Welcome to, your premier resource to the Coachella Valley’s best, from a local's perspective. Your guide, Denise Ortuno is, The Palm Springs Local, with over 38 years of desert living under her belt, experiencing all the wonders of the Coachella Valley. And now she’ll be sharing her knowledge with you! From dining to attractions, to events and much more, you’ll be able to “Go Where the Locals Go”.

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20th Annual Palm Springs International Short Film Fest

By Denise Ortuno Neil

It's one of The Palm Springs Locals favorite events, which started 20 years ago. The festival was small back then, but was just as enjoyable as it is today. My favorite part of the fest was the Horror program. It was a bundle of twisted films that would be shown at midnight and was not at all for the faint of was frightfully fun. And although the midnight shows are a thing of the past, the PS Short Film Fest is a must for any film buff.  This years festival will showcase over 300 films from 50 counties in varied genres. Short films can last from just a couple of minutes up to 30. Film fun starts Tuesday, June 17th through June 23rd and will be screened at the Camelot Theatre in Palm Springs. The fest is a dynamic vessel for film makers to make it big....showing their works on the big screen. For tickets and movie schedule visit

The End of The Palm Springs Follies

By Denise Ortuno Neil

After 23 years one of Palm Springs most successful attractions will close its doors. The Palm Springs Follies, which showcased talented mature adults will have its final performance on Sunday, May 18th 2014. The show has attracted millions of spectators during its impressive run.

It all started back in 1991, highlighting the cream of the crop in performers from ages 50 to 80 plus. It is housed at the historic Plaza Theater in Palm Springs. I had the pleasure of seeing the Palm Springs Follies in action last season and it was a pure treat. To see these agile performers dance and sing was amazing. The lovely ladies of the Follies could stand next to the most fit 20 years old and give them serious competition. They dress in vegas style showgirl costumes and their male counter parts look equaly dashing in the finest tuxedos. It is quite the sight.

I urge readers to check out this iconic show before they close their doors is an attraction that you don't want to miss!!

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