The Palm Springs Public Library is happy to be hosting “Slay: The Art of Drag” art exhibit in the Library by artist Craig Mann. “Drag has been in the news for brunches and bans. It’s also a misunderstood art form that has been in existence since William Shakespeare’s choice of men to play female roles”, said Mr. Mann. Exploring drag as art, Craig Mann celebrates local drag artists who bring joy and entertainment to their audiences. Twenty portraits of local queens are on display, the exhibit is viewable at the main Library during regular hours and will be on display through November 18, 2023.

In a happy coincidence, the Library will once again be hosting quarterly Drag Story Hour events with Bella da Ball, with the first one occurring on Tuesday, October 24 at 6:00 p.m. during the art exhibit. There will be a craft, then Bella will read a few stories and then we’ll all dance in celebration. Everyone is welcome; it is a fun time to celebrate all families.

Drag queen and performer, Bella da Ball will be our story reader and hostess. Bella is a local icon known as the beating heart of Palm Springs. “It’s been since before COVID that we’ve had a Drag Story Hour and we are excited to have it back!” said Jeannie Kays, Director of Library Services. “Our Library is a welcoming place for everyone.” Other Drag Story Hour events are planned for January and March of 2024.

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