Leslie Jordan was beloved for his roles in Del Shores’ movies as “Brother Boy”. His untimely death has prompted Shores and the cast to put together a tribute during Cathedral City LGBT Days this Saturday.
Jordan once played opposite Robert Downey Jr. in an episode of Ally McBeal. Downey couldn’t quite place where the two had met before. Jordan recounts it was a jail cell having been arrested on one of his infamous binges before choosing sobriety in the 90s.
He even participated in an early LGBT Days Bed Race and I’ve got the photo to prove it that I’ll be sharing on the socials @gaydesertguide this week. And we look forward to seeing you Friday – Sunday at Cathedral City LBGT Days, the first US Pride of 2023!
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs,
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DBA Networking Mixer at Grand Central
The Desert Business Association presents their next Networking Mixer on Monday, February 27 at 5:30 pm at Grand Central Palm Springs. Join hosts John and Rita in the center of downtown at the iconic La Plaza de California located between S. Palm Canyon Drive and Indian Canyon Drive. Come enjoy this funky-chic cafe serving California fare featuring unique coffee, tea, cocktails, and fantastic bar snacks. There will also be a raffle supporting LGBTQ Educational Youth Scholarships through Safe Schools Desert Cities. Bring a raffle item to donate and get a “shout out” for your effort, and bring some cash for tickets! More info
On Tuesday, February 28, DBA presents an LGBTQ+ & TGX Business Start-up Workshop, from 9–11 am on Zoom. This FREE Live Online Workshop will help you identify what is needed to start or broaden your small and diverse business, from the conceptual, operational, promotional, and business development angles, plus support and education resources. TGX Businesses who participate can get free business coaching to participate in a pitch workshop, and potentially receive a free one-year membership to the Desert Business Association. More info
Palm Springs Chamber February Mixer
Everyone is invited to attend the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce‘s February Mixer at Palm Springs’ newest bar, restaurant and nightclub, Reforma, on Tuesday, February 28 from 5–6:30 pm. Come see what all the buzz is about! Free for members and $15 for guests. More info
The Dinah: Reserve Your Room NOW
Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend 2023, set for September 20–24 at Margaritaville Resort, has nearly sold out of rooms at the host hotel. A second hotel will be added once sold out, and a few additional VIP Hotel Packages are also available. This is the world’s largest queer/lesbian/non-binary event in the world, so secure your spot now! More info
Voice Overs…Now is Your Time!
Learn about the world of voiceover from a professional in the industry, Bridget Renshaw, on Monday, February 27 from 6:30–8:30 pm at the Palm Springs Leisure Center. In what could be the most enlightening 2 hours you’ve ever spent, this class will show you how you can actually begin using your speaking voice for commercials, films, videos, and more. We’re always looking for queer voices for our KGAY commercials, so who knows? With thirteen years of experience in the industry, Bridget Renshaw’s voice can be heard in commercials, animations, voice dubbing, corporate videos, eLearning, and video games. Register Here
HARC Data Released Tuesday
On Tuesday, February 28 from 9:30–11am, HARC (an acronym for Health Assessment and Research for Communities) will release its highly anticipated triennial health survey of Coachella Valley residents, the most comprehensive such study in the region, and especially relevant coming after three years of the COVID pandemic. More info
The Lincoln Debate
The Bent Theater Company presents The Lincoln Debate on Tuesday, February 28 at 7 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. This new play takes a funny, touching and historically honest look at the relationship between Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed, a man he shared a bed with for four years. Did they have an intimate relationship? Did one of the greatest men in American history have a letter under the LGBTQ banner that fit him? You will leave armed to draw your own conclusions. Upcoming performances will be on March 7 & 14. Get tickets
Humanism: What Is It? How Can It Improve My Life?
LGBTQ Humanists of Coachella Valley present a discussion of Humanism with Jim Barnett on Tuesday, February 28 from 6–7:30 pm on Zoom. Barnett will explore the meaning of humanism by comparing the definitions of humanism used by a variety of organizations that label themselves as humanist, examining some of the core principles of humanism and tracing the historical development of these principles. He will explore how humanism is a philosophy that can help one live a fulfilled, happy life. Those who identify as humanist, atheist, agnostic, freethinker or those who just want to learn more about humanism are welcome to attend this event via Zoom. More info
I’m Speaking: Reflection on Women’s Work!
Lez Out Loud and The L-Fund present I’M SPEAKING: Reflection On Women’s Work! at the Mizell Center on Wednesday, March 1 from 6–7 pm. Come celebrate Women’s History Month, with the theme of Women’s Work, about women reflecting on working in male dominated fields. An architectural model maker, forester and carpenter/welder will share their stories. Special guest host Rev. Cris South. More info
March Revelry Art Exhibition
March Revelry is an art exhibition at the Stephen Baumbach Gallery in the Backstreet Art District in Palm Springs. The March exhibit opening coincides with First Wednesday Art Walk on Wednesday, March 1. The show features abstract expressionist painter Roberto Amaral (@fuego_amaral on Instagram) and others in this group show. The exhibition runs through the end of March and the gallery is open every day. More info
Rock the Park: Bon Jovi Tribute
The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce’s Rock the Park series of free outdoor concerts continues with Wanted, featuring the music of Bon Jovi, on Wednesday, March 1 at 7 pm at the Palm Springs Downtown Park. The weather looks a little dicey, so tune to KGAY 106.5 to see if John Taylor will be appearing live before the show or if it will be rescheduled. Bring your blankets, umbrella, and/or folding chairs or just get on your feet and rock out! Upcoming concerts: Bee Gees Gold (April 5) and DSB – The music of Journey (May 3). More info
The Swingin’ Sixties Show
The Award-Winning Tribute Artists from Premeditated Productions bring all your Favorite Performers from the Sixties back in one great show with The Swingin’ Sixties Show on Wednesday, March 1 from 1:30–3 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Swing out to this tribute to great songs and performers of the ’60s including Dusty Springfield, James Brown, Simon & Garfunkel, Wilson Pickett & more. Additional performance on Tuesday, March 7. Get tickets
Food Raiser Birthday Celebration
Join David Hood, George Sellers, Joe Giarrusso and Albert Gonzalez as they celebrate their birthdays by attending the Food Raiser Birthday Celebration at Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge on Tuesday, February 28, between 5–7 pm. To celebrate the birthdays of these amazing human please bring a food donation (non perishable food only) for the Center’s Food Bank. Click here to see the Center’s Food Bank’s needs.