Celebrity in Palm Springs can range from a Marilyn Monroe look-alike to Barry Manilow. We love our walk of stars, our sightings at local restaurants and bars, and the folklore that goes along with a rich Hollywood history.
So we’re enamored when a local man, Dennis Chase, has a run on “Jeopardy”. On Friday, Chase won again to move on to the quarterfinals of a championship tourney. While he can’t reveal the final outcome, the finals will air in late November.
Brian Blueskye at The Desert Sun wrote an update and background on Chase, who also has ‘celebrity’ as he leads the Modern Men chorus. Coincidentally, Barry Manilow attended their April concert of his songs and came up on stage afterward.
Modern Men will be performing “Comfort & Joy” in early December, just one of many great holiday shows you can attend throughout the valley this season. Let’s just hope he doesn’t have to do a solo at their Spring concert of the “Weird” Al Yankovich song “I Lost on Jeopardy“. Remember that one?
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide on KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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A Night to Remember Gala
Cathedral City Senior Center (CCSC) will hold its second annual A Night to Remember Gala on Monday, November 13, at 6 pm at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage. The event will raise funds for the center’s mission of assisting seniors, and will feature a performance by Supreme Reflections. This year’s honorees are Bob Schram & Casey Mattos and Jeff McDonald, Charles Thomas, and The Roost Foundation. Special recognition will be given to Thommy Kocan for his Dinner with Patsi pass-the-hat fundraising dinners supporting local non-profits and restaurants. Get tickets
Intentionally Erased Screening & Panel Discussion
The Association of Nurses in AIDS Care / Greater Palm Springs Chapter presents a screening of Intentionally Erased on Monday, November 13 from 6–9 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. The rise of violent, dehumanizing rhetoric has devastating consequences for the transgender community – especially for Black transgender women and transgender women of color. Intentionally Erased spotlights honest, respectful, and transformative conversations between Black trans women and Black cisgender men. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with local community members. Before the screening, partner organizations will provide health information onsite. Tickets are free but must be reserved. More info
Buffalo Trace Premium Bourbon Tasting
Bourbon Fans! Michael Holmes Purple Room’s first tasting of the season is on Monday, November 13 at 6 pm and it will be hosted by the official Buffalo Trace Ambassador Katy O’Donnell. She will take you through the history of the distillery as well as give you valuable insight on where Buffalo Trace is heading in the future. The Purple Room will also be featuring a unique cocktail upon your arrival and hors d’oeuvres will be served during the event. Get tickets
Free Wine Tasting and Cruise Presentation with Patrick Evans
Attend a free Wine Tasting & Cruise Presentation hosted by Patrick Evans, the Cruise Guys, Emerald Waterways and Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours on Monday, November 13 from 4:30–6:30 pm. They will discuss the LIBERTE Cruise up the Rhone River – April 6–13, 2024. Patrick Evans and his wife Andrea will be on this cruise through the French waterways and Wine Country from Arles to Lyon, France. There is a special SAVINGS of over $3,000 per Suite – Only available by booking through Cruise Guys Palm Springs. Nancy Lovino of Scenic & Emerald Cruises will answer all your questions about the Rhone River cruise, other ships and itineraries. More info
Sticks & Stones and Exploratory Works by Linda Witte Henke
The Tolerance Education Center in Rancho Mirage presents the work of Linda Witte Henke, in Sticks and Stones and Exploratory Work on Tuesdays from 12–5 pm through the end of the year. Linda Witte Henke is a contemporary designer and artist specializing in work that is spiritually expressive; her work offers a jumping off point for discussions about tolerance, civil discourse, and the power of verbal expression. Each abstract collage is accompanied by an inspirational quote from a range of sources that invites conversation. In addition to the 42-piece Sticks and Stones, there are five unique exploratory works that bring up the following themes: current rise in antisemitism, erosion of truth telling as a shared value, moving beyond tolerance to create community, and irresponsible behavior in crisis. More info
Pentatonix – The Most Wonderful Tour of the Year
Last year, the three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning and Daytime EMMY® Award-nominated vocal quintet Pentatonix completed their biggest and most successful Christmas arena tour thus far. Performing to the largest crowds they’ve ever headlined for, it sold out multiple dates across the country. On Tuesday, November 14 at 7 pm they pick up where they left off with Pentatonix: The Most Wonderful Tour Of The Year at Acrisure Arena. Come early for the lighting of the Acrisure Arena Christmas tree from 5–6 pm, featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving on a golf cart and DJ Modgirl spinning holiday tunes, with candy canes, hot cocoa, and cider. Get tickets
10th Annual Reel Women’s Film Festival
The 10th Annual Reel Women’s Film Festival (RWFF) offers an encore online film screening this week, from November 13–19. With CA serving as the nearest sanctuary state for thousands of women forced to travel from AZ, TX and beyond to access abortion care services, your support of this year’s film festival — featuring films about women by women — directly benefits the sexual and reproductive care services that Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest provides. Get tickets
Desert Modernism 101 Lecture Series
Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom) in partnership with University of California, Riverside (UCR) Palm Desert and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute present Desert Modernism 101, a series of six monthly lectures, sponsored by Eisenhower Health and held at UC Riverside – Palm Desert. This free adult program has been developed by PS ModCom’s Education Committee Leaders Joan Gand and Mimi Fisher, both avid architecture preservationists from the Midwest. on Tuesday, November 14 at 6 pm, the lecture will be From Bauhaus to Our House – Midcentury Modernism in the Coachella Valley. Registration required. More info
