'The Purple Room' Busy on Final Weekend Before Summer Break

Debby Holiday, is a multiple Billboard charting singer/songwriter, is appearing at The Purple Room Friday night to benefit the American Cancer Society

Debby hit the Billboard Charts twice in 2012 with “Never Give Up” (Billboard #9) produced by San Francisco based DJ Phil B and “Key to Your Soul” (Billboard #21) co-written with DJ John LePage & Jeff Fedak. The latter continued her ongoing relationship with Del Shores who directed an accompanying anti-bullying music video and a starring role in the feature film Blues for Willadean alongside Oscar winning actress Octavia Spencer and Beth Grant.

Today, Debby continues to pump up the volume on dance floors worldwide and live with her rock/soul band. She is currently putting the finishing touches on her new double album “Free2B”; her first offering of both rock and dance. Get Tickets


And Saturday, it's the critically acclaimed The Judy Show starring Michael Holmes.  Get Tickets


"Repeat 'Party'! The Desert Rose Playhouse Brings Back Last Summer's Hit Feel-Good Comedy for a Six-Week Run"

"When Desert Rose Playhouse opened David Dillon’s Party last year on June 24 for a six-week run, the circumstances surrounding Desert Rose—the valley’s only LGBT theater company—and the LGBT community as a whole were rather bleak.

Desert Rose’s future was up in the air, thanks to a substantial financial loss caused by the company’s critically lauded yet poorly attended production of Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches earlier in the year. Meanwhile, the LGBT community was reeling from the Pulse Nightclub massacre, which had taken place just 12 days before."  Read Jimmy Boegle's complete story in Coachella Valley Independent as seen in our Bookmarks section. See "Party" through July 30th and tell them GayDesertGuide sent you!


Palm Springs Swing and Mix 2017 This Week! Some Events are Free!

The Palm Springs Swing & Mix 2017 is excited to host the 34th annual IAGSDC square dance convention.

Events open to the public are:  Thursday night (June 29th) dance at Hunters Bar at 6:30 with local PS caller Terri Sherrer.  On Friday, back at the hotel, it's a poolside swimsuit parade and in-the-pool square dancing fun at 4 pm, followed by the welcome dance at 7 pm.  On Saturday, Opening Ceremonies and Grand March are at 10 am.  PS Mayor Robert L. Moon, as well as local celebrities, Bella Da Ball, and noted comedian, Steve Heyl will be making appearances.  A contra dance is open to the public on Saturday night 8-10 pm.  No experience is needed as each pattern is taught right there.  Contras are a great way to have fun, and are "extremely flirtatious," stated Gary Dougan, organizer.  "We also have our Honky Tonk Queen competition at 10 pm followed by piano bar fun in the hotel lobby.  On Sunday, the public is invited to our poolside Hunky Trunks King competition, as well as our Country/Western Hoedown, featuring 2-step and line dancing at 9 pm."   Swing & Mix!


IndepenDANCE Day Party to Benefit AIDS Assistance Program

On the Fourth of July, join supporters of AAP – Food Samaritans at the dazzling IndepenDANCE Day party and fundraiser. The event begins at 7:30 pm, and the City of Palm Springs’ fireworks display will commence at approximately 9:15 pm. DJ Baz will play a range of upbeat dance songs (some with a patriotic twist) and guests will be treated to a ‘good ole’ 4th of July barbeque with burgers, grilled chicken, and more. Tickets for this event are $150, which includes open bar, barbeque, entertainment and valet parking. Get Tix . We also list all the local fireworks displays HERE.


Outfest 2017 Kicks Off Next Week in L.A.

Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival is eleven days of not to be missed world-class films, panels, and parties. Each summer Outfest Los Angeles screens more than 150 feature and short films to an audience more than 40,000 people. Outfest Los Angeles is the oldest film festival in Los Angeles and is considered the preeminent LGBT film festival in the world. More Info


Special Musical Performance by Wonder Woman Lynda Carter Confirmed for Comic Con Palm Springs 2017 

Comic Con Palm Springs will return to the Palm Springs Convention Center August 25-27, 2017 and will feature an array of artists and celebrities, fun programming, colorful costumes, and musical entertainment. Headline celebrities include Stan Lee, Marvel Comics founder, Rob Lefeild, artist/creator of Deadpool and Cable, and actress Dana Gaier (voice of “Edith” in Despicable Me). The three-day event offers a special VIP dinner with Stan Lee, more than 450 merchandise exhibitors and a special concert performance by Lynda Carter. The inaugural event last year attracted more than 15,000 attendees, and this year it is expected to attract nearly 25,000.

