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Gay Desert Guide: Week of Jan. 13, 2020

Best of the Film Fest, Walk of Stars Honors Keisha D’, DBA Networking Mixer, Auditions for Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus, Drag Queen Story Hour, Dave Damiani Quartet at Jazzville, Murder Mystery at the Museum, Living Trusts and Pet Trusts, Singles Mixer and Authentic Dating Workshop, plus a Weekend Preview!


Palm Springs Film Festival – Best of the Fest

On Monday, January 13, the Palm Springs Film Festival 2020 presents the final day of “Best of the Fest”  at the Regal Palm Springs, Camelot Theatres (Palm Springs Cultural Center), and Mary Pickford is D’Place.  Best of Fest features films top rated by the audience and Jury award winners. More info


DBA Networking Mixer at Palm Springs Animal Shelter

The Desert Business Association (DBA) presents its First Networking Event of 2020 on Monday, January 13 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, a DBA non-profit member. They are a no-kill, public, open-admissions shelter, providing a safe haven for ALL animals: adoptable, those who require rehabilitation, training and those requiring minor to severe medical treatment. Join the DBA for networking and to learn more about how the shelter operates, and maybe how you can support them. More info


Auditions for Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus

The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus (PSGMC) will be holding auditions on Tuesday, January 14 from 7:00–9:00 p.m. at Mizell Senior Center. Singing with PSGMC gives everyone an amazing musical experience and a family of men to share their music with. “The process is easy and requires the singer to match pitch, have a great smile and good stage presence,” said Douglas Wilson, Artistic Director, PSGMC. More info 


New Business and Resident Welcome Reception

Join the Greater Coachella Valley Cathedral City Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the City of Cathedral City for their monthly New Business and Resident Welcome Reception on Tuesday, January 14 from 4:00–5:00 p.m. at Runway Restaurant. This program is designed to connect community stakeholders, both new and current. More info


Drag Queen Story Hour Featuring Bella da Ball

On Tuesday, January 14 at 6:00 p.m. Bella da Ball will present Drag Queen Story Hour at the Palm Springs Public Library, capturing the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and giving kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. Come for an evening of stories and fun for the whole family! More info


Living Trusts and Pet Trusts

As 2020 is upon us, ask yourself: “Are my loved ones and pets provided for if something should happen to me?” The LGBT Center of the Desert presents Living Trusts & Pet Trusts on Wednesday, January 15 from 4:00–5:00 p.m. Law Professor Troy A. Tureau will explain how living trusts and pet trusts allow you to have complete control of all of your property and pets from the grave. Registration required. More info


Dave Damiani Quartet at Jazzville

Jazzville Palm Springs presents The Dave Damiani Quartet on Wednesday, January 15 from 7:00–9:30 p.m. at Wang’s in the Desert. Let Jazzville take you back in time when supper clubs and jazz joints ruled the night. Dave Damiani is a singer, songwriter, and producer in Los Angeles. Having started as a bartender at the famed Charlie O’s jazz club in Valley Village, CA, Dave had the opportunity to work, learn and become friends with some of the best musicians on the planet. This will be a great night in the desert with the most handsome band in the land debuting brand new arrangements. Get tickets


Murder Mystery at the Museum

On Wednesday, January 15, take part in an evening of art and fine cuisine starting at 5:30 p.m. as you enjoy the Palm Springs Art Museum’s selected galleries and featured artwork with a glass of wine or a cocktail and tasty nibbles…until things go awry. A shot rings out, a precious work of art is missing, and the game is afoot. Join in the fun and mystery to try to solve the crime while enjoying a sumptuous three-course dinner with wine sponsored by Westwood Catering. Dinner begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. Get tickets


Walk of the Stars Honors Keisha D – Jan. 17

The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce, City of Palm Springs, and fans alike will gather to honor Keisha D as she receives the 438th star on the Walk of Stars on Friday, January 17 at 11:00 a.m. at 193 S. Palm Canyon Drive. Keisha is a popular performer in the Coachella Valley’s vibrant music scene for the last 11 years, performing at all of the best spots including Wang’s in the Desert, the Purple Room, Chill Bar, AMP Sports Lounge, on the festival stage at Palm Springs Pride and that’s just naming a few.  Keisha isn’t just known for singing, her voice for the community is equally cherished. Keisha is one of the most generous and engaged members of our community and her compassion and spirit for giving back is most frequently demonstrated in her work with young people. More info


“Hello, My Name Is…” Singles Mixer

“Hello My Name Is…” is a free social mixer for single guys on Thursday, January 16 from 5:00–7:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Come meet a potential friend, date, or mate. Feel free to bring your single buddies as well. Light snacks will be provided and a cash bar is available with cocktails, non-alcoholic mocktails, sodas, and water. More info


Weekend Workshop: Authentic Dating 101

The LGBT Center of the Desert presents Authentic Dating 101, an intensive weekend workshop for gay men, taking place on Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday morning, January 17–19. The workshop, led by Arlen Keith Leight, LCSW, PhD combines information, exercises and role-play to help participants move beyond strategic, ego-driven dating to a more authentically driven, honest way to date. Get clear about where to find the kind of people you want to date, how to approach a potential date and how to communicate honestly and in the moment. Registration required. More info


THIS WEEKEND

Holiday Weekend: Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday

The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is Monday, January 20 this year and the Palm Springs Black History Committee and the City of Palm Springs present a commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday, January 19 at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of St. Paul in the Desert. More info

 


Francesca Amari as Gilda Radner

Temple Isaiah / Jewish Community Center’s Grand Ballroom is transformed into a Cabaret on Sunday, January 19 from 3:00–5:00 p.m. when Francesca Amari, accompanied by Wayne Abravanel, recreates her musical tribute to Gilda Radner – You Make Me Laugh – A Love Song. Read more about it [here] and Get tickets.


