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New Apple TV+ Series Was Filmed in the High Desert

Patricia Arquette advocated for the show to take place in and around Joshua Tree. The showrunners tell us why.

Alex GalbraithArts & Entertainment

Matt Dillon and Patricia Arquette star in High Desert from Apple TV+. 

For almost as long as people have been wandering into it, the desert has served as a backdrop to personal reinventions. 

Festivalgoers blow into town for a weekend designed to indulge the most camera-ready versions of their repressed ids. Architects venture to the desert to experiment with new forms against a seemingly blank slate. Con artists move out to the hinterlands to steal a bit of glamour from the stark landscape’s closeness to death and dub themselves shamans. 

If anyone could use a reinvention, it’s Peggy Newman. The protagonist of High Desert — the latest series from Apple TV+, which premiered May 17 —is a former drug dealer and recovering addict barely holding on to the scraps of a once-ritzy life in the Coachella Valley. Starring Patricia Arquette, the series from writing team Katie Ford, Nancy Fichman, and Jennifer Hoppe-House picks up several years after a dramatic DEA raid on Thanksgiving upends Peggy’s life (and just weeks after the death of her mother). 

Peggy makes ends meet via a series of odd jobs that include working as a historical reenactor in a slowly drowning version of Pioneertown and working in the office of equally precarious private investigator Bruce (Brad Garrett). Fichman hatched the idea for the series years ago, originally setting the drama around Tucson and another Old West stage show. 

“This [show] has been around forever,” Hoppe-House says. “Originally, Nancy wrote it with her sister. When [her sister] passed, [Nancy] was looking for ideas for the eulogy and pulled out this script.”

Fichman and Hoppe-House reworked the script, eventually getting it in front of Patricia Arquette. And it was the soon-to-be star of the show who pushed for High Desert to be set in, well, the High Desert. 


Arquette took them on a whirlwind tour of the area, including Pioneertown and Joshua Tree’s World Famous Crochet Museum, Hoppe-House recalls. Arquette’s point was that the occasionally glitzy and always intimidating California desert was much more suitable for an oddball like Peggy. The showrunners agreed.

Hoppe-House notes that the desert is “full of prophets and fugitives and people who don’t want to be found” yet also carries the legacy of midcentury high society and celebrities like Frank Sinatra. It’s where Peggy is because it’s exactly the sort of place a lover of fine things who nevertheless finds herself drawn to troubled souls would end up.   

In Fichman and Hoppe-House’s vision, the worn-down glamour of Yucca Valley and the surrounding area is reflected in nearly every aspect of the story. Every endeavor Peggy undertakes is on the verge of collapse and held together by her sheer tenacity. She soldiers on in her do-over like the comically battered and somehow still running sedan she drives around in the early episodes, mirroring Arquette’s own fight to get the series made.  

“Patricia sunk her teeth into this and refused to let go,” Hoppe-House says. “She took it to [executive producer] Ben Stiller. She fought for this, and we owe everything to her, really.”

In a perfect blending of story and setting, the resulting show harks back to midcentury Southern California noirs, something the “elevated thriller” writing veterans are more than familiar with. Like the purifying work of sand and sun, they’ve blasted away the murky contours of Los Angeles and revealed their ultimately sorta-funny core. The story is perfectly tuned for Fichman and Hoppe-House, who have spent decades working in Hollywood and have crafted a story that seems truly tired of artifice, glitter, and other forms of bullshit. 

“We’ve been doing this for a really long time,” Fichman says. “I’m glad the show is happening now. I worry for people who [become successful] too early.” 

Just ask Peggy. Burning too bright too soon led to her fall from a Palm Springs hobnobber to a semi-legal private eye on line at a High Desert methadone clinic. Still, you get the sense that Peggy’s trying to make the most of her new life and bring everyone else with her. 

“She takes care of the broken birds around her,” says Hoppe-House.

“Everybody wants a Peggy in their lives,” Finchman adds.

The thing about attempted reinventions is this: They are never quite complete, especially when you’re trying to leave behind the crab bucket of long-term substance abuse. The desert can sandblast a person down, peeling away layers of artifice, but the core is still there. The festivalgoer is still an Angeleno at heart. The architect’s inspiration turns into something thoroughly urban. The con artist’s grift is laid bare. Even sober and working, Peggy is still the type of person who can’t suppress her need to live loudly, like when she uses a sudden windfall to buy a dune buggy to get around town. 

As Peggy attempts to will herself out of her midlife morass and leave behind her criminal past, the people around her get dragged deeper and deeper into a web of murderous art-world criminals, huckster gurus, and loveable drug dealers. 

You never lose the sense that Peggy and her thinly veiled bulldog ferocity are going to make it out, though. She’s the type to pickpocket plumbers in service of friends and rob pills from charlatans to make enough for a night of bingo. In short, she’s a survivor, and she sees to it that the people she loves survive, too. 

This is underlined in an early episode when Peggy sees a flower growing out of a cactus and is overwhelmed. (The fact that she’s likely tripping on LSD is irrelevant.) In a bit of dialogue that could easily sum up Peggy and the show’s whole thesis, Arquette tells the delicate plant about itself: “You’re going to outlive us all.”


Dining Around The Desert: The Desert with an Ocean, Cabo San Lucas

Just a short flight away, Cabo is an easy get-away from the Palm Springs area.

