Gay Desert Guide: Week of May 13, 2019

DBA Networking Mixer, Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, The Golden Age of Musicals, P-Town Cruise Giveaway, Remembering Stonewall, TRIADS screening, Belly Flop Comedy, and more!


LGBTQ Community Survey – ENDS THIS WEDNESDAY MAY 15

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DBA Networking Mixer at Stonewall Gardens

On Monday, May 13 at 6:00 p.m. the Desert Business Association will hold their mixer at Stonewall Gardens, an LGBT affirming senior Assisted Living Community. See old friends and meet new ones while learning about the work of Stonewall Gardens: tour their facility and learn about how they are meeting the needs of their Senior residents in our community. More info


Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast

The Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, taking place Wednesday, May 15 from 9:30–11:00 a.m. at the Palm Springs Convention Center, will feature 1,000 attendees, the largest in the nation to commemorate Harvey Milk’s legacy and the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall. Join in to honor Harvey Milk and celebrate his legacy as a political and community leader who stood for justice and equality across the intersections of oppression, self-identity, and self-determination. The morning will feature a keynote speaker and this year’s recipient of the Harvey B. Milk Leadership Award of the Coachella Valley. Get tickets



The Golden Age of Musicals, with Stephen Radosh

Director, actor, lecturer–and Gay Desert Guide theatre reviewer–Stephen Radosh will present one of his video presentations on the history of Broadway on Tuesday, May 14 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral City Senior Center. This month he will focus on five Musicals: Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot, Carousel, Oklahoma and Funny Girl…all from the 1940s through 1960s. There’s no charge to attend and the public is welcome! More info

 

 


P-Town Cruise Giveaway

There’s a new LGBTQ+ travel company on the scene, and it’s called VACAYA. Their Inaugural cruise to PTown will take place August 11–18, featuring 7 nights aboard the 5-star Celebrity Summit with an overnight in Provincetown for the Carnival kick-off, plus activities and all-star entertainment including Palm Springs’ own Shann Carr! You can ENTER TO WIN at www.KGAY1065.com, or come by 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon this Thursday, May 16 from 5:00-7:00 p.m where John Taylor from the KGAY 106.5 radio Morning Show will be doing a LIVE broadcast and you can put your name into the mix for a drawing at the end of the broadcast: one lucky ticket will be selected as a finalist! Grand Prize drawing takes place June 14. More info


Remembering Stonewall

Join Palm Springs resident John Knoebel, an early activist in NYC’s pioneering Gay Liberation Front (1969- 1972), for an in-depth discussion of the 1969 Stonewall Riot on Tuesday, May 14 from 5:30–7:00 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center of the Desert. The evening will feature screenings of short oral history interviews with three actual Stonewall veterans from the archives of the website, ”OUTSPOKEN-LGBTQ.ORG: Oral History from LGBTQ Pioneers.” RSVP requested. More info

 


Belly Flop Stand-up Comedy at The Ace

The Ace Hotel’s weekly free comedy show, Belly Flop, is bringing Neil Hamburger back for a reprise performance on Wednesday, May 15 at 9:00 p.m. in the Amigo Room. Neil was a huge hit in March and is returning to perform for his adoring desert fans, along with writer and comedian Megan Koester, and opening act Major Entertainer. More info

 

 


TRIADS Test Screening and Fundraiser

Among Friends and Bridge the Divide Media invite you to TRIADS Test Screening and Fundraiser on Thursday, May 16 from 7:00–9:30 p.m at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Be one of the first people to see this brand new show set right here in Palm Springs by watching the rough cut of the first season. Not only will it be entertaining, your feedback will also help them decide on the final direction of the show! Get tickets


THIS WEEKEND

Long Beach Pride is May 18–19

The 36th Annual Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade and Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, May 18 & 19, with this year’s theme stated as “A Million Moments of Pride, Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall.” Parade Grand Marshals include Kate Linder, Delta Work, Equality California, and more. Performers at the festival’s four stages include Big Freedia, Ada Vox, DJ Lez Lee, Alien Dance Band, Brandon Stansell, DJ Rick, Pablo Montero, and Diana Reyes. Fun Zones for families, teens, and seniors will feature activities, music and resources chosen just for those specific groups! More info


Palm Springs Hot Rodeo Royalty Contest

GSGRA – Greater Palm Springs Chapter Present the Mr. Miss & Ms. Palm Springs Hot Rodeo 2020 Royalty Contest on Friday, May 17 at 6:00 p.m at Chill Bar. Celebrate the 2019 royalty: Del Hoover, Adrienne Alexander, and Ciana Carmella Costa, with special entertainment by Erica September Carrington. Candidates will present themselves in Western Wear Attire followed by a Question & Answer session – and will also entertain the audience.  Come celebrate the 2019 Royalty and witness the crowning of the 2020 Team! More info


NUTTY: Jazz, Swing, Lounge, Bebop and More

On Friday, May 17 at 6:00 p.m. at The Purple Room, eight swank jazzniks will delve into classic rock archives and present a jazz mashup that can only be called Nutty. This act is a martini mix of straight-ahead jazz, big band swing, crime jazz/spy jazz, atomic lounge, Latin, bebop and some film/TV soundtrack jazz. Get tickets

 

Amanda McBroom – “Let’s Fall in Love”

“Let’s Fall in Love” by Amanda McBroom comes to The Purple Room on Saturday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m. McBroom first came to prominence when her song The Rose, performed by Bette Midler, hit number one around the world. Come see why Broadway World calls her “…one of the greatest nightclub performers of all time. Her lyrics are profound and express human emotions in glorious poetry.” Get tickets


LOOKING AHEAD

Hot Mess in a Dress

Hot Mess in a Dress, taking place Saturday, May 25 at 6:00 p.m. at Neon Oasis, is a fundraiser benefiting The Trevor Project and Palms Springs’ QChella Media, an LGBTQ+ founded, directed, and managed non-profit media corporation serving the needs of the community. This will be a night of false lashes + true hilarity… high hair + even higher spirits… stiff drinks + stiff, stubbled upper lips…think tragic pageant. For entry, guests should wear dresses (for men) and women should come as either as Drag Kings (aka, boy drag) or as Drag Queens (aka, exaggerated femme). You know those events where guys look great in drag, this ain’t it! Get tickets

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