Movies and more planned for the ‘Forever Marilyn’ park in downtown Palm Springs

April 26th, 2013 | by Skip Descant | Comments

The "Forever Marilyn" statue is seen on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 in Palm Springs, Calif. Crystal Chatham, The Desert Sun

Ideal evening weather and that 26-foot-tall likeness of Marilyn Monroe is making the next two months in the “Forever Marilyn” park a perfect setting for great stuff like outdoor movies, concerts and oh yeah, a bike race.

On Sunday, April 28 come out to see Golden West Pops, a community concert band from Orange County performing a wide selection of music ranging from big band favorites, television and show tunes, patriotic music as well as top 40 classics. The group will perform from noon until 1:30 p.m.

The popular Forever Marilyn Outdoor Movie Series returns in May where folks come out to see free Marilyn Monroe movies. This year PS Resorts, the local group of hotels sponsoring events in the downtown park, will partner with Palm Springs International ShortFest with a short film screening before each Marilyn Monroe movie. Then on June 7, come out for ShortFest at Forever Marilyn with a presentation of short films in celebration of ShortFest, June 18-24.

Here’s the line-up:
“Pretty Little Doggie” and “Monkey Business”
Friday, May 3, 8:30 p.m.
ShortFest screening: “Pretty Little Doggie,” USA, 7 minutes, ShortFest 2010
A restaurant employee is offered the chance to make some rapid righteous bucks in this amusing tale featuring a scheming blond, a hapless dog and a whole lot of mistaken assumptions
“Monkey Business” (1952) is a screwball comedy film directed by Howard Hawks and written by Ben Hecht, which stars Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Charles Coburn, and Marilyn Monroe.

“Yours Truly” and “Niagara”
Friday, May 17, 8:30 p.m.
ShortFest screening: “Yours Truly,” U.K., 7 minutes, Shortfest 2007
Film Noir takes an animated turn when classic movie footage is remixed into a new stop-motion-fueled story.
“Niagara” is a 1953 thriller-film noir, starring Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Casey Adams (Max Showalter), and Marilyn Monroe. Unlike other film noirs of the time, Niagara was filmed in Technicolor and was one of Fox’s biggest box office hits of the year.

ShortFest at Forever Marilyn
Friday, June 7, 8:30 p.m.
In celebration and anticipation of ShortFest, the annual festival of short films in Palm Springs to be held June 18-24, a special selection of shorts will be shown outdoors at Forever Marilyn. Films to be announced.

Amgen Tour of California — May 13

The famed California professional cyclists race will make a swing through the desert, before heading up the Tram Road to finish this leg of the race at the Valley Station of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. There will be plenty of spots to catch the race which is expected to swing through downtown Palm Springs some time between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Other locations to catch the race include the Shops on El Paseo, Gardens on El Paseo and The River at Rancho Mirage.

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