Michael and I went to Cabo San Lucas for my birthday the end of April and enjoyed some exquisite meals starting with the evening before we left at Mangiamo’s in Manhattan Beach with our friends Dean and Debbie. If you are ever in the area and want to have a wonderful meal in a quaint spot just 4 doors from the beach, you can’t go wrong at this restaurant that has been around since 1984.

Once in Cabo, our first dinner was at Pitahayas at Hacienda Del Mar. We sat overlooking the ocean and had the first octopus of the trip which was stellar!

Pitahayas Restaurant first opened its doors on May 21, 1995. Its unique culinary concept of Pacific Coast Cuisine featuring local and imported products, has positioned it as one of the most iconic restaurants in Los Cabos. Come and savor the variety of delicacies Pitahayas has to offer, while enjoying a beautiful sunset under the restaurant's magnificent palapa roof.

La Cava de Santiago, a wine cellar located underneath the Restaurant, offers over 400 different brands of wine from the main producers around the world.

The next evening was at the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos-Pedregal at El Farallon. From the moment you arrive it’s an experience you won’t soon forget.

With the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other, El Farallon sits like a raw jewel at the edge of the world, refined yet wild. As the waves crash, you hear the hum of the open-air kitchen as Chef Miriam Jimenez expertly prepares the fisherman’s catch of the day. The warm night invites you in as you sit tucked amongst ancient rock, carved into the cliff. Dramatic and unforgettable, our sea-to-table menu is Cabo San Lucas’ most celebrated dining experience.

For night three we went back to one of our favorites, Flora Farms. I just love everything about this place. The food, the ambiance, the staff, it’s all great.

From Our Field to Your Table. Flora’s Field kitchen is about handmade food using our farm-fresh ingredients. The goal is to create a healthy family meal with a sense of place.

The original Flora Restaurant was in San Jose del Cabo. After 5 years in town, and the farm serving as the main provider for the restaurant, the owner decided she would rather bring the restaurant to the farm instead of the other way around. Flora’s Field Kitchen strives to only serve what they make, raise and grow.

The menu is seasonal, with some permanent classics. All meats served at Flora’s Field Kitchen come from the nearby 150-acre ranch where animals are humanely raised on diets that do not include hormones or antibiotics - and they do not offer beef on the menu as it is not sustainable and there is not enough water in Baja.

Night four brought us back to another favorite, Cocina del Mar and the Esperanza. Once again we enjoyed sitting above the crashing waves out on the cliff.

Cocina del Mar restaurant, bar and lounge is perched atop striking cliffs overlooking Esperanza’s two private beaches and will take you on a culinary journey through the Sea of Cortez and Cabo’s verdant farms. Enter a buzzing lantern-lit bar and lounge that invites you to linger over hand-crafted cocktails before sauntering down to dinner above a cascade of oceanfront terraces kissed by white-capped waves. An outdoor exhibition kitchen is alive with energy, a perfect spot to engage with chefs and explore bites of coastal Baja cuisine and regionally inspired cocktails beside a glowing wood fired oven.

Finally, we wound up the trip with dinner at Acre Resort Los Cabos.

The restaurant & bar are the heart and soul of ACRE, one of the best restaurants in Los Cabos. The first things to exist on the property, they epitomize their ethos: a deep respect for the surroundings and an unwavering free-spirited sensibility. Taste it in the farm-to-table cuisine, a marriage of global influences and local ingredients that evolves with the seasons. Savor it in their innovative cocktail program, where award-winning compositions are elevated by produce grown just beyond the confines of the bar.

The sumptuous space blurs the boundaries between inside and out, and swirls with staff passionate about good food, good drink, and a good time.

ACRE is both convivial and cosmopolitan, relaxed and refined – a vibrant dining experience in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna mountains, located in San Jose del Cabo.

You cannot go wrong at any of these restaurants. We found the service, food, and locations all the best of the best and wouldn’t hesitate to return to any of them the next time in the desert to the south of us!

Dining Around The Desert: Le Vallauris, Palm Springs

Established in the heart of Palm Springs in 1973, Le Vallauris located at the foot of San Jacinto Mountains has been the highest-rated restaurant in the Palm Springs Valley since its inception.

Michael and I celebrated our one-year anniversary at Le Vallauris as my team, Betsy Justice, Lisa Blodgett, and Kayla Cunard, had given us a very generous gift certificate for our wedding and we figured this was the ideal time to put it to use.

Executive Chef, Jean Paul Lair, and Co-Owner, Paul Bruggemans, have gone above and beyond to create a magnificent, romantic eatery unlike any other in town. Le Vallauris is the definition of French elegance, California cool and Mediterranean magnificence.

That atmosphere at Le Vallauris is second to none. Ornate Flemish tapestries and Louis XV furnishings adorn the indoor space, while mature lupe ficus trees and lush landscaping take center stage on the breath-stealing al fresco dinning patio. Indeed, Le Vallauris is a utopian secret garden tucked away in the middle of the desert. It’s a place perfectly suited for both intimate, romantic dinners and large, joyful weddings.

In keeping with tradition, the menu at Le Vallauris is written out by hand daily…just another one of the many touches that make it a cut above the rest. Chef Lair understands that a memorable restaurant requires more than just great atmosphere; inspired, delicious dishes is what brings people back to Le Vallauris again and again and again.

