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 characters involved. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Lynne Richardson, co-founder of the FBI Art Crime Team. 6 p.m., Thursday, April 17. Free. University of California, Riverside—Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert. 760-834-0800; palmdesert.ucr.edu/programs/ArtDoc13.html.
FOOLS FOLLY GOES TO BROADWAY
A luncheon with a musical program of Broadway favorites features Paul MacKey, Lola Rossi and other surprise performers. Proceeds benefit Well in the Desert. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 2. $95. Spencer’s Restaurant, 701 W. Baristo Road, Palm Springs. 760-327-8577; www.wellinthedesert.org.
GARDENS ON EL PASEO CONCERT SERIES
Residents and visitors alike can start off Saturday evening by socializing at the wine-and-cheese reception held on the center lawn before each concert at 5:15 p.m. For a $12 donation, guests enjoy light refreshments catered by Pacifica Seafood Restaurant and Sullivan’s Steakhouse, as well as two glasses of wine sponsored by Anderholt Whittaker. April 5: John Stanley King Band, benefitting YMCA of the Desert. April 12: Magdalena Chovancova, benefiting Angel View. April 19: Organic Sol, benefiting United Cerebral Palsy. Free. The Gardens on El Paseo, 73545 El Paseo, Palm Desert. 760-862-1990; www.thegardensonelpaseo.com.
OPERA IN THE PARK
Building on a tradition of presenting talented young opera singers to the Coachella Valley, the Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert will present the 16th annual Opera in the Park. This annual event features a selection of familiar arias sung by talented young opera singers with a professional orchestra conducted by Maestro Valery Ryvkin. Bring your picnic lunch and enjoy a wonderful day of beautiful music. Food libations, and art vendors will add to the festivities. Noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 6. Free. Sunrise Park, between Ramon and Baristo roads on Sunrise Drive, Palm Springs. 760-325-6107; palmspringsoperaguild.org.
OPERA UNDER THE STARS
The fifth-annual event. Receiving the St. Cecilia Patron of Music Award will be Nancy Harris, on behalf of the Coeta and Donald Barker Foundation. Local artist Gideon will create the art piece that will be presented to the foundation. A reception, a sit-down dinner and a divine opera presentation are included. 6:30 p.m., Sunday, April 13. $125. Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa, 44400 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells. 760-323-8353; www.operaartspalmsprings.org.
PALM SPRINGS WOMEN’S JAZZ FESTIVAL
L&G Events is proud to announce the return of the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival, with more than 30 national and international celebrated female jazz musicians. Various prices, times and locations from Thursday, April 3, through Sunday, April 6. 760-416-3545; pswomensjazzfestival.com.
ARTS AND LETTERS: TERESA RHYNE
Meet the author of The Dog Lived (and So Will I), a New York Times bestseller. She’ll talk about her love of beagles, her triumph over cancer and her wildly popular memoir of survival. 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 2. Free. University of California, Riverside—Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert. 760-834-0800; palmdesert.ucr.edu/programs/ArtsLetters13.html.
THE LAST 100 DAYS IN WORLD WAR II IN EUROPE
The Palm Springs Air Museum presents Dr. Ed Gordon, who has lectured around the world and taken travelers to locations in Europe and the Pacific in order to highlight the facts of World War II as they unfolded. By January 1945, the Allies were closing in on what remained of Hitler’s Europe. Even though the Germans had spent their last reserves in the abortive Battle of the Bulge, 10 million solders would still resist during those last 100 days. Gordon recounts the landmark events that would shape the political destiny of Europe and the world for the next 50 years. 1 p.m., Saturday, April 5. Lecture is included with regular museum admission. Check the website for other lectures, which occur every Saturday in April. Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs. 760-778-6262; www.palmspringsairmuseum.org.
WELLNESS MATTERS WITH DR. EBEN ALEXANDER
Neurosurgeon and author Dr. Eben Alexander will discuss his near-death experience and his book Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Afterlife, which chronicles his powerful, life-changing story. 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 9. $85. Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower Medical Center, 39000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage. 760-340-3911; www.emc.org/body.cfm?id=1220.
