Gay Desert Guide: Week of July 1, 2019

4th of July Event Preview, plus Rainbow Night at Playoffs, Outbook Club + Mixer, ARTWALK at Backstreet Art District, Jon Mayer Trio at Jazzville, and a look ahead to the weekend!


Rainbow Night at Playoffs

On Wednesday, July 3 it’s time to celebrate hump day and welcome the heat of July with a cold one at Playoffs Sports Bar’s monthly Rainbow Night from 7:00–10:00 p.m. Come for munchies, cocktails, and a show hosted by the fabulous Anita Rose. A fun time and a straight shot down Gene Autry to the hippest hangout in DHS! More info

 


Outbook Club + Mixer

The Palm Springs Cultural Center and the Palm Springs Library present the Outbook Club and Mixer on Wednesday, July 3, featuring The Air You Breathe, by Frances De Pontes Peebles. Come at 6:00 p.m. for an open bar and social, with book discussion to follow, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Local book critic and columnist J. Corbett Holmes leads discussions around each month’s selection. Upcoming book club meetings include:
August 7- What Belongs to You – Garth Greenwell
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ARTWALK at Backstreet Art District

On Wednesday, July 3 from 5:00–8:00 p.m., Maxson Art and the other galleries at Backstreet Art District open their doors for ARTWALK, an evening of art, community, refreshments and fun! Be sure to circle the first Wednesday of every month on your calendar for ARTWALK. Enjoy seeing the latest creations from the Backstreet artists. More info

 


Jon Mayer Trio at Jazzville Palm Springs

Jazzville presents the Jon Mayer Trio at Hotel Zoso on Wednesday, July 3 from 7:00–9:30 p.m. Mayer evokes the melodic prowess and lyrical capability in be-bop that seems to be a rarity today, and Roy McCurdy’s drums always recall the literal sound of the classic Cannonball records, many of which he played on. Together with Will Lyle on bass, this show is what Jazzville is all about. Great food and drinks served throughout the show (no minimum). Get tickets

 


THIS WEEKEND

All American 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular and Power Baseball

Come celebrate Independence Day in Palm Springs at the City’s much loved “All American Fourth of JulyFireworks Spectacular, Pool Party and Power Baseball festivities on Thursday, July 4. Residents can head over to Sunrise Park for a picnic and then to adjacent Palm Springs Stadium to watch the Palm Springs Power baseball team take on the Palm Springs Collegiate All Stars at 6:05 pm. Gates open at 5 pm. FREE admission for the fireworks begins at 8 pm followed by the fireworks show at 9:15 pm sharp! Everyone is invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs and sit on the field. To keep cool on July 4th, you can also head over to the pool at the Palm Springs Swim Center, for a special 2 pm pool party. More info


 

4th of July BBQ and Stranger Things 3 Premiere

Come to the Palm Springs Cultural Center on July 4 from 5:00–8:30 p.m. for a Fourth of July BBQ and Fireworks viewing! Seats are available for purchase, along with parking permits for this popular event with a great view of the PS Community Fireworks show. Tickets include bbq meal which includes a hamburger or a hot dog and your choice of a side (coleslaw or potato salad) More info

 

Click to view Stranger Things Season 3 Trailer

The evening will also feature a FREE big-screen community screening of the premiere of Stranger Things Season 3 from 7:00–8:00 p.m. inside the Camelot Theatre. (Tickets for the BBQ are not required for entry). This Netflix original series is a nostalgic nod to ’80s sci-fi and horror classics has earned 31 Emmy nominations, including two for Outstanding Drama. The Palm Springs Cultural Center will continue the FREE Community Screenings of Stranger Things Season 3 on Thursday nights starting July 11 through August 15 from 6:00–8:30 p.m. (2 episodes with intermission). More info

