I could tell it was the first weekend of fall. There were many events to choose from. I was in the audience at the Palm Canyon Theatre Friday night for "Tommy." The Broadway version of the classic rock opera was well done. While Charlene Faris is writing our official review, I will say the cast was excellent and and it was well produced. There are three "Tommys." Playing young Tommy was Alexander Badham, 10 year old Tommy was Stephen David Lee, and adult Tommy was Nick Sloan. All were outstanding. Every time I see Mr. Sloan I am more and more impressed with his talent and ability far beyond most of us. Shout Outs to another cast member: our own Ed Lefkowitz, host of "Computer Bytes" on Coachella Valley Talk Radio, was the minister and played several other roles. Great job, my good friend.
Now I must risk getting some people mad at me. Once again, the sound at this theatre was not good. The music was too loud, and the microphones crackled and were turned on late. I overheard people at intermission talking about it and two said they were leaving because of it. I understand audio equipment is expensive, but I am sure people would pay and extra dollar or two to see these fine shows without the sound problems.
Saturday night, we were in the audience for the latest offering from Desert Rose Play House. The new show there is "Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins." Imagine the "Wonder Years" if Kevin Arnold had been gay and had his eyes on the coach. I could relate to this, since it takes place at the time I was in junior high. This show is well worth your time. The folks at DRP have again assembled an ensemble that fits together with its members and with the audience in this intimate theater in Rancho Mirage. Young Garret Hoy plays the main character, Horace, and unlike the "Wonder Years," where we hear an adult voice, Horace is narrating the story from his tree house and then steps into the story. He does an excellent job. Watch out for this young man to take the valley theatre scene by storm. It is only the second time I have seen him on stage and I am already a member of his fan club. And a quick shout out to Katie Pavao, who plays (among other roles) Anita Bryant. She is convincing and, to make this historical accurate, she takes the pie in the face.
I wish I had had time to drop by Crystal Fantasy for the event. Our pal Richard Byford was the host and a performer at 100 Thousand Poets for Change. He was nice enough to share some photos. Speaking of photos, we took some great ones at the opening night party of "Tommy," so be sure to check them out, too.
I missed it last year, but that won't happen this time. I am heading out on Saturday for the annual Morongo Basin Orchid Festival in Landers, near Yucca Valley. The details are now posted, but be sure to drop by on Tueasday. I will be talking to the orchid guy himself, Chris Gubler. He will be a guest on Coachella Valley Talk Radio, and I will post that interview on Coachella Valley Fun long before you wake up Tuesday morning.
Speaking of Coachella Valley Funcasts, we have tracked down the Coyote. Coyote Stage Works that is. We now know where to find the cast and crew this season. You may remember they were told the stage was no longer available at the theater in the museum. I talked with founder and artistic director, Chuck Yates, Friday and you can read the details and hear our conversation right now.
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CVNews Radio Host Jim Fordyce talks with Chris Gubler about the Orchid Fest
The 19th Annual Morongo Basin Orchid Festival will be held on October 4th and 5th at Gubler Orchids 2200 Belfield Blvd. in Landers. “We gained a lot of new festival goers last year.” Yucca Valley Sunset Rotary President Tami Montgomery said. “Last year the Joshua Tree Park was closed because of the government shutdown Visitors in the basin were looking for alternative things to do. People were amazed what they discovered at the Orchid Festival” Montgomery explained. Complimentary orchid tours are conducted every 15 minutes. Attendees are urged to bring their cameras and take as many photos as their sim cards will hold. Proceeds from all orchid sales, less sales tax, are donated to the nonprofits participating in the Festival.
In her first ever Palm Springs performance, nationally renowned P-town sensation Miss Richfield 1981 brings her new show “Play With My Poodle! to Purple Room Restaurant and Stage for two special Palm Springs Pride Weekend shows on Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8.
A beauty pageant titleholder must be single. But that was back in 1981 and Miss Richfield's clock is ticking. So she's on the prowl to find Mr. Right…now! In her all new show Play With My Poodle!, Miss R joyously looks for a suitable mate and leaves audiences in hysterics with colorful videos, twisted sing-alongs and a healthy heap of audience interaction.
It is time for the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Snow Guessing Contest. This annual event begins October 1 and will continue until the first measurable inch of snow falls at the Tram’s Mountain Station, elevation 8,516.
