BY STEPHANIE GREEN

CASINOS

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

Adam Lambert

Friday, Dec. 20 8pm

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Tickets 59.00, 79.00, 99.00

Call 800-827-2946 or go to www.fantasyspringsresort.com

Fresh off a summer tour with Queen, the multiplatinum-selling vocalist returns to the Special Events Center. Each ticket includes $10 in FREE Slot Play!

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

Dionne Warwick

Saturday, Dec. 21 8pm

Tickets 39.00, 49.00, 69.00

Call 800-827-2946 or go to www.fantasyspringsresort.com

Just in time for Christmas, Dionne Warwick – A Holiday Celebration comes to the Special Events Center. Backed by a 14-piece string section, the six-time Grammy Award-winner will perform a mix of holiday and pop classics. Each ticket includes $10 in FREE Slot Play!

Morongo Casino Resort Spa

Rick Springfield

Saturday, Dec. 21 9pm

Tickets 49.00, 69.00

Call 800-252-4499 or go to morongocasinoresort.com

Genres: Rock, Power Pop, Classic Rock. Rick Springfield’s first love has always been music, a lifelong passion ignited after picking up his first guitar at the age of 12 in his native Australia. Mastering the craft of songwriting far preceded his accomplishments as an actor and best-selling author. With 25 million records sold, a Grammy® Award for his No. 1 smash-hit “Jessie’s Girl,” and 17 Top-40 hits including “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I’ve Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody” and “Human Touch,” Springfield has no intention of taking his foot off the accelerator. “I put everything I’ve got into making records,” he says. “Sometimes people think they have you pegged but I trust my music show them otherwise.” Never one to be confined to the recording studio where the music is born, Springfield has toured for over 30 years, hand-delivering the hits to millions of fans worldwide during his legendary, high-energy live shows.

THEATRE

Palm Canyon Theatre

The King & I

Thursday, Dec. 19 7pm * Friday, Dec. 20 8pm * Saturday, Dec. 21 8pm * Sunday, Dec. 22 2pm

Tickets 32.00, 36.00

Call 760-323-5123 or go to www.palmcanyontheatre.org

East versus West makes for a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale of enormous fascination. It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives. With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand and, eventually, respect one another, in a truly unique love story.

Desert Theatreworks

Disney’s Mary Poppins The Broadway Musical

Thursday, Dec. 19 7:30pm * Friday, Dec. 20 7:30pm * Saturday, Dec. 21 2pm & 7:30pm * Sunday, Dec. 22 2pm

Tickets 25.00, 30.00, 32.00

Call 760-980-1455 or go to www.dtworks.org

This holiday musical, winner of 44 major theatre awards from around the globe, has captivated audiences for generations, and now the enchanting story, unforgettable songs and breathtaking production numbers will dazzle and delight theatergoers of all ages. Believe in the magic and discover a world where anything can happen if you let it! Rated G.

COMEDY

The Amigo Room at Ace Hotel & Swim Club

Old St. Shtick

Friday, Dec. 20 8pm – 11pm * Saturday, Dec. 21 8pm – 11pm * Sunday, Dec. 22 8pm – 11pm

Tickets 15.00, 25.00

Call 760-325-9900 or go to www.acehotel.com/palmsprings

“A festivus for the rest of us.” Exodus to the desert for end-of-year reveling, basking in pool weather, spiced slushies and palm trees lit for festive nights. The Amigo Room presents comedy, movies, and music for you and the whole family. Laugh out loud to the likes of Guy Branum, Frankie Quinones, Billy Wayne Davis, Louis Katz, Erin Lennox, Grant Gordon, Chris Estrada, Katy French, with poolside DJ sets from DouggPound and Gregg Turkington.

Purple Room Supper Club

The Judy Show!

Sunday, Dec. 22 7pm

Tickets 25.00, 35.00

Call 760-322-4422 or go to www.purpleroompalmsprings.com

Every Sunday night, The Purple Room proudly presents owner Michael Holmes in THE JUDY SHOW! An outrageously funny parody of the 1963 CBS television show, The Judy Garland Show, features Michael singing and laughing as Judy Garland and her guests, Carol Channing, Bette Davis, Pearl Bailey, Katherine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead and others! This is live music – piano and singing – with different numbers every week. This is a fabulous show which quickly sells out so make your reservations early! THE JUDY SHOW begins at 7pm, and when you purchase a ticket, your seat is automatically reserved at 5pm. The Main Dining Area and Dean Martin Alcove are reserved for guests to enjoy full dinner service before the show.  If you want to enjoy just drinks and small bites before the show, they ask that you purchase tickets in the Bar or Lounge area. You are invited to dine before the shows for the best experience. Dining service is not provided during the shows. After The Judy Show, have your picture taken with Judy! The in-house photographer will be happy to take pictures of you and your friends with Judy. The pictures will be posted within a day or two on The Purple Room and The Judy Show Facebook pages.

