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Gay Desert Guide: Week of Oct. 21, 2019

Pride Media Kick Off Event, “Nunsense” at Acqua, Center Social at the V, Margo Rey at Jazzville, STI Education for All Ages, “The Birdcage” Interactive with Among Friends, “Queer Genius” Film Screening, and Rat Pack music at Palm Desert’s FREE Concert in the Park, plus a weekend preview including Palm Springs Leather Pride!


Greater Palm Springs Pride Media Kick Off Event

Join civic, community and business leaders as they kick off the Greater Palm Springs Pride season on Tuesday, October 22 at 10:00 a.m. on Arenas Road. Learn how the iconic events of Greater Palm Springs Pride and the supporting cultural activity impact our great city with a brief program featuring: Mayor Pro Tem Geoff Kors, Palm Springs City Council; Mary Jo Ginther, Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism; Dean Lavine, Arenas District Merchants Association; Jeffrey Bernstein, Main Street Business Association; and Community Grand Marshal Michael Green, Desert Gay Tourism Guild. More info


Margo Rey at Jazzville Palm Springs

Jazzville Palm Springs presents Margo Rey with an all-star quintet on Wednesday, October 23 from 7:00–9:00 p.m. at Wang’s in the Desert. Margo has a rich career of performance and songwriting, including eight Billboard Top 20 hits! She is joined by Oscar Hernandez on piano, Rene Camacho on bass, Ramses Rodriguez on drums, Justo Almario on sax, and Kenton Youngstrom on guitar. Show will focus on Margo’s “Roots of Rey” Latin jazz-focused album. Get tickets


Musical Mondays at Acqua: “Nunsense”

Acqua California Bistro and David Green’s Musical Theatre University continue their outstanding and very entertaining series of dinner theatre with “Nunsense,” (the second longest-running musical in Off-Broadway history). This production stars Tony-nominated actress Jonelle Allen and a talented cast of alumni from MTU for run of Monday evening performances, continuing Monday, October 21 and for three more weeks. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., show begins at 7:00 p.m. Ticket includes show, three-course meal, tax, and gratuity. More info


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The Center Social at The V Hotel

Join the LGBT Community Center of the Desert for their monthly Center Social gathering on Wednesday, October 23 from 5:30–7:00 p.m. at The V Hotel. It’s always fun, always happy hour, and always FREE. Meet new friends or reconnect with old friends. More info


Sexually Transmitted Infections at Any Age

The LGBT Community Center of The Desert and Eisenhower Health present Sexually Transmitted Infections at Any Age on Wednesday, October 23 from 5:30–6:30 p.m. at The Center. Join James Adams, MD, Eisenhower Health for a discussion on sexually transmitted infections and your healthcare options. Older isn’t necessarily wiser when it comes to preventing sexually transmitted infections (STI’s). Space is limited – Registration required. More info

 


“The Birdcage” Interactive with Among Friends

Join Among Friends for another cocktail party and interactive screening of “The Birdcage“, the Mike Nichols remake of “La Cage Aux Folles,” starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane. The comedy features a flamboyant gay couple who attempt to “play it straight” for their son’s prospective in-laws. Dress in your most flamboyant garb for the cocktail party starting at 6:00 p.m. with doors to the theatre opening at 7:30 for an audience-participation interactive screening of the film. Get tickets


“Queer Genius” Film Screening

Come to the Palm Springs Cultural Center for a special screening of “Queer Genius” on Thursday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m. presented by Lesbo Expo.  “Queer Genius” is directed and produced by Catherine Pancake, exploring four visionary queer artists breaking down barriers in their creative fields as they confront fame, failure, censorship, family, gender, and sexuality. The film features intertwined portraits of Eileen Myles, Barbara Hammer, Jibz Cameron, and Black Quantum Futurism. Get tickets


Palm Desert Concerts in the Park are Every Thursday in October

On Thursday, October 24 at 6:00 p.m., “The Pack” takes the stage at  the Palm Desert Civic Center Park for the latest in the City’s free Concerts in the Park. Held on the terraced lawn of the Civic Center Park Amphitheater, music lovers can enjoy this Rat Pack tribute band this week, and next week return for the final concert in the series, with Dead Man’s Party (an Oingo Boingo tribute band) on Thursday, October 31. Food trucks onsite too! More info


NEXT WEEK: Aging 2.0 Comes to the Coachella Valley

The Launch of the Coachella Valley Chapter of Aging 2.0 is Monday, October 28 from 5:00–7:00 p.m. at Mizell Senior Center. Aging 2.0 is a San Francisco-based organization that strives to accelerate innovation to address the biggest challenges and opportunities in aging. Established in 2012, its international, interdisciplinary and intergenerational community has grown to 40k+ innovators across 20+ countries. Learn more


THIS WEEKEND

Palm Springs Leather Pride

The Palm Springs Leather community comes together and welcomes visitors from all over the world to Palm Springs Leather Pride 2019 from Thursday, October 24 through Sunday, October 27.  The events are too numerous to list here but you can get the full lineup on our Palm Springs Leather Pride Event Page! Here are a few selections from the weekend’s lineup:

