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Gay Jazz Artist Dave Koz Brings Christmas Tour To Palm Desert December 12th

COMING OUT,
DOES NOT HURT ONES CAREER,

contrary to popular belief!
Just ask Dave Koz.

When he came out in The Advocate in 2004, Dave Koz instantly expanded his already large fan base and shattered a lot of myths about gay men and music.

In a career that spans twenty years and a dozen albums, saxophonist Dave Koz has established himself as one of the most prominent figures in contemporary music. But for as noteworthy as his body of recorded work and as entertaining his live performances and other past accomplishments might be, Koz finds himself in an era of dramatic and sweeping change where everything once taken for granted is suddenly up for grabs. For Koz – and for all of us in this first decade of the new century – it’s a new day, full of new challenges and opportunities, and new rules that are still being written.

Koz embraces this era of change – and even the uncertainty that comes with it – on Hello Tomorrow, his debut on Concord Records  (released on October 12, 2010. “Put The Top Down,” the breezy lead single from the  album, rocketed to #1 at Radio after just three weeks!). Produced by Grammy winners John Burk and Marcus Miller (who also appears on most tracks), the album features a diverse army of high-profile guests: Herb Alpert, Jonathan Butler, Brian Culbertson, Sheila E., Boney James, Jeff Lorber, Keb’ Mo’, Ray Parker, Jr., Lee Ritenour, Christian Scott and others. Each of the thirteen tracks – most of them written by Koz and his collaborators, others penned by friends and legends – focuses on being open to new beginnings, and trusting that the future is unfolding in all the right ways for all the right reasons.

Looking back on the Advocate Coming Out interview, he says, “I think everyone makes that leap at the right time in their own lives—there is no absolute rule, and thus I tend to shy away from giving anyone else advice on how to do this. In my own experience however, I never had a master plan to come out…that moment shocked me when it came—I sort of knew it instinctively and I said to myself, “It’s time”. Up until that point it was something I was either too worried, or too freaked out to do. I wasn’t willing to risk it…but then something surprising happened.

I was doing an interview for another gay publication—and the interviewer initially said it was just to speak on the music, no personal questions. His editors had a different agenda and he came back to me saying that in order for the article to run I would have to address my sexuality. Well, I noticed the way this information made me feel…and for the first time ever, it didn’t scare the &*%# out of me! I went to my managers with the idea of coming out—they were super supportive, having helped Melissa Etheridge along her journey. But they said if you’re going to do it, do it with The Advocate. And that’s exactly what happened—a few months later, just about in sync with my turning 40, it was done. This little piece of information that I’d been guarding so preciously all my adult life was finally out there for the world to see. Of course at the time I was freaking out…but I haven’t looked back since. By far, the very best thing I’ve ever done for myself.

LAST  WEEK, Dave added his effort to the Dan Savage It Get’s Better Project. You can watch his video and listen to his growing up gay story . And he reveals how his music got him through the struggles of growing up gay. Music – and more specifically, the saxophone – have been Koz’s primary survival tools since his childhood and adolescence in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley.  “The saxophone became my best friend, my most trusted ally, because it enabled me to communicate feelings that I didn’t have the words for. In many ways, it saved my life.”

 

This is shows 13th Anniversary! And this year’s run will feature special guests South African singer/guitarist Jonathan Butler, keyboardist Brian Culbertson and Dutch saxophone star Candy Dulfer. It will mark Dulfer’s first tour with Koz while Butler and Culbertson are back by popular demand. 

The artists will perform hits from their respective catalogues and join together on a variety of holiday standards for an inspirational, high-energy show that has become a cherished tradition for many fans. The tour will take them from coast to coast and include three Los Angeles area shows (December 17th & 18th at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts and December 19th at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live). The festivities will conclude with a show at Modesto’s Gallo Center for the Arts on December 20th.

DAVE KOZ AND FRIENDS… A SMOOTH JAZZ CHRISTMAS
   2010 TOUR  COMES TO     Palm Desert, CA 7:00pm
Dec. 12, 2010, McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts  !