The first ten entries received with the correct date of snowfall will win four Tram admissions plus a special Tram picture frame. In the event there are more than ten correct entries, the earliest postmarks will prevail.
To submit an entry, simply write down your best-guess date on a postcard
It was a weekend of music and poetry as people gathered at Crystal Fantasy in Palm Springs. Billed as "100 Thousand Poets For Change at Crystal Fantasy," Poets, Artists and Musicians from around the world gathered in a demonstration and celebration of poetry, art and music to promote social, environmental, and political change. Thanks to Richard Byford for these photos.
Proceeds from the concert will benefit COD programs in the arts, which foster creative problem solving, flexible thinking, and risk-taking – skills needed not only by artists but also by students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). By providing COD students with access to superior faculty, facilities, and a strong foundation in critical and creative thinking, they will be well positioned to continue their education or to enter the workforce immediately.
Sponsorship opportunities, including a pre-event reception/dinner and an on-stage post-performance
Mark your calanders for Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 4 PM for Desert Winds Jazz Band Concert “All That Jazz” concert at the Jewish Community Center of Palm Springs
It will be an afternoon of Jazz and Big Band featuring night club style seating with hors d’oeuvres, libations and more. Guest Performers: Francesca Amari, Keisha D, Jerome Elliott & Charles Herrera. General Admission $30. Don't wait, seating is limited.
Visit www.desertwindsfb.org and order your tickets now!
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CVNews Radio Host Jim Fordyce talks with this theatre about the 2014-2015 Season
Coyote StageWorks, an award-winning Actors’ Equity professional theater company, is pleased to announce its schedule of performances for 2015. The season will include the Company’s signature one-night-only benefit and a full production of a smash comedy hit, presented at the brand new, state-of-the-art Helene Galen Performing Arts Center at Rancho Mirage High School.
What Jim Said:
"I liked "Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins." Imagine the "Wonder Years" if Kevin Arnold had been gay and desire on the coach. I could relate to this, since it takes place at the time I was in junior high. This show is well worth your time. The folks at DRP have again assembled and ensemble who fit together with each other and with the audience in this intimate theater in Rancho Mirage. Young Garret Hoy plays the main character, Horace, and unlike the wonder years where we hear an adult voice, Horace is narrating the story from his tree house and then steps into the story. He does it flawlessly. Watch out for this young man to take the valley theatre scene by storm. It is only the second time I have seen him on stage and I am already a member of his fan club. And a quick shout out to Katie Pavao who plays (among other roles) Anita Bryant. She is convincing and, to make this historical accurate, she takes the pie in the face."
Jim Fordyce - Coachella Valley News
The Desert Rose Playhouse, the Valley’s live stage company serving the LGBT community, will present the comedy "Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins, by Bryan Christopher Williams , opening Friday, September 26,
Now I must risk getting some people mad at me. Once again, the sound at this theatre was not good. The music was too loud, and the microphones crackled and were turned on late. I overheard people at intermission talking about it and two said they were leaving because of it. I understand audio equipment is expensive, but I am sure people would pay and extra dollar or two to see these fine shows without the sound problems. "
Rating: 3 out of 4
It’s not easy being a teenager in a dystopian society. You are either forced into deadly games, told what your future will be, or, in this case, made to face the unknown dangers of a mysterious and deadly maze.
Having been a successful art director, Wes Ball makes a strong feature film directorial debut with THE MAZE RUNNER, based on the YA novel by James Dashner. The visuals of the maze and the creatures it contains are striking and frighteningly real in
Rating: 4 out of Fordyce (Perfect)
by: Jim Fordyce
I love Helen Mirren, so she was a big incentive to head the Mary Pickford Movie house for a Sunday night screening of what I had already been told was a wonderful movie.
The 100 foot journey is the story of the Kadam family. They leave India and, after a stop in London, they end up in France where the clan's stubborn patriarch open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory's Michelin starred very fancy eatery.
She is not exactly the welcome wagon and they are not exactly the quiet neighbors you might want. There are fussing, and fighting, then a big turn that makes this move so wonderful.
Mirren IS Madame Mallory and she is brilliant. Mansig Dayal plays the charming son with a flare for making dinner and an eye on one of MM's staff members. Add in Om Puri as the picture perfect papa and you have a great movie that gets a perfect 4 out of Fordyce
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