Prestigious PRIDE HONORS AWARDS Set for Sept 28

The prestigious Pride Honors Awards are presented annually to individuals in order to recognize the work they have put into raising awareness and furthering the causes of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and their allies. Award recipients are the public ambassadors of Pride. They represent a mix of individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the LGBT community. With the help of past honorees and community input, the Greater Palm Springs Pride board of directors selects organizations and individuals to honor the work they have put into furthering the causes of LGBT people.

2017 Spirit of Stonewall Honorees
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to Marshall Pearcy and Douglas Woodmansee, who have raised over $2 million for charity since their stage debut 37 years ago as Dottie Du Bois and Maude Chapeau.
  • Also recognized will be community organizer, an advocate for LGBTQ individuals and families, and an eighteen-year member of the PFLAG Palm Springs/Desert Communities chapter since 1999, Christine Hammond.
  • Well in the Desert, a twenty-year grass roots organization that cares for thousands of people annually whose extraordinary efforts help educate the public and humanize the face of the homeless in Palm Springs, is recognized as Advocate of the Year.
  • With over forty years of service advancing the LGBT movement and special recognition for her commitment to raise the visibility of the lesbian community, Louise Minnick is honored as the Volunteer of the Year.
  • The Transgender Community Coalition, the largest transgender organization in the Inland Empire serving the needs of the local transgender community, is celebrated as the Organization of the Year. 
  • Desert Storm Veteran and community leader Kerry Hendrix is presented with the Spirit of Pride Award for advancing equality, promoting diversity and celebrating the strength and talent of the LGBT community.
  • The 2017 Friend of Pride is a business and community leader who has stalwartly supported the LGBT community Carolyn Caldwell.
  • The Spirit of Stonewall Community Service Award recognizes retired professor of nursing, DeAnn Young, whose life has been guided by the belief that one should give to others and the community.
Proceeds from the reception will support the Pride organization’s efforts to foster Pride in and respect for the region’s LGBT communities.

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin Delights Cinema Diverse Opening Night Audience, with Mr. Maupin himself in Attendance

Congratulations to Michael C. Green and the Palm Springs Cultural Center on the well-attended and well-programmed 10th Anniversary of Cinema Diverse, featuring an opening night screening with Armistead Maupin.

THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN examines the life and work of one of the world's most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels have inspired millions to claim their own truth. Jennifer Kroot's documentary about the creator of TALES OF THE CITY moves nimbly between playful and poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. With help from his friends (including Neil Gaiman, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Sir Ian McKellen and Amy Tan) Maupin offers a disarmingly frank look at the journey that took him from the jungles of Vietnam to the bathhouses of 70's San Francisco to the front line of the American culture war.

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“Vanya and Sonia & Masha + Spike” at the Desert Rose Playhouse

The Desert Rose Playhouse, the Valley’s LGBTQA+ Stage Company, presents Christopher Durang’s comedy, VANYA & SONIA & MASHA + SPIKE, opening Friday, September 22, 2017, for a four-week run.  Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2 PM, through October 15, 2017.

Vanya and Sonia live in their family’s home in Bucks County, PA. Their “Movie Star” sister Masha arrives with her new boy-toy Spike to tell them she is selling the family manse and moving on with life. Add a “Snow White and the 7 Dwarves” costume party and a voodoo-spell-casting housekeeper and it’s Christopher Durang at his best!  Tony Winner for Best Play 2013!  More Info

Step on Up for the Desert AIDS Walk

Desert AIDS Walk 2017
Desert AIDS Walk 2017 is Saturday, October 21st. Join our "Community in Action" by committing to walk and registering at this link.

Explain organizers, "We have a big goal this year to increase our HIV testing and expand the comprehensive, compassionate care we provide for nearly 4,200 people every day. You can get us to a new reality of zero new HIV infections. You can make it all happen, and it starts with the Desert AIDS Walk."

It takes 60 seconds to start igniting this change. Register now to be an integral part of a new chapter. The funds you raise will directly transform the health of our neighbors for the better.  Thank you for supporting Desert AIDS Project!

A Second RANDY RAINBOW LIVE Show added to the Outlandish Comedy Series!

Just added, a 2nd Randy Rainbow Live performance November 19 at 8 PM, including in Series passes.

Outlandish Palm Springs is a performance series produced by Logo Founder Matt Farber.  You'll never guess who's on the bill! GayDesertGuide is a media partner.

