Happy Monday from:
Jim Fordyce and CoachellaFun.com
Sorry to be so late with this folks, but the company that hosts this site had a meltdown. The we had a power problem. So Monday and most of Tuesday were frustrating, but the weekend was fine. We began the weekend early with dinner at Trio with the lovely Mary Ann Rojo. That's us in the picture. There is a GOOD, YUMMY reason TRIO is a Coachella Valley News Favorite Restaurant. The food was fantastic, and the service was fabulous. Friday night we saw the new show at Alibi Azul with Fleet Easton and Company. They will be there every Friday night with a new show and I reccomend you drop by. The show was pleasant, but I do hope they get the sound problems fixed before next week. Honestly, it was hard to enjoy the show with bad sound. And the lights made the show hard to see. The show is in the round but when the performers move they are in the dark. Saturday it was the return of movie night. Two special friends hosted this event for a long time and took a break while the renovated their back yard. We all were amazed at how good it looked and sounded as we watched from the pool or the seating area. As good as any theater but unfortunatle for most of you, it is by nvitation only. amybe I could bring a few of you as my "date" next time. It was good to see everyone all in one place again. Especially Cindy, my sparkly friend. Stephen Radosh was at the movies, you can read his review and as I often do, I wrapped my weekend up with a stop at Wang's in the Desert Sunday night for delicious food and some great music. Some of you may ask why we did not go to cover the Jazz Festival in Idyllwild In spite of several e mails to the promoter, we were not even contacted. I will contact the festival organizers with my complaints.
Coming up . . .
I will be in the audience Friday night as the Desert Rose Playhouse raises the curtain on its new season with open “2 Boys In A Bed On A Cold Winter’s Night” We have a preview posted and speaking of that, we have previews of the upcoming season at several local theatres. Over the next few weeks we will have a giant sized Coachella Valley Funcast talking to as many of the theatres who want to join us. Stay tuned......
The Desert Rose Playhouse, the Valley’s live stage company serving the LGBT community, will present the comedy 2 BOYS IN A BED ON A COLD WINTER’S NIGHT, by James Edwin Parker, opening Friday, August 22, 2014 for a three-week run. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2 PM
Ryan Dominguez plays Daryl and Chris Horychata is Peter in 2 BOYS IN A BED ON A COLD WINTER’S NIGHT. Set in New York City in 1987, it explores the sexual etiquette of one-night stands and is peppered with poignant, humorous and sly observations. The two boys in question are thirty-something gay men who've met in Greenwich Village. Daryl and Peter have a quick and hot
Fresh off of eight Desert Theatre League Award nominations for last season, Desert Ensemble Theatre Company has revealed its 2014-15 season. Producing Artistic Director Tony Padilla and Artistic Director Rosemary Mallett have announced an eclectic range of world premieres, regional premieres, concert-readings and cabaret for the company’s fourth season. All performances will take place in the Pearl McManus Theater at the Palm Springs Women’s Club, 314 S. Cahuilla Road in Palm Springs.
The desert Rose Playhouse, the Coachella Valley’s stage company serving LGBT and Gay-Friendly residents and visitors, has announced its 2014/15 Season of productions:
ANITA BRYANT DIED FOR YOUR SINS by Bryan Christopher Williams (September 26 – October 19, 2014)
“One of the funniest and most exquisitely written comedy-dramas to come along in a long, long while” – Stage Scene LA.
It’s 1977 and 15-year-old Horace Poore’s sexual awakening is hastened by images of Olympic
Dezart Performs’ has announced the plays it will perform in its 7th season.
The Palm Springs-based performing arts company’s artistic director, Michael Shaw tell Coachella Valley News that once again the copmany will be showcasing the work of established and emerging playwrights from across the country for Coachella Valley audiences.
Shaw says, "The new season, its seventh, is full of excitement and features four different offerings presented between November 2014 and April 2015."
It carries on the long-standing tradition of presenting a full production of the Audience Favorite from the previous season’s Play Reading Series. The overwhelming favorite was “Duck And Cover” by Michael Kimball, and the comedy will be the season’s second offering, with its West Coast Premiere on January 30, 2015 and a run that ends on February 8.
Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Ron Celona, has announced the 2014-2015 Season lineup. The four plays to be produced in CVRep’s intimate 86-seat theater will make you laugh, cry, feel sentimental and proud, be inspired, awed or angry. Enjoy the richness of the American spirit through these thought provoking productions.
"One of the things I most love about America is learning about our varied cultures and its peoples' ancestry. This knowledge can help us to understand our differences and appreciate who we are. The four plays that CVRep will be presenting in its 2014-2015 SEASON “THE AMERICAN MELTING POT” will help
Each year DTL sponsors the Desert Stars Awards to recognize outstanding achievement in theatre arts. From the list of nominees, the winners are selected and announced at a ceremny in the fall. The complkte list of niminees is below:
The Desert Winds Freedom Band has announced it 2014-2015 concert line-up and its new performance location.
Before the concerts begin you can come meet the band and maybe join up. On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, from 5 – 7 PM at CRAVE, you can come to the annual mixer to meet members of the band and maybe join them for the season.
Then the concerts follow:
Saturday, October 25, 2014 – 4 PM: Desert Winds Jazz Band Concert “All That Jazz” – Jewish Community Center of Palm Springs, Temple Isaiah, Warsaw Ballroom
Woody Allen has been creating close to a film a year since 1969. Some are brilliant (ANNIE HALL, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, BLUE JASMINE to name a few) and others not so great (CELEBRITY, TO ROME WITH LOVE). But every film he turns out has virtues worth experiencing. He always has something to say and says it in an intelligent and thought provoking way.
MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT, his 44th film, is, in my opinion, not up there with his best but is still a very enjoyable confection and a welcome change from the usual summer blockbusters.
by Stephen Radosh
Rating: 2 out of 4
INTO THE STORM is this summer’s entry into the disaster genre and sad to say, it lives up to that description in many ways.
Attempting to be another TWISTER, that exciting 1996 film which put Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton in the path of a killer tornado, INTO THE STORM comes off as SHARKNADO with better special effects.
Silverton, OK is about to have one heck of a bad day. The same holds true for those citizens we get to meet, each one dimensional
Visitors to the Palm Springs Aerial Tram Way will now have a news scenic view and it is inside the building. Mountain station now features two murals from valley artist Keith Blum. The murals were unveiled recently and are unique in that they have a 3d quality about them.. One is a fireplace, the other a scenic view of the Caochella Valley
The creation of the murals was carefully documented. Camera and microphones followed Blum from start to finish for a new reality show called “The Artist” To learn more about that show and the artist, go to www.Keithblum dot com
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