This week in #ILoveGayPalmSprings: Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again is here! Join us for our advance screening and cocktail party for TryOUT Thursday! In other film news, Outfest continues in Los Angeles, the PS Art Museum presents First Monday in May, and KMC Chat talks Lucille Ball with Michael Stern. We also look ahead to a celebration of Queen's music this weekend, a self-portrait in dance by Andrew Pearson, an open studio viewing with Chad Hughes, and Rainbow Night and Center Social next week. We are planning a Gay Desert Guide Pride Pool Party for November, but first–our Mid-Summer Dance Party is right around the corner!

TryOUT Thursday: Mamma Mia 2 Advance Screening

This Thursday! Join Gay Desert Guide at D'Place's Mary Pickford 14 for a special screening of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again on Thursday, July 19 at 6:00 p.m. D' Place will have a special $9.00 ticket at the door for admission to the movie in a theater just for friends of Gay Desert Guide. (Click here to watch a clip of Cher singing "Fernando" to Andy Garcia!) The pre-show cocktail party will start at 6:00 p.m. upstairs with passed appetizers and a free glass of wine for each guest. The theater will also provide special prices on drinks & food: $5.00 wine and $5.00 personal pizza. We will then go downstairs at 7:00 p.m. for a private showing of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, the day before it opens in wide release!  More info

Outfest Continues Through Sunday July 22

Outfest 2018, the Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival, is celebrating its 36th anniversary this year: July 12–22, 2018. The festival opened at the Orpheum Theatre with Kino Lorber’s Studio 54, Matt Tyrnauer’s vibrantly nostalgic documentary, continues with films from 35 countries telling deeply personal stories from unique points of view, and closes with FilmRise’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Desiree Akhavan’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner starring Chloë Grace MoretzMore info

Free Screening: 'First Monday in May' at Palm Springs Art Museum

Join The Palm Springs Art Museum for First Monday in May, the latest in their Summer Film Series: Passion For Fashion on Thursday, July 19 at 6:00 p.m. First Monday in May goes behind the scenes of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Super Bowl of Fashionistas," the Met Ball, to witness the conceptual brilliance of Vogue's Anna Wintour and the Met's chief costume curator, Andrew Bolton. More info

Stonewall Dems: Environmental Issues

The Desert Stonewall Democrats welcome Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (56th AD) to their next meeting on Tuesday, July 17 at 6:00 p.m. Assemblymember Garcia (D-Coachella), Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife has been working to ensure the successful implementation of the Salton Sea Management Plan and has authored or sponsored several bills to secure its funding. More info

KMC Chat with Michael Stern

In this latest episode of KMC Chat, Keith M. Cornell sits down with Michael Stern – The #1 Lucille Ball fan at the Camelot Theatre/PS Cultural Center. He was in Palm Springs to be part of a panel for the screening of the 50th Anniversary Yours, Mine and Ours. Listen now

Chad Hughes, Artist: Open Studio Viewing

Join Chad Hughes, Artist, for an Open Studio Viewing of his work on Saturday, July 21 from 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. at the Club House in the Courtyard at 2301 South Skyview Drive. Trained to paint in a representational manner, Hughes went on to explore a more expressionistic style. "I was fascinated with surface quality and transparency and the abstraction that the two afforded the painting…Ultimately I am excited when the painting can be observed from a variety of distances and create completely different statements." says the artist. More info

This Weekend: Ultimate Queen Celebration

Right on the heels of last weekend's anthemic Village People performance, The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa presents a celebration of another iconic band: The Ultimate Queen Celebration: Starring Marc Martel on Saturday, July 21 at 8:00 p.m. Queen’s Roger Taylor and Brian May handpicked singer Marc Martel to take on the lead vocals for their Queen tribute tour known as the Queen Extravaganza. Marc not only sounds precisely like Freddie Mercury, but he also embodies the heart and soul Freddie poured into every song that he performed. Martel performs dozens of songs that Queen made famous including “Radio Gaga,” “Tie Your Mother Down,” “Fat Bottomed Girls,” “Killer Queen,” “Somebody to Love,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and more. Get tickets 

Andrew Pearson: "…a story, in motion."

This weekend: CVRep presents "this is a blank page. a story, in motion," a dance-theater work by Andrew Pearson, for three performances: Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21 at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, July 22 at 2:00 p.m. This  dance-theater work is inspired by such questions as “how would one create a

self-portrait in dance?” Pearson explores themes surrounding partnership, sexuality, identity, comfort zones, and scarcity vs. abundance. He strings together tales from his childhood with musical vignettes and social commentary, and he examines how humans aspire to expand their arenas of comfort while simultaneously seeking fulfillment inside their present situation. Get tickets


Next Week: Center Social at Hotel Zoso

Looking for connection? Join The LGBT Community Center of the Desert on Wednesday, July 25 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at Hotel Zoso (formerly Hard Rock Hotel) for the July monthly Center Social in Palm Springs. More info


Dip Into Pride with Gay Desert Guide!

Speaking of Hotel Zoso: Gay Desert Guide and Zoso will soon be announcing details for an official Palm Springs Pride 2018 Pool Party on Friday, November 2! As a kickoff to Pride weekend, "Dip Into Pride" will feature a DJ and live performance by a special guest. Mark your calendars and watch this space for more info! 

Next Week: Rainbow Night At Playoffs Sports Lounge

Join Eric & Ann-Sofie at their fun and gay-friendly RAINBOW NIGHT on the Last Wednesday of Every Month from 7pm-midnight. They roll out the rainbow carpet (literally) for the gays on the last Wednesday of every month.  A fun time and a straight shot down Gene Autry to the hippest hangout in DHS. DJ Eric spins great music and there is usually a fun raffle for a great cause. More info

I ❤️ the 80's Mid-Summer Dance Party!

Less than two weeks away–Saturday, July 28–Gay Desert Guide and Revel Pale Ale are presenting a Mid-Summer Dance – a benefit for The Desert AIDS Project / DAP. Get your 80s on and come ready to party till the "Last Dance!" DJ Ray Rhodes of Los Angeles will be spinning to get the party started from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the front bar and DJ Dawna Montell from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM. in the back bar. The Mirror Me Photo Booth will be set up in the front bar from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM to to record your great evening. There will be a special midnight performance by Calpernia Addams. Don't miss a great time with Drag Go-Go Dancers in the back room of Chill Bar. Only two VIP booths remain! More info