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Noteworthy happenings around the desert Faith, Hope & Pups Fundraiser Tickets are still available for the 5th Annual Faith, Hope & Pups polo luncheon being held Sunday, Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. at the Empire Polo Club in Indio (81800 Avenue 51). This event will raise muchneeded funds for local animal welfare organizations including The Bianca Rae Foundation, Humane Society of the Desert and Loving All Animals. Tickets are $100 per person or $950 for a table of ten and can be purchased at Reception and silent auction will kick off the day’s festivities with brunch and a live auction happening just before the noon polo match. Also featured will be a raffle, various vendors, and adoptable dogs on site hoping to find their forever home. For more information, visit

Department of Defense presents Award at Agua Caliente Casino Resort The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an Office of the Department of Defense, presented both a Patriot Award and a certificate of Employer Statement of Support on Jan. 31, 2017 at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage. Colonel (Ret.) Greg Peck on behalf of the ESGR presented the Patriot Award to Daniel Hartzler, Operations Accounting Manager for Agua Caliente Casino Resorts. Hartzler was nominated for this honor by his direct report, Robert Harper, who is a Revenue Audit Supervisor with the casinos and also serves as an SSG, Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves. Harzler was nominated to receive the Patriot Award for his dedication and cooperation during Harper’s deployment, and for working around his reserve obligations with flexibility and understanding.

The Patriot Award presentation was immediately followed by the presentation of a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve certificate to Agua Caliente Casino Resorts. The statement was accepted and signed by Chief Operating Officer C.J. Graham. “We are honored to support the efforts of the ESGR and our team members who serve in our Nation’s Guard and Reserve,” Graham said, “with sincere appreciation for the role we as an employer are able play in helping maintain their strength and readiness.” “With fifty-one percent of our military now serving in the guard and reserve, employer support is critical,” Peck said. The Statement of Support Program is the cornerstone of ESGR’s effort to gain and maintain employer support for the Guard and Reserve.

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Writers / Contributors


Ready for some RAIN? The intrepid Beatles tribute group hits McCallum


Expect a rare dynamism with performances by The Kat Trio


Jazz for Jazz Lovers Series welcomes the Dave Tull/Rebecca Kilgore Quartet


Art of the matter: Get ready for Art Palm Springs


Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa inspires with concert series


Presidents Day Weekend: Time to experience the Tram


Relish the tastes at Aleberto’s Ristorante


Popular art festival graces Palm Springs


Get your Modernism Week on: The 11-day festival arrives


Curtain Time


Don’t cry—“Evita” has arrived


It’s a date. The popular Date Festival returns


Nightlife: The lowdown on Valley happenings




Film Review: “Lego Batman Movie”

Gary Walker Curtain Time Lucinda Sue Crosby Dining Alison Elsner Features The Desert Entertainer is published every Thursday Office is located at: 41-995 Boardwalk, Suite L2 Palm Desert, CA 92211 Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday Closed Major Holidays Phone: (760) 776-5181 Fax: (760) 776-5733

Cover photos: Phil Vassar and Golden Dragon Acrobats courtesy of McCallum Theatre; Joey O. courtesy of Pete Carlson’s Golf and Tennis; Arrival courtesy of The Desert Symphony.

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Come Together

Dynamic RAIN performs a full range of The Beatles discography at McCallum Theatre


eady to soak up all The Beatles music you can stand? With RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles, McCallum Theatre hopes so. Eclectic and memorable, the group has been hailed by the Associated Press as “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!” But what can we expect? Well, a full range of The Beatles’ discography live onstage, for one. In addition to some updated sets that include LED, high-definition screens and multimedia content, new songs have also been included. Interesting to note: RAIN has been together longer than The Beatles, and has mastered every song, gesture and nuance

to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends! Through the generosity of Annette Bloch, RAIN performs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 and 18, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18 and 19, and 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. Ticket ($27-$87), are available at or 760-340-ARTS. The McCallum Theatre is located at 73000 Fred Waring Drive in Palm Desert. of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting. From the early hits to later classics (“I

Want To Hold Your Hand” and “Hard Day’s Night” to “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “Hey Jude,” the adoring tribute takes the audience back

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Classical Musicianship The Kat Trio boasts technical prowess and audience-friendly programming


he Ekaterinburg Trio, affectionately nicknamed “The Kat Trio,� is known to delight American audiences ever since they arrived from Russia in 2000. No doubt locals and fans will appreciate their technical savvy and audience-friendly programming when they head to the Richards Center for the Arts at Palm Springs High School on Feb. 21. The Palm Springs CCA has also sponsored a student outreach performance by The Kat Trio as part of their ongoing commitment to support arts education in the community. Classical and popular music clarinetviolin-piano trio, the troika was originally known as the Ekaterinburg Classical Trio. Musicians Vasil Galiulin, Victoria Gorbich and Vladislav Gorbich, all graduates of the Ural State Conservatory, formed the trio in Ekaterinburg, Russia, during the summer of 1998. They shared a common desire to perform and share their passion for this unusual instrumentation. Almost immediately, performances during that formational summer were en-

thusiastically received, and the ensemble was born. Since that time, The Kat Trio has created a signature repertoire drawing from their classical music background, and lending their Slavic sensibilities to unique arrangements of inspirational songs and American popular standards. The Gorbich’s have collaborated with an esteemed list of pianists over the last decade. Pianist Joseph Ross will be performing with the Trio during this tour. Experience it all at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. Single tickets are $20. For season tickets to the Palm Springs Community Concert Association 2016-2017 series, or for more information, call 760-770-0774 or visit The Palm Springs Community Concert Association has presented nationally acclaimed artists to the community since 1958. This all-volunteer nonprofit organization is committed to enriching the cultural life of Palm Springs through live performances. Thanks to the generosity of Patrons and Sponsors, these concerts can be offered at affordable, family friendly prices.

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Hiking & Biking Trails Hiking Palm Springs

Hiking La Quinta

Andreas Canyon Trail

Boo Hoff Trail to Lake

Tahquitz Canyon

Cahuilla Loop

Palm Springs Art Museum Trail

For directions, maps and information visit

Murray Canyon Trail Araby Trail South Lykken Trail North Lykken Trail For directions, maps and information visit

Hiking Rancho Mirage Bighorn Overlook Trail Butler-Abrams Trail Chuckwalla Trail Clancy Lane Trail Jack Rabbit Trail Road Runner Trail For directions, maps and information visit

Hiking Palm Desert Hopalong Cassidy Trail

Touch of Jazz

The Dave Tull/Rebecca Kilgore Quartet destined to inspire local audiences

Biking Palm Springs Las Palmas Loop Downtown Loop Citywide Loop Tahquitz Creek Loop Deepwelll Loop Canyon Country Club Loop Gene Autry Bikeway Whitewater Trail For directions, maps and information visit

Biking La Quinta Bear Creek Trailhead Cove Oasis Trailhead Fritz Burns Park

Randall Henderson Trail

Fred Wolff Bear Creek Nature Preserve

Herb Jeffries Trail

La Quinta Library

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La Quinta Park Sports Complex

Hiking La Quinta

Boys and Girls Club

Bear Creek Trailhead to Cave, Cave to Palm Oasis

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Cove to Lake Cahuilla



alent abounds with the Dave Tull/ Rebecca Kilgore Quartet. The group, which performs at Pete Carlson’s Golf & Tennis’ Jazz for Jazz Lovers Series at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18., stands out for a number of reasons—style and class sit right up there on the top of the list. Made up of Dave Tull (drums and vocals), Rebecca Kilgore (vocals), Randy Porter(piano) and Tom Wakeling (bass), the quartet has performed in the L.A. area for more than 25 years. Tull toured with Chuck Mangione, and played with the likes of Claire Fisher, Buddy Childers, Steve Huffstetter, Les Brown, Cheryl Bentyne, Steve Allen, and many others. He has also performed on the soundtrack of the TV show. He currently teaches drums and vocals at Pasadena City College. Meanwhile Kilgore, a stellar vocalist and guitarist, is considered the quintessential jazz singer and stylist interpreting the “Great American Song Book” with a deep connection with every song. Her beautiful, clear voice, and a great sense of timing and swing, delivers lyrics with a heart-felt and unpretentious style. She also loves to revive popular songs of the ’30s and ’40s, considered the yesteryear of mid-era jazz. As pianist, Porter is a Steinway artist, and is considered a musician’s musician. He has all the skills for improvisation, spontaneous communication, music knowledge, inventiveness, and sophistication. He plays with a remarkable sense of time, and possesses a complete keyboard facility. He has performed with dozens of jazz greats including Freddy Hubbard, Art Farmer, Benny Golson, and many others. Randy performs with super technique handling tricky meters and clever cross rhythms with grace and grit. Randy plays with a subtle touch and a remarkable independence with both hand. Randy has performed with over 30 jazz groups, making more than 30 jazz recordings. Bassist Wakeling has been performing for more than 40 years at jazz festivals, halls, and clubs throughout the world.

