Mar 25

American Documentary Film Festival screen gems: Overlooked Suspect: What if O.J. Simpson Didn’t Do It?

American Documentary Film Festival screen gems:

Overlooked Suspect: What if O.J. Simpson Didn’t Do It?

On October 3rd, 1995 (with an estimated 150 million people watching on live television), the jury in the longest trial in California history declared O. J. Simpson not guilty of murdering his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.  Despite this, if you asked the question today, almost everyone would say that they believe Simpson committed the murders.

But what if everyone is wrong? What if someone else committed the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman?

Overlooked Suspect: What If O.J. Simpson Didn’t Do It?, a new documentary that is being screened on Friday, March 30th during the American Documentary Film Festival, asks exactly that question. The film highlights a detailed and on-going 15 year investigation that has led one of America’s leading Private Investigators, William C. Dear, to suggest that perhaps O.J. Simpson did NOT commit those murders. What’s more, a team of internationally recognized experts in their respective fields, when presented with the evidence, has come to the same, independent conclusion.

Was there another suspect? A suspect that was overlooked or ignored in the rush to judgment surrounding O.J. Simpson? A suspect that O.J. Simpson himself was willing to cover for?

“We have 16 distilled years and over 5,000 hours of intense research and investigation into a one-hour, thought-provoking, viewer-friendly documentary that will empower the public to decide what they feel, in conclusion, about the case, and whether or not there was a rush to judgment,”  says the film’s Director, David Nerman. “In the end, the audience will be the Judge.”

Don’t miss Overlooked Suspect  – 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: What if O.J. Simpson Didn’t Do It? on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 10am!


OF NOTE: Producer Howard Barrett and Investigator William C. Dear will attend the festival screening and be available for advance interviews.

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 21

FREE Screening of WASTE LAND! Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Join us at Camelot Theatres
for a FREE Screening of WASTE LAND!

Click HERE to get your FREE tickets!

Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 9:30 AM (PT)
Camelot Theatres
2300 East Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Director Lucy Walker (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSIGHT and COUNTDOWN TO ZERO) and co-directors João Jardim and Karen Harley have great access to the entire process and, in the end, offer stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.

Mar 07

Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Market

Certified Farmers Market Fresh Pick of the Week: Beets!

Beets are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Market. Beets have been eaten by humans since the Eighth Century BC, and for good reason. They are delicious, and the entire plant is edible. The beetroots themselves (which are what most people think of when describing beets) are sweet, with a unique earthy flavor. They are crunchy when eaten raw, but become deliciously soft and buttery when roasted, steamed or boiled. The beet greens are equally delicious, with a sweet, mild flavor.

Beets are also highly nutritious, and contain plenty of Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, as well as a healthy dose of fiber. They are also rich in two particular types of antioxidants, betacyanins and betaxanthins, which give them their distinctive color. Beets containing more betacyanins (red-violet plant pigments) are typically deep red in color. Conversely, Beets containing more of the yellow betaxanthins will be Golden Yellow in color, and, you guessed it, Beets that have relatively equal amounts of the two antioxidants will appear in various hues of Orange. And Beet antioxidants are not only unique in color. They are also unique in their ability to promote healthy eyes, healthy nerve tissue, and reduce the unwanted inflammation associated with the cardiovascular system.

Did You Know: Beets were once commonly referred to as Blood Turnips.

Price: $2/bunch

Plus, check out this great Beet Recipe, courtesy of CHOW: Beet Salad

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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Mar 05

All Custom Golf Carts Expanding to New Palm Desert Location; New Store, All Custom Golf Cars, will be the Exclusive Distributor of Columbia ParCar Electric Vehicles.

All Custom Golf Carts Expanding to New Palm Desert Location; New Store, All Custom Golf Cars, will be the Exclusive Distributor of Columbia ParCar Electric Vehicles.

All Custom Golf Carts, the Coachella Valley’s Premiere purveyor of custom golf carts and other electric vehicles, is set to open its second location – All Custom Golf Cars – in Palm Desert. The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is currently slated for Tuesday, March 13th at 4pm, and the public is invited to attend. The store, which is located at 77750 Country Club Drive, will showcase the entire Columbia ParCar line of electric passenger vehicles, industrial/commercial vehicles, and mega vehicles. All Custom Golf Cars will be the Coachella Valley’s exclusive distributor of Columbia ParCar Electric Vehicles.

“Columbia ParCar vehicles are really the top of the line when it comes to neighborhood and street legal electric low speed vehicles.” says Malcolm Gochioco, co-owner of the Palm Desert store. “They are designed to meet and/or exceed all applicable state and federal regulations for low speed electric cars, and, unlike most competitors, Columbia ParCar vehicles are built with the same sorts of features consumers look for in traditional gas powered cars – rack and pinion steering, superior suspension, and the most stable wheel-base in the industry.”

“We chose to carry the Columbia ParCar line for several reasons,” says Felipe Gonzales, Gochioco’s business partner, and the owner of the sixteen year old Palm Springs All Custom Golf Carts store on Ramon Road. “They’re the most experienced manufacturer in their field, and they offer a wide variety of features that you cannot find with other manufacturers. They have built-in programmable chargers, can be easily converted to solar, and always come with a lifetime warrantee. No other manufacturer can begin to compete with Columbia in a line item comparison. These really are ‘cars’ rather than ‘carts’.”

“We think the timing for the new store opening is propitious, given the rising cost of gas, and the fact that consumers are looking for ways to reduce their overall carbon footprint.” Gochioco continues. “Federal tax credits are also available for buyers of 100% electric vehicles. There just has not been a better time to do it.” Gochioco, who is also a founding member of the Palm Springs Electric Car Association, is convinced that electric cars are the wave of the future. “Electric cars are clean, green, safe, quiet and efficient. There are no emissions, and, for urban driving, they’re the perfect twenty first century solution to local transportation needs.”

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All Custom Golf Cars

Palm Desert Store Grand Opening
And Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Tuesday, March 13th – 4pm

Store Location:
77750 Country Club Drive,
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Mar 05

Join us at Camelot Theatres on Saturday, March 10 for a FREE Screening of TAPPED!


Join us at Camelot Theatres on Saturday, March 10 for a FREE Screening of TAPPED!

Click HERE to get your FREE tickets!

Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM (PT)

Camelot Theatres
2300 East Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262

“TAPPED”
Official Website: http://tappedthemovie.com

Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig’s debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water.

From the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car and I.O.U.S.A., this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water.

From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public’s right to water.

ABOUT THE FILM

Infrastructure:
We have 1.5 million miles of water infrastructure in America. Sadly much of this is 100 years old…about 80 years past its prime. Our water infrastructure problems have been called a ticking time bomb. It’s a costly problem to fix – estimates range in the $185 billion range. When bottled water companies boast about the jobs they bring into towns I often think of our taxed water system and how many jobs we could create to fix this national problem.

Pharmaceuticals in the Water:
When we started making Tapped I realized I didn’t really know where my water was coming from or how it actually got to me. I was completely shocked to learn that the sewer and water industry were essentially one and the same.

This was another section of the film we had to kill because our test markets indicated this could confuse the audience about the safety of our tap water. My argument that 40% of bottled water is tap water didn’t seem to quell the fear that this information may drive people to the bottle anyway. We tried many incarnations of this clip in an effort to underscore the point that for 90% of the country our water is safe but that our habits threaten the future of that safety. Nonetheless it ended up on the cutting room floor. Until now…

Privatization:
The term privatization as used by those active in the water community is used in two ways. One is when corporations actually own our water services, say our sewer system, or our water system. The other thing is when we’re talking about bottled water or bulk water. What we’re really talking about is the commodification of water, but some people feel that water bottlers are in essence privatizing their water supply because they make less water available to those living in that area. Tapped focuses on the bottled water side of privatization but here’s a look at the other type of privatization – when private companies control our water and sewer services.

Mar 05

Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Market!

Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Market: Chard

Chard, sometimes referred to as Swiss Chard, is this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Market. Chard, which is usually classified (at least in culinary terms) as a type of “green,” is actually a form of beet, albeit one that has been bred for its delicious and highly nutritious leaves (at the expense of its root bulb). Green is also a bit of a misnomer when applied to Chard as a color. Chard, or at least the stalks and ribs of the plant, comes in a variety of colors – white, red, yellow, pink, ruby – even rainbow, making it a lovely specimen for gardens and flower beds. But don’t choose Chard for its color alone. Choose it because it is one of the world’s healthiest vegetables! That’s right. Chard is chock-full of Vitamins A, C, and K, and contains a variety of polyphenol antioxidants (natural compounds that are well-known for their cancer-fighting properties). Nor are Chard’s antioxidants limited to the conventional ones that most plants contain. No! Chard has a record thirteen types of antioxidants, including several that have anti-inflammatory properties, others that can help detoxify the blood, and one superstar antioxidant that has actually been shown to help regulate blood sugar.

