Marilyn Monroe Tribute Concert Aug. 5 Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of her death PALM SPRINGS – PS Resorts, the local organization that brought “Forever Marilyn,” a 26-foot tall statue to Palm Springs, is hosting a tribute concert on Sunday, Aug. 5 at 6:30 p.m., to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the famed actor’s death. The concert will feature Jeffrey Allen, a Las Vegas entertainer known for his performances as Elton John in the “Legends in Concert” series. Seats are available at a first-come, first-had basis, so you may want to bring your own chairs and blankets.
The towering statue of “Forever Marilyn” weighs 34,300 pounds and measures 26 feet tall, 17 feet wide and 18 feet deep. Its first home in July 2011, was at the Pioneer Court in downtown Chicago. The huge statue then moved to its current temporary location in downtown Palm Springs at the corner of Palm Canyon and Tahquitz Canyon Way last May. The statue is expected to reside at the temporary location until the Desert Fashion Plaza reconstruction project has completed the first phase of construction at the end of 2014. PS Resorts shared in the $78,000 cost of getting the massive sculpture to the desert, including costs to take it apart in Chicago, packing, transportation, reassembly in Palm Springs, and an insurance policy that covers any possible vandalism. American artist Seward Johnson, age 80, (an heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune) said he designed the sculpture from the famous photograph of her holding down her dress in the film “The Seven Year Itch.” Marilyn Monroe has many historical ties to Palm Springs and is credited with being discovered here at Charlie Farrell’s Racquet Club by Johnny Hyde from the William Morris Agency. She also was frequently seen with her second husband Joe DiMaggio at Movie Colony estates, and the couple owned a small home in Las Palmas.
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The 26-foot statue “Forever Marilyn” stands in downtown Palm Springs “I am very pleased that Marilyn will be on view in Palm Springs. It was, after all, a location of her own choosing, and I assume that she was drawn to the beauty and stillness of the landscape. There is something about her pose; the exuberance for life without inhibition, which is quintessentially American. It expresses an uninhibited sense of our own vibrancy,”
said Seward Johnson in previous reports. The tribute concert is expected to draw a big crowd. PS Resorts strongly suggest visitors wear a hat and sunglasses, bring water and a chair or blanket to sit on. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. on the corner of Palm Canyon and Tahquitz Canyon Road. Parking is limited so get there early.
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Indio, CA – The Indio Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications through August for the Southwest Arts Festival® that will be held on January 25, 26 and 27, 2013. Celebrating their 27th anniversary, the Southwest Arts Festival® will once again be held at the world-renowned Empire Polo Club in Indio, a Coachella Valley landmark, featuring the desert’s natural landscape and sweeping mountain ranges. “We are excited to host the Southwest Arts Festival at the picturesque grounds of the Empire Polo Club again this year. The world renowned venue is the perfect background to showcase the exemplary artwork of our fine artists from around the country,” said Joyce Donaldson, President/CEO of the Indio Chamber Commerce. Featuring more than 250 acclaimed artists showing traditional, contemporary and abstract fine works of art and quality crafts, the festival is a major internationally recognized
cultural event. The festival’s reputation for first-class quality and professional integrity make it one of the finest in the country. As the Indio Chamber’s largest annual fundraiser, they are exceptionally fortunate to have more than 200 community leaders and volunteers who contribute numerous hours to make certain that the festival is successful. All artists, regardless of weather, must be present every day of the festival. Festival hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Spaces (12’ x 12’) are $250 each. Up to four spaces may be purchased. Applications fees are $55 through Friday, Aug. 31. The Southwest Arts Festival® is again utilizing Zapplication. ZAPP® is a onestop universal online application system that allows artists to submit and manage applications for participating art shows, festivals and fairs. Follow the Festival on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ SouthwestArtsFestival
Published on Jul 26, 2012