Three Divas Headlining Cathedral City LGBT Days

CC LGBT DaysYou’re invited to “Come celebrate diversity” on Easter Weekend at the Cathedral City LGBT Days, March 25-27, in Downtown Cathedral City as well as at participating Cathedral City businesses. All non-ticketed events are free and open to the public.  The Opening Night Kick-Off Headliner is Ultra Naté.  The Saturday Mainstage Headliner is Martha Wash.  And there’s also “An Uncensored Evening with Leslie Jordan.” We're there and will be sponsoring the info booth to make sure you know what's happening!  Complete Schedule

Fashion Week El Paseo Concludes

The 12th annual Fashion Week El Paseo™ 2017, is taking place in The HarschEl Paseo Fashion Week Investment Properties Tent at The Gardens on El Paseo in Palm Desert, CA.  Here's what's remaining in what has been a very busy week:

Friday, March 24
Trunk Show with Rosetta Getty
10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Trunk Show: Free to attend

Visit the Rosetta Getty pop up store for a personal consultation with the designer as she presents her latest collections for you to purchase.
The Best of Saks Fifth Avenue
7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception
8:30 p.m. Fashion Show
A runway show of men’s and women’s fashions celebrating the best of Saks Fifth Avenue’s designer’s collections from the United States and Europe, with a special finale by Italian designer, Etro.
After-party for ticket holders: Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, 72567 CA-111, Palm Desert, CA 92260
Fashion Week Finale Presents CD Greene
7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception
8:30 p.m. Fashion Show
New York designer CD Greene presents our Finale Fashion Show. Greene's exclusive and edgy looks are created with architectural precision for the confident and powerful woman. His one-of-a-kind fashions promise a dazzling and breathtaking fashion show.

Sunday, March 26
CD Greene’s Trunk Show Collection
12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Trunk Show:  Free to attend.
Location: Fashion Week El Paseo’s Pop-Up Fashion Store, 2nd level of The Gardens on El Paseo
Visit the finale night designer’s pop-up store for a personal consultation as he presents his collection for you to purchase.

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Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival 2017

Three extraordinary days of culinary, wine, and craft beer tastings featuring Palm Desert Food & Wine Festivalguest host Gail Simmons—Food expert, Food & Wine’s Special Projects Director, and judge on BRAVO’S Top Chef—as well as some of the world's best chefs, vintners, and craft brewers from across the country.
The tastings happen 12-4 PM each day Saturday and Sunday with chef demonstrations within.

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Dinner@My Place Private Parties Continue

Desert AIDS Project is known as a place to strike up everlasting friendships while enjoying great food. The agency – whose primary mission is to offer testing, treatment and education to those with HIV and AIDS – will hold two fundraisers with food as the centerpiece. Dinner @ My Place is a series of expertly planned experiences at the homes of various hosts throughout Greater Palm Springs. Hosts pay for the evening so all donations it raises go directly to D.A.P. Dining Out For Life is an international event held April 27 in which restaurants, bars and coffee shops donate a portion of the day’s receipts to their local AIDS service organization. These and many more parties are scheduled through April 16, and are listed here..

Art for a Cause

Art for a Cause

Creativity takes courage, and generosity takes many forms. They fuse at Art for a Cause, where 50% of all art sales will benefit the Center. Special thanks to the participating artists: Lee Balan, Ben Darby, William Dey, Gary Dorothy, Mark Garry, Haya Gil-Lubin, Alvaro Luna, Chris Reilly, Dorothy Rissman, Elaine Sigwald, Angela Valente Romeo, and Nancy Worthington
Friday, March 24, 5PM – 7PM, at The LGBT Community Center of the Desert.  More Info

Club Skirts' The Dinah is Here with Ten Events

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The world famous Dinah Shore Weekend is the largest lesbian event in the world and features comedy shows, singles events, concerts, celesbians, parties, and more.  Here's the full 2017 schedule.

