September 2013

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Ace Hotel & Swim Club Adds Event Space

Ace Hotel & Swim Club Adds Event Space

More than 4,000 square feet earmarked
Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs will open a new event space in January 2014 covering more than 4,000 square feet.
AmDoc Film Winner Returns for Special Screening

AmDoc Film Winner Returns for Special Screening

“Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago” will show at Camelot
“Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago”, chosen as the American Documentary Film Festival's "Best of the Fest" Highlight Screening Series in April, is returning for a special screening Oct. 10.
Palm Springs Association Cruises for a Cause

Palm Springs Association Cruises for a Cause

Fundraising for Desert Cancer Foundation hits home for member
The Palm Springs Cruisin' Association opens its 2013-14 season with its monthly cruise night Oct. 5 at Westfield Mall in Palm Desert.
Joshua Tree Honors 40th Anniversary of Gram Parsons' Passing

Joshua Tree Honors 40th Anniversary of Gram Parsons' Passing

Music festival pays tribute to his influence
Since Gram Parson's untimely passing at the age of 26 from a drug overdose on Sept. 19, 1973, fans continue to honor his musical influence with a music festival - this time at the Joshua Tree Inn.
High-Tech Ghosts Part of Idyllwild Haunted Town

High-Tech Ghosts Part of Idyllwild Haunted Town

Animatronic ghosts join the old-fashioned human kind
The cool night air of Idyllwild will be interrupted during weekends in October with the presence of witches, zombies, and werewolves for the 10th annual Idyllwild Haunted Ghost Town.
"Sleep for the Cure" Awakens Attention on Breast Cancer

"Sleep for the Cure" Awakens Attention on Breast Cancer

Promotes women becoming advocates for their own healthcare
"Sleep for the Cure" is as much about women becoming advocates for their own healthcare as it is raising donations to aid the fight against breast cancer.
Editors' Picks: 10 Things to Do, Sept. 30 to Oct. 6

Editors' Picks: 10 Things to Do, Sept. 30 to Oct. 6

What are your plans? Here's our suggestions
Editors' Picks helps plan out your week in Palm Springs and the desert resort cities with concerts, events, restaurants, nightlife, clubs and the world of entertainment only found in the desert.
Herb Garden Complements Miramonte's Green Cause

Herb Garden Complements Miramonte's Green Cause

Restaurant features farm-to-table freshness
Miramonte Resort and Spa in Indian Wells has an expansive herb garden on property that its restaurant, The Grove Artisan Kitchen, uses extensively.
Indian Wells Golf Resort Adds Large Group Venue

Indian Wells Golf Resort Adds Large Group Venue

The Pavilion offers indoor-outdoor experience
By the end of this year, a new structure covering 5,700 square feet and able to hold up to 400 people will sit at the Indian Wells Golf Resort
The New York Company Restaurant Mixes Coastal Feel

The New York Company Restaurant Mixes Coastal Feel

New occupants to South Palm Springs location that once housed Banducci's
The space formerly housing Banducci's, an old haunt of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, has been recently occupied by The New York Company Restaurant in South Palm Springs.
Goldenvoice Adds Music Power to Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

Goldenvoice Adds Music Power to Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

Duo will produce poolside music events
Goldenvoice, which produces the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and Stagecoach, will partner with the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs to produce live poolside music events.
Explore Palm Springs: Lois Kellogg

Explore Palm Springs: Lois Kellogg

Her Palm Springs dream home, "Fools Folly", never came to fruition
Lois Kellogg, heir to a wealthy Chicago family, tried to build her dream home in Palm Springs but wound up leaving it unfinished in the 1920s.
Del Shores, Palm Springs Love Affair Continues

Del Shores, Palm Springs Love Affair Continues

"Southern Baptist Sissies" Sells Out Opening Night of Cinema Diverse
Del Shores, the director of Southern Baptist Sissies, opened Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Sept. 19 at the Camelot Theatres with two sold-out screenings of the movie - the largest assemblage in the festival’s six-year history.
Graffiti Art Comes off the Streets, Into Palm Springs Gallery

Graffiti Art Comes off the Streets, Into Palm Springs Gallery

Coachella Valley artist among group
Graffiti artwork comes into the galleries at Gallery 446 in Palm Springs featuring 10 urban artists, including 13-year-old Skyler Grey, whose customers include Katy Perry.
Gay-Themed Plays Gain Foothold at Desert Rose Playhouse

Gay-Themed Plays Gain Foothold at Desert Rose Playhouse

Second season opens with "House of the Rising Son"
The Desert Rose Playhouse opens its second season with Tom Jacobson’s play, “House of the Rising Son”, that should stir some social ideas about gay evolution in society.
Disco Diva Thelma Houston to Sing Poolside in Palm Springs

Disco Diva Thelma Houston to Sing Poolside in Palm Springs

Disco Tea Dance to benefit the AIDS Assistance Program
Before Thelma Houston became the reigning queen of disco with the hit single, 'Don't Leave Me This Way', she was a gifted gospel singer from Long Beach.
Palm Springs Concert to Raise Hunger Month Awareness

Palm Springs Concert to Raise Hunger Month Awareness

“Rock Out to Knock Out Hunger” set for Bar
The Palm Springs Office of Sustainability is partnering with FIND Food Bank to host a “Rock Out to Knock Out Hunger” fundraiser and dance party Sept. 28 at Bar in downtown Palm Springs.
'Behind the Candelabra' Sweeps Top Emmy Awards

'Behind the Candelabra' Sweeps Top Emmy Awards

Douglas earns best acting nod; Soderbergh is best director, and show is best miniseries
Palm Springs resident Jerry Weintraub took the stage of the 65th annual Emmy Awards Sunday night to accept the "Best Movie or Miniseries" award for 'Behind the Candelabra', which was partially filmed in Palm Springs.
Editors' Picks: 10 Things to Do, Sept. 23-29

Editors' Picks: 10 Things to Do, Sept. 23-29

What are your plans? Here's our suggestions
Editors' Picks helps plan out your week in Palm Springs and the desert resort cities with concerts, events, restaurants, nightlife, clubs and the world of entertainment only found in the desert.
Electric Car Owners Can Plug-In at Parker Palm Springs

Electric Car Owners Can Plug-In at Parker Palm Springs

Garden produces hotel's herbs, vegetables
The Parker Palm Springs has tackled its green initiatives with electric car charging stations, and an herb and vegetable garden.
Coachella Valley Artist Joins Conversation on Salton Sea

Coachella Valley Artist Joins Conversation on Salton Sea

Experts gather for Sept. 22 symposium
Coachella Valley artist Cristopher Cichocki, whose latest work is on the Salton Sea, will be part of a symposium on the troubled lake Sept. 22 at the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Capturing the Essence of Malcolm Boyd

Capturing the Essence of Malcolm Boyd

Cinema Diverse provides look at 'Disturber of the Peace' documentary in progress
Civil Rights activist Malcolm Boyd and his partner, Mark Thompson, will appear at Cinema Diverse Sept. 21 to preview a work-in-progress biopic film on Boyd.
Director Hopes 'Dry Dock' Can Set Sail

Director Hopes 'Dry Dock' Can Set Sail

Cinema Diverse is launch pad for short film
If not for some tomatoes going rotten, it's uncertain if director Brian To would have made the short, "Dry Dock", which premieres Sept. 21 at The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
Palm Desert Doctor Promotes No Pain, Definite Gain

Palm Desert Doctor Promotes No Pain, Definite Gain

Inaugural Health Fair brings medical advances to the public
Dr. Steve Nelson of Palm Desert, featured in Suzanne Somers' lifestyle and wellness book, will bring his naturopathic and homeopathic solutions to this weekend's Health Fair at Westfield Mall.
Laughter Helps Lighten Transgender Issue for Ian Harvie

Laughter Helps Lighten Transgender Issue for Ian Harvie

Film chronicles comedian's story using live concert footage
Transgendered comedian Ian Harvie says his 'Superhero' film brings a message that 'we all have the ability to change ourselves if we want' to this week's Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
Weekly Palm Springs Radio Show Gives Women a Voice

Weekly Palm Springs Radio Show Gives Women a Voice

Michele Weiss, Dee Jae Cox expand reach of their LA non-profit
Palm Springs residents Michele Weiss and Dee Jae Cox will 'give a voice to West Coast women' with a weekly radio show, “California Woman 411”, on Saturdays starting Sept. 21 on KPTR.
Justin Timberlake Jacket Among Items Coming to Hard Rock Hotel

