Museums and Art Galleries
Today's desert art scene is lively and thriving all around the valley.
Much of it is outdoors and requires a certain amount of footwork. There
is something for every taste in the museums and galleries, and true art
lovers will want to look and look.
Aerie Sculpture Garden and Gallery
Painter and sculptor, Clonard Thomas and her husband, Bruce, invite you
to their gallery and garden, which is really their 20-acre estate home
high on a hill above Palm Desert. The 3-acre sculpture garden contains
ponds, trees, cacti and galleries in addition to her own work. Call for
directions and appointment to view from November to May.
71-225 Aerie Road, Palm Desert
El Paseo Art Galleries
Palm Desert upscale art. Nationally known artists of every style are represented
in these opulent establishments.
Coda Gallery (73-151 El Paseo), features an eclectic mix of colorful,
upbeat paintings and sculptures in a wide range of prices.
Heather James Gallery (73-080 El Paseo), high-end treasures from
the Roman Empire and other ancient art.
S.R. Brennen (73-080), a variety of figurative and landscape art
rooted in naturalism.
Roberge Gallery (73-995), paintings and sculpture in contemporary,
post-modern and traditional styles in a gorgeous setting.
Palapas Nursery and Art Gardens
A 13-acre oasis of greenery and magical places, combining a retail nursery
with a place where local artists can work and display their wares and
the public can see it and buy. The property is also available for private
parties, corporate events, weddings and other occasions. Call for hours.
3255 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs
Palm Canyon Art Galleries
Kaufman Fine Art (456 N. Palm Canyon), owned by Charles Kaufman,
son of one of our original pioneers.
The Adagio Galleries (193 S. Palm Canyon), specializes in masters
of the Southwest such as R.C. Gorman, and also has one of the largest
collections of Latino art on the west coast.
Thomas Kinkade Gallery (245 S. Palm Canyon), known as the "painter
of light," Thomas Kinkade shows original work and limited editions.
Reflections of... (285 S. Palm Canyon), features one of the largest
art glass collections in the country.
The Palm Springs
It is one of the most impressive museums between Phoenix and the Greater
Los Angeles and amenities include a gift shop, the clubby little Herbert
Toor Cafe lined with photographer Bill Anderson's nostalgic photos from
the heyday of the Racquet Club, an outdoor sculpture garden and the Annenberg
Theater, which houses the performing arts. Call for museum hours.
101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs
recorded message: 760-325-0189 administration: 760-325-7186
Lucille Ball sitting on a bus bench at the corner of Tahquitz and Palm
Canyon, sculpted by Emmanuil and Janet Snitkovsky, placed there by the
Palm Springs Art In Public Places program. The two huge Agua Caliente
Women in front of the Spa Hotel and Casino is by Doug Hyde. There are
several such pieces scattered through the shopping area in Palm Springs
and up and down El Paseo in Palm Desert. Don't miss the new statue of
beloved former mayor, Charlie Farrell at the entrance to Palm Springs
International Airport by actor/sculptor, George Montgomery and up and
down the median strip of El Paseo you will see 17 new pieces of Art in
Public Places, a non-narrative contemporary exhibition of pieces 8 to
14 feet high.
From film festivals to theatre, all over the Valley, you'll find entertainment
ideas to please the whole family.
The 450-seat Annenberg Theater offers series emphasizing jazz, dance and
plays with such programs as "Forever Plaid," the Juliard String Quartet
and the Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival. It also features a popular Sunday
afternoon concerts through the season.
Call for showtimes and ticket prices: 760-325-4490
Located in the Palm Springs Desert Museum at 101 Museum Drive in Palm
This museum is made especially for children. It's fun, and educational,
and it doesn't hurt a bit. Features include interactive exhibits and children
can see how a skeleton fits together, paint, rock climb and design their
71-701 Gerald Ford Drive, Rancho Mirage
Desert IMAX Theatre
IMAX technology is based upon the largest film frame in motion picture
history, and the screen is stands six stories high, delivering outstanding
clarity. It's capable of showing both 2D and 3D images as well as first-run
films whose effects lend themselves to the enhanced impact of the oversized
Call for show times and ticket prices: 760-324-7333
On E. Palm Canyon at Cathedral Canyon Drive, Cathedral City.
The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies
A fabulous live musical production featuring an entire cast of entertainers
aged 50+. Be sure to call ahead for showtimes and tickets as this show
brings people from all over by the busloads!
