This Weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings for Nov 20, 2017

Transgender Day of Remembrance Ceremony at 5 PM

All are invited to join the Transgender Community at the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil held on Monday, November 20, 2017. This year they will dedicate the first Transgender Day or Remembrance Memorial Cenotaph Statue to the City of Palm Springs. This breath-taking sculpture was inspired from the tragic loss of Transgender woman of color, Yaz'min Shancez. 
The event is dedicated to bringing visibility and conversation to the need for all human beings the to be treated with Love, Dignity, Respect and to be free of violence and inequality.  This year's special guest, Transgender Day or Remembrance Founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith.

On Monday, Trans affirming organizations that support equality will have booths from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, with the vigil scheduled for 5 PM.  More Info

TryOUT Tuesday Coming to Cuistot in Palm Desert

Tuesday, November 21, from 5 – 7 PM…  Gay Desert Guide's signature event TryOUT Tuesday comes to Palm Desert and Cusitot! Win one of 2 $50 gift cards when you register at the door.

Come by and experience the patio as the sun sets over the mountains. A great night to meet new friends and sample one of the premiere restaurants in Palm Desert.

Enjoy complementary appetizers from the chef –

  • Homemade pate on Toast
  • Lamb Sliders
  • Smoked Salmon Canapés
  • Dates wrapped in Bacon with Goat Cheese 
  • Endive with Boursin

Drink Specials:

  • Canyon Road Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon $5.50
  • Premium Wine Specials $6.95 | 
  • Well Drinks $ 6.50 | Drinks Specials $ 6.75 
  • House Martini $ 6.75 
  • House Cosmo, Appletini, Lemon Drop $ 6.95

Bring your friends!  We'll see you there!  More Info

On The Mark: Grand Opening Tasting & Celebration

Mark Van Laanen and team invite you to meet tehir vendors, enjoy tastings of our fine foods, beers & wines sourced from small-crafters, snap some fun shots in their photo booth, get your moves on with a hot DJ, and wish Mark Van Laanen, former partner and chef at TRIO Restaurant, the best of success with his exciting new venture. A portion on the evening's proceeds benefit AAP – Food Samaritans. Tastings by L.A. Wine Project, McLean Meats, Organic Wine Exchange, Cowgirl Creamery, Stone Brewing, 4505 Chicharrones, and others.  More Info

Gary Oldman to be Honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival

The 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival & Palm Springs ShortFest )PSIFF) will present Gary Oldman with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor at its annual Film Awards Gala for his performance in Darkest Hour. The Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart, will be held Tuesday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 4-15, 2018.

“Gary Oldman brings to screen one of the most powerful performances of this year as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. Portraying Britain’s steadfast leader during the tumultuous era of World War II, he has already earned rave reviews from critics and is sure to garner awards attention this season," said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “The Palm Springs International Film Festival is honored to present Gary Oldman with this year’s Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor.”  More Info

Restaurant News in Time for Thanksgiving!

Our DINE Channel is always filled with tasty information about where to satisfy your hunger pangs, from daily dining to special occasions such as Thanksgiving!  Special T-Day menus are on offer at EIGHT4NINE, Trio, Spa Resort Casino and Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, and  Copley's, to name a handful!

Also, just in…these reviews…

Il Giardino If you haven’t checked out Teresa Attardi and Rosario Cultraro’s restaurant Il Giardino at 333 South Indian Canyon in Palm Springs, get there now. Located in a small strip of shops, one might actually pass it by; don’t if you like fresh ingredients full of the lighter flavors of southern Italian cooking.  More Info

BlackBook Bar Open for less than a year, the sleek industrial styled BlackBook Bar located in the heart of the gay strip on Arenas is now the perfect place for The Morning After; well at least on Saturday & Sunday.
BlackBook, in addition to offering its regular upscale bar food, is now offering its take on brunch with The Morning After ($12) one of its signature sandwiches. And what a sandwich it is. Taking their classic ‘double-dredged’ BlackBook fried chicken, they’ve dressed it up with a fried-egg, smashed potatoes, Applewood smoked bacon, and topped it with melted cheddar cheese and bacon gravy; all sandwiched between a fresh brioche bun. Talk about flavor. On my recent visit it came piping hot, every mouthful was a sensation of rich flavors.

Viisit our DINE Channel for more!

KMC Chats with Bella Da Ball!

Enjoy the latest podcast from Keith M. Cornell, aka KMC! 

Keith M. Cornell is a Midwest-born musician, actor, director, singer, accountant and witty conversationalist now living full-time in Palm Springs since 2013. Keith has over 30 years of experience in Chicagoland community theatre as an actor, singer and director. He is also the creator/performer of KMC & Co., a popular cabaret group in Chicago/suburbs and Palm Springs.   Since moving to the desert, Keith works as a staff accountant for Desert AIDS Project and plays French horn with the Desert Winds Freedom Band. His love of music, TV, movies, plays, Broadway musicals, food, the community and his friends make for some fun conversations.  Listen here!

Original 241 Tuesdays Return to Toucans Tiki Lounge!

You asked and the listened.  The original 2.4.1. in the valley is back every Tuesday. Same cards. One price.  Purchase a drink and you'll get the drink PLUS a card for your next drink FREE!.  Take it with you for use later or use it the same day.  Use it next week. Frame it. Share it. Give it. Keep it. Love it!  Good on Tuesdays until from opening until midnight. More Info

Hundreds to ARRIVE at The Center Social Wednesday

Hundreds of people participate in the monthly Center Socials, all in the name of good community spirit. If you have yet to experience what they're all about at The LGBT Community Center of the Desert (think, "Building Vibrant Community"), or want to participate in the delightful opportunity to touch bases with all your friends (and make new ones), stop by the Center Social this Wednesday at Hunters from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.  More Info