Gallery 446 hosts “After Party“ a photo exhibit benefitting anti-bullying organization BOO2bullying.

Gallery 446 & Freixenet celebrate the Iconic imagery of Film, Fashion, Socialites and Celebrities during the 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. The exhibition runs from January 3 – February 1, 2015 the event benefits anti-bullying organization BOO2bullying www.boo2bullying.org

These five renowned Photographers Patrick McMullan, Rob Lebow, Lani Garfield, David Crotty and Dimitri Halkidis join forces to display the most iconic images over three decades.

Patrick McMullan is an American photographer, columnist, television personality and socialite. His photo work focuses on people, particularly A-list celebrities, Superstar fashion designers, models, actors, politicians, cultural icons and the power elite. “If you don’t know Patrick McMullan, you ought to get out more!”    – Andy Warhol, 1986

Rob Lebow  began his career as assistant Photo Editor at Warner Bros. Pictures in Burbank, California and later as Photo Editor at 20th Century Fox in Beverly Hills, California, and remains busy working in Los Angeles, New York and Palm Springs.

Lani Garfield is a Palm Springs based photojournalist,  Her photographs are featured regularly in local magazines and newspapers, including Palm Springs Life and Desert Magazine.

David Crotty is a Photographer based in Los Angeles since 2007. While in New York, David also contributed illustrations for The Village Voice, and for various PR firms and publications. David currently resides in Los Angeles and Palm Springs.

Dimitri Halkidis images have appeared on the cover of The New York Daily News, Us Magazine, People Magazine, Hello Magazine U.K., Australian & Spanish Cosmopolitan, Zoom and American Photographer. For more info visit www.gallery446.com

 

The Desert Rose Playhouse Presents LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION!

The Desert Rose Playhouse, the Valley’s live stage company serving the LGBT community, will present Terrence McNally’s LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! opening Friday, January 16, 2015 for a five-week run.

Old friends can be a blessing and a curse. When famous dancer/choreographer Gregory opens his Dutchess County summer house for three summer weekends, his old friends troop out from law offices, rehearsal studios and AIDS clinics to sun themselves by the lake.   John, Gregory’s rehearsal pianist and a frustrated composer, introduces his young lover Ramon and his dying twin James to the company resulting in uproarious humor and abundant pathos. Contains nudity and adult situations. The ensemble cast includes Mark Demry, John Ferrare, Terry Huber, Jason Hull, Richie Sandino, Kam Sisco and J. Stegar Thompson.

LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! by Terrance McNally

January 16 – February 15, 2015
Performances Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 PM; Sundays at 2 PM.
$30.00 Friday & Saturday evenings; $28 Sundays matinees
For tickets visit www.desertroseplayhouse.org or call 760-202-3000.
The Desert Rose Playhouse, 69620 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

 

4th Annual Dance For Life Returns To Palm Springs In Support Of Aids Assistance Program

Dance for Life, a showcase of spectacular performances by renowned dance companies in support of AIDS Assistance Program (AAP), will return to Palm Springs for a highly anticipated performance on Friday, January 16, 2015, at 7 pm at the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Annenberg Theater. A spectrum of dance genres – from jazz to classical ballet, and contemporary to tap – promises to thrill the most discerning dance fans.

“Dance for Life is one of the most exciting cultural and charitable events in town, continuing to draw large crowds and great accolades each year,” says Mark Anton, Executive Director of AIDS Assistance Program. “We are looking forward to a wonderful night of brilliant performances and are proud of the growing support for this annual celebration of dance.”

The evening begins with a champagne reception at the Palm Springs Art Museum at 6 pm, followed by the Dance for Life performance at 7 pm. Tickets for the event are $95 per person, and VIP Seating is $200 per person. The VIP-level ticket includes an invitation to an intimate reception with dancers and sponsors the evening before the performance at a location to be announced in Palm Springs. To purchase tickets visit aidsassistance.org or call 760-325-8481.

Dance for Life has grown to become the largest dance performance-based HIV/AIDS fundraising event in the Midwest, selling out every annual performance since it was founded in 1992. Over the last two decades it has raised more than four million dollars for Chicago’s HIV/AIDS community. Returning to Palm Springs for a fourth season, the event will bring together national dance companies in a tour de force performance to help those in need.

Dance for Life Palm Springs continues the 23-year tradition set by its sister event and has invited some of the finest concert dance companies from across the country to perform. Currently confirmed to appear are ENTITY Dance Company, Giordano Dance Chicago, Phoenix Contemporary Dance Company, Scorpius Dance Theatre, and Tap Sounds Underground.

ENTITY Dance Company explores the nature of human existence through the art of movement.

Giordano Dance Chicago, the original jazz dance company, captivates audiences worldwide with dynamic performances and the diversity and wide appeal of its repertoire.

Phoenix Contemporary Dance Company was founded to enrich and provide engaging, compelling dance to its community, offering full-length concerts and educational outreach.

Scorpius combines the motifs of humor, drama, and both organic and technical movement to form a very distinct brand of dance theatre and aerial arts.

Tap Sounds Underground has been entertaining audiences all over the world for more than three decades and displays their diverse and high-energy pieces along with the rich tradition of tap history.

Since its founding in 1991, AIDS Assistance Program of Palm Springs remains dedicated to providing nutritional support to improve the quality of the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. Initiated by a small group of concerned citizens led by the late Gloria Greene and Jeannette Rockefeller, AAP provides food to members of the community with low incomes. For more information, please call 760-325-8481 or visit aidsassistance.org.

 

Comedy Night at The Purple Room

Start your year off right and be ready to laugh with these two dynamic comics at The Purple Room as it heads into another hilarious year of Comedy Night Palm Springs on Saturday January 17th .

Nico Santos was born and raised in the Philippines and now calls the US of A home. Though fresh off the boat, he has assimilated to American culture rather quickly by living in California by way of Portland, Oregon.

In just a short amount of time, Nico conquered the Bay Area comedy scene with his acute observations and quirky characters.

He touches on his race, family and the queer dynamic among other things. Charming audiences all across the country with his sharp, sarcastic wit and outrageous sensibility, Nico has that rare ability to be crass and snarky while at the same time remaining completely likable.

An absolute entertaining blend of silliness, sass and style. The SF Guardian has called him “perfectly inappropriate”, continually blurring the lines of what one might expect from him.

Since recently making the move to Los Angeles, Nico has already made his mark in the Hollywood comedy scene. He has quickly become a regular at The Comedy Store and The Improv.

Raised by a wild pack of Jews, otherwise known as her mother and siblings, Dana Goldberg is a force of nature on stage.

Goldberg started her comedy career in 2003 in front of 650 people in a sold out theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Seven months into her career she was invited to Scotland by Emmy Award winning writer Paul Wagner to perform with 13 other American comedians as part of the US Comedy Invasion at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh.

In 2006, just three years after she stepped onto the stage for the first time, Goldberg put on a producer’s hat and started the Annual Southwest Funnyfest in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Each year Goldberg hosts the night of comedy to help benefit New Mexico AIDS Services (NMAS) raising close to $20,000. After moving to Los Angeles in the fall of 2009, Goldberg found a new comedy home and it wasn’t long before she was headlining nights at world famous clubs like The Laugh Factory and the LA Improv.

Dinner at 5:30pm show at 7:00pm Shows sell out so get your tickets now.

www.purpleroompalmsprings.com The Purple Room 760-322-4422