Fashion’s finest comes to the West Coast in this stylish, seven-day soiree, featuring new collections by world-renowned designers, Zandra Rhodes and Marc Bouwe, as well as some of the hottest up-and-comers, including Michael Costello and the Stars of Project Runway.
In 2015, the 11-day celebration of midcentury architecture, attracted more than 40,000 visitors to the Coachella Valley. As the only such event in the country when it was launched in 2006, Palm Springs Modernism Week has helped fuel a robust national interest in the preservation and appreciation of modernism, and has grown quickly over the years, with estimated attendance reaching 35,000 last year.
Modernism Week, the only such event in the country, is an exciting 11-day celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture and culture. This design aesthetic, originated in the 1950s and 60s, was typified by clean, simple lines and celebrated elegant informality which came to define desert modernism.
In the winter of 2006, following the success of both the MODERNISM SHOW which had started in 2001 and the annual symposium organized by the ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN COUNCIL of the PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM, a few local design and architecture aficionados created MODERNISM WEEK to showcase Palm Springs’ world-renowned mid-century modern architecture.
Among the members of the initial steering committee were representatives from the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation, the Palm Springs Modern Committee, the Palm Springs Historical Society, and the Architecture and Design Council of the Palm Springs Art Museum.
John Christopher Depp II, aka Captain Jack Sparrow, aka Edward Scissorhands, aka the Mad Hatter, aka Johnny Depp, will receive the Desert Palm Achievement, Actor. Award Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala.
He’ll be specifically recognized for his role as a Boston mob leader who collaborates with a friend in the FBI in the current biopic, “Black Mass.”
“Johnny Depp is one of the most versatile and dynamic actors of our time,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In his latest film, “Black Mass,” Depp, in a stunning transformation, creates a gripping and multi-layered portrait of infamous gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger. He delivers an astounding performance that has earned raves from both critics and audiences and is sure to garner awards attention.”
Depp, 52, is already being discussed as a candidate for his fourth Oscar nomination for his performance in that film, following nods for Best Actor for his work in “Finding Neverland,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” and “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”
Other distinctive performances over the past three decades have included his roles in “Cry Baby,” “Benny & Joon,” “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,”“Chocolat,” “Donnie Brasco,” “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” “Blow,” “The Libertine,” “Public Enemies,” and several collaborations with Tim Burton including “Edward Scissorhands,” “Ed Wood” and “Sleepy Hollow.”
He’s also recently co-formed a rock supergroup called the Hollywood Vampires with Alice Cooper, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and the old rhythm section of Guns N’ Roses.
Past actor recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Jeff Bridges, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Colin Firth, Matthew McConaughey, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt and Eddie Redmayne. In the years they were honored, Bridges, Day-Lewis, McConaughey, Penn and Redmayne went on to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, while Cooper, Firth and Pitt received Oscar nominations.
The sold-out awards gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center is expected to attract 2,000 black tie-optional patrons.
The festival, running Jan.1-11 at venues throughout Palm Springs, is expected to draw more than 135,000 people, making it one of the largest film festivals in North America.
Now entering its 27th year, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is one of the largest and most well-respected film festivals in North America. Its culturally diverse program of 200± stellar films from more than 60 countries represents the best in international cinema, earning the Festival an enthusiastic and loyal audience of nearly 137,000. The Festival’s glamorous centerpiece, the Awards Gala, scheduled for January 2, 2016, brings the world’s biggest stars to Palm Springs as it honors the year’s best performances both in front of and behind the camera. Replete with red carpet and an explosion of flashbulbs, the 2015 Awards Gala honored Julianne Moore, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Benedict Cumberbatch, J.K. Simmons, Reese Witherspoon and Robert Duvall, among others.
Passes, Awards Gala tables and individual seats will be on sale beginning Saturday,
August 1st – online only August 1st and 2nd; by phone beginning August 3rd
Box Office & General Information: Mon-Fri, 9:00am-5pm: 800-898-7256 / 760-778-8979
Full Film & Event Schedule and Descriptions: Available December 18, 2015
Film Society Member Days: December 18-20, 2015.
General Public: May purchase individual tickets and exchange 6-packs beginning December 21, 2015.
A journalist for more than 30 years, Bill O’Reilly is known for hard hitting, uncompromising No Spin reporting and analysis. He is the anchor of the top-rated The O’Reilly Factor and best-selling author.
