Fun, Fur & Frolic! The International Bear Convergence (IBC) 2017

International Bear Convergence (IBC) is the premier event for Bears & admirers in Palm Springs, California, February 9-15, 2017. This desert oasis opens its arms and welcomes you to the hip Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs to thousands of frisky, furry bears, their friends & their fans. The four-day event will come to life with DJs, live entertainment and thousands of bears from around the globe. The last two years were hugely successful and we expect more of the same in 2017 with record-breaking attendance. 

During the day kick back like a rock star and enjoy themed pool parties with music provided by world renown DJ’s at the fabulous Hard Rock pool. With multiple bars, cabanas and outdoor lounge areas you’re destined to have a fantastic day. After the sun goes down, evenings will heat up with three high-energy dance parties. 

Music legend Barry Manilow to present award honoring legacy of Elizabeth Taylor at Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards; Lance Bass announced as celebrity MC”

Photo of Elizabeth Taylor by Michael Putland for Getty Images. Other images, public domain.
Pop music icon Barry Manilow will present the Partners for Life Award honoring the legacy of his friend Elizabeth Taylor during the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards February 11, 2017. The award will be accepted by Miss Taylor’s grandchildren, Tarquin and Naomi Wilding.
Lance Bass will be the celebrity MC throughout the evening. Bass, an original member of NSYNC, is a singer, actor, author, and television producer. He has a long relationship with Palm Springs and is looking forward to welcoming attendees at the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards.
Kirsten Vangsness will keep the energy high during the evening’s live auction which will feature several unique experiences. Vangsness stars as FBI Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia on the CBS drama series Criminal Minds.
The Pointer Sisters are the entertainment headliners at the gala, with La Bouche in the spotlight at the after party!

Exclusive tour of the Elizabeth Taylor Archives.  The winner of this priceless package will receive an exclusive tour of Elizabeth Taylor’s personal archives in Beverly Hills, not seen by anyone other than her family and the foundation members.  After the tour, lunch at a Beverly Hills restaurant with one or more of Elizabeth Taylor’s grandchildren for a rich conversation about her life and legacy.  Included in this package is a limited edition (2 of 2) framed photograph of Elizabeth Taylor by famed photographer, Gary Bernstein.

Exclusive tour of the private Herb Ritts vault and archives in Beverly Hills with the staff of the Herb Ritts foundation.  The winner will receive the exclusive tour and a limited edition (#3 of 25) signed, gelatin silver print of Elizabeth Taylor by legendary artist, Herb Ritts.

Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards 2017 Honorees:

Elizabeth Taylor will be honored posthumously with the Partners for Life Award. Miss Taylor is remembered as an early leader and advocate for the care of people living with HIV and AIDS.

Humanitarian Barbara Keller who served as Steve Chase Co-Chair for seven years and continues to serve on the D.A.P. Board of Directors and Co-Chair of 100 Women annual giving program.

Eisenhower Medical Center’s President and Chief Executive Officer, G. Aubrey Serfling and its Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Martin J. Massiello.

Funds raised at the gala will enable Desert AIDS Project’s dedicated team of medical and social service professionals to serve more than 3,600 individuals. Desert AIDS Project CEO, David Brinkman notes “This is a partnership. Together with the people who support Desert AIDS Project, we’re enhancing the health and wellness of our entire community.”  More Info

2nd Annual Taste of Jalisco Festival

The 2nd Annual Taste of Jalisco, presented by Southern California Edison, celebrates the sister city relationship between Cathedral City and Tequila, Jalisco (Mexico) through music, fashion, spirits, culture and cuisine.  It is a time to recognize the strength in our diversity, appreciate our similarities, and reaffirm our diplomatic commitment to improve the lives of both cities’ residents.  More Info

26th Annual Winter Classic Softball Tournament

AIDS Assistance Program – Food Samaritans, in cooperation with the City of Palm Springs and the Palm Springs Gay Softball League, presents the 25th annual Palm Springs Winter Classic Softball Tournament. Eighty teams and hundreds of LGBT softball players will compete.  The public is invited to attend an opening reception Friday, February 10 from 7-10 pm at Hunter’s Nightclub.

