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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…
24 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…
21 Aug 2019
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After five successful years, the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival took a hiatus in 2018. “We got off to a very good start and picked up a nice audience,” said Gail Christian, one of the producers. “Then after a couple of years, our audience wasn’t growing. “The problem is that jazz is really only 2 percent of the music audience—and then (we were slicing) that even smaller, into women’s jazz. We felt that we needed to put more in the mix to bring a larger audience in. As much as people liked our events, not everyone was a jazz fan.” Thus, Palm Springs Women’s Week was born. The inaugural week will take place Sunday, Sept. 29, through Sunday, Oct. 6, at venues across the Coachella Valley. The week is being billed as “a celebration of lesbian culture and thought”—although all people, men included, are welcome—and includes art, parties, lectures, dance,…

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