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Gay Desert Guide: Week of Feb. 17, 2020

Modernism Week Continues, Architecture & Design Film Series, Club Skirts Dinah Shore Ticket Giveaway, PrEP & PEP talk, Tim Fenton Group at Jazzville, Joe Montana, PS and RM Joint Mixer at The Ritz, plus a preview of the weekend, including International Bear Convergence, new Theatre productions opening and more!


Modernism Week Continues

The 15th year of Modernism Week’s signature festival is underway: Thursday, February 13–Sunday, February 23 and highlights midcentury modern architecture, art, interior and landscape design, and vintage culture. The 11-day festival will feature more than 350 events including the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, tours of iconic homes in more than 30 neighborhoods, and the popular Signature Home Tour on both weekends. Also offered are architectural walking, biking and double-decker bus tours, tours of the historic Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands, a classic car show, garden tours, nightly parties, and a special series of compelling and informative talks. Check out these new talks and special events: [Newly added for 2020]. All events are open to the public, and many events are free or low cost, follow our link for the full schedule: Get tickets

CAMP is the Modernism Week Central Hub

Modernism Week’s CAMP (“Community And Meeting Place”) is located uptown this year at 575 N. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs (just north of the Corridor shops/KOFFI). CAMP includes an information desk, a box office, a café and bar by Cheeky’s, a shop by Modernism Week’s merchandise and branding partner Destination PSP, a theater and many interactive sponsor booths. Entrance into CAMP is free and open to the public daily during Modernism Week from 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. CAMP is also the ‘terminal’ for departures and returns for Modernism Week’s Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours. More info

Grand Central Presents “A Nod to Modernism 2020”

Visit Grand Central now through February 29 and enjoy stunning art installations and delicious dining as they present A Nod to Modernism 2020. Take a walk through the gallery at Grand Central Palm Springs and discover local artists with mid-century modern flair. The artists in residence consist of Gary PetersonGeorgeanne Papac, Mitchel Zwick, Michael Owen and Joseph Lucenter. Grand Central is open Friday–Tuesday from 8:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. and Wednesday/Thursday from 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. More info

Architecture & Design Film Series

Modernism Week will once again offer a robust series of films relating to architecture and design: in addition to six films (including a World Premiere), Modernism Week has again partnered with the American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs) to offer an Architecture, Design, and Art Film Series. This series will feature 26 films organized into eleven programs. We’ve got all the details compiled for you [here].


Joe Montana at Rancho Mirage Speaker Series

The Rancho Mirage Speaker Series commission brings you “Legends of Sports” for their new series: Tuesday, February at 7:00 p.m. when Joe Montana shares his stories, both personal and professional, at the Rancho Mirage Public Library. Upcoming in the series: Chris Evert will speak on March 17. Get tickets


PrEP & PEP Care Services

Join Eisenhower Health, Borrego Health, and Desert AIDS Project for an informative panel discussion regarding PrEP and PEP care services here in the Coachella Valley and what is available to you. Bring your questions! Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, also known as PrEP, is a powerful prevention tool in the form of a pill, taken daily to prevent HIV. Find out more information about PrEP and if this tool is right for you. PANEL: Eisenhower Health – Alex del Rosario, MD / Borrego Health – Rob Fontanilla, PA / Desert AIDS Project – Andy Ansell, PrEP Navigator. Registration requested. More info


Among Friends: Victor/Victoria Interactive

Join Among Friends for the exciting interactive version of Victor/Victoria on Wednesday, February 19 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Come for the cocktail party at 6:00 p.m., wearing your favorite costume inspired by the movie, and then doors to the theater open at 7:30 p.m. for the interactive screening at 8:00. Get tickets


Tim Fenton Group at Jazzville Palm Springs

Jazzville Palm Springs presents the Tim Fenton Group to celebrate Modernism Week on Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Wang’s in the Desert. Tim is a Los Angeles bass player and composer with a deadly, ripping quintet that will transport you miles from squaresville. Searing post-bop, cozy torch songs and tasty standards will have you head-bobbing, finger-snapping and ordering the good stuff. Get tickets


Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage Chambers Joint Mixer

Join the the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce and Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce for a Joint Mixer on Thursday, February 20 from 5:00–6:30 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton in Rancho Mirage. Free for PS Chamber members, $5 for RM chamber members, $15 for guests. More info


Ticket Giveaway! – Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend

Gay Desert Guide is giving away one pair of tickets to The Dinah Saturday Night Main Event! The event will take place on Saturday April 4, and the contest is open now through Thursday, February 27. [Enter to win] today!

Club Skirts The Dinah 2020 is the largest lesbian event on the planet and this year’s event, April 1–5 at the Hilton Palm Springs, marks their 30 year anniversary. The Dinah is the world’s most celebrated queer women/lesbian event and in 2020 there will be more great musical performances, comedy shows, pool parties, night parties, concerts, celebrities, contests, DJ battles, fun and games! [More info]

This year The Dinah is proud to present the one and only iconic filmmaker John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, Serial Mom and many more). John will be performing a show written exclusively for The Dinah on Saturday, April 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. More info


THIS WEEKEND

International Bear Convergence 2020

The International Bear Convergence (IBC) is the premier winter event for bears and admirers, taking place this Thursday–Monday, February 20–24, based at Hotel Zoso. Palm Springs will welcome thousands of frisky, furry bears, friends and fans to have the time of their lives with themed pool parties, world renown DJ’s, high energy dance parties, drag and comedy shows, and much more! Check out our link to the full schedule and get tickets [here].

 

Bear Naked IBC After Parties at CCBC

Bear Naked is a clothing-optional event presented by Western Xposure during the IBC weekend for everyone looking to hang out and play naked at CCBC Resort Hotel. The big parties are Friday and Saturday night for after hours bear cruising from 9:00 p.m.–4:00 a.m. Get tickets


Arrival: The Music of ABBA at The Show

“The Music of ABBA” by tribute band Arrival (founded in Gothenburg, Sweden) has sold out venues and arenas around the world since 1995 and is considered the best and most authentic ABBA shows. They perform right here at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage on Friday, February 21 at 8:00 p.m., doing all the hits like Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, Take A Chance, SOS, The Winner Takes It All and so many more. Get tickets


McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auction

Celebrating its 34th year, McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auction takes place Friday–Sunday, February 21–23, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Friday from 12:00–8:00 p.m. is a free preview day for the public, and the auction continues on Saturday from 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Free mimosas on Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m.! Tickets at the gate. More info


Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles at The Show

“Georgia on My Mind: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles” comes to The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage on Saturday, February 22 at 8:00 p.m. The evening will feature Emmy Award Winner Clint Holmes, 10-time Grammy and Award Winner and Gospel Music Hall of Famers Take 6, Award-winning vocalist Nnenna Freelon, Stellar and Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum, Gospel Choir and more. Get tickets


Sheryl Crow at Fantasy Springs

The singer of  “All I Wanna Do,” “If It Makes You Happy,” and “Everyday Is a Winding Road” is coming to Fantasy Springs on Saturday, February 22 at 8:00 p.m. Sheryl Crow has earned nine Grammy Awards and sold over 35 million albums in a career that has spanned three decades. Get tickets 


‘Isn’t it Romantic’ Jazz Band Concert & Fundraiser

The Desert Winds Freedom Band presents “Isn’t It Romantic” on Sunday, February 23 from 4:00–7:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Pavilion. This is a combination Jazz Band Concert and Annual Gala Fundraiser for an afternoon of great food, entertainment, and a silent auction. Get tickets


Weekend Theatre

Desert Theatricals presents Anything Goes on February 21 & 22 at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater. This hilarious shipboard romp is wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s most magical scores complete with lavish tap dance numbers and beautiful costumes!  It’s Delightful, Delicious, and De-Lovely watching the hilarity unfold as Billy stows aboard an ocean liner to rekindle his relationship with his old flame, Hope. Get tickets

 

Palm Canyon Theatre presents The Pajama Game, opening February 21 and running through March 15. Romance is blossoming at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Handsome new Superintendent Sid Sorokin falls hard for feisty Union rep “Babe” Williams, and, despite her dismissal of all things love-related, it seems she’s falling right back. That is, until the pair find themselves on either side of a union protest. The Pajama Game features hit songs like “Hey There,” “Hernando’s Hideaway” and “Steam Heat.” Get tickets

 

Desert Theatreworks presents Neil Simon’s Rumors through March 1 at the Indio Performing Arts Center. Hilarity abounds as guests arrive at the Deputy Mayor and his wife’s New York City townhouse to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. The party never quite begins; the host has shot himself in the head (it’s only a flesh wound) and his wife is missing! Doors slam, people run up and down the stairs, in and out of the bathroom and the kitchen. Join Desert Theatreworks for this spellbinding, side-splitting gem of a comedy by America’s favorite playwright, Neil Simon. Get tickets

 

UPCOMING THEATRE

Coyote Stageworks presents The Velocity of Autumn, from March 13–22 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Alexandra is an 80-year-old artist in a showdown with her family over where she’ll spend her remaining years. In Alexandra’s corner are her wit, her volcanic passion, and the fact that she’s barricaded herself in her Brooklyn brownstone with enough Molotov cocktails to take out the block. But her children have their own secret weapon, too. No sooner are the words “Hi, Mom” uttered than the emotional bombs start detonating. Get tickets

 

Dezart Performs presents Sweat, from February 28–March 8 at Pearl McManus Theater. It’s the year 2000 in Reading, Pennsylvania and a group of friends go to work at the steel mill and then decompress at the bar like they’ve been doing for over 20 years. But, unbeknownst to them, their lives are about to be uprooted. Their steel mill is making some changes and the blood, sweat and tears of generations of loyal workers don’t seem to amount to much. This limited run is expected to sell out, save your seats now! Get tickets


The HUMP! Film Festival returns to Palm Springs for their 15th Annual offering of all new films on February 29 for two screenings: 7:00 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. The festival features short dirty movies–each less than five minutes–all created by people who aren’t porn stars but want to be one for a weekend. HUMP! is a celebration of creative sexual expression. You will see films at HUMP! that shock you, make you laugh, and turn you on. You will also be touched by the sincerity and vulnerability with which these films are lovingly made. Get tickets

 


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