Let us be your Gay Desert Guide to the Weekend!

January 25–27, 2019

We have events all around the valley this weekend! Craft Cocktail Week kicks off, with a Championship set for next Wednesday, the Southwest Arts Festival is at the Empire Polo Club, the Palm Springs Health Run & Fitness Expo is in downtown Palm Springs, and the L-Fund Gala is in Rancho Mirage. K-GAY Radio has expanded its reach,  Zach & Evan got married last weekend and we were there! Bongo Johnny's is making their re-opening offiicial, the Plaza Theatre restoration is being discussed, and we look ahead to a number of events like the Rancho Mirage Food & Wine Fest, a Celebration of Life for Greg Pettis, Stars for Steve Chase and Arthur Elrod, plus our Happy Hour Highlights, Hot Deals and more!

Craft Cocktail Week 2019 Kicks off Friday

The 3rd Annual Palm Springs Craft Cocktail Week runs Friday, January 25–Saturday, February 2Bars and restaurants valley-wide will be doing special cocktails and cocktail menus and donating a portion of the proceeds to the Desert AIDS Project and the LGBT Community Center of the Desert. Participating purveyors include: Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill, Acqua California Bistro, Lulu California Bistro, Trio, The Purple Room and more!

On Wednesday, January 30, Some of the valley's top bartenders will compete live for the coveted Cocktail Week Championship, as well as the Audience Choice Award. Brad Fuhr from Gay Desert Guide will be among the illustrious judges! Join us in celebrating the art of the cocktail! More info

Southwest Arts Festival Starts Thursday

The 33rd Annual Southwest Arts Festival® will take place Thursday, January 24–Sunday, January 27 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.  Every year the Arts Festival continues to evolve and attract a high caliber of talented artists and unique artwork. This year’s festival will feature interactive art displays and live music, with pottery, glass and fine art painting scheduled to be on display. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of food and beverage options while casually walking the grounds. More info

L-Fund Gala Saturday – Sold Out

On Saturday, January 26 from 5:00–9:00 p.m., L-Fund presents their SOLD-OUT 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. Make a donation

Palm Springs Health Run & Fitness Expo 2019

The Palm Springs Health Run & Fitness Expo is on Saturday, January 26 from 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. This is one of the largest events of its kind in Southern California and is the perfect way to start out the New Year. Join nationally recognized health and wellness speakers, healthy food demonstrations and over 80 vendors showcasing the latest in nutrition and exercise techniques, and Gay Desert Guide will be there with a booth too; stop by and say hi! More info

Zach & Evan Tied the Knot!

YouTube celeb couple Zach & Evan's dream of having a Palm Springs wedding took place this past weekend at the Ace Hotel! We'd like to extend a warm congratulations from our desert community to the happy couple! Big thanks go out to the Ace Hotel, My Little Flower Shop, Mai Salon, Pastry Swan, and Acme House Rentals for their contributions to Zach & Evan's big day. If you love gay weddings as much as #ILoveGayWeddings, be sure to follow them in Instagram and @ilovegaywedding on Twitter!

K-GAY 106.5 Expands to East Valley

QChella Media Corporation's new radio station, K-GAY 106.5 FM is now also available at 93.1 FM to better reach the eastern Coachella Valley. For those of you who still use AM radio, it can also be found on at 1270 AM, which can reach even further. You can also listen to K-GAY online anywhere, and through the Tune-In app on Amazon Alexa-enabled devices, SONOS systems, and anywhere you can listen to Tune-In!

Bongo Johnny's Ribbon Cutting Friday

On Friday, January 25 at 3:15 p.m., Join the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce for the official Ribbon Cutting for Bongo Johnny's Patio Bar and Grill, now open at 301 North Palm Canyon Drive. Everyone is welcome to attend. More info

Community Forum – Historic Plaza Theatre Restoration

On Saturday, January 26 at 10:30 a.m.,  the City of Palm Springs will hold special Community Forum to discuss The historic Plaza Theatre in downtown Palm Springs, which is in need of a significant renovation. Residents and interested stakeholders will have an exciting opportunity to get inside and experience a rare view of this iconic gem, as well as provide input and suggestions about how to finance and fundraise for this important restoration. More info

Theatre This Weekend

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 plays spins out of control as it explores issues of race, gender, sexuality, and art. Get tickets

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

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

FINAL WEEKEND: Brighton Beach Memoirs

Desert Theatreworks presents Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs through January 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

Rancho Mirage Food & Wine Fest Starts Jan 30

The Rancho Mirage Wine and Food Festival, held Wednesday, January 30–Saturday, Feb 2 at Rancho Mirage Community Park, is about people coming together to celebrate a shared passion; a love for great wine and mouth-watering gourmet food. Your all inclusive ticket includes an elegant crystal souvenir wine glass, limitless tastes of award winning wines, and a dizzying variety of gourmet appetizers, prepared by Top Chefs of the Desert.  100% of silent auction proceeds goes to the Desert AIDS Project. Get tickets

Steve Chase Walk of Stars Dedication Feb 8

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

Modernism Week 2019 runs February 14–24 and on Friday, February 15 at 2:00 p.m., another Star will be dedicated when friends, family and former colleagues gather outside the Architecture + Design Center to honor Arthur Elrod, Palm Springs' most influential interior designer. . More info

Mini Gay Day Ticket Prices Increase Feb 3

You may have heard that Disneyland is hiking their ticket prices this year, and the organizers of Mini Gay Day Anaheim, taking place Saturday, March 2, tell us that this will affect their (still discounted) ticket prices as well. However, the change doesn't take effect until February 3, so if you haven't already, get yours now! More info

Celebration of Life for Mayor Greg Pettis

Mark your calendar for next week, Friday, February 1 at 10:00 a.m. for the public Celebration of Life Ceremony for Cathedral City Mayor Greg Pettis, at Big League Dreams Sports Park. The ceremony, emceed by KESQ Meteorologist Patrick Evans, features dignitaries from our federal, state, county and local representatives, family members of Mayor Pettis, city staff, friends, and colleagues, remembering the city's longest-serving councilmember and first openly gay public servant. The public is invited to gather together, share the memories, and pay tribute to his lasting legacy. A reception will follow the ceremony onsite. Shuttle service available. More info

Chill Bar is not only chill with Daily Happy Hour 12:00–7:00 p.m., but also features fun recurring events like Queeraoke Wednesday, Varsity Friday, and Too Much Saturday with the hottest GoGo Boys and fabulous GoGo Queens. Don't miss the launch of a new edition to their weekend lineup: Now Serving The Children is a fun and fresh new Drag Show premiering Sunday, January 27 at 8:00 p.m. Get Happy at Chill Bar

Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge is an intimate spot for dining, welcoming and cordial, as well as being a great supporter of good causes in our community. On Sunday, February 3 from 5:00–8:00 p.m, owner Willie Rhine and Eight4Nine will host the Kick Off of the Third Annual Desert's Got Talent Showcase Production, which benefits Boo2Bullying, featuring hors d’oeuvres and cash bar with music by Chris Bennett & Friends of Desert's Got Talent. More info on the Kick-Off & Get Happy at Eight4Nine

Thai Smile restaurant was created by Yim, Priddey Prayongyam. “Yim” means “smile” in Thai, and Yim always smiled to her customers. So the restaurant was named after her and and her character. Yim’s original recipes bring the authentic flavors of Thai food with a bit of Americanized flavor, and with this HOT DEAL you can get a 30% Off Thai Smile gift card today! That's a $25 gift card for only $17.50! Get Your Deal

Evzin is an ancient Greek word which means “to live well.” And that is the very definition and essence of this restaurant where they do family style servings with only the freshest ingredients cooked to perfection! What is better than getting a $50 Gift Certificate for only $30 for some amazing Mediterranean cuisine!? Get Your Deal


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