Gay Desert Guide Weekend: Oct 25–27, 2019

Leather Pride Weekend, Center Stage, Coco Peru, East Coachella Valley Pride, George Zander Vigil, Reel Women’s Film Festival, Tram Road Challenge, Plus a rundown of theatre options and a look ahead to Halloween on Arenas and The Art of Pride kicking off Palm Springs Pride next Weekend, and some great HOT DEALS and Happy Hours!


The Art of Pride is November 1 – Get Tickets Today

The Palm Springs Art Museum presents a brand new official Pride event, The Art of Pride, to kick off the celebration weekend on Friday, November 1 from 5:30–8:30 p.m. All three levels of the building will be open, including the museum’s two outdoor patios and the Annenberg Theater. Attendees can mingle and explore offerings from the permanent collection and current exhibitions, including Touching History, a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of New York’s Stonewall riots. Kiehls and MAC will be giving out samples and MAC will be presenting Pride-inspired body painting on a live model. RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Morgan McMichaels and Delta Work will be on hand, along with DJ Kimberly S spinning, plus an open bar, appetizers, and Boomerang Photo Booth by Coachella Party. Get tickets


Halloween on Arenas

Palm Springs Halloween on Arenas Road is Thursday, October 31 and along with entertainment from Grammy® Award-Winning artist Evelyn Champagne King and her band, the vivacious all-girl band Pulp Vixen and California favorites Probe 7 will perform. The infamous costume contest is back, with sign-up at 6:00 p.m. and contest at 8:00 p.m. Gay Desert Guide will be on the scene from 6:00–9:00 p.m. with a Photobooth by CoachellaParty.com so you can get a commemorative photo after you’ve registered for the costume contest! More info



Palm Springs Leather Pride

The Palm Springs Leather community comes together and welcomes visitors from all over the world to Palm Springs Leather Pride 2019 from Thursday, October 24 through Sunday, October 27.  The events are too numerous to list here but you can get the full lineup on our Palm Springs Leather Pride Event Page! Here are a few selections from the weekend’s lineup:

  • Thursday: Happy Hour at Eagle 501, two films at the PSCC: “SATYRS Motorcycle Club 50th Anniversary” and “Bound,” Registration package pickup and Mr. Leather contestant meet and greet at Hunters.
  • Friday: Swine & Swim Pool Party at Canyon Club, Tom of Finland Formal Cocktails/Dinner at the PS Air Museum, Varla Jean Merman musical spectacular, Coax & Bait Cruise Alley & Street Fair at Toolshed, Redemption After Hours party at Copa.
  • Saturday: Leather in Recovery, BDSM Educational Sessions, Wet & Harder Pool Party at Canyon Club, Gars & Gear at Eagle 501, VIP Tours of Palm Springs Air Museum, Mr. Palm Springs Leather Contest, Coax & Bait, FURBALL Victory Party.
  • Sunday: Foxhole pool party at Canyon Club, Coax & Bait.
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Leather Pride Spotlight: “Gars & Gear” at Eagle 501

“Gars & Gear” takes place on Saturday, October 25 from 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. at Eagle 501 Bar on Arenas Rd. This event features happy hour prices and food, compliments of Eagle 501 with cigars available for purchase, hosted by Maximus and Hotcigarmen.com. More info

 


The Center’s 10th Annual “Center Stage” Fundraiser

The Center Stage fundraiser is turning 10, and to celebrate, The LGBT Community Center of the Desert is turning back the clock to throw a big 80s party on Friday, October 25! Presented by Eisenhower Medical Center, come to Center Stage for cocktails, silent auction, sit-down dinner, and a freakin’ righteous Big 80’s party! The Center will be honoring their outgoing board chair, Brian Rix, for his rad 9 years of service on The Center’s Board of Directors. Get tickets


Coco Peru at Outlandish Performance Series

Coco Peru returns to Outlandish on Saturday, October 26 at 8:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center as part of the Outlandish Palm Springs performance series. Coco is described by Lily Tomlin as “one of the last great storytellers” and in her brand new show, “Have You Heard”  Coco reminisces about her long career as a drag legend, performing some of her favorite monologues and songs, as well as some new stuff too. Upcoming performers in the series include: Miss Richfield 1981, Leslie Jordan, and Randy Rainbow. Get tickets

 


3rd Annual East Coachella Valley Pride

Back for a 3rd year, East Coachella Valley Pride will be celebrated on Saturday, October 26 from 1:00–8:00 p.m. at Veterans Park in the City of Coachella. This FREE event features performances by: Fabeyoncé, Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles, Desert Mirage High School Rock Band, Las Tías, Sabor a mi Tierra Ballet Folklorico, Danza Azteca Citlaltonac and more! More info

 


George Zander Candlelight Vigil & March

On Saturday, October 26 at 6:00 p.m., join in memory of all victims of hate crimes on the 4th anniversary of the day George and Chris Zander were attacked in downtown Palm Springs. Reflect, remember, and stand up against hate violence, and help carry forward the social justice efforts that defined George Zander’s life and honor his memory so that no other individual falls victim to a crime of hate. Vigil begins on La Plaza at Grand Central and marches through the heart of downtown Palm Springs. More info


Reel Women’s Film Festival

Come to the Palm Springs Cultural Center on Sunday, October 27 from 1:00–4:45 p.m. for an inspiring afternoon of diverse films about women at the Reel Women’s Film Festival. All proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood sexual and reproductive health care services in the Coachella Valley. Closing reception at Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge for sponsors and platinum pass holders. Get tickets


Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge

This isn’t your typical weekend 5K. The Palm Springs Aerial Tram Road Challenge, on Saturday, October 26 from 6:30–10:30 a.m., starts an an elevation of 400 feet and climbs (gradually) to over 2,600 feet! Completing the climb to the top is something you will remember forever, and each year over 1,500 participants take the challenge. Finish line is at the lower tram station, with refreshments, vendor expo, awards, prizes, and buses to bring you back down the hill. More info


Weekend Theatre

“Priscilla, Queen of the Desert opens, while “Die Mommie Die” presents its final weekend of performances, and “Mamma Mia!” continues. Plus, a special benefit featuring recent Broadway musicals!

Palm Canyon Theatre presents Priscilla Queen of the Desert from Friday, October 25 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

 

Desert Ensemble Theatre Company opens the season with their signature musical revue, benefiting the company’s Theatre Internship Program and Scholarship Fund. On the Twenty-First Century features songs from Broadway musicals that debuted in the past 20 years, performed by some of the area’s most popular performers. The first evening, Friday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m., is a Gala event featuring hors d’oeuvres, wine and desserts, with a second performance on Saturday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m. Get tickets

 

The Desert Rose Playhouse presents Die, Mommie, Die!, through Sunday, October 27.  In an attempt to escape her marriage so that she can be with a hunky layabout, ex-cabaret siren Angela Arden poisons her husband. But when she begins to suspect that her daughter and gay son are also sleeping with her paramour — and they in turn begin to suspect her — everything begins to fall apart. Directed by Robbie Wayne and starring Loren FreemanGet tickets

 

 

Desert Theatreworks presents Mamma Mia! The smash hit musical based on the music of ABBA from Friday, October 18 through Sunday November 3 at the Indio Performing Arts Center. The show features all the beloved hit songs by ABBA, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Take a Chance on Me” and of course, the title tune, all set to a feel-good story of young bride-to-be Sophie. Get tickets

 

UPCOMING:

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


“Queer Genius” Film Screening

Come to the Palm Springs Cultural Center for a special screening of “Queer Genius” on Thursday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m. presented by Lesbo Expo.  “Queer Genius” is directed and produced by Catherine Pancake, exploring four visionary queer artists breaking down barriers in their creative fields as they confront fame, failure, censorship, family, gender, and sexuality. The film features intertwined portraits of Eileen Myles, Barbara Hammer, Jibz Cameron, and Black Quantum Futurism. Get tickets


Palm Desert Concerts in the Park are Every Thursday in October

On Thursday, October 24 at 6:00 p.m., “The Pack” takes the stage at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park for the latest in the City’s free Concerts in the Park. Held on the terraced lawn of the Civic Center Park Amphitheater, music lovers can enjoy a Rat Pack tribute band this week, and next week return for the final concert in the series, with Dead Man’s Party (an Oingo Boingo tribute band) on Thursday, October 31. Food trucks onsite too! More info


Pickford Theatre Pick: “Zombieland: Double Tap”

Our pick for a flick at Mary Pickford Theatre D’Place Entertainment is Zombieland: Double Tap, starring Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Abigail Breslin. These four slayers must face off against the many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But most of all, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family. 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


Meet your friends at Studio One 11 for Happy Hour every day from 2:00–8:00 p.m. Enjoy free popcorn and happy hour prices: $4.50 well drinks, $4.50 house wine, $3.75 domestic beer, and $5.50 call liquors. On Thursday, October 31, come for the Halloween Party and Costume Contest, starting at 6:00 p.m. with Tommy Dodson on piano. Winners get drink chips! Get Happy at Studio One 11

 

At Wang’s in the Desert, Happy Hour is every night ’til 10:00 p.m. with specials like Mojito Monday, Taco Tuesdays, and Thirsty Thursdays! Plus, watch for Jazzville Palm Springs presenting top-notch Jazz acts on Wednesdays. And don’t forget: on Fridays it’s the famous Boys’ Night Out on “the largest happy hour patio in Palm Springs” with resident DJ Galaxy spinning your favorite beats from 4:30–8:00 p.m. Get Happy at Wang’s


Rick’s Desert Grill offers a huge selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner items for all appetites while Rick’s Restaurant specializes in breakfast or a hot and hearty lunch with the best homemade soups in the valley! Rick’s always has great food with a Cuban influence at reasonable prices. With this HOT DEAL, get 30% off with a $50 gift certificate good at either Rick’s Desert Grill or Rick’s Restaurant for $35!  Get Your Deal

 

The Broken Yolk Cafe offers homestyle breakfast, brunch and lunch served daily, with a huge selection of favorites including over 20 different omelettes, freshly squeezed orange juice, mimosas and Bloody Marys everyday! Check out their fizzy mimosa flights for a little fun and variety! 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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