100 Jack Benny Plaza, Palm Springs.
The McCallum Theatre
Features the most popular Broadway shows, concerts, pop, symphony, jazz,
and ballet. Located on Fred Waring Drive in Palm Desert.
73-000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert
Nortel Palm Springs International Film
Every year in January, this festival in one of the most popular events
in the desert. An eclectic mix of more then 100 feature films and an increasing
scene of Tinseltown glamour.
The black-tie awards gala honors major film figures. Past recipients of
the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Sophie Loren, James Stewart,
Frank Sinatra, Sylvester Stallone, and John Travolta.
Events are staged at six Palm Springs theaters. Call for information and
The Palm Springs International Short
Held in August, it's reported to be the largest event of its kind, showcasing
short films, experimental films, animation, and videos.
Free seminars are conducted between screenings, and opening night showcases
award-winners from other festivals and academics.
Palm Springs theaters. Call for information and locations: 760-322-2930.
Palm Canyon Theatre, presents professional theater productions
through May 28.
538 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs.
Top Hat Playhouse, presents a variety of productions year-round.
210 E. Arenas Road, Palm Springs.
The nightlife in the desert isn't limited to a few chic nightspots reserved
only for the rich and famous. Today's choices can go from chic to Saturday
The Indian casinos now feature Las Vegas style gaming and are doing record
business. In return, they offer their clientele dining, dancing and entertainment
options, including top singing personalities and boxing matches.
You're guaranteed a great time even if you don't win the ultimate jackpot!
46-750 Seminole, Cabazon
Fantasy Springs Casino
84-245 Indio Springs Drive, Indio
Spa Hotel & Casino
100 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs
Shallmar Sports Center
46-350 Arabia. Indio
This county-run facility offers off-track betting and televised horse
races from around the country.
On the Riverside County Fairgrounds
Spotlight 29 Casino
49-200 Harrison St., Coachella
Bars, Supper Clubs & Dance Clubs
The Bamboo Lounge
Located in The Racquet Club of Palm Springs
2743 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs
Old haunt of famous celebrities from the past such as Michael Douglas,
Cary Grant, and Sophia Loren.
Bananaz Grill & Bar
72-291 Highway 111, Palm Desert
Swing, karaoke, DJ parties, champagne brunch,TV room and pool tables.
1555 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs
Located in the Cedar Creek Inn
Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m. Sun.-Thurs. Entertainment by Jimmy Fontane and
Del Rio's Taqueria Grill & Cantina
125 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs
Enjoy cool rhythms with a Latin flair. Frisco Rangel entertains Thurs.-Sun.
7 p.m.-midnight, Sat. lunch and Sunday Brunch.
Las Casuelas Terraza
222 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs
A popular downtown restaurant and nightclub featuring an outdoor Palapa,
an array of Margaritas, the Tequila Hall of Fame, and nightly live entertainment
featuring Mexican to Blues, Pop, and Rock. Mark Guerrero's Hot Rox performs
Wed.-Sun., StreetLights Mon.-Tues., P.S. Sound Co. Sat.-Sun. afternoon
and the Lino Vazquez Quintet Sat.-Sun. morning.
Muriel's Supper Club
210 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs.
Swank and chic! Caters to an up market, sophisticated crowd. Cuisine
is eclectic, interior boasts a colorful design and on warm nights, the
club will open up it's movable walls connecting the outdoor patio. Top
name entertainers, big band swing sound, dancing, salsa, jazz and bayou
rhythms are part of the scene.
266 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs
Nightly entertainment, full bar, cigar bar upstairs, large patio, two
Zelda's Nightclub & Beachclub
169 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs
Go and see for yourself why it's also called a beach club.
120 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs
This intimate concert nightclub draws world-class blues every weekend,
and owner Kal David and his Real Deal band, featuring David's wife, singer
Lauri Bono, continue the authentic blues concerts on weeknights. Two shows
72-191 Highway 111, Palm Desert
Live R & B every Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The coffee craze has got a lot more going for it than just coffee. Patrons
listen to music, recite poetry, chat up their friends, and work up a latte
72-286 Highway 111, Palm Desert
Tuesday open mike night may be fun for some, or scary for the listeners,
but there's also an eclectic range of music from blues to golden oldies,
and the tarot and palm readers will forecast your future while you sip.
Peabody's Coffee Bar & Jazz Studio
134 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs
Features Dixieland and blues on Saturday nights, and a full bar for those
who want something stronger than coffee.