Culture is the sum of all the forms of art,  of love, and of thought, which in the course of centuries, have enabled man to be less enslaved. 
Andre Malurax  1901-1976

There are some wonderful cultural events on the immediate horizon for our community, in addition to the McCallum schedule, which you probably all know about, but which may not fit your budget.   There are dazzling alternatives that don’t require dressing up, or buying advance tickets, yada yada yada.  No problem.  I’m excited to tell you about a few other options.  Get out and enjoy these wonderful offerings!

In the next month The Palme D’Or movie theater at the Westfield Mall is offering:

  • Pat Metheny – The Orchestrion Project Thursday Oct 4, 6:30 pm  or Saturday Oct 6, 4 pm  (we saw it live at Disney Hall – amazing.)
  • Queen Hungarian Rhapsody Live in Budapest – Thursday Sept 20, 7 pm or  Sunday Sept 23, 2 pm.
  • How about some great theater direct from London’s National Theater Live – The Last of the Haussmans Thurs Oct 11, 11 am or Thurs Oct 18, 6:30 pm
  • Or perhaps Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens also from the National – Thurs Nov 1, 11 am or Thurs Nov 8, 6:30 pm.

How about a little Opera? you The New York Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series, starting Oct 13 and going through next May.  the first four are:

  • Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Oct 13, 9:55 am or Nov 7 6:30 pm
  • Verdi’s Otello Oct 27 9:55 am or Nov 14, 6:30 pm.
  • The Tempest by Ades Met Premiere Nov 10, 9:55 am or Nov 28, 6:30 pm
  • Mozard’s LaClemenza di Tito, Dec 1, 9:55 or Dec 19, 6:30 pm.

There is also a whole series of classic movies offered through  Might be time to revisit these classics (The Birds, To Kill A Mocking Bird, The African Queen) on the big screen with surround sound.  When we recently saw Singing In The Rain, it was more wonderful than ever and I’m happy to report that the theater was packed.

What about a little unconventional ballet?   The Camelot Theaters in Palm Springs brings you Matthew Bourne’s triumphant re–interpretation of Swan Lake the ballet, Oct 9,

2:30 pm or Oct 11, 7:30 pm.   No?  They will also be showing four operas from the San Francisco Opera, also in HD.

  • Madama Butterfly Sun, Oct 7, 9 am or Tues Oct 16, 6:30 pm
  • La Rondine Sun Dec 9 9 am or Tues Dec 11 6:30 pm
  • Sampson & Delilah, Sun Mar 17 9 am or Tues Mar 19, 6:30 pm

How about some live, intimate theater?  Ever been to the CVRep?  This hidden gem in Rancho Mirage has some delightful offerings including Collected Stories by Donald Margulies which will play from Oct 24 – Nov 11.  Tickets are at the website.  Also check out their luminary luncheons.  You just missed George Charkiris – Anyone remember who he is – sigh…

OperaArts brings fantastic talent to the desert – one such upcoming event is Demons, Devils, Divas – a fundraiser at the Michael H. Lord Gallery, Monday, October 29th.  7:00 – 9:00 p.m. , 1090 N. Palm Canyon Dr. in Palm Springs.  For their other 2012-13 events click OperaArts.
More to come as the season gets going – watch for California Ballet Opera, Indio Performing Arts Center, The Coachella Valley Symphony, Saturday night Jazz performances at The Gardens on El Passeo, and  the Friday night jazz headliners at The Grooves in the Grove at the LaQuinta Resort.    Who said there’s nothing to do!

Whoever neglects the arts when he is young

has lost the past and is dead to the future.       Sophocles