Gay Desert Guide Weekend: Jan. 24–26, 2020

OutRight Party, L-Fund Gala, Art Party, Southwest Arts Fest, AsiaSF/Palm Springs, Black History Awards Gala, Dame Joan Collins, Coachella Valley Symphony, Theresa Caputo, Renée Taylor, and a theatre roundup, including our review of “Those Musclebound Cowboys from Snake Pit Gulch.” Plus Happy Hours and HOT DEALS!


Modernism Week: Get Your Tickets Now

The 15th iteration of Modernism Week’s signature festival will take place February 13–23 and highlights midcentury modern architecture, art, interior and landscape design, and vintage culture. The 11-day festival 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. All events are open to the public, and many events are free or low cost, it’s time to get your tickets now! Get tickets

OutRight Party in Palm Springs

Outright Action International presents a special event to learn more about their work on Sunday, January 26 from 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at the home of Eric McLaughlin and Ken Seeley. OutRight advances equality and human rights for LGBTIQ people around the world, especially in places where they face extreme discrimination, persecution, and violence. Local OutRight Board members and supporters will gather to hear the latest news and stories from their global movement. Featured speaker is OutRight’s Executive Director Jessica Stern, who is an expert on international LGBTIQ human rights. There will be an opportunity to make a donation to OutRight at the event. More info


AsiaSF/Palm Springs to Open to Public February 8

AsiaSF, the iconic entertainment brand featuring transgender performers in a unique interactive, cabaret and dinner entertainment experience, is set to open their brand-new Palm Springs location on Saturday, February 8. Leading up to its first open-to-the-general public evening, AsiaSF/Palm Springs will be hosting a series of private / invite-only “Friends and Family” events for its nonprofit partners, with a special invite-only Grand Opening preview celebration and ribbon cutting to be held this Friday, January 24. More info


 

Palm Springs Black History Annual Awards Gala

The Palm Springs Black History Committee will host its Annual Palm Springs Black History Awards Gala, at the Palm Springs Air Museum on Saturday, January 25 from 6:00–10:00 p.m.. The Awards Gala is the Palm Springs Black History Committee’s way of recognizing those individuals, groups, local and corporate businesses who have contributed to the success and achievements of African Americans and our society. More info


Dame Joan Collins at Palm Springs Speaks

Palm Springs Speaks presents Dame Joan Collins on Sunday, January 26 from 3:30–5:30 p.m. at the Richards Center for the Arts. The English actress, author and columnist made her stage debut at the age of nine, trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London, working in film and television for decades. In 1980 she landed the role of Alexis Carrington on Dynasty, which made her an International superstar. Collins will discuss her amazing life and career and share some fascinating backstage stories from her many years in Hollywood. Get tickets


The Best of Stage & Screen from Coachella Valley Symphony

On Sunday, January 26 at 3:00 p.m., the Coachella Valley Symphony presents “The Best of Stage and Screen” at the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Annenberg Theatre. The Symphony will perform, with guest artists, vocal selections from the stage and screen, including a musical suite from the Disney film Aladdin and music from the television series Game of Thrones. Also, enjoy a taste of James Bond through the years, with music from Goldfinger, Skyfall And Live And Let Die. The concert will conclude with the third and fourth movements from Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, the Pastoral Symphony. Get tickets


The Southwest Arts Festival Indio 2020

Now in its 34th year, The Southwest Arts Festival® will once again be held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio from January 23–26. Recognized as one of the Top 100 Events in North America by Travel Magazine, the festival includes traditional, contemporary, and abstract fine works of art and quality crafts from 250 of the most accomplished artists from around the world. This year’s festival will feature live music, with pottery, glass and fine art painting scheduled to be on display. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of dining and beverage options while casually walking the grounds. Get tickets


Palm Springs Art Museum Presents Gerald Clarke

Gerald Clarke: Falling Rock is the first mid-career survey and major solo exhibition of contemporary Native American artist Gerald Clarke, presented by the Palm Spring Art Museum now through May 31, 2020. A member of the Cahuilla Band of Indians, Clarke utilizes wit and humor to expose historical and present-day injustice, bringing a de-colonial perspective to critical social, economic, and environmental issues facing our world. Learn more about Clarke’s “clever twists” [here] and Get tickets


The L-Fund Gala

The 2020 L-Fund Gala (a sold out event) will take place Saturday, January 25 at the Renaissance Hotel. Trailblazers receiving honors include: Kate Kendell – Bobreta Franklin Community Service Award, Robin Tyler – L-Fund Visionary of the Year Award, Andrea Meyerson – L-Fund Visionary of the Year Award, and Elizabeth Wholihan – Ambassador of the Year Award. More info


Art Party 2020

The Palm Springs Art Museum presents Art Party 2020 honoring Jim Isermann on Saturday, January 25 (sold out event). Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe at Palm Springs Art Museum through March 1, 2020 and featuring a special performance by artists of The Joffrey Ballet. More info


Theresa Caputo Live!

Theresa Caputo, from TLC’s hit show, Long Island Medium, will be appearing live at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage on Saturday, January 25 at 8:00 p.m. Theresa will share personal stories about her life and explain how her gift works. She will deliver healing messages to audience members and give people comfort knowing that their loved ones who passed are still with them, just in a different way. Get tickets


WEEKEND THEATRE

It’s the final weekend of performances for Beehive, The 60’s Musical, while Camelot continues, and we have a review of Those Musclebound Cowboys From Snake Pit Gulch!

