July 13–15, 2018
Let us be your Gay Desert Guide to the weekend! You'll be dancing the Y-M-C-A with Village People performing live at The Show this Saturday--and when you take advantage of our exclusive Oasis Insider discount! San Diego Pride is also Saturday, and Outfest is underway in Los Angeles. Our theatre critic reviews Women Behind Bars, CARNEYMAGIC comes to CVRep, and Taste of Summer is about to kick off in Rancho Mirage. Looking ahead, join Gay Desert Guide for an exciting TryOUT Thursday advance screening of Mamma Mia 2! Planning ahead for August: Splash House returns, and men gather in the woods at Big Bear ROMP and CalComMen's "Graduate" Community Camp. And as always, check out our weekly HOT DEALS and Happy Hours!
Village People: Discounted Tickets with Code: GDG
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See Village People perform live with Victor Willis back at the helm as the "hot cop" on Saturday, July 14 at 8:00 p.m. at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa. Enjoy the music that sold more than 100 million records, including: "San Francisco/In Hollywood," "Macho Man," "YMCA," "In the Navy" and "Go West." Special guest is A Taste of Honey featuring Janice- Marie of the hit song "Boogie Oogie Oogie." Limited availability for this special offer!
San Diego Pride & Outfest This Weekend
If you're looking for hot gay fun outside the desert heat this weekend, we have two big events to tell you about!
Show your Pride on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 11:00 am. at the annual San Diego Pride Parade. This is the largest single-day civic event in the region, and is among the largest Prides in the United States, attracting over 200,000 cheering supporters of the LGBTQ community! The celebration also includes a two-day festival, plus dances, rallies, parties, 5k runs, and more throughout the weekend. More info
Outfest 2018, the Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival, is celebrating its 36th anniversary this year: July 12–22, 2018. The festival opens at the Orpheum Theatre with Kino Lorber’s “Studio 54,” Matt Tyrnauer’s vibrantly nostalgic documentary; and closes with FilmRise’s “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” Desiree Akhavan’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner starring Chloë Grace Moretz. More info
Back here in Palm Springs, we are looking ahead to the Palm Springs Gay & Lesbian film festival, Cinema Diverse! Mark your calendars for September 20–23, 2018 for the 11th Anniversary Edition. The selection committee is screening films this summer and accepting submissions now. More info
TryOUT Thursday: Mamma Mia 2 Advance Screening, Cocktail Party
Join Gay Desert Guide at D'Place's Mary Pickford 14 for a special screening of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again on Thursday, July 19 at 6:00 p.m. (View Trailer here). D' Place will have a special $9.00 ticket at the door for admission to the movie in a theater just for friends of Gay Desert Guide. The pre-show cocktail party will start at 6:00 p.m. upstairs with passed appetizers and a free glass of wine for each guest. The theater will also provide special prices on drinks & food: $5.00 wine and $5.00 personal pizza. We will then go downstairs at 7:00 p.m. for a private showing of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, the day before it opens in wide release! More info
Splash House returns and the lineup is 🔥!
