April 2014 Events


1 THRU 6 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

The first “Major” LPGA tournament of the year features top female golfers. Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage. 760-324-4546 website


2 THRU 6 Dinah Shore Week.

Annual event is the largest lesbian gathering in the world. website


3 Night Of The Heavyweights

The big men of boxing are on their way to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. on Thursday, April 3 when Golden Boy Live! airs “Night Of The Heavyweights,” a tripleheader of hard-hitting heavyweight action on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes.  In the 10-round main event, unbeaten Cuban star Luis Ortiz looks to continue his race towards a world title fight against an opponent to be announced shortly. Plus, Vallejo, California’s Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington risks his perfect professional record in the 10-round co-main event against Houston’ Skipp “Strictly Business” Scott and 2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale goes for 10 straight wins when he takes on veteran standout Nagy Aguilera. Currently ranked number two in the world by the WBA, 34-year-old southpaw Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (20-0, 17 KOs) graduated from the legendary Cuban amateur boxing program with nearly 350 wins and numerous titles.  When he turned professional in his adopted home state of Florida in 2010, he set his sights on gold of a different sort; a heavyweight world championship.  Thus far, Ortiz has been unstoppable with five of his last six wins coming by knockout and has made it clear that he will take out anyone in his way on the road to the title. 7pm Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. 800-827-2946 website


4 ZZ Top

9pm Agua Caliente Resort Casino 800-585-3737 website


4 Il Divo

Following a successful week of concerts at New York’s Marquis Theater, Il Divo – the record-breaking classical crossover group who has sold more than 26 million albums worldwide – will bring “IL DIVO – A MUSICAL AFFAIR: THE GREATEST SONGS OF BROADWAY LIVE” to theaters across the nation. The engagement supports the group’s sixth studio album “A Musical Affair.” It’s their first compilation of songs inspired by Broadway shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Carousel and West Side Story and features stellar duet partners Barbra Streisand, Kristin Chenoweth, Nicole Scherzinger, Heather Headley and Michael Ball. Ticket sales begin on January 24th; see IlDivo.com for more details, including VIP Meet & Greet packages for these shows. The limited engagement of live concerts in NYC marked the first time the four members sang together on the Broadway stage. The show intertwines the most famous songs from Broadway musicals with the individual theatrical experiences of Carlos, David, Urs and Sébastien. Tony and Grammy Award Winner Heather Headley was a featured guest for the entire run. The quartet members are no strangers to musical theatre; Carlos was cast as Marius in Les Misérables when the show first premiered in Spain in 1993, while David played Rodolfo in Broadway’s La Bohème in 2003, which subsequently garnered seven Tony nominations. The new show was developed by long-term IL DIVO collaborator and artistic director Brian Burke (La Reve and Celine Dion’s residency shows in Las Vegas, Elton John, Rod Stewart and The Killers). The album “A Musical Affair” showcases Il Divo’s signature romantic and emotional interpretation of heartfelt classics like “Some Enchanted Evening” (South Pacific), “Bring Him Home,” (Les Miserables), “Tonight,” (West Side Story), and more. Il Divo has also provided new arrangements for these much-loved songs, as well as invited familiar Broadway and pop artists to appear on certain tracks as their duet partners. These top musicians lend their talent in songs like “Music of the Night” (Phantom of the Opera) – LIVE duet with Barbra Streisand; “All I Ask Of You” (Phantom Of The Opera) – duet with Kristin Chenoweth; “Memory” (Cats) – duet with Nicole Scherzinger; and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” (The Lion King) – duet with Heather Headley. Urs Buhler of IL DIVO said “It has been so inspiring to work with such legendary songs from the world of Broadway musicals for our new album and we can’t wait to now perform them in our own style to our fans around the world”. 8pm Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. 800-827-2946 website


4 THRU 6 Indian Wells Art Festival.

A premier fine arts festival attracting thousands annually. Featuring 200 judged and juried artists and hundreds of pieces of one-of-a-kind artwork available for sale. Watch Glass Blowing, Monumental Rock Sculpting, Wood Carving, Pottery Wheel Demonstrations, Weaving and Mural Painting. Glass, Beadmaking and Canvas Stretching Demonstrations all day! Indian Wells Tennis Garden 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Gates close at 4:00). 760-346-0042 website


