johnny costa's ristorante crew

Johnny Costa’s Ristorante Receives a Makeover – Celebrating 42nd Season, Sept. 26, 2017

Site Staff Social Scene

The Costa Family celebrated more than 40 years serving the Coachella Valley with the recent renovation of its Palm Springs restaurant, Johnny Costa’s Ristorante. This classic Italian restaurant in the downtown district underwent a major makeover during its summer break and reopened with a new look Sept. 1. The late Frank Sinatra was a regular at Johnny Costa’s, where the

Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner

The World’s Most Beautiful Animal

A new biography of screen siren Ava Gardner shows that her enduring legacy includes Palm Springs and Frank Sinatra.

Jeremy Kinser Arts & Entertainment

Despite being an award-winning actress and a top box-office draw during her heyday, Ava Gardner often generated more attention for her tumultuous personal life than her film roles. A bona-fide Hollywood legend for her unparalleled good looks (she was famously touted by MGM as “the world’s most beautiful animal”), Gardner lived up to the fanciful billing with an active social

nilerodgers

Nile Rodgers Brings Summer “Chic” to the Desert

Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer has connection to Greater Palm Springs through Tina, Frank Sinatra.

Anthony Grant Arts & Entertainment

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Nile Rodgers has been either cranking out or crafting hits for decades now, counting everyone from global goddesses like Diana Ross and Madonna to pop legends like Duran Duran and David Bowie as colleagues and friends. But Rodgers’ connections to music greatness extend to Greater Palm Springs and back to his first record deal

josh homme

Desert Dreamers 3

Whether through dancing, singing, painting, or playing, their lives and art reflect our valley.

Maggie Downs History

One of the stories often told about Palm Springs’ early history (a story like many others with one foot in the truth and the other hovering somewhere near it) is that the valley was a magnet to Hollywood celebrities because many of them had a clause in their contracts forbidding them to travel farther than 120 miles from their studios.

frank-sinatra

He Did It His Way

Villa Maggio, named after the film character that garnered him an Oscar, was Frank Sinatra's getaway from all his other getaways.

Lawrence Karol Real Estate

In 1967, Frank Sinatra commissioned a midcentury-style mountaintop home that he had built on a plateau in Pinyon Crest with sweeping views of the Coachella Valley. He designed the house with Ross Patton, a well-known Palm Desert architect from the 1950s-70s. Sinatra dubbed the house Villa Maggio as a tribute to Private Angelo Maggio, the character he portrayed in the 1953 film, From