Did You Know: “Swiss” Chard is not native to Switzerland at all. It comes from the Mediterranean. Nineteenth Century seed manufacturers gave Chard the name “Swiss” in order to differentiate it from “French” Spinach!

Price: $2/bunch

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.

Feb 16

New Murder Mystery Novel, Death in the Saddle (Not a Western), Now Available from Murder Mystery Press

New Murder Mystery Novel, Death in the Saddle (Not a Western), Now Available from Murder Mystery Press

Death in the Saddle (Not a Western), a new mystery novel by Dr. Alvin J. Harris, has just been released from Murder Mystery Press, and is now available from amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. Death in the Saddle (Not a Western) is Dr. Harris’ fourth mystery novel, and the fourth to be set in the Southern California desert area near Palm Springs. The book is a delightfully twisted tale of murder, sexual intrigue, and deceit – one that is sure to keep readers perched on the edge of their seats right up to the end when the last of many well-kept secrets is revealed.

This is a story that might have made the front page of any newspaper in America – Billionaire Real Estate Developer Peter Bruxton is found murdered – shot in the head in his hotel room. To those who knew Bruxton, his murder was no great surprise. His abrupt manner, gruff personality, and general tendency to offend anyone he met (within five minutes of meeting them) was well known. Even less of a surprise was the fact that Bruxton appeared to have been shot while having sex with an unknown woman. His sexual escapades (with everyone and anyone except his wife) were also well known, and were often the subject of open conversation at cocktail parties throughout the Coachella Valley social scene.

Two local detectives, one a seasoned veteran, and the other a virtual rookie, are assigned to the case. Their biggest challenge? Finding someone Bruxton knew who is NOT a likely suspect, and doing it in the face of increasing political pressure, both locally, and from the California Governor’s office. As the two dig deeper and deeper into the mystery, their list of suspects gets longer, but it is not until the case crosses state lines that the pressure really heats up and the real killer is revealed…or are they?

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About the Author:   Long a fan of mystery and detective novels, Dr. Alvin J. Harris began writing professionally after moving to Palm Desert, California with his wife, Yetta. With more than forty years experience as an Orthopedic Surgeon, it is no surprise that he includes someone in the medical profession in each of his novels. Dr. Harris, a prolific writer, is currently at work on his fifth novel.

Jan 30

Shining Night: A portrait of Morten Lauridsen

See the World Premiere of Shining Night: A portrait of Morten Lauridsen.

Coming to the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs on February 7th 2012  at 8pm, followed by a live performance by the USC Chamber Singers.

Tickets are $15, available from the Camelot box office or online through ShowClix.

Jan 24

World Premiere of Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen Coming to Camelot Theatres on Tuesday, February 7, 2012.

World Premiere of
Shining Night:
A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen
Coming to Camelot Theatres on Tuesday, February 7, 2012.

Morten Lauridsen and Writer/Director Michael Stillwater to Attend;
USC Thornton Chamber Singers to perform live under the direction of Jo-Michael Scheibe.

On Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012 at 8:00pm, the World Premiere of Michael Stillwater’s new film, Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen, will be screened at Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs. Presented by the new American Documentary Film Festival, the premiere is part of its pre-festival screening series, and is sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center.

Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen was written and directed by Michael Stillwater, and celebrates the life and music of world-renowned Composer Morten Lauridsen, whom musicologist Nick Strimple has called ‘the only American composer in history who can be called a mystic’. National Medal of Arts recipient and the most frequently performed American choral composer, Morten Lauridsen spends summers on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest. Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen features intimate interviews with him in California, Scotland and Waldron Island, Washington, interwoven with performances of Lauridsen’s masterworks, and commentaries by music contemporaries.

