Heading out to the desert for a film noir festival sounds like an excellent quick weekend getaway.
Coming up in May, the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival will be held in Palm Springs, with 12 classic black and whites on the agenda.
The festival takes place from May 13-16 (kind of a long weekend), and among the films in the festival are "New York Confidential" and "The Big Night."
There are also five appearances by actor and actresses (or their grandchildren) scheduled for a discussion of the films, one or two talks scheduled everyday of the festival. Among those appearing are Kirk Douglas, Don Murray, Ann Robinson, June Lockhart, and Julie Garfield (John Garfield's granddaughter).
Tickets to the event go on sale April 9th. For information about accommodations in Palm Springs, visit the event's website, which has a list of film sponsoring hotels where people from nearby L.A. and Orange County can stay.
The festival is will be held at Camelot Theaters, 2300 E. Baristo Road in Palm Springs.
-- Lauren Williams