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Gay Desert Guide: Week of Mar. 9, 2020

DBA Networking Mixer, Drag Queen Story Hour, Hot Rodeo Pasta Dinner Fundraiser, Outbook Club presents Garth Greenwell, Men’s Singles Mixer, Desert Living Home Expo, Bruce Vilanch in Broadway at The River, NCLR Events Postponed, The Dinah Will Go On, Marilyn Maye is coming, and a preview of this weekend!


DBA Networking Mixer at Pro Desert Cities Head Shots

Join the Desert Business Association on Monday, March 9 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at Stephen Baumbach Photography in the Backstreet Art District of Palm Springs. Your image on your social network pages, as well as your business website and other internet and print venues that represent you, need a good head shot. Whether you’re a corporate person, local realtor, actor or model, Stephen will make sure your image is positive and striking, garnering the attention it deserves. More info


Drag Queen Story Hour Featuring Bella da Ball

On Tuesday, March 10 at 6:00 p.m. Bella da Ball will present Drag Queen Story Hour at the Palm Springs Public Library, for an evening of stories and fun for the whole family. Capture the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and give kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models.  In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish and where dress up is real. More info


Pasta Dinner and Open Mic to Benefit Hot Rodeo

Come to Trunks Bar on Wednesday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. for a classic “Spaghetti Night,” expanded to include a variety of homemade pasta dishes (hot & cold), plus salads, breads and desserts with proceeds to benefit Palm Springs Hot Rodeo. In addition to culinary delights, fun features will include an open mic where guests are invited to be as creative as their imaginations (and wine consumption) will allow. Sing, read, whine, tell a joke or share an anecdote! Recommended to get tickets early: Get tickets


Outbook Presents Garth Greenwell

The Outbook OutLoud speaker series presents award-winning author Garth Greenwell on Thursday, March 1 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Greenwell will speak on his latest book, “Cleanness,” named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and more! Free event, registration requested. More info


“Hello, My Name Is…” Singles Mixer

“Hello My Name Is…” is a free social mixer for single guys on Thursday, March 12 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


Desert Living Home Expo 2020

The Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce has postponed  the Desert Living Home EXPO, originally set for Thursday, March 12 at Omni Rancho Las Palmas.  More info

 


Broadway at the River: Hollywood Edition with Bruce Vilanch

David Green’s Musical Theatre University brings Broadway at The River to Acqua California Bistro this Thursday, March 12 at 5:30 p.m. with guest star Bruch Vilanch (from Broadway’s Hairspray). Broadway at the River-Hollywood Edition Presented by the City of Rancho Mirage will have you singing along with this talented troupe of local high school performers and their rotating line-up of Broadway and Hollywood stars. The series concludes with a performance featuring guest star Alix Corey on March 20. Reservations required. More info


NCLR Events Postponed

Two NCLR events scheduled for April 3 & 4 have been postponed in light of the uncertainty surrounding travel and the worldwide coronavirus outbreak. Both the Palm Springs Mingle (originally Friday, April 3) and Palm Springs Garden Party (originally Saturday, April 4) will be postponed. NCLR is looking into potential dates to reschedule for the fall of 2020.


The Dinah will Go On

Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend is taking place as planned, from April 1–4, celebrating their 30th Anniversary year. Well aware of the concern surrounding the Covid19 Coronavirus, The Dinah has outlined a preparedness plan you can read [here]. With headliners Layton Greene, Saweetie, Yung Baby Tate, and Ally Brooke, plus a sizzling roster of talented performers, and a special storytelling evening with iconic filmmaker John Waters, the organizers are looking forward to celebrating with a huge milestone year! Check out the full schedule on our event listing: Get tickets


LOOKING AHEAD: The Marvelous Marilyn Maye

The Purple Room Supper Club will present a special 3-night engagement with the Marvelous Marilyn Maye, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 19, 20, and 21. Ms. Maye is a highly praised singer, actress, director, arranger, educator, a Grammy nominated recording artist and a musical treasure. She appeared 76 times on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, the record for a singer. Perhaps the simplest Marilyn Maye accolade came after one of her show-stopping appearances on The Tonight Show when turning to his audience of millions, Johnny Carson said, “And that, young singers, is the way it’s done.” Don’t miss your chance to experience this iconic legend! Get tickets


THIS WEEKEND

BNP Paribas Open Canceled for 2020 due to Coronavirus Concern

The BNP Paribas Open, the largest international tennis tournament outside of the Grand Slams will not be held this year due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus and the safety of the participants and attendees at the event.  The event was set to run from March 9–22 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Anyone who has purchased tickets directly from the tournament may request a refund for the 2020 tournament, or a credit for the 2021 tournament. More info


