Craft Cocktail Championship, Tembi Locke speaks, Moulin Rouge Singalong, trioKAIT at Jazzville, Broadway Love Songs, Outbook Club + Mixer, Jay Leno, Splash House tickets, and a look ahead to the Weekend! 


Craft Cocktail Week is Underway

The Fourth Annual Palm Springs Craft Cocktail Week, a production of the Coachella Valley Independent, is taking place now through Saturday, February 8 at various bars and restaurants in the valley. The week includes the Craft Cocktail Championship, at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5 at Moxie Palm Springs. Tickets for this sell out, so get yours ASAP! Gay Desert Guide is a proud media sponsor of this event, and founder Brad Fuhr will be on the distinguished panel of judges again this year. For a complete list of participating bars and restaurants, [click here]. They will be doing special cocktails and menus and donating a portion of the proceeds to the Desert AIDS Project and the LGBT Community Center of the Desert. More info


Suicide SafeTALK at The Center

The LGBT Community Center of the Desert presents Suicide SafeTALK on Tuesday, February 4 from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Learn four basic steps to recognize persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them with suicide helping resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help. Often these opportunities are missed, dismissed or avoided, leaving people more alone and at greater risk. safeTALK training prepares you to help. More info


Palm Springs Speaks: Tembi Locke

Actor, author, and caregiving advocate Tembi Locke will speak on Wednesday, February 5 from 11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, as part of the Palm Springs Speaks series. Her book, “From Scratch,” is a rich and transformative book about love, parenthood, forgiveness, multicultural identity and food. Join her for this talk, lunch, and book signing. Get tickets 


Among Friends: Moulin Rouge Singalong

Among Friends presents the next in their Singalong Series, “Moulin Rouge,” starting with a cocktail party at 6:00 p.m. following by a screening of the film musical sensation starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Come sing along with the audience and friends, and enjoy this musical about a young Englishman in the Paris of 1899, who becomes infatuated with Satine, a singer at the Moulin Rouge. Get tickets


TrioKAIT at Jazzville

Jazzville Palm Springs presents trioKAIT on Wednesday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m. at Wang’s in the Desert. Fused together via Kait’s unconventional compositions, the trio melds into a laser-focused single entity, bringing a modern, tight and groovy concept to the piano trio format. Six years and three albums in, trioKAIT has developed a dynamic group sound and acquired many accolades along the way, including 4.5 stars in Downbeat and top spots on the JazzWeek charts. Get tickets


Common Sources of Shoulder & Neck Pain and Common Interventions

The LGBT Community Center of The Desert and Eisenhower Health presents Common Sources of Shoulder and Neck Pain and Current Interventions on Wednesday, February 5 from 5:30–6:30 p.m. at The Center. Shoulder and neck pain is an extremely common complaint. While unpleasant and frustrating, the upside is that shoulder and neck pain are often very treatable problems. Join Kenneth Zaparinuk, Physical Therapist, to learn about the anatomy of the shoulder and neck, different types of pain and the different interventions available. Free, registration requested. More info


Concert: From Broadway with Love

It’s getting close to Valentine’s Day, and therefore a great time to join many of your favorite Palm Canyon Theatre performers for From Broadway with Love, an evening of beloved Broadway love songs on Wednesday, February 5 from 7:00–9:00 p.m. Get tickets


Outbook Club + Mixer

The Palm Springs Cultural Center and the Palm Springs Library present the Outbook Club and Mixer on Thursday, February 6, featuring “On the Move” by Oliver Sacks. Come to the Mizell Senior Center at 6:00 p.m. for an open bar and social, with book discussion to follow from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Local book critic and columnist J. Corbett Holmes leads discussions around each month’s selection. Future titles include: ‘Leading Men’, by Christopher Castellani, ‘The Crime Writer’ by Jill Dawson, ‘There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir’ by Casey Gerald, and ‘Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade’ by Justin Spring. More info


Assess and Caress with Jay Leno and Donald Osborne

As part of the Palm Springs Art Museum’s ongoing Artful Events series, join Jay Leno at The Vault at BIGHORN to celebrate his and your passion for great cars at Assess and Caress, on Thursday, February 6 from 4:00–7:00 p.m.  The evening starts with an exclusive opportunity for 48 people to attend a VIP meet-and-greet in the clubhouse with Jay. Everyone will gather in The Vault and Redline Lounge at 4:30 pm for a cocktail reception during which Jay Leno and Donald Osborne will present a fun and informative chat about the nature of collecting, an offshoot of their show’s segment, Assess & Caress; followed by a Q&A with Jay & Donald. Get tickets


PLAN AHEAD: Splash House Tickets on Sale February 6

Splash House has announced the dates for their 2020 season of pool parties at the Renaissance, Saguaro, and Riviera hotels. The spring weekend will be June 5–7, and August will now feature two weekends: August 7–9, and August 14–16. Presale for all three weekends starts Thursday, February 6 at 12:00 p.m. Register on their website [here] to receive a presale access code and link to buy passes for all three weekends when they become available.


