By all means we should have a nice, relaxing long holiday weekend to celebrate the beginning of summer. Boyz Night Out is back, pool parties abound, and the grill is ready to sizzle.
Trouble is, our LGBTQ+ community is being attacked in ways that are frightening to me. Target is the “target” of the latest campaign of hate and a boycott. There’s a Twitter troll @MattWalshBlog – who started this according to reports on NBC. He delights in the PR in a Tweet this morning acknowledging his role:
NBC News makes a number of accusations against me in this article and I just want to say that the accusations are all true pic.twitter.com/NBnp07g6jF— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) May 26, 2023
That’s what we’re up against. So by all means, enjoy the weekend. But remember that we are being forced back in the closet as the right chips away at our rights.
I never intended that this intro to my weekend rundown of fun would become a forum for political awakening. But it’s necessary to do so given the state of affairs today. In Monday’s blog, I’ll tell you about how a local veterans’ group is honoring us on Memorial Day – and fighting back against hate among their ranks.
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The Return of Boyz Night Out
Starting this Friday, May 26, and then every Friday night thereafter, Zoso Fun presents Boyz Night Out at Hotel Zoso from 4 pm–8 pm. This legendary pool party and happy hour will be hosted by Snatch and feature music from K-Gay’s own multi award-winning deejay Vincente Corrales as DJ Galaxy! Come and enjoy go-go boys, awesome drink specials, pop up drag events, PS Flaggers and more, and kick off the weekend! More info
Retro Rewind Dance Party
Palm Springs Crave presents the Retro Rewind Dance Party on Saturday, May 27 from 7–11 pm at Impala Bar & Grill. Chill out with a drink, get some delicious food, and kick up your heels and get up on the floor in your dancing queen shoes! DJ Gruve will be spinning the tunes. Door proceeds benefit the Human Rights Campaign. More info
Annual Memorial Day Air Fair & Flower Drop
The Palm Springs Air Museum presents their Annual Memorial Day Air Fair & Flower Drop on Monday, May 29 from 10 am–5 pm. This is a very special day at the Museum, with a brief memorial service at 1 pm, dedicated to all of our fallen comrades. 3,000 red and white carnations, sponsored by Jessup Auto Plaza, will be dropped from a B-25 Mitchell bomber in a fly-by which honors those who paid the ultimate price. Visitors are welcome to pick up a flower to take home. There are also flight exhibitions & activities scheduled all day long. Get tickets
Recap: Season 8 RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, Episode 3
Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto has your latest recap for RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 8, Episode 3: The Supermarket Ball, where “The maxi challenge is to serve three looks: Legen-dairy Queens, Fruity Patooty, and Supermarket Supermodel, which the queens will assemble from bags of groceries delivered by the Pit Crew,” says Dante, and “The looks are so finished and well-constructed that I can’t even figure out what the original grocery item was.” Find out Dante’s favorite lines from the episode, and who won the day when you read his full recap of Episode 3 [here].
The Rocky Horror Picture Show w/Coachella Valley Shadow Cast
The Coachella Valley Shadow Cast is back with two electrifying performances of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Friday and Saturday, May 26 & 27 with cocktails at 8 pm, film at 9 pm. The interactive screenings will take place at the Historic Camelot Theatre at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. In addition to the full shadow cast, the two events will feature all the classic elements of RHPS audience participation, including an interactive pre-show, screen call backs, and prop bags. Experience the iconic cult film as it was meant to be seen, on the largest screen in the Coachella Valley. Get tickets
Stars on Ice at Acrisure Arena
The 2023 Stars on Ice tour comes to Acrisure Arena on Friday, May 26 at 7:30 pm. See Olympic Champion Nathan Chen, US Olympic Medalists Alexa Knierim & Brandon Frazier, Madison Chock & Evan Bates, and Jason Brown, along with Canadian icon Kurt Browning in his final Stars on Ice tour. You’ll also enjoy Canadian dance champions Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier and four-time Japanese champion Satoko Miyahara, plus skating’s newest rising stars – 2022 World Junior Champions Ilia Malinin and Isabeau Levito. Get tickets
Broadway the Calla-Way at The Purple Room
The Purple Room Supper Club presents Broadway the Calla-Way on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 26, 27, & 28 featuring sisters Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway. Ann Hampton Callaway is one of the leading champions of the Great American Songbook, having made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. Liz Callaway is a Tony® nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer and recording artist. She made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Baby, and for five years, won acclaim as Grizabella in Cats and many more. Friday & Saturday: Dinner at 6 pm, Show at 8 pm. Sunday: Dinner at 5 pm, show at 7 pm. More info
Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man – Final Weekend
Bus Stop Productions presents the final two performances of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man in the Tropics Lounge at the Margaritaville Resort on Friday and Saturday, May 26 & 27, with two shows per night at 7 pm & 9:30 pm. This popular play is set at a local university auditorium where the English department holds its monthly meet the authors event. Robyn is the shy and studious moderator of the event and this month’s featured author is Dan Anderson of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man. With the help of a hunky stage assistant named Stefan, Dan aims to turn this meet the authors event upside down with a highly theatrical, audience interactive sex tip seminar. Get tickets
Coachella Valley Firebirds in Western Conference Finals
The inaugural season for our local ice hockey expansion team, the Coachella Valley Firebirds keeps getting better. This season, they began play in the 2022-23 American Hockey League with the brand-new Acrisure Arena as their home ice, as an owned-and-operated affiliate of the Seattle Kraken. They’ve emerged victorious from three rounds of playoffs and now they are in the Western Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Admirals. The second game of the best-of-seven series will be played at Acrisure Arena on Saturday, May 27. Get tickets
The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents Aces! on Sundays through June 18 at 2 pm, featuring an afternoon of laughter, tears, truth, Texas, and a whole lot of champagne. Join five Miss Texas USAs as they come together for a hilarious reunion in this side-splitting comedy directed by Judith Chapman and written by Davis Gordon Gilbert. After 35 years, the queens of beauty and grace reunite for a no-holds-barred reunion, starring Denise Strand, Dana Adkins, Kitty Murray, Yo Younger, Denisse Carey, and Christine Tringali-Nunez, lighting up the stage with their laughter and charm! Get tickets.