Mar 30

Palm Springs Animal Shelter to host First Annual Easter PawRade Adoption Event on Sunday, April 1, 2012

Palm Springs Animal Shelter to host First Annual

Easter PawRade

Adoption Event on Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Palm Spring Animal Shelter will host its first annual Easter Pawrade adoption event this Sunday, April 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its brand new facility at 4575 E. Mesquite Ave.

The free event, which is being presented by Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, will feature special $20 adoption fees, pictures with the Easter Bunny, face painting, and light refreshments. The adoption fee includes spay/neuter surgery, a microchip, and age-appropriate vaccinations.

“We are excited to welcome the Palm Springs community into our beautiful new shelter this weekend and introduce them to the wonderful dogs and cats we have available for adoption,” said Palm Springs Animal Shelter Director Leslie Tisdale. “The Easter Pawrade is sure to result in many new lifelong friendships.”

The new Palm Spring Animal Shelter opened in October 2011 and its staff and volunteers have since been working towards establishing a progressive organization that will serve as a national model. One of the goals for the new facility is increasing the number of adoptions, and the shelter is already seeing significant results.

For more information about the Palm Spring Animal Shelter and its Friends, please visit http://www.PalmSpringsAnimalFriends.org

Mar 30

American Documentary Film Festival screen gems: Persona Non Grata (with a special appearance by Director Oliver Stone)

American Documentary Film Festival screen gems:

Persona Non Grata

(with a special appearance by Director Oliver Stone)

In 2002, director Oliver Stone arrived in the Middle East in search of some truths about the Palestinian Conflict. He found them as elusive as Arafat himself. The result of his efforts there was Persona Non Grata – a blistering verite documentary in which Stone set his sights on interviewing leaders of both Israel and the Palestinian Authority during one of the most violent eras in their history. Shot over the course of five explosive days, the film allows well-known principals of the conflict to speak their minds, ultimately demonstrating just how far apart the two sides stand. Interviews include former Israeli Prime Ministers Shimon Perez, Ehud Barak and Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority Minister of Information and Culture Yasser Abed Rabbo, and a group of masked fighters from the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.

Don’t miss Persona Non Grata (with a special appearance by Oliver Stone) – one of the many thought-provoking screen gems you’ll see at this year’s inaugural American Documentary Film Festival. For more information, and a complete schedule listing, visit http://americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com/

See Persona Non Grata on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 4pm!

The American Documentary Film Festival
March 29 – April 5, 2012
Camelot Theatres
2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-325-6565
Tickets: http://www.showclix.com

Mar 29

American Documentary Film Festival screen gems: The World Premiere of I STAND CORRECTED

American Documentary Film Festival screen gems:

The World Premiere of

I STAND CORRECTED

I STAND CORRECTED charts Jennifer Leitham’s rise as a virtuoso of the upright bass and reveals how she risked everything with her decision to undergo sexual reassignment surgery.  The documentary explores the fears Leitham wrestled with as she rose through the ranks of the jazz world, and celebrates the joy she discovered after embracing her female identity. There will a live solo performance by Jennifer Leitham after the screening.

Don’t miss the World Premiere of I STAND CORRECTED – one of the many thought-provoking screen gems you’ll see at this year’s inaugural American Documentary Film Festival.

For more information, and a complete schedule listing, visit http://americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com/

See the World Premiere of I STAND CORRECTED on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 7pm!

The American Documentary Film Festival
March 29 – April 5, 2012
Camelot Theatres
2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-325-6565
Tickets: http://www.showclix.com

 

Mar 29

American Documentary Film Festival screen gems: Locked Out

American Documentary Film Festival screen gems:

Locked Out

Before the Occupy Wall Street movement, a brave group of unionized (ILWU) miners in the desert town of Boron, California, put their lives on the line by refusing to accept wage and benefit cuts by their greedy employer Rio Tinto, a multinational mining company. Rio Tinto retaliated by locking these miners out of their jobs and replacing them with workers from around the U.S. The David and Goliath struggle which ensued is an example of how workers need to organize and fight corporate greed.

Don’t miss Locked Out– one of the many thought-provoking screen gems you’ll see at this year’s inaugural American Documentary Film Festival. For more information, and a complete schedule listing, visit http://americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com/

See Locked Out on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 1pm!

