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Gay Desert Guide: Week of Oct 22, 2018

This week in #ILoveGayPalmSprings: With Greater Palm Springs Pride just over a week away, we are especially excited about our “Dip Into Pride” Kickoff Pool Party, and this year's Pride theme of Youth Power for Change! We are also looking forward to the HRC Garden Party and Halloween Palm Springs on Arenas Rd. But first, Leather Pride is coming up this weekend, and this week we have the Rancho Mirage Chamber Block Party, Center Social at the Riviera, “Rainbooo” Wednesday at Playoffs, and much more! Looking ahead, this weekend also features Grooves at the Westin, a Holiday Weekender at the Ace Hotel and the Reel Women's Film Festival!
 


Dip Into Pride with Gay Desert Guide!

Palm Springs Pride is just days away now, and we are super excited to bring you the official pride event: Dip Into Pride Kickoff Pool Party on Friday, November 2 from 12:00–6:00 p.m. at Hotel Zoso! The party, presented by Gay Desert Guide and Truly Spiked and Sparkling, features:

  • DJ Holly Adams, one of LA's favorite House DJs and one of the most recognizable voices in Electronic Dance Music since the beginning of the West Coast Rave Scene in the early 90's. Now she can be heard as resident DJ on Subliminal Radio, hosting “Holly's House” weekly. 
  • Elisia Savoca, the 17-year-old who is politely being compared to legends such as Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga with her powerful voice, enchanting melodies and vulnerable truths.
  • DJ Ray Rhodes, LA DJ for such events as Tiger Heat and Out on the Mountain.
  • TIANN, native of Sydney Australia who has captivated audiences around the world with her sensual, intoxicating vocals.
  • A special “Pot-Up” Event: Elevate your Pride for an exclusive cannabis-themed product showcase focused on the ways we live our lives…morning, noon and night…and of course after-hours.

A very limited number of daybeds and cabanas are still available. Don't forget to save $5 and buy your ticket in advance!


The theme of this year's Greater Palm Springs Pride Parade and Festival is Youth Power for Change, inspired by and in support of youth-led movement-building efforts that are awakening critical conversations for social change. Organizers also announced that the youth of Coachella Valley have collectively been named Grand Marshals of the 2018 Pride Parade. Follow our links for more info on the Parade and Festival, and a myriad of events listed on our Events Page taking place on and around Pride weekend! 


 

HRC Garden Party November 3

 

Another iconic event of Pride weekend is the HRC Palm Springs Garden Party on Saturday, November 3 from 1:30–4:30 pm. This event brings together more than 800 HRC members, friends, families, and allies for an afternoon of celebration and inspiration featuring an open cocktail reception, thought-provoking speakers, and special celebrity guests and honorees. KMIR's Emmy® Award winning weathercaster Bryan Gallo will be Master of Ceremonies for this 19th annual event. Get tickets
 

 


Palm Springs Leather Pride is Here

Palm Springs Leather Pride Weekend takes place Thursday, October 25 through Sunday October 28 and is one of the largest, longest-running, and most successful Leather events in the country! On Thursday, October 25 at 9:00 p.m., don't miss Brief Encounter at the Tool Shed with special guest adult star and entertainer Dolf Dietrich. With its unique dark and cruisy atmosphere, surrounding you with the hottest men on go go boxes, Tool Shed is also offering Leather Pride drink specials and live DJ, private smoking and cigar lounge to get your Leather Pride started. Get tickets


Halloween Palm Springs on Arenas

Halloween Palm Springs 2018 is taking it up a few notches this year with a larger stage and a variety of ghoulish surprises! This free event (donation suggested) takes place on Arenas between South Indian Canyon and South Calle Encilia, on Wednesday, October 31 from 5:00–10:00 p.m. A few of the evening's highlights include a “Disco Saturday Night” dance competition, performances by Chi Energy, Keisha D and Dance Troupe, DJ Phil B, Adonis Boys and Andrew Christian fashion show, DJ Baz, Halloween costume contest, and headliner Debby Holiday set to take the stage just after 9pm. More info


 

Lea DeLaria Tickets – Enter to Win

Orange is the New Black star Lea DeLaria is coming to town and we are giving away free tickets!

[Click Here] and enter to win! You can enter once a day!

On Thursday, November 8 at 8:00 p.m. DeLaria will give a one-of-a-kind performance of comedy and jazz vocals at the McCallum Theatre; she has performed in some of the most prestigious houses in the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Chicago Symphony, Hollywood Bowl, The Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House. More info


Desert Hot Springs Pride

Sunday, October 21 was a great day to visit Desert Hot Springs for their 2nd Annual Pride Celebration! Thank you to everyone who came out to see us and celebrate Pride with Diversity DHS! 
   

 


 

2nd Annual Rancho Mirage Chamber Block Party

On Tuesday, October 23 from 5:00–8:00 p.m., join the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce for their 2nd Annual Block Party. This free event will feature food, giveaways, and a live DJ from MIX 100.5, with 9 grilling vendors, beer & wine garden, pet adopt-a-thon, prizes such as a 3-day cruise, staycations, and more. Gay Desert Guide will be there along with the official Gay Desert Guide Nissan Leaf, so if you're in the area, stop by and say hi! More info


Senior Resource Day at Mizell

On Tuesday, October 23 from 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Mizell Senior Center presents Senior Resource Day. This once per year event will offer an abundance of information, resources, education and fun for baby boomers and seniors 50 years of age and older. More info


