Dog Days of Summer – those final weeks in August that brings back memories of shopping for school supplies and bidding a fond farewell to the carefree childhood lifestyle. Remember the Steven King movie “Stand By Me”? Yep, that’s what I think of…
I just came back from my summer vacation on the Danube River cruise with Brandg Vacations, and am now firmly in “back to school” mode – only for me it’s “back to Pride season” in Palm Springs. Ron DeHarte and my team have been planning the Arenas Road DJ stage, and we’ve got a great lineup to announce soon.
So our Dog Days of Summer are here (Friday is National Dog Day), and Animal Samaritans is rising to the occasion with a bash tomorrow. Details below.
I’m missing my “Buddy the Wonder Dog” who has been summering with mom and dad in Michigan.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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Streetbar is Turning 31
Celebrate 31 years with a full day of fun and celebration at Streetbar on Saturday, August 27. Come for food & prizes, $3 well drinks, and beer and shot specials from 10 am–8 pm. A desert tradition since 1991, Streetbar is “The friendliest gay bar in Palm Springs,” with great entertainment and the valley’s best bartenders and best (some say strongest!) drinks. Located on Arenas Road, they have karaoke, a smoking patio, extended happy hour (9:30 am–8 pm), and daily top shelf specials. Streetbar was also named as the Grand Marshal of the Palm Springs Pride Parade in 2021. More info
DOGust Birthday Bash
Animal Samaritans invites you to attend its DOGust Birthday Bash at the Palm Springs Kimpton Rowan Hotel on Saturday, August 27 from 11 am–2 pm. For a $20 donation join the paw-ty and help celebrate the official birthday of rescue dogs with lunch bites, wine, birthday cake and a chance to win prizes. Dogs are allowed so bring your friendly and leashed pet. All proceeds benefit Animal Samaritans’ no-kill shelter. More info
The Palm Springs Art Museum presents the final weekend to see their exhibit, Leon Polk Smith: 1945 – 1962, which closes on Sunday, August 28. This exhibition presents the work of Smith, the innovative painter (1906-1996) whose significant contributions to twentieth-century art are becoming increasingly recognized. Using a vocabulary of brilliant colors and simple, minimal forms, Smith challenged some of the most fundamental conventions of painting by dissolving the distinction between foreground and background and freeing his paintings from the boundaries of a rectangular format. More info
Brothers of the Desert Book Club
The Brothers of the Desert Book Club (BODBC) is offering members and allies an opportunity to meet bi-monthly to discuss their community’s literary history, meeting on Zoom twice a month: the second and fourth Saturday afternoons, this weekend on Saturday, August 27 at 3 pm. The selection for July and August has been All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto by George M. Johnson. This series of personal essays by Johnson, a prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist, explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. The BODBC is more than a book club, it’s a social and networking event as well as an opportunity to become better individuals and be the change you want to see in the world. More info
Oscar’s T-Dance Hot Summer Swimsuit Contest
At Oscar’s Downtown Palm Springs, you can dance into the evening at the Sunday T-Dance, from 5–9 pm. This Palm Springs institution is even hotter in August as the T-Dance has featured a Hot Summer Swimsuit Contest every week, continuing through Labor Day weekend. One winner receives $250 in cash and prizes each Sunday, then on Sunday September 4, a Grand Prize winner will win $1000 worth of cash and prizes. More info
FERRO Summer Music Festival
FERRO Italian restaurant in Idyllwild presents the FERRO Summer Music Festival, continuing now through Labor Day Weekend. Musicians from a variety of musical backgrounds will grace the outdoor stage, accompanied by refined Italian cuisine, cocktails, and cool mountain nights. With Jazz Nights, Blues & Soul, and Women in Jazz on Sundays, there is music on Mondays, Tuesdays, and all three nights of the weekend. Access to the performances, and cocktails on the patio, are available without reservations or cover charge. For restaurant seating, make a reservation. More info
THE PROM – Reviewed by Stephen Radosh
