The expanse of our beautiful Coachella Valley is on full display this Spring. It’s festival season, the flowers are in bloom and Desert X is wrapping up this month.
It’s been such a treat to see snow on the mountains in April, with the contrast of the greenery and beautiful flowers blooming. That’s a great backdrop for Desert X.
And for the next three weeks, Coachella and Stagecoach will fill the air with Patchouli and pot. Not too far behind is White Party, and we’ve announced the lineup for this year’s Tea Dance below. And let’s not forget the new McCallum season which goes on sale this week. Spring has sprung and we’re here to help guide you through it!
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DBA Networking Mixer at Michael Norpell Wall to Wall
The next Desert Business Association Networking Mixer event will be at Michael Norpell Wall to Wall in Palm Springs on Monday, April 10 at 5:30 pm. Wall to Wall is a design firm specializing in Midcentury Modern homes helping clients bring their visions and dreams to life, “Making the Midcentury Modern Again,” known for both their interior and landscape architecture design. The DBA will also hold their regular raffle that supports LGBTQ Youth Scholarships through Safe Schools Desert Cities, so please bring an item to raffle, and some cash to win it back — hopefully along with something else! More info
McCallum Theatre Announces 2023-2024 Season
The McCallum Theatre has just announced a full season of great performances for next season, beginning in November 2023 and going through mid-April 2024. The new McCallum season includes an assortment of legendary performers; the best of Broadway including three desert premieres including The Cher Show, Pretty Woman, and Mean Girls, plus the return of the timeless Les Misérables; a brand new adventure speaker series; icons of classical music; nostalgia, variety, spectacle and tributes; including more than twenty shows making their first appearances at the Palm Desert venue. Tickets will be available Friday, April 14 at 8 am. Check out the full announcement from the McCallum: Learn more
White Party Palm Springs Reveals Star-Studded Lineup
White Party Palm Springs, set for May 12–14 (just four weeks away!) announced the addition of dance music legends Robin S, CeCe Peniston, Inaya Day, and Crystal Waters to its lineup for Sunday’s iconic, world-famous White Party T-Dance taking place on May 14 [Learn more]. The powerhouse quartet of dance music legends will each bring their electrifying vocals to some of the most enduring dance anthems of all time. Previously announced White Party 2023 performers include VINCINT and Kevin Aviance for Friday night’s FLUIDITY party, and CircuitMOM‘s pool party takeover, plus Dylan Mulvaney will be honored as 2023 Queen of White Party at Saturday night’s WHITE OUT event. The weekend, as always will also feature world-class DJs and the hottest pool parties. Get tickets
ShortFest Passes on Sale Now
The Palm Springs International ShortFest will be held at the Camelot Theatres (Palm Springs Cultural Center) from June 20–26, and passes are on sale now! There are three levels of passes: Patron, Insider and College Student. You can pick up yours today and ensure your seating for all screenings! Individual ticket sales will begin on June 3. More info
Movies in the Park: Charade
The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents Movies in the Park – Season 2 at the New Downtown Palm Springs Park on select Wednesdays. This week: On Wednesday, April 12 at 7 pm, the film will be Charade. After Regina Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) falls for the dashing Peter Joshua (Cary Grant) on a skiing holiday in the French Alps, she discovers upon her return to Paris that her husband has been murdered. Soon, she and Peter are giving chase to three of her late husband’s World War II cronies, Tex (James Coburn), Scobie (George Kennedy) and Gideon (Ned Glass), who are after a quarter of a million dollars the quartet stole while behind enemy lines. But why does Peter keep changing his name? More info
Ann Sheffer Walk of Stars Dedication
The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce will honor public arts visionary and humanitarian, Ann Sheffer, with the 460th star on the Walk of the Stars Palm Springs in the category of Humanitarian. The star will be unveiled in a ceremony open to the public in the Downtown Palm Springs Park on Wednesday, April 12 at 11 am. Greatly distinguishing herself through altruistic deeds and significant contributions to her city, state, and country, Sheffer was appointed to the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities by President Bill Clinton, has been a Board member of Americans for the Arts and its Political Action Fund, served as the Chair for the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission, as well as being part of a myriad of additional humanitarian and philanthropic agencies as varied as DAP Health, The Inland Empire Community Foundation, The Palm Springs Cultural Center, Dezart Performs, the Palm Springs Art Museum, and the Palm Springs Sister Cities Committee. More info
13th Annual Joslyn in Bloom Fashion Show Luncheon
The Joslyn Center presents Joslyn in Bloom, a fashion show luncheon benefit on Thursday, April 13 from 11 am–2 pm at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage. Enjoy a sparkling wine reception & silent auction, three-course luncheon, the Merritt & Penny Joslyn Award honoring Barry Kaufman & Margo Handelsman, plus a live auction and raise the paddle, with a fashion show by Susan Stein Style. Get tickets
Palm Springs Yappy Hour
Animal Samaritans presents the final Yappy Hour of the season with a Canines and Caftans theme this Thursday, April 13 from 4–6 pm at the Margaritaville Desert Rose Garden. Enjoy an exciting evening with other animal lovers and their canine friends, bring your dog and enjoy treats for your pet and hors d’oeuvres and wine for you! $20 donations suggested. All proceeds benefit Animal Samaritans’ life-saving programs. Dogs must be friendly and leashed at all times. More info
The Mid-Century Moderns musical returns to Oscar’s Downtown Palm Springs every Thursday and Friday in April at 7 pm. Journey back to 1966 Palm Springs, along with the music of Tom Jones, Petula Clark, Lesley Gore, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, The Association, The Monkees and many more in the delightful tale of a plucky Wisconsin widow who transforms from frump to fabulous when she finds herself at the center of modernity in Palm Springs. Get tickets
Palm Springs Single Guys Mixer
Palm Springs Single Guys returns with a social mixer on Thursday, April 13 from 5:30–7:30 pm in the VIP Lounge at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. This free event is, according to organizers, “nothing too complicated, just a great group of single guys who are looking for connection.” Take a chance, step out of your comfort zone, and chat with some wonderful guys. There will be additional mixers on May 18, June 15 and July 13. More info
Desert Blues Revival: Nathan James Band
Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs presents the Desert Blues Revival every Wednesday at 8 pm in the Cascade Lounge. On Wednesday, April 12, Nathan James Band takes the stage. Each week, come enjoy great bands playing authentic Blues, Soul, R&B, and Rock from all over the globe right here in your backyard. Get tickets
Jazzville: Lizzy and Her Contraband
Jazzville invites you to experience the hottest acts in jazz and step back in time to when all the cool cats came to play and put Palm Springs on the map! On Thursday, April 13 from 7–8:30 pm, Lizzy and Her Contraband come to Jazzville with a tribute to the jazz music of Broadway! Helmed by the “powerhouse vocals” (Broadway World) of classically-trained Lizzy, she and her Contraband dive deep into the musical treasures of New York City’s “Great White Way.” Get tickets