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Gay Desert Guide: Week of Dec. 16, 2019

DBA Holiday Party, Crazy Sweaters at Runway, Rumproller Organ Trio, Broadway at The River, A Christmas Carol with Billy Wilson, HRC Mixer, LGBTQ Aging Symposium, “Hello My Name Is…” Singles Mixer, Jon Schroeder on the Walk of Stars and a preview of the Weekend!


DBA Annual Holiday Party

Join the Desert Business Association as they return to Wilma & Frieda for their annual Holiday Party on Monday, December 16 from 6:00–9:00 p.m. Enjoy great food, fun friends, and a wonderful venue to celebrate the season! This event sold out last year, so… Get tickets

 


Cookies, Cocktails, and Crazy Sweaters at Runway

The Cookies, Cocktails and Ugly Sweaters competition takes place at Runway Bar & Restaurant on Monday, December 16 at 6:00 p.m. Fresh on the high heels of the very popular Cat City Drag Race, this new contest is taking place at six bars in Cathedral City and features an “Ugliest Sweater Contest” with celebrity and audience judges. Prizes each week lead up to a Golden Pass prize valued at $600. The evening is hosted by Cat City Drag Race Winner Angelique VaGorgeous, with music by DJ Galaxy.  Next up: the Finale at AMP Sports Lounge on Monday, December 23. More info


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Palm Springs Chamber Mixer

The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce December Mixer will be held on Wednesday, December 18 from 5:00–6:30 p.m. at Il Corso. Do your holiday shopping at Santa’s Silent Auction and enjoy signature holiday cocktails and complimentary appetizers. Free for members, $15 for guests. More info


Rumproller Organ Trio at Jazzville

On Wednesday, December 18, Jazzville at Wang’s in the Desert welcomes the return of Rumproller Organ Trio with Carey Frank on the Hammond B3 organ. Enjoy jazz, soul and funk featuring vocalist and sax man Woody Mankowski. This encore is highly anticipated and will sell out quickly! Doors open at 6:00 p.m., live show at 7:00 p.m. Get tickets


Broadway at The River: Holiday Edition

Acqua California Bistro & Musical Theatre University present Broadway at the River: Holiday Edition on select nights in December. This unique dinner-show experience features servers who “sing for your supper,” a delicious 3-course prix fixe dinner with a fully-staged Broadway Song and Dance Revue. Famous Broadway guest stars at each performance, including: Janene Lovullo on Wednesday, December 18, and Teri Ralston on Friday, December 20. Evenings start at 6:00 p.m. Make reservations


Streetbar Presents: A Christmas Carol, Starring Billy Wilson

Join Streetbar on Thursday, December 19 as they present Billy Wilson as Carol Channing in A Christmas Carol from 8:00–10:00 p.m. – Retro Music Videos with Mark Jones will follow Billy’s performance. More info

 


LGBTQ and Aging Symposium

Palm Springs Councilmember Lisa Middleton and SAGE are co-hosting a community symposium on LGBT aging at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Thursday, December 19 from 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. This free-to-attend symposium will bring together local, state, and national experts to discuss topics such as HIV and aging, culturally competent healthcare, social isolation, and policies that directly impact LGBT older people. More info


HRC Palm Springs December Mixer

Join HRC Palm Springs on Thursday, December 19 from 5:00–7:00 p.m. for their December Mixer at Just Fabulous. Celebrate the holiday season with great company and toast the year to come, looking forward with hope and determination to continue the important work that lies ahead. More info

 


“Hello, My Name Is…” Singles Mixer

“Hello My Name Is…” is a free social mixer for single guys on Thursday, December 19 from 5:00–7:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Come meet a potential friend, date, or mate. Feel free to bring your single buddies as well. Light snacks will be provided and a cash bar is available with cocktails, non-alcoholic mocktails, sodas, and water. More info


