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PS Underground Goes Above Ground

The secret moveable feast and cabaret extravaganza opens its permanent doors in Palm Springs with their new show Zing.

Kay Kudukis Attractions, Current Digital

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The new home for PS Underground in Palm Springs is a perfect fit for its unique dinner parties.
PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY PS UNDERGROUND

PS Underground has been wowing audiences with their spectacular dinners and cabaret shows for almost seven years, creating unique entertainment and menus at secret locations.

That’s about to change. Starting May 31, they won’t be hiding anymore with the recent renovation of a space formerly occupied by Appetito restaurant in Palm Springs, across from the Ace Hotel & Swim Club.

“When we first walked into the new venue, we immediately felt it was a perfect permanent home,” says PS Underground producer and co-creator Michael Fietsam. “With the theatricality of our dinners, we needed a special place. The fact that it’s a little quirky like we are and it’s a blank slate; it almost feels like it was built for us.”

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Are they worried that the “secret dinner” aspect of the show will suffer in a permanent space? Fietsam is optimistic it won’t. “We have such a great loyal following of people that come regularly that they just trust us,” he says.

PS Underground will still keep the exact content of the show and menu a secret, and patrons will continue to enjoy the reveals from Fietsam’s wild imagination and Horgen’s delightful and delicious reimagining of food.

The new space has a full-sized restaurant kitchen, something Fietsam’s co-producer and partner Dave Horgen has dreamed about since PS Underground’s inception. It will elevate his ability to create an even more lavish, culinary, multi-course adventure that is revealed as the adventure progresses.

Prior to their grand opening on May 31, there are a few special events you won’t want to miss.

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• On May 12, a very special tribute to moms is mounted with Labor Pains. It’s a Mother’s Day brunch that’s a humorous and heartfelt musical journey with a four-course Sunday meal prepared by Horgen celebrating all things Mom. There’s free-flowing bubbly and Bloody Marys. too.

• On May 17–18, Bohemia – A Gypsy Dinner is up next. Described as a Boho culinary experience, the event promises music, laughter, dancing, and perfectly-toasted spices from around the world to enhance the flavorful dishes and wow the palate. As always, the troupe of entertainers Fietsam has carefully cultivated over the years will provide the entertainment.

• On May 26, the popular That’s Amore, a musical Italian Sunday supper returns with a joyous and comedic tribute to family, heritage, music and the universal “Italian passion” for food. A heartwarming crowd pleaser, That’s Amore celebrates American-Italian songs that were made famous by Dean Martin, Perry Como, Connie Francis, Frank Sinatra, Jerry Vale, Louie Prima, Annette Funicello — if the singer is Italian, their songs are in the show.

For the grand opening on May 31, Zing – A Broadway Bound Dinner follows a troupe of actors from their first audition to their opening number with all the angst and tribulations that come with stepping on the Broadway stage. A four-course dinner taking inspiration from the iconic restaurants that have graced the Great White Way (Broadway was one of the first streets in New York City to be lit with electric lights brightening up the night sky in a flashing white) will be kept under wraps until you get there. The show runs from May 31 to June 9.

Dinner events start at either 6:30 or 7 p.m. (check website for each event) and most often conclude between 9 and 9:30 p.m. They feature a no-host bar with specialty drink menus changing nightly based on the theme. Prices range from $59 to $150 per person depending on the adventure and advanced seat purchase is highly recommended. While some of the events are repeated due to popularity, many are brand new based on the plethora of ideas swarming around inside Fietsam’s brain.

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On off nights, Fietsam and Horgen aren’t ones to take a breather. The space is available for small group dinners and private special events.

For those who have attended before, you’re likely heading over to the website to book a seat. For newcomers, keep in mind that all of the tables are shared, and seating time is the same for everyone. It’s one of the things that makes it so special.

PS Underground, 1700 S. Camino Road, Suite 2, Palm Springs, 760-636-8442; psunderground.com.