A fusion of Mediterranean, French and California cuisine, Le Vallauris’ menu is something to behold. Unlike some restaurants, Chef Lair’s menu is updated weekly and he only uses the freshest ingredients. Diners have their choice of the weekly prix fixe, a la carte and degustation menus. Yes, Le Vallauris does also offer a lunch menu. Whether you’re in the mood for a savory tartare or sweet vegetarian dish, your palate won’t be disappointed by Chef Lair’s offerings. The desserts? You’ll think you’ve died and literally gone to heaven upon tasting one of Le Vallauris’ sweet treats.

We started with a Roquefort Stuffed Bartlett Pear with walnuts, baby frisse, and Belgian endive and a Blue Crab salad with mango, fennel, tarragon, avocado, and citrus dressing.

Michael then had the Roasted Rack of Lamb with a mustard herb & bread crumb crust, au jus, ratatouille, and potato croquette and I had the Maine Lobster Raviolis in a basil bisque with claws and knuckles

For dessert, we had a Grand Marnier souffle that was exquisite.

There are certain restaurants that are good, but don’t leave a lasting memory. Le Vallauris is no such place. Between the gorgeous garden patio, magnificent menu, romantic setting, and well-considered wine list, Jean Paul Lair’s and Paul Bruggemans’ gourmet bistro is sure to leave a wonderful, lasting impression…even for the most finicky of foodies.

Le Vallauris is located at 385 W Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262.

Open 7 days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

59 Things to Do in Greater Palm Springs in April

Coachella, Desert X, and Smokey Robinson top the list of events in the Coachella Valley this month.

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Coachella Music and Arts Festival descends on the valley for two weekends in April. 


April 14–16 & 21–23 

Vivid art installations. Neon-hued outfits. The prismatic tower, “Spectra,” casting its glow over the Empire Polo Club. Now in its 24th year, the Coachella Music Valley Music and Arts Festival has always been colorful — but the team behind the event’s Queer+ program is bringing even more rainbows to the lauded music festival.

Launched in 2022, Queer+ offers a most-expenses-paid experience for an annual cohort of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) members of the LGBTQ+ community, selected from a pool of applicants from throughout Southern California. In addition to free VIP admission, the participants, called Q+ampers, have a special campsite for the weekend, plus the opportunity to connect with queer and BIPOC organizers and performers. 

Over the course of the fest, Q+ampers meet in community-building circles to reflect upon their experiences. A collaborative mural project is in the works for 2023. “We’re living out loud and in color so people can see that authenticity, and they can recognize that there’s space for them to be authentic themselves,” Queer+ organizer PrincexXx Navi said in a video shared by the festival.

Beyond expanding festival access for its Q+ampers, the program offers a gathering space for all BIPOC LGBTQ+ attendees called HeadQ+uarters (you’ll know it by the rainbow banner). Visitors to the on-site tent can participate in archival art projects, meet other queer folks, and add a little glitter to their Coachella looks. “Here, I’m just free,” said Courage, a 2022 Queer+ participant. “And it’s amazing.”


April 1 / A surprise guest joins Marvyn’s Magic Theater producer Jeff Hobson at the venue for an evening of spectacular sleight-of-hand. Hobson counts a seven-year tenure with The Illusionists among his accomplishments.


April 1 / This lecture at the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center in Palm Desert traces scorpions’ 450-million-year journey from aquatic critters to the resilient desert dwellers we know today.



April 1 / Performer Chris Botti traded his senior year of high school for an early start at community college in Portland with evenings spent playing trumpet at nightclubs. The jazz maven’s efforts delivered — he’s now America’s bestselling instrumental artist. See him at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert.


April 1 / The King of Queens star returns to his stand-up roots at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage. Now an Emmy winner, Kevin James cut his teeth at Long Island comedy clubs. 


April 2 / La La Land’s notably innovative orchestra plays selections from Tchaikovsky and Sibelius at the McCallum Theatre.


April 2 / Enjoy a free, alfresco concert as part of Palm Desert Civic Center Park’s Sunday Sounds series. This month, guitarist Michael Gagliardi strums his way through a romantic, Spanish-inspired playlist.


April 2 / Known for his biographies on changemakers including Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, and Steve Jobs, historian Walter Isaacson lectures at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells.


April 2 / From perfectly worn-in band tees to mid-mod TV stands, a plethora of retro finds are yours to discover at this monthly market at the Palm Springs Cultural Center.


April 2 / Pack a picnic and head to Sunrise Park in Palm Springs for an afternoon of classic opera arias sung by six virtuoso artists at this free open-air concert.


April 5 / Comedy Central viewers placed Craig Shoemaker’s special among the network’s top shows of all time. The actor and stand-up star performs at Marvyn’s Magic Theater in La Quinta.


April 5 / “You Should Be Dancing” at the Downtown Palm Springs Park from the moment this Disco Kings cover band takes the stage for a free outdoor show.


April 5 / Sip locally crafted ales, porters, and IPAs at La Quinta Brewing Co.’s Palm Desert taproom while creating a gallery-worthy painting.


April 6 / Tee up to help create employment opportunities for people with disabilities. This amateur tournament at Eagle Falls Golf Course in Indio includes a barbecue and shotgun scramble.


John Mayer plays the Acrisure Arena on April 6.


