This year, Pride events will be held in downtown Palm Springs. Palm Canyon Drive will be closed to traffic and transformed into a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly Pride Festival unique to Southern California with a diverse array of artists, entertainers, multiple beverage gardens and purveyors of all sorts, including jewelry, snacks and sweets. Add all that to great shopping, restaurants, clubs and entertainment venues located along world-famous Palm Canyon Drive and the result is like no place else – Greater Palm Springs Pride.
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FINALLY! After touring the world for over 1 year at Film Festivals this awesome Casper Andreas movie, KISS ME KILL ME, will have a LA Red Carpet Premiere Tuesday December 6 @ The Crest Theatre, Westwood
FULL OF STARS! From director Casper Andreas (“Going Down in LA-LA Land”) and screenwriter David Michael Barrett (“Such Good People”) comes “Kiss Me, Kill Me,” a sexy gay thriller. Dusty (“As the World Turns” four-time Emmy nominee Van Hansis) blacks out while confronting his cheating boyfriend Stephen, (“Queer as Folk” gay icon Gale Harold). When Dusty comes to, Stephen was murdered and he’s the prime suspect. The movie also stars Brianna Brown (“Devious Maids”), Yolonda Ross (HBO’s “The Get Down”), Jai Rodriguez (“Queer Eye”), Matthew Ludwinski (“Going Down in LA-LA Land”), Craig Robert Young (“The Last Ship”), Kit Williamson (“Mad Men”), Jonathan Lisecki (“Gayby”), D.J. “Shangela” Pierce (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) and Michael Maize (“Mr. Robot”).
I have always enjoyed a good who-done-it. Growing up, I was a huge fan of both Agatha Christie novels and suspense thrillers, so when screenwriter David Michael Barrett sent me the script for KISS ME, KILL ME, I got very excited. Not only was this a bona-fide murder mystery, it was centered in a world I am very familiar with – gay West Hollywood. We had quite an extensive development period, which gave me plenty of time to school myself in film noir. David’s knowledge of the genre was extensive, and the screenplay pays homage to many of the greats, from Hitchcock to DePalma to even Verhoeven.
One of the things I loved most about the script was that it wasn’t a spoof of a thriller; it was the real thing. It also didn’t take itself too seriously, and even had characters commenting on the outrageous events, often balancing them with humor. I knew this script would be a challenge on such a limited budget, but I was excited to, for the first time, shoot scenes of violence and suspense. After all, what’s more fun that car chases, dream sequences, gun and knife fights? I love to challenge myself, and I’m determined to make each film better than my last. I never went to film school. Being an actor, I picked up a lot about production on set, but it wasn’t until I was actually directing and producing that I truly became a filmmaker. I have worked in a variety of genres, from serious dramas, like my award-winning Swedish-language short “A Last Farewell,” to comedies, a musical, and relationship dramedies. But there is nothing more exciting than taking on a new genre.
“Kiss Me, Kill Me” is my seventh feature film as a director/producer. I am proud to work in LGBTQ cinema, and tell the stories of my community, but I don’t see myself as a “gay filmmaker.” Every movie I’ve made explores universal themes, that all kinds of audiences can relate to, like my last film, “Going Down In LA-LA Land,” which has consistently been one of Netflix’s top viewed dramas. It was an extraordinary experience to see so many people come together to help make KISS ME, KILL ME, not just our crew but our Kickstarter backers, too. The movie has played in over three-dozen festivals all over the world. I’m proud of that. And that’s a testament to how much everyone loves a good mystery. Just like me.
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to experience some of the best restaurants the Valley has to offer.
Restaurant Week is the perfect time to visit your favorite restaurant or try something new, as chefs prepare delicious 3 courses meals for your dining pleasure, priced at $26 or $38. JUNE 3-12th!
Desert area hotels and attractions are offering great rates too!
Splash House heads back to the desert for this summer for its fourth year in Palm Springs, June 10-12 and August 12-14. The festival returns to the colorful crowd favorite of the Saguaro Hotel and checks in for the first time at the iconic multi-pool Riviera Resort & Spa. After Hours found its home at last year’s memorable Air Museum parties, and Splash House will host its biggest late-night program yet this summer on the tarmac.
The Idyllwild Arts Foundation proudly presents the 23rd annual Jazz in the Pines Festival featuring over two dozen bands. Performers and fans of jazz, blues, and R&B have a breathtaking mountain campus to themselves after the departure of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program’s thousands of arts-lovers and before the first semester of the Foundation’s residential high school, Idyllwild Arts Academy.
And as always – shop local!
Every Thursday evening in downtown Palm Springs, enjoy a diverse array of artists, artisans, entertainers, assorted fruits, vegetables, fresh flowers, jewelry, international cuisine, and don’t forget the sweets.
