FREE! Palm Springs Premier of the The Freedom to Marry film

Local residents Rich Weissman and J.D. Horn are hosting a 2nd event for the community – Saturday, January 20, at 1:30 PM at the Camelot Theatre (the 7 PM screening is SOLD OUT) – to present this incredible full-length feature film, speakers and event activities. The screenings are co-sponsored by Gay Desert Guide and The Palm Springs Cultural Center, which includes Cinema Diverse, The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival, The American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs), the Certified Farmers’ Markets (CFM) and the Camelot Theatres.

The film, by Eddie Rosenstein, is the epic, nail-biting, untold story of how same-sex marriage became law of the land. It follows Evan Wolfson, the architect of the movement, and his key colleagues on the decades long battle, culminating in the dramatic fight at the U.S Supreme Court. The film is more than the saga of one movement's history – it’s an inspiring tale of how regular people can actually win, and how activists can effectively change the minds and laws of a nation.

And, Evan Wolfson, the founder and living legend behind marriage equality, will be speaking! Evan was the genius behind and head of the Freedom to Marry organization. He conceived of the concept while a law student at Harvard three plus decades ago, working on every step of the effort, state-by-state and nationally. He now works internationally, bringing marriage equality to many nations throughout the world. It is an honor to have him come to the Palm Springs community and speak.

Evan will be joined by other honored speakers: Kate Kendall (Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights) who appears in the film, Misha Isaak (General Counsel to Oregon Governor Kate Brown) who litigated and won marriage equality for Oregon, and Geoff Kors (Palm Springs Councilmember) who served on the Freedom To Marry national board. And, Modern Men chorus will be singing.

On January 20th, the Palm Springs Cultural Center will unveil the complex's new name on the building and new lobby. Starting at noon, there will be a tent for community activities, including taking photos of people jumping, to become part of the future “Jump For Joy” mural on the theater’s building (come get your photo taken as you jump – you may be in the mural!), and a red carpet step-up for photos with “Married In Palm Springs” backdrop.

There is an another free showing of the film with the same speakers/Q&A, “Jump For Joy” photographer, red carpet step-up, with singing by the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus, on the same day at 6:30 pm.  Reserve Your Free Tickets

Time to Get Your Run On!  Palm Springs Health Run & Fitness Expo 2018

Start out the New Year with a healthy and fitness-oriented routine! Join thousands of runners for the Palm Springs Health Run & Fitness Expo Saturday, January 27 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Run through the incredibly scenic neighborhoods of Palm Springs for the 10K, 5K and 1K Fun Run. Over 100 health and wellness booths provide giveaways and services, fitness experts, and cooking demonstrations. Register now and come experience one of the largest events of its kind in Southern California…Fun for the entire family! Every 5K and 10K registrant receives breakfast snacks, t-shirt, registration bag and finisher’s medal. 1K Fun Run finisher’s receive finisher’s medal.


When a runner registers through ACTIVE, they can now donate directly to one of our 3 charities (PSUSD Foundation, Desert Healthcare Foundation and United Way of the Desert) when checking out.  More Info

Romance/Romance On Stage at CVRep

CVRep presents Romance/Romance which has a book and lyrics by Barry Harman and music by Keith Herrmann.

Two one act musicals take varied looks at romance seekers. The first is a delightful romp through the sexual ennui of turn of the century Vienna based on Schnitzler’s tale The Little Comedy. Act 2 is a modern look at affection and disaffection in a two couple summer house in the Hamptons based on the Jules Renard play Summer Share.

Through February 11th, Saturdays have both a 2:00 PM and a 7:30 PM Curtain, with Sundays are matinees at 2:00 PM.  There are shows on Tuesday Jan. 30th  and Feb. 6th  at 7:30 PM at the CV Rep.  More Info

Be In Style Saturday Night at D'Amour Concept's Grand Opening Event

D'Amour is a concept store with it's own fine art gallery featuring unique objects, which are either one of a kind, vintage, antique and even sports wear with a similar sensibility.  Check out the Opening Event, Opening Event, Saturday, January 20th, from 6 – 9 PM, on Sunny Dunes Road, featuring Artist Blake Baxter.  Directions and More Info.

The Second Annual Palm Springs Craft Cocktail Week and Championship set for Jan. 19-27

A photo from the 2017 event.  Thirsty?

The Second Annual Palm Springs Craft Cocktail Week, a production of the Coachella Valley Independent, takes place Jan. 19-27, 2018!  The Palm Springs Craft Cocktail Week Championship is January 15 at the Purple palm Restaurant.  In competition are:

  • Sherman Chan, TRIO Restaurant, the defending champion
  • Blake Nightingale, Moxie Palm Springs
  • Bryan Palmer, Purple Palm Restaurant
  • Hunter Broggi, Lulu California Bistro
  • Rob Learned, Giuseppe's Pizza & Pasta Palm Springs
The 2017 Line-Up (Last Year's Inaugural Event)

The valley's top bartenders and mixologists battle for the second Palm Springs Craft Cocktail Championship! Tickets are $40; and $45 at the door, if any remain. Tickets include tastes of the drinks, and food complements of the Purple Palm Restaurant. 21 and older event. Sponsored by the Purple Palm Restaurant at the Colony Palms Hotel, Crown Royal Bourbon Mash Blended Canadian Whisky, and Sprig Soda. The event and Palm Springs Craft Cocktail Week are a production of the Coachella Valley Independent. This is a rain or shine event!

What will these master mixologists concoct using Crown Royal Bourbon Mash Canadian Whisky? You'll have to be there on the 25th to find out! More Info

Nunsensations: The Nunsense Vegas Revue

Beginning next weekend for the rest of the month, The Indio Performing Arts Center presents Nunsensations: The Nunsense Vegas Revue, which takes the sisters on a brand new adventure.When a parishioner volunteers to donate $10,000 to the sisters’ school if they will perform in a club in Las Vegas,

Mother Superior is hesitant to accept. However, after being convinced by the other sisters that “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” Reverend Mother agrees. What follows is the most feather-filled,sequin-studded, fan dancing Nunsense show ever! Performing in “The Pump Room” at the Mystique Motor Lodge, the sisters experience “show-biz” like never before. You’ll meet Sin-City Sue, find out who’s Black and White with Her Money on Red, and try tow in a new car with the “Holy Rollers Giant Slot Machine.” Taking a line from another show, a critic pointed out, “It’s a whole lot funny and a little bit naughty, but there ain’t nothin’ dirty goin’ on!” Don't miss the Desert Theatreworks production.  More Info


Hitting The Street…bar

Happy Hour at Streetbar on Arenas is known for their Top Shelf daily specials such as Makers Mark bourbon, Grey Goose Vodka and Jack Daniel’s Whiskey! You can guarantee to be served by at staff member who will know your name and your drink by the third visit. Streetbar is also known to provide fabulous entertainment so be sure to keep up to date with their events by following them on facebook!

Going Retro

The RetroRoom Lounge in Palm Springs will transport you back to the days when cool was created. We’re talking Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack kinda cool. They feature karaoke nightly in an intimate and retro atmosphere and they have a full bar with featured specialty cocktails featured nightly. Diva and Friends, a fun-filled Drag Show, takes the stage every Saturday night and is a show not to be missed!

C'Mon, C'Mon, Get Happy!

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

 At every Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy unrivaled hospitality, a carefully curated wine list and experience expertly crafted steak made to order. You can enjoy all of the above and more with a $50 voucher priced at only $35! Want some more delicious news?! Fleming’s is currently booking holiday parties so if you want to add the ultimate WOW factor to your party, we suggest you make a reservation stat!

Pinocchio in the Desert

Pinocchio in the Desert is a Palm Springs favorite among visitors and locals alike!  Take advantage of this amazing offer where you can get $25 worth of food and drinks for only $17.50. Check out Sunday Brunch and their famous (infamous) bottomless glass of bubbly or stop by in the afternoon and enjoy their beautifully decorated and relaxing bistro setting with outdoor patio that is both heated and air cooled. 

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Compiled from a variety of sources by Nicholas Snow