Let us be your Gay Desert Guide to the Weekend!

Our NEW Gay Desert Guide FREE Map & Calendar is out and about around town (and online), and this weekend we have Cyclists, and Pilots, and Bears, OH MY! There is too much going on this weekend: Steve Chase receives a Walk of Stars dedication ahead of the Humanitarian Awards Gala named for him, Broadway's Rent comes to the McCallum, and we have the International Bear Convergence, National Gay Pilots, Tour de Palm Springs, the Palm Springs Winter Classic Softball Tournament, The Living Desert's Brew at the Zoo, Dan Savage's HUMP! Film Fest, Desert X opens, and multiple offerings by local theatre companies! Read on for details, plus HOT DEALS, Happy Hours, and more!

New Map & Calendar is Out Now!

Whether you’re visiting Greater Palm Springs or have guests coming to town, Gay Desert Guide’s free Map & Calendar gets you oriented to the best nightlife, happy hours, restaurants & bars, attractions and events.  Pick up your free copy at visitor’s centers, hotels, gay resorts or view online here. Keep a copy in your guest room so your visiting friends know what we at Gay Desert Guide know – Greater Palm Springs has a lot to offer our LGBT locals and visitors alike! Download Today

Steve Chase Walk of Stars Dedication Ahead of Gala


One day in advance of The Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Gala (Feb 9), The City of Palm Springs will posthumously honor Steve Chase as a humanitarian and designer with a Palm Springs Walk of Stars Dedication in front of the Palm Springs Art Museum, on Friday, February 8 at 4:30 p.m. Chase’s philanthropy has had a lasting impact on the environment, arts & culture, and healthcare through his support of the Living Desert, Palm Springs Art Museum, and Desert AIDS Project. Leaders of the three non-profits will speak about the lasting impact of his support during the dedication ceremony. More info

SOLD OUT! – The Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards will be held at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Saturday, February 9, attended by more than 2,000 of the Coachella Valley’s most fashionable humanitarians. This year marks the 25th year for Desert AIDS Project’s largest fundraising event. The evening will also honor Geoff Kors and James Williamson with the Partners for Life Award. Kors and Williamson have a long history of community leadership, focusing their time and resources on social and political issues as varied as LGBTQA+ rights, education, and healthcare. Get tickets

RENT: 20th Anniversary Tour

The McCallum Theatre presents RENT's 20th Anniversary Tour from Friday, February 8 through Sunday, February 10. This original rock musical by little-known composer Jonathan Larson opened on Broadway in 1996 and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. "No Day But Today!" Get tickets

International Bear Convergence

The International Bear Convergence (IBC) is the premier event for Bears and Admirers, coming Thursday, February 7 through Monday, February 11 to Hotel Zoso. The four-day event will come to life with DJs, live entertainment and thousands of bears from around the globe who come to enjoy themed pool parties, dance events, fun, frolic, and fur! Get tickets

Gay Pilots Come to Town

The Winter Warm-Up is the National Gay Pilots Association's flagship West Coast event, which is held Thursday, February 7 through Sunday, February 10 and is by far their largest yearly gathering. Includes special presentations, dinner banquet, and industry expo. More info

Tour de Palm Springs – Saturday

This annual charity cycling event attract upwards of 6,000 cyclists, for rides of multiple distances, with start times ranging from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb 9. Keep an eye out for road closures downtown for the Vendor Expo, and lane closures along the race routes. More info

Palm Springs Winter Classic Softball Tournament

AAP–Food Samaritans, in cooperation with the City of Palm Springs and the Palm Springs Gay Softball League, presents the 28th annual Palm Springs Winter Classic Softball Tournament, Feb 8–10. Eighty teams and hundreds of LGBT softball players will compete in the Softball Tournament, played at Demuth Park in Palm Springs and Big League Dreams Sports Park in Cathedral City. The public is invited to attend an opening reception Friday, February 8 from 7:00–9:00 p.m. at Hunter’s Nightclub. More info

Brew at the Zoo

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens presents Brew at the Zoo on Saturday, February 9 from 6:30–9:30 p.m. with a selection of tastings from some of the finest specialty brews around. In addition to beer, enjoy premium wines, non-alcoholic beverages and 10+ food trucks. The evening also includes entertainment with several live music stages throughout the grounds. The African section of the park will be open for guests to explore and see animals such as zebras, cheetahs, and oryx. Get Tickets

Dan Savage's HUMP! Film Festival

The HUMP! Film Festival has been bringing audiences a new kind of porn since 2005, and comes to the Palm Springs Cultural Center on Friday and Saturday, February 8 & 9. The festival features short dirty movies—each less than five minutes—all created by people who aren’t porn stars but want to be one for a weekend. HUMP! is a celebration of creative sexual expression whose main mission is to change the way America sees—and makes and shares—porn. Get tickets

Desert X Opens

The once-every-two-years art exhibition, Desert X, is back and features an expanded footprint this year. There will be three hub locations across the valley: Palm Springs, Palm Desert and Indio, with exhibits stretching from Palm Springs to the Salton Sea. Also featuring multiple programs, performances, and a three-day "unsymposium." Exhibition runs February 9–April 21. More info 

Theatre This Weekend

This weekend is your last chance to see the dramatic comedy Looped, and the final performances of Guys & Dolls. We also have two productions opening this weekend, For a Reason and Some Enchanted Evening. Plus, White continues at CVRep!   

