Let us be your Gay Desert Guide to the Weekend!
March 15–17, 2019

Fashion Week El Paseo gets underway, including the very popular Le Chien show where adorable rescue dogs join their human fashionista counterparts on the runway! Fashion Week also includes celeb meet-and-greets, trunk shows, runway shows and of course fashionable parties. Also this weekend: The Marvelous Marilyn Maye graces The Purple Room, HARP-PS presents a symposium on Thriving with HIV, Monty Python’s Spamalot comes to the McCallum, the BNP Paribas Finals, and local theatre options abound with Chess, The View UpStairs, Proof, and Hairspray. Read on for all this plus Happy Hours and HOT DEALS!

Fashion Week El Paseo

The West Coast’s largest consumer fashion show, Fashion Week El Paseo, will be held March 16–23, at The Gardens on El Paseo in Palm Desert. Showcasing the talents of renowned and emerging designers, this premier fashion event presents their newest collections in a state-of-the-art experience  with its cocktail receptions, trunk shows, celebrity meet-and-greets, and much more.  Whether you’re a seasoned stylemaker or a fledgling fashionista, you’re sure to feel inspired and transformed by the events at Fashion Week as audiences from all walks of life enjoy the sophistication and luxury of the desert. More info

Fashion Week: Le Chien

Le Chien presented by Animal Samaritans is one of Fashion Week’s most sought after tickets, taking place on Sunday, March 17 from 5:00–8:00 p.m. in the Fashion Week Tent on El Paseo in Palm Desert. Watch style-savvy fashionistas including Gay Desert Guide’s owner Brad Fuhr and his dog Buddy, as they rock the runway with adorable rescue dogs and pose for the “puparazzi.” These polished petfluencers and their fashion-forward minders put their best paw forward for a good cause. The fashion show is preceded by a cocktail reception and silent auction with proceeds going to Animal Samaritans. Get tickets

Project Runway Meet and Greet with Michael Costello and Friends

On Tuesday, March 19 at 10:30 a.m., you have an opportunity to meet with Michael Costello and some of your favorite Project Runway designers as they gather under one roof for an informal Q&A. This year’s designers include: Seth Aaron, Project Runway All Stars, Season 7; Mondo Guerra, Project Runway All Stars, Season 1; Viktor Luna, Project Runway All Stars, Season 3; and Anthony Ryan, Project Runway All Stars, Season 2. Learn more about these designers as they share their stories, secrets, and ambitions during this round-table discussion. Learn More

Marvelous Marilyn Maye at The Purple Room

The Purple Room presents a special three-night engagement with the Marvelous Marilyn Maye on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 14, 15 and 16 from 6:00–9:30 p.m. The late Johnny Carson called her ‘Super Singer.’ Ella Fitzgerald dubbed her ‘The greatest white female singer in the world.’ The Houston Chronicle termed her A National Treasure. And the prestigious Smithsonian Institution chose her recording of Too Late Now (from her RCA Lamp Is Low album) for inclusion in its Best Performers of the Best Compositions of the 20th Century permanent collection, along with such other singing greats as Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland. She continues to sell out cabaret shows in leading New York City jazz clubs. Don’t miss your chance to see this national treasure perform live in the intimate setting of the Purple Room!
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Reunion Project 3.0: The Future of HIV

Presented by the HIV + Aging Research Project – Palm Springs (HARP-PS), the Reunion Project 3.0: Thriving With HIV is a FREE, one-day symposium held on Saturday, March 16 from 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at the Eisenhower campus in Rancho Mirage. The focus will be on providing education and information on issues individuals living with HIV and AIDS face as they age. Noted blogger and social media aficionado Mark King will serve as the keynote speaker for the afternoon closer at 4:00 PM. More info

Monty Python’s Spamalot

The McCallum Theatre presents Monty Python’s Spamalot for five performances running Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17. Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, this outrageous musical comedy lovingly rips off the film classic “Monty Python and The Holy Grail.” With a book by Eric Idle and music and lyrics by the Grammy Award-winning team of Mr. Idle and John Du Prez, Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen and show-stopping musical numbers are just a few of the reasons audiences everywhere are eating up Spamalot. Get Tickets

BNP Paribas Tennis Tournament Wraps Up

The BNP Paribas Open is the largest two-week combined ATP & WTA professional tennis tournament outside of the four majors, and it started on March 4, right here in Indian Wells, and continues through the Finals on Sunday, March 17. The Indian Wells Tennis Garden is a critically-acclaimed tennis landscape offering tennis fans from far and wide a memorable and unique tennis experience in the desert. Get Tickets

Theatre Spotlight

This week, we have powerful stories in our local theatre roundup, told through the variety of rock opera, glam rock, a bubbly musical, and Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. CVRep debuts their new venue with Chess, and Desert Ensemble Theatre Company debuts their production of Proof, and The View UpStairs and Hairspray continue!

CVRep presents CHESS as the very first production in their newly-renovated home in Cathedral City (learn more), running from Wednesday, March 13 through Sunday March 31. This complex rock opera uses chess as a metaphor for romantic rivalries, competitive gamesmanship, super-power politics, and international intrigues. The pawns in this drama form a love triangle: the loutish American chess star, the earnest Russian champion, and a Hungarian American female assistant who arrives at the international chess match in Bangkok with the American, but falls for the Russian. Featuring a monumental rock score that includes “One Night in Bangkok” and “Heaven Help My Heart.” Get Tickets


Desert Ensemble Theatre Company’s Eighth Season continues with Proof by David Auburn, from Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 24. Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play, Proof explores the unknowability of love as much as it does the mysteries of mathematics. The play concerns Catherine, the daughter of a recently deceased mathematical genius, and her struggle with her own intellectual potential and possible mental illness. Get Tickets


The Desert Rose Playhouse presents The View UpStairs by Max Vernon through Sunday March 31. This poignant new musical pulls you inside the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant ’70s gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans. This forgotten community comes to life in all its gritty, glam rock glory when a young fashion designer from 2017 buys the abandoned space, setting off an exhilarating journey of seduction and self-exploration that spans two generations of queer history. Get Tickets

Our theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh gives us his view on The View UpStairs >>>Read it Here


Desert Theatreworks presents Hairspray the Big Fat Broadway Musical, through Sunday March 24 at the Indio Performing Arts Center. Set in 1960s Baltimore, this Broadway smash musical tells the story of lovable plus-sized teen Tracy Turnblad, a misfit who becomes a local celebrity by dancing on TV’s Corny Collins Show, and whose passion for justice transforms her into an unlikely heroine, triumphing over both snotty teen queens and racial segregation. Get tickets


Chill Bar on Arenas Road offers a 360 degree experience with their gorgeous designer island bar serving up everything from well drinks to craft cocktails to top shelf offerings. Happy Hour is seven days a week from 10am–7pm, and their drag series Now Serving the Children continues this Sunday, March 17 at 8:00 pm with a full production show that ends the weekend on a high note with performances by Ru Paul’s Drag Race Superstars, some of the hottest queens all over California and your favorite local divas of Palm Springs. Get Happy at Chill



At Roost Lounge in downtown Cathedral City, they keep you entertained and they keep you happy with Daily Happy Hour ’til 7:00 p.m. Throughout the week, they offer live vocalists, weekly karaoke on Tuesdays at 7pm with Karafun, drink specials like $5 Absolut vodka mixed drinks, and on Thursday and Saturday nights it’s VJ Galaxy with music videos, comedy, and show tunes on The Roost’s screens with drink specials all night long!  Get Happy at The Roost

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