April 6 / The soulful singer-songwriter makes a stop at Acrisure Arena in Thousand Palms for a one-man acoustical show, featuring old favorites and a variety of new jams.


April 6–8 / Take your seat at Marvyn’s Magic Theater in La Quinta to witness the mind-blowing illusions that nabbed Naathan Phan the $10,000 prize on the Syfy reality showWizard Wars.


April 7 / In the YouTube series My Death Co., Jon Huck plays a recently deceased man bumbling his way through a new job as the Grim Reaper — but his stand-up show at Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs promises to be nothing less than lively.


April 7 / Activities along El Paseo in Palm Desert delight revelers of every stripe on the first Friday of each month. Aesthetes might explore the street’s galleries in a self-guided art walk, while gearheads enjoy the classic car show and melophiles jam to live music. This neighborhood block party is free!


Magician Michael Carbonaro will pull some of his famous tricks on April 7. 


April 7 / Usually, Michael Carbonaro’s fans are in on his tricks — they get to watch the magic happen to strangers on his hidden camera prank show, The Carbonaro Effect. Head to his performance at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage to be the one boggled by Carbonaro’s illusions.


April 8 / Meet The Go-Go’s drummer Gina Schock at her photography exhibition and book signing at Rubine Red Gallery in Palm Springs.


April 8 / Take a 2-mile trek from the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center in Palm Desert in search of the illusive desert tortoise. Whether or not you spot a wild one, you’ll learn tortoise tidbits along the way.


Motown legend Smokey Robinson plays Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage on April 8. 


April 8 / The former frontman of The Miracles and the mind behind some of The Temptations’ and Marvin Gaye’s top tracks appears at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage.


April 8 / Proceeds from this amateur tournament and silent auction at Classic Club in Palm Desert help provide counseling and support for youth in Indio.


April 8 / Fresh off the 2022 release of her memoir, Who Do I Think I Am?,
comedian Anjelah Johnson-Reyes stops by Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio for a stand-up show.


April 8 / Celebrate the 85th anniversary of Palm Springs with a motorcade featuring celebrity guests driving cars representing every year from 1938 (when the city was founded) to present day. The event will compete for a Guinness World Record.


April 11 / Tribute band Eaglemania transforms the McCallum into Hotel California with renditions of the Eagles’ greatest hits. You won’t want to leave!


April 13 / The guitarist takes audience members at La Quinta’s Old Town Artisan Studio on a musical journey through Spanish and Latin American tunes penned for the nylon string guitar.


April 13–15 / Masters of Illusion alum Levent shows off his knack for comedy magic at Marvyn’s Magic Theater in La Quinta.


April 14 / You might recognize actor and comedian Jimmy Della Valle from guest spots on The Sopranos and Sex and the City. He cracks jokes at Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs.


April 14–16 / Now in its 25th year, this Irish dance extravaganza celebrates nature, human connection, and the history and mythology of the Emerald Isle. See it at the McCallum.



April 14–16 / Jokester Jo Koy — who nabbed the Just for Laughs Festival’s prestigious Comedian of the Year Award in 2018 — appears with other comics at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage.


April 15 / Cantopop artist Vivian Chow once took a five-year hiatus from the entertainment industry, using her time to paint award-winning canvases. The multitalented artist sings her hits at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio.


April 17 / Singers, storytellers, comics, and composers can flex their skills — and grab food truck eats — at Old Town Artisan Studio’s monthly open-mic night in La Quinta.


April 19 / Prepare to be hypnotized — perhaps literally — by Ron Stubbs, who compels Marvyn’s Magic Theater guests with improvisational comedy and his astonishing power of suggestion.


April 19 / Jane Fonda and Robert Redford star as newlyweds on an ill-fated double date in this 1967 romantic comedy, screening outdoors at the Downtown Palm Springs Park.


April 20–22 / Performer David Kovac juggles breathtaking magic tricks, comedic monologues, and, well, actual juggling onstage at Marvyn’s Magic Theater in La Quinta.


April 21–23 / Vote for your favorite local entertainer
in this annual talent competition at the McCallum Theatre featuring singers, dancers, and other performers of all ages.



April 22 / Bamboo Mañalac, known as the “Prince of Philippine Rock,” commands the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino stage along with The X Factor Philippines Season 1 winner KZ Tandingan.


April 23 / Hear the songs that make the whole world sing. The Coachella Valley Men’s Chorus serenades audiences at Palm Springs Cultural Center with a selection of Barry Manilow’s top tunes.


April 25 / “Africa” rockers Toto join Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Journey onstage at Acrisure Arena in Thousand Palms. Journey’s 1981 hit “Don’t Stop Believin’” is iTunes’ top-selling 20th-century track.


April 27–29 / Matt Marcy’s acumen for illusions has drawn audiences to more than 1,000 shows at the Magic Castle — and a few at Marvyn’s Magic Theater in La Quinta.


April 28 / The regional Mexican band Grupo Laberinto shares its dance-ready sound with showgoers at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.


April 28–30 / Vivacious villains and divas with a dark side — from Eva Peron to The Little Mermaid’s Ursula — are the focus of this show at the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Annenberg Theater. Broadway star Sharon McKnight sings alongside the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus.


April 28–30 / Luke Bryan, Kane Brown, and Chris Stapleton headline the world’s largest country-music fest at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. Other lineup standouts include blues legends ZZ Top and Melissa Etheridge.


