This Weekend in Gay Palm Springs for March 16-19, 2017


Fashion Week El Paseo 2017!

The 12th annual Fashion Week El Paseo™ 2017, takes place in The HarschEl Paseo Fashion Week Investment Properties Tent at The Gardens on El Paseo in Palm Desert, CA. This premier fashion event presents runway shows featuring a star-studded line-up of top designers from across the country, including exciting trunk shows, and more.  One of our favorite events:

THE RESORT AT PELICAN HILL PRESENTS Le Chien Masquerade Party featuring couture canine fashions by Orostani Couture - Benefiting the Humane Society of the Desert

El Paseo Fashion WeekCocktails, a silent auction, music, a trunk show, and entertainment precede a canine fashion show in this annual benefit for the Humane Society of the Desert. Puppies and hounds accompany fashion models on the runway and the show's finale includes a live auction with outstanding and valuable items. If you are a dog lover, you will not want to miss this event!  More Info
 


HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!

According to Wikipedia, "Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick"), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland." 

Southern Baptist Sissies Come to Town

Opening this weekend. Religion clashing with sexuality.  Through April 9 at The Desert Rose Playhouse, performances are Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM.

LA Times: "Daring. Heroic. No-holds-barred hilarious." 

Chicago Tribune: "Distinctive and arresting. A funny and yet strangely moving treatment of goodhearted, wacky Texans suffering through an intolerant world."

The acclaimed play follows the journey of four gay boys in the Calvary Baptist Church of Dallas, TX. Storyteller Mark Lee Fuller tries to create a world of love and acceptance in the church and clubs of Dallas, while desperately trying to find a place to put his own pain and rage. The world Mark creates also includes two older barflies, Peanut and Odette, whose banter takes the audience from hysterical laughter to tragedy and tears.

With a theme of religion clashing with sexuality, the play opened to rave reviews in Los Angeles during its original run in 2000 and became the most awarded play of the year. 

The play contains adult material and brief nudity.  Tickets are $35 for Friday and Saturday evening performances and $32 for Sunday matinees.  More Info


Dinner@My Place Private Parties Selling Out
 
“Dinner@My Place is a unique series of privately hosted parties, each individually and smartly planned to create memorable and exceptional experiences for the lucky attendees,” explain organizers.  “Reserve your place at the party and look forward to an evening filled with scrumptious food, drinks, fun conversation, one of a kind themes and plenty of surprises. All parties are paid for entirely by the generous hosts ensuring 100% of every dollar of your reservation price goes to Desert AIDS Project.”
 
These and many more parties are scheduled March 17 through April 16, and are listed here.


Three Divas Headlining Cathedral City LGBT Days

You’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.”  Complete Schedule


Hot Rodeo Happy Hour at Trunks

Folks are gearing 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.  More Info


Duran Duran at The Show for Two Nights

Duran Duran, in their only Southern California appearance, will be performing two nights at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa on March 17th and 18th, 2017. Duran DuranTickets are still available for the Friday, March 17th performance.

Don’t miss this chance to see the only Southern California appearance of Duran Duran. Tickets are still available for the Friday, March 17 performance. Get them online at HotWaterCasino.com and by calling (800) 585-3737. The March 17 performance begins at 9:00 p.m. at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage. More Info


Rick Braun Grooves at the Westin

Saturday from 7 - 9 PM, Trumpeter Rick Braun promises to bring a smooth, mellow and heartfelt performance to Grooves at The Westin. Rick’s inimitable style of jazz delivers an experience straight to the soul. Joining Rick Braun at Groove at the Westinhim is Josh Vietti, Grammy-nominated hip-hop/pop violinist from southern California who incorporates pop, classical, country, gospel and jazz into his performances. Tickets to the show, which starts at 7 PM at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa at 71333 Dinah Shore Drive in Rancho Mirage, are from $45 to $85. More Info


Art Show Benefits Desert AIDS Project & Big Brothers Big Sisters

Spectrum Indian WellsDiscover Spectrum Indian Wells—a contemporary art show in the heart of California’s Coachella Valley. Featuring an international slate of artists and galleries, Spectrum Indian Wells is where exceptional art meets an equally stunning backdrop. Join us for an unforgettable four days of cutting-edge art, entertainment, and special events.  More Info


Down The Rabbit Hole?

Rancho Mirage artists Karen and Tony Barone invite all to see their opening Down The Rabbit Hole Karen and Tony Baronereception for their new exhibit, “Down the Rabbit Hole,” showing from 5 PM to 8 PM Friday, March 17 at the Chuck Jones Gallery at 232 Fifth Ave. in San Diego. The couple, known for their high-voltage sculpture, paintings and murals, promise “to have you smiling with every "Polka-Pooka" Barone Rabbit you see and applauding our latest creation, ‘Bugs in a Hare Raising Experience.’ " The exhibit is being called an extraordinary, visually stunning new exhibition that features larger than life sculptures, original paintings and hand embellished prints by the celebrated pop artists. And a special unveiling of a new work featuring the world’s most famous “wabbit!” More Info


So Many Reasons to Proclaim, #ILoveGayPalmSprings

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GayDesertGuide.com Spotlight

Sago Ballroom and Terrace
 
Sago Ballroom at The SaguaroDesert love springs eternal now that the Saguaro is renovating the Sago Ballroom and Terrace and offering it as a venue for weddings. The 1,175 square-foot space overlooks a pool and stars out over the mountains. Welcome to the Gay Desert Guide family where everyone's wedding is a treasure. 
 

We’re giving a warm welcome to a new advertiser, who brings a new Tesloopapproach to carpooling to the desert. Tesloop of Santa Monica has added the Coachella Valley to its shared-car transportation loop. Tesloop allows passengers to book one of three seats in an autonomous electric car and share the ride to numerous points throughout Southern California. Check the website for more details. 

Like its name, Chill Bar Palm Springs and Scorpion Room at 217 E. Arenas Road specializes in the tall, the cool and the refreshing. Try its selections during Happy Hour all day Mondays and from opening to 7 PM Tuesdays through Sundays where a Bloody Mary is $3, well drinks and house wines are $4, Bud and Miller Light is $2 and Chill Beer is $1.75.

Happy Hour at Streetbar, 224 E. Arenas, is known for muscular drinks such as Makers Mark bourbon, Grey Goose Vodka and Jack Daniel’s whiskey served by at staff, who will know your name and your drink by the third visit. This week StreetbarStreetbar, known as Palm Springs’ answer to “Cheers,” will host singer Robby Wayne, star of “Twisted Cabaret.” Happy Hour runs from 10 AM to 8 PM daily and features Makers Mark bourbon, Grey Goose Vodka and Jack Daniel’s whiskey, but at 10 PM you’ll have to trust the friendly bartender to “pick the poison.”

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Hot Deals - Our "Gay Groupon"

Fleming's Rancho MirageAt every Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy unrivaled hospitality, a carefully curated wine list and experience expertly crafted steak made to order. There’s also seafood and a dessert cheese cake or walnut turtle pie. That’s the good news. Better still, enjoy this meal at 50% off.

Experience the nostalgia and the power of World War II aircrafts on displayPalm Springs Air Museum at the Palm Springs Air Museum for 50% off. The museum prides itself on being an educational organization dedicated to preserving the history of air power, honoring our veterans, and educating future generations about the role aviation plays in U.S. attempts to keep our world safe and free. See these exhibits at the museum at 745 N. Gene Autry Trail in Palm Springs for a discounted $7.25 instead of $14.50.
 

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Compiled by Nicholas Snow from a variety of sources.