The great singer Sarah Vaughn rhapsodized, "Under an August moon shining above, you'd be so nice, you'd be paradise." For residents residing in our piece of Shangri-LA, otherwise known as Coachella Valley and the Greater Palm Springs area, it's the calm before the storm of snowbirds and tourists. Though the temperatures soar during the eighth month of the year, there is still plenty for us to do when streets and pools still belong to the locals.
Fun Fact: Ever wonder why August is called the "dog days".
Palm Springs: Splash House, August 11 - 13. Featuring uptempo beats during the day and chill vibes at night, Splash House comes back to the desert for the 6th year. The host hotels are the ever popular Riveria, The Renaissance and The Saguaro and more than two dozen DJs jockey for your attention on the dance floor.
Cathedral City:The Cathedral City Public Arts Commission (CCPAC) hosts a special show by Western Frontier photographer David Frances Berry entitled, “The Sioux Wars: An Historic Exhibit,”. Taken during the 1860s and the 1880s, the collection includes images taken after the infamous Battle of Little Bighorn, commonly known as Custer’s Last Stand as well as the first known photographs of Indian Chiefs Gall, Low Dog, and Sitting Bull. Berry is also noted for his images of 7 Cavalry Regiment plus Annie Oakley, General Custer, Lt. James Calhoun, General Nelson A. Miles. The exhibition concludes early September.
Cathedral City Cultural Arts Museum, adjacent to City Hall,
68-700 Avenida Lalo Guerrero, in
Downtown Cathedral City
Hours: 1:00pm - 5:00pm. Saturdays only.
Rancho Mirage: The Year of Magical Thinking starring Linda Purl, written by Joan Didion. August 11- 13. In 2005, the great American writer Joan Didion wrote about the loss of her husband and hospitalization of her only daughter in 88 days. Receiving much acclaim, including a National Book Awards finalist in 2005, Didion adapted her memoir into a Broadway show starring Vanessa Redgrave and directed by David Hare. Well-known actress and tour de force Linda Purl ("Matlock", "Happy Days") portrays Didion in the touring and mesmerizing one-woman show.
La Quinta: The last two events of the La Quinta Summer Golf Tour putt around the Indian Wells and Nicklaus Tournament Club at PGA West, respectively. During the course of 13-weeks, participants play some of the finest courses in the Coachella Valley which means some of the best in the country. Tour partakers during the summer season may pick and choose which courses they would like to play. The Tour includes a men and women's division with plaques awarded to the top finalists in both at a dinner concluding the end of the season, August 26. Golfers from the around the area are encouraged to join.
Slots are still open for Saturday, August 18 and Saturday, August 19. Call for further information.