Comedy Night Palm Springs™ kicks off its Fifth Year at the legendary Purple Room

Comedy Night Palm Springs™ launches its fifth year Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the legendary Purple Room with top comic stars Carlease Burke and Cindy Burns.

“Our first Comedy Show in March was such a big success it has become a monthly event,” stated Tony Marchese, Purple Room co-owner with Mark Van Laanen. “We promised to provide exciting, top quality performances six nights a week, and the comics featured at Comedy Night Palm Springs™ really deliver.

Carlease Burke

Carlease Burke is a film, television and theatre actress and a nationally renowned comedienne.  As a television actress, she recently appeared in the hit shows Shameless on Showtime, Switched at Birth on ABC Family, The Mindy Project on Fox, Castle, Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives on ABC, Heroes and Days of Our Lives on NBC, How I Met Your Mother and The Young and the Restless on CBS and Bones on FOX.  Most everyone has seen her in the national GEICO commercial Bird in Hand.  Additionally, she has appeared in commercials for Pfizer, Verizon, Macy’s and scores of others.

As a comedienne, she has appeared on LOGO’s One Night Stand Up and performs at top comedy clubs around the country. She is also fluent in American Sign Language.

Cindy Burns

Cindy Burns;  recently selected by Joan Rivers as “The Next Breakout Comic Star” has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  She has appeared in numerous comedy clubs and casinos, including The Hollywood Improv, Laugh Factory, The World Famous Comedy Store, Flappers Comedy Club, Aces Comedy Club, The Coach House, Casa Blanca Casino, Harrah’s Casino and Pechanga Casino.

Cindy confesses, “I used to be the kind of girl that said you can look but don’t touch. I’m at an age now where you can touch but don’t look!” She is the creator, producer and one of the stars of The Funniest Housewives of Orange County.  This is inspired by a cast of strong funny and fabulous femme fatales, who do it standing-up.

Cindy also gives her talents to help various charitable groups such as Women Helping Women, The Assistance League and Choc Children’s Hospital.

Blackwell – Black Productions, a Palm Springs production company founded by local residents, Michael Blackwell and Randal Black, created and produces the monthly comedy show now called Comedy Night Palm Springs.™ The show had its premiere in March 2010 and each show thereafter has been sold-out.  As stand-up comedians who perform at The World Famous Comedy Store, Flappers Comedy Club, M-Bar and other venues in LA, they have worked with many talented and accomplished comedians.

Co-producer Randal Black said, “We are thrilled to launch our fifth year at our new venue, Purple Room Palm Springs.  We are glad we can bring nationally known stand-up comics of film and TV to Palm Springs.  The show has gotten national attention and renowned comics are asking to do the show.  The show has definitely put Palm Springs on the comedy map.  We are excited that so many people have come to enjoy the shows.  The comics consistently tell us that the Palm Springs audience is one of the best in the country.  The energy and enthusiasm of the audiences here are a key reason the shows are receiving national attention.”

Co-producer Michael Blackwell added, “Audiences tell us they are excited to see stand-up comics they have seen on TV and in films perform live at the show and also to be able to meet and talk with them.  The comics we bring out are in high demand and we are excited that they want to include Comedy Night Palm Springs ™ on their performance and tour schedules.”

Marchese added, “The shows make for a perfect, exciting evening of cocktails, dinner and sidesplitting laughs.”

With 48 sold-out monthly shows in a row, reservations are highly encouraged.  Please call 760.322.4422 or go online at for reservations.  This dinner-and-a-show package includes a delicious three-course meal, comedy show and free valet parking for just $50.  Seating begins at 5:30 and show starts at 7.

In the 1960s, the Purple Room at Club Trinidad was the club where Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. performed and came with their friends to eat, drink and play.  Purple Room is located at 1900 E. Palm Canyon Drive (Hwy 111 across from Smoke Tree Village Shopping Center) in Palm Springs, CA.

For more information and updates about the show, become a Facebook fan of “Comedy Night Palm Springs™ and follow them on Twitter at “Comedy Palm Springs.”  For more information about Purple Room, visit their website at


Palm Springs Regional Association of Realtors Celebrates 85 Years

Palm Springs Regional Association of Realtors® (PSRAR) incorporation. PSRAR, formed in 1929, will mark its 85th Anniversary on April 19 at 6:00pm at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs presented by Integrated Wealth Management. The event, described as a “happening” will be a fun-filled, unconventional “gala”. The “dress to impress” celebration will feature not only hosted cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dinner buffets, but also a musical and visual journey through the highlights of the area’s evolution with the help of live performances from Live It Up! Productions, followed by DJs and dancing.

PSRAR’s 2014 Board President Dwayne Carrier explained, “This is a community celebration, and everyone is invited. We all share a role in making this community what it is today!”  Carrier went on to explain how REALTORS® are, and have been, an integral part of the Greater Palm Springs community since 1929. “They are usually the first people to introduce new area homeowners to their neighbors, local businesses, community services and nonprofits. As a group we strive to always be an integral part of the community,” said Carrier, whose organization raises thousands of dollars each year as part of its “Close to Home” program.  “This won’t be a traditional sit down gala,” said Becky Bowles, President-Elect of the group for 2015. “There will be plenty of food, drink and comfortable seating, but this is meant to be a fun, cocktail party environment, complete with live entertainment.” “This will be a fun happening that is all about the experience,” added Bowles.

In addition to the Presenting Sponsor, the following businesses have come aboard to help sponsor this event: Platinum Sponsor Chase Bank; Gold Sponsor; Silver Sponsors iMortgage, Wells Fargo, Prospect Mortgage and Franklin Loan; Bronze Sponsors CV Escrow and Prudential; and Patron Sponsors First American Home Warranty, HomeSmart Professionals and Renova Solar.

Tickets are available at or by calling 760-320-6885, and include hosted cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dinner buffets, DJs, dancing and live entertainment.


Country at Its Finest: Stagecoach 2014

Get ready to break out your best cowboy boots because the 2014 Stagecoach Country Music Festival is upon us. Here’s your chance to see several of Nashville’s best and brightest musicians perform live. This three-day event will feature some of the hottest stars in country music.

The Stagecoach Music Festival is one of country music’s most highly anticipated events of the year, and the 2014 fest will be more exciting than ever. With performances by the top country music acts, this festival has something for everyone who follows country music.

Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Eric Church are this year’s headliners. The three-day event takes place during the weekend of April 25-27 at the Polo Empire Club in Indio, Calif.

Church will headline the first night of the festival. Friday’s lineup also includes Easton Corbin, Brantley Gilbert and Loretta Lynn, as well as country newcomers Jon Pardi, Eric Paslay and Thomas Rhett.

Aldean will lead Saturday night’s lineup. Other performers on the bill include Hunter Hayes, Jennifer Nettles, Tyler Farr, Crystal Gayle and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Bryan will conclude the festival on Sunday night, following sets by Florida Georgia Line, Lee Brice and Dustin Lynch, along with Brenda Lee, John Prine and Shovels & Rope.

If you’re any kind of country music fan, this is one party you won’t want to miss. Tickets to attend this red-hot bash are in extremely high demand. For more info and complete list of performers visit


Palm Springs Art Museum to Hold Ninth Annual Meet The Museum

Membership Drive Party

The Palm Springs Art Museum’s annual Meet the Museum membership appreciation event will be on April 25 from 6-9 p.m. (the Friday of White Party Weekend). Now in its ninth year, Meet The Museum is an annual event that encourages new museum membership by offering discounted admission to this signature party, along with the extensive benefits of museum membership for one full year.  Last year nearly 1,000 people attended Meet The Museum and the event raised more than $70,000 in just one night. The event is expected to sell out again this year.  All proceeds benefit museum operations, exhibitions and education programs. The event is 100% underwritten, with all proceeds benefitting museum operations, exhibitions and education programs.

Celebrating the museum’s 75th birthday this year, Meet The Museum 2014 will feature a fabulous party that showcases recognizable moments-in-time from the past 75 years.  Set amidst the museum and its art, the party will reflect the Abstract Expressionism period with painted and energetic applications of music and dance, splashed with provocative, fun, and edgy entertainment elements, provided by Live It Up Productions.  The night promises to rouse the celebratory and expressionist spirit, so come dressed in fashion from your favorite era – 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond. The evening’s party includes complimentary valet parking, surprise performances and musical acts from bygone eras with entertainment by Live It Up Productions sponsored by One America, DJ entertainment by PrideNation Radio & Proud Television’s DJ Corey D, souvenir photo keepsakes, multiple open bar stations, delectable edibles including the notorious Candy Bar by LuLu California Bistro, courtesy of Barbara and Jerry Keller, and Willie Rhine, and much, much more!

This year, financial adviser and philanthropist Jim Casey returns to chair the event. Casey’s company, Integrated Wealth Management, has been the lead sponsor of Meet the Museum since 2011.

Tickets to this event are $75 (includes one-year individual membership and one admission to the event) or $135 (includes one-year dual membership and two admissions to the event). Existing members with an expiration date of 5/31/2014 or greater can purchase regular admission for $40, or VIP admission for $100, per person.

VIP admission upgrades are available for new members as well.

VIP admission entitles you to exclusive access the museum’s mezzanine level, overlooking the party floor, with access to DJ Corey D and a dedicated bar.    VIP admission is guaranteed to sell out. Contact our membership department now to secure your admission by calling 760-322-4825. To attend, contact the museum’s membership office at 760-322-4820.

Meet the Museum is generously sponsored by:

Presenting Sponsor: Integrated Wealth Management

Gold Sponsors: Live it Up Productions, sponsored by OneAmerica, PrideNation Radio, Harold Matzner, LULU California Bistro, LIVE Magazine and The Desert Sun

Silver Sponsors: Signature Party Rentals, Donna MacMillan, Liza Ivins, Tony Otten and Roy Komassa

Supporting Sponsors: Robert Dickenson and Michael Marler, Harold J. Meyerman

Benefactor Sponsors: Oranj Palm Vacation Homes, Thomas Gleeson of State Farm Insurance, Roseanne Kumins, Bruce Bornfleth

Donors: U.S. Bank, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard S. Mars