A fun and unique fundraising event, and a great cocktail party. The event features professional entertainment (including singer Taylor Dayne) plus live and silent auctions of celebrity donated items such as art, tickets to a show, a celebrity book, signed memorabilia or even a doodle itself. A benefit for Desert AIDS Project. 6 p.m., Saturday, April 5. $179. Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs. 415-420-9063; www.celebritydoodles.com.
CLASSIC CARS UNDER THE STARS
Desert Willow Golf Resort transforms into a showroom of vintage cars on display. See all the classic cars, enjoy live music, eat an amazing dinner and have a great time. 5 p.m., Saturday, April 19. General $49; classic-car owners $35. Desert Willow Golf Resort, 38995 Desert Willow Drive, Palm Desert. 760-346-0015; www.desertwillow.com.
DATA-SKILLSUSA GOLF TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER
The Digital Arts Technology Academy is holding its second-annual Golf Tournament in support of students competing at the state and national levels. Noon, Saturday, April 5. $99. Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort, 1885 Golf Club Drive, Palm Springs, 760-989-2483; www.dataskillsusa.org.
THE DINAH SHORE WEEKEND
Club Skirts presents The Dinah, the largest girl party music festival in the world, rocking Palm Springs for 23 years. Various prices, times and locations from Thursday, April 3, through Sunday, April 6. 888-923-4624; thedinah.com.
FAUX FUR BALL
The fur will be “faux,” but the fun will be real. Chef Arturo Montez will whip up fabulous food, and libations will flow. You’ll be seated on the faux fur … and can pet real fur on our beautiful dogs and cats. KESQ and CBS Local 2 personality Bianca Rae will emcee. 6 p.m., Saturday, April 12. $95. Palm Springs Animal Shelter, 4575 E. Mesquite Ave., Palm Springs. 760-567-6464; palmspringsanimalfriends.ning.com/events/faux-fur-ball.
WHITE PARTY PALM SPRINGS
The largest gay dance party in the world, with DJs, live performances, pool parties and more. Various prices, times and locations, from Friday, April 25, through Sunday, April 27. 323-782-9924; www.jeffreysanker.com/2014-wp-main.html.
99 BUCKS ART SALE
The Artists Council of the Palm Springs Art Museum holds its annual “99 Bucks” art-sale fundraiser, featuring 5-by-7-inch canvases, created by a wide range of celebrities and artists, all sold anonymously for $99. After the canvases are purchased, the name of the artist is revealed. Past contributors include Ed Ruscha, Tony Bennett, Barry Manilow and K.D. Lang, among others. 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 12. Free. Riviera Palm Springs, 1600 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 760-322-4850; fineartamerica.com/profiles/99-bucks.html.
ARTWALK OPENING: BIRGITTA KAPPE
View the beautifully painted landscapes and street scenes of the desert by the artist during El Paseo’s First Friday Artwalk. 5 p.m., Friday, April 4. Free. Desert Art Collection, 45350 San Luis Rey Ave., Palm Desert. 760-674-9955; www.desertartcollection.com.
In conjunction with Desertscapes, a month-long collaboration of major arts and community organizations celebrating artwork inspired by the Coachella Valley landscape, three Southern California photographers—Bill Brewer, Victory Tischler Blue and Jeff Alu—will be featured in three solo exhibits. Through Thursday, April 10. Free. Marks Art Center at College of the Desert, 43500 Monterey Ave, Palm Desert. 760-776-7278; www.collegeofthedesert.edu/community/gallery/Pages/ex.aspx.
HOPI KACHINA CARVING WEEKEND
Cabot’s hosts the new Hopi Kachina Carving Event as part of the museum’s 100th anniversary. Friday, April 11, through Sunday, April 13. With museum admission. Cabot’s Pueblo Museum, 67616 E. Desert View Ave., Desert Hot Springs. 760-329-7610; cabotsmuseum.org/100-year.
INDIAN WELLS ARTS FESTIVAL
More than 200 award-winning artists feature hundreds of pieces of one-of-a-kind artwork available for purchase. Paintings, drawings, ceramics, glass, photography, sculpture, jewelry, apparel and hand-crafted wares are included. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, April 4, through Sunday, April 6. $12; children 12 and younger free. Indian Wells Tennis Garden, 78200 Miles Ave., Indian Wells. 760-346-0042; www.indianwellsartsfestival.com.
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