Dave Tull

Rebecca Kilgore From performance on TV shows with entertainers like Della Reese, Red Skelton, Rich Little, Mickey Rooney, and the Fifth Dimension to playing in the musicals “Cats,” “Chorus Line,” “The Joffrey Ballet,” “Grease,” and “Damn Yankees.” Tom’s book on “Arts Facility Planning” is helpful for music and arts people involved in the construction or renovation of their facilities. Collectively, the group is dynamic and the evening promises to be downright memorable and captivating. Catch The Dave Tull/Rebecca Kilgore Quartet at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at Pete Carlson’s. These concerts are non-profit, proceeds support music education for young musicians in the Coachella Valley. Pete Carlson’s Golf & Tennis is located at 73741 Highway 111 in Palm Desert. For more information, call 76-568-3263 or visit petecarlsonsgolf. com.

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“EASY PUZZLE” Across 1 Clinton moniker 6 Road through the Twin Cities 11 Umpteen’s ordinal 14 Moving aid 15 Smirnoff rival 16 Riches from ditches 17 “Easy!” 19 Unit-cost word 20 Any ship 21 “Wow” 22 All wound up

44 Choice poultry

23 Extreme soreness

45 Messy kin of “thud”

24 Hullabaloo

46 New Haven collegians

25 Type of car

47 17th-century diarist Samuel

26 Get ready for

49 In the middle of

28 Esther of TV

50 Chewable stick 53 Web address 54 “Easy!” 58 FBI’s cousin 59 Lease signatory 60 Exterior 61 All-important 62 Hot rum drink 63 Acting Witherspoon

24 Costing nothing


25 V.P. Agnew

1 Signs of spring

27 Inspector Gadget’s arch-nemesis

2 “Doesn’t look good”

30 Bit of the backbone

4 However

33 “Over There” songwriter 34 Hospital staffers 35 Experimental area 36 Cut, as nails 37 “Easy!” 38 Group of girls 39 Entire 40 “Superman” reporter 41 Apple-family fruits 42 Lamp locales

3 Thorn in one’s side 5 He almost won 6 #2 hit for Bill Withers in 1972 7 Dog command 8 Pull-up diaper wearer 9 Dubya classmate 10 Birdbrains 11 “Easy!”

27 1983 Mr. T film 29 “Easy!” 30 Tarzan’s transports 31 Portentous bird 32 Really deep hole 34 Valuable 37 TV’s Hawkeye 38 Punches 40 Garage floor sight 41 Suffered on account of 43 Langley trainee 44 Sister in myth 46 Grinder’s need 47 Hockey disk 48 Canal to Buffalo 49 Nailed on the links 50 Portcullis 51 Small guitars, briefly 52 Fille’s mother 55 “Sands of ___ Jima” 56 Wrap up 57 Theatrical signal

12 Christmas purchase 13 ___ mentality 18 “Glad that’s over!”


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Art Attack

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Mi Ju, “Food Zoo” acrylic on canvas, 74 x 70 in


ore than 70 galleries and special exhibits from around the U.S., South America and Europe will converge on Palm Springs for Art Palm Springs on Feb. 16 through 19 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. “This year’s list of galleries is truly impressive,” says Donna Davies, vice president of Art Group for Urban Expositions. Along with the expanding number of galleries, the show is also expanding the number of talks, tours and special events throughout the weekend. “Our goal is to offer guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in the galleries, artists and Palm Springs for the weekend,” Davies adds, noting how each year the show draws thousands of unique visitors to the convention center over the course of the Presidents’ Day weekend. The fair will also debut new work by several artists including Rachel Lee Hovnanian, Memorial for Poor Teddy, exhibited by Imago Galleries. Hovnanian is known for her interactive installations including Perfect Baby. In “Memorial for Poor Teddy,” viewers will climb into an enormous bed overflowing with hundreds of teddy bears, and in doing so instantly disrupt a dormant arrangement. Drawn in by the tactile nature of the

installation, viewers then become the object of the conversation as they are surrounded by a symbol of early childhood incongruously paired with markers of their digital lives: “tags” around the bears’ necks name a smartphone app the toy has been “#replacedby.” Elsewhere in the installation, a stainless steel reflective sculpture of a slain teddy bear with a knife protruding from its chest is illuminated by neon wall sculptures that state, “YBR / You’ve been replaced” and “I love my phone more than you / ILYPTY.” The international galleries will feature hundreds of artists including Ed Ruscha, Lita Albuquerque, Moshe Elimelech, Preston Singletary, Julie Blackmon, Wolf Kahn, Karen Margolis, Roger Reutimann, and others. Tickets range from $100 for a First Look Pass that admits two throughout the weekend; $75 for VIP Pass, which also admits two throughout the weekend; or $20 for single day passes ordered online; or $25 for single day passes at the door. For further information visit at

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Into The Groove Jazz concert series enlivens Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa

Greg Adams and East Bay Soul


orld-class musicians performing in the beautiful outdoor resort setting of the Masters Plaza at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa? Sign us up. Get ready for Greg Adams and East Bay Soul, LA Collective featuring Adam Hawley and Greg Manning with special guest Eric Darius to leave an indelible imprint when they perform in a unique jazz concert series at Westin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Adams and East Bay Soul will move audiences with a performance that keeps the funk alive. A combination of instrumental funk, soul jazz and rhythm and blues vocals, East Bay Soul creates a union that is nothing short of musical wizardry. Opening the show is the highenergy performance of LA Collective. The sound of Adams may be one of the world’s best-known musical signatures, with a musical journey that has spanned more than four decades. He is a founding member of Tower Of Power, legendary for the arrangements that made the TOP horn section a sought out entity all its own. Greg Adams is the driving force behind East Bay Soul. The expansive ensemble creates a most soulful ensemble and union that has been nothing short of musical wizardry. Their extraordinary combined talents all bring incredible energy to the music with heart and soul. And East Bay Soul is dedicated to a singular vision of bringing their brand of funk and the magic of their live performance into every note they play. Meanwhile, LA Collective is the memorable group of five producers/musicians/ engineers/artists/songwriters who collec-

tively create a variety of versatile styles of music such as Rock, Funk, Dance, Disco, Ska, Punk, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Metal, Country, Folk, R&B, Blues, Electro, Pop, Jazz, Samba, Bossa Nova, Cumbia, Tropical, Merengue, Punta, Indy, and more. Their high-energy performances have been delighting audiences since 2011. Joining them is chart-topping recording artist, Eric Darius. A contemporary jazz saxophonist and composer, Darius’s music has been described as a combination of jazz, R&B, hip-hop and pop. Future concert schedule includes: • Mindi Abair, 7 p.m. Saturday, March 4. • Rick Braun and special guest Josh Vietti. 7 p.m. Saturday, March 18. • Peter White with All-Star band featuring Michael Paulo. 7 p.m. Saturday, April 1. Tickets for the show range from $45 to $99. $85 tickets include a VIP Reception to meet the artists and enjoy gourmet appetizers, wine and other beverages. The resort is also offering a special three-course dinner and seating for the show at Fireside Lounge on a patio table (weather permitting). The cost is $99 plus taxes and gratuity. Reservations are required by calling 760-770-2150 or For additional information about the concert series, contact 951696-0184. For general information about the Westin visit or call 760-328-5955. The concert begins at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the show can be purchased

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Above the Desert Floor

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway observes holiday hours during Presidents Weekend


residents Day is nearly here, but the good news is that there’s so much happening around town. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway observes holiday hours during Presidents Day Weekend (Feb. 18-20) with the first Tram up each day at 8 a.m.; the last Tram car up at 8 p.m.; the last Tram car down at 9:45 p.m. Tram cars depart at least every 30 minutes. Best of all, visitors can enjoy a day or evening above the desert floor exploring the snow fields of the 14,000-acre Mt. San Jacinto State Park, be awed by spectacular Coachella Valley vistas from the Mountain Station, or dine in Peaks Restaurant,

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Pines Café or the Lookout Lounge. Tram admission is $25.95 for adults and $16.95 for children ages 3-12 years. Special discounts and packages are available after 4 p.m.—Twilight Tickets are $22.95 for adults and seniors, and $13.95 for children ages 3-12. Ride ‘n’ Dine tickets are $36 for adults and seniors, and $23.50 for children ages 3-12. This combination ticket includes Tram admission and dinner at Pines Café. For more information, call 760-325-1391, or visit


Alberto’s Ristorante

A family history of great food and great service By Lucinda Sue Crosby For Desert Entertainer


roucho Marx once remarked that he’d never want to belong to any club that would have him as a member. But as it happens, over the past almost four decades, many folks here have been fans of an eatery that oozed a club atmosphere in spades: Alberto’s Ristorante. Its history makes one cool tale and includes luminous names from Hollywood, politics and the music world … like Sinatra and his Rat Pack posse, Dinah Shore, the Annenbergs and Gerald Ford among a host of others. Alberto Pagliari’s son Robert, current proprietor and manager of Alberto’s, is justifiably proud of his family heritage. A cornerstone of the region’s developmental history, this Rancho Mirage dinner house has proved to be a particular favorite of Coachella Valley visitors and locals since its opening. Robert will tell you this is largely due both to the authenticity of the Milanese-influenced dishes and to the skill and charisma of Alberto, who passed in 2014.


