Gay Desert Guide: Week of Dec. 23, 2019

Cookies, Cocktails & Crazy Sweaters Finale, Christmas Dinners at The Purple Room, Acqua and Lulu, Auntie Mame Interactive, Wildlights at The Living Desert, and a great time to check out The Palm Springs Art Museum, take in a movie, and explore the Best of 2019, plus a look ahead to New Year’s Eve!


Cookies, Cocktails, and Crazy Sweaters Finale

The Cookies, Cocktails and Ugly Sweaters competition wraps up with the finale at AMP Sports Lounge on Monday, December 23 at 6:00 p.m. Fresh on the high heels of the very popular Cat City Drag Race, this new contest has taken place at six bars in Cathedral City, featuring 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. More info


Christmas Dinner at The Purple Room

The Purple Room Supper Club invites you to bring family and friends for dinner on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day from 4:00 p.m.–closing for a delicious three-course dinner and holiday jazz featuring Mark Kahny & Jay Lewis. You choose between six starters, six entrees, and three desserts. Make reservations

 

The Purple Room is also a hot spot for your New Year’s Eve celebration with live entertainment by Rose Mallet and Mark Kahny. The 2nd and 3rd seatings of the evening sold out quickly but if you act fast there may still be room at the 1st seating of the evening, at 5:00 p.m. More info


Christmas Dinner at Lulu & Acqua California Bistros

Lulu California Bistro and Acqua California Bistro are offering 4-course dinners for your Christmas Day dining, with your choice of three soups, three salads, eleven entrees, and five desserts! Served from 1:00–9:00 p.m., with Holiday Happy Hour available at the bar.
Make reservations: Lulu | Acqua


Auntie Mame Interactive Movie Event

Join Among Friends for Auntie Mame Interactive on Thursday, December 26 from 6:00–10:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Come at 6:00 p.m. for the 1920’s themed cocktail party, dress like the characters in the movie or wear your holiday attire and enjoy multiple bars set up to serve you in style. At 8:00 p.m., the interactive version of Auntie Mame will be screened, coming alive with audience participation, live actions, and surprises! Get tickets



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: Saturday, 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


Palm Springs Art Museum

This would be an excellent time to pay a visit to one or more of the Palm Springs Art Museum’s three locations!

The Palm Springs Art Museum on 101 Museum Drive in downtown Palm Springs features the latest exhibitions: Lino Tagliapietra: Il Deserto Fiorito and Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe. And don’t miss Touching History: Stonewall 50, running through March 29. The museum is open from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Fridays through Tuesdays, and 12:00–8:00 p.m. on Thursday (closed Wednesdays, plus Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve).

The Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, at 300 S. Palm Canyon Drive and open the same hours as the Art Museum (above), features the exhibit Barbara Stauffacher Solomon: Breaking all the Rules, closing December 31.

The Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert (at Hwy 111 and El Paseo) features the exhibit Imaging Change: History, Memory, and Social Justice, and this location is open 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays (closed Mondays), and the beautiful Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden is always open!


Best of 2019

Every year, Palm Springs Life invites readers to share their favorite restaurants, lodging, nightlife, shopping, services, arts and attractions for their Best of the Best listings, broken down by city:

Palm SpringsDesert Hot SpringsCathedral CityRancho MiragePalm DesertIndian WellsLa QuintaIndio & Coachella

Check it out to discover a new favorite, or revisit one you haven’t been in awhile!


LOOKING AHEAD

Dance Lessons at Trunks

Trunks Bar in Cathedral City presents a monthly western two-step dance lesson with Rob Ollander-Krane. On Saturday, December 28, learn shadow position (side by side), with lessons from 7:00–8:00 p.m. and open dancing to follow.

 


Mary Pickford Theatre is D’Place for Movies

While we may have some of the best winter weather here in the desert, the days are still short and sometimes it’s cold or even rains–making it a great time to get comfy in the luxury recliner seats of the D’Place Entertainment Mary Pickford Theatre and take in a movie! Options playing now and over the weekend in between holidays include: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems, The live-action/CG screen version of the Broadway musical CATS, and the animated Will Smith film Spies in Disguise. More info


Top New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Greater Palm Springs

New Year’s Eve is Tuesday, December 31, 2019 and we’ve got the rundown on the hottest New Year’s Eve events to get your party on and ring in the new decade in our Top Celebrations article, featuring: Dance Through the Decades at Agua Caliente in Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage, Runway Bar & Restaurant‘s New Year’s Eve Celebration, Steel the Night at the Ace Hotel, Latin Jazz from Jazzville at Wang’s, Drag me to NYE at The Saguaro, Roaring into the 20’s at Chill Bar, NYE at Lulu & Acqua California Bistros, and the Mildly Wild New Year’s Eve Party at The Living Desert! Read more


Palm Springs International Film Festival is Just Around the Corner

Just as soon as we wrap up the holidays, the Palm Springs International Film Festival will bring the Hollywood spotlight to town from January 2–13, 2020 with glitz, glamour, and most of all, some great films. The showpiece event, the annual Film Awards Gala, will be held on Thursday, January 2 starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Convention Center. A-List actors and directors being honored include: Jennifer Lopez, Martin Scorsese, Laura Dern, Joaquin Phoenix, Renée Zellweger, Charlize Theron, Antonio Banderas, plus awards going to up-and-comers Zack Gottsagen and Cynthia Erivo. Get Gala tickets

The Palm Springs International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming over 135,000 attendees each year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. Produced by the Palm Springs International Film Society, the Festival offers 12 days of events and film screenings featuring over 200 films from 60+ countries, with screenings at venues in Palm Springs and Cathedral City. The full schedule is available online and passes are available for sale, as well as tickets to individual screenings, now on sale as of December 20! Get screening tickets