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Changing the Face of Comics

Changing the Face of Comics

Changing the Face of Comics By Chris Astrala   Writers and illustrators of comic books are talented individuals who tell stories as well as illustrate them. Comic book illustrators who identify as LGBT use that identity in the production of their work. This can be by way of cartoon fantasy depicting a tolerant and accepting...
Comic Con makes its Debut in Palm Springs

Comic Con makes its Debut in Palm Springs

Be part of The Palm Springs Comic Con, a geek culture conference celebrating comic books past & present while embracing its diverse & multi-media future, August 26-28 at the PS Convention Center. Executive producers Chris Spellman, Brett Xavier and Rommel Chevez promise you a weekend you soon won’t forget. Along with panels, seminars, and workshops...
Love Jazz?

Love Jazz?

Palm Springs Is The Place To Be Labor Day Weekend By Judith Salkin   For the past four years the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival has become a gathering of the best of the best of women in the world of jazz. The Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival is a niche festival that was founded...
Creating an Artful Community

Creating an Artful Community

Creating an Artful Community   Life long artist and Coachella Valley native Debra Ann Mumm is making an impact in the desert art scene. With 30 years of artist materials training and numerous painting workshops, this Palm Springs High School and College of the Desert alumni is the creator of Venus Studios LLC, a business...
The Art of Food

The Art of Food

The Art of Food By Chris Astrala   Remember when you were growing up, your parents always told you not to play with your food? Well you can be sure that the following artists were told that too, but after you take a look at their work you will be glad that they did not...
The Art Of Film

The Art Of Film

Ava’s Impossible Things By Chris Astrala   Since creating her Soul Kiss Films in 2009, writer, director, producer Marina Rice Bader has been on an unstoppable roll. From Elena Undone, Anatomy of A Love Seen to Raven’s Touch and now “Ava’s Impossible Things”, Bader has been (on average) releasing a film a year. Continuously breaking...
Rainbow Fashion Week

Rainbow Fashion Week

Rainbow Fashion Week One Designer’s Vision   Rainbow Fashion Week returns to New York City – one of the four fashion capitals in the world – for the third consecutive year kicking off Manhattan’s pre-Pride events with eight days of queer fashion shows, June 17-24, 2016. When it comes to Fair-a-Porter … green is the...
March To Equality

March To Equality

March To Equality: An Online Movement On It’s Way To Making History By Chris Astrala   Back in fall 2014 Stephan Anspichler of Berlin, Germany began an extraordinary journey in the U.S. by making the first step to develop a never before seen campaign for the LGBT movement. “At this time we only knew where...
Photographer Magnus Hastings  Poses The Question: “Why Drag?”

Photographer Magnus Hastings Poses The Question: “Why Drag?”

Photographer Magnus Hastings Poses The Question: “Why Drag?”   Magnus Hastings’ new coffee-table book, Why Drag? offers readers a rare glimpse at a generation in drag.   Inspired by the photographer’s renowned New York art exhibition, Why Drag? began in the summer of 2014, when Hastings set out to travel through North America to shoot some...
Where Do I Go?

Where Do I Go?

Where Do I Go? By Chris Astrala   Robert Louis Stevenson once said “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” Whether your reason to move is to experience something new, re-experience something you have loved or to just get...
Take Five with Travel Guru

Take Five with Travel Guru

Take Five with Travel Guru, Casey Zilionis   Casey Zilionis is owner of CruiseC2C, Palm Spring’s newest travel agency. With over thirty years in the travel industry, Casey’s career has taken him around the world as an international flight attendant, a tour guide, and an advertising executive for various cruise lines. Now he’s living his...
Gary Paterson

Gary Paterson

The geometric surfaces of the paintings by Gary Paterson are derived from the decorative concrete blocks used in Midcentury architecture. Palm Springs homes from this era often include a “brise soleil” – outdoor living space within the privacy of a wall, created to separate the house from street noise and traffic. These walls have geometric-shaped...