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Desert Spanish: The Early Architecture of Palm Springs

Desert Spanish: The Early Architecture of Palm Springs

Charles Farrell Residence renovation restores its 1934 roots
The Charles Farrell house, which has been beautifully restored to its 1934 roots in the historic Movie Colony neighborhood in Palm Springs, was originally built for Alexander Henry.
Light Shows Bring Festive Mood to the Holidays

Light Shows Bring Festive Mood to the Holidays

Colorful light displays become a perfect family outing or time with your significant other
Nightfall can bring out the best of the holiday season in the Greater Palm Springs area. We've put together a list of venues that make viewing holiday lights a night out with the whole family or your significant other.
Things to Do This Weekend: "Million Dollar Quartet", Aaron Lewis

Things to Do This Weekend: "Million Dollar Quartet", Aaron Lewis

What's on your agenda? Here's our suggestions for Nov. 28 to Dec. 1
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.
Essense Captures New Vitality at Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa

Essense Captures New Vitality at Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa

Accent ingredients used to 'awaken the senses in your mouth'
Essense at Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa conveys the duo concept of pleasing all the senses with the essence of healthy, organic and locally sourced food prepared in a beautiful gourmet style.
First Ladies of Disco Bring Boogie Beat to AIDS Benefit

First Ladies of Disco Bring Boogie Beat to AIDS Benefit

Author James Arena’s book inspires collection of talent
Evening Under the Stars, the 21st annual gala to benefit AIDS Assistance Program, will feature a performance by an ensemble of the First Ladies of Disco May 3 at the O’Donnell Golf Club in Palm Springs.
Get a Room: Mamie Van Doren Suite

Get a Room: Mamie Van Doren Suite

Andreas Hotel & Spa room reflects movie star's sultry, sexy appeal
Looking for a place to stay during the holidays? The Mamie Van Doren suite at the Andreas Hotel & Spa gives you comfort with a slight sex appeal in its convenient downtown Palm Springs location.
Christmas Trees Carry Celebrity Names to Benefit MS

Christmas Trees Carry Celebrity Names to Benefit MS

Each tree has unique gifts; one honors passing of Annette Funicello
Carol Channing, Jack Jones, Fred Williamson, and Barry Manilow are among the celebrity names to adorn Christmas trees at this year's ACT for Multiple Sclerosis’ Christmas Tree Lane Live Auction Party.
10 Spreads to Enjoy Out for Thanksgiving

10 Spreads to Enjoy Out for Thanksgiving

Indulge in a fine holiday feast at these top dining spots
Relax and give thanks, because these fine restaurants are sharing their spectacular Thanksgiving recipes. So, gobble up and spend more time with family and friends — and remember to make reservations.
Where to Go Shopping as Holiday Bargains Begin

Where to Go Shopping as Holiday Bargains Begin

Take your pick from shopping districts to outlets
The Friday after Thanksgiving has marked the unofficial start to the Christmas holiday shopping season since the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924.
Mark Stephenson Finds Zen-Like State With Photography

Mark Stephenson Finds Zen-Like State With Photography

Makes annual trek to La Quinta's 'Art Under the Umbrellas'
Photography has taken Mark Stephenson to points around the globe, but he has always made time to show his work at festivals like Art Under the Umbrellas in La Quinta.
Film Festival Puts Spotlight on Julia Roberts

Film Festival Puts Spotlight on Julia Roberts

Actress earns accolades for "August: Osage County"
Academy Award winning actress Julia Roberts will receive the Spotlight Award for her role in August: Osage County at the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival annual Awards Gala Jan. 4.
Contest Winner Gains Chance to See Elite Dance Company

Contest Winner Gains Chance to See Elite Dance Company

Joshua Tree resident's name picked in Palm Springs Life online promotion
Joshua Tree's Richard Casaday recently experienced dance vicariously after winning a pair of tickets as part of the Celebrate Dance Experience package during a Palm Springs Life online contest sponsored by the City of Palm Desert and McCallum Theatre.
Significant Architecture in Greater Palm Springs Area

Significant Architecture in Greater Palm Springs Area

Some are more famous - Frank Lloyd Wright- than others - Floyd D'Angelo
The author's quest for a greater understanding on what’s considered significant architecture, and what’s consider unusually quirky, led her to four architectural sites.
Five Wines Course Through Benefit Dinner

Five Wines Course Through Benefit Dinner

Two whites, three reds punctuate a multicourse feast to benefit James Beard Foundation
Kathryn Walt Hall, of the family-operated Hall Wines, featured five wines Nov. 20 at the Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner at Spencer’s Restaurant in Palm Springs.
Film Festival to Award Director Steve McQueen for "12 Years a Slave"

Film Festival to Award Director Steve McQueen for "12 Years a Slave"

Joins honorees Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey and Bruce Dern
Steve McQueen will receive the Director of the Year Award for "12 Years a Slave" at the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival annual Awards Gala Jan. 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
Things to Do This Weekend: Brie Larson, Herb Alpert, Daniel Tosh

Things to Do This Weekend: Brie Larson, Herb Alpert, Daniel Tosh

What's on your agenda? Here's our suggestions for Nov. 21-24
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: William Gargan

Explore Palm Springs: William Gargan

Movie star, Oscar nominee made his home here
Palm Springs resident and actor William Gargan appeared in his first film in 1928, and by 1940 he had appeared in more than 55 motion pictures.
'If the Shoe Fits...' It Does for Mary Ann Weisberg

'If the Shoe Fits...' It Does for Mary Ann Weisberg

Luxe Me Now showcases luxury slipper collection at Saks Fifth Avenue
When she couldn't find the type of elegant slippers she wanted, Mary Ann Weisberg did the next best thing and started her own company, Luxe Me Now.
Ingredients Engage Your Senses at The Viceroy's Citron

Ingredients Engage Your Senses at The Viceroy's Citron

Executive Chef Warren Cordoba creates Latin-American cuisine with modern bent
Combining contemporary cooking techniques with traditional kitchen methods, Executive Chef Warren Cordoba’s innate artistry brings each ingredient into play in his dishes at Citron at The Viceroy.
Film Festival Recognizes Bruce Dern with Career Award

Film Festival Recognizes Bruce Dern with Career Award

"Nebraska" star has already won Best Actor honors at Cannes
Actor Bruce Dern, whose recent work in the movie, "Nebraska", is drawing rave reviews, will receive the Career Achievement Award at the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala Jan. 4.
Working Up an Appetite for Art at Coda Gallery

Working Up an Appetite for Art at Coda Gallery

Exhibit gives patrons pause with "Food for Thought"
Artist David Dornan just lost 70 pounds, and yet has a lot to say about painting food, which is the focus of a show at Coda Gallery in Palm Desert.
Cupcake Champs Crowned at Fantasy Springs Resort Contest

Cupcake Champs Crowned at Fantasy Springs Resort Contest

Indio bakers sweep pro, amateur ranks
The Coachella Valley enjoyed its own version of "Cupcake Wars" with the second annual Fantasy Cupcake Challenge while raising money for The Well in the Desert.
Cancer Fight Underlies 'Miracle on El Paseo' Extravaganza

Cancer Fight Underlies 'Miracle on El Paseo' Extravaganza

Impact of donations can be seen at Eisenhower Medical Center
A prostate cancer survivor, former Los Angeles Dodger great Steve Garvey brings his proactive message to this year's Bighorn BAM "Miracle on El Paseo".
10 Places to Dine Out for Thanksgiving

10 Places to Dine Out for Thanksgiving

Leave the fuss at home and enjoy a meal out
The National Restaurant Association notes more than 14 million celebrate Thanksgiving by dining out, so here are 10 suggestions on where to go in the Greater Palm Springs area.
McCormick Car Auction is a Classic Palm Springs Story

McCormick Car Auction is a Classic Palm Springs Story

Grown to one of the largest in the country
A chance conversation with celebrity Telly Savalas led Keith McCormick to create a collector car auction in Palm Springs. That was nearly 30 years ago.
Sandra Bullock Garners Film Festival's Actress Award

Sandra Bullock Garners Film Festival's Actress Award

Joins Matthew McConaughey for acting honors
Academy Award-winning actress Sandra Bullock will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award-Actress at the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala Jan. 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
Synergyfest Mirrors Irie Junctions' Musical Vibe

Synergyfest Mirrors Irie Junctions' Musical Vibe

Festival brings together art, music, car collectors
Coachella Valley-based Irie Junctions brings its reggae sound to the Nov. 16 Synergyfest featuring more than 25 Indie bands.
Things to Do This Weekend: Neil Sedaka, Greta Gerwig, Ford Auction

Things to Do This Weekend: Neil Sedaka, Greta Gerwig, Ford Auction

What's on your agenda? Here's our suggestions for Nov. 14-17
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: Katherine Siva Saubel

Explore Palm Springs: Katherine Siva Saubel

She became the dominant interpreter of Cahuilla history and culture
Katherine Siva Saubel became the dominant interpreter of Cahuilla history and culture in the Coachella Valley area.
Architecture Shows Seasonal Changes Happen in Palm Springs

Architecture Shows Seasonal Changes Happen in Palm Springs

Sun ensures optimum lighting, maximum cool or warmth
In any climate, good planning and design account for environmental conditions and ecological soundness, so it stands to reason desert modernism responded to natural regional stimuli.
Wilma & Frieda’s Café Offers Crave-able Comfort Food

Wilma & Frieda’s Café Offers Crave-able Comfort Food

Breakfast, lunch cafe fills niche on El Paseo
Wilma & Frieda’s Café fills a new niche for breakfast and lunch atop The Gardens on El Paseo with crave-able comfort food in a classy nostalgic atmosphere.
Film Fest Celebrates Connection to Director Stanley Kramer

Film Fest Celebrates Connection to Director Stanley Kramer

"It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" was filmed in Palm Desert area
Director Stanley Kramer would have turned 100 this year, but his legacy of cutting-edge movies lives on thanks to the inaugural Stanley Kramer Film Festival, Nov. 15-17, in Palm Springs.
Tommy Tune Adds Personal Reflections to One-Man Show

Tommy Tune Adds Personal Reflections to One-Man Show

Will share stories about Carol Channing, Lawrence Olivier and others
In marking his 55th year in show business, Tommy Tune inserts himself into his song and dance show with personal anecdotes and reflections.
Bruce Vilanch: 24/7 Media Creates Targets for Dishing

Bruce Vilanch: 24/7 Media Creates Targets for Dishing

Oscar comedy writer will try to keep pace with Jackie Collins, Michael Childers
Fresh from a ride in the Palm Springs Gay Pride parade, comedy writer Bruce Vilanch will dish the dirt with Jackie Collins and Michael Childers for an AIDS Assistance Program fundraiser.
Suzanne Somers Brings Message of Living Longer, Healthy Life

Suzanne Somers Brings Message of Living Longer, Healthy Life

Palm Springs actress speaks at Women’s Show & Business Conference luncheon
An author, health and beauty guru, this month Palm Springs' Suzanne Somers adds motivational speaker this month at the sixth annual Women’s Show & Business Conference luncheon.
Gondolas Offer Eco-Friendly Ride at JW Marriott Desert Springs

Gondolas Offer Eco-Friendly Ride at JW Marriott Desert Springs

Make stops at on-site dining facilities or family tours
Although the gondola rides at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert may not be quite as famous as their Venetian counterparts, they also have their eco-friendly side.
Matthew McConaughey Earns Film Festival's Actor Award

Matthew McConaughey Earns Film Festival's Actor Award

Coming off stellar reviews for "Dallas Buyers Club"
Actor Matthew McConaughey, who is garnering rave reviews for his performance in "Dallas Buyers Club", will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award - Actor at the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival's annual Awards Gala.
Film Examines Final Day of Gay Actor Sal Mineo

Film Examines Final Day of Gay Actor Sal Mineo

Actor Val Lauren teams with director James Franco on late actor's life
Val Lauren’s phone buzzed with a text from James Franco. “You’re going to play Sal Mineo, cool?” His response was similarly brief, “Cool.”
Bella da Ball Finds a Home Among the Stars in Palm Springs

Bella da Ball Finds a Home Among the Stars in Palm Springs

Popular diva stands out in a crowd, literally
Bella da Ball, Palm Springs' big hair, big glasses diva, is about to be cemented in Palm Spring's celebrity history with a place on the Walk of Stars.
Europa Restaurant at Villa Royale Inn - Old World Charm, Innovative Cuisine

Europa Restaurant at Villa Royale Inn - Old World Charm, Innovative Cuisine

Within Tuscan-inspired estate of Villa Royale Inn, Europa Restaurant embodies the rich luxury of Old World Europe with innovative cosmopolitan cuisine.
Ruth's Chris Steak House - Signature Steaks. Original Cocktails

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Signature Steaks. Original Cocktails

Ruth's Chris Steak House is a Palm Desert favorite among locals and visitors, winning several awards, including Best Steak House in the Desert for nine consecutive years.
Mario's Italian Cafe - Old-World Recipes, Captivating New Location

Mario's Italian Cafe - Old-World Recipes, Captivating New Location

Old-World Recipes, Captivating New ocation
Mario has gone all out creating his newest location on Highway 111 in the heart of Palm Desert. The walls in the main dining room feature stunning hand-painted murals of the Amalfi coast where Mario’s great-grandfather was born.
Kobe Japanese Steak House - A Desert Icon

Kobe Japanese Steak House - A Desert Icon

A desert tradition for more than 35 years, KOBE is the only Japanese-owned steakhouse in the Coachella Valley. The restaurant, a replica of a 300-year-old Japanese country inn, set behind a beautiful garden and pond,.
Things to Do This Weekend: Michael Jackson, 'Avenue Q'

Things to Do This Weekend: Michael Jackson, 'Avenue Q'

What's on your agenda? Here's our suggestions for Nov. 7-10
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: Date Groves

Explore Palm Springs: Date Groves

Palm Canyon Drive was lined with date shops in the 1930s
Many date groves were planted during the early days of Pal Springs, and they quickly became one of city's most popular commodities.
Palm Springs Artist Finds His Calling Later in Life

Palm Springs Artist Finds His Calling Later in Life

Former NASA engineer uses Bauhaus style that marries form and function
NASA engineer-turned sculptor Bill Anson owns a 2,000 square-foot gallery that bears his name in the Backstreet Art District, which hosts its “First Wednesdays” Art Walk Nov. 6 in Palm Springs.
Broadway Meets Rock 'n' Roll at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

Broadway Meets Rock 'n' Roll at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

"Top Rock" starts monthly musical splash called "The Edge Series"
The inaugural "Top Rock" show begins a monthly series at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs called “The Edge”, which combines Broadway with rock ‘n’ roll.
Rancho Mirage Art Affaire Attracts International Field

Rancho Mirage Art Affaire Attracts International Field

Pre-show gallery creates buzz before the event
As a teen, Mario Cespedes used to sell his paintings to tourists in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and now displays his artwork at this weekend's Rancho Mirage Art Affaire.
La Quinta Arts Festival Adds Another National Accolade

La Quinta Arts Festival Adds Another National Accolade

Survey taps festival as one of the best juried fine art fairs in the country
Rated the No. 1 Arts Festival in the nation last year by Art Fair SourceBook, the La Quinta Arts Festival has been named a winner in the national ‘America’s Best Art Fair Awards’ competition.
Choreography Competition Hits Stage at McCallum Theatre

Choreography Competition Hits Stage at McCallum Theatre

Palm Desert dance instructor's path reflects sacrifices dancers make to do what they love
The 16th annual Palm Desert Choreography Festival reflects the perseverance of Shea New, who overcame health issues to keep dance in her life.
Acting Lets Bobbie Eakes Return to First Love of Singing

Acting Lets Bobbie Eakes Return to First Love of Singing

Gives one-night performance at Annenberg
Bobbie Eakes may be best known for her roles on soap operas like "All My Children" and "The Bold and The Beautiful", but her first love is on the stage singing.
Palm Springs Air Museum Puts a Piece of History Back Together

Palm Springs Air Museum Puts a Piece of History Back Together

F-105 fighter airplane will be unveiled at museum's 17th anniversary
A team at the Palm Springs Air Museum has been busy putting an F-105 fighter airplane back together in time for the museum’s 17th anniversary celebration.
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Extends Green Education to Kids

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Extends Green Education to Kids

Camp Hyatt teaches kids value of recycling
The Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa has its eco-friendly bases covered, including a program to teach kids that recycling can be fun.
Blow Dry Salons Gain Popularity on El Paseo

Blow Dry Salons Gain Popularity on El Paseo

Palm Desert locations part of national trend toward convenience
Blow dry salons have been popping up all over the country in the past few years, and El Paseo is now home to both All Tressed Up and Just Blow Drys.
Moving Pictures

Moving Pictures

Richard Diebenkorn exhibition reveals a pivotal period in the painter’s career
Diebenkorn, one of California’s - and America’s - most significant postwar artists, depicted landscapes and figures with the flair of the Abstract Expressionists.
SilverRock Resort Reopens Award Winning Golf Course on November 5, 2013

SilverRock Resort Reopens Award Winning Golf Course on November 5, 2013

SilverRock Resort reopens its award-winning Arnold Palmer Classic Course on November 5, 2013 following seasonal reseeding of its 7,568 scenic yards.
Visit the 10 Beautifully Decorated Show Homes at Toscana

Visit the 10 Beautifully Decorated Show Homes at Toscana

From patio bars to pools and spas and everywhere in between. The architecture is authentic, informed by Mediterranean influences and burnished with a distinctly California character.
Family and Friends Mark Holidays at Desert Willow Golf Resort

Family and Friends Mark Holidays at Desert Willow Golf Resort

Desert Willow Golf Resort offers a unique spin on these festive times with an unmatched dining experience, featuring scrumptious gourmet fare, and sweeping golf course and mountain views.
Two for the Show

Two for the Show

Palm Canyon Theatre stages ‘Avenue Q’ and ‘Other Desert Cities’
Top-notch comedy and drama come to Palm Canyon Theatre this month with performances of two critically acclaimed productions: Avenue Q (Nov. 8-17) and Other Desert Cities (Nov. 22-24).
How to Satisfy Those Late-Night Appetites

How to Satisfy Those Late-Night Appetites

Many restaurants and bars serve food well into the night and the wee hours of the morning. Here are great places that cater to late-night diners.
Best Places to Watch Football in Town

Best Places to Watch Football in Town

Sports bars are the ideal escape for fans
Sports fans, rejoice and give thanks: The NFL season is in full swing, and Thanksgiving brings three big matchups perfect for an all-day football feast
Stimulate the Senses

Stimulate the Senses

Feel rich and rejuvenated with bourbon, brown sugar, and diamonds.
Take a Hike, Reconnect With Nature

Take a Hike, Reconnect With Nature

Find sanctuary on these hiking trails
The cooler temperatures beckon you to don your hiking footwear and explore areas in the Coachella Valley that you look at often from your car.
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