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Songs of the Season: The Coachella Valley Symphony Adds Big-Name Guests to Create 'Holiday Magic'

Songs of the Season: The Coachella Valley Symphony Adds Big-Name Guests to Create 'Holiday Magic'

Monday, December 15, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

There have been a bunch of great holiday-themed concerts around the valley—and just five days before Christmas, the Coachella Valley Symphony will performing Holiday Magic at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Helene Galen Performing Arts Center at Rancho Mirage High School.

The Coachella Valley Symphon...

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Violin Superstar: Itzhak Perlman's Classical Sound Sells Out the McCallum

Violin Superstar: Itzhak Perlman's Classical Sound Sells Out the McCallum

Friday, December 12, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

Itzhak Perlman has captivated classical-music audiences as a violinist, conductor and teacher for more than five decades. He’s easily one of the world’s most-recognizable classical musicians, and easily sells out venues around the world. In fact, he did just that here in the Coachella Valley: He’ll ...

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The Lucky 13: Paco Diaz, of Gojiro Island

The Lucky 13: Paco Diaz, of Gojiro Island

Thursday, December 11, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

Yucca Valley’s Gojiro Island formed in 2011. The band, which recently released a demo, has played at venues including Bobby Furst's Furstworld, Kokopelli's Kantina, The Palms Restaurant and The Hood Bar and Pizza. Gojiro (go-GEE-row) Island includes Lisa Diaz (vocals), Paco Diaz (drums), David Diaz ...

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Desert Rock Chronicles: Filmmaker Jesper Wachtmeister's 'Test Site' Looks at Fascinating Desert Characters

Desert Rock Chronicles: Filmmaker Jesper Wachtmeister's 'Test Site' Looks at Fascinating Desert Characters

Tuesday, December 09, 2014  |  Robin Linn

Test Site is a documentary by Jesper Wachtmeister focused on the unique—if not downright odd—life perspectives of 14 interesting characters, all living and creating in North America’s deserts.

The film is filled with breathtaking desert landscapes from Utah to our own backyards of the Coachella Valley...

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A Book With a Vision: Local Musician John Robbins Tells the Story of His Eyesight Problems Via a New Young-Adult Novel

A Book With a Vision: Local Musician John Robbins Tells the Story of His Eyesight Problems Via a New Young-Adult Novel

Monday, December 08, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

John Robbins is best known as a drummer for the local band Sunday Funeral, although he’s actually a talented multi-instrumentalist.

The musician has accomplished much despite his eyesight: He’s completely blind in one eye, and only has a small percentage of his vision left the other. He recently wrot...

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Sounds of the Holidays: Palm Springs' Two Gay Men's Choruses Offer Different Concert Experiences

Sounds of the Holidays: Palm Springs' Two Gay Men's Choruses Offer Different Concert Experiences

Friday, December 05, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

When announcements started to pop up for two different gay men’s choruses last year, many people wondered why a not-so-large area like the Coachella Valley had two such choruses.

Turns out the groups have different philosophies—and the two choruses are offering two very different holiday shows this y...

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