Gay Desert Guide: Week of Sept. 9, 2019

DBA/Diversity DHS Mixer at Playoffs, Cat City Drag Race, Square Dancing Classes Begin, Modern Men Chorus Auditions, “Electricity” at Oscar’s, Jazzville “Birth of the Cool,” Bourbon Excursion, Palm Springs Pride honorees, Gay Pride Exhibit planned, and a look ahead to the weekend! 


DBA Networking Mixer at Playoffs

Join the Desert Business Association on Monday, September 9 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. as they help kick off Desert Hot Springs Pride along with partner Diversity DHS at DBA Member Playoffs Sports Bar! Come learn how you can participate in DHS Pride on November 16, and enjoy some good networking too. Just 18 minutes from downtown Palm Springs. Learn more


Cathedral City Drag Race Kicks Off

Help the Cathedral City Gay Bars find the “Royal Highness of Cat City” during the Cathedral City Drag Race, running September 9 through October 7. Nine contestants will be scored by local celebrity judges on originality, themed outfit, personality, and performance. With weekly prizes and audience favorites, the contestant with the most points at the finish line wins the title! Hosted by Anita Treadmill with music by DJ Galaxy from KGAY 106.5. The first location will be Studio One 11 on Monday, September 9 from 6:00–9:00 p.m., and continuing every Monday at a different location “across the 111 catwalk.”  More info


Square Dancing Fall Classes Begin Sept. 9

Boots in Squares, Coachella Valley’s premier LGBTQ square dance club, starts Fall Classes on Monday, September 9 at 6:00 p.m. at the air conditioned Cathedral City Senior Center. Boots in Squares is one of the top three largest clubs in the IAGSDC (International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs) as well as one of the fastest growing. Classes are open to everyone–even if you have two left feet you should give it a try! More info



Modern Men Chorus Open Rehearsal & Auditions

Join Modern Men – Coachella Valley’s Men’s Chorus on Monday, September 9 for an Open Rehearsal at 6:30 p.m. at United Methodist Church of Palm Springs. At the end of the rehearsal you may choose to audition for the 2019/2020 season, or come back for Auditions on Saturday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. More info


“Electricity” at Oscar’s

Is the person that you can’t get out of your head truly the person you’re meant to be with? Electricity is the deliciously hilarious, heartbreaking and romantic love story between Brad and Gary that kicks off with an immersive high school reunion experience and spans four decades. Now showing in a traditional stage setting at Oscar’s Cafe & Bar on Tuesday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m. and continuing there on September 17, 24, and October 1. Also playing at Inndulge, monthly, starting with September 25 & 26. Get tickets


Jazzville: “Birth of the Cool” by The New Nine

Jazzville Palm Springs presents THE jazz experience of the year in Palm Springs on Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m. at Wangs in the Desert. Miles Davis’ “Birth of the Cool” album will be played live by a 9 piece jazz ensemble in its entirety, featuring The New Nine from Los Angeles. Don’t miss this rare and unique presentation! Get tickets


Bourbon Excursion at The Purple Room

On Thursday, September 12 from 4:00–6:00 p.m., come to The Purple Room Supper Club for a special “Bourbon Excursion” whiskey tasting, featuring Bill Karl from Heaven Hill Distillery, bringing Elijah Craig small batch, Henry Mckenna single barrel, Pikesville Rye, and Larceny. Get tickets


Palm Springs Pride Honors Awards 2019 Recipients Announced

Greater Palm Springs Pride has announced the recipients of its 2019 Pride Honors Awards. Lauren N. Nile, Ellen Wolf, Jennifer Jungwirth, Joys Oldam, Ron Oden, and Tommi Rose will be recognized for their efforts in raising awareness and furthering the causes of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and their allies. The awards ceremony is Tuesday, September 24 at the Hilton Palm Springs. More info


Call for Artifacts: Gay Pride Exhibit

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, the Marks Art Center at College of the Desert would like to invite artists to submit works of art that speak to the LGBTQ experience of activism and pride over the last 50 years. Eligible media include, but are not limited to: drawing, painting, photography, mixed media, sculpture, digital art, collage, and fiber/textile art. Submission deadline: September 30. More info

 


THIS WEEKEND

Strike for Equality

Join Human Rights Campaign Palm Springs for their popular Strike for Equality event, returning to Palm Springs Lanes on Sunday, September 15 from 11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Gather your friends and get ready for a great day of bowling with members of the LGBTQ community and our allies. Community Events like this help fund the vital work of HRC and achieve full equality for everyone, everywhere. Your ticket includes bowling, shoe rental, lunch and non-alcoholic beverages. Get tickets


Bears on the Prowl – HEATWAVE

HEATWAVE is Bears on the Prowl’s summer nighttime pool party and cruise event, taking over the CCBC Resort from Friday, September 13 through Sunday, September 15 with multiple pool parties, happy hours, DJs, food and drink, and hot after hours fun! Get tickets


Out on the Mountain

Six Flags Magic Mountain’s annual Gay Night is Out on the Mountain, taking place Friday, September 13 from 6:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m. The entire park goes gay for the night, providing a safe and inclusive environment of fun for the LGBTQ community with rides, dance parties, and performers. Music by DJ Ray Rhodes and DJ SRO, with a special guest performance by Alaska, from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Get tickets


Films on the Great Lawn: Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Sunnylands Center & Gardens, reopening for a new season Sept. 11, revives the 1950s genre with the return of its outdoor movie series, Films on the Great Lawn, screening “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” on Friday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m.  Presented in partnership with the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the screenings on three consecutive Fridays in September are free to the public, gates open at 7:00 p.m. Future screenings: “The War of the Worlds” on Sept. 20 and “The Thing From Another World” on Sept. 27. More info


Chill Bar Mr. Leather Contest

Chill Bar Palm Springs’ Mr. Leather Contest takes place this weekend. First up is a Meet and Greet event, where you can meet all the contestants on Friday, September 13 from 10:00–11:30 p.m. The main event happens the next night with the Mr. Leather Contest on Saturday, September 14 from 9:00–11:00 p.m. More info


Renee Olstead at The Purple Room

Renee Olstead performs at the Purple Room on Saturday, September 14. Known for her television and film appearances, including Unfriended, Still Standing, and The Secret Life of the American Teenager, her acting prowess is matched only by her vocal talent. At the age of twelve, Renee signed to Warner Brothers Records and her debut album received a Grammy nomination for Best Arrangement “Summertime” and a Golden Globe nod for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture, “Christmas in Love.” Dinner at 6:00, Show at 8:00 p.m. Get tickets


 

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