“Holiday music is like comfort food – when you hear these songs, they transport you,” says Dave, who has three classic holiday albums to his credit (December Makes Me Feel This Way, A Smooth Jazz Christmas Dave Koz & Friends, Memories of a Winter’s Night). “It’s like when you smell a fresh apple pie, and it conjures up memories of your grandmother’s baking and all the traditions that make this such a special time of year.”

  Tickets for the Palm Desert show ON SALE NOW! 

DAVE KOZ online

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Gay Palm Springs Caballeros returns for 12th Season

Caballeros
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Palm Springs
is excited to announce the beginning of our 12th Season with a Holiday concert on December 18th and 19th at St Paul in the Desert. 

Auditions are taking place during ”info night” on Thursday, September 9th from 7 to 9 PM in the parish hall at St Paul in the Desert, located at 125 W El Alameda.  If you sing or know anyone who does, the chorus encourages all to attend.  Light refreshments will be served.

The chorus is also looking for non-singers to help behind the scenes. If you have skills in marketing, PR, fund-raising, grant-writing or just want to help out at rehearsals or concerts, the chorus would love to meet with you.

Rehearsals begin on September 16 and continue each Thursday from 7-10pm at St. Paul’s. For more information please call 760-322-3112 or send an email to info @ caballerosps.com.

Caballeros is really looking forward to meeting you.

Caballeros The Gay Men’s Chorus of Palm Springs was founded as a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization in 1999. They were first presented to the public as guest artists in the last annual Holiday concert GMCLA presented in Palm Springs. The new chorus sang four songs and received a rousing approval from the community. Beginning with only 24 singers, the chorus had grown to over 70 members by April, 2002, when they presented Robert Seeley’s “Naked Man” under the guest baton of noted conductor, Jon Bailey. Performing in glittering events such as The Steven Chase Awards Banquet, “Evening Under the Stars”, and “One Night Only”, Caballeros has become a major participant in their desert community. Guests in the chorus’s own concerts have included opera singer, Janet Hopkins, renowned dance company, Tango Nacional Argentina, and the multi-talented Florence Henderson. Notable local performers Dana Atkins, Mona Caywood, Lori Donato, Derrick Lewis, and Tommi Rose, among others, have also graced their stage. There have also been memorable joint concerts with other GALA choruses such as the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, the Gay Men’s Chorus of San Francisco, and Vox Femina.

Caballeros is a performance group of gay men which welcomes all GLBT and GLBT-supportive people as members of their Board and Support team. The chorus is a proud member of their community and they love to perform to all regardless of any human difference.

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$10 Cabaret Live Shows in Palm Springs

 

In this tight economy, who doesn’t appreciate a good deal?

Les Michaels and Joslyn Center in Palm Desert are bringing high quality, professional entertainment to the 180 seat Arthur Newman Theatre.

Best of all, ticket prices are only $10 – cash at the door!

Upcoming  shows  include –

LIVE IT UP!  Final show this weekend!
2pm Matinee  Sunday  July  25th
It’s like GLEE,  but  live! 11 cast members and big dance numbers!

  The Kathy Holly Champagne Cabaret Show /   Live cabaret musical comedy concert
Arthur Newman Theatre    At The Joslyn Center 
 Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 7 PM       Reservations: 760-325-2731  $10 cash at the door

The Peggy Judy & Perry Lambert Surprise Reunion Show / Live cabaret musical comedy concert
Arthur Newman Theatre    At The Joslyn Center 
  Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 7 PM       Reservations: 760-325-2731        $10 cash at the door

Norman Lasiter  / Live cabaret music concert with piano accompaniment
Arthur Newman Theatre   At The Joslyn Center Theater
 Saturday, August 7, 2010 – Show time: 7 PM      Reservations: 760-325-2731
$10 cash at the door or on line at Brown Paper Tickets #120779

Joslyn Center Theater    73-750 Catalina Way      Palm Desert, CA. 92260

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Sally Mayes Concert June 6th

Tony Awards
preparations begin a week early in the Desert this year when, Broadway star and Tony Nominated Actress Sally Mayes (SHE LOVES ME and CLOSER THAN EVER) performs live in concert celebrating music from the Great White Way.  Mingle with a crowd of Broadway veterans, local Celebrities and enjoy the incredible Sally Mayes whom The New York Times hails “A singer of incandescent ebullience, deliciously saucy!” 

