This Weekend in Gay Palm Springs for March 30 - April 2, 2017


Dinah-Might!  The Girls are Back in Town!

The world famous Dinah Shore Weekend is the largest lesbian event in the world kicked off Wednesday with 10 events including comedy shows, singles events, concerts, celesbians, parties, and more. Here's the full 2017 schedule.

Ann Walker and Brad FuhrCathedral City LGBT Days Guilty of Fabulousness!

We've got the photo evidence that Cathedral City LGBT Days, held last weekend in Downtown Cathedral City, was a blast.  And you'll be surprised to learn about hunky firefighters in bed in public!

 View the photo gallery!

 

NCLR Palm Springs Garden Party April 1 (No foolin')

Pond EstateTickets are now available for NCLR’s annual Palm Springs Garden Party during Dinah weekend on April 1st. Join event Co-Chairs Barbara Carpenter and Gary D. Soto, along with NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell and Palm Springs City Council Member Geoff Kors! More Info


Everyone is Welcome at L-Fund's Gumbo Gala!

L-Fund is very excited at the success of their first two Gumbo Gala Fundraisers, and is thrilled to have booked The Palm Springs Pavillion during Dinah Shore weekend for their 3rd Annual Affair. The FUNDRAISER includes choice of award-winning gumbo (seafood/chicken/sausage or vegetarian) by Chef Betty Berrysmith (featured in the above video), awards presentation to honoree Katherine V Forrest, Novelist [remember lesbian detective Kate Dellafield?] and Editor; plus special guest Kate Kendell, Esq and Executive Director of NCLR; entertainment by Gennine Jackson, and dancing, of course!  For tickets & info, visit L-fund.org.

The L-Fund is a Lesbian Philanthropic Group, founded in 2012, serving Lesbians in financial need, assisting Lesbians in the Coachella Valley to resolve short-term financial crises (unlike traditional social service or financial aid agencies that deal with long-term assistance).

The L-Fund's established reserve account often allows them to respond to a request within 24 to 48 hours. "This is the only Lesbian organization in the valley to provide immediate financial relief in an emergency situation," says L-Fund's President, Barbara Carpenter. The emotional outpouring from gift recipients creates a sense of community that inspires the Core Group, co-founders and president to do more.  For tickets & info, and to make financial contributions, visit L-fund.org.


Bean an LGBT-themed Documentary to Screen at AmDocs

Alana and Lori were just two LGBT 20-somethings looking for love on Tinder when a casual right swipe made a match that would bind them together forever.

Le Ride to Open AmDocs 2017

Le Ride DocumentaryThe American Documentary Film Festival's 2017 opening night film will be Phil Keoghan’s new documentary, Le Ride. Keoghan, best known as the host of the popular television show, The Amazing Race, will attend the screening, which is also the West Coast Premiere of his film. Le Ride had its world premiere at the New Zealand International Film Festival in July 2016.

“This is an example of great documentary filmmaking, where the creator, in this case Phil Keoghan, was inspired to tell a relatively unknown piece of history in an unconventional way,” said Ted Grouya, Festival Director. “Le Ride will appeal to a wide audience as it is timeless, evocative, good-story telling.” 

Opening Night for the 2017 edition of The American Documentary Film Festival is scheduled for Friday, March 31st at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs. GayDesertGuide is a media sponsor of this event.  Early Bird passes are on sale now by clicking here


THREE STAGES OF OVATION

Stage One: Southern Baptist Sissies

Southern Baptist SissiesWrites critic Stephen Radosh, "SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES by Del Shores is a story that will touch everyone and will especially resonate with any member of the LGBT community who was brought up in a very religious environment. It raises some serious questions, such as how a religion which preaches to ‘love thy neighbor’ can also preach hatred and intolerance of anyone who does not conform to its ideas of the norm."

If you appreciate plays that have something meaningful to say, then this production of SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES, which runs through April 9th at the Desert Rose Playhouse, should be on your must-see list."  The full review.