4 THRU 6 Desert Living Home Show.

Show Features Include Market Place & Gift Pavilion, Designer Rooms – Décor Ideas Abound, Eco – Friendly Products & Services, How-To- Demos – Simple Projects to Major Repairs. Palm Springs Convention Center. 949-361-9142 or website


5 Rob Thomas

In the Summer of 2010, fans were given the rare opportunity to see multi-Grammy Award winning superstar ROB THOMAS perform a limited number of sold-out intimate concerts that raised substantial funds and awareness for the Sidewalk Angels Foundation. Established by Rob and Marisol Thomas, the Sidewalk Angels Foundation is a New York-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing critically needed funds and support to grassroots groups across the country. It is the primary supporter and sponsor of a number of no-kill animal shelters and animal rescues, reflecting the passion of the foundation’s co-founders to fight for the rights and fair treatment of those with no voice. Additionally, the foundation also supports a myriad of other causes, from childhood health and wellness to the fight against homelessness. Best known for his chart-topping hits such as Lonely No More (#1 in 15 countries!), This Is How A Heart Breaks, Ever The Same, Streetcorner Symphony and Smooth with Carlos Santana (#1 on Billboard’s “Top Hot 100 Rock Songs” chart and #2 on the magazine’s “Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs”), Rob’s latest album CRADLESONG has generated even more #1 hits with Her Diamonds and Someday. Amongst his other incredible achievements are a multitude of BMI and ASCAP Songwriting Awards, 2 Billboard Songwriter of the Year Awards, and the first-ever recipient of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame “Starlight Award”. As the front man for global superstars MATCHBOX TWENTY, Rob has written monster hits such as 3 AM, Push, Bent, Unwell, Disease, Real World, Back 2 Good, If You’re Gone, How Far We’ve Come and Bright Lights and total sales from all of his projects have reached over 80 million albums worldwide and counting. 8pm Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. 800-827-2946 website


5 Sugar Ray

The popular sounds of Sugar Ray will rock the Spotlight Showroom stage on Saturday, April 5th! A true original band that creatively genre-hops musical styles from dancehall to disco, punk to pure pop, Sugar Ray is considered one of the biggest bands of the golden age of alternative pop rock ‘n’ roll who continue to perform their unique signature sound with exuberance and swagger. Fronted by the charismatic and multi-talented Mark McGrath, Sugar Ray has sold 10 million records since their first smash hit, “Fly,” which was followed by a string of chart toppers including, “Every Morning,” “Someday,” and “When It’s Over.” 8pm Spotlight 29 Casino. (800) 585-3737 or website


5 The Last 100 Days of World War II in Europe by Dr. Edward Gordon

By January 1945 the Allies were closing in on what remained of Hitler’s Europe. Even though the Germans had spent their last reserves in the abortive Battle of the Bulge, 10 million solders would still resist, often fanatically, during those last 100 days of war in Europe. Historian Ed Gordon recounts the landmark events that would shape the political destiny of Europe and the world for the next 50 years. Palm Springs Air Museum. 760-778-6262 website


6 16th Annual Opera in the Park.

This is the premiere cultural event in the Coachella Valley and you will not want to miss it.   If you wish to reserve space under the tent, please contact the Guild. Otherwise come with a blanket or chair and protection from the sun and enjoy this free concert with music lovers from all over the U.S. and Canada.  Noon to 5 at Sunrise Park in downtown Palm Springs. 760-325-6107 website


9 James Barbour

James Barbour was nominated for the Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Awards for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of “Sydney Carton” in the Broadway musical version of A Tale of Two Cities, and won the Sarasota Magazine Best Actor Award for the Asolo Rep pre-Broadway production. He has starred on Broadway in such Tony® Award-winning shows as Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (as “The Beast”), Carousel as “Billy Bigelow”, Urinetown as “Officer Lockstock” and as “Edward Rochester” in Jane Eyre (Drama League Award nomination). He also appeared in the Broadway production of Cyrano and the national tour of The Secret Garden. He is considered to be one of the most sought-after performers on Broadway today, and is on the A-list of actors asked to develop new works for the industry’s leading writers and composers, including Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Frank Wildhorn, and Christopher Durang. Annenberg Theater at the Palm Springs Art Museum. 760-325-4490 website


