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This time, we’re “sending you away” – to the last major Pride celebrations of the month. San Francisco, New York and Seattle are dancin’ in the streets with Pride. So whether you plan to travel to those cities this weekend – or live there – we’re highlighting them. It’s a bit more somber this year as our LGBTQ+ rights continue to be eroded and threatened.
And as I noted last week, we become more resolute as we note that Pride celebrations are a reminder that we have a long way to go. One step gayly forward, two steps back…
ShortFest provides a number of LGBTQ+ films to enjoy this weekend. The annual Gayla shorts on Thursday night will undoubtedly spawn a few winners which can then be viewed as “Best of the Fest”. We’ll bring those to you Monday!
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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ShortFest 2022, is underway, taking place now through Monday, June 27 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Each program is a curated selection of short films, running roughly the length of a feature film when put all together. Awards and cash prizes worth $25,000, including five Academy Award-qualifying awards, will be announced on Sunday, June 26. The Best of the Fest shorts will screen on the final day, Monday, June 27. In addition to screening on June 27, the Best of Fest films will also be available to watch virtually July 1–10. Get ShortFest tickets
The Swimming Hole Pool Party
A new LGBTQ+ pool party, The Swimming Hole, comes to Palm Springs, presented by Hunters Nightclubs and Tyler Caiden. Dance, splash, and sip on Sunday, June 26 at Hotel Zoso’s chilled pool, starting at 11 am. This celebration of inclusivity features music by DJ Tyler Caiden, poolside games, go-go dancers, refreshing beverages, and more. More info
Women Winemakers Fundraiser for Planned Parenthood
Bouschet will host the Women Winemakers Fundraiser for Planned Parenthood on Sunday, June 26 from 3–6 pm. Have fun and enjoy giving generously to Planned Parenthood while sipping wines from some of the best women winemakers and winery owners. The Desert’s finest sommeliers and wine professionals pour these select wines, as Bouschet passes tasty appetizers, encouraging our generous support for women’s rights and unhindered access to quality, affordable healthcare. Get tickets
LA Pride once again presents Pride is Universal, on Friday, June 24 at 4 pm at Universal Studios Hollywood. With your ticket you may enter the park after 4 pm and enjoy the park with the general public until 9 pm when the park becomes “Pride-only” and closes to the public with many rides and attractions staying open. Two DJ’s will be spinning tracks throughout the park in addition to Main Stage entertainment. Get tickets
San Francisco Pride 2022 takes place this weekend, June 25 & 26, with the festival both days in Civic Center Plaza and the Pride Parade down Market Street on Sunday. This year’s theme Is “Love Will Keep Us Together.” After nearly three years since a traditional, in-person Parade and Celebration, this year promises a return to the festivities that have been sorely missed. The Main Stage headliner on Sunday is Martha Wash! More info
June goes out with a bang with the New York City Pride and Seattle Pride celebrations taking place this weekend as well. We know our readers from these areas love to visit Palm Springs, so be sure to mark your calendar for the Palm Springs Pride Festival and Pride Parade, on the other side of summer, the weekend of November 4–6, 2022!
Before they close up for the summer, The Purple Room Supper Club has one last weekend of great entertainment and cool music. On Friday, June 24 it’s a Closing Weekend Jazz Jam with Kevin Tokarz, Danny Flahive, and Andy Fraga playing from Ray Charles to Ramsey Lewis. On Saturday, June 25 it’s Scot Bruce performing Elvis: The Early Years. More info
Desert Theatreworks is presenting a “summer full of fun” with shows on Sundays. The June production is Old Jews Telling Jokes, with the final performance on Sunday, June 26 at 2 pm. Join Morty, Bunny, Nathan, and the rest of the cast as they demonstrate why “kvelling is better than kvetching.” Classic and contemporary jokes mix with songs and monologues that showcase the funny side of birth, sex, old age, and more. (Next up, for July: The Carol Burnett Show Live on Stage on July 10, 17, 24, & 31). Get tickets
Coming soon in local theatre:
- Godspell, from Palm Canyon Theatre, July 8–17
Brit Floyd, “The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show” performs its brand new 2022 production on Friday, June 24 at 8 pm at The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage. The show faithfully recreates the scale and pomp of the final 1994 Pink Floyd tour, complete with a stunning multi-million dollar light show, iconic circle screen, lasers, inflatables and theatrics. Hear highlights from The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Division Bell, and more. Get tickets
Southern California’s national qualifier in the divisions of men’s and women’s physique, the NPC West Coast Classic, takes place on Saturday, June 25 at The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage. Tickets available for Day and Evening sessions. Get tickets