Just in case you needed any further proof that Rancho Mirage is the place to be when it comes to cultural happenings of all sorts in the Palm Springs Valley, the city’s Cultural Commission presents its Cultural Festival April 10 to 13.
The very active professional group PSWIFT (Palm Springs Women in Film & Television) will kick things off when they present the opening event, “Different Shades of Lipstick: Women Influencing Culture,” a star-studded panel and Q&A on Thursday, April 10, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Rancho Mirage City Hall.
On Friday, April 11, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at The Amphitheater at The River, the seven-man group Mariachi Los Palmeros and two sets of dancers from Mexico’s Ballet Folklorico will offer an evening of music and dance in the open air, under the stars.
A self-guided tour of the homes and studios of local artists will start off at 11:00 a.m. at Rancho Mirage City Hall on Saturday, April 12. Maps will be provided, and participants will have until 5:00 p.m. to complete the circuit. Just a few of the painters participating include Mario Pikus, Mia Luzajic, Mandy Main and Elaine Matthews.
Before or after the tour, make sure to stop by Conference Room 3 at City Hall, where, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. will be exhibited the works of emerging young artists from 8 to 10 years of age. This show is a presentation of local non-profit Tool for Tomorrow, which serves hundreds of valley children with afterschool art classes that are free, engaging, and professionally designed.
Finally, on Sunday, April 13, closing event “A Cultural Tribute to Rancho Mirage and a patriotic salute to wounded warriors” will be presented from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Sunnylands Center & Gardens. The ceremony will honor the city’s past and present residents, and will boast singers, dancers, and bands, not to mention a celebrity mystery guests. This last event of the weekend is available only to residents of Rancho Mirage, and tickets are available at City Hall. Just one more reason I’m so thankful that I live within the city’s walls. Hope to see you there!