This Weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings
May 25–28, 2018

This weekend in your Gay Desert Guide: It's Memorial Day Weekend, and Hunters is planning an epic blast while the Palm Springs Air Museum is planning an epic flower drop memorial and air show. Eric Poole will be signing copies of his new memoir, Tyler Henry will be sharing memories and lessons of his life as a clairyovant medium, and a Saturday night Retro Dance will bring back the 70's. We will take a moment to discuss our thoughts on the controversial Measure C ahead of the upcoming vote, and look ahead to some fabulous, delicious, and toasty events in early June!

Warhol Exhibition After-Hours Celebration

Time is running out to take in Andy Warhol: Prints From The Collections Of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. The Palm Springs Art Museum exhibition officially closes on Monday, May 28. But first: this Friday, May 25, from 5 p.m. until midnight, the museum is hosting an after-hours party with J Minus spinning tunes, a cash bar and snacks by Dead or Alive Bar, giveaways, and a printmaking lab. The event is free to members and $5 for non-members. More info

Retro Dance at Wang's

On Saturday, May 26 from 7:00–11:00 p.m., ICE presents Retro Dance at Wang's in the Desert. Ms DJ Ceil will pump up the music so you can channel the Bee Gees and “Shake Your Groove Thing” Featuring Go Go Dancers and a free drink ticket with your $10 cover charge. Retro Dance will benefit The LGBT Community Center of the Desert Women’s Programs. More info

Eric Poole Book Signing at Just Fabulous

On Saturday, May 26 at 2:00 p.m, come to Just Fabulous for a book signing of Excuse Me While I Slip Into Someone More Comfortable. In the great tradition of David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs, this new memoir from critically acclaimed author Eric Poole proves that finding your place in the world can be fabulous. Eric is a resident of Palm Springs and a great guy!  Stop by…  More info

Clairvoyant Tyler Henry at The Show

On Sunday, May 27 at 7:00 p.m. "Hollywood Medium" (and openly gay) Tyler Henry will present "Life Lessons I’ve Learned from The Departed," at Agua Caliente Resort Spa. After a series of life-changing events, including a near-death experience, medium Tyler Henry recognized that his passion, calling and life purpose was to bring clarity and closure to those he was privileged to read. Now, he is set to bring what he has learned to The Show for an insightful and interactive evening. Get tickets

Geras Tousignant Gallery End of Season Sale

Geras Tousignant Gallery is celebrating the end of their 3rd season here in Palm Springs with special deals for friends and loyal collectors. Several one-of-a-kind works, including several from the recently featured "Piece of Sky" collection, are available at client sale prices. More info

Annual Memorial Day Flower Drop & Air Fair

On Memorial Day, Monday May 28, the Palm Springs Air Museum will hold an Air Fair with flights all day long, starting at 10:00 a.m. Planes flying are: B-25 Pacific Princess; C-47; P-51 Mustang; P-63 King Cobra; T-28 and special guest B-17 "Sentimental Journey." Rides for sale, kids' activities, food vendors, and a brief memorial service at 1:00 p.m. will feature a flower drop of 3,000 red and white carnations from a B-25 Mitchell bomber. Visitors are welcome to pick up a flower to take home. More info


We Love Palm Springs

We rarely dip our toes in the water (or sand) on matters of politics or controversy. But with Measure C, I feel that the lifeblood of our tourist town is in jeopardy if it passes. That’s why I’m mentioning it in our blog this week and have been actively working on the No On C campaign.

I love Palm Springs and in my opinion, this is a ban on vacation rentals that have been a part of the accommodations we have been offering our tourists for decades. Tourists are our economy and I believe we will see a severe decline in what are now booming restaurants and stores.

Yes, there were issues with the enforcement of some problem houses. That all changed a year ago when very tough regulations were put in place. I keep reading in social media about party houses, but the city has transparent data records that don’t support these statements in the last year. They’ve either stopped being vacation rentals on their own or the city shut them down.

When we lose vacation rental tourists dollars, the city also loses more than it can cover and it’s proposing 8-13% department-wide cuts, or giving our no-kill animal shelter back to the county (not a no-kill facility), giving our library back to the county or some combination of these.

Measure C is bad for business, bad for our economy and sends the wrong message to those who are looking to visit.

Brad Fuhr, Gay Desert Guide

Hunters Nightclub serves up quality drinks, dancing, and entertainment daily. They also offer karaoke, cabaret, and of course Happy Hour! Hunters' "Size Matters" Happy Hour clocks in from 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. daily. This weekend: Don't miss their Epic Memorial Day Weekend with Saturday Beer Garden and the return of DJ Rockstar! More info

Toucans Tiki Lounge is all about "No Attitude. Just good drinks and good people," and those good drinks can be had at Happy Hour prices all day Mondays! Half-price drink specials are offered 'til midnight on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Happy Hour extends to 10:00 p.m. on Fridays! You'll always find fun with a tropical flair at Toucans! More info

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Jax Kelly Competing in Chicago

We wish the best of luck to reigning Mr. Palm Springs Leather, Jax Kelly, who is competing at International Mr. Leather in Chicago this weekend! Check out his recent blog post: "Invictus."

And just in time for IML, we've published a new article on the origins and spectrum of "The Hanky Code"



Queen of the Desert Competition Coming June 1

Ethylina Canne returns to host the 5th annual Queen of the Desert So-Cal lip sync competition benefiting Desert AIDS Project on Friday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m. Six drag queens compete for the title of Queen of the Desert, decided by a panel of local celebrities, while attendees vote for their Fan Favorite by donating dollar bills. This high energy event is attended by 725 local residents and is sponsors by local bars that feature drag shows. The competition has moved to a new venue this year: The Palm Springs Cultural Center/Camelot Theatre. This event has sold out. In the meantime, check out the promo video.

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week Starts June 1

This mega-week (17 days, really!) of deals offers a tremendous opportunity to experience your favorites, and especially to discover something new! Participating restaurants offer special lunch and dinner menus at set prices for diners to enjoy. Check our link for a list of participating restaurants. More info

A Walk on the Warm Side – Warm Sands Open House June 5

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 5 from 4:00–7:00 p.m. when the Warm Sands Neighborhood Organization hosts the first-ever Walk on the Warm Side, an opportunity for locals to discover the neighborhood's hospitality gems. Stroll along quiet, palm tree fringed streets and choose which resorts you wish to visit from a map you will receive along with a wrist band at the registration table. Gay Desert Guide is the primary media sponsor of this special event! Your donation to participate ($10 suggested) will go to health and safety improvements in our community. Pre-Register Today

Mark Your Calendars for Mamma Mia! – Thursday, July 19
You've seen the TV commercials, you've seen the trailer (and if you haven't, here it is). Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is coming to theaters this summer, and Gay Desert Guide has a special event in the works so you can be among the first to see it! On Thursday, July 19, a day ahead of the film's general release, we are partnering with Mary Pickford is D'Place to bring you this special TryOUT Thursday. Stay tuned for more details, and thank you to everyone who came to our recent TryOUT Tuesday at Il Giardino!

It's time for a delicious and authentic Italian meal at 40% off at Il Giardino Ristorante Italiano! Snap up this deal and you can get a $25 Gift Certificate for $15. Chef Teresa specializes in homemade Italian/Sicilian foods like homemade gnocchi, ravioli, nooodles, gravy, fresh vegetable soups, and desserts that are cooked throughout the day. Get this deal and use it before Il Giardino closes for the season, July 28!

It’s OK to have dessert before dinner! Jus Chillin' and Lappert's Premium Gourmet Ice Cream welcome you to have fun, and enjoy dessert anytime with $20 of frozen treats for just $10. All you have to do is purchase a $10 package to receive three (3) $5 gift certificates to Jus Chillin' Frozen Yogurt and a bonus $5 gift certificate to Lappert's Premium Gourmet Ice Cream. The only thing better than dessert is dessert when it's half-price!

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Hunters Nightclub

Hunters Nightclub Palm Springs has been leading the way in full-out fun for 16 years. You'll find quality cocktails for a reasonable price in a welcoming space, plus the best DJ's and the sexiest boys and girls dancing! Hunters has an open atmosphere with floor-to-ceiling windows that share the party vibes indoors and out, and a daily 9-hour Happy Hour from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.! Get your Memorial Day Weekend plans ready, as @Dj Rockstar will be making his grand return on Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 25–28, and Dj John Joseph will be spinning tunes for the outdoor dance party, Saturday May 26. More info

Top Five Bookmarks of the Week on GayDesertGuide.LGBT

  1. Lupe Valdez Makes History In Texas By Winning Democratic Nod For Governor
  2. Palm Springs Rental Wars: Voters Consider Stricter Rules
  3. Jennifer Aniston To Play Lesbian President In Netflix's 'First Ladies'
  4. Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week Is Approaching
  5. Invictus by Jax Kelly

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