It was another weekend of fun in our beautiful valley. My weekend began Thursday night with a special treat. I was in the audience as our neighbor Larry Luckenbill brought Teddy Roosevelt to life. This one-man show at the McCallum was amazing. I am a huge fan of one-man shows that bring history to life. I have seen Holbrook as Twain, Whitmore as Truman, and I directed a friend many years ago as Benjamin Franklin, so I say this with some expertise: Mr. Luckenbill was just superb. If you see this show coming around again get your tickets and be ready to be entertained and enlightened. Along with that, a special Monday shout out to Mrs. Luckenbill (you know her as Lucie Arnaz). She was there cheering on her hubby.
Friday night we enjoyed a trip to The Pearl McManus Theatre, where the Desert Ensemble Theatre Company was performing "2 by Tony." Our theatre gal, Charlene Faris, wrote about it and it seems she liked it as much as I did. Hats off to Jerome and the gang there. Saturday night we were off to the Mary Pickford Movie House in Cathedral City for "The Second Best Marigold Hotel." You can see in my review that this was a reunion of the cast that made the first movie great. They are all back, and Richard Gere joins them.
After the movie, we tried to eat at a new restaurant in Cathedral City that took over the location of a place that moved to Palm Springs. We called to see if they were open, since there was conflicting information online. The lady who answered the phone was polite. The man who grabbed it from her and started saying stupid things sent me a clear message not to go there. We spent our money in another restaurant.
This week sees the opening of AMDocs: The Documentary Film Festival and "Buyer and Cellar," the newest offering from Coyote Stage Works. You will find previews of both events, along with Coachella Valley Talk Radio interviews, on the website. You will also hear an interview and read about next weekend's comedy event at the Indio Performing Arts Center. Speaking of performers, be sure to check out my young friends from Xavier Prep. They are doing "Godspell" next weekend. I plan to see the show and hope you will join me. These students work very hard and even wanted to buy an ad from CVFun.
In our future, you can look for ABBA joining the Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus, a bike ride that will light you up, and, don't forget, "The Divine Sister" is still on stage from Desert Rose Playhouse.
"Buyer and Cellar" is coming to town by way of Coyote Stage Works. Jim Fordyce has the details in his conversation with artistic director Chuck Yates on CoachellaValleyTalkRadio.com
Coyote StageWorks is pleased to present the most talked about comedy of the year, “Buyer & Cellar,” from March 27 through April 5, 2015 at the Helene Galen Performing Arts Center. Obtaining the rights to the hysterical show while it was still playing Off-Broadway was a huge coup for the young award-winning theater company, currently in its sixth season.
What Jim Said:
There is a cast of nuns on stage at the Desert Rose Playhouse. "The Divine Sister" is played for laughs as we learn all of the mysteries that are contained within a broken down convent in Pittsburgh in the 60's. Great cast here, but I take my habit off to Jim Strait as "Mother Superior." Don't miss thise show.
Jim Fordyce - CoachellaValleyFun.com
The Desert Rose Playhouse, the Valley’s live stage company serving the LGBT community, will present Charles Busch’s THE DIVINE SISTER, opening Friday, March 6, 2015 for a four-week run. Performances are
Lots of new things at IPAC and a great comedy show coming this weekend Jim Fordyce has the details in his conversation with IPAC CEO Peter Aaronson on CoachellaValleyTalkRadio.com
The Indio Performing Arts Center will be presenting the award-winning comedy group “White Women” as part of its “Weekend of Comedy” show, which runs March 27, 28 & 29 at the theatre.
“White Women” is an improvisational comedy team based in Los Angeles made up of Ronnie Adrian,Majeed Nami, Zeke Nicholson, Ify Nwadiwe, Ishmel
The City of Palm Springs' Office of Sustainability is excited to present the 3rd Cycledelic nighttime bike safety event. This colorful, fluorescent and glow-in-the-dark bike ride and vendor festival will take placeThursday, April 30, 2015 and coincide with the weekly Villagefest in downtown Palm Springs and is part of the non-motorized transportation initiative to encourage more bike riding.
Cycledelic is a FREE, fun and easy downtown loop bike ride suitable for all ages. All bike riders are required to wear helmets and obey all traffic laws, signage and routes for Cycledelic. Bike riders will gather at the festival area located at the Northwest corner of Tahquitz Canyon Way situated between Palm Canyon Drive
Rating: 3 out of Fordyce
I was a big fan of "The Best Marigold Hotel." I looked in the archives and saw I gave it a perfect mark. Judy Dench was the star and she is back for the sequel. In fact, "The Second Best Marigold Hotel" reunites most of the cast, who made us smile as they retired from other parts of the world to India and helped build a hotel run buy Sonny (Dev Patel.) The sequel begins where the first left off. We saw Sonny get engaged and now 4 years later, he is getting ready to tie the knot, but he wants a second hotel for retirees as the first one is getting full. He sets out with Mrs. Donnelly (Maggie Smith) to get financing