Here is how it works here at Coachella Valley Fun. We have a few reviewers. There is, of course, me, but often Charlene Faris or Stephen Radosh are in the theatre seats. When they like something, I listen. Charlene raved about "The 23rd Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" and she was right. I took her advice and saw it Friday night at Palm Canyon Theatre. It was outstanding! Unfortunately, it was a two-week run and I can't demand that you go see it. Do what I do in the future: listen to Charlene's reviews (and mine and Stephen's too!) We all have a knack for spotting quality entertainment.
Speaking of Charlene, she was at the Palm Springs Animal Shelter and reported on a special book signing. While she was there, she did a great article about volunteering for the kitty cats. You can read that piece on our sister site www.CoachellaValleyNews.com. And Stephen Radosh was at the movies. He has a review of the latest in the "Hunger Games" series.
We had two lunches out as we traveled around. We dropped by La Bella Roma on Friday in Cathedral City, and I had New York stlye pizza on Saturday at The Slice. I highly recommend the weekday lunch special at La Bella Roma, and tell Patrick Evans I had Fulvio's sausage on my pie at The Slice. If you see Jack, remind him I want him on our rastaurant show to tell everyone about his fine eateries.
I also did some holiday shopping. You never know who you will run into at the store. We saw Greg Purdy from the Tram and Jack Lacy from LasrInk.
It is, of course, Thanksgiving time, and we wish you a very happy one. The Purple Room has some very special entertainment this weekend, which you can read about right here. I plan to attend the Indio Pow Wow next weekend. We have a story about it and we embedded our www.CoachellaValleyTalkRadio.com interview so you can listen in.
We have the details on the Palm Springs Tree lighting and the Tram Tree Lighting. We also have information on The CV Symphony's holiday concert. Plus! don't forget "Scrooge in Rouge" is still on stage at Desert Rose Playhouse. It is hilarious!
The Purple Room Restaurant and Stage in Palm Springs celebrates Thanksgiving with a special dinner on Thursday, November 27 and a very special performance by renowned blues singer Shirley King, daughter of B.B. King on Friday, November 28 and Saturday, November 29.
On Thanksgiving Day, November 27, Purple Room will serve a three-course traditional Thanksgiving Day Dinner featuring herb-roasted turkey, sausage stuffing, citrus cranberry sauce and seasonal vegetables. Dinner service begins at
The 33rd Indio Powwow of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians takes place beginngin Frdiay November 28 at the Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino 84-245 Indio Springs Parkway in Indio.
The 33rd Indio Powwow features tribes from across the United States and Canada who come in elaborate regalia to show their skill in dance and singing competitions. Visitors to the XXXIII IndioPowwow will have an opportunity to taste Native American foods such as Indian fry bread and shop among vendors for jewelry, weavings and other types of Native American art. Highlights include the Bird Singers and the Grand Entry, when all the dancers form a procession, winding around the arena. The Indio Powwow is a rich part of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indian’s heritage and they welcome everyone to
Recording star Jack Jones serves as this year’s celebrity tree lighter for the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 7 at the Tram’s Mountain Station kicking off with a holiday performance by the Palm Springs High School Madrigal Singers. Then, double Grammy winner Jones lights the Tram’s landmark 45 foot tree comprised of 6,500 LED lights, which can be seen from throughout the Coachella Valley.
Jones visit is just the beginning of an exciting holiday season at Moutain Station. These great singers will emntretain you in December, at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
The spirit of the holiday season will take off in Uptown Palm Springs in Frances Stevens Park on Thursday December 4 at 5:15 pm as legendary entertainer Carol Channing lights the City’s spectacular “green” holiday tree adorned in thousands of twinkling energy efficient lights.
Admission is FREE, but residents are encouraged to bring canned food as part of the City of Palm Springs annual food drive to help feed the hungry
The festivities will kick off just prior to VillageFest – and will feature free cookies and hot cocoa, traditional caroling from the Palm Springs High School Choir followed by the arrival of Santa on fire truck.
The annual sketch comedy offering from the College of the Desert Dramatic Arts Company returns with holiday bells on as The Madcap Underground: A Sketch Comedy Christmas Special! takes over Theatre Too, December 12th & 13th. The show will feature a raucous blend of original sketch comedy and music in what promises to be the rowdiest holiday gathering of the season!
“There’s no other show like this in the valley and our audiences keep coming back for more,” says Director & Writer Noemi Villela Dean. “It’s also a tremendous learning experience for the students. Captivating audiences while portraying outrageous characters in outrageous situations is a challenge for any actor. It is a fast-
What Jim Said:
"This spoof of "A Christmas Carol" is just plain silly. Three actors play all the parts, and there are bad jokes, awful puns, and ridiculous songs. They all come together for an evening (or matinee) you won't want to miss. It runs through December 21. Grab your tickets and head inside for a bizarre event"
Jim Fordyce - Coachella Valley News
The Desert Rose Playhouse, the Valley’s live stage company serving the LGBT community, will present the Music Hall Holiday Entertainment "Scrooge in Rouge" as its holiday show. It begins Friday, November 14, 2014 for a six-week run. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2 PM.
Rating: 3 out of 4
Review by Stephen Radosh
timate entry into the HUNGER GAMES franchise picks up just after the events of the last film. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has been rescued and is now housed in District 13. Although the capital believes that they destroyed the District, they have survived, living deep underground in a military facility. It is from here that President Coin (Julianne Moore) aided by occasional advice from Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is leading the fight against President Snow (Donald Sutherland) to restore democracy to the oppressed districts of Panem. They have decided to formally make Katniss the face of the
Proceeds from the concert will benefit COD programs in the arts, which foster creative problem solving, flexible thinking, and risk-taking – skills needed not
The Coachella Valley Symphony announces its 2014-15 Concert Series with all four concert performances at the symphony’s new home, the Helene Galen Performing Arts Center in the Rancho Mirage High School, 31001 Rattler Road.
This year’s theme, Music by Request, reflects the repertoire suggestions made by CVSymphony audiences as well as concert selections suggested