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The 16th Annual Film Noir Festival is Back

The sixteenth edition of the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival is set to open on Thursday night, May 14th, and run through Sunday, May 17th, 2015. The complete schedule includes an outstanding list of noir favorites; which can be seen online in its entirety at www.arthurlyonsfilmnoir.org

The annual Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival brings together film noir fans for film screenings, lectures and more from this classic period of cinematography.

Founded by mystery author and Palm Springs community leader Arthur Lyons, the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival features a series of vintage movies that represent some of the era’s finest productions – and some of its most obscure.

Expect appearances from some of the biggest names in film noir, including actors and writers, who will join audiences to discuss techniques, answer questions and sign autographs.

“The 2015 program promises to be one of our finest combinations of proven and obscure cinematic gems,” said Alan Rode, Festival Producer and Host.  “From our opener of the recent classic Miller’s Crossing to traditional masterpieces including The Big Clock, Panic In The Streets, On Dangerous Ground and discoveries including Chicago Calling, Tomorrow Is Another Day, and Abandoned, the Camelot Theater remains the perfect venue to enjoy the best of noir on the big screen.”

“Along with our opening night guest appearance by renowned actor Jon Polito,” Rode continued, “I am gratified to present the Library of Congress’s recent restoration of Joseph Losey’s M with a return visit by the amazing Norman Lloyd who celebrated his centennial last November.  Also scheduled to join us again is a duo of noted cinema biographers:  J.R. Jones (ON DANGEROUS GROUND) and Steven C. Smith (HANGOVER SQUARE). Film Noir Foundation President Eddie Muller and noted film scholar Foster Hirsch will also be in attendance and are scheduled for film introductions and guest interviews”.

Tickets and Passes are available at the Camelot Theatres Box Office, and on-line at www.arthurlyonsfilmnoir.org

All Film Noir screenings will be held at Camelot Theatres, 2300 E. Baristo Road in Palm Springs.

The Arthur Lyons’ Film Noir Film Festival is presented by the Palm Springs Cultural Center, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.


Comedy Night Palm Springs™
At the Purple Room  

Get ready for big laughs Saturday, May 9, at Comedy Night Palm Springs with top comic stars Scott Silverman and Tracie Walker.

From New CD Truth be Told, Nuvo TV’s Stand-Up and Delive

And VH1’s Walk Of Shame Shuttle, Tracie Walker

Tracie is the kind of comic audiences really enjoy.

She is smart and unapologetic with just a little bit of an edge.

She’s also the kind of comic who doesn’t walk away from playing a room because it is difficult; she embraces the challenge and does well even when the deck is stacked against her. She is described as empowering and inspirational and funny for keeping it real sharing her life experiences. A native of Atlanta, GA, Tracie was nominated Best New Female Comedian at the Atlanta Comedy Awards. She performs regularly at comedy venues throughout Southern California, including The World Famous ComedyStore, Laugh Factory and Flappers. She also performed her one-woman comedy 
show “Tracie Walker Just Talking” at The Knitting Factory in Hollywood.

Comedy Central’s Out There 2, Logo’s Wisecrack Comedy Festival
and Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival, Scott Silverman

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Scott avoided show business and was on a course to a career as an Automotive Journalist. But he “did a 180″ and moved to San Francisco to become a stand up comic, sensing that if he could make people laugh. He has since gone on to open shows for Margaret Cho on her sold-out tours. Scott has also appeared on several television shows, including Comedy Central’s Out There 2 and such mainstream shows as A&E’s An Evening at The Improv, and more recent on LOGO’s Wisecrack Comedy series. He has also performed at the Montreal Just for Laugh’s Festival. Scott was finalist in the San Francisco Comedy Competition.

With every monthly show for the past six years sold out, get your tickets now by calling 800-838-3006. Tickets for this great show are only $20. Dinner seating begins at 5:30pm and the show starts at 7:00pm. For reservations and info go to www.purpleroompalmsprings.com


The Streetbar Artwall Project welcomes the works of Paul Hamel

Paul Hamel started his recent “Modern Mandala” collection when he retired from a career as a school administrator in Los Angeles and moved to Palm Springs in late 2014.  Paul is also a graphic designer who has been writing, designing, and publishing textbooks for many years. The inspiration for his “Modern Mandala” collection is a doily that his mother crocheted in the 1950s.  It is now framed and proudly displayed. The mandalas are created using Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator.  Photos and images are taken from copyright-free Internet sites or from his own personal photo library.  The images are cropped, sized, and color-corrected using Photoshop.  Then, they are imported into InDesign where they are again sized onto 18” x 18” or 20” x 20” digital canvas. At this point, the individual images are arranged onto a round grid for uniformity and spacing.  Finally, backgrounds are designed and details such as shading are added. Reception for the artist will be held Wednesday, May 6 at 6 pm at Streetbar, 224 E. Arenas Rd. in Palm Springs.

In the twenty years since it’s opening, the staff and customers of Streetbar have raised over two hundred seventy-five thousand dollars for various local charities, primarily AIDS related.  The two main fundraisers the bar employs are the ‘Holiday Wreath Auction’ and the ‘Artwall Project’.   The Artwall Project is the brainchild of several Streetbar employees, themselves artists, who select local artists to display and sell their works to benefit the AAP and other charities.  In 2006, the Artwall committee was presented by the AIDS Assistance Program with the annual Gloria Greene Inspiration Award, named after one of the organization’s original founders, community activist Gloria Greene.

There are 8 Streetbar staff visual artists that show their art annually for the Artwall project (along with serving the best drink in town). They are the foundation for artistic continuity and outreach to other local artists introduced on the Artwall. Including,

Chuck Billen (photography), Michael Brown (painting and assemblage), David Farnsworth (watercolor painting and ceramic sculpture), David Herholz (photography), Joe McClaskey (digital painting), Zane Rhys (drawings & illustration), Steven Smith (paintings), and

Paul Whiteley (home decor and found object assemblage). More than 50 local artists work has been exhibited by the

Streetbar Artwall Project since 2003.

The Artwall Project is a grass roots organization that introduces local artists while raising funds for Local charities (i.e. AAP, Animal Shelter, Desert Art Center, LGBT Center). 20% of art sales are donated by the artist to a charity of their choice. For more information contact David Farnsworth (Artwall coordinator) at drfar@aol.com