Justin Timberlake Jacket Among Items Coming to Hard Rock Hotel

Memorabilia will adorn Palm Springs site
Musical memorabilia chosen from Hard Rock International’s famed warehouse will adorn the walls of the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs.
"Meth Head" Takes Director on Personal Journey

"Meth Head" Takes Director on Personal Journey

Friend's addiction shapes reality-based film
'Meth Head' follows the story of a 30-something man played by Lukas Haas who turns to crystal meth to escape reality Sept. 20 during the Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
Legacy Thai Delivers Comfort in Feel, Food

Legacy Thai Delivers Comfort in Feel, Food

Menu offers many choices at all levels of spice
Legacy Thai in La Quinta may not be the largest restaurant you’ll encounter, but it’s a very bright and happy place. And there are plenty of good menu choices.
Eileen Fisher's Fall Event Touts Women Leaders

Eileen Fisher's Fall Event Touts Women Leaders

El Paseo shop unveils Fall Collections; proceeds aid Coachella Valley organization
In conjunction with the unveiling of its Fall Collections Sept. 21, Eileen Fisher in Palm Desert will donate a portion to benefit the Women Leaders Forum of the Coachella Valley.
Explore Palm Springs: Wee Willager Weekly

Explore Palm Springs: Wee Willager Weekly

Student staff produces community publication
Staff members of the Wee Willager Weekly wrote local news and conducted interviews with prominent Palm Springs community members.
Kenny Giannini's Golf Putter Marries Artistry With Technology

Kenny Giannini's Golf Putter Marries Artistry With Technology

Club produces what its creator preaches
After 35 years in the golf industry, Coachella Valley resident Kenny Giannini debuted his line of Southern California-crafted putters in January of this year.
Editors' Picks: 10 Things to Do, Sept. 16-22

Editors' Picks: 10 Things to Do, Sept. 16-22

What are your plans? Here's our suggestions
Editors' Picks helps plan out your week in Palm Springs and the desert resort cities with concerts, events, restaurants, nightlife, clubs and the world of entertainment only found in the desert.
Eco-friendly Hotels Gain Traction in Coachella Valley

Eco-friendly Hotels Gain Traction in Coachella Valley

Guests place importance on sustainabiity practices
Many Coachella Valley hotels have adopted sustainability in exciting and inventive ways from herb gardens to beauty products made through ‘green chemistry’ to vehicle charging stations.
Church Teachings, Gay Lifestyle Clash in Del Shores Film

Church Teachings, Gay Lifestyle Clash in Del Shores Film

“Southern Baptist Sissies” opens Palm Springs Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
“Southern Baptist Sissies” opens The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Sept. 19 with director Del Shores, a popular figure in town thanks to the success of "Sordid Lives".
Katherine LaNasa Makes a Splash in 'Jayne Mansfield's Car'

Katherine LaNasa Makes a Splash in 'Jayne Mansfield's Car'

Actress gains new confidence from supportive cast, director Billy Bob Thornton
Nailing her performance in "Jayne Mansfield's Car" against top male leads like Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Duvall and Kevin Bacon proved a tremendous confidence builder for Katherine LaNasa.
Cows, Buckhorn Sheep and Now, Idyllwild Deer Sightings

Cows, Buckhorn Sheep and Now, Idyllwild Deer Sightings

Art project to dot mountain community landscape
The 'Idyllwild Deer Sightings' Project debuts Sept. 15, showcasing the work of 22 Idyllwild artists who painted bucks, does and fawns for the first public art project by the Idyllwild Art Alliance.
AmDocs Saw Potential of "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" Early

AmDocs Saw Potential of "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" Early

Vetting process unveils 'powerful package'
American Documentary Film Festival Director Teddy Grouya recalls director Bill Siegel’s powerful pitch to gain funding for his documentary, 'The Trials of Muhammad Ali'.
Eureka! Indian Wells: This is a Restaurant to Find

