PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Mariah Hanson

Mariah Hanson

Mariah Hanson is the founder and CEO of the world-famous “Club Skirts Presents The Dinah,” the largest lesbian event in the world and the original version of the modern Dinah Shore Weekend of festivities in Palm Springs. More than an event promoter, Mariah is an avant-garde business entrepreneur, who in a span of two decades, has created an unsurpassed cultural and social phenomenon, which has become one of the largest and most important economic tourism boosters in the City of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.

Mariah, whose past philanthropic endeavors have included a two year term on the […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Artist Lon Michels

Lon Michels (standing) with partner Todd Olson and Maltese, Bazzy

The son of a fifth-generation stone mason, Lon Michels learned perspective from his father’s work. Michels grew up in the small Midwestern town of Marquette, Wisconsin and followed his mother’s artistic lead early on. “I remember that she would throw flowers in a pattern across the floor and then make paintings of them.” After college, he moved to New York City as a working artist. Lon received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was nominated for a Joan Mitchell grant in 2007. Along with his partner and fellow artist, […]

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