Walk of the Stars Honors Jon Schroeder

Join the City of Palm Springs and Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce on Friday, December 20 from 2:00–3:00 p.m. as they honor local kid turned Hollywood writer and producer, Emmy-winner, Jon Schroeder, with the 436th star on Walk of the Stars Palm Springs.  Born and raised here in Palm Springs, Jon Schroeder went to Hollywood to work with Sarah Silverman and Tig Notaro on the movie Susan 313. The working partnership with Silverman continued with Comedy Central’s the Sarah Silverman Program. Since 2011, Jon has been writer and producer for Fox Television’s popular and award-winning animated series, Bob’s Burgers. More info


THIS WEEKEND

Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus: A Modern Family Holiday

The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus presents “A Modern Family Holiday,” on Friday and Saturday, December 20 and 21 at 7:00 p.m., and on Sunday, December 22 at 3:00 p.m.  This showcase of traditional favorites along with new music from some of today’s most talented composers and lyricists is all about embracing our new modern families. Get tickets


Holiday Shows at Runway: Naughty or Nice?

Runway is presenting two different Holiday Dinner Shows this year: Make your choice for a musical and comedic night of adult humor at the “Naughty” show or enjoy an evening of holiday classics on the “Nice” night! Performers include Siobhan Velarde, Gilmore Rizzo, Robbie Wayne, and Mark Kahny. There are two performances: Naughty night on Friday, December 20, and Nice night on Saturday, December 21. The evenings start at 7:00 p.m. and include a 4-course dinner! Get tickets


Celebrate the Holidays with Thelma Houston

On Saturday, December 21, Chill Bar presents the one and only Thelma Houston performing her new collaboration with Chill Bar resident Bimbo Jones, as well as a holiday number and her classic, “Don’t Leave Me this Way.” This event is a special holiday nod to the local Palm Springs and Coachella Valley communities. Keeping with the traditions of the Palm Springs LGBTQ+ community, there is no cover charge for this event, show starts at 8:00 p.m. More info


WEEKEND THEATRE

It’s the final weekend for performances of Mary Poppins, The King and I, and Christmas with the Crawfords!

Disney’s Mary Poppins will be presented by Desert Theatreworks through Sunday, December 22. This holiday musical, winner of 44 major theatre awards from around the globe, has captivated audiences for generations, and now the enchanting story, unforgettable songs and breathtaking production numbers will dazzle and delight theatergoers of all ages. Believe in the magic and discover a world where anything can happen if you let it! Get tickets

 

Palm Canyon Theatre presents the richly textured musical classic “The King and I” running through Sunday, December 22. It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives. With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand and, eventually, respect one another, in a truly unique love story. Get tickets

 

 

The Desert Rose Playhouse has brought back to life the smash hit of the holiday season, “Christmas with The Crawfords” through Sunday, December 22. Our theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh says this is “a funny, campy, over-the-top comedy that will have you laughing out loud.” Read his full review. They sing and dance their way into your hearts! Get tickets

 

Confessions of a Mormon Boy, the highly acclaimed one-man show, a true story starring Steven Fales, continues residency at Hotel Zoso every Tuesday through January 28, 2020. Told with humor, song and the Book of Mormon, Confessions concerns a young gay man’s journey through excommunication from the Mormon church, divorce, male prostitution and drug abuse, as he struggles to reclaim himself, his children and his ‘Donny Osmond’ smile. Doors open at 5:30, Show at 7:30 p.m. Get Tickets


Adam Lambert at Fantasy Springs

Fresh off a summer tour with Queen, multiplatinum-selling vocalist Adam Lambert returns to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino’s Special Events Center on Friday, December 20 at 8:00 p.m. Get tickets

 


Gear Swap and (Adult) Toy Drive Fundraiser

Eagle 501’s Gear Swap and Adult Toy Drive Fundraiser on Saturday, December 21 is your chance to clean out that play room, dungeon, closet and nightstand. Donate those clean and sanitized items, including all sorts of leather, paddles, harnesses, insertable toys and more. Or you can bring your gear and set up your own table to sell and swap, just pledge a donation to the charity to be paid at the end of the event! More info


Wildlights at The Living Desert

Over a million twinkling lights dazzle at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens for Wildlights, running select nights through the holidays, (final night: December 28) from 6:00–9:00 p.m. Guests will find holiday festivities, food, drink, arts and crafts, animal encounters, live entertainment, Santa Claus and more. Get tickets