There’s a romanticism about living abroad. And then there’s the practical side: Should things get really bad in the USA – say after the election – one may choose to move in order to maintain their LGBTQ + freedoms. Dramatic? Possibly. But something I’m talking about with my friends during summer vacation in Europe.
While in Lisbon, I just missed connecting with two Palm Springs friends who have “made the switch”. Dan McBride has authored a book “So You Want to Move to Portugal “ on Amazon. He and his husband, Timm McBride, have been here for over a year. You may recognize Timm’s name from his work in local theatre. (And he just got cast in a new international production of “Sister Act,” which is scheduled to open in South Korea later this year!) I’ve known Timm since we were in the same Michigan CMU dorm together in the late 70s. And that proves just how small the world really is. No matter where you live or love. Who knows? Maybe we’ll end up as ‘neighbors’ again someday…
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Clear the Shelters
The Palm Springs Animal Shelter presents a Clear The Shelters event on Saturday and Sunday, August 12 & 13, from 10 am–5 pm Saturday and 11 am–5 pm Sunday. The Shelter is packed to the gills, with many of the kennels doubled and tripled up. To help drive more adoptions, Boozehounds Palm Springs has agreed to cover the adoption fees for the entire weekend. The goal for the weekend will be to adopt out as many animals as possible. Come say hello! KGAY‘s morning personality, John Taylor, will make a live appearance on Saturday, August 12, from 10 am–12 pm. More info
Dick’s Bacchanalia Customer Appreciation Toga Party
Hot Men? Togas? Yes, please! Dick’s presents a Bacchanalia Customer Appreciation Day this Saturday, August 12 all day long, with overflowing drink specials, food, prize giveaways, togas and GoGo Gods. Strap on your own toga and get a free drink! Dick’s in-house DJs will be spinning all day and into the night. Plus: John Taylor of the KGAY Morning Show will be doing a live appearance from 4–6 pm! More info
Caliente Comedy Presents Jason Stuart
Jason Stuart headlines Caliente Comedy on Friday, August 11, along with Felicia Michaels & Brandon Johnson from 8–9:30 pm at the Cascade Lounge inside Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs. Stuart is a prolific character actor & stand-up comic. Born in the Bronx and raised in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles, he now resides in Palm Springs, next door to his 85 year old Jewish mother Gloria. Tickets include FREE and early admission to Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs “Cascade Nights” nightclub beginning at 10 pm inside the Cascade Lounge after the show. Get tickets
Splash House August Weekend 1
Splash House is celebrating 10 years of dancing in the desert with Splash House August Weekend 1, from Friday, August 11–Sunday, August 13. Splash House is a summer festival series that takes place across multiple weekends at three hotel resorts in Palm Springs: the Renaissance, the Saguaro and Margaritaville. Each resort is a full takeover hosting a poolside stage, rooms, and balconies that are all part of the fun. Headliners include CID, J. Worra, LP Giobbi, Vintage Culture, and Wax Motif. Desert days continue into the night for the After Hours series, with dancing aside the planes and under the stars at the Palm Springs Air Museum, with a DJ set by ODESZA, plus Maya Jane Coles and more. Get tickets
Drive to Survive! The Race Against Hunger
The Greater Palm Springs Realtors summer food drive, Drive To Survive! The Race Against Hunger, benefiting the LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert’s Community Food Bank, is happening now thru September 15. Food insecurity is real and together, we can help ease the burden on our hungry neighbors. You are invited to drop food items off at the Greater Palm Springs Realtors office from 9 am–5 pm on Mondays and 8 am–5 pm Tuesdays–Fridays. They’re accepting nonperishable food items, or monetary donations to support the critical services that the food bank provides. More info
Laguna Beach Pride
Laguna Beach Pride 365 presents the Laguna Beach Pride Festival on Saturday, August 12 from 3–10 pm at Lang Park. This is their main pride event with live entertainment provided by Corday and KINGQUEEN, DJ Eduardo spinning and over 20 vendor booths, a kids and family zone, and an interactive fun zone for everyone. Get tickets
Dirty Disco with DJ Matt Consola
Just in time for the dog days of summer, it’s “iced tea” with a Dirty Disco Afternoon Disco Tea on Saturday, August 12 from 3–7 pm at Reforma. With music by #1 Billboard DJ Producer Matt Consola at the turntables, there will be happy hour drink specials all party long, and Coachella Valley residents get in free from 3–4 pm with ID. More info
Eso es la Vida/This is Life: Graphic Design from Mexico
The Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center: Edwards Harris Pavilion presents Eso es la vida/This is life: Graphic Design from Mexico opening Saturday, August 12 and running through November 27. The exhibit assembles examples of graphic design from Mexico’s past and present to examine the field’s development over the past century and its role in popular culture, including examples of posters, typography, and sign painting, as well as video and digital media that reveal visual communication as a vital facet of everyday life. More info
Broadway to the BIG SCREEN – Mamma Mia!
Every Saturday this summer, the Palm Springs Cultural Center presents the great musicals that made it from Broadway to the BIG SCREEN (and sometimes back again). On Saturday, August 12 at 4 pm, the featured film is Mamma Mia!, filled with the music of ABBA. The tale revolves around Donna (Meryl Streep), an independent hotelier in the Greek islands, who is busy planning her daughter’s wedding with the help of two old friends. Meanwhile Sophie, the spirited bride, has a plan of her own. She secretly invites three men from her mother’s past to the wedding, hoping one of them may turn out to be her real father. It’s a lighthearted and joyous tale, and it’s filled with ABBA music! Did we say that already? MeTV 103.1 fm is a proud media sponsor of the Broadway to the BIG SCREEN Film Series! Get tickets
Sing Along With Us – Hello Dolly!
The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents classic movie musicals in the Sing Along With Us Film Series all summer long, on the largest screen in the valley at the Historic Camelot Theatre. The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus will lead the singing. On Sunday, August 13 at 3 pm, come sing along to Hello Dolly! In 1890s New York City, the bold and enchanting widow Dolly Levi (Barbra Streisand) is a socialite-turned-matchmaker. Her latest clients seeking assistance are the cantankerous “half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder (Walter Matthau) and a young artist named Ambrose (Tommy Tune), who is in love with Horace’s niece, Ermengarde (Joyce Ames). Dolly’s scheming soon involves Horace’s employees as well as a New York hat maker, as she tries to cover up her own secret romantic designs. Gay Desert Guide and KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs are proud media sponsors of the Sing Along With Us This Summer Film Series! Get tickets
Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage Final Weekend
Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage 2023 is going on now through this Sunday, August 13. For just $10, your event wristband opens up a world of exclusive summer specials at participating Rancho Mirage restaurants so you can savor the best of the Rancho Mirage culinary scene, such as Willie’s Modern Fare, Krispy Kreme, Mission Hills Country Club, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Haus of Poke, Pastry Swan, Waters Cafe, Si Bon, and many more. See our event listing for a link to the full list of participating restaurants and their exclusive Taste of Summer offers. Wristbands can be picked up at a variety of local non-profits. More info