Bruce Fessier of The Desert Sun writes that a month of great music starts this week with Dinah Week and the Tachevah Music Showcase. It ends with a couple festivals called Coachella and Stagecoach. Bruce’s complete list of the best things to do in and around the Coachella Valley over the next week and a half or so is as follows:

March 30

Free movies Wednesday featuring “Shakespare in Love,” 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Tolerance Education Center, 35147 Landy Lane, Rancho Mirage. Free. (760) 328-8252

Acoustic performance with Bryan John Appleby, 8 p.m. Ace Hotel & Swim Club, Moroccan Patio, 701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. Free. (760) 325-9900

March 29-31

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, 8 p.m. 8 p.m. Wed.-Thu.; 2 & 8 p.m. Fri. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring, Palm Desert. $27-$77. (760) 340-2787

March 30-April 3

Club Skirts presents The Dinah, the largest girl party music festival in the world, featuring guests Elle King, Lea Delaria, Taryn Manning doing a DJ set, and full performances by Madison Paige, Jolivi amd more. Visit website for schedule and price packages. Palm Springs.

The Sun City Palm Desert Performing Arts Club production of “South Pacific,” 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Sierra Ballroom in the Mountain View Clubhouse, Sun City Palm Desert, 38180 Del Webb Blvd., Palm Desert. $15. (760) 797-5305

March 30-April 4

American Documentary Film Festival, starting with Film Fund reviews Wednesday, followed by screenings daily, Camelot Theatres, 2300 E. Baristo Road, Palm Springs, Indian Wells Theater, Cal State University San Bernardino, Palm Desert, 37-500 Cook St. $11 per film, $50 for Thursday opening night film. Discount packages. (760) 322-3689

March 31

Tachevah Music Showcase, featuring five of the desert’s best up-and-coming musicians playing for celebrity judges including Victoria Williams and Spike Edney, music director of Queen, 7-10 p.m., Pappy & Harriet’s Saloon, 53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown. Free admission.

Singer-songwriter Miri Hunter’s Speakeasy Cabaret open mic, 7 p.m., Gadi's Restaurant and Lounge, 56193 Highway 62, Yucca Valley. Free admission. (760) 365-6633

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and cellist Nina Kotova, 7 p.m., Rancho Mirage Community Park, 71560 San Jacinto Drive, Rancho Mirage. $50-$65. (760) 324-4511

April 1

“Lo Sound Desert,” screening as part of the American Documentary Film Festival, 1 p.m. with Q&A and live music by desert rock musicians to follow, CSU Palm Desert. $11. (760) 322-3689

Dawn Renee ArtWalk, 4-8 p.m. Artist, Dawn Renee, will be presenting her newest creations at CODA Gallery, on April 1st from 4 - 8 pm. Coda Gallery, 73151 El Paseo, Suite D, Palm Desert. Free to Public. (760)346-4661

Michael Battaglia 20th anniversary show, “My World,” 5-8 p.m., Desert Art Collection, 45-350 San Luis Rey Ave., Palm Desert.

Classical guitarist Ángel Romero, 7 p.m., Rancho Mirage Community Park, 71560 San Jacinto Drive, Rancho Mirage. $50-$65. (760) 324-4511

Troy Skinner singing, “What the World Needs Now: The Music of Burt Bacharach,” 7 p.m., Purple Room Palm Springs, 1900 E. Palm Canyon Drive. $20. (760) 322-4422

Los Lonely Boys & Los Lobos concert, 8 p.m. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio. $39-$79. (800) 827-2946

An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin, 8 p.m. Tomlin performs more than a dozen of her timeless characters, from Ernestine to Mrs. Beasley to Edith Ann. McCallum Theatre. $57-$97. (760) 340-2787

Don Menza’s 8-Man Tribute to the Music of Stan Getz, 8 p.m., Pete Carlson’s Golf & Tennis, 73-741 Highway 111, Palm Desert. $30. (760) 568-3263

April 1-3

Indian Wells Arts Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. More than 200 artists from across the nation and around the world will headline the Coachella Valley’s art season with a juried exhibition and artist demonstrations. Indian Wells Tennis Garden, 78200 Miles Ave., Indian Wells. $13. (760) 346-0042

Singer-pianist Bradley James in “A Gift of Love,” featuring music, stories and multi-media remembrances of James’ 12-year relationship with Mother Teresa, including the songs he wrote to Mother Teresa’s poetry, 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre in The Atrium, 69-930 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage. $25. (760) 296-2966

Coyote StageWorks presents “Art” by Yasmina Reza, 7:30 p.m. Annenberg Theater, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs. $45-$60. (760) 325-4490

“Sugar (Some Like it Hot),” 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 2 p.m. Sun., 7 p.m. Thur., March 31. Two musicians who witness the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929 disguise themselves as women who play in an all-girl band to avoid gangsters. Palm Canyon Theatre, 538 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. $32-$36. (760) 323-5123

JashFesht, a gathering of the comedy community creating a grassroots, experiential vibe for comedy, founded by Michael Cera, Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts and Tim & Eric, Snapshot Studios, 4575 E. Camino Parocela, Palm Springs. Schedule to come. $50-$100. Limited parking.

