MCCALLUM THEATRE ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR ITS ANNUAL FUNDRAISING GALA
SIX-TIME TONY AWARD-WINNER AUDRA MCDONALD AND TONY & EMMY WINNER MARTIN SHORT
Palm Desert CA – The McCallum Theatre announced today that Tony Award winners Audra McDonald and Martin Short will headline its annual fundraising gala to be held on Thursday, December 4th, joined by a 60-piece orchestra under the direction of Richard Kaufman. Invitations for the performance and pre-show dinner at one of four restaurants were recently mailed. The restaurants are Cuistot, Jillian’s, La Spiga and Wally’s Desert Turtle. Additional invitations and sponsorships are available now and may be obtained by contacting Judi Cohen, Manager of Special Events at (760) 776-6186 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Annual Gala will also pay tribute to the extraordinary Donna MacMillan, a woman of monumental kindness and a shining example of the spirit of generosity. Donna has long been an extraordinary friend to the McCallum and has supported so many wonderful things that make living in the desert so special. The co-chairs of the McCallum Theatre Annual Gala are Helene Galen and Harold Matzner.
Proceeds from this annual fundraising event help fund McCallum Theatre operations as well as arts education programs that bring training in theatre, dance, music and visual arts to 40,000 schoolchildren and educators each year, in 228 classrooms. These funds also make it possible to continue to bring world-class performances to over 150,000 residents and visitors to the Coachella Valley annually.
Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both singer and actress. With a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and a long list of other accolades to her name, she is among today’s most highly regarded performers. Blessed with a luminous soprano and an incomparable gift for dramatic truth-telling, she is equally at home on Broadway and opera stages as in roles on film and television. In addition to her theatrical work, she maintains a major career as a concert and recording artist, regularly appearing on the great stages of the world.
A year after graduating from the Juilliard School where she received her classical vocal training, Audra won her first Tony Award for Carousel. She received two additional Tony Awards in the Featured Actress category over the next four years for her performances in Master Class and Ragtime. In 2004, she won her fourth Tony, starring alongside Sean “Diddy” Combs in A Raisin in the Sun. In 2012, she won her fifth and first in the leading actress category for her role in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, placing her in the illustrious category of Broadway legends Julie Harris and Angela Lansbury as the only people in Tony history to win five performance awards. She broke that record this past year, winning her sixth Tony for her heartbreaking portrayal of Billie Holliday in the Broadway smash, Lady Day at the Emerson Bar & Grill. Her television appearances include the 1999 remake of Annie; a recurring role on the NBC hit series Law and Order: Special Victims Unit; as well as stints on Mister Sterling, The Bedford Diaries, Kidnapped, Private Practice and as Mother Abbess in the NBC live telecast of The Sound of Music. Miss McDonald’s other accolades include four Drama Desk Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, four NAACP Image Awards nominations, an Ovation Award, A Theatre World Award, and the Drama League’s 2000 Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre and 2012 Distinguished Performance Awards.
Martin Short is best known for his comedy work, particularly on the TV programs SCTV and Saturday Night Live. The actor, writer, singer, voice actor and producer has starred in such comedic films as Three Amigos, Innerspace, Father of the Bride, Pure Luck, Father of the Bride Part II, Mars Attacks! and Jungle 2 Jungle. He is the creator of two of the most memorable characters in television comedy – celebrity interviewer Jiminy Glick and oddball man-child Ed Grimley.
On Broadway, he has appeared in the musical version of The Goodbye Girl and received a Tony Award for his performance in the 1999 revival of the musical Little Me. He also performed in his satirical one-man show (with a cast of six), Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me.
A Salute to Palm Springs Fabulous Follies with Follies Costumes, Entertainment, Dinner and Dancing
(October 8, 2014-Palm Desert, CA) — Loving All Animals, a non-profit animal welfare organization based in Palm Desert, is hosting the 1ST Annual Fabulous Feathers & Fur Follies November 14 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa. It is billed as a salute to the Palm Springs Fabulous Follies with Follies costumes and live entertainment. Proceeds benefit, Loving All Animals, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization based in Palm Desert, California as well as the Palm Springs Animal Shelter.
“Several of our Board members attended the very last show of the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies and thought it was a shame to lose such a wonderful vaudeville production in our valley. So, we decided it shouldn’t just die, it should just – go to the dogs,” states Lindi Biggi, President and Founder of Loving All Animals.
This special evening of fun and entertainment is the kick-off to the 6th Annual Super Pet Adoption Festival at Rancho Mirage Community Park (Formerly Whitewater Park) on Saturday and Sunday, November 15th & 16th.
