Palm Springs: November/December 2014 News

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Sundays in Summer Cabaret Series at Arthur Newman Theatre at the Joslyn Center in Palm Desert finished off its fifth season, having presented 30 shows, with only two cancellations (which were replaced by Charles Herrera in By Request and Diane Pancel in Ladies of Hollywood). The 2015 interest list is filling up, so please email me if you want to be considered for the sixth season, which runs April through October.

In Indian Wells, Vicky’s of Santa Fe’s Jazz Series is now called the Jazz and Cabaret Supper Club in association with Bill Lanese Entertainment. The 2014-2015 season line-up has been announced with some top-of-the-heap talent booked for the bi-monthly events.

Starting 12/8, it’s Andrea Marcovicci in A WWII Christmas with musical director Shelly Markham. All shows are on Mondays. Doors open at 6:30, there’s a three-course dinner at 7:00, and the show is at 8:00. There is also a new “encore afternoon show” on Tuesdays at 3:00 with a cover and food or drink minimum. It’s a great idea for people who don’t drive at night and have weekdays free, a huge untapped market many overlook.

The Purple Room, weekly entertainment includes The Judy Show starring Michael Holmes Sundays, The Michael Holmes Trio Wednesdays, plus special events, such as Bobby Jo Valentine 11/6, Miss Richfield 1981 11/7 & 8, Miss Conception in Female Delusionist 11/14 & 15, and Spencer Day in a benefit for The Center and AIDS Assistance Program 12/8. The Copa Room has already filled its schedule through June 2015. It begins with Lady Rizo 11/1, Del Shores 11/6 & 7, Emily Bergl 11/8, Judy Tenuta 11/21 & 22. December has Faith Prince 12/6 & 6, Wendy Liebman 12/12 & 13, Nita Whitaker 12/20 and Amy and Freddy 12/27 & 28. Other venues with nightly entertainment: Bernie’s Supper Club with Michael Gulino nightly; Tropicale has The Derrik Lewis Jazz Trio on Tuesdays & Thursdays; and Woody’s Burgers After Dark has Sharon Sills on Fridays. Georgie’s Alibi Azul continues Bella Da Ball’s Tuesday Cabaret Revue and Fleet Easton Presents on Fridays. Others being added as we speak. AJ’s on the Green has Joel Baker and Les Michaels with Cabaret on the Green Open Mic on Saturdays, and they’re at Threesixty North with Applause Wednesdays Open Mic. Newly added to the live entertainment bandwagon are Oscar’s in Palm Springs with Pinkie Merengue Shimmer’s Brunch With Pinkie every second Saturday featuring singers and drag personalities in the new Cabaret ‘O’. More cabaret entertainment is planned, according to Jeremy Johnson. And in Cathedral City, Studio One11 is now featuring a different cabaret singer or piano bar entertainer every Friday. Some recent artists included Jerome Elliott, Francesca Amari, Keisha D, Eve Holmes, Joel Baker, Lori Donato and Charles Herrera. There isn’t enough room in this column for all the desert venues, so I will try to add more at www. soon, including Escena Lounge, Melvyn’s at Ingleside Inn, The Nest, The Vue, Spencer’s, The Palm Canyon Roadhouse, Pete’s Hideaway, Hoo Doo Lounge, and more. The annual Broadway in Drag competition at Palm Canyon Theatre, hosted by Bella da Ball 11/7, kicks off Palm Springs Pride. This year’s Pride Celebration and Festival will be a free event on Palm Canyon Drive from 11/7-9. Also 11/7, Kate Clinton and Well-Strung headline the Center Stage Gala Event benefitting LGBT Community Center of The Desert at Rivera Resort Spa Hotel in Palm Springs.

Annenberg Theatre at Palm Springs Art Museum’s Cabaret 88 Series offerings include Jeff Harnar 11/5 and Joan Ryan 12/2 & 3, the Opening Night Gala 11/15 will star Andrea McArdle, Maureen McGovern, Donna McKechnie, and Randy Graff . (Guess they couldn’t find another last name starting with Mc!) Cheyenne Jackson comes to McCallum (another MC!) Theatre 11/1, and the national tour of Anything Goes is there 11/28- 30. Palm Canyon Theatre presents Young Frankenstein 10/24 – 11/2, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 11/14-23, and Cinderella 12/5-21. Desert Ensemble Theatre Company at the Pearl McManus Theatre at PS Woman’s Club will officially start its season in January with a new musical, Esperanza, by playwright Ken Luber and score by Salverio Rappezzi. CVRep’s fundraiser, Gala Night of Unpredictable Banter, Laughter and Music, is 11/2 at the Helene Galen Auditorium at Eisenhower Medical Center with scheduled stars Kaye Ballard, Joyce Bulifant, George Chakiris, Carol Channing, Carole Cook, Nancy Dussalult, Alix Korey, Roger Perry, Donna Theodore and Tom Troupe. Don Martin is host and Christopher Marlowe is musical director. No word yet on the web site for Coyote Stageworks’s upcoming season after losing the use of the Annenberg Theatre at PS Art Museum, but, with all their support, I am certain their artistic director Chuck Yates has another venue lined up. And last but not least, Desert Rose Playhouse has Scrooge in Rouge from 11/14 – 12/21 at their LGBT theater in Rancho Mirage.

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