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15 Nov 2013
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Before multiple self-proclaimed spiritual mediums began hosting TV shows, James Van Praagh was on the scene; he was even an executive producer of a TV series on the subject. He’ll be appearing at the McCallum Theatre at 7 p.m., this Sunday, Nov. 17. During a recent interview, Van Praagh was very open about the world of spiritual mediums, as well as the criticism and skepticism that many people have. He’s a part-time resident of Palm Springs, although he said he’s selling his home here. Originally from Bayside, N.Y., he said experienced his first encounter with a spirit at the age of 8 in his bedroom. “I often say it’s like the movie The Sixth Sense. Mine was very much like that, but I didn’t see negative impressions; mine were always very positive impressions,” Van Praagh said. “I see lights around people, colors, and an aura. I would tell my mother…
12 Aug 2013
On a warm and breezy Saturday evening, the night’s festivities were just beginning at Georgie’s Alibi, at Azul in downtown Palm Springs. You could feel the bass thumping from the music as you walked up the stairs to Georgie’s Alibi. Once inside, the pink and purple lights, bumping music and beautiful ladies set the mood just right for a night of dancing and socializing—and it was all happening thanks to a fairly new group called Boudoir Entertainment. Boudoir Entertainment, also known as B.E., is an entertainment group that has a goal to “satisfy the nightlife needs for lesbians and queer women in the Coachella Valley in a unique atmosphere BY and FOR women,” according to creators Delfina Zarate, Alexis Ortega and Marie Elloso. However, Boudoir Entertainment events aren’t just for women who like women; B.E. prides itself on not being an exclusive organization, in an effort to bring together the…
06 Jun 2013
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Sandra Austin doesn’t think fathers get the respect they deserve. She tells a story about a man she knows whose significant other passed away. They had been raising six kids together—and four of them aren’t biologically his own. Nonetheless, he’s carrying on: He’s now a single father, and doing everything he can for those six kids. “He stepped up,” Austin says. “That’s commendable. He needs support.” That’s one reason why Austin—the co-founder of the Family Health and Support Network—has given the nonprofit organization’s annual Juneteenth in the Coachella Valley event the theme “Fatherhood: Dispel the Myth.” The sixth-annual event, presented by Augustine Casino, takes place on Saturday, June 15, at the La Quinta Resort. The celebration of African-American culture and heritage is a benefit for the Family Health and Support Network’s foster-care program. Performers include gospel/soul singer Gina Carey, and headlining singer L. Young. E.M. Abdulmumin, the founder of the…
17 Apr 2013
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Meet Chris Hoggatt. He’s a 20-year-old student at the College of the Desert and a graduate of Palm Desert High School who works at the Yard House. Oh, and one more thing about Hoggatt: He’s a hip-hop dancer. Hoggatt will be making his big-stage debut alongside 21 other individuals and groups this week as part of Open Call, the McCallum Theatre’s annual talent project. This is the 15th year for Open Call, which is part of the McCallum’s education and outreach program. Kajsa Thuresson-Frary, the director of education at the McCallum, has been a part of Open Call since the beginning. She says that Open Call started as part of an effort by the McCallum to live up to a then-new slogan—“It’s your theatre”—as the organization emerged from tough times in the late 1990s. “It’s an effort to closely work with the local community to create a community event,” she…