This week in #ILoveGayPalmSprings – We have a DBA Mixer at Escape Room and a PS Chamber Mixer at Il Corso, Two Ribbon Cuttings, Mardi Gras Rainbow Night, Center Social at The Saguaro, and March For Our Lives comes to Palm Springs. We have two Hot Ticket Giveaways: Red Dress/Dress Red and The Dinah, and we also take a look ahead to the weekend, including the Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival, Desert X Un-Symposium, Rick Steves, Grooves at the Westin, and new theatre productions opening!
DBA Networking Mixer at Escape Room Palm Springs
Back-to-Back Ribbon Cuttings
On Tuesday, February 25, join the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce and Mayor pro tem Geoff Kors for two back-to-back Ribbon Cuttings starting with:
Name Brands R Us – Grand Opening!
261 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
PS Chamber February Mixer at Il Corso
The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce also hosts their February Mixer on Tuesday, February 26, from 5:00–6:30 p.m. at Il Corso Italian Restaurant. Complimentary appetizers and happy hour drinks will be served. Il Corso also serves appetizers every Monday for their weekly Happy Hour! More info
Rainbow “Mardi Gras” Night at Playoffs
On Wednesday, February 27 from 7:00–10:00 p.m., Playoffs Sports Bar presents their monthly Rainbow Night, this month with a Mardi Gras theme of beads, cocktails, food and girls, in the form of a fabulous drag show hosted by Anita Rose. More info
Center Social at The Saguaro
The LGBT Community Center of The Desert and The Saguaro present The Center Social on Wednesday, February 27 from 5:30–7:00 p.m. on the Jacinto Lawn at The Saguaro Palm Springs. Come celebrate community and friendship, and spread the word, everyone's invited. More info
March For Our Lives Palm Springs
Red Dress/Dress Red Ticket Giveaway
The LGBT Community Center of the Desert's wildly popular Red Dress/Dress Red Party, taking place Saturday, March 9, may be sold out, but Gay Desert Guide and KGAY 106.5 has a chance for you and a guest to attend for free! Just head over to the KGAY Facebook page, and follow the link to fill out a simple form for your chance to win two admissions to the red-hottest party of the year!
The Dinah Ticket Giveaway
Gay Desert Guide has also teamed up with The Dinah and KGAY 106.5 to give 2 lucky winners a pair of tickets to the largest Lesbian/Queer girl party and music festival in the world! Follow @kgay1065, @thedinahshore and @gaydesertguide on Instagram and TAG your Queen in the comments. Winners to be announced Wednesday, February 27. The Dinah takes place April 3–7 in Palm Springs!
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
Desert X “Un-Symposium”
- Thursday, Feb. 28 – Special Panel
- Friday, Mar. 1 – Parallel Narratives
- Saturday, Mar. 2 – Nature + Politics Collide
- Sunday, Mar. 3 – Siting Oneself
50th Anniversary of Midnight Cowboy with Michael Childers
Michael Childers and the Palm Springs Cultural Center present the 50th Anniversary of Midnight Cowboy on Saturday, March 2 from 6:00–9:00 p.m. Michael Childers, Photographer and Assistant Producer of the film, will share insight, recollections and photographs from the making of Midnight Cowboy, which was directed by his late partner John Schlesinger. Includes VIP Reception, Gallery Opening, Q&A, and more. Get tickets
Palm Springs Speaks Presents Rick Steves
On Sunday, March 3 from 3:30–5:00 p.m., Guidebook author and travel TV host Rick Steves will take the stage at the Richards Center for the Arts to explain how there's more to travel than good food and fun in the sun. Travelers who “travel as a political act” can have the time of their lives and come home smarter, with the greatest of all souvenirs: a broader perspective. Brought to you by the Palm Springs Speaks series (a collaboration of the Palm Springs Cultural Center and the Friends of the Palm Springs Public Library). Get tickets
Grooves at the Westin – Craig Chaquico
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, April 10 for An Evening with John Tesh. This final performance of the season for Grooves at the Westin will benefit Qchella Media, KGAY 106.5 and the American Heart Association. Get tickets
We have a powerful new production opening this weekend with White Guy on the Bus, the musical comedy The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas continues, and we look ahead to the upcoming opening of Hairspray in Indio. Get tickets now!
Dezart Performs presents White Guy on the Bus, a new drama by Bruce Graham at the Pearl McManus Theater, opening Friday March 1 and running through Sunday March 10. — Week after week, a wealthy white businessman rides the same bus, befriending a single black mom. As they get to know one another, their pasts unfold and tensions rise, igniting a disturbing and crucial exploration of race. Get tickets
Palm Springs Yappy Hour at the Riviera
Fashion Week: Le Chien
BNP Paribas Opens March 4
The largest international tennis tournament outside of the four Grand Slams takes place at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden from Monday, March 4 through Sunday March 17, when the tennis world focuses its spotlight on the BNP Paribas Open. This is tennis paradise! Get tickets