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Admin Columns, Don't Be Clueless in the Coachella Valley

BY DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX

VarietyOscarPartyFor the Hollywood starry firmament dressed in Glamorama Garb, it’s a step-and-repeat world and you don’t want to trip up on the Red Carpet, bloody red, as the English would murmur ever so stiff upper lip and through firmly gritted teeth. Advice from Dame Helen Mirren— “Everyone is in black. You can’t go wrong in black,”— overheard a few years ago at the Palm Springs International Film Festival where the British actress was picking up her award. On Sunday, February 22 there will be an Oscar Party starting at 3:30 PM on the Red Carpet that will benefit Variety Children’s Charity and will be hosted by Vicky’s of Santa Fe starting with the Red Carpet parade, followed by the Oscar Awards telecast that begins at 4 PM. Tickets are $85 per person, call 760-345-9770. So, It’s your big chance to make an entrance! Pile on the bling and the Glamour! Stay home? Don’t be clueless, where’s the Paparazzi in that?

 Bob Newhart   Friday, February 20, 8 PM. No one could work a phone like comedian Bob Newhart, appearing for one night—tomorrow night—at the McCallum Theatr , but then again he has been one of the most influential, and beloved figures in the history of American comedy, having entertained audiences for over 50 years. In that time, Bob starred in two of the most popular sitcoms in television history, “The Bob Newhart Show” and “Newhart,” won Peabody and Emmy awards for “The Bob Newhart Variety Show,” released eight comedy albums (including the first to ever hit #1 on the charts), hosted “The Tonight Show” an astounding eighty-seven times, won three Grammys, and appeared in fourteen feature films. Here’s the Back Story on our lead-in: While working at an ad agency, Bob and co-worker Ed Gallagher would make extended, random phone calls to one another throughout the day. They eventually decided to record the phone calls and use them as audition tapes for comedy work. Ed began concentrating more on his job at the agency, while Bob continued doing the phone calls on his own; a bit that would eventually become a staple of his stand-up comedy. In 1959, a disc jockey in Chicago heard his material and introduced Bob to the head of talent at Warner Brothers Records who signed him to a contract. The rest is history. Let Bob tell his-story in his own inimitable way. That is with humor.Tickets are priced at $95, $75, $65 and $45 available at the web site www.mccallumtheatre.com or by calling the McCallum Theatre box office at (760) 340-ARTS. The McCallum Theatre, located at 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert CA 92260, accepts payment by cash, personal check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

Pars4PawsSunday, February 22, 10 AM. Loving All Animals presents the “4th Annual Pars 4 Paws Golf Tournament” with Registration and Brunch at 10 AM, Shotgun Start at Noon, plus Awards and Happy Hour following play. Amazing prizes donated by Christina Gantz! You are invited to join as a golfer, a spectator, and/or a member of the cheering section to help the organization find a home for homeless animals who know that ”there is no place like a forever home.” Entrance fee: $150 per player; $500 per Foursome. Super ticket, $40, 15 Raffle tickets, 2 Mulligans. During the tournament you’ll get personal tips from a Golf Pro on the driving range and putting green, use golf pro drive on one hole, and a putting contest with 2 chances to win a prize. Get a Hole-in-one and get a golf cart, courtesy of Caddyshack Golf Carts, Palm Desert . For more info or to register, email info@lovingallanimals.org . Location: Shadow Mountain Golf Club, Palm Desert. Loving all animals’ mission is to bring together local and national animal welfare organizations to work together for the benefit of animals. For more info, call 760-834-7000. Address: 73550 Alessandro Dr, Palm Desert CA 92260.

Art of ShoppingMonday & Tuesday, March 2 & 3. Palm Springs Art Museum Unites Artists From Across the World for “The Art of Shopping.” The Museum Associates Council or “MAC” at Palm Springs Art Museum is pleased to present once again the highly anticipated fundraising event—and our favorite pastime, not only “shopping,” but even better, the “art” of it all. Every step of the way, this event brings together 34 studio craft artists from across the world for a shopping extravaganza of jewelry, apparel, accessories, and other unique treasures. Held at at Palm Desert Art Museum in Palm Desert, The Galen and the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden, this international ensemble of fashion trends and more, includes original creations from Germany, Canada, and the Netherlands; as well as United States artists coming from 20 states. Attendees will find purses, hats, scarves, necklaces, rings, bracelets, hand-dyed tops, bespoke jackets, hand-painted silks, and much more. This is an opportunity for men to find that one-of-a-kind tie or wallet as well. On Monday, March 2, a delectable lunch is included in the ticket price of $100, but must be purchased in advance. On Tuesday, March 3, the ticket price will be for admittance only and is $10 in advance or at the door. Palm Desert residents receive complimentary admission on Tuesday. For more information and tickets contact the Museum Associates Council (MAC) at (760) 322-4816. For more information about Palm Springs Art Museum visit www.psmuseum.org or call (760) 322-4884.The Museum Associates Council or “MAC” was established in 1966 by a small group of members. Today, more than 250 MAC members plan and execute a variety of fundraising events. The funds raised each year by MAC allows Palm Springs Art Museum to offer exceptional opportunities for up to 15,000 children and adults take part in the many activities. Money raised also supports essential museum operations which allow for world-class exhibitions.

LQ Arts Fest w logoThursday – Sunday, March 5 – 8, 10am to 5pm each day! Save the Dates for Arts sake! Explore, savor, celebrate the 33rd La Quinta Arts Festival! Recognized as Southern California’s premier fine art festival, it has been ranked #1 in the Nation. In a magnificent outdoor gallery setting, LQAF showcases a juried selection of 230 top artists from around the nation and around the globe in Ceramics, Drawing & Pastel, Fiber/Textile, Glass, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture and Wood. Live entertainment, food and drink complement your experience. Art. Culture. Life. Art touches every aspect of life. Creative imaginings give birth to innovation, moving people ever forward, dynamic, engaging and inspiring – art is the glorification of the human spirit. Experience LQAF’s diverse offerings of events, activities and programs providing cultural enrichment and opportunities for residents, visitors, and artists of the Coachella Valley & beyond. La Quinta Arts Foundation is host of the #1 in the Nation La Quinta Arts Festival and a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization, incorporated in 1982. “Promoting and Cultivating the Arts” is the mission. To learn more go to www.lqaf.com. Ticket prices: Adults, $15. Multi-Day pass, $20. Children under 12 are free. Tickets may be purchased at the gate or in advance on our website. Free parking is available in the Village of La Quinta, along with paid valet and self-parking options. La Quinta Arts Festival is located at La Quinta Civic Center Campus, 78495 Calle Tampico, La Quinta. CA. Event proceeds have to date funded LQAF scholarship awards totaling over $1.1 million to students pursuing an education in the visual arts. More info, go to website or call 760-564-1244.

“Don’t Be Clueless” wants to remind you that press releases for inclusion should be in to the Coachella Valley Weekly at least two weeks ahead of the scheduled event! Thanks!