Gay Desert Guide Weekend: Mar. 13–15, 2019

Coronavirus postpones Coachella and many more, plus Rockin’ 50’s benefits Sanctuary Palm Springs, Chicago: the Musical, Native FilmFest, Cowboy Night at Trunks, Bears on the Prowl “Get Lucky,” Garth Greenwell, Desert Living Home Expo, Singles Mixer, new Weekend Theatre, The Marvelous Marilyn Maye and Hot Deals and Happy Hours!


Due to concerns over the COVID-19 Coronavirus in the Coachella Valley, many major events in the Greater Palm Springs area have been canceled or postponed until a later date. Please read our special update to find out What’s Postponed, What’s Cancelled, and What’s Rescheduled, and keep in mind this is a rapidly developing situation. [Read more]


 

THIS WEEKEND


Rockin’ 50’s Benefit for Sanctuary Palm Springs

Emerald Kingdom presents a 50’s themed benefit show with live singing, silent auction and more on Saturday, March 14 from 4:00–8:00 p.m. at the COPA Nightclub. The evening will be hosted by Palm Springs’ MC hostess extraordinaire Bella Da Ball and money raised will benefit Sanctuary Palm Springs, a transitional housing program specifically designed to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community of foster youth transitioning to adulthood. Suggested donation at $10 at door. More info


Chicago: The Musical

The McCallum Theatre presents Chicago: The Musical. Update as of 3/13/20: all performances at the McCallum have been cancelled through April 30. “Chicago” is now the #1 longest-running American Musical in Broadway history. It has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. Whether you’ve seen the Academy Award®-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you’ve seen it before and want to recapture the magic, CHICAGO always delivers!


Cowboy Night at Trunks

The crowd at Trunks Bar is always fun and welcoming, but never more so than on Cowboy Night, returning this Saturday, March 14 from 7:30–11:00 p.m. This is a combination social, mixer, dance, and fundraiser in support of Hot Rodeo 2020. Other features include an innovative beer bust, video slide show from Hot Rodeo 2019, a cash prize raffle, and more. More info


Bears on the Prowl: “Get Lucky”

This weekend, March 13–15, Bears on the Prowl presents “Get Lucky” at the CCBC Resort Hotel. Update as of 3/13/20: Interior playrooms at CCBC Resort Hotel are closed and the Get Lucky event has been called off. This is a weekend of bears enjoying warmer spring weather with pool parties, cruising, and hopefully getting lucky with events planned from 10:00 a.m. through the wee hours of the night! Follow our link for a full schedule of events: More info


Native FilmFest

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians present Native FilmFest on March 13 & 14 at Mary Pickford is D’Place movie theater in Cathedral City. Native FilmFest is one of the Nation’s most highly regarded festivals of its kind, featuring the best in films by, about, and starring Native Americans and other Indigenous peoples. The festival has been showcasing enlightening films, documentaries and short films from premier Indigenous filmmakers for almost two decades. Get tickets


Outbook Presents Garth Greenwell

The Outbook OutLoud speaker series presents award-winning author Garth Greenwell on Thursday, March 12 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Greenwell will speak on his latest book, “Cleanness,” named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and more! Free event, registration requested. More info


“Hello, My Name Is…” Singles Mixer

“Hello My Name Is…” is a FREE social mixer for single guys on Thursday, March 12 from 5:00–7:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Come meet a potential friend, date, or mate. Feel free to bring your single buddies as well. Light snacks will be provided and a cash bar is available with cocktails, non-alcoholic mocktails, sodas, and water. More info


Broadway at the River: Hollywood Edition with Bruce Vilanch

David Green’s Musical Theatre University brings Broadway at The River to Acqua California Bistro this Thursday, March 12 at 5:30 p.m. with guest star Bruch Vilanch (from Broadway’s Hairspray). Broadway at the River-Hollywood Edition Presented by the City of Rancho Mirage will have you singing along with this talented troupe of local high school performers and their rotating line-up of Broadway and Hollywood stars. The series concludes with a performance featuring guest star Alix Corey on March 20. Reservations required. More info


LOOKING AHEAD: The Marvelous Marilyn Maye

The Purple Room Supper Club will present a special 3-night engagement with the Marvelous Marilyn Maye, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 19, 20, and 21. Ms. Maye is a highly praised singer, actress, director, arranger, educator, a Grammy nominated recording artist and a musical treasure. She appeared 76 times on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, the record for a singer. Perhaps the simplest Marilyn Maye accolade came after one of her show-stopping appearances on The Tonight Show when turning to his audience of millions, Johnny Carson said, “And that, young singers, is the way it’s done.” Don’t miss your chance to experience this iconic legend! Check out [this video] of Ms. Maye looking back on 83 years in the business! Get tickets


WEEKEND THEATRE

The Velocity of Autumn,  The Producers, and How to Survive an Apocalypse are opening this weekend, while Beautiful Thing continues, and The Pajama Game is up for its final weekend of performances!

Coyote Stageworks presents The Velocity of Autumn at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Update as of 3/13/20: Performances of The Velocity of Autumn have been postponed to a future date TBD. Alexandra is an 80-year-old artist in a showdown with her family over where she’ll spend her remaining years. In Alexandra’s corner are her wit, her volcanic passion, and the fact that she’s barricaded herself in her Brooklyn brownstone with enough Molotov cocktails to take out the block. But her children have their own secret weapon, too. No sooner are the words “Hi, Mom” uttered than the emotional bombs start detonating. More info

 

Desert Theatreworks presents their next show, The Producers: A Mel Brooks Musical from March 13–29 at the Indio Performing Arts Center. Based on the 1968 film, this crowd-pleasing musical-comedy has been a smash hit since its 2001 debut. Fading Broadway producer Max Bialystock is desperate to get to the top of his profession again, and finds an unlikely ally in mousy accountant Leo Bloom, who predicts that one could make far more money with a flop of a show than with a hit. Unfortunately for them, their show is a huge hit! Get tickets

 

The Desert Ensemble Theatre Company presents How to Survive an Apocalypse from March 13–22 at Pearl McManus Theater. A romantic comedy for the End of Days, How to Survive an Apocalypse follows Jen and Tim, a young and successful urban couple who become convinced that their party lifestyle is coming to an end. They become “preppers,” hoarding supplies and learning to hunt. But their obsession takes its toll, and they are forced to imagine the apocalypse without the love of their life. Get tickets

 

The Desert Rose Playhouse presents Beautiful Thing through March 29. Update as of 3/13/20: Performances of Beautiful Thing for the weekend of March 13–15 have been canceled. Upliftingly optimistic, Jonathan Harvey’s play about two teenage boys falling in love refuses melodramatic clichés to offer a story bright with sensitivity, pathos and wit. With a strong supporting cast, Ste and Jaime’s tentative, awkward relationship unfolds with delicacy and joy. Beautiful Thing was first performed in 1993 at the Bush Theatre, London, and adapted into a 1996 film. More info

Our theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh says Beautiful Thing is a “very warm and often funny one, with moments of lightness balancing out the darker ones” and is “for everyone who remembers the good (and the bad) about coming out and for anyone who still cherishes their first kiss with their first love.” Read the full review here.

 

Palm Canyon Theatre presents The Pajama Game, Update as of 3/14/20: The final two performances of The Pajama Game have been canceled. Romance is blossoming at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Handsome new Superintendent Sid Sorokin falls hard for feisty Union rep “Babe” Williams, and, despite her dismissal of all things love-related, it seems she’s falling right back. That is, until the pair find themselves on either side of a union protest. The Pajama Game features hit songs like “Hey There,” “Hernando’s Hideaway” and “Steam Heat.” Get tickets

 

CVRep presents The City of Conversation from March 11–29, a Washington, D.C. story spanning 30 years and six presidential administrations. Get tickets


Mary Pickford Theatre: A Quiet Place Part II

Our pick for a flick at Mary Pickford Theatre D’Place Entertainment is A Quiet Place Part II, opening next Friday, March 20 with first available screenings on Thursday night, March 19 at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Starring Emily Blunt, directed by John Krasinski. Advance sales open now! Get tickets

Join AsiaSF Palm Springs Wednesday through Sunday in the Lotus Lounge from 3:00–5:00 p.m. for Happy Hour in Shangri-La with drink specials and a Happy Hour menu. The Lotus Lounge is a great place to enjoy drinks and friends before your dinner show or hang out before heading into the Forbidden Night Club (opened on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 p.m.–midnight). Dinner shows: Wed–Sun, 6:00 p.m. Cocktail Shows (non-dinner): Fri & Sat, 8:30 p.m. Get Happy at AsiaSF

 

Join your friends at The Roost Lounge every day from 12:00–7:00 p.m. for Happy Hour featuring cocktails starting at $4.00, beer for $2.00, and wine starting at $3.75! Call level cocktails are just $5.50 and martinis are $8.50. Come drink in the cool vibe, cool cocktails, and cool tunes with Bill Ramirez singing live this Saturday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m.! Get Happy at The Roost


Rio Azul offers not only delicious tacos, enchiladas, and tasty margaritas all week long, but they also present The Desert Divas Drag Brunch, and they have just expanded to include performances every Saturday and Sunday! This comedy, broadway, and female impersonator show goes on at 11:00 a.m., and sells out regularly. Save a bundle at Rio Azul with this HOT DEAL: a $50.00 gift certificate for just $30.00! Get Your Deal

 

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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