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Sunday
Apr132014

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Sunday
Apr132014

Monday Shout Outs

Happy Monday, Everyone!

Mikole (l) and FrancescaI hope you had a great weekend. I know many of you fought the crowds to go to the music fest. We had some Coachella Valley News winners who I know enjoyed attending the after party. While they were there I was off to many other events. Friday night I dropped by the first night of DezArts' annual play reading series, which is how they pick the plays for next season. You can go by for weekend number two and enjoy the shows, then vote.

Saturday was a perfect day to head for Desert Hot Springs and enjoy watching some very talented people hand carving Kachinas. They were at Cabot’s Pueblo Museum, which is a Coachella Valley News Favorite Attraction. After DHS, we were off to the 99 Buck event for the Palm Springs Art Museum. How it worked is that a lot of people painted on small canvases, visitors picked their favorite, and after they buy it, the artist is revealed to the buyer. What fun! And it helps the museum raise funds. I got to visit with many of my friends. Our CVNews Art correspondent Charlene Faris, who is an artist herself, was there, and she painted some of the pics that were sold.

I also visited with museum guy Bob Bogard and artist Lon Michels; Todd was there, too, as was David Gray, and I got a big hug from Carol Kamenis. Bella da Ball was the hostess with the mostess. The staff at “The Riviera” did a great job hosting the large crowd. There are Coachella Valley Fun Fotos aplenty to be seen from that event and the Kachina carvers. We also made a stop at our favorite movie house to see “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” I missed it opening weekend, but was sure glad I finally got to see it. My review is posted.  Sunday it was a pool party with friends and then a stop at Wang's for a delicious dinner while we enjoyed Farncesca Amari sing along wiith Mikole onSax.

This week we get ready for Easter. You can read about the Easter event at the Living Desert Zoo and you can hear my CVFuncast interview about Easter Sunday at the top of the Tram. This will be your last weekend to see “Jesus Christ Superstar” at Palm Canyon Theater. It closes Easter Sunday. It is also closing weekend for “Poster Boys” from Desert Rose Playhouse.

Sunday
Apr132014

"Eggstravaganza" This weekend at the Living Desert Zoo


Hop on over to The Living Desert for a jumping two-day Easter “Eggstravaganza” from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on April 19th and April 20th.  This is no ordinary Easter celebration, but a fun-filled event springing numerous activities for the entire family, including a notable egg hunt with 10,000 eggs, a participant Easter parade and memorable photos with the Easter Bunny and his strolling crew, plus much more.

Taking place each day are two engaging and age-appropriate Easter egg hunts for the kids, jelly bean counting contests, face painting, bounce houses, and animal mask crafts.  Expanding on traditional Easter celebrations, The Living Desert wasn’t kidding about an eggstravaganza! The day includes special animal enrichment presentations and chats with animals

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Sunday
Apr132014

Sunrise Service will begin Special Easter Sunday at the PS Tram

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One of the best places to watch the sunrise on Easter morning, April 20, is at the Tramway’s Mountain Station, at an elevation of 8,516 feet. A sermon delivered by Pastor Sneed and songs performed by “Voices of Song”, a gospel choir, will provide an inspirational message. The first car up will be at 4:30am. The program begins at 5:10am. Reduced Tram fares will be in effect until 7:30am. Round-trip fare will be $15 for adults and seniors $12 for children ages 3-12.

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Sunday
Apr132014

Improv Games return to COD Friday Night

The College of the Desert Theatre Arts Department will present “THE IMPROV GAMES 4”
Friday, April 18th, 8:00 pm at Theatre Too (on the campus of College of the Desert)

This will be another night of the hit comedy series “The Improv Games”.  The show will feature a raucous evening of original material and improvisational comedy.
“The audience will literally dictate everything the performers do on stage,” says Director & C.O.D. Assistant Professor of Theatre, Tres Dean.  “Improvisation is the foundation of so many aspects of acting and performing.  Improv calls upon the performer to think on their feet, immediately bring a character to life, and fully commit to that character.  When you add the unpredictable suggestions and guidance of the audience, you have the recipe for an extremely entertaining experience.”
 Improvisational Theatre is the backbone of iconic television mainstays such as Saturday Night Live and “Who’s Line Is It

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Sunday
Apr132014

Original Art Works From Celebrities and Artists at $99 Help the Museum

 What a great event! Plese enjoy out CVFun Fotos by Jim Fordyce!

Story by: Charlene Faris

The palm trees were swaying from the winds on Saturday afternoon way before 4 pm, but that certainly did not deter the hundreds of art enthusiasts, buyers and  collectors to join in the fun, the camaraderie, and scurry to look for celebrity (and all artists') artwork  (over 720 pieces) at the beautiful Rivieria Hotel on North Indian Canyon in Palm Springs.  People flowed in continually, another mixed crowd of few that any of us knew except our fellow artists themselves. It was exciting, to say the least!

Jim Fordyce, owner of the Coachella Valley Online News Network, was there from the gitgo, long before

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Sunday
Apr132014

Mendez Gallery Attracts a Crowd

The Jorge Mendez Gallery at 756 North Palm Canyon Drive was bustly on Friday (April 11 2014) evening during the art opening for the Latin American artists Mendez represents. When Jorge Mendez and Raymond Maas opened the gallery in early December, the biggest goal was to bring the "creative genius (of Latin American artists) to an underserved U.S. marketplace."  They feature only contemporary Latin American art.  



