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We’re just two months away from Palm Springs Pride and putting the finishing touches on our “Light Up the Night” contest. We’ve secured a Vacaya Caribbean cruise for two and roundtrip airfare on Alaska Airlines as the grand prize. So it’s not too early to be thinking about how you’ll bedazzle your home or apartment so you’ll get the most votes when we do the contest.
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Sunday T-Dances: Chill & Oscar’s
On Sunday, September 5, Chill Bar presents SX & Candy Day Time Disco from 3:00–9:00 p.m. Part classic tea dance, part intergalactic circus, part artistic masterpiece, refresh all your senses with visuals, performers and beats by DJ Kevin Kauer along with special guest DJ Futurewife [More info]. And every Sunday from 4:00–8:00 p.m. you’ll hear the happy sounds of the Disco era coming from the courtyard at Oscar’s in downtown Palm Springs, keeping the T-Dance tradition alive. Chi Chi LaRue guests as DJ on the first Sunday of every month [More info]
Desert Art Center Gallery Reopens
The Desert Art Center Gallery reopens on Friday, September 3 at 10:00 a.m. The Coachella valley’s premier nonprofit art collective has two beautiful large exhibition galleries with artwork by 150 local artists. The galleries feature photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics, fiber art, mosaics, pastels, sketches, and all modes of painting. The Desert Art Center also offers a robust roster of art classes for kids and adults, plus arts-related presentations free to the community. More info
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo at The Show
Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage’s The Show presents Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo on Saturday, September 4 at 8:00 p.m. Pat Benatar’s staggering vocals and take-no-prisoners attitude, along with Neil Giraldo’s trailblazing artistry as a guitarist, producer and songwriter forged the undeniable chemistry and unique sound that created some of rock’s most memorable hits, including We Belong, Invincible, Love Is A Battlefield, Promises In The Dark, We Live For Love, Heartbreaker and Hell Is For Children. Get tickets
RuPaul Recaps by Dante: All-Stars Season 6 Finale
Our Special Drag Correspondent Dante Noto is faithfully watching and reporting on all the weekly victories and defeats in the world of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 6. Read all of Dante’s recaps back to the season premiere [here] and check out his recap of the season finale, “Grand Finale: This is Our Country,” wherein the final 4 queens are challenged to write lyrics to Ru’s new country song, with inspiration from Tanya Tucker, and a final runway Eleganza Extravaganza, capped off by a win that Dante calls “…herstoric, fabulous and very moving.” Read it!
The Purple Room is Back!
After a long, COVID-induced shutdown, the Purple Room is back! For Labor Day Weekend—Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 3, 4 & 5, the great live jazz combo led by Mark Kahny will feature some of the area’s favorite singers. Also, for the first weekend, open dining — with reservations suggested although not required — will be instituted, the same as the Purple Room’s weekday format. Looking ahead, Purple Room faves will be getting back into the swing of things, including performances by Palm Springs JUMP! Lee Squared, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Jonathan Karrant, Amanda McBroom, Sharon McNight, Marilyn Maye, Diane Schuur and Billy Stritch.
The Purple Room weekday lineup is back, too! Tuesdays feature Rose Mallett with Jazz & Blues. Wednesdays swing with Michael Holmes and Darci Daniels and their music of the Rat Pack era. Then Jazz, Broadway and ‘60s pop takes the stage Thursdays with Sharon Sills. More info
Cinema Diverse is Just Two Weeks Away
Cinema Diverse, The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival, takes place Thursday, September 16–Thursday, September 30, both in-theatre at the Palm Springs Cultural Center and streaming. Cinema Diverse is dedicated to advancing and further strengthening our diverse gay community through the establishment of a world-class film festival that presents lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cinema from around the world. More info
Caliente Comedy Night: Jerry Garcia
Comedy Madness and Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs present Caliente Comedy featuring Jerry Garcia on Friday, September 3 at 8:00 p.m. inside the Cascade Lounge. A single father of three boys, Jerry allows us to come into his world and laugh hysterically with his charm, witty puns, and punchlines using his young hip Latin flavor that easily crosses over to all audiences. His views on life, relationships, his modest upbringings and everyday struggles captivates audiences from all walks of life, no matter where you’re from. [Check him out on YouTube] For over 10 years, Comedy Madness has produced thousands of shows in North America, including weekly showcases in Los Angeles at the Comedy Store, Laugh Factory and Ice House Comedy Club, and now they bring Caliente Comedy to Palm Springs with a different comedian featured every Friday. Upcoming comedians include: Jamie Kennedy, Ron Josol, Ocean Glapion, Craig Conant, Pablo Francisco, Kabir Singh, and Tom Arnold. Get tickets
Labor Day Weekend at CCBC
Stay and play all day at CCBC Resort in Cathedral City this Labor Day Weekend! On Saturday, September 4, DJ Bobby will be spinning and on Sunday, September 5, it’s KGAY’s Retro Lunch disc jockey DJ Galaxy! More info
Saturday Summerific Sing-A-Long: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
