Things to Do This Week, Aug. 26 – Sept. 2

British reggae ban UB40 will get you into the groove at Spotlight 29, Purple Room Palm Springs reopens after a summer hiatus, and the desert enjoys the Labor Day weekend.

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UB40’s popularity in the U.S. was firmly established with the release of 1983’s Labour of Love, which peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

The La Quinta Museum is excited to open the new exhibit about the cultural and artistic influence of Route 66 in California. This exhibit is a compilation of memories about the Historic Route 66, about how the Mother Road’s past dialogues with the present, and the adventurous spirits who get their kicks on the road. The exhibit showcases the photography of Andy Romanoff and Brian Helder; Wendy Jack’s detailed diorama of a gas station and souvenir shop; a collective art installation from local artists, along with Route 66 artifacts and informative and interactive panels. playinlaquinta.com

GROOVE: Josh Nelson Trio / Aug. 26

The Southern California native brings his jazz pianist sills to CV Rep along with Alex Boneham on bass and Dan Schnelle on drums. The trip have performed with some of the top names in jazz, including Natalie Cole, Dave Koz, Anthny Wilson, and George Mraz. cvrep.org

GROOVE: The Purple Room Reopens / Aug. 27

The Purple Room begins its seventh season with Jazz Hall of Famer Rose Mallet, who sings the music of Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Duke Ellington and more. No ticket no cover required. purpleroompalmsprings.com

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TASTE: On the Mark Wine Tasting / Aug. 29

Enjoy the perfect night out with a full hour of wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres at On The Mark Fine Foods and Provisions in downtown Palm Springs. The tasting includes an official “On The Mark” wine glass, where you can taste a range of 5-7 organic wines along with several hors d’oeuvres that they have currated from their shop to elevate the tasting experience. Must be 21 and older. onthemarkpalmsprings.com



WATCH: The Goonies / Aug. 30

Summer nights mean dive-in movies at the Arrive hotel in Palm Springs. This month, the projector showcases 1985’s cult favorite, The Goonies. Fun fact: The scene in which the Goonies crew reunites with their parents featured many of the actors’ real-life moms and dads. arrivehotels.com

GROOVE: Community Drum Circle / Aug. 30

Crystal Fantasy in Palm Springs hosts this musical experience on the last Fridays of every month and invites attendees to “come feel the vibe, be the vibe.” Bring a drum, a flute, or a friend for a night of community bonding through free-spirited beats. Then stick around to browse the crystal shop. crystalfantasy.com

GROOVE: UB40 / Aug. 31

This British reggae band is best known for its rhythmic cover of Neil Diamond’s “Red, Red Wine,” which the members mistakenly attributed to a Jamaican artist named Negus Diamond (they’ve since set the record straight). See them live at Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella. spotlight29.com


Celebrating the multicultural dimensions of Mexican music, La Zaraguata (The Howling Monkey) will perform traditional songs from regions and cultures across the country. Founded in 2012 by Jerónimo Rajchenberg, La Zaraguata brings a deeper understanding of Mexican culture and its’ musical heritage to US audiences. harrisonhouse.com

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GO: Author Andy Long / SEPT. 1

One of Hollywood’s top exotic dancers and strip performance artists, Andy Long will sign his memoir, Tales From the Strip at Just Fabulous. As a stripper and performer, Long has also logged numerous television gigs, including for HBO, Cinemax and Playboy TV. bjustfabulous.com

GO: Ross Mathews Presents DragTastic Bubbly Brunch / SEPT. 1

Ross Mathews, the exuberant RuPaul’s Drag Race judge, brings his drag brunch to Moxie Palm Springs featuring drag queens with a variety of talents. When Mathews is not there, he employs a posses of guests hosts. moxiepalmsprings.com

Read our interview with Ross Mathews.

DRAW: Art Lab / SEPT. 1

Participants of all ages can engage in a weekly art workshop where you can create with spray paint and other materials. Take home your finished product. $10 entry fee includes supplies. westfield.com/palmdesert

Read our story about this innovative Art Lab inside Westfield Palm Desert.

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Two pop music legends of the 1960s — Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson and recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Zombies ­— are bringing their shimmering vocals and classic hits to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. fantasyspringsresort.com

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