This Weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings
April 6 - 8, 2018
This weekend in your Gay Desert Guide Now that spring has sprung, we've got Gin Blossoms and Opera in the Park! If you're more of an indoorsy person, check out the excellent AmDocs film festival, the Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus, a Mis-Cast Cabaret, a 90-year-old singing dynamo, or a ''wow factor" fashion show! For all of that and more, read on...
Outdoor Concerts Under the Palm Trees
While we are still in the prime of our ideal weather, get out there and enjoy some outdoor music! On Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m., the Spa Resort Casino presents Gin Blossoms at the final Concerts Under the Palms of the season in downtown Palm Springs. Nothing says 90's like the Gin Blossoms with their fusion of pop, melodic rock, folk and country elements with songs including "Hey Jealousy," "Follow You Down," and "Found Out About You." - Get tickets
Then for something quite different, The 20th anniversary edition of the ever-popular Opera in the Park takes place on Sunday, April 8th,from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., presented by the Palm Springs Opera Guild at Sunrise Park in Palm Springs. It's a FREE community event, so come listen to a live professional orchestra accompanying eight amazing opera singers, and enjoy an afternoon of music in a pastoral setting. Follow our bookmark to read more about it, and get more info here.
AmDocs at the Palm Springs Cultural CenterOpening Night Film and Reception featuring George Takei on Friday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m. and runs through Saturday, April 14 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. On Sunday, April 8 at 4:30 p.m., Program 25 features a series of openly- and not-so-openly gay short stories: Crook - "Lavender", USA, 8min. / Ballroom Boys, UK, 14min. / After Party, CROATIA, 22min. / On My Way Out: The Secret Life of Nani and Popi, USA, 40min. Get more AmDocs info and tickets
Looking ahead to a future film festival, also at the Palm Springs Cultural Center: the Palm Springs Cannabis Film Festival and Summit will take place April 19 - 22 and will include a variety of films and educational panel discussions on everything from the impact of cannabis on pets and children to how regulations affect the market. More info
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Weekend Fundraisers: Cabaret, Kids, Scaggs, & Faux Fur
Desert Rose Playhouse holds their annual fun(d)raiser, Mixed Plate 2018: A Mis-Cast Cabaret, on Sunday, April 8, at 6:00 p.m. The show features performers in roles they'd never actually be cast to play, starring Francesca Amari, Noah Arce, Ruth Braun, Cat Lyn Day, Winston Gieseke, Matthew Hocutt, Adina Lawson, Michael Pacas, Gilmore Rizzo & Bryan Miller, Jim Strait, Robbie Wayne, and many more. Get tickets
DIGICOM Learning will be honoring philanthropic leader Patty Newman at their 3rd annual "It's All About the Kids" luncheon on Saturday, April 7 at 11:30 a.m. at Agua Caliente Resort and Spa. DIGICOM Learning is an amazing digital literacy program that engages youth in digital storytelling to ensure their success in school, community, and life. Proceeds from the Luncheon will be used to provide after school programs in digital storytelling, equipment grants for classrooms, and scholarships. Get tickets
The Desert Symphony Celebrates its 29th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, April 7, at 8:00 p.m. at the McCallum Theatre. Boz Scaggs is the featured guest, performing live with The Desert Symphony. Mr. Scaggs has had a sensational career dating back to the late sixties with the Steve Miller Band, and his voice is smooth and rhythmic with every soulful lyric he delivers. Get tickets
The Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter present their fourth annual Faux Fur Ballgala: "Pooches, Pussycats & Paris," on Saturday, April 7, at the shelter on East Mesquite, honoring Tippi Hedren for her animal welfare work, with Barbara Eden accepting the award on her behalf. Hopefully you've already adopted your tickets, because this event is officially sold out.
