This Weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings for September 8-11, 2017


Foodies Salivating for the Final Week of Taste of Rancho Mirage

The 3rd and final week of the 2017 Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage campaign kicks off Friday, September 8 and runs through Sunday, September 17.  Don't miss out on all the wonderful $4.00 specials, including cocktails, appetizers and desserts, offered at participating Rancho Mirage restaurants and resorts.    

If you haven't purchased your $10 wristband yet, there's still time! Wristbands can be purchased at the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce located at 71905 Highway 111, Suite H, Rancho Mirage or at any of the participating charities, with all proceeds from the wristband sales going to these charities.

For more information or to view all participating restaurants, their $4.00 specials, and participating charities, visit this link.


Cheyenne Jackson to Headline Center Stage 2017

Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and actor Cheyenne Jackson will headline the 8th annual Center Stage gala, presented by Eisenhower Medical Center on Friday, October 27, 2018 at the Riviera Resort and Spa in Palm Springs, benefitting The LGBT Community Center of the Desert (The Center).

Fresh off his role on FX's American Horror Story, Cheyenne has had a wealth of roles on and off Broadway, including starring in The Performers, 8, Finian's Rainbow, Damn Yankees, Xanadu, Aida, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and more. Cheyenne has released several studio albums, his most recent, Renaissance, and has collaborated with the likes of Sia and Charlotte Sometimes. No stranger to sold-out shows in the Coachella Valley, Cheyenne has performed at both the McCallum Theatre and the Annenberg Theater.

Cheyenne will be joined by comedienne Kate Clinton, back by popular demand to host Center Stage for the fourth consecutive year. The evening will feature a silent auction, program, dinner, and after-party, all designed to advance The Center's mission of creating vibrant community. New this year, attendees will be able to take advantage of The Center's partnership with Lyft, Official Ridesharing Sponsor of Center Stage, and receive a 20% discount for rides to and from the event.

General admission tickets, priced at $195, went on sale on Friday, September 1. For sponsorships and more information, visit thecenterps.org or call 760-416-7790.


Dezart Performs Season Tickets on Sale

Gay Desert Guide is thrilled to continue its media partnership with Dezart Performs.  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


Lovely Crowd Gathers at Alicante to Launch GayDesertGuide.com's Fifth Year!

As GayDesertGuide begins our 5th year of service this week, we invited the community to join us for drinks and samples of Alicante's fine food.  TryOUT Tuesday is our signature event allowing you to sample restaurant's food and get happy hour prices on drinks.  So keep your eye on our Facebook page for future such events, and check out this photo gallery of some of our extended family at the celebration.  We thank you for your love and support all these years.

Downtown. It's Fun to be Downtown!

Park in Style...

Spa Resort Casino recently cut the ribbon on a beautiful new addition to downtown Palm Springs. The new parking structure is located at the corner of E. Amado Road and N. Calle Encilia.   Spa Resort Casino invites guests to roll up in style at its new state-of-the-art, 850-stall parking structure. Owned by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and operated by Spa Resort Casino, McCarthy Building Company of Newport Beach, Calif., was general contractor on the 12-month build, and the architects were Parking Design Associates of Los Angeles on the parking structure, Delawie on its exterior, and JCI Architecture on the updates to the casino interior. More than 550 construction workers were associated with the project.  

New Development Grand Openings

Here's what we know for sure, as revealed by Mayor Robert Moon at the Main Street Palm Springs Association meeting this morning... 

The Rowan Palm Springs is set to open November 8th, but a ticketed State of the City event is planned for September 8th.  The new Starbucks Reserve is opening November 1st (no word on whether the current Starbucks is staying in place).  Finally H&M will have a grand opening the week before Thanksgiving!  It's a whole new downtown!  Plans will be revealed soon for a public opening.

Happy Hour Finder

Toucans Tiki Lounge Palm Springs
At Toucans Tiki Lounge in North Palm Springs, you can hang with a cocktail amongst totems, bamboo and and an amazing happy hour! Catch Happy Hour specials daily from noon until 8 PM. Noon until 7 PM on Sundays and noon until 10 PM on Fridays. 

Just another Manic Monday? Then head over to Chill Bar Palm Springs located on Arenas where happy hour is ALL DAY. Don’t you feel so chill knowing that Monday Madness doesn’t have to be a bad thing?! It can be tall, cool, and refreshing!

C'Mon, C'Mon, Get Happy!


Hot Deals (Discounted Gift Cards!)

Thai Smile, at 100 S. Indian Canyon Drive, is a Palm Springs gem in the perfect location! The menu  offers healthy, high-quality flavors from Thailand. They have a  full bar and happy hour specials too! With this deal, you can enjoy $50 worth of its myriad specialties, including drinks, for 40% off!

At Lulu California Bistro, located in the center of downtown Palm Springs, combines talent, expertise and a passion for great food to produce a captivating dining experience.  Menu options are both varied and value-priced and the  quality is always high! They have a full bar with happy hour all day long which includes food and cocktails! Enjoy $50 worth of food and drinks at Lulu California Bistro for just $30!

Sizzling Savings with HOT Deals!


Top Five Bookmarks of the Week

  1. Cinema Diverse Marks 10th Year
  2. A Gay Vampire King Marries in Palm Springs

  3. Report: Garth Brooks To Headline 2018 Stagecoach Festival

  4. Michael Jackson's Top 5 Queerest Music Videos

  5. Best of Coachella Valley Voting


Thanks from the Bottom of Our Website!

As we begin our fifth year, we are grateful for the 744,514 pageviews to GayDesertGuide.com...plus one thanks to you right now!


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