LGBT Center Social – October

Step back in time to 1959 dipped in a midnight blue hue on Wednesday, October 24 from 5:30–9:30 p.m. for the October Center Social, held at the Gypsy Rose and Patio at The Riviera Palm Springs. Enjoy an evening of friendship, community, an evocative bohemian and retro scene, and a delectable Happy Hour! Presented by the LGBT Community Center of the Desert. More info


Rainboooo Night at Playoffs Sports Bar

Playoffs Sports Bar in Desert Hot Springs is doing things a little different for this month's “Rainbow Night” as Halloween actually falls on the last Wednesday of October. They've moved RainBooo Night to this week, Wednesday, October 24th, from 7:00–10:00 p.m. In addition to the usual munchies and cocktails, their super fun Halloween show starts at 8:00, with the amazing Anita Rose as hostess. Feel free to dress up! More info


 

HIV Infection: Risk Reduction for Diseases of Aging

The 'Sexual Health & Wellness' lecture series presented by Eisenhower Health @ The Center continues with a discussion on HIV Infection: Risk Reduction for Diseases of Aging with Dr. Ken Lichtenstein on Wednesday, October 24 from 5:30–6:30 p.m. Many who have been living with HIV, some for more than 30 years, are now entering the phase of life when the consequences of aging become a reality. Other older individuals who have recently been diagnosed with HIV infection are facing the prospect of a new medical diagnosis to deal with as they age. Free with RSVP. More info


John Waters “This Filthy World”

The Outlandish performance series presents John Waters performing his one-man show “This Filthy World—2018!” on Friday, October 26 at 8:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. This show has SOLD OUT but there remain a number of performances scheduled in the series, including “Miss Richfield 1981 – Born Again,” on November 3, “Pam Ann – Flight Attendant Star,” on November 10, and “Trixie Mattel – Now With Moving Parts” on December 1. More info


Pinot and Pilates: Open House

Learn more about Club Pilates at their Grand Opening Weekend Open House this Friday, October 26 at 6:00 p.m. at their newest studio in Palm Springs! Enjoy a glass of wine, tour the studio and book a free intro class. More info
 


Reel Women's Film Festival

Join Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest at Camelot Theatres for an inspiring weekend of diverse films about women on Saturday and Sunday, October 27–28. Selections include: To A More Perfect Union: U.S. v Windsor, a documentary that tells the story of Edie Windsor and her attorney, Roberta Kaplan, on their quest for justice in a pivotal case for the marriage equality movement, and The Light of the Moon, about a successful architect coming to terms with a recent sexual assault. All proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood sexual and reproductive health care services in the Coachella Valley. More info


 

Grooves at the Westin Returns Oct 27

Grooves at The Westin continues into its 8th season with three spectacular concerts featuring world class smooth jazz, pop and R&B entertainment. The first concert is October 27 from 7:00–9:30 p.m. at Masters Plaza the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, featuring Smooth Jazz All Stars: Internationally recognized smooth jazz performers take the stage in an all-star line-up. Two time Grammy award winning guitarist Paul Brown, Grammy award winning composer and pianist Gregg Karukas, multi Grammy award winning vocalist Melissa Manchester and saxophonist Michael Paulo join together in a smooth performance with familiar favorites. Get tickets


 

A Halloween Weekender at the Ace Hotel

The Ace Hotel presents sinister sights, sounds and collectible curios at Beneath the Sands: A Halloween Weekender on Saturday and Sunday, October 28–29. Highlights include Mindwaves with C.Love, with a creeping collage of sounds, Harp performance featuring Audrey Harrer, Theremin performance featuring Zouniya, and Live Organ Grinder featuring Jason Staczek. More info


 

Weekend Theatre

It's the last weekend before Halloween and it's the last weekend to catch The Sugar Witch, plus we have a new production opening at CVRep and Del Shores for one night at Palm Canyon Theatre!
 

On Saturday, October 27 at 8:00 p.m., Palm Canyon Theatre presents Del Shores' Six Characters in Search of a Play. Sordid Lives creator Del Shores brings to life six one-of-a-kind characters he has met in real life that haven’t quite made it into one of his plays, films or TV shows. In 90 minutes, the audience will hear the truth behind how he collected these eccentrics and their stories as he portrays his hilarious, off-the-rails encounters with them. Get tickets


The Desert Rose Playhouse presents the FINAL WEEKEND OF PERFORMANCES of The Sugar Witch, by Nathan Sanders, through 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

CVRep presents How I Learned to Drive, opening Wednesday, October 24 and running through Sunday, November 18 at CVRep at The Atrium in Rancho Mirage. This funny, surprising and devastating tale of survival as seen through the lens of a troubling relationship between a young girl and an older man is a multi-award winning play including the 1998 Pulitzer Prize. Get tickets
 


Runway at CCBC – Soft Opening Preview

Runway Restaurant and Bar at CCBC is now open! Special Sneak Peek hours are Tuesday 3:00–11:00 p.m. and Wednesday through Sunday 11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. (Closed Mondays). Follow Runway on Facebook for Sneak Peek specials. 

 


Desert Visibility Awards

The Desert Visibility Awards will be held on Monday, October 29 at 6:00 p.m., at US Bank in Palm Springs. Presented by the Los Angeles Blade, U.S. Bank and the Desert Business Association, these awards will honor local community members and organizations that are giving back to the Coachella Valley.
This year's honorees are:

  • Matthew Shreiner, U.S. Bank
  • Transgender Health and Wellness Center
  • Safe Schools Desert Cities
  • Barbara Carpenter, The L-Fund
  • The LGBT Sanctuary Palm Springs
  • East Coachella Valley Pride
  • Ron deHarte, Palm Springs Pride

This Event and Reception is free, please RSVP. More info

 

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