The Desert Rose Playhouse presents Looped, by Matthew Lombardo, through February 10 and starring Judith Chapman as Tallulah Bankhead. During the Summer of 1965, an inebriated Bankhead entered a Los Angeles recording studio in an effort to re-record (or “loop”) a few lines of dialogue from her final film Die! Die! My Darling. Though Bankhead's outsized personality dominates the session, this dramatic comedy involves her battle of wills with film editor Danny Miller, a conservative man who guards his own deep secret. Get tickets

Read our Looped review by Stephen Radosh, who says "…the best news of all is that the incredible Judith Chapman is the one giving this stunningly magnificent performance as Tallulah…a master class in the importance of every single detail in creating a fully developed character onstage." Read the full review here

Palm Canyon Theatre presents Guys and Dolls through February 12. Set in Depression-era Times Square, Guys and Dolls tells the overlapping stories of high-roller Sky Masterson, who falls in love with mission worker Sarah Brown, and lovable rapscallion Nathan Detroit, engaged for 14 years to Miss Adelaide, a headliner at the Hot Box Club. Nathan runs a famous floating crap game, and an ongoing plot line involves his quest for a safe place for the game as Adelaide continues her quest to convince him to marry her. Meanwhile, Sarah, mistakenly believing that Sky set up an illegal game at the mission, tries to fight her affection for the charismatic crapshooter. Get tickets

Desert Ensemble Theatre Company presents For a Reason, a new comedy by Tony Padilla, from Friday, February 8 through Sunday, February 17 at the Pearl McManus Theater. This fascinating four-person character study focuses on the reasons people come into our lives, and the often-surprising consequences that result from their interactions. Get Tickets

The Desert Theatreworks presents Some Enchanted Evening from Friday, February 8 through Sunday, February 17 at the Indio Performing Arts Center. The legendary musical theater duo Rodgers and Hammerstein provide the inspiration for this intimate night of beautiful music in a sparkling song and dance tribute. You’ll hear more than 30 tunes including numbers from Carousel, The King and I, Oklahoma, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Cinderella and more. Get Tickets

CVRep presents White, by James Ijames, through February 17 at CVRep at The Atrium in Rancho Mirage. Gus is an artist. Vanessa is an actress. Gus wants to be presented in a major exhibition for artists of color, so he hires Vanessa to perform as Balkonaé Townsend, a brash and political artist that will fit the museum’s desire for “new voices.” Everything is great, until Balkonaé takes over and Gus has to deal with the mess he’s made. This play spins out of control as it explores issues of race, gender, sexuality, and art. Get tickets

Our theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh describes White as "a dark comedy which is both laugh-out-loud funny and has much to say about the act of artistic creation, the many forms that racism and prejudice can take, as well as questions of identity and how we perceive ourselves…" Read the full review here.


Modernism Week Starts Next Week: Feb 14–24

The ultimate celebration of midcentury architecture, design, and culture is Modernism Week and it's almost here! The mission of Modernism Week is to celebrate and foster appreciation of midcentury architecture and design, as well as contemporary thinking in these fields, by encouraging education, preservation and sustainable modern living as represented in Palm Springs. Follow our link for more information on the multitude of events that make up Modernism Week: More info

At The Roost Lounge in Cathedral City, Happy Hour is every day from 12:00–7:00 p.m., and Tuesdays are for Karaoke! Come to Karaoke Tuesdays with Karafan, stop by and sing your favorite song while enjoying $5 Absolut mixed drinks all night long! Also, don't miss VJ Galaxy with music, video, comedy, and show tunes, Thursday and Saturday nights! Get Happy at The Roost

Happy Hour at The Purple Room Supper Club features the desert's best Jazz with Mark Kahny and Trish Hatley on Tue/Wed/Thu from 4:00–6:00 p.m.! Regular Happy Hour is also Mon/Fri/Sat from 4:00–6:00 p.m., and Sundays from 4:00–5:00 p.m. Enjoy $5 cocktails and wine, $7 martinis, $6 margaritas, and $4 beer! And this Saturday, don't miss Jonathan Karrant Live! celebrating Hollywood's greatest hits. Get Happy at The Purple Room 

Whether you are in the mood for omelets, benedicts, pancakes, or just some delicious eggs, start your day off at the Broken Yolk Cafe!  And then come back for lunch and enjoy sandwiches, salads, wraps and burgers, and don't forget to grab this HOT DEAL to receive a $25 gift certificate for just $12.50. That's like 50% off!  Get Your Deal

As former partner and executive chef of both Trio Restaurant and the Purple Room, Mark Van Laanen has always had a passion for taking the ordinary and turning it to extraordinary, which he has done for On the Mark Fine Foods and Provisions. Enjoy the extraordinary offerings of this gourmet food market for 1/3 off with this HOT DEAL of a $15 gift certificate for just $10!  Get Your Deal

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