THIS WEEKEND

Kristin Chenoweth Headlines the 26th Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards

Desert AIDS Project (DAP) is proud to present Kristin Chenoweth as headline entertainment at the 26th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards on Saturday, February 8 where Hank PlanteGarry Kief and Ambassador Deborah L Birx, M.D. will be honored for their work in removing roadblocks to human potential. Get tickets


Palm Springs Classic Winter Softball Tournament

The 29th Annual Palm Springs Winter Classic Softball Tournament takes place Friday, February 7Sunday, February 9 at Big League Dreams Sports Park and Demuth Park. All proceeds benefit the Palm Springs AAP – Food Samaritans. More info

 


“Rock the Dock” featuring Ambrosia

The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa presents Rock the Dock Featuring Ambrosia on Saturday, February 8 at 8:00 p.m. “Rock the Dock” features original artists in concert playing some of the most iconic hits from one of rock’s greatest eras! Ambrosia, Al Stewart, Gary Wright, John Ford Coley and Peter Beckett (The Voice of Player) will come together for a magical night performing all of their 1970’s and 80’s Billboard Top 40 hits. Get tickets


First Friday Art Walk at Perez

On Friday, February 7 from 5:00–8:00 p.m. at Perez Plaza in Cathedral City, enjoy 9 contemporary Palm Springs style galleries and 3 Mid-Century home decor stores with new work on display for their First Friday Art Walk open house event. More info


Swing ‘N Hops Street Party

Get ready to dance in the street! Palm Desert First Weekend swings into full gear on Saturday, February 8 at the Swing ‘N Hops Street Party. This free event features music by The Swing Cats, playing hits from the big band to rock ‘n roll eras for your listening and dancing pleasure. Be sure to leave time to enjoy the craft beer gardens, gourmet street food, vendor booths and family-friendly fun and games, as well. More info


Academy Awards

The 92nd Academy Awards are Sunday, February 9 at 5:00 p.m. and you can celebrate Hollywood’s Biggest Night with your friends at Roost Lounge in Cathedral City, watching the telecast live [More info]. Also in Cathedral City: Runway Bar and Restaurant is offering extended Happy Hour pricing during the show. [More info]


Taste of Jalisco Festival

The 5th Annual Taste of Jalisco, on Saturday, February 8, from 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. at the new Cathedral City Amphitheater celebrates the sister city relationship between the cities of Cathedral City and Tequila, Jalisco (Mexico) through music, fashion, spirits, culture and cuisine. Come for the music, tequila tasting, fireworks, outdoor market & delicious cuisine! Check out our link for the full schedule. More info


The Gardens Concert Series presents “Slim Man”

The 22nd Annual Concert Series is underway, Saturdays on the center lawn in front of Saks Fifth Avenue at The Gardens on El Paseo. Since the concert’s inception, The Gardens has been able to raise more than $1 million for those in need, bringing people together with music. On Saturday, February 8, Slim Man will be performing jazz at 6:00 p.m., benefiting the American Cancer Socity, with light bites by Tommy Bahama. See our link for full schedule details. Get tickets


Palm Desert Half Marathon and 5K

The Palm Desert Half Marathon & 5K returns on Sunday, February 9 from 7:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. at the Palm Desert Civic Center. Race the Coachella Valley’s original half marathon as an individual or as part of a two- or three-person relay team, or run/walk the flat, fast 5K course. Half-marathon & 5K participants receive an official race t-shirt, finisher medal, and post-race food. Participants 21 and over receive a free beer at the post-race beer garden. More info


I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast

Be sure to listen to our twice-weekly podcast, the I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast, where hosts John Taylor and Shann Carr, and your “Gay Desert Guide” Brad Fuhr take you for a ride around Greater Palm Springs with LGBTQ+ things to do, places to go and people to meet! Listen Now