Andy Mills, our LGBTQ-friendly police chief in Palm Springs, made us feel safe when he addressed the Drag4Drag group at Hunters on Thursday night. He and his wife Kathy have been fully supportive of our community as we continue to be attacked by the right.
He assured the drag community and all of its allies that the rally set for April 18th at Forever Marilyn will be well protected by major police presence. And so, it’s come to this: We know that gathering to express ourselves at Pride celebrations, drag shows and other LGBTQ+ events may be taking our lives into our own hands.
All those “gay” events can be found here on Gay Desert Guide and of course we’ll continue to talk about all of this on KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs.
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AmDocs: American Documentary and Animation Film Festival
The 12th annual AmDocs (American Documentary and Film Festival) is taking place all weekend, now through Monday, April 3 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Be sure to visit our event listing for how to get passes, plus we have links to every day’s schedule of screenings, and a list of specially selected LGBTQ-themed films (Most of them are screening on Saturday, April 1) that are part of the festival! Check out our article titled AmDocs 2023 Includes Variety of LGBTQ Films, and Get tickets
Faux Fur Ball
The Palm Springs Animal Shelter presents their biggest (and now SOLD OUT) annual fundraiser, the Faux Fur Ball, on Saturday, April 1 from 6–9 pm at the Palm Springs Air Museum. With the theme of “All You Need is Love,” guests will be treated to a totally awesome cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a groovy vegan dinner, program, and live auction. Funds are used to support the Shelter and the 4000+ animals who enter their doors every year. More info
Dinah Legends Weekend
The New Dinah Legends takes place March 31–April 2, for a weekend full of events to create an atmosphere of fun catering to the 40+ lesbian demographic. On Friday, March 31, it’s a Cocktail Kickoff from 5–8 pm at a private estate, featuring the Hollywood It Girls Dance Show, Live Music, DJ, open bar, hors d’oeuvres and more. On Saturday, April 1 from 10 am–2 pm, it’s the Ladies Pickleball Tourney with rotating partners or with your own team, and Saturday night it’s Dinah Rocks at the Cascade Lounge at Agua Caliente Palm Springs with The Melissa Etheridge Experience featuring singer-guitarist Jennifer Corday as Melissa, and then performing an additional show with Corday, featuring her own original songs. On Sunday, April 2, the Champagne Blues Brunch from 11:30 am–2 pm at Hunters features Laurie Morvan Band with special guest Corday and Friends. Get tickets
Madonna Tickets on Sale Friday
The one and only Madonna is bringing The Celebration Tour to Greater Palm Springs’ Acrisure Arena on January 11, 2024. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, March 31 at 10 am. Madonna is the best-selling female solo touring artist of all time and The Celebration Tour has already sold-out over 40 shows and counting across Toronto, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris and more. Get tickets
ODESZA Tickets on Sale Friday
General sale for tickets to ODESZA‘s The Last Goodbye Tour at Acrisure Arena on September 20, 2023 also opens Friday, March 31 at 10 am. ODESZA’s live performances have become a modern legendary wonder, mixing stunning visuals, expert musicianship, pyrotechnics and an immersive environment to transform whatever venue they are at into an otherworldly experience. Last year’s tour sold over 450k tickets throughout its amphitheater run with numerous sold-out, multi-night runs (making them the first electronic artists to attempt such a tour). Get tickets
House Party PS: Pink Saturday
The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation, Dr. Joe Troncoso and Carl Schreier present their SOLD OUT House Party: Pink Saturday on Saturday, April 1 from 4–7 pm. 100% of ticket sales will benefit The Palm Springs Cultural Center and The Bent LGBT Theater Company. Special entertainment will be provided by American Idol and Naked Boys Singing star David Hernandez, drag star Billy L’Amour, Steven Michael’s Water Lillies featuring the Desert Flaggers, and DJ Abie Perkins. Get your pink on for this fun party and you may even win a prize for being “Prettiest in Pink!” The event will feature a silent auction including beautiful art, merchandise, experiences, and much more. More info
Palm Springs International Dance Festival: “Our Bodies”
The 7th Annual Palm Springs International Dance Festival celebrates its spring gala with a two week series of professional performances and education programs for high school and college students, from March 24–April 2. This weekend is the festival’s gala event, a cocktail social and dance concert titled “Our Bodies,” on Saturday, April 1 from 5–7 pm at Nickerson-Rossi’s Dance House, benefiting the Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center. The Artistic Director of Nickerson-Rossi Dance, Michael Nickerson-Rossi, is passionate about his therapeutic outreach work. In this evening of concert dance, Michael shares his work with the Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center in collaboration with the professional dancers of Nickerson-Rossi Dance and members of the Cancer Support Group. In a three-part series of dance works, Michael shares the stories of cancer survivors through the medium of dance. Get tickets
Drag Bingo for Parkinson’s
The Barracks Bar in Cathedral City presents Drag Bingo for Parkinson’s on Saturday, April 1, from 3–5 pm for a raunchy good time playing bingo, hosted by the extraordinary Berna Cross! The event is free to attend, but bring some cash to buy yourself a few bingo cards (and hopefully win some prizes). A portion of the proceeds go to Parkinson’s Resource Organization to support free programs for people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. More info
Hand to God
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. Get tickets
Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man
Bus Stop Productions presents Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man in the Tropics Lounge at the Margaritaville Resort on Fridays and Saturdays through May 27, with two shows per night at 7 pm & 9:30 pm. This show has been so popular they’ve extended its run by several weeks! The play is set at a local university auditorium where the English department holds its monthly meet the authors event. Robyn is the shy and studious moderator of the event and this month’s featured author is Dan Anderson of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man. With the help of a hunky stage assistant named Stefan, Dan aims to turn this meet the authors event upside down with a highly theatrical, audience interactive sex tip seminar. Get tickets
Escape to Margaritaville – Final Weekend
Desert Theatreworks presents Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville, playing now through Sunday, April 2. This upbeat and energetic new show features all your favorite Jimmy Buffett classics, including “Volcano”, “Fins”, “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and of course “Margaritaville.” With a tropical island theme, this heartwarming musical is the party you’ve been waiting for! Get tickets
Cheeky Charity Sassy Soiree
Cheeky Charity is wrapping up a month full of events this Friday, March 31 with their Sassy Soiree, from 6–8:30 pm, featuring emcees Sherry Vine and Alexander Rodriguez. The evening will have entertainment, open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and a live art demonstration by Matt Deifer of bodypaint.me, and the official launch of Cheeky Charity, whose mission is 100% focused on enabling the early detection of colorectal cancer. More info