There’s a time capsule buried on Arenas Road that has been in place for just over 22 years. This weekend the City of Palm Springs celebrates its 85th birthday. That time capsule still has decades to marinate before its opening in 2101. What will the Arenas district look like then? What gatherings will we have had to mark tragic or celebratory events?
We think of the changes that have occurred in the 85 years since Palm Springs began a chartered city. Then think back to when the Agua Caliente Indians settled on this land. Time marches on and we’re merely here for a short stint.
This weekend, you can see a display of “our” part in the history of Palm Springs. The LGBTQ+ History and Archives of the Desert will host an exhibition at the Welwood Murray Library on Saturday. I hope you’ll stop by and also take in the “100 Years of Men in Love” at the Palm Springs Art Museum.
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Palm Springs 85th Anniversary Celebration
The City of Palm Springs is turning 85 years old and everyone is invited to celebrate with an all-day party this Saturday, April 8. KGAY‘s John Taylor will be doing a live broadcast from 11 am–1 pm, and he will be riding in the spectacular classic car parade, “Cruising Through the Years,” kicking off at 11:30 am with a long list of shining stars and a host of local media figures and prominent residents who have made an impact on Palm Springs. The Parade Route starts at the Convention Center and goes west on Amado Road to Belardo Rd. It then turns south (left) and continues to Museum Drive. Following the parade, the vintage cars will be displayed around Forever Marilyn for all to enjoy. Everyone is invited to get a selfie in front of the car from the year they were born, and the festivities continue in the downtown park area throughout the afternoon with music, a historical photo exhibit, family-friendly activities, scavenger hunt, and a Canine Celebrity Costume Contest at 6 pm. The birthday bash will conclude with a rockin’ Elton John Tribute Concert at 7 pm. More info
100 Years of Men in Love: The Accidental Collection
The Palm Springs Art Museum’s Artful Events presents a screening of 100 Years of Men in Love: The Accidental Collection on Saturday, April 8 at 2 pm at the Annenberg Theater. The film focuses on a unique, moving, and joy-filled collection of vintage photographs of men in love from the 1850s to the 1950s. Taken when male partnerships were often illegal, the photos were found at flea markets, in shoe boxes, family archives, estate sales and old suitcases. The film will be followed by a Q&A with its Emmy Award-winning director, David Millbern, followed by a meet-and-greet reception in the Meyerman Sculpture Garden. Get tickets
Made in Hollywood Opening Night and Book Signing
Rubine Red Gallery presents an Opening Night reception for Made in Hollywood: All Access with The GoGo’s on Saturday, April 8 from 5–9 pm. The Go-Go’s were the first all-female rock group in history to write their own songs, play their own instruments, and reach the top of the Billboard charts with their #1 album, Beauty and the Beat. Made In Hollywood is drummer Gina Schock’s personal account of the band, which includes a treasure trove of photographs and memorabilia collected over the course of her 40-year career. Enjoy music, bites, drinks, an autographed copy of the book, and a chance to meet the author. [Get tickets] On Sunday, April 9, there will be also be a book signing event from 1–4 pm. The show of photography from the book continues at Rubine Red Gallery through April 24. More info
Tears for Fears Tickets on Sale Friday
Tears For Fears: Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith with special guest Cold War Kids will bring The Tipping Point Tour Part II to Acrisure Arena on August 1, 2023 and tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 7 at 10 am. Tears For Fears are one of the most iconic bands of the ‘80s, selling over 30 million albums worldwide with singles such as “Shout,” “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” “Mad World,” “Sowing The Seeds Of Love,” and “Woman In Chains” acknowledged as classics. In 2022, the band released their latest studio album, The Tipping Point, which garnered critical acclaim and has already become a fan favorite. Get tickets
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Come From Away
The McCallum Theatre presents the Best Musical winner Come From Away for 8 performances, from April 4–9. This show takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Coming up at the McCallum: The Desert Symphony presents Eaglemania – The World’s Greatest Eagles Tribute Band on Tuesday, April 11, and next weekend, April 14–16 it’s the 25th Anniversary Tour of Riverdance. The Open Call Talent Project will be April 21–22, and Benzaiten I Taikoproject takes the stage on Friday, April 28. Get tickets
Hand to God – Final Weekend
CVRep presents Hand to God by Robert Askins, now through Sunday, April 9. This play received five Tony Award nominations, including Best New Play. Tormented by feelings of lust and loss, an unhappy teenage boy tries to please his mother by performing with a puppet for her church ministry program. However, things get slightly out of hand and do not go according to plan. Tackling the nature of good and evil, Hand to God is a metaphor to getting to the crux of matters. Audience members should note that this dark comedy contains sexualized scenes, violence, profanity and puppet nudity. Our Gay Desert Guide Theatre Reviewer Stephen Radosh says “I urge you to go and see this wickedly funny play before it closes,” and praises the “amazing performance by Luke Wehner as Jason and Tyrone, the puppet from hell.” Read his full review [here]. Get tickets
Comedy Night Dinner Show & Live Auction
The Roost Foundation presents a Comedy Night Dinner Show & Live Auction benefiting Voices For Children on Sunday, April 9 from 5–8 pm. Jason Stuart will be headlining along with Laurie Kilmartin (Conan O’Brien Show) with special guests LGBTQ comedians Nicky Paris and Mina Hartong. The evening will feature a 3-course Easter Dinner & Wine Pairing by Camden Cellars, Comedy Show, and a Live Auction. VIP and General Admission ticket options are available. Get tickets