Open-air shopping at its best. Open from 7 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays all year. Bargains galore. A great way to start your day.
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The start of winter in Puerto Vallarta is cause for celebration as December marks the beginning of the whale watching season, traditional pilgrimages in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe, free daily guided Artwalks in historic downtown, culinary treats all around town, the International Pro Am golf tournament, the release of baby sea turtles, perfect weather with temperatures in the low 80’s and a calendar full of holiday festivities and free activities.
The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board is inviting everyone to join in the celebration with the launch of a mega “12 DAYS OF WINTER” (#12DaysOfWinter) promotion and participate for a chance to win daily prizes during the first 12 days of December, including artworks, bottles of tequila and raicilla and trip getaways, with the top prize being a 12-day all-expense paid vacation for two in Puerto Vallarta.
To participate register at visitpuertovallarta.com/12daysofwinter and tell the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board what you would do on a 12-day all-expense paid holiday for two in the destination. All registrants will have a chance to win one of 12 prizes. Drawings will take place every day from December 1st to 12th. Following are the details of the prizes that will be awarded:
DAVEY WAVEY and a couple friends head to PALM SPRINGS to check out the
Then they have some margaritas and check out the gay club Hunters.
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You Tube sensation Davey Wavey chatted with Seniors recently and the gay history and advice to young people.
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For nearly three years, Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis opened his home and memory bank to documentarians interested in introducing a new generation of sports and movie fans to his story.
That investment of time and energy paid off with “Back on Board: Greg Louganis,” which was screened this week as one of the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Gay!La events.
Louganis and his husband, Johnny Chaillot-Louganis, attended the gala screening.
Greg said, “Back in December 2010, I was kind of talking about how I was coming back into the sport of diving. And so Will Sweeney, one of the producers, read the article and said, “Oh my God, Greg Louganis, I never knew he left diving, so there must be a story behind it.” He reached out to Cheryl Furjanic, who produced “Sync or Swim,” another Olympic story. They were friends. Knowing she had worked with the Olympics, the ins and out of getting access and all that, she reached out to me.”
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is this years Grand Marshall!
Over the past 22 years, the parade has featured a host of marching bands, performing groups as well as the Budweiser Clydesdales, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Snoopy and the Gang – and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus!
Yet more than anything else, it is the parade’s signature floats adorned in thousands of colorful holiday lights and huge Macy’s-style balloons that keeps the crowds coming back for more!
Consistently voted one of the best local events in the Coachella Valley, the parade was also voted one of the Top Ten Holiday Parades in the country in an AOL survey. “Over the years, the Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade has become a beloved holiday tradition in downtown – bringing thousands of Coachella Valley residents and their families as well as tourists from all over the world to come see the twinkling floats while celebrating the joy of the holiday season,” says to Mayor Steve Pougnet. “There’s no other special event in the Coachella Valley quite like it!”
EARLIER this year, Lisa Vanderpump received a STAR on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.
You take a million lights, sprinkle in holiday music and you have party. Wild Lights at the Living Desert in Palm Desert is the perfect place to get in the holiday spirit.
The minute you walk through the official entry, you find yourself in a wonderland. White lights strung through the trees with gigantic snowflakes provide the perfect photo opt. Then a turn in the pathway brings you to an area with blue lights stretching out on the ground before you.
If you want a real holiday jolt of fun and laughter, this is the place to come. For adults, there is much to see and experience, including being able to see the latest in holiday lights—one display kept us all guessing about how in the world they created the look.
WILD LIGHTS AT THE LIVING DESERT
47900 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert, CA
Admission: Adults $10 Members/Children/Military (with ID) $8
Hours: 6 to 9 p.m. December 4-6, 11-13, 18-31 (Closed Christmas Day) Free Parking
Acclaimed pop/jazz singer/songwriter Spencer Day will be performing at The Purple Room in Palm Springs on December 8, 2014 in support of his recently released full-length album Daybreak.
Dinner & Show tickets!
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Spencer Day returns to his musical roots with his fifth full-length album Daybreak, and his first independent album in seven years. His past two albums were released on the legendary Concord/Jazz label. With Daybreak, Spencer has created an album of signature interpretations of well-loved songs from the 1960’s along with five brand-new compositions written in homage of these classic American tunes.
.Palm Springs Pride 2014, Nov. 7-9, is offering free festival admission as it moves to a new location in downtown Palm Springs.
PS Pride will also introduce a new parade route and is offering an unprecedented number of performers and attractions with a diverse lineup of performers gathered to celebrate equality, freedom and diversity in the desert’s LGBT community.
Parties Parties Parties! Beach Party, 5k Walk, Pool Parties, ladies parties – it’s all here this year!
Music, celebrities and more!
