March 2010

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PSST - Word Association

PSST - Word Association

The Secret Agenda
Jerry Banks, a retired trial lawyer living in Rancho Mirage, has written the first in a series of legal mysteries featuring Portland lawyer Barry O’Shea. The Secret Agenda (SterlingHouse Publisher) follows O’Shea’s efforts to keep an Indian mystic and cult founder from taking over a county in central Oregon.
PSST - The Bold and the Beautiful

PSST - The Bold and the Beautiful

Ballet dancer/instructor Valerie Mahabir used the bold artwork of actor Jack Armstrong to inspire the choreography of Cosmic Firebird Ballet, being presented March 13 in Rancho Mirage. Lights in colors from Armstrong’s works will “paint” the dancers’ white chiffon.
PSST - Barrels of Fun

PSST - Barrels of Fun

D’Agostini has been photographing wine caves since 1996 — sometimes documenting their construction. At Ironstone Vineyards in the Sierra Foothills, he came upon cave doors made from staves of barrels once full of his family’s wine.
PSST - What’s Under the Hood, Al DiMora?

PSST - What’s Under the Hood, Al DiMora?

Al DiMora’s lair in an inconspicuous Palm Springs industrial park holds many marvels of innovation. From Batman’s car (from the 1992 film Batman Returns) to an armored and armed spec vehicle for the U.S. Border Patrol, a fantastic story roars in every engine.
Timeless Style

Timeless Style

Visiting Frasca Jewelers in its new location (73560 El Paseo, Palm Desert) a block west of its fire-damaged boutique, we were hardly surprised to find owner Maria Wahl wide-eyed and marveling at a finely detailed Buccellati Eliochron watch — every bit of it hand-engraved in 18K gold.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Lorna Luft pays tribute to her mother, Judy Garland, at McCallum Theatre
After 17 years crisscrossing the ocean between jobs and houses in London and Los Angeles, Lorna Luft relaxes in the warmth of the desert. Dreams come true for desert resident Lorna Luft as she pays tribute to her mother, Judy Garland, at McCallum Theatre
The Hay Days of Palm Springs

The Hay Days of Palm Springs

Cowboys return for a Wild WestFest celebrating a slice of the desert’s heritage
So many people see the Coachella Valley as a place of Hollywood celebrities and industry icons, tuxedoes and gowns, gourmet cuisine, and place settings with shiny silverware and elegant flower arrangements. But, like Howard Hughes (a frequent visitor in the 1940s), the desert harbors a second personality: that of chaps and denim, chuck wagons with tin plates, leather saddles and dusty trails — even among Hollywood luminaries.
Wealth - Lessons Learned

Wealth - Lessons Learned

Look for transparency and practice restraint to minimize risk
Former star of M*A*S*H Wayne Rogers has re-emerged as a nationally respected investment manager, finance expert, and Fox News contributor. As CEO of Wayne M. Rogers & Co., he shares his personal investment philosophy.
Palm Springs Horoscopes - March 2010

Palm Springs Horoscopes - March 2010

Fascinating conjectures on the History Channel about 2012: After a fall, a hiker discovers a lone Easter Island giant head on a deserted island. Calculating its alignment with the “2012 phenomenon,” he finds the astronomical perfection of the pyramids. What is the meaning of the end of a calendar?
A ‘Splash’ of Imagination

A ‘Splash’ of Imagination

Dennis Oppenheim’s new sculptures burst with color.
Form and color have long distinguished the daring and monumental sculptures of New York-based artist Dennis Oppenheim. For his new series of work, Splash Buildings, he reaches deep into his youth, when he lived in Berkeley and drove to San Francisco.
Editor's Letter March 2010

Editor's Letter March 2010

Acting Locally, Thinking Globally
As temperatures climb during the days this month, it’s easy to forget the cool nights. I’m reminded each year during the evening matches at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Center and Fashion Week El Paseo — events that draw passionate souls to the desert even after the shiny Palm Springs International Film Festival and Palm Springs Modernism Week have run their course.
Detours - A visit to Florence, Lucca, and beyond

Detours - A visit to Florence, Lucca, and beyond

Rich history, fine food, and wine
In Italy, like other European cities, it’s best to pick the most appealing destination and thoroughly explore it — and surrounding areas within an hour’s drive.
Texture, Color, Comfort

Texture, Color, Comfort

The sophisticated look of spring has the feel of another place and time
In search of the perfect setting to showcase the flowers and bright colors of spring fashion 2010, we found Andalusia at Coral Mountain a fine complement, with its shadowy archways, intimate nooks, and grand gardens that represent the land of the flamenco dancer and Seville, Cordoba, and Granada.
A Bright, Beautiful You!

A Bright, Beautiful You!

While many of us have curtailed our spending, we still make our appearance a high priority. In fact, Americans seem largely undaunted in their quest for perfection, according to a 2009 survey sponsored by RealSelf.com.
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