This Week in #ILoveGayPalmSprings for July 13-16, 2017


Just Two Weeks Until The Mid-Summer Dance Party: Get Tix Now (It will sell out!)

Mid-Summer Dance Party 2017This 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.  Tix on sale now here, and RSVP at the official Facebook event page here.  We'll see you on the dance floor!

Not Your Grandma's BingoNot Your Grandma's Bingo​

To Trunks Bar in Cathedral City, July 14, 7-9 PM, take your friends to a special bingo hosted by the Palm Springs Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. They will have awesome prizes, live entertainment, drink specials, and of course, the fabulous Sisters.

The balls bounce at 7 pm and it's only $10 for 6 bingo games. This is a 21+ establishment so there will be 21+ themes. The funds from this event will help the Palm Springs Sisters advance their good work here in the Coachella Valley.

If you would like to pre-purchase your bingo cards, visit this link. Once purchased, keep your receipt and show it to the at the event to receive your cards!  More Info

Wonder Woman Lynda Carter Confirmed for Special Musical Performance at 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

Hamilton Playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda's In The Heights at Palm Canyon Theatre

Through Sunday, July 16, Palm Canyon Theatre presents Lin-Manuel In The Heights Palm Canyon TheatreMiranda's In the Heights. It centers on a variety of characters living in the neighborhood of Washington Heights of Manhattan. Usnavi, a bodega owner who looks after the aging Cuban lady next door, pines for the gorgeous girl working in the neighboring beauty salon and dreams of winning the lottery and escaping to the shores of his native Dominican Republic.

Meanwhile, Nina, a childhood friend of Usnavi’s, has returned to the neighborhood from her first year at college with surprising news for her parents, who have spent their life savings on building a better life for their daughter. Ultimately, Usnavi and the residents of the close-knit neighborhood get a dose of what it means to be home.

From Cinderella to La Cage Aux Folles, there is truly something for everyone. In it’s 18th Season, Palm Canyon Theatre is the valley’s oldest source of live theatrical entertainment. Located in the beautiful Uptown Design District and centrally located to everything Palm Springs has to offer. Get your season subscriptions now.  Get TIckets


Summer Lab (S/LAB) at the A+D Center

This summer marks the launch of the museum’s new Summer Lab or S/LAB. An initiative of Brooke Hodge, Director of Architecture and Design, S/LAB will engage the community in workshops and design exercises related to the new park planned for downtown Palm Springs. Hodge, together with Michael Hinkle, Managing Director of the A+D Center, and colleagues from across the museum, will work closely with Rios Clementi Hale Studios, the landscape architects for the new park, to present design ideas and concepts along with interactive exercises that will offer a window into the design process of creating a new landscape.  More Info


Pets on Parade Benefits Pegasus Riding Academy and Loving All Animals

Pets on ParadeThis Sunday!  Pets on Parade, (POP) is Loving All Animal's annual fundraising event with their partner Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy.  Loving All Animals, working towards a No-Kill Coachella Valley, rescues dogs and cats from shelters, and spay/neuter opportunities.  Pegasus offers equine therapy as an experience to help low income special needs children and adults.

This luncheon includes a great lunch, hosted this year at the OMNI Ranchi Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage. Animal rescue groups from the valley bring their adoptable dogs to the event.  You may just find your new best friend! More Info


Dezart Performs Season Tickets on Sale

Gay Desert Guide is thrilled to continue its media partnership with Dezart Performs, which has announced its 2017/2018 season, and this weekend, holding auditions for The Legend of Georgia McBride - A New Comedy by Matthew Lopez - slated to open the season in early November.  Michael Shaw directs. The Synopsis?  

"He's young, he's broke, his landlord's knocking at the door, and he's just found out his wife is going to have a baby. To make matters even more desperate, Casey is fired from his gig as an Elvis impersonator in a run-down, small-town Florida bar. When the bar owner brings in a B-level drag show to replace his act, Casey finds that he has a whole lot to learn about show business and himself."

For its 10th Anniversary celebration, Dezart Performs has selected a provocative 2017/2018 season of theatrical productions which will entertain, engage and stimulate audiences.

Dezart Performs 2017/2018 SeasonIn announcing the 2017/2018 line-up of productions, Artistic Director Michael Shaw commented,  "It’s an incredibly exciting time for Dezart Performs as we announce our new season and look ahead in celebration of our 10th Anniversary. Coming off of an amazingly successful past season, we have challenged ourselves to continue providing bold, provocative, quality productions never-before seen in the Coachella Valley.”  More Info


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

Party by David Dillon at The Desert Rose Playhouse"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!

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. Stop in for Happy Hour, which runs from 10 AM to 8 PM daily and features top-shelf specials that are some of the heaviest hitters of any bar on the street! 

Toucans Tiki Lounge is among the best night clubs in Palm Springs. Everyone is welcome to take a sip at the tropical watering hole with its totems and bamboo that remind you of a faraway paradise and a happy hour that spans weekdays from noon to 8 PM. Offerings include $3.50 well drinks; $3 domestic beers; $4 imported beers and wine.

Hot Deals!


Find significant savings at some of your favorite places in town!  Featured this week, DISCOUNTED GIFT CARDS for Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge, Watercress Vietnamese Bistro, and more!

Eight4Nine Restaurant & LoungeLocated in the fashionable Uptown Design District of Palm Springs, EIGHT4NINE Restaurant and Lounge offers a welcoming and friendly atmosphere whether it’s for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Weekend Brunch, or Happy Hour.  Our singular goal is to provide you the best dining experience possible, whether looking for an intimate dinner for two or if you want to celebrate life’s special moments with hundreds of friends.  Through September, Sunday through Thursday, order from the Summer Menu, three courses for only $29.  

Patrons who eat at Watercress Vietnamese Bistro say they love the plating of Garlic Butter-Soy Shrimp or Wok-fried Steak Cubes as much as they enjoy the taste. See what everyone’s talking about at Watercress, 415 North Palm Canyon Drive, with a hot deal that offers 40%-off a $25 meal.

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