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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

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


Tommy Bahama Opens New Casual “Marlin Bar” in Downtown Palm Springs

We’ve been to Tommy Bahama’s restaurants in Hawaii and Palm Desert. Now we have one in Palm Springs, but it’s a different concept than the full restaurant. The Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar is more of a fast casual concept that is perfect for lunch or a simple dinner.

What makes it different is that you order at the counter and grab a seat. Food and drinks are brought out to you. We ordered a Thai Shrimp Bowl, a Mahi Mahi Reuben, and a couple drinks, then sat out on the patio on Palm Canyon Drive. The food and drinks came out quickly, and we were really pleased with how delicious it all was. The bowls didn’t look all that big, but we were full and satisfied after having them.

Whether you sit inside or out, you get an open and airy feeling. The inside has high ceilings and more windows than walls. Out on the patio, there is a lot of seating that can accommodate groups of any size. There are umbrellas with built in misters and heaters, so they are ready for guests to sit outside any time of the year.

There isn’t really any other kind of patio like this downtown, and it’s a welcome addition. If you like the food and want to experience the full Tommy Bahama menu, you can take the 20 minute drive to Palm Desert.  For fast casual, the Marlin Bar is a hit.

Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar • 111 N. Palm Canyon • Website



Start Your Perfect Palm Springs Evening With The Free “Mod Squad” Show at the Copa

If you like oldies, standards, and rat pack crooning along with a sense of humor and fun, you need to check out the weekly Mod Squad variety show at the Copa Nightclub.  The show features local favorites Jeff Stewart and Francesca Amari, with Wayne Abravanel on piano and vocals!

They have fun, take requests, and laugh a lot while singing great songs from Mid-Century Modern, Rat Pack, Broadway, pop and more. It’s a free show, so you will have extra money for some drinks and happy hour nibbles from Tropicale (the very popular restaurant next door – same owners). This is a local favorite that people go back to week after week.

If you want to keep the fun going, immediately following the show is Bella da Ball’s weekly “Lipstick” show featuring great drag queens and singers.

Copa Nightclub • 244 E. Amado Road • Website






Arrive Hotel Hosts Outdoor Dive-In Movies All Summer in Palm Springs

The popular Arrive Hotel in Palm Springs will be hosting free monthly outdoor movie nights this summer. Imagine sipping a drink poolside, or relaxing on a float while taking in a free movie on a warm summer night.

The Arrive is very welcoming to non-guests, and you are invited to show up with your swimsuit and hang out anytime. The movie nights are a lot of fun and a true Palm Springs experience.

The next movie will be Austin Powers on Friday June 29. The movie will start at dusk, and you are encouraged to show up early to grab a seat or float in the pool. The event serves alcohol, so it’s a 21+ crowd.

If you want a bite beforehand, or a nibble during the movie, there is the poolside Reservoir Restaurant. There is also a bar menu of munchies.

Here is the lineup of movies for this summer:

8pm | Fri, June 29 – Austin Powers
8pm | Fri, July 27 – Risky Business
7pm | Fri, Aug 31 – Grease
7pm | Fri, Sept 28 – The Big Lebowski
6pm | Fri, Oct 26 (Halloween) – The Lost Boys

ARRIVE HOTEL • 1551 N Palm Canyon Dr • Website


Palm Springs Has a New Ice Cream Shop You Must Try

Summer is here, and on hot days we love our ice cream. Oh, who are we kidding… we enjoy ice cream any time of year. And now we have a great new ice cream shop called Kreem to indulge our cravings, with a rotating selection of flavors that is going to keep us coming back regularly.

We enjoy interesting flavor combinations, so we were intrigued by Lavender Coffee and Turmeric Ginger. The employees at the shop were very friendly and happy to let us try some samples. It was a hard choice, but we opted for some Coffee Granita + Vanilla Bean ice cream, and a cup of Lemon Meringue Pie and Ube ice cream. I can hear you ask, “What is Ube?”. I had the same question, and it turns out it is a purple yam that they mix with some toasted marshmallows and coconut milk to make a creamy delicious ice cream that is also vegan. We’re not vegans, but we would order the vegan selections any day. They are rich and really delicious.

Small batch ice cream costs a little more, but ice cream lovers will find it is well worth it. The shop also sells coffee a nice selection of coffee drinks.


Kreem Ice Cream + Coffee • 170 E Palm Canyon Drive • Website