1948-1966: Alberto Pagliari migrated to California from Milan to work for his Uncle Ernest at a famed dining and night spot called The Piccadilly, located on Los Angeles’ Restaurant Row. This was an “it” place; a groovy, gossip column backdrop for happening people. 1968-1995: Over the years, Uncle Ernest helped Alberto master every aspect of the business so when Ernest retired in 1967, the ambitious young man felt ready to launch his own place in 1969—Alberto’s Ristorante in Beverly Hills. It quickly became the next chic gathering place and piano bar for celebrities, dignitaries and sports figures while also winning numerous awards from the Restaurant Writers Association.

1980-2017: This unqualified success emboldened Alberto to venture farther afield and that’s when he opened his Rancho Mirage location. Like its predecessor, silver screen and TV stars, socialites, artists and sports legends made the second Alberto’s the hottest of the hottest practically overnight. Yet for all its starry clientele, the Pagliaris kept a low profile and the cozy nook of a bar hosted illicit romantic trysts as well as celebs who didn’t want to be spotted imbibing. Throughout the years, a combination of niceties has contributed to the customer’s pleasure and expectation. For example, ravioli, manicotti, cannelloni and gnocchi are made fresh daily and the espresso-hued Cappuccino ice cream is RICH beyond imagination. And let’s not forget the standout items that have kept diners coming back for decades … signature dishes that echo the heart and soul of Alberto’s:

Robert Pagliari

Chicken Pappagallo—this medley was adlibbed one night out of the blue by Alberto for Moe Howard of Three Stooges fame (succulent diced chicken sautéed in olive oil with flourishes of garlic, white wine and herbs). Veal Garibaldi—(tender medallions dipped in egg and Parmesan and sautéed in lemon butter). Osso Buco—literally and deservedly world famous, this most popular offering is comprised mainly of a 2 lb. veal shank cut especially for the Pagliaris. (Note: During season, you might consider calling ahead if planning on ordering this delicacy!) Minestrone Soup—a health-conscious meal in itself, chunky with pasta and vegetables. For about 20 years, Robert has been the driving force behind his family’s tradition of personalized and friendly service, authentic recipes from the Old Country and the warmest of welcomes. He understands the reputation his father built and has always put that reputation high on his

Veal Garibaldi

Minestrone Soup

to-do list. “Old school is hip,” he assures me. “Some things never go out of style.” But even the best of times dwindle to one grain of sand … A message from Robert Pagliari on behalf of his loyal and hard-working employees, his mother Verna and brother Richard: “Unfortunately, we have come to the end of an era—a 69-year legacy begun when my father made the brave choice to leave Italy and work for Uncle Ernest at The Piccadilly in Los Angeles. Our feelings are bittersweet to say the least, but the restaurant business has changed over the years and time is catching up to us all. This, the 37th season at Alberto’s Ristorante, will be our last, as we plan to close in April of 2017. “First of all, I can’t adequately express

my gratitude to the people who have worked so long and hard to make this restaurant such a success. Without our superb crew, Alberto’s could never have fulfilled its promise. “Secondly, I also want to mention the friendships and special relationships we’ve developed with our devoted clientele – some of whom have been customers since The Piccadilly days. You stood by us and kept us going for decades and I want you to know how much we appreciate your kindness and unflagging support. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve you. “Thank you and we wish you well. Grazie di tutto. Arrivederci!” If you enjoy traditional Italian food prepared and served impeccably, make your reservation for Alberto’s Ristorante and taste the tradition. You’ll be glad you did.

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An Art Event To Cherish

Frances Stevens Park hosts the dynamic Desert Art Festival


Art by featured artist Guillermo Zuñiga

ne hundred amazing artists will converge in Downtown Palm Springs, at Frances Stevens Park, for the Desert Art Festival on President’s Weekend. The Desert Art Festival is scheduled for Feb. 18-20. The Desert Art Festival will feature artists presenting their own original work in all mediums of fine art, including paintings in acrylic, oils, watercolor, photography, etchings, sculpture in clay, glass, metal, stone and wood. Each artist will be present to meet with the public and discuss their work. All work is available for purchase. The Featured artist is Guillermo Zuñiga, based out of Torrance, California. After immigrating to the U.S. from Peru, Guillermo made a name for himself as an

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Artist of various medias, and now travels in search of beauty wherever he can find it. His work can be found in the hands of private collectors, galleries, and art lovers from every corner of the world. From Water Color Painting, Etchings, Oil Painting, Pencil and Charcoal Drawing, Traditional Photography and now Digital Photography, Zuñiga is constantly expanding his stock of images that range from Fine Art, to the comedic simplicity of animals. With a wide variety of subjects, and medias, Mr. Zuñiga is constantly seeking to evolve and display his unique vision of the world around him. ​Mr. Zuñiga can be found at art shows across the Pacific West Coast, and enjoys meeting, and making lifelong friends and clients wherever his travels take him.

In addition to fine art, fine crafts will also be presented. Festival patrons will find blown glass, turned wood, semi-precious jewelry, pottery, stained glass, and an array of high-quality crafts. Admission and parking for the event are free. The event is handicap accessible. The Desert Art Festival is presented by West Coast Artists and benefit’s the Palm Canyon Theater, a local Non-Profit Organization. Frances Stevens Park is located at 538 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, at the corner of Palm Canyon and Alejo. Event hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Feb. 18-20. For additional information, visit or call 818-813-4478.


Modernism Mojo

Modernism Week packs a creative punch with 11-day festival


eady for modernism? The time has arrived. Modernism Week’s signature February festival unfolds Feb. 16-26, highlighting midcentury modern architecture, art, interior and landscape design, and vintage culture in Palm Springs area. It’s one of the most festive events of the year and the hot ticket for February. For the 12th year, the annual 11-day festival features a wide array of events including the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, tours of iconic homes in more than 25 neighborhoods including the Signature Home Tour on both weekends, architectural walking, biking and double-decker bus tours, a world-class series of film screenings and informative talks. Always on the must-experience list: Tours of the historic Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands, a Palm Springs Walk of Stars dedication (this year for John Lautner), the Modernism Week Show House: Christopher Kennedy Compound at Villa Golightly, classic cars, garden tours, a vintage travel trailer exhibition, nightly parties and a special series of talks about Mexico City Modern.  All events are open to the public and tickets are available at One of the highlights of the first weekend includes the annual Modernism Week Opening Night Party on Thursday, Feb. 16. This chic red carpet affair will incorporate a ’60s-era spy movie-theme that pays homage to the James Bond film “Diamonds Are Forever” which features a famous scene filmed at the Elrod House in Palm Springs, designed by John Lautner, the 2017 Walk of Stars honoree. Education outreach has always been a core element of Modernism Week programming, and this year that trend continues with a special series of talks and films on the topic of Mexico City Modern. A series of four presentations will be conducted by leading luminaries on the subject, including Anne Rowe, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, Keith Eggener, a professor of Architecture at University of Oregon and author of  “Luis Barragan’s Gardens of El Pedregal,” Luis M. Castenda, author of “ Spectacular Mexico – Design, Propaganda and the 1968 Olympics,” and

