Brad Fuhr Caricature

Thursday night was the kickoff to Modernism Week in Greater Palm Springs. The opening party was at Indian Canyons Country Clubhouse. I attended with friends and will namedrop Nelda Linsk, famously photographed in Slim Aarons’ “Poolside Gossip”, among our gaggle.

So this is what it must have felt like after prohibition ended (except for the masks). The booze was flowing, the mid-century modern day flappers were dancin’. Happy Days were here again – with Love American Style. Let’s hope it lasts!

Modernism is certainly what has put us on the map. The next two weekends and the week in between will make Palm Springs shine brightly. And there’s much more on the Gay Desert Guide Events calendar. Here’s the weekend for your enjoyment.

Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs 

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Modernism Week Begins

Modernism Week’s annual 11-day festival takes place February 17–28, and will feature more than 350 events including the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, tours of iconic homes in more than 30 neighborhoods, and the popular Signature Home Tour on both weekends. Also offered are architectural walking, biking and double-decker bus tours, tours of the historic Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands, a classic car show, garden tours, nightly parties, and a special series of compelling and informative talks. [Get tickets]

For a roundup of the numerous Neighborhood Tours, including Historic Tennis Club, Mesquite Canyon Estates, Little Tuscany and many more, check out our Modernism Week Neighborhood Tours event listing [here]. Modernism Show & Sale details are [here].

All Modernism Week events are open to the public, and many events are free or low cost. Modernism Week’s CAMP (“Community and Meeting Place”) is the central hub, located for the first time this year in the spacious atrium-style lobby of the Hyatt Palm Springs. CAMP will include an information desk, a box office, a shop by Modernism Week’s merchandise and branding partner Destination PSP, a theater, and many interactive sponsor booths. Entrance into CAMP is free and open to the public daily from February 18–28 from 9 am–6 pm. And while you’re at CAMP, don’t forget to pick up your free copy of our hot-off-the-press Spring edition of the Gay Desert Guide Visitor Map & Guide!

WIN FREE Tickets to MOGO Silent Disco

MOGO Silent Disco is a brand new, bi-weekly social event for people who love to dance. On Friday and Saturday evenings at 6:30 pm, join the tour and don a pair of party headphones to strance (that’s “stroll” and “dance”) through downtown Palm Springs in your own private, high-energy parade! KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide are giving away 10 pairs of tickets to our special MOGO Silent Disco event on Friday, April 8. We have 8 ways for you to [ENTER TO WIN]. Dance the night away listening to our own DJ Galaxy as you groove your way around downtown Palm Springs! (To learn more about MOGO Silent Disco, click here)

Salty: A Play About Penguins and People

Desert Ensemble Theatre presents Salty by AJ Klauss from February 18–27 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. A recent hit at Seattle’s ReAct Theatre, Salty was inspired by the true story of two male African penguins at a Dutch zoo, who made international headlines in 2019 when they stole an egg from a heterosexual couple. Set sometime in the future when global warming has taken firm hold, Salty tracks the parallel lives of some of the last penguins on the planet and their all too human zookeepers. Get tickets

Neil Simon’s I Ought to be in Pictures

Desert Theatreworks presents Neil Simon’s I Ought to Be in Pictures playing through March 13 at the Indio Performing Arts Center. Herb Tucker is a struggling Hollywood screenwriter suffering from writer’s block. To make matters worse, his forgotten past just showed up on his doorstep in the form of Libby, his young teenage daughter he abandoned, along with her mother and brother, years earlier. Libby is a wisecracking, resourceful girl who has come to Hollywood to be an actor. Herb decides to take another stab at fatherhood and hopefully this time, get it right. Get tickets

🎭 Upcoming Theatre Productions

Here’s a glance ahead at more local productions taking the stage soon!

Masks Still Required in Palm Springs

Despite California Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent announcement that the statewide indoor mask mandate expired (for vaccinated individuals) on Wednesday, February 16, under the Palm Springs’ local COVID-19 order, masks are still required indoors within the City of Palm Springs for the time being. In addition, proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test is still required in restaurants and bars, again, for the time being. The City Council voted to give City Manager/Emergency Services Director Justin Clifton the authority to decide when to remove the City’s COVID-19 restrictions, based on data and metrics and suggested milestones such as two multiple consecutive weeks in decline in cases and hospitalizations.

Malcolm H. Myers Exhibition Reception

A reception will take place Saturday, February 19, from 5–8 pm to celebrate Rubine Red Gallery’s retrospective exhibition of oil, acrylic and gouache paintings by iconic American printmaker and painter Malcolm H. Myers, running through February 28. While by no means a complete retrospective, the gallery is endeavoring to show Myers’ mastery and breadth of styles from his 5 decades as a professor and professional artist. More info

Mid-Mod Art Party at DAC

The Desert Art Center (DAC) launches its Mid-Mod Show with a Tiki-Taki Luau Reception on Friday, February 18 from 4–6 pm. They’ve challenged their Gallery Artists to create their most interesting modernist spin for this show, so dust off your Hawaiian shirt and come see the results of their versatility. The Mid-Mod Show runs for two weekends in the Studio Gallery, February 18–21 and 24–27. More info