The Broadway Concert includes highlights from Sally’s leading roles on Broadway and a special preview for THE MAN THAT GOT AWAY: Ira Without George which is a concert evening hosted by Rex Reed featuring a cast that includes Sally Mayes, Polly Bergen, Tom Wopat and several other high quality talents.  In the audience mix and mingle with Broadway veterans and Tony Nominee’s and Winners from previous years such as Kaye Ballard, Donna Theadore, David Zippel and many more!

SALLY MAYES: The Broadway Concert
will take place on Sunday, June 6th at 4:00pm
in the Arthur Newman Theatre at
The Joslyn Center (73-750 Catalina Way Palm Desert, CA).

Tickets to attend the event in Palm Desert are $75.00* for VIP seating, $25 General Admission and a special Joslyn Center rate of $18.00 for 65+ and members of the Center. 

*VIP tickets include premium table seating, private pre-show champagne party and an autographed copy of Sally Mayes latest solo CD in addition to the performance.  A portion of proceeds from VIP tickets benefit The Joslyn Center.

For tickets to attend Sunday, June 6th call 800-838-3006 or visit Brown Paper Tickets .

KMP ARTISTS

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Jimmy James at Hotel Zoso Z Lounge Series This Weekend

The amazing talents
of singer/illusionist JIMMY JAMES
 comes to the Z Lounge Series
 for 3 nights, April 22, 23 and 24

James has established himself as a musical virtuoso/impressionist, recreating the sounds and styling’s of some of the best known singers, past and present.  His artistry has gained accolades internationally and his return to the desert promises the popular standards expected of this extraordinary stage presence, providing some of his famous renderings along with recent additions to his canon of time-honored vocalists.

HEARING IS BELIEVING!

Check out Jimmy James on YOUTUBE

Buy Tickets online   or  call 760-322-3554

January is HOT in Palm Springs!




Happenings in January:


January 5-18 – Palm Springs International Film Festival
Palm Springs Film Fest


January 9-10 – Palm Springs Winter Softball Classic
Palm Springs Winter Classic


January 15 – Michael Feinstein and Cheyenne Jackson at The McCallum Theater
McCallum Theatre


January 15 – Lionel Richie at Fantasy Springs Casino
Fantasy Springs


January 15-17 – National Gay Pilots Association Winter Warm-Up
Gay Pilots


January 22-24 – STOMP at The McCallum Theater
McCallum Theatre


January 23 – Harry Connick Jr. at Fantasy Springs Casino
Fantasy Springs


January 29-31 – An Evening with Lily Tomlin at the McCallum Theater
McCallum Theatre



DEAL OF THE MONTH!~STAY WITH INNdulge
JANUARY SPECIAL: Wednesday Night FREE!

Wednesday Night is FREE during the month of January at
INNdulge Palm Springs! Minimum two night stay.

Better yet, Stay Seven Nights, and Get Two Free! Both
Wednesday Night and your Seventh Night are FREE !



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Sam Harris Benefit Concert October 26th


 


Sunday October 26, 2008, Sam Harris  is coming to town! It is a concert to benefit The Desert Aids Project and Shelter From The Storm.

The concert begins at 7:00 PM and tickets can be purchased by calling (760) 320-7488 ex: 266. For $50, a seat can be yours – with 100% of the proceeds going to the Desert Aids Project and Shelter From The Storm.

MyDesert reported, Most couples do dinner and movie to celebrate an anniversary. Not Mike Carson and Ron Steigerwalt.

The Palm Springs couple, who met in Golden Gate Park in 1978, married in San Diego on Aug. 10. On the 30th anniversary of their first meeting, the couple is throwing a party. A big party.

The couple paid to bring singer/actor Sam Harris to perform a benefit concert for Desert AIDS Project and Shelter from the Storm.

The Desert AIDS Project has serve people in the valley living with HIV and AIDS with medical care and social services since 1984.
 
Established in 1993, Shelter from the Storm is a domestic violence shelter that provides comprehensive services to battered women and children.

“We believe deeply in the missions of these two organizations. One provides assistance to people with HIV and the other support for battered women and children. Who wouldn’t want to help organizations like these?” Steigerwalt said in a statement.


