Category Archives: Events and Holidays

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

Best Gay Palm Springs

Palm Springs Gay Pride November 6 and 7

2010 Greater
Palm Springs Pride Festival

Saturday & Sunday Nov. 6-7, 2010
10AM – 8PM Sat., 10AM – 6PM Sun.

Palm Springs Baseball Stadium

2010 Greater Palm Springs Pride Parade
Sunday Nov. 7, 2010 10AM

Known for its crystal blue skies, year-round sunshine, stunning landscape, palm tree lined streets and starry nights the City of Palm Springs comes alive during the annual pride celebration. The 24th anniversary of Pride celebrations in Palm Springs will be held over the weekend of November 6 and 7, 2010.

On Sunday, November 7 rainbow flags and glitter will fill the streets as the ever present Mount San Jacinto Mountains star in the most scenic pride parade in the world. The downtown parade steps off at 10am and travels along historic Palm Canyon Drive.

Only a rainbow mile from downtown, the unique two-day pride festival is held at the former spring training home of the California Angels and Chicago White Sox. On pride weekend, thousands take to the field with the baseball diamond serving as the gathering spot for friends and a celebration of diversity and unity. Complete with gay-owned and LGBT friendly companies, the festival includes music, dancing, food vendors, and booths staffed by local organizations.

With over 125 parade contingents, 100 exhibitors, and several entertainment venues, the Palm Springs Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest annual gathering of LGBT people and allies in the Greater Palm Springs area.

More  info  at  PS  PRIDE !

Best Gay Palm Springs

Gay Palm Springs Summer Splash 2010

If you’ve never been to Palm Springs, California, now’s the time to discover America’s Great Gay Oasis! Long a favorite for Winter getaways, Palm Springs is fast becoming a Summer hot spot as well. Why? The answer is simple. Summer Deals and Summer Splash!

2010 marks the third year for Summer Splash! – the Palm Springs Summer Promotion sponsored by the Desert Gay Tourism Guild. The number of participating businesses is greater than ever before, and the line-up of special events and special offers is both vibrant and varied.

Discover amazing hotels deals (Like INNdulge 2nd Night Free !), special discounts from retailers and restaurants, savings on movies, Summer events and local attractions. There are even special airline discounts from American Airlines, Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air and Westjet, and a great rental car offer from Enterprise Rent-A-Car!

New for Summer Splash! this year is the SPLASH PASS – a wallet-sized discount card that gets you special savings at area restaurants, retailers and other businesses, and discounted admission to many area attractions and special events. It’s the perfect addition to Summer Splash! The best part? The SPLASH PASS is absolutely FREE to everyone – valley visitors and residents alike!

Sound like fun? It is!
The party starts on June 1st, 2010, and continues all the way through September 30th, 2010.
Don’t miss it!

 

To find out more, visit Palm Springs Summer Splash , or go to Palm Springs Gay Info


Best Gay Palm Springs

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 !



The Best of  Gay  Palm Springs

Happy Pride! celebrate Diversity!





















Wishing everyone a safe and HAPPY PRIDE!

From Best of Gay Palm Springs and Best Gay Cities




In Palm Springs –  Pride is celebrated in November.

2009 Greater Palm Springs Pride Festival
Saturday & Sunday Nov. 7-8, 2009
10AM – 8PM Sat., 10AM – 6PM Sun.

Palm Springs Baseball Stadium


2009 Greater Palm Springs Pride Parade
Sunday Nov. 8, 2009
10AM
– Steps off at Alejo Road moving south down historic Palm Canyon Drive to Ramon Road

Same Sex Kiss Day at Starbucks

 



Can I have a Double-Mocha fat-free….and a big  KISS??

This one-day event coincides with “Tax Day” to highlight the fact that “LGBT couples have yet to be granted the same rights to file our taxes jointly on a Federal level, and we can still be fired for being openly gay in the workplace. That’s why you’re encouraged to be seen on Tax Day, April 15, 2009, spreading your love with a KISS!”

 


Same Sex Kiss Day calls for couples to go to a neighborhood Starbucks coffee shop and during one (or all, if you wish) of four designated times throughout the day, exchange a kiss with your same sex partner or friend. The set times are at 7:15 am, 12:15 pm, 5:15 pm, and 8:15 pm.


