PALM SPRINGS SEES RED…
Last Minute Red Dress Dress Red Party Inspirations!
“Who doesn’t love a sassy red dress or a snappy red pant suit? Whichever suits you, plan on getting all dolled up for the most fun dance party of the season, and have a great time while supporting a good cause.” said Mike Thompson, Executive Director of The Center. Enjoy these photos of years past by David A. Lee:
Voted Most Fun Non-Profit Event or Gala in the Coachella Valley's Ultimate Pride List for 2017, Red Dress Dress Red is the only dance party where you can expect queens, bears, femmes, studs, and everything in between serving up fabulousness and dancing the night away amongst TV personalities, philanthropists, and politicians.
The only requirement? Dress Red (anyway you wish) in support of The Center. Join them for an affordable night of dressing up, dancing and delightful companionship with 500 of your (soon-to-be) closest friends! Saturday from 8 to 11 PM at Snapshot Palm Springs. More Info.
Red Hot & Rich:
The Music and Life of Cole Porter
Chicago’s legendary pianist and orchestra leader Stanley Paul will bring his lively and fascinating show “Red Hot & Rich” to the Coachella Valley on Friday, March 10 with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and show at 7:30 p.m. at Heather James Fine Art.
Throughout Paul’s five-decade career, he has been fortunate to have enjoyed intimate moments with dozens of music and entertainment legends, including Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Lauren Bacall, Gloria Swanson, Carol Channing, Liberace, Joan Crawford, Ethel Merman, and Oprah Winfrey among many, many more. In this West Coast Premiere performance, Paul will feature more than 30 legendary Cole Porter songs in a fast-paced and stunning presentation that presents the songs in the manner in which they were originally produced.
During a press opening, Mr. Paul opened his home and reveled us with stories of his career – from the early days in Chicago to today.
Stanley Paul – now a resident of Palm Springs – will take the audience back to the glamorous lifestyle of Cole and Linda Porter in Paris and Venice in the 1920s to Broadway and Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s. Paul will share colorful stories about Porter and his incredible career, and will leave the audience mesmerized by the genius that was Cole Porter. As Paul says, “I think Cole would have approved.” More Info
A Very Sordid Palm Springs!
One cannot separate the success of the Sordid Lives movie and TV franchise from Palm Springs, a fact embraced by the creative team bringing the world premiere of the long-awaited sequel, A Very Sordid Wedding, to the Camelot Theatres this weekend. Above, Emerson Collins as Billy Joe Dobson, a bisexual serial killer (see him shirtless).
Later this month, Leslie Jordan, star of everything Del Shores does (Just about), headlines at Cathedral City LGBT Days. And the Dessert Rose Playhouse is presenting one of Del's plays, Southern Baptist Sissies.
A Very Sordid Happy Hour
Toucans Tiki Lounge in North Palm Springs will host A Very Sordid Happy Hour from 3 PM to 6 PM March 11. The free event will be hosted by Ann Walker and the award-winning drag queen Tommy Rose.
There will be additional appearances by Lorna Scott, Blake McIvers, Emerson Collins and more. The Sordid Happy Hour is a new twist that the tropical watering hole has added to its Happy Hour. Typically, Toucans has babes and bears, playgirls and drag queens, and a happy hour that spans weekdays from noon to 8 PM. Offerings include $3.50 well drinks; $3 domestic beers: $4 imported beers and wines.
Get Tempted Under the Stars!
Born February 3, 1943 in Birmingham, Alabama to Reverend and Mrs. Dennis Edwards Sr., he began singing as a toddler, just two years old, in his fathers' church. His family moved to Detroit when he was seven. As a high school student, Edwards sang with the Crowns of Joy gospel group, and then in 1961 he organized his own soul/jazz group, Dennis Edwards and the Fireballs. Before joining The Contours in 1967, Edwards recorded a single for the obscure Detroit label, International Soulville Records. The single was a track called "I Didn't Have to (But I Did)" with Johnnie on the Spot.
Edwards was the first new Temptation to enter the group after their "classic five" heyday, when he replaced David Ruffin as lead singer in July 1968. The Temptations officially introduced Edwards on July 9, 1968 on stage in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. With his rougher gospel-hewn vocals, Edwards led the group through its psychedelic, funk, and disco periods; two of the Temptations songs he appears on, "Cloud Nine" (1968) and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" (1972), won Grammy Awards. Edwards was the lead singer on many or the other Temptations hits including “I Cant’ Get Next To you”, “Ball of Confusion”, “Psychedelic Shack” and “My Girl”. The Temptations became one of the most successful Motown groups in the world. More Info.
BNP Paribas Open Opens!
The BNP Paribas Open is the largest two-week combined ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and WTA Premier professional tennis tournament in the world. It is held annually in March and features the top men and women professional players competing in a 96 singles draw and 32 doubles draw. The tournament offers more than $10 million in prize money with each of the Champions earning a $1 million prize purse. It is the only professional tournament in the world that provides Hawkeye, the official line-challenge system for players, on all match courts for both main and qualifying rounds. More Info
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Karaoke is always fun when that quiet guy or gal from the office gets cajoled onto the stage then brings the house down with their song. All you latent Coachella Valley crooners can get your groove on at the RetroRoom Lounge and Peabody's Café in downtown Palm Springs. The RetroRoom at 125 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way features karaoke from 7 PM to 2 AM every night with various hosts. But on Thursdays, the MC of the singalong is the drag queen Jayla, who opens the show at 8 PM. On Saturdays, karaoke runs from 7 PM to 10 PM then from 11 PM to closing. Just a few blocks away from the RetroRoom, you'll find Peabody's.
Peabody's opened as a coffee house in 1992, but gradually became a full restaurant and bar serving American fare with a SOCAL flair. And then there’s karaoke on Friday and Saturday nights when the spot stays open late enough to accommodate all you singers. Stop by Peabody's, at 134 S. Palm Canyon, for breakfast, lunch and karaoke.
Zelda's Night Club opened in Palm Springs when Marvin Gaye was singing “Gotta Give it Up,” the Emotions were offering “The Best of My Love,” Stevie Wonder was tipping his hat to “Sir Duke” and Thelma Houston was begging “Don’t Leave me This Way.” Zelda's celebrates its 40th Ruby Anniversary at 8 PM Saturday and Sunday March 11 and 12 at 611 S. Palm Canyon Drive. You can bet the club, which always has been a throwback to the time when a night out meant dancing non-stop to the latest R&B and all related toons that swing, will be jumping and bumping on its birthday. Zelda’s is so popular that it is scheduled to host the Closing Party April 2 of the 2017 Club Skirts Dinah Shore retreat.
The Coachella Valley History Museum will hold an annual fundraiser, Dancing with our Desert Stars, at 1 PM March 12 at Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage. Tickets are $85 per person and includes lunch and a $20 donation to the charity in the form of a vote for your favorite dancers. Proceeds benefit the museum and patrons can buy additional votes and raise their contribution to the museum.
It’s time to gear up for the Palm Springs Hot Rodeo 2017 held from May 12 through May 14 in Palm Springs. There will be a host of events leading up to the rodeo including the Cathedral City LGBT Pride Beer Bust from 3 PM to 6 PM March 25 at Trunks Bar at 36737 Cathedral Canyon Way in Cathedral City.
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