Cristina Lopez Uribe, an architect and faculty member of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. Following Modernism Week, a Mexico City Modern Tour produced by Modernism Week will visit the modernist residences and structures discussed during the presentation and many others. Once again, Modernism Week will present a variety of film screenings, including the U.S. film premiere of “Harry Seidler —Modernist,” a new documentary by the producer of the current film “The Dressmaker” with Kate Winslet, and an Architecture Film Series featuring the West Coast premiere of “Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw The Future,” by his son, Eric Saarinen who, with his sister Susan Saarinen, will be attending. Additional screenings include the West Coast premiere of “Windshield—A Vanished Vision”. Other exciting educational and enlightening programs include presentations celebrating the photography of Slim Aarons and his work in Palm Springs, a presentation and new documentary film on the history of neon signs, presentations and visual displays examining the architecture of the Desert Modernists, and tours and talks about modern gar-

dens and outdoor living. CAMP, Modernism Week’s ‘Community and Meeting Place’ and headquarters for tours and events, will be located in a dynamic tented structure on Palm Canyon Drive near Baristo Road. CAMP is a central location for attendees to meet, shop, dine, learn, and relax between tours and parties, it will feature stimulating programs and opportunities to meet authors, designers, and other industry luminaries through a variety of planned activities. It is also the ticket hub for the daily Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour, and new for 2017, group rides on the all-new Sunny Cycle electric bike experience, exploring architectural neighborhoods in downtown. Ferguson, Modernism Week’s exclusive Kitchen, Bath and Lighting Sponsor, will present entertaining culinary demonstrations in their state-of-the-art kitchen, popular drink mixology sessions explore retro-cocktail recipes, and Makerville will offer ‘Think and Drink’ cocktail hour events throughout the week, featuring two different “Modernism with a Twist” talks.                                                                              Named by “The Hollywood Reporter” as the “No. 1 Must-See Event of Modernism Week,” the Modernism Week

Show House: The Christopher Kennedy Compound. For a fourth year, Kennedy will bring together nearly 20 of the nation’s most prominent tastemakers to create uniquely designed rooms in this decorator showcase. In an exciting twist for 2017, Christopher is partnering with lifestyle writer and social media sensation Kelly Lee (aka ‘Kelly Golightly’) and her photographer husband, Fred Moser, to renovate their spectacularly sited home in the Andreas Hills area of Palm Springs. The Show House will open with a Red Carpet Gala on Feb. 18, offering cocktails, tastings, music, and an opportunity to mingle with television stars and international design and building leaders. Daily tours and many other exciting evening events will be offered throughout the week. For the last few years, Modernism Week has offered attendees the opportunity to join home tours and architectural excursions outside of the immediate Palm Springs area.  This successful expansion continues with home tours planned in surrounding cities including Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage and Indian Wells, as well


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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Agua Caliente Cultural Museum History, culture of Cahuilla Indians, baskets, artifacts, photographs. Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 219 South Palm Canyon, Palm Springs. 760778-1079; The Best of the Best Tours. Call for the Lowest and Best Tours in the Valley. We have been in business for 20 years now. The original PS Windmill Tour Company. Tours daily, 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The original Rich & Famous City Celebrity Tour, Tours daily, 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Indian Canyon Tour, Daily at 9 a.m. Also offering Combination Tours. Call for reservations at 760-3201365 or visit Palm Springs Air Museum. One of the world’s largest collections of flyable Worl War II aircrafts and memorabillia, vintage automobiles, large-scale model ships. Open daily year round 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., last admission at 4 p.m. 745 North Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs,

Moorten Botanical Garden. 1701 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed on Wednesdays. For more information, 760-327-6555 or visit Coachella Valley History Museum. Open Thursday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 82616 Miles Avenue, Indio. For admission information call 760-3426651 or visit Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. World’s largest rotating tram provides breathtaking views of the Coachella Valley as it ascends Mt. San Jacinto. Monday - Friday. First tram up 10 a.m. Last tram up Sunday - Thursday 8 p.m., last tram down 9:45 p.m. Last Tram up Friday - Saturday 9 p.m. and last tram down 10:30 p.m. Highway 111 and Tram Road, Palm Springs. For information, call 760-325-1391 or visit Cabot’s Pueblo Museum. 67616 East Desert View Avenue, Desert Hot Springs. For more information call 760-329-7610 or visit

as the outer limits of the Coachella Valley in the high desert and as far west as Alta Loma for a tour of master woodworker Sam Maloof’s residence and studio, and to Claremont for a Claremont Modernism Tour. Back by popular demand is a party at the Museum of Pinball in Banning, rarely open to the public and one of the best-kept secrets of the midcentury modern revival. ‘Pinball Fever’ on Feb. 25 will be an evening of partying in a midcentury modern atmosphere while enjoying unlimited free-play on more than 700 beautifully restored vintage arcade and pinball machines. One of Modernism Week’s most highly anticipated events, the 17th annual Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale at the Palm Springs Convention Center (Feb. 17-19) will feature 85 premier national and international dealers offering furniture, decorative and fine arts representing design movements of the 20th century. The Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale will open with an early buying preview reception on Feb. 17. 

Attendees will continue to experience a wide range of compelling architectural tours, specially curated for Modernism Week including various walking tours of Palm Springs, the ‘Charles Phoenix Super Duper Double Decker Bus Tour of Palm Springsland,’ Palm Desert Double Decker Architecture Bus Tours, a Celebrity Designers Home Tour, docent-led tours of Frank Sinatra’s “Twin Palms” Estate, the James L. Abernathy House, and the iconic Frey House II. On Feb. 19 and 20, Atomic Ranch will offer a panel discussion and tour of two homes centered around the theme “Restoring or Renovating your Midcentury Modern Home … Problems Solved!” Editor Sarah Jane Stone will lead a panel of experts in a seminar about the common problems midcentury modern homeowners face when purchasing a period home and embarking on home improvements.  Modernism Week’s signature 11-day festival takes place Feb. 16-26. Please visit

Let’s Dance! Modwest Dance Party adds new fun to Modernism Week


odernism Week reaches back to the nostalgic fun of Palm Springs’ early days of Desert Circus—an annual event that took over the entire town each year—with the inaugural ModWest Dance Party from 7–10 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the historic Los Compadres Riding Stables Clubhouse in Palm Springs. ModWest, an official Modernism Week event, will update the spirit of Desert Circus with a fun evening under the stars that will feature the sounds of Charlie Faye and the Fayettes, a female trio of musicians from Austin, Texas, who will get-the-partystarted with their smart soul-pop dance music. In the tradition of Desert Circus, guests are encouraged to use their ingenuity to

Charlie Faye create their best Mod or Western attire – perhaps even their own trendsetting ModWest mash-up—a unique take on midcentury modern style combined with classic Western wear. The evening features a contest and prizes for the Best ModWest ensemble. Tickets ($65) can be purchased at

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curtain time

The Man of a Thousand Voices Coachella Valley Rep presents Luminary Luncheon with impressionist Rich Little By Gary Walker Special for Desert Entertainer


he Agua Caliente Cultural Museum presents its 15th annual Native FilmFest Thursday through Saturdau, March 2-4, at Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs. The shortened schedule from five days to three gives the new ACCM administration more time to focus on presenting the best programming, which includes indigenous feature and short films, guest artists’ interviews and audience Q&As. Guest hosts will be Dr. Joely Proudfit and Chris Eyre of Native Networkers. This is a return visit for Eyre, who is well known for the first all-Native American film “Smoke Signals,” based on a short story in Sherman Alexie’s “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.” Dr. Proudfit is a Professor and Chair of the American Indian Studies Department at CSU San Marcos and Director of the California Indian Culture & Sovereignty Center.    The mission of The Native Networkers is to provide resources to film and television industries, mass media and independent content creators that improve understanding and foster authentic representation of Native American and Indigenous peoples in storylines, exhibition and marketing campaigns. The Native Networkers’ main goal is to build a bridge of understanding through mass media. I will announce the list of films in next week’s column. Curtain Time: Agua Caliente Cultural Museum’s Annual Native Film Fest, Thursday through Saturday, March 2-4, Camelot Theatre, 2300 East Baristo

Native FilmFest guest hosts Chris Eyre and Dr. Joely Proudfit Road, Palm Springs. Tickets: $10 for adults, $7 for military/youth/seniors or $25 for All-Access Pass. For more information, call 760-833-8174 or visit

PCT’s ‘Evita’ Palm Canyon Theatre’s opening night of “Evita” this Friday, Feb. 17, is sold out, but the award-winning theatre company will continue its run of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice megahit through Sunday, March 5. The production is a featured part of PCT’s 20th Anniversary Season, and this Saturday night’s performance is the anniversary’s Gala Celebration & Fundraiser. The pre-show reception will