A journalist for more than 30 years, Bill O’Reilly has now risen to the top of his profession. Monday through Friday on the Fox News Channel, The O’Reilly Factor causes the powerful in America to duck for cover as the rigidly enforced “No Spin Zone” deals with the nation’s most important issues in a straightforward and provocative manner. Blending news analysis with investigative reporting, The Factor has gained international prominence as well – it is now seen in more than 30 countries.
With twelve straight New York Times Bestsellers, including The O’Reilly Factor, The No Spin Zone, Who’s Looking Out for You, Culture Warrior, A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity, Pinheads and Patriots, Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever; Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot and Killing Jesus, as well as over 5 million copies of his books in print, Bill O’Reilly continues to be a highly sought-after author and speaker. His latest book is Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General. Mr. O’Reilly also writes a syndicated newspaper column which is carried by hundreds of papers across the USA.
Raised in a working class family in the huge housing subdivision of Levittown, New York, Bill O’Reilly has stayed close to his roots. He still lives on Long Island and his best friends are neighborhood guys. But education sparked O’Reilly’s career. He graduated with a degree in history from Marist College, with a Master’s Degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University, and attained another Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Bill O’Reilly has won three Emmy Awards for Excellence in reporting. He was awarded two National Headliner Awards while working as a national correspondent for ABC News, and was honored by The National Academy of Arts and Sciences for his reporting and analysis on and after September 11th, 2001.
In his speeches, as in his show and books, Mr. O’Reilly takes on our country, our politicians, and our celebrities. If you’re looking for someone with an opinion—on just about everything—he’s your man.
LA QUINTA, Calif. – The TPC Stadium Course, annually recognized as one of the top golf courses in the United States, and its PGA WEST sister course – the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course – will serve as two of the three courses for the CareerBuilder Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation PGA TOUR event in 2016. The announcement was made by Desert Classic Charities, the host organization that has managed the tournament (formerly the Bob Hope Classic and Humana Challenge) since its inception in 1960.
The two PGA WEST courses will join long-time tournament mainstay La Quinta Country Club beginning with the 2016 CareerBuilder Challenge, continuing the event’s recent tradition of being played solely within the city of La Quinta. The 2016 tournament, the first with CareerBuilder as title sponsor, will be held during the week of Jan. 18 with official rounds scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 21 through Sunday, Jan. 24.
“This will be the 56th year Desert Classic Charities has hosted a PGA TOUR event and throughout those years it has been played on some of the Coachella Valley’s most dynamic courses,” DCC President John Foster said. “This latest move reflects that perfectly. We take great pride in our history of challenging, interesting and diverse courses and we look forward to this latest chapter in our rich history, especially with our new title sponsor on board.”
The TPC Stadium Course, which will serve as the host course and site of the tournament’s final round, has a rich history all its own. The Pete Dye-designed course was built in 1986 and immediately vaulted into the ranks of the nation’s most unique and exciting courses. The TPC Stadium Course became not only a popular destination course, but a mainstay for professional golf events almost from its inception, including having been a part of this event in 1987 (when it was known as the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic).
The TPC Stadium Course has played host to the Skins Game (1986-1991), the PGA Club Professional Championship (1990), the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf on the Champions Tour (1995-96) and along with the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course next door, the finals of PGA TOUR Qualifying School (1986, 1988, 1989, 2002, 2006 and 2008).
Its most famous and iconic moment came in 1987 on its signature hole – the par-3 17th. The short hole, named “Alcatraz” because of its island green that nearly mimics the same hole on the Dye-designed TPC Sawgrass – home of THE PLAYERS Championship, has bedeviled golfers much like its Florida counterpart. But it didn’t unnerve Lee Trevino, who aced the hole to win a $175,000 skin during the 1987 Skins Game.
The TPC Stadium Course is currently ranked No. 40 on Golf Digest’s “100 Greatest Public Courses.” Its 17th hole is ranked No. 2 and the par-4 16th hole is ranked 12th among The Desert Sun’s “Top 100 Golf Holes in the Desert.” The Nicklaus Tournament Course is a highly regarded and beautiful course in its own right. It played host to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in 1992 and 1993; its tricky par-5 15th hole is ranked 84th on the “Top 100 Golf Holes in the Desert.”
“Having the iconic and fan-pleasing TPC Stadium Course as our host course lets us offer a number of exciting new hospitality venues and spectator areas,” Foster said. “The three closing holes are just spectacular, especially with the island green 17th shaping up as an incredible place to watch the greatest players in the world take their best shots. Earlier this month, we saw the excitement the 17th island green of the TPC Sawgrass course generated for fans at THE PLAYERS Championship. We can’t wait to showcase our own island green in January.”
