This week in #ILoveGayPalmSprings: It's Thanksgiving week, and with the holidays now in full swing there's a lot going on! On the Mark celebrates their anniversary, The Roost cuts a ribbon, Runway will host a mixer, and the Transgender Day of Remembrance is recognized in Palm Springs. We have chamber mixers, Roberta Linn, LGBT Tennis with Desert Tennis Association, Grooves at the Westin, WildLights at The Living Desert, and we look ahead to a number of hot tickets you won't want to miss in the near future! 


It's Time to Eat!

With Thanksgiving this week, the holiday season kicks off in earnest and we'd like to remind you to check out the restaurants on our Dine & Sip Channel as you make your last-minute Turkey Day reservations or plan your holiday

gathering. And one store you won't want to miss this season is On the Mark Fine Foods and Provisions, coming up on their first full year in business and celebrating their 1-Year Anniversary this Wednesday, November 21 from 5:00–8:00 p.m. with free beer and wine tastings, food samplings, dj, photo booth and much more! More info


Ribbon Cutting at The Roost

The Roost Lounge has been open now for awhile as one of Cathedral City's newest LGBT bars, and it's time to make it official and celebrate with a ribbon cutting at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 19More info
 

The Roost is also starting a new regular event: Showtunes T-Dance, every Sunday from 4:00–9:00 p.m.! DJ Mr. D (Joe from Streetbar) will play a mix of showtunes and retro, and regular happy hour (noon to 7:00 p.m.) will stay the same. More info
 

…and speaking of new LGBT establishments in Cathedral City, mark your calendar for next week's Desert Business Association Networking Mixer at Runway, the new restaurant and bar at CCBC, featuring American Casual dining, drinks, and drag! The DBA and Runway look forward to seeing you on Monday, November 26 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. More info


Desert Stonewall Democrats November Meeting

Come share your joy or disappointment with the results of the recent mid-term election at the Desert Stonewall Democrats November Meeting on Monday, November 19 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. at the Mizell Senior Center. (Note that this meeting is on Monday instead of the usual Tuesday, due to the Transgender Day of Remembrance). This meeting will focus on celebrating those candidates and ballot initiatives we endorsed, while cautiously examining the ones we didn't. More info


Transgender Day of Remembrance 2018

The Transgender Community Coalition presents Transgender Day of Remembrance Palm Springs 2018 on Tuesday, November 20, from 3:00–8:00 p.m. at Palm Springs City Hall. Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil (TDoR) is held annually on November 20th to bring needed education to Transgender, Intersex, Gender Non-Conforming and Non-Binary inequality and violence. TDoR vigil begins at 5:00 PM with guest speakers from our local Transgender leaders and special guest Laith Ashley from the hit show Strut. Educational Resource Fair from 3 to 8 PM at the Palm Springs City Hall. More info 
 

On the eve of TDoR, Monday, November 19 at 6:00 p.m., The Transgender Health and Wellness Center presents An Evening with Laith Ashley at a private residence to be given upon RSVP. Laith is a singer, songwriter, dancer, actor and model who starred in a high-profile ad campaign with Barneys New York in 2014, starred on Oxygen Network's Strut in 2016, and continues to advocate on behalf of the transgender community. Event features a silent auction with a number of prized items up for bidding. Get tickets


November Chamber Mixers

 

The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce invites you to Villa Royale Palm Springs for their November Mixer on Tuesday, November 20 from 5:00–6:30 p.m. Complimentary appetizers and happy hour drinks will be served at the newly remodeled establishment. More info
 

The Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce will hold their November Mixer on Tuesday, November 20 from 5:00–7:00 p.m. at Jaguar Land Rover Rancho Mirage. Join in for two hours of power networking for Chamber members. Building relationships and making business connections at these networking events are key strategies for small business success! More info


Roberta Linn LIVE In Concert

Oscar's Cafe and Bar presents Roberta Linn LIVE In Concert, in an ongoing appearance, Wednesdays from 7:00–9:00 p.m. through the end of 2018. Roberta Linn is an American singer and entertainer. She is most associated with the Rat Pack and the Las Vegas Strip, where she was a regular performer with Freddie Bell and the Bellboys in the 1950s and 1960s. From 1949 to 1954, she sang with the Lawrence Welk group, “The Champagne Ladies.” She began her Hollywood Career as an actress at the age of 4. Get tickets


Blame it on Bianca Comedy Tour

The Desert Tennis Association presents Blame it on Bianca Del Rio on Friday, November 23 at 9:00 p.m. This Season 6 winner of RuPaul's Drag Race is an iconic comedy queen, rounding out her 3rd solo world tour, “Blame it On Bianca,” with a final stop in Palm Springs. Don't miss your final chance to see Bianca, self-proclaimed “expert on nothing with an opinion on everything” on this tour!  Get tickets
 

Bianca is brought to you by the Desert Tennis Association (DTA) which will continue its long-time support of AAP – Food Samaritans by donating the proceeds from the upcoming 25th Annual Palm Springs Open. The Palm Springs Open is an international tennis tournament run by the DTA that attracts more than 300 LGBT players from around the world to Palm Springs over Thanksgiving weekend.  Takes place at Mission Hills Country Club, the Monterey Country Club, and Desert Princess. Admission is free. More info