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be catered by El Mirasol Restaurant, the intermission will include desserts, and after the show, attendees can meet members of the cast. Tickets for the fundraising performance are $75. The story follows Evita Duarte de Peron’s early life, her time as an actress, her marriage to Argentinian colonel Juan Peron, her rise to power, charity work and eventual death. Luke Rainey, a veteran of several PCT productions, plays Juan Peron and Jacob Samples portrays Che Guevara. PCT Co-Artistic Director Se Layne will play Evita for the fourth time (third at PCT) and award-winning Mike Hadley is directing. He is well known for portraying Brother Boy in “Sordid Lives” and as

the Emcee in “Cabaret.” He also happens to be one of my favorite local performers. Steven Smith continues as music director, Derik Shopinski provides his usual outstanding costuming and Co-Artistic Director JW Layne again creates the sets and lighting designs. Curtain Time: “Evita,” Friday, Feb. 17 through Sunday, March 5. Annual Fundraising Gala Saturday, Feb. 18 ($75), Palm Canyon Theatre, 538 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. Regular show times: 8 p.m. Friday through Saturday; 7 p.m. Thursday; 2 p.m. Sunday Tickets: $32-$36, students $15 with valid ID (purchased at the Box Office). For more information, call 760-323-5123 or visit

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performs at Master of the Air gala

Masters of the Air The Palm Springs Air Museum annual gala, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, is one of the highlights of the Palm Springs social season. Attendees dance and dine inside the hangars surrounded by vintage aircraft. Last year’s gala made 2016 a banner year, with over 600 attendees. The event includes hosted cocktails, appetizers, program, gourmet dinner and dancing.  Special Celebrity Master of Ceremonies is Academy Award winner Louis Gossett, Jr. Entertainment is provided by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the renowned and popular swing band.

Honorees and theme are “Masters of the Sky,” featuring Tuskegee Airmen Rusty Burns, Lt. Col. Bob Friend (Ret.) and Lt. Col. Harry Stewart, Jr. (Ret.); Four Star General Charles “Chuck” Horner (who will also speak), Col. John Nocita; Lt. Col. Charles Kettles; US Air Force Brigadier General Jeannie M. Leavitt, and Capt. Robert Shoens, B-17 pilot of “Our Gal Sal.” Curtain Time:  20th Anniversary Palm Springs Air Museum Annual Gala, 5:30 p.m., Fri. Feb. 17, black tie or military uniform, $395 per person. For more information, call 760-482-1836 or visit

BOX OFFICE Que Sera! Celebrating Doris Day featuring Kristi King with Joel Baker. 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. American Legion Post 519, 400 N. Belardo Road, Palm Springs. Tickets: $20. Call 760-320-2420 or visit for more information. Elvis Lives 8 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Wednesday and 8 p.m. Thursday. Feb. 21 through Feb. 23. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert. Tickets: $87, $67, $57, $47. For more informationa, call 760-340-2787. Rich Little Luminary Luncheon, featuring the interview by master researcher Don Martin and an audience Q&A, noon Friday, Feb. 17, CV Rep presentation at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, 32250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage. Tickets: $45, reservations required. For more information, call 760 296-2966 or visit Song storyteller David Harris 2 p.m., Feb. 19, Sunday Sounds, Palm Desert

Public Library. Free admission. For more information, call 760-346-6552. Michael Feinstein 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert. For more informationa, call 760-340-2787. Spanish guitarist Milton Merlos 2 p.m., Feb. 26, Sunday Sounds, Palm Desert Public Library. Free admission. For additional information, call 760-3466552. It’s Magic! 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert. Tickets: $47, $37, $27, $17. For more informationa, call 760-340-2787. On The Air! An Evening of Live Radio Classics 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9. Camelot Theatres, 2300 E. Baristo Road, Palm Springs. Tickets: $35, $55, VIP $85. For more information, call 760322-0179 or visit

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‘Evita’ Arrives

Palm Canyon Theatre brings Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice classic to stage


pening night is already sold out, as the Palm Canyon Theatre prepares to bring “Evita” to the stage during its 20th anniversary season. Evita runs Feb. 17-March 5. “Evita” is Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s dramatization of the life of Argentine political leader Eva Duarte de Perón. The story follows “Evita’s” early life, her time as an actress, then marriage to Colonel Juan Perón, her rise to power, charity work, and eventual death. Se Layne will play Eva Perón. The show also stars Luke Rainey as Juan Perón. Rainey has been in many PCT productions. Most recently Rainey played Potiphar in the production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Jacob Samples will play Che Guevara, who, although a historical figure, is Webber and Rice’s fictional narrator who illustrates the opposition to Perónism. “Evita” is directed by Michael Hadley, who is often seen on stage at PCT including portraying Brother Boy in Sordid Lives and the Emcee in Cabaret. Steven Smith is PCT’s Resident Music Director. Smith has conducted more than 100 musicals, leading such notable orchestras as Long Beach’s Civic Light Opera and Berlin’s Theatre Des Westins. Smith leads a trio of live musicians in PCT’s production of Evita and will play on a newly donated baby grand piano. Resident Costume Designer Derik Shopinski is creating more than 40 original costumes for this performance, including 20 custom costumes for Layne as she plays “Evita.” An award-winning dancer

Se Layne as Evita and instructor, Shopinski is also the choreographer for this production, and will be seen on stage as Mario and in the ensemble. Sets and lighting designs are by J.W. Layne, co-artistic director of PCT. “Evita” opens Friday, Feb. 17, and runs through Sunday, March 5. Regular show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Thursdays. Sunday matinees are 2 p.m. Tickets are $32-$36. Student tickets are $15, with valid ID; student tickets must be purchased at the Box Office. For tickets or more information, call 760-323-5123 or visit The Palm Canyon Theatre is located at 538 North Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. Box Office hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Music Matters

The River ‘s Music Showcase continues


he 2017 Music Showcase at The River continues on Saturday, Feb. 25 with Rick Shelley performing at 6 p.m. in The River’s amphitheater. Acqua California Bistro will be offering complimentary cotton candy and popcorn, along with cocktails, beer and wine available for purchase.

The 2017 Music Showcase continues on three additional Saturday nights with bands covering genres from current rock to country, to funk, jazz and blues. For a complete listing of the shops, restaurants, attractions and activities at The River visit,

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AMERICAN AJ’s on the Green 36-200 Date Palm Dr., Cathedral City (760) 202-1111 Jem Steakhouse at Spotlight 29 Casino 46-200 Harrison Place, Coachella (760) 775-5566

AMERICAN Simon Kitchen + Bar at Hard Rock Hotel 150 S. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs (760) 325-9676 Goody’s Cafe 72246 Varner Rd., Thousand Palms (760) 343-7710

Escena Lounge & Grill 1100 Clubhouse View Dr., Palm Springs (760) 992-0002

Mélange at The Chateau 78-120 Caleo Bay, La Quinta (760) 564-7332

Rick’s Restaurant & Bakery 1937 N. Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs (760) 416-0090

Trio 707 N. Palm Canyon, Palm Springs (760) 864-8746

Woody’s Palm House 450 S. Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs (760) 230-0188 La Rue Bistro 78-015 Main Street, La Quinta (760) 296-3420 Peaks Restaurant at Palm Springs Aerial Tramway 1 Tramway Rd., Palm Springs (760) 325-4537 Lost on 111 Grill 79-410 Highway 111, La Quinta (760) 564-8601 Rick’s Desert Grill 1596 N. Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs (760) 325-2127

ITALIAN Riccio’s Steak and Seafood 495 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs (760) 325-3111 Sammy G’s Tuscan Grill 265 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs (760) 320-8041 Trilussa Ristorante 68718 E. Palm Canyon Dr, Cathedral City (760) 328-2300 Bucatini Tratoria 46-660 Washington St., La Quinta (760) 777-9007

Pan seared salmon with baby kale and Mediterranean cous cous at AJ’s



Bucatini Palm Desert 36901 Cook Street, Ste 10, Palm Desert (760) 636-5906

Monsoon Indian Cuisine 555 S. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs (760) 325-2700

Alberto’s Ristorante 71-416 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage (760) 346-3221

India Oven 35-875 Date Palm Dr., Cathedral City (760) 770-3918

MEXICAN El Ranchito 78-039 Calle Estado, La Quinta (760) 564-0061 Tortillas Restaurant 32-123 Cathedral Canyon Drive, Cathedral City (760) 324-8070 Fresh Agave Mexican Bar & Grill 73325 Highway 111, Palm Desert (760) 836-9028

SEAFOOD Fisherman’s Market and Grill 235 S. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs (760) 327-1766 44250 Town Center Way, Palm Desert (760) 776-6533 78575 Highway 111, La Quinta (760) 777-1601

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Events and Performances February 16 through February 21 ONGOING ACTIVITIES

2/16 - 2/19



Art Palm Springs More than 60 galleries will have their artwork on display, exhibiting modern and contemporary art in a variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, and more. Palm Springs Convention Center, 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs.

