It's Almost Time for the August Edition of SPLASH HOUSE!

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Get ready, Palm Springs—it’s almost time for the August edition of Splash House! The 6th annual Splash House will return to Palm Springs, CA, August 10-12, 2018, for its second summer run (the first week of Splash House was June 8 – 10). Hosting the best-in-house music across three resorts, The Saguaro Palm Springs, Riviera Palm Springs, and Renaissance Palm Springs, with each featuring a poolside stage, Splash House has quickly become a Southern California staple, not to be missed.

From Frank Sinatra to the modern socialite, Palm Springs has long been a legendary desert haven and SoCal playground.  Its […]

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From Palms to Pines: Idyllwild's 25th Annual

 

One of the things I love most about Palm Springs (in addition to the natural beauty, sunshine, mountains, arts and culture, philanthropy, architecture, design, and vibrant food and wine scenes) is its proximity to so many other fun getaways within easy driving distance. And one of my favorite day trips from Palm Springs is Idyllwild! And don’t get me started on how much I love jazz…

Idyllwild Arts will present the 25th Annual Jazz in the Pines August 10–12, 2018 in Idyllwild, California. And for a very good cause—the beloved jazz event benefits Idyllwild Art Academy Scholarship Program. The three-day […]

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Is There Life Out There? Find Out At "Contact In The Desert"!

Interest in Contact in the Desert, the largest UFO conference in the world, is surging due to a recent story in the New York Times detailing some of the findings of a “mysterious UFO program,” that included video of a Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet encountering an unknown flying object. The video was released by the Defense Department’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, an initiative funded from 2007 to 2012 by then Senate majority leader Harry Reid. The article details a 22 million-dollar program hidden deep within the Pentagon budget with the expressed intent “to investigate aerial threats,” including what the military preferred […]

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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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Top Picks for Family-Friendly Fun in Palm Springs this Halloween!

Greater Palm Springs always has something for everyone, and Halloween is no exception! While there are plenty of events for grown-ups (be sure to check out the Arenas Road Halloween Costume Contest), Palm Springs also has many family-friendly and kid-centric activities and events just in time for a scarily fun Halloween 2017! Here are some top picks. Have a safe, spooky and fun Halloween, everyone! XOKate

Family Fun Night Presents Ken Frawley’s Howlin’ Halloween Party!
Oct 25, 2017: 6 p.m.
Palm Springs Public Library: 300 S Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Come dressed in your Halloween costume and enjoy a fun and only slightly […]

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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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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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Celebrity Interior Designer Christopher Kennedy to Design Sanctuary Palm Springs!

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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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