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05 Jan 2016
The annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Awards Gala provides a cadre of A-list film actors and directors with oddly titled awards for their trophy cases—along with a low-stress, fun night in Palm Springs, the “home away from L.A.” for many celebrities. This year’s honorees at the Saturday, Jan. 2, gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center included Steve Carell, Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Johnny Depp, Bryan Cranston, Michael Fassbender, Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Saoirse Ronan, Alicia Vikander, Rooney Mara and Tom McCarthy. The 11-day festival proudly presents a broad gamut of films within nearly every genre, produced both here and abroad; some of these films receive little or no viewership in the commercial marketplace otherwise. In contrast, the celebrity cast of honorees and presenters—Michael Keaton, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet and Ridley Scott were among the latter this year—as usual included a host of attention-grabbing nominees for the rapidly approaching…
14 Dec 2015
I moved to the Coachella Valley some four years ago from Los Angeles, where I had worked in the media and entertainment industries for roughly 30 years. “Jaded” was my middle name. Not long after my wife, Linda, and I took up residence in Palm Desert, we were invited to a "desert drink the night away" party where I first met Mike Taylor. He regaled all listeners with stories of his “salad days,” as he would say, bartending for many of the celebrities who roamed the Palm Springs-to-Rancho Mirage range back in the ’70s and ’80s. To say that Mike is “an original” would be an understatement—and his storytelling skills have been honed to a glistening point over his years behind the bar. In this video, longtime area bartender to the stars Mike Taylor recants some of his favorite tales of serving drinks to, and hanging around with, Ol' Blue…
01 Aug 2015
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It was a big day for 30 children with the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Springs. On Friday, July 31, the children received their very own bikes, all of which were gathered during a bike drive that was spearheaded by the City of Palm Springs Office of Sustainability. The children also received a bike lock, a helmet and a safety lesson. The giveaway came on the heels of a similar donation of more than 60 bikes to children with the Boys and Girls Club of Mecca. "There is a great need in the Coachella Valley for children's bicycles," said Brett Klein, chair of the Palm Springs Sustainability Commission. "Many families can't afford to provide new bikes to each of their children. We are very proud on how successful this has been over the last couple years. There is no better joy than to see the smile on a child's…
08 Jul 2015
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As Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2015, Clifton Tatum has made waves that extend well beyond the leather world. The eighth-place finisher at the International Mr. Leather competition has been on magazine covers. He's been in an advertisement promoting Palm Springs. And he's raised a whole lot of money for charities that help out LGBT youth. In fact, he's raised $17,000—with $7,400 of it being raised at his Heartthrobs Auction, which took place at Copa on Sunday night, July 5. Seven local luminaries (and their accompanying goodie baskets, which ranged in value from $500 to more than $3,000) were auctioned off for a date to the highest bidder: Jeff Hocker, Mike Cohan, Mike Thompson, Dimitri Halkidis, Will Dean, David White and Jill Langham. Five charities will benefit from the hard work of Tatum and his auction participants: The Trevor Project, For the Children, the LGBT Center of the Desert, the American…
27 Jun 2015
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Everybody knew the U.S. Supreme Court would be ruling on the gay-marriage question sometime in late June. However, nobody was sure what the decision would be—and nobody was sure when it would be announced. Of course, now we all know: On Friday, June 26, in a narrow 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional for states to prohibit same-sex couples from marrying. The ruling means that, effectively, same-sex marriage is now legal in 50 states. How fitting it was that the ruling was announced on June 26—the same day that the U.S. Supreme Court, in 2013, struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, and legalized (for the second time) same-sex marriage in California by effectively throwing out Proposition 8. It's also the same day that in 2003, the Supreme Court ruled that sodomy laws were unconstitutional. On Friday night, hundreds of people showed up at Francis Stevens…
03 May 2015
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What: Palm Springs Hot Rodeo and Country Fair Where: A.C. Dysart Equestrian Park, Banning When: May 1-3, 2015 Who: LGBT (and probably some straight) cowboys and cowgirls Why: Because rodeos and disco music do go together! The Independent stopped by the rodeo on Saturday, May 2, to check out the rodeo and take a few snapshots. Scroll down to see the photos, by Jeff Clarkson and Dan Baker.
26 Apr 2015
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Many thousands of men—almost all of them clad in white—joined a handful of women for the annual White Party, at the Palm Springs Convention Center, starting on Saturday, April 25, and going well into Sunday, April 26. All of the usual White Party traits—great costumes, $12 drinks (only tequila, vodka and rum were available, liquor-wise) and a friendly, buff crowd—were present, as was an early morning (in other words, well after 2 a.m.) performance by American Idol alum Jordin Sparks. As usual, the Independent was there. Enjoy our gallery of photos below.