The 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival: That's a Wrap!

Fabulous, darlings, fabulous! If you attended the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival then you know exactly what I mean. I always enjoy the screenings and soirees, the buzz of film folks and fans adding even more sparkle to an already busy high season, but this year brought an especially fine crop of films and parties. Now, of course, one does not live on films alone…particularly in Palm Springs.

So in addition to film festival-ing, I also stayed busy hiking, dining with friends, shopping, exploring, and spending some gorgeous time relaxing around pools, Jacuzzis, hammocks, and fire pits (as one does […]

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Kate's Top Picks for Thanksgiving Weekend in Palm Springs

Thanksgiving week is upon us—the time to rest and reflect with gratitude on our many blessings, spend time with beloved friends and family, and help those less fortunate.  Here are some of my top picks for things to enjoy this Thanksgiving weekend in the Coachella Valley. Give back, shop, sweat, gawk…there’s something for everyone in Greater Palm Springs. Happy Thanksgiving, y’all! XOKate            

GIVE BACK

If you’ve never helped out at a local homeless shelter or food bank, this Thanksgiving is the perfect time to start.  Serve food, collect clothing or toys, or write a big, fat check! Check […]

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Palm Springs Opera Guild to Celebrate 50 Years of Cultural Impact at the Palm Springs Art Museum

The summer’s behind us, and we’re swinging into High Season, Palm Springs! And nothing is more Palm Springs than the fabulous philanthropic and cultural galas that adorn our season. Here’s a very special one that just came across my desk. Hope to see you there! XOKate

Palm Springs Art Museum

Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert will hold their 50th Anniversary Gala on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at the Palm Springs Art Museum. The event will highlight the Guild’s 50 years of cultural impact through promoting and supporting opera appreciation and performances in the Coachella Valley. Part of the evening’s festivities will be a special […]

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Greater Palm Springs Pride Announces Grand Marshals for the Annual Palm Springs Pride Parade!

Greater Palm Springs Pride has announced the Grand Marshals for the annual Palm Springs Pride Parade. This year’s marshals are Navy SEAL Kristin Beck, singer-entertainer and restaurateur Michael Holmes, and Fitness expert Craig Ramsay and celebrity hairstylist Brandon Liberati.

Retired United States Navy SEAL Kristin Beck has been named as the National Grand Marshal. Kristin Beck, born Christopher Beck, is known to be the first female Navy SEAL. Beck distinguished herself in 20 years of exceptionally meritorious service with Special Operations Forces (SOF) in the U.S. Navy SEAL teams before retiring in 2011 and after taking part in thirteen […]

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Can't Wait for Modernism Week 2018? Fall Preview Is Just around the Corner!

If you’re like me, Palm Springs Modernism Week is one of the highlights of the season! Can’t wait till February? You’re in luck: Modernism Week Fall Preview (October 19-22, 2017) is just around the corner. This exciting event has been expanded to four days and is an excellent opportunity to get a sneak peak at what will be coming up for Modernism Week 2018 (February 15-25, 2018). 

The weekend’s events provide attendees with a sampling of the events and activities that will be offered during the annual 11-day festival in February 2018. Highlights of the October Fall Preview include a wide range of […]

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Looking for Something Fun to Do Next Weekend? ACE Is the Place!

The problem:

Looking for the summer fun to continue post-Labor Day? Need a fun staycation or getaway next weekend? Like beer? If you answered yes to any of the preceding questions, have I got a plan for you! The details have been announced for Ace’s sixth annual craft beer weekend, September 9th and 10th—traditionally the largest gathering of local and regional breweries in Palm Springs. The Craft Beer Weekend celebrates the microbrewers, hop heads, cask masters and maltsters who make the world a better place for beer lovers, and those who love them. 

The pitch:

Taste the day away —  Come […]

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Women Take Center Stage as Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival Announces 2017 Lineup and Tickets

The Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival continues with 100% female artists as it announces its fifth season of entertainment with 30 artists, including chart topping, Grammy-winning artists and award winning masters of their craft.  The Festival continues to create stories of its own, creating anecdotes that band members and the audience share about the unique weekend featuring women in jazz.

One story is about the stage. Since launching in 2013, the stage is reserved to exclusively recognize women musicians. “We recognize that men have a greater advantage attaining work as musicians,” says Gail Christian, Executive Producer of the […]

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Original Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter, to Perform at this Summer's Comic Con Palm Springs

Comic Con Palm Springs announces its 2017 lineup! The event will return to the Palm Springs Convention Center August 25-27, 2017 and will feature an array of artists and celebrities, fun programming, colorful costumes, and musical entertainment. Headline celebrities will include Stan Lee, Marvel Comics founder, Rob Lefeild, artist/creator of Deadpool and Cable, and actress Dana Gaier (voice of “Edith” in Despicable Me). The three-day event offers a special VIP dinner with Stan Lee, more than 450 merchandise exhibitors and a special concert performance by Lynda Carter. The inaugural event last year attracted more than 15,000 attendees, and this year it is expected to attract nearly 25,000.

The event will start on Friday, August […]

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Plans for July 4th? Check out the Food Samaritans' “IndepenDANCE Day Party”

Photo: Laura Goldenberger Photography

Food Samaritans (AAP) will host a dazzling IndepenDANCE Day party and fundraiser on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at the historic O’Donnell House, perched high on the mountainside above the Palm Springs Art Museum, at 412 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way in downtown Palm Springs. The event begins at 7:30 pm, and the City of Palm Springs’ fireworks display will commence at approximately 9:15 pm.

DJ Baz will play a range of upbeat dance songs (some with a patriotic twist) and guests will be treated to a good ole” 4th of July Barbecue with burgers, grilled chicken, and more. Tickets for this event are $150, which includes an open bar, barbecue, entertainment, and valet […]

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Celebrity Interior Designer Christopher Kennedy to Design Sanctuary Palm Springs!

Photo: California Home + Design

Christopher Kennedy does it again!

I just learned that one of my faves, celebrity interior designer Christopher Kennedy (pictured at right), is going to donate services for the new Sanctuary Palm Springs House for LGBT youth in foster care. Kennedy will also hold a fundraiser on May 27th to support the home redesign. When I last caught up with the indefatigable Mr. Kennedy it was at his Christopher Kennedy Compound Home Tour (Modernism Week Show House 2017). Not content to rest on his laurels, Kennedy is passionate about giving back to the community, and Sanctuary Palm Springs is truly an excellent […]

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