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A Weekend of Art: Leboe, Motif & Festivals!  This Weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings. Jan. 13-16, 2016 (Monday is MLK Jr. Day!)
Greater Palm Springs Weekend Calendar & More!

 

Desert Arts Festival This Weekend
 

The Desert Arts Festival will feature 100 artists presenting their original work in all mediums of two and three dimensional fine art, including paintings in acrylic, oils and watercolors, photography, etchings, sculpture in clay, glass, metal, stone and wood. Each artist will be present to meet with the public and discuss their work. All work is available for purchase. 

In addition to fine art, fine crafts will also be presented. Festival attendees will find blown glass, turned wood, semi-precious jewelry, pottery, stained glass, and an array of high-quality crafts.

The Desert Art Festival is presented by West Coast Artists and benefits the Desert Art Center, a local Non-Profit Organization, offering classes in fine art. The Center is also having an "Art for Kids Day" on Sunday, February 12th with raffle and silent auction items.  (We'll remind you!) More Info


Dezart Performs Clybourne Park
 

Clybourne Park, the black (and white) comedy by Bruce Norris, opens this weekend with performances Fridays and Saturdays @ 7:30 PM; Saturdays and Sundays @ 2:00 PM.

This razor-sharp Tony award-winning comedy takes a jab at race and real estate in a fictional Chicago neighborhood. The play begins in 1959 as a black family moves into a white enclave. Act Two takes us back to the same house in 2009 as gentrification sets in and the roles are reversed. 
One agile ensemble of actors plays two sets of characters in what The Washington Post deemed "one of the feistiest, funniest evenings in years."
We'll have a review next week, but there's no doubt that this is a must see!
More Info


The 7th Annual Taste of La Quinta returns to Old Town La Quinta
 

The 7th Annual Taste of La Quinta returns to Old Town La Quinta
A fabulous selection of more than 30 local restaurants will provide samplings of their cuisine, and there will also be tastes of numerous wines and live entertainment by Will Donato & The Art of Sax. The event is organized by the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce.  For more details and advance tickets, More Info


Brunch is such a Drag!

The Desert Sun recently profiled the Palm Springs are Drag Community and we have it HERE.  One of the ongoing events that's wholesome enough for the entire "family" is at Rio Azul.  They present “The Desert Divas Drag Brunch” comedy, broadway music and female impersonator show each Sunday. It  has taken Palm Springs by storm with weekly sold out performances!  For just $14.95 it includes brunch and show. $10 Bottomless Mimosas! More Info


PSIFF's Final Weekend Includes LGBT Cinema


Time is running out to see films at the 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival.  One of the festival favorites is this coming of age film, Center of my World.  See the trailer HEREHere are the details.



Hot Deals

Gorge yourself on $25 worth of food and drinks and pay just $12.50 at Pinocchio in the Desertand Watercress Vietnamese Bistro. Pinocchio, at 134 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, is known for its Sunday brunch with a bottomless glass of bubbly. Watercress, 415 North Palm Canyon, offers a trendy taste of Southeast Asia. Get your 50%-off  Hot Deals at GayDesertGuide.LGBT


Top Bookmarks of the Week
 
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  2. Palm Springs Area Builders See Market For Small Houses
  3. Tips for Having a Smooth Same-Sex Wedding Ceremony on Wedding Reality Check
  4. Temecula Winemakers Are Sick Of The Haters. They Want To Change Your Mind About SoCal Wine
  5. Coachella Valley Storytellers Project Returns for 2017

Happy Hour at Wang’s is indeed a few hours of happiness inside, outside and every day at the Palm Springs tavern and eatery. Happy Hour is from 3 PM to 7 PM Mondaythrough Thursdays; from 3 PM to 8 PMSaturdays; and from 3 until closing Sundays.
 

Wang’s offers excerpts from the menu at Happy Hour prices to go with the drinks, which includes: $3 Wine & Chardonnay; $4 Well Cocktails; $5 Margaritas & Mai Tais; $6, 10-ounce Martinis; and $6 vodka specials. The Friday Happy Hour is Boy's Night Out at Wang's and features DJ House Whores. It’s the place to see and be seen for locals and visitors alike.
 

At the bar in the Congo Room Restaurant and Lounge at 411 E. Palm Canyon Drive, it’s Happy Hour all day, every day. Bar food, a snack-sized portion of menu items, are $6, and the mixed drinks – Sea Breeze Ice Tea, Tiki Breeze and the Hawaiian Sunset – transport you to the South Pacific. The drink menu also includes $5 well drinks, $5 house wines and $3 Rolling Rock and Pabst Blue Ribbon beers. Note: the Congo Room is attached to the Caliente Tropics Resort hotel, for those who get really happy. 


Motif  features Aaron Kai
 

Aaron Kai, an artist who captures great moments in film in oils and acrylics, is showing his work at  motif gallery 392 N. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. Aaron’s hand painting technique is exacting enough to be called photo-realistic and his work has been celebrated by Sade, En Vogue and James Cameron. Meet Aaron and sip bubbly from 5 PM to 8 PM Saturday, Jan. 14 at motif.

Concerts Under the Palms 
 

The Spa Resort Casino hosts a concert guaranteed to bring back musical memories at 7:30 PMSaturday night near the Casino. This weekend it’s Art Leboe Presents Latin Jam, featuring Latino interpretations of doo-wop hits of yesterday. Get more information and tickets here

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Welcome New Partners
 

 
Welcome aboard Moxie, a rooftop bar and lounge. Located about Broken Yolk, at 262 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Moxie opens at 4 PM, will feed you until midnight and keeps the live entertainment going at night.  Broken Yoke, downstairs, takes care of your for breakfast and lunch!
 

ZIN American Bistro continues to be one of the most celebrated restaurants in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. Open daily for lunch and dinner; Endless Champagne and Mimosa with Brunch on Saturday and Sunday starting at 11AM.  We're glad to have Mindy as a new partner at ZIN and her sister restaurant, Alicante Rated #1 Spanish and #2 for Mediterranean in Palm Springs on YELP!