This Weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings
March 23-25, 2018

This weekend in your Gay Desert Guide, we've got fashion, food and fun in Palm Desert (if fun = wine, and it does). There are a number of stellar theatre productions to make you think, laugh, cry, and/or dance, and we want to remind you about some major events just over the horizon. We would also like to offer a special invitation to participate in the Community & Marketing Insights 2018 LGBTQ Survey. Your responses help businesses and organizations understand the unique needs and tastes of our community!


Fashion, Food and Wine in Palm Desert

The West Coast's largest consumer fashion show is held right here in the Coachella Valley, in the ever-fashionable El Paseo shopping district. Fashion Week El Paseo wraps up this weekend with events featuring designers Ralph Rucci and Carolina Herrera. Trunk shows, runway shows, and "Factory-style" parties are all part of the fashionable fun!
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Also in Palm Desert this weekend: the three-day Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival, with a lineup of culinary personalities, celebrity chefs, tastings of extravagant food from over 40 acclaimed restaurants, and sublime wines from over 65 stellar vintners and wineries.
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Weekend Theatre: Who is Sylvia, Anyway?

This is the final weekend of performances for Grease, presented by Desert Theatreworks at the Indio Performing Arts Center. We don't need to tell you what that's about or how much fun it is. We can say tickets are extremely limited at this point. More info

The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?
is a thought-provoking Edward Albee play presented by CVRep, and our reviewer Stephen Radosh raves about it here. This play contains, he says, "one of the most shocking and disturbing final moments of a play ever written." Intrigued? Get tickets

Suddenly Last Summer
is a classic horror story written by Tennessee Williams, yet not as often performed as many of his other plays, so we are lucky to have it presented by The Desert Rose Playhouse. Stephen Radosh reviews it here and praises the "commentary on the very inhumanity of mankind which is as on the money today as it was in 1958." Get tickets

Cocktail Hour
, presented by Coyote StageWorks at the Annenberg Theatre in Palm Springs, was written by A.R. Gurney and features a cast of WASP-y family members who confront their mutual frustrations over martinis, with recriminations and revelations both funny and poignant. Get tickets


Save the Date for these Upcoming Big Events!

First up, on April 6, 7, & 8, the Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus presents Cruzin' Haight-Ashbury to Woodstock at the Palm Springs Art Museum Annenberg Theater. Experience the magic and excitement of the Summer of Love, which may, for you, be a trip down memory lane! For anyone, it will be a trippy journey indeed, through music by the likes of Simon and Garfunkel, Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Drifters, Righteous Brothers, Mamas and Papas, and many more.
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On Saturday, May 5, Evening Under the Stars celebrates its silver anniversary by pulling out all the stops for this classic fundraiser at the O'Donnell Golf Club that also happens to be an amazing concert performance. The incomparable Gladys Knight will be the headline entertainment. (Did you catch her recent surprise appearance at the BNP Paribas Open, to sing "America the Beautiful/God Bless America?" Chills.) The evening also features a sunset cocktail hour, short awards presentation, and a delicious dinner. Proceeds benefit AAP–Food Samaritans.
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Angela Teek at The Purple Room Saturday

Angela Teek makes a return to The Purple Room on Saturday, March 24 with her show, "Love Sweet Love" which will feature a variety of show tunes and standards that all focus on love, the good the bad and the ugly. Angela has starred on Broadway, headlined on Cruise ships, and she was a regular opening act for Don Rickles in Las Vegas. She has appeared in films and guest-starred on T.V., most notably on Star Search where she won ten consecutive weeks and the $100,000 grand prize as the Vocalist Champion. Get tickets

ONE-PS Picnic & Community Expo

 The 11th Annual ONE-PS Picnic & Community Expo is set for Saturday, March 24, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Ruth Hardy Park in Palm Springs. Presented by the Organized Neighborhoods of Palm Springs (ONE-PS), and the City of Palm Springs, the event features a free picnic lunch for residents and lots of informational booths showcasing local businesses, city services and neighborhoods. Come by the Gay Desert Guide booth to say hi and get our latest calendar of events! More info


Next Weekend: Cathedral City LGBT Days & The Dinah!

California's first Pride celebration of the year is literally right around the corner: Cathedral City LGBT Days runs March 30 – April 1 and this free weekend festival includes an opening night kickoff party, the 4th annual community LGBT Days bed race, live musical performances, outdoor dancing, food, beverages, community booths, pool parties and an after-hours party hosted at CCBC Resort Hotel. (Learn more). Headliner Thea Austin (formerly of SNAP!) will perform Saturday at 5:30, sponsored by your very own Gay Desert Guide! Sordid Lives creator Del Shores will present a new one-man show, Six Characters in Search of a Play, at 7pm in the Mary Pickford Theater, and a cursory glance earlier this week showed less than 20% of seats remaining before this show sells out!
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Also right around the corner is the world famous Dinah Shore Weekend, March 28 – April 2, the largest lesbian event in the world featuring comedy shows, singles events, concerts, celesbians, parties, and more. Click here for a rundown of the 2018 lineup of musical artists, including Stephanie Rice, Jessie Reyez, Snow tha Product, Rapsody, Madame Gandhi, Brooke Candy, and Ariana and the Rose. Check out the Spotify playlist to preview the talent!
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White Party Adds More Party to the Party


White Party 2018 is five weeks away, the Papa Wild Pool Party has been added for Saturday April 28 at the newly renovated host hotel, Renaissance Palm Springs. This daytime party is all about "sun, fun, music, boys, and water," with VIP daybeds and cabanas available.

Meet the Museum takes place on Friday April 27, and is the only White Party Event celebrating LGBT Artists. Enjoy both the Warhol and Childress Exhibitions, in addition to a bar, food, DJ and a special performance.

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Streetbar on Arenas has one of the best happy hours in town! They’re known for their Top Shelf daily specials such as Makers Mark bourbon, Grey Goose Vodka and Jack Daniel’s Whiskey! And as you may know, Streetbar is all about community and will be hosting food bank Fridays! Bring in canned goods or nonperishable items for $1.00 off your first adult beverage!…Come in and have a drink to toast the legacy of Dick Haskamp…

BlackBook, located in the heart of Arenas now has Happy Hour everyday from 4-6pm and NAUGHTY hour from 10pm-midnight. Enjoy specials such as $5 pint glass well drinks, $1 off all bottle and draft beer, and $2 off all wines by the glass! Pair these naughty specials with their delicious nachos or Vegan Burger!

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Dick Haskamp
The city of Palm Springs is mourning the loss of one of the pioneers of gay-owned businesses in Palm Springs, Dick Haskamp. A Celebration of Life for Dick took place on March 17th. The music was beautifully performed by Lindsay Karg, Andy Anderson, Robbie Wayne and Mona Caywood. It was a wonderful event filled with a lot of love.

Arenas Road fire update:  Clean up is slowly happening at Bongo Johnny’s and neighboring businesses.  Stacy’s is set to open next week.  Mischief and Palm Springs Piercing Company are reportedly still closed.  We will keep you updated.  

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