The American Express PGA golf tournament

Things to Do in the Desert, Jan. 16–22

The American Express golf tournament, a vegan food festival, and a dose of political satire fill out the Greater Palm Springs calendar this week.

Amelia Rodriguez Attractions, Current Digital

The American Express PGA golf tournament

The PGA Tour arrives in La Quinta this week for The American Express tournament, Jan. 16–22 at PGA West.

Palm Springs International Film Festival: Through Jan. 16

Filmmakers from more than 60 countries show their masterpieces at this annual Palm Springs festival — and jockey for accolades such as Best International Screenplay, Best Documentary, and the teen-judged Young Cineastes Award. Screenings happen at multiple cinemas and often include celebrity appearances and Q&As.

Lucia Heffernan: Through Jan. 20

Lucia Heffernan’s playful paintings imagine a world where animals partake in everyday human activities. See her smile-inducing tableaus — featuring scenarios such as a dog delivering pizza and meerkats working on their golf swing — at Coda Gallery in Palm Desert.

Fantastic Fantasies: Jan. 16

Jeffrey Siegel continues his crowd-favorite Keyboard Conversations series at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert. This time he’s sharing his preferred free-form compositions from Hadyn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Chopin.

Open Mic Night: Jan. 16

Singers, storytellers, comics, and composers can flex their skills — and grab food truck eats — at Old Town Artisan Studio’s monthly open mic night in La Quinta.

The American Express Golf Tournament: Jan. 16–22

Golf pros descend on the desert for this annual tournament on the Pete Dye Stadium Course at PGA West in La Quinta. In addition to exciting professional and amateur play, the event also features evening concerts from Gwen Stefani and Darius Rucker.

Lucy Loves Desi: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom: Jan. 17

The children of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and I Love Lucy creator Jess Oppenheimer collaborated to pen this hilarious play about the behind-the-scenes happenings of one of the most-watched shows of the 1950s. See it at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert.

Dirty Blonde: Jan. 17–29

When aspiring actress Jo meets film archivist and fellow Mae West obsessive Charlie at the pop culture legend’s grave, the two tumble into mutual passion. See the story unfold at Coachella Valley Repertory in Cathedral City.

Paint Night at the Brewery: Jan. 18

Sip locally crafted ales, porters, and IPAs at La Quinta Brewing Co.’s Palm Desert taproom while creating a gallery-worthy painting. Artist Lauren Avitia walks you through each step of decorating your canvas.

Peter Sprague: Jan. 18

Jazz guitarist Peter Sprague leads his band through a tour of Paul Simon tunes at Rancho Mirage Library & Observatory. Hear fresh takes on “Sound of Silence,” “Cecilia,” and other favorites by the New Jersey–born virtuoso.

The Laurie Morvan Band: Jan. 18

Dueling solos between guitarist Laurie Morvan and her quick-paced keyboardist Tom Salyers add even more heat to the band’s blazing blues show at Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs.

Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour: Jan. 19

Jazz luminaries Kurt Elling, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian Sands, Lakecia Benjamin, Clarence Penn, and Yasushi Nakamura take to the McCallum Theatre stage in Palm Desert in celebration of the Monterey Jazz Festival’s 65th year.

Stanley Kubrick & Desert Snakes: Jan. 19

The Palm Springs Art Museum’s “Mixed Feelings” lecture series invites attendees to draw connections between two seemingly disparate topics. This week, the director of The Shining meets rattlers and sidewinders.

The Clairvoyants: Jan. 19–21

This Austrian mentalist duo nabbed the No. 2 spot on Season 11 of America’s Got Talent. See their mind-reading powers at work at Marvyn’s Magic Theater in La Quinta.

Angie Wells Quartet: Jan. 20

Playful onstage banter and a few fabulous costume changes enhance Angie Wells’ genre-bending jazz show at Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs.

El Paseo Cruise Night: Jan. 20

Hundreds of vintage cars parade down El Paseo in Palm Desert. A car show kicks off at 2 p.m. on the upper west level of The Gardens on El Paseo, and the motorcade begins at 4:30 p.m. It’s a great time to grab a streetside patio table for happy hour to watch the action.

Jeremiah Watkins: Jan. 20

Jeremiah Watkins’ high-energy humor has earned praise from director Judd Apatow. Crack up at his killer impressions at Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs.

The Simon & Garfunkel Story: Jan. 20–21

This jukebox musical at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert employs photographs and film footage — plus live performances of the duo’s greatest hits — to trace Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel’s journey from elementary schoolmates to Rock & Roll Hall of Famers.

Palm Springs Getaway: Jan. 20–29

It’s always sunny in Palm Springs! Beloved icons and celebrities from the city’s history appear in this high-energy musical at Palm Canyon Theatre in Palm Springs.

Future Food Market: Jan. 21

This food festival at Palm Desert Civic Center Park invites attendees to envision a future full of animal-free cuisine, including vegan sushi, cheeseless pizza, and non-dairy nachos.

Mi Banda El Mexicano de Casimiro: Jan. 21

This Veracruz–based group fuses traditional Sinaloan music with synthesized sounds to craft Technobanda hits like 1993’s “Feliz, Feliz.” Hear them live at Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella.

The Eagles Ronstadt Experience: Jan. 21

Before The Eagles topped charts with “Hotel California,” they jammed as the backing band for 11-time Grammy winner Linda Ronstadt. Experience the best of both at this tribute concert at The Gardens on El Paseo in Palm Desert.

Train: Jan. 21

“Hey, Soul Sister,” drop by Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio to see Train perform hits like “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and “Calling All Angels.”


Soft-rockers Train will bring their surprisingly dense catalog of hits to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Jan. 21.

Capitol Comedy

Capitol Comedy takes on political news with humorous skits at Palm Desert's McCallum Theatre.

Capitol Comedy: Jan. 22

Capitol Comedy’s six performers riff on current events and parody political gaffs in this nonpartisan multimedia musical at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert. 

Desert Winds Freedom Jazz Band: Jan. 22

The Desert Winds Freedom Band stands as proof that music draws all people together: Its members range in age from 17 to 91. The organization’s jazz group performs at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park Amphitheater. 

Winter BioBlitz: Jan. 22–29

Let loose your inner scientist and head out to the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitors Center to discover and assist in documenting new plants and animals, adding to the 2,400-plus species already recorded in the area.



A Bright New Boise: Through Jan. 22

The Pearl McManus Theatre in Palm Springs presents this Obie Award–winning dark comedy about an Idaho Hobby Lobby employee’s attempts to reconnect with his estranged son.

Outburst Projects: Through Jan. 29

Five artists draw upon their cultural histories to create evocative pieces, from woven artwork to cyborg-like sculpted monsters, as part of this residency program at Palm Springs Art Museum.

Nunsense A-Men: Through Feb. 5

Male actors at Desert TheatreWorks in Indio star as five singing nuns aiming to raise funds for 52 funerals after the convent’s cook accidentally poisons dozens of their sisters.

Pure, Simple & Beautiful Forms: Through Feb. 5

Palm Springs Art Museum aims to prompt thinking about universal beauty with this exhibition of glass works from its permanent collection.

In Buffalo: Through Mar. 5

Documentary photographer Milton Rogovin captured the vibrancy and strength of everyday people in his hometown of Buffalo, New York. Palm Springs Art Museum exhibits his work in light of the May 2022 shooting in the city.

Petra Cortright: Through Mar. 26

The Santa Barbara–born artist known for self-portrait videos composes “paintings” with internet imagery in this exhibition at Palm Springs Art Museum.

Phillip K. Smith III: Through May 21

Palm Desert resident Phillip K. Smith III fills four galleries at Palm Springs Art Museum with installations inspired by the desert’s unique quality of light.

A Place at the Table: Through June 4

View the formal table settings that the Annenbergs set out to entertain presidents and royals at Sunnylands Center & Gardens.

American Framing: Through July 2

The Architecture and Design Center in Palm Springs brings attention to the subtle architectural genius of wood framing through models, photos, furniture, and a full-scale structure.

For even more events, visit our calendar.


The desert-inspired works of Phillip K. Smith III are on display at the Palm Springs Art Museum through May 21.