Rockin’ 50’s Benefit for Sanctuary Palm Springs

Emerald Kingdom presents a 50’s themed benefit show with live singing, silent auction and more on Saturday, March 14 from 4:00–8:00 p.m. at the COPA Nightclub. The evening will be hosted by Palm Springs’ MC hostess extraordinaire Bella Da Ball and money raised will benefit Sanctuary Palm Springs, a transitional housing program specifically designed to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community of foster youth transitioning to adulthood. Suggested donation at $10 at door. More info


Chicago: The Musical

The McCallum Theatre presents Chicago: The Musical for five performances from Friday, March 13 through Sunday March 15. “Chicago” is now the #1 longest-running American Musical in Broadway history. It has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. Whether you’ve seen the Academy Award®-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you’ve seen it before and want to recapture the magic, CHICAGO always delivers! Get tickets


Cowboy Night at Trunks

The crowd at Trunks Bar is always fun and welcoming, but never more so than on Cowboy Night, returning this Saturday, March 14 from 7:30–11:00 p.m. This is a combination social, mixer, dance, and fundraiser in support of Hot Rodeo 2020. Other features include an innovative beer bust, video slide show from Hot Rodeo 2019, a cash prize raffle, and more. More info


Bears on the Prowl: “Get Lucky”

This weekend, March 13–15, Bears on the Prowl presents “Get Lucky” at the CCBC Resort Hotel. This is a weekend of bears enjoying warmer spring weather with pool parties, cruising, and hopefully getting lucky with events planned from 10:00 a.m. through the wee hours of the night! Follow our link for a full schedule of events: Get tickets


Native FilmFest

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians present Native FilmFest on March 13 & 14 at Mary Pickford is D’Place movie theater in Cathedral City. Native FilmFest is one of the Nation’s most highly regarded festivals of its kind, featuring the best in films by, about, and starring Native Americans and other Indigenous peoples. The festival has been showcasing enlightening films, documentaries and short films from premier Indigenous filmmakers for almost two decades. Get tickets


WEEKEND THEATRE

The Velocity of Autumn,  The Producers, and How to Survive an Apocalypse are opening this weekend, while Beautiful Thing continues, and The Pajama Game is up for its final weekend of performances!

 

Coyote Stageworks presents The Velocity of Autumn, from March 13–22 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Alexandra is an 80-year-old artist in a showdown with her family over where she’ll spend her remaining years. In Alexandra’s corner are her wit, her volcanic passion, and the fact that she’s barricaded herself in her Brooklyn brownstone with enough Molotov cocktails to take out the block. But her children have their own secret weapon, too. No sooner are the words “Hi, Mom” uttered than the emotional bombs start detonating. Get tickets

 

Desert Theatreworks presents their next show, The Producers: A Mel Brooks Musical from March 13–29 at the Indio Performing Arts Center. Based on the 1968 film, this crowd-pleasing musical-comedy has been a smash hit since its 2001 debut. Fading Broadway producer Max Bialystock is desperate to get to the top of his profession again, and finds an unlikely ally in mousy accountant Leo Bloom, who predicts that one could make far more money with a flop of a show than with a hit. Unfortunately for them, their show is a huge hit! Get tickets

 

The Desert Ensemble Theatre Company presents How to Survive an Apocalypse from March 13–22 at Pearl McManus Theater. A romantic comedy for the End of Days, How to Survive an Apocalypse follows Jen and Tim, a young and successful urban couple who become convinced that their party lifestyle is coming to an end. They become “preppers,” hoarding supplies and learning to hunt. But their obsession takes its toll, and they are forced to imagine the apocalypse without the love of their life. Get tickets

 

The Desert Rose Playhouse presents Beautiful Thing from March 6–29. Upliftingly optimistic, Jonathan Harvey’s play about two teenage boys falling in love refuses melodramatic clichés to offer a story bright with sensitivity, pathos and wit. With a strong supporting cast, Ste and Jaime’s tentative, awkward relationship unfolds with delicacy and joy. Beautiful Thing was first performed in 1993 at the Bush Theatre, London, and adapted into a 1996 film. Get tickets

 

Palm Canyon Theatre presents The Pajama Game, running through March 15. Romance is blossoming at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Handsome new Superintendent Sid Sorokin falls hard for feisty Union rep “Babe” Williams, and, despite her dismissal of all things love-related, it seems she’s falling right back. That is, until the pair find themselves on either side of a union protest. The Pajama Game features hit songs like “Hey There,” “Hernando’s Hideaway” and “Steam Heat.” Get tickets

 

CVRep presents The City of Conversation from March 11–29, a Washington, D.C. story spanning 30 years and six presidential administrations. Get tickets


I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast

Be sure to listen to our twice-weekly podcast, the I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast, where hosts John Taylor and Shann Carr, and your “Gay Desert Guide” Brad Fuhr take you for a ride around Greater Palm Springs with LGBTQ+ things to do, places to go and people to meet! Listen Now