The 2nd and final weekend of Splash House is just a month away, August 10–12, 2018, and if you aren’t currently listening to the Official Splash House Playlist on Spotify then you’re missing out! The August lineup brings major dance party vibes with artists like Gorgon City, Will Clarke and Cut Snake. More info
Big Bear ROMP 2018
Mountains of Men & Mischief are in store at Big Bear ROMP 2018, from Thursday, Aug 16–Sunday, Aug 19. The goal of Big Bear ROMP is to keep the party going by putting on a fun event that will bring hundreds of men back each year for mischief and more in the great outdoors. Beyond having a great time, Big Bear ROMP is about giving back to the Big Bear community, and a portion of the pass sales will support a local wildlife rescue organization. More info
CalComMen's "GRADUATE" Community Camp
California Community of Men presents "Graduate" Community Camp from Friday, August 31–Monday, Sep 3, 2018. What can you do at "Graduate?":
-- Graduate from boy to man
-- Graduate to be an even better man
-- Graduate to a better place in your life
-- Graduate to less fear & anxiety
-- Graduate to more meaningful connections
-- Graduate to a more engaged life
Like-minded, heart-centered men 18-91+ of all colors, sizes, shapes & differing abilities will gather to enjoy a safe, supportive and drug, alcohol, smoke and electronics-free space...4500 feet up in the San Jacinto Mountains. More info
3rd Annual Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage
The Rancho Mirage Restaurant Association, the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce and the City of Rancho Mirage have teamed up once again to kick off the 3rd Annual Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage, an event whereby participating Rancho Mirage restaurants and resorts have created cool summer specials. Taste of Summer 2018 runs Thursday July 19–Sunday August 19. The purchase of a $10.00 Taste of Summer wristband allows patrons to take advantage of $4.00 cocktails, appetizers and/or desserts offered by participating restaurants and resorts. All proceeds from wristbands will go to Valley charities. More info
Mary Pickford Theater - D'Place Entertainment offers a state-of-the-art movie theater with stadium or luxury VIP seating, and now you can get $15 in Entertainment Dollars Toward Admission or Refreshments for only $10! Stretch your entertainment dollars even further by using this HOT DEAL on Tightwad Tuesday ($5.95 admission) and you can get two admissions and still have something left over for a snack! And get ready for Mamma Mia 2 and our special "TryOUT Thursday" Advance Screening and Cocktail Party July 19th. Get Your Deal
At Lulu California Bistro, talent, expertise, and a passion for great food combine to produce a captivating dining experience. Menu options are both varied and value-priced, and the quality is always high! Take advantage of this HOT DEAL: Get a $30 gift card, good for all food and drinks, for only $18! That's a 40% discount! Get Your Deal
WEEKEND PERFORMING ARTS
Women Behind BarsThe Desert Rose Playhouse, the Coachella Valley’s LGBTQ+ Stage Company, presents Women Behind Bars, a comedy by Tom Eyen, running through Sunday, July 29. In this hilarious satire on B-movies of the 1950's, Mary Eleanor, an innocent duped into crime, lands in the Greenwich Village Woman's House of Detention. The prison is presided over by a massive matron with a taste for sadism and female flesh. Our heroine, now Caged in the Big House, learns about life The Hard Way. Get tickets
Our theatre critic Stephen Radosh has reviewed Women Behind Bars, finding it to be an assembly of some of the valley's best actresses in a "laugh out loud production." Read more
CARNEYMAGIC Starring John CarneyFriday, July 13–Sunday, July 15 (3 performances to choose from), come to CVRep for more than just a magic show. Regarded by his peers as one of the top sleight of hand performers in the world, John Carney has won more awards from Hollywood’s Magic Castle than anyone in their history, as well as the Academy of Magical Arts prestigious Masters Performing Fellowship. Unique .. Funny ... Amazing ... Theatrical. You won’t see any big boxes, tigers, dancing girls, or lasers. Just a quirky, likable guy, cracking-wise and doing some pretty amazing things ... and all the while, you’ll be laughing yourself silly. Get tickets
Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre presents "this is a blank page. a story, in motion," a dance-theater work by Andrew Pearson, for three performances: Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21 at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, July 22 at 2:00 p.m. Pearson explores themes such as partnership, identity, sexuality, comfort zones, and more. His work has been presented by numerous festivals and he has served as an Artist in Residence for several schools, and created work for the LA Contemporary Dance Company, among others. Get tickets
"this is a blank page. a story, in motion"
Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill
On a hot day, nothing cools you down quite like a margarita. At Rio Azul, Happy Hour specials include $5 house margaritas all day long! They also offer $6.95 Happy Hour Appetizers Every Day From 5–7 p.m and every Sunday at both 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., catch their famous "Desert Divas Drag Brunch" and enjoy a $10 bottomless mimosa while you're at it! Get Happy at Rio Azul
Toucans Tiki Lounge
Mondays are All-Day Happy Hour at Toucans, but the fun doesn't stop there! Tuesdays and Thursdays have half-price drink specials 'til midnight, Fridays extend Happy Hour to 10:00 p.m., with Saturdays extended to 8:00 p.m. and Sundays to 7:00 p.m. This Sunday, Morgan McMichaels is back to host McSundays with Phi Phi O'Hara, Laganja Estranja, Steven Wayne, and a very special surprise guest! Get Happy at Toucans
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