Brad Fuhr

Jill Biden made a pit stop in Rancho Mirage on Saturday. It’s just the beginning of the political fundraising season where big names will help raise big money for the November election cycle. Barry (Manilow) was there along with Barbara Boxer, both valley residents and big draws. Biden also keynoted the HRC Dinner in Los Angeles later that evening.

The fundraiser I attended featured our beloved gay icon Bruce Villanch at the Richmond Ermet Aid Foundation Pink Party II. I have a pet peeve when going to these events. Attendees often are downright rude to the speakers by not paying attention and carrying on side conversations – loudly! This also happens at mixers and large fundraisers.

The programs are shorter and shorter as our attention spans dwindle to that of a gnat. But still, people think that what’s being communicated about the charity or the cause isn’t important enough for them to listen. I took to “shushing” so that the hosts could make their “ask” and introduce the beneficiaries.

At the next event you attend: Remember Diogenes – “We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.”

Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide on KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs

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White Party Palm Springs

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White Party Global presents White Party Palm Springs, this Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, March 29, 30, & 31 featuring hot pool parties, hotter night parties, world-class DJ’s and more. Friday kicks off with the Aqua Boy Pool Party at host hotel The Saguaro, from 12– 6 pm. The first nighttime event of the weekend is Achromatica at the Margaritaville Resort Ballroom starting at 9 pm. On Saturday, the Soakin’ Wet Pool Party is 12–7 pm and Sahara Desert Nights is the dazzling night party at the Palm Springs Convention Center at 9 pm. Sunday features the Mermen Pool Party from 11 am–4 pm, and the White Party signature event, Pharaoh Sunday T-Dance with headliner Ava Max, outdoors at the Convention Center from 3–10 pm. Sunday night is the Forbidden closing party, from 10 pm–4 am at Margaritaville. Get tickets

Cheeky Charity’s Sassy Soiree

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Cheeky Charity’s Sassy Soiree will take place in a private home on Friday, March 29 from 6–8 pm, capping off Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Enjoy an open bar, delicious hors d’oeuvres (catered by the culinary wizard Andy Church), entertainment (including a live body painting exhibit, drag shows) as well as a butt-centric silent auction with art by Aaron Jay Young, Tysen Knight, and more. The evening will be hosted by Alexander Rodriguez and funds raised will go towards colorectal and anal cancer research, awareness & helping people who are at high-risk but without insurance to obtain free or subsidized screenings. Get tickets

On Wednesday, March 27, Eisenhower Health and The LGBTQ Community Center of The Desert present Anorectal and Colorectal Cancer Screenings: A Panel Discussion from 4–5:30 pm via Zoom. Join Jorge Rodriguez, MD, Board Certified in Internal Medicine; Donald Gardenier, NP; and David Russo, Founder, Cheeky Charity, for a candid conversation regarding Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), colorectal cancer, and anal cancer. Check your shame at the door and bring your questions. More info

AmDocs Closing Day

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The 13th Annual AmDocs (American Documentary and Animation) Film Festival will wrap up on Monday, March 25 with a morning panel/workshop and a day full of programming across three screens, leading up to the Closing Night Awards Ceremony and the film The Opener, at 6:30 pm. See our event listing for links to all the details. Get tickets

Tastes & Sounds of Cathedral City: Leanna & Miguel

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The City of Cathedral City’s Communications & Special Events Department presents Tastes & Sounds of Cathedral City with a performance from Leanna & Miguel on Tuesday, March 26 from 5–7 pm at the Cathedral City Community Amphitheater. Visitors can enjoy culinary experiences while listening to live music in a beautiful outdoor setting. Free and open to the community! More info

The Center Social at Fuego Event Space

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The LGBTQ Community Center of The Desert presents their monthly Center Social on Wednesday, March 27 from 5:30–7 pm at Fuego Event Space. Join in on the 4th Wednesday of each month (locations vary) for this mixer of fun, community, and happy hour! Spread the word—everyone is invited. This month’s event is sponsored by Coachella Valley Independent. More info

