The Presley name will forever be connected to Palm Springs. Losing Lisa Marie this week was a shock to the nation, and hit close to home as we lost a member of the younger generation of Presley’s. She was only 54.
We had just watched her on the Golden Globes paying tribute to Palm Springs Life “coverboy” Austin Butler for his performance in Elvis, who was honored at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Lisa Marie’s parents honeymooned in Palm Springs and that famous home will be on tour for Modernism Week. Their later home here was known as “Graceland West”, according to The Desert Sun. The former property will be seeing many more fans driving by for a selfie in the weeks to come. My Canyon View Estates neighborhood where Don’t Worry Darlin’ was shot gets daily visitors who want a pic where Harry Styles shot those scenes. He’s part of the next generation of Palm Springs royalty that someday will be eulogized. But for now he’s alive and well, and making another appearance soon in the desert…
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Coachella 2023 Lineup Announced, Presale Starts Friday
The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has announced headliners Bad Bunny, BLACKPINK, and Frank Ocean [Read more]. Presale passes go on sale Friday, January 13 at 11 am Pacific Time. Best availability is for Weekend 2, and both weekends have a waitlist. Coachella will take place April 14–16 and April 21–23 at the Empire Polo Club. See our listing for the full lineup and links to buy tickets or get on the waitlist: More info
Palm Springs International Film Festival
The 34th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) heads into its second weekend, running daily now through Monday, January 16. Films will be shown at various venues, including the Annenberg Theater, Regal Cinemas, Camelot Theatres at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, Palm Springs High School, and Mary Pickford Theatre. Use the Film Finder tool (linked below) to search by section, genre, region or director to find, for example, queer cinema films like God Save the Queens (pictured) and 1946: The Mistranslation that Shifted Culture (screening Friday and Sunday). The festival will close on Sunday, January 15 with The Lost King, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Sally Hawkins; with the Best of Fest screening on Monday, January 16. You can check the PSIFF schedule on Sunday night to find out who will be included in the Best of Fest. Check out our listing for links to purchase passes, view the full schedule of films, and Film Finder: Get tickets
Desert Theatreworks presents Nunsense A-Men! from Friday, January 13 through Sunday, February 5. Hallelujah! The Little Sisters of Hoboken are invading DTW this new year! The twist is, all the nuns are played by men, adding another layer of hilarity to this hit musical. When five of the surviving members of the Convent discover that 52 of their sisters have been accidentally poisoned by food prepared by their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, they’re tasked with the challenge of raising enough money to pay for the burials. The Sisters decide to perform a musical-comedy variety show to raise the funds. Get tickets or Enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page!
A Bright New Boise
Dezart Performs presents A Bright New Boise from Friday, January 13 through Sunday, January 22. In the bleak, corporate break room of a craft store in Idaho, someone is summoning The Rapture. Will, who has fled his rural hometown after a scandal at his Evangelical church, comes to the Hobby Lobby, not only for employment, but also to rekindle a relationship with Alex, his brooding teenage son, whom he gave up for adoption several years ago. Alex works there along with Leroy, his adopted brother and protector, and Anna, a hapless young woman who reads bland fiction but hopes for dramatic endings. As their manager, foul-mouthed Pauline, tries ceaselessly to find order (and profit) in the chaos of small business, these lost souls of the Hobby Lobby confront an unyielding world through the beige-tinted impossibility of modern faith. Get tickets
Collective Soul, Theresa Caputo at The Show
The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage presents Collective Soul on Friday, January 13 at 8 pm. Collective Soul setlist classics include “Shine,” “December,” “The World I Know,” “Gel,” “AYTA,” “Why, Pt. 2,” “Precious Declaration,” and “Heavy.” Then on Saturday, January 14 at 8 pm the Long Island Medium, Theresa Caputo, is back to share personal stories about her life and explain how her gift works. She will deliver healing messages to audience members and give people comfort knowing that their loved ones who passed are still with them, just in a different way. Get tickets
January at The McCallum
The McCallum Theatre presents Neil Sedaka on Friday & Saturday, January 13 & 14, taking the stage at 7 pm. Also coming up: Jeffrey Siegel on Monday, January 16, Lucy Loves Desi (1/17), Monterey Jazz Festival Tour (1/19), The Simon and Garfunkel Story (1/20 & 21), Capitol Comedy (1/22), The Highwaymen (1/23), Music of The Carpenters (1/26), Paul Anka (1/27 & 28) and more! Get tickets
Color the World Gala
Join the Old Town Artisan Studios for their Color the World Gala on Saturday, January 14 from 6–10 pm. This spectacular evening of music, festivity, celebration, and FUNdraising features a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing, and special performances by Victory Brinker and The Boys of December ’63. KESQ Anchor Peter Daut will emcee. Get tickets
Mini Masterpieces Fundraiser
The Desert Art Center begins its 73rd year with a Mini Masterpieces fundraiser on Saturday, January 14, from 5–7 pm. Every artwork is 6×6 and sells for $73. Come enjoy a fast & festive exhibit of artwork from many of the finest local artists in the Coachella Valley. Eat, drink, and take home a masterpiece! More info
PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets the third Sunday of each month at the Cathedral City Library at 2:30 pm. This month they meet on Sunday, January 15 to welcome Peter Leahy and his brand new book Growing Up Gay. Peter will introduce his book and share his personal story, including being a gay dad. There will also be checking in with each other and a celebration of 2022 accomplishments as well as taking input on identifying new leadership for this Chapter. More info
Auditions for Modern Men Spring Concert
Modern Men: Coachella Valley Men’s Chorus invites you audition on Saturday, January 14, from 11 am–12 noon for their upcoming Spring concert, featuring the music of Barry Manilow. More info
“Triple Thread” Fiber Art Show and Opening Reception
The Rubine Red Art Gallery invites you to their new exhibition: Triple Thread – Fiber Arts Group Show. While no art show on earth could possibly explore all of Fiber Art History — the clothes, the rugs, the tapestries and the sewing — these three artists present a compelling “splice” of contemporary Fiber Arts: Welsh artist Matthew Downham, new RRG artist & Minnesotan, Christopher Rowley, and Palm Springs’ own Nikki Virbitksy. The show will be on view January 6–23. More info