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Seasons 1 and 2) will also be shown in a series of FREE Community Screenings on the big screen at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, Sundays starting July 7 and running through September 1, from 6:00–8:30 p.m. It’s the late 1950s and Miriam “Midge” Maisel has everything she has ever wanted — the perfect husband, two kids and an elegant apartment on New York’s Upper West Side. Her seemingly idyllic life takes a surprising turn when she discovers a hidden talent she didn’t previously know she had — stand-up comedy. More info



4th of July Fireworks at Agua Caliente Casino Rancho Mirage

View a free Stars and Stripes Celebration fireworks spectacular at 9:00 p.m. set off from the top of the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage. Park and view the fireworks from the south lot of the casino. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. More info


Independence Day Celebration and Fundraiser for AAP–Food Samaritans

Willie Rhine and the team from Eight4Nine will cater the AAP–Food Samaritans Independence Day Celebration and Fundraiser, starting at 7:30 p.m. on July 4 at the O’Donnell House. Admission includes open bar, barbeque dinner, entertainment, and valet parking. Get tickets

 


Western Xposure’s DadFest 4th of July Weekend

Join the bears in Palm Springs for Western Xposure’s newest event, DadFest, starting Thursday, July 4 and continuing through the weekend at CCBC Resort Hotel. DadFest features Pool parties, naked games and waterslides, and more. Western Xposure creates free-flowing weekend events for bears looking for a friendly and furry time relaxing under the desert sun. Whether you camp, stay in a room, or just come for the day you will surely enjoy the chill atmosphere of Western Xposure. More info


 

Rob Floyd’s Cocktail Theatre at TRIO

Rob Floyd, resident mixologist on the hit TV show Bar Rescue, is coming to Trio for two performances on Saturday, July 6 at 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. Rob dazzles audience members with interactive adventures with cocktails and stories that create indelible experiences. Each show is an interactive theatrical experience along with some mind-blowing drinks! Dinner at TRIO available before or after show. Get tickets

 


Saturday Sisterhood of Cinema: Before Stonewall

A special screening for the Saturday Sisterhood of Cinema is taking place Saturday, July 6 at 10:00 a.m., showing “Before Stonewall” at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. This documentary investigates national cultural perceptions of homosexuality before the event that launched the modern gay rights movement, looking back on previous decades, particularly in regard to conflicts with police and censorship.Come early for the Palm Springs Certified Farmers Market! Get tickets


Wannabe – A Tribute to Spice Girls

On Friday, July 5 at 8:00 p.m., Spotlight 29 Casino presents Wannabe: A Tribute to Spice Girls, as part of their tribute concert series running every friday night through August 30 in the Spotlight Showroom. When it comes to celebrations, epic dance parties and conjuring up serious 90’s nostalgia, no one does it better than the darlings of Toronto’s cover-band scene. Get tickets

 


WEEKEND THEATRE

“Spring Awakening” Opens

Palm Canyon Theatre presents Spring Awakening from July 5–14. The musical features music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater. It is based on the German play Spring Awakening (1891) by Frank Wedekind. Set in late-19th-century Germany, the musical tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of teenage sexuality. Get tickets

 

“Ruthless! The Musical” Continues

Desert Rose Playhouse presents Ruthless! The Musical, through July 14. The show, directed by Loren Freeman and starring Desert Rose Playhouse Artistic Producing Director Robbie Wayne, famously spoofs Broadway musicals from Gypsy to Mame as well as many iconic films including The Bad Seed and All About Eve. Premiering in 1992, the show is responsible for discovering young performers Britney Spears and Natalie Portman. Talented eight year old Tina Denmark, played by Lizzie Schmelling, will do anything to land the lead in her school musical. Anything! As Tina discovers where her talent comes from, she shows us just what it takes to succeed…Get tickets


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

On Saturday, August 3, starting at 5:00 p.m., Gay Desert Guide and KGAY 106.5  present their annual Retro 80’s Dance Party. Join us in the front bar of Chill Bar from 5:00–9:00 p.m. with DJ Eric Ornelas and in the back bar with DJ Matt Consola from 9:00 p.m. to close. This is a benefit for Qchella Media and Desert AIDS Project. More info

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