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Things to Do This Weekend: Halloween, Gay Pride, Moody Blues

Things to Do This Weekend: Halloween, Gay Pride, Moody Blues

What's on your agenda? Here's our suggestions for Oct. 31 to Nov. 3
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.
Hard Rock Hotel Makes A Splash With Fashion

Hard Rock Hotel Makes A Splash With Fashion

Palm Springs audience views swimwear on poolside runway
Where else would you want to view a line of swimwear for men and women than at the place you will likely wear it, like poolside at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs.
Explore Palm Springs: Los Compadres Deep Pit Barbecue

Explore Palm Springs: Los Compadres Deep Pit Barbecue

Celebrate city's western heritage Nov. 2
In the spirit of the “Old West,” Los Compadres Ranch will celebrate Palm Springs' western heritage with a barbeque fundraiser Nov. 2.
JEM Steakhouse Offers New Dishes With Pan-Asian Influence

JEM Steakhouse Offers New Dishes With Pan-Asian Influence

Spotlight 29 Casino restaurant keeps signature steaks, favorite sauces intact
JEM Steakhouse opens the fall season with several new dishes that reflect a Pan-Asian influence, while keeping its signature steaks and favorite sauces intact on the menu
Escena Palm Springs Attracts Pair of New Home Builders

Escena Palm Springs Attracts Pair of New Home Builders

Toll Brothers, Beazer Homes acquire 200 home sites
Toll Brothers and Beazer Homes have acquired 200 Escena Palm Springs home sites, joining two other national homebuilders as new construction continues to show signs of life.
How to Navigate Palm Springs Gay Pride 2013

How to Navigate Palm Springs Gay Pride 2013

Participants have a variety of activities to choose from
Here's a handy guide to an array of activities set for Gay Pride Palm Springs 2013 running Oct. 30 through Nov. 3.
Pappy & Harriet's: A Decade of Home on the Range

Pappy & Harriet's: A Decade of Home on the Range

Musical haven draws you in with its old West feel
The sign on the wall reads “If you’re in a hurry, you’re in the wrong place”, so leave your city life expectations back where you came from at Pappy & Harriet’s, which marks its 10th anniversary this weekend.
Coachella Valley History Museum Revives the Past

Coachella Valley History Museum Revives the Past

"Day of the Dead" celebration raises funds to promote facility
A special "Day of the Dead" celebration will spotlight The Coachella Valley History Museum, which has one of the largest historical archives in the region.
Fabulous Palm Springs Follies Bids Adieu

Fabulous Palm Springs Follies Bids Adieu

Veteran cast members reflect on the show's lasting impact
The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies raises the curtain on its 23rd and final season, leaving cast members to reflect on what the show has meant to them and the audience.
The Monroe Palm Springs Makes Green Imprint Quickly

The Monroe Palm Springs Makes Green Imprint Quickly

The former America's Best Value Inn has a new look and eco-friendly bent
The Monroe Palm Springs may be one of the newest hotels in town, but they didn’t waste any time going green.
Halloween 2013: Flappers, '60s Garb, Zombies

Halloween 2013: Flappers, '60s Garb, Zombies

With less than a week to decide, here's what's trending at The Party Lab
With less than a week to decide what you're going to be for Halloween, check out what are the trends at The Party Lab in Palm Springs.
Get Outside: Horsing Around in Morongo Valley

Get Outside: Horsing Around in Morongo Valley

Relax in your saddle, become one with the horse, and drink in the beauty
The high desert is dotted with horse ranches, but word on the reservation led me to Crazy Horse Ranch in nearby Morongo Valley.
Frenchie Davis Describes Her Act: 'Broadway Meets Brittney'

Frenchie Davis Describes Her Act: 'Broadway Meets Brittney'

"The Voice", "American Idol" singer headlines Center Stage Gala
Frenchie Davis may have gotten notice from "The Voice" and "American Idol", but it was the theater stage where she proved herself worthy.
High Desert Trio Create Art from Trash

High Desert Trio Create Art from Trash

Transform wide open spaces into outdoor art galleries
From seeing a scrap object as a piece of art, to finding a gold mine of old shoes, to transforming broom handles into Art Queens, these all serve as inspirations to a trio of High Desert artists.
Things to Do This Weekend: 'Fashion Splash', Lewis Black

Things to Do This Weekend: 'Fashion Splash', Lewis Black

What's on your agenda? Here's our suggestions for Oct. 24-27
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.
Still The Purple Room, But With a New Look