Eureka! Indian Wells: This is a Restaurant to Find

It's love at first burger, but there is more
Eureka! Indian Wells answers the pressing questions facing new restaurants with great food and a menu that speaks to your sense of choices.
Shared Past Brings The Dangers, Cracker Back Together

Shared Past Brings The Dangers, Cracker Back Together

Bands to take stage during annual 'Campout'
The ninth annual Cracker-Camper Van Beethoven "Camp Out" will be reunion of sorts for The Dangers, an Inland Empire band formed in 1979, and Cracker at Pappy & Harriet's in Pioneertown.
Dolce Hotels Slates Contruction on Palm Springs Site in 2014

Dolce Hotels Slates Contruction on Palm Springs Site in 2014

Includes 2 restaurants, film screening room
Construction is expected to begin during the first quarter of 2014 on the Dolce Hotel and Resort in downtown Palm Springs and be completed by August 2015.
Explore Palm Springs: Palm Springs High School

Explore Palm Springs: Palm Springs High School

Bond issue leads to city's first high school
The two locations considered to build Palm Springs High School in 1938 were the mouth of Chino Canyon and the other fronted Ramon Road and Sunrise Way.
"Fall Kick-Off" Gives Taste of Modernism Week

"Fall Kick-Off" Gives Taste of Modernism Week

Take in tours, cocktail parties, awards luncheon
Modernism Week's precursor, the “Fall Season Kick-Off” set Oct. 11-14, acts as a warmup and also a financial supporter for the main event in February.
Dana Goldberg Stays True to Herself, and Comedy

Dana Goldberg Stays True to Herself, and Comedy

Channels laughs to benefit HIV/AIDS, LGBT equality
Gay comedian Dana Goldberg has gone from winning her high school talent show at age 17 with 10 minutes of her own material to sharing the stage with President Obama.
Editors' Picks: 10 Things to Do, Sept. 9-15

Editors' Picks: 10 Things to Do, Sept. 9-15

What are your plans? Here's our suggestions
Editors' Picks helps plan out your week in Palm Springs and the desert resort cities with concerts, events, restaurants, nightlife, clubs and the world of entertainment only found in the desert.
Westin Mission Hills Earns 2013 Cool Planet Award

Westin Mission Hills Earns 2013 Cool Planet Award

Honored for energy efficiency practices
The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage has been honored with a 2013 Cool Planet Award for best energy efficient practices in the hospitality sector.
Horror Classic's Return Features Appearance by David Naughton

Horror Classic's Return Features Appearance by David Naughton

Cathedral City resident played iconic role in "An American Werewolf in London"
The 1981 movie, "An American Werewolf in London", is coming back to the big screen coupled with a special appearance by the movie's star, David Naughton, Sept. 13 to benefit the Indio Performing Arts Center.
Back to School: Donald Wexler Made Imprint on Education

Back to School: Donald Wexler Made Imprint on Education

Architectural design enhances learning
Donald Wexler's purpose-specific architecture, such as schools, require more than mere design to assure results conducive to successfully accomplishing their goals and objectives.
Film Spotlights Muhammad Ali Outside the Boxing Ring

Film Spotlights Muhammad Ali Outside the Boxing Ring

AmDocs funding saw initial promise of film
Former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali never saw himself as a civil rights leader despite his four-year struggle in the 1960s spotlighted in the documentary, "The Trials of Muhammad Ali".
Palm Springs Artist Lights Up East Coast Show

Palm Springs Artist Lights Up East Coast Show

Kenny Irwin's robotic art is gaining traction
Kenny Irwin, whose “Robo Lights” display brought thousands to tour his family’s Palm Springs home, is creating an indoor installation for the American Visionary Art Museum set to open Oct. 5 in Baltimore.
Rick's Desert Grill Pays Homage to Grandma's Recipes

Rick's Desert Grill Pays Homage to Grandma's Recipes

Cuban infuence can be found in several dishes
The original Rick’s Restaurant in Palm Springs spawned Rick's Desert Grill featuring a Cuban-inspired menu built with recipes of his Cuban-born grandmother.
10 Outrageous Desert Spa Treatments

10 Outrageous Desert Spa Treatments

Relax, refresh, renew with these fun and unusual treatments
An old-fashioned trip to the spa conjures images of supreme relaxation and serenity. However, Coachella Valley’s spas are anything but ordinary.
Tackle The Gridiron Challenge At Desert Willow Golf Resort

Tackle The Gridiron Challenge At Desert Willow Golf Resort

Enjoy golf, dinner buffet, and football
This fall, tackle Desert Willow Golf Resort's pair of world-class courses anytime after noon in The Gridiron Challenge, a series of casual golf days with on-course contests on the front nine holes.
Hot Fun in the City

Hot Fun in the City

5 great theme nights to enjoy out on the town
Grab your crew and head out for cocktails, fun and ?
Veg Out!

