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Desert X Returns to Palm Springs Until April 21

Desert X is a collections of art installations that pop up in Palm Springs and throughout the Coachella Valley every two years. The current run is happening now through April 21. All of the installations are free and open to the public, and many are located outdoors. This year there are 19 artists displaying their work. Many are sculptural, some are avant garde, and one uses your smart phone to create a fanciful augmented reality experience using your smart phone.

Start by downloading the Desert X smartphone app, or swing by the Ace Hotel for a printed guide to all the art. Both will give you GPS coordinates so you can find the installations on your own. You can also find out information about guided van tours on the Desert X website at www.desertx.org.

Western Flag by John Gerrard

Also, check out this link to a good write-up of the project and some recommendations for the best ones to check out. LA Times Desert X

If you are staying in Palm Springs, you can do it casually and pick two or three a day to go see. Much of the art is in and around town, and even the ones out in the desert are only minutes from town. Some are further out, towards the Salton Sea. If you do that, also check out my list of other activities you can do in the High Desert and Salton Sea area. Click Here

Ghost Palm by Kathleen Ryan

Desert X

Where: Various sites in the Coachella Valley; guidebook and map at Ace Hotel, 701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; 73660 El Paseo, Palm Desert; and 82713 Miles Ave., Indio.

When: Through April 21

Information: desertx.org

Tour de Palm Springs Cycling Event is February 9, 2019

NEWS RELEASE, City of Palm Springs -Tour de Palm Springs Slated for Feb. 8 – 9; Expect Road Closures and Plan Ahead to Avoid Delays

Thousands of cyclists will zoom into Palm Springs this weekend for the 2019 Tour de Palm Springs Charity Bike Ride, which mean several road closures Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 – 9. 

On Saturday, Feb. 9, the bike riders will begin on Palm Canyon Drive and Alejo Road, heading east on Alejo and turning north on Indian Canyon Drive. Bike riders in the 3-mile route will turn west on Alejo. To accommodate the vendor expo and bike rides the following road closures include:

• Palm Canyon Drive between Tahquitz and Alejo roads will be closed to through traffic from 6 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8 until 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.

• Tahquitz Canyon Way will be closed between Indian Canyon Drive and Belardo Road from 6 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, until 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.

• Alejo Road will be closed between Indian Canyon and Belardo Road from 5 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 until noon on the same day.

• Additionally, northbound Indian Canyon Drive from Alejo Road to Vista Chino will be reduced to one lane from approximately 6 a.m. through 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9. For more information, visit www.tourdepalmsprings.com.

Palm Springs Arrive Hotel Announces Free Poolside Movies

The fun and lively Arrive Hotel in Palm Springs will be hosting free monthly outdoor movie nights every last Friday of the month at dusk. The pool is heated and they have an outdoor bar that sells drinks and nibbles. Movie candy is free. Since there is alcohol, this is only for adults 21+.

The Arrive is welcomes the general public to come and enjoy the pool, so wear a suit if you want. Or if you would rather, just hang out in one of the poolside cabanas.

The next movie will be Groundhog Day on February 22. The movie starts at dusk, but show up early to grab a cabana or float in the pool.

You can make a night of it by grabbing a bite before the movie at Wexler’s Deli which is next to the pool area.

Here is full lineup of movies:

January 25 – Labyrith
February 22 – Groundhog Day
March 29 – Dirty Dancing
April 26 – Blazing Saddles
May 31 – Hairspray
June 28 – Cool Runnings
July 26 – Spaceballs
August 30 – The Goonies
September 27 – Clueless
October 25 – The Craft

ARRIVE HOTEL • 1551 N Palm Canyon Dr

See Robolights One Last Time in Palm Springs

Now that the Palm Springs weather is turning to what we call “cold”, it’s time for a little Christmas cheer in the desert. We have our downtown Parade of lights, which is fun for the kids, but one of our best attractions is so bright you can see it from the aerial tramway, or even from an airplane.

I guarantee you have never seen a Christmas display quite like Robolights. Artist Kenny Irwin has been building this installation of recycled art for over 35 years. Every year he adds dozens of new sculptures, so there is always something new to see. You will find Santa Claus and reindeer here, along with thousands of glistening lights, but this is not the usual Candy Cane Lane for the kids. There are some truly bizarre images mixed in among the merriment. Check out the video for a taste of what you have in store.

According to The Desert Sun newspaper, this will be the last year Robolights will be at this location, as the City of Palm Springs has mandated it be moved to a commercial space due to its popularity and size. Who knows what the future holds for Robolights, but it is highly recommended that you see it while you can.

Robolights

Suggested donation of $5-10 to enter
Hours: 4:30 – 9:30 PM
Open every night til Jan 2nd
Address: 1077 E Granvia Valmonte, Palm Springs CA 92262

I Love It When My Guests are Happy

I don’t usually highlight reviews. It feels a little self-indulgent. However, I’m going to make an exception because this reviews from Grace really made me smile. She really took the time to highlight things that make the condo a little better than your average Airbnb or VRBO rental. Thanks, Grace!:

“This place is simply amazing! It is spacious, clean, and decorated beautifully. We felt right at home on our first day, and were so sad to leave on our last day! The master bedroom is a dream, very spacious with a comfortable king size bed, office area, and double sink vanity. You’ll have more than enough closet space! The second bedroom is also the perfect size. And, the second bathroom has a bathtub if you’re into bubble baths. I know this was a plus for me! You’ll enjoy relaxing in the living room with its comfy sofa, and cooking in the modern, fully equipped kitchen! Bring your own coffee beans because there is a coffee grinder & French press which is the perfect touch for the avid coffee drinker. There is also a regular coffee pot available, and my personal favorite was an assortment of teas. The unit also has a balcony with a table for four, which is perfect for reading a book or enjoying your meals there. Also, you need not to worry about lugging laundry to outside as there is a washer & dryer in the unit with detergent/fabric softner/dryer sheets. And last but not least, there are multiple pools on the property, and they are very close to the unit. But you don’t have to worry about any loud or noisy people at all. The area is very peaceful & quiet! I highly reccomend this place, and we will be returning again. Colin was an amazing host, and when I had any questions, he responded quickly, and was always so helpful! I didn’t want to tell you all what a fabulous place it is here, because I’d prefer it was my secret!!! But, since the secret is out, I have three words: Complete Desert Oasis! Enjoy!”