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Greater Palm Springs Pride is Southern California’s popular and longest running LGBT festival in the Coachella Valley. Considered to be one of the most scenic Pride parades in the world, the Greater Palm Springs Pride Celebration marks its 28th Anniversary, November 7-9, 2014, with block parties, a free two-day festival and parade in Palm Springs.
Two-Day Pride Festival: November 8 and 9
(11 a.m. – 10 p.m., November 8, and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., November 9)
Enjoy the rainbow mile in downtown Palm Springs! The Pride festival is free and open to all. Festival highlights include: US Bank Stage, Pride Stage at the Hyatt, theBig Top Cabaret and Palm Springs Gay Rodeo Association Country Dance tent. The festival will feature live performances from electro-hop superstars to eclectic musical and new wave techno-pop bands. Features include an Authors’ Village, Children’s Headquarters (CHQ), Safe Schools Youth Xone and specialty lounges and multiple Bud Light and cocktail gardens. More than 125 exhibitors and non-profit organizations, farmers’ markets and food vendors will participate.
– See more at: http://www.visitgreaterpalmsprings.com/articles/greater-palm-springs-pride-celebrates-28th-anniversary-new-downtown-location-events#sthash.ivmqxgKz.dpuf
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Provincetown sensation Miss Richfield 1981 headlines Pride Weekend at Purple Room Restaurant and Stage in Palm Springs with her new show Play With My Poodle for two performances only, Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8. Also performing Pride Weekend will be award-winning singer-songwriter Bobby Jo Valentine on Thursday, November 6 and Michael Holmes in his hysterical parody The Judy Show on Sunday, Nov 9.
Miss Richfield 1981’s live performances have received critical acclaim, with The New York Post declaring the show “the must-see act in Provincetown.” A P-town icon, Miss Richfield 1981 has been performing there for the past 12 summers and fills the Paramount Theater at the Crown & Anchor nightly.
Many have seen Miss Richfield 1981 in the TV ads for Orbitz online travel and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Miss Richfield has also appeared on Today on NBC, Cake Boss on TLC, and Weekends With Samantha Brown on Travel Channel. She tours nationally and sells out shows in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Atlanta, South Florida and Minneapolis. She is also television spokesperson for the City of Philadelphia.
Her new show, Play With My Poodle, is a truly original performance and leaves audiences in hysterics with its off-the-page humor, twisted sing-alongs and audience interaction.
Kicking off Pride Weekend at Purple Room on Thursday, November 6, will be singer and recently named “Songwriter of the Year” by the West Coast Songwriter’s Association Bobby Jo Valentine with his brand of hopeful folk/pop and infectious vocal melodies. San Francisco area-based Valentine’s music was featured in the television commercial for the 2013 Ford Fusion.
A master lyricist, Valentine also received two West Coast Songwriters Association “Best Song” awards for his songs Somedays and Fly, both on his new album, A Place to Belong. Valentine’s other two albums are Home and By My Side.
Alexa Spieler of A-List Music gives Valentine 5 out of 5 stars and writes, “If Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz and Regina Spektor combined forces, you would have Bobby Jo Valentine. Soulful and uplifting, soothing and calming, Valentine’s music is the perfect blend of indie and modern pop/rock.
“Witty wordplay, clever melodies…the nicest guy to ever pick up an acoustic guitar,” saysLA WEEKLY
Michael Holmes’ Hilarious The Judy Show, Sunday, November 9
The fun Pride Weekend entertainment continues on Sunday, November 9 with Michael Holmes’ The Judy Show. The spirit of Judy Garland is alive and well in this blend of hysterical comedy and outstanding music that explodes into an evening of nonstop belly laughs, glamour and high camp. With a killer wardrobe and razor-sharp wit, Holmes plays and nails them all, singing your favorite songs and thrilling the audience with charm, zingers and stories. The Judy Show’s guests are always changing, so audiences never know who will surprise and delight them on stage on any given evening. Be on the lookout for Carol Channing, Mae West, Bette Davis, Katherine Hepburn, Pearl Bailey, Peggy Lee and Tallulah Bankhead.
Pride in Palm Springs will never be the same. We’ve worked several years to get to this point and on Wednesday night the Palm Springs City Council unanimously approved moving the Pride Festival to Palm Canyon Dr. in Downtown.
This year’s event logo featuring the palm tree lined Palm Canyon Drive leading directly to Palm Springs Pride couldn’t be more fitting. We are beyond thrilled with the news.
The road would close at 11 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, and reopen at 3 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10.
Additional road closures would be held for the Pride Parade, which will be held on Nov. 9.
Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet said the event has a “fabulous, wonderful energy” and that it would inevitably provide a boost to the city’s shops and restaurants.
“The move downtown will have a bigger impact than we realize,” Pougnet said.