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Beginning Monday, February 28, the City of Palm Springs will no longer require masks indoors or proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests in bars and restaurants, aligning its pandemic safety requirements with the state’s policies and guidance. Please note that all federal and state requirements must still be followed. Learn more
KGAY Palm Springs 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide welcome Blonde Ambition – The Madonna Tribute on Wednesday, March 2 at 7 pm at the new Downtown Palm Springs City Park. Blonde Ambition is the premier live Madonna tribute band. Get ready to hear all your favorite hits perfectly recreated in an energetic show! John Taylor will be broadcasting from the park live on KGAY 106.5 from 5:30 to 7 pm. This concert is part of The Palm Springs Chamber’s free monthly tribute concerts, and future concerts include an Elton John tribute on April 6 and Tina Turner tribute on May 4. More info
Palm Springs Dance Project presents the world premiere of Stephen Agisilaou‘s full-length dance film, The Anniversary on Wednesday, March 2 from 6:30–8:30 pm at the Annenberg Theater. This film was shot entirely in and dedicated to the City of Palm Springs. The film incorporates a plethora of unique artists, including upwards of 50 local dancers from pre-teen to senior. The evening’s program will also include a fun original short dance film and a Q&A event with the film’s producer, director, and cast. Get tickets
DBA Networking In-Person at The Roost
Join the Desert Business Association (DBA) as they present an in-person networking mixer on Monday, February 28 at 5:30 pm at The Roost Lounge in Cathedral City. Roost Lounge is a comfortable, neighborhood-type bar that is welcoming to all. Mix and mingle in the open air as the gathering will be on the patio. More info
Out in the Vineyard has announced dates for the return of Gay Wine Weekend Sonoma: July 15–17 in Sonoma County. After a 2-year absence due to COVID, they are back with a weekend of wine & celebrations with tastings and culinary delights, VIP receptions, drag queen brunch and wine auction, after parties, pool soiree, and the Twilight T- Dance at California’s iconic Chateau St. Jean Winery. Get tickets
Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto has recapped the latest episode from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14 just for you! (Read all of Dante’s recaps here). In this episode, the Drag Race time machine takes us back to 1964 and the era of iconic girl groups. The queens divide themselves into three teams: the Shang-Ru-las, performing “Bad Boy Baby”; the Ru-nettes, “He’s my Baby”; and the Ru-premes, “My Baby is Love.”… Read his full recap of Episode 8: ’60s Girl Groups, [here].
Johannes Honored as Best of the Best
Johannes has been selected three years in a row for the Best of Palm Springs Awards for European Cuisine and now qualifies for the 2022 Palm Springs Business Hall of Fame. “Eat well, live better” is the motto of chef Johannes Bacher, whose dishes such as cheese spätzeln (housemade noodles in fontina and Gruyère cheeses) and his signature Wiener Schnitzel bring to Palm Springs a taste of his native Kössen — the small town in Tirol, Austria, where Bacher was raised. Learn more
In celebration of Black History Month, the Palm Springs Library will present local author Dwayne Ratleff on Monday, February 28 from 3:30–4:30 pm via Zoom. Ratleff will be discussing his award-winning book Dancing to the Lyrics, a first-hand coming-of-age account of an African American gay youth who perseveres in spite of personal and family obstacles as well as the larger challenges of his era. More info