The event will start on Friday, August 25. When the doors officially open, attendees will be able to peruse the aisles of exhibitors who will offer rare and vintage collectable materials and interact with dozens of celebrities and comic artists who will offer autographs and pose for photographs.

One of the highlights of the three-day event will be a one-night-only special musical performance by Lynda Carter, known for her role of Wonder Woman in the 1970’s series. Ms. Carter is an accomplished singer who has performed to rave reviews for sold-out crowds around the world. 

Her performance on Saturday, August 26 at 8 p.m. will take place in a custom-built intimate theater in the Palm Springs Convention Center. The 90-minute show will feature her distinctive versions of jazz, blues, country and pop songs from her popular “The Other Side of Trouble” tour. This will be the VERY first time the actress and singer will attend and perform at any Comic Con event. Tickets for this special performance range from $35 – $85, with the option to purchase VIP Warrior Princess tickets for $400 or the Ultimate Backstage VIP experience, priced at $1,200. Get Tickets


Top Bookmarks of the Week ​on GayDesertGuide.LGBT

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  4. After A Week Of Showings, Here's Who Took The Grand Prize At Shortfest 2017

  5. 10 Pride-Themed Merch Releases That Benefit LGBTQ Charities

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Get Your Eighties On at Chill Bar in July!

This year, Chill Bar and GayDesertGuide.com are joining forces to produce and host the Mid-Summer Dance Party.  The event is set for Saturday, July 29th starting at 8 PM. The beneficiaries are Desert AIDS Project and PAWS (Pets are Wonderful Support).  They're bringing back the "I Love the 80s" theme that packed the house last year.  More details forthcoming, but save the date!  Tix go on sale next week!

In The Spotlight

Hephaestus Jewelry, at 132 La Plaza, Palm Springs, took its name from the Greek god of fire and forge, patron of metal and jewelry craftsmanship. The jewelry designers and gallery creates wearable art using a variety of styles, stones and metals that result in unique and sophisticated crafts that fit any budget. Hephaestus creates jewelry for all genders and occasions and includes necklaces, wedding bands and commitment rings. Additionally, the gallery is known for its collection of men’s jewelry that runs from casual and fun to exotic and distinctive. Mention Ruby Slippers for a GayDesertGuide discount!  More Info


Happy Hour Finder

Toucans Tiki Lounge has a Friday night tradition of putting “Babes and Bears" up on pedestals. That's right! Along with drink specials, the go-go dancers will be of the gorgeous female and hairy-guy persuasions. They're opening early on the 4th! And opening their "secret patio" just for this event. The Tiki Warriors will be on hand to grill up and GRILL DOWN your summer holiday favorites. All donations for BBQ go toward the Tiki Warriors. Plus SEXY SOFTBALL JELLO SHOT BOYS!

RetroRoom presents its Karaoke Challenge from 7 PM to 2 AM every Friday night. It goes like this: Contestants must complete a silly challenge from the host, such as singing blindfolded. After the song is sung, you get to choose from a basket of prizes. Some are good prizes. Some are booby prizes. But it’s all in good fun. Don’t forget Happy Hour happening every day until 7 PM and from 9 PM to midnight.


Bonta Restaurant has some great Summer specials and you can enjoy then at 1/2 off! Chef Hector has a Tuesday night Rack of Lamb special just $26 or Wednesday steamed mussels (French or Italian) just $15.95. Now open at 5 PM. Experience his culinary skills for 1/2 off! Get $50 worth of food and drink at Bonta Restaurant for just $25!

Luxurious and deli aren’t often mentioned in the same sentence unless you’re talking about Manhattan in the Desert, where a sumptuous meal of lox and bagels or a mile-high corn beef sandwich can be had at an equally delicious discount. Enjoy $25 worth of food for just $17.50. The bakery selection is as expansive and delectable as the atmosphere. Get a taste of Manhattan at 2665 E. Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs where the meal will be as exciting as this great deal. Also good at the Palm Desert location!

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A Warm Welcome to a New Advertisers

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Dr. Robert Karl, Jr is an LGBT-friendly dentist at his Rancho Las Palmas Dental Care at 42500 Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage. Now featuring Sinsational Teeth Whitening for just $99 with your exam and cleaning. See his ad in the CVI as well or visit his listing HERE


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