Modernism Week(s) continue(s) this week with many opportunities for low cost and free events. Get started at C.A.M.P. in the Hyatt Hotel lobby. Speaking of camp, the number of drag shows continues to proliferate. We caught a new one at One Eleven Bar in Cathedral City yesterday, where DJ Galaxy and his husband, Vince Scalise, joined the queens on stage.
Not quite drag, but campy nonetheless, we learned that Michael Holmes, aka Judy Garland at Purple Room’s “The Judy Show!” has been sidelined for the last few weeks. We hope to see him back on stage soon.
See our blog below for the week’s activities!
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Modernism Week in Full Swing
Modernism Week’s annual 11-day festival takes place now till February 28, and 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. [Get tickets]
For a roundup of the numerous Neighborhood Tours, including Historic Tennis Club, Mesquite Canyon Estates, Little Tuscany and many more, check out our Modernism Week Neighborhood Tours event listing [here]. Modernism Show & Sale details are [here].
All Modernism Week events are open to the public, and many events are free or low cost. Modernism Week’s CAMP (“Community and Meeting Place”) is the central hub, located for the first time this year in the spacious atrium-style lobby of the Hyatt Palm Springs. CAMP will include an information desk, a box office, 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 from February 18–28 from 9 am–6 pm. And while you’re at CAMP, don’t forget to pick up your free copy of our hot-off-the-press Spring edition of the Gay Desert Guide Visitor Map & Guide!
RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 14, Episode 7
Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto has recapped the latest episode from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14 just for you! (Read all of Dante’s recaps here). In this episode, the queens demonstrate their acting chops in a Drag Race drama directed by Ru, and the runway theme on Elimination Day is inspired by Folsom Street Fair. Dante also recaps the Untucked post-show, and concludes “Drag is funny, drag is powerful and drag is complex. I’m here for it.” Read his full recap of Episode 7: The Daytona Wind, [here].
Author Talk: Growing Up in the Truman-Wallace Household
Author David Wallace shares his memory of living with his extended family on Tuesday, February 22 from 12–1 pm at Mizell Center. “I Called Him Uncle Harry” is a fascinating look behind the scenes of the Truman-Wallace family dynamics and the power of politics. It will be available for purchase at the event with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Mizell Center. More info
The Upside Down Tree Book Release Celebration
Join Alden Reimonenq for his Book Release Celebration of The Upside-Down Tree on Tuesday, February 22 at 6 pm at the Peri G Fine Art Gallery. Reimonenq is a New Orleanian transplant, who lives and thrives in Palm Springs. He previously published the collection Hoodoo Headrag, Poems. More info
Understanding Strokes: Learn What a Stroke Really Is
The LGBTQ Center of the Desert and Eisenhower Health present Understanding Strokes: Learn What a Stroke Really Is, on Wednesday, February 23 from 4–5 pm via Zoom. To understand stroke, it helps to understand the brain. The brain is responsible for motion, sensation, speech, memory, emotions, even major body functions such as breathing and digestion. Come learn about what happens during a stroke and how to recognize the symptoms. More info
Black History Month at the Palm Springs Art Museum
The Palm Springs Art Museum, in collaboration with the Palm Springs Black History Committee, presents several programs to celebrate Black History Month. On Thursday, February 24 from 5–7 pm, come for “People Who Filled Their Seats,” a Public Talk with Local Artist Deborah McDuff Williams. A selection of Williams’ work is on view throughout February on the main level of the museum. On Thursdays from 5–7 pm museum admission is free, supported by the City of Palm Springs. Note: All visitors are required to make a reservation online before arriving at the museum. More info
Glamour Road (Perhaps the Gayest Car Book Ever Written)
Modernism Week presents Glamour Road: Color, Fashion, Style and the Midcentury Automobile on Thursday, February 24 from 1–2:30 pm at the Annenberg Theater. This new, highly visual book by Tom Dolle and Jeff Stork explores the seldom-told story of how glamour, fashion, design, and styling became the focus of auto marketing from the 1940s through the 60s. The dramatic photography, elegant fashion, and use of color and materials in midcentury automotive marketing created a groundswell of demand for new cars. Much of the marketing imagery of the period hasn’t been published since it first came out, and this book features some of the best. Hear from the authors as well as Susan Skarsgard, who wrote the foreword. Get tickets
DAP Health Honors Annette Bloch
DAP Health will hold a special tribute to longtime donor Annette Bloch on Thursday, February 24. Portions of the program will be devoted to officially dedicating DAP Health’s newest clinical space as The Annette Bloch CARE Building, and to marking the ceremonial groundbreaking of future on-campus affordable housing complex Vista Sunrise II, which will boast 60 units constructed in collaboration with Coachella Valley Housing Coalition.
DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint Thursday
The Palm Springs Police Department will hold a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Thursday, February 24, from 7 pm–1 am at an undisclosed location within the City limits of Palm Springs. During the checkpoint, Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also be checking drivers for proper licensing.
Join the L.A. Party Dolls–Michelle, Rosanne & Laura–for GIRLPOWER! on Thursday, February 24 at 7 pm at the Palm Desert Greens Country Club for fabulous hits of the 60’s girl group era (“He’s a Rebel, It’s My Party, These Boots are Made for Walkin’, Where the Boys Are, Stop in the Name of Love, Respect” and many more!). Check out this preview video. The Dolls’ big hair, sequined costumes, choreography and fun audience interaction is an unforgettable tribute to a special time in pop culture where music, TV & film icons became legends. More info
International Bear Convergence
Hibernation is officially over when International Bear Convergence (IBC) comes to Palm Springs this weekend, February 24–28 at Hotel Zoso. IBC is the premier winter event for Bears, welcoming thousands of frisky muscle bears, cubs, chubs, chasers, admirers and their fans to have the time of their lives. Organizers are expecting record-breaking attendance in 2022 with live DJs, live entertainment, pool parties, dance parties, drag & comedy shows. Online registration is closed, a limited number of Weekend Run passes will be sold at full price if not sold out. More info
Western Xposure presents “Bear Naked” from February 24–27 at CCBC Resort as an alternative party to IBC for guys looking to get naked. This is not part of IBC, but is meant to welcome bears for all-day pool parties with no interruptions or shows, from 10 am–7 pm every day, with after-hours cruising starting at 9 pm. More info
Jersey Boys at the McCallum
The McCallum Theatre presents Jersey Boys from Friday, February 25–Sunday, February 27. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in this Tony Award®-winning true-life musical phenomenon. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story—a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. Get tickets
McCormick’s 72nd Palm Springs Exotic Car Auction
McCormick’s 72nd Palm Springs Exotic Car Auction is this Friday through Sunday, February 25–27 on the grounds of the Palm Springs Convention Center. This is a live, in person auction of classic, vintage and muscle cars in the usual outdoor setting, operating under all CDC guidelines to protect guests and staff alike. Prices range from just $3,000 to over $250,000 and the general public as well as dealers are welcome. Friday admission is FREE, Saturday & Sunday $15 each or $25 for both days. More info
Palm Springs Black History Month Parade and Town Fair
In celebration of Black History Month, the Palm Springs Black History Committee and the City of Palm Springs James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center will host the 35th Annual City of Palm Springs Black History Month Parade and Town Fair on Saturday, February 26 from 11 am–4 pm. This year’s 2022 Black History Month theme is “Black Health & Wellness.” The Parade will take place on Palm Canyon Drive in Downtown Palm Springs. Immediately following the Parade the Town Fair will be held at New City Park in Downtown Palm Springs located across the street from the Palm Springs Art Museum. More info
The Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic
The Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic takes place February 24–27 at Big League Dreams in Cathedral City. This is the nation’s largest and most prestigious preseason college softball tourney, featuring more than 25 top Division I teams. More info
Palm Springs Getaway: A Musical Romp
Palm Canyon Theatre presents the world premiere of the original musical: Palm Springs Getaway running February 25–March 13. This nostalgic romp features glimpses of history, icons and the celebrities who made the city famous. With a collection of well-known and original songs, the show transports audiences from the early desert landscape to the vibrant and inclusive community people know and love today – and every decade in between. Get tickets
Desert Rose Playhouse presents The Drag from February 23–March 6. This dramatic play was written by Mae West under her pen name Jane Mast. West claimed that the inspiration behind the play came from the homosexual young men that she knew around that time who, according to her, desperately wanted to be open about their relationships with their male companions. In its day, the play was ultimately forced to close for its portrayal of homosexuality and cross-dressing. Get tickets
Salty: A Play About Penguins and People
Desert Ensemble Theatre presents Salty by AJ Klauss, playing through February 27 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. A recent hit at Seattle’s ReAct Theatre, Salty was inspired by the true story of two male African penguins at a Dutch zoo, who made international headlines in 2019 when they stole an egg from a heterosexual couple. Set sometime in the future when global warming has taken firm hold, Salty tracks the parallel lives of some of the last penguins on the planet and their all too human zookeepers. Get tickets
Neil Simon’s I Ought to be in Pictures
Desert Theatreworks presents Neil Simon’s I Ought to Be in Pictures playing through March 13 at the Indio Performing Arts Center. Herb Tucker is a struggling Hollywood screenwriter suffering from writer’s block. To make matters worse, his forgotten past just showed up on his doorstep in the form of Libby, his young teenage daughter he abandoned, along with her mother and brother, years earlier. Libby is a wisecracking, resourceful girl who has come to Hollywood to be an actor. Herb decides to take another stab at fatherhood and hopefully this time, get it right. Get tickets
A Night in Puglia
Script2Stage2Screen presents a new original play, A Night in Puglia, on Friday, February 25 from 7:30–9 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Desert. David Wolgin, who lives in Rancho Mirage, is the playwright. “This is a romance for all ages and orientations,” says Steve Fisher, Script2Stage2Screen’s artistic director. Get tickets
🎭 Upcoming Theatre Productions
Here’s a glance ahead at more local productions taking the stage soon!
