May 2013

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Portugal. The Man. Leads June Music Releases

Portugal. The Man. Leads June Music Releases

Summer kicks off with electrifying sounds from new loves and local favorites
Summertime is known for its anthems and soundtracks.From hometown heroes and old favorites, to new releases, upgrade your iPod and favorite playlists with my recommendations of June’s hottest releases.
Scotty McCreery's Uniqueness Develops Early

Scotty McCreery's Uniqueness Develops Early

American Idol Season 10 winner's music influenced by Elvis
Former American Idol Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery arrives June 1 to perform at Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella as part of his Weekend Road Trip 2013 Tour – his first as a headliner.
Coachella 2014 Tickets Are On Sale

Coachella 2014 Tickets Are On Sale

Purchase your passes early for the desert's premier music fest
Coachella Music and Arts Festival may have ended just one month ago, but tickets for next year's event are already on sale.
Hangover 3 Means Goodbye to The Wolfpack

Hangover 3 Means Goodbye to The Wolfpack

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me three times? I smell a franchise…
The Hangover 3 is the final hurrah for the Wolfpack. Strap on your seatbelts, ladies and gentlemen; it’s going to be a bumpy night.
Fundamentals Anchor Marriott Golf Academy in Palm Desert

Fundamentals Anchor Marriott Golf Academy in Palm Desert

Ellis helps usher in change at Shadow Ridge Golf Club after Faldo exit
Shadow Ridge Golf Club recently rebranded with a new name, new promotional materials and a new logo that represents the three phases of the golf swing.
"Pearl Harbor" Movie Plane to Drop Memorial Day Carnations

"Pearl Harbor" Movie Plane to Drop Memorial Day Carnations

Palm Springs Air Museum pays tribute to veterans with 15th annual event
One of the B-25 Bombers used to recreate the air raid on Japan in the movie, Pearl Harbor, will fly over the Palm Springs Air Museum May 27 and release 3,000 carnations.
Inaugural AMFM Fest to Honor Viggo Mortensen

Inaugural AMFM Fest to Honor Viggo Mortensen

Cathedral City will play host to 4-day event mixing art, music and films
Film actor Viggo Mortensen and celebrities like Ed Asner and Michael Madsen, plus Joshua Tree band Gram Rabbit will headline the AMFM Fest, which mixes art, music and film June 13-16 in Cathedral City.
What's in a Name? The D Resort Wants to be Memorable

What's in a Name? The D Resort Wants to be Memorable

Boutique hotel has already generated buzz with its Bellagio beds
The D Resort occupies a spot on North Palm Canyon in Palm Springs that has housed several previous tenants, and the hope is this one is here to stay.
The Sights and the Sounds of Liberace

The Sights and the Sounds of Liberace

Michael Douglas lands on "Behind the Candelabra’s" soundtrack
Elektra Records has released "Behind the Candelabra – Music From the HBO Original Film". Fans, as well as casual listeners, will be able to hear Liberace’s talented fingers tickle the ivories.
Weekender: Greg Allman, Steve Miller Band, Liberace

Weekender: Greg Allman, Steve Miller Band, Liberace

What's on your agenda? Here's our suggestions for May 23-27
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.
Agua Caliente Pool Becomes Oasis Nightclub

Agua Caliente Pool Becomes Oasis Nightclub

Caliente Pool Party captures the essence of summer fun
Bringing the club vibe outside, the Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa sets the scene with an elevated stage, strobe lights, hip music and misted rental cabanas.
Virgin Vegan: What Newcomers Should Order

Virgin Vegan: What Newcomers Should Order

Palm Greens Café, Native Foods Café give their recommendations
Our restaurant writer played the part of a vegan virgin and asked employees at Palm Greens Café and Native Foods Café what vegan dishes they would recommend to a newcomer.
No Identity Crisis for The Guess Who

No Identity Crisis for The Guess Who

The Guess Who may have gotten their name from a record company ploy, but the native Canadian group wound up producing 14 top 40 singles including "American Woman".
Steve Miller Band Keeps Flying Like an Eagle

Steve Miller Band Keeps Flying Like an Eagle

Steve Miller’s dinner guests as a child in Milwaukee, Wis., would be legendary guitarist Les Paul. After moving to Texas at age 7, Miller formed his first band at age 12 with friend Boz Scaggs.
'Becoming Traviata' Strips Opera of its Pageantry

