Let us be your Gay Desert Guide to the Weekend!
January 11–13, 2018
The Coachella Festival 2019 artist lineup is announced, The beloved BUZZ bus is back, Palm Springs International Film Festival is in full swing, and gay icon Lily Tomlin is performing at the McCallum! We also have a couple of great wine-centric events, a rundown of theatre productions opening this weekend, and a look ahead to L-Fund Gala, McCormick's Auction and Mini Gay Days. All this plus HOT DEALS, Happy Hours, andmore!
Coachella 2019 Lineup Announced (and Sold Out)
Social media has been on fire with the announcement of the 2019 Coachella Music & Arts Festival lineup of artists, featuring headliners Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, and Ariana Grande. The festival will take place April 12–14 and 19–21. Both weekends 1 and 2 have sold out but event promoter Goldenvoice has announced that tickets reserved for local residents will go on sale in early February, details TBA. More info
The BUZZ is Back January 10
SunLine Transit Agency and the City of Palm Springs have re-launched the Palm Springs BUZZ back into service after it ended six months ago. Under its new operator, SunLine Transit Agency, the BUZZ provides free rides on its original route in Palm Springs every 20 minutes from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays. More info
Palm Springs International Film Fest Continues
On Thursday, January 3, the Palm Springs International Film Festival kicked off with the Film Awards Gala, honoring filmmakers and actors representing a recent trend, or perhaps the start of a new era, of diversity in Hollywood. Read more.
In all, eleven awards were handed out, with some of Hollywood's biggest stars as not only recipients but presenters. Honorees included Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Regina King, Timothee Chalamet, Spike Lee, Rami Malek, and Melissa McCarthy, with presenters such as Jim Carrey, Laura Dern, and Christian Slater. Read more.
The Film Fest's Closing Night Gala will take place Sunday, January 13 and features a screening of Ladies in Black: Set in Sydney in 1959, Oscar®-nominated writer/director Bruce Beresford takes us back to the heyday of glamorous upscale department stores, when a concierge met you at the door and clerks wore gloves.
Another annual highlight of the festival is the Gay!La festival party, taking place this year on Thursday, January 10 at 9:00 p.m. at Toucan's. To join in the fun, Get tickets
An Evening with Classic Lily Tomlin
On Saturday, January 12 at 8:00 p.m., Lily Tomlin brings her hilarious one-woman show featuring a dozen timeless characters to the McCallum Theatre. This warm and affecting performance is filled with comic insights and wry, witty observations about the human condition. Get tickets
Saks Wine & Rock'n Roll
The 12th annual Desert Woman's Show is hosting a kickoff event benefiting SafeHouse of the Desert at Toscana Country Club on Friday, January 11, from 6:30–8:30 pm. Enjoy a “Best of Saks Fifth Avenue” fashion show, complimentary Santa Margherita Wines, Toscana open bar, tasty appetizers and complimentary valet parking plus live entertainment provided by Big Rock Pub. Get tickets
Unwined at On the Mark
Enjoy the perfect night out with a full hour of wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres in downtown Palm Springs at On The Mark Fine Foods & Provisions on Friday, January 11 at 5:30 p.m. All of their wines are organic or biodynamic and paired with handcrafted hors d'oeuvres from products available at the shop to elevate the tasting experience. Please dress warm as the tasting will be held outside. More info
Theatre Productions Opening This Weekend
We have three fun new productions to share with you, all opening this weekend!