Del ShoresDel Shores – Six Characters in Search of a Play – Oct 28th, 8 PM

Sordid Lives creator Del Shores new one-man show directed by Emerson Collins proves once again that he is not a writer, he’s a self-proclaimed thief!  In Six Characters In Search Of A Play, Shores is inspired by Pirandello’s classic play to bring you six characters inspired by his real-life encounters that haven’t quite made it into one of Shores’ plays, films or TV shows. In 90 minutes, the audience will hear the truth behind how he collected these eccentrics, then he will portray them in classic Shores’ monologue style.
Miss RichfieldMiss Richfield 1981 – 2020 Vision: A Surivival Guide For The New World Nov 4th  

Miss Richfield 1981 returns to Palm Springs with her brand new show, “2020 Vision—A Survival Guide For The New World”, an official Palm Springs Pride event.   The show features Miss Richfield 1981’s  unique take on audience participation along with new songs, new videos, and most importantly, a new message for our new world!   During these strange times, Miss R wants to provide a message of hope—or at least survival!

Miss Coco PeruCoco Peru – The Taming of the Tension Nov 11th

Miss Coco Peru has been a little tense lately and one of the things that Coco likes to do when she is tense is invite friends over to her place for tea (and/or cocktails) and a good old-fashioned bullshitting session. Coco is now inviting you to her "place" for some of her favorite stories, songs, and a good dose of bullshitting with the hope that together the tension will melt away! And for the first time ever Coco will be taking questions from her audience! So, think of good ones to ask!!! 

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Randy Rainbow – LIVE! Nov 18 show SOLD OUT. A Nov 19 show added!

Randy Rainbow (yes, real name) is a comedian, actor, writer, host and Internet sensation best known for his viral comedy videos. His popular series of political spoofs and musical parodies have garnered international acclaim and hundreds of millions of views. Dan Savage called him “the best thing to come from the GOP race” and his musical tribute to the first presidential debate of 2016 (“BRAGGADOCIOUS!”) received 28 million views in its first two days.

All Performances…

Doors open at 7 PM for all performances at 8 PM, and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to SAGE USA and SAGE of the Desert, a program of the LGBT Center.  Buy a series pass and save money!   More Info

Happy Hour Finder

Happy Hour at Oscars Café and Bar in the heart of downtown happens Monday – Saturday and comes with supper-time musical treats spanning blues to funk as well as live comedy, female and celebrity impersonations and the biggest outdoor Sunday Disco Dance on the west coast. From 4 PM to 7 PM you can enjoy a Happy Hour Appetizer and Drink Menu including: $4 draft beer – Budweiser, Bud and Miller Lite; $5 Svedka Vodka cocktails; $5 well cocktails; and $5 house wines.

EIGHT4NINE, located in the heart of the fashion district on downtown Palm Springs offers Happy Hour cocktails and menu items all day every day! Their fabulously decorated LOUNGE serves Happy Hour featuring a $9.00 section allowing their guests to say “We Ate 4 $9.” Enjoy classic and modern cocktails, alongside expertly selected wines and craft beers.

C'Mon, C'Mon, Get Happy!

Hot Deals (Discounted Gift Cards!)

At the Watercress Vietnamese Bistro, you can find a cozy night out where you’ll enjoy surprising new takes on Vietnamese, Thai and other Asian delicacies for 40% off! Drop in and choose from a variety offerings that include vegetarian and vegan options.  Writes one reviewer, "OUTSTANDING, OUTSTANDING, OUTSTANDING. Owner Phong Nguyen is also a fabulous man and an M.D. as well!  Best new restaurant in Palm Springs, and one of the best overall!!!! – Ali G, Palm Springs."  So, clearly, 40% off is a deal you can’t beat!

Luxurious and deli aren’t often mentioned in the same sentence unless you’re talking about Manhattan in the Desert, where a delicious meal of lox and bagels or a mile-high corn beef sandwich can be had at an equally delicious discount. Enjoy $25 worth of food for just $17.50. That’s a 30% discount! If it were our choice, we’d use it all at the bakery! The bakery selection is as expansive and delectable as the atmosphere. Get a taste of Manhattan in Palm Springs or Palm Desert where the meal will be as exciting as this great deal. 

Sizzling Savings with HOT Deals!

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