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Sunday
Oct192014

Monday Shout Outs

Hello and Happy Monday!
Those of you who follow me on Facebook know I am in New York until this afternoon, when I arrive back home after my high school reunion. It was great to see the whole gang. That is me in the photo hosting the event with my lovely assistant. My trip meant I missed a few things, but I am told the Cycle event was fantastic, and our own Ed Lefkowitz took in the show Friday night as Desert Ensemble Theatre Company kicked off its season. Thanks to Charlene Faris for "minding the store" in my absence. Charlene was at the Equality California Awards dinner. You can read her story and see the pictures at  Coachella Valley News.

Coming Up:

After I unpack, there are 4 events coming up on my schedule. Thursday night is "Into the Woods" from Musical Theatre University. Friday is opening night for "Young Frankenstein" at Palm Canyon Theatre, "Rocky Horror Picture Show" at College of the Desert, and "Noises Off" from Desert Theatre Works. I will see one show Thursday, one show Friday, and a matinee and an evening show on Saturday. That means I will miss Desert Freedom Band's jazz event and the Hypnosis comedy show at the Purple Room. Sorry, my friends; I cannot be everywhere. You will find previews of all of these shows and more right now at CoachellaValleyFun.com.

Sunday
Oct192014

COD Presents Rocky Horror

The students of the College of the Desert Theatre Arts department are shivering with ANTICI…(wait for it)…PATION as they bring to life one of pop culture’s greatest creations.The season begins with one of the most mutated, time warped phenomena in the history of show business, The Rocky Horror Showwith music, lyrics, and book by Richard O’Brien.  The rock musical is a campy tribute to the science fiction and “B” horror movies of the late 1940’s through early 1970’s.  It tells the story of a newly engaged couple finding their way into the home of a mad transvestite scientist in the midst of unveiling his newest creation.  With iconic musical numbers such as “The Time Warp” & “Sweet Transvestite”, The Rocky Horror Show isn’t your normal theatre going experience. 

“It is an event,” says director Tres Dean.  “It is a tremendous, yet extremely exciting challenge to bring a show like this to life.  You are always taking a chance when staging ‘Rocky’ because it is such an iconic production and has cult-like following.  Fans know every word of dialogue and every single lyric. This show

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Sunday
Oct192014

"Young Frankenstein" Coming to Palm Canyon Theatre

The musical version of Mel Brooks's film of the same name "Young Frankenstein" is coming to the Palm Canyon Theatre in Palm Springs October 24 to November 2.

It is the story of Frederick Frankenstein (that's "Fronkensteen") When he inherits a castle in Transylvania containing Igor, Inga and Frau Blucher.(insert horse's neigh here)  he  discovers the secret entrance to his grandfather's laboratory and create a monster of his own.
Bobbie Eakes, David Steen, Ben Reece, Stegar Thompson, Tom Warrick, Katie Pavao, Denise Casey, Stephen Blackwell and Terry Huber star.

Palm Canyon Theatre is located at 538 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs at the corner of Alejo.Thursday 7pm, Friday and Saturday 8pm and Sunday 2pm Adults $36 and Seniors $32. Box Office: 760.323.5123You can always order online: www.PalmCanyonTheatre.org

Sunday
Oct192014

"Noises Off" will Result in Loud Laughter from DTW

Come enjoy a good hearty laugh with the funniest farce ever written. Noises Off is a roller coaster, side-splitting look at theatre - inside and out - as a hapless troupe of actors attempt to mount the dreadful comedy "Nothing On". Door slamming, missed cues and romantic intrigue will have you roaring with laughter as the casts' collective sanity slowly unravels.

Yes, the show must go on; despite the catastrophe being played out on stage and the vicious antics among the actors backstage. All-the-while, an ill-fated tray of sardines mysteriously appears and disappears.  That is

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Sunday
Oct192014

"Into the Woods" Coming to MTU

BROADWAY'S BIGGEST STARS JOIN BROADWAY'S "NEXT GENERATION" IN SONDHEIM'S MUSICAL THEATRE MASTERPIECE "INTO THE WOODS" FOR FOUR PERFORMANCES ONLY (OCTOBER 23-25) AT THE HELENE GALEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER!!
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!!!
 JOIN THE TALENTED STUDENTS OF MUSICAL THEATRE UNIVERSITY AND A FEW OF THEIR BROADWAY FRIENDS IN ONE OF BROADWAY'S BIGGEST HITS! "INTO THE WOODS" IS A MULTI-TONY AWARD WINNING, DELIGHTFULLY TWISTED MASH-UP OF YOUR FAVORITE GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES INCLUDING CINDERELLA, RAPUNZEL, LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD AND JACK AND THE BEANSTALK!! 

Sunday
Oct192014

Coachella Valley Symphony Announces 2014-15 Season Series

 The Coachella Valley Symphony announces its 2014-15 Concert Series with all four concert performances at the symphony’s new home, the Helene Galen Performing Arts Center in the Rancho Mirage High School, 31001 Rattler Road.

This year’s theme, Music by Request, reflects the repertoire suggestions made by CVSymphony audiences as well as concert selections suggested and played by the symphony musicians.

Holiday Magic on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, 7 p.m., a heartwarming holiday concert features the vocal talents of Patricia Welch performing seasonal favorites: Silent Night, Winter Wonderland, Joy to the

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Sunday
Oct192014

"Outrageous Rock & Roll Comedy Hypnosis Show” Comes to Purple Room Friday, October 24. 

 Hypnotist Ron Stubbs "Outrageous Rock & Roll Comedy Hypnosis Show” comes to Purple Room Restaurant And Stage in Palm Springs on Friday, October 24

He has performed his show around the globe before thousands of standing room only crowds and sold out theatres. He has been called "the rock star of hypnosis" by Backstage Magazine.  Ron is also a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Trainer, NLP Instructor, Body Language Expert and a sought after Motivational Speaker.

The show has been described as modern, fast paced, laugh-a-minute mind bending entertainment.  The audience is the star of the show.   

Dinner service begins at 5:30pm and the show starts at 7:00pm. Tickets for the show are $25 and are available at www.purpleroompalmsprings.com or by calling 760.322.4422.  Purple Room Restaurant and Stage is located at 1900 E. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, CA. 

Sunday
Oct192014

DWFB Jazz Band Presents: "All That Jazz"

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!

Sunday
Oct192014

P Town Sensation Coming to PS for Pride

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.  

Dinner begins at 5:30pm and the show starts at 7:00pm.  Tickets for the show are $25 and are available at www.purpleroompalmsprings.com or by calling 760.322.4422.

Sunday
Oct192014

When Will It Happen? Guess the Tram Snow Day

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

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Sunday
Oct192014

Brian Stokes Mitchell Show will return to Support COD

Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell will return to the McCallum stage for an enchanting evening of music to benefit College of the Desert (COD). “Stepping Out For College of the Desert with Brian Stokes Mitchell” will be held on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 8 pm at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert. 
 
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

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Sunday
Oct192014

"My Old Lady" Has Love and Lack of It

Rating: 3 out of 4   

Making his directorial debut at age 75, playwright Israel Horowitz has adapted his stage play into a warm and intimate portrait showing the effects of love and the lack thereof on the lives of its characters.  Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) is an unsuccessful writer from New York who inherits an apartment in Paris from his long estranged father. He arrives in France intending to sell the large flat but discovers that that may not be so easy to do.  His apartment is a viager – a French system whereby the

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