The American Documentary Film Festival
March 29 – April 5, 2012
Camelot Theatres
2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-325-6565
Tickets: http://www.showclix.com


Mar 28

American Documentary Film Festival to Open in Palm Springs, CA on March 29, 2012; Oliver Stone Set to Receive Filmmaker Award.

American Documentary Film Festival to Open in Palm Springs, CA on March 29, 2012; Oliver Stone Set to Receive Filmmaker Award.

The first annual American Documentary Film Festival is set to open in Palm Springs, CA, on March 29, 2012. The event, which runs through April 5th at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, will include more than fifty screenings of documentary films, plus a variety of film seminars and filmmaker Q&As. Festivities begin Thursday evening, March 29th, at 6pm with a very special Opening Night Reception and Tribute, honoring legendary filmmaker Oliver Stone.

“Oliver will receive our highest honor – the ‘Filmmaker Who Makes A Difference Award’,” says Ted Grouya, Festival Director. “His grit and determination as an American film director, producer and screenwriter have resulted in films that have raised awareness and inspired change. Oliver has single handedly redefined the way we look at film.”

Following the reception and tribute, Stone’s controversial 2003 documentary, Comandante, will be screened. The documentary, which details Stone’s first journey to Cuba to interview Fidel Castro, was screened extensively in other countries, but was rarely screened in the United States because it was considered too ‘sympathetic’ to the Castro regime.

The American Documentary Film Festival, which is being presented by the Palm Springs Cultural Center, has long been a dream of Grouya’s. “As a filmmaker, and a fan of the documentary art form, I had been working to create a festival focusing on documentaries for a number of years. The opportunity to partner with Ric and Rozene Supple and their Palm Springs Cultural Center was the catalyst I needed to make the American Documentary Film Festival a reality.”

Founded in 2007, the Palm Springs Cultural Center is dedicated to enhancing the life and well-being of those who live in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley by providing access to culture, broadly defined, and the arts. The Center does this by developing, producing, and/or subsidizing a variety of community programs and events, including its five Certified Farmers’ Markets, the Arthur Lyons’ Film Noir Festival, Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, the American Documentary Film Festival and more.

“We’ve known Ted for quite some time,” said Ric Supple, President of the Palm Springs Cultural Center. “So when he approached us and said he wanted to create the largest documentary festival and market on the West Coast, we didn’t give it a second thought. We are thrilled to add the American Documentary Film Festival to the list of programs we support.”

Screenings for the American Documentary Film Festival run daily, at 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm. Most screenings feature multiple documentaries that have been packaged together, both because they focus on similar subject matter, and so that the overall run times are similar. Q&As with the filmmakers follow screenings and are included in ticket prices.

For more information, and a complete schedule listing, visit http://americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com/

The American Documentary Film Festival

March 29 – April 5, 2012

Camelot Theatres

2300 E Baristo Road

Palm Springs, CA 92262

760-325-6565

Tickets: http://www.showclix.com

 

Mar 28

American Documentary Film Festival screen gems: Ordinary Joe

American Documentary Film Festival screen gems:

Ordinary Joe

Joe Sciacca is a regular guy – a beer drinking, blue-collar roofer and Vietnam War veteran from Long Island, New York – an ordinary Joe by all appearances. But contrary to appearances, this “Ordinary Joe” has a life purpose that proves to be anything but average. Driven by complex motives, Joe annually returns to Vietnam, traveling its back alleys and country roads, seeking out the poor, diseased and disabled, and offers them his unique brand of aid and hope. By taking a “do-it-yourself” approach this brash New Yorker has become an unlikely champion to a far away and seemingly forgotten people. The film, Ordinary Joe is his story.

Don’t miss Ordinary Joe– one of the many thought-provoking screen gems you’ll see at this year’s inaugural American Documentary Film Festival. For more information, and a complete schedule listing, visit http://americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com/

See Ordinary Joe on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 7pm!