11 THRU 13 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival – Weekend 1 of 2.

Annual alternative music festival will feature a mix of artists on multiple stages. This year’s line-up will feature more than 150 acts including Outkast, Muse, Arcade Fire, Calvin Harris, and many more! Empire Polo Field in Indio. website


11, 12, 18 & 19 Zero Gravity

An exclusive, larger-than-life, live music experience for music aficionados and fans at Coachella April 11th – 12th and April 18th-19th that the largest music festival in the industry. SocialNightlife, Rocketboy Events & Drai’s come together for the biggest and most sought after party spanning over 33,000sq ft. in the middle of the desert with geo-domes, art & light installations and a 65 Foot Rocket Ship!  VIP headliners include: DVBBS, Chris Lake, Sultan & Ned Shepard, Swanky Tunes, Project 46 and EC Twins. Zero Gravity will make the parking lot available to Coachella festival attendees. *(Minutes away from the Coachella Valley Music Festival). Riverside County Fairgrounds; 82-503 California 111, Indio, CA 92201. 10PM to 4:00 AM website


12 The Funk-Tastic Show

Spotlight 29 Casino presents The Funk-Tastic Show, a sizzling concert with the SOS Band, Zapp Band and Klymaxx, three of the hottest R&B bands performing today, performing at the Spotlight Showroom! The SOS Band burst onto the music scene with a string of hits including “Take Your Time (Do It Right),” “Just Be Good to Me,” and “High Hopes.” The Zapp Band’s distinctive funk sub-genre ‘electro’ brought them mainstream attention and with multiple gold records to their name, the band has been a top concert draw around the world. Klymaxx, an all-female pop/R&B band from Southern California, brings high energy, commanding funky rhythms, and sensual melodic movements to the stage. Together, the three bands bring funk to a whole new level, with Spotlight 29 Casino’s Funk-Tastic Show! 8pm Spotlight 29 Casino. (800) 585-3737 or website


12 Broadway Tenors

Musical theater’s best leading men transport you from the Golden Age and back again in a thrilling and moving evening of Broadway’s most beloved hits. The audience will be delighted to hear favorites fromSouth Pacific, West Side Story, Phantom Of The Opera, Les Miserables, Jersey Boys, and many more famous productions. These talented tenors, all veteran Broadway stars, will leave the audience breathless as they recreate the roles they’ve played on Broadway and on stages all over the world. This performance features the talented tenors Steve Bogardus, John Cudia, and David Burnham. Three leading men.  Three unbelievable voices. Annenberg Theater at the Palm Springs Art Museum. 760-325-4490 website


12 America’s Secret MiG Squadron by USAF Col. Gail Peck (Ret.)

The 4477th Test and Evaluation Squadron was created by the Air Force to train American pilots and weapon systems officers to better flight the aircraft of the Soviet Union. Some 69 pilots, nicknamed Bandits, served in the squadron between 1979 and 1988, flying MiG-17s, MiG-21s and MiG-23s. Our presenter Col. Gail Peck (call sign “Evil”) was the original developer of this program and later served as its first commander in Tonopah, Nevada. Palm Springs Air Museum. 760-778-6262 website


14 Jazz Supper Club.

A series of 6 unique and wonderful supper concerts featuring a group of great jazz vocalists and musicians, proceeds of which benefit The American Jazz Institutes’s in-school mentoring and music scholarship program in the Coachella Valley. An opportunity to see and hear today’s greatest music jazz stars. It all starts at 5:30pm in the Supper Club Lounge with no-host cocktails, followed by a specially planned prix fixe dinner. Vicky’s of Sante Fe. 760-345-9770 website


16 Tacheva Block party

Open-air concert in the parking lots of the Spa Resort Casino. Features headliner Fitz & The Tantrums professional DJ and three unsigned opening acts. Spa Resort Casino 760-322-4800 website


18 THRU 20 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival – Weekend 2 of 2.

Annual alternative music festival will feature a mix of artists on multiple stages. This year’s line-up will feature more than 150 acts including Outkast, Muse, Arcade Fire, Calvin Harris, and many more! Empire Polo Field in Indio. website


18 THRU 19 & 21 THRU 22 Zoo Camp.

Offered to children ages 4 – 12, several times throughout the year. Campers learn about plants and animals, the environment (including our own desert) and what it’s like to work at a zoo. Each session runs from 8:30am to 12:00 noon. Registration required. Living Desert. 760-346-5694 website


