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02 Jun 2015
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Film Kids’ Summer Movie Series at the Mary Pickford Theatre Enjoy a different kid-friendly movie every week, at 9:30 a.m. weekdays. All films presented in 2-D. June 15-19: Dolphin Tale. June 22-26: Dolphin Tale 2. June 29-July 3: The LEGO Movie. 50 cents per film; $5 for all 10. Mary Pickford Theatre, 36850 Pickfair St., Cathedral City. 760-328-0484; Palm Springs International Shortfest The Palm Springs International ShortFest is renowned worldwide for the extraordinary community of filmmakers it attracts, and for the quality and scope of its programming. Short films join an exciting lineup of seminars, special presentations and receptions at the largest event of its kind in the country. Various times Tuesday, June 16, through Monday, June 22. Prices, times and locations vary. 760-322-2930; Music Fantasy Springs Rock Yard Concert Series At 7:30 p.m., full-throttle rock music fires up, and the live music continues until midnight, every Saturday.…
02 May 2015
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Comedy Gabriel Iglesias The famously fluffy comedian performs. 8 p.m., Saturday, May 2; and 6 p.m., Sunday, May 3. $45 to $75. The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, 32250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage. 888-999-1995; Film Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival This unique festival features an eclectic mixture of landmark and obscure vintage movies from the classic film noir era. Various times and prices, Thursday, May 14, through Sunday, May 17. Camelot Theatres, 2300 E. Baristo Road, Palm Springs. Music Dueling Pianos America’s top dueling-pianos show returns for one night only of energetic song, fun and audience participation by two extremely talented piano performers. What makes this show unique? The audience chooses all the songs. The audience also chooses what not to play and when to stop. 7 p.m., Saturday, May 2. $10. Purple Room, 1900 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 800-838-3006; Fantasy Springs…
28 Apr 2015
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Bella da Ball is one of the valley’s most ubiquitous (in a good way) entertainers. The hostess with the mostess can be found every Monday hosting Trivia Night at the Amigo Room at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club. (Full disclosure: The Independent usually has a strong contingent present at the Ace Trivia Night.) Every Tuesday, Bella hosts a Cabaret Variety Revue at Georgie’s Alibi Azul Patio. And since January, Bella has hosting a brand-new show each week—Lipstick Thursdays, at the Copa. “It’s a high-energy, fun mix,” said Bella da Ball—whose alter ego is Brian Wanzek (or is it the other way around?)—about the 90-minute show. “It’s primarily drag, and there are vocalists who come in and do some numbers.” Bella said the performers primarily work the main floor, rather than the Copa’s long stage, so they can get up-close and personal with the audience. “It’s a fun, audience-participation type…
07 Apr 2015
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It’s been a fine year for the McCallum Theatre. “This is one of the best seasons we’ve had in terms of artists—and financially, as well,” said Mitch Gershenfeld, the president, CEO and longtime booker of the McCallum. “Ticket sales have been very, very strong this year, considerably stronger than last year.” The McCallum is winding down its wildly successful 2014-2015 season this month with just a handful shows, most notably the theater’s popular Open Call local talent competition (Thursday through Saturday, April 14-16). But all this leads to a question: How can Gershenfeld and the McCallum raise the bar next season? The answer came over the weekend, when the McCallum released the schedule for the 2015-2016 season. Tickets went on sale today, and to raise that figurative bar, Gershenfeld looked east—specifically, all the way to Broadway. The McCallum’s new season features eight Broadway and Broadway-style shows, with musical comedy classic…