Introducing the "Gays of Coachella"
They've got a private group on Facebook and a new but colorful Instagram account. They're the "Gays of Coachella." They explain, "Gays of Coachella is the perfect place to connect with other LGBTQ Coachella Festival Goers. Check our feed and get the latest in Coachella trends and news. Get announcements on upcoming events, meet-ups, and pre-parties." They stress, "This group is NOT exclusive to Coachella only, we celebrate ALL music festivals :-). Find them on Instagram and join their private Facebook group. #GaysofCoachella.
Coachella Weekend Pool Parties
In our Bookmarks section, Palm Springs Life Magazine's Stevie Mack reports, "Palm Springs Offers Poolside Parties to Complement Coachella Weekend"
Also in Bookmarks, Gay Coachella: An Ultimate Guide to 2017. "This year will be, without a doubt, one of the most insane Coachella seasons we’ve seen in recent years. Last year’s Indio City Council approval of an increase in 62,000 tickets will make it the most attended year ever, capping at 125,000 people. More importantly, this year’s lineup is absolutely crazy. With the Queen of Pop headlining, and a multitude of diverse smaller sets that appeal to the gays (Banks, Lorde, SNBRN), the Indio Polo Club grounds will be swarming with intensity as people from all over scramble to catch their favorite sets." Read all about it!
Journalist Brian Blueskye Loves Coachella!
Brian Blueskye, the Assistant Editor of the Coachella Valley Independent, is a longtime journalist with an emphasis on music, so we thought we’d devote our #ILoveGayPalmSprings column to showcasing his views on the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.
Brian (center, in the cap and blue t-shirt with the band Skinny Lister at Coachella 2013) was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to the Coachella Valley in 2005. During his early teen years, he discovered a love for music and still hasn’t been able to stop collecting records, along with his second obsession, books. Inspired by various music journalists and writers such as Gore Vidal and Chuck Klosterman, he began writing blogs in 2000 on various subjects. Read All About It!
Plan Your Easter Brunch (April 16), and Don't Forget to Dine Out for Life! (April 27)
For your Easter Brunch planning... The Palm Springs Oasis offers great dining choices with many new spots as well as old favorites. Our Dine channel lets you find restaurants, yogurt and dessert places, coffee shops, take out food and local bars that also serve food. Plus curated Bookmarks of articles and blogs, our recommendations & reviews and more! Plan your dining now!
Make a Meal Matter! Make plans to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of more than 70 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.
As you plan your 2017 #DOFLCV, we're giving away a day of dining worth $150 to the winning photo posted on Instagram or Twitter. Just hashtag both #ILoveGayPalmSprings AND #DOLFCV and tell us your plans with a photo, caption and tags. And find participating restaurants in our official Dining Out For Life channel, then make your reservations!
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More White Party Events Announced
For the first time ever, direct from Madrid, WE Party takes over our closing party, bringing us their legendary signature staging, lighting, production, and visuals, with international superstar DJs Binomio and Danny Verde, closing the weekend in true White Party style!
Since the first time he put his headphones on in 2003, Binomio has been a constant reference not only at the Madrid clubbing scene but also at all the important parties all over Europe. From the national and international desk, Binomio, merges his passion for dance music with the restlessness of the public, creating a perfect harmony between the desk and the dance floor. His energetic sets are composed of force full rhythms but with loads of groove, voices and suggestive melodies. Binomio masters to convert those elements into a perfect explosion for the dance floor.
SundanceAsia reports, "Since 1994, Danny Verde has been churning out hit after hit in his Holab Studio, located just outside the Northern Italian city of Milan. Verde is responsible for nearly 70 original compositions and remixes. His version of Lady Gaga’s 2011 “You and I” was the most popular remix – one of three Billboard Dance Chart-topping remixes of Gaga songs. Verde has topped the chart many, many times, with such hits as Cher’s “Woman’s World,” Mariah Carey’s “Triumphant” and Selena Gomez’s “Slow Down.”
The huge success of his remix of American Idol contestant Blake Lewis’ “Heartbreak on Vinyl,” along with its standout production quality, led Tommy Boy Records in New York to sign him as an exclusive in-house producer in 2007. That same recording attracted the attention of George Dellinger, the force behind Madtizzy Productions, who brought Verde into the agency’s roster of A-list DJs." Time to Get Your White Party On!
Saguaro Pool Parties in the Spotlight
Splash down at the Saguaro, which is hosting three pool parties this week. First on the list is the Gitano Desert Gypsy Disco, featuring KCRW radio personality Jeremy Sole, will be held from 11 to 6 PM April 14. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind mind, body and soul musical journey that is sure to elevate your spirit and get you ready to dance your way into the Coachella Music and Arts Festival. The cost is $15.
