Two sure signs of Spring to report as we start another busy week in #ILoveGayPalmSprings: Daylight Saving Time took effect over the weekend and I’m wearing my summer robe each morning. No more donning heavy cotton as a peel away the flannel sheets and arise for another day. Heck, I can even walk outside without slippers! And DST means our Concert in the Park, Red Dress Party and many other evening events will be held in twilight rather than darkness.
The Oscars didn’t disappoint on Sunday night. I’m always happy to hear acknowledgement of LGBTQ+ issues – like the drag ban – weaving their way into the narrative. Our Palm Springs International Film Festival is an early bellwether for winning films.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide on KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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Rock the Park: Bon Jovi Tribute
The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce’s Rock the Park series of free outdoor concerts continues after being postponed due to weather with Wanted, featuring the music of Bon Jovi, Wednesday, March 15 at 7 pm (*NEW DATE)* at the Palm Springs Downtown Park. Bring your blankets 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
Puttin’ on the Glitz
CVRep celebrates their 15-year Crystal Anniversary with Puttin’ on the Glitz, a gala event on Monday, March 13 from 5–9 pm at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort. Wear something black, white, and or shiny and dress to impress. This unique immersive dining and entertaining experience under the stars will provide an exclusive look at what is coming next for CVRep. Get tickets
Glenn Miller Orchestra
The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents the Glenn Miller Orchestra on Monday, March 13 at 7 pm. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The current music director, Erik Stabnau, is a young tenor saxophonist & vocalist who is equally entertaining and informative while hosting the evening. During the course of their show the band features Erik, female vocalist Jenny Swoish, the vocal group The Moonlight Serenaders, and the 16 instrumentalists on all of Glenn Miller’s biggest hits: “A String of Pearls,” “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” “In The Mood,” “At Last,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo” and many more. Get tickets
BNP Paribas Open Quarterfinals through Finals
The BNP Paribas Open is underway, now through March 19 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. This is the largest two-week combined ATP & WTA professional tennis tournament outside of the four majors. This week runs up to the Championship Weekend with the ATP and WTA Final matches on Sunday, March 19. And with 20 easily accessible practice courts, the opportunities are endless to encounter tennis’ hottest rising stars and most legendary icons as they prepare to take center stage in the desert. If you can’t make it in person, nearly 120 hours of live coverage is planned. Get tickets
Coco Peru is Bitter, Bothered & Beyond
Hotel Zoso presents the one and only Miss Coco Peru for a limited engagement of Coco Peru is Bitter, Bothered & Beyond, now through Sunday March 19. After everything that’s been going on in the world, Coco is ready to unleash her thoughts about the past, present, and future. Yes, this exhausted dinosaur of drag is not holding back anything in her new show! A veteran of numerous feature films (Trick, To Wong Foo…, and the cult classic Girls Will Be Girls), and television shows (How I Met Your Mother, Arrested Development, Will & Grace), Coco has also become a viral sensation on social media platforms. Get tickets
Food Drive for the Community Food Bank at The Center
The Community Food Bank at The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert is having a Food Drive on Wednesday, March 15, between 10 am–2 pm. Help The Center restock the shelves at the Community Food Bank. Click this link for a list of specific needs and wishes. The Community Food Bank is grateful for your support and generosity! More info
Celebrating Women’s History Month: Gay & Lesbian Latinos Unidos
Mizell’s Center’s 3rd Wednesday Speaker Series celebrates Women’s History Month with a screening of the documentary Unidad: Gay & Lesbian Latinos Unidos (GLLU) by filmmaker Gregorio Davila on Wednesday, March 15 from 5:30–8 pm. The film showcases the critical role women played in Gay & Lesbian Latinos Unidos (GLLU). GLLU was founded in 1981, only a dozen years after the Stonewall rebellion and only a couple of years before the HIV/AIDS pandemic began to ravage LGBTQ communities. Immediately following the screening, Mr. Davila will be joined in conversation with activist Rita Gonzalez and historian Lydia Otero, highlighting the extraordinary contributions of ordinary people. More info
Cheeky Charity at The Barracks This Week
Cheeky Charity will be at The Barracks this week for Underwear Night, Wednesday, March 15 from 9 pm–2 am. Dance your butt off, try Cheeky’s signature peaches & cream jello shots, show off your cheekiest underwear in the #cheekchallenge photo booth, and take the commit-to-your-colon pledge. Cheeky Charity will also be at The Barracks for Bingo on Saturday, March 18 from 3–5 pm, plus the Pig Daddy event on Saturday night, and Beer Bust on Sunday afternoon. Also from Cheeky Charity in March: a clothed hike series every Sunday at 10 am at the South Lykken Trail, and nude (clothing optional) hikes every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 am–11 am, meeting in Palm Desert to travel to Mecca for the hike. There will also be an Eisenhower Health panel discussion on March 22, and a Sassy Soiree on March 31 to officially launch Cheeky Charity, whose mission is 100% focused on enabling the early detection of colorectal cancer. More info
Glow in the Park
The wildly popular nighttime event, Glow in the Park, returns to The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens with a Members Only preview on Wednesday, and Thursday, March 15 and 16 from 6:30–10 pm. This spring spectacular new lineup of hand-crafted lantern displays represent wildlife from around the world—and even under the sea, open nightly from March 17 through April 30. These larger-than-life displays, which feature breathtaking artistry, interactive elements, and a never-ending number of photo-ops, will create a truly unforgettable night for guests of all ages. Get tickets