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20 Oct 2014
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Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is a holiday that originated in Mexico and is now celebrated all around the world—especially in many Southwestern U.S. cities. The focus on coming together to pay tribute to the dead and remember loved ones has made the holiday appealing to many artists and musicians—and on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1 and 2, a large celebration is coming to the valley, in the form of the Dia de los Muertos festival, to be held at in Rancho Las Flores Park in Coachella. The festival will feature live music, art installations, food vendors and traditional Day of the Dead celebrations. Rodri Entertainment Group CEO Rodri Rodriguez told the story of how this festival came together. “About 17 years ago, I did a Day of the Dead event at the Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles,” Rodriguez said. “I’ve always had a connection with Dia…
30 Aug 2014
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Film Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival A varied combination of feature films, documentaries and short films created by and/or about thematic issues related to the LGBT community is shown Thursday, Sept. 18, through Sunday, Sept. 21. Individual screenings $13; all-access $149. Camelot Theatres, 2300 E. Baristo Road, Palm Springs. 760-325-6565; Comedy Comedy Night Palm Springs Shelagh Ratner, of Lifetime TV’s Prank My Mom, and Matthew Moore, of Caroline’s on Broadway in New York, perform at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20. $20. The Purple Room, 1900 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 760-322-4422; George Lopez The multi-talented entertainer whose career encompasses television, film, standup comedy and late-night television performs at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6. $39 to $99. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio. 888-331-5645; Michael Walters as Dame Edna Get ready, possums! Back by popular demand, celebrity impersonator Michael…
01 Aug 2014
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Film Dive-in Movie at Wet ’N’ Wild: Grown-Ups 2 The Dive-in Movie is included with park admission. Play during the day, and stay late to enjoy the film poolside. Grown-Ups 2 will start after dusk on Friday, Aug. 1, and the park will be open until 10 p.m., weather permitting. Admission prices vary. Wet ’n’ Wild Palm Springs, 1500 S. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs. 760-327-0499; Kids’ Summer Movie Series at Ultrastar Family-friendly films are shown at 9:30 a.m. every Monday through Friday, through Friday, Aug. 22. July 28-Aug. 1: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. Aug. 4-8: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. Aug. 11-15: Despicable Me 2. Aug. 18-22: The Lego Movie. $5 for a 10-movie package; $1 at the door. UltraStar Mary Pickford Cinemas, 36850 Pickfair St., Cathedral City. 760-328-0484; Lit Flicks: Philomena See how great books can turn into film classics. Prior to the film,…
22 Jul 2014
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More than 500 adoring fans filled the large, sold-out auditorium at the Camelot Theatres one spring evening, with several hundred others sent home, disappointed by the fact that they could not buy tickets to the show featuring a true living legend. Inside, 88-year-old Kaye Ballard had her Going Out of Business audience in hysterics, laughing to the point of bellyache. I counted at least five standing ovations before the incredibly talented lady rode her tricked-out scooter up the aisle, passing a standing, cheering audience—leaving the stage for perhaps the last time. After all, the one-night-show was billed as her possible final performance. The thought of the Rancho Mirage resident packing up her tuba and denying her fans her amazing wit is unimaginable. Here’s hoping the “right” script comes along, or she decides to be like Cher, whose perpetual “last tour” is seemingly an annual event. When I asked the actress,…