City Council Candidate Forum, Ruthless! Extended Run, AsiaSF auditions, Marilyn Monroe film series, Desert Winds Freedom Band Fundraiser, Jazzville: Rumproller Organ Trio, Among Friends refreshes their kickoff to the weekend, and a look ahead to upcoming events!

AsiaSF Auditions

The iconic San Francisco Cabaret AsiaSF is opening a new location in Palm Springs and they need your talent and grace! They are looking for transgender women and men who are interested in performing as well as serving. Auditions take place Monday, July 15 at 6:00 p.m. at the Desert Rose Playhouse. More info


Ruthless! The Musical – Extended Run

Due to overwhelming sold out performances and rave reviews, the Desert Rose Playhouse has added two extended-run performances of Ruthless! The Musical, on Thursday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m. and Friday, July 19 at 8:00 p.m. Special guest star from the original Los Angeles production, Mr. Loren Freeman, will return to the Ruthless! stage playing Lita Encore. These added performances will sell fast!
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Palm Springs City Council Candidate Forum

Come hear hear all the ideas and platforms put forward for the future of Palm Springs by an incredibly talented group of Democratic candidates at the Palm Springs City Council Candidate Forum on Tuesday, July 16 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. at the Mizell Senior Center. All of the Democratic Candidates that have filled out a PAC questionnaire for Palm Springs City Council District 1, 2 and 3 have been invited to speak to the members of the Desert Stonewall Democrats. Members can then vote their choice for endorsement by the club. More info

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Hollywood Signature Series: Marilyn Monroe

Join the Palm Springs Cultural Center this summer for their Hollywood Signature Classics Film Series featuring the works of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe. Screenings are Wednesdays @ 7:00 p.m. at the Camelot Theatres in the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Titles include this week’s Gentleman Prefer Blondes (July 17), How to Marry a Millionaire (July 24), Some Like it Hot (July 31), Seven Year Itch (Aug 7), and more! The series runs through Wed, Sept 11. Get tickets

Jazzville: Rumproller Organ Trio

Jazzville at Hotel Zoso welcomes the return of the Rumproller Organ Trio on Wednesday, July 17 from 7:00–9:30 p.m. Featuring a blend of jazz, soul and funk with  Carey Frank on the Hammond B3 organ, vocalist and sax man Woody Mankowsk , Kevin Stevens on drums and James Achor on guitar,This show will def SELL OUT so pick your table today! Jazzville is a live jazz scene in Palm Springs presented by DJ Baz and hosted by Jeff Wolf of 107.3 Mod FM. If you’ve never experienced live jazz in a great setting, come treat yourself and see what you’ve been missing. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Get tickets

Desert Winds Freedom Band Fundraiser at Pinot’s Palette

On Thursday, July 18 at 6:00 p.m., come to Pinot’s Palette for a fundraiser and social for friends, patrons, and band members of the Desert Winds Freedom Band. Pinot’s Palette is an art studio where in two hours you’ll get to paint and take home your own copy of the art piece entitled “Merlot Melodies” (pictured here) with step-by-step expert instruction from one of their artists.  No previous painting experience is necessary. Get tickets


Kickoff to the Weekend with Among Friends

Among Friends is relaunching and re-branding their weekly Kickoff to the Weekend at Blackbook, with new specials, giveaways, friends and fun. Mention Among Friends when ordering and get Happy Hour specials from 5:00–7:00 p.m. More info


Palm Springs Farmers’ Market is Indoors for Summer

The Palm Springs Certified Farmers’ Market takes it indoors to the Palm Springs Pavilion at 401 S. Pavilion Way and is proud to host a live summer concert series featuring youth performers of the Coachella Valley on the Pavilion Stage during the Market hours of 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays. From singing and dancing to African percussion instruments there’s something for everyone. All performances are free to the public. More info


Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival

Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival is eleven days of not to be missed world-class films, panels, and parties, from July 18–28 at various locations around L.A. Each summer the festival screens more than 150 feature and short films to an audience more than 40,000 people, it’s the oldest film festival in Los Angeles and is considered the preeminent LGBTQ film festival in the world. The complete lineup is available on their website. Get tickets

AMP Sports Lounge One Year Anniversary

On Friday, July 19, AMP Sports Lounge in Cathedral City is celebrating their One-Year Anniversary all day long. Come help them celebrate and enjoy special food, drink, prizes and fun! Check our AMP page on Gay Desert Guide for daily Happy Hours and specials.  Dream, Drink, and Play at AMP Sports Lounge!  More info

Broadway at The River

On Thursday, July 18 from 6:00–9:00 p.m., Broadway at the River continues their series of unique dinner-show experiences where servers from the MTU – Musical Theatre University sing for YOUR supper at Acqua California Bistro! Enjoy a delicious 3-Course Prix Fixe Dinner during this fully staged Broadway song & dance revue with famous Broadway guest stars including Janene Lovullo, Alix Korey, and Eric Kunze.
Upcoming performances: July 18, 25 and 26Get tickets

“Call Me Brother” – California Theatrical Premiere

On Saturday, July 20, at 5:00 p.m., The Palm Springs Cultural Center is hosting the California theatrical premiere of Call Me Brother, a coming-of-age romantic comedy about a brother and sister in their late teens who are reunited after years of separation only to discover intimate feelings they struggle to confront. Between immature friends and dysfunctional parents, they find comfort in each other over a wistful and awkward summer weekend. There is a VIP reception at 5 pm before the 6 pm screening, and a Q&A with the film producer afterwards. Get tickets

Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage

Now through August 18, participating Rancho Mirage restaurants and resorts have created cool summer specials for Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage. Get your $10 wristband to participate and enjoy $4 appetizers, desserts and/or drinks at great restaurants throughout the valley! A portion of proceeds benefit Coachella Valley charities and your local chamber of commerce. More info


Green Room Theatre Company Presents: “Sister Act”

The feel-good Broadway smash Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy is presented by the Green Room Theatre Company from Wednesday, July 24 through Friday, July 26 at the Indio High School Performing Arts Center. When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Much inspired adventure and comedy ensues. Get tickets

80’s Retro Mid-Summer Dance Party

On Saturday, August 3, starting at 5:00 p.m., Gay Desert Guide and KGAY 106.5  present our annual Retro 80’s Mid-Summer 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

Duran Duran

One of only seven U.S. tour dates the band will be performing this fall, Duran Duran is coming to The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage on Thursday, September 5 at 8:00 p.m. Duran Duran has sold over 100 million records, had 18 American hit singles, 20 UK Top 20 tunes and continue to perform to huge concert audiences around the world. Their most recent album, Paper Gods, is the iconic British band’s highest-charting release in 22 years and has been hailed by critics and fans alike as their best body of work in two decades. Get tickets