The Fabulous Feathers & Fur Follies will be emceed by local entertainer and radio personality, Rocky Randall and actor, animal lover and businessman, Lee Ames. The show will feature 9 specialty acts including Ventriloquist Comedian Kevin Johnson, known from his appearance on NBC’s America’s Got Talent; The American Acrobats, who have performed artistic cirque style acts for the past 20 years, Marcia Harp, formerly of the Palm Springs Follies; The Babes in Boyland, a singing trio who have each performed nationally and internationally; Comic Juggler Frank Olivier who has appeared on The Tonight Show, HBO’s ‘Just for Laughs’, Comic Strip Live and other shows; The Magic of Arnel, an award-winning magician who has performed his unique magic at the McCallum Theater and throughout the U.S; Dog Trainer, Performer, Bestselling Author Kyra Sundance and her dog Chalcy; The California Ballet Opera; The Bevy of Beauties – four-legged friends decked out in gorgeous finery designed with their Celebrity escorts The Patriotic Finale will have a special twist honoring our Service Canines in addition to the men and women who have served our country.
The evening includes a red carpet reception, dinner, plenty of entertainment, and an after show cast dance party. Tickets are $125 and $150 for VIP seating. For tickets contact: 760-834-7000 or visit: www.lovingallanimals.org and its Facebook page for event updates.
About Loving All Animals
Loving All Animals is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization based in Palm Desert, CA. Its mission is “to bring together local, regional and national animal welfare organizations to collaborate for the greater benefit of animals” including finding Forever Homes for homeless pets, facilitating low cost spay/neuter clinics, and helping the Coachella Valley to become a no-kill community. Established in 2008, Loving All Animals has rescued and re-homed more than 400 dogs, cats and birds and facilitated over 1,500 adoptions through our community partnerships and hosting the annual Loving All Animals’ Super Pet Adoption Festival where over 45 shelters and rescues bring over 500 homeless pets each year.
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BY VANESSA FRANKO AND TIMOTHY GUY / STAFF WRITERS/Press Enterprise
Published: Oct. 6, 2014 Updated: 10:14 a.m.
Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton will top the 2015 Stagecoach Country Music Festival, festival organizers announced Monday morning.
The ninth edition of the popular country music festival will take place, Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26, 2015 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.
Tickets for this year’s edition go on sale Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $269 for general admission, $799 for the corral area reserved seating and $799 for the corral standing pit.
While Stagecoach has always had some rock tucked away at the Palomino Stage, this year’s lineup has the most rock since 2008, when Eagles headlined a night and John Fogerty played.
Among the big guitars headed to Stagecoach are Texas bluesmen ZZ Top, Gregg Allman, George Thorogood and the Destroyers and Eric Burdon and the Animals.
As always, the festival brings some of the biggest up-and-coming names in country as well as taps legends to perform.
Also on the bill for this year’s festival are Jake Owen, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Merle Haggard, Dierks Bentley, Justin Moore, The Band Perry, Sara Evans and more.
McGraw, Owen, Moore, Musgraves and Haggard are scheduled for Friday, April 24. The bill that day also includes The Devil Makes Three, Parmalee, The Time Jumpers with Vince Gill, Dawn Sears, Kenny Sears and Ranger Doug Green, Sturgill Simpson, The Lone Bellow, Parker Millsap, Brothers Osborne, The Handsome Family, Lydia Loveless, Pegi Young, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys and Cam Ochs.
On Saturday, Lambert, Bentley, Moore and ZZ Top will perform. Other artists include Eli Young Band, Cassadee Pope, the cast of the hit show “Nashville,” featuring Charles Esten, Clare Bowen and Chris Carmac, Steve Earle, The Cadillac Three, Mac Davis, Nikki Lane, John Moreland, John & Jacob, The Quebe Sisters Band, Daniel Romano, Della Mae, Clare Dunn, Anais Mitchell and Old Salt Union.
Shelton, The Band Perry, Evans and Thorogood top the closing night of entertainment, but Sunday will also include sets from Jerrod Neimann, Frankie Ballard, The Oak Ridge Boys, Hot Rize, Outlaws, The Swon Brothers, Maddie & Tae, Chris Janson, Keith Anderson, Chatham County Line, Logan Brill, Luke Amelang, Ben Miller Band and Andrew Combs.
All of the headlining acts are return headliners for the festival. Shelton, who is a celebrity coach on “The Voice,” performed at San Manuel Amphitheater in Devore on Sunday night.