The Prescription Pool Party is the pill to get your festival juices going. Held from 11 AM to 6 PM April 15, this party features DJs and performances, plus all the desert weirdness to make it a magical weekend. You must be 21 and over and the cost is $20 to $35.
How about a poolside brunch with eats and beats? It will be held from 11 AM til sundown April 16. Prices vary but the fun will be constant. The Saguaro Palm Springs is that colorful hotel at 1800 E. Palm Canyon Drive on the corner Palm Canyon and Sunrise Way. Prepare to Get Wet!
The Los Angeles Blade covers Los Angeles and California news, politics, opinion, arts and entertainment and features national and international coverage from the Blade’s award-winning reporting team.
This exciting new publication is from the team behind the Washington Blade, the nation’s first LGBT newspaper. From the freeway to the Beltway, we’ve got you covered. Troy Masters is publisher and editor of the Los Angeles Blade and GayDesertGuide contributes our #1 events calendar to the print and online editions.
HOT DEAL! Discount Tix for The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus
The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus have a hot new program this month and a hot new deal to go with it. The local princes of harmony will perform Palm Springs Pops at 8 PM April 22 and 3 PM April 23 at the Richards Center for The Arts at Palm Springs High School, 2248 Ramon Road. The PSGMC's Pop concert promises 80-plus voices along with local favorites, Keisha D. and Charles Herrara singing songs of “love, joy, loss and hope.” And it’s packaged with a 25% discount for Saturday night's performance through our HOT DEALS. Now, that’s hot!
There's Power in Our Pride! Take the Survey!
We invite you to take a new survey about your opinions and preferences from an LGBT perspective.
There's power in our Pride! Participating in this study helps open doors-and minds-around the world, and influences positive changes for our community. Everyone who completes the survey by May 15th, 2017 may opt to be entered into a drawing to win one of twenty US $50 cash prizes, or if you win, you can designate a charity to receive the $50. Previous surveys have yielded 45,000 respondents from 150 countries! You may have seen Community Marketing & Insights quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, etc. Express the Power of Your Pride. Take the Survey!
Kevin James at The Show!
Saturday, April 22nd, 8 PM, at The Show, it's funny man Kevin James!
He's currently the star and executive producer of the sitcom Kevin Can Wait for Sony Television and CBS, which premiered in September 2016. He recently starred in the feature True Memoirs of an International Assassin for Netflix released November 2016.
James began his career as a stand-up on the Long Island comedy scene. After being discovered at the 1996 Montreal Comedy Festival, he signed a network development deal to create his own sitcom.
The King of Queens, which premiered in 1998, ran for nine seasons on CBS with James starring and executive producing, and it garnered him an Emmy nomination in 2006 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The show concluded its run in 2007 but continues to air daily in syndication across the country and around the world. Get "In The Know" about Kevin James at The Show!
Six Ticket Limit for David Bowie Tribute
May 13 at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa... REBEL REBEL is the ultimate experiential journey through the many lives and arousing sounds of David Bowie. This theatrical concert hones in on the essence of some of the greatest songs of rock and roll ever written; “Changes,” “Heroes,” “Space Oddity,” “Starman,” and “Under Pressure” is just the beginning. Never an impersonation, this chameleon performance captures the otherworldly energy of Bowie’s greatest characters Ziggy Stardust, The Thin White Duke and Aladdin Sane through his legendary music that is so uniquely David Bowie. Come journey through space and time with the Starman! There is a 6 ticket limit.
Winemaker Dinner Returns to the Purple Palm
"Our Plated by Purple Palm series is back with an exciting Winemakers' Dinner in partnership with Chateau Montelena Winery," explain organizers. "Enjoy a five-course dinner with wine pairings, featuring the innovative, eclectic cuisine of Executive Chef Nick Tall and the award-winning wines of Chateau Montelena. Winemaker Matt Crafton will also be in attendance. Come wine and dine the night away! This experience is a part of our Plated by Purple Palm culinary event series, where on the last Wednesday of each month we partner with Palm Springs purveyors and organizations to showcase unique ingredients, local products and unexpected pairings." Uncork it!
Top Five Bookmarks of the Week
Happy Hour Finder
Happy Hour at the 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, Streetbar lightens up with its fun and frivolous Easter Bonnet Contest from 5 PM to 8 PM Saturday, April 15. In the meantime, enjoy Happy Hour, which runs from 10 AM to 8 PM daily and features Makers Mark bourbon, Grey Goose Vodka and Jack Daniel’s whiskey.
To everyone arriving in Palm Springs for Coachella Fest, drop in at the Chill Bar. 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 from noon to 7 PM and from midnight to last call where a Bloody Mary is $3, well drinks and house wines are $4, Bud Light is $2.75 and Chill Lager is $1.50. The bar opens early during Coachella fest.
So Many Reasons to Proclaim: #ILoveGayPalmSprings
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