Florida’s weather has come to roost in the desert, making our claim of 360 days of sunshine at risk. We may have to take a day or two off that tourism tidbit.
Let’s head overseas to Greece, shall we? It’s Mama Mia, Here We Go Again! for the final summer sing-a-long this weekend.
Our thoughts fast-forwarded to another another kind of grease as Leather Pride passes are on sale now. We hear that the Leather Pride dinner is selling out quickly. See our events page for the link.
I’m off for a little vacation and will be reporting from Amsterdam and Prague Prides when you hear me on KGAY 106.5 in the coming weeks. I’ll send a postcard!
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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The Summer Sing-a-Long series comes to a conclusion at the Palm Springs Cultural Center this weekend. On Saturday, August 6 the series comes full circle with Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Reprising their roles from Mamma Mia! The Movie are Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep as Donna, Julie Walters as Rosie and Christine Baranski as Tanya. Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper reunite as Sophie and Sky, while Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård and Oscar® winner Colin Firth return to play Sophie’s three possible dads. Come early for the Schmigadoon happy hour at 5 pm upstairs in the VIP Lounge. Head into the theater for the sing-a-long at 7 pm, with songleaders from the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus! Get tickets
The Palm Springs Art Museum invites you to celebrate the second iteration of their artists-in-residency program, Outburst Projects, with an Opening Night Party on Saturday, August 6 from 6–10 pm. Join new artists-in-residence–Gabriela Ruiz, Karla Ekatherine Canseco, Maria Maea, Ruben Ulises Rodriguez Montoya, and Clara Nieblas–and experience their work in the museum’s galleries. Enjoy the music of three DJs: Coachella Valley’s Gallo Negro, LA’s GFUNKTRECE, and Boyle Heights’ Dj Sizzle—as well as appetizers, and a cash bar. Special reception for museum members starts at 5 pm. Get tickets
FERRO Italian restaurant in Idyllwild presents the FERRO Summer Music Festival, continuing all month through Labor Day Weekend. Musicians from a variety of musical backgrounds will grace the outdoor stage, accompanied by refined Italian cuisine, cocktails, and cool mountain nights. With Jazz Nights, Blues & Soul, and Women in Jazz on Sundays, there is music on Mondays, Tuesdays, and all three nights of the weekend. Access to the performances, and cocktails on the patio, are available without reservations or cover charge. (For restaurant seating, make a reservation). More info
Modernism Week, the annual festival that highlights midcentury modern architecture, art, interior and landscape design, will offer Modernism Week – October from October 13–16. While smaller in scope than the 11-day festival held annually each February, the October event offers more than 50 events during 4 days, including several free and low-cost programs. A full schedule of events is now available and tickets are on sale! More info
Oscar’s T-Dance Hot Summer Swimsuit Contest
Oscar’s is the “the scene of downtown Palm Springs” with their famous Sunday T-Dance, from 5–9 pm. It gets even hotter for the next month, as the T-Dance will include a Hot Summer Swimsuit Contest every week from now until Labor Day weekend. One winner will receive $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
The Greater Palm Springs Realtors (GPSR) are running a food drive to benefit The LGBTQ Center of the Desert’s Community Food Bank. Non-perishable food items are accepted at the GPSR office from 9 am–5 pm on Mondays and 8 am–5 pm on Tuesday–Friday. There will also be a special Saturday drop-off on Saturday, August 13 from 8 am–10 am. More info
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 Willie’s Modern Fare, Dickie’s Barbeque Pit, Apong’s Philly Steak, Enzo’s Bistro & Bar, Shame on the Moon, and Haus of Poke, to Ben & Jerry’s, Dragon Lili Boba Bar, and many more. It not only helps local restaurants during slower months, your $10 wristband is also a fundraiser for local nonprofits. More info