AIDS Memorial Quilt: Reflection, Conversation & Exhibition
Mizell’s Center’s 3rd Wednesday Speaker Series invites you to reflect upon the AIDS Memorial Quilt on Wednesday, November 15 from 5:30–8 pm. Conceived in November 1985, by AIDS activist Cleve Jones, the Quilt was founded to create a memorial to celebrate the lives of people who died from AIDS-related causes. Today, the Quilt makes space to celebrate the lives of longterm HIV/AIDS survivors. Jeff Taylor, Executive Director of HIV+ Aging Research Project-Palm Springs and guests will reflect on the history of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, exploring the origins and evolution of the Quilt. Panels from the Quilt will be exhibited at Mizell on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, Nov 17–19. More info
Welcome Back Party at the Palm Springs Art Museum
The Palm Springs Art Museum will host a Welcome Back Party on Wednesday, November 15 at 6 pm to kick off the fall season. The event will feature cabaret-style performances by Broadway performer Nicolas King and Natalie Douglas, followed by a reception. Tickets are $200 for museum members and $250 for the general public. Proceeds will support the museum’s exhibitions, programming, and general operations. Get tickets
November Women’s Social
Come meet other incredible women at The Center Women’s Social on Wednesday, November 15 from 5:30–7 pm at Impala Bar and Grill. Join in for a hosted reception where all LGBTQ+ women are welcomed. More info
Jews Do the Blues
Desert Blues presents Jews Do the Blues, a benefit concert featuring Deanna Bogart and Rabbi David Lazar on Wednesday, November 15 at 7 pm at the Agua Caliente Casino Cascade Lounge in Palm Springs. Deanna is a five-time International Blues Music Award winner, and Rabbi Lazar is a Jewish educator and spiritual leader. The concert will feature a spiritual experience of music and banter, benefitting Or Hamidbar, a Jewish organization in the Coachella Valley. Get tickets
Cabaret6 Desert Stars: Francesca Amari Sings Linda Ronstadt
For six Wednesdays of the Cabaret6 Desert Stars series, from November 8–December 13, a different Desert Star will take the stage each week at the newly renovated Revolution Stage Company in downtown Palm Springs. On Wednesday, November 15 at 7 pm, It’s Different Drum: The Music of Linda Ronstadt with Francesca Amari. Winner of the won 2023 DTL Award for Outstanding Lead Female Performer in a Cabaret/Revue – Professional for this show which is even bigger this time around, Amari was named the winner of Broadway World Palm Springs Award for Best Streaming Concert/Cabaret in 2022 for her Gilda Radner tribute show. Get tickets
The Dirty Show 2.0 with Skyler Gentry
Ben Zook from the hit gay web series, “Where the Bears Are,” presents The Dirty Show 2.0 with Skyler Gentry on Wednesday November 15 at 7 pm at Dietlart Gallery. This all-new show features Zook as Skyler Gentry, America’s favorite actor-singer-dancer-psychic, with raunchy songs, comedy bits and “psychic readings” with the audience. His original show was a smash hit in Palm Springs and he performed it all over the world. He’s thrilled to be back in Palm Springs with this brand new “Dirty Show 2.0!” Beware – the show is very gay, very dirty and loads of fun! Intended for mature audiences. Get tickets
Desert Candlelight Concert: Jeremie Levi Samson
Jeremie Levi Samson will perform at the Mary Pickford Theatre on Wednesday, November 15 at 6 pm for a Desert Candlelight Concert. Jeremie is a world-renowned violinist who is known for his energetic and virtuosic performances. He often blends classical, jazz, and world music with an upbeat Gypsy Jazz style. His performances are always captivating and leave audiences wanting more. This is a rare opportunity to see Jeremie perform in an intimate setting. Get tickets
Paws and Claws Party
The Palm Springs Animal Shelter presents their Paws and Claws Pawty on Thursday, November 16 from 4–7 pm at a private residence in Palm Desert. Enjoy food, cocktails and dancing, hosted by Mara Brown and Lori Chevalier and featuring entertainment by The Dreamboats. Get tickets
La Quinta Art Celebration Encore 2023
La Quinta Art Celebration ENCORE will be held at the La Quinta Civic Center from Thursday, November 16–Sunday, November 19 from 10 am–4 pm each day. It will feature over 170 juried exhibiting artists, including 40 new to La Quinta this year. There will also be live music, entertainment, fine wines, crafted cocktails, exquisite culinary offerings, valet parking, and the opportunity to add to your personal collections from exceptional new and established artists. Get tickets
Machine Dreams: WarGames
The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents Machine Dreams, curated in partnership with the advanced language model ChatGPT, which will introduce each film via AI generated video—seamlessly blending cutting-edge AI technology with great movies for an unforgettable adventure. On Thursday, November 16 at 7 pm, WarGames invites you to the brink of global catastrophe in a thrilling ’80s classic. When a teenage hacker unwittingly accesses a military supercomputer, he sets in motion a game that could trigger World War III. With heart-pounding suspense, witty humor, and a young Matthew Broderick at the helm, this iconic film explores the power of technology and the consequences of its misuse. Get tickets
Writer Series: James Reginato
The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival’s Writers Series presents a series of talks by eminent authors, and this Thursday, November 16 at 2 pm, it’s James Reginato, author of Growing Up Getty. The first 200 people will receive a free copy of the book! These events are free and take place at the award winning Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory. More info
Drag Me Out
Have you ever sashayed down your hallway? Have a fierce shower lip sync? Drag Me Out is a one night only Amateur Drag Show held at one eleven bar on Thursday, November 16 at 8 pm as a fundraiser for The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert. Come show your stuff at this Rising Star Showcase open stage night hosted by your All Star cast, featuring Aqua Allure, Mizzbee Hiven, and Normal Lee High. Get tickets.