Rise and shine….
…and what do we have here?
The Coachella Valley Art Scene’s Doo Wop in the Desert event made the front page of the Desert Sun’s Valley section?!?!
What a lovely surprise!!!
Well, to be honest with you, it kinda wasn’t a surprise considering that we met the Maggie Downs at Koffi last week for the interview. But, we didn’t know we were getting the front page. That was a surprise.
It was actually pretty awesome meeting Maggie. Over here at the CVAS we are really big fans of Maggie’s writing style and her “Ups and Downs”. I have been reading her work for years, so it was quite the experience to say the least.
Anyways, Maggie did a great job understanding me in all my flutter of trying to explain what this whole “Doo Wop in the Desert” really translates to.

here is what the article reads:

Back to the future for this dance

by Maggie Downs. The Desert Sun. February 3, 2010
Think up-dos, crinoline skirts and vintage cool — plus romance, romance, romance — and you’ve got “Doo Wop in the Desert.”

The retro Valentine’s dance was the brainchild of 25-year-old Sarah Scheideman, who is determined to bring back the art of romance.

It’s also a radical departure from Scheideman’s most recent event, a punk-inspired “Something From Nothing” party that drew more than 500 people and had a full lineup of hip-hop, rockabilly and high desert electro bands.

Where that event was all about immersing yourself in art, the retro dance is about becoming it.

“A costume party allows the people to be art,” Scheideman says. “You can get your hair done up, put on something fun and really get into character.”

The event will be held Feb. 13 at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs.

The semi-formal festivities include live music from Evaro, frosted cupcakes and a prom-style photo backdrop for snapshots cute enough to keep in your wallet.

Plus, DJ Alf Alpha will be spinning the hits of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s on vinyl, complete with scratches and pops.

“Nobody really does this kind of stuff anymore for Valentine’s Day,” Scheideman says. “It’s time to make it fun again.”

So far, tickets have already been purchased by snowbirds from Canada, skaters from Blythe, and everyone in between.

“I get so excited about seeing a bunch of random people come together,” says Scheideman, who writes the Coachella Valley Arts Scene blog. “I’m big into community, and that’s the whole idea.”

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Some of you might be reading this a day late, going green, or don’t have $0.75 to spare, so here is the digital version:

We’re looking forward to seeing you all there!
All dressed up!
And ready to get down with your bad selves!

RSVP on Facebook: by clicking HERE