God Save the Queen! One of my favorite Twitter accounts is @TheTweetofGod. Two posts stood out as the news of Queen Elizabeth’s passing spread across the Twitterverse: “I can only save the queen for so long” was the irreverent post followed by this:

Whatever your feelings about the monarchy, there’s no doubt the queen had a great impact on the world. She even visited Sunnylands at one point as reported in The Desert Sun.
We’re off to a wet start to the weekend, but at least the heat is gone! This is your last weekend to enjoy a tramway ride before the annual maintenance shutdown. Much more below. Enjoy!

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Out on the Mountain

Six Flags Magic Mountain’s annual Out on the Mountain LGBTQ/Gay Night returns on Friday, September 9 from 6 pm–midnight. 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, including Heidi N Closet from RuPaul’s Drag Race. The entertainment also includes three dance parties: Ray Rhodes (Full Throttle Stage DJ), DJ SRO (Metro Park Pub DJ), and DJ Les Ortiz (Latin Dance DJ). Host is Tiffany Vogue (featured on HBO Max’s Craftopia). Over 5,000 people are expected to attend, and your ticket also gets you daytime admission to the park along with the general public before the special event begins. More info


Southern Fried Nuptials at Desert Theatreworks

Desert Theatreworks opens its new season with Southern Fried Nuptials, from September 9–25. Going to the chapel and they’re gonna get married. Or are they? It’s been a rough year for Attie VanLeer and Harline Frye. Their engagement has been on and off more times than a drunk frat boy on a mechanical bull. Half the town has been invited, dress is fitted, the flowers have been ordered, and the gifts are piling up in the living room. So why does Harline still have cold feet? Will they or won’t they? That’s the big question this hysterical sequel to Osborne and Eppler’s hit comedy Southern Fried Funeral. Get tickets


Brothers of the Desert Newlywed Game

Brothers of the Desert present the Newlywed Game hosted by Patty Cakes on Friday, September 9 from 6–9 pm at Oscar’s. Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a fun night as Patty and audience members get to ask questions of the three celebrity newlywed couples. Just like the 70’s hit TV show, there will be lots of malarkey, she-nanigans, and laughs along the road to finding out which couple knows each other best. Contestants include Palm Springs First Responders and the evening will also feature a live performance from Dion Kahn, Palm Springs Voice winner and Gand Band vocalist. Funds raised will support the Brothers’ Membership Support Fund. More info


Day of Advocacy

In preparation for the upcoming political season, Brothers of the Desert (BOD) is collaborating with the Desert Stonewall Democrats to host A Day of Advocacy on Saturday, September 10 from 11 am–3 pm to highlight the political issues of Black voter suppression and anti-gay legislation. The educational forum will feature California Secretary of State Shirley Weber and Director of External Relations for Equality California, Sam Garrett-Pate. This FREE information and education forum will be held at the Mizell Center, and BOD is encouraging members, friends and allies to participate. More info


Marconi Calindas: Life in Color Art Exhibition & Film Screening

On Saturday, September 10 at 6 pm, join the opening night reception for Marconi Calindas‘ new exhibit, Life in Color, at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. At 7 pm, the short film “Princesa (2014),” featuring Calindas’ award-winning art direction, will be screened, followed by a Q&A with the artist. Life in Color will remain on display throughout the upcoming LGBTQ Film Festival, Cinema Diverse, as well as Palm Springs Pride in early November. More info


Summer Reading Series: Iced

Desert Ensemble Theatre invites you to join a reading of the play Iced, written and directed by Patricia West-Del Ruth on Friday, September 9 from 6–9 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Fleeing Honduras in fear for their lives, an undocumented grandfather is suspected of being a terrorist or possibly a sex trafficker when he swims across the Rio Grande River and arrives in McAllen, Texas with his teenage granddaughter. Placed in harsh conditions at a detention center, the grandfather pleads for asylum and discovers his granddaughter has mysteriously gone missing. Admission is free, reservations recommended. There will be a full bar with happy hour menu, 2 drink minimum. More info


Biloxi Blues at Palm Canyon Theatre

Palm Canyon Theatre presents Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues, playing through Sunday, September 11. This play is the second chapter in what is known as the “Eugene trilogy,” following Brighton Beach Memoirs and preceding Broadway Bound. Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical story is told through the eyes of 18-year-old Eugene Morris Jerome, who is drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. During basic training, Eugene meets a diverse assortment of soldiers, including the gentle and intelligent Arnold Epstein and the hard-drinking platoon leader Sergeant Merwin J. Toomey. Get tickets



Tramway to Close for Annual Maintenance

This weekend is your last chance to ride the tramway before they take their annual time-out for refurbishment. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will close for its annual maintenance routine, starting Monday, September 12 with a tentative reopening date of Monday, October 10, assuming all goes according to schedule. This year, they will be replacing track sheaves and refurbishing both cabins, including the replacement of the dome windows, along with the usual testing and service upgrades. Safety first, especially when you’re ascending two-and-a-half miles up the cliffs of Chino Canyon, in a tram car supported by cables running from the desert floor to the wilderness of Mt. San Jacinto State Park!


College of the Desert Street Fair is Back

For over 36 years, The Street Fair at College of the Desert is considered one of the top things to do in the Palm Springs area, where locals and visitors alike can enjoy an open-air shaded shopping experience second to none. It is now reopened for the season, every Saturday and Sunday from 8 am–Noon through the month of September, and then 8 am –2 pm once the weather cools off a bit more from October–May. With merchandise and services for all ages and any budget, the Street Fair offers over a thousand items for sale from artisans, home goods, fashion, furniture, vintage cars, a farmer’s market, live entertainment, gourmet food and much more. More info


Creative Writing with David Wallace

Mizell Center presents Creative Writing with David Wallace, an 8-week course starting this Saturday, September 10 and running through October 29, on Saturdays from 1–3 pm. David Wallace is a nationally published author of nine non-fiction books, including A City Comes Out, a landmark history of Palm Springs, and I Called Him Uncle Harry, a memoir of growing up with his aunt and uncle, Harry and Bess Truman. Here’s your opportunity to learn from the best, in-person. Wallace creates a comfortable environment of mutual respect for everyone’s work – whether that is a family history, a play, poetry, a novel, or continuing a previously started work. More info


LOOKING AHEAD

Cinema Diverse Opening Night: Bros

The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents the 15th Anniversary of Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ+ Film Festival, running September 15–18 & September 22–25. The festival’s opening night is Thursday, September 15, featuring Universal Pictures’ Bros screening at 7:30 pm with a reception to follow. This highly anticipated film is the first romantic comedy from a major studio about two gay men maybe, possibly, probably, stumbling towards love. Maybe. They’re both very busy. Starring Billy Eichner, the first openly gay man to co-write and star in his own major studio film, and Luke Macfarlane (Killjoys), the film also boasts an entirely LGBTQ+ principal cast. Get tickets


The Dinah is Two Weeks Away

Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend, the largest Queer/Lesbian/Non-Binary Event in the world, takes place September 21–25 and they have announced the official lineup of artists, including headliners Fletcher, Taylor Dayne, Haviah Mighty, Zolita, Cassidy King, Siena Liggins, Siya, Riela, and IV4. For all the daily details on The Dinah and how to get tickets, check out our event listing: More info


2022 Business Expo and Taste of Palm Springs

The Palm Springs Chamber or Commerce presents the 2022 Business Expo & Taste of Palm Springs on Wednesday, September 21 from 5–9 pm at Indian Canyons Golf Resort. Come learn about Palm Springs’ businesses and have the opportunity to taste bites from several of the city’s best restaurants. Over 100 local businesses will showcase their products and services, and included will be a taste of more than 40 valley restaurants, wine and beer tasting, a cocktail bar, and live entertainment from Britain’s Finest – The Complete Beatles Experience. Get tickets


2023 BNP Paribas Single Session Tickets on Sale

Love tennis? Then it’s not too early to be dreaming about “Tennis Paradise,” the BNP Paribas Open, taking place March 6–19, 2023 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Single Session tickets are now available, so make your plans and be there in-person as legendary tennis icons take center stage. Choose from a variety of seating types, grounds pass, or the Daily Double package for day and evening sessions. Get tickets


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WIN Tickets to Cinema Diverse

Cinema Diverse – The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival, takes place September 15–25 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, and KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide have your chance to WIN a pair of “Six pack of passes” to this 15th Anniversary edition of the festival! Enter to win on the KGAY Contest Page. Tickets and passes are available for purchase now, come see LGBTQ+ cinema from around the world, screening for 10 days. More info

WIN Tickets to Pride Under the Pines

Pride Under the Pines, the Idyllwild Pride Festival, is set for Saturday, October 1, for a great day filled with fun, laughter, celebration and love, and KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide have your chance to WIN a pair of General Admission tickets! Winners will have access to the festival grounds to enjoy a day of food, bars and entertainment hosted by Sabryna Williams, Transgender singer/songwriter Alexa Abraxas and Thea Austin from Snap! Enter to win on the KGAY Contest Page. You can also purchase tickets now, with the option to join the KGAY Party Bus and movie screening of The Birdcage. More info

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