The proverbial “swallows” have returned to our desert version of San Juan Capistrano – meaning that many who summered or vacationed away from the desert appear to be returning. So now the plans for Fall events, Palm Springs Pride and our “season” are in full swing.
We’ve been busy launching our new website for GayDesertGuide.LGBT as we begin our 9th year of services to the Coachella Valley. From humble beginnings and the support of friends and early adopting local advertisers, the site got off to a great start in 2013.
I’m so happy to be now able to join forces with KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs in order to bring a full LGBTQ-owned media company to fruition. As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome.
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International Bear Convergence 2022 – Get Tickets Now
The International Bear Convergence (IBC) is the premier event for Bears and Admirers, and organizers are working diligently to make IBC 2022 one hell of a party. February 24–27, 2022 will be an an amazing weekend of “Fun, Frolic & Fur,” after what seems to have been an eternity of isolation, and in the case of bears and friends—hibernation! If you have not done so yet and are planning on attending IBC 2022, the time to get your ticket is now. World-class DJs, awesome entertainers, and several surprises are in the works. IBC will always be a magical place to celebrate our diversity and to bring us closer together for four fun-filled days to truly shine and be ourselves with our fellow friends, and admirers. Get tickets
Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus Auditions
The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus (PSGMC) will be holding its “Sing Out Proud” open call auditions on Tuesday, September 7 at 6:00 p.m. at the Mizell Center. This special evening of camaraderie will also be an opportunity to volunteer and get involved with one of the chorus’ many committees. Interested singers can also attend the open rehearsal that night at 7:00 p.m. to experience what it is like to perform with the chorus and meet its members. PSGMC continues to build ‘A Chorus Like No Other,’ with a commitment to a high standard of excellence in their performances. In the audition process, PSGMC will be recruiting singers for the main chorus, but also for their small ensemble groups “Bruce Kenyon’s The Arrangement” and “Gentlemen’s Agreement.” More info
ELECTRICITY – The Hottest Play in Palm Springs
Oscar’s Downtown Palm Springs presents the play Electricity, resuming its record-breaking run as the longest running play in Palm Springs, every Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. Written by Terry Ray and starring Ray & Mel England, it’s a deliciously hilarious, sexy and at times heartbreaking romance between Brad and Gary, once closeted gay classmates who make an unlikely couple after sharing a motel room following their 10th high school reunion. There’s an “electricity” between them (“Do you feel it?”) that brings them back to that same room after every successive reunion from 1983 to 2013. The Advocate calls Electricity “The hottest play in Palm Springs.” Get tickets
Positive Life Series – Boosters and the Delta Variant
The HIV+ Aging Research Project Palm Springs presents the Positive Life Series on Tuesday, September 7 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom. This month’s topic: “Booster recommendations, and Delta variant spread and surveillance” will be presented by Kim Saruwatari & Geoffrey Leung in association with Riverside County Dept of Public Health. Future Positive Life programs include: “Medicare & ACA plans” with Brian Bilhartz & Cesar Perez (Oct. 5), “Wasting in HIV” with Marc Vincent (Nov. 2), and “Healthy Sex & STDs” with Phyllis Ritchie, MD (Dec. 7). Registration required. More info
Jazzville Palm Springs: Tony Guerrero Quintet
Jazzville, the live jazz scene presented by Barry Martin/DJ Baz and Take Five Entertainment, presents Tony Guerrero Quintet on Thursday, September 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the vibrant Cascade Lounge inside Agua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs. Tony Guerrero is a jazz flugelhornist, trumpeter, composer, and producer who’s garnered both critical success and a worldwide audience. He has toured much of the world as a headliner in major jazz festivals and has enjoyed commercial radio success not only with his own releases but with music he’s written for other artists, movies and television. Cocktails, wine and delicious small bites will be available to order and enjoy while bopping to the tunes of the evening. More info
RuPaul Recaps by Dante: All-Stars Season 6 Finale
Our Special Drag Correspondent Dante Noto has faithfully reported on all the weekly victories and defeats in the world of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 6. Read all of Dante’s recaps back to the season premiere [here] and check out his recap of the season finale, “Grand Finale: This is Our Country,” wherein the final 4 queens are challenged to write lyrics to Ru’s new country song, with inspiration from Tanya Tucker, and a final runway Eleganza Extravaganza, capped off by a win that Dante calls “…herstoric, fabulous and very moving.” Read it!
Cinema Diverse is Just One Week Away
Cinema Diverse, The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival, takes place Thursday, September 16–Thursday, September 30, both in-theatre at the Palm Springs Cultural Center and streaming. Cinema Diverse is dedicated to advancing and further strengthening our diverse gay community through the establishment of a world-class film festival that presents lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cinema from around the world. Cloris Leachman‘s last film JUMP, DARLING officially opens the festival the evening of September 16. It’s a bittersweet story of a rookie drag queen, reeling from a breakup, who escapes to the country and finds his grandmother in steep decline but desperate to avoid a nursing home [View trailer]. Passes and tickets on sale now. More info
The Rocky Horror Show Final Weekend
The Desert Rose Playhouse presents “The Rocky Horror Show,” running through Sunday, September 12. A humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the 1930s through to the early 1960s, the musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist, Dr Frank-N-Furter. The doctor unveils his new creation, a sort of Frankenstein-style monster in the form of an artificially made, fully grown, physically perfect muscle man named Rocky, complete “with blond hair and a tan.” Get tickets
“The Modern Chair” Opens
Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center presents The Modern Chair from Thursday, September 9 through April 3, 2022. This special exhibition marks the reopening of the Architecture and Design Center, Edward Harris Pavilion, tracing the evolution of the modern chair. Discover the first cantilevered example by Mart Stam, and then onward to designs of current times including examples by Cini Boeri, Charles and Ray Eames, Frank Gehry, Eileen Gray, George Nakashima, Charlotte Perriand, Rudolph Schindler, and more. In total, The Modern Chair will include more than 50 works by designers of international scope. More info
Tramway to Close for Annual Maintenance
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will close for its annual maintenance routine, starting Tuesday, September 7 with a tentative reopening date of October 4, assuming all goes well. Safety first, especially when you’re ascending two-and-a-half miles up the cliffs of Chino Canyon, in a tram car supported by cables from the desert floor to the wilderness of Mt. San Jacinto State Park!