The Palm Springs Cultural Center and The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus present The All Summer Long Snazzy Sassy Songsational Summerific Sing-A-Long. This week, on Saturday, September 4, the evening’s movie musical is “Fiddler on the Roof,” the Oscar-winning adaptation of the Broadway musical about life among the Jewish community of a pre-revolutionary Russian village. A poor milkman, determined to find good husbands for his five daughters, consults the traditional matchmaker – and also has a word with God. At 6:00 p.m., come for social hour in the VIP Lounge upstairs, with film at 7:00 p.m. featuring Rosemary Galore and songleaders from the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus hosting an evening filled with film, fun, and song. Next week (Sept. 11), it’s the finale of the Summerific Sing-A-Long, with the audience-favorite “Mame.” Get tickets
The Rocky Horror Show
The Desert Rose Playhouse presents “The Rocky Horror Show,” running now through Sunday, September 12. A humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the 1930s through to the early 1960s, the musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist, Dr Frank-N-Furter. The doctor unveils his new creation, a sort of Frankenstein-style monster in the form of an artificially made, fully grown, physically perfect muscle man named Rocky, complete “with blond hair and a tan.” Get tickets
Agnes Pelton Exhibit Final Days
Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist, the first major exhibition since 1995 of the under-recognized American modernist painter who worked in Cathedral City is at the Palm Springs Art Museum through Sunday, September 5. Don’t miss your chance to see it before time runs out! Although she painted conventional landscapes and portraits, Pelton (1881–1961) is most celebrated for her abstract compositions that reflect her interest in esoteric subjects and occult philosophies, including numerology and Agni Yoga with its principal focus on fire as a guiding force. More info
Best of Coachella Valley Nomination Round
The first round of voting is now open in The CV Independent Best of Coachella Valley 2021-2022, and they need YOU to nominate your favorites in various categories from Arts to Nightlife, Family to Fashion, and Professionals to Food and Restaurants. This is fill-in-the-blank voting, so you can nominate whoever YOU feel is most deserved of the “Best” honor! This nomination round is open through September 13, with a final round of voting on finalists to follow. Nominate now
Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus Auditions
The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus (PSGMC) will be holding its “Sing Out Proud” open call auditions on Tuesday, September 7 at 6:00 p.m. at the Mizell Center. This special evening of camaraderie will also be an opportunity to volunteer and get involved with one of the chorus’ many committees. Interested singers can also attend the open rehearsal that night at 7:00 p.m. to experience what it is like to perform with the chorus and meet its members. PSGMC continues to build ‘A Chorus Like No Other,’ with a commitment to a high standard of excellence in their performances. In the audition process, PSGMC will be recruiting singers for the main chorus, but also for their small ensemble groups “Bruce Kenyon’s The Arrangement” and “Gentlemen’s Agreement.” More info
Jazzville Palm Springs: Tony Guerrero Quintet
Jazzville, the live jazz scene presented by Barry Martin/DJ Baz and Take Five Entertainment, presents Tony Guerrero Quintet on Thursday, September 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the vibrant Cascade Lounge inside Agua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs. Tony Guerrero is a jazz flugelhornist, trumpeter, composer, and producer who’s garnered both critical success and a worldwide audience. He has toured much of the world as a headliner in major jazz festivals and has enjoyed commercial radio success not only with his own releases but with music he’s written for other artists, movies and television. Cocktails, wine and delicious small bites will be available to order and enjoy while bopping to the tunes of the evening. More info
Palm Canyon Theatre Presents “The Guys”
On Saturday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 12 at 2:00 p.m. Palm Canyon Theatre presents The Guys, a play by Anne Nelson about the aftereffects of the collapse of the World Trade Center. Joan, an editor, helps Nick, a New York Fire Department captain, prepare the eulogies for the eight firefighters who died under his command that tragic day. Starring Judith Chapman and Michael Pacas. Get tickets
Tramway to Close for Annual Maintenance
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will close for its annual maintenance routine, starting Tuesday, September 7 with a tentative reopening date of October 4, 2017 assuming all goes well. Safety first, especially when you’re ascending two-and-a-half miles up the cliffs of Chino Canyon, in a tram car supported by cables from the desert floor to the wilderness of Mt. San Jacinto State Park!
Welcome New Partners!
Platinum Star Properties is the key to your future. Carl Borey, Broker has been a full-time resident of Palm Springs for more than 12 years. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer, a luxury home seller, or an investor, you will have a skilled, trusted advisor on your side. Carl is committed to always delivering an experience with integrity, passion, and a personalized approach. Learn more
Wabi Sabi Japan Living is a home goods retail store that imports goods from Japan and Asia. The partners behind the store, Darrell Baum and Osamu Sagara, visit family every year in Japan and Wabi Sabi carries items inspired by their travels and experiences. They carry dinnerware to Sake and beer, books, clothing, accessories, bonsai and more! Learn more
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