story by Charlene Faris
photographs by Jeff King
Editors Note: While there was much hoopla and a bevy of stars kicking off the The Buzz, We sent our ace reporter Charlene Faris with our friend and photographer Jeff King out later in the night to see who was riding and where it stops. The result was what Coachella Valley News believes is going to be a great service. While the star studded send off was nice, those people were back in the chauffeur driven cars by the time the ride around town was over. what really matters here is how useful this will be to our valley residents and the visitors we welcome with open arms.
Catching the BUZZ in Palm Springs can be just as spontaneous for riders as it was for this writer and Artist Jeff King late Friday (12-19-2014) for the next to the last run for the first day. We didn't participate in the public relations portion that made the "news" with the Mayor and the national/international "stars" who reside here, but we experienced this wonderful trolley as it "IS."
Jeff first boarded at Stop 2 NPC/Vereda Norte at The Shops at 1345 then deboarded at Stop 4 NPC/El Alameda (at My Little Flower Shop, Trina Turk, and John's Restaurant) to escort this writer and to take the photographs of our "cruise" all along the "Palm Springs Trolley Route." Since we didn't know exactly where the BUZZ red trolley signs were, one trolley "sailed" right past us on North Indian Canyon. So we waited at Stop 27 N. Indian/Valmonte (TRIADA Resort and Movie Colony Hotel) and then got on BUZZ #1538 precisely at 10:55 pm for the last ride for the first day, December 19th. We joined many other riders all wearing hats and warm coats. It was warm and toasty (not to mention cozy)
82-year-old show business legend James “GYPSY” Haake, notable stage, film and TV actor (La Cage aux Folles cabaret stage revue, To Be or Not To Be, Married with Children) hosts the show Carnival Cabaret as “Mastress of Ceremonies” at Oscar’s Café and Bar December 29th – 31st, including two shows on New Year’s Eve.
Carnival Cabaret has appeared in casinos across the country, and is most recognized for their decade long run in Lake Tahoe, Nevada at the Horizon Casino – the longest running show in the history of Lake Tahoe’s entertainment scene
Following the great success of its October season opener, Broadway D-Lights, Desert Ensemble Theatre Company continues its fourth season on Saturday, January 24 with a one night-only concert reading of a major new musical: Esperanza—the Musical of Hope. The 7:00 p.m. performance will take place at the Pearl McManus Theater inside Palm Springs Woman’s Club at 314 S. Cahuilla Road. Tickets are $22 ($18 for seniors, students and military)
WICKED, one of the most successful musicals in Broadway history, has returned to the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. In case you’ve somehow not heard about the show (maybe you’ve been lost in the Brazilian jungles for the last decade), WICKED concerns the early years of Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. It tells how they met at Shiz University (these are educated witches), became friends and eventually achieved the monikers of Good and Wicked. But that is only the surface story of the musical. Just below the surface are two important themes. What makes it resonate with so many is that it shows how people can affect your life and, if you are willing to let them in, can, as one song beautifully states, change your life for good (a word that has multiple meanings in this context). The other message is one about reality versus perception and how the latter can often be taken for the truth. Few characters in this show are
The Coachella Valley Symphony’s second concert of the season is European Masters on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, 2 p.m. at the symphony’s new home, the Helene Galen Performing Arts Center in the Rancho Mirage High School, 31001 Rattler Road. This season’s theme, Music by Request, reflects the repertoire suggestions made by CVSymphony audiences as well as selections suggested and played by the symphony musicians.
Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, one of the composer’s most popular and beloved works, is the
AIDS Assistance Program has announced what you will experience at its 22nd annual Evening Under the Stars gala will feature a high-energy performance by ‘ABBA – The Concert.’ This ultimate ABBA tribute celebration will take place Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 5:30 PM at the O’Donnell Golf Club in Palm Springs.
‘ABBA – The Concert’ pays homage to the beloved anthems of one of the greatest pop phenomenons in music history and includes an original member of the band. With
Rating: 4 out of Four (Perfect)
By Stephen Radosh
THE BABADOOK, Jennifer Kent’s feature debut as a writer and director is one you will not easily forget. Don’t expect anything like what passes for a horror film these days. This picture, imported from Australia, reminds us of how truly scary a film can be. It is a layered and textured film which manages to crank up the creepiness to the extreme….and not a chainsaw massacre in sight.
The story revolves around Amelia (chillingly portrayed by Essie Davis), a woman who lost her husband in an accident on the way to driving her to the hospital to give birth to their child. The child, Samuel (played with incredible precociousness by Noah Wiseman) is now about to turn 7 and is more than a handful for any single mother. He is socially a pariah, prone to screaming outbursts and is constantly believing that he has to defend
Happy Monday, Everyone!
There is nothing I like better than a weekend that begins on Thursday. We were off to the 19th Annual Inn Walk in downtown Palm Springs. After checking on the toys that everyone dropped off for underprivileged kids at the Palm Springs Woman's Club and watching the baked goods sell out, we were off to tour the inns. We didn't have to walk all the way. Via Green Cars was offering free shuttle rides in their electric vehicles. Next time you want a ride, you can rent one for downtown PS.
Friday night there was more annual fun as the gang at College of the Desert entertained us with their very off-color holiday show. It was irreverent yuletide hilarity. Great job, my friends.
Sunday, I sat in on a session while my pal Richard Byford did a taping of his "Gypsy Troubadour" show. I finished the weekend with Sunday dinner at Wang's. While I was out and about, leave it to Charlene Faris to find a gallery opening and an ugly sweater party.
This week promises more yuletide fun. Wednesday night is a big holiday fundraiser for Musical Theatre University. We are raising money to send the kids to Broadway. I spoke with stage legend Sal Mistretta on my radio show about this great program from our valley school students and how you can come and help out while enjoying the show at the same time. I wanted to make attendance mandatory, but I was told that was beyond my mystical powers. But please come and join us.
Also this week, there is a rumor going around that I am going to be the announcer at the mis-match game at Oscar's Thursday night; Saturday I will be in my seat as the Coachella Valley Symphony brings us a holiday concert. We also did a radio show about that event. May I remind you that all of our radio shows play continuously on www.CoachellaValleyTalkRadio.com, and you can listen to all of them as individual podcasts?