This week in #ILoveGayPalmSprings: Megan Mullally (“Karen” from Will and Grace) and her husband Nick Offerman are performing, Gay Days Anaheim is almost here, we have a special advance screening of A Star is Born starring Lady Gaga, Jazzville with The Fresh Rhythm, a cannabis lecture, and new “witchy” plays are opening at two different theatre companies: The Sugar Witch and Into the Woods! We also look ahead to OUTPSP, The Palm Springs Equality Awards, Passions Ball, and we have a ticket giveaway for Lea DeLaria's November performance at the McCallum!
Palm Springs Speaks presents Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman
This Friday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m., Palm Springs Speaks kicks off the season with Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, presenting “The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History.” Mullally and Offerman have been a couple for nearly twenty years and married for fifteen, which in the world of Hollywood is closer to 102 years. As actors and humorists in today’s frenzied media cycle, where celebrity hookups and breakups often make headlines alongside changes in world policy, they are self-acknowledged outliers. Now they are ready to share the who, what, where, why, and how of their relationship in full! Get tickets
Gay Days Anaheim this Weekend
The 21st Annual Gay Days Anaheim is this weekend, October 5-7! Join more than 30,000 evil queens, lost boys, princes, and princesses at the happiest place on earth for three amazing days featuring two dance parties, a pool party, park meet ups, screenings, live shows, celebrity guests and special events for ladies, families, bears, and youth. There will be special performances by Garrett Clayton and RuPaul's Drag Race favorites Detox, Mayhem Miller, Delta Work and Mariah Balenciaga! Break out your red shirts, it's Gay Days! More info
A Star is Born Special Preview Night
The latest remake of A Star is Born starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga is one of the most anticipated films of the year and you have the chance to see it the night before it opens across the country! This special advance screening takes place on Thursday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the D'Place Mary Pickford Theatre in Cathedral City. There are limited tickets, at a discounted price, so order online ASAP: Get tickets
Jazzville – The Fresh Rhythm
Oscar's Café features Jazzville on Wednesday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. with Los Angeles' hot new swing band, The Fresh Rhythm. Inspired by the genius of George Gerswhin, Nelson Riddle, Frank Sinatra, Cole Porter, Louis Armstrong, and Wynton Marsalis, this talented and energetic quintet delivers classic tunes from the 1920s to 1960s featuring the dynamic Luke Carlsen on vocals. Enjoy great jazz in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. Get tickets
Safe and Effective Uses of Cannabis for Pain and Stress Relief
Presented in partnership with Eisenhower Health, the Palm Springs Public Library will host an informational health lecture on Wednesday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m.: Safe and Effective Uses of Cannabis for Pain and Stress Relief. Pain may be acute—short lived and intense—or chronic, persisting for days to years. For many people, finding relief can be challenging. With the recent legalization of cannabis, Seniors are the fastest-growing segment of cannabis users. Join Jonathan Bechard, MD to learn how medically prescribed cannabis is playing a role in the management of pain and stress. More info
The Sugar Witch and Into the Woods
Just in time for Halloween month–er, October–we have two “witchy” offerings opening this weekend from local theatre companies!
The Desert Rose Playhouse presents The Sugar Witch, by Nathan Sanders, starting Friday, October 5 and closing Sunday, October 28. This dark, Southern Gothic play features an old Florida family living in grave danger as the last in a long line of folk-tale witches attempts to end the curse placed on their heads by the dying words of her very own grandmother. Get tickets
Streetbar Spirit Catering has now teamed up with The Desert Rose Playhouse and will be serving adult beverages at their venue during the season.
Desert Theatreworks presents Into the Woods, with music by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, opening Friday, October 5 and closing Sunday, October 21 at the Indio Performing Arts Center. This modern twist on the Brothers Grimm brings together Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (of beanstalk fame), a Baker, his Wife and a dancing cow. The beloved storybook characters take on startling complexity as they discover that wishes come with a price. Get tickets
OUTPSP: A Kickoff to Pride Weekend
On Thursday, October 11 at 5:30 p.m., OUTPSP will Kickoff Pride, brought to you by Greater Palm Springs Pride and Gay Desert Guide. Gather your friends and start Pride early with tastings from Coachella Valley Restaurants & Beverage Purveyors. Drop in and sip on a signature cocktail at our open bar while you watch the sun set behind the San Jacinto Mountains and listen to music by DJ Baz. The gathering is our opportunity to celebrate National Coming Out Day and meet the Grand Marshals of the Pride Parade. Get tickets
Palm Springs Equality Awards
On Saturday, October 13, at 5:30 p.m., EQCA’s Equality Awards will honor the inspirational leaders and outstanding allied organizations whose selfless work helps create a more fair and just society. These are special times to celebrate community achievements while renewing our commitment to the fight for equality. Among California’s premier gala events, attendants regularly include leaders of the LGBT equality movement, and leaders from the business, nonprofit, civic and political landscapes. This year's Palm Springs Equality Awards honorees include: Don Lemon, anchor of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, Hon. Linda Sánchez (CA-38), Vice Chair, House Democratic Caucus and local advocates Ann Sheffer & Bill Scheffler. Get tickets
Passions Ball is November 3
David Brinkman, CEO of Desert AIDS Project, will be honored with the Annette Bloch Heart & Soul Award at this year's 2nd Annual Passions Ball, presented by Cancer Partners at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa on Saturday, November 3 at 6:00 p.m. The evening will feature a cocktail reception and silent auction, dinner, program, and awards, with entertainment and dancing to “The Greatest Hitz” from Las Vegas. Get tickets
Lea DeLaria – November 8
Here at Gay Desert Guide we are especially excited about our media sponsorship of Orange is the New Black star Lea DeLaria, for her one-of-a-kind performance of comedy and jazz vocals at the McCallum Theatre on Thursday, November 8 at 8:00 p.m. [Get tickets]. We will be providing tickets to a VIP Meet-and-Greet Experience with Lea to many of our LGBTQ organizations who will raffle them off this fall (Center Stage, HRC Garden Party, EQCA Equality Awards, and more…). Plus we will also give away a pair to our Oasis Insiders who are subscribed to our newsletter–make sure you are signed up! Sign up here
Villa Royale Newly Renovated
A legendary reprieve for globetrotters and creative spirits since 1947, Villa Royale’s sits at the foot of the San Jacinto mountains. After one year and millions of dollars of renovations, this gem of Tahquitz estates is re-opening with 38 bold and spacious reimagined villas—curated with guest experience in mind. We at Gay Desert Guide were lucky to recently get a sneak peak and preview tour!