April 28 / This sixth annual cycling event starts and ends at Knott Sky Park in Twentynine Palms and takes cyclists  on a 55-mile course that winds through Joshua Tree National Park and past natural wonders including Skull Rock and Keys View.


April 29 / Fantasy Springs Resort Casino welcomes one of the most prominent performers of trot, a Korean music genre characterized by two-beat rhythms (like the foxtrot dance after which it was named).


Desert X sculptures like Matt Johnson's "Sleeping Figure" are on display until May 7. 



Through May 7 / Check out the installation map online to explore this valleywide exhibition that features massive-scale, site-specific works by artists from around the world.


Through May 7 / Palm Desert resident Phillip K. Smith III fills four galleries at Palm Springs Art Museum with objects and installations inspired by the unique quality of light in the California desert.


Through July 2 / The Architecture and Design Center in Palm Springs brings attention to the subtle architectural genius of wood framing.


Through July 16 / In Palm Springs Art Museum show, Tajh Rust presents portraits of Black individuals from Brazil, Senegal, and New York, inviting viewers to wonder what emotions prompt the subjects’ expressions.


April 1 / Discover photos, paintings, pottery, and more at the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center.


April 7–21 / Visitors to Coda Gallery will be inspired to hit the nearest pool after viewing Michael Steirnagle’s abstract impressionist paintings depicting swimmers, sunbathers, and partiers.



Through April 2 / Calling all Parrotheads! Hum along to your favorite Jimmy Buffet tunes at this musical at Desert TheatreWorks in Indio.


Through April 9 / This dark comedy at the Coachella Valley Repertory in Cathedral Citycenters around an introverted teen boy and his possessed sock puppet.


April 4–9 / Based on a true story, this musical at the McCallum recalls the time a small town in Newfoundland unexpectedly hosted 7,000 stranded air travelers. 


April 7–23 / Palm Springs’ Palm Canyon Theatre presents the musical version of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved 1800s novel.


April 14–16 / See the Bible-inspired musical, penned by Tom Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, in the park at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater.


April 14–16, 21–23 / Set at a comic convention, this production at Desert Ensemble Theatre in Palm Springs follows a cosplayer’s attempts to deliver a message to the star of his favorite show.


April 14–30 / As the title suggests, Murphy’s law is alive and well in Desert TheatreWorks’ rendition of the Tony-winning play. Expect collapsing floors, misplaced props, and a suspiciously lively corpse.

For even more things to do, visit our Calendar of Events.


Tennis Paradise Is Here!

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MARCH 6 - 19, 2023
Tennis Paradise Is Here!
World-class tennis has returned to Indian Wells! It's a New Era of Tennis Paradise, and an electric two weeks of action are on deck in the desert.

An exciting lineup of qualifying action is set to kick off the first day of Tennis Paradise. Tickets are just $10 to come see rising ATP and WTA players compete as they look to secure their place in the main draw.

Two weeks of incredible tennis are in store, so get your tickets and reserve your seat to experience the thrilling action coming to Tennis Paradise.

Tennis Paradise Daily
Featured matchups, activities, news, and more. The Tennis Paradise Daily is the ultimate guide to keep up with all the action happening in Indian Wells.
23 Things To Know For '23
With a New Era of young talent and a New Era of world-class amenities, the excitement in Tennis Paradise is palpable. Here are 23 things fans can look forward to for 2023.
The Stars Arrive In The Desert
With main draw action just days away, the ATP and WTA's best have descended on Indian Wells with their eyes set on capturing that coveted Tennis Paradise title.
Qualifying Draws Released
Get a first look at the ATP and WTA qualifying bracket as players compete on Monday and Tuesday to secure their place in the main draw of Tennis Paradise.
Eisenhower Cup Tuesday
Stadium 2 will come alive Tuesday night for the 2023 Eisenhower Cup! Come see Mixed Doubles in Tennis Paradise with Iga Swiatek, Taylor Fritz, and more all set to compete!
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2023 Player Fields Unveiled for the BNP Paribas Open!


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2023 Player Fields Unveiled!
The BNP Paribas Open player fields have just been revealed, and a standout group of New Era talents and veteran superstars are slated to descend on
Tennis Paradise this March!The star-studded field includes Iga SwiatekCarlos AlcarazTaylor FritzAryna SabalenkaRafael NadalCoco Gauff, Jessica PegulaStefanos Tsitsipas, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Ons Jabeur and more.Are you ready to experience the magic of Indian Wells?
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With the 2023 BNP Paribas Open just one month away, now is the time to reserve your seat to see Carlos Alcaraz, Coco Gauff and all the other stars in Tennis Paradise!

From our all-access Series Package to our individual Single Session offerings, we have you covered with the perfect ticket option to experience the signature atmosphere of springtime tennis in the Coachella Valley. General Parking is complimentary with the purchase of any ticket or package.

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Inside The Thermal Club: What a $5.2 million membership gets you (and why IndyCar is testing)

Courtesy of Nathan Brown Indianapolis Star - Photos: Andy Abeyta/The Desert Sun

The start/finish line of the main race course is seen at The Thermal Club in Thermal, Calif., Monday, Jan. 30, 2023.

The start/finish line of the main race course is seen at The Thermal Club in Thermal, Calif., Monday, Jan. 30, 2023.

NOTE: Sheri Dettman & Associates has our own in-house Thermal Club expert, Betsy Justice. If you are interested in more information or seeing Villas for sale, contact us!

THERMAL, Calif. -- Tim Rogers heard the figure and scoffed.

More than a decade ago, an acquaintance was talking about the prospect of opening a lavish “country-club-meets-car-meet-up,” a one-of-a-kind, exclusive club for gearheads and racing enthusiasts alike. Rogers had spent the last 20 years striking it rich, selling gas to 7/11 across 36 states for $7.5 billion then owning a string of local grocery stores that, he boasts, each sell $2,000 in fried chicken everyday.

“And I told him, ‘You’re wrong, you need $30 million,’” Rogers remembers.

“And I was still wrong.”

Around the time The Thermal Club opened in 2012, Rogers and his wife, Twanna, had spent close to $90 million. By 2018, that had grown to $150 million. And Monday afternoon, as he sipped on his club’s own version of the Coachella Valley’s famous date shake, Rogers wore like a badge of honor the fact they had now poured $275 million into a club that’s grown to 210 members, 75 properties and 135 lots sold.

What was once a $1,200 per month membership fee has doubled over the last five years, on top of a $175,000 initiation fee and the cost of purchasing a lot and building a 30,000 square-foot home within five years of joining, which is now roughly $5 million.

A three-person design review committee that includes Rogers, his construction manager and main architect, hold an unyielding veto over the exterior design of any home on the property. And if, after passing a rigorous, though informal, interview process to gain membership, someone were to run afoul of the Club’s tight-knit, jovial group, Rogers boasts the right to kick a member out, no questions asked.

“I want to make sure we have all the amenities I would expect for a high-end club, because if someone’s going to spend $5 million, they’re going to want to have a nice restaurant, a spa, a hotel for their guests, fitness center, tennis courts, a pool,” Rogers detailed. The grounds of his oasis include 48 guest casitas, three restaurants, a new 1.1-mile go-kart track and a 70-car storage facility for members’ race cars with untold millions worth of Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Porsches, Mercedes and LMP2 race cars inside. Next to it, the heir to the Clorox brand houses his own 40-car Ferrari collection in a vault that would make Batman grin.

To top it all off, the grounds feature all the gas pumps, car washes, detailing equipment and full-time mechanics and driving instructors. And when members wish to sell that classic Ferrari for the newest Porsche, Rogers has trusted car salesmen onsite who serve as the middleman to ensure Club members get a fair price.

“I’ve spent over $275 million developing this so far, and we’ve got $500 million in property we’re trying to sell,” Rogers continued. “We don’t advertise. We use word-of-mouth.”


And IndyCar, he hopes, will help continue to build his 300-plus acre empire inside the 18-foot brick walls. “I always wanted to have a race here, but we didn’t want to until we built things up,” he said. “'Cause you only have one shot at a first impression.”

A pairing 10 years in the making

Rogers is nothing if not welcoming and inviting, but, as he jokes, publicity isn’t often the goal. He occasionally gives media members a hard time, in between grins, before revealing he expects to host more than 70 on Thursday and Friday as he throws his doors open for a never-been-done-before test of his club’s mettle.

Since Rogers hosted then-IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard at his ribbon-cutting ceremony more than a decade ago, and after his numerous phone calls with current series owner Roger Penske to help find the right asphalt consultant, The Thermal Club’s owner has held a distant connection to the premier American open-wheel series. Among its owners include Mike Long, who recently stepped down after more than a decade as CEO of Arrow Electronics – the title partner of McLaren’s IndyCar arm – and Don Cusick, who for the last three years has backed Stefan Wilson’s Indianapolis 500 entries.

A row of houses are seen just beyond the race track at The Thermal Club in Thermal, Calif., Monday, Jan. 30, 2023.

That pair helped push for a formal sit-down between the two sides last spring, as IndyCar made its annual run around the streets of Long Beach, just a few hours down the freeway from Rogers’ racing hideaway. Talks ramped up later that summer about the Club hosting IndyCar’s preseason open test, and by the fall, the makings of a deal were in place. For the series, in need of a consistent, reliable – and most importantly, warm – preseason testing spot for its entire paddock, the deal makes clear sense.

Three years removed from a disaster of a full-field test at Circuit of the Americas in Austin with temperatures rarely above 50 degrees as biting rain fell almost constantly, and without any other permanent tracks on the calendar housed in a moderate winter climate (save for finale track Laguna Seca, where IndyCar will test in September), the marriage was perfect, if not curiously out-of-the-box and slightly inconvenient.

Coming on the heels of IMSA’s Rolex 24 season kickoff last weekend on the other side of the country, nearly half the IndyCar paddock had to juggle flying from Daytona to the west coast Sunday night. Before testing Thursday and Friday, nearly 30 drivers will weather their preseason media responsibilities Tuesday and Wednesday.

IndyCar president Jay Frye told IndyStar he’d heard nothing but excitement from his paddock members about the exotic trip. Privately, however, some of the series’ veteran drivers and successful team owners, who must foot what is said to be a roughly $1 million bill for a three-car team to travel across the country, the mood has been, at times, different.

“We think this is going to be great for the teams,” Frye told IndyStar on Monday. “We see the members here, influential people in the world, and they’re car nuts, and we’re bringing our cars to them. Hopefully, we entertain them for a few days, and maybe our drivers and teams can leave with some new friends. I never got any pushback in any way. It was really the opposite. There’s been enthusiasm because people understand the end game."

IndyCar's potential high-rolling, made-for-TV future at Thermal

As Frye roamed the grounds Monday afternoon, helping his team connect cables, inspect the track and set up marshalling and timing equipment, he couldn’t help but notice the early makings of a lavish high-rolling party around him. Outside homes across the property, he spotted vans bussing in speaker systems and caterers getting the lay of the land.

A lounge seating area is seen on the balcony of a member's home with a sweeping corner of the main track in the background at The Thermal Club in Thermal, Calif., Monday, Jan. 30, 2023.

Though IndyCar’s two-day open test is famously closed to the general public, Rogers is expecting dozens of members’ guests to take in the action. The track owner has permitted each member to invite up to 20 guests onto the grounds Thursday and Friday, from which each member can then rotate through six paddock passes for up-close-and-personal access to the IndyCar world.

“One guy said he’s going to have a head chef, two sous chefs, two bartenders, cleaning people and servers, and I told him, ‘You can only have 20 people!” Rogers said. “And he quickly replied, ‘Oh, I’m inviting other members!”

Picture a bustling college town on a Friday night, with slightly inebriated revelers roaming the streets, and swap the dingy, sometimes rundown rental homes for $5 million desert villas.

Though IndyCar’s two-day open test is famously closed to the general public, Rogers is expecting dozens of members’ guests to take in the action. The track owner has permitted each member to invite up to 20 guests onto the grounds Thursday and Friday, from which each member can then rotate through six paddock passes for up-close-and-personal access to the IndyCar world.

“One guy said he’s going to have a head chef, two sous chefs, two bartenders, cleaning people and servers, and I told him, ‘You can only have 20 people!” Rogers said. “And he quickly replied, ‘Oh, I’m inviting other members!”

Picture a bustling college town on a Friday night, with slightly inebriated revelers roaming the streets, and swap the dingy, sometimes rundown rental homes for $5 million desert villas.

On Rogers’ potential wish list is a made-for-TV preseason showcase that would be part PGA Tour pro-am, part NASCAR Clash, part MLB home run derby, perhaps with a little SRX flair sprinkled in. Initial talks have been held between the two sides to host a type of pro-am series of races featuring IndyCar drivers, some of the club’s best member racers and a high-stakes pot. In Rogers’ vision, for a $250,000 buy-in, the clubs’ drivers would be randomly paired with an IndyCar driver.

An opening members’ race that might last 40 minutes, typical of the Club’s monthly race series events, would then set IndyCar's starting grid based on their partner’s finish. The IndyCar drivers would then try and beat out the field for their duo’s shot at a multi-million-dollar payday in a preseason non-points-paying event akin to NASCAR’s kickoff just down the road at the LA Coliseum later this week.

It all sounds good on paper, but Rogers is clearly still not nearly convinced.

A row of member-owned Porsches are seen among other member cars in the air-conditioned storage garage at The Thermal Club in Thermal, Calif., Monday, Jan. 30, 2023.

“That’s a lot of pressure on our members to ask them to write a $250,000 check to do each time,” he said. “So we’ll have to see how this goes.”

Though he dances around the topic, it seems clear he was expecting a bit higher level of promotion and publicity for his track’s help in lending a testing home for the all-important start to IndyCar’s season. In the initial plans was a full-test stream of all the on-track action, either to be aired on NBC’s Peacock platform or IndyCar’s YouTube channel.

Rogers’ staff even went through the process of ordering all the cabling that would’ve been necessary to line The Thermal Club with the cameras and equipment. Then somewhat last-minute, a call came in.

“All a sudden, they contacted us and said they’d decided not to,” Rogers said. Though Frye wouldn’t say so directly, the couple-hundred-thousand-dollar cost of a outfitting a robust camera setup with towers, miles of fiber and cords and the use of NBC’s full TV compound and broadcast team – for a series trying to build a deeper marketing budget – is said to have been the downfall. Still, IndyCar has said it will provide wall-to-wall social media coverage of the event, including in-car camera footage, live timing and scoring and post-session video breakdowns on the IndyCar app.

For IndyCar, the execution of a clean, productive couple days of testing would make for a somewhat subjective tell on whether this pairing was a success. For Rogers, things are a bit more cut-and-dry. Within another 10 years, he hopes, The Thermal Club will be full, with all the nearly million-dollar lots and $500-a-month race car storage spots filled or spoken for as he fulfills his initial $30 million dream.

The View, one of three restaurants offered at the club, is seen at The Thermal Club in Thermal, Calif., Monday, Jan. 30, 2023.

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10 Things to Know About Acrisure Arena

Before you head out to enjoy an event at this new venue, here are tips and insights into what your fan experience will be like.

The main entrance on the east side of the building will focus on creating an indoor-outdoor feel and will feature an outdoor food court.

Since construction began in June 2021, you’ve likely driven by Acrisure Arena and viewed the immense structure rising from ground level on the north side of Interstate 10, just off the Cook Street exit. Or maybe you’ve seen the renderings that depict people milling in and out of the multipurpose venue.

It wasn't that long ago that the arena was planned to be developed in downtown Palm Springs as part of a partnership with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. However, when issues like parking and squeezing the arena next to a residential area became problematic, the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation stepped in and offered a parcel of land by Interstate 10.

In less than three weeks, fans will gain their first real look inside Acrisure Arena when comedians Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock entertain in the round (Dec. 14), followed by The Doobie Brothers (Dec. 15), Grupo Firme (Dec. 16), and then the Coachella Valley Firebirds’ first official home hockey game (Dec. 18).


This aerial rendering shows 3,000 parking spaces including 500 for VIP.
John Bolton, senior vice president of entertainment and general manager of the arena, has decades of experience around venues like Acrisure Arena. In fact, he’s helping the parent company, Oak View Group, develop the grand opening and entertainment plans for eight new arena projects. He’s seen Acrisure Arena in Palm Desert go from an architect’s concept to reality, and he likes what he sees.

“Some of the interior spaces are even better than I thought,” Bolton says. “Being in the bowl [the main seating area], you really understand how wonderful this is going to be from an artist’s perspective and a fan perspective. Just knowing that you’re going to be so close to the action, so close to the artist when they’re playing based on that basically one lower bowl design, I think is really, really incredible.

“I’m really impressed with all of the work on the exterior of the building and how it fits in with the landscape around the facility as well, and the beautiful mountains that are there. I think it fits well from that perspective and also from a color perspective, and I think our friends at the Berger Foundation have done a really amazing job in all the parking lots and the landscaping that's coming on board as it relates to that part of the facility as well.”

In his conversation with Palm Springs Life, Bolton addresses many of the facets of the fan experience, and why there is as much attention being paid to what goes on outside the arena as there is inside. Here are 10 things to know about Acrisure Arena.


Hockey drove this arena to Greater Palm Springs where the Coachella Valley Firebirds will play home games through mid-April.

There will be 500 VIP parking spots on the west end of the arena and 2,500 spaces around the south and east ends. If needed, there are 1,000 additional spaces available at nearby Xavier Prep High School with shuttle service to the arena. Kiosks at the arena will allow you to pay after you park, so you won't be held up by an attendant asking for payment.

Using Patriot One’s SmartGateway, fans will walk through screening areas that detect concealed guns, knives, and other related threat objects, giving customers a green arrow to proceed through or a red warning to staff that shows where the detected threat object is located on the customer. “We think this frictionless, smart walk-through system makes it really easy for people to enter,” Bolton says.


All tickets are digital and sent to your cell phone. You won't need a printout, a screenshot, or any other method to get in. The barcode is scanned on your mobile ticket to gain access to the event.


You’ll likely see the 54-foot Christmas tree from the freeway that sits by the main entrance.


Before you even step into the arena, there will be food court area by the main entrance that will include five restaurants. The specific restaurants will be named this week, Bolton says. “Obviously we’re taking advantage of the weather and extending our indoor-outdoor [offerings],” he adds.


Acrisure Arena's capacity is 11,000, with roughly 10,000 seats for hockey games. Twenty VIP suites surround the lower bowl seating area. “It’s pretty clear to me that there's not a bad seat in the house,” Bolton says. “You’re entering at ground level and then going down to your seat.”

One seating area to consider: The very back row of seats is separated by a counter, where the attendee can plant a drink. The seating is similar to a bar seat, but it allows for more space between you and the person next to you when compared to regular arena seating.


Following the Dec. 14 opening night stand-up show, The Doobie Brothers will be the first band to play in the arena on Dec. 15, followed by Grupo Firme on Dec. 16 and Maroon 5 on Dec. 31. Acoustic technology has changed dramatically over the years, and Acrisure Arena is taking full advantage of that. Workers installed 10,000 square feet of acoustic lapendary panels, Bolton says.

“The fact that we don’t have a very high elevated upper bowl, where sound bounces off and then comes back down, will create a much better sound overall for our events. The goal is to make sure the sound system is really awesome. That plays a part into people’s enjoyment.”


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At the west end of the arena, a giant screen will broadcast the action during hockey games and also be utilized during musical and other live performances. In addition, a wraparound ribbon screen will surround the bowl seating, and many of the concession areas will have TVs to keep track of the action.


There is a special room located in the arena’s lower level where Chairman’s Club members can hang out, complete with comfy lounge furniture, bar and food offerings, and plenty of TVs to view the event.


Check out the north and south bars. They are open-space areas that overlook the arena, offering dramatic views during hockey games. (Though they might not be as good during concerts, since the bars are parallel to the stage.)


A community Iceplex is poised to debut in late December, offering the public a chance to enjoy the same rink that the Coachella Valley Firebirds will use for practice. Daily public skating opportunities range from open skating sessions to adult/junior hockey leagues and theme nights.

“I think people haven't totally grasped that 360-day operation that’s under the same roof,” Bolton says. “As we grow and we all go through that first six months, I think that’ll be one of the most pleasant, interesting things that people probably haven't quite realized yet.”


And in case you were wondering, there are three Zambonis on property to keep the ice skate-ready.

Six months from now, it’s safe to say many of these areas will be tweaked and adjusted as more shows are held at the arena.

“We’ll be constantly looking at that and making sure that everyone has a good experience," Bolton says. "If there are things that we can change to make better, or things that we haven’t recognized or been able to predict, we have the ability to go in and make those tweaks and changes to continue to improve the operations and really build upon our opening here in a couple weeks."

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