  • Thursday: Happy Hour at Eagle 501, two films at the PSCC: “SATYRS Motorcycle Club 50th Anniversary” and “Bound,” Registration package pickup and Mr. Leather contestant meet and greet at Hunters.
  • Friday: Swine & Swim Pool Party at Canyon Club, Tom of Finland Formal Cocktails/Dinner at the PS Air Museum, Varla Jean Merman musical spectacular, Coax & Bait Cruise Alley & Street Fair at Toolshed, Redemption After Hours party at Copa.
  • Saturday: Leather in Recovery, BDSM Educational Sessions, Wet & Harder Pool Party at Canyon Club, Gars & Gear at Eagle 501, VIP Tours of Palm Springs Air Museum, Mr. Palm Springs Leather Contest, Coax & Bait, FURBALL Victory Party.
  • Sunday: Foxhole pool party at Canyon Club, Coax & Bait.
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Leather Pride Spotlight: “Gars & Gear” at Eagle 501

“Gars & Gear” takes place on Saturday, October 25 from 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. at Eagle 501 Bar on Arenas Rd. This event features happy hour prices and food, compliments of Eagle 501 with cigars available for purchase, hosted by Maximus and Hotcigarmen.com. More info

 


The Center’s 10th Annual “Center Stage” Fundraiser

The Center Stage fundraiser is turning 10, and to celebrate, The LGBT Community Center of the Desert is turning back the clock to throw a big 80s party on Friday, October 25! Presented by Eisenhower Medical Center, come to Center Stage for cocktails, silent auction, sit-down dinner, and a freakin’ righteous Big 80’s party! The Center will be honoring their outgoing board chair, Brian Rix, for his rad 9 years of service on The Center’s Board of Directors. Get tickets


Coco Peru at Outlandish Performance Series

Coco Peru returns to Outlandish on Saturday, October 26 at 8:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center as part of the Outlandish Palm Springs performance series. Coco is described by Lily Tomlin as “one of the last great storytellers” and in her brand new show, “Have You Heard”  Coco reminisces about her long career as a drag legend, performing some of her favorite monologues and songs, as well as some new stuff too. Upcoming performers in the series include: Miss Richfield 1981, Leslie Jordan, and Randy Rainbow. Get tickets

 


3rd Annual East Coachella Valley Pride

Back for a 3rd year, East Coachella Valley Pride will be celebrated on Saturday, October 26 from 1:00–8:00 p.m. at Veterans Park in the City of Coachella. This FREE event features performances by: Fabeyoncé, Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles, Desert Mirage High School Rock Band, Las Tías, Sabor a mi Tierra Ballet Folklorico, Danza Azteca Citlaltonac and more! More info

 


George Zander Candlelight Vigil & March

On Saturday, October 26 at 6:00 p.m., join in memory of all victims of hate crimes on the 4th anniversary of the day George and Chris Zander were attacked in downtown Palm Springs. Reflect, remember, and stand up against hate violence, and help carry forward the social justice efforts that defined George Zander’s life and honor his memory so that no over individual falls victim to a crime of hate.Vigil begins on La Plaza at Grand Central and marches through the heart of downtown Palm Springs. More info


Weekend Theatre

“Priscilla, Queen of the Desert opens, while “Die Mommie Die” presents its final weekend of performances, and “Mamma Mia!” continues. Plus, a special benefit featuring recent Broadway musicals!

Palm Canyon Theatre presents Priscilla Queen of the Desert from Friday, October 25 through Sunday, November 17. This musical is based on the hit movie, telling the heartwarming adventure story of three friends who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. Songs include “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” “Hot Stuff,” “Finally,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “Go West,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “I Love The Nightlife,” and many more. Get tickets

 

Desert Ensemble Theatre Company opens the season with their signature musical revue, benefiting the company’s Theatre Internship Program and Scholarship Fund. On the Twenty-First Century features songs from Broadway musicals that debuted in the past 20 years, performed by some of the area’s most popular performers. The first evening, Friday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m., is a Gala event featuring hors d’oeuvres, wine and desserts, with a second performance on Saturday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m. Get tickets

 

The Desert Rose Playhouse presents Die, Mommie, Die!,  through Sunday, October 27.  In an attempt to escape her marriage so that she can be with a hunky layabout, ex-cabaret siren Angela Arden poisons her husband. But when she begins to suspect that her daughter and gay son are also sleeping with her paramour — and they in turn begin to suspect her — everything begins to fall apart. Directed by Robbie Wayne and starring Loren FreemanGet tickets

 

 

Desert Theatreworks presents Mamma Mia! The smash hit musical based on the music of ABBA from Friday, October 18 through Sunday November 3 at the Indio Performing Arts Center. The show features all the beloved hit songs by ABBA, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Take a Chance on Me” and of course, the title tune, all set to a feel-good story of young bride-to-be Sophie. Get tickets