“Some Kind of Wonderful” Fundraiser

The Roost is hosting a fundraiser for “Some Kind of Wonderful” on Friday, January 17 from 7:30–9:30 p.m. This gay romantic comedy television series is set in the heart of Palm Springs, and is produced by Palm Springs’ own Ricky Reidling. It stars Greg Louganis,  Ann Walker, Pandora Boxx and other Actors of Greatness. Blend together the Golden Girls, Desperate Housewives and a gay male version of Sex and the City and you have ‘Some Kind of Wonderful.’ More info


Boyz II Men at The Show

One of the most iconic R&B groups in music history, Boyz II Men, are performing at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage on Saturday, January 18 at 8:00 p.m.The band has penned and performed celebrated classics including “End of the Road,” “I’ll Make Love to You,” “One Sweet Day,” “Motownphilly” and many others. Boyz II Men has toured across the country and the globe, including a residency at The Mirage in Las Vegas, and now bring their show to The Show! Get tickets


Syrinx Quartet in Concert

On Sunday, January 19 from 4:00–5:00 p.m., Syrinx Quartet will bring their bold program to Grace Church in Desert Hot Springs. Winners of the 2019 Beverly Hills National Auditions, Syrinx Reed Quartet is bringing a new voice to the Southern California chamber music scene. The ensemble offers bold and innovative repertoire, performing from Gershwin and Francaix to modern gems by living composers, with lush imagery and storytelling. More info


WEEKEND THEATRE

Camelot premieres this week, joining Beehive, The 60’s Musical, and Daniel’s Husband in bringing great theatre experiences to the Greater Palm Springs area this weekend!

The Palm Canyon Theatre presents Camelot from January 17–February 9. An idealistic young King Arthur hopes to create a kingdom built on honor and dignity, embodied by his Knights of The Round Table. His ideals, however, are tested when his lovely queen, Guenevere, falls in love with the young Knight, Lancelot and the fate of the kingdom hangs in the balance. Music by Lerner and Lowe with such songs as “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “I Loved You Once in Silence,” “The Lusty Month of May,” and of course, “Camelot.” Get tickets

 

Dezart Performs presents Daniel’s Husband, a new American drama by Michael McKeever, running from January 10–19. Daniel and Mitchell are the perfect couple. Perfect house, perfect friends – even a mother who wants them married. They’d have the perfect wedding, too, except that Mitchell doesn’t believe in gay marriage. A turn of events puts their perfect life in jeopardy, and Mitchell is thrust into a future where even his love may not prove to be enough, in this bold reflection of love, commitment, and family in our perilous new world. Get tickets

Our theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh says Daniel’s Husband “connects with you in such a way as to rouse a full range of emotions while dealing with subjects that are at once very personal and universal.” It starts out “breezy [and] quip-filled” before taking a major turn in tone that might just require bringing along tissues, just in case. Read the full review [here].

 

Desert Theatreworks presents Beehive, The 60’s Musical from January 10–26. Relive the heyday of pop queens like Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin to glamorous girl groups like The Supremes and The Shirelles as Beehive pays tribute to a time on the charts when women artists were all the buzz. This retro revue is packed with timeless tunes like “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “One Fine Day” and “Respect,” as well as authentic costumes, and plenty of wigs! Get tickets


LOOKING AHEAD

Bourbon Excursion at The Purple Room

The Purple Room Supper Club’s popular Bourbon Excursion series continues on Monday, January 20 from 4:00–6:00 p.m. with this month’s featured selection: the full lineup of Maker’s Mark at Frank’s Bourbon Bar. This is the Coachella Valley’s largest collection of rare and premium whiskeys, and this month the excursion will feature: Maker’s Mark, Maker’s 46, Makers’ Cask Strength, Maker’s Private Select, and Maker’s White. Get tickets 


The Center’s Info-A-Go-Go 2020

How many times have you heard as an organization or club, “Oh, I had no idea there was a club/org like this in Palm Springs?” Or looking for just the right place to get plugged in and involved in the local LGBT community in the new year? It’s almost time for Info-A-Go-Go 2020, on Wednesday January 22 from 3:00–6:00 p.m. at the Riviera Hotel. Meet representatives from LGBTQ clubs and organizations across the community and discover where you want branch out in 2020! More info


Center Social at The Riviera

The LGBT Community Center of the Desert is celebrating a new decade of friendship, connection, and community at their monthly Center Social gathering on Wednesday, January 22 from 5:30–7:00 p.m. at The Salon & Ballroom at The Riviera Palm Springs. Come for the awesome vibes and a delicious happy hour. More info


The Southwest Arts Festival Indio 2020

Now in its 34th year, The Southwest Arts Festival® will once again be held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio from January 23–26. Recognized as one of the Top 100 Events in North America by Travel Magazine, the festival includes traditional, contemporary, and abstract fine works of art and quality crafts from 250 of the most accomplished artists from around the world. This year’s festival will feature live music, with pottery, glass and fine art painting scheduled to be on display. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of dining and beverage options while casually walking the grounds. Get tickets


Renée Taylor – My Life on a Diet

Renée Taylor – known to millions for her role on The Nanny as Fran Fine’s food-obsessed mother – looks back on a life full of memorable roles and just as many fad diets in her show My Life on a Diet, on Sunday, January 26 at the McCallum theatre for two performances: 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Taylor dishes out juicy anecdotes about — and weight loss tips from — Hollywood legends such as Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando and Cary Grant.  By sharing her highs and lows – on and off the scale – as only she could, Renée Taylor proves how the ability to laugh will get you through it all. Get tickets


 

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