Why Starbucks? Well according to the Same Sex Kiss Day  site, “Starbucks has been committed to LGBT rights since the beginning of time offering domestic partnership insurance, quoting gay artists on their coffee cups, and funding our gay pride parades.”

Hallmark  HAS NOT  created a card for this yet.

The Dinah Shore Parties and The White Party

 



3 HUGE  Parties  take  over 
Palm Springs in just a  couple weeks!



For the girls, 2 sets of parties – GIRL BAR does 19th Annual DINAH SHORE WEEK  April 1-5th  as well as CLUB SKIRTS THE DINAH!  Sunrise to sunset, non-stop events geared towards the lesbian community.

and  for the boys –  the 20th Annual WHITE PARTY PALM SPINGS  April 10 – 13th. Lady Gaga headlines this Easter  Weekend party. One of the crown jewels of the circuit party scene!



 Grab your cape and spring into action, beginning at 9pm and continuing until 5am. The time has come to join forces for the most incredible gathering the world has ever seen. 


Inside the Palm Springs Convention Center, heroes from all over the universe will converge for the biggest and most anticipated event of the weekend!  

Headlining DJs Tony Moran (NYC), Manny Lehman (LA) and Ana Paula (Brazil) deliver the surge of musical excitement as men of steel, boys of wonder and all sorts of amazing avengers invade the dance floor.


The Best of Gay Palm Spings




 

Margaret Cho and ANT in Los Angeles for NO on H8 Benefit

 



 


 

 



366 N. La Cienega Blvd.     Los Angeles

 


The Ian Harvie Show is a comedy/talk show at Largo at the Coronet Theater Wednesday, December 10th at 8pm.

This benefit to fight on in the aftermath of the passage of shameful Proposition 8 is a night of comedy, with talented gay comics, including host Ian Harvie, Ant, Alec Mapa, Erin Foley, Jorja Fox and Margaret Cho, Leslie Jordan, and  Music by Jon Brion.

This will be a panel discussion with all of the guests about their best/worst/funniest holiday moments and traditions. to benefit Equality California.


Door proceeds go to EQ CA.        Ticket Info: $30   Buy Tickets

  Mario Lopez  is  going!  See who else is going on Facebook!



Desert AIDS Walk Palm Springs October 25th

       

Saturday  October  25th   7:30am registration – 9:30 am  walk begins

at  Frances  Stevens Park.


More information – Visit Desert Aids Project

National Coming Out Day October 11th



National Coming Out Day is an internationally-observed civil awareness day for coming out and discussion about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues. It is observed on October 11 by members of the LGBT communities and their supporters.


 


The day was founded by Dr. Robert Eichberg and Jean O’Leary in 1988, in celebration of the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights one year earlier, in which 500,000 people marched on Washington, DC,  for gay and lesbian equality.

National Coming Out Day events are aimed at raising awareness of the LGBT community among the general populace in an effort to give a familiar face to the LGBT rights movement.



Despite its name, National Coming Out Day (so called because it originated as an event in the United States) is in fact observed in many countries, including Switzerland, Germany Canada and the United Kingdom. As of 2008 The Netherlands also has Coming Out Day on 10-11.


HRC RESOURCE GUIDES FOR COMING OUT


COMING OUT ON YOU TUBE


2008 LIST OF COMING OUT EVENTS AROUND THE US  Find out what’s going on in your area!

GAY DAYS DISNEYLAND ANAHEIM CALIFORNIA – JUST 2 WEEKS AWAY! October 3rd-5th

 


  

Just two weeks  away!  

30,000+  LGBT people set to invade Disneyland in Anaheim California! 

 


11th Annual GAY DAYS ANAHEIM 



Following last year’s event which attracted nearly 30,000 gays and lesbians from California and all over the country, this year’s Gay Days Anaheim will be held Friday, October 3 through Sunday, October 5, 2008.


 


 


Gay Days Anaheim is a “mix-in” with straight park-goers. –  Gays and lesbians are encouraged to wear red shirts to the parks to identify one another and show strong numbers. Official T-shirts are available at the official Gay Day at Disneyland Web site. –  or be creative and design your own!

 



Both days in the park will have gathering times for specific groups including gay youth (sponsored by The Trevor Project), families, women, singles, and bears. THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE! There will be scavenger hunts and a group photo inside the park. A complete schedule is available at the web site.