The American Documentary Film Festival
March 29 – April 5, 2012
Camelot Theatres
2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-325-6565
Tickets: http://www.showclix.com




Mar 28

American Documentary Film Festival screen gems: The World of Z

American Documentary Film Festival screen gems:

The World of Z

The World of Z documents the powerful four year journey of three filmmakers into the life of manic-depressive artist Zbignew Daniel Fiks –  known as “Z.” Now sixty years old, “Z” looks much older.  He is engaging, intelligent, and an outstanding conversationalist, despite his rough exterior, and despite having spent much of his life suffering from bipolar disease. Through their own footage, interwoven with Z’s personal home videos, films and audiotapes, filmmakers Brad Besser, Vince Clemente and Daniel Billups capture the high points of “Z’s” once happy family, as well as its slow destruction, the aftermath of his divorce, his loneliness, insanity and depression. “As filmmakers we did not want to make a broad statement about the effects of bipolar disorder as an illness, instead, we decided to use the film as a magnifying glass to this specific case.” said filmmaker Brad Besser. “It was important to let Z’s life present itself organically.”

Don’t miss The World of Z  – one of the many thought-provoking screen gems you’ll see at this year’s inaugural American Documentary Film Festival. For more information, and a complete schedule listing, visit http://americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com/

See Overlooked Suspect on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 7pm!

The American Documentary Film Festival
March 29 – April 5, 2012
Camelot Theatres
2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-325-6565
Tickets: http://www.showclix.com

Mar 25

American Documentary Film Festival Announces Opening Night Schedule

American Documentary Film Festival Announces
Opening Night Schedule

The first annual American Documentary Film Festival is scheduled to open this coming Thursday, March 29, 2012, with a special screening of Oliver Stone’s controversial 2003 documentary, Comandante. Prior to the screening, Opening Night ticket holders will be treated to a pre-opening party at the new Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs. “The party begins at 5pm and runs until 7pm,” said Ted Grouya, Festival Director. “At 7pm, everyone will head over to the Camelot Theatres. Doors open at the Camelot at 7pm, and the program begins promptly at 7:30pm.” Oliver Stone is scheduled to attend the Opening Night festivities, where he will be presented with the Festival’s firstFilmmaker Who Makes A Difference Award. “Opening Night tickets are still available,” Grouya continued. “But we’ve had strong advance sales to date, and we expect it to be a sell-out.”

The American Documentary Film Festival is screening over 50 documentaries this year, including several that have already garnered quite a bit of interest. Among them, the startling Canadian documentary, Overlooked Suspect, What if O.J. Simpson Didn’t Do It?, which details an incredible 15-year investigation into the O. J. Simpson murder case, the poignant I Stand Corrected, which charts jazz legend Jennifer (John) Leitham’s rise as a virtuoso of the upright bass and reveals how she risked everything with her decision to undergo sexual reassignment surgery, and Ordinary Joe, the story of a beer drinking, blue-collar roofer and Vietnam War veteran from Long Island, New York, who travels back to Viet Nam every year to seek out the poor, diseased and disabled, and bring them his own brand of aid and hope.

For more information, and a complete schedule listing, visit http://americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com/

The American Documentary Film Festival
March 29 – April 5, 2012
Camelot Theatres
2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-325-6565

Tickets: http://amdoc.showclix.com

Mar 25

Sing Along with BRIGADOON! Coming to the BIG SCREEN at Camelot Theatres For ONE NIGHT ONLY: Monday, April 9, 2012.

Sing Along with
BRIGADOON!

Coming to the BIG SCREEN at Camelot Theatres
For ONE NIGHT ONLY: Monday, April 9, 2012.

Camelot Theatres and the Palm Springs Cultural Center are proud to present a very special screening of the classic 1954 MGM musical BRIGADOON! Based on the Lerner and Loewe Broadway musical of the same name, the film version of BRIGADOON was directed by Vincente Minnelli and starred Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, and Cyd Charisse. This special Sing-Along Screening of BRIGADOON will benefit the Palm Canyon Theatre, which opens its own local live production of BRIGADOON on Friday, April 13th. The production runs through April 29th.

See this classic MGM treasure as it was meant to be seen  – in full color Cinemascope and on the BIG SCREEN for one night only. The screening takes place on Monday, April 9th, and starts at 7:30pm. Arrive early though. There’s a special Meet the Cast Reception with cast members from the Palm Canyon Theatre production of BRIGADOON from 6pm to 7pm upstairs at Camelot’s Café Internationale!  After that, audience members are invited to join the cast downstairs in the theatre, where they’ll be leading the Sing-Along! Tickets are $5, and proceeds will be used to support Palm Canyon Theatre. Seating is limited and is first come, first seated. Song sheets will be provided for the Sing-Along, and costumes are encouraged!

