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The Desert Scene

Arts & Culture Podcasts

Bonnie Gilgallon and Brayan Mendoza feature weekly conversations with local and visiting artists, musicians, actors, authors and others who contribute to the vibrant cultural scene in Southern California's Coachella Valley and surrounding communities. They also discuss and review film, television and visual multi-media on the show.

Bonnie Gilgallon and Brayan Mendoza feature weekly conversations with local and visiting artists, musicians, actors, authors and others who contribute to the vibrant cultural scene in Southern California's Coachella Valley and surrounding communities. They also discuss and review film, television and visual multi-media on the show.

Location:

United States

Description:

Bonnie Gilgallon and Brayan Mendoza feature weekly conversations with local and visiting artists, musicians, actors, authors and others who contribute to the vibrant cultural scene in Southern California's Coachella Valley and surrounding communities. They also discuss and review film, television and visual multi-media on the show.

Language:

English

Contact:

7606760100


Episodes

The Desert Scene: Maryse Nicole

5/25/2022
Singer and host Maryse Nicole has had a fascinating history as a performer, including working with the Monkees. She is also a designer for not only women's fashion but for porcelain dolls. When it comes to entertainment, she hosts entertaining events where her customers can enjoy a variety of singers of different kinds. She comes onto the show to talk about music, fashion, and where to check out her fantastic events.

Duration:00:11:26

The Desert Scene: Jeff Barnett and Razzle Dazzle!

5/23/2022
Singer Jeff Barnett once saw a performance of Godspell and it changed his life forever. For the last couple months, he has done Razzle Dazzle at the Palm Springs Cultural Center with our host Bonnie Gilgallon. Showcasing the very best of pop standards and broadway. He comes onto the show to talk about his origins as a singer, his struggles, and what to expect from his monthly show.

Duration:00:12:07

The Desert Scene: Eileen Barnett, Singer & Actress Performs at CV Rep

5/19/2022
Acclaimed singer and actress Eileen Barnett, who has graced stages for Los Angeles to New York City, will perform on May 26th at the CV Rep in Cathedral City. She joins Bonnie G on this edition of The Desert Scene to preview her upcoming show. Tickets are available by going to https://www.cvrep.org (CVRep.org) or calling CV Rep at (760) 296-2966. Among her credits are roles in Company and Nine on Broadway and daytime and primetime soaps Days of Our Lives and Knots Landing.

Duration:00:18:20

The Desert Scene: Melissa Neiderman, Lip Sync For A Cure

5/16/2022
Event producer, podcast personality and community philanthropist Melissa Neiderman chats with Bonnie G on this episode of The Desert Scene about Lip Sync For a Cure. The event takes place on May 20th and will benefit the American Cancer Society Desert Spirit. It will take place at the Palm Springs Cultural Center and will feature performances by several well-known entertainers including Judith Chapman and Kellee McQuinn. This year's judges include Keisha D, Dolores Robinson, actress Eva...

Duration:00:08:50

The Desert Scene: Lorinda Vasquez

5/11/2022
Lorinda Vasquez came to Palm Springs in 2019 and never looked back! She is a musical creative director who has worked with great Palm Springs legends Hope Diamond. She has been behind the scenes of many of your favorite musical events in the valley.

Duration:00:13:09

The Desert Scene: Prince Fleet Easton

5/9/2022
Prince Fleet Easton is a singer, humanitarian, actor and performer known in the Coachella Valley as an essential "song and dance" man. He has released a new single for the Ukrainian People entitled "We Will Carry On". One that is both moving and powerful. Tune in to this episode to hear the song and get to know more of his upcoming projects.

Duration:00:13:10

The Desert Scene: Tysen Knight, An Award Winner Now!

5/4/2022
Artist Tysen Knight comes to the Desert Scene to talk about. his recent Moxie Box Art Hero Award. His murals have inspired awe with the denizens of Palm Springs for its truth, and universal appeal. Centering youth artistic outreach in his work, while occasionally referencing social and political affairs.

Duration:00:11:38

The Desert Scene: Dan Gelfand

5/2/2022
After the Palm Springs Follies closed, Mark Christopher and Dan Gelfand desired to write a musical extravaganza for Palm Springs. Mid-Century Moderns was the result of years of creative sessions by the pool. A musical about the life of a housewife who goes from frumpy to fabulous in the "center of modernity of Palm Springs". Dan Gelfand comes to The Desert Scene to talk about his background, the musical, and its usage of 1960s music to tell its feminist story.

Duration:00:12:24

TDS- Pasquale Esposito

4/27/2022
Italian tenor Pasquale Espositio won a lottery in 1998, came to America and has been pursuing his music ever since. Celebrating his Italian culture through his music, producing many successful albums, and a PBS special. On April 30th, he has an upcoming show with Coachella Valley Repertory. He comes onto the show to talk with Bonnie Gilgallon about his childhood, his first time singing, career, and the importance of studying music.