Park After Dark 8:30 p.m. Special evening includes an up-close animal presentation, guided walk through the zoo and s’mores roasting ‘round a campfire. Adult only night will also feature either a beer, wine, bourbon or vodka tasting opportunities. The Living Desert, 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert. 760-346-5694,

Concerts for Conservation 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Featuring a musical performers by Shadow Mountain Band. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The Living Desert, 47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert. 760-346-5694,

2/16 - 2/26

Woven Stories

Woven Stories Baskets of the Cahuilla Baskets in this exhibition come from Southern California and especially from Cahuilla Territory. Some of these baskets are on exhibit for the first time in their 25 year history. Fee admission and free parking. Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, 219 S. Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs. (760) 778-1079, Palm Springs Historical Walking Tours 7 different walking tours including tours of downtown Palm Springs, historic neighborhoods with high concentrations of celebrity homes, mid-century modern commercial properties as well as inns. Visit for description of tours, days and times. 221 S. Palm Canyon Dr. in the Village Green, Call for more information (760) 323-8297. Reservations required.

Certified Farmers’ Markets Fruits, vegetables, artisan food vendors and other products from California certified farms. Locations: Palm Springs, Saturdays at 8 a.m., 2300 Baristo Road. La Quinta, Sundays at 8 a.m., Old Town La Quinta at 78100 Main Street. Palm Desert, Wednesdays at 8 a.m., 72599 Highway 111. VillageFest Every Thursday, 7 to 10 p.m. Live entertainment, arts and crafts, food, farmers’ market, downtown Palm Springs on Palm Canyon Drive. Stores along the street stay open late. (760) 320-3781. Palm Springs Vintage Market First Sunday of the month, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Experience a diverse gathering of merchants selling vintage, retro and mid century merchandise. Camelot Theatres, 2300 E. Baristo, Palm Springs. Visit


Modernism Week Celebrating and foster appreciation of midcentury architecture and design, as well as contemporary thinking in these fields, by encouraging education, preservation and sustainable modern living as represented in Palm Springs and the surrounding cities. The Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival Get ready to cheer for the daredevil drivers at the Monster Truck show, experience the thrills and chills of carnival rides, dig into fantastic food and fair treats, browse through arts and crafts booths, and see some big headliners perform. Riverside County Fairgrounds, 82503 Highway 111, Indio. 800-811-Fair,

2/16 The Desert Symphony Presents “Arrival” Celebrates the Music of ABBA! 8 p.m. The closest you will ever come to experiencing the music and passion of ABBA! They maintain a vitality that stuns crowds and leaves them shouting for more. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Springs. 760-340-2787,

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2/17 - 2/19 Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles A live multi-media spectacular that takes you on a musical journey through the life and times of the world’s most celebrated band, The Beatles. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Springs. 760-340-2787,

2/18 Peter Catera 8 p.m. Successful solo artist and former lead singer of the legendary pop-rock band Chicago. Spotlight 29 Casino, 46200 Harrison Place, Coachella. 760-775-5566, Art on Main Street 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring the original art of 70 artists, including paintings, photography, ceramics, glass, metal sculpture, jewelry, and textiles. Old Town La Quinta.

2/18 Pete Carlson’s Jazz for Jazz Lovers Series 7 p.m. Featuring the talented Dave Tull & Rebecca Kilgore Quartet. Come out and enjoy world class jazz music. Pete Carlson’s Golf & Tennis, 73741 Highway 111, Palm Desert. 760-568-3263, The Gardens Concert Series 3:30 p.m. Featuring live entertainment by Slim Man. A $15 donation helps benefits a local non-profit, attendees get seat, two glasses of wine, and lite bites. The Gardens on El Paseo, 73545 El Paseo, Palm Desert. 760-862-1990. Concerts Under the Palms 7:30 p.m. The Spa Resort Casino is proud to present the four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys. Spa Resort Casino, 401 East Amado Rd., Palm Springs. 888-999-1995,

2/18-2/20 Desert Arts Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring 100 artists presenting their original work in all mediums of two and three dimensional fine art, including paintings, photography, etchings, sculpture. Artists will be present to meet and discuss their work. Frances Stevens Park, 538 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. (818) 813-4478,

2/20 Free Entrance Day at Joshua Tree National Park The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite. Plan your visit to Joshua Tree National Park and enjoy the history and nature. Joshua Tree National Park, 74485 National Park Dr., Twentynine Palms.

2/21 Jonathan Dimmock 7 p.m. Organist is well-known internationally as a recitalist, conductor, accompanist, ensemble musician, entrepreneur and writer. St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 47535 Highway 74, Palm Desert. The Kat Trio 7:30 p.m. Concert will showcase unique Russian arrangements and transpositions of timeless melodies and feature classical works, well-known inspirational songs, and even American pop standards, including Scott Joplin’s rags. Palm Springs High School, 2401 E. Baristo Rd., Palm Springs.


Fair Play

Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival announces its entertainment


ave the Date for the 71st Anniversary year of the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival: Feb. 17-26. As always, included with the price of Fair admission, is the headliner entertainment on the weekends at the Fantasy Springs Concert Pavilion. The Eli young Band will be performing at the Fair at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. With three number one hits under their belt as well as a Grammy nomination and an Academy of Country Music Award for Song of the Year for their hit “Crazy Girl”. Voz de Mando will be performing at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19. The band made a name for itself with the self-released albums “Levantando la Vos” and “12 Impactos de Alto Calibre”. The early success led to a contract with Universal’s Latin music imprint Disa Records. In 2010, they made their major label debut with “Con la Nueva Federacion”. Cheap Trick will be performing at at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24. Cheap Trick is part of the very fiber of American music, inspiring and delighting generations with their unique union of massive melodies and razorblade riffs, their own special brand of mischievous wit and maximum rock ‘n’ roll. Frontlined since 1974 by Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen and Tom Petersson, the Rockford, IL-born band is set to impact still another era with the spectacular new “Bang Zoom Crazy ... Hello”, their 17th studio collection and first in more than five years. WAR will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. on

Friday, Feb. 25. WAR spoke out against racism, hunger, gangs, crimes and turf wars as they climbed the charts with hits such as, “Low Rider,” “Don’t Let No One Get You Down,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends?,” “The Cisco Kid” and “Slippin’ Into Darkness.” WAR’s global popularity is a tribute to the timelessness of its music and message. On the last day of the Fair, Sunday, Feb. 26, Super Fiesta will pack the house with excitement. Performing at 3 p.m. is Los Areyes La Sierra and Sonora Santanera. New in 2017 is Robosaurus and Jest In Time Circus. You won’t want to miss the world’s largest transformer will stun fairgoers with thirty tons of car-crushing, fire breathing, awe-inspiring entertainment on Sunday, Feb. 26. Families are sure to be delighted by the physical comedy and juggling acts of the Jest in time Circus daily. Back, and always a favorite are the hilarious and unpredictable Camel & Ostrich Races, the Marvelous Mutts, WGAS Monster Trucks and Demo Derby and the Nightly Musical Pageant. The Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival in Indio, runs Feb. 17-26. Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. Purchase your tickets early and receive them at a discounted price: $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for youth, $7 for group tickets or bus tours (minimum of 25), and $22 for Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristbands. For more information, call 800-811-FAIR or visit where you can buy and print your Fair tickets at home.

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The Roundup

Festive nighttime outings unfold February 16-22 Entertainment sometimes changes after press deadline. Please check with venue to confirm the evening’s entertainment.