Sing Along with
BRIGADOON!

Camelot Theatres
Monday, April 9, 2012

Meet the Cast Reception: 6pm
Screening and Sing-Along: 7:30pm

First Come, First Seated.
Tickets: $5

For tickets, visit the Camelot Theatres Box Office,
call (760) 325-6565, or visit
http://www.camelottheatres.com/
& click on the BRIGADOON Poster

Palm Canyon Theatre Presents

BRIGADOON

April 13 – 29, 2012

Palm Canyon Theatre

538 North Palm Canyon Drive (at Alejo), Palm Springs, CA

For tickets or information call the Box Office at (760) 323-5123
or online at: http://www.palmcanyontheatre.org/

Mar 25

The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents: The Fresh Pick of the Week From the Certified Farmers Market

The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents:
The Fresh Pick of the Week
From the Certified Farmers Market

Certified Farmers Market Fresh Pick of the Week: Goat Cheese (and more)!

Goat Cheese tops the list as this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Market. Available from two local farms (Nicolau and Drake’s), our fresh-from-the-farm Goat Cheese comes in the classic form of chevre (which is French for goat) in a variety of flavors, and also in the form of Goat Feta. Goat Cheese also fuels a number of related farm products available at the market, including Goat Cheese stuffed ravioli, Goat Cheese Vanilla Bean Cheesecake, and three flavors of delicious Goat Cheese popsicles!

Goat Cheese (along with Goat Milk), was consumed by humans long before cow’s milk. Although similar in chemical composition to cheese made from cow’s milk, Goat Cheese is lower in calories, fat, and cholesterol. It has a unique tart and salty flavor – the former due to the particular types of fatty acids it contains, and the latter due to the fact that Goat Cheese is often brined. The texture of Goat Cheese ranges from soft and buttery to firm and flaky, with many newer forms mimicking types of cheese that are more commonly associated with those made from cows’ milk. Don’t look for all those new varieties at the Certified Farmers’ Markets, though. Our farmers make the traditional Goat Cheese varieties that have been made by goat farmers for thousands of years.

Did You Know: Goat Cheese has quite a long culinary and literary history in Greece. In the Odyssey, Homer refers to a woman stirring wine with goat cheese to reduce the acidity of the wine.

Price: $5 and up. Varies, depending on the type of goat cheese, and/or goat cheese product.

Also in Season, and available now at all locations: Potatoes, Celery, Green Onions, FRESH and DRIED Herbs, Eggs, Dates, Almonds, Oranges, Grapefruit, Chard, Eggplant, Squash, Onions, Garlic, Apples, Shallots, Beets, Green Beans, Carrots, Tomatoes, Green Tomatoes, Peppers, Lettuces, Parsley, Mint, Broccoli, Cabbage, Spinach, Radishes, Leeks, Brussels Sprouts, Asparagus, Cherimoyas, Dates . . . . PLUS, incredible artisan breads, fresh meats, cheese, fresh raw honey, California olives/olive oil/vinegars, and a wide variety of exotic Orchids and flowers.

Sidebar:

The Certified Farmers Market is sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center. It operates in four locations, and on three different days of the week, as follows:

– On Saturdays in Palm Springs, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, adjacent to the Camelot Theatres in the Palm Springs Mall parking lot at 2300 E. Baristo Road at Farrell.

– On Saturdays in Coachella, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, In front of City Hall on Sixth Street.

– On Sundays in Old Town La Quinta, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, at 78100 Main Street, just a few blocks west of La Quinta City Hall off Calle Tampico.

– On Wednesdays in Palm Desert, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, at the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce, 72-567 Highway 111.

Contact the Certified Farmers Market at 760.898.5250, 760-285-2630 (se habla Espanol), or visit us online at www.certifiedfarmersmarket.org.

The Palm Springs Cultural Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which was established to encourage the development of the cultural arts in the Coachella Valley with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, live performance, dance, music, and community festivals. The Center is dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving individuals.

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