Gay Desert Guide Weekend: Nov 8–10

On Stage: “Hand to God,” “Priscilla,” “Dinner with Friends,” Bears on the Prowl’s Pup Paradise, Living Your Best Black Gay Life, Palm Desert Choreography Festival, Rancho Mirage Art Affaire, Golden Grapes Wine Tasting, Robert Reich Speaks, John McDonald and Rob Wright on Walk of Stars, Modernism Tickets on Sale and more, plus HOT DEALS and Happy Hours! 


“Hand to God” Opens at Dezart Performs

Dezart Performs opens their new season on Friday, November 8 with Hand to God, The Broadway Smash Hit Comedy by Robert Askins, running through Sunday, November 17. Think of it as “The Exorcist” meets “Sesame Street:” After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door, and most especially his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. Get tickets


“Priscilla” Continues at Palm Canyon Theatre

Palm Canyon Theatre presents Priscilla Queen of the Desert through Sunday, November 17. This musical is based on the hit movie, telling the heartwarming adventure story of three friends who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. Songs include “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” “Hot Stuff,” “Finally,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “Go West,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “I Love The Nightlife,” and many more. Get tickets

Next up from Palm Canyon Theatre: The King and I, opens November 29. More info


“Dinner” is Served at CVRep

CVRep presents “Dinner with Friends,” by Donald Margulies, opening November 6 and running through November 24. Two married couples have been friends for many years. As both couples struggle with questions of loyalty, individuality, and commitment in this deliciously funny, sharply observed drama, the ultimate question is posed – If Gabe and Karen didn’t really know Beth and Tom as well as they assumed…do they really know each other? Get tickets

 


Leslie Jordan brings “Overexposed” Show to Outlandish Performance Series

Leslie Jordan returns to Outlandish for two shows: Saturday, November 16 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday November 17 at 8:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center as part of the Outlandish Palm Springs performance series. Leslie invites his audiences behind-the-scenes of his childhood and career, offering a charming & hilarious look-back at his life experience as a flamboyant youth raised as a Southern Baptist, as well as the “unbelievable real-life stories” and treasured anecdotes from his renowned stage and television performances. Get tickets

Next Up: Nov 23 & 24, Outlandish brings us Randy Rainbow Live.


The I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast with John Taylor and Shann Carr
is now available online!

Listen Online or Listen on Apple Podcasts

New episodes every Monday and Thursday!



Bears on the Prowl: Pup Paradise

The pups are taking over the CCBC Resort from Friday, November 8 through Sunday, November 10 for Bears on the Prowl Presents: Pup Paradise. DJ, Puppy Bar, pool parties, nightly pup play and cruising, and more to come. 100% clothing optional. Strap on your gear and join the pack whether it’s your first time in the kink scene or you’re a well trained pup (all pups must be housebroken). Get tickets


Wellness Summit: Living Your Best Black Gay Life

The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert and Brothers of the Desert presents Living Your Best Black Gay Life: A Wellness Summit in Palm Springs on Saturday, November 9 from 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. This one-day event focuses on Black gay men in the Coachella Valley and beyond, with innovative workshops, interactive discussions and entertaining presentations on a diverse range of topics.The goal promote a better quality of life across the social-cultural-economic spectrum, discussing: relationships and intimacy, spirituality, the impact of racism, sexual pleasure, creative expression, financial planning, building community, health care and more. Get tickets


Rancho Mirage Art Affaire

Spend the weekend shopping for fine art, wine, food & music at the Rancho Mirage Art Affaire, November 9 & 10 from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. each day. Artists from near and far will display their artwork and crafts for purchase. Paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, glass, apparel and more will be featured in this two-day excitement-filled event. Live modern jazz, Motown and blues music and activities for the kiddos too. More info


Palm Desert Choreography Festival

Choreography by both emerging and established dancemakers takes center stage at the Palm Desert Choreography Festival at the McCallum Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, November 9 & 10. This popular festival, now in its 22nd year, brings exciting original dances in a number of styles, performed by companies from across the nation with winners announced at the conclusion of each performance. Professional companies are featured on Saturday [Get tickets], while pre-professional companies take the stage on Sunday [Get tickets].