April 1-10

“Cock” by Mike Bartlett, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 2 p.m. Sun. Desert Rose Playhouse, 69620 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage. $30-$33. (760) 202-3000

April 2

Brew at the Zoo, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Includes unlimited samplings of handcrafted beers, food and entertainment from over 50 local breweries and restaurants. Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, 47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert. $60-$125 . (760) 346-5694

Il Volo concert, 8 p.m. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. $59-$109. (800) 827-2946

Fitz’s Jazz Cafe at the McCallum featuring Chris Botti, 8 p.m. McCallum Theatre. $61-$101. (760) 340-2787

Shelly Manne Tribute with Gary Foster, 8 p.m., Pete Carlson’s Golf & Tennis. $25. (760) 568-3263

Worldbeat dance artist Soul Priestess with Gojiro Island, 8 p.m., Joshua Tree Saloon, 8 p.m., 61835 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree. (760) 366-2250

Moonsville Collective, 9 p.m., Pappy & Harriet’s Saloon. $10. All ages. (760) 365-5956

April 2-3

“Mozart Motown My Way” presented by the California Desert Chorale, 7 p.m. Fri.; 3 p.m. Sat. Featuring 60 Voices with chamber orchestra. Indian Wells Theater, 37500 Cook St. , Palm Desert . $40. (760) 346-4933

April 2-9

Fashion Week El Paseo, featuring runway shows by top couture designers such as Monique Lhuillier, Zandra Rhodes, Marc Bouwer, Michael Costello and the Stars of Project Runway, 8 p.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday, 8:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, with each preceded by cocktail receptions. Meet and greet with Michael Costello and Project Runway Designers 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Individual tickets from $35 students, $60 adults. or (760) 325-2333

April 3

American Cancer Society Desert Spirit XXVII Gala, 4:30-10 p.m. The American Desert Spirit XXVII Gala Food and Wine Soiree will be held at the Dick Heckmann estate in Rancho Mirage. $300. (760) 568-2691

Neo-swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, 6:30 p.m., Rancho Mirage Community Park, 71560 San Jacinto Drive, Rancho Mirage. Free admission. (760) 324-4511

April 4

Karen & Tony Barone art show, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Coda Gallery, 73151 El Paseo, Suite D, Palm Desert. Free. (760) 346-4661

An Evening with Kenny G, 8 p.m. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring, Palm Desert. $37-$80. (760) 340-2787

April 5

Pigs, Paella & Brews, featuring prize-winning beer tastings and dinner, 6:30 p.m., Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine, 70026 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage. $49. (760) 770-9508

American Documentary Film Festival “Best of the Fest,” 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Palm Springs Public Library, The Learning Center, 300 S. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs. Free. (760) 322-7323

April 6

Nature Lecture: Frank Critzer and the Legend of Giant Rock at the Palm Springs Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Palm Springs Public Library, The Learning Center, 300 S. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs. Free. (760) 322-7323

Pianist Danny Holt in “Piano Then and Now,” featuring classical music from Mozart to today, 7 p.m., Rancho Mirage Public Library, 71-100 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage. Free admission. (760) 341-7323

April 7

Tops, 9 p.m., Pappy & Harriet’s Saloon, 53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown. $15. All ages. (760) 365-5956

April 8

Harold Matzner presents, “The Art of Justice,” the 11th annual Meet the Museum reception, embracing comic book super hero pop art and featuring music by dance diva Kristine W, emceed by Bella da Ball, 6-9 p.m., Palm Springs Art Museum. $40-$100.

Jazz vocalist Iris Williams, “I Wish You Love,” 7 p.m. The Purple Room, 1900 E. Palm Canyon, Palm Springs. $40. (760) 327-0255

An Evening with 2 Cellos, 8 p.m. McCallum Theatre. $57-$97. (760) 340-2787

Los Tigres Del Norte at Spotlight 29, 8 p.m. Spotlight 29 Casino, 46200 Harrison, Coachella. $45-$65. (760) 775-5566

April 8-10

Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival, featuring celebrity chefs and tastings along El Paseo, presented by the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa and Palm Springs Life. James Beard Gourmet Luncheon 11:30-2 p.m. Friday, $125-$150; Grand Tasting 12-4 p.m. with VIP Grand Tasting starting at 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, including celebrity chef demonstrations and craft beer tastings, $100-$135, plus various three-day packages.

The Arabian Nights, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 2 p.m. Sun. Indian Wells Theater, Indian Wells Theater, 37500 Cook Street, Palm Desert. $6-$15. (760) 341-6909

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