Ask the Rabbi
If you have ever walked Palm Canyon Drive during this weekly Thursday night street fair, perhaps you've seen the small table and sign that prompts, Ask the Rabbi. Rabbi Yonason Denebeim has been answering questions for more than 25 years. Watch our VIDEO to see a day-in-the-life of Rabbi Denebeim on a typical Thursday night.
College of the Desert
Not to be outdone, College of the Desert's Palm Desert campus is the site of its own Street Fair from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through May.
Open Air Market
Just down the street from the Spa Casino in downtown Palm Springs, vendors gather every Saturday only market from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. through May.
25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival
Now that the movie stars have come and gone, it's all about the movies. The festival closes this weekend. The Closing Night Gala Jan. 12 features the film, "Le Week-End" with Jeff Goldblum, Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan. (pictured at right). The movie will show at 5:30 p.m. at Palm Springs High School. Check out our Insider's Guide.
Best of the Best
If you want to watch what were graded as the best entries of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, check the festival website for a list of the "Best of the Best" movies set to screen Jan. 13. Visit www.psfilmfest.org for the schedule.
When his best friend, actor Mark Wahlberg, called him to say he was going to star in the film, producer Randall Emmett, who lives part-time in La Quinta, took notice. He read the script and the book, and said to himself, "How can I not do this movie?" Read our Q&A and find out why Emmett called working on the movie a "life-changing" experience.
NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION
Mayor's Race and Wellness Festival
So like you do every year, you resolve to either lose weight or spend less time binge-watching "The Walking Dead" and get out and exercise. Here's the first step. Palm Springs Mayor Steve Poughnet has brought in Tae Bo inventor Billy Blanks (pictured at left) and Doonya creators Priya Pandya and Kajal Desai to get you motivated. Read our profile of pilates expert Cassey Ho, who will also lead a workout at the Jan. 11 event.
Humana Well-Being Walk, Healthy Fair
La Quinta hosts this pro-exercise event with a 5.75-mile walk along the Bear Creek Path at 9 a.m. Jan. 11. There are four rest stops with snacks and water, followed by a Humana Healthy Fun Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with things to do for the whole family at La Quinta Community Park.
TALK ABOUT IT
The Rancho Mirage Public Library hosts a great speaker series beginning with a series of lectures Jan. 9 on U.S. history from post World War II to the assassination of JFK by Dr. William Gudelunas.
The Living Desert
See this Palm Desert treasure like you never have before, exploring the zoo from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting Jan. 10 to see what animals come out when the sun goes down.
From Bagels to Buddha
Author Judi Hollis will sign her new book about how she found her soul and lost her fat from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 11 at Just Fabulous in Palm Springs.
She goes by only one name. Think Cher. Madonna. Except TAIRA has made a name for herself in the art world. See her latest exhibit of paintings and sculptures starting Jan. 10 at Colin Fisher Studios in Cathedral City. Read our Q&A with TAIRA, and watch the VIDEO to hear her inspiration for the painting, "Urban Butterfly".
75 Years at the Palm Springs Art Museum
This new exhibition installed on the lower level chronicles the museum's 75 years interspersed are selected artworks. Open through April 6.
In conjunction with The Clinton Foundation Health Matters Initiative, Tumblr and Jawbone, the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs will conduct the final part of a four-part series, which has been a competition of using technology to make in-roads in healthcare. Teams will develop their applications Jan. 10-11 and have them judged Jan. 12 at the hotel.
TRIP BACK IN TIME
Cabot's Pueblo Museum
Set in Desert Hot Springs, this architectural masterpiece shows the painstaking efforts by Cabot Yerxa. Roam 5,000 square feet, 35 rooms, 150 windows, 65 doors. Gain a sneak peek with our VIDEO.
The Blonde Divas
The female trio hit The Cactus Club at the Palm Desert Country Club Jan. 11 with songs from their second CD titled "Oldies Only".
The Fabulous Follies
Maureen McGovern (pictured at left) takes over as guest star. Watch our VIDEO as founder Riff Markowitz reflects on this Palm Springs institution's 23-year run.
The Copa Palm Springs
Wednesday through Sunday nights brings a different type of music at the newest addition to the nightclub scene. Watch our VIDEO to gain a sneak peek of the Copa.
Pronounced Ma-cheen, this bilingual Latin-influenced band has its roots in the Inland Empire. See them perform at The Purple Room in Palm Springs starting Jan. 9.
This San Diego band plays West Coast style country with vocal harmonies and a twanging lead guitar. See them Jan. 10 at Pappy & Harriet's in Pioneertown.
Patsy & Hank
A musical tribute to Patsy Cline and Hank Williams salutes two of the biggest names in country music Jan. 10 at McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert.
He has a new moniker, Snoop Lion, and you'll hear songs from his latest album, Reincarnation. The man should know something about reinventing himself. See him Jan. 11 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Coachella.
MAKE ME LAUGH
Improv Comedy Club
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino opens its Improv Comedy Series Jan. 10 with Dat Phan, Ronnie Schell and David Gee. Phan won the first season of NBC's Last Comic Standing.
She brings her one-woman show Jan. 11 to the Spotlight 29 Casino in Indio. Madigan (pictured at right) has her third standup special coming soon on Netflix.
Surf & Turf
The Vue Bar & Grille offers a special this weekend (Jan. 10-12) featuring steak and lobster with 50 percent off select bottles of wine.
Humana Day at the Certified Farmers Market
Bring your reusable shopping bags to buy fresh vegetables, fruit and flowers in Old Town la Quinta, and watch chef Michael Vaughn of Twenty6 Restaurant at the La Quinta Resort whip up some dishes with items selected from the Farmers Market.
FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament
A who's who of former athletes and celebrities dot the playing field Jan. 11 at Eagle Falls Golf Course at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Coachella.
Steinway Society of Riverside
A free concert in the Rancho Mirage home of Julian Di Curcio and Rob Burrington benefits the Steinway Society at 5 pm. Jan. 11.
The Great Gatsby
Not the movie, but the theme for a Hearts for Art Gala 2014 fundraiser, which provides art opportunities for a number of Coachella Valley organizations. The gala starts at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at the la Quinta Resort and Club.
St. George Golf Tournament
The 19th annual benefits St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Palm Desert. Tee-off is Jan. 11at the Classic Club Golf Course in Palm Desert.
Matches take place every Sunday through March at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. General admission is free, but there is also VIP seating for a charge. Over at the Eldorado Polo Club also in Indio, matches run noon to 2 p.m. through March and tailgating is encouraged.
For more events, visit our comprehensive calendar.