This Weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings
June 22–24, 2018


Let us be your Gay Desert Guide to the weekend! There's nothing small about ShortFest, landing this week in Palm Springs, take in some great film shorts and play along with the official ShortFest Scavenger Hunt too! Haven't gotten enough Pride Month yet? Maybe you'll make it to the OC or to SF for their respective Pride Celebrations this weekend. If your business is "Open to All," proclaim it with our placard. We highlight three fabulous theatre performances, two of them opening this weekend, and a new KMC Chat episode about theatre as well! Plan ahead for Outfest , Summer Love Jam, Stonewall Humanitarian Awards Gala, Village People, and our own Mid-Summer Dance Party. Find all this plus fresh HOT DEALS and Happy Hours and more in this week's Gay Desert Guide!

ShortFest is Here!

Palm Springs International Film Society's ShortFest is the largest and best attended short film event in North America, and it opened on Tuesday running through Monday, June 25.  ShortFest presents more than 325 short films from over 100 countries packaged into 90-100 minute themed programs. Monday is "Best of the Fest" and we're sure some of the short from Thursday's "Gay!La" programs will be included.  We loved "Femme" and "Men Don't Whisper". Gay Desert Guide is proud to be media sponsor with ShortFest for the first time this year! More info

ShortFest 2018 Insta-Photo Scavenger Hunt

Get behind the lens of your smartphone and play along to win two grand prizes valued at over $750 each by participating in the ShortFest 2018 Insta-Photo Scavenger Hunt! Follow clues and post photos (appropriately hash-tagged) of iconic Palm Springs locales and ShortFest sponsors! More info and rules

Outfest Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets are now on sale to the general public for the 36th Anniversary of Outfest – the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization promoting equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBTQ stories on the screen. This year's festival runs from Thursday, July 12–Sunday July 22 and Gay Desert Guide is proud to be media sponsor of this film festival as well! More info

OC and SF Pride this Weekend

The Orange County Pride Parade and Festival returns Saturday, June 23 with parade at 10:30 a.m., and festival from 12:00–10:00 p.m in downtown Santa Ana. Come visit Gay Desert Guide at our booth to say hello and pick up our latest Map & Calendar! JUST ANNOUNCED: We're giving away a trip for two for a weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings.  Tell your friends to stop by and register! More info

Also this weekend: the largest gathering of the LGBT community and allies in the nation at the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. The festival is at City Center plaza on Saturday and Sunday, June 23–24, and the 48th Annual San Francisco Gay Pride Parade is on Sunday, June 24th at 10:30 a.m. More info

Art Laboe's Summer Love Jam VII

Looking ahead to next weekend: On Saturday, June 30, at 7:00 pm., join The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa for Art Laboe's Summer Love Jam VII, featuring: Deniece Williams, Manhattans, Peaches and Herb, MC Magic, Lighter Shade of Brown, and Aalon. This is the seventh year that renowned disc jockey Art Laboe will bring his Summer Love Jam to The Show with a stellar lineup of performers and a fantastic house band. Get tickets

HRC and "Open to All"

In light of the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission​ case, we’ve joined forces with the Human Rights Campaign and Desert Business Association to recognize our businesses that stand together as "Open To All." Now is the time for businesses to show their support for the LGBTQ community by proudly stating their places of business will not turn away anyone based on who they are or whom they love. To get a sign for your business, fill out this form.  We will deliver our customized poster to display in your business. We will also have them on hand in our office at 431 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite 206, in Palm Springs!

Thank you to everyone who came out to The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa last weekend for the HRC benefit concert, "Got U Babe." It was a great show for a great cause!

Stonewall Awards Gala is Thursday June 28

On Thursday, June 28, the Stonewall Humanitarian Awards Gala will celebrate the 49th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The Gala will take place at Mary Pickford Theatre in Cathedral City with a special musical performance by SVET, an Electro Hip Hop Violinist as seen on America’s Got Talent. This event is also and educational platform for youth to learn the importance of Stonewall, and SVET will be joined by LGBTQ+ Palm Springs High School Student violinists. Funds benefit the Transgender Community Coalition to continue services for the LGBTQ+ Community. Get tickets

PS Comic Xpo

Heads-up: the PS Comic Xpo is in town this Friday, June 22–Sunday, June 24, bringing cosplay, comics, arcade, family activities, concerts and celebrities to the Palm Springs Convention Center. More info


Mary Pickford Theater – D'Place Entertainment offers a state-of-the-art movie theater with stadium or luxury VIP seating, and now you can get $15 in Entertainment Dollars Toward Admission or Refreshments for only $10! Stretch your entertainment dollars even further by using this HOT DEAL on Tightwad Tuesday ($5.95 admission) and you can get two admissions and still have something left over for a snack!  And get ready for Mamma Mia 2 and a special "TryOUT Thursday" promotion for the premiere on July 19th. Details coming soon!  Get Your Deal

Watercress Vietnamese Bistro features fresh, healthy, and interesting food that will make you feel great even after you've finished your meal. Tell Phong and the staff that we sent you! With this HOT DEAL you can enjoy a great lunch or dinner with $25 of food and drinks for 40% off at Watercress Vietnamese Bistro!. You pay only $15Get Your Deal


The 39 Steps

Desert Theatreworks presents The 39 Steps, opening Friday, June 22 and running through Sunday, July 1. The Hitchcock thriller, adapted into an ingenious comic stage play, features a cast of four talented actors portraying more than 150 zany characters with a mix of melodrama, fast-paced action and lots of quick-change costuming, all in just 100 minutes. Get tickets

Women Behind Bars

The Desert Rose Playhouse, the Coachella Valley’s LGBTQ+ Stage Company, presents Women Behind Bars, a comedy by Tom Eyen, opening Friday, June 22, 2018 for a six-week run. In this hilarious satire on B-movies of the 1950's, Mary Eleanor, an innocent duped into crime, lands in the Greenwich Village Woman's House of Detention. The prison is presided over by a massive matron with a taste for sadism and female flesh. Our heroine, now Caged in the Big House, learns about life The Hard Way. Get tickets


Andrew Pearson's "…blank page…"

Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre presents "this is a blank page. a story, in motion," a dance-theater work by Andrew Pearson, for three performances: Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21 at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, July 22 at 2:00 p.m.  Pearson explores themes such as partnership, identity, sexuality, comfort zones, and more. His work has been presented by numerous festivals and he has served as an Artist in Residence for several schools, and created work for the LA Contemporary Dance Company, among others. Get tickets

KMC Chat with Coyote StageWorks

The latest episode of the KMC Chat podcast is out! Join host Keith M. Cornell as he sits down with Chuck Yates, Founding Artistic Director/Producer of Coyote StageWorks. Listen here

Mid-Summer Dance Party!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 28 for our 80's themed Mid-Summer Dance Party, presented by Gay Desert Guide and Hop Valley Brewing Reveal Pale Ale! Los Angeles DJ, remixer & event producer DJ Ray Rhodes will be spinning tunes from 8:00 p.m.–2 a.m. in the back room at Chill Bar with drag go-go dancers, photo booth, and a midnight performance by Calpernia Addams. Proceeds will again benefit Desert Aids Project.  More info

Village People at The Show on July 14

In the beginning, Village People was simply Victor Willis singing four songs with professional background singers. The first Village People album quickly rose to the top of the dance charts and demand for the “group” to appear in concert and on television shows like American Bandstand and Merv Griffin forced producers and Willis to put together an actual group!  What began as four tracks became the music of Village People, putting smiles on the faces of fans all around the world for 40 years. See the group perform live with Willis back at the helm as the "hot cop" on Saturday, July 14 at 8:00 p.m. at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa with special guest A Taste of Honey featuring Janice-MarieGet tickets

TRUNKS is your neighborhood bar in Cathedral City, where the spirits are high and the prices are low! Happy Hour takes place Monday–Friday from 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., featuring deals like $3.50 well drinks, $3.50 imported beers, $2.50 domestic beer, $5 Fireball shots, $5 Jager shots, $5 Cuervo shots, $5 Crown Apple shots and wines $1 off! Get Happy at Trunks

Join Wang's in the Desert daily for their Happy Hour from 3:00–8:00 p.m. Their daily specials invite a closer look with themes like Molecular Mondays, International Tacos & Tequila Tuesdays, Wangs Wings Wednesday, Thirsty Thursdays, and of course the ever-popular Friday Boy's Night Out. Get all the details here: Get Happy at Wang's

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