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Palm Springs International ShortFest Best of the Fest
The Palm Springs International ShortFest wraps up Monday, June 26 at the Camelot Theatres (Palm Springs Cultural Center) with a Best of the Fest screening, presenting in 6 installments throughout the day. Get tickets – This year’s festival showcased an impressive selection of 299 films from 65 countries, including 53 World Premieres, 10 International Premieres, 33 North American Premieres, and 18 U.S. Premieres. The films were curated from over 6,000 film submissions. Awards and cash prizes worth $25,000, including five Academy Award-qualifying awards, were announced on the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Facebook Page.
Reflections on Juneteenth: Conversation & Gospel Recital
Mizell Center presents their 3rd Wednesday Speaker Series: Reflections on Juneteenth: Conversation & Gospel Recital on Wednesday, June 28 from 6–7:30 pm (reception begins at 5:30 pm). Join the conversation examining the historic and social complexity of Juneteenth. What are the lessons the holiday imparts historically and currently? What are the implications for social democracy, community-building and cultivating a climate of hope? Mzilikazi Kone, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science College of the Desert, Wes Rankins, Community Organizer, and Marilyn F. Solomon, Award-winning Television Producer/Moderator will discuss. A gospel recital follows the conversation with performances by Yve Evans, Hope Diamond , Charles Huff and Doug Need. Introductory Remarks will come from Mayor Grace Garner. We at KGAY/Gay Desert Guide are proud to be promotional partners of this important event. More info
The Center Social at Toucans
The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents their 4th-Wednesday-of-the-month Center Social mixer of fun, community, and happy hour on Wednesday, June 28 from 5:30–7 pm at Toucans Tiki Lounge. Look forward to friendship, connection, and a tasty happy hour. Spread the word everyone is invited, and shout out to PromoHomo.tv for being this month’s media sponsor. More info
Recap: Season 8 RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, Episode 8
Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto has your latest recap for RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 8, Episode 8: You’re a Winner Baby, and he says “Today’s recap will be informational at the start, fairly dull in the middle and EXPLOSIVE at the end! A queen has been gagged, gooped, stunned, betrayed and had her fantasy ruined. I’m talking about me, of course!” Find out just what has him feeling all the feelings when you read Dante’s full recap of Episode 8 [here].
Grocery Shopping and Meal Planning for Healthy Eating
The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert and Eisenhower Health present Grocery Shopping & Meal Planning: A Guide for Healthy Eating on Wednesday, June 28 from 4–5 pm via Zoom. This will be an informative discussion with Elizabeth Myers, RD, regarding meal planning to keep yourself healthy, happy, and fit for the summer. Learn the fundamentals of building healthy, balanced meals, including helpful tips and tricks for grocery shopping, plus your guide for buying nutrient dense foods to help you reach your health and wellness goals. Free event, registration required. More info
Cocktail Cinema Summer Film Series: Pulp Fiction
The Palm Springs Art Museum presents the “Cocktail Cinema” Summer Film Series during the museum’s Thursday Night Sessions with free admission from 5–9 pm. The series features four films with iconic soundtracks that reflect their time and place, and each film will be paired with a specially crafted cocktail prepared by That’s The Spirit Mobile Bar. On Thursday, June 29 at 6 pm, the film will be Pulp Fiction (1994). The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster and his wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. Quentin Tarantino’s film features an all-star cast including John Travolta, Uma Thurman, and Samuel L. Jackson, and a soundtrack that is an eclectic mix of American rock and roll, surf music, pop, and soul. Although the film begins at 6 pm, attendees are encouraged to get to the museum at 5 pm to purchase and enjoy one of the specialty drinks. Free event, registration required. More info
Boyz Night Out
On Friday, June 30—and every Friday night!— Zoso Fun presents Boyz Night Out at Hotel Zoso from 4–8 pm. This legendary pool party and happy hour is hosted by Snatch and features 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
Equality Wine and Food Fest
The Equality Wine & Food Fest takes place Friday–Sunday, June 30–July 2 at Margaritaville Resort, featuring LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and women owned, managed, and/or produced wines. Meet winemakers, industry professionals, celebrity chefs, vendors, and fellow enthusiasts while enjoying wine tastings of over 60 varietals and food samples, along with live music, educational speakers, demonstrations, silent auction, and VIP experiences. Friday is a Wine Bar Takeover, Saturday is the Grand Tasting followed by Winemaker Dinner, and Sunday is a Champagne Brunch. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the following organizations: Give Kids the World Village, Brothers of the Desert, and The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert. Get tickets
Dezart Performs Announces 16th Season
Dezart Performs has announced the lineup for their 16th year of theatre and it features a Pulitzer Finalist, Drama Critics Circle Award Winner, and a first ever Broadway play written by a Native American. The season will consist of THE THANKSGIVING PLAY (November 3–12), WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME (January 19–28), A CASE FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD (March 1–10), and MR PARKER (April 12–21). Existing season subscribers can secure their subscription for the new season starting Wednesday, July 5, and new subscribers can sign up beginning July 25. Single show tickets will go on sale September 12. Read on for a synopsis of each play: More info