June 1 through 10 is “Restaurant Week,” a culinary celebration showcasing restaurants in the “entire Valley from Palm Springs to Indio.”

Participating restaurants will offer a three-course menu at a fixed price of either $24 or $36 per person (tax, beverages and gratuity are not included). Click here for details.

Shirley MacLaine stars in “Bernie” a quirky new film based on a true story that co-stars Jack Black and Matthew McConaughey. David Denby reviewed the film in the April 30 issue of The New Yorker.

The Marriott is featuring a “Girlfriends’ Sonoma Getaway” in California wine country. The package includes massages, breakfast and shopping and is valid through Nov. 29, 2012. Visit the site, and then click on Explore & Plan Deals.

Are you watching “Birdsong” on PBS’ Masterpiece? Part 2 of this World War I drama about a doomed romance airs this Sunday. With beautiful backdrops and gorgeous costumes and period pieces, “Birdsong” features an excellent script and understated acting. Who does romantic melodrama better than the British?

Also, coming up May 6, the deliciously strange 21st century version of “Sherlock” begins its second season on PBS’ Masterpiece. I think the show’s star Benedict Cumberbatch is every bit as odd and intriguing as the finest Sherlock Holmes of the small screen–Mr. Jeremy Brett.