2 Pepe Aguilar
Inarguably one of the greatest artists of his time in the Latin music genre, 5-time Grammy winning artist Pepe Aguilar is an impressive master of fusion with an undisputed capacity to inspire audiences. Blending traditional Mariachi sounds with contemporary pop music styling, Aguilar’s career is one that spans nearly 35 years and began alongside his parents, entertainers who traveled the Americas with their family. The son of recording legends Antonio Aguilar and Flor Silvestre, Pepe Aguilar was influenced and supported by his parents to start singing at a young age, gracing the stage for the first time at the age of three and performing at New York’s Madison Square Garden two years later. Aguilar’s early foray into the music world as a solo artist was rooted in rock music, but he later turned back to the melodies that embraced his heritage, fusing the traditional sounds of his youth with a modern, pop sound and becoming a strong identity in the Latin scene, in addition to developing a successful acting career. Among other awards that make Pepe Aguilar the most recognized singer in the history of his genre are five Grammys and twelve Premios Lo Nuestro. His biggest albums include 1998′s Por Mujeres Como Tu, which spent nearly a year on the Latin and Mexican charts, 1999′s Por una Mujer Bonita, which won him a Grammy for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album, and 2005′s Historias de Mi Tierra which won a Grammy for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album and a Latin Grammy for Best Ranchero Album. His 2006 release, 100% Mexicano, won him a Grammy for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album and Enamorado, released in 2006, earned him a Latin Grammy for Best Ranchero Album. 8pm Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. 800-827-2946 website
3 Brew at the Zoo.
“Saving Wildlife One Beer at a Time” Join Presenting Sponsor Integrated Wealth Management on a culinary journey throughout the world’s deserts on a fun filled evening at The Living Desert. Help the world’s endangered animals and preserve our precious desert landscape while enjoying three live music stages, toasting a variety of premium craft beers and wine, plus samplings of scrumptious appetizers. New this year: Designated Driver ticket holders will enjoy unlimited non alcoholic beverages so you can be safe while you sample! 6:30-9:30pm 760-346-5694 website
3 Robin Thicke
R&B star Robin Thicke’s infectious No.1 single “Blurred Lines,” from the No. 1 album of the same name, became the song of the summer of 2013, and fans who get tickets will help keep the funky momentum alive on his 2014 tour featuring Jessie J and DJ Cassidy. Thicke is a well-honed performer who’s been gracing stages since he was a teen, and he’s also an in-demand songwriter and producer. In concert, Thicke — flanked by a live band and dancers, and sometimes playing the keyboards — delivers a mix of his own songs with covers of songs popularized by some of the artists who influenced his music, including Bob Marley, Al Green, and Michael Jackson. 9pm Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. 800-827-2946 website
3 Spring architecture tour
Very popular architecture tour. Details to follow. 9am – 5pm Palm Springs Art Museum. 760-32-4800 website
3 Evening Under the Stars’ 2014 Gala: First Ladies of Disco
The 21st annual ‘Evening Under the Stars’ gala to benefit AIDS Assistance Program (AAP) will feature a star-studded performance by fabulous female pioneers of the 70’s Disco scene. Scheduled to appear are Linda Clifford, France Joli, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Maxine Nightingale, Pamala Stanley, Anita Ward, Martha Wash, and the ladies formerly of Chic: Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin, and Norma Jean. The event includes cocktails, dinner, dancing, and silent and live auctions of extraordinary trips, one-of-a-kind collectibles, marvelous merchandise, and more. To purchase tickets, contact AIDS Assistance Program at 760/325-8481 or on their website. Program ads also may be reserved/purchased by calling AAP. 5:30pm. O’Donnell Golf Club, 301 N. Belardo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262. 760/325-8481. website
3 Theresa A. Mike Fashion Show
3 THRU 4 20th Annual “Weekend with The King”.
Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway. Celebrating the May 1, 1967 Honeymoon. Pool-side Concert, Tours and Sunday Brunch. A Jamboree with “50’s Celebrities” Elvis, Buddy Holly, and Sinatra, starring Rob Ely, Nick D’ Egidio, Phil Friendly Band, with celebrities Darlene Tompkins, Cynthia Pepper, Debra, Colonel Parker’s neighbor, and Rock-a-Billy Hall of Fame Great- Glen Glenn. Will also include our very own Darlene Presley with Television Personality and Anchor Anthony Alvarez with the Tiger Brothers. 760-322-1192 website
3 THRU 5 Gabriel Iglesias.
Gabriel Iglesias returns to The Show, with a high-energy routine featuring clean, animated comedy, that’ s become popular across generations. He is known as the “fluffy” comic, who wears Hawaiian shirts and creates a night full of belly-laughs, with is spot-on imitations and various sound- effects. 8pm Saturday and 6pm Sunday. Agua Caliente Resort Casino 800-585-3737 website
5 Cinco de Mayo
EVERY THURS Concerts in the Park.
Free concerts every Thursday in May presented by the City of Palm Desert. 7:30 p.m. at Palm Desert’s Civic Center Park Amphitheater (Fred Waring Drive and San Pablo Avenue). Attendees are encouraged to bring picnic baskets, blankets, and lawn chairs. Beverages and snacks available for purchase. Alcoholic beverages and smoking are prohibited. 760-346-0611, ext. 416
8 WorkshopWORKS Opening Reception in Zone 101
Join us for the Opening Reception of WorkshopWORKS in Zone 101 on the museum’s main level at 6 p.m. The Artists Council provides 12 Workshops (3 to 5 days in length) and 32 Life Drawing Sessions on scheduled Saturdays througout the year. WorkshopWORKS is the annual juried exhibition of artwork created in these workshops. This year exhibition will feature work created by students of this season’s instructors including Robert Burridge, Howard and Betty Carr, Kwok Wai Lau, Gwen Fox, Andy Kay and Simeon Den, Judi Betts, Charlie Ciali, Nancy Stanchfield, Pat Kodet, and Dee Hansen. The exhibition continues through June 1, 2014. 6pm Palm Springs Art Museum. 760-32-4800 website
8 THRU 11 Film Noir Festival.
Founded in 2000 by the late mystery author and Palm Springs community leader Arthur Lyons, this unique festival features an eclectic mixture of landmark and obscure vintage movies from the classic film noir era. Laden with period post war cynicism, these glorious black and white films are filled with suspense, sexuality and crime portrayed from the perspective of the criminals. Each year, the festival showcases the best of film noir accentuated by a scintillating array of movie stars who appear on stage for post screening Q&A discussions, autographs and book signings. Camelot Theater. 760-325-6565 website
9 LeAnn Rimes
9 Earth, Wind & Fire
With more than 90 million albums sold worldwide, Earth, Wind and Fire is quite possibly one of the most recognizable bands with some of the most enduring songs on the planet. The band has 10 Grammy Awards to their name, four American Music Awards and have been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Earth, Wind and Fire fans can get ready because the band makes a much anticipated stop in the Palm Springs area on Friday, May. 9th at 8pm. The band will rock the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center with their extensive horn section, precise vocal arrangements and the sound of the kalimba that Earth, Wind and Fire has made their own. Virtually no party with dancing and fun is complete without an Earth, Wind and Fire song being played at least once. Throughout the 1970s, the band churned out hits inspired by funk, jazz, African, soul, pop and rock music. Their first number one hit in the United States was “Shining Star” in 1975. More chart toppers such as “Got to Get You Into My Life,” “Boogie Wonderland” and “Let’s Groove” followed. The band has enjoyed a heavy touring schedule since the 1980s, playing to sold out audiences around the world. 8pm Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. 800-827-2946 website
11 Mother’s Day. Don’t forget all those important “moms” in your life.
16 Alan Jackson
Country superstar and multiple ACM and CMA Award winning artist, Alan Jackson takes his 2014 U.S. tour to the Fantasy Springs’ Special Events Center on Friday, May 16th. Alan Jackson is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music. He is in the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who’ve written more than 20 songs that they’ve recorded and taken to the top of the charts. Jackson is one of the 10 best-selling artists since the inception of SoundScan, ranking alongside the likes of Eminem and Metallica. His current album, The Bluegrass Album, was released Sept. 24 and debuted #1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums Sales Chart and remained in the #1 position for over four months. 8pm. 800-827-2946 website.
17 Battle of the Badges
6pm Agua Caliente Resort Casino 800-585-3737 website
17 Evening At The Pueblo
A fun night under the stars celebrating Cabot and Portia Yerxa. This year’s award for the Portia Yerxa Philanthropy & Cultural Heritage Award goes to Jim Casey – Philanthropist/Business Leader. Jim has contributed to his community through is generosity of time and philanthropic support of many Coachella Valley non-profit organizations. Also honoring Lorraine Becker, Ed. D.. Lorraine contributes to her community through leadership in city government, and several non-profits including Cabots. 6pm, Cabot’s Pueblo Museum. 760-880-9359 website
21 Emerging Collectors Reception III
Spotlighting the CAC’s Retrospective Exhibition. California Dreamin’: Thirty Years of Collecting. Continuing the 75th Anniversary Celebration into spring the CAC will host its third Emerging Collectors Reception! Bring a friend and join art enthusiasts for a lively, educational, and entertaining reception while viewing the special exhibition comprised of artworks that have been acquired with the assistance, fundraising, and support of the Contemporary Art Council. See CAC shine in its 31st year, celebrating the success of fulfilling its mission! Gather up some ideas on art collecting; enjoy talks by experienced collectors. New guests and those familiar with the museum will meet new friends, artists, and collectors while sipping sparkling champagne, cocktails and munching delectable hors d’oeuvres. Come celebrate as we aim to keep this event an annual tradition while increasing the guest attendance year after year! Join the rhythm of each year’s popularity and success! Through this event we strive to attract and introduce a variety of art enthusiasts to our Council. 6:30pm – 9pm Palm Springs Art Museum 760-325-4490 website
Gerald Maxwell Rivera, known as Maxwell is a Grammy award-winning American singer-songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist. His music spans R&B, funk and soul, but he is best known as one of the exemplars of the subgenre neo-soul movement of the latter 1990s. After a successful debut album Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite, he released Embrya, Now and a live album MTV Unplugged. After an eight-year hiatus, he returned with the platinum-selling BLACKsummers’night, the first of a trilogy. He has received 12 Grammy nominations with two wins. 8pm Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. 800-827-2946 website
24 Mariachi Extravaganza
24 Theresa Caputo
8pm Agua Caliente Resort Casino 800-585-3737 website
25 THRU OCT 6 Insights on Architecture.
This exhibition is inspired by Ezrar Stoller (1915-2004), a student of both architecture and industrial design, who began his career as a photographer in the late 1930s. His 1939 World’s Fair, Finnish Pavilion, Queens, New York, designed by Alvar Aalto, launched his career and his recognition as an acute observer of space and form. His photographs of work by architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Eero Saarinen, Louis Kahn, and Marcel Breuer demonstrate his finely tuned sensitivity to light and shadow, translucency and solid form. Each of Stoller’s photographs is a study of the architect’s expression of modern architecture, as crisp as the buildings themselves. Palm Springs Art Museum. 760-322-4800 website
26 Memorial Day
26 Memorial Day Flower Drop.
This is a very special day at Palm Springs Air Museum. Our brief Memorial service is dedicated to all of our fallen comrades, who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. In their honor, we highlight the service with a fly-by and flower drop of over 3,000 red and white carnations from a B-25 Mitchell. This most impressive ceremony is our way of saluting our fallen comrades. Visitors are welcome to pick up a flower to take home. Flight Exhibition Scheduled. Palm Springs Air Museum 1pm. 760-778-6262 website
31 The Greatest Love of All – Whitney Houston Tribute
8pm Agua Caliente Resort Casino 800-585-3737 website
30 THRU JUN 8 Palm Springs Restaurant Week.
Indulge your palate with delectable cuisines from some of the best cafes, bistros and restaurants this beautiful desert oasis community has to offer! Over 100 restaurants will participate. Special price-fixed three-course menus offered at just $26 or $38 per person. website