Dog Days of Summer – those final weeks in August that brings back memories of shopping for school supplies and bidding a fond farewell to the carefree childhood lifestyle. Remember the Steven King movie “Stand By Me”? Yep, that’s what I think of…
I just came back from my summer vacation on the Danube River cruise with Brandg Vacations, and am now firmly in “back to school” mode – only for me it’s “back to Pride season” in Palm Springs. Ron DeHarte and my team have been planning the Arenas Road DJ stage, and we’ve got a great lineup to announce soon.
So our Dog Days of Summer are here (Friday is National Dog Day), and Animal Samaritans is rising to the occasion with a bash tomorrow. Details below.
I’m missing my “Buddy the Wonder Dog” who has been summering with mom and dad in Michigan.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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Streetbar is Turning 31
Celebrate 31 years with a full day of fun and celebration at Streetbar on Saturday, August 27. Come for food & prizes, $3 well drinks, and beer and shot specials from 10 am–8 pm. A desert tradition since 1991, Streetbar is “The friendliest gay bar in Palm Springs,” with great entertainment and the valley’s best bartenders and best (some say strongest!) drinks. Located on Arenas Road, they have karaoke, a smoking patio, extended happy hour (9:30 am–8 pm), and daily top shelf specials. Streetbar was also named as the Grand Marshal of the Palm Springs Pride Parade in 2021. More info
Animal Samaritans invites you to attend its DOGust Birthday Bash at the Palm Springs Kimpton Rowan Hotel on Saturday, August 27 from 11 am–2 pm. For a $20 donation join the paw-ty and help celebrate the official birthday of rescue dogs with lunch bites, wine, birthday cake and a chance to win prizes. Dogs are allowed so bring your friendly and leashed pet. All proceeds benefit Animal Samaritans’ no-kill shelter. More info
The Palm Springs Art Museum presents the final weekend to see their exhibit, Leon Polk Smith: 1945 – 1962, which closes on Sunday, August 28. This exhibition presents the work of Smith, the innovative painter (1906-1996) whose significant contributions to twentieth-century art are becoming increasingly recognized. Using a vocabulary of brilliant colors and simple, minimal forms, Smith challenged some of the most fundamental conventions of painting by dissolving the distinction between foreground and background and freeing his paintings from the boundaries of a rectangular format. 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 on Zoom twice a month: the second and fourth Saturday afternoons, this weekend on Saturday, August 27 at 3 pm. The selection for July and August has been All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto by George M. Johnson. This series of personal essays by Johnson, a prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist, explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. The BODBC is more than a book club, it’s a social and networking event as well as an opportunity to become better individuals and be the change you want to see in the world. More info
At Oscar’s Downtown Palm Springs, you can dance into the evening at the Sunday T-Dance, from 5–9 pm. This Palm Springs institution is even hotter in August as the T-Dance has featured a Hot Summer Swimsuit Contest every week, continuing through Labor Day weekend. One winner receives $250 in cash and prizes each Sunday, then on Sunday September 4, a Grand Prize winner will win $1000 worth of cash and prizes. More info