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Reflecting on bands advancing to Tachevah

I’d have had a much more interesting blog if my fellow judges, Shelby Lynne, Gopi Sangha and I, had fought tooth and nail about who to advance to the Tachevah concert on April 16. But, the fact March 27th, 2014

Memories of the recently departed

It’s a running joke at The Desert Sun that famous people always seem to die when I’m on vacation. Sure enough, when I missed a week in February, we lost four celebrities with desert ties. S February 24th, 2014

Second act of ‘Andrews Brothers’ by Coyote Stageworks worth price of admission

The Coyote Stageworks production of “The Andrews Brothers: A Madcap Musical Salute to the Swinging ’40s” is a tale of two tales. The first act is the story of three stagehands named Andrews w February 3rd, 2014

Pete Seeger’s voice crossed boundaries

The reason I don’t like “Inside Llewyn Davis” as much as most film critics is because it doesn’t convey the spirit of the early ‘60s folk music movement. That scene wasn’t about trying January 28th, 2014

‘Man of La Mancha’ inspires at McCallum

We need a dose of Don Quixote idealism every couple years. I've seen "Man of La Mancha" four or five times and even married my own Aldonza/Dulcinea from a production with the great Nehemiah  January 25th, 2014

Queens of Stone Age to climax Grammys

Queens of the Stone Age, led by Palm Desert native Josh Homme, will close the Grammy Awards show Sunday in a what has been labeled “a rousing” production number with Nine Inch Nails, Dave Groh January 21st, 2014

Levi at the Copa; who could ask for more?

  Levi Kreis won a Tony for his portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis in “Million Dollar Quartet,” but he establishes from the first song in his 90-minute set that he’s much more than a kille January 16th, 2014

U2 and Coachella: A match both want to happen

It may not happen this spring, but look for U2 to be a future headliner at Coachella. U2 frontman Bono told me back stage at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala on Saturday he January 6th, 2014

Palm Springs film festival at 25: Interviews with key players

brightcove.createExperiences(); The Palm Springs International Film Festival begins its 25th year on Jan. 3 and, in observation of that milestone, The Desert Sun December 20th, 2013

Palm Springs film fest focus of Thursday’s ‘Entertainment Tonight’

brightcove.createExperiences(); "Entertainment Tonight" will present a tribute to the honorees of the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala on its nationally-syndica December 19th, 2013

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