God Save the Queen! One of my favorite Twitter accounts is @TheTweetofGod. Two posts stood out as the news of Queen Elizabeth’s passing spread across the Twitterverse: “I can only save the queen for so long” was the irreverent post followed by this:
Whatever your feelings about the monarchy, there’s no doubt the queen had a great impact on the world. She even visited Sunnylands at one point as reported in The Desert Sun.
We’re off to a wet start to the weekend, but at least the heat is gone! This is your last weekend to enjoy a tramway ride before the annual maintenance shutdown. Much more below. Enjoy!
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Out on the Mountain
Six Flags Magic Mountain’s annual Out on the Mountain LGBTQ/Gay Night returns on Friday, September 9 from 6 pm–midnight. The entire park goes gay for the night, which provides a safe and inclusive environment of fun for the LGBTQ community, with rides, dance parties, and performers, including Heidi N Closet from RuPaul’s Drag Race. The entertainment also includes three dance parties: Ray Rhodes (Full Throttle Stage DJ), DJ SRO (Metro Park Pub DJ), and DJ Les Ortiz (Latin Dance DJ). Host is Tiffany Vogue (featured on HBO Max’s Craftopia). Over 5,000 people are expected to attend, and your ticket also gets you daytime admission to the park along with the general public before the special event begins. More info
Southern Fried Nuptials at Desert Theatreworks
Desert Theatreworks opens its new season with Southern Fried Nuptials, from September 9–25. Going to the chapel and they’re gonna get married. Or are they? It’s been a rough year for Attie VanLeer and Harline Frye. Their engagement has been on and off more times than a drunk frat boy on a mechanical bull. Half the town has been invited, dress is fitted, the flowers have been ordered, and the gifts are piling up in the living room. So why does Harline still have cold feet? Will they or won’t they? That’s the big question this hysterical sequel to Osborne and Eppler’s hit comedy Southern Fried Funeral. Get tickets
Brothers of the Desert Newlywed Game
Brothers of the Desert present the Newlywed Game hosted by Patty Cakes on Friday, September 9 from 6–9 pm at Oscar’s. Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a fun night as Patty and audience members get to ask questions of the three celebrity newlywed couples. Just like the 70’s hit TV show, there will be lots of malarkey, she-nanigans, and laughs along the road to finding out which couple knows each other best. Contestants include Palm Springs First Responders and the evening will also feature a live performance from Dion Kahn, Palm Springs Voice winner and Gand Band vocalist. Funds raised will support the Brothers’ Membership Support Fund. More info
Day of Advocacy
In preparation for the upcoming political season, Brothers of the Desert (BOD) is collaborating with the Desert Stonewall Democrats to host A Day of Advocacy on Saturday, September 10 from 11 am–3 pm to highlight the political issues of Black voter suppression and anti-gay legislation. The educational forum will feature California Secretary of State Shirley Weber and Director of External Relations for Equality California, Sam Garrett-Pate. This FREE information and education forum will be held at the Mizell Center, and BOD is encouraging members, friends and allies to participate. More info
Marconi Calindas: Life in Color Art Exhibition & Film Screening
On Saturday, September 10 at 6 pm, join the opening night reception for Marconi Calindas‘ new exhibit, Life in Color, at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. At 7 pm, the short film “Princesa (2014),” featuring Calindas’ award-winning art direction, will be screened, followed by a Q&A with the artist. Life in Color will remain on display throughout the upcoming LGBTQ Film Festival, Cinema Diverse, as well as Palm Springs Pride in early November. More info