The Palm Canyon Theatre presents Camelot through Sunday, February 9. An idealistic young King Arthur hopes to create a kingdom built on honor and dignity, embodied by his Knights of The Round Table. His ideals, however, are tested when his lovely queen, Guenevere, falls in love with the young Knight, Lancelot and the fate of the kingdom hangs in the balance. Music by Lerner and Lowe with such songs as “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “I Loved You Once in Silence,” “The Lusty Month of May,” and of course, “Camelot.” Get tickets and check out our BOGO HOT DEAL

 

The Desert Rose Playhouse presents Those Musclebound Cowboys From Snake Pit Gulch running through Sunday, February 9. This new world premiere musical is about NYC Private Investigator who disguises himself as Femme Fatale Daisy LaFleur and heads out west during the height of the Gold Rush of 1849 to solve an open murder case and claim jumping scheme. He journeys to the wild and wooly town of Snake Pit Gulch where men are men and the mail order brides ain’t comin’!  With no other women in the lawless and dangerous town of Snake Pit Gulch, the local cowboys have discovered that loving each other is simply the natural way to go. Get tickets

Our theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh calls Musclebound Cowboys “a very gay, very silly, and VERY entertaining musical,” with “…fun songs, snappy dialogue and some killer jokes and sight gags.” Read his full review [here].

 

Desert Theatreworks presents Beehive, The 60’s Musical through Sunday, January 26. Relive the heyday of pop queens like Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin to glamorous girl groups like The Supremes and The Shirelles as Beehive pays tribute to a time on the charts when women artists were all the buzz. This retro revue is packed with timeless tunes like “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “One Fine Day” and “Respect,” as well as authentic costumes, and plenty of wigs! Get tickets


Renée Taylor – My Life on a Diet

Renée Taylor – known to millions for her role on The Nanny as Fran Fine’s food-obsessed mother – looks back on a life full of memorable roles and just as many fad diets in her show My Life on a Diet, on Sunday, January 26 at the McCallum theatre for two performances: 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Taylor dishes out juicy anecdotes about — and weight loss tips from — Hollywood legends such as Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando and Cary Grant.  By sharing her highs and lows – on and off the scale – as only she could, Renée Taylor proves how the ability to laugh will get you through it all. Get tickets


‘1917’ at Mary Pickford Theatre

Our pick for a flick at D’Place Entertainment Mary Pickford Theatre is 1917, the much-lauded story of two young soldiers given a seemingly impossible mission during the First World War. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers. Directed by Sam Mendes and starring Richard Madden, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, and Dean Charles Chapman. Nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award this year. Get tickets


The sleek industrial styled Blackbook features Cocktail Hour every day from 4:00–6:00 p.m. Enjoy specials such as $5 pint glass well drinks, $1 off all bottle and 20 oz. draft beer, and $2 off all wines by the glass! Blackbook also features the largest whiskey selection in Palm Springs with over 260 whiskeys, over 50 different bottles of beer, a large selection of tequilas and gin, and a great bar food menu too! Get Happy at Blackbook

 

At Eagle 501 Leather and Levi bar, Happy Hour is every day from 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. with $4 well drinks and $2.50 Bud/Bud Light. Stay for Meat Packing Go-Go Fridays, starting at 8:00 p.m., with meaty go-gos and always sexy bartenders, or how about Bearly Awake Saturdays with Troy, serving up $5 shots of your favorite cereal!
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Electricity is the funny, sexy, and surprisingly emotional play by Terry Ray that is lighting up Tuesday nights at Oscar’s Cabaret Theater through March 31. With this HOT DEAL you get two hot tickets for the price of one! Buy one $45 General Admission seat and get the seat next to you for FREE!
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On The Mark is a one of kind gourmet food market and deli, featuring a range of unique boutique products such as: craft beer and wine, artisan crafted cheese, nitrate-free meats, pâtés, small batch oils and vinegars, and more, and they’ve just re-opened at their new location at 111 North Palm Canyon! Get your HOT DEAL of a $25 gift certificate for only $17.50! Get Your Deal

 


 

 


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The Palm Springs Art Museum, now spanning three unique locations, offers a complete cultural experience for the Valley communities. The main museum and the new Architecture and Design Center are located in downtown Palm Springs, with The Galen and Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden located in Palm Desert. Don’t miss the current exhibit: Gerald Clarke: Falling Rock, now through May 31. More info

 

There is always something new at the Palm Springs Air Museum, where history comes alive and visitors can get close to the vintage World War II and Korea/Vietnam era aircraft. Fifty-nine flyable and static planes are on display inside four climate-controlled hangars totaling 86,000 square feet inside with more outside on the tarmac. Many of the Museum docents actually flew these planes and served on the ships. More info

 


I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast

Be sure to listen to our twice-weekly podcast, the I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast, where hosts John Taylor and Shann Carr, and your “Gay Desert Guide” Brad Fuhr take you for a ride around Greater Palm Springs with LGBTQ+ things to do, places to go and people to meet! Listen Now

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