ZZ Top Friday, ABBA Tribute Saturday, at The Show
Experience the iconic Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Rock Band, ZZ Top, when they bring their signature sound based on blues guitar styles and rhythm sections to the stage at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Spa Rancho Mirage on Friday, February 25 at 8 pm! Get tickets
Saturday will be an unforgettable night when one of the world’s most popular top selling ABBA show bands, Arrival: The Music of ABBA, brings the absolute best & most authentic ABBA show there is to the stage at The Show on Saturday, February 26 at 8 pm. Get tickets
Sip, Savor, Mingle – A Wine Tasting Celebration of Black History Month
Brothers of the Desert present Sip, Savor, Mingle, a wine tasting to celebrate Black History Month at Bouschet on Sunday, February 27 from 3–5 pm. Brown Family & Maison Noir are the featured wines. Chef Andre Carthen will provide food pairings. More info
Rattlesnake Aversion Training
Animal Samaritans presents Rattlesnake Aversion Training on Sunday, February 27 from 9 am–5 pm in Thousand Palms (classes held throughout the day, appointment required). You and your dog could encounter rattlesnakes almost anywhere: your yard, local park, hiking trail, ranch, etc. Help protect your dog from a painful, costly, and often deadly encounter with a rattlesnake. More info
Desert Winds Jazz Band Gala: “Isn’t it Romantic”
The Desert Winds Jazz Band will present an evening of great jazz and pop standards, all celebrating love, relationships, and music on Sunday, February 27 at 4 pm at Temple Isaiah Palm Springs. With dancing, great food, silent auction, and of course great music, this SOLD OUT event will raise money for the Desert Winds. More info
Rock the Park: Madonna Tribute Concert
KGAY Palm Springs 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide welcome Blonde Ambition – The Madonna Tribute on Wednesday, March 2 at 7 pm. Blonde Ambition is the premier live Madonna tribute band. Get ready to hear all your favorite hits perfectly recreated in an energetic show! John Taylor will be broadcasting live on KGAY 106.5 from 5:30 to 7 pm. This concert is part of The Palm Springs Chamber’s free monthly tribute concerts, and future concerts include an Elton John tribute on April 6 and Tina Turner tribute on May 4. More info
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- MOGO Silent Disco Tours
Fri. and Sat. evenings, from 6:30 pm–7:45 pm in downtown Palm Springs
- Modernism Week 2022
Feb. 17–27 at various locations throughout Greater Palm Springs
- Salty – presented by Desert Ensemble Theatre Company
Feb. 18–27 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center
- International Bear Convergence (IBC) 2022
Feb. 24–28 at Hotel Zoso
- Jersey Boys at the McCallum Theatre
Fri. Feb. 25–Sun. Feb. 27
- Rock the Park Concert Series: Blonde Ambition Madonna Tribute
Wed. Mar. 2 at the New Downtown Palm Springs Park
- Palm Springs Dance Project: The Anniversary
Wed. Mar. 2 at the Annenberg Theater
- Neil Simon’s I Ought to be in Pictures – presented by Desert Theatreworks
Feb. 11–Mar. 13
- Palm Springs Gay Softball League’s Spring Season
Mar. 6–May 15
- Red Dress, Dress Red Party
Sat. Mar. 19 at the Palm Springs Air Museum
- KGAY 106.5 Welcomes Melissa Etheridge
Tue. Mar. 29 & Wed. Mar. 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the McCallum Theatre
- Palm Springs Animal Shelter Faux Fur Ball – All You Need is Love
Sat. Apr. 2 at the Palm Springs Air Museum
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