Located in the former location of Dwight Polen Design, Mendez had very little to do to this clean space right in the Uptown Design District.  This writer's good friends, Tony Larcombe and Dwight Polen, consolidated their antiquities into their Palm Desert store on El Paseo in November. Though it was

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Sunday
Apr132014

Time for Dezart Performs' Play Reading Series

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Dezart Performs, the performing arts non-profit best known for bringing refreshing new works for the stage to the Coachella Valley, has just announced the plays to be read next month in its Sixth Annual Play Reading Series. The not-to-be-missed festival features the talent of actors and directors from all over the Coachella Valley and Los Angeles, said Artistic Director Michael Shaw, in making the announcement.

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Sunday
Apr132014

JC Superstar is an Amazing Show

If you wish to see a local musical that will keep you glued to your theater seat from beginning to end, then you must see "Jesus Christ Super Star" playing at the Palm Canyon Theatre through April 20th.  It is dynamic, intense, riveting, colorful, happy, sad, maddening, and well sang, danced, choregraphed (by Se Layne) and exceptionally directed by Se Layne and Rodney Tethal.

Initially in the 1970s, this legendary rock musical (with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice), was quite controversial though many critics now proclaim that "this gospel story is clearer and more relevant."  Each decade since its first Broadway run in 1971, the musical has picked up its momentum both nationally and internationally and remains very popular. It resembles a passion play very much.

The "Jesus Christ Super Star Arena Special North American Tour 2014" kicks off in June, and the closest

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Sunday
Apr132014

Jesus Christ Superstar is the Easter Show at PCT

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It is a Broadway classic and the story of Jesus’ last days is hte next offering from the Palm Canyon Theatre.  Jesus Christ Superstar grips you with its haunting melodies by Andrew Lloyd Webber and powerful lyrics by Tim Rice and doesn’t let go until the final note.

This 40 year old spectacle was Broadway’s first rock opera and still amazes audiences today. Although the 1973 movie caused quite a stir, the controversy surrounding the film only helped to raise its popularity.

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Sunday
Apr132014

Cabot's Pueblo Museum Honors Cabot and the Hopi with Kachina Carving Event

 What Fabulous fun we had at this event. CVFun highly reccomends you  enjoy the photos and drop by Cabot's Pueblo Museum soon!

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Cabot's Pueblo Museum is  hosting its first Hopi Kachina Carving Weekend, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 11-13.

This event will honor the tradition of Kachina carving.

Kachinas  are the representations of the spirits that li

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Sunday
Apr132014

The Times Are Changing in Palm Springs Art Scene

Photo by: Devin Payne

Bob Dylan said it much better, however, it can be truly said that the times are changing here in Palm Springs with younger, more hip hop artists emerging on the scene. There is definitely a shift being made to include the new generation.  It may be happening the best at Gallery 446 at 446 South Indian Canyon Drive.

At the "Art and Sound" artist reception on Thursday evening at Gallery 446,  Devin Payne took me down there an hour or so into the evening (with fractured ankle=short visit). The entire hour we were there, neither of us still didn't know any of the guests.  Only Dimitri Halkidis, the owner.  It was a great young crowd, and it was absolutely a good thing to see more art and faces that reflects the times in various areas of our country, not only in Los Angeles, but everywhere! 

This current show has twenty artists, including Halkidis.  It was

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Apr132014

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Sunday
Apr132014

"Captain America" is a "Marvel-ous" Sequel

Rating: 3 out of Fordyce

 

Sequels can often be a disappointing attempt to bring us back to the the theatre but leave it to the gang at Marvel to make us forget that notion. I wasn't sure how they were going to get us back in the action for  "Captain America: The Winter Soldier,"  but they did with a crisp plot gets going fast and doesn't let us down. It has everything we want: action, intrigue, people to cheer for and villains to boo. I found it quite refreshing as I got to see   Chris Evans back as the Captain. He once again plays Steve Rogers with just the righ mix of "Aw, Shucks" goodness and street smarts. Scarlett Johansson is

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Sunday
Apr132014

Get Ready for Film Noir at the 2014 Arthur Lyons Film Festival.

The 2014 Edition of the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival opens its 15th year at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs on May 8th.  Producer and Host Alan K. Rode announced that film and television star Barbara Hale is scheduled to appear as the opening night guest star after the screening of the 1949 film, THE WINDOW.

“THE WINDOW is one of Hollywood’s greatest suspense films,” said Rode. “I am thrilled that we’ll be

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Sunday
Apr132014

Next up at Desert Rose: "The Haunted Host"

The Desert Rose Playhouse, the Valley’s live stage company serving the LGBT community, will present Robert Patrick’s classic gay comedy THE HAUNTED HOST. Opening Friday, May 2, 2014 for a five-week run closing on June 1, 2014, performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. 

One of the first contemporary gay plays, THE HAUNTED HOST premiered at Greenwich Village’s famed Café Cino in 1964.  The comedy, produced several years before THE BOYS IN THE BAND and other landmark mainstream plays about homosexuality, gave playwright Robert Patrick the opportunity to create one of the first

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