I’m away from the valley this weekend in the cold, rainy/snowy Midwest. As I write this, a wintery mix is falling in Chicago. I already miss the triple digits of Palm Springs, even though it’s early for heat in the Valley.
This weekend, I’m being honored at the University of Illinois as an inductee into the Illini Media Hall of Fame. It’s recognition for the work I did with WPGU, one of the most successful student-run radio stations in the country that I ran in the 90s. While I’m away, you are welcome to play in #ILoveGayPalmSprings with everything happening as April heats up.
And as summer approaches, those of us who live here think about getting away for vacation. We have just the ticket: Two in fact. KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide will be giving away a BrandG Vacation. Details in this space next week and on John Taylor’s morning show Thursday at 8:20 AM. You’ll want to tune in.
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The Chase: The 28th Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards (SOLD OUT)
‘The Chase’ returns as an in-person event on Saturday, April 9 from 5–10 pm, outdoors at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Organizers say “We’re going to gala like never before,” where guests to this SOLD OUT event will enjoy a fast-paced evening hosted by Michael Urie and featuring performances by Deborah Cox, Max von Essen, Eden Espinosa, Spencer Ludwig, and Seth Rudetksy. The inaugural DAP Health Equity Award will be presented to Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) for his long commitment to health justice, locally and nationally. [learn more] The evening will fund the ongoing mission of DAP Health (formerly Desert AIDS Project) and introduce attendees to the organization’s Vision Forward plan to expand its campus to serve more than 25,000 individuals. More info
Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus Presents ‘Razzle, Dazzle, Shine!’
The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus presents Razzle, Dazzle, Shine! this Friday through Sunday, April 8–10 at the Annenberg Theater. Now with over 100 singing members, PSGMC presents a program of Pride and Equality inspired music from stage and screen. #1 Billboard Dance Chart topper Debby Holiday will bring her energy and stunning vocals to this uplifting program featuring songs from the Broadway stage and the big screen, including selections from Rocketman, Kinky Boots, Avenue Q, Billy Elliot, and The Wizard of Oz, among others. Highlights of the program include a rousing medley of songs by the band Queen, and a poignant mash-up of Stephen Sondheim’s “No One Is Alone” from Into the Woods and “Not While I’m Around” from Sweeney Todd. Get tickets
Every Brilliant Thing
Dezart Performs presents Every Brilliant Thing running through April 10 at the Pearl McManus Theater. You’re six years old. Mom’s in the hospital. Dad says she’s “done something stupid.” She finds it hard to be happy. So you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything that’s worth living for. Soon, the list will take on a life of its own. A play about depression and the lengths we will go for those we love. Check out our Gay Desert Guide Review by Stephen Radosh [here], where he calls Every Brilliant Thing “nothing shy of an amazing evening of theatre.” Get tickets
Little Shop of Horrors
Desert Theatreworks presents Little Shop of Horrors, running through April 10. A deviously delicious musical send-up of ‘50s B movies, Little Shop of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatergoers for more than 30 years, telling the story of a geeky florist shop worker who is secretly harboring a man-eating plant (voiced in this production by singing sensation Keisha D). His conundrum grows out of control as the sounds of early ’60s rock, doo-wop and Motown numbers fill the air. Get tickets
Palm Springs Musical – Born to Sparkle
The Desert Rose Playhouse presents Palm Springs Musical – Born to Sparkle through April 10. This world premiere is a brand new musical set in present day Palm Springs. Two passionate women leave their successful lives in Hollywood to fulfill a deathbed promise to revive The Fabulous Follies. With a colorful cast as diverse as Palm Springs itself, complete with a 7–foot-tall drag queen, this musical is clearly…Born to Sparkle! Get tickets
IGLA – International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics 2022
West Hollywood Aquatics and the Long Beach Grunions join forces to host The International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics 2022 from April 6–10 at the Palm Springs Swim Center. The competition includes swimming and water polo, with an Artistic Swimming exhibition on Sunday, April 10, followed by The Pink Flamingo, a fun team performance competition judged on interpretation of theme, originality, creative expression…and staying within the time limit (!) More info
Chris Botti at the McCallum
Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti returns to the McCallum Theatre with his uniquely expressive sound and soaring musical imagination on Saturday, April 9 at 8 pm. Since the release of his critically acclaimed 2004 CD When I Fall in Love, Chris Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist. Performing worldwide and selling more than four million albums, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any genre. Get tickets