Grooves at the Westin feat. Special EFX

Grooves at the Westin presents their second of three concerts this season with Special EFX All-Stars feat Chieli Minucci, Elliott Yamin, Nelson Rangell on Saturday, November 24 from 7:00–10:00 p.m. at the Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa. For almost 20 years Special EFX has been one of smooth jazz's elite groups, selling tens of thousands of albums and virtually defining the genre of smooth jazz. Get tickets


WildLights at The Living Desert

WildLights at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is celebrating 26 years by transforming the Zoo into a sparkling winter wonderland, beginning Friday, November 23 and running select nights through MondayDecember 24. The holiday spirit shines as guests partake in fun festivities including the popular, sparkling tunnel of lights synchronized to holiday music and life-sized, illuminated desert animal lanterns such as cheetahs and giraffe, and much more. Get tickets


Looking Ahead

 

Everyday Heroes Honored

On Friday, November 30 from 5:30–10:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, Desert AIDS Project honors local Everyday Heroes who've made an impact in our community. The annual event, now in its fifth year, features an outdoor reception, awards presentations, live entertainment and an after-party. Traditionally held on December 1, World AIDS Day, this year’s event will be held a day prior. 2018 honorees include Jeffrey Ewell, Willie Rhine, Edie Groesbeck & Rosanne Kumins, as well as the  2018 AIDS/Lifecycle Palm Springs Participants. Read more about the honorees here and get tickets here.
 

Festival of Lights Parade

The 26th Annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights parade is presented by the city of Palm Springs on Saturday, December 1 at 5:45 p.m. on Palm Canyon Drive. KMIR will broadcast the parade live. The annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade features lighted floats, equestrians, bands, autos, and celebrities. This event has consistently been rated as one of the best local events in the Coachella Valley, and one of the top 10 holiday parade events in the country. More info
 

Trixie Mattel: Now With Moving Parts

Following her crowning as the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars earlier this year, everyone’s favorite doll Trixie Mattel is returning–new and improved, on Saturday, December 1 at 8:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. “Now With Moving Parts,” is a decoupage of brand new folk music and surrealist comedy that only Trixie Mattel could hot glue together- guitar picking, razor-sharp reads, and hair teased to the sky! Giddyup! Get tickets

 

Jazz at Sundown feat. Nona Hendryx

The Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival presents Jazz at Sundown, beginning Saturday, December 1 at 6:00 p.m.  with the electrifying Nona Hendrix at the Indian Wells Theater in Palm Desert.  Hendryx is probably still best known as a member of Labelle, the popular R&B group of the 70’s and 80’s headed by the legendary Patti Labelle. However, since then she has made her mark as a dynamic high energy entertainer across all musical genres from R&B to Pop and Jazz. In recent years she has been on the music scene touring with jazz royalty, multi Grammy-winning drummer, Terri Lyne Carrington. Get tickets

 

Men of the Desert Fashion Show

Men of the Desert 9th Annual Fashion Show and Charity Luncheon is a benefit for Animal Samaritans, held this year on Sunday, December 2 from 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Enjoy marvelous fashions selected by Susan Stein, and a magnificent luncheon, along with Handsome Hounds, all to raise money for this critically important Animal Rescue Program. All proceeds go towards the rescue of deserving, adoptable, at-risk dogs and cats. Get tickets

Baloney All-Male Revue

San Francisco's Gay All-Male Revue makes its Palm Springs debut on Saturday, December 8 at 8:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Baloney is sexy adult entertainment performed live onstage– for men, by men. The Baloney Boys bring fantasies to life with their signature blend of comedy and burlesque: from locker room to boardroom, nothing is off-limits for these sexy men. Featuring a VIP “Splash Zone” and interactive lap dances and demos that let you touch, feel, and smell the action up close. Prepare to laugh, think, and get turned on–all at the same time. Get tickets

Men in Tights – A Holiday Spectacular

Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus launches their 20th Anniversary Season with “Men in Tights – A Holiday Spectacular.” from Friday, December 14 through Sunday December 16 at the Palm Springs Art Museum Annenberg Theater. In the first act, the chorus will present songs and dances to transport you to the Renaissance when knights were bold. “Christmas in the Cloisters,” Boar’s Head Carol,” “Sing We Now of Christmas” and “Gloucestershire Wassail” music from the time of Camelot will have you experiencing holidays with a king and his court.  After intermission you will step into the modern world and celebrate “A Long Christmas Dinner”, “Ring-A Ling-A Disco”, Stomp The Halls” and enjoy a country western “Dreydl, Dreydl. The chorus is especially pleased to present the choral premiere of “Christmas In Palm Springs” arranged for the chorus by accompanist Joel Baker. Get tickets


Zach & Evan's Big Gay Wedding Plans

YouTube sensations Zach & Evan are planning to get married in Palm Springs this coming January, and they are sharing the journey and partnering with Gay Desert Guide as they hunt for the perfect venue. Check out Episode One as Zach & Evan join Alexander Rodriguez (On the Rocks Radio, Glitterbomb) to sample The Saguaro Palm SpringsView here
 


The Dinah Returns in April 2019

You can mark your calendar and even get your tickets now for the world famous Dinah Shore Weekend–the largest lesbian event in the world–taking place April 3–April 8, 2019. Don't miss out on the best comedy shows, singles events, concerts, celesbians, parties, and more! Get tickets