This Weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings
April 27–29, 2018

This weekend in your Gay Desert Guide: Dining Out For Life was Thursday, with over 70 restaurants participating, and you can consider it an early kickoff to a big gay weekend here in the desert: Meet the Museum brings the culture on Friday and White Party keeps the thumpa-thumpa music going all weekend long. Meanwhile, we have the East Coachella Valley Pride Festival on Saturday, and Stagecoach brings country music, festival-style, to Indio. Desert's Got Talent will raise funds for Boo2Bullying, and check out our weekly theatre roundup too!


Dining Out For Life – Thank You

Thank you to all the patrons of more than 70 generous restaurants across the Coachella Valley who ‘Made One Meal Matter’ on Thursday, April 26 when they participated in Dining Out for Life 2018 supporting Desert AIDS Project. Participating Restaurants featured in the Gay Desert Guide Dining Out For Life Channel include: LuLu California Bistro, Acqua California Bistro at The River, King's Highway @ The Ace Hotel, Trio Restaurant, Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill, Oscar's Cafe & Bar, Copley's on Palm Canyon, The Toolshed, Wang's In The Desert Restaurant | Bar, Pinocchio in the Desert, Michael Holmes' Purple Room Supper Club, Ristretto For Coffee Lovers, Chill Bar Palm Springs, Watercress Vietnamese Bistro, Cuistot, Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge, Chicken Ranch, RetroRoom Lounge, Trunks Bar Cathedral City, Blackbook Palm Springs, Juniper Table at the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs, and Evzin Palm Springs & Soundbliss Music Lounge


Meet the Museum with Iconic Gay Artists

If you haven't yet checked out the Warhol exhibit currently running at the Palm Springs Art Museum, here is the perfect opportunity: Meet the Museum is back on Friday, April 27 at 6:00 p.m., and this year it is the only White Party event celebrating LGBT artists. Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family spans the Museum’s main floor galleries. This comprehensive collection consists of more than 250 pieces, including some of the artist’s most iconic works, such as Marilyn (1967), Campbell’s Soup I and II (1968), Sunset and Mao (both 1972). Michael Childers: Having A Ball features images of anonymous merrymakers at the 1975 Los Angeles drag ball, “Flaming Creatures,” as well as portraits of the enigmatic Warhol and members of his famous New York studio, The Factory, among others. Enjoy both the Warhol and Childress exhibitions, in addition to a bar, food, and DJ. VIP Tickets (includes valet parking in the North Parking lot and a one-year museum membership) are $150 and include a private preview and reception from 5:00 to 6:00 PM. General Admission is $75. Get tickets


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White Party Has Landed

It's finally here, guys. Kylie Minogue and 30,000 revelers from all over the world are taking over Palm Springs for White Party 2018 this weekend, April 27–29. Pool parties, dance divas, go-go boys and fireworks…keep up with everything White Party by visiting our Events Page, and check out these handy links for a rundown of the events:

Follow @gaydesertguide on Instagram for "live" White Party coverage, as we go in for the VIP experience and share it with you! Join the fun by posting your White Party pics tagged #ILoveGayPalmSprings and the official White Party hashtag #WPPS2018


East Valley Pride and Coachella's Country Cousin

Also this weekend in the East Coachella Valley: The 2nd Annual East Coachella Valley Pride Festival takes place at Veterans Park in the city of Coachella on Saturday April 28, from 3:00–8:00 p.m. Come for entertainment, food and resources and help celebrate the LGBTQ Community in the East Coachella Valley with Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles, Latin@ Drag Performances, Ballet Folklorico, and Danza Azteca. More info

With the Coachella Music Festival calling it a wrap for another year, California's country music festival, Stagecoach, takes over the Empire Polo Club grounds in Indio from Friday, April 27–Sunday, April 29. Headliners are Garth Brooks, Florida Georgia Line, and Keith Urban. Get tickets


Evening Under the Stars Just One Week Away

Evening Under the Stars is now just one week away: May 5 at 5:30 p.m. The premier fundraiser for AAP Food Samaritans celebrates its 25th Anniversary at the O’Donnell Golf Club, literally under the stars. A short awards program will recognize a few inspirational honorees, followed by a delicious dinner, and a performance by the incomparable Gladys Knight. Check out this classic performance of "Midnight Train to Georgia" from the wayback machine. Get tickets