Still The Purple Room, But With a New Look

Club Trinidad nightclub opens with same 'Rat Pack' mystique
The room is still purple. But not completely. Among the new touches to The Purple Room at Club Trinidad, which officially opens Oct. 24, are white walls with purple accents.
Dezart Performs Supporters Appreciation Party 2013-14

Dezart Performs Supporters Appreciation Party 2013-14

The 2013-2014 season features four exciting and remarkable events including two West Coast premieres and a special one-night-only gala with a celebrity cast performing live at the Camelot Theatre.
Explore Palm Springs: Palm Springs Historical Society

Explore Palm Springs: Palm Springs Historical Society

Learn city's history from thousands of photographs, more than 10 installations
Founded in 1955, the Palm Springs Historical Society has been preserving the history of Palm Springs for 58 years.
Vallera Palm Springs Adds to Palm Springs Development

Vallera Palm Springs Adds to Palm Springs Development

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, The Rilington Group come to agreement
Construction will begin this fall on Vallera Palm Springs, following an agreement between The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians with The Rilington Group to build on Tribal trust land in downtown Palm Springs.
Crave Palm Springs Moves to Larger Digs – With a View

Crave Palm Springs Moves to Larger Digs – With a View

Décor, desserts 'inspired by architectural design'
Crave, Palm Springs first “dessert restaurant,” offers a spectacular second floor view above North Palm Canyon Drive, creating a hip spot to hangout and extend the evening.
Living Desert's 'Howl-O-Ween' Dresses up in Western Wear

Living Desert's 'Howl-O-Ween' Dresses up in Western Wear

Trick or Treaters tour town for sweet loot
Surrounded by blue skies, mountains, and a dusty desert floor, the spirit of the Wild West lives at the Living Desert’s “Howl-O-Ween” event.
Lon Michels Sees His Art Dream Come to Fruition

Lon Michels Sees His Art Dream Come to Fruition

Palm Springs artist recovers from blindness caused by infection
After overcoming an eye infection that left him blind for more than a year, artist Lon Michels is fulfilling a lifelong dream of opening a gallery that bears his name.
Desert Arc Seeks 3-Peat Title at Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade

Desert Arc Seeks 3-Peat Title at Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade

Barbara Sinatra will ride as grand marshal
The Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade is the largest of its kind in the world, and Desert Arc is pulling out all the stops to defend its two-year reign as best entry.
Chef David Erickson Raises Bar on Event Food

Chef David Erickson Raises Bar on Event Food

Eclectic menu creates tasty addition to Desert Cancer Foundation celebration
David Erickson, the executive chef and co-owner of Carousel Catering, has planned an eclectic menu for the The Desert Cancer Foundation's Halloween Gift of Life Celebration.
Marcione's Shows Pay Tribute to Stars at Indian Wells Theater

Marcione's Shows Pay Tribute to Stars at Indian Wells Theater

Carves out niche with names everyone knows
With the likes of "All in the Family" and "Maude" among his production titles, Geno Marcione has moved to bringing tribute performance shows to the Indian Wells Theater.
Falconer Has Renaissance Esmeralda Taking Flight

Falconer Has Renaissance Esmeralda Taking Flight

Eco-friendly practice helps curb Blackbird population
The eco-friendly practices at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells have really taken flight—literally.
Hello Palm Springs! Ross Mathews 'Marshals' Gay Pride Parade

Hello Palm Springs! Ross Mathews 'Marshals' Gay Pride Parade

Partner Salvador Camerena makes couple 'local' addition to parade lineup
Part-time Palm Springs resident Ross Mathews will don a new crown as celebrity marshal of the Palm Springs Gay Pride parade Nov. 3.
'Fabulous' Story Gives Gay Point of View

'Fabulous' Story Gives Gay Point of View

Desert Rose Playhouse slates new twist to Old Testament beginnings
Paul Rudnick’s comedy, "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told", brings the Old Testament story to life from a gay point of view opening Nov. 15 at The Desert Rose Playhouse in Rancho Mirage.
Things to Do This Weekend: Oktoberfest, AIDS Walk, En Vogue

Things to Do This Weekend: Oktoberfest, AIDS Walk, En Vogue

What's on your agenda? Here's our suggestions for Oct. 17-20
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.
Desert AIDS Walk Puts Project's Best Foot Forward

Desert AIDS Walk Puts Project's Best Foot Forward

Palm Springs resident participates to give back for HIV support services
Palm Springs resident Nicolas Snow is reciprocating the support he receives from Desert AIDS Project by participating in the Desert AIDS Walk Oct. 19.
Gerald, Betty Ford's Belongings to be Auctioned

