OutFest LGBTQ Film Fest, Call Me Brother Theatrical Premiere, Broadway at The River, Cowboy Dance, AMP Sports Lounge Anniversary, Desert Winds Freedom Band Painting Party Fundraiser, Kick off the Weekend with Among Friends, “Dog Days of Summer” art show, Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage, plus HOT DEALS and Happy Hours!

Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival

Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival is eleven days of not to be missed world-class films, panels, and parties, from July 18–28 at various locations around L.A. Each summer the festival screens more than 150 feature and short films to an audience more than 40,000 people, it’s the oldest film festival in Los Angeles and is considered the preeminent LGBTQ film festival in the world. The complete lineup is available on their website. Get tickets

AMP Sports Lounge One Year Anniversary

On Friday, July 19, AMP Sports Lounge in Cathedral City is celebrating their One-Year Anniversary all day long. Come help them celebrate and enjoy special food, drink, prizes and fun! Check our AMP page on Gay Desert Guide for daily Happy Hours and specials.  Dream, Drink, and Play at AMP Sports Lounge!  More info

PS Hot Rodeo Cowboy Dance

The people who bring you Hot Rodeo (Greater Palm Springs chapter of the Golden State Rodeo Association) present a Cowboy Dance and Fundraiser on Friday, July 19 from 6:00–8:45 p.m. at Chill Bar. The fun begins with a primetime Happy Hour fundraiser from 6:00–6:30, then the doors to the dance floor open for uninterrupted dancing ’til 8:45pm. As always, expect the best drinks from the best bartenders at the coolest hotspot on Arenas, excellent music from enhanced playlists to keep your toes tapping & feet moving, drink specials, dynamic Hot Rodeo video, lively atmosphere, congenial company, free admission, and more. More info

Broadway at The River

On Thursday, July 18 from 6:00–9:00 p.m., Broadway at the River continues their series of unique dinner-show experiences where servers from the MTU – Musical Theatre University sing for YOUR supper at Acqua California Bistro! Enjoy a delicious 3-Course Prix Fixe Dinner during this fully staged Broadway song & dance revue with famous Broadway guest stars including Janene Lovullo, Alix Korey, and Eric Kunze.
Upcoming performances: July 18, 25 and 26Get tickets

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“Call Me Brother” – California Theatrical Premiere

On Saturday, July 20, at 5:00 p.m., The Palm Springs Cultural Center is hosting the California theatrical premiere of Call Me Brother, a coming-of-age romantic comedy about a brother and sister in their late teens who are reunited after years of separation only to discover intimate feelings they struggle to confront. Between immature friends and dysfunctional parents, they find comfort in each other over a wistful and awkward summer weekend. There is a VIP reception at 5 pm before the 6 pm screening, and a Q&A with the film producer afterwards. Get tickets

Restaurant Review: Maria Jose Peruvian Gourmet

Gay Desert Guide Food Reviewer Charles Drabkin has posted a new review this week: Maria Jose Peruvian Gourmet. – Although you might feel like you are searching for the “Secret of the Incas” when trying to find this Peruvian gem, dining here is a 14-karat gold experience and well worth the hunt.”  Read more

Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage

Now through August 18, participating Rancho Mirage restaurants and resorts have created cool summer specials for Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage. Get your $10 wristband to participate and enjoy $4 appetizers, desserts and/or drinks at great restaurants throughout the valley! A portion of proceeds benefit Coachella Valley charities and your local chamber of commerce. More info

Ruthless! The Musical – Extended Run

Due to overwhelming sold out performances and rave reviews, the Desert Rose Playhouse has added two extended-run performances of Ruthless! The Musical, on Thursday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m. and Friday, July 19 at 8:00 p.m. Special guest star from the original Los Angeles production, Mr. Loren Freeman, will return to the Ruthless! stage playing Lita Encore. These added performances will sell fast!
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Desert Winds Freedom Band Fundraiser at Pinot’s Palette

On Thursday, July 18 at 6:00 p.m., come to Pinot’s Palette for a fundraiser and social for friends, patrons, and band members of the Desert Winds Freedom Band. Pinot’s Palette is an art studio where in two hours you’ll get to paint and take home your own copy of the art piece entitled “Merlot Melodies” (pictured here) with step-by-step expert instruction from one of their artists.  No previous painting experience is necessary. Get tickets


Kickoff to the Weekend with Among Friends

Among Friends is relaunching and re-branding their weekly Kickoff to the Weekend at Blackbook, with new specials, giveaways, friends and fun. Mention Among Friends when ordering and get Happy Hour specials from 5:00–7:00 p.m. More info


“Dog Days of Summer” Opening Reception

The Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter and UC Riverside Palm Desert are celebrating our fine friends of fin and fur through art with “Dog Days of Summer,” an art show about animals featuring the work of Karen & Tony Barone and other local artists. The opening reception will be held Friday, July 19 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. at UCR Palm Desert and guests are encouraged to bring donations of dry dog food or canned cat food for the shelter’s Pet Food Bank. More info

Palm Springs Farmers’ Market is Indoors for Summer

The Palm Springs Certified Farmers’ Market takes it indoors to the Palm Springs Pavilion at 401 S. Pavilion Way and is proud to host a live summer concert series featuring youth performers of the Coachella Valley on the Pavilion Stage during the Market hours of 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays. From singing and dancing to African percussion instruments there’s something for everyone. All performances are free to the public. More info


Green Room Theatre Company Presents: “Sister Act”

The feel-good Broadway smash Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy is presented by the Green Room Theatre Company from Wednesday, July 24 through Friday, July 26 at the Indio High School Performing Arts Center. When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Much inspired adventure and comedy ensues. Get tickets

80’s Retro Mid-Summer Dance Party

On Saturday, August 3, starting at 5:00 p.m., Gay Desert Guide and KGAY 106.5  present our annual Retro 80’s Mid-Summer Dance Party. Join us in the front bar of Chill Bar from 5:00–9:00 p.m. with DJ Eric Ornelas and in the back bar with DJ Matt Consola from 9:00 p.m. to close. This is a benefit for Qchella Media and Desert AIDS Project. More info

Duran Duran

One of only seven U.S. tour dates the band will be performing this fall, Duran Duran is coming to The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage on Thursday, September 5 at 8:00 p.m. Duran Duran has sold over 100 million records, had 18 American hit singles, 20 UK Top 20 tunes and continue to perform to huge concert audiences around the world. Their most recent album, Paper Gods, is the iconic British band’s highest-charting release in 22 years and has been hailed by critics and fans alike as their best body of work in two decades. Get tickets


We’d like to welcome Eagle 501, Palm Springs’ newest bar on Arenas Road, and welcome them as a new partner of Gay Desert Guide!  Come for the Daily Happy Hour from 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m., featuring $4 well drinks, $2.50 Budweiser draft, and $3.50 domestic bottles, and check out theme nights like Tuesday Bearchest Night, Wednesday Hump Night Thursday Country Night, with Leather and Gear on Fridays and Saturdays! Get Happy at Eagle 501


Join Roost Lounge for Happy Hour Daily from 12 noon until 7:00 p.m., featuring $3.75 well cocktails, $2 beer and $3.25 wine! Enjoy Happy Hour specials on call level cocktails and premium wines too. On Sundays from 4:00–9:00 p.m., don’t miss the Showtunes T-Dance with the best showtunes played by DJ Mr. D. The Roost is right in front of the Mary Pickford Theatre in Cathedral City!  Get Happy at The Roost

D’Place Entertainment Mary Pickford Theatre is a great place to beat the heat this summer, with cool A/C, reclining seats, and a Cinema Cafe that offers creamy house-made ice cream and much more. Check out hot first-run summer movies like Spider-Man: Far From Home, This weekend’s new offering: The Lion King “live action” remake, or Quentin Tarantino’s latest, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, out next weekend. With this smokin’ HOT DEAL, Get a FREE Movie Pass ($12.50 value) when you buy $10 in Entertainment Dollars redeemable toward additional admission or refreshments! Get Your Deal


The Broken Yolk Cafe offers homestyle breakfast, brunch and lunch served daily, because whether it’s a lazy weekend morning or a fast-paced work day, your body needs good food to start the day off right. Broken Yolk has a huge selection of breakfast favorites including over 20 different omelettes, freshly squeezed orange juice, mimosas and Bloody Marys everyday! Nab this HOT DEAL and receive $25 of food and drink at Broken Yolk Palm Springs for just $15! Get Your Deal



Welcome New Partner!

Audi Ontario is SoCal’s newest Audi showroom! Yalonda Conrad is a well-seasoned Audi Brand Specialist and Gay Ambassador linking Los Angeles & Palm Springs LGBTQ community to Audi Ontario – through their exclusive alliance with Gay Desert Guide and KGAY 106.5. Hailing from the Midwest, now in her fourth year with Audi, she brings warmth and professionalism that has grown an impressive loyal portfolio of SoCal clientele. Yalonda possess an approachable demeanor, business acumen, ethics and creativity that creates a bond of trust and positive tailored outcomes for her clients. More info