Stage Two: Chapatti

Dezart Performs presents Chapatti by Christian O'Reilly, Fridays and Saturdays @ 7:30 PM, Saturdays and Sundays @ 2:00 PM

Romance is a distant memory for two lonely animal-lovers. When Dan and his dog, Chapatti, cross paths with Betty and her 19 cats, an unexpected spark begins a warm and gentle story about two people re-discovering the importance of human companionship. “Unfolding in a mix of heartache, despair and gentle comedy, it will leave you cheering for these two characters’ hard-won moments of happiness,” says the Chicago Sun-Times.  More info

Stage Three: Disgraced

Through April 2nd (if you can possibly find a ticket), CVRep presents Disgraced.  The show is a winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  Variety reports, …Blistering social drama about the racial prejudices that secretly persist in progressive cultural circles."
 

The synopsis?  "Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his cultural roots. Emily, his wife, is white; she’s an artist, and her work is influenced by Islamic imagery. When the couple hosts a dinner party, what starts out as a friendly conversation escalates into something far more damaging"  More Info

White Party Rates Rise April 1st

The White Party Palm Springs takes place May 5th - 8th, 2017 and is widely White Party Palm Springs 2017considered the largest gay dance music festival in the nation. It has evolved throughout the years to become an international cultural and social phenomenon attracting more than 30,000 attendees from every corner of the globe.  Buy Tickets

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Foreigner Front Man Goes Solo

As a fitting conclusion to an illustrious season of Concerts Under The Palms, the last show (April 8th) in the series will be free of charge when Concerts Under the Palms welcomes to the stage the voice of Foreigner, Lou Gramm.

Power marks the distinctive voice of Gramm who rose to fame as the original lead singer of Foreigner, which saw 16 songs hit the top of the charts during his reign, including “I Want To Know What Love Is,” “Double Vision,” “Cold As Ice,” “Juke Box Hero,” and “Hot Blooded.” Inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 2009, Gramm also has a robust solo career with hits including "Midnight Blue," "Just Between You and Me," and "True Blue Love."  More Info

Saturday Night, 'Groove' at the Westin with Peter White

Undoubtedly one of the most popular figures in smooth jazz, Peter White brings his endearing style and immense talent on acoustic guitar back to Grooves at The Westin. White will be performing songs from his 15th solo release "Groovin’" and will be joined by veteran saxophonist Michael Paulo and keyboardist Gregg Karukas.  The show is Saturday night. More Info.

Brew At The Zoo On Tap At The Living Desert

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens’ wildly popular Brew at the Zoo will return on Saturday, April 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Early bird tickets at reduced prices for the seventh annual event are on sale now.

More than 50 breweries and restaurants will be offering unlimited samples of premium craft beers, wine and food amidst the spectacular backdrop of The Living Desert’s wildlife and botanical gardens. Craft beer from some of the finest specialty breweries around will be on tap and premium wines and non-alcoholic beverage round out the libations.  More info.

Wang Chug!

Happy Hour at Wang’s is indeed a few hours of happiness inside, outside and every day at the Palm Springs tavern and eatery. Happy Hour is from 3 PM to 7 PM Monday through Thursdays; from 3 PM to 8 PM Saturdays; and from 3 until closing Sundays.

Wang's Happy HourWang’s offers excerpts from the menu at Happy Hour prices to go with the drinks, which includes: $3 Wine & Chardonnay; $4 Well Cocktails; $5 Margaritas & Mai Tais; $6, 10-ounce Martinis; and $6 vodka specials. The Friday Happy Hour is Boy's Night Out at Wang's and features DJ House Whores. It’s the place to see and be seen for locals and visitors alike. .More Info

Toucans Tiki Lounge LogoTwo Can at Toucans!

Add Tiki flavorings to your fair this weekend. This desert spot boasts an island-themed good time with low-priced drinks during quiet hours before barrooms fill up. At Toucans Tiki Lounge in North Palm Springs, there are totems, bamboo and happy hour that spans weekdays from noon to 8 PM where well drinks are $3.50; domestic beer is $3 and wine and imported beer is $4. Closed Wednesdays. More Info 

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