This Week in Gay Palm Springs for May 18-21, 2017


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15th Annual Joshua Tree Music Festival Underway

Joshua Tree Music Festival

15th Annual Spring Joshua Tree Music Festival is a family-friendly global music experience in the magical Mojave, with continuous live music, yoga from sunrise to sunset, an action-packed Kidsville, magical visual arts, inspiring playshops, world market, Astronomy Theatre + more. Plus there's just ONE live stage at a time so you don't miss a beat!

Live music runs continuously from 5:00 PM-Midnight on THU, 10:00 AM – 1:30 AM on FRI & SAT, and 10:00 AM -Midnight on SUN. Get the Lineup


Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Sells Out Again

Harvey Milk Diversity BreakfastHarvey Milk certainly never sold out, having given his life for our movement, but the breakfast in his honor has again!  The annual event takees place Friday morning to honor the memory of Harvey Milk, an American hero, and to strengthen coalitions among the many diverse community organizations that support justice and equality for all individuals. More than 900 diverse Coachella Valley residents will celebrate the memory of this influential civil rights activist.


"Queen of the Desert" Competition Coming May 31st

Queen of the DesertEthylina Canne returns to host the fourth Annual Queen of the DesertSo-Cal Lip Sync competition Wednesday, May 31st at the Renaissance Palm Springs.
The fun begins with cocktails at 6:00 PM and show time at 7:00 PM. Last year was a sold-out crowd of 700, so make sure you get your tickets soon!.

Ethylina Canne

Start with cocktails at 6:00 PM and show time at 7:00 PM. Last year was a sold-out crowd of 700, so make sure you get your tickets soon by visiting www.desertaidsproject.org. Participating Queens include Arial Trampway, Vanity Halston, PS Lola, BellonceAguilera, Mayhem MIller, and Crystal Champagne.  You can start voting for your Queen of the Desert Fan Favorite 2017 today.  Of course, the crown will ultimately be decided by a celebrity judging panel so don’t miss this fun-filled night benefiting Desert AIDS Project.

Vote for your fan favorite today.

Dottie and Maude of Dames Soleil return this year as celebrity judges and will be joined by Ruta Lee, Joey English, Brad Fuhr and Shann Carr. We trust that this group will have plenty of color commentary to add when Miss Canne checks in with them throughout the show.

Buy your ticket today.


Palm Springs Swing and Mix 2017 Set for June 30 - July 3

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

Explain organizers, "Our convention is endorsed by the two local clubs, Boots In Squares and Windmill Twirlers. We look forward to working with the LGBTQ* dance community and our straight friends and dance buddies to create a welcoming event for all who seek to dance together at this desert oasis."  Swing & Mix!

Pacific Island Living in Palm Springs?  Why, Yes!

Tiki 9 CalienteTiki 9 Caliente is an annual event that creates the aura of Pacific island living in Palm Springs. Held from May 18 to May 21, the Caliente Tropics at 411 E. Palm Canyon Drive hosts music, art, cocktails and performances dedicated to Tiki culture all in one memorable weekend. Attractions include Jason Lee and the R.I.P. Tides, Yacht Rock with Sunny Yacht Club, Mitch Chang, Big Poi Combo, Meshugga Beach Party and more.

Tiki Caliente touches all of your senses with a combination of sights, sounds, scents and tastes. From music to art, shopping and socializing, Tiki Caliente will immerse you into the colorful and escapist Polynesian-Pop world. And, since the Tiki culture is partially focused on crafted cocktails, this gathering will also entice you repeatedly with a variety of concoctions made with exotic rums, juices, and spices. From our host’s personal creations to the cocktails made especially for the various on-site room parties, your palate will be enlightened. Get Your Aloha On!

Foodies Rejoice! The Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week Takes Place June 2-11

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant WeekThe Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week puts a tasty twist on the crawl. You know, the pub crawl where patrons hop from bar to bar. From June 2 to June 11, foodies will crawl from restaurant to restaurant on the culinary adventure of a lifetime.
 
Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week

With more than 100 restaurants to choose from, you will how to squeeze in all these flavors and then squeeze into your jeans when you’re done. DineGPS.Com will help with the logistics and Opentable will help with the reservations. We’ll leave the question of fitting your jeans after this gorge-ous vacation up to you. But, we assure you, it’ll be worth it. Hungry?

Botox, Anyone?

Dr. Maria LombardoDr. Maria Lombardo welcomes new patients to take part in the Lombardo Cosmetic Surgery experience.  Dr. Lombardo provides botox, facelifts, cosmetic surgery, breast augmentation, post-bariatric weight loss treatment, and liposuction at her office at 41606 Indian Trail, Suite A1 in Rancho Mirage. Board Certified in General and Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. Lombardo offers treatment from the hands of a surgeon and the eyes of an artist performed with a woman’s touch. Contact Dr. Lombardo and find out about May specials and a free consultation at (760) 610-8990.  Get Work!

Eat, Drink & Do Good in Los Angeles Sunday!

Laurel Foundation Wine EventThe Laurel Foundation's 4th Annual Wine Tasting Benefit will bring together 15-20 wineries from the Northern and Southern California regions.

Held at a spectacular mansion in Los Angeles, the event will have light food fare with special wine pairings. Sommeliers and wine stewards will be present to educate guests on each wine.  In addition, the event will host a Silent and Live Auction filled with exotic vacation packages and more.  Pop the Cork!

Desert Winds Freedom Band to Perform in Armed Forces Day Celebration


Bring a Picnic dinner, chairs and blankets to enjoy the evening of amazing music. Saturday, May 20 is Armed Forces day and The Desert Winds Freedom Band will play a FREE concert at 7:00 pm in the Palm Desert Civic Center Park. In honor of Armed Forces Day, Artistic Director, Dean McDowell has selected a patriotic program including An American Spectacular: “A Musical History of the United States”, Armed Forces-Pride of America, Stars and Stripes and many other crowd pleasers.  More Info

Top Five Bookmarks of the Week

Splash House
  1. Splash House Just Announced A Lineup Stacked With Coachella Acts. See Who's Playing the Parties
  2. Scale The Heights: Yoga Poses For A Peak Hiking Experience
  3. Twice The Motherly Love: How Two La Quinta Coaches Balance Triplets, Basketball
  4. Guy Fieri's Food Network show will feature Sherman's Deli and other desert eateries
  5. Palm Springs Horror Film Actor Discusses Coming Out, Getting Married And Giving Back

Happy Hour Finder

Liquid T dance at Chill
Like its name, Chill Bar Palm Springs and Scorpion Room at 217 E. Arenas Road specializes in the tall, the cool and the refreshing. 

They’re also hosting a Liquid T Dance in which photographer Luis Gavela presents this weekly mélange of funky disco tunes courtesy of DJ Galaxy, incredible go-go dancers and drink specials in The Scorpion Room at Chill Bar. 

Try its Happy Hour drink selections 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.

Streetbar staff member Jon Gothard will take on the 7-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS. AIDS/LifeCycle 2017 will take place June 4 - June 10, 2017. Jon and the Streetbar crew will host a fundraiser from 5 PM to 8 StreetbarPM May 21 at the bar224 E. Arenas Road. Jon is trying to raise $5,000, so come out and chip in. Besides that, Streetbar has an awesome Happy Hour Happy Hour, which runs from 10 AM to 8 PM daily and features Makers Mark bourbon, Grey Goose Vodka and Jack Daniel’s whiskey.

Hot Deals

Hurry over to Bonta Restaurant and Bar in Cathedral City next to the IMAX on California Highway 111. Chef Hector has over 36-years’ experience creating tastes from around the globe from Penne Pasta Putanesca to Argentinian Skirt Steak. Now experience his culinary skills for 1/2 off! Get $50 of food and drink at Bonta Restaurant for just $25!

Fleming Steak House Hot DealsAt 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 cheesecake or walnut turtle pie. That’s the good news. Better yet, enjoy this meal at 50% off.

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