Things to Do This Week in the Desert

Black-and-white films are back on the big screen at the Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs, while a pair of music festivals come to the high desert.

JIM POWERS Attractions, Current Digital

Shakti Fest has a new location at The Lake at Joshua Tree Campground.

GO: Walk of Stars Honor to Shirley Claire / May 6

Walk of the Stars Palm Springs will honor showgirl, cabaret singer, and dancer Shirley Claire with the 431st star on the Walk of the Stars Palm Springs. The star will be unveiled at 2 p.m., May 6 in front of the historic Palm Springs Plaza Theatre, l28 S. Palm Canyon Drive. She may be best known not just for the three seasons performing as a featured singer for the original Palm Springs Follies from 1991 – 1994, but recently Shirley took to the stage again during the 2015 season of America’s Got Talent. Shirley was branded as the Sexy Senior and the Octogenarian Songstress as she sang Sinatra’s “The Best is Yet To Come” and other standards on the popular televised talent search.

TASTE: Seis de Mayo / May 6

Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewery launches its new Latin-fusion menu with a food-focused fiesta. Options include goat cheese tamales, pork belly tacos, and homemade churros; they’ll also debut a new Mexican lager (brewed on-site) to wash it all down.


The Rancho Mirage Writers Association presents author and a contributing author at Vanity Fair, Douglas Brinkley at 2 p.m. May 6 at the Rancho Mirage Public Library. The first 400 people at this event will receive a free copy of Brinkley’s latest book, American Moonshot.

WATCH: Shen Yun / May 9–11

The Chinese dance and music company’s cultural-celebration world tour makes a stop at the McCallum Theatre.

GO: Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival / May 9–12

Filmmakers of the 1940s and ’50s had a thing for pairing cynical investigators with not-so-virtuous women in crime-focused melodramas. Get your fill as Palm Springs Cultural Center hosts four days of screenings. Read our preview and interview with opening night guest Kathy Garver.

GROOVE: Shakti Fest / May 9–13

Joshua Tree provides a naturally beautiful backdrop for this yoga and sacred music festival, which brings together kirtan (chanting) artists, yoga teachers, and expert workshop leaders for a weekend of growth, connection, and wellness.

WATCH: Circovia / May 10–11

Founded by a former Cirque de Soleil member, this show coming to Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa in Rancho Mirage features dancers, acrobats, and stuntmen — including a strongman allegedly descended from Genghis Khan.

GO: High Desert Soundings / May 10–11

This Wonder Valley festival at The Palms, the remote area’s only restaurant, fêtes experimental sound and includes headliners Wolf Eyes and Sarah Hennies. On-site camping is available for free. Read our preview featuring an interview with first-time performer Palberta.

WATCH: Real Women Have Curves / May 10–19

This 1990 play, based on author Josefina López’s own experiences working at a Los Angeles garment factory, focuses on gender politics and immigrant experiences — and still feels incredibly timely today. See it at the Indio Performing Arts Center.

WATCH: Big River / May 10–19

Palm Springs’ Palm Canyon Theatre puts on this bluesy musical adaptation of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, in which a plucky young boy escaping abuse pairs up with a runaway slave for a ride down the Mississippi River in search of freedom.

WATCH: Good People / May 1–19

See Pulitzer-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire’s compelling story about a struggling single mother and her unsympathetic old flame at Coachella Valley Repertory in Cathedral City.