Dezart Performs presents A Perfect Arrangement from January 11–20 at the Pearl McManus Theater. This comic tale of closeted lives, written by Topher Payne, is set in 1950, and new colors are being added to the Red Scare. Two U.S. State Department employees, Bob and Norma, have been tasked with identifying sexual deviants within their ranks. There's just one problem: Both Bob and Norma are gay, and have married each other's partners as a carefully constructed cover. Inspired by the true story of the earliest stirrings of the American gay rights movement, madcap classic sitcom-style laughs give way to provocative drama as two “All-American” couples are forced to stare down the closet door. Get ticket
Desert Theatreworks presents Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs from January 11–27 at the Indio Performing Arts Center. Puberty. It’s confusing enough without having a Great Depression and a cramped Brooklyn apartment full of family members to worry about. But that’s the turbulent waters Eugene finds himself navigating in Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical coming-of-age comedy Brighton Beach Memoirs. The first play of his Tony Award-winning Eugene Trilogy, this classic redefined the master of comedy’s career as he mined his own past growing up as a Jewish-American during the Depression. Get tickets
The Desert Rose Playhouse presents Confessions of a Mormon Boy for one weekend only, January 12–13. A third performance has been added after the first two quickly sold out! This true story told with humor, song and the Book of Mormon, concerns a young gay man’s journey through excommunication from the Mormon church, divorce, male prostitution and drug abuse, as he struggles to reclaim himself, his children and his ‘Donny Osmond’ smile. Get tickets
Opening Next Weekend
The Desert Rose Playhouse presents Looped, by Matthew Lombardo, running January 18 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
Palm Canyon Theatre presents Guys and Dolls from January 18 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
Mark Your Calendars
The Lavender Scare: Benefit Screening One Night Only Jan 22
Dezart Performs hosts a special one-night-only screening of The Lavender Scare on Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m. at Camelot Theatre at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. This searing documentary by Emmy Award-Winning producer/director Josh Howard that chronicles the anti-gay purges of the 1950s, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower deemed homosexuals to be “security risks” and vowed to rid the federal government of all employees discovered to be gay or lesbian. Get tickets
L-Fund Gala: Jan 26
On Saturday, January 26 from 5:00–9:00 p.m., L-Fund presents their 5th annual Gala Fundraiser, Sisters are Doin' It For Themselves. The event features dinner, dancing, and Jewelle Gomez will be honored with the Bobreta Franklin Community Service Award. Entertainment featuring Elaine Gibbs and Her All-Women Band. Get tickets
McCormick's Palm Springs Collector Car Auction: Feb 22–24
Celebrating its 33rd year, McCormick's Palm Springs Collector Car Auction runs February 22–24, featuring a free preview Friday open to the public, with auction running all day Saturday and Sunday. More info
Mini Gay Day: Mar 2
It's that time of year again; Mini Gay Day, the casual meet up at Disneyland Resort on Saturday, March 2–six months before Gay Days Anaheim in October. It's another chance to break out your red shirts and add even more fairy dust to Disneyland! Get tickets
Bongo Johnny's New Location
Rebuilding after last year's fire, Bongo Johnny's has moved to a new location above La Quinta Brewing Company on North Palm Canyon Drive. They are currently stretching their legs with a soft opening and locals in the know have been lining up to support them. We are glad to have you back, Bongo Johnny's! More info
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse in Rancho Mirage has created the perfect ambiance with a menu filled with your favorites and a local chef’s table that changes with the season. Their bar is always open with a wide curated selection of locally selected wines, hand-crafted cocktails and spirits. Get $50 of food and drink from Fleming's for just $35 with this HOT DEAL!Get Your Deal
At Il Giardino Ristorante Italiano, you can find homemade gnocchi, ravioli, noodles, sauces, gravy, fresh vegetable soups, and desserts that are cooked throughout the day. They do not use products stored in cans, but instead use imported Italian products that have proven to be the best quality on the market. Experience all the authenticity while saving big with this HOT DEAL: Buy one $25 gift certificate to Il Giardino and get one FREE! Get Your Deal
Trunks Bar in Cathedral City is where “spirits are high and the prices are low,” and they feature Happy Hour Monday–Friday from 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., with Country Night, Karaoke, Drag Shows, and a Sunday $2 Beer Bust from 2:00–6:00 p.m. with Music Video T-Dance from 5:00–9:00 p.m.! Get Happy at Trunks
At RetroRoom Lounge, Happy Hour is every day of the week! Enjoy RetroRoom “Remedies” such as the Sweet Karoline, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Karma Karmel Chameleon, plus a variety of “Rat Pack Regulars,” beer, wine, and other spirits! Check out Drag Karaoke every Thursday, this week with Jayla D. Foxx! Get Happy at RetroRoom