refuge brewery

The Bear State Beers

In the middle of Southern California wine country, a sudsy revolution gets frothy.

Erin Peters 111 East, Restaurants

DRINK It’s been said that it takes a lot of great beer to make great wine. Winemakers, support staff, cellar workers, and grape pickers rarely reach for a nice big glass of cold red wine in the middle of harvest.  Located just 60 miles from the Coachella Valley, Temecula is known as Southern California’s wine country. But the area doesn’t

john divola

The Interventionist

Trips through Southern California wastelands led John Divola to the Whitney Biennial.

Steven Biller 111 East, Arts & Entertainment

ART The sun lingered long enough on the High Desert horizon for John Divola to race across the barren landscape and photograph a green- and yellow-painted jackrabbit homestead cabin in Wonder Valley. As he closed in, signs of life came into view: a blue Suzuki Samurai parked along the side, two rusted lawn chairs outside the front door, and an

sandals

Footloose

But not always so fancy or free: 
A brief history of sandals.

Emily Black 111 East, Fashion & Style

BEAUTY I have a friend who finds sandals unseemly. Even on the most sweltering Palm Springs day, you will see her in a pair of sparkly Converse or maybe some old-school black-and-white Adidas Superstar sneakers. It’s the sight of human toes that bothers her. Good thing she’s a thoroughly modern, otherwise well-adjusted woman, because if she lived 8,000 years ago,

feet

Keeping on Your Toes

It’s summer and your sandaled feet 
will be on full view wherever you go.

Wendy Duren 111 East, Health & Wellness

BEAUTY Sandal season took longer than usual to arrive this year (when was the last time there was snow on the mountains in April?), which means we all had a little too much time to be lazy about foot care. I can admit it: When my feet are covered up, I don’t think about changing the polish on my toes

ron burkle

The Road to Recovery

From John Lautner’s Elrod House to his top-of-the-hill estate for Bob Hope, residences along Southridge Drive regain their luster.

Janice Kleinschmidt. 111 East, Real Estate

ARCHITECTURE Lovers of irony should appreciate Dennis Yares pointing out that the first house to be built over the past 25 years in Palm Springs’ Southridge neighborhood sits on the hillside perch of the community’s original sales office. The gallery owner and his wife, Molly, hired Lance O’Donnell’s O2 Architecture to create on their lot “an environment where art and

desert flippers

Flipped Out

Beating the hell out of drywall with Lindsey and Eric 
Bennett of HGTV’s Desert Flippers.

Emily Chavous 111 East, Real Estate

TV It’s late February and Lindsey and Eric Bennett are about two months into filming 
the upcoming season of Desert Flippers. With producers Brian Seidel and Ronn Kulisek, they’re walking through a scene in the great room of a 1,225-square-foot, flat-topped midcentury home, built in 1957. Its orange paint is peeling; the yard is overgrown; and its current residents are

pie for the people

The True Opium of the Masses

Joshua Tree residents 
who live there may 
not be all there, but 
they know a good pie.

Lizbeth Scordo 111 East, Restaurants

FOOD On one of the High Desert’s spectacularly sunny spring weekday afternoons, hours after the lunch rush has come and gone, Pie for 
the People, a frontierland-meets-industrial-looking pizzeria along Joshua Tree’s Twentynine Palms Highway, is still jamming with an eclectic crowd. In a dining room done up with strings of multicolor light bulbs and a Dr. Seuss–style desertscape mural sits

spring beers

Sipping on Sunshine

These beers will put spring in your step.

Erin Peters 111 East, Restaurants

DRINK As the days and nights grow warm, warmer, very warm, and daylight seems to stretch the afternoon into midevening, our palates yearn for brighter flavors, sharper textures, and more refreshing drinks. Driven by citrusy hops, fruit additions, and occasional barrel aging, spring beers offer bursts of tangy, tart, and downright delicious flavors as luminous and exciting as a desert

Woman Beauty

Machine Age

You’re just a click away . . .

Wendy Duren 111 East, Health & Wellness

BEAUTY In the 1970s, my mother had some odd contraptions she used in the name of beauty. I can only assume they were the high-tech gadgets and tools of the time and, if that’s the case, what dark times they were. The Bride of Frankenstein reanimation scene comes to mind. There was the Facial Beautifying Mist from Lady Schick, a

Colorful Cocktail

Uptown Saturday Night

The corner of Alejo and North Palm Canyon used to be the end of line … now it’s just the beginning.

Raoul Hausmann 111 East, Restaurants

NIGHTLIFE One of the saddest sights I ever saw was the former home of Don the Beachcomber at the corner of Via Lola and North Palm Canyon circa 1993. It was a peeling, neglected wreck that seemed to house little more than faded memories. If you’re feeling a bit dizzy with coffee, gourmet cuisine, and tiki drinks, just amble across