We’ve got another week of events and happenings in Greater Palm Springs. Enjoy!
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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Animal Samaritans invites you to participate in the Betty White Challenge on Monday, January 17 (Betty’s birthday). In honor of Betty White’s passion for animals there is a viral effort to encourage animal lovers to donate to the animal welfare organization of their choice. All donations to Animal Samaritans benefit their life-saving programs. Gifts large and small are greatly needed and appreciated. To make a donation in memory of Betty White, please visit animalsamaritans.org/donate. You can also donate through Facebook, on this post.
Me, Myself & Shirley with Cindy Williams
Cindy Williams, best known for her iconic role as Shirley Feeney in the hit TV series Laverne & Shirley, shares her memories and hilarious backstage tales in Me, Myself & Shirley from Thursday, January 20–Saturday, January 22 at the Annenberg Theater. Come hear about the highs and lows of Cindy’s life in Hollywood, working with some of the biggest names in the business. More info
RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 14, Episode 2
Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto is back with a recap of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14, Episode 2 (Read all of Dante’s recaps here). This second part of the Season Premiere introduces the next 7 queens to compete this season, including the show’s first ever cisgender heterosexual drag queen, who goes by “Maddy Morphosis.” Hear what the judges had to say about this unique entry and read Dante’s recap of Episode 2: Big Opening No. 2 here.
Purple Room Reopens This Week
The Purple Room Supper Club is back after taking a cautionary break in light of the COVID surge. Come for weekday entertainment with all the usual suspects: Rose Mallett is back starting Tuesday, January 18 followed on Wednesday by Michael Holmes along with Darci Daniels & Charles Herrera on Wednesdays and slinky and saucy Sharon Sills on Thursdays! More info
Women’s B.A.M. Salon for January
The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents B.A.M. Salon (Book and Movie Salon) for women, hosted by Flynn Sylvest and Irma O’Dell on Tuesday, January 18 from 7:00–8:30 p.m. and every 3rd Tuesday, monthly. The group’s purpose is to develop and deepen LGBTQ+ community and connection through stimulating and informative conversations about books and movies that highlight women authors and women’s stories and experiences. This month’s salon features “Under the Udala Trees” (2015) by Chinelo Okparanta. The story follows Ijeoma, a girl growing up in war-torn 1960s Nigeria who must come to terms with her sexuality and the conflict this presents in society. More info
Desert Stonewall Democrats January Meeting
Desert Stonewall Democrats’ January Virtual Membership Meeting will take place Tuesday, January 18 from 6:00–7:00 p.m. on Zoom. This month’s special guest is Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, the first openly LGBTQ person of color in the Pennsylvania State House. Kenyatta will discuss the importance of the 2022 elections, and their potential effect on the future of our democracy. Don’t miss this “rising star” in the Democratic party! Votes will also take place for Stonewall Dems Chair, Vice-Chair, and Steering Committee. More info