Both Morten Lauridsen and Michael Stillwater are scheduled to attend the premiere, which will be preceded by a special live performance of Lauridsen’s work by the USC Thornton Chamber Singers, under the direction of Jo-Michael Scheibe. The USC Thornton Chamber Singers is the premiere choral ensemble at USC. This past November, they were joined by the USC Thornton Concert Choir and Symphony in a magnificent performance of J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor under the direction of Maestro Helmuth Rilling. Earlier this year, members of the Chambers Singers and Concert Choir joined Andrea Bocelli in his performance of “My Christmas” for PBS. The USC Thornton Chamber Singers perform regularly in concert halls around the country and around the world.

 

Special Screening of
Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen
and live performance by the USC Thornton Chamber Singers


Tue. Feb 7, 2012 at 8:00pm
Tickets: $15.00
Special Student Discounts available.

Tickets are available at the Camelot Theatres Box Office, or online at:
http://www.showclix.com/event/206478

Camelot Theatres

2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262

NOTE: This special program is a prelude event for the upcoming American Documentary Film Festival. Find out more about the American Documentary Film Festival at http://www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com/

See what the Wall Street Journal Had to say about Morton Lauridsen:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204555904577169562197268518.html?KEYWORDS=Teachout


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About Morten Lauridsen: Morten Johannes Lauridsen is an American composer. He was composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale (1994–2001) and has been a professor of composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music  for more than 30 years.  He received the National Medal of Arts in 2007.

Lauridsen developed a love for music at an early age. At eight, he started playing the piano, and later learned to play the trumpet. He studied composition with Ingolf Dahl, Halsey Stevens, Robert Linn, and Harold Owen at the University of Southern California. His choral compositions, including seven choral cycles and a series of sacred a cappella motets, are featured regularly in concerts worldwide. In particular, O Magnum Mysterium, Contre Qui, Rose and Dirait-on (from Les Chansons des Roses), and O Nata Lux (from Lux Aeterna) have become popular items in the choral repertoire.

Lauridsen’s musical language is influenced by chant, as well as masters through the ages, such as Josquin, Palestrina, Gesualdo, Monteverdi, Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, and Duruflé. The influence of chant, though evident in the linear construction of many of his works, is particularly clear in Lux Aeterna. A chant-like melody, first stated by the strings, unfolds and becomes the basis for the entire five-movement work. Lauridsen also cites the American musical theater as an influence, drawing upon this sound especially for his setting of James Agee’s “Sure on this Shining Night.” Some of Lauridsen’s signature sounds include pervasive use of the second scale degree, (the second note of the key in which the composition is written) and his Madrigali utilize the “fire chord.” In search of a single sonority to connect each song in the cycle, Lauridsen settled on a minor chord with an added ninth, a sound which he named the “fire chord.” It returns throughout the work and is especially poignant in its single use on the word “voi” (Italian for “you”) in the final song, “Se per havervi oime.”

About Michael Stillwater:
Michael Stillwater is a multi-talented artist and educator using music for healing and reconnection. A recording artist of over a dozen albums, his songs reflect universal spiritual principles through the eyes of his human journey, and his chants are known worldwide for opening  heart and mind. He is founder of Inner Harmony, offering musical services online and on-site, and Song Without Borders, producer of films and other programs applying song to personal and societal transformation, a  project of nonprofit Green Hospice of Santa Fe, NM

Jan 23

BIG HAIR! BIG MOVIE! BIG FUN! See The One and Only HAIRSPRAY!

BIG HAIR! BIG MOVIE! BIG FUN! See The One and Only  HAIRSPRAY!

Coming to the BIG SCREEN at Camelot Theatres
For ONE NIGHT ONLY: Thursday, January 26, 2012.

Celebrate the opening of Palm Canyon Theatre’s local production of HAIRSPRAY with a FREE pre-opening night screening of the movie HAIRSPRAY at Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs. The 2007 film version of HAIRSPRAY was a BIG SCREEN favorite, and starred John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Queen Latifah, Zac Efron and Nikki Blonsky. Camelot Theatres is proud to present this special FREE Screening of HAIRSPRAY on the BIG SCREEN for one night only on Thursday, January 26th. The screening starts at 7:30pm, but arrive early. Seating is limited and is first come, first seated.

FREE Screening of
HAIRSPRAY!

Camelot Theatres
Thursday, January 26, 2012
7:30pm
First Come, First Seated.