Outfest Film Fest, “Shampoo” Screening, “The Normal Heart” reading, Summer Soiree, Foam Party at CCBC, Freestyle Jam, Trevor Wayne artist reception, “Sister Act,” Kristin Towers-Rowles, plus HOT DEALS and Happy Hours!

Mark Your Calendar: 80’s Retro Mid-Summer Dance Party

Get your tickets now for “I Love the 80’s” because these will sell out! 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 Desert AIDS Project and Qchella Media, the non-profit organization that brings you KGAY! Get tickets


Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival Wraps Up

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

The Normal Heart: A Special Reading

Join the Coyote Stageworks on Thursday, July 25 at 2:00 p.m. for a special FREE performance: a reading of Larry Kramer’s groundbreaking play, The Normal Heart. The reading takes place at the Palm Springs Cultural Center and features several artistic directors from our local theater community. This searing drama is about public and private indifference to the AIDS plague and one man’s lonely fight to awaken the world to the crisis. More info

Palm Springs Art Museum Summer Film Series

On Thursday, July 25 the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Annenberg Theater present the next film in the FREE Summer Film Series: “Shampoo” (1975), a blistering satire of presidential and sexual politics directed by Hal Ashby and starring Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn. The film series, themed as “Summer of ’69” celebrates the 50 years since the end of the 60’s with films reflecting the climate of the time. Screenings continue every two weeks through July and August with “Medium Cool,” “The Rain People,” and “Zabriskie Point.” Specialty cocktails created specifically for each film will be available in Persimmon Bistro 4:00–6:00 p.m. More info

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Summer Soiree Celebrating GED

Join Gay Entertainment Directory (GED) on Friday, July 26 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. at Men’s Grooming Spot in Cathedral City for a Summer Soiree in celebration of GED Magazine’s Anniversary! Hosted Smirnoff cocktails, appetizers, chocolates from Artisan Chocolates, Dots Pretzels from ACE Cathedral City and more! Music by DJ Femme A, Coachella Party Photo Booth, prizes & more!  More info

Protect and Defend’s Party in the Desert

This weekend is Party in the Desert, a traditional gathering of LGBT police officers, fire, ems and military that has evolved in different types of names since 1978. Protect and Defend is a non profit 501c3 organization that had contributed over 9,000 to LGBT organizations nationally. This weekend members will be out at Wang’s on Friday, July 26 from 7:00–9:00 p.m. and Hunters after 9:00 p.m. On Saturday, July 27 from 9:00 p.m.–midnight is TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT at Hunters. Meet a member and get a sticker, send messages to your friends or a police officer, firefighter or military guy/gal and see the message on the big screen, plus giveaways and more! Learn more about Protect and Defend at www.protectanddefend.org.

Foam Party at CCBC

It’s suds-and-bubbles time at CCBC Resort Hotel, with a Foam Party on Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27.

You can register for a day pass online. More info



Freestyle Jam at The Show at Agua Caliente

On Friday, July 26, at 8:00 p.m. the biggest names in freestyle music including The King of Freestyle, Stevie B., and The Queen of Freestyle, Trinere, will perform their biggest rhythmic dance hits during the Freestyle Jam Concert at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage. The tour also includes Freestyle legends Connie, Debbie Deb and R&B cross over artist Nu Shooz. This lineup influenced the 80’s with their style of music which remains widely popular and in rotation with today’s hits. Get tickets

Trevor Wayne Artist Reception at Just Fabulous

Stop in to Just Fabulous on Sunday, July 28, from Noon–4:00 p.m. to meet the man, the myth, the legend… local pop artist Trevor Wayne! See his new Palm Springs catalogue, and get your very own signed image. While you’re there, make sure to enjoy the rest of his gorgeous artwork, while sipping on some complimentary prosecco. 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

CVRep Presents Kristin Towers-Rowles

Award-winning stage star Kristin Towers-Rowles brings her musical cabaret show to the CVRep Playhouse on Sunday, July 28 from 2:00–4:00 p.m. The show, titled “A Lovely Lineage,” captures Kristin’s historic Hollywood and Broadway lineage starting with her grandmother, the legendary Kathryn Grayson. Get tickets


Meet your friends at Studio One 11 for Happy Hour every day from 2:00–8:00 p.m. Come for their Summer Entertainment schedule including Tuesdays with Terry Larson, Wednesdays with Bryan Miller, and 1st and 3rd Sundays with Tommy Dodson at the Piano. Mark your calendar for Sunday August 4 for a special screening of the historical documentary “The Other Side: A Queer History’s Last Call” featuring several Studio One 11 personalities! Get Happy at Studio One 11


Diversity is celebrated daily at Chill Bar, and they have Happy Hour Daily from 12:00–7:00 p.m. with $3.50 wells, $1 off draft beers, and $2 off wine! Come early on Saturdays and beat the heat with Mo Bingo from 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. and Sunday Funday hosts a fun-filled afternoon of board games music, drink specials & arcade and game room! Get Happy at Chill

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