Palm Springs-based TV, Film Star, Reveals Secret Marriage
I'm taking the liberty of making our "Bookmarks" (curated by listings editor Alex McCune) the lead story, as one of our famous neighbors has officially come out of the closet – Massimo Dobrovic! He and his husband are such sweethearts, not to mention big-hearted. Massimo devoted his time and talent to help Desert AIDS Project clients produce a powerful play as a tool for fighting their own isolation – an incredibly moving journey.
See the video above, and check out the bookmarks below. Love and hugs to the happy couple!
Top Five Bookmarks of the Week
People, Pain and Pets: Dezart Performs' 'Chapatti' Is a Master Class in Acting, Directing and Character Development
Federal Appeals Court: Civil rights Law Covers LGBT Workplace Bias
Elektric Lucie and Bridger Advance to Tachevah Finals
Opera Outdoors in Two Venues this Sunday
Opera in the Park is the premier cultural event in April in Palm Springs. This year’s free concert will he held this Sunday, April 9, 2017 1-4 pm at Sunrise Park in Palm Springs. Opera in the Park is dedicated to the memory of Michael C. Cressey (1948-2015.) The concert of opera arias is expected to again draw thousands of people from all over Southern California in a celebration of great opera music with a professional orchestra conducted by Valery Ryvkin. More info.
Opera Under the Stars – Indian Wells
Opera Under the Stars is an evening of delightful operatic arias by world-class singers, taking place Sunday, April 9, 2017 – 6:30 PM, at The Renaissance Indian Wells. The evening will include a presentation of the St. Cecilia Patron of Music Award to Joe Giarrusso and Bob Poehling
for their years of supporting music in the Coachella Valley
Heels for Healing: An Anti-Bullying Drag Benefit!
Drag queens from Priscilla Queen of the Desert to those gals in Kinky Boots have been known to do some fancy stepping in super high heels. On Wednesday, April 12, some of the area’s most popular drag queens will perform in Heels for Healing, a national event designed to stomp out bullying. The local all-star evening features Bella Da Ball, Arial Trampway, Mystic Befierce Miller, Mona Sa’More and many others. The event will be held at 7:30 PM at the Palm Canyon Theater at 538 N. Palm Canyon Drive. The evening of one-of-a-kind performances will send all proceeds to LGBT students across the desert. Get tickets at the theater’s box office.
Safe Schools Desert Cities empowers area Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex youth (LGBTQI+), their allies and GSA advisors and offers opportunities that foster a sense of community and individual growth by providing education, guidance, advocacy, resources, recreational activities and opportunities for self expression. More info
Well, Hello, Jerry! One Night Only Celebrates the Music of Jerry Herman
Hello Jerry, composer Jerry Herman that is! You’re being celebrated at 6:30 PM April 20 at a One Night Only performance at the McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts, Palm Desert, with a following VIP reception at Agua California Bistro at The River in Rancho Mirage. Internationally renowned photographer/producer Michael Childers assembled a cast of over 20 of the best Broadway and Hollywood performers in Hello Jerry, a musical tribute to composer Jerry Herman. Directed by Jason Graae with music direction by Christopher Marlowe, the cast will perform songs from classic Jerry Herman musicals, including Hello Dolly, Mame, La Cage Aux Folles, and others. Tickets are $145 and up. A limited number of VIP tickets are available through JFS at (760) 325-4088 for $495 each and include after theatre party with the cast. More info.
"The Dinah" & NCLR Garden Party in Photos & Video
No doubt, some lesbians are still sleeping off their 10-event experience of The Dinah. Their media relations guru, Mona Elyafi, sent us all a lovely note…
Celesbians on the Red Carpet!
Celesbians rocked the Red Carpet at The Dinah 2017!
Hello everyone. Just a quick email to say THANK YOU!
From the bottom of heart … thank you, thank you and thank you! The weekend was absolutely magical. I had such an incredible time working in your company. You made my work so easy and fun. And yes, YOU put a huge smile on my face. As always, I absolutely love working with you all but this year more than ever. It truly was transforming. I can’t wait for Dinah 2018! I hope you get a well-deserved rest. Thank YOU! …Mona
2017-2018 Subscriptions on Sale at The McCallum Theatre
Next up, Friday, April 7 at 8 PM, the hilarious Rita Rudner. Be prepared to laugh as Rita Rudner returns (in a very mild way) to the McCallum.
The nine-time Las Vegas Comedian of the Year has the longest running solo comedy show in the history of Las Vegas with over 14 years on the Sunset Strip. Known for her thought provoking one-liners and her observations on everyday life, Rudner keeps it real talking about the things that amuse her.
www.ritarudner.com. More info.
I NEED COACHELLA WEEKEND ONE AND SAGUARO POOL PARTY INFO
Trans Community Members and Allies Celebrate TG Mondays at Bongo Johnny's
Although you can come eat anytime on this day April 10 at Bongo Johnny's (the owners donate a percentage of the sales to the Raina Chessman Fund), the transgender social hour is from 5 to 8 pm this day, And there's a raffle! More info.
Foreigner Front Man Goes Solo
As a fitting conclusion to an illustrious season of Concerts Under The Palms, the last show (April 8th) in the series will be free of charge when Concerts Under the Palms welcomes to the stage the voice of Foreigner, Lou Gramm.
Power marks the distinctive voice of Gramm who rose to fame as the original lead singer of Foreigner, which saw 16 songs hit the top of the charts during his reign, including “I Want To Know What Love Is,” “Double Vision,” “Cold As Ice,” “Juke Box Hero,” and “Hot Blooded.” Inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 2009, Gramm also has a robust solo career with hits including "Midnight Blue," "Just Between You and Me," and "True Blue Love." More Info
Happy Hour Finder
Lean over the upper-level balcony at Moxie Palm Springs, 262 S. Palm Canyon Drive, and take in the desert vistas or just people watch from your spot above it all. During Happy Hour, from 4 to 7 PM Thursday through Sunday and all day Monday through Wednesday, you can do all this with a cool, refreshing drink. There’s $2.00 off Shareables & Salads, wine by the glass and Specialty Cocktails. And $1.00 off draft beer, house wines and well cocktails.
The Retro Room Lounge in Palm Springs harkens back to the days when cool was created. We’re talking about a place where the Rat Pack would come to loosen their skinny ties and hang up their stingy-brimmed hats. And Happy Hour specials are mixed just as Sammy, Frankie, Joey and Dino would have liked them. Happy Hour happens every day until 7 PM and from 9 PM to midnight
Hot Deals – Our "Gay Groupon" – 50% Off at Many of Your Favorite Places!
Patrons who eat at Watercress Vietnamese Bistro say they love the plating of Garlic Butter-Soy Shrimp or Wok-fried Steak Cubes as much as they enjoy the food. See what everyone’s talking about at Watercress, 415 North Palm Canyon Drive, with a hot deal that offers half-off a $25 meal. And Watercress will participate in Dining Out For Life. On April 27, a portion of the day's receipts will be donated to Desert AIDS Project where it will be used for testing, treatment and education in an effort to end the spread of HIV and AIDS by 2020.
So Many Reasons to Proclaim: #ILoveGayPalmSprings
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