Shirley Claire’s Star, Pamela Winslow Kashani, Joint Chamber Mixer, Film Noir Festival, HIV Research Ethics, Anal Sex Discussion, Outdoor films at Sunnylands and more, plus a weekend preview!

LGBTQ Community Survey – Must be Completed by May 15

Here’s an opportunity to do something meaningful for our community in less than 15 minutes! Participation in this survey gives important feedback to our LGBTQ community media and organizations, and provides valid data to companies interested in serving our community, sponsoring our charities, and supporting their LGBTQ employees.

Click here to start the survey, it should take 12-15 minutes to complete.

Walk of the Stars Honors Shirley Claire

Legendary cabaret entertainer and all around humanitarian Shirley Claire will receive the 431st star on the famous Walk of the Stars Palm Springs on Monday, May 6 at 2:00 p.m. It is Claire’s performances at the Plaza Theatre in the original Palm Springs Follies makes this site for her star dedication truly special. More info


Cabaret Benefit for Sanctuary Palm Springs

On Wednesday, May 8 at Hotel Zoso, Laugh and be moved as actress, chanteuse and Tony Award winning producer Pamela Winslow Kashani shares her “Cinderella” story of making it to Broadway, the ups and downs of her life in Hollywood, her quantum leap into motherhood and her continuing quest to figure out this human life. This show is a benefit for Sanctuary Palm Springs. Pamela originated the role of Rapunzel in “Into the Woods” and later appeared as Cinderella. She also appeared in the Broadway productions of “Beauty and the Beast” and “Meet Me in St. Louis” and has produced several significant shows. Dinner seating is available starting at 6:00 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30. Get tickets

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The Ethics of HIV Research

On Tuesday, May 7, Karine Dubé, PhD will present a seminar titled Ethics of HIV Research as part of the Positive Life Series from HIV + Aging Research Project Palm Springs. A light supper will be served at 6:00 p.m. at the Sinatra Auditorium at Desert Regional Medical Center, with program to begin at 6:30. More info

Anal Sex and Your Health

The LGBT Community Center of The Desert and Eisenhower Health presents Anal Sex and your Health on Wednesday, May 8 from 5:30–6:30 p.m. at The Center. There are risks involved with anal sex beyond HIV and STI’s. Jon Colbert, NP will lead a non-judgmental open discussion, and a game of Anal Jeopardy, about the health conditions – such as anal HPV, fissure, fistula – that you may encounter when practicing anal sex. More info

Joint Annual Chambers of Commerce Mixer

On Wednesday, May 8 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the Palm Springs Air Museum, the various Chambers of Commerce of the Coachella Valley will come together for a joint Mixer. Get a chance to meet the President and Vice President of each chapter, and bring several business cards because the networking will be thick! $5 Pre-sale and $10 at the door. More info

Arthur Lyons’ Film Noir Festival

Founded in 2000 by the late mystery author and Palm Springs community leader, Arthur Lyons, the Film Noir Festival is celebrating twenty years this year from May 9–12 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. The festival includes an eclectic mixture of prestigious and obscure black and white “B” movies from the classic film noir period and is known for unearthing and screening rare films, restored classics, and for the special appearances of the stars who were in them. See our event page for a link to the full schedule: More info

Films on the Great Lawn at Sunnylands

Sunnylands’ free outdoor movie series, Films on the Great Lawn, is presented in partnership with the Palm Springs International Film Festival on three Fridays in May. Gates open at 7:30 p.m., film starts at 8:00 p.m. No reservations are required. Filmgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and small picnic items for the outdoor screening.This installment will celebrate the acclaimed work of Pixar and the films that transcend generations:
Fri, May 3rd – A Bug’s Life
Fri, May 10th – Monsters, Inc.
Fri, May 17th – Ratatouille
More info

Compassion and Choices

PALS (Planning Ahead For LGBT Seniors) presents Compassion and Choices: The California End of Life Option on Saturday, May 11 at The LGBT Community Center of the Desert. Come find out factors to consider should you, a friend, or a family member wish to take advantage of California’s End of Life Option Act. The End of Life Option Act is a California law that permits terminally ill adult patients with capacity to make medical decisions to be prescribed an aid-in-dying medication if certain conditions are met. Speakers include: Karin Morin Green, RN, Compassion and Choices and Howard Cohen, D. O., Medical Director, Family Hospice Care. Reservations requested. More info

DBA Networking Mixer at Stonewall Gardens

Mark your calendar for Monday, May 13 at 6:00 p.m. when 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


It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12, and if you haven’t yet made plans for that special dinner out, be sure to visit:
Gay Desert Guide Dine & Sip Page
Featuring a great directory of gay-friendly
dining establishments!