He and wife Lambert performed at the festival in 2012.
McGraw, however, is making his first stop at Stagecoach since 2008.
RV camping options run $550-$950 and include a tax from the City of Indio. Those interested in camping must fill out a form by Thursday, Oct. 9. From there, applications will be randomly selected to fill out the spots. Those who camped in 2014 do not need to re-apply. They already have been notified of the camping options.
Stagecoach is offering layaway options again for 2015. Also, children 10 and under get into the general admission area of the festival for free. (If you are purchasing the VIP Corral passes, the kids will need them, too, unless they’re two or younger.)
In June, the popular country music festival mimicked its hipster cousin, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and put a limited number of tickets for the following year’s event on sale on its website.
(Palm Desert, CA) – Everyone loves a parade! The Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade’s Golden Anniversary will shine even brighter as the special guest band the USC Trojan Marching Band performs for thousands of parade-goers along the El Paseo corridor. Parade planners are thrilled with the news:
“There is an abundance of USC Alumni here in the desert, and when the idea was bought to them, the Trojan Club of the Desert rallied in support of getting the ‘Spirit of Troy’ here. We can’t thank the club enough, especially the major sponsors: Jerry and Anne Linehan; Dick Shaloub; Helene Galen; Plaza Dental Group – La Quinta; Trojan Club of the Desert and special thanks to Trojan Paul Salata from Orange County.
There will be forty marching from USC along with the Palm Springs Bag Pipe Band, about ten marching bands from the Coachella Valley and over 100 floats and decorated carts from local businesses, clubs and nonprofits. It is set to be the best parade yet, and we want to invite you to join in the fun as well.” – Mike Hardin, The Lock Shop, Parade Chairman
Now is the perfect time to join in the fun. Local businesses, nonprofits, schools and associations are starting their float designs and building a game plan in preparation for Sunday, October 26, when scores of entries, marching bands and the USC Band will head down famous El Paseo as the 50th Annual Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade.
This year’s theme is “Palm Desert on Parade – Through the Decades ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and Present Day.” The parade is presented by the Auen Foundation.
“This is very exciting for everyone. We can hardly wait to see the USC Trojan Marching Band coming down El Paseo in our very own community parade!” said Catharine Reed, Program Director for the Auen Foundation.
The City of Palm Desert and the Five-Star Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce continue to be the Title Sponsors of the event. The all-day festivities include the interactive children’s area on Larkspur, VIP Main Street seats, FREE Senior Seating, cart show, Palm Desert Rotary pancake breakfast and even more! Now taking reservations for all levels of participation and involvement.
Visit www.GolfCartParade.com for entry forms, seating options, maps and more. For additional information about participating, please email email@example.com or call 760-346-6111 ext. 301.
Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce 72559 Hwy 111 Palm Desert, CA 92260 P: (760)346-6111 F: (760)346-3263
Political Commentator, Syndicated Columnist, Best-selling Author “The most powerful force in American conservatism”
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and named by The Financial Times as the most influential commentator in America, Charles Krauthammer has been honored from every part of the political spectrum for his bold and original writing—from the famously liberal People for the American Way (which presented him their First Amendment Award) to the staunchly conservative Bradley Foundation (which awarded him their first $250,000 Bradley Prize).
Since 1985, Krauthammer has written a syndicated column for The Washington Post for which he won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. It is published weekly in more than 400 newspapers worldwide.
Krauthammer is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard. He is also a contributor to FOX News, appearing nightly on FOX’s evening news program, Special Report with Bret Baier.
For three decades, his influential writings have helped frame the very shape of American foreign policy. He coined and developed The Reagan Doctrine (TIME, April 1985), defined the structure of the post-Cold War world in The Unipolar Moment (Foreign Affairs, Winter 1990/1991) and outlined the principles of post-9/11 American foreign policy in his much-debated Irving Kristol Lecture, Democratic Realism (AEI Press, March 2004).
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough calls him “without a doubt, the most powerful force in American conservatism.”National Review featured him on its cover as “Obama’s critic-in-chief.” Der Spiegel calls him “the leading voice of America’s conservative intellectuals.” New York Times columnist David Brooks says that today “he’s the most important conservative columnist.”
Born in New York City and raised in Montreal, Krauthammer was educated at McGill University (B.A. 1970), Oxford University (Commonwealth Scholar in Politics) and Harvard (M.D. 1975). While serving as a resident and then chief resident in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, he published several scientific papers, including the discovery of a form of bipolar disease, that continue to be cited in the psychiatric literature.
