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No matter the season, there’s always plenty to see and do in the Palm Desert area. From special events like Fashion Week El Paseo and the Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival, sporting events such as the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, and exciting theatrical and musical performances at the McCallum Theatre, there’s something for everyone. Search our complete event listings below or browse our list of Palm Desert Signature Events and other major events in the desert.

2016 Palm Desert Public Art Documentary Film Series presents Beyond These Walls: Building Community through Public Art and Murals: Transformations

In 1992, a small group of community leaders in Portsmouth, Ohio asked, "How can we create pride in our community, improve the local economy, and change a dying part of town into the vibrant place it once was?" This film is the story of the local visionaries and extraordinary artists who transformed a drab 2,200 foot section of the town's floodwall into a vast display of public art, history, and pride. Murals: Transformation tells the story of how the Palm Springs Unified School District started and maintains a thriving mural program, with a collection of over 80 murals. The film features interviews with several artists who work with the district as well as the Arts Coordinator, shedding light on why this art program continues to have meaning and validity in today's local educational settings. Q&A to follow with Louisa Castrodale, Arts Coordinator for the Palm Springs Unified School District, to follow the film. All films are presented at 6 p.m. at the UCR Palm Desert Campus, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert. Reservations are recommended for the film. To make a reservation, visit palmdesert.ucr.edu/programs/events.html or call 760-346-0611, ext. 663.

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