Each week in our newsletter, we rate the Top 3 things to do in #ILoveGayPalmSprings. Our top pick for this weekend is a 30 year friendship that has resulted in a great stage show – Jackie Beat and Sherry Vine at Purple Room. The two also perform around town separately, but their “Dirty 30” show will be something to behold.
Drag is also in the news this weekend coming off the high heels of DragCon. There’s a new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars starting today (May 20) on Paramount+. And this Sunday, Ross Mathews’ Dragtastic Bubbly Brunch is happening in Irvine. Ross’ honeymoon has been well documented in People Magazine. We can’t wait to hear all about it upon his return to the desert.
Now get off your high horse and enjoy the weekend!
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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Jackie Beat & Sherry Vine at The Purple Room
Legendary drag icons Jackie Beat & Sherry Vine are celebrating 30 years of friendship, show-biz shenanigans and trail-blazing clownery with their Dirty 30 show this Friday and Saturday, May 20 & 21 at The Purple Room. Dirty 30 features lots of scandalous behind-the-scenes stories, celebrity gossip & filthy songs as these two titans of crossdressing take a whimsical trip down (foam rubber) mammary lane. Dinner at 6 pm, show at 8 pm. Limited tickets still available for bar & lounge seats for Friday night’s performance. Get tickets
REAF-PS/House Party – Red Hot Broadway
The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation and Chuck Leachman & Mickey Feigelson present House Party PS: Puttin’ on the Glitz-Red Hot Broadway on Saturday, May 21 from 5–8 pm. This upscale cocktail party benefits REAF-Palm Springs and the Cathedral City Senior Center. Special entertainment will be provided by Broadway stars Lisa Vroman (Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables), David Burnham (Light in the Piazza, Wicked), and Steve Knill (“The Voice”). The event will also feature a silent auction including beautiful art, merchandise, experiences, and Broadway show posters signed by the cast. Get tickets
Palm Springs Farmers’ Market
The Palm Springs Certified Farmers’ Market will continue through the summer, Saturdays from 8:30 am–1:30 pm, outdoors adjacent to the Palm Springs Cultural Center through the end of May, and then moving indoors to the Palm Springs Pavilion from June–September. This market features a variety of California Farmers and Value Added Vendors who will be selling fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, cheeses, honey, organic coffee, flowers, rugelah, prepared foods, soups, herb-infused chocolates, soaps, and more! More info
Rancho Mirage Farmers’ Market
The Rancho Mirage Certified Farmers Market is at The River every Friday starting at 8 am, continuing through the month of May before they take a summer break. Shoppers can expect about 40 vendors with a variety of options including fresh fruits and vegetables, floral, baked goods, artisan clothing and gifts, meats, poultry and fish, coffee and teas, soups, pizza, tamales and more! More info
☀️ Note: Palm Desert & La Quinta Farmers’ Markets are closed for the summer ☀️
Recap: RuPaul’s DragCon
Our Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent, Dante Noto, recently attended RuPaul’s DragCon in downtown L.A., and now he’s back with a recap of his fun-filled weekend with a close-up view of 150 drag queens from around the world, and 50,000 fellow attendees. Check out Dante’s full package of pics and favorite moments [here]. And stay tuned because Dante will also be back soon with a full season of recaps, as Drag Race All Stars All Winners season 7 starts this Friday, May 20! See all Dante’s recaps
RuPaul Recaps are Back for All-Stars Season 7!
Our Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent, Dante Noto, is fresh off his trip to RuPaul’s DragCon and back on the beat of recapping the latest season: RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 7, which premiered Friday with two brand-new episodes dropped at once! As Dante put it, “In a television event dreamed about for years, the long-awaited All Winners Season is upon us. Eight previous winners of Drag Race and All Stars will compete in All Stars season 7 for the title of “Queen of All Queens.” Check out his recaps of both new episodes: Episode 1: Legends, in which we meet the queens in contention for the title, and Episode 2: Snatch Game, where the queens are tasked with not one but two celebrity impersonations each! See all of Dante’s RuPaul Recaps [here].