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Korean Gay Film NO REGRET Opens in Palm Desert this Weekend


Regent Releasing newest film is the the Korean’s gay feature “No Regret” which opens in Palm Spings/Palm Desert this week.  

08/01/08  Palm Desert
@      Cinemas Palme d’Or

Set in Seoul, South Korea, “No Regret” centers on Sumin (Lee Young-Hoon), who leaves the orphanage where he grew up and heads to the city to study art design.
 
After losing his job at a factory due to layoffs, he finds himself working as a prostitute in a gay bar.

Initially Sumin resists the advances of Jaemin (Lee Han), who comes from a rich and conservative family that doesn’t accept his sexual identity.

Eventually Sumin succumbs to Jaemin’s advances, after they briefly experience happiness as passionate lovers, Sumin and Jaemin’s relationship falls into heartache and tragedy.




Watch the movie trailer for NO REGRET!


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Cinema Diverse – The 2008 Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival July 22-27



 


FIRST YEAR EVER! 

Cinema Diverse, the Palm Springs Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, will present cinema from around the world, and bring together film artists, film lovers, and industry professionals in a celebration of film and video that reflects, informs, enriches, and often transforms lives.


Celebrate the inaugural year of CINEMA DIVERSE! An amazing Festival with 16 film programs, including features, documentaries and shorts that showcase the best in LGBT filmmaking. This year’s festival takes place from Tuesday, July 22 through Sunday, July 27, 2008, at the Camelot Theatres, 2300 E. Baristo Road in Palm Springs.


Tickets and passes ON SALE NOW  and may be purchased at the Camelot box office
or by calling 760-325-6565.  VIEW THE COMPLETE FILM LINEUP ONLINE.


 CINEMA DIVERSE: The 2008 Gay & Lesbian Film Festival • Palm Springs, is dedicated to advancing and further strengthening our diverse gay community through the establishment of a world-class forum that presents lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cinema from around the world.   We bring together film artists, film lovers and industry professionals in a weeklong celebration of motion pictures that reflect, inform, enrich and often transform lives.

Cinema Diverse is a program of the Palm Springs Cultural Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving individuals. For more information, please visit
http://www.psculturalcenter.org. 


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HOLDING TREVOR – Palm Springs Screening Friday July 18th



This summers dark/romantic gay feature film “Holding Trevor”  will open  this Friday, July 18

@ Cinemas Palme d’Or in Palm Desert,
72840 Hwy 111.

It’s getting rave reviews around the country!

About HOLDING TREVOR – Trevor Holden has just witnessed his boyfriend Darrell overdose on heroin–again. And as his oldest friend, Trevor feels a responsibility to help Darrell in his latest attempt at sobriety, much to the dismay of his own best friends Jake and Andie. But, when Darrell starts using again Trevor is finally ready to call it quits. And just when he does, he meets the ever so charming Ephram. Simply being everything that Darrell is not immediately wins Ephram a number of points. As Trevor’s relationship with Ephram quickly progresses, it starts to put a strain on his friendships with Jake and Andie. Jake, the self-proclaimed sex-addict, is starting to worry a little bit about his past catching up with him, namely in the form of HIV. And Andie, who drunkenly ends her sexual dry spell with a one-night stand, realizes that Jake might have less to worry about than she does. Meanwhile, Ephram accepts a job thousands of miles away in New York City, and he wants Trevor to go with him. Now, what started out as Trevor’s own personal existential journey, turns into a path that will lead everyone to what is most important: themselves.





Holding Trevor is continually poignant, relentlessly self-deprecating, and just the type of cerebral dark comedy that can speak directly to the twenty-somethings of today while letting other generations in on the joke.


“The story of a young guy on the rebound from a drug-addicted ex is elevated by extraordinary performances, especially that of Brent Gorski in the title role. Jay Brannan is terrific as his bed-hopping best friend…Don’t miss this one.”
~David Weigand, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE


 


“The script, the performances, and the cinematography are all spot-on,  making this film a pleasure to watch, with both humor and emotion. Strongly recommended.  Watch for it on DVD, and hopefully also in a theatre near you.”
~Lincoln Madison, FILM QUEEN REVIEWS


WATCH THE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yepxDtW0qyc.


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