THURSDAY - 2/16 AJ’s on the Green Jazz trio with Bill Marx, Doug MacDonald and Francesca Amari 7 to 10 p.m. 36-200 Date Palm Dr, Cathedral City (760) 202-1111 Ace Hotel & Swim Club DJ Victor Rodriguez, 9 p.m. 701 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs (760) 325-9900 Indian Wells Resort Hotel Frank DiSalvo, 6 to 9 p.m. 76-661 Highway 111, Indian Wells (760) 345-6466 La Rue Bistro Entertainment at 6 p.m. 78-015 Main Street, La Quinta (760) 296-3420 La Quinta Brewing Company Entertainment at 8 p.m. 78-065 Main St., La Quinta (760) 972-4251 Oscar’s Café & Bar Kal David, 5:30 p.m. 125 E. Tahquitz Canyon Dr. Palm Springs (760) 325-1188 Sammy G’s Tuscan Grill Evaro Brothers from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. 265 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs (760) 320-8041 Shanghai Reds Bar & Grill Smooth Brothers, 7 p.m. to closing 235 S. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs

(760) 322-9293 Trilussa Italian Restaurant Julius & Sylvia from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. 68-718 Highway 111, Cathedral City (760) 328-2300 Vicky’s of Santa Fe Robert Salisbury, 5 to 6 p.m. Carolyn Martinez & Trio, 6:30 to 10 p.m. 45-100 Club Dr, Indian Wells (760) 345-9770 Woody’s Palm House Linda Peterson, 6 to 10 p.m. 450 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs (760) 230-0188

FRIDAY - 2/17 AJ’s on the Green The Gilmore & Bryan Show, 6:30 p.m. 36-200 Date Palm Dr, Cathedral City (760) 202-1111

Francesca Amari performs at AJ’s on the Green on Thursdays La Rue Bistro Entertainment at 6 p.m. 78-015 Main Street, La Quinta (760) 296-3420

Spotlight 29 Casino DJ Chase Martinez at Groove, 7 p.m. 46200 Harrison Place, Coachella (760) 775-5566

Fisherman’s Market & Grill The Carmens, 7 p.m. to closing 78575 Highway 111, La Quinta (760) 777-1601

Oscar’s Café & Bar Dirty Martini Trio, 5:30-8:30 p.m. 125 E. Tahquitz Canyon Dr. Palm Springs (760) 325-1188

Trilussa Italian Restaurant Julius and Sylvia from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. 68-718 Highway 111, Cathedral City (760) 328-2300

The Fisherman’s Grotto Live music from 4 to 7 p.m. 44250 Town Center Way, Palm Desert (760) 776-6534

Sammy G’s Tuscan Grill The Evaro Brothers from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. 265 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs (760) 320-8041

Vicky’s of Santa Fe Meet the Corwins, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. John Stanley King Show, 8 to Midnight 45-100 Club Dr, Indian Wells (760) 345-9770

Indian Wells Resort Hotel Frank DiSalvo, 6 to 9 p.m. 76-661 Highway 111, Indian Wells (760) 345-6466

Shanghai Reds Bar & Grill Barry Baughn Blues Band at 8 p.m. 235 S. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs (760) 322-9293

Woody’s Palm House E&J Movement Motown Event, 6:30 p.m. 450 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs (760) 230-0188

Ace Hotel & Swim Club The Sleep Over - DJ Sets, 9 p.m. 701 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs (760) 325-9900

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SATURDAY - 2/18 AJ’s on the Green Open mic with Les Michaels and Joel Baker, 7:30 to 10 a.m. 36-200 Date Palm Dr, Cathedral City (760) 202-1111 Ace Hotel & Swim Club The Sleep Over - DJ Sets, 9 p.m. 701 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs (760) 325-9900 Fisherman’s Market & Grill The Carmens, 7 p.m. to closing 78575 Highway 111, La Quinta (760) 777-1601 The Fisherman’s Grotto Live music from 4 to 7 p.m. 44250 Town Center Way, Palm Desert (760) 776-6534 Indian Wells Resort Hotel Frank DiSalvo, 6 to 9 p.m. 76-661 Highway 111, Indian Wells (760) 345-6466 La Rue Bistro Entertainment at 6 p.m. 78-015 Main Street, La Quinta (760) 296-3420 Oscar’s Café & Bar Mikole Kaar Trio, 10:30 a.m. 125 E. Tahquitz Canyon Dr. Palm Springs (760) 325-1188 Sammy G’s Tuscan Grill Evaro Brothers from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. 265 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs (760) 320-8041 Shanghai Reds Bar & Grill Barry Baughn Blues Band at 8 p.m. 235 S. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs (760) 322-9293 Spotlight 29 Casino DJ at the Blue Bar, 8 p.m. 46200 Harrison Place, Coachella. (760) 775-5566

Vicky’s of Santa Fe Rose Mallet & Barney McClure, 5 to 7 p.m. Kal David & Lauri Bono, 7:30 p.m. 45-100 Club Dr, Indian Wells (760) 345-9770 Woody’s Palm House Yve Evens, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stanley Butler Band, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. 450 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs (760) 230-0188

SUNDAY - 2/19 AJ’s on the Green Jazz Brunch with Mark Kahny 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 36-200 Date Palm Dr, Cathedral City (760) 202-1111 Ace Hotel & Swim Club The Sleep Over - DJ Sets, 9 p.m. 701 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs (760) 325-9900 Indian Wells Resort Hotel Ted Herman Big Band, 6 to 8 p.m. 76-661 Highway 111, Indian Wells (760) 345-6466 Oscar’s Café & Bar Mikole Kaar Trio, 10:30 a.m. 125 E. Tahquitz Canyon Dr. Palm Springs (760) 325-1188 Sammy G’s Tuscan Grill Eddie Gee in the lounge from 6 to 10 p.m. 265 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs (760) 320-8041 Vicky’s of Santa Fe John Stanley King & Trio, 6:30 p.m. 45-100 Club Dr, Indian Wells (760) 345-9770 Woody’s Palm House Linda Peterson, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Smooth Brothers, 6 to 10 p.m. 450 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs (760) 230-0188

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MONDAY - 2/20



Ace Hotel & Swim Club, 701 E. Palm Canyon Drive. (760) 325-9900. Happy Hour Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Amigo Room.

Vineyard Lounge, Miramonte Resort and Spa, 45-000 Indian Wells Lane. (760) 3341-2200. Drink and appetizer specials, Thursday 5-8 p.m.

Shanghai Reds Bar & Grill ,235 S. Indian Canyon Dr. (760) 322-9293. Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 4 to 6 p.m. All day Sunday. 8 p.m. to closing happy hour.

Agave Sunset at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, 44600 Indian Wells Lane. (760) 3411000. Daily happy hour from 4-6 p.m.

Rick’s Desert Grill, 1596 N. Palm Canyon Dr. (760) 325-2127. Daily happy hour, 3-10 p.m. all day Monday. Woody’s Palm House, 450 S. Palm Canyon Drive. (760) 230-0188. Daily happy hour from 4-6 p.m. Las Casulas Terraza, 222 S. Palm Canyon Dr., (760) 325-2794. Monday - Friday happy hour, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

LA QUINTA Fisherman’s Market & Grill, 78575 Highway 111. (760) 777-1601. Happy hour: Monday - Friday, 4 to 6 p.m. Late night happy hour 8 p.m. to close. All day Sunday. La Quinta Cliffhouse, 78-250 Highway 111, (760) 3605991, Daily happy hour, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. All day Sunday. Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill, 78015 Main St Ste 100. (760) 777-9989, www. Daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m.

Indian Wells Resort Hotel, 76661 Highway 111. (760) 345-6466. Daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m.

PALM DESERT Fresh Agave Mexican Bar and Grill , 73325 Highway 111. (760) 836-9028. Daily, 3-5 p.m. at the bar only.

COACHELLA Spotlight 29 Casino, 46-200 Harrison Place. (760) 775-5566. Happy hour at the Hot Spot inside Spotlight 29 from 2 - 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to closing.

AJ’s on the Green Bill Marx from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. 36-200 Date Palm Dr, Cathedral City (760) 202-1111 Ace Hotel & Swim Club Pleasure Principle (DJ Set), 7 p.m. 701 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs (760) 325-9900 Indian Wells Resort Hotel Larry Capeloto, 6 to 9 p.m. 76-661 Highway 111, Indian Wells (760) 345-6466 Oscar’s Café & Bar Kal David Trio, 6 to 9 p.m. 125 E. Tahquitz Canyon Dr. Palm Springs (760) 325-1188 Vicky’s of Santa Fe Mike Costly’s Jazz Showcase, 6:30 p.m. 45-100 Club Dr, Indian Wells (760) 345-9770 Woody’s Palm House Trish Hatley & Barney McClure at 6 p.m. 450 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs (760) 230-0188

TUESDAY - 2/21


AJ’s on the Green Linda Peterson, 7 to 10 p.m. 36-200 Date Palm Dr, Cathedral City (760) 202-1111

AJ’s on the Green, 36-200 Date Palm Drive, inside Date Palm Country Club. (760) 202-111. Happy hour , Monday, Wednesday - Saturday, 2 to 7 p.m., 9 to close in bar and lounge.

