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23 Apr 2014
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For some people, it may be hard to believe: Many attendees of this weekend’s White Party 2014 will be younger than the event itself. Organizer Jeffrey Sanker said the first several White Party events he did actually lost money. “But I always knew it was a good event and eventually would do well,” he said via email. “I’m glad that patience paid off. I’m thankful that we’ve been able to do this for so long and look forward to the future.” The White Party brings in world-class DJs, musicians and other performers for the various parties that take place throughout the weekend. This year, Ariana Grande—named the New Artist of the Year at the 2013 American Music Awards—will headline the White Party. (Of course, surprise guests are always a possibility, too.) White Party headliners have led to some of Sanker’s favorite White Party moments, he said. “I have two fondest…
08 Apr 2014
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The McCallum Theatre will, as always, bring in big names and big shows during the 2014-2015 season (and subscription tickets that include many of those big names are going on sale at 8 a.m., Tuesday, April 8). Comedy legend Bob Newhart. Grammy Hall of Famer Neil Sedaka. Violin icon Itzhak Perlman. The legendary musical Anything Goes. But if you’re looking for some hidden gems on the just-announced schedule, McCallum director of communications and public affairs Jeffrey Norman encourages you to check out Mitch’s Picks. “Mitch” is Mitch Gershenfeld, the president and CEO of the McCallum, who has been booking shows at the venerable theater—the top-selling venue in California in the spring, according to Pollstar—for about 14 years now. His “Picks” are five shows by performers who may not be household names, but are immensely talented nonetheless. “He’s kinda saying, ‘I’ve been booking shows for a long time, and I can…
27 Mar 2014
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Film SCI-FI LIT FLICKS: CHILDREN OF MEN Nominated for three Academy Awards, Children of Men is a dystopian film loosely based on P.D. James’ 1992 novel. In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary. Prior to the movie, enjoy a short conversation between science-fiction expert Sherryl Vint, UC Riverside English professor, and Tod Goldberg, director of UCR Palm Desert’s low-residency MFA program. 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 8. Free. University of California, Riverside—Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert. 760-834-0800; palmdesert.ucr.edu/programs/Lit_Flicks.html. PALM DESERT ART DOCUMENTARY SERIES: STOLEN In the early morning hours after St. Patrick’s Day 1990, thieves disguised as policemen gained access into Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner museum and successfully executed the largest art heist in modern history. Stolen is a full exploration of this unusual crime and the fascinating, disparate…
15 Nov 2013
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Before multiple self-proclaimed spiritual mediums began hosting TV shows, James Van Praagh was on the scene; he was even an executive producer of a TV series on the subject. He’ll be appearing at the McCallum Theatre at 7 p.m., this Sunday, Nov. 17. During a recent interview, Van Praagh was very open about the world of spiritual mediums, as well as the criticism and skepticism that many people have. He’s a part-time resident of Palm Springs, although he said he’s selling his home here. Originally from Bayside, N.Y., he said experienced his first encounter with a spirit at the age of 8 in his bedroom. “I often say it’s like the movie The Sixth Sense. Mine was very much like that, but I didn’t see negative impressions; mine were always very positive impressions,” Van Praagh said. “I see lights around people, colors, and an aura. I would tell my mother…