The gigantic Marilyn Monroe statue called "Forever Marilyn" left Chicago and arrived in mid-May at Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way in Palm Springs. So what better place to stage outdoor movies of the legendary blond bombshell than at the statue? Four classic films will run Friday nights in July and August -- and they're free.
The deal: Films start around 8:30 p.m. Visitors should arrive early to get a good spot and bring blankets or lawn chairs; leave the alcohol home though. Free parking is available on Tahquitz Canyon Way at Belardo Road.
Friday: "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953). The Howard Hawks film won Monroe an Academy Award nomination for best actress. Signature song from this film: "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend."
July 20: "Some Like It Hot" (1959). Look for the Hotel del Coronado in this comedy that Monroe shares with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon.