February, the hardest to pronounce of any of the months on our calendar, is shaping up to be one of the best I can remember in a decade here.
We’ve been ‘scheming’ for months with our various partners to bring some world-class fun to the desert. Plus, we’ve been privy to the plans for fund-raisers, performing arts and more. So I’m bullish on the month and we’ll be here to help you make your way through it.
Our new Visitor Map & Guide just came in and is now available around town. The digital version will be posted on GayDesertGuide.LGBT shortly. I was impressed by the number of new retailers and restaurants popping up in the area – especially in downtown Palm Springs. You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a Mexican restaurant now. And while that’s not a great analogy, it’s the best I could come up with early this morning :0
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A Taste of Jalisco Festival
The City of Cathedral City presents A Taste of Jalisco Festival from Friday through Sunday, February 3–5, in downtown Cathedral City. Celebrate the sights, sounds, and tastes from the state of Jalisco, Mexico, honoring the 26-year sister city relationship between Cathedral City and Tequila, Jalisco (Mexico). The weekend of merriment includes a family-friendly carnival, artisan craft vendor market, tequila tastings and competition, authentic Mexican cuisine, and daily entertainment celebrating Mexican art and culture. The lineup includes headliners Grupo Control, a regional Mexican group based in Houston, TX, who bill themselves as Los Reyes de la Cumbia (The Kings of Cumbia), plus multiple folklorico dance troupes, Las Tias, Dreaming of You (Selena tribute), Outlaw Mariachi, and Corazon de Mana (Mana tribute). More info
Unsung Midler with Alexander Rodriguez
Palm Springs personality Alexander Rodriguez brings the sassy and brassy to the stage to celebrate the Divine Miss M on Friday, February 3 at 7 pm at Oscar’s Downtown Palm Springs. This evening of song and storytelling includes songs from Bette Midler’s lesser-performed music from her extensive career. Get tickets
Cantors on Broadway!
Temple Isaiah presents Cantors on Broadway! on Sunday, February 5 at 2 pm with pianist Joel Baker and members of the Desert Winds Freedom Band. Join Hazzan Ken Cohen and some of America’s most talented up and coming cantors as they take a memorable musical tour through Broadway’s most beloved songs. Featured performers include: Cantorial Soloist Jennifer Bennett, Cantor Kelly Cooper, Cantor Daniel Friedman, and Canor Nati Nissim. There will be a reception afterwards. Get tickets
John Mayer Tickets On Sale
John Mayer is bringing his Solo acoustic tour to Acrisure Arena on Thursday, April 6 and tickets go on sale starting Friday, February 3 at 10 am. This audacious tour features solo performances by Mayer, leaning heavily on his acoustic guitar work with special performances on piano and electric guitar. Get tickets
Nunsense A-Men! – Final Weekend
Desert Theatreworks presents Nunsense A-Men! playing through Sunday, February 5. Hallelujah! The Little Sisters of Hoboken are invading DTW this new year! The twist is, all the nuns are played by men, adding another layer of hilarity to this hit musical. When five of the surviving members of the convent discover that 52 of their sisters have been accidentally poisoned by food prepared by their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, they’re tasked with the challenge of raising enough money to pay for the burials. The Sisters decide to perform a musical-comedy variety show to raise the funds. Get tickets
Johnny Mathis at The Show
The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage presents Johnny Mathis on Saturday, February 4 at 8 pm. Best-known for his supremely popular hits like “Chances Are,” “It’s Not For Me To Say,” and “Misty,” Johnny has recorded close to 80 albums, 6 Christmas albums, and has sold millions of records worldwide. During his extensive career he has had 3 songs inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame, achieved 50 Hits on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Chart, and ranks as the all-time #6 album artist in the history of Billboard’s pop album charts. Get tickets
Art Party at Desert Art Center
The Desert Art Center presents two big new shows and one fun Art Party on Friday, February 3, 5–7 pm. More info Join in celebrating new artwork, in every medium and style, by many of the best artists in the Coachella Valley, like the “Dueling Palette Knives” of Kathleen Strukoff and Noreen Coup (pictured). “Impressionism with an Edge” is a one-weekend-only show (February 3–5) featuring the work of Coup and Strukoff. Both painters use palette knives to create oil paintings with bold colors and vigorous texture that evoke a strong sense of time and place…much like their muses Monet and the iconic desert painter Agnes Pelton. More info