 


The weekend opens Friday, October 3 with WONDERLAND, a dance party with DJ Ray Rhodes (Tiger Heat, KBIG 104), hosted by Los Angeles drag diva Momma. Alec Mapa (Ugly Betty) will host the VIP room. The event, benefitting The Trevor Project, runs from 9:30pm–1am at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen located in Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort. Tickets are $15 at the door.


 


Saturday, will be Gay Day at Disneyland resort all day, which culminates with the famous  KINGDOM party, the weekend’s signature dance party with music from internationally renowned DJ Kimberly S. There will be special performances by Erin Hamilton (“Dreamweaver”), Shoshana Bean, and Matt Zarley. The event will be held at the House of Blues Anaheim in Downtown Disney from 9pm–1:30am. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door.


 


 
Sunday, October 6 will be Gay Day at Disney’s California Adventure.



Other events during the weekend include free movie screenings at the Gay Days Entertainment Center presented by here! (located inside the Trillium Room of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel). Chad Allen will introduce his new film, “Ice Blues”, on Saturday night. Brad Rowe will be present his indie hit, “Shelter”, on Sunday night.


 



 


A limited number

of Discounted hotel rooms and park tickets
are  still available and currently offered at  Gay Days Anaheim
.

 



*Gay Days Anaheim is NOT a Disney-sponsored event so Disney will not have any information regarding this “unofficial” happening.

However, you can rest assured , Disney welcomes the LGBT community and has lots  of security on hand to make sure  we have fun and are not in any way harassed by straight park-goers.


It’s an awesome and empowering event!
And just a short ride (about 90 minutes) from Palm Springs!


For more information –

GAY DAYS ANAHEIM OFFICIAL SITE        Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau

New Gay Travel Guide
 

LaLaPOOLooza Comes to Palm Springs – September 20th



LALA POOL OOZA!

September 20th


Hotel Zoso

Last year a giant singing shark attacked!

This year a space alien lands to
repopulate it’s dying planet with
hot men and women!!!

 


Doors open at 5 PM
Showtime is 7:30 PM


Buffet is included in the ticket price!
Dinner buffet is served from 5 to 7


Warning, Warning, Warning:

Poolside guests may get splashed!!!
So dress casually and wear sensible shoes!!!!

Watch the video clip!

BUY TICKETS ONLINE for this fabulous benefit!




Funds raised go to  four different charities: the “Desert Pride Community Center,” “Desert Women for Equality,” “Aids Assistance Program,” and the “Desert Aids Project.”


The Best of Palm Springs and the New Gay Travel Guide

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. 


 The Best of Gay Palm Springs  and  the  New Gay Travel Guide

Easter in Palm Springs – It’s Not Your Dad’s Spring Break!





 


Palm Springs had been known for years as a golf-course-studded retirement mecca that’s invaded annually by hordes of libidinous college kids on spring break. Well, the city of Palm Springs has been quietly changing its image and attracting a whole new crowd. Thank’s to former mayor (the late) Sonny Bono’s revolutionary “anti-thong” ordinance in 1991,  halted the spring-break migration by eliminating public display of the bare derrière, and the upscale fairway-condo crowd now congregates in the outlying resort cities of Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, and La Quinta.


These days, no billboards are allowed in Palm Springs; all the palm trees in the center of town are backlit at night, and you won’t see the word “motel” on any establishment. Baby boomers and lots of gays and lesbians come to Palm Springs these days. And they are buying home here.

And Spring Break is no longer about throngs of drunk teenagers but thousands of gays and lesbians! The White Party in the Palm Springs Convention Center is one of the biggest and best on the US party circuit. With over 20,000 gay men dressed in white, the event brings together the world’s most talented party people to create an evening of spectacular entertainment. usually around Easter Weekend, but this year April 18-21. 

April also is  Dinah Shore Golf Week, and The Dinah! The largest 4 day weekend event of its kind for gay women in the World. Pool parties, dance parties, golf and lots of women! The simple but daring concept catapulted the Dinah week to international fame. Today, The Dinah & Dinah Shore Week are considered the largest lesbian events in the world. This year is expected to be bigger and better than ever! With a huge fashion show, top-notch entertainment and a few surprises! This year running April 2 -6.

It’s probably too late to get there this year, but book early next year and plan to attend!