In 1978, he quit medical practice, came to Washington to help direct planning in psychiatric research in the Carter administration, and began contributing articles to The New Republic. In 1980, he served as a speechwriter to Vice President Walter Mondale. He joined The New Republic as a writer and editor in 1981. His New Republic writings won the 1984 National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism, the highest award in magazine journalism.
From 2001 to 2006, he served on the President’s Council on Bioethics. He is president of The Krauthammer Foundation and chairman of Pro Musica Hebraica, an organization dedicated to the recovery and performance of lost classical Jewish music. He is also a member of the Chess Journalists of America.
His latest book, Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics, is a Number 1 New York Times bestseller.
Platon brings his photos to life as he shares with audiences the inspiring stories behind the photos and connects on a human level to the human condition and humanity of his subjects.
Having one’s portrait taken is an intimate experience. As Shakespeare put it, “the eyes are the window to the soul.” For Platon, it is an intimate collaboration and a visual interview—both in front of and behind the camera. Having photographed world leaders, celebrities, our men and women in the military, civil rights leaders and human rights champions, Platon seeks to answer the question, “Who is this person?” A gifted communicator and storyteller, he now shares with audiences some of the most poignant and mesmerizing stories behind the photos that will take you on a roller coaster of emotions—from laughter to tears. After shooting portraits for a range of international publications including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Esquire,GQ and The Sunday Times magazine, Platon developed a special relationship with TIME magazine, producing over 20 covers. In 2007, he photographed then-Russian Premier Vladimir Putin for TIME’s Person of the Year cover—winning him 1st prize at the World Press Photo Contest. In 2008, he became the staff photographer for The New Yorker, where he has produced a series of large-scale photo essays which included President Obama’s inauguration, the U.S. military, portraits of world leaders and the civil rights movement. The world leaders project resulted in his second book, Power, which brings readers face to face with the major world leaders of our time. In this one-of-a-kind collection, Platon turned his lens on over 100 international leaders from across the political spectrum to create a profound portrait of global power. Shot over a three-year period at the United Nations, and captured with unique candor and insight, these photographs offer an intimate glimpse of the personalities behind the public faces of the world’s most powerful decision-makers. In 2009, Platon teamed up with the Human Rights Watch to help them celebrate those who fight for equality and justice in countries suppressed by political forces. His projects highlight human rights defenders from Burma as well as the leaders of the Egyptian revolution. His passionate and spellbinding story of photographing Aung San Suu Kyi for the cover of TIME—just days after her release from house arrest will have you holding their breath. Platon recounts his session with Aung San Suu Kyi and the 9-hour car chase through Burma as he fled the country to bring the film back to the U.S. His presentation promises to leave you wanting more from this master of his craft.
Astrophysicist, author, and science communicator “Host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”
Neil deGrasse Tyson was born and raised in New York City where he was educated in the public schools through his graduation from the Bronx High School of Science. Tyson went on to earn his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia.
In 2001, Tyson was appointed by President Bush to serve on a 12-member commission that studied the Future of the US Aerospace Industry. The final report was published in 2002 and contained recommendations (for Congress and for the major agencies of the government) that would promote a thriving future of transportation, space exploration, and national security.
In 2004, Tyson was once again appointed by President Bush to serve on a 9-member commission on the Implementation of the United States Space Exploration Policy, dubbed the “Moon, Mars, and Beyond” commission. This group navigated a path by which the new space vision can become a successful part of the American agenda. And in 2006, the head of NASA appointed Tyson to serve on its prestigious Advisory Council, which will help guide NASA through its perennial need to fit its ambitious vision into its restricted budget.
In addition to dozens of professional publications, Dr. Tyson has written, and continues to write for the public. From 1995 to 2005, Tyson was a monthly essayist for Natural History magazine under the title “Universe.” And among Tyson’s ten books is his memoir The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist; and Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution, co-written with Donald Goldsmith. Origins is the companion book to the PBS-NOVA 4-part mini-series Origins, in which Tyson served as on-camera host. The program premiered on September 28 and 29, 2004.
Two of Tyson’s recent books are the playful and informative Death By Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries, which was a New York Times bestseller, and The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet, chronicling his experience at the center of the controversy over Pluto’s planetary status. The PBS/NOVA documentary “The Pluto Files,” based on the book, premiered in March 2010.
For five seasons, beginning in the fall of 2006, Tyson appeared as the on-camera host of PBS-NOVA’s spinoff program NOVA ScienceNOW, which is an accessible look at the frontier of all the science that shapes the understanding of our place in the universe.
