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KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs and Gay Desert Guide’s Backpack Drive
On Wednesday, July 20, meet some of your favorite KGAY radio personalities at the KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs and Gay Desert Guide Backpack Drive between 5–7 pm at The Roost Lounge. Please donate a backpack to benefit Coachella Valley Schools. You will receive a free drink token as well as helping the valley’s kids! More info
Our Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent, Dante Noto, has published his latest glowing recap of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 7 (See all of his RuPaul Recaps here). This week the queens are challenged to roast each other in the “Kennedy Davenport Center Honors Hall of Shade,” and on the runway, the category is “All Glowed Up.” Find out which two queens came out on top this week as we fast approach the finale, just two episodes away! Read the full recap of Episode 10: The Kennedy Davenport Center Honors Hall of Shade [here].
Marilyn Movies in the Park
The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents Movies in the Park on Wednesday, July 20 at 8 pm with another iconic Marilyn Monroe film, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. This is the first annual outdoor summer pop-up film series at the new downtown park in Palm Springs, and will conclude with Some Like it Hot on August 17. Appearing at each screening are The Marilyns of Palm Springs, a local Marilyn-centric performance troupe led by Miss DD Starr of the Palm Springs School of Burlesque. The Marilyns will be on hand for photos and fun before each screening. More info
The Palm Springs Cultural Center has added Life is a Cabaret with Les Michaels to its weekly “Come On Up” series in the VIP Lounge on Wednesdays from 5–7:30 pm. Singers interested in participating in this open-mic can sign up beginning at 4:45 pm, please bring your sheet music! More info
Join Willie’s Broadway Block Party every Wednesday night this summer (through Wednesday, August 17) for Musical Theatre University’s talented singers in a fully staged Broadway revue — and then grab a mic and join the show! The most unique open mic on the planet is right here at Willie’s Modern Fare in Rancho Mirage. Bring your sheet music and arrive by 6 pm to sing-in to sing. There will be a limited number of open mic singers each night. More info
The LGBTQ Center of the Desert and Forest Lawn present Peace of Mind on Tuesday, July 19 from 10–11 am. Join Oliver Whitlock at The Center in Palm Springs for a presentation on what you need to know on the benefits of planning for end-of-life ahead of time. More info
HIV and the Effects on the Bones & Brain
Eisenhower Health Series and the The LGBTQ Center of the Desert present HIV and the Effects on the Bones and Brain on Wednesday, July 20 from 4–5 pm via Zoom. Join Cyril Gaultier, MD, for an informative discussion around medications, HIV itself, overall blood flow issues related to brain activity, and HIV medication’s bone related issues. More info
Speaker Series: Wine Tasting at Mizell
The Mizell Center presents its 3rd Wednesday Speaker Series: Wine Tasting @ Mizell on Wednesday, July 20 from 6–7:30 pm. Enjoy an evening of wines from around the world. Your assignment: Swirl. Smell. Sip. Repeat. This special program will be led by Certified Sommelier Jen Carter. With over twenty years experience in the restaurant business, Jen developed a passion for great food and wine at an early age. She studied wine at UCLA and at immersion programs in Napa, Sonoma and Oregon. Jen became a certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2007. Reserve your spot early. More info
Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage
Grab your friends and your passport to new adventures with Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage, running from now through Friday August 12. Come hungry! Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage is an annual tradition of sizzling specials and tantalizing treats for the community to enjoy. Participating restaurants run the gamut from State Fare at the Ritz-Carlton, Willie’s Modern Fare, Las Casuelas Nuevas, and Haus of Poke, to Krispy Kreme and many more. It not only helps local restaurants during slower months, your $10 wristband is also a fundraiser for local nonprofits. More info
Speaking of dining out, there are many joys of dining out in the desert during the summer: specials like the Taste of Summer (above), dining outdoors under water spray misters, and oftentimes reservations are less necessary when things are less busy in the off-season. However, make sure you check ahead on social media or their website to make sure the restaurant you’re planning to visit has not taken a summer hiatus!