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.
GROOVE: Tribal Seeds / May 2
Brothers Steven and Tony-Ray Jacobo front the rock-reggae band Tribal Seeds. Hear them perform jams like “Rude Girl” at the Date Shed in Indio.
GROOVE: The Creation Factory and S.O.S. / May 2–3
As a lead-up to the big Moreno Beach–based festival in October, Desert Daze hosts a series of intimate shows at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs. This free event features psychedelic rockers The Creation Factory alongside S.O.S. and additional DJs in the hotel’s cozy Amigo Room bar.
WATCH: The Phantom of the Opera / May 2–5
College of the Desert presents its take on Broadway’s longest running show, the story of a mysterious masked figure and his obsession with beautiful soprano Christine. The chandelier drops at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert.
SEE: Glen Wexler, The ’80s Portrait Sessions / May 2-12
Glen Wexler returns to his native Palm Springs to show images from his latest photography book, The ’80s Portrait Sessions, at Janssen Artspace.
GROOVE: Pepe Aguilar / May 3
Pepe Aguilar had one heck of a musical debut: At age 3, he joined his father, Antonio Aguilar, onstage at Madison Square Garden. Forty-seven years and four Grammys later, the Mexican singer-songwriter brings his ranchera standards to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio.
WATCH: Palm Springs International Down Syndrome Film Festival / May 3-5
A new cinema fest honoring on-screen and behind-the-camera efforts by people with developmental disabilities will debut in the desert with some proceeds going to a Coachella non-profit.