Golden Grapes Wine Tasting at the Ace Hotel

The Ace Hotel & Swim Club presents their monthly poolside wine tasting series Golden Grapes, on Sunday, November 9 from 12:00–5:00 p.m. This day-long bacchanalia with Palm Springs Wine Fest celebrates the best wine makers, grapes and grape lovers in California with wine tastings, small bites and a poolside soundscape. This time they are pouring from a flight of five wines from Scribe Winery, producing vibrant, terroir-driven wines from the Sonoma Valley. More info


NEXT WEEKEND: Desert Hot Springs Pride Festival

Desert Hot Springs celebrates Pride on Saturday, November 16 from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at Cabot’s Pueblo Museum. Explore booths representing community services, retail, art, local business, and information organizations. Live entertainment and food vendors, face painting, and arts & crafts for the kids round out this family-friendly event. Admission is free. More info


LOOKING AHEAD: The Palm Springs International Film Festival

The Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) 30th Season takes place January 2–13, 2020. This is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming over 135,000 attendees each year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The Festival offers 12 days of events and film screenings in Palm Springs and Cathedral City, featuring over 200 films from 60+ countries. Passes for the 2020 Film Festival are now available for purchase. Individual film and event tickets, including Opening & Closing Night, will be available for purchase in December. More info


Modernism Week 2020 Tickets on Sale Now

Modernism Week takes place February 13–23, 2020,
Tickets have just gone on sale, as of November 1.
Get tickets here

The festival highlights midcentury modern architecture, art, interior and landscape design, and vintage culture. The 11-day festival is in its 15th year and features more than 350 events, including the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, tours of iconic homes in more than 30 neighborhoods, and the popular Signature Home Tour on both weekends. Also offered are architectural walking, biking and double-decker bus tours, tours of the historic Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands, a classic car show, garden tours, nightly parties, and a special series of compelling and informative talks. All events are open to the public, and many events are free or low cost.


Walk of the Stars Honors John McDonald and Rob Wright

The 434th star on the Walk of the Stars will be dedicated on Friday, November 8 at 11:00 a.m., honoring philanthropists John McDonald and Rob Wright. In 2015 John and Rob generously gifted the building located at 1301 N. Palm Canyon to the LGBT Community Center of Desert. The new location became the center for an expanded LGBTQ reach across the desert. More info


Palm Springs Speaks – Robert Reich

Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, will speak as part of the Palm Springs Speaks series on Friday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Richards Center for the Arts. Reich was named by Time magazine as one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century. He is the author of 15 books, and is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. His newest book is The Common Good, and the Netflix original documentary he co-created, “Saving Capitalism” is streaming now. Get tickets


V Wine Lounge Grand Opening

Join the celebration at V Wine Lounge for their Grand Opening on Sunday, November 10 from 1:00–6:00 p.m. Enjoy Happy Hour prices and HeyDay will be frying up burgers on the patio. V Wine Lounge features over 80 California boutique and old world wines by-the-glass, throw back cocktails, craft beers and more! Learn more


Date Harvest Festival

The “Date Harvest Fest,” taking place Saturday, November 9 from 12:00–10:00 p.m. at Rancho Las Flores in Coachella, is now the second date festival of the year, separate from the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival that happens in February. Spend the day in the open air venue eating the best of the best festival food, sampling dates that you’ve never heard of, and enjoying a full day of culinary and musical entertainment. Your ticket gets you grass seating for all bands as well as a ferris wheel, family zone with tractors to climb on and a day of entertainment and fun for the whole family. Get tickets


Pickford Theatre Pick: “Terminator: Dark Fate”

Our pick for a flick at Mary Pickford Theatre D’Place Entertainment is Terminator: Dark Fate, starring Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger. More than two decades have passed since Sarah Connor prevented Judgment Day, changed the future, and re-wrote the fate of the human race. Dani Ramos is living a simple life in Mexico City with her brother and father when a highly advanced and deadly new Terminator -a Rev-9 -travels back through time to hunt and kill her. Come see it on the big screen while kicking back in a luxurious recliner with popcorn or your favorite selection from the cafe! Get tickets


Are you Rio thirsty? At Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill, Happy Hour is 4:00–6:30 p.m. Mon–Thu, and 2:00–6:00 p.m. Fri–Sun. Enjoy House Margaritas for $5, as well as $5 beer and well drinks. Do you like your margarita blended, on the rocks, flavored with raspberry, strawberry, lime, mango, or peach?

Get Happy at Rio Azul

 

Join your friends at The Roost Lounge for Happy Hour, every day from 12:00–7:00 p.m. Well cocktails are just $3.75, while martinis and call level cocktails are only $5.25. Get a beer for $2.00 or wine for $3.25! Enjoy live entertainment, cool conversation and some of the valley’s greatest bartenders! Get Happy at The Roost


Eight4Nine is a local favorite that is always in fashion in the Uptown Design District of Palm Springs. They offer a welcoming and friendly atmosphere for breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, or happy hour! Come check out their new patio lighting and feel the warm ambiance. Take advantage of this HOT DEAL for 40% off and get a $25 gift certificate for just $15! Get Your Deal

 

The Broken Yolk Cafe offers homestyle breakfast, brunch and lunch served daily, with a huge selection of breakfast favorites. Toast the weekend with something delicious, like their famous Tiki Toast™! Nab this HOT DEAL and receive $50 of food and drink at Broken Yolk Palm Springs for just $35! Get Your Deal


 

 


 

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