Memorial Day Weekend Marks Official Start To Summer

Memorial Day Weekend marks for many, the official start of summer, and is ready with our new Map & Guide for both locals and visitors, chocked full of information including the summer/fall calendar of “save the dates” all the way to Greater Palm Springs Pride in November.

Writes publisher Brad Fuhr, “June is well known as Pride month in most parts of the world – an homage to the Stonewall riots in late June of 1969.   As I write this, I’m at LGBT Week in New York City where it all happened.  The conference is an “open source” mosaic of events and activities. People from all over the world are attending and organizers include our friends at LGBT Brandvoice by Pink Banana Media and CMI Community Marketing & Insights.  They are the company who asked you to fill out a survey on LGBTQ consumer habits.  Those results help “make the case” for brands, organizations and government agencies to pay attention to our community and steer resources our way.”

Read Brad’s entire article in the latest Coachella Valley Independent, available in print for free on newsstands, and online right here!

Who Will Be Crowned Queen???

Ethylina Canne returns to host the fourth Annual Queen of the Desert So-Cal Lip Sync competition Wednesday, May 31st at the Renaissance Palm Springs.

The fun begins with cocktails at 6:00 PM and show time at 7:00 PM. Last year was a sold-out crowd of 700, so make sure you get your tickets soon by visiting Participating Queens include Arial Trampway, Vanity Halston, PS Lola, Bellonce Aguilera, Mayhem MIller, and Crystal Champagne + a special performance by Pinkie Meringue Shimmer.

You can start voting for your Queen of the Desert Fan Favorite 2017 now.  Of course, the crown will ultimately be decided by a celebrity judging panel so don’t miss this fun-filled night benefiting Desert AIDS Project.

Dottie and Maude of Dames Soleil return this year as celebrity judges and will be joined by Ruta Lee, Joey English, Brad Fuhr and Shann Carr. We trust that this group will have plenty of color commentary to add when Miss Canne checks in with them throughout the show.

Palm Springs is a Real Drag!

At least a dozen or more drag shows delight area audiences every week in our fabulous oasis, and we’re thrilled to let you know you can find them all at Gay Desert Guide. Be on the lookout for fab shows at Rio Azul, Toucans, Retro Room and more, and of course, there’s Oscar’s new weekend shows with the incomparable Gypsy  It’s Time to Get Your Drag On!

Last Weekend for “Adult Material and Nudity” at The Desert Rose Playhouse

Reviewer Stephen Radosh writes, “CLARK GABLE SLEPT HERE is a fast-paced, often hilarious and oh so dark but razor sharp satire about Hollywood by Michael McKeever.  Thanks to his skillful handling of the outrageous premise and characters, the play which is only a couple of years old, will certainly be around for a long time to come.”  Read More

The Desert Rose Playhouse, the Valley’s LGBTQA+ Stage Company, presents the West Coast premiere of Michael McKeever’s dark comedy, CLARK GABLE SLEPT HERE, Friday, May 5, 2017, for a four-week run.  Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2 PM, through May 28, 2017. Get Tickets!

Pineapple Express and Strawberry Kush on the Menu… the WEED Menu


Pineapple Express? Yes, it’s not just movie weed. It’s real. So is Strawberry Kush, Mr. Nice Guy, and Moon Rocks. Try one of those quality smokes and countless other medical marijuana specialties from the extensive weed menu at PSA Organica, 400 E. Sunny Dunes Road in Palm Springs. Locals and visitors alike can get their permission card online and shop the cannabis variety store. There’s a Happy Hour that happens daily and offers $5 off your order from 10 AM to 11 AM and from 5 PM to 6 PM. First-time patients get a free gift. Those who bring five cans for our local food bank get a nickel, $5 off of their purchase. And a free gram goes to those who refer new customers to PSA Organica. Here, it’s all about puff, puff pay it forward.

Personnel Services for All Types of Firms

ARCH Resources Group LLC, offers personnel services to all types of firms who want to attract and care for top-notch staff, but need an alternative to onboard human resources. Arch, a worldwide firm, has been offering comprehensive HR services such as PEO, HRO, Time and Attendance, Benefits Administration and Recruiting for 20 years. Located at 490 S. Farrell Drive, C-203, Palm Springs, this Desert Business Association member is ready to roll up its sleeves and go to work for you. Find Out More!

Top Five Bookmarks of the Week

  1. Designers For A New Park In Downtown Palm Springs Want To Hear From You
  2. When It Comes To Fashion, These Palm Springs Businessmen Are Doing Anything But Keeping Up with the Jones.
  3. Palm Springs Drag: Queen Bella On Giving Back
  4. Desert Home Prices Kept Climbing In April, Reaching Highest Level In Years
  5. Lurid Laughs: Desert Rose’s ‘Clark Gable Slept Here’ Combines Murder, Sex and Scandal in a Near-Flawless Production

Happy Hour Finder

Chill out from the heat of Memorial Day at the great Happy Hours going on at the Chill Bar and at Moxie in downtown Palm Springs. Located at 217 E. Arenas Road, Chill is “the coolest bar on Arenas” and its Happy Hour is truly hot: It runs 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, a Bud or Miller Light is $2 and Chill Beer is $1.75.

Moxie is pretty cool, too. It’s a second floor hang out at 262 S. Palm Canyon Drive, where you can take in the desert vistas or just people watch from a spot up above it all. During Happy Hour, from 4 PM to 7 PM Thursday through Sunday and all-day Monday through Wednesday, you can lounge and enjoy a nosh and a cool, refreshing drink. There’s $2-off Shareables & Salads, wine by the glass and Specialty Cocktails. And $1-off draft beer, house wines and well cocktails.

Hot Deals

Thai Smile, at 100 S. Indian Canyon Drive, has been a Palm Springs stalwart consistently offering healthy, high-quality flavors from Thailand. Now, you can enjoy $50 worth of its myriad specialties, including drinks, for just $25.

Get 50%-off of an array of such massages as Swedish, sports, deep tissue and pre-natal rub downs offered on demand by Soothe. Well-credentialed masseurs will come to your home, office or hotel room when you call and give you a soothing, one-hour session worth $99 for $49.50.

There are south-of-the-border treats all over the Coachella Valley, but none like Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill, especially when you can try them at 40% off. Located at 350 S. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, Rio Azul’s Chef Ernesto Gastelum’s dazzles the eye and the palate with his exciting twists on the traditional tacos, enchiladas and the like made from the freshest ingredients. Every dish is prepared promptly, presenting a homemade Mexican flavor. Let the food speak for itself. When a $50 meal can be had for $30, the food shouts “Sabroso!”

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