Desert Winds Freedom Band: Spring Pops

On Thursday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m., join the Desert Winds Freedom Band for a FREE concert at the Jewish Community Center in Palm Springs. The DWFB is a volunteer band open to all LGBT community and LGBT friendly people who like to play concert band music. This concert is a “thank you” to all of the community for their support of the Band during their 2018-2019 season. More info



The Disco Ball Gala

The 29th Annual United Way of the Desert Gala takes place on Friday, May 10 from 6:00–10:00 p.m. The Disco Ball will feature a special performance by France Joli and dancing and entertainment by The Nightshift Orchestra. Dress code is Disco Elegance – think shimmer and sparkle! There will be a hosted bar, silent auction, live auction, and fabulous food. Get tickets

Palm Springs Public Library Comic Con®

Come dressed in your best comic inspired costume for the 5th year of the Palm Springs Public Library Comic Con® on Saturday, May 11 from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. This FREE event, officially sanctioned and used with permission from the San Diego Comic Con®, takes over the whole library! There will be a cosplay costume contest with categories from preschool to adult, plus games, drawing workshops, special effects makeup workshop, crafts, exhibitors, swag stations and more. More info

SHAG 9th Anniversary Party and Print Release

On Saturday, May 11 from 7:00–10:00 p.m. at the SHAG store in Palm Springs, enjoy complimentary cocktails, mini-cupcakes, in-store specials and exclusive products to celebrate SHAG’s 9th Anniversary. “After the Concours” limited edition print will be released. This party is free and open to the public, and Shag will be in attendance to personalize prints and sign merchandise! More info

Brenna Whitaker at The Purple Room

On Friday, May 10 at 6:00 p.m. the Purple Room presents an  evening of classics by vocalist Brenna Whitaker.  “Ruth Brown, Peggy Lee, Cab Calloway, Etta James – those are my people,” says Whitaker. “It’s almost like they found their way to me, like I’m from another time.” She has attracted fans like Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Michael Bublé, and Verve Music Group chairman David Forster, who is producing her debut album. Get tickets


We have lots of theatre options this weekend! Two productions are opening, Pageant is closing, and Good People is ongoing…

Big River

Palm Canyon Theatre presents the musical Big River from May 10–19. Twain’s timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life your favorite characters from the novel.Propelled by an award winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana. Get tickets


Real Women Have Curves

Desert Theatreworks presents Real Women Have Curves from May 10–19. Set in a tiny sewing factory in East L.A., this is the outrageously funny story of five full-figured Mexican-American women who are racing to meet nearly impossible production deadlines in order to keep their tiny factory from going under. And while they work, hiding from the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service), they talk… about their husbands and lovers, their children, their dreams for the future. Get tickets


Pageant: The Musical

The Desert Rose Playhouse presents Pageant: The Musical, with performances continuing through May 12. This side-splitting look at a beauty pageant in drag is a funny, wacky and ultimately endearing musical about the trials and tribulations of six contestants vying for the title of Miss Glamouresse. You’ll laugh and cheer as Miss West Coast, Miss Great Plains, Miss Industrial Northeast, Miss Bible Belt, Miss Texas and Miss Deep South (all in drag, of course) do their best to sing, dance and claw their way to the tiara. And every show has a unique twist, as actual audience members decide who wins. Get tickets


Good People

CVRep presents Good People through May 19 to round out their 10-year anniversary season. Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who’s made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out. Get tickets


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

Gay Wine Weekend is July 18–21

Gay Wine Weekend, a weekend of wine & celebration taking place July 18–21 in Northern California’s magnificent winegrowing region of Sonoma Valley, will feature winemaker dinners, winery tours and events benefiting Face to Face, Sonoma County HIV/AIDS Network. Enjoy world class wine and culinary delights, music and dancing in a private estate vineyard, VIP receptions, wine excursions, a drag queen brunch, wine auction and pool party in one of the most famous luxury destinations in the world. Passes are on sale now, and stay tuned to Gay Desert Guide and KGAY 106.5 for a chance to win in our giveaway! More info