It has been a busy two weeks, but a fun fortnight. Thousands of people came to see us, including the president. Modernism week continues to get better every year. New this year was "CAMP" and some new neighborhood tours. My two favorites were back: the open-air bus tour and The Kennedy House. Outside of MW, there was a visit from Norman Lear, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" opened at Palm Canyon Theatre, and my friends at Dickey's Barbecue opened their doors in Palm Springs. Also opening was the newly restored Wellman Library and the Pet Food Bank.
I was honored to be asked to host Oscar Night in the official movie house of "Coachella Valley Fun" and "Coachella Valley Talk Radio": the Mary Pickford Theater in Cathedral City. I also was asked to join a panel of distinguished colleagues for a discussion on changes in the media over the decades when it comes to LGBT issues. Thanks for the invite, Desert Stonewall Democrats.
We have stories and pictures from these events at CoachellaValleyFun.com and CoachellaValleyNwws.com, and a few more photos above.
One would think I would need a nap after the last two weeks, but I am awake and ready from some great shows. We already mention AFTHOTWTTF. That continues for two more weeks at PCT. "Jack" opens Friday for one weekend only at the COD. We are also getting ready for "Nunsense" at Desert Stage Works, "Divine Sister" at Desert Rose Playhouse, and "Buyer and Cellar" coming in March to Coyote Stage Works. We have information and an interview about the Canada/Snowbird Fest which is coming up this weekend, and there is music on the way from Opera Arts and Sunnylands.
From March 5 to the 15th, Desert Theatre Works will perform "Nunsense: The Mega Musical." In thes comedy, the Little Sisters of Hoboken need to save their convent from financial ruin. They need to raise the money to properly bury their accidentally poisoned sisters. What will they do? Why throw a fundraiser, of course. From writing greeting cards to producing a variety show, the nuns’ ingenuity shines as they frantically garner the cash
Shows are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7pm and Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm
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 Fridays and Saturdays at8:00 PM and Sundays at 2 PM.
An outrageous comedy homage to nearly every Hollywood film involving nuns –Song of Bernadette, The Singing Nun, and The DaVinci Code – this madcap romp through religiosity evokes the wildly comic but affectionately observed theatrical style of the creator of Die, Mommie Die! and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. Mother Superior is determined to build a new school for her Pittsburgh convent – but what of the sinister albino monk, the mysterious Nun from the Mother House, and the postulant who is experiencing feverish “visions”.
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum was inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus (251–183 BC). The musical tells the hilarious and bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. The plot displays many classic elements of farce, including puns, the slamming of doors, cases of mistaken identity (frequently involving characters disguising themselves as one another), and satirical comments on social class. The title derives from the line that vaudeville comedians often used to begin a story: "A funny thing happened
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.
An outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs, “Buyer & Cellar” is part truth and part fiction, inspired by Barbra Streisand’s “My Passion for Design.” As detailed in the 2010 book,
Sunnylands’ annual "Music in the Gardens" program returns March 1 with Joey Latimer and Don Reed entertaining guests from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sunnylands Gardens Performance Circle. The duo is known for performing a wide range of musical styles spanning folk and blues to country and indie rock.
Latimer and Reed are the first of five musical acts that will perform free of charge every Sunday in March from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sunnylands Center & Garden, 37977 Bob Hope Drive
It is time for the 6th annual Festival of Opera & Art, Sunday March 22, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park and Amphitheater. Admission is free
Enjoy professional singers accompanied by a 33 piece orchestra perfroming French and Italian favorites of the 19th century.
Enjoy the artwork of valley high school students and other valley artists.
Face painting and craft activities for the children.
Food and non-alcoholic beverages for sale.