Our Gay Desert Guide Theatre Reviewer, Stephen Radosh, is back with a fresh review of the “light, funny, breezy musical” THE PROM, which is currently playing at The Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Emma (Kaden Kearney) is a high school student who “finds herself suddenly in the spotlight and at the center of a national LGBT story when all she wanted to do was quietly go to the prom with her date and dance.” Find out why Stephen finds this “not very real” story “surprisingly satisfying,” when you read the full review [here]
MOULIN ROUGE: THE MUSICAL – Reviewed by Stephen Radosh
Stephen Radosh also took in MOULIN ROUGE: THE MUSICAL at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood and it’s safe to say he liked it. Really liked it! Radosh says, “…for this reviewer every single moment thrilled the senses in a way not often felt in the theatre. There was literally nothing with which I could find flaw.” Get the full scope of this “must-see” show when you read his review [here]
Palm Springs Pride Early Bird Registration Ends Saturday
The Greater Palm Springs Pride Festival Marketplace and Parade takes place November 5 & 6, with the festival returning to Palm Canyon Drive from Amado to Baristo, in the heart of Palm Springs. Exhibitors who wish to reserve their spot in the festival can register now at a discounted rate, but the early bird registration ends on Saturday, August 27. The festival hours will be Saturday, November 5 from 11 am–9 pm, and Sunday, November 6 from 11 am–4:30 pm. Click here for the online application
Purple Room Reopens August 30
The Purple Room Supper Club is gearing up to re-open for the season on Tuesday, August 30. The gin will be cold and the jazz will be hot as jazz legend Rose Mallett performs on Tuesdays & Thursdays with Darci Daniels & Charles Herrera serving up classic Rat Pack Era stylings on Wednesdays. The weekend entertainment for September is now posted on our event page, and tickets are on sale! Kicking off with Marilu Henner, September performers include Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, Brenna Whitaker, Clint Holmes, Scot Bruce, Chadwick Johnson, Lady Bunny and more! Get tickets
Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
The “sensory extravaganza” of Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is coming to The Forum at Empire Polo Club from September 30–November 27 and tickets are on sale now! The tour of this show has sold over 3 million tickets globally making it one of the most popular current traveling exhibitions. Imagine being completely immersed in more than 300 of the greatest works of post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh. Now imagine experiencing all of this art liberated from its two-dimensional limitations into a three-dimensional experience that exhilarates every sense and brings to life one of the most influential artists the world has known. Get tickets
Gay Men’s Chorus Auditions
The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus is holding auditions on Tuesday, August 30 from 6–8:30 pm at Mizell Center. Reservations are required, so do your homework and review the audition requirements by visiting our event page and be assured that PSGMC strives to make it an easy, friendly process. You’ll never know if you don’t try! More info
On the Air at KGAY 106.5
KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide have your chance to WIN tickets to Out on the Mountain at Six Flags Magic Mountain! The event takes place Friday, September 9 from 6 pm–midnight. 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. Enter to win on the KGAY Contest Page
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The KGAY 106.5 Retro Lunch airs Monday through Friday at noon, with DJ Galaxy (Vincent Corrales) and DJ Eric Ornelas playing an hour of their high-energy throwback mixes. On Sundays, we put all five hours together for the Retro Sunday Brunch from 11 am–4 pm. Perfect pool party music! Listen Online
- Fahrenheit – An Outdoor Fitness Class
Tue/Wed/Thu mornings at 7 am at Frances Stevens Park
- Out on the Mountain
Fri. Sep 9 from 6 pm–midnight at Six Flags Magic Mountain
- Gay Days Anaheim
Sep 16–18 at Disneyland Resort
- Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend
Sep 21–25 at Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs
- Pride Under the Pines
Sat. Oct 1 from 12–9 pm in Idyllwild
- Palm Springs Leather Pride
Oct 27–30 at Hotel Zoso and various locations around Palm Springs
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