This week in #ILoveGayPalmSpringsBest of the Fest is Monday, as well as a Bourbon Excursion at The Purple Room. Then we have a meeting of the Stonewall Democrats, A Gay Rodeo Fundraiser Dance, Jersey Boys at the McCallum, and it's time to get yourself registered for the Palm Springs Health Run, coming soon! Also coming soon: Las Vegas legend Clint Holmes, Coachella Valley Women's March, Janet Mock, Info-A-Go-Go, and the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards!
 


Best of Fest – Monday Screenings

With the 30th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival wrapping up, there's one more day of specially selected “Best of Fest” screenings, featuring films top rated by the audience as well as Jury award winners. Best of Fest screenings will be held at the Regal Palm Springs, Camelot Theatres (Palm Springs Cultural Center), and Mary Pickford is D'Place and the full list can be found here.


Bourbon Excursion at The Purple Room

The Purple Room Supper Club presents The Bourbon Excursion on Monday, January 14 from 4:00–6:00 p.m. Taste limited edition bourbons and previously unreleased whiskeys in an epic whiskey tasting event hosted by renowned whiskey expert Tom Fischer, founder of BourbonBlog.com and creator of the first ever Whiskey Sommelier Program. Cheap bar bites will be available as food is discounted from 4–6 p.m. too! Get tickets

Speaking of fine spirits, The Purple Room has also signed on to participate in the 3rd Annual Palm Springs Craft Cocktail Week, which runs Friday, January 25–Saturday, February 2Bars and restaurants valley-wide will be doing special cocktails and cocktail menus and donating a portion of the proceeds to the Desert AIDS Project and the LGBT Community Center of the Desert. Participating purveyors include: Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill, Acqua California Bistro, Lulu California Bistro, Trio, The Purple Room and more! On Wednesday, January 30, Some of the valley's top bartenders will compete live for the coveted Cocktail Week Championship, as well as the Audience Choice Award. Join them in celebrating the art of the cocktail. More info


Stonewall Democrats January Meeting

The Rise of Bias and Hate Crimes Under Trump” is the topic of discussion for the next meeting of the Desert Stonewall Democrats, on Tuesday, January 15 from 6:00–7:00 p.m. at the Mizell Senior Center. Hear from several speakers with expert knowledge on some of the communities targeted by Trump and his policies, including: Grace Garner – Immigrant Community, Lisa Middleton – LGBTQ Community and Eileen Stern – Jewish Community. More info


Gay Rodeo Cowboy Dance & Fundraiser

The Palm Springs Chapter of the Golden State Gay Rodeo Association presents a Cowboy Dance and Fundraiser on Wednesday, January 16 from 7:00–10:00 p.m. at Chill Bar. Get your Boot Scootin' Boogie going with the Two-Step, Waltz and Line Dances. Includes Chill’s selection of drink specials, multiple door prizes, the best music,and professional boot black (to keep your size elevens looking their best). More info


Wednesdays at CCBC

Come enjoy a day of fun at CCBC, where every Wednesday they offer $20 day passes (good for 12 hours) with a BBQ from 11:30–1:30 featuring burgers & buns, dogs & dudes, pool & play! More info
 


Palm Springs Health Run & Fitness Expo 2019

With less than two weeks until the Palm Springs Health Run & Fitness Expo on Saturday, January 26, the time to register is now! This is one of the largest events of its kind in Southern California and is the perfect way to start out the New Year. Join nationally recognized health and wellness speakers, healthy food demonstrations and over 80 vendors showcasing the latest in nutrition and exercise techniques. Get registered


Clint Holmes at The Purple Room

On Friday and Saturday, January 18–19, The Purple Room Supper Club presents Clint Holmes, Las Vegas legend and two-time 2018 Grammy nominee. Whether he is singing selections from the Great American Songbook, contemporary classics, or stirring original pieces, every performance is a one-of-a-kind mesmerizing and unforgettable experience. Get tickets


Jersey Boys at the McCallum Theatre

Starting Tuesday, January 15 and running through Sunday, January 20, the McCallum Theatre presents the mega-popular touring Broadway musical Jersey Boys. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in this Tony Award-winning true-life musical phenomenon. Get tickets
 


Dance at Wang's to Benefit Sanctuary Palm Springs

On Saturday, January 19, special guest DJ T-LA Storm will rock the house at Wang's in the Desert for a dance whose proceeds will benefit Sanctuary Palm Springs, a transitional housing program and foster care specifically designed to meet the needs of the LGBTQ community of foster youth transitioning to adulthood. More info
 


Coachella Valley Women's March – Jan 19

The 2019 Coachella Valley Women's March marks two years of resistance to the Trump presidency, two years of training new activists, and two years of building power. And this time, they're coming back with an agenda. On Saturday, January 19, 2019, participants will flood the streets of Palm Springs, CA, and cities across the globe. The #WomensWave is coming! More info


Palm Springs Speaks: Janet Mock

On Saturday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m., Palm Springs Speaks presents Janet Mock at the Richards Center for the Arts. Mock is the New York Times bestselling author of two memoirs, Redefining Realness (2014) and Surpassing Certainty (2017), the host of the conversation series, Never Before, a writer, director and producer on Ryan Murphy’s FX series Pose, and a feminist tackling stigma through storytelling. Get tickets


Zach & Evan Getting Married This Weekend

It's finally time for them to tie the knot! YouTube celebs Zach & Evan dreamed of having a Palm Springs wedding…they visited several venues, and had lots of planning and decisions to make. If you've been following their adventues on YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram, you'll know they announced their choice of venue as the Ace Hotel & Swim Club, and the big date is this weekend! We'd like to extend a warm welcome back to Palm Springs and congratulations to the happy couple! 


Info-A-Go-Go LGBTQ+ Community Expo

It is time again for Info-A-Go-Go on Wednesday, January 23 from 3:00–6:00! Over 400 people attended the inaugural event last year, with all the great LGBTQ+ groups, clubs, organizations, and things that the Coachella Valley has to offer in one spot. This year the LGBTQ Center Social will follow the event at the Hyatt, so you get two great opportunities for connection in one afternoon! More info


 

25th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards – Feb 9

The Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards will be held at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Saturday, February 9 this year, and attended by more than 2,000 of the Coachella Valley’s most fashionable humanitarians, with red carpet arrivals and an after-party events unto themselves. This year marks the 25th year for Desert AIDS Project’s largest fundraising event which is named for one of D.A.P.’s earliest financial supporters, the designer Steve Chase. With less than a month to go, it's time to Get tickets
 

Check out this NBC Palm Springs interview with Steven Henke of Desert AIDS Project, discussing the 25th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards!