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Projecting Pride

Cinema Diverse expands LGBTQ movie offerings, adds venue.

Michelle Roe LGBT

It’s a good thing that Michael Green is a film buff. As managing director of Cinema Diverse, the Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival, he is charged with watching every film submitted for consideration. Every. Single. Film. That’s more than 250 submissions so far this year. He must whittle down the field to 170 selections, including shorts, to be unveiled at

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Flaming the Inferno

Famed DJ Robbie Leslie will spin his magic for Palm Springs Disco Heat.

Michelle Roe Arts & Entertainment

Back in the days of disco, the DJ booth was at the center of the action, with talented “jockeys” playing the hottest music, catering to VIP requests, and keeping the pulse of the boisterous crowd. Robbie Leslie is best known as one of the most enduring and successful major club DJs ever to hit the notorious 1970s club circuit. •

‘Palm Springs Disco Heat’ Promises to Sizzle

13 guest DJs will spin the classics from the 1970s and '80s

Michelle Roe Arts & Entertainment

Get ready to boogie Palm Springs. Disco is “stayin’ alive” and event producer George Aguilar is hoping the valley will catch disco fever with his revival festival, Palm Springs Disco Heat, Sept. 10-11, at The Saguaro Hotel. “People think it (disco) died,” Aguilar says, “but people love the music. We want to give people a taste of real disco by

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Put Up Your Dukes

Comedian, singer Rodney Carrington doesn't hold back, and that includes taking over online interviews

Michelle Roe Arts & Entertainment

Rodney Carrington doesn’t hold back any punches. In fact, one of his latest albums is aptly named, The Hits, featuring strong country vocals fused with Carrington’s unique blend of humor. The Texas native has earned success in multiple artistic genres, charming fans for more than a decade with his, seemingly, “let it all out there” style. Carrington regularly performs shows

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Punk Music Tell-All Book Still Has Punch

'PLEASE KILL ME: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk' 20th anniversary tour makes Ace Hotel Palm Springs stop

Michelle Roe Arts & Entertainment

Shocking. Honest. Funny. Real. All words used to describe some of the punk music era’s most illustrious interviews from some of its most infamous characters. The Ramones. Iggy Pop. Patti Smith, Debby Harry. Richard Hell. As one of the founders of Punk Magazine (among his many credits), music journalist, Legs McNeil lived the punk culture to gain an insider’s view

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Marrying Film and Music

Pianist Josh Nelson shares his love for movies in his music to highlight Summer Jazz Series at CV Rep

Michelle Roe Arts & Entertainment

Pianist Josh Nelson is a huge classic movie buff. The American jazz recording artist and arranger lists anything with Barbara Stanwyck, Lawrence Olivier, and Ida Lupino among his faves, and the work of directors John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, and Billy Wilder. Known for his uniquely modern music and compositions, Nelson says he is also a frustrated film composer at heart.

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A Stand Up Guy

Brian Regan brings out the laughs with ordinary observations on life's goofy moments

Michelle Roe Arts & Entertainment

Stand up comedian Brian Regan’s sense of humor has not only sparked a successful career, but he’s fired up a fan following that includes the likes of Jimmy Fallon and Jerry Seinfeld. “I like to make anybody laugh but the fact that people who do what you do, like what you do, is an extra level of compliment,” Regan says,

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Comedian Tom Dreesen Shares Laughter’s Greatest Lessons

Legend delivers the punch line to how comedy brought a positive influence to his life

Michelle Roe Arts & Entertainment

In 2014, prior to performing at a tribute event in the desert, Chicago native and legendary comedian, Tom Dreesen made a bold prediction, rhetorically stating, “Will the Cubs ever go the World Series, again?…2016, bet the farm!” Dreesen, a huge Cubs fan, is known for making jokes. But when it comes to his beloved Cubbies, he draws the line. “If

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Ryan Spindell Finds the Cool, Fun in Making Horror

LA director brings award-winning "The Babysitter Murders" to Palm Springs ShortFest

Michelle Roe Arts & Entertainment

As a child, Ryan Spindell was terrified of horror movies. His mom was very “anti-horror” and, understandably, steered her child away from the genre. So how does such fear spawn one of the hottest up-and-coming horror directors? “When I was 12 or 13, I saw Peter Jackson’s (of the Lord of the Rings trilogy) movie Dead Alive,” Spindell recalls. “It

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From Dusk to Dawn

If you’re a desert dweller who likes being outside year-round, in 
summer you’re probably a night owl. Here’s how to take wing.

Michelle Roe Arts & Entertainment

The summer sun is intense, but Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley are open for all manner of nocturnal activities. The Lights at Indio GC shine on every evening, and the only illuminated golf course in the Coachella Valley invites you to lose just as many balls after dark as you do at high noon. No need to use those