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Saturday, 03 November 2012 10:00

Art in a Park: The Rancho Mirage Art Affaire

So the website for the Rancho Mirage Art Affaire says this: "This spectacular two-day event is a juried fine art and music festival featuring 100 award-winning visual artists in a variety of artistic mediums, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry and other artistic originals. The best of Smooth Jazz music will be presented on stage Saturday followed by the new addition of Rhythm and Blues on Sunday."

While we can quibble with some of that description (why is "Smooth Jazz" capitalized?), considering the gorgeous weather this time of year, how can a free festival featuring numerous great visual artists and some pretty decent music (including Smooth Jazz smooth jazz) not be spectacular?

The Rancho Mirage Art Affaire goes down from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10 and 11, at Whitewater Park, 71-560 San Jacinto Drive, in Rancho Mirage. Admission is free. For more information, call 324-4511, or visit that aforementioned website.

Thursday, 01 November 2012 09:40

J Boog Heads for the Date Shed

J Boog's bio reads like something you'd expect to find in a uplifting movie of some sort: A dude of Samoan descent is born in Long Beach, raised in Compton, and is inspired as a wee one by his sister's piano-playing. Later, he meets one of his favorite artists and moves to Hawaii, where he gets serious about music.

A few twists and turns later, and this is how his music is described in his ReverbNation bio: "The results are apparent when listening to Boog's new music. It is authentic island music and genuine Jamaican reggae at the same time. Truly a new and exciting combination. There is a natural theme to Boog's writing: love. It recurs throughout his work and never once seems contrived. When you listen, you will feel he truly knows matters of the heart."

It's easy--in fact, it's almost mandatory--to read that, and roll one's eyes with the "truly a new and exciting combination" and all the "love" crap. But if you actually listen to his music, you'll find that bio is not all that ridiculous. J Boog's music is good stuff.

Catch J Boog, with Hot Rain and Jae Rankwell, at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Date Shed, 50725 Monroe St. in Indio. Tickets are $12. For more information, call 775-6699, or visit the Date Shed's website.

To listen to some of J Boog's music, scroll down toward the bottom of this page. (We're still working out the layout kinks. Ah, the fun of building a new website!)

Friday, 26 October 2012 07:23

Trio Enters 'Season Four'

Trio Restaurant—one of the valley's most-popular restaurants, if you believe in the OpenTable.com Diners' Choice honors--is turning three years old, and to celebrate, the owners are throwing a big party on Monday, Nov. 5.

A special, invited-guests-only bash will take place from 4 to 6:30 p.m., and at 6:30 p.m., the restaurant will be open to everyone.

American Idol alum Frenchie Davis will make a "special guest appearance," whatever that means.

Trio is located at 707 N. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. For reservations or more information, call 760-864-8746, or visit the restaurant's website.

Thursday, 25 October 2012 21:39

Walk Among Art on El Paseo

Every first Thursday through May, walk among the art on El Paseo, in Palm Desert. The free event takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit the El Paseo Artwalk website.

Thursday, 25 October 2012 12:56

Tell Me What You Dream

Restless Heart, the country band that struck gold with hits in the '80s and '90s like "Tell Me What You Dream," will play at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, 32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage. Tickets are $15 to $35. For more information, visit The Show's website.

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