Moxie Palm Springs

Foxie at Moxie

Sunday, Dec. 22 7pm

Tickets 10.00, 20.00, 25.00. FREE standing room is available at the door – limited first-come, first-served basis.

Call 760-318-9900 or go to www.moxiepalmsprings.com

Join Morgan McMichaels, Delta Work, Ethylina Canne and Mayhem Miller for one fierce drag show with a rotating cast of super Queens! Featuring local performers, national entertainers and guests from RuPaul’s Drag Race.

ART/MUSEUMS

Palm Springs Art Museum

Current Exhibitions: Barbara Stauffacher Solomon. Breaking all the Rules.; Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe; Touching History: Stonewall 50; Imaging Change: History, Memory, and Social Justice; Lino Tagliapietra: Il Deserto Fiorito.

Thursday 12noon – 8pm * Friday 10am – 5pm * Saturday 10am – 5pm * Sunday 10am – 5pm * Monday 10am – 5pm * Tuesday 10am – 5pm * Wednesday Closed.

Tickets SEE BELOW

Call 760-322-4800 or go to www.psmuseum.org

Adults $14. Seniors (62+) $11. Students/Teachers $6. Free admission every Thursday from 4pm – 8pm (sponsored by the City of Palm Springs). Free admission Second Sundays (sponsored by H.N. and Francis C. Berger Foundation). Always free for children under 18, active duty military and their family, and NARM and ROAM participants.

Sunnylands

Plein Air in the Gardens

Thursday, Dec. 19 8:30am – 3:45pm

Tickets FREE
Call 760-202-2222 or go to www.sunnylands.org

Inspired by the Annenbergs’ Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art collection and bordered by the majestic San Jacinto Mountains, the gardens bloom with texture, color, and life, making the landscape a perfect picture to paint, sketch, or photograph. Guests are to provide their own materials, situate themselves away from the Center, and not block pathways. Painters are to tarp their area before beginning. All artists are asked to please not dispose of waste, including paint water, in the gardens.

Coachella Valley History Museum

Flight Plan: The Birds of Sunnylands

Thursday, Dec. 19 10am – 4pm * Saturday, Dec. 21 10am – 4pm * Sunday, Dec 22 1pm – 4pm

Tickets FREE

Call 760-342-6651 or go to www.cvhm.org

This exhibition features birds that reside throughout the valley — or touch down along their migratory route. Over 145 species have been identified at Sunnylands. Photographed by Tim Laman (National Geographic).

Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center

AWAKENING 2019

Thursday, Dec. 19 1pm – 6pm * Friday, Dec. 20 1pm – 6pm * Saturday, Dec. 21 1pm – 6pm * Sunday, Dec. 22 1pm – 6pm

Tickets FREE

Call 760-366-3777 or go to www.yvarts.org

Curated by Michael McCall, the exhibit focuses on the mandala – a circular image of symbols that represent the cosmos metaphysically and symbolically. The mandala is a symbol of one’s own center, providing a path for understanding oneself. Contemporary artists from all around the world are drawn to this need to discover oneself and use the mandala or variations of it for exactly this purpose. This exhibition will touch upon the mandala’s mesmerizing quality to transport consciousness. The artists chosen by the curator include Antuan, Ivan Butorac, Forging Mind, Sandra Goodin, Judyth Greenburgh, John Henson, Paul Heussenstamm, Marianne Magne, Carlos Reyes, Sherrill Schoening, Lina West, Delos Van Earl, Xen, and William Zimmerman. More than a half-dozen artists are from the Hi-Desert. The artworks include various mediums: painting, sculpture, assemblage, digital photography, installation, and video/sound art.

Palm Springs Art Museum

Free Thursday Nights

Thursday, Dec. 19 4pm – 8pm

Tickets FREE

Call 760-322-4800 or go to www.psmuseum.org

Lectures, conversations, collections and more! Thursday Nights feature a series of events and activities. This program is supported by the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission.

Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

Imaging Change: Lunch & Learn

Friday, Dec. 20 12noon – 1pm

Tickets FREE

Call 760-346-5600 or go to www.psmuseum.org

Bring your brown bag lunch and meet organizing curator Mara Gladstone for learning opportunities highlighting important themes in the museum’s exhibition “Imaging Change: History, Memory, and Social Justice.”

Annenberg Theater at Palm Springs Art Museum

Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus “A Modern Family Holiday”

Friday, Dec. 20 7pm * Saturday, Dec. 21 7pm * Sunday, Dec. 22 3pm

Tickets 28.00, 43.00, 58.00

Call 760-325-4490 or go to www.psmuseum.org

Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus is launching its 21st year in Palm Springs with an Incredible Season! “A Modern Family Holiday” will showcase traditional favorites along with new music from some of today’s most talented composers and lyricists.  The theme of the evening is all about embracing our new modern families.

Palm Springs Art Museum

Midcentury Modern Icons & Their Architects

Saturday, Dec. 21 9:30am – 11am

Tickets 25.00

Call 760-322-4800 or go to www.psmuseum.org

See the very best examples of mid-century modern architecture as we walk along the town’s main thoroughfare for banking and retail businesses. Learn how this stark yet beautiful landscape captured the imagination of a young and talented group of Desert Modern architects—the movers and shakers who shaped Palm Springs during the post-World War II boom and who created a body of internationally-recognized work during the heyday of the 1950s and ‘60s. These buildings continue to draw people to Palm Springs from all over the world to admire and appreciate their innovative designs in our unique desert setting.

HEALTH/FITNESS

Indian Wells Tennis Garden

Mobility/Stretch Class

Thursday, Dec. 19 9am – 10am * Saturday, Dec. 21 9am – 10am

Tickets 25.00 Members, 35.00 Non-Members

Call 760-200-8200 or go to www.indianwellstennisgarden.com

A calm and rejuvenating recovery class where attendees will be expertly guided inward to practice self- awareness to improve mobility and flexibility. Active and passive stretching techniques/exercises will be implemented to achieve greater range of motion and muscle recovery from courts and daily life.

Indian Wells Tennis Garden

Fitnnis

Thursday, Dec. 19 10am – 11am

Tickets 25.00 Members, 35.00 Non-Members

Call 760-200-8200 or go to www.indianwellstennisgarden.com

Fitnnis is a fun on court class that combines tennis with circuit based workout stations. Get an all- around work out in every Tuesday and Thursday morning. Classes led by Melinda and Kayla.

Sunnylands

Guided Garden Walk

Thursday, Dec. 19 10am

Tickets FREE
Call 760-202-2234 or go to www.sunnylands.org

During this free 60-minute guided walk, guests explore the winding paths throughout the nine-acre Sunnylands gardens, enjoying commentary by a member of the education department. More than 70 species of native and arid-adapted plants from North and South America, Africa, and the Mediterranean are displayed. No reservations required. This program takes place outdoors. Sun protection, water, and comfortable closed-toed shoes are recommended.

Indian Wells Tennis Garden

Stadium Workout Class

Friday, Dec. 20 7am – 7:45pm * Monday, Dec. 23 7am – 7:45pm

Tickets 25.00 Members, 35.00 Non-Members

Call 760-200-8200 or go to www.indianwellstennisgarden.com

A FUN and energetic 45 minute aerobic focused exercise class to kick start your day in the legendary Stadium 1! Classes will be customized to each attendees personal level of fitness; focusing on improving your balance, coordination, aerobic capacity, power, footwork, and strength!

Yoga on the Great Lawn

Sunnylands

Friday, Dec. 20 10am

Tickets FREE

Call 760-202-2222 or go to www.sunnylands.org

The 60-minute session is open to all ages and experience levels. All participants should bring yoga mats and dress comfortably. Sun protection and water are suggested. No reservations are required.

La Quinta Wellness Center

Sunset Yoga

Monday, Dec. 23 6pm – 7pm

Tickets 10.00

For more info go to www.playinlaquinta.com

This yoga class is a synchronization of classical movements and breathe work which has been known to improve athletic performance, core strength and range of motion, using proven yoga postures. This is a fitness practice for those ready to explore their next level. Instructor Art True will support you with your goals in a friendly yoga environment. Pre-registration is required and course fee varies by month. Drop-in students welcome.

Free Outdoor Yoga

Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden at Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

Wednesday, Dec. 25 9am – 10am

Tickets FREE

Call 760-346-5600 or go to www.psmuseum.org

Experience the unique combination of art and yoga. Rejuvenate your soul in the serene setting of the museum’s Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden during the complimentary one-hour class. Afterward, guests are invited to visit the Farmer’s Market in the museum’s parking lot featuring fresh produce from local growers (8am – 12:30pm), a docent tour of the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden at 11am, or stop inside The Galen building to view the current art exhibition. These offerings are presented in collaboration with the Farmer’s Market of Palm Desert and Pranin Yoga.

