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Things to Do This Week, Jan. 27 – Feb. 2

Jerry Mathers, who will always be the Beaver to us, visits the desert, Pedro Fernández delivers Grammy-winning tunes, and here are suggestions on where to watch Super Bowl 54.

JIM POWERS Attractions, Current Digital

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More than 100 artists vend paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and more Feb. 1 and again Feb. 15 in Old Town La Quinta.
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OLD TOWN LA QUINTA
GO: STEVEN FALES, CONFESSIONS OF A MORMAN BOY / THROUGH JAN. 2020

Steven Fales is in the midst of a five-month residency at Hotel Zoso with its “Storytelling Tuesdays” series. The one-man show tells the story of what happened to Fales and his gay brothers and sisters in the Mormon Church at the turn of the millennium. mormonboyexperience.com

• READ NEXT: Steven Fales Chats About The Story Behind His Performance.

GROOVE: Herb Alpert & Lani Hall / Jan. 27

Trumpeter, recording exec, and painter and sculptor Herb Alpert and vocalist and author Lani Hall are among the jazz world’s biggest power couples. The married pair serenade audiences with American and Brazilian bops at the McCallum Theatre. mccallumtheatre.com

GO: Jerry Mathers “The Beaver” / Jan. 28

Leave It To Beaver entered the hearts and homes of America in 1957. The show made Jerry Mathers an icon for more than 60 years. Join us for a trip down memory lane with Mathers for an interview and Q&A with host Dan McGrath. Mathers last appeared in the desert in 2018 with Tony Dow at Comic Con Palm Springs, for a 60th anniversary celebration of “Leave It To Beaver.” The show has never been off the air since 1957, while Mathers took a long break from acting. Mathers returned and continues to do commercial work. Mathers has his own website, jerrymathers.com. Tickets: cvrep.org

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PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY COACHELLA VALLEY REPERTORY

Jerry Mathers as the Beaver.

GROOVE: Hershey Felder / Jan. 28-29

With his signature style and lots of audience participation, Hershey Felder’s Great American Songbook Sing-Along takes audiences through 100 years of American music – beginning with Irving Berlin. mccallum.com.

TASTE: Riboli Family Wine Estates Dinner / Jan. 28-29

Enjoy a four-course meal paired with Riboli Family Wine Estates at LG’s Steakhouse, Jan. 28 in Palm Springs, and Jan. 29 in La Quinta. lgsprimesteakhouse.com

GO: Stonewall Gardens 5-Year ANNIVERSARY / JAN. 30

Join Stonewall Gardens in celebrating its fifth anniversary as Palm Springs’ first and only senior assisted living for the LGBTQ community and friends.Hors d’oeuvres will be served with entertainment by Keisha D. Tours. facebook.com

GO: ANDREA BERNSTEIN LECTURE, BOOK SIGNING / JAN. 31

Investigative journalist and author Andrea Bernstein will be speaking on her latest book, American Oligarchs,  chronicling the rise of the Trump/ Kushner families and what that means for American Democracy. palmspringsspeaks.org

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groove: Finesse / Feb. 1

Now in its 22nd year, the Gardens on El Paseo’s charity concert series has drummed up more than $1 million for local nonprofits with eats, sips, and songs on the lawn in front of Saks Fifth Avenue in Palm Desert. This month’s show features cover band Finesse and benefits Guide Dogs of the Desert. thegardensonelpaseo.com

Groove: The Big Broadway Singalong Too / Feb. 1

Desert Theatreworks’ fundraising extravaganza offers Broadway fans the chance to belt out their favorites sans stage fright. Cabaret singers lead the crowd in a joyful group singalong. There’s also a dinner, silent auction, and raffle. dtworks.org

Go: La Quinta Book Fest / Feb. 1

Isabel Quintero, Aminder Dhaliwal, and other authors arrive at the La Quinta Library for panels, signings, and more at this free festival. Attend panels on writing, books as social commentary, graphic novels, and libraries, plus a special exhibit on the history of the American public library. lqbookfest.blogspot.com

GROOVE: Pedro Fernández / Feb. 1

In the 43 years since this Jalisco-born star began his career (as 7-year-old Pedrito), he’s recorded 39 albums and made appearances in 25 films. Hear Latin Grammy–winning tunes like “Amarte a la Antigua” and “Cachito de Cielo” at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio. fantasyspringsresort.com

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PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO

GO: ND2KNW / FEB. 1

Iconoclasts, adventurers, genre busters, rascals and risk takers with surprising ideas will each take the mic for a dynamic and rousing 20 minutes. With plenty of time during the day for interactions with speakers and fellow attendees, you’ll leave ND2KNW astonished and fully ready to engage with a world that is changing on a daily basis. d2knw.org

