If you’re a “local” – and that term has expanded in scope since COVID – you know to relish this weather we’re having. Cool nights give way to breezy hot (but not too hot) days. Enjoy while it’s below 120…
Off we go into Memorial Day weekend with lots going on in #ILoveGayPalmSprings. Keep up with everything when you listen to KGAYPalmSprings.com at 106.5 FM or online and with us here at Gay Desert Guide.
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RuPaul Recaps are Back for All-Stars Season 7!
Our Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent, Dante Noto, is fresh off his trip to RuPaul’s DragCon and back on the beat of recapping the latest season: RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 7, which premiered last Friday with two brand-new episodes dropped at once! As Dante put it, “In a television event dreamed about for years, the long-awaited All Winners Season is upon us. Eight previous winners of Drag Race and All Stars will compete in All Stars season 7 for the title of “Queen of All Queens.” Check out his recaps of both new episodes: Episode 1: Legends, in which we meet the queens in contention for the title, and Episode 2: Snatch Game, where the queens are tasked with not one but two celebrity impersonations each! See all of Dante’s RuPaul Recaps [here].
The Desert Rose Playhouse presents Mae West Double Feature: Sex and The Drag from May 25–June 5. The play that brought Mae West to the world after her arrest made national news, Sex premiered in 1926, and was deemed by a grand jury to be such “obscene, indecent, immoral, and impure drama” that it might corrupt “the morals of youth.” This forward-thinking work centers around Margy LaMont, a sharp-witted sex worker who struggles to find a better life. The Drag opened in out-of-town previews in 1927 in New Jersey and Connecticut, but was later forced to close for its portrayal of homosexuality and cross-dressing. West claimed that the inspiration behind the play came from the homosexual young men that she knew around that time who, according to her, desperately wanted to be open about their relationships with their male companions. The final scene consists of a giant Drag Ball. Get tickets
Join the LGBTQ Center of the Desert for their monthly Center Social at The Saguaro Palm Springs on Wednesday, May 25, from 5:30–7 pm. Look forward to community vibes, connection, and a tasty happy hour. Media partner Coachella Valley Independent (CVI) is co-sponsoring this month. More info
The second annual Tourism Foundation Golf Tournament will take place Wednesday, May 25 from 11 am–8 pm at the PGA West Greg Norman Course in La Quinta. Enjoy a fun afternoon of golf followed by a reception with awards, silent auction, raffle and more to raise much needed funds for student scholarships and training for those in the hospitality industry. More info
I Heart Mac & Cheese, a fast-casual restaurant concept that offers traditional mac & cheese, and sandwiches with health-conscious options, announced that the new Palm Springs location will hold a drop-in job fair on Wednesday, May 25 from 8 am–4 pm in the executive suites next door to Koffi Central. They are looking to fill potentially 50 positions and are committed to providing opportunities for applicants that are often overlooked, including people with special needs, seniors, veterans, people on Social Security, and people from ‘second chance’ programs including persons who have previous criminal convictions. More info
Palm Springs Art Museum: Current Exhibits
The Palm Springs Art Museum is always a great option for indoor adventures on a sizzling summer (or summer-like) day, open from Thursday through Sunday from 10 am–5 pm, plus extended hours to 7 pm on Thursdays. Current shows include: Mexican artist Gonzalo Lebrija‘s “Miracle of the Eternal Present,” running through October 2 and Modern Mexican Art Beyond Borders: Selection of Works on Paper from the Collection runs through July. The Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center (open the same hours) presents Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag through November 20, and the work of the innovative painter Leon Polk Smith is on display at the main museum through August 28. Visitors are recommended to make reservations online before arriving at the museum. Free admission during Thursday’s extended hours of 5–7 pm is first come first served.
This Week at The Alibi
The Alibi Palm Springs is a great place to go for music, food & cocktails, with fresh entertainment every week. On Wednesday, May 25, Joshua Ray Walker takes the stage at 8 pm, and Friday, May 27 it’s An Evening with Hermanos Gutierrez at 9 pm. Sunday, May 29 has Friends in Low Places present Rob Leines + Lasers Lasers Birmingham, Nick Mudd and Ben Reddell at 5 pm and on Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day) it’s Planet Booty at 8 pm. Get tickets
CVRep’s Theatre Thursdays are back, and they are no longer Zoom events, back to being “Live on Stage.” Come see a different cabaret, concert or entertaining event each Thursday at 7 pm through September 1. This week (Thursday, May 26) Eileen Barnett performs “You Must Believe in Spring.” Our theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh has a preview of some highlights of this series [here], and see our event listing for the full lineup of performers! Order ahead and save with 5 shows for the price of 4. Get tickets
The City of Palm Desert is hosting a series of free, weekly concerts at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park amphitheater, wrapping up the series on Thursday, May 26 from 6:30–8 pm when Legends of Classic Rock take the stage. There will be plenty of free parking, food trucks, and games for kids. More info
2022 LGBTQ Community Survey
Please take part in the Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) 16th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey! Participation in this survey gives important feedback to our LGBTQ community media and organizations, and provides data to companies interested in serving our community, sponsoring our charities, and supporting their LGBTQ employees. The survey should take about 12 to 15 minutes to complete. Make your voice heard!
[Click here to take the survey]
Click it or Ticket
This year’s Click it or Ticket campaign is from Monday, May 23–Sunday, June 5. During this time, the Palm Springs Police Department will have additional officers on patrol actively looking for drivers and passengers who are not wearing a seat belt. This includes vehicles where children are not secured in child safety seats. Buckle up!