Lily Festival, Amateur Boxing

What's on your agenda? Here's our suggestions for July 11-14
Weekender 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.
'Pippin' Closes Season at Palm Canyon Theatre

'Pippin' Closes Season at Palm Canyon Theatre

Palm Springs theatre keeps its lights on during summer when others go dim
While many Coachella Valley community theatres go dark during the summer, the light is still on at Palm Canyon Theatre in Palm Springs.
Southern California Theme Parks Are Calling This Summer

Southern California Theme Parks Are Calling This Summer

Find out what are the new rides, family fun and entertainment venues
If you’re looking for a way to beat the desert heat this summer, the handful of theme parks within driving distance might be calling your name.
Rancho Mirage Ranked Among Top Retirement Hot Spots

Rancho Mirage Ranked Among Top Retirement Hot Spots

Based on the annual percent change in home prices as of May
Rancho Mirage is expected to be an area of growth in the housing market over the next 15 years after being picked as one of the '15 Best Retirement Hot Spots for Real Estate Investing' by RealtyTrac.
Miramonte Resort Offers Spacious Suite Rich With Luxury

Miramonte Resort Offers Spacious Suite Rich With Luxury

Presidential Suite is perfect for visitors seeking that ultimate stay to a getaway for locals
The Miramonte Resort and Spa offers its 1,000 square foot-plus Presidential Suite as a getaway choice for visitors looking for that hotel room that can enhance their trip to the desert to local residents seeking luxurious pampering.
La Bella Cucina Trattoria Builds Menu From Scratch

La Bella Cucina Trattoria Builds Menu From Scratch

Chef Tony Riccio and wife Elena bring recipes alive from the Old Country
At La Bella Cucina Trattoria in Palm Desert, they really do take homemade to new heights by making everything from scratch to recipes with a rich family heritage.
Coachella Valley Offers Helping Hand With Domestic Tasks

Coachella Valley Offers Helping Hand With Domestic Tasks

Make those household responsibilities your charm, not your chain
Several Coachella Valley businesses have developed a formula for removing the obligatory nature from domestic tasks, offering residents and seasonal visitors a chance to undertake household duties with new vigor and chic resources.
That's a Wrap! Spa Esmeralda Process Slims the Body

That's a Wrap! Spa Esmeralda Process Slims the Body

Tension bandages soaked in burdock root and jade part of detox process
'The Jadience Compression Wrap' at Spa Esmeralda in Indian Wells literally surrounds you,leaving you feeling slimmer and refreshed.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Receives Top 5 World Ranking

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Receives Top 5 World Ranking

Area's top attraction adds another 2013 accolade from Virtual Tourist website
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, fresh from setting customer attendance records in March, has been chosen one of the top five aerial trams in the world, according to readership input to Virtual Tourist website.
Palm Springs Architecture Made in the Shade

Palm Springs Architecture Made in the Shade

Homes created their own "cool" before air-conditioning became popular
Palm Springs' plucky 1950s A-Frame 'Swiss Miss' houses were an idiosyncratic nod to cozy chalets in the faraway Alps or Aspen.
Palm Springs Starts 'Forever Marilyn' Send-off With Look-Alike Contest

Palm Springs Starts 'Forever Marilyn' Send-off With Look-Alike Contest

Five categories give everyone a chance to dress, perform like the late sultry actress
The “Forever Marilyn” statue may be leaving in September, but Palm Springs is not about to let go without a proper send-off with a “Forever Marilyn Look-A-Like Contest” Aug. 1.
Palm Springs Teachers Infuses Young Audience With 'Opera Power'

Palm Springs Teachers Infuses Young Audience With 'Opera Power'

Andy Eisenmann exposes students to art form by showing all of its glory
Every June, Andy Eisenmann takes personal leave from his teaching duties in Palm Springs to give students across the school district a chance to experience opera music.
'Project Runway' Designer Fashions Native American Look