Motherhood Out Loud: Final Weekend
Motherhood Out Loud opened last weekend to heartfelt cheers, tears, and laughter from audiences in its first performances at the Pearl McManus Theater at the Palm Springs Woman’s Club. Dezart Performs presents the final four performances of this 10th anniversary season, Friday & Saturday, April 6 & 7 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday & Sunday, April 7 & 8, matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. This 2011 Off-Broadway play is a joyous, moving, hilarious, and altogether thrilling theatrical event examining parenting in the 21st century. Call your mother, and then: Get tickets
Marvelous Marilyn Maye: Ninety at Last
Marilyn Maye, even at 90 years old, is a dynamo – a highly praised singer, actress, director, arranger, educator, a Grammy nominated recording artist and a musical treasure. Join her in this very special 90th birthday performance: Ninety at Last, at The Purple Room on both Friday April 6 and Saturday April 7, with dinner at 6:00 p.m. and the show starting at 8:00 p.m. Get tickets
Also, check out our bookmark featuring Fashion Week designer Johana Hernandez and her Glaudi brand of bridal dresses and couture gowns.
AAP - Food Samaritans will be held at the O'Donnell Golf Club in Palm Springs on Saturday, May 5,featuring a performance by the one and only Gladys Knight. The evening's honorees will receive recognition for their dedication and support of AAP. Read more about the 2018 honorees. If you haven't yet secured your seat: Get tickets
Dining Out For Life Kicks off a Big Gay Weekend April 26
Dining Out For Life 2018 is just three weeks away, Thursday, April 26, and it's time to start making your reservations now. Check out our Dining Out For Life Channel where you can browse participating restaurants, each of which is donating at least 33% of their sales on that day to support the Desert AIDS Project. GayDesertGuide.LGBT is proud to sponsor this event and provide this channel featuring the best places to dine and drink!
You can think of Dining Out For Life as a kick-off to a very big Gay Desert weekend, including Meet the Museum on Friday, April 27 and White Party, April 27-29. Tickets are available for both, follow the links for more info.
That same weekend: Desert's Got Talent, a presentation of Boo2Bullying to raise funds and provide a showcase for self-expression, unity, and education, takes place at the Palm Springs Art Museum Annenberg Theater on Saturday April 28 at 5:30 p.m. Get tickets
A big gay weekend wouldn't be complete without a Pride festival! The 2nd Annual East Coachella Valley Pride Festival and LGBTQ+Family Resource Fair on Saturday, April 28 at 3:00 p.m. will be held again this year at Veterans Park in the City of Coachella. Festival features: Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles, Latin@ Drag Performances, Ballet Folklorico, and Danza Azteca. More info
East Valley Festivals
On Friday and Saturday, April 6 & 7, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden doors open at 4:30 p.m. (performers start at 6:30 pm.) to play host to the Indian Wells Music Festival, headlined by GRAMMY award-winner Jonny Lang and Jon Batiste with the Dap-Kings. Also features a "lifestyle village" with amazing vendors. Get tickets
Just a few miles south, on Saturday April 7 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.,the 9th Annual Taste of La Quinta is back with food and wine tastings from several of your favorite local restaurants within the beautiful surroundings of La Quinta Civic Center Park. Enjoy a beer garden serving craft beer, wine samples and live entertainment. Get tickets
Trio on Palm Canyon offers a variety of happy hour favorites like $3 well drinks and $ 5 bar bites every day of the week! A Happy Hour deal that can’t be beat! If you find yourself feeling hungry for a meal after indulging in delicious happy hour treats, you can try their Weekly Dinner Specials! This week they have Maple Glazed Pork T-Bone, Alaskan Halibut with Mediterranean sauce, zucchini noodles and Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail. Yum!
Lulu California Bistro is a favorite for locals and travelers alike! Incase you haven’t heard, their daily specials include ALL DAY HAPPY HOUR! This includes nibbles and cocktails from 11am-closing every day of the week! And you enjoy LATE NIGHT with music at Lulu every Friday and Saturday from 11pm-12am.
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