19 Without Wings: History of Vertical Flight by Richard Grosser

Vertical flight was actually the first flight envisioned by man. In fact, the ancient Chinese were playing with a hand-spun toy that rose upward when revolved rapidly as early as the mid 1500’s, and the great Italian Leonardo Da Vinci had used his fertile mind to make drawings of a machine that we now know as the helicopter. Join us to trace the roots of vertical flight and unravel the mystery of the helicopter. Palm Springs Air Museum. 760-778-6262 website


19 Teo Gonzalez

Spotlight 29 Casino is pleased to bring Teo Gonzalez, one of the most popular Mexican comedians in the world, to our Spanish-speaking audiences! Known as “El Comediante de la Cola de Caballo” – The Pony-Tail Haired Comedian – and star of international television shows, “Festival of Humor” and “The Comedians,” Gonzalez is a master of clever wordplay, silly sounds and rubber-faced impersonations. Notorious for an incomparable stand-up act chock full of belly laughs, Gonzalez unleashes a unique sense of humor that brings down the house with laughter from beginning to end. 8pm Spotlight 29 Casino. (800) 585-3737 or website


19 The Temptations & The Four Tops

Ladies and gentlemen “The Temptations” with these words one is taken to a magical place. Finely tuned harmonies, shimmering suave outfits, smooth precision choreography. Not to mention some of the most compelling voices and beloved songs of all time. Seeing them is not just a concert but an event. They can do it all from pop to soul, contemporary to psychedelic, from Motown to your town .The greatest vocal act of all time. The Four Tops’ story is one of longevity and togetherness: these Motown legends teamed up in high school and spent over four decades without a single personnel change. In between, they became one of the top-tier acts on a label with no shortage of talent, ranking with the Temptations and the Supremes as Motown’s most consistent hitmakers. 8pm Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. 800-827-2946 website


19 The Rock Yard Reopens

The Rock Yard’s new season begins Saturday, April 19, 2014. Live music can be found inside LIT (link) every Friday and Saturday night. And don’t miss the new Country Night inside LIT. Thursday nights you can hoot ‘n holler and line dance to local Country bands and tribute performances to some of Country’s biggest stars. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. 800-827-2946 website


19 Annual Easter Egg Hunt.

More than 3,000 strategically hidden eggs and a special visit from the Easter Bunny on a fire engine. Palm Springs Firemen’s Association annual Easter Egg Hunt at Ruth Hardy Park. 9am 760-323-8181


20 Easter Sunday. Call ahead as some venues may be closed.


22 Earth Day


22 Celebrate Earth Day at The Living Desert.

This daytime event will offer fun and exciting activities for the entire family. Bring a recyclable item and trade it for a native plant grown here at The Living Desert. Living Desert. 760-346-5694 website


24 Publisher’s Birthday Gala.

Celebrate the birthday of one of Coachella Valley’s finest. 760-668-6863


25 THRU 28 White Party.

Drawing more than 20,000 gay men from all over the world it’s one of the largest events on the US party circuit. After-hours events and pool parties. 888-777-8886 website


25 THRU 27 Stagecoach.

Annual Country Music event is one of the top destination festivals with more than 100,000 music fans in attendance last year. This year’s line-up is led by headliners: Eric Church, Jason Aldean, and Luke Bryan. Empire Polo Field, Indio. website


26 Operation Vengeance: The Killing of Admiral Yamamoto by Blaine Mack

Operation Vengeance was the military operation to kill Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, architect of the Pearl Harbor attack. The operation took place on April 18, 1943 during the Solomon Island campaign of World War II—exactly one year following the Doolittle Raid. Come and learn how the US broke the Japanese Naval code and sent a flight of P-38s on a plan that would alter the course of the war in the Pacific. Palm Springs Air Museum. 760-778-6262 website


27 THRU May 2 The Palm Springs Photo Festival

An intense week-long event for professional, emerging and serious advanced amateur photographers. They are dedicated to providing a rich program intended to inspire, educate and instill or reignite passion for the art and commerce of photography. Hyatt Regency Suites, Korakia Pensione and The Palm Springs Art Museum. 800-928-8314 website


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