During the summer of 2009 Tyson identified a stable of professional standup comedians to assist his effort in bringing science to commercial radio with the NSF-funded pilot program StarTalk. Now also a podcast, StarTalk Radio combines celebrity guests with informative yet playful banter. The target audience is all those people who never thought they would, or could, like science.
Tyson is the recipient of eighteen honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to a non-government citizen. His contributions to the public appreciation of the cosmos have been recognized by the International Astronomical Union in their official naming of asteroid “13123 Tyson.” On the lighter side, Tyson was voted “Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive” by People Magazine in 2000.
In February 2012, Tyson released his 10th book, containing every thought he has ever had on the past, present, and future of space exploration: Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier. Currently, Tyson hosts a 21st century reboot of Carl Sagan’s landmark television series COSMOS, on the FOX network.
Tyson is the first occupant of the Frederick P. Rose Directorship of the Hayden Planetarium. Tyson lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
Former Governor of Massachusetts and 2012 Republican Nominee for President
The Honorable Mitt Romney was the 2012 Republican nominee for President. As the Governor of Massachusetts, he led a dramatic reversal of state fortunes and a period of sustained economic expansion. Without raising taxes or increasing debt, Romney balanced the budget every year of his administration and restored fiscal discipline to his state. By eliminating waste, streamlining the government, and enacting comprehensive economic reforms to help spur growth in Massachusetts, Romney helped the state achieve a surplus that totaled nearly $1 billion. Aside from his strong budget management, he was a catalyst for changing Massachusetts’ education and healthcare programs. Prior to his time as Governor, Romney was President and Chief Executive Officer of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.
Governor Romney started his career in business in 1978 as a Vice President of Bain & Company, Inc., a management consulting firm based in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1984, he left Bain & Company, Inc. to co-found Bain Capital, where he worked until 1998
Please join Tim, Dr Ruckle and the Loma Linda Team along with other celebrities for a day of golf, camaraderie and silent auction to benefit Loma Linda University School of Medicine Urology Fund.
Tim Venturi’s 5th Annual
Bladder Cancer Awareness Golf Tournament
Friday, April 18, 2014
8:30 a.m. shotgun
The Classic Club
$150 per person
• Buffet lunch
• Silent Auction
• Golf Car Hole-in-One
• Closest to the Pin
• Longest Drive
• Tee shirt and gifts
What can you do to help?
GOLD SPONSOR $7,000: Will include name of organization on all publications, signs and ads for the tournament, pictures with celebrities, tournament play in celebrity foursome, special recognition at awards lunch.
SILVER SPONSOR $5,000: Will include name of organization on all publications, signs and ads for the tournament, tournament foursome, pictures with celebrities, recognition at awards lunch.
BRONZE SPONSOR $1,500: Will include name of organization on all publications, signs and ads for the tournament, tournament foursome. TEE SPONSOR $250: Name of your organization will be printed on a sign for tee boxes.
CONTRIBUTING SPONSOR: contribute golf packages, dinners, clothing, golf items, trips, resort accommodations, wine or other auction items. Your name will be on programs at awards lunch and auction and will be announced during auction.
All proceeds benefit the Loma Linda University School of Medicine Roger Barnes Urology Fund Tax exempt I.D. #95-181-6009
About Tim Venturi
In January of 2009 Tim was diagnosed with bladder cancer. For nine months he underwent painful treatments here in the valley in hopes of saving his bladder. After the last set of treatments his doctor gave him the painful truth that there was nothing more that could be done. He sent Tim to Loma Linda Medical where he was told the only way to save his life was to completely remove his bladder. On September 11 Tim checked in for what was to be a routine surgical procedure. The surgery came off without a hitch, but it was the post surgical time that put us all in for a long hard battle. He ended up in Intensive Care, not once but three times during his two and half month stay at Loma Linda. He was in a coma for 2 1/2 weeks at which that time they gave him only a 20 percent chance of survival. He has made a remarkable recovery thanks to the wonderful doctors and nurses at Loma Linda, to whom we owe a great deal of loving appreciation.
Bladder cancer is the 4th most common cancer among men and 5th most common overall. A basic awareness of the symptoms and early treatment could save lives and prevent suffering.
For Information and sponsorship opportunities:
Tim Venturi 760-861-6366
Brooksie Piper 760-285-7527
Teri O’Rourke 916-919-0345
Lynda Wright 760-831-7451
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org