Last Call for Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Tables

Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast 2017The breakfast will honor the memory of Harvey Milk, an American hero, and strengthen coalitions among the many diverse community organizations that support justice and equality for all individuals. Join more than 900 diverse Coachella Valley residents and celebrate the memory of this influential civil rights activist.
Tables of 10 start at $650 and sponsor recognition available.
Proceeds benefit Coachella Valley youth through Gay-Straight Alliance organizations and LGBT youth related programs. For more information call 760-416-8711 or email More Info

Le Ride to Open AmDocs 2017

Le Ride DocumentaryThe American Documentary Film Festival's 2017 opening night film will be Phil Keoghan’s new documentary, Le Ride. Keoghan, best known as the host of the popular television show, The Amazing Race, will attend the screening, which is also the West Coast Premiere of his film. Le Ride had its world premiere at the New Zealand International Film Festival in July 2016.

American Documentary Film Festival

“This is an example of great documentary filmmaking, where the creator, in this case Phil Keoghan, was inspired to tell a relatively unknown piece of history in an unconventional way,” said Ted Grouya, Festival Director. “Le Ride will appeal to a wide audience as it is timeless, evocative, good-story telling.” 

Opening Night for the 2017 edition of The American Documentary Film Festival is scheduled for Friday, March 31st at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs. GayDesertGuide is a media sponsor of this event.  Early Bird passes are on sale now by clicking here

NCLR Palm Springs Garden Party April 1 (No foolin')

Pond EstateTickets are now available for NCLR’s annual Palm Springs Garden Party during Dinah weekend on April 1st. Join event Co-Chairs Barbara Carpenter and Gary D. Soto, along with NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell and Palm Springs City Council Member Geoff Kors! More Info

Save the Date!

The Coachella Valley is making plans to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of more than 60 restaurants participating in this year’s Dining Out for Life event. On April 27, each participating restaurant will donate 33% or more of whatever is spent at their location that day supporting Desert AIDS Project’s mission to enhance and promote the health and well-being of our community.  Find participating restaurants and make your reservations!

So Many Reasons to Proclaim, #ILoveGayPalmSprings

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Wine-pairing meals are all the rage at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage. Culinary artists at the resort are coupling wines from various regions with exclusive four-course dinners in a series called “La Serate di Vino,” “Evenings of Wine.” The series has featured wines from Italy, France and the Mediterranean. For the next event on Friday, March 24, Executive Chef Joel Delmond promises a marriage of wine and food that will be “a splendidly transcendent experience for the palate.” The meal is $89 per person.  More Info

Hot Rodeo Happy Hour at Trunks

As we mentioned, Cathedral City LGBT Days 2017 are rolling in with a star-studded bang! Toucans Tiki Lounge LogoThere will be silly fun with bed races and a very serious Battle of the Bars at 5 p.m. March 24 when barkeeps from such houses as Chill Bar, Toucan’s Tiki Lounge and Bonta Restaurant & Trunks Bar will vie for prizes for taste, presentation and mixology of their creations.

Trunks Cathedral CityTrunks Bar in Cathedral City will hold Queer Tango Class from 7 PM to 9 PM March 23 through March 30 as well as the Cathedral City LGBT Pride Beer Bust from 3 PM to 6 PM March 25.

Happy Hour at Trunks and Bonta are expected to proceed as usual: Bonta Restaurant Cathedral CityThat’s Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 6 PM at Trunks. Shots of Jagermeister, Fireball and Crown Apple are $5.00, well drinks are $3.50 and domestic beer is $2.50.

Bonta’s Happy Hour runs from 4 PM to 7 PM Tuesdays through Saturdays in the bar and lounge area. Wines, including Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Grigio and Blush, go for $4.50; beers are $3.50 to $4.50; well cocktails are $4.75; and mixers such as martinis, margaritas and cosmos are $5.50. 

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Hot Deals – Our "Gay Groupon"

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

Compiled by Nicholas Snow from a variety of sources.