Brothers Got Talent
Brothers Got Talent returns on Saturday, May 21 at 6:30 pm with a live event celebrating queer Black men’s stories at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Ralph Cole Jr., who appeared in the November production of “Speak My Words, Tell My Truth” will be joined by television host Antonio Le Mon and massage therapist and leather phenomenon Michael Quinchett. They will share carefully crafted true stories of love, loss, fatherhood, coming out, and more. BOD member Yvans Jourdain will host the program which starts with cocktails and kiki in the upstairs lounge. Free event, tickets required due to limited space. More info
Palm Springs Art Museum: Current Exhibits
The Palm Springs Art Museum is always a great option for indoor adventures on a sizzling summer (or summer-like) day, open from Thursday through Sunday from 10 am–5 pm, plus extended hours to 7 pm on Thursdays. Current shows include: Mexican artist Gonzalo Lebrija‘s “Miracle of the Eternal Present,” running through October 2 and Modern Mexican Art Beyond Borders: Selection of Works on Paper from the Collection runs through July. The Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center (open the same hours) presents Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag through November 20, and the work of the innovative painter Leon Polk Smith is on display at the main museum through August 28. Visitors are recommended to make reservations online before arriving at the museum. Free admission during Thursday’s extended hours of 5–7 pm is first come first served.
May at The Alibi
The Alibi Palm Springs is a great place to go for music, food & cocktails, with fresh entertainment every week. miniMekons: John Langford, Sally Timms + Pat Kerns take the stage this Friday, May 20 at 8 pm, and Black Crystal Wolf Kids bring their indie cover classics on Saturday, May 21 at 9 pm. Check our event listing for tickets and more upcoming May performances! Get tickets
CalComMen Monthly Eros Circle Massage Exchange Day
Join the heart-centered CalComMen at the monthly Eros Circle Massage Exchange, every 3rd Sunday from 10 am–4 pm in Palm Springs, this month on Sunday, May 22. The Eros Circle is a small group of heart-centered men, who meet as often as possible, to brush up on and practice new sensual bodywork & invigorating breathwork skills. Open to all men-who-love men of all ages, sizes, shapes & colors – gay, bi, trans, gender queer, fluid and straight — especially first-timers. No massage experience needed. More info
Also: Every Monday at 6 pm, CalComMen meet at the Gré Coffeehouse to enjoy coffee, drop in and see old friends…and make some new ones! No RSVPs are necessary. The California Community of Men is a unique community of heart-centered, passionate and caring men, 18-90+ of all colors of the rainbow, faith traditions, sizes, shapes & abilities, who create spiritual & social events, personal growth workshops, and unique, joy-filled weekends. More info
With Summer just around the corner, soak in the sun at CCBC with Guys2 Soak from Friday, May 20–Sunday, May 22. This is a men’s bonding pop-up event open to all ages, races, status, sex life or body type. Hosted by Scott Spears. More info
Into the Woods
Palm Canyon Theatre presents the closing weekend of Into the Woods, running through Sunday, May 22. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece… and a rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching. Get tickets
I’m Not Rick Springfield
Script2Stage2Screen presents their Season Finale performance, I’m Not Rick Springfield, on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Desert in Rancho Mirage. This play’s story arc is driven by hero worship, mistaken identity and family dysfunction. Get tickets
The Mis-Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Desert Theatreworks is presenting a Summer Full of Fun with shows on Sundays. First up is The Mis-Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, on Sunday, May 22 & 29 at 2:00 pm. This live radio play of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous sleuth is a behind-the-scenes old fashioned radio show that pairs an exhilarating murder mystery with backstage antics, radio jingles and live sound effects to bring this exciting mystery to life. Future shows include Old Jews Telling Jokes on June 5, 12, 19, & 26, and The Carol Burnett Show Live on Stage on July 10, 17, 24, & 31. Get tickets
Theatre Thursdays Live on Stage at CVRep
CVRep’s Theatre Thursdays are back, and they are no longer Zoom events, back to being “Live on Stage.” Come see a different cabaret, concert or entertaining event each Thursday at 7 pm through September 1. Next week (Thursday, May 26) Eileen Barnett performs “You Must Believe in Spring.” Our theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh has a preview of some highlights of this series [here], and see our event listing for the full lineup of performers! Order ahead and save with 5 shows for the price of 4. Get tickets
2022 LGBTQ Community Survey Now Open
Please take part in the Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) 16th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey! Participation in this survey gives important feedback to our LGBTQ community media and organizations, and provides data to companies interested in serving our community, sponsoring our charities, and supporting their LGBTQ employees. The survey should take about 12 to 15 minutes to complete. Make your voice heard!
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Palm Desert Concerts in the Park
The City of Palm Desert is hosting a series of free, weekly concerts at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park amphitheater, wrapping up the series on Thursday, May 26 from 6:30–8 pm when Legends of Classic Rock take the stage. There will be plenty of free parking, food trucks, and games for kids. More info
Mae West Double Feature at Desert Rose Playhouse
The Desert Rose Playhouse presents Mae West Double Feature: Sex and The Drag from May 25–June 5. The play that brought Mae West to the world after her arrest made national news, Sex premiered in 1926, and was deemed by a grand jury to be such “obscene, indecent, immoral, and impure drama” that it might corrupt “the morals of youth.” This forward-thinking work centers around Margy LaMont, a sharp-witted sex worker who struggles to find a better life. The Drag opened in out-of-town previews in 1927 in New Jersey and Connecticut, but was later forced to close for its portrayal of homosexuality and cross-dressing. West claimed that the inspiration behind the play came from the homosexual young men that she knew around that time who, according to her, desperately wanted to be open about their relationships with their male companions. The final scene consists of a giant Drag Ball. Get tickets
WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival Starts Sunday
The WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival runs for 40 days, from Harvey Milk Day, May 22, through the end of Pride month, June 30, at various locations throughout the City of West Hollywood with some online programs. Each year, the City of West Hollywood celebrates the artistic contributions of the LGBTQ community with its vibrant LGBTQ Arts Festival, which is now known, starting in 2022, as the WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival. The theme for 2022 is With Liberty, Diversity, Inclusion, and Progress For All. More info
Save the Date: Out on the Mountain
The date is set for Friday, September 9 from 6 pm–midnight for Out on the Mountain 2022 at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The entire park goes gay for the night, which provides a safe and inclusive environment of fun for the LGBTQ community, with rides, dance parties, and performers. Out on the Mountain is the creation of Six Flags Magic Mountain with Ray Rhodes and Out Ventures back in 2008. Over 5,000 people are expected to attend while the entire park is closed to the general public for this private LGBTQ party. More info
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The KGAY 106.5 Retro Lunch airs Monday through Friday at noon, with DJ Galaxy (Vincent Corrales) and DJ Eric Ornelas playing an hour of their high-energy throwback mixes. On Sundays, we put all five hours together for the Retro Sunday Brunch from 11 am–4 pm. Perfect pool party music! Listen Online
- Jackie Beat & Sherry Vine: Dirty Thirty – Celebrating Three Decades of Filth
Fri & Sat, May 20 & 21 from 6–10 pm at The Purple Room Supper Club
- REAF-PS House Party PS – Red Hot Broadway
Sat. May 21 from 5–8 pm
- Mae West Double Feature: Sex and The Drag
May 25–June 5 at Desert Rose Playhouse
- Ceremony Pool Party and Unity Closing Party
May 29 at AsiaSF and The Sonoran
- Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week
Jun 3–12 at various bars & restaurants across the Coachella Valley
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