Gerald, Betty Ford's Belongings to be Auctioned

Proceeds benefit organizations important to late President's family
Contents of the Rancho Mirage home of President Gerald R. Ford and Betty Ford will be auctioned to benefit the Betty Ford Center, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley, and St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church Nov. 16.
Sessions Restaurant Brings New Groove at Hard Rock

Sessions Restaurant Brings New Groove at Hard Rock

Menu has hip food concepts unique to downtown Palm Springs hotel
Just as pop music culture is the theme at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, the culinary team has been rockin’ out creating a fun, music-inspired menu for the hotel restaurant, aptly named “Sessions".
Learn How to Plant a Desert Garden at Community Day

Learn How to Plant a Desert Garden at Community Day

Palm Desert event delivers hands-on information
The eighth annual Desert Garden Community Day Oct. 19 in Palm Desert breaks down the “How to …” into hands-on classes designed to deliver information you can put to use immediately.
Chef Adam Gertler's 'Wurst" is Actually His Best

Chef Adam Gertler's 'Wurst" is Actually His Best

Brings sausage samplings to Oktoberfest Palm Springs
Celebrity Chef Adam Gertler will bring his cooking talents and sausage samplings to Octoberfest Palm Springs Oct. 19 at the Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs.
Discover Coachella Valley's Flourishing Agricultural Crops

Discover Coachella Valley's Flourishing Agricultural Crops

Fall Farm Tour brings you close to food, water sources in the Valley
Find out why agriculture is the second leading economic driver in the Coachella Valley by taking a farm tour adventure with Les Dames d'Escoffier International (LDEI) Nov. 6.
La Quinta Resort's 'Green' Practices Start with Golf

La Quinta Resort's 'Green' Practices Start with Golf

Citrus Course emphasizes native plants, grasses
Where better to focus a green initiative than on the golf course? La Quinta Resort & Club says that is just the beginning of the resort’s eco-friendly policies.
Alton Brown Concocts Food Dishes With Bizarre Twists

Alton Brown Concocts Food Dishes With Bizarre Twists

Brings “The Edible Inevitable Tour” to McCallum Theatre
"The Edible Inevitable Tour”, features mad food scientist Alton Brown complete with lab-coat, whisk and salad tongs experimenting with food, music, and a “poncho-zone".
Eric Church, Jason Aldean Head Stagecoach 2014 Lineup

Eric Church, Jason Aldean Head Stagecoach 2014 Lineup

"RV Resort" expands with more choices
Eric Church, Jason Aldean, and Luke Bryan headline the three-day Stagecoach 2014 lineup, April 25-27, at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.
Purple Room at Club Trinidad Shows New Look Oct. 24

Purple Room at Club Trinidad Shows New Look Oct. 24

Trio owners place high priority on attracting top entertainment
The Purple Room at the Club Trinidad will feature a new look and high-level entertainment when it opens in South Palm Springs under the owners of Trio Restaurant.
Community Church Fire Brings Architecture's Value to Forefront

Community Church Fire Brings Architecture's Value to Forefront

Palm Springs IDs five most endangered vacant locations
The recent fire to Community Church in Palm Springs is a reminder of the precarious nature of architectural assets and the impact of their alteration, damage, or loss.
'Spa Week' Celebrates Feel Good Message

'Spa Week' Celebrates Feel Good Message

Elements Spa Makes You Take Notice of Hilton Palm Springs
Hilton Palm Springs' Elements Spa is one of five offering special spa packages during “Spa Week”, a national event set for Oct. 14-20.
Things to Do This Weekend: Modernism, Sheryl Crow, Chili Cookoff

Things to Do This Weekend: Modernism, Sheryl Crow, Chili Cookoff

What's on your agenda? Here's our suggestions for Oct. 10-13
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: Canyon Country Club

Explore Palm Springs: Canyon Country Club

Opening attracted Lucille Ball, Bert Parks
The Canyon Country Club included a posh $1.5 million clubhouse and championship 18-hole golf course when it officially opened in October 1962.
Kaiser Grille

Kaiser Grille

California Cuisine, Commitment To Quality
The diverse, moderately-priced menu has been cleverly crafted to offer something for everyone — from a large array of appetizers and salads to woodfired pizzas, to meats, seafood, and pasta.
Si Bon Belgian Bistro Expands Food Offerings

Si Bon Belgian Bistro Expands Food Offerings

Will serve all three meals starting Nov. 1
Belgian-born chef Philippe Caupain and his wife, Edith, are having fun with Si Bon Belgian Bistro in Rancho Mirage - from adding an outdoor patio, livening up the interior to creating new dishes.
Film Fest Spotlights Director Stanley Kramer

Film Fest Spotlights Director Stanley Kramer

Palm Springs fest coincides with director's centennial events
The Stanley Kramer Film Festival will include special screenings of six of the director's best-known films, and special appearances from his widow, Karen Sharpe Kramer, and his daughter, Katharine “Kat” Kramer.


Chop House Palm Springs and Palm Desert

Chop House Palm Springs and Palm Desert

Twin Steakhouses Each Offer Unique Experiences
Three generations of meat connoisseurs stand behind Prime Chop House. “We’re fanatical about it,” says Lee Morcus, CEO of Kaiser Restaurant Group, owner of both the Palm Springs and Palm Desert locations.
La Quinta Museum Shows Off "Creativity"

La Quinta Museum Shows Off "Creativity"

Display features 31 Coachella Valley artists
La Quinta Museum will come alive starting Oct. 10 with "Creativity in La Quinta Take II" featuring 31 Coachella Valley artists.
Karl Denson's Universe is not so Tiny

Karl Denson's Universe is not so Tiny

Former Twentynine Palms jazz musician headlines Joshua Tree Music Festival
A former Twentynine Palms resident, Karl Denson is eager to return to an area filled with childhood memories as the headliner for the eighth annual Joshua Tree Music Festival.
Lulu California Bistro and Acqua Pazza Bistro

Lulu California Bistro and Acqua Pazza Bistro

Both Palm Springs area restaurants boast a lively atmosphere, scenic alfresco dining, and the same extensive menu designed by powerhouse Chef Arturo Casillas.
Merging contemporary art and California casual cuisine, Lulu comes with good genes. Located in a building that once housed a major art gallery, it’s now the centerpiece of downtown Palm Springs.
Bellatrix at the Classic Club

Bellatrix at the Classic Club

World Cuisine and Mediterranean Luxury in a World-Class Golf Setting
Owned by the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, and managed by Troon Golf, The Classic Club specializes in weddings, charitable golf, social, community and business events, and is one of the desert’s most sought-after locales.
Leslie Jordan Plays it Straight for 'American Horror Story'

Leslie Jordan Plays it Straight for 'American Horror Story'

Palm Springs favorite comes to town to host Equality California Awards
After shooting three episodes of American Horror Story, actor Leslie Jordan will have a week to prep for the Palm Springs Equality Awards Oct. 12 at the Riviera Palm Springs.
Couple bring French flair to Palm Springs

Couple bring French flair to Palm Springs

Event promotes latest project by Palm Springs documentary filmmaker D’Geyrald DG
French couple Raphael and Charlotte Farsy of L’Atelier Deli in downtown Palm Springs will host a 'meet and greet' Oct. 13 for fellow countryman D’Geyrald DG, a Palm Springs documentary filmmaker.
Eco-friendly Practices Hit all Areas at Avanti Hotel

Eco-friendly Practices Hit all Areas at Avanti Hotel

Guests can use retro-bikes to pedal around town
Tucked away in Palm Springs Movie Colony neighborhood, the boutique Avanti Hotel has mid-century style and 21st-century eco-friendly features
Palm Springs Welcomes Hard Rock Hotel to Downtown

Palm Springs Welcomes Hard Rock Hotel to Downtown

VIP Night is most anticipated hotel opening in years
The Hard Rock Hotel chain officially opened the doors on its 18th location with a VIP tour Oct. 3 in downtown Palm Springs.
Explore Palm Springs: Deepwell Neighborhood

Explore Palm Springs: Deepwell Neighborhood

Melba Bennett penned announcement beckoning friends to return
Near where the Deepwell neighborhood now sits off East Palm Canyon Drive in South Palm Springs was once a very popular destination: Deep Well Guest Ranch.
Fall Fashion Trends: Black is Back at Saks Fifth Avenue

Fall Fashion Trends: Black is Back at Saks Fifth Avenue

Fashion Show promotes Women Leaders Forum
Susan Stein, fashion editor of Palm Springs Life, identified some of the fall fashion trends to members of the Women Leaders Forum during its Fashion Show at Saks Fifth Avenue at El Paseo Gardens in Palm Desert.
SunLine Transit Earns Seat at Southern California Energy Summit