COMMUNITY

The Street Fair

College of the Desert

Saturday, Dec. 21 7am – 2pm * Sunday, Dec. 15 7am – 2pm

Tickets FREE

Call 760-636-7957 or go to www.codaastreetfair.com

Featuring vendors, entertainment, food and fun! Discover a thousand items for sale including vintage cars. Sponsored by the College of the Desert Alumni Association.

Certified Farmers’ Market – 29 Palms

29 Palms Visitor Center

Saturday, Dec. 21 8am – 1pm

Tickets FREE

Call 760-401-0028 or go to www.29chamber.org

Local farmers selling fresh produce.

Certified Farmers’ Market – Joshua Tree

Turtle Island

Saturday, Dec. 21 8am – 1pm

Tickets FREE

Call 760-420-7529 or go to www.joshuatreefarmersmarket.com

Local farmers selling fresh produce.

Certified Farmers’ Market – Palm Springs

Palm Springs Cultural Center (Formerly Camelot Theatre) Parking Lot

Saturday, Dec. 21 8am – 12:30pm

Tickets FREE

Call 844-7FARMCV or go to www.certifiedfarmersmarket.org

Local farmers selling fresh produce.

Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

Star Party at the Monument

Saturday, Dec 21 5pm – 8pm

Call 760-862-9984 or go to www.desertmountains.org

Tickets FREE

The Astronomical Society of the Desert will conduct “sky tours” and direct observations of the night sky through telescopes and giant binoculars. This is a family event. Minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

Sky’s The Limit Observatory & Nature Center

Star Clusters and Nebula

Saturday, Dec. 21 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Tickets FREE

Call 760-490-9561 or go to www.skysthelimit29.org

Public star party! Prominent constellations: Perseus (the Hero), Cassiopeia (the Queen), Auriga (the Charioteer), Taurus (the Bull), Orion (the Hunter).

Temple Isaiah Palm Springs

The First Night of Chanukah!

Sunday, Dec. 22 4:30pm – 7:30pm

Tickets 12.00

Call 760-325-2281 or go to www. templeisaiahps.com

The community is invited to Temple Isaiah’s joyful celebration of  “The First Night of Chanukah.” Candle lighting at 5pm.  BYOC: Bring your own Chanukiah (Menorah) and join the fun! Chanukah BINGO, sing-along, raffle, dreidels, and lots of LATKES!

FOOD/WINE/BEER

La Quinta Resort & Club

Après Swim

Thursday, Dec. 19 3pm – 6pm * Friday, Dec. 20 3pm – 6pm * Saturday, Dec. 21 3pm – 6pm

Tickets MENU-PRICING

Call 760-564-4111 or go to www.laquintaresort.com

Join La Quinta Resort for Après Swim—the desert’s most effervescent Happy Hour. Hosted in partnership with premiere champagne house, Veuve Clicquot. Gather poolside as you toast the sunset with a glass of France’s finest bubbly. Enjoy a menu of champagne cocktails, snacks and music amidst the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. PLUNGE is an adults-only pool.

Persimmon Bistro at the Palm Springs Art Museum

Thirsty Thursday Wine Tasting

Thursday, Dec. 19 3pm – 7pm

Tickets MENU-PRICING

Call 760-322-4895 or go to www.persimmonbistro.com

Taste 4 wines for $14.

Yard House – The River Rancho Mirage

Happy Hour

Thursday, Dec. 19 3pm – 6pm  * Friday, Dec. 20 3pm – 6pm * Monday, Dec. 23 3pm – 6pm * Tuesday, Dec. 24 3pm – 6pm * Wednesday, Dec. 25 3pm – 6pm  * ‘Late Night Happy Hour’ Sunday through Wednesday 10pm – Close

Tickets MENU-PRICING

Call 760-779-1415 or go to www.yardhouse.com

1/2 off select appetizers & pizzas; $2 off beer, wine, spirits and cocktails. Great selection of food includes the “Onion Ring Tower” sprinkled with Parmesan and served with chipotle and buttermilk ranch or the “Margherita Pizza” topped with roasted garlic. Whether it’s drinks after work or a late night bite with friends, find your happy at Yard House.

Tacos & Tequila Morongo

Happy Hour

Thursday, Dec. 19 4pm – 7pm * Friday, Dec. 20 4pm – 7pm * Monday, Dec. 23 4pm – 7pm * Thursday, Dec. 24 4pm – 7pm * Wednesday, Dec. 25 4pm – 7pm

Tickets MENU-PRICING

Call 951-755-5373 or go to www.tacosandtequilaca.com

T&T is a celebration of Mexican culture intermixed with rock ‘n’ roll flair. The distinctive design offers a dynamic atmosphere for dining and drinking. Drink Specials: $5 Well Drinks $5 House Margarita $4 Bud Light. Food Specials: Guacamole $5, Fajitas $5, Quesadilla $6, Crispy Tacos $7, Wings $7, Nachos $8, Combo Tacos (3) $8, Carne Asada Fries $9.

