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27 Mar 2014
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Film SCI-FI LIT FLICKS: CHILDREN OF MEN Nominated for three Academy Awards, Children of Men is a dystopian film loosely based on P.D. James’ 1992 novel. In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary. Prior to the movie, enjoy a short conversation between science-fiction expert Sherryl Vint, UC Riverside English professor, and Tod Goldberg, director of UCR Palm Desert’s low-residency MFA program. 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 8. Free. University of California, Riverside—Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert. 760-834-0800; palmdesert.ucr.edu/programs/Lit_Flicks.html. PALM DESERT ART DOCUMENTARY SERIES: STOLEN In the early morning hours after St. Patrick’s Day 1990, thieves disguised as policemen gained access into Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner museum and successfully executed the largest art heist in modern history. Stolen is a full exploration of this unusual crime and the fascinating, disparate…
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…