Drag Isn’t Dangerous. True is that! The well-named benefit live telethon will hit home the point that this anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment is held by a minority of people. But those loud voices have had a big impact across blue states with anti-drag, anti-trans and anti-LGBTQ+ laws hitting the books.
We helped do our part for the movement with Drag4Drag, but the need to show support continues. Read on for details about Sunday’s event and much more as we start the first week of May 2023.
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Rock the Park: DSB – The Music of Journey
The Palm Springs Chamber’s Rock the Park series presents the tribute band DSB – The Music of Journey on Wednesday, May 3 at 7 pm at the Downtown Palm Springs Park. The concerts in the Rock the Park series are free and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and/or folding chairs. DSB has captured the lush and signature sound of renowned vocalist Steve Perry and Journey in their prime. Complete with a band of world-class musicians, DSB remains true to Journey’s musical legacy and delivers the definitive concert experience that will keep you believin’! More info
Palm Springs Hot Rodeo
The Greater Palm Springs Rodeo Corporation presents the 2023 Palm Springs Hot Rodeo this Thursday through Sunday, May 4–7. The weekend kicks off Thursday night with a Hot Rodeo Dance Contest at 7 pm at Barracks Bar with ribbons for each category and a Dance Champion Buckle presented to the overall winner. On Friday, it’s a Pool Party & Games from 1–5 pm and Rodeo contestant registration from 5–8 pm at the host hotel, the Days Inn by Wyndham Palm Springs. Friday night happy hours and mixers will be at various bars in Palm Springs and Cathedral City, with the official Hot Rodeo Welcome Party from 8 pm–midnight at Tool Shed. The Hot Rodeo events take place Saturday and Sunday at A.C. Dysart Equestrian Center in Banning, and the fun continues Saturday night back with Dancing Under the Stars from 7–11 pm at Oscar’s Downtown Palm Springs. The awards ceremony will be around 7 pm (or 2 hours following the final Rodeo event) on Sunday, at the Days Inn. See our event listing for more details: Get tickets
Boozehounds’ Cinco de Mayo Parking Lot Party
You and your best friend/s (the human kind as well) are invited to Boozehounds on Friday, May 5 for their Cinco de Mayo Parking Lot Party from 2–7 pm. The Party will be hosted by your favorite drag queen, Sabryna Williams, with live music, dancing, tacos, games, (drag) performances and of course, TEQUILA. Executive Chef Aric Lanna will head up the Pop Up Taco Station while DJ Chris DeJesus provides the beats. In addition you can enjoy a live performance by Sabryna Williams, games, photo ops and TEQUILA. More info
Doggies & Desserts
Animal Samaritans and Guide Dogs of the Desert invite you to the 1st Annual Doggies & Desserts on Tuesday, May 2 from 4–7 pm at Revel Palm Desert. Meet canine heroes from Guide Dogs of the Desert, and Animal Samaritans will have adoptable pets on site as well as ACT dogs (Animal Companion Therapy). Learn canine tips and observe Sandy Miller as she demonstrates her dog training skills. Fine Art Photographer Kathy Rappaport of Flash Frozen Photography will set up a studio and donate 100% of the proceeds from your $25 donation, and you will receive a 5×7 print and the opportunity to order some special art of your loved furbaby. Enjoy giveaways, yummy desserts and raffle prizes too. More info
Positive Life Series – Neurological Complications
The HIV+ Aging Research Project Palm Springs presents the Positive Life Series on Tuesday, May 2 at 6 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. This month, the topic is Neurological Complications of HIV System with guest speaker Dr. Howard Aronow, Neurologist, DAP Health & Private Practice. More info
Desert X – Final Week
Desert X is just days from the end of its fourth biennial exhibition around the Coachella Valley, running now through Sunday, May 7. The site-specific installations by acclaimed international artists examines social and environmental themes. Check out our bookmarks for a closer look at Desert X from Wallpaper.com and AFAR.com. Free and open to the public, stop in at the Desert X hub at the Ace Hotel or download the app for information on artists, a map to find the installations, and interactive content. More info
Fantasy Springs Job Fair
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino is looking to hire over 80 team members at a Job Fair on Thursday, May 4 from 10 am–4 pm at the Special Events Center. Managers will be onsite to interview applicants and extend job offers on the spot for a wide range of roles such as Restaurant Server, Restaurant Manager, Beverage Bartenders/Servers, Cook, Cash Ops, Cage Cashier, Main Banker, Table Games Dealers/Floor Supervisors, Engineering, Public Safety, openings at the Hotel, and more. Come dressed in business attire and bring a resume! More info
Plaza Theatre Open Houses
The Palm Springs Plaza Theatre Foundation is holding free Open House events at the theatre to display plans and renderings of the renovations to the historic building. The informal Open House events will take place every Tuesday from 7–8 pm through June 6, where Foundation board members and other volunteers will greet attendees and answer questions about the project. The purpose of these free weekly events is to provide attendees with an opportunity to see firsthand the restoration plans for the iconic building as it enters its Next Act. Reservations are not necessary. More info
An Evening with Gennine Francis
The Palm Springs Animal Shelter presents an intimate evening with Gennine Francis as a benefit on Wednesday, May 3 from 5–8 pm at a private residence in Palm Springs. Originally discovered in a local talent show in 1971, Gennine was the youngest of the siblings that became the pop group “The Jackson Sisters.” Her professional singing career has evolved over the years and she is now recognized as one of the most talented vocalists of our time performing R&B, Pop, Soul, Jazz, Standards, and more. Get tickets