Weekend Entertainment

Desert's Got Talent, a presentation of Boo2Bullying to raise funds and provide a showcase for self-expression, unity, and education, takes place at the Palm Springs Art Museum Annenberg Theater on Saturday April 28 at 5:30 p.m.
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Desert Theatreworks presents the final weekend of Jewtopia, running through Sunday, April 29 at the Indio Performing Arts Center. This is a story of two 30 year old single men (one gentile, one Jew) who team up on a quest to marry a Jewish girl (for different reasons). Stereotypes collide, cultures clash and chaos ensues! Get tickets

The Desert Rose Playhouse, presents the world premiere of a new play, Dare, by Allan Baker, for a four-week run ending Sunday, May 13. Read Dare – Reviewed by Stephen Radosh on our website. Gerontologist Josh has been sent to interview 82-year-old gay activist and stage director Jack to see why he wants to end his life. Jack illustrates in flashbacks the fantastic and inspired tale of his activist life, his one great love, and his plan to stage his “Curtain Call” as carefully and beautifully as he has staged his plays.
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Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre presents 2 Across, through Thursday, May 20. Two strangers alone on a train, each is married, both are doing the New York Times crossword. She’s an organized, sensible psychologist. He’s a free-spirited, unemployed ad exec. Two opposites in an enclosed space, attacking each other’s values but also being swayed and intrigued by them. Get tickets


McCallum 2018–2019 All Shows, All Seats

Speaking of entertainment, Broadway is back in a big way, and so much more is in store for the upcoming season of shows at the McCallum Theatre, which are on sale now at the McCallum website. Shows include Jersey Boys, Rent, Evita, Sergio Mendes, Bernadette Peters, a variety of holiday programs, comedians like Bob Newhart and Lily Tomlin, plus dance performances, mariachi, acrobats, and Bollywood, just to name a few. Learn more

Enjoy a delicious meal, cocktails or both at one of Palm Springs' favorite restaurants for 40% off! And this week only, you can purchase up to TWO of this HOT deal! Located in the most fashionable Uptown Design District of Palm Springs, EIGHT4NINE restaurant and lounge offers a welcoming and friendly atmosphere for any occasion. You can enjoy Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Weekend Brunch, or Happy Hour!

Do you love Mexican food and tasty Margaritas combined with a great atmosphere? If you answered yes then you will love Rio Azul as much as we do! Try their delicious tacos, enchiladas and tasty margaritas for an insane price with our one of a kind hot deal! Enjoy $50.00 worth of food and drinks for 40% off. And can this hot deal be used at the famous Drag Brunch on Sundays? The answer is YES!

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Last Days to Save $100 @Gay Wine Weekend

Advance Purchase VIP Passes for The 2018 Gay Wine Weekend (July 20-22 in beautiful Sonoma Valley) are on sale now at $100 off the regular price and Advance Purchase Ends April 30. Passes include admission to the following: EXCLUSIVE VIP Welcome Reception, LGBT Business Expo & Wine Tasting, Twilight T-Dance (plus VIP Reception), Apres T After Party, Big Gay Wine Auction & Recover Brunch and a Sunday Pool Soiree. Get passes

Have you experienced Happy Hour at The RetroRoom Lounge in Palm Springs yet? It’s the type of place that will fill your heart with nostalgia and take you back to when “cool” was created by people like Frank Sinatra and The Rat Pack. They feature karaoke nightly and the Diva and Friends Drag Show every Saturday. Escape the crowds at Arenas and head over to RetroRoom. Happy hour is nightly from 2-7pm!

TRUNKS Bar is where prices are low and spirits are high for happy hour Monday-Friday! The friendly crowd at this “local neighborhood”– type bar is here for the pool tables, sports on the multiple TVs and the all-day well-drink specials. Join them Friday and Saturday night for fun themed dance parties or on Sunday for their T-Dance party starting at 5pm.

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Top Five Bookmarks of the Week on GayDesertGuide.LGBT

  1. Erika Jayne Reigns as White Party Queen
  2. Tommy Bahama Will Open A Restaurant In Downtown Palm Springs On May 8
  3. Stagecoach 2018: Festival Promoters Shake Things Up
  4. Kylie Minogue to Headline 29th Annual White Party Palm Springs Ahead of Upcoming Tour
  5. The McCallum Theatre Announces Its 2018-2019 Season

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