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Sunday
Jan252015

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Sunday
Jan252015

Monday Shout Outs

The weather was great, which brought out the best in everyone as we headed out for weekend fun. I live in Cathedral City, so I wanted to check out the local market, which now features food trucks. Then, in Palm Springs, I thoroughly enjoyed "It's Paul Lynde" at the Purple Room. Michael Airington brings the late entertainer and Hollywood Squares regular to life. He has the help of Peter Marshall, who asks the long-time center square "the questions." For instance ...

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Sunday
Jan252015

Dezart Performs Invites You to “Duck and Cover”

Coachella Valley Talk Radio Host Jim Fordyce talks with Michael Shaw about Duck and Cover . (He also had a chat with the writer of Esperanza ,another show recently in the valley.) 

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 Coachella Valley audiences are in for a big treat in the new year, when the innovative performing arts company, Dezart Performs, brings its second award-winning comedy of the season to the Pearl McManus Theater in downtown Palm Springs.

From Friday, January 30 through Sunday, February 8, 2015, it’ll be time to “Duck and Cover.” That’s the name of the uproariously funny yet poignant play by New York playwright Michael Kimball that is sure to touch many valley residents who’ve lived through the era of the 1960s it depicts—and even those who have not.

Kimball’s comedy obviously has wide appeal—it was overwhelmingly chosen as Deza

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Sunday
Jan252015

"A Chorus Line" Opens to Big Crowd

story by Charlene Faris
photographs by Adriano Sofranko
A full house for "A Chorus Lone"Palm Canyon Theatre at 538 North Palm Canyon Drive was packed out for the opening night of the acclaimed 1975 Broadway musical, "A Chorus Line," on Friday evening (01-23-2015).  The audience awaited the start of the musical with eager anticipation, then they were taken to a stage on Broadway where director "Zach" so adeptly played by Rodney Tethal took them through the whole grueling casting process for a dancing job.
During that process, "Zach" (for a big city director) was patient with them as their egos
ran amok at times when they described the vicissitudes of their lives: their ups, downs, in betweens, childhoods, vast experiences, as if

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Sunday
Jan252015

"Esperanza" Plays to Sold Out Theatre

story by Charlene Faris
photograph by Adriano Sofranko
On Saturday evening (01-24-2015), the Pearl McManus Theatre at the historic Palm Springs Woman's Club downtown was sold out to an enthusiastic crowd who came for "Esperanza The Musical of Hope."  The Desert Ensemble Theatre (a non-profit organization that helps Palm Springs high school students go on to ivy league colleges) presented this premiere this one night only. The music is written by noted Italian composer Saverio Rapezzi,  and the musical is based on the book and lyrics by Ken Luber, a graduate AFI (American Film Institute) fellow. 

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Sunday
Jan252015

LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! Now at Desert Rose Playhouse

Cast of LVC Front – l to r: Richie Sandino, John Ferrare Back - l to r: Jason Hull, Terry Huber, Kam Sisco, J. Stegar Thompson, Mark DemryWhat Jim said:

"This show is a masterpiece on may different levels. The script about friends in the summer of 94 has always been considered a brilliant work. The cast and crew at Desert Rose have produced in ton stage and it is in a word "Flawless." A few warnings if you go: This for adults only, not just for nudity, but for a difficult theme that while clever and funny brings the audience up and down.  Also, this is the complete version of the play, so be ready for three hours in the theatre."

                           Jim Fordyce - Coachella Valley News


The Desert Rose Playhouse, the Valley’s live stage company serving the LGBT community, will present

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Sunday
Jan252015

Gary Gardner Returns to PS with New Photo Show

Show Runs Until February 11!

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Jan252015

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Sunday
Jan252015

The Theory of Everything: Good Biopic of Hawking

Rating: 3 out of Fordyce 

 

The Theory of Everything is a bio pic of controversial genius (and occasional Big Bang Theory guest star) Stephen Hawking. Based on a book by his former wife, it is the story of the man most of know as a brilliant physicist. As the film begins, we meet a young Hawking, who is a college genius and, despite his "nerdiness," gets the girl and marries her. The wedding takes place under the cloud of his diagnosis of Lou Gehrig's disease. Doctors give him only a year or two to live at most. But, as we know, that was not the case. We see him raise a family and advance his carreer as his disease progresses, putting him in a wheel chair and eventually costing him his ability to speak. This is a good film, and Eddie Redmayne is outstanding playing Hawking at all stages of his life, while Felicity Jones is good as his wife Jane.

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Sunday
Jan252015

The Imitation Game is a Fascinating Film with a Sad Point

Rating: 4 out of Fordyce  (Perfect)

 

The Imitation Game is the most fascinating film out of the pile of films I was asked to watch this time of year. It is awards season, and the filmmakers want my vote. You may not see the film until next year because many of these films are released in December to make them eligible for awards, but are often not put in wide release. This film is in that category.

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Sunday
Jan252015

Imitation Game is the Real Deal

Rating: 4 out of Four (Perfect)

 

The Imitation Game is a riveting film combining the best elements of human emotions and a good old-fashioned thriller.   Benedict Cumberbatch, who won an Emmy for Sherlock Holmes, plays another genius, Alan Turing, who gets the seemingly impossible job of cracking the German code generator Enigma during WWII.  Along with a small group of fellow math and decription experts, Turing eventually does crack Enigma only to realize that in order for his work to have any value it must remain a secret never revealed.  Instead

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Jan252015

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