Duration:00:13:53

The Desert Scene: James Beauton

4/25/2022
Southern California based percussionist and conductor James Beauton is known for his experimental take on orchestra with a focus on contemporary music. In addition to many concert performances, he serves as director of the Buddy Rogers Youth Symphony. Where scholarships are given to help students achieve their musical potential. James Beauton comes onto the show to talk about the scholarship, his musical career, and his upcoming show with Diane Schuur for the Coachella Valley Symphony.

Duration:00:12:36

The Desert Scene: David A. Lee

4/13/2022
Award-winning photographer David A. Lee has been behind the scenes of many of Palm Springs' biggest events. Everything from the Palm Springs Film Festival to Modernism Week to Cinema Diverse. Bonnie Gilgallon talks about his history about photographing and writing for these events.

Duration:00:11:54

The Desert Scene: Michael Craft's Desert Getaway

4/11/2022
Author Michael Craft is back with a new cozy mystery novel, Desert Getaway. The first in the Dante and Jazz Mystery series, two amateur sleuths: a white gay man working as vacation rental concierge, and the other is a black woman who is a former cop. Bonnie Gilgallon talks with him about his history as a writer, and her favorite parts of the novel.

Duration:00:14:37

The Desert Scene: Jason Hull's Inez's Birthday and Then Some..

4/8/2022
A family curse, a pompous minister, a gay nephew, a redneck brother, a case of gout, and Loretta Lynn. That's all to be featured in Jason Hull's upcoming play Inez's Birthday and then some. Produced by Script2Stage2Screen, and written/directed by Hull. This play features biographical elements mixed with comedy and pathos. Jason talks about his real life inspirations for the play, his past, and his upcoming work with Bonnie G.

Duration:00:23:17

The Desert Scene: Charity Gold Classic at Mama's House

4/6/2022
Jeroen Sparreboom is co-chairing the Mama's House First Annual Charity Golf Classic and Rat Pack Dinner Show. Being held at the Indian Wells Country Club on May 21st! He promises it to be a night of nostalgia, sports and its all for a good cause! He talks about this along with what Mama's House does with Bonnie G. 

Duration:00:08:25

The Desert Scene: Will, Jada, Chris and The Oscars

4/4/2022
That was quite the awards ceremony! PHEW! After a week of hindsight, Bonnie Gilgallon along with Brayan Mendoza talk about the Will Smith-Chris Rock incident. Asking and answering questions such as: what should be done, what might might happen, and what is the narrative?

Duration:00:23:18

The Desert Scene: Worst Best Picture Winners of All Time

4/1/2022
Bonnie G and Brayan Mendoza love the movies, but that doesn't mean they can't spill some tea. The Academy Awards have been awarding movies for 94 years. It doesn't mean that they haven't awarded some mediocre movies their highest honor. On this episode, Bonnie and Brayan talk about the worst of the lot, why they might've won, and how strong their competition was.

Duration:00:14:38

The Desert Scene: Christine Michele

3/30/2022
Singer/Actress Christine Michele had an early love for musical as a young girl, determined to make it as an artist. Struggling with mental health issues, and with raising a family, she had to fight an uphill battle to achieve her dreams. Her band Christine and The Lost Keys becoming more and more of a musical presence in the valley. Brayan Mendoza and Bonnie G talk with her about her beginnings, her struggles, and her musical passions.

Duration:00:16:23

The Desert Scene: Marnie Mitze and Palm Springs Friends of Philharmonic

3/28/2022
Every year, the Palm Springs Friends of Philharmonic brings world renowned symphony orchestras to the Coachella Valley. Executive Director Marnie Mitze talks with Bonnie G. and Brayan Mendoza about PSFoP's current season, along with its educational programs, and surprising history.

Duration:00:13:25

The Desert Scene: Samantha Paris

3/25/2022
Voice Actress and Voice Acting Education Samantha Paris is back in the valley! She is the Founder/CEO of Voicetrax SF, a school designed to train and teach the next generation of upcoming voice actors. To get them ready for their big shot in this multibillion dollar voice-acting industry. She talks with Bonnie G and Brayan Mendoza to talk about Voicetrax, her career, and the importance of voice acting in Hollywood.

Duration:00:16:35

The Desert Scene: Chip Prince

3/23/2022
Classically trained Pianist Chip Prince has been seen on Broadway and locally with the Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus. Coming in and out of retirement, never escaping the call of the stage. The Palm Springs Cultural Center will be hosting a series of musical shows, and he'll doing one...with BONNIE G! Yes, that Bonnie G! Together they talk about their upcoming show, his career, his musical origins and his performances on and off Broadway.

Duration:00:11:59