Oasis Music Festival Leads Things to Do in the Desert in May

Modernism Week: May 12-15

While the long-running festivities of modernism take place in February and October, a few side events take place this month, including a visit to weird eye the Palm Desert estate of design expert Bobby Berk and a mid-century mixology studio at Mr. Lyons in Palm Springs. modernismweek.com

Love lost and found: May 15

Michael Shapiro’s tracklist traces the highs and lows of romance – from cute encounter to heartbreak – in this show at the Arthur Newman Theatre. lesmichaels.com

Painting evening at the Brasserie: May 18

Drink La Quinta Brewing Co.’s locally made beers, porters and IPAs while painting a masterpiece in the brewery’s Palm Desert Dining Room. Artist Lauren Avitia walks you through every step of decorating your canvas. instagram.com/c_v_creatives

Third Thursday sound bath: May 19

Spencer James sings crystal bowls to emit healing sound waves at Yucca Shala in the Yucca Valley, helping participants relax, release tension and deepen their meditation practice. kimtangyoga.com

John Carney: May 19-21

Sleight of hand star John Carney knows his stuff – the magician has written five books teaching newbie conjurers how to wow with their own tricks. It mixes illusions and comedy at Marvyn’s Magic Theater in La Quinta. marvynsmagictheater.com

Lady A: May 20

Former college classmates Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood joined forces with Scott’s Myspace friend Charles Kelley to form country band Lady A (then known as Lady Antebellum) in 2006. The trio perform hits like “Need You Now” at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. in India. fantasyspringsresort.com

Lip Sync for a cure: May 20

general hospital star Sean Kanan; his wife, Michele; and other celebs break down in this lip-synch showdown at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society’s Spirit of the Desert. cancer.org

Palm Springs Rare Books: May 20-21

Printing is not dead. More than 40 rare booksellers from across the country will share their love of books, prints, maps and other ephemera at the Zoso Hotel in Palm Springs. rarebooksla.com

Jo Koy and his friends: May 20-22

Comedian Jo Koy got his start in Las Vegas, where he once rented the Huntridge Theater and garnered interest in his stand-up routine by selling tickets door-to-door. Koy is headlining three jaw-dropping shows at Agua Caliente Casinos Rancho Mirage. aguacalientecasinos.com

Marieann Meringolo: May 21

Singer Marieann Meringolo appears at Oscar’s Palm Springs, performing tunes songwriters Alan and Marilyn Bergman wrote for films like sabrina (1995) and Barbra Streisand The way we were (1973). oscarspalmsprings.com

A life well sung: May 22

Musician Allan Jensen takes Arthur Newman Theater audiences through his autobiography via a dazzling selection of Broadway hits (and some deep cuts) plus standards from The Great American Songbook. lesmichaels.com

Gerald R. Schneider