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08 Apr 2016
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Mitch Gershenfeld has been booking shows at the McCallum Theatre now for 16 years, give or take, and has been the president and CEO of the Palm Desert venue/arts organization for four. Every year, he books many dozens of shows at the theater—which, despite its relatively small size, during the first quarter of each year becomes the top-selling performing-arts venue in the state, and one of the Top 10 in the country. He’s also a man—as one would expect, given his job—with incredibly diverse tastes when it comes to the performing arts. Given all of this, it would be utterly foolish for a journalist to ask Gershenfeld to pick the one upcoming show about which he’s most excited. Yet I was dumb enough to ask that very question when we recently sat down to discuss the just-announced 2016-2017 season lineup. Much to my surprise, he had an answer. “Personally, John…
02 Jun 2015
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Film Kids’ Summer Movie Series at the Mary Pickford Theatre Enjoy a different kid-friendly movie every week, at 9:30 a.m. weekdays. All films presented in 2-D. June 15-19: Dolphin Tale. June 22-26: Dolphin Tale 2. June 29-July 3: The LEGO Movie. 50 cents per film; $5 for all 10. Mary Pickford Theatre, 36850 Pickfair St., Cathedral City. 760-328-0484; www.ultrastarmovies.com/forms/Summer-Series-2015-Pickford.jpg. Palm Springs International Shortfest The Palm Springs International ShortFest is renowned worldwide for the extraordinary community of filmmakers it attracts, and for the quality and scope of its programming. Short films join an exciting lineup of seminars, special presentations and receptions at the largest event of its kind in the country. Various times Tuesday, June 16, through Monday, June 22. Prices, times and locations vary. 760-322-2930; www.psfilmfest.org/festival/prelaunch.aspx?FID=77. Music Fantasy Springs Rock Yard Concert Series At 7:30 p.m., full-throttle rock music fires up, and the live music continues until midnight, every Saturday.…
02 May 2015
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Comedy Gabriel Iglesias The famously fluffy comedian performs. 8 p.m., Saturday, May 2; and 6 p.m., Sunday, May 3. $45 to $75. The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, 32250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage. 888-999-1995; www.hotwatercasino.com. Film Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival This unique festival features an eclectic mixture of landmark and obscure vintage movies from the classic film noir era. Various times and prices, Thursday, May 14, through Sunday, May 17. Camelot Theatres, 2300 E. Baristo Road, Palm Springs. Arthurlyonsfilmnoir.ning.com. Music Dueling Pianos America’s top dueling-pianos show returns for one night only of energetic song, fun and audience participation by two extremely talented piano performers. What makes this show unique? The audience chooses all the songs. The audience also chooses what not to play and when to stop. 7 p.m., Saturday, May 2. $10. Purple Room, 1900 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 800-838-3006; purpleroompalmsprings.com. Fantasy Springs…
28 Apr 2015
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Bella da Ball is one of the valley’s most ubiquitous (in a good way) entertainers. The hostess with the mostess can be found every Monday hosting Trivia Night at the Amigo Room at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club. (Full disclosure: The Independent usually has a strong contingent present at the Ace Trivia Night.) Every Tuesday, Bella hosts a Cabaret Variety Revue at Georgie’s Alibi Azul Patio. And since January, Bella has hosting a brand-new show each week—Lipstick Thursdays, at the Copa. “It’s a high-energy, fun mix,” said Bella da Ball—whose alter ego is Brian Wanzek (or is it the other way around?)—about the 90-minute show. “It’s primarily drag, and there are vocalists who come in and do some numbers.” Bella said the performers primarily work the main floor, rather than the Copa’s long stage, so they can get up-close and personal with the audience. “It’s a fun, audience-participation type…