El Jefe (Saguaro Palm Springs)

Taco Tues & Thurs

Thursday, Dec. 19 6pm – 9pm * Tuesday, Dec. 24 6pm – 9pm

Tickets MENU-PRICING

Call 760-322-1900 or go to www.thesaguaro.com

One day a week is not enough. Join El Jefe every Tuesday and Thursday for food & drink specials.

Smoke Tree BBQ

Tequila Tuesdays

Tuesday, Dec. 24 11am – 9pm

Tickets MENU-PRICING

Call 760-778-6521 or go to www.smoketreebbq.com

Try the new craft tequila cocktail or stick to their fresh hand-shaken margarita for only $5. Enjoy $2 off all tequilas.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway – Peaks Restaurant

Ride ‘n’ Dine Christmas Dinner

Wednesday, Dec. 25 11am – 4pm & 5pm – 8pm

Tickets 23.00, 45.00. Tax, gratuity and Tram admission are not included.

Call 888-515-8726 or go to www.pstramway.com

Spectacular views combined with delectable food provide the perfect dining experience. There are two dining options at the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Peaks, a fine dining experience with a breathtaking view of the Coachella Valley and Pines Café, a cafeteria-style restaurant. Whether you prefer table service dining at Peaks or a more casual dining experience at Pines, enjoy their holiday menus at 8,500 feet!

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway – Pines Cafe

Ride ‘n’ Dine Christmas Dinner

Wednesday, Dec. 25 11am – 8:30pm

Tickets 23.50, 36.00. Tax, gratuity and Tram admission are not included.

Call 888-515-8726 or go to www.pstramway.com

Spectacular views combined with delectable food provide the perfect dining experience. There are two dining options at the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Peaks, a fine dining experience with a breathtaking view of the Coachella Valley and Pines Café, a cafeteria-style restaurant. Whether you prefer table service dining at Peaks or a more casual dining experience at Pines, enjoy their holiday menus at 8,500 feet!

SPORTS

Indian Wells Tennis Garden

Mixers

Thursday, Dec. 19 6pm – 8pm

Tickets FREE Members, 10.00 Non-Members

Call 760-200-8200 or go to www.indianwellstennisgarden.com

Mix it up Tennis Paradise style! Share the court with your desert companions and ace the competition in this weekly adult mixer.

Westin Mission Hills – Pete Dye Course

Women of Westin

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 8am

Tickets 20.00 (Annual Membership Fee)

For more info go to www.playmissionhills.com/women_of_westin/

‘Women of Westin’ wants first and foremost for their group to be congenial and a fun place to head to on Tuesday mornings. Golf membership is open to all women who are participants in The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa Club Membership Program.

FESTIVALS

VillageFest

Palm Canyon Drive

Thursday, Dec. 19 6pm – 10pm

Tickets FREE

Call 760-320-3781 or go to www.villagefest.org

Glamorous Palm Canyon Drive becomes a festive international street fair featuring vendors showcasing arts, crafts and delicious food, plus live entertainment venues and a certified farmer’s market.

CHARITY EVENTS

Whole Foods – Palm Desert

Feed 4 More

Daily 7am – 10pm

Call 760-797-8200 or go to www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Give a donation at the register to benefit local charities. The beneficiaries will be giving food to Coachella Valley families in need throughout the New Year.

Temple Isaiah

Santa Paws 5K & Jr. Elf Dash

Saturday, Dec. 21 9am

Tickets 10.00, 40.00, 45.00, 50.00

For more info go to www.palmspringsmarathonrunners.org

Santa Paws is a “dog-loving fun run/walk” benefiting the Guide Dogs of the Desert. Each participant receives a five-piece Santa Suit (jacket, pants, belt, hat, beard) that can be worn during the event and is then yours for keeps!

Well in the Desert

Christmas at the Palm Springs Convention Center

Wednesday, Dec. 25 12noon – 3pm

Tickets FREE

Call 760-656-8905 or go to www.wellinthedesert.org

Featuring Christmas dinner, toys for the children, magic, face painting, mariachis and more! Limited transportation will be available in the Palm Springs area only. The event welcomes seniors, working and non-working families, those without homes, veterans, families, singles and those who do not want to be home alone.