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Gay Desert Guide Weekend: Mar. 6–8, 2020

Palm Springs Dance Project: Flash Mob, Dance Showcase, and Main Event, plus: White Party announces headliner, Bob Woodward speaks, Saturday Sisterhood of Cinema, Coachella Valley Wildflower Fest, Hot Seat Retreat, 4 Decades of Pride Photos, Classical Concert Crawl, Sunnylands Music in the Gardens, “Marilyn Madness & Me,” “Beautiful Thing,” and more, plus Hot Deals and Happy Hours! 


Palm Springs Dance Project

The Palm Springs Dance Project has been presenting its premiere 2020 season from February 5 to March 8, with dance performances, education and community programming, and it wraps up this weekend with a fun flash mob and some great showcase events!

“Joyous dance happenings” are promised from the Palm Springs Dance Project in a “flash mob” experience on Thursday, March 5 at Palm Springs’ favorite weekly community event, VillageFest. The flash mob performances will take place throughout the evening from 6:30–9:00 p.m.

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Community’s Finest Dance Showcase is a pre-professional variety show, on Friday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Palm Springs Art Museum Annenberg Theater, celebrating and showcasing advanced education students in performance with top talent from local dance schools, academies, and from cultural dance groups. This program provides advanced students the opportunity to perform in a professional production, in a theater of stature, while showcasing the studios and dance groups that make up our local dance community. Get tickets

 

The Main Event: An Evening of Dance Performance, on Saturday, March 7 at the Annenberg Theatre, features 3 acclaimed LA-based dance companies in an upbeat program mixing and melding concert and commercial dance. Scheduled to perform are BrockusRED (innovative and accessible work), Luminario Ballet (contemporary neo-classical ballet), and Lula Washington Dance Theater (powerful, high-energy, and provocative choreography). Get tickets

 

 


White Party Announces T-Dance Headliner Meghan Trainor

Jeffrey Sanker Presents has announced that global superstar Meghan Trainor will be the T-Dance headliner on Sunday, April 26 at the 31st Annual White Party Palm Springs, taking place April 24–27 this year. [Get tickets] Meghan said “YAAAAAS!!!! I’m so excited to be headlining White Party Palm Springs!!! It’s my first time and it’s a dream come true! I can’t wait to dance with everyone!!” [More info]


Walk of Stars Honors Melville “Buddy” Shyer

Walk of the Stars and the City of Palm Springs are proud to honor pioneer filmmaker and former Palm Springs resident, Melville “Buddy” Shyer with the 441st star on Friday, March 6 at 11:00 a.m. Shyer is credited for being one of the first successful filmmakers at a time when sound was finally introduced to film making, also known as the ‘Talkies.’ After retiring from film making in 1960, Shyer moved to Palm Springs full-time with his family. Shyer’s son, Charles Shyer–who followed his father’s footsteps–directed the popular feature films, The Parent Trap, Private Benjamin, and Father of the Bride – will be the featured speaker for the March 6 star dedication. More info


Palm Springs Speaks – Bob Woodward

Legendary journalist Bob Woodward will speak at the Richards Center for the Arts on Friday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Palm Springs Speaks series. Woodward gained international attention when he and Carl Bernstein uncovered the Watergate scandal in 1973. Since then, he has continued to pull back the curtain on the inner workings of Washington; revealing in meticulous detail what’s really going on in the halls of power. Have the lessons of Watergate been forgotten? Is the media doing its job? Woodward offers an historical perspective as only he can. Get tickets



Broadway at the River: Hollywood Edition

David Green’s Musical Theatre University brings Broadway at The River to Acqua California Bistro this Thursday, March 5 with guest star Teri Bibb (from Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera). 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. Upcoming performances in this weekly series will feature acting greats Bruce Vilanch and Alix Corey. Series continues through March 20. Reservations required. More info


Mini Gay Day Anaheim

It’s that time again! Six months prior to Gay Days Anaheim in October, it’s Mini Gay Day on Saturday, March 7 at Disneyland Resort. Break out your red shirts and add even more fairy dust with your fellow “family” members.
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Saturday Sisterhood of Cinema

The Saturday Sisterhood Of Cinema will be showing Portrait of a Lady on Fire on Saturday, March 7 at 12:00 noon at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. This local meet-up group is for women to gather, socialize, and see quality cinema. The group meets on the 1st Saturday of every month. If the film gets you thinking, meet upstairs at the VIP Lounge for sips, nibbles, and convo after. Get tickets


New Traffic Light

A new traffic signal has been installed at the intersection of North Palm Canyon and Via Escuela, where you can find Toucans Tiki Lounge and Not So Innocent. Keep an eye out for it!


Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival

Friends of the Desert Mountains’ 13th Annual Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival will be held on Saturday, March 7, from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. at the City of Palm Desert Civic Center Park. This free event celebrates wellness, recreation and the outdoors with wildflower displays and a variety of fun and educational activities. More info


LeatherSex Conversations: Alex Ironrod

The Desert Fetish Authority and the LGBT Community Center of the Desert present LeatherSex Conversations: Alex Ironrod on Friday, March 6 from 7:00–9:00 p.m. at The Center. LeatherSex Conversations are intimate evenings of questions, answers, and more questions about the Leather tradition or who are seeking to know more about this enduring aspect of the LGBT experience. Alex will talk about the images, pictures and ideas that have led him to writing 13 BDSM-based novels and short story collections. More info


Hot Seat Retreat at CCBC

Join CCBC Resort for their Hot Seat Retreat from Thursday–Sunday, March 5–8. This all-male spanking event is mostly unstructured but does include a welcome pizza & beer mixer, games night, and farewell brunch to help you connect with other participants. Get tickets


Streetbar Bloody Mary Bar and Book Signing

Ron Williams will be signing copies of his book, Capturing Our Diversity: 4 Decades of Pride Photos, on Sunday, March 8 from 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at Streetbar. Come and enjoy a Bloody Mary and say hello! More info


Desert Hot Springs Classical Concert Crawl

The third annual Desert Hot Springs Afternoon Concert Crawl takes place on Sunday, March 8 from 2:00–4:00 p.m. with performers at each at each of three venues: Mircea Gogoncea (guitar) & Marley Eder (flute) – Cabot’s Pueblo Museum / Margaret Irwin-Brandon (fortepiano) – Miracle Springs Resort & Spa / Bliss Flute Quartet – Word of Life Fellowship. Attend whichever one(s) you are interested in, in any order, as performances take place at 2:00 p.m., 2:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. and admission is free! More info


Sunnylands Music in the Gardens

Sunnylands’ Music in the Gardens brings you a free, live concert every Sunday in March with a different musical act performing on the Great Lawn from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. While guests are welcome to stroll the gardens as the music plays, they may also bring lawn chairs, blankets, and food and drink to picnic while listening to the bands. On Sunday, March 8 the musical act is Nathan James and the Rhythm Scratchers. This three-piece band brings a unique fusion of classic blues and rhythm and blues. More info


The Living Desert Golden Anniversary Gala

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens celebrates their 50th year at the Golden Anniversary Gala on Saturday, March 7 with an evening of animal encounters, live auctions, dinner, and entertainment. This popular event has sold out! More info


Marilyn, Madness, and Me

Enjoy a fantastic evening or afternoon of entertainment and support your community at the original two-act play, Marilyn, Madness & Me on Thursday, March 5 from 7:00–9:00 p.m. at the Rancho Mirage Library & Observatory. With a concept by Didier Bloch, written by Frank V. Furino, and directed by Joe Leonardo, this production was born of members of the local community. LA Theatre Scene’s Margie Barron calls the show a “poignant, compelling, and shocking tale of unrequited love, centered around the last months of Marilyn Monroe’s life.” All proceeds will benefit SafeHouse of the Desert and the Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory Foundation. Get tickets


La Quinta Art Celebration

The La Quinta Art Celebration, running from Thursday, March 4 through Sunday, March 8 from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. daily at the La Quinta Civic Center, is a new signature art event showcasing 220 world-class juried artists from across the country and abroad. Exhibits include fine art and craft in 12 media categories including Painting, Sculpture, Glass, Ceramics, Jewelry, Photography, Fiber, Wood and Mixed Media. More info


WEEKEND THEATRE

The Desert Rose Playhouse presents Beautiful Thing from March 6–29. 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. Get tickets

 

Dezart Performs presents Sweat, from February 28–March 8 at Pearl McManus Theater. It’s the year 2000 in Reading, Pennsylvania and a group of friends go to work at the steel mill and then decompress at the bar like they’ve been doing for over 20 years. But, unbeknownst to them, their lives are about to be uprooted. Their steel mill is making some changes and the blood, sweat and tears of generations of loyal workers don’t seem to amount to much. This limited run is expected to sell out, save your seats now! Get tickets

Our theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh calls Sweata powerful and riveting work dealing with the human consequences of 21st Century America as it shifts away from being the leading Industrial nation of the 20th Century,” and praises the universally strong cast of nine actors, the largest for a Dezart Performs production to date! Read the full review here

 

Palm Canyon Theatre presents The Pajama Game, running through March 15. 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

 

THEATRE OPENING SOON

Coyote Stageworks presents The Velocity of Autumn, from March 13–22 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. 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. Get tickets

 

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


At Lulu California Bistro, enjoy Happy Hour Every Day from 11:00 a.m.–closing with a Happy Hour menu offered in the bar only. Get well drinks for $5.99, cocktails for $6.99, beer and wine from $4.99–$6.99! Enjoy also weekly bar specials like Sweet Tea Old Fashion, Prickly Pear Margarita and snacks like gourmet onion rings! Get Happy at Lulu

 

Happy Hour is 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Mon–Fri at Trunks Bar in Cathedral City, where they say “Our prices are low; our spirits are high,” and every Sunday is a Funday Beer Bust with $2 beer from 2:00–6:00 p.m. On Saturday, March 7, come for Country Dance Lessons with Rob, and learn the Shadow! Get Happy at Trunks


Pinocchio is a local favorite with a fabulous Sunday brunch with the desert’s best traditional favorites like eggs Benedict, omelettes, French toast, waffles, pancakes, and much more. And don’t forget to wash it down with a large Bloody Mary cocktail or their infamous Bottomless Champagne! With this HOT DEAL, get $25 of food and drink at Pinocchio in the Desert for just $17.50! Get Your Deal

 

On The Mark is a one of kind gourmet food market and deli, featuring a range of unique boutique products such as: craft beer and wine, artisan crafted cheese, nitrate-free meats, pâtés, small batch oils and vinegars, and more. Check out their new location at 111 North Palm Canyon! Get your HOT DEAL of a $25 gift certificate for only $17.50! Get Your Deal

 


 

 


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