Special early commitment opportunities for the hospitality offerings, including the exciting new Club 17 venue overlooking the island green, are available to businesses and individuals for a limited time. To learn more, contact Bob Marra at bob@DesertClassicCharities.com or 760-861-4242.
“We are delighted to continue our long-standing relationship with Desert Classic Charities and the PGA TOUR,” said Paul Cherrett, Managing Director of La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA WEST. “The TPC Stadium and Jack Nicklaus Tournament courses at PGA WEST have a rich history hosting great tournaments. We welcome the tournament back to these world-class courses; courses that the public will be able to play as they walk in the footsteps of the pros.”
Mark your calendar and tell your friends! The 3rd Annual Patriot Ride For Our Heroes is October 23 – 24, 2015. We are super excited to announce that we’ve expanded to the Riverside County Fairgrounds. Stay tuned for more event updates.
PALM SPRINGS, CA, December 20, 2013 – It will be a dual-anniversary when the 20th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards gala comes to the Palm Springs Convention Center to honor those who have been a big part of D.A.P. over its 30 years of service to the communities of the Coachella Valley.
Curt Ringness, immediate past chair of the D.A.P. board of directors, will receive the 30th Anniversary, Board of Director’s – Distinguished Leadership Award in recognition of his service to the organization since 2000. Terri Ketover, also a D.A.P. board member, will receive the 100 Women Award, in honor of more than doubling the ranks of the 100 Women annual giving program that benefits women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. As a salute to their many years of support to Desert AIDS Project, the very generous David Kaplan and Glenn Ostergaard will be honored with the Partners for Life Award.
One or more yet-to-be-identified “Hollywood Heavies” will also be in attendance, to accept a special Arts & Activism Award honoring “AIDS in Cinema” over the last 30 years. “We’ve also got some great entertainment to keep the evening moving along … guaranteeing you’ll leave with a smile on your face and a song in your heart,” said gala co-chair Jim Casey.
“Whether their entertainment tastes run to Broadway musical theatre, dance, or great movies, anyone attending the 20th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards will get a bit of it all,” added Barbara Keller, who has been co-chairing this event with Casey since 2009.
See why Jane Krakowski is one of the triple-threats of entertainment today. If you only know her as an actor-comedienne on TV’s 30 Rock or Ally McBeal, you’re going to find out this lady has some serious singing chops, too!
LaTonya Holmes earned the prestigious Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Supporting Actress as “Lorrell” in Dreamgirls and has performed at Sheryl Lee Ralph’s 23rd Annual DIVAS Simply Singing AIDS/HIV Benefit Concert.
Her jazz-pop-gospel blended singing style has taken Nita Whitaker LaFontaine on tour with acclaimed performers like Andrea Bocelli and jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, as well as performance in three musical theater premieres.
Other performers might be green with envy because Eden Espinosa, perhaps most well-known as the green-skinned “Elphaba” in Broadway’s Wicked, has also been selling out her own shows with her powerful, emotionally charged vocals.
Singer-songwriter-composer Tomasina Abate has been rocking stages from Disneyland to Vegas, all the while logging musical theater credits in Cabaret, A Chorus Line, Jekyll & Hyde, and Chicago.
Critically acclaimed for his four-year portrayal of “the Pharaoh” in Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Eric Martsolf is perhaps most widely known to TV fans as “Brady Black” on Days of Our Lives.
Those who went to last year’s Steve Chase gala, already know Ray Leeper as the choreographer behind much of what we all see on TV’s So You Think You Can Dance. He’s back again … with 10 of the SYTYCD All-Stars!
The 2014 gala will mark the sixth year of a seven-year commitment that the co-chairs have made. Over those same years, Casey’s company, Integrated Wealth Management, has been fulfilling a $1.5 million pledge as Presenting Sponsor of the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards.
ABOUT THE STEVE CHASE GALA AND DESERT AIDS PROJECT
As one of the signature fundraisers for Desert AIDS Project, the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards last year raised more than $1.4 million for client services. Desert AIDS Project serves people living with HIV and AIDS by providing comprehensive support, including medical care, case management, and social services, like food, housing, and counseling. D.A.P. also offers free and confidential HIV testing at a number of locations throughout the communities it serves. To learn more about Desert AIDS Project, please call 760-323-2118, visit www.desertaidsproject.org or find them on Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube.