Gay Desert Guide: Week of Feb 18, 2019

This week in #ILoveGayPalmSpringsModernism Week is in full bloom, rain or shine, and CAMP is your central hub. We are looking forward to the Modernism Yard Sale, which wraps up the week. Before that, however, we have a Stonewall Democrats meeting, Country Dance, Valley of the Dolls Interactive Movie & Cocktail Party, and "Bar Wars" drag competition. We preview the weekend: Stars Among Us, Black History Month Parade, Hollywood's Biggest Awards Show, and more!
 


Modernism Week Continues Through Feb 24

Modernism Week 2019 splashed down on Thursday, February 14 on the wettest day EVER in Palm Springs, but all events are on, rain or shine, and the 11-day "week" continues through Sunday, February 24. The full list of events can be found by following our link.

 

Modernism Week’s CAMP (“Community And Meeting Place”) provides a central hub for "Modernistas" (fans of Modernism Week). Located at 230 Museum Way (directly across from the Palm Springs Art Museum in the
future Downtown Palm Springs public park space), CAMP includes an information desk, a box office, a café and bar by Cheeky’s, the Modernism Week merchandise store by Destination PSP, a theater and many interactive sponsor booths. Learn more
 

The Modernism Yard Sale takes place on Sunday, February 24 from 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., presented by Modern Bear, and hosted by H3K Home. This annual sale has become one of Modernism Week’s most popular free events, with carefully curated vendors offering their highly coveted mix of vintage Midcentury decorative furnishings, fashion, and collectibles. ~ you may score a deal or a total steal, or at the very least enjoy the free coffee and donuts. Learn more
 

Art Palm Springs Wraps up Monday

From Friday, February 15 through Monday, February 18, Art Palm Springs takes place at the Palm Springs Convention Center. This is the premier art fair in the Southwest presenting post-war and contemporary art. This year's edition will brings galleries from Asia, Europe, North and South America representing hundreds of artists. Since its early editions, Art Palm Springs has been a draw for curators, collectors, designers and celebrities. More info 

Desert X Continues

Modernism fans and art enthusiasts alike will be drawn this week to check out the once-every-two-years art exhibition, Desert X, now open and featuring an expanded footprint this year. There are three hub locations across the valley: Palm Springs, Palm Desert and Indio, with exhibits stretching from Palm Springs to the Salton Sea. Also featuring multiple programs, performances, and a three-day "unsymposium." Exhibition runs February 9–April 21. More info 


Desert Stonewall Democrats February Meeting

The local cannabis industry is the topic of this month's meeting of the Desert Stonewall Democrats, on Tuesday, February 19 from 6:00–7:30 p.m. at the Mizell Senior Center. Want to learn more about the local cannabis industry? What is the pending legislation? How are our tax revenues collected from the industry being used? Is cannabis odor the new noise complaint? THC vs CBD – how are medical uses for cannabis being monitored by the government? More info


Cowfolk Dance & Fundraiser

The Palm Springs Chapter of the Golden State Gay Rodeo Association presents a Country Dance on Wednesday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Chill Bar. Enjoy two-step, waltz, and line dances, plus a door prize, 50/50 raffle, professional bootblack, and a new video program highlighting the fun activities of Palm Springs Rodeo all of last year. More info


Palm Springs Human Rights Commissions Awards

The Palm Springs Human Rights Commission honored six remarkable community leaders and organizations at its 19th Annual “Promoting Universal Human Rights Close to Home” Community Service Awards on Monday, Feb. 11. Honorees included Gloria Kapp, Kate Concannon Castle, Rev Kevin A. Johnson, California Votings Rights Act Working Group, Tony Marchese, and the V Palm Springs. Learn more


Valley of the DOLLS Interactive & Cocktail Party

Among Friends is bringing back by popular demand an interactive screening of Valley of the Dolls on Wednesday, February 20 from 6:00–10:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center Camelot Theatre. The evening begins with an outdoor 1960's cocktail party, dress the part! Come inside for the fun and interactive version of the Valley of the Dolls at 8:00 p.m. This will sell out, so Get Tickets


Bar Wars Drag Competition

Trunks Bar in Cathedral City will be holding their very first drag competition, "Bar Wars" on Thursday, February 21 from 8:00–10:00 p.m. Every bar in the desert has been invited to select a member of their staff to participate in this fierce competition. There will be several drink specials and the contest will be judged by Jayla Fox. Come and support your favorite queen! More info
 


THIS WEEKEND

Stars Among Us Gala

This Friday, February 22, The Mizell Senior Center presents the 14th Annual Stars Among Us Gala, from 5:30–9:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Air Museum. The evening's featured entertainment is "I Will Always Love You: Celebrating the Music of Whitney Houston," with a spectacular performance by Deborah Cox, a Grammy® nominated recording artist for her own R&B and dance hits, who starred on Broadway in “The Bodyguard”, a musical based on the film. Get tickets

Deborah Cox recently joined John Taylor on KGAY 106.5 to talk about her music and her upcoming performance at the Mizell Stars Among Us Gala! Listen now


Black History Month Parade & Town Fair

The Palm Springs Black History Committee (PSBHC) and the City of Palm Springs James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center present the 32nd Annual Black History Month Parade and Town Fair on Saturday, February 23, from 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. at Frances Stevens Park. The parade steps off at 11:00 a.m. and the fair will start at noon with great food, on-field performances, musical renditions, on-stage shows, and specialty booth displays. This year's theme is Black Migrations and Urban Realities. More info


"Hollywood's Biggest Awards Show" this Sunday

D'Place – Mary Pickford Theatre presents comedian Shann Carr as she returns for a 3rd year to host a raucous big-screen viewing of the Academy Awards, Hollywood's Biggest Awards Show on February 24, 2019. This year, Shann's co-host is the fabulous performer Ethylina Canne! Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne plus passed appetizers and desserts all night long as they are brought to your chairs. Shann and Ethylina will fill the commercial breaks with fun, games and prizes while being mindful that you wanna see the show! Benefits Variety Children's Charity and Desert AIDS Project. Get tickets


New Theatre Production: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

Palm Canyon Theatre presents The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, opening Friday, February 22 and running through Sunday, March 10. This hit musical comedy features Miss Mona, in charge of The Chicken Ranch, a brothel located just outside the fictional town of Gilbert, Texas. Miss Mona and the local sheriff, Ed Earl Dodd, have a mutual agreement to co-exist, and things are pretty much as they have been for 58 years – until Melvin P. Thorpe, a Houston TV reporter and do-gooder, sets out to spoil everybody's fun. Get tickets


Charles Phoenix Book Signing at Peepa's

On Friday, February 22 from 4:00–6:00 p.m., Charles Phoenix, known as the Ambassador of Americana, will be signing copies of his book, Addicted to Americana at Peepa'sThis riotously colorful book, replete with Charles's collection of vintage Kodachrome slides, celebrates his lifelong quest to unearth the best of classic and kitschy American life and style. More info


McCormick's Palm Springs Collector Car Auction

Celebrating its 33rd year, McCormick's Palm Springs Collector Car Auction takes place Friday, February 22 through Sunday, February 24 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Friday is free preview day, with auction all day Saturday and Sunday. Free happy hours on Friday and Sunday too! More info 


Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival

Running now through Sunday, February 24, the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival offers an exciting line-up of Headliner entertainment in the Fantasy Springs Concert Pavilion including Randy Houser, Ramon Ayala, Salt-n-Pepa, Kool & the Gang and Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez. More info


LOOKING AHEAD

Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival

Celebrate the wildflower bloom–which promises be a great one this year–at the Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival on Saturday, March 2 from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at a new location this year: Palm Desert Civic Center Park. The festival features a variety of outdoor and educational activities for the entire family, with wildflower displays, a 5k Fun Run, Kids’ Zone, and a climbing wall. Sign-ups will be taken at the festival for interpretive hikes to take place later in the month at the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center in Palm Desert. More info


Purple Reign at The Show

On Saturday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m., The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa presents Purple Reign, which captures the imagination and seamlessly recreates the blistering performances and raw energy of Prince in his prime and returns audiences to the era that made “The Artist” an international superstar. Also featuring a tribute to Morris Day and The Time, this show is a must-see for “Purple Rain” movie fans and live music fans alike. Get tickets


KGAY 106.5 Giveaway

Don't you just love the new KGAY 106.5, Pride of the Valley radio? Make sure you also "Like" the KGAY page on Facebook, and you could WIN two hot tickets to the Red Dress Dress Red party on March 9!

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