GO: DESERT FILM SOCIETY – RECORDER / feb. 1

For over 30 years, Marion Stokes obsessively and privately recorded American television news twenty-four hours a day. A mystery in the form of a time capsule, Recorder delves into the strange life of a woman for whom home taping was a form of activism. desertfilmsociety.org

GO: Art on Main Street / Feb. 1, 15

More than 100 artists vend paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and more in Old Town La Quinta, a charming collection of restaurants and boutiques designed to reflect the lively but peaceful city centers of Europe and Northern California. oldtownlaquinta.com

go: Palm Springs Vintage Market / Feb. 2, 16

With an atmosphere similar to the legendary Rose Bowl Flea Market in Los Angeles, the Palm Springs Vintage Market is a go-to destination for desert treasure hunters seeking retro furniture, homewares, décor, art, clothing, and jewelry. palmspringsvintagemarket.com

GO: Super Bowl 54 / Feb. 2

Here are 10 places in Greater Palm Springs where you can enjoy Super Bowl 54 and the big-screen experience regardless of which team is your favorite. palmspringslife.com

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PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY AGUA CALIENTE CASINO RESORT SPA

GO: Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel / Feb. 3

Jeffrey Siegel is a piano man with the gift of gab — he furnishes his catalog of melodic classics with commentary on the origins and importance of each song and its composer. His latest concert at the McCallum Theatre celebrates some of music’s most beloved greats, including Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Stenhammar. mccallumtheatre.com

THEATER

Camelot / Jan. 17–Feb. 9

The writers of My Fair Lady penned this classic King Arthur musical. Take your own seat at the round table at Palm Canyon Theatre in Palm Springs. palmcanyontheatre.com

Those Musclebound Cowboys From Snake Pit Gulch / Jan. 17–Feb. 9

Desert Rose Playhouse in Rancho Mirage lassoes in audiences with this cheeky, modern take on the American western, in which an east coast detective disguises himself as a woman for an investigation and finds himself fighting crime — and falling in love — in the all-men gold rush town of Snake Pit Gulch. desertroseplayhouse.org

Escape to Margaritaville / Through Feb. 2

Waste away an evening at the McCallum Theatre, where a dedicated researcher, a playboy bartender, and their friends find romance, treasure, and their long-lost shaker of salt during a weeklong island romp in this lighthearted jukebox musical featuring Jimmy Buffet songs. mccallumtheatre.com

Adoption Roulette / Through Feb. 2

Elizbeth Fuller and Joel Vig’s harrowing experiences in Moscow as they attempted to adopt a little girl provide the true-life basis for this new play. See the world premiere at the Pearl McManus Theatre in Palm Springs. detctheatre.org

Ballroom / Through Feb. 16

The Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre worked with Ballroom’s original authors to breathe new life — including three brand-new songs and several others that were previously cut before they reached the stage — into the 1976 Broadway musical about love at a dance hall. cvrep.org

Art Exhibitions

Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe / Through March 1

Girard wore many hats in the world of design — buildings, furniture, fabrics, and more all bear his mark. More than 400 objects, plus a replica of one of his celebrated interiors, bring the artist’s unique sense of whimsy to the galleries of the Palm Springs Art Museum. psmuseum.org

Imaging Change: History, Memory, and Social Justice / Through April 5

Inspired by Dawoud Bey’s moving photographic series honoring and remembering the six children who were murdered by white supremacists in Birmingham, Alabama, on Sep. 15, 1963, this exhibition at the Palm Springs Art Museum features artists whose photos engage with the past, the contemporary moment, and the need for a different future. psmuseum.org

Lino Tagliapietra: Il Deserto Fiorito / Through April 12

Renowned Italian glassblower (and mentor to American glass master Dale Chihuly) Lino Taliapietra exhibits more than 30 vibrant glass sculptures at the Palm Springs Art Museum. psmueum.org

Reach for the Sky: Tradition + Inspiration / Through June 7

A striking 30-foot-tall totem pole has greeted visitors to Walter and Leonore Anneberg’s Rancho Mirage estate, Sunnylands, since 1978. Carved by indigenous artist Henry Hunt and later restored by his son Stan and grandson Jason, the totem pole serves as the focal point for a new exhibition featuring work by the Hunts and American sculptor Herb Alpert. sunnylands.org

Touching History: Stonewall 50 / Through March 29

Fifty years after the uprising at the Stonewall Inn in New York City that kickstarted the fight for LGBTQ rights, the Palm Springs Art Museum presents this beautiful exhibition of photographs and collages exploring the power of queer intimacy and touch. psmuseum.org

Gerald Clarke: Falling Rock / Jan. 18–May 31

Palm Springs Art Museum mounts Cahuilla artist Gerald Clarke’s first major solo exhibition, highlighting around 80 works, including branded books and metal signs, that approach modern issues with a dry wit and a singular cultural perspective that refuses to let viewers shy away from America’s fraught history. psmuseum.org