'Project Runway' Designer Fashions Native American Look

Idyllwild show reflects 10 designers' personal heritage, culture
Patricia Michaels, a runner-up finisher from Season 11 of 'Project Runway', will be among 10 Native American designers who will showcase their fashions during the Native American Fashion Show July 5 at Idyllwild Arts Foundation Theatre.
Weekender: Fourth of July, Idyllwild Fashion Show, KC and the Sunshine Band

Weekender: Fourth of July, Idyllwild Fashion Show, KC and the Sunshine Band

What's on your agenda? Here's our suggestions for July 4-7
Weekender 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.
Karma Connects Coachella Valley Artists to LGBT Food Bank

Karma Connects Coachella Valley Artists to LGBT Food Bank

Highest Form Art Gallery exhibit benefits NestEggg, showcases local talent
Six Coachella Valley artists will be showcased July 5 at Highest Form Gallery in Palm Springs to benefit the NestEggg, the food bank operated by the LGBT Community Center of the Desert.
Café Europa Incorporates French Influence into Menu

Café Europa Incorporates French Influence into Menu

Owner Mike Stoltz spends part of each year living in the south of France
Café Europa owner Mike Stoltz spends part of each year living in the south of France, and returns to the desert with a bevy of new menu ideas.
July Record Releases Have Strange Ties to Palm Springs Area

July Record Releases Have Strange Ties to Palm Springs Area

Mother Hips will make return visit to Pappy & Harriet's in September
Meet the band branded for the Coachella Valley. Desert Stars debuts its LP, 'Habit Shackles', among the highights for July music releases.
Castelli's: A Quarter Century of Italian Greatness

Castelli's: A Quarter Century of Italian Greatness

Family, consistency keep Palm Desert restaurant among customers' favorites
Family ownership and delicious food is the secret to longevity at Castelli's Ristorante in Palm Desert.
Palm Springs Designer Helps Aging Stay in the Home

Palm Springs Designer Helps Aging Stay in the Home

Michael A. Thomas melds beauty and function with 'aging in place' homes
Michael A. Thomas is a Palm Springs interior designer with a special interest in creating live and work environments to sustain the quality of life.
10 Essential Elements to Aging in Place

10 Essential Elements to Aging in Place

Creating spaces that are fully functional with high-quality design
Palm Springs designer Michael A. Thomas says creating spaces that are fully functional but that also incorporate high-quality design is easier than it sounds.
Jim Gaffigan Picks a 'Hot Pocket' for Comedy

Jim Gaffigan Picks a 'Hot Pocket' for Comedy

Observational style of humor pokes fun at everyday living
Known for his hilarious takes on food, comedian Jim Gaffigan brings his “The White Bread Tour” July 5 to Pechanga Casino in Temecula.
Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son

David Wambaugh has a recognizable last name, and a book that's nothing like Dad's
With such a lofty family name to carry, David Wambaugh is making a name in his own right with the release of a personal memoir, 'The Last Call'.
Bust a MOVE: Dance Competition Crowns National Champions

Bust a MOVE: Dance Competition Crowns National Champions

Youth dancers vie for individual, group honors across four age divisions
More than 300 competitive dancers will compete in 40 groups at the MOVE 2013 National Finals, July 5-10, at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
Explore Palm Springs: Chamberlin Building

Explore Palm Springs: Chamberlin Building

Site is now a collection of charming downtown antique stores and salons
During its 75th anniversary year, we invite you to Explore Palm Springs, and get to know the city through interesting historical highlights to be posted on a bi-monthly basis.
Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert™ 2013 Chefs - Maria Schmidt

Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert™ 2013 Chefs - Maria Schmidt

Executive Chef, Tinto at The Saguaro Palm Springs
Maria Schmidt - Executive Chef, Tinto. In This Video - Maria Schmidt, prepares diver scallops filet with braised swiss chard, grits, with green apple demi dressed green apple salad.
 Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert™ 2013 Chefs - Andrew Copley

Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert™ 2013 Chefs - Andrew Copley

Executive Chef/Owner Copley's on Palm Canyon
Executive Chef/Owner Copley's on Palm Canyon, Andrew Copley prepares prepares a summer barbecue menu of filet of beef and mixed green salad at Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert 2013
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