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31 Oct 2019
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Take a beloved Mexican tradition. Add a health-and-wellness component to it; throw in some great food and drink; and top it all off with some fantastic music. Finally, put it all in the middle of downtown Coachella—and you have Run With Los Muertos, one of the east valley’s most popular annual events. Between 4,000 and 5,000 people will celebrate the event in Old Town Coachella this Saturday, Nov. 2. The evening kicks off with a procession and ceremony; the 5k race starts at 6 p.m. Registration for the 5k is $40, but the festival is free and open to all. Proceeds from the celebration benefit east valley-focused nonprofit Raices Cultura. We recently spoke to Tizoc De Aztlan, one of the founders of Run With Los Muertos, which is celebrating its seventh year. How did you come up with the idea to merge a Dia de Los Muertos celebration with a…
01 Oct 2019
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Now that the scorching summer temperatures are (mostly) behind us for the year, it’s appropriate to think about doing things outside. Like, for example, gardening. That means it’s a perfect time for the 14th Annual Desert Garden Community Day, taking place at the University of California, Riverside’s Palm Desert campus on Saturday, Oct. 26. The annual event is a production of the Desert Horticultural Society of Coachella Valley, which got its start in 2005 at The Living Desert, thanks to a small group of locals who shared a love for the environment and its native plants. When the society was founded, there were only 30 members, but today, the nonprofit counts almost 500 members—and the free-to-all Annual Desert Garden Community Day is its biggest event, put on with help from UCR Palm Desert and the UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardner program. “The focus this year will be on growing native…
23 Sep 2019
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BB Ingle is, without a doubt, one of the Coachella Valley’s premiere party-planners. He’s been producing events locally for more than 35 years now, and one of his biggest events is his annual Halloween Bash. This year, he’s moved the event—taking place on Saturday, Oct. 26—to The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa in Rancho Mirage. Why did he decide to move the event? The Show has the best lights and sound system in the Coachella Valley, Ingle told me during a recent interview. He added that seats will be removed to allow for the “ultimate dance party.” “It’s like something you would see in Vegas,” he said. What else makes for a good party? “An enthusiastic host is crucial, since people get excited by who’s hosting the party,” Ingle said. “If you’re not in a good mood, you can’t get other people in a good mood. … Entertainment,…
19 Sep 2019
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No annual event is more beloved—and as specific to Palm Springs—as Modernism Week. The February program, a celebration of the city’s history as a playground and showcase for midcentury modern architecture and design, has long since expanded beyond a week. It actually stirs a few months early, in the form of the Modernism Week Fall Preview, which grows more and more as the years go by. This year’s Modernism Week Fall Preview will take place Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 17-20, with 50 events taking place over those four days—and some of those events are already sold out. “Most of the events in October are smaller versions of what you’ll see in February,” said Tom Dolle, creative director for Destination PSP, which “produces unique, originally designed merchandise.” Dolle is the creative mind behind the Modernism Week Fall Preview’s immersive, Instagram-friendly Cul-de-Sac Experience, now in its third year. The Cul-de-Sac Experience is…