Le Chien Masquerade Party – Fashion Week El Paseo 2017

The 12th annual Fashion Week El Paseo™ 2017, takes place in The Harsch Investment Properties Tent at The Gardens on El Paseo in Palm Desert, CA. This premier fashion event presents runway shows featuring a star-studded line-up of top designers from across the country, including exciting trunk shows, and more.  One of our favorite events:

THE RESORT AT PELICAN HILL PRESENTS Le Chien Masquerade Party featuring couture canine fashions by Orostani Couture – Benefiting the Humane Society of the Desert

Cocktails, a silent auction, music, a trunk show, and entertainment precede a canine fashion show in this annual benefit for the Humane Society of the Desert. Puppies and hounds accompany fashion models on the runway and the show's finale includes a live auction with outstanding and valuable items. If you are a dog lover, you will not want to miss this event!  More Info


Southern Baptist Sissies Come to Town

Opening this weekend. Religion clashing with sexuality.  Through April 9 at The Desert Rose Playhouse, performances are Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM.

LA Times: "Daring. Heroic. No-holds-barred hilarious." 

Chicago Tribune: "Distinctive and arresting. A funny and yet strangely moving treatment of goodhearted, wacky Texans suffering through an intolerant world."

The acclaimed play follows the journey of four gay boys in the Calvary Baptist Church of Dallas, TX. Storyteller Mark Lee Fuller tries to create a world of love and acceptance in the church and clubs of Dallas, while desperately trying to find a place to put his own pain and rage. The world Mark creates also includes two older barflies, Peanut and Odette, whose banter takes the audience from hysterical laughter to tragedy and tears.

With a theme of religion clashing with sexuality, the play opened to rave reviews in Los Angeles during its original run in 2000 and became the most awarded play of the year. 

The play contains adult material and brief nudity.  Tickets are $35 for Friday and Saturday evening performances and $32 for Sunday matinees.  More Info


California Desert Chorale presents We've Got Ritmo

Photo courtesy of californiadesertchorale.org

Saturday and Sunday, California Desert Chorale’s spring concert, We’ve Got Ritmo, is divided into two distinctly different halves, which compliment each other ideally.  Act 1 will feature dynamic, percussive choral music of Latin America, including driving, rhythmic music of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico by Oscar Escalada, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Ariel Ramirez.  Act 2 is devoted exclusively to the extraordinary music of George Gershwin, including such classic favorites as I Got Rhythm, Love Is Here to Stay, Fascinatin’ Rhythm and Someone to Watch Over Me, along with a dazzling medley of songs from Gershwin’s only opera, Porgy and Bess.  More Info.


Festival of Opera and Art This Sunday

Explain organizers, "OperaArts endeavors to bring the artistic experience to the residents of the Coachella Valley and to our children. We do this by creating programs of Opera, operetta, musical theater, dance, art and other expressive arts for the enjoyment, enlightenment and betterment of all.
OperaArts is committed to bringing these experiences to the youth in our valley, both in the schools and through events in our educational outreach programs.

9th Annual Festival of Opera and Art takes place Sunday, March 19, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and is FREE to the public.  At Palm Desert Civic Center Park, there will be a lot of pre-music festival, including a special appearance by the Desert Winds Freedom Band.  Bring your blankets, chairs, umbrellas.  Art Exhibits will be curated by the La Quinta Art Association.  More info.


 
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Compiled by Nicholas Snow from a variety of sources.