Good festival deal: Finally: a music festival with a cool venue, cool numbers, and ticket prices that won’t require a trip to Payday Loans.
The 10th edition of the Desert Stars Festival at the Pappy and Harriet saloon will be hosted by the Raveonettes, a Danish electro-rock group with a particular affinity for the desert, at 9:50 p.m. Saturday after Tess Parks and the Mile High Club. Friday headliners will be Kolars at 11:30 p.m. and Entrance at 12:40 a.m.
Sunday, headlining, Psychic TV at 9:40 p.m. after Spindrift and Thunderpussy. The low desert group, Waxy, will perform at 9:20 pm on the indoor stage.
Thus, you will discover more than 30 groups on three stages, playing mainly neo-psychedelic and alternative rock, for 99 $ for the three nights. But you have the option of spending a night or two without having to worry about getting caught with counterfeit tickets.
Desert Star Festival, open at 5 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and after midnight daily, Pappy and Harriet’s, 53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown. $ 22.75 to $ 51.75 for day passes, $ 79 for Saturday to Sunday. pass, $ 99 for three days. desertstarsfestival.com
Festival not so niche: Cinema Diverse is Palm Springs’ festival of LGBTQ short and feature documentaries and narratives. In many ways it’s like any other film festival, with successes and failures. But the hits will grab you, regardless of your social or political disposition. Here are five short and feature films that I think will resonate with:
“The fear of lavender” 12:45 pm Friday, a feature-length documentary on how President Dwight Eisenhower declared gay men a “security risk” during the Cold War, allowing the government to fire gay men from federal office, which sparked a hunt for witches. It follows the short film “Coming Out: The LGBT Cultural Revolution Before Stonewall”, about the role played by California in the birth of the LGBT rights movement.
“Push death” Friday at 7:30 p.m., report on an HIV-positive patient who falsely deposits a birthday check for $ 100 and is taken out of his health insurance plan for having too much money. It’s humorous despite his sad commentary on our health care system.
“I dream in another language” 12:45 p.m. Saturday, about a young linguist exploring the jungles of Mexico in search of an endangered language. He meets the last two speakers, who have refused to speak to each other for 50 years, and discovers a forbidden love affair.
“David’s parents”, 11 a.m. Sunday, four short films on LGBTQ Jewish experiences by people of all makes and models.
“The fabulous Allan Carr,” 7:45 pm Sunday, the closing film, which premiered in May in Seattle, about the musical producer whose Hollywood nights helped define the 1970s. He also mentions his activities in Palm Springs.
Diversity of cinema: the Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival, 7:30 p.m. Thursday – 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Camelot Theaters, 2300 E. Baristo Road, Palm Springs. $ 13.25 for individual movies, $ 35 for opening night, $ 72 for six-packs, $ 199 to $ 279 for four-day passes, plus fees. (760) 325-6565
From Mexico: Camila, a Mexican pop rock group formed by singer, songwriter and producer Mario Domm in the town of Coahuila, will now appear in the city that hosts Coachella.
Camila has won three Latin Grammy’s since Domm founded the group in 2005 with guitarist Pablo Hurtado from San Luis Potosí and Samo, from Veracruz, who has since left. They have performed with a wide range of artists, including Alejandro Sanz, Alejandra Guzman and Kenny G.
Camille, 8:00 p.m., Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84-245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio. $ 39- $ 79. (760) 342-5000
Comic royalty: Paul Rodriguez was the Latin king of comedy in the ’80s and’ 90s. He starred with local legends Bob Hope and Lalo Guerrero and enjoyed the golden age of stand-up comedy with Robin Williams, Jay Leno and David Letterman.
Rodriguez, 62, also owns a family farm in the Modesto area that he started running in the 2000s. His alignment with other farm owners at odds with environmentalists over water rights and that puts him at the opposite end of the political spectrum with more liberal colleagues in Hollywood. He said it affected his ability to find work.
But, as someone who has spoken to him several times in person and on the phone, I can say that Rodriguez never lost his ability to make people laugh. He probably won’t be in politics when he returns to Coachella. It will just be funny.
Paul Rodriguez, 8 p.m., Spotlight 29 Casino, 46-200 Harrison Place, Coachella. $ 20- $ 35. (760) 775-5566
Secret revealed: The last secret jazz hotspot in the desert is a lounge on the 12th floor of the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. It’s called the 12th Floor Lounge at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. I went there last month, on a hot Sunday afternoon, expecting to join 20 or 30 people to see a mostly famous East Coast jazz trio, and found myself sitting on a flowerpot because I arrived an hour after the start of filming.
This Sunday, great West Coast saxophonist Tom Scott will perform with pianist Laurence Hobgood, who was Tony Bennett’s musical director for his 90th birthday special at Radio City Music Hall, and who collaborated for 20 years with the singer from jazz Kurt Elling.
Scott became a title in the 1970s with his LA Express, but he has appeared on over 500 recordings by artists as diverse as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, the Blues Brothers, Joni Mitchell, Aerosmith, Steely Dan and Jack Jones, who made a sensational visit with him a few years ago to Pete Carlson Golf and Tennis in Palm Desert.
With a house rhythm section including Andy Fraga Jr. and Larry Holloway, this could be the best free show of the year.
Tom Scott & Laurence Hobgood, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., doors open 1 p.m., 12th Floor Lounge at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio. Free entry. (760) 342-5000
WEDNESDAY September 27
Alternative jazz: If a fire marshal interrupts the Sunday jazz show due to overcrowding, you may want to get your fix of jazz Wednesday at Club 5 in Indio.
The nightclub offers a weekly jam session after an opening set by the James Gastelum Quintet, with Aaron Mercado on tenor saxophone, Christian Colin on guitar, Danny Z. Gutierrez on piano, James Gastelum on double bass and Sean Poe on drums . Singer-guitarist Giselle Woo has previously said on Facebook that she will sit with them.
Jazz Jam at Club 5, 7-10 p.m., Club 5 Bar, 82971 Bliss Ave, Indio. Free entry. (760) 625-1719