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Palm Spring’s Celebrity Doodle Party is Back April 5th

palm springs celebrity doodle art auction

It all began with a doodle by Alan Hamel, manager husband of the incomparable Suzanne Somers … and a force-to-be-reckoned-with on his own merits as a long-time actor/entertainer/TV host/producer.

The Palm Springs Power Couple were only too eager to continue doodling while helping to push the idea to their celebrity friends, as a way to benefit Desert AIDS Project … and so the newest fun event in the desert was born.

 

This year, those joining us for “the ultimate cocktail party” will see doodles by Pam Ann, Susan Anton, Taylor Dayne, Bill Feingold – with another of his now-famous “Doodled Noodles” – Sam Harris, Jack Jones, Leslie Jordan, Ruta Lee, Bob Mackie, Barry Manilow, Kylie Minogue, Rosie O’Donnell, Marie Osmond, Dr. Phil, Del Shores, Lily Tomlin, Vanessa Williams, a Yankee Doodle – and of course, Somers and Hamel.

palm springs celebrity doodle art auctions

Many of these celebrities – and some surprises– will be on-hand, possibly to encourage bidding on their particular doodles. After all, who knows who might be receiving a Doodle Master Award in the future? Somers and Hamel have already set a high bar for talented encouragement.

 Presenting this very first Doodle Master Award will be long-time friend to Suzanne Somers who is currently hosting the syndicated daily TV news show America Now, after building her career as an Emmy-winning journalist on programs like Entertainment Tonight and the self-titled Leeza. Also a New York Times best-selling author and social entrepreneur, Leeza’s hands-on advocacy resulted in her creation of Leeza’s Place and Leeza’s Care Connection, offering free support services for family caregivers.

To purchase tickets or donate a silent auction item, visit www.celebritydoodles.com or call 760-323-2118.

Palm Springs November Fun


Leather Pride will once again be held the
2nd weekend
in November following the Greater
Palm Springs Pride Festival
so that
guests who
wish to may bookend their vacation to
Palm Springs and enjoy BOTH 
celebrations. 

Concert in the Square October 12-13

FREE CONCERT OCT 12 & 13!



FOOD VENDORS, FREE POPCORN, PRIZES AND MORE!!

MUSICIANS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD WILL BE DESCENDING UPON THE COACHELLA
VALLEY FOR THE THIRD ANNUAL IMS EVENT! THIS YEAR, WE’VE ADDED A LOCAL
FLAIR THAT WILL BRING TALENT AND THE PUBLIC TOGETHER FOR MUSIC
INTERACTION:


BE A PART OF THE MUSICAL FUN > >

Could the Palm Springs Aerial Tram be the 8th World Wonder?

Aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, World’s Largest Rotating
Tramcar, you will experience a breathtaking journey up the sheer cliffs
of Chino Canyon. 

Begin the 10 minute ride at the Valley Station –
elevation 2,643 ft. and end at the Mountain Station – elevation 8,516
ft. No matter what the season, whether you are enjoying spectacular
views or hiking in a pristine wilderness, a one-of-a-kind experience can
be had by all.
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway constructed in rugged Chino Canyon on
the north edge of Palm Springs – about two hours by car from Los Angeles
and San Diego – did not just happen. It required foresight, planning,
financing and, most of all a vision. For years, it was the dream of a
young electrical engineer named Francis F. Crocker to “go up there where
it’s nice and cool”.
Crocker’s dream began in 1935 while he was on a trip to Banning,
California, with newspaper publisher Carl Barkow. Mopping his brow in
the heat of the day, Crocker gazed on longingly at the still snow-capped
peak of Mt. San Jacinto 10,834 feet high. At that moment, “Crocker’s
Folly,” as it was soon dubbed by one newspaper woman, was born – a
tramway up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon.  
 

Now the tram could be voted
 the 8th Wonder of the World!

Palm Springs Gets Ready for The Prop 8 Decision

 The justices are expected to issue a ruling WEDNESDAY  on Proposition 8: California’s ban on same sex marriage.

 Supporters  in the Palm Springs are planning a rally when the ruling comes down, and local businesses are gearing up for the possibility of a BIG WIN on Prop 8! 

WATCH  Video by kmir6.com


Both Gregory Goodman and Alan Kelly have a love of flowers, and each other.
They married in 2008 in the the brief window that same-sex marriage was legal.
“So we’re down there in Mexico in May and they decided to make it legal in the United States, in California. So we were like uh oh, we have to do a wedding here too,” said Gregory, owner of My Little Flower Shop.
“Well when our families found out that we got married in Mexico, they all went you can’t get married without us there,” said Alan.
“When the Supreme Court rules, it means many more people could be walking down the aisle, My Little Flower Shop already has bookings for July and August.
“We are looking for probably a 50 percent jump in business, we are actually putting in a warehouse very soon just to get ready for it,” said Gregory.
My Little flower shop is expanding to try to keep up with demand, and some hotels in California are booking up as well!

Random Haus Luxury Hotel / Condo in Palm Springs

Random Haus is a first for Palm Springs (and possibly, the nation) as it
is both a luxury hotel and a fractional condo ownership property aimed
squarely at the LGBT market.

The Palm Springs neighborhood of Warm Sands is usually considered the
main gay resort area in the desert, but there is another new cluster of gay
resorts on East San Lorenzo Road (off of Mesquite and Palm Canyon, just
south of downtown). And the newest addition to this gayborhood is the
luscious Random Haus.

 

Fractional sales of the Random Haus in
affordable one-twelfth interests are designed to be a more
cost-effective second home alternative for the LGBT market, bridging the
gap between those who spend more than a week in the desert, but not
enough time to justify the cost of operating a year-round home here.

Owners can purchase only the time they need in a flexible usage plan
based on their own schedules, and they receive a deeded interest in the
property inclusive of all HOA and maintenance fees. The concept seems to
already be proving popular: The Random Haus will begin closing escrow
on their first fractionals in a few weeks.

READ MORE

Palm Springs Modernism Week Feb 14-24

Modernism Week, on its 13th year, is an exciting 11-day
celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture and culture in
Palm Springs, California. Modernism Week is filled with a variety of
events including architectural tours, films, lectures, an architectural
symposium, educational events, and chic, fun parties in cool mid-century
modern homes.

The 13th Annual Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale  (Feb 16-18)is a highlight of Modernism Week featuring 10 days of celebrating everything modern with mid-century design and architecture fans, friends and aficionados from around the world.  Modernism Week events include Palm Springs Art Museum films, lectures and symposium, gallery openings and art events, double-decker bus tours to mid-century architectural classics, tours of Frey House II, vintage car show, and the desert’s best retro-themed soirees and martini parties.

FALL in Beautiful Palm Springs

Gay Palm Springs is getting ready for fall fun!

 It starts with Halloween, which is on a Wednesday 31st this year. 
The city
celebrates Pride the following Saturday and Sunday, November 3-4. 
And Leather
Desert Pride
follows the next weekend, November 8-11.

For Halloween, a street party and costume contest takes place on Arenas
Road, the Castro Street of Palm Springs. Entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m.
hosted by Palm Springs drag celebrity Bella Da Ball. Drag performer “Nicky,”
as Carol Channing, hosts the 8-10 p.m. costume contest.

Palm Springs Pride starts on Pride eve with the Broadway in
Drag pageant on Friday, November 2, at 8 p.m. at the Palm Canyon Theatre. The
Pride festