This Weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings
October 5–7, 2018


Let us be your Gay Desert Guide to the weekend! Megan Mullally (“Karen” on Will & Grace) is here with her husband Nick Offerman to share “The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History.” Dance Factory will be churnin' out the beats at Wang's, and local theatre is getting witchy for Halloween season with Into the Woods from Desert Theatreworks and The Sugar Witch from The Desert Rose Playhouse. We also look ahead to the Palm Springs Equality Awards, Casual Concours Midcentury Car Show, Grooves at the Westin, and a number of upcoming featured fall entertainment events! Read on for all this plus Happy Hours and Hot Deals!


Palm Springs Speaks presents Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman 

This Friday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m., Palm Springs Speaks kicks off their season with Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, presenting “The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History.” Mullally and Offerman have been a couple for nearly twenty years and married for fifteen, which in the world of Hollywood is closer to 102 years. As actors and humorists in today’s frenzied media cycle, where celebrity hookups and breakups often make headlines alongside changes in world policy, they are self-acknowledged outliers. Now they are ready to share the who, what, where, why, and how of their relationship in full! Get tickets

Dance Factory at Wang's


Wang's in the Desert plays host to a new dance night this Friday, October 5 starting at 9:00 p.m. “Dance Factory” features Music by DJ Producer Peter Barona, hosted by the Dancing Queen Jill Langham and Bearcules producer Luis Gavela. Drink specials, GoGos, and a Desert Lounge VIP room hosted by Snatch will spice the night up! More info

Lea DeLaria Ticket Giveaway 

Orange is the New Black star Lea DeLaria is coming to town and you can enter to win free tickets!

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On Thursday, November 8 at 8:00 p.m. DeLaria will give a one-of-a-kind performance of comedy and jazz vocals at the McCallum Theatre; she has performed in some of the most prestigious houses in the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Chicago Symphony, Hollywood Bowl, The Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House. More info

Theatre: The Sugar Witch and Into the Woods


Just in time for Halloween month–er, October–we have two “witchy” offerings opening this weekend from local theatre companies!

The Desert Rose Playhouse presents The Sugar Witch, by Nathan Sanders, starting Friday, October 5 and closing Sunday, October 28. This dark, Southern Gothic play features an old Florida family living in grave danger as the last in a long line of folk-tale witches attempts to end the curse placed on their heads by the dying words of her very own grandmother. Get tickets

Streetbar Spirit Catering has now teamed up with The Desert Rose Playhouse and will be serving adult beverages at their venue during the season.

Desert Theatreworks presents Into the Woods, with music by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, opening Friday, October 5 and closing Sunday, October 21 at the Indio Performing Arts Center. This modern twist on the Brothers Grimm brings together Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (of beanstalk fame), a Baker, his Wife and a dancing cow. The beloved storybook characters take on startling complexity as they discover that wishes come with a price. Get tickets



29th Annual Senior Lifestyle Expo

Mizell Senior Center presents the 29th Annual Senior Lifestyle Expo on Friday, October 5 from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. This informative and fun event will include vendors who offer a diverse array of products and services, fresh produce at a free Farmer’s Market, free flu shots and a spectacular sale in Aunt Betty’s Thrift Store. Enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch and enter to win terrific raffle prizes. More info

Palm Springs Equality Awards

On Saturday, October 13, at 5:30 p.m., EQCA’s Equality Awards will honor the inspirational leaders and outstanding allied organizations whose selfless work helps create a more fair and just society. These are special times to celebrate community achievements while renewing our commitment to the fight for equality. Among California’s premier gala events, attendants regularly include leaders of the LGBT equality movement, and leaders from the business, nonprofit, civic and political landscapes. This year's Palm Springs Equality Awards honorees include: Don Lemon, anchor of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon,  Hon. Linda Sánchez (CA-38), Vice Chair, House Democratic Caucus and local advocates Ann Sheffer & Bill SchefflerGet tickets

Grooves at the Westin Returns Oct 27

Grooves at The Westin continues into its 8th season with three spectacular concerts featuring world class smooth jazz, pop and R&B entertainment. The first concert is October 27 from 7:00–9:30 p.m. at Masters Plaza the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, featuring Smooth Jazz All Stars: Internationally recognized smooth jazz performers take the stage in an all-star line-up. Two time Grammy award winning guitarist Paul Brown, Grammy award winning composer and pianist Gregg Karukas, multi Grammy award winning vocalist Melissa Manchester and saxophonist Michael Paulo join together in a smooth performance with familiar favorites. Get tickets


Casual Concours, The Desert's Fabulous Midcentury Car Show

Modernism Week Fall Preview presents Casual Concours, The Desert’s Most Fabulous Midcentury Car Show on Saturday, October 20 from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m at the Desert Princess Country Club. Casual Concours X is the tenth annual gathering of significant post-war automobiles, with over 100 museum-quality cars on display. This finest midcentury car show in the Coachella Valley is organized by Great Autos of Yesteryear (GAY), Southern California’s largest LGBTQ car club and the show has a focus on styling, color, luxury features, historical significance and showroom condition—in other words, midcentury glamour! Get tickets

Passions Ball to Honor D.A.P. CEO on Nov 3

David Brinkman, CEO of Desert AIDS Project, will be honored with the Annette Bloch Heart & Soul Award at this year's 2nd Annual Passions Ball, presented by Cancer Partners at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa on Saturday, November 3 at 6:00 p.m. The evening will feature a cocktail reception and silent auction, dinner, program, and awards, with entertainment and dancing to “The Greatest Hitz” from Las Vegas. Get tickets

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Mark your calendars–and secure your tickets–for these upcoming featured events!

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Chef Hector of Bontá Restaurant and Bar in Cathedral City has over 36 years experience in the kitchen and only uses the finest quality ingredients. Now experience his culinary skills for 40% off! With this HOT DEAL you get $25 of food and drink at Bontá Restaurant for just $15! Get Your Deal

At Lulu California Bistro, Happy Hour is every day from 11:00 a.m. to closing, with a Happy Hour menu offered in the bar, and Fridays and Saturdays feature a Late Night menu with special prices as well! Try an Appletini cocktail to celebrate Fall! Talent, expertise and a passion for great food combine to produce a captivating dining experience every time at Lulu. Get Happy at Lulu

Happy Hour happens daily till 7:00 p.m. at Retro Room Lounge with $4 well drinks, $5 house wines, and $2.50 Bud Light draft. Come on Wine Down Wednesdays for half price on all wines or Martini Madness Mondays with half-priced martinis from 2:00–10:00 p.m. Weekly entertainment offerings include Drag Karaoke, Diva and Friends, and Big Bitch Bingo! Get Happy at Retro Room

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  2. Funny in Love: Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman Kick Off Season 2 of Palm Springs Speaks
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  4. Palm Springs International Comedy Festival To Honor Illeana Douglas
  5. Coming Out to Grandma

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