SunLine Transit Earns Seat at Southern California Energy Summit

Roger Snoble tackles panel's questions on expanding Regional Clean Transportation
Interim General Manager Roger Snoble will sit on a panel at the Southern California Energy Summit, Oct. 3-4, in Palm Springs, to mark SunLine Transit Agency's first appearance.
Business to Consumer Expo Champions Small Businesses

Business to Consumer Expo Champions Small Businesses

Palm Desert Chamber's event invites public to interact with business owners
Small business will be championed Oct. 3 at the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce Business to Consumer Expo at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio.
Crave Makes a Move Up in Downtown Palm Springs

Crave Makes a Move Up in Downtown Palm Springs

Dessert restaurant has new location, partners
Crave, Palm Springs' first dessert restaurant, is moving up, literally, to the second floor at the intersection of Amado Road and North Palm Canyon Drive in downtown Palm Springs.
Experience la dolce vita at Toscana Country Club

Experience la dolce vita at Toscana Country Club

Spread over 640 sun-drenched rolling acres, this community developed by the acclaimed Sunrise Company combines the idyllic charm of Tuscany with the Coachella Valley’s distinctive ‘California casual’ vibe.
ShareKitchen Caters to Budding Food Entrepreneurs

ShareKitchen Caters to Budding Food Entrepreneurs

Cathedral City location hosts open house
The former Buddy Greco’s Dinner Club in Cathedral City has been transformed into ShareKitchen, a nonprofit commercial kitchen-meeting-educational space for budding food entrepreneurs.
Experience Unforgettable Nights At Desert Willow Golf Resort

Experience Unforgettable Nights At Desert Willow Golf Resort

As the sun is about to set this fall, the fun is about to tee off at Desert Willow Golf Resort for some of the Coachella Valley’s best dining and entertainment.
Hemet-Ryan Air Show is back!

Hemet-Ryan Air Show is back!

November of 2013 marks the return of the Hemet-Ryan Air Show.
November of 2013 marks the return of the Hemet-Ryan Air Show. The biennial event is scheduled to land at the Hemet-Ryan Airport on Saturday, Nov. 2.
Taste of India

Taste of India

Try Eastern delicacies for a new dining sensation
From pan-fried breads, like naan, to curries and tandooris, fall in love with this distinctive cuisine at the desert’s best restaurants.
Bite Into the Desert’s Tastiest Burgers

Bite Into the Desert’s Tastiest Burgers

Chomp first, use your napkin later
The Coachella Valley’s best restaurants are taking the burger and making it a legendary meal that rivals sophisticated entrées.
Banana Fanna

Banana Fanna

Show your love for the Coachella Valley’s tastiest banana creations
Show your love for the Coachella Valley’s tastiest banana creations
High Times

High Times

Learn to fly in Greater Palm Springs
Pilot training puts the power in your hands, giving anyone who dares the chance to manifest childhood fantasies of tearing through the sky with the speed of a superhero.
The Royal Treatment

The Royal Treatment

Opulent spa services heal as they pamper
The kingdom of heaven awaits you — Melt away stress with a visit to a Coachella Valley spa fit for royalty.
Zoot Suit Riot

Zoot Suit Riot

A forgotten fad inspires today’s hottest designers
This fall, suits for men and women take an audacious turn, changing from the streamlined shapes of the 1950s and ’60s to exaggerated silhouettes of the 1940s zoot suit.
Olympic Gold

Olympic Gold

Hone your skills playing these beloved sports
Whether you play sports to stay fit or simply for the love of the game, go for the gold at our favorite spots.
Beauty in the Wild

Beauty in the Wild

Enjoy food, music, and expertly crafted designs at Rancho Mirage Art Affaire
Autumn in the desert, with its kaleidoscope of colors and textures, sets the stage for the season’s first art event. The 13th annual Rancho Mirage Art Affaire.
‘Lobby’ for a Good Time

‘Lobby’ for a Good Time

Looking for impressive size and surprising intimacy? Get your mind out of the gutter and head to Lobby Bar
The centerpiece of the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa is far from an ordinary hotel lounge.
Guarding the Ending for Mr. Invisible

Guarding the Ending for Mr. Invisible

Director Greg Ash discusses his path to Palm Springs International ShortFest
Psychological thrillers are known for their jaw-dropping climax. Director Greg Ash made audiences gasp at the Palm Springs International ShortFest with his entry, Mr. Invisible
An Affair of the Art

An Affair of the Art

Color and culture prevail in Serafina’s globally inspired jewelry
Serafina’s elaborate, sometimes psychedelic, jewelry draws you in with details and intricate knotting that defies the possibilities of the human hand.
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