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19th Annual PS Short Film Fest

By Denise Ortuno Neil

The 19th Annual Palm Springs International Short Film Festival starts reeling them in on Tuesday, June 18th through June 24th at the Camelot Theatre in Palm Springs. The long lasting Short Film Fest is in its 19th year and will showcase over 300 films from 30 plus countries in genres ranging from laugh out loud comedy, to tear jerking dramas and scare you straight horror flicks.

A unique aspect of the PS Short Film Fest is their addition of the Short Film Market, which allows over 3,000 film from their library to be available to film buyers and is the only one of its kind in North America.

The Tuesday night kickoff offers up laughs with the opening film, "Laughing Matters" at 6:30pm. The film is followed up with a reception filled with schmoozing and potential boozing at the downtown Palm Springs hotspot, Lulus California Bistro on Palm Canyon.

For more information, tickets and film schedule visit www.psfilmfest.org or call 760-778-8979

Camelot Theatre is located at 2300 E Baristo Rd, Palm Springs California, 92262

Comfort Food at Maxcy's Grill

By Denise Ortuno Neil

I have driven by this place a series of times, but for some reason thought that it was a chain Mexican restaurant that I been to before...must be my old age preying on my memory. What I didn't realize was that it's actually a well rounded fantastic eatery, with an old time family coffee shop flare feel....and a touch of diner.

Located in a strip mall off Hwy 111 in La Quinta, Maxcy's Grill is just a jump from Walmart and other everyday shopping, making it a convenient stop to satisfy your hunger in between your shopping adventure (and we all know that Walmart can be quite the experience).

Maxcy's Grill offers up breakfast, lunch and dinner, with menu items ranging from melt in your mouth pancakes, to fluffy omelette's, home-style meatloaf, and yes...even Mexican faves like Carne Asada and Chili Verde.

My man and I stopped by, him already having discovered their heartwarming food, and decided to order breakfast...at lunch time. And that's one of the great things about Maxcy's...no judgment; order what you want, when you want.

What appealed to me that day was their Chili & Cheddar Cheese Omelette. I added some avocado for greenery to offset the yellow and red tones. The omelette was so light that it might has well of come out elevating above the plate, and the accompanying chili was perfectly seasoned without any overpowering intimidating spice. It seriously was the best omelette that I've ever have.

My boyfriend went with the Country Benedict, a take on the traditional with a southern drawl, sausage and lots of luscious gravy. Just for fun, we shared an order of pancakes, which only rivaled my omelette in the best I've ever had.

I honestly wait in anticipation for my next visit to Maxcy's, even taking a to-go menu to stake my claim on my future selection. With great service, soul warming food and a cozy family feel, Maxcy's is definitely a Palm Springs Local favorite!

Maxcy's Grill
79-305 Hwy 111
La Quinta, Ca 92253

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