Brad Fuhr

There are some big plans for the new Acrisure Arena which will play host to hockey, and so much more. Owners have already recognized the importance of the LGBTQIA+ community in the valley and created a rainbow logo for the new Coachella Valley Firebirds. (Read more below and check out the logo.)

You can see the progress of the arena driving along I-10 near Cook Street. It is set to open by this time next year! Lots of chatter about it (and the obscure company who got the naming rights!)

Everyone is hoping the Omicron is indeed starting to wane as many events on our calendar are still on a precarious perch of cancel/don’t cancel. White Party is now on sale, and Red Dress/Dress Red has been given the green light to proceed. IBC is full steam ahead, while the Dinah confirmed Fall dates at Margaritaville.

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Southwest Arts Festival

Southwest Arts Fest 2022

The Southwest Arts Festival® Indio returns to the Empire Polo Club from January 27–30, open from 10 am–5 pm daily, featuring a variety of traditional, contemporary, and abstract fine works of art, jewelry and quality crafts from over two hundred artists, exhibiting over four days. The festival’s reputation for first-class quality and professional integrity make it one of the country’s finest juried art festivals, brought to you by the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of Indio. Get tickets

Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof

The McCallum Theatre presents Fiddler on the Roof for five performances: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 28, 29 & 30. Audiences across North America are toasting this new production, rich with musical hits you know and love, including “Tradition,” “Sunrise, Sunset;’ “If I Were A Rich Man;’ “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life (L’Chaim!),” It’s a heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter. Featuring a talented cast, lavish orchestra and stunning movement and dance from Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins. Get tickets

Cousins Maine Lobster Food Truck at the Cole Hotel

Cousins Lobster Food Truck

The Cole Hotel will be hosting the Cousins Maine Lobster Food Truck on Saturday, January 29 from 2–7 pm. Cousins Maine Lobster has been operating in Orange County and the Inland Empire since October 2018 with lots of fanfare, and they’ve served 200+ apartment communities, office parks, breweries, and local events from La Habra to San Clemente to Indio. This is your chance to partake in Maine Lobster here in Palm Springs. Get a pool pass or a day bed and make an afternoon of it! More info

Acrisure Arena Named

Acrisure Arena Signage Concept

The new 11,500-seat arena currently under swift construction at Interstate 10 and Cook Street to become the future home of the Coachella Valley Firebirds (the Seattle Kraken’s American Hockey League (AHL) team), will be named Acrisure Arena under a 10-year exclusive named rights agreement. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Acrisure is a rapidly growing leader in the financial services technology industry. In addition to being a hockey venue, Acrisure Arena is expected to host big-name concerts, conventions, UFC, boxing, and WWE events.

Earlier in the week, the Coachella Valley Firebirds unveiled their new jerseys and logos. According to the release,

Embodying the spirit of both clubs throughout the design, the design of the bird uses a similar beveling technique as the Seattle Kraken’s “S” logo as another visual tie to the team’s parent NHL organization, which has further been carried out into the team’s wordmark. In embracing the team’s roots in the Coachella Valley, the type design embodies the mid-century modern design aesthetic for which the Valley has become world-famous. 

Coachella Valley Firebirds LGBTQIA+ logo

For the secondary logo, the Firebirds have looked to its home for inspiration, featuring a palm tree against a field of mountains, showcasing the iconic landscape of the Coachella Valley. This is no ordinary palm tree, however, it has nine fronds, one for each city in the Valley, uniting us all together under one banner. Additionally, as part of its commitment to inclusivity, the primary and secondary Firebirds logos will be included in special color variants for friends, family, and neighbors in the LGBTQIA+ community.

More info

Carol Burnett at The Show

Carol Burnett

The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage presents Carol Burnett on Friday & Saturday, January 28 & 29. (Friday was added because Saturday sold out). During “An Evening of Laughter and Reflection,” Burnett will take questions from the audience and show video clips from her shows in a format that harkens back to the legendary openings of ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ where her studio audience had an unfiltered opportunity to engage Carol with questions and receive spontaneous answers. “I love the spontaneity of these evenings,” said Carol. “I never know what anyone is going to ask, or say, or do, so it keeps me on my toes!” Get tickets

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