Palm Canyon Theatre Presents “The Guys”
On Saturday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 12 at 2:00 p.m., Palm Canyon Theatre presents The Guys, a play by Anne Nelson about the aftereffects of the collapse of the World Trade Center. Joan, an editor, helps Nick, a New York Fire Department captain, prepare the eulogies for the eight firefighters who died under his command that tragic day. Starring Judith Chapman and Michael Pacas. Get tickets
Telling Nicholas: A Film by James Ronald Whitney
The City of Palm Springs and Greater Palm Springs REALTORS® Present the 2003 Emmy Award Winning Documentary, “Telling Nicholas” on Saturday, September 11 at 6:30 p.m. [View Trailer] The screening commemorates the 20-year Anniversary of the 9/11 World Trade Center Terrorist Attack. Filmmaker James Ronald Whitney will be Present at Mary Pickford Theater’s Red Carpet Special Encore Presentation for a Post-Screening Q&A Session, and included in the 9/11 commemorative program is Palm Springs Women in Film & Television’s Short Film, “Aftermath,“ a complimentary champagne Reception ‘Meet & Greet’ with Palm Springs’ Mayor Christy Holstege, City Manager Justin Clifton, Fire Chief J. Kevin Nalder, County Supervisor Manuel Perez, and a host of other first responders and special guests, as well as performances by Keisha D and the Desert Winds Jazz Quartet. Proceeds benefit Variety of the Desert. More info
Saturday Summerific Sing-A-Long Finale: MAMMA MIA!
The Palm Springs Cultural Center and The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus present the conclusion of their All Summer Long Snazzy Sassy Songsational Summerific Sing-A-Long on Saturday, September 11. The final movie musical is “Mamma Mia!,” starring Meryl Streep as Donna, an independent hotelier in the Greek islands preparing for her daughter’s wedding with the help of two old friends. Meanwhile Sophie, the spirited bride, has a plan. She secretly invites three men from her mother’s past in hope of meeting her real father and having him escort her down the aisle on her big day. And the whole thing is a big excuse to sing tons of fun ABBA songs! At 6:00 p.m., come for social hour in the VIP Lounge upstairs, with film at 7:00 p.m. featuring Rosemary Galore and songleaders from the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus hosting an evening filled with film, fun, and song. Get tickets
Caliente Comedy Night: Jamie Kennedy
Comedy Madness and Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs present Caliente Comedy featuring Jamie Kennedy on Friday, September 10 at 8:00 p.m. inside the Cascade Lounge. Actor, producer, and comedian, Jamie Kennedy has appeared in big Hollywood films like “Romeo + Juliet,” “Scream,” “As Good As It Gets,” and many more, created the TV hit “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment,” and Jamie can also be seen performing his stand up show around the country [Check him out on YouTube]. For over 10 years, Comedy Madness has produced thousands of shows in North America, including weekly showcases in Los Angeles at the Comedy Store, Laugh Factory and Ice House Comedy Club, and now they bring Caliente Comedy to Palm Springs with a different comedian featured every Friday. Upcoming comedians include: Ron Josol, Ocean Glapion, Craig Conant, Pablo Francisco, Kabir Singh, and Tom Arnold. Get tickets
Tower of Power and Average White Band
The Show at the Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage presents Tower of Power & Average White Band on Saturday, September 11 at 8:00 p.m. Since its formation in Oakland, California in 1968, Tower of Power has forged a reputation as a crack band of high achieving musicians fluent in all realms of Soul, Rock and Pop music with a sophistication and punch like that of a Jazz big band. The interracial band became pillars and signatures of The Bay Area Music Scene that included pioneering like-minded bands such as Sly & The Family Stone, Cold Blood, Graham Central Station, The Pointer Sisters and The Sons of Champlin, plus rock-oriented outfits such as Santana, Betty Davis and Journey. Get tickets
Chicago Live in Concert
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino presents Chicago in concert on Saturday, September 11 at 8:00 p.m. Formed by a collective of college students in 1967, the band Chicago quickly made an impact on the world of rock music with its distinct jazz-infused sound. Boasting some of the most well-known hits in the American classic rock canon, Chicago continues to deliver high-energy performances featuring fan favorites like “25 or 6 to 4,” “Saturday in the “Park,” and “If You Leave Me Now.” Get tickets
Friday, Sept. 17: Out on the Mountain
Six Flags Magic Mountain‘s annual “Out on the Mountain” LGBTQ Night returns on Friday, September 17 from 6:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m. The entire park goes gay for the night, which provides a safe and inclusive environment of fun for the LGBTQ community, with rides, dance parties, and performers, including music by DJ Ray Rhodes and performances by RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Trinity the Tuck and Morgan McMichaels. Get tickets