High above the white picket fences, tall hedges and block walls lies the history of Palm Springs. That history is only revealed on a double decker bus tour (or illegal drone activity). I chose the former last week for Modernism Week – October after over 7 years since my last tour. If you haven’t done the bus tour lately – or ever – I’d recommend it when Modernism Week tix go on sale November 1st.

I spent time with a contingent of UK travel writers who were here for a week or so. In a new podcast series sponsored by Visit Palm Springs, I ask “How Do You Palm Springs?”. It’s great to get unvarnished answers and insights from those who haven’t seen our wonderful destination before.

We’ll soon be releasing the first three episodes of the podcast and share it with you.

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Drag Story Hour with Bella da Ball

Bella Drag Queen Story Hour

The Palm Springs Public Library is once again hosting quarterly Drag Story Hour with Bella da Ball, starting on Tuesday, October 24 at 6 pm. There will be a craft, then Bella will read a few stories and then everyone will dance in celebration. All are welcome; it is a fun time to celebrate all families. More Drag Story Hour events are planned for January and March of 2024. This month, you can also check out the the Library’s current art exhibit, The Art of Drag. More info

Eisenhower Lecture: PrEP and PEP

Prep Pep Oct 25 2023

The Center and Eisenhower Health present a Eisenhower Lecture: PrEP and PEP on Wednesday, October 25 from 4–5 pm via Zoom. Pre -Exposure Prophylaxis, also known as PrEP, is a powerful prevention tool in the form of a pill, taken daily, or an injectable, to prevent HIV. Find out where to go, what is available to you, and what you need to know. Join this informative discussion with Cristian Villegas, NP, and bring your questions. More info

Gay Singles Mixer at one eleven bar

Gay Singles Mixer

One eleven bar presents a Gay Singles Mixer on Wednesday, October 25 at 6 pm. Get off the couch and get off the apps, this is the perfect opportunity for gay singles to mingle, have fun, and potentially find that special someone. Whether you’re new to the area or simply looking for a fresh start, enjoy a relaxed and welcoming environment for all ages with icebreaker games, hosted and facilitated by Peter DeWitt (founder of gaywellness.com). Get tickets

Drew Sebastian: Dad’s Cabaret Halloween Show

Drew Sebastian Thrilled

Adult entertainer Drew Sebastian (Yes, THAT Drew Sebastian!) is hosting his Dad’s Cabaret: Thrilled and a Cheap Date on Wednesday, October 25 from 7–8 pm at Reforma. He will be singing live and dancing with special guest Desert Studs Male Review. The show has classic Halloween songs and fun staging. There will be an opportunity to tip the guest entertainment, so bring your dollars. This is a Halloween Spooktacular you won’t want to miss: Thrills! Chills! And Delicious meals! Get tickets

Horizon Jazz Series at the Ace Hotel

Tyler Hammond
Gabriel da Rosa

The Ace Hotel & Swim Club Palm Springs presents the Horizon Jazz Series weekly on Wednesdays in October & November. The weekly live, open-air jazz and dinner program will host new acts each Wednesday from 7:30–9:30 pm for a night of auditory bliss, paired with a menu of delights from the kitchen. The events are free and open to all, but reservations are highly recommended. Limited seating is also available close to the performance on a first-come first-served basis. Schedule: October 25: The Tyler Hammond Experience, November 1:Headbed, November 8: Elijah Fox. More info

The Dirty Show 2.0 with Skyler Gentry

Skyler Gentry Dirty Show 2.0

Ben Zook from the hit gay web series, “Where the Bears Are,” presents The Dirty Show 2.0 with Skyler Gentry on Wednesday October 25 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

Generation T Fundraiser

Generation T Fundraiser Header

The Transgender Health and Wellness Center (TH&WC) is holding a fundraiser for its housing program on Thursday, October 26, from 5–7 pm at Eight4Nine Restaurant. There will be an after party at V Wine Lounge from 7–9 pm. Billed “Generation T,” the fundraiser will showcase the art of up-and-coming artists from the Coachella Valley as well as the fashion of world-renowned designer, Victor Wilde of Bohemian Society. Get tickets

Cocktails and Books at The Rowan

Cocktails Books Crop

The Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs is hosting Cocktails & Books, a book launch event for The Palace At Dusk by Angela Terry along with Bedside Reading on Tuesday, October 24 from 5:30–7:30 pm. Come enjoy cocktails, books and hors d’oevres while you mingle with the authors: Angela Terry, McKinley Aspen, Andy Marx, Jim Mahoney, and Rocky Lang. RSVP requested. More info

Rancho Mirage State of the City: Celebrating 50 Years

Rancho Mirage State of City

The Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce presents the Rancho Mirage State of the City: Celebrating 50 Years on Tuesday, October 24 at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas from 11 am–1 pm. Growth and change abound. Join in and see what the excitement is all about, meet key players in our community…and at 50 years, it’s time to celebrate. Get tickets

At Sea with Patrick Dennis

At Sea with Patrick Dennis

The Palm Springs Public Library presents a book talk: At Sea with Patrick Dennis: My Madcap Mexican Adventure with the Author of Auntie Mame on Wednesday, October 25 at 6 pm in the Learning Center. Discussing the book written by Rancho Mirage resident Robert Karr will be publisher Ian Henzel and the man who saved the book from the trash, Bernie Ardia. This is a one-of-a-kind story, just like author Patrick Dennis, writer of the famed Mame and Auntie Mame stories. More info

Seth Rudetsky at RMWF Writer Series

Seth Rudetsky and Book

The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival’s Writers Series presents a series of free talks by eminent authors at the award-winning Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory, continuing this Thursday, October 26 at 2 pm with Seth Rudetsky, author of Musical Theatre for Dummies. The first 200 attendees will receive a free copy of the book! More info

Vegan Meat and The Representation of Zombies

Mixed Feelings

The Palm Springs Art Museum presents Vegan Meat and The Representation of Zombies on Thursday, October 26 from 6–8 pm in the main museum with speakers Chef Tanya Petrovna & Mzilikazi Kone. “Mixed Feelings” is a back-to-back lecture experience on unrelated topics (that are somehow connected). Two speakers talk about their respective areas of expertise and you get to make the connections during the Q&A. Get tickets

The Joslyn Center 2023 Senior Health Expo

Joslyn Center Exterior

The Joslyn Center presents their Senior Health Expo on Thursday, October 26, from 9 am–noon. Over 30 vendors will provide you with information and answer questions on a variety of health and wellness subjects, including those able to assist with Medicare Open Enrollment. Glucose screening, blood pressure screening and body mass index evaluations will be done by Desert Oasis Healthcare. Eisenhower Health will be providing respiratory screenings, CRP demonstrations, and vital stroke education. You can also get your seasonal flu vaccine and the latest Covid booster. More info

Palm Desert Concerts in the Park – 80’s Ladies

80s Ladies

The City of Palm Desert continues their popular evening outdoor concert series under the stars at Civic Center Park amphitheater each Thursday evening in October from 6–7:30 pm. The concerts feature a diverse range of talented performers and tribute bands designed to please music lovers of all ages and tastes. On Thursday, October 26, it’s 80s Ladies. The decadence of the 80’s is flowing with this tribute to the MTV generation. From rock to dance, New Wave to Top 40 hits, they’ll keep the energy pumping! The public is welcome to bring chairs and picnic baskets, or enjoy delicious creations offered by food trucks parked by the amphitheater. More info

Desert Candlelight Concerts – Marc Antonelli

Marc Antonelli

Unleash the magic and surrender to the voice at the Desert Candlelight Concert with Marc Antonelli on Thursday October 26, at 6 pm at Mary Pickford Theatre. Marc Antonelli sings and performs unforgettable arrangements and songs from the iconic David Foster, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé and Josh Groban. Songs of love and inspiration will create an enchanted evening surrounded by candlelight. Get tickets

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