AmDocs – The American Documentary and Animation Film Festival
The 11th annual American Documentary and Animation Film Festival (AmDocs) will take place April 7–11 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. The main objective of AmDocs is to promote a world vision of film as seen through the eyes of the filmmaker. AmDocs is recognized as an important venue for filmmakers, named one of the Top 5 Coolest Documentary Film Festivals in the World, and one of the Top 25 Film Festivals in the World Worth The Entry Fee by MovieMaker Magazine. Check out our event listing for links to a full list of films and to purchase tickets. Get tickets
Cowboy & Cowgirl Night
Palm Springs Hot Rodeo presents Cowboy Night (Cowgirls too) at Trunks Bar on Saturday, April 9 from 7–11 pm. This monthly social and dance will give you the chance to do the two step, shadow, waltz, line dances, west coast swing, shuffle and more all while raising funds for the Hot Rodeo with a cash prize raffle and drink specials (no cover). More info
TURF – New Work by Terrence Payne
Rubine Red Gallery presents TURF – New Work by Minneapolis Artist Terrence Payne with an opening reception on Saturday, April 9 from 5–8 pm [More info]. Payne explores the ways by which individuals and communities scheme and contrive to maintain their influence over others in the face of a vanishing world where they once held a comfortable seat of dominance. His drawings cut through the tangle of sincerity and carelessness embedded in the communication of identity and examine how insecurity and paranoia can lead to unintended harms in the wake of self preservation. The show runs April 8–25.
Desert Stonewall Democrats’ Spring Picnic
Join the Desert Stonewall Democrats’ “Return to Normality?” Spring Picnic on Saturday, April 9 from 11 am–2 pm at Ruth Hardy Park. They will provide hamburgers, cheeseburgers and hot dogs with a vegan option. You are invited to bring an appetizer, a side dish, or a dessert. Look for the signs and tents on the south side of the park, along Tamarisk Road. More info
Meet Clay Aiken
Clay Aiken is running for U.S. Congress in North Carolina’s 4th District, and you can support and meet him on Sunday, April 10, from 4:30–6:30 pm, along with hosts Clark Pellett and Robert Kohl, Alfredo Casuso and David Perry, Bonnie and Bill Ruttan, and Ben Patrick Johnson at a private location in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood of Palm Springs. Congressman Mark Takano and Palm Springs Mayor Lisa Middleton are also slated to attend. More info
The Blind Pig Experience
CREATE Center for the Arts presents The Blind Pig Experience on Friday, April 8 from 5–9 pm. Dust off your zoot suits and flapper dresses and get ready for an epic speakeasy experience as you take a step back in time as the CREATE studios are transformed into unique clubs with food, drinks, gaming and fun. Their team of creatives has gone over the top to create an amazing fundraiser celebration! See the unveiling of a piece of desert history with the preserved wall panels featuring famous signatures, song lyrics and sign-offs from the 139 Club. Get tickets
Master Gardeners’ Desert Seed Exchange
On Saturday, April 9 from 8:30 am–1:30 pm, The Certified Farmers’ Market Palm Springs will host the Riverside County Master Gardeners’ first Desert Seed Exchange. This free event offers an opportunity for folks at all levels of gardening expertise to share their collected seeds – both naturally home-harvested and store bought – and swap ideas and techniques for successful desert cultivation. More info
Glow in the Park: A Spring Lantern Festival
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens present Glow in the Park: A Spring Lantern Festival, open from 6:30–10 pm, nightly through April 29. This brand-new and larger-than-life illuminated experience will feature intricate, immersive, and truly awe-inspiring animal and nature-scape lantern creations representing wild places from around the globe. Dozens of displays featuring illuminated lanterns and light displays will create unforgettable moments and experiences. Get tickets
‘Evening Under the Stars’ Gala Canceled
AAP – Food Samaritans (AAP) has announced that they have canceled their 27th annual Evening Under the Stars gala, which was scheduled to take place at the O’Donnell Golf Club in Palm Springs on Saturday, April 30. In short, it was too expensive to put on this year, but organizers plan to re-imagine the event for spring of 2023. Learn more
RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 14, Episode 14
Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto has recapped the latest episode from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14, and this time the five remaining queens star in a supermodel-inspired music video, each designing their own look, lyrics and moves….find out who wins and what happens after the bottom two lip-sync for their lives! There are only two more episodes after this one! Read Dante’s full recap of Episode 14: Catwalk [here].