AIDS Diva: The Legend of Connie Norman

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Mizell Center presents the 3rd Wednesday Speaker Series: AIDS DIVA: The Legend of Connie Norman on Wednesday, March 27 at 6 pm. Join filmmaker Dante Alencastre in conversation with Dr. Tone D’Orsay as they explore the life of Connie Norman, a transgender woman and who overcame addiction and abuse to become a leader of ACT UP LA. Reception at 5:30 pm. Get tickets

Robo-Bears Silkscreen Paintings by Joe Dietl

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Dietlart Gallery invites presents the opening of Joe Dietl’s all-new Robo-Bear exhibition on Thursday, March 28 from 6–9 pm. The show features Palm Springs artist Dietl’s Pop-Art Painting/Serigraph Series #1 featuring Robo Bear, “Max!” These works are affordable and fun, and every single piece is one-of-a-kind. Guests will enjoy cocktails, snacks, and mingling with fabulous people. More info

The Woman in the Mirror

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Revolution Stage Company presents the California premiere of The Woman in the Mirror, a dark comedy about navigating Alzheimer’s with love, laughter, and wine, playing Tuesdays through Sundays, March 10–31. The play is adapted from Dayna Steele’s best-selling book Surviving Alzheimer’s with Friends, Facebook, and a Really Big Glass of Wine. Steele takes audiences on an inspirational journey filled with laughter, wit, and the resilience required when facing extraordinary and unexpected circumstances. Get tickets

Glow in the Park at The Living Desert

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The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens presents Glow in the Park on select nights through April 28. Step into a magical world of lights with more than a hundred Chinese lanterns hand crafted by artisans. Glow in the Park showcases the wonders of wildlife from across the globe and throughout time, featuring larger-than-life displays inspired by the beauty of nature, dozens of interactive installations, fantastic photo ops, and, of course, the fan-favorite “magic” smoke bubbles. Also: don’t miss the opportunity to light up your taste buds with specialty Asian-inspired dishes, American-style family favorites, and wonderfully wild themed cocktails. Note: Adults-Only night is Thursday, April 11. Get tickets

Coming Up at The McCallum Theatre

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  • Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel – Monday, March 25, 7 pm
  • Trailblazing Women of Country – Tuesday, March 26, 7 pm
  • The Desert Symphony presents Ted Vigil John Denver Tribute – Wednesday, March 27, 8 pm
  • Mean Girls the Musical – Friday–Sunday, March 29–31
  • See the full March 2024 schedule on our event listing


Tuesday, March 26
Free Yoga Classes
| 8:30–11 am at Cathedral City Amphitheater
Trivia Night at Play Lounge & Cafe | 6 pm
Trans Tuesdays | 6:30–7:30 pm on Zoom
The Secret Garden immersive musical production | 7 pm at the Palm Springs Art Museum (Also March 27, 29, 30 & 31)

Wednesday, March 27
Library Renovation Community Survey | 9 am–Noon at Palm Springs Stadium
Library Renovation Community Survey | 5:30–7:30 pm at Palm Springs Public Library
Desert United Luncheon | 11 am–1:30 pm at “The Classic Club” in Palm Desert
Wine & Design Mixer for Animal Samaritans | 5:30–7:30 pm at WDC Kitchn & Bath
The Dirty Show 2.0 with Skyler Gentry | 7 pm at Dietlart Gallery

Thursday, March 28
Human Resources Update
from Rancho Mirage Educational Series | 9–10 am at Rancho Mirage Library
Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Writers Series: Neil King, Jr. author of American Ramble: A Walk of Memory and Renewal | 2 pm at Rancho Mirage Library
Political Implications of Humanist Values | 6:30–9 pm in person and on Zoom

Friday, March 29
Rancho Mirage Certified Farmers’ Market | 8 am–2 pm at Rancho Mirage Community Park
Broadway and Beyond: Kevin Chamberlin in Conversation with Corey Roskin
| 6 pm at Mizell Center (5:30 reception)
Maggie Magalita touring production | 6 pm at Coachella Library
Country Dance Fridays | 7–9:30 pm at Dance Ranch

Saturday, March 30
Maggie Magalita
touring production | 1 pm & 6 pm at Coachella Library

Sunday, March 31
Screwball Sundays: Harvey
| 3 pm at The Palm Springs Cultural Center

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