We’re just a weekend away from the Red Dress/Dress Red Party for the LGBTQ Center. I have most of my outfit together, sans the red bra. That’s coming courtesy of my fashionista neighbor, who’s procuring it from WalMart for me 🙂 Do you have your look together? This is one of the most talked-about events in our community where our community comes together to raise funds to keep the Center’s great work moving forward.
And the other Spring fundraisers like The Chase and Evening Under the Stars are just a weeks away as well.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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Desert Open Studios Tour
The Coachella Valley is home to many wonderful artists, and this weekend you can take a free tour showcasing this creative community with the Desert Open Studios Tour, Saturday & Sunday March 12 & 13 (and again next weekend, March 19 & 20). You can travel from Indio in the east through La Quinta, Bermuda Dunes, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, Palm Springs & finally Desert Hot Springs in the west. Hours are 10 am–4 pm on Saturday, Noon–4 pm on Sunday. You choose the artists and the places you want to visit by region or by style of art. The route is up to you. Interact with artists, observe their processes, purchase artwork, participate in demonstrations and explore spaces not usually open to outsiders! More info
The largest international tennis tournament outside of the four Grand Slams, the BNP Paribas Open (aka “Tennis Paradise”) kicked off Monday, March 7 and continues through Sunday, March 20 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Check out the star-studded player lists [here]. A variety of packages and single-session tickets are available for purchase. More info
Until Now: Brian Justin Crum
Desert Rose Playhouse presents Until Now: An Evening with Brian Justin Crum on Friday & Saturday, March 11 & 12. Cocktails and dinner start at 6 pm, and at 8 pm the show begins. Brian revisits his repertoire that got him where he is today, including Broadway, Divas, America’s Got Talent fan favorites and some new original music. Join for an evening of intimate connection, including special guest Candis Cayne. 4-course Greek dinner catered by Siobhan McAllister Velarde and 3 Queens Catering. Get tickets
Anka Sings Sinatra
Legendary singer-songwriter Paul Anka returns to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino’s Special Events Center on Saturday, March 12 at 8 pm with Anka Sings Sinatra: His Songs, My Songs, My Way. The tour honors a great artist who has influenced Paul Anka more than anyone else throughout his career: Frank Sinatra. It will also feature the hits that have spanned Anka’s career. Some of his most memorable hits include “Put Your Head On My Shoulder,” “My Way,” “Lonely Boy,” “Puppy Love,” “Having My Baby,” “Diana,” “She’s a Lady,” and the famous theme from “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” Get tickets
The 7th Annual Richard M. Milanovich Legacy Hike/5K takes place Friday, March 11 from 8 am–12 pm. This is the most important fun and challenging local athletic event held in Indian Canyons Palm Springs. Walkers start at registration at the intersection of South Palm Canyon and Acanto Road and proceed south into Indian Canyons, passing Cahuilla Landmarks such as Andreas Canyon to the west and finishing at Palm Canyon, the world’s largest Fan Palm oasis. More info
Brothers of the Desert Book Club
The Brothers of the Desert Book Club (BODBC) is offering members and allies an opportunity to meet bi-monthly to discuss their community’s literary history, meeting initially on Zoom twice a month: the second and fourth Saturday afternoons, this month on Saturday, March 12, and Saturday, March 26 at 3:00 pm. The book for March and April will be “How We Fight For Our Lives” a memoir by poet Saeed Jones. Goodreads says, “it is a stunning coming-of-age memoir written at the crossroads of sex, race, and power.” The BODBC is more than a book club: organizers envision a regular bi-monthly social and networking event as well an opportunity to become better individuals and be the change you want to see in the world. More info
Brothers Got Talent
Brothers Got Talent returns on Saturday, March 12 with their first live event in several months. The program starts at 7:30 pm with cocktails and kiki in the upstairs lounge at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Storytelling producer Larry Dean Harris will host and introduce BOD members Patrick Pierre, Lorenzo Taylor, Stuart Huggins, Yvans Jourdain, Anye Elite, and Stephan Scoggins. They will share carefully crafted true stories of love, loss, heritage, coming out, and more. Free event, registration required. More info