BY DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX

As if we needed to tell you. You, who have your manicurist and hair stylist on Speed-dial. Along with the Nanny your kids spend more time with than they do with you, and the clean-up crew who know how to get red wine out of the mink-embellished cape you inherited from Aunt Bess, but you know what? We don’t want you to be “Clueless;” we want your time to be well-spent—literally as well as figuratively. Every week, we make sure this calendar is chock-a-block with local, worthy fundraisers, as well as national/international fun-raisers that we hope you will support and enjoy. In the verbiage of Carney folks the world over noisily barking for all to come in and see the show: “A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants!” Why not? That’s seasoning,too! Don’t miss out!

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 Palm Desert Art Museum in Palm Desert, The Galen and the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden, this international ensemble 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.

26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala - After Party

 

Thursday, March 5, Reception 10 AM, Luncheon 12 PM. “Lights, Camera, Action,” is the appropriate theme when philanthropist Harold Matzner, Chairman of the Palm Springs International Film Festival is honored by the Visionaries of Tools for Tomorrow with the 9th annual Vision for the Future Award. Tools For Tomorrow, a local nonprofit provides an arts literacy enrichment program integrating music, drama, writing and art, free to “at risk” children in elementary schools from Palm Springs to Mecca. The agenda begins with a Red Carpet Celebrity Artists’ Reception, and features a Movie Premiere starring the children of Tools for Tomorrow, Live Entertainment and Award Ceremony to honor Matzner. The event takes place at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage. For more info and/or sponsorship opportunities please call 760-601-3954, or email visionaries@toolsfortomorrow.org or visit toolsfortomorrow.org.

 

2CellosFriday, March 6, 8 PM. Young Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser together known as 2CELLOS have no limits when it comes to performing live, and are as impressive when stroking their way across the strings playing Bach and Vivaldi as they are when rocking AC/DC. Case in point: 2CELLOS rose to fame in 2011 when their version of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” took the world by storm, receiving over three million YouTube views in the first two weeks. The YouTube video became a massive viral sensation, leading to a record deal with Sony Masterworks and an invitation to join Sir Elton John on his worldwide tour. In February 2014, Luka and Stjepan published their rendition of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” to YouTube. The video went viral, gathering 10 million views in the first two weeks. ‘Nuff said? See and hear this Dynamic Duo at The McCallum Theatre. Tickets are priced at $65, $45, $35 and $25 and are available at the Theatre’s web site at 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.

WOW SafeHouseTuesday, March 10, 10 AM – 2:30 PM. Once upon a“WOW!” It’s time for the Annual “WOW” Event, a day celebrating the Wonder of Women” in its 10th year produced by and featuring local doctors Dr. Lisa Lindley and Dr. Jeralyn Brosfield with delightful Luncheon, must-have-it Shopping and lively Auction where all proceeds benefit SafeHouse of the Desert, an emergency shelter for at-risk youth in the Coachella Valley. Author, Speaker, Humorist, the “Hilariously funny” Judy Carter is Guest Speaker. And, Guess What, Gals! This exhilarating fun and fun-fabulous adventure in the middle of the day, stars you, giving you the best lines between friends, colleagues and neighbors, as you turn to the gal-pal on the right and next on the left with these encouraging words, “You are so sexy.” (Add three o’s to soooo.) It’s Bonding at its very best, amusing and what-the-hey-true. We kid you not. Tickets: Individual Ticket $120, Individual VIP Ticket $250.$1500 – $5,000 Gold Sponsorships Available for tables of 10 to 12. Event is at The Westin Mission Hills Resort, 71-333 Dinah Shore Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270. Reservations/Information: SafeHouse of the Desert, 760-409-0902. www.safehouseofthedesert.com

LQAFestThursday – Sunday, March 5 – 8, 10am to 5pm each day! Save the Dates for Arts sake! Explore, savor, and 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!

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