Veg Out!

Vegetarians and vegans move to the head of the class
Daring restaurants elevating the ordinary veggie into an extraordinary meal to remember. Vegetarians and vegans, if food is your passion, celebrate it at the desert’s best eateries.
Supreme Dining Elegance

Supreme Dining Elegance

Feast like royalty in the Coachella Valley
The Coachella Valley brims with impressive luxury dining and accommodations. Experience savory meals prepared by skilled artisans.
Real Men Do Brunch

Real Men Do Brunch

It’s your birthright, guys. Take it back!
In the late 1800s male revelers needed a meal heavy enough to soak up what was left of their Saturday night libations during church each Sunday morning.
A World of Good Taste

A World of Good Taste

International flavors touch down in the Coachella Valley
International flavors touch down in the Coachella Valley.
5 Fun Places to Take Your Kids

5 Fun Places to Take Your Kids

Child-friendly attractions in greater Palm Springs for kids of all ages.
Amorous Building Blocks

Amorous Building Blocks

Plan a date night that celebrates Modern architecture
Sleek lines, open spaces, and sensual simplicity are the earmark of modern architecture. Palm Springs shines with designers like Neutra and Frey.
Golf Through the Ages

Golf Through the Ages

An historical overview of The Coachella Valley's favorite pastime.
Boy Meets Girl

Boy Meets Girl

A dozen great live music venues for the romantic at heart
If music is the soundtrack of our lives, score your love story at these fun-filled places.
10 Best Tennis Courts

10 Best Tennis Courts

Your guide to the valley's tennis courts.
Branded Entertainment

Branded Entertainment

Enjoy the differences between Coachella Valley’s desert cities
Highway 111 is your roadway into one of the liveliest destinations on the West Coast. Travel through our nine cities to fall in love with Greater Palm Springs.
Explore Palm Springs: Esther Williams

Explore Palm Springs: Esther Williams

Poolside diva was frequent desert dweller
In September 1955, the “Palm Springs Villager” showcased frequent desert visitor Esther Williams reportedly sitting in front of a pool built by her own company.
So Much At Steak

So Much At Steak

Find the perfect cut of beef for an unforgettable meal
From rotund porterhouses to petite filet mignons, steak is no longer a blue-collar treat. It’s now a culinary staple for those brave enough to order it ... just the way they want it.
Exit, Stage Left

Exit, Stage Left

Take in this season’s most engrossing theatrical performances
It’s theater with a vibe as intimate as a conversation with a good friend. Find the theatrical sophistication you crave at one of the valleys many fine theaters.
To Art With Love

To Art With Love

Moving exhibitions and works are desperately seeking your attention
Wanted: Visually stimulating art and artifacts that make the heart swell. Must be vibrant, creative, illuminating, and inspirational.
Golf: Debunking the Myths

Golf: Debunking the Myths

Taking on a few of the more common Golf Myths about Golf and the sexes.
Walking and Talking

Walking and Talking

The Best Tours In Coachella Valley
Whether you’re single and ready to mingle, part of a family, or couple, there are tours of every shape, subject, and size to get you out and about in the desert.
Trail Re-Mix

Trail Re-Mix

A fun guide to hiking in Coachella Valley
Familiarize yourself with these trails then head out for some of the best hiking the desert has to offer.
Golfer’s Paradise

Golfer’s Paradise

Putt your worries behind you
Luckily for folks in the Coachella Valley, your perfect golf game is just a short drive away at any one of the following public courses.
Body Beautiful

Body Beautiful

How to get and keep that Palm Springs glow
The Greater Palm Springs area has some of the best spas, products, and aestheticians in Southern California. Consider this regimen to make your body beautiful.
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