Indian Wells Resort Patricia Welch, 6 to 9 p.m. 76-661 Highway 111, Indian Wells (760) 345-6466 La Quinta Brewing Company Trivia Night at 7 p.m. 78-065 Main St., La Quinta (760) 972-4251 Oscar’s Café & Bar Alex Santana, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 125 E. Tahquitz Canyon Dr. Palm Springs (760) 325-1188

Sammy G’s Tuscan Grill Randy Seymon from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. 265 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs (760) 320-8041 Vicky’s of Santa Fe Mike Costly Trio, 6:30 to 10 p.m. 45-100 Club Dr, Indian Wells (760) 345-9770 Woody’s Palm House John Bolivar & Tony Granberry, 6 p.m. 450 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs (760) 230-0188

WEDNESDAY - 2/22 AJ’s on the Green Shelley Yoelin Group, 7 to 10 p.m. 36-200 Date Palm Dr, Cathedral City (760) 202-1111 Ace Hotel & Swim Club DJ Night, 9 p.m. 701 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs (760) 325-9900 Indian Wells Resort Hotel Terri Olsen and The Perfect Band, 6 p.m. 76-661 Highway 111, Indian Wells (760) 345-6466 Oscar’s Café & Bar Mikole Karr Trio, 5 to 8 p.m. 125 E. Tahquitz Canyon Dr. Palm Springs (760) 325-1188 Sammy G’s Tuscan Grill Eddie Gee in the lounge from 6 to 10 p.m. 265 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. (760) 320-8041 Vicky’s of Santa Fe Barry Minniefield, 6:30 to 10 p.m. 45-100 Club Dr, Indian Wells (760) 345-9770 Woody’s Palm House Chuck Alvarez, 6:30 to 10 p.m. 450 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs (760) 230-0188

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Horoscopes February 16-22 ARIES (March 21-April 19). The nature of love cannot be defined in one way that suits every person. Due to its intangible and mysterious qualities, it is impossible to love accurately. Strive instead to love fully. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Love cannot be taught on a chalkboard or in a video series. Sure, one can pick up a few tips here and there, but the only true teacher is experience, as filtered through the heart. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It’s not that you love but how you love that matters today. Your living example will kindle warmth and joy as well as inspire others to show love in action. CANCER (June 22-July 22). It’s easy to pour water from a pitcher to a jar. Filling a jar from an open fire hydrant is hard. Quantity and force come with containment challenges, just as your more passionate feelings do. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your sincere curiosity and pure desire to focus on others has you utterly unselfconscious, thereby confident — and, it follows, completely irresistible (though oblivious to the fact). VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). When you love someone, you want that person to have every good opportunity you’ve ever had and more. That’s why you’ll show affection by opening doors for another, literally and figuratively.

existence. It can’t be checked with a calculator, but don’t worry; if you feel that it adds up, it does. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Laughter is a form of love you revel in now. It signals agreement. It signals an understanding of another person’s intelligence that goes deeper than usual. Your favorite people are the ones you laugh with. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Taking love slowly isn’t just for the very young and the very old. It’s also for those who care to soak in every detail, savor moments and weave a magical experience. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). There’s much you could do independently (with great ease) that you will instead choose to do with another (with great challenge) because it’s an interesting and fun bonding experience. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). For you, love is not about perfect agreement, or even occasional agreement. The best relationships won’t duplicate your qualities, opinions and skills so much as complement them.


LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You may not be entirely sure what you’re getting into, but there’s no question that you’re surely getting into it. As author and illustrator Lynda Barry observed, “Love is an exploding cigar we willingly smoke.” SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The heart’s logic is multidimensional math, impossible to understand from but one plane of

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Toy Box

Caped Crusader gets spotlight in zippy, zany ‘Lego Batman Movie’ By Neil Pond


he fun begins even before the film does. “All important movies start with a black screen,” intones Lego Batman, kicking off his riffing, running commentary on the movie’s pre-show parade of corporate logos and opening credits. In “Batman Lego Movie,” Batman is letting you know, is an important one— because it’s all about him. When the starts, seconds later, it’s another geyser of fast-paced inside jokes, meta commentary and rapid-fire satire, just like its “Lego Movie” predecessor, such a wildly popular, multi-generational smash in 2014. Batman (voiced once again by Will Arnett), who made an indelible impression in that explosion of plasticized pop culture with his Master Builder skills and gruff, heavy-metal rapping, now gets his own full stage to strut. And, once again, it looks terrific, and often bedazzling—a crazy, colorful, teeming Lego world, brought alive through the marvels and magic of computer-animated wizardry to make characters, cityscapes, interiors and more look like textured, 3-D creations composed entirely of millions of interlocking Lego blocks and accessories. This time, the iconic Caped Crusader faces off against his longtime nemesis the Joker (Zach Galifianakis) while dealing with his own existential crisis: How long can the shadowy, egotistical, ridiculously self-absorbed, adamantly go-it-alone crime fighter—who is also, of course, Gotham City’s most eligible bachelor, Bruce Wayne—wall out the rest of the world? How long can he go home to microwaved Lobster Thermidor dinners for one in stately Wayne Manor, figuratively and literally cut off from everything and everyone—including his loyal butler, Alfred (Ralph Fiennes)—on Wayne Island? How many nights can he spend cackling derisively, all by himself, mocking the most romantic scene in Jerry Maguire on his mega-den’s mega-mega big-screen TV? Batman eventually takes aboard—by mistake—the young orphan who becomes his sidekick, Robin (Michael Cera), and gets gobsmacked by his first look at lovely Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson),

the daughter of retiring police commissioner James Gordon (Hector Elizondo). Barbara takes her father’s role at the top of Gotham City’s official law-andorder pyramid seriously, and—unlike Batman—sees crime-fighting as a collaborative, it-takes-a-village effort. The movie gives this premise one hilarious, deliciously deep dig after another, drilling into the rich veins of Batmythology from DC Comics and its many offshoots on television and the movies, especially the broody Dark Knight films. You don’t have to be a big Bat fan to get on board the masterful joke-mobile, but the more you know, the more you’ll laugh. “Words describing the impact will spontaneously materialize,” Batman explains to Robin as he introduces him to his first big bad-guy fracas—just before “Bap!” “Bam!” and “Pow!” appear above the action. There’s another gag about shark spray repellent that will be a lot funnier if you remember the cheese-tastic, cult-favorite scene from the 1960s TV series in which Adam West’s Batman actually used it—or have come across some of the memes and postings online that it has since spawned. Chris McKay, the animation director of The Lego Movie now making his official directorial debut as he takes over the reins

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from creators Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (who remain on board as producers), never lets the bar drop or the cleverness droop. You certainly feel some of his former experience as a director and editor of the Cartoon Network’s stop-motion, popculture-skewering series Robot Chicken. The movie parodies Batman’s long pop-cultural legacy with genius as well as genuine affection, particularly in his relationship to the Joker. These guys have been arch-“frenemies” for such a long, long time—finally, here’s a portrayal that explores how much they really, truly need each other. To widen the playing field a bit beyond Batman, the tempest-in-a-toy-box storyline brings in a host of pop culture’s most villainous villains—the Eye of Sauron from The Lord of the Rings films, the Wicked Witch and flying monkeys from “The Wizard of Oz,” King Kong, Godzilla, gremlins from “Gremlins” and Harry Potter’s Voldemort. And in between all the zipping, zany fun, there’s a message about what makes a “family,” working together, the importance of good abs, and why “Fly, Robin, Fly” or “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” just don’t cut it as superhero theme songs. The vocal cast is outstanding, particular Arnett, the hub around which all the

other zingers fly. And he’s got a chorus of great support, including Jenny Archer (Harley Quinn), Zoe Kravitz (Catwoman), Channing Tatum (Superman), Ellie Kemper (Phyllis, the keeper of the Phantom Zone) and Mariah Carey (Mayor McCaskill). Pay attention and see if you can match up Seth Green, Billy Dee Williams, Eddie Izzard, Adam Devine and Doug Benson to their Lego counterparts. But this is definitely Batman’s show. There’ll be other superhero movies to come ripping and roaring down the pike this spring and summer, as always. But they won’t be any smarter, funnier or any more fun than this. Trust me, the Lego Bat is where it’s at.

The Lego Batman Movie Starring: Voices of Will Arnett, Rosario Dawson & Michael Cera Directed by Chris McKay Rated: PG Theaters: Mary Pickford Theatre, Regal Cinemas Rancho Mirage Stadium 16, Regal Cinemas Indio Metro 8, Century Theatres Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert 10 Cinemas, Regal Cinemas Palm Springs Stadium 9, Century Theatres La Quinta, Camelot Theatres, Regency Theatres.

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