Drawing, Ukulele, and Guitar Classes to Begin
Tap into the artistic impulse that is inside us all! The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents Drawing for Pleasure, beginning Tuesday, April 12 from 10 am–12 pm and continuing Tuesdays and Thursdays for six weeks. Along with instruction on basic drawing skills, composition, and development of ideas, you will participate in drawing exercises that include elements of collage, creative use of text, pattern blending, and other unique projects. If musical expression is what you seek, Eric Pytryga will facilitate Ukulele for Beginners starting Saturday, April 16 from Noon–1 pm, as well as Guitar for Beginners starting Saturday, April 16 from 2–3 pm and both classes continue for six weeks.
CVRep presents Native Gardens by Karen Zacarias opening Tuesday, April 12 and running through April 24. Tania yearns to build a fence and transform her yard into a native garden of the local region, based on her culture and aesthetic. Neighbor Frank has a more conventional notion of what a garden should look like. Civility and kindness fades, as the gloves come off and the digs start. Frank and Tania ultimately reveal their biases towards each other, when a twist of fate amplifies their conflicting vision for Native Gardens. Get tickets
Dining out for Life is April 28
Dining Out For Life takes place this year on Thursday, April 28 at participating restaurants all over the Greater Palm Springs area [More info]. The concept is simple: Restaurants, bars, and coffee shops donate a generous percent of their sales to DAP Health, participating locations are filled with community members who want to support the mission of ending HIV. It’s easy (and fun) to do your part: find a restaurant from the list of participating locations, and on April 28: Dine Out to End HIV. Click here to view our Gay Desert Guide Directory of Dining Out for Life participating establishments!
OUTLOUD Raising Voices Music Festival
WEHO Pride, the city of West Hollywood’s first self-produced Pride celebration, is set for the weekend of June 3–5, and OUTLOUD: Raising Voices Music Festival will kick it off on Friday and keep the music going all weekend. Now in its third year, the award-winning concert series features LGBTQ+ music artists such as Lil’ Kim, MARINA, Years & Years, Jessie J, Ana Bárbara, Angelica Ross, Cassidy King, CupcakKe, Dorian Electra, Freddie, and Gina Chavez…and that’s just for starters. More info
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- Cheryl Bentyne at The Purple Room Supper Club
Fri. & Sat., Apr. 8–9
- Little Shop of Horrors – presented by Desert Theatreworks
Mar. 18–Apr. 10
- Palm Springs The Musical: Born to Sparkle – presented by the Desert Rose Playhouse
Mar. 24–Apr. 10
- MOGO Silent Disco Tours
Fri. and Sat. evenings, from 6:30 pm–7:45 pm in downtown Palm Springs
- Every Brilliant Thing – presented by Dezart Performs
Apr. 1–10 at the Pearl McManus Theater
- Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus Presents Razzle, Dazzle, Shine!
Apr. 8–10 at 7 pm at the Annenberg Theater
- The Chase: The 28th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards
Sat. Apr. 9 from 5–10 pm
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Fri. & Sat. Apr. 15 & 16 at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater
- Modern Men Present Sounds of the 60s
Sat. & Sun., Apr. 23 & 24 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center
- The Financial Drag of Being Gay
Sun. Apr. 24 from 11 am–1 pm at Lulu California Bistro
- Greater Palm Springs Dining Out For Life
Thursday, April 28
- Oasis Music Festival
May 11–15 at various locations throughout the Coachella Valley
- Cathedral City Was the First Stop for Gay Bars in the Desert
- Hilarity With the Darkness: Dezart Performs’ ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ Is an Interactive, Powerful Play About Depression
- Raul Ruiz Wins Health Equity Award to be Presented at 28th Annual Steve Chase Awards
- Take a Strange and Wonderful Ride Through the Salton Sea Communities
- White Party Global Announces New World Talent For The Legendary Desert Music Festival, ‘White Party Palm Springs.’
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