'Becoming Traviata' Strips Opera of its Pageantry

The documentary nods to the heyday of cinéma vérité, the French new wave
If any clear conclusion of Becoming Traviata can be drawn, it’s that the production nods to the heyday of cinéma vérité and the French new wave, when greats like Godard, Antonioni, and François Truffaut turned their films into curious mirrors and introduced the world to new faces and new places.
Spa at Saguaro Puts the Blushing Next to Bride

Spa at Saguaro Puts the Blushing Next to Bride

Intraceuticals treatments give immediate rejuvenation, and beyond
The Spa at Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs offers Intraceuticals, which is great for the desert climate in hydrating and replenishing the skin.
Staycation in Palm Springs: 10 Places to Spend Your Memorial Day Weekend

Staycation in Palm Springs: 10 Places to Spend Your Memorial Day Weekend

Pay tribute to Liberace, rent a cool getaway or visit a military museum
Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching, and there is plenty to do around the Palm Springs area to save you some gas and still have a great time.
Cool Confines, Warm Welcome at Desert Ice Castle

Cool Confines, Warm Welcome at Desert Ice Castle

When the temps hit triple digits, cool off with skating, hockey for entire family
Since opening its doors in 2011, Desert Ice Castle in Cathedral City has enjoyed a regular rise of participants taking advantage of the only rink within an 80-minute drive of the desert.
Women Business Leaders: Dream, Teamwork, Passion

Women Business Leaders: Dream, Teamwork, Passion

Three Women in Business award winners share their backgrounds, inspirations
Three women shared their backgrounds and inspirations during the inaugural Women in Business awards program put on by Palm Springs Life on May 14 at the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs in Palm Desert.
Valery Neuman Shares Tenets of Success

Valery Neuman Shares Tenets of Success

Women in Business keynote speaker talks of being a survivor, seizing control of her life
Valery Neuman is one of the Coachella Valley’s most successful high-end real estate professionals, closing in excess of $1 billion.
Jamie Gwen - Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert  2013

Jamie Gwen - Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert 2013

Celebrity Chef, Certified Sommelier, Lifestyle Expert, Author
Jamie Gwen prepares Buttermilk Pancake, Rootbeer Glazed Puled Pork Sliders with Jack's Up Maple Syrup at Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert 2013
American Tejay van Garderen Claims 2nd of Amgen Tour in Palm Springs

American Tejay van Garderen Claims 2nd of Amgen Tour in Palm Springs

American cyclist Tejay van Garderen garnered a runner-up finish during Stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California, a 124-mile bike race featuring more than 100 cyclists that finished with a climb up Tram Road in Palm Springs
Martin Yan - Food & Wine Palm Desert  2013

Martin Yan - Food & Wine Palm Desert 2013

Martin Yan's China, Certified Master Chef, Restaurateur
Chef Yan demonstrates knife skills and food preparation while cooking while cooking Black Bean Flavored Chicken Stir Fry at Food & Wine Palm Desert 2013
Weekender: Tony Bennett, Huey Lewis, Joshua Tree Music Festival

Weekender: Tony Bennett, Huey Lewis, Joshua Tree Music Festival

What's on your agenda? Here's our suggestions for May 16-19
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.
10 Reasons to See Smile Empty Soul

10 Reasons to See Smile Empty Soul

The Date Shed’s Friday night lineup is the gift that keeps giving
Smile Empty Soul is on The Date Shed’s Friday night lineup with Drop the World and Deadend Paradox. It just doesn’t get any better than that.
La Quinta Arts Festival Shatters Attendance, Sales Records

La Quinta Arts Festival Shatters Attendance, Sales Records

More than 25,000 people bought $2.8 million in art sales for 2013
More than 25,000 people attended the 2013 La Quinta Arts Festival to push art sales to a record high of $2.8 million, up from $2.5 million in 2012.
Wasabi of Palm Springs is on a 'Roll'

Wasabi of Palm Springs is on a 'Roll'

Names peak your interest; flavors bring you back
So as we settled in to a cozy table at Wasabi in Palm Springs, our eyes were immediately drawn to a large selection of rolls with monikers such as Sexy Lady, Monster, and Japanese Burrito.
Film Noir Festival Brings Black and White Classics to Life

Film Noir Festival Brings Black and White Classics to Life

Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival gives cinephiles every chance to immerse themselves in the dirty deeds of characters.
Al Jolson Bought Same Palm Springs House Twice

Al Jolson Bought Same Palm Springs House Twice

Sun City resident helps keep the late entertainer's legacy alive
Singer and actor Al Jolson lived in the Movie Colony area of Palm Springs not once, but twice and in the same house.
Dr. Joyce Brothers, Dead at Age 85

Dr. Joyce Brothers, Dead at Age 85

Before Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz, there was Dr. Joyce
Dr. Joyce Brothers, who died Monday at age 85, was known for making “pop psychology” a new way to help the masses.
Huey Lewis Tour Marks 30th Year of 'Sports'

Huey Lewis Tour Marks 30th Year of 'Sports'

Huey Lewis and the News come to the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa May 17 the same week a special commemorative issue of "Sports" is released celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Joshua Tree Turns Up the Volume

Joshua Tree Turns Up the Volume

The sounds of the desert just got a little bit wilder
Folks are lured in by Joshua Tree National Park's picturesque landscapes and the lore of the desert.But in May and October, the pull will be akin to a siren’s song when the Joshua Tree Music Festival gets underway.
Tony Bennett: The Name Stays With You

Tony Bennett: The Name Stays With You

It was Palm Springs' Bob Hope who gave Tony Bennett his name, and from there the singer has done the rest. Even at the age of 86, his signature voice is a testament to his enduring popularity.
Sally Kellerman Stays True to Her Singing

Sally Kellerman Stays True to Her Singing

Best known for her work in M*A*S*H, the sultry starlet is also an accomplished vocalist
After appearing in more than 60 films, including the one which put her on the map, M*A*S*H, Sally Kellerman talks about how she managed to keep her singing career in the mix.
Palm Springs Steel Home Gains New Owners Bent on Restoration

Palm Springs Steel Home Gains New Owners Bent on Restoration

Architect Don Wexler's pre-fabricated models were part of 1960s tract housing
The last of the seven prefab Steel Homes in the historic Racquet Club Estates of North Palm Springs has been recently purchased with the intent of restoring the home to its original condition.
Concert for Autism Rocks Saturday at The Hood Bar

Concert for Autism Rocks Saturday at The Hood Bar

Proceeds benefit children, families who fight neurological disorder
The Agents, Blasting Echo, Waxy, Johnny Elsewhere, and more will perform Saturday at the Concert for Autism at The Hood Bar and Pizza in Palm Desert.
Costa Leads LGBT Center's Move to More Inclusive

Costa Leads LGBT Center's Move to More Inclusive

Seeks community center where people can network, connect, and engage
Palm Springs resident Gary Costa, who was recently hired as executive director of the LGBT Community Center of the Desert, looks forward to taking the organization from its senior-only roots to a full-fledged resource center.
Rafael Nadal's Words Speak Volumes About La Quinta Resort & Spa

Rafael Nadal's Words Speak Volumes About La Quinta Resort & Spa

Luxury Travel Magazine ranks resort No. 1 quoting accolades from world-ranked player
In naming the La Quinta Resort & Club this month the No. 1 tennis resort in the United States, Luxury Travel Magazine picked up on pro Rafael Nadal's affinity for the desert hideaway.
Weekender: Penn and Teller, Amgen Tour of California, Cyndi Lauper

Weekender: Penn and Teller, Amgen Tour of California, Cyndi Lauper

What's on your agenda? Here's our suggestions for May 9-12
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.
Amgen Tour Riders Will Climb Final Leg of Palm Springs Stage

Amgen Tour Riders Will Climb Final Leg of Palm Springs Stage

Ascent up Tram Way will give riders tough road to finish line
The Amgen, recognized as one of the nation’s premier cycling events, is set to tear through part of the Coachella Valley May 13 with with an exhaustive final climb up Tram Way awaiting riders.
Shia LaBeouf Makes a Play for the Director’s Chair

Shia LaBeouf Makes a Play for the Director’s Chair

The star of the Transformers series dazzles with a clip for “Haunted Love”
Shia LeBeouf's controversial latest effort will put to rest a lot of the “what’s-next-for-him” chatter and shine the spotlight on his other talents with “Haunted Love”, a gory, but fascinating glimpse into the spiraling chasm of abuse.
Chefs Collaborative Book Promotes Cooking Foods in Season

Chefs Collaborative Book Promotes Cooking Foods in Season

Morgan's in the desert Executive Chef Jimmy Schmidt contributes recipe
Jimmy Schmidt, executive chef of La Quinta’s Morgan’s in the desert, was one of the original founders of The Chefs Collaborative and their philosophy to cook the foods in season and follow the seasons throughout the year.
Amgen Tour Includes Palm Springs Stop

Amgen Tour Includes Palm Springs Stop

The 750-mile Amgen Tour of California, which runs eight days and follows a route from Escondido to Santa Rosa, will enter Palm Springs on May 13.
Cyndi Lauper Makes the 'Stars' Shine in Palm Springs

Cyndi Lauper Makes the 'Stars' Shine in Palm Springs

Cyndi Lauper is still the girl who wants to have fun, but her appearance at “Evening Under the Stars” on May 11 to benefit AIDS Assistance Program introduces us to the pop star who has a strong attachment to the LGBT community.
Pam Ann: Flying Should Not Be This Fun

Pam Ann: Flying Should Not Be This Fun

Caroline Reid plays Pam Ann, the stewardess from hell in the outrageous "Pam Ann: Cockpit!" May 10 at McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert.
Michael Bolivar Hones His Sweet Sounds in Palm Springs

Michael Bolivar Hones His Sweet Sounds in Palm Springs

Coachella Valley native has a big city backstory
Michael Bolivar isn’t just an accompanying musician. The Palm Springs jazz artist has also sustained his career by releasing his own work to a loyal core audience.
Penn and Teller Still a Magical Pair

Penn and Teller Still a Magical Pair

Penn and Teller will take a break from their regular gig at the Rio Las Vegas to entertain Coachella Valley audiences May 10 with their special brand of comedy and illusions at The Show at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage.
Del Marcos Hotel Preserves Mid-Century Appeal

Del Marcos Hotel Preserves Mid-Century Appeal

Restoration allows owners to pay homage to the hotel's history, lifestyle and décor
The restoration of the Del Marcos Hotel in Palm Springs has brought a fresh, minimalist feel to each of the 17 hotel rooms where guests can relax and enjoy the infusion of natural mid-century pieces without the clutter.
Stagecoach, Coachella Performers Part of May Album Releases

Stagecoach, Coachella Performers Part of May Album Releases

Listen up, Coachella Valley. New music is calling.
Upgrade your iPod by checking out some of May’s most heralded new album releases featuring some of the artists who were just at Stagecoach and Coachella.
Palm Springs Modernism: Quality Over Quantity

Palm Springs Modernism: Quality Over Quantity

Some of the most renown architects have left an indelible impression
While larger cities have a greater quantity of mid-century architectural buildings, the concentration of unique examples in Palm Springs and surrounding desert communities is unrivaled.
Bluefield Unveils New Paintings at Colin Fisher Studios

Bluefield Unveils New Paintings at Colin Fisher Studios

Joshua Tree-based artist Tina Bluefield has introduced a new series of abstract paintings, "Between the Lines" at Colin Fisher Studios in Cathedral City.
10 Places to Take Mom for Mother's Day

10 Places to Take Mom for Mother's Day

Whether it's brunch or dinner, Palm Springs area restaurants are there to serve
From price fixe menus to buffet brunch or fine dining, there is no shortage of restaurants in the Palm Springs and surrounding desert communities offering that special dining Mother's Day experience.
Matt Costa: The Fourth Time’s an Absolute Charm

Matt Costa: The Fourth Time’s an Absolute Charm

His latest album showcases a stunning collection of recordings
Matt Costa’s upcoming performance at Pappy and Harriet’s is the perfect marriage of his dreamy melodies splashed across a backdrop of the sleepy, Old West.
Frank Sinatra's Villa Maggio on Market for $3.995 Million

Frank Sinatra's Villa Maggio on Market for $3.995 Million

Mid-century house sits above Palm Desert's El Paseo shopping area
Frank Sinatra's Villa Maggio estate above Palm Desert is for sale. The late actor named the property after a character he played in, “From Here to Eternity”.
Palm Springs Gay Rodeo is a Place of Inclusion, Comradery

Palm Springs Gay Rodeo is a Place of Inclusion, Comradery

2013 Hot Rodeo offers competition, social gathering, giving back to community
This weekend’s Palm Springs 2013 Hot Rodeo at the A.C. Dysart Equestrian Park in Banning features a mix of competition, a pool party, dancing and raising money for community organizations.
Weekender: 'Brew at the Zoo', Gabriel Iglesias, Gay Rodeo

Weekender: 'Brew at the Zoo', Gabriel Iglesias, Gay Rodeo

What's on your agenda? Here are our suggestions
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.
Coachella Valley's New Housing Inventory Begins to Slowly Recover

Coachella Valley's New Housing Inventory Begins to Slowly Recover

Baby Boomers expected to constitute large segment of buyers
Right now the battle to obtain new housing in the Coachella Valley is fierce because there is very little new inventory. But indicators show construction will take off in the next two years.
Fewer Ingredients, Greater Flavor at Rockwood Grill

Fewer Ingredients, Greater Flavor at Rockwood Grill

Chef Bryson Crittenden keeps it simple, lets natural flavors take charge of meal
At Rockwood Grill, an all-day dining spot in the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, locally sourced ingredients are definitely the stars of the show — but that doesn’t mean they are piled one on top of another.
Sk8 Fast

Sk8 Fast

Catch air and get gear in Palm Springs
Whether you skate vert (on a ramp) or street (sidewalks, railings, etc.), the desert has several locations that provide an innovative and exhilarating experience for skaters of any proficiency level.
Best of the Best - May 2013

Best of the Best - May 2013

You vote. We reveal. That’s how Best of the Best works.
You vote. We reveal. That’s how Best of the Best works.
Quiz: What should I buy her for Mother's Day?

Quiz: What should I buy her for Mother's Day?

Shopping for your own mother or a mom close to you can be tricky. Take our quiz to find the best gift for the dynamic woman in your life.
The Cha Cha

The Cha Cha

Two friends. Two opinions. Desert Guide contributing writer Nick Marcucci and Editor Ebony March discuss their favorite happenings and places in the Coachella Valley.
You, Me, and Popcorn Makes Three

You, Me, and Popcorn Makes Three

Enjoy summer blockbusters at a Palm Springs theater near you.
See the hottest movie releases of this year by visiting the best movie theaters in the Palm Springs area.
Palm Springs Reinvented

Palm Springs Reinvented

The Coolest Place ‘Bar’ None
There’s a sweet spot in the “sand box” of Palm Springs; it’s called Bar. Opened in January by locals Donovan Funkey and his wife, Molly, Bar stands out among other establishments on the strip with its vibrant aesthetics and edgy vibe.
Only the Best for Mom

Only the Best for Mom

Dine in style with your favorite matriarch
Mother’s Day in the Coachella Valley is a treasure trove of gourmet foods, hearty wines, festive cocktails, and sumptuous desserts. It’s also a great time to celebrate your mother with a feast fit for a queen.
Flower Power

Flower Power

Get petal-soft skin with these botanical spa treatments
According to GardeningChannel.com, almost 60 percent of fresh-cut flowers grown in the U.S. come from California.
Mad Trends for Mad Men

Mad Trends for Mad Men

Top 5 Shops for Menswear in the Desert
Men of the Coachella Valley, you know this community is anything but square. Discover your Steve McQueen or Don Draper style, and feel like a celebrity by shopping at these men’s clothing locations.
Iceberg, Right Ahead!

Iceberg, Right Ahead!

10 Dangerously Delicious Salads
Your heart pounds. Sweat drips from your brow. Your mouth waters like a mad man: Mmm-mmm … That’s hunger taking over. Dive into the desert’s most summery, fresh salads. Your tastebuds demand it.
Behind the Candelabra

Behind the Candelabra

Liberace comes back to life with the help of Howard Cummings
The biopic tells the story of Liberace’s tumultuous relationship with partner Scott Thorson.
Magic 8-Ball

Magic 8-Ball

Pool's Triumphant Comeback
In the 1990s, billiards was the go-to game for ultra-hip Generation X. Since then, the world has fallen in love with cell phones, iPods, tablets, and other digital devices.
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90 Days of Summer Romantic Palm Springs Getaway 2014

90 Days of Summer Romantic Palm Springs Getaway 2014

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90 DAYS OF SUMMER Instagram Contest 2014

90 DAYS OF SUMMER Instagram Contest 2014

Win a fabulous Palm Springs weekend!

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2013/14 Best of the Best

2013/14 Best of the Best

Palm Springs Life’s annual Best of the Best. Readers tell us who their choice is for the “Best of the Best” of the Coachella Valley in over 40 categories.
Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.
Pets on Parade 2014 Photo Contest

Pets on Parade 2014 Photo Contest

Enter your “Cutest Pet” photo in the Pets on Parade 2014 Photo Contest. Online users will be able to like the Cutest Pet photos from six (6) categories.