Patrick Kelly Exhibition Opens

LostYourMind Art Gallery presents: Patrick Kelly Vancouver 1957-1964 / Works on Paper from Saturday, February 19 through Sunday, March 6. This is an exhibition of Indian ink and watercolor drawings by Patrick Kelly completed in Vancouver, Canada, between 1957 and 1964. More info


Join the L.A. Party Dolls–Michelle, Rosanne & Laura–for GIRLPOWER! on Sunday, February 20 at 3 pm and 7 pm, and Thursday, February 24 at 7 pm at the Palm Desert Greens Country Club. Enjoy fabulous hits of the 60’s girl group era (“He’s a Rebel, It’s My Party, These Boots are Made for Walkin’, Where the Boys Are, Stop in the Name of Love, Respect” and many more!) Check out this preview video. The Dolls’ big hair, sequined costumes, choreography and fun audience interaction is an unforgettable tribute to a special time in pop culture where music, TV & film icons became legends. More info

Grooves at the Westin

The 9th season of Grooves at the Westin presented by Westin Mission Hills Resort continues on Saturday, February 19 from 7–9 pm at the Westin Grooves Backyard with the number one smooth jazz trumpetman of our generation, Rick Braun, along with saxman Michael Paulo. These two highly dynamic performers have shared the stage for over 25 years and their chemistry together is undeniable. If you enjoy high energy smooth jazz with a touch of romanticism this is a concert you don’t want to miss. Get tickets

Flagging in the Desert

Flagging in the Desert returns to Ruth Hardy Park on Saturday, February 19 from 12–4 pm. With KGAY 106.5’s own DJ Galaxy spinning the tunes, there will be colorful flags spinning all afternoon, plus a silent auction of some beautiful new donated flags. This is a FREE event, but donations will be accepted to benefit The Community Food Bank at The LGBTQ Center of the Desert. Bring a chair or a blanket, and if you want a free class, come early for instruction at 11 am! More info

Presidents’ Day Weekend at CCBC

Join CCBC for Presidents’ Day Weekend fun and frolic by the pool from Friday, February 18–Monday, February 21 with DJ Bobby also spinning poolside from 12–4 pm on Saturday. More info

CalComMen Winter Retreat Weekend

CalComMen (The California Community of Men) is holding their Winter Retreat Weekend at Camp Wasewagan in Angelus Oaks from February 18–21. CalComMen fosters a different culture than any other men’s gatherings you may have attended — diverse, caring, compassionate, always-changing, surprising and plenty of heart-centered fun! And it’s the best place for men-who-love-men of all colors, sizes, shapes, differing abilities and differing opinions to meet & greet friends, new & old. More info

Palm Springs Police Neighborhood Town Halls

The Palm Springs Police Department will hold a series of town hall meetings each day at 4:00 pm from Tuesday, February 15–Saturday, February 19 at locations around the city. The meeting is intended to invite residents and businesses to address public safety issues and help shape the future of the department, and will be facilitated by Chief Andrew Mills and PSPD Command Staff with elected officials from each district present. More info

RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 14, Episode 7

Dante Noto

Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto has recapped the latest episode from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14 just for you! (Read all of Dante’s recaps here). In this episode, the queens demonstrate their acting chops in a Drag Race drama directed by Ru, and the runway theme on Elimination Day is inspired by Folsom Street Fair. Dante also recaps the Untucked post-show, and concludes “Drag is funny, drag is powerful and drag is complex. I’m here for it.” Read his full recap of Episode 7: The Daytona Wind, [here].

Special Tramway Hours for Presidents’ Day Weekend

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will observe special holiday hours during Presidents’ Day Weekend February 19–21, with the first Tram car up each day at 8 am, the last Tram car up at 6:30 pm and the last Tram car down at 8 pm. Tram cars depart at least every 30 minutes. Enjoy a day or evening above the desert floor exploring the 14,000-acre Mt. San Jacinto State Park & Wilderness and be awed by spectacular Coachella Valley vistas from the Mountain Station. More info


Black History Month at the Palm Springs Art Museum

The Palm Springs Art Museum, in collaboration with the Palm Springs Black History Committee, presents several programs to celebrate Black History Month. On Thursday, February 24 from 5–7 pm, come for “People Who Filled Their Seats,” a Public Talk with Local Artist Deborah McDuff Williams. A selection of Williams’ work is on view throughout February on the main level of the museum. On Thursdays from 5–7 pm museum admission is free, supported by the City of Palm Springs. Note: All visitors are required to make a reservation online before arriving at the museum. More info

Glamour Road, The Gayest Car Book Ever Written

Modernism Week presents Glamour Road: Color, Fashion, Style and the Midcentury Automobile on Thursday, February 24 from 1–2:30 pm at the Annenberg Theater. This new, highly visual book by Tom Dolle and Jeff Stork explores the seldom-told story of how glamour, fashion, design, and styling became the focus of auto marketing from the 1940s through the 60s. The dramatic photography, elegant fashion, and use of color and materials in midcentury automotive marketing created a groundswell of demand for new cars. Much of the marketing imagery of the period hasn’t been published since it first came out, and this book features some of the best. Hear from the authors as well as Susan Skarsgard, who wrote the foreword. Get tickets

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