Games will be played at Demuth Park (4365 E. Mesquite Ave, Palm Springs) and Big League Dreams Sports Park in Cathedral City.  Games will start at 8 a.m. both days with finals in all divisions played at Big League Dreams.  More Info

Valentine's Day: Affair of the Heart presented by Desert Regional Medical Center

Join Desert Regional Medical Center for a free half day event celebrating heart-healthy living and featuring everything from lectures to exercises – and even a cooking demonstration. 

Highlights include:

  • Light Breakfast and Healthy Snacks
  • Hands-Only CPR Demonstration
  • Blood Pressure Screenings
  • Heart-Healthy Cooking Demonstrations
  • Drug Interactions Presentation / Review
  • Dieting Presentation
  • Heart Technology Presentation
  • Women and Heart Disease Presentation

Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Tables on Sale

Local organizers are gearing up for the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast scheduled for 9:30 AM to 11 AM May 19 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.  The breakfast will honor the memory of Harvey Milk, a legislator and martyred gay rights activist, and strengthen ties between a diverse group of community organizations that support equality and justice for all. Individual and group tickets for tables of 10 are being sold for the breakfast. Proceeds benefit such organizations as Gay-Straight Alliance organizations and LGBT-youth-related programs. For more information, call (760) 416-8711 or

Win Tickets to Modernism with a Twist is thrilled to sponsor Modernism With A Twist, which has become one of the most popular events during Modernism Week. This year, there are two separate content tracks, each featuring five informative, witty and captivating 10-minute talks presented by leading Modernism luminaries and guest celebrities. These thought-provoking and irreverent presentations cover an amazing range of topics, accompanied by a richly detailed audio and visual presentation.  Each customized presentation directly relates back to the theme of the content track. There's "SEXY" and "CULTURE".  Our friend, Bob Bogard, will be one of the presenters.  We'll have tickets to giveaway. Stay Tuned on our Facebook page for details.

Hot Deals – Our "Gay Groupon"

Two can eat at cheaply as one with a 50%-off discount at Manhattan in the Desert deli and bakery. They’ve got a taste of the New York with sandwiches that are a mile high. And the sweets are as sassy as a Fifth Avenue cabbie.
The same deal can be had at Appetito Deli where great Italian food is Half Off! Just thinking about crispy calamari, spicy romesco, pesto and pecorino romano will make you mouth water.  

Find All Current Hot Deals Here 

Top Bookmarks of the Week


  1. They're Still So Excited: The Pointer Sisters Headline the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards
  2. 12 Hauntingly Beautiful Images of Palm Springs at Night
  3. With HIV In Its Grips, Desert AIDS Project Attacks New Foes
  4. Broken Yolk Valley Owner Opens Rooftop Bar Moxie In Palm Springs
  5. Local Hotels and Restaurants Get 4 Diamonds


Like its name, Chill Bar Palm Springs and Scorpion Room at 217 E. Arenas Road specializes in the tall, the cool and the refreshing. Try its selections during Happy Hour all day Mondays and from opening to 7 PM Tuesdays through Sundays where a Bloody Mary is $3, well drinks and house wines are $4, Bud and Miller Light is $2 and Chill Beer is $1.75


Trunks Bar’s motto is “Trunks, where the Spirits are High and the prices are Low!” See for yourself during Happy Hour, which happens Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 6 PM.  And shots of Jagermeister, Fireball and Crown Apple are $5.00, well drinks are $3.50 and domestic beer is $2.50. Trunks, which has a West Hollywood location, took over the former DIGS in Cathedral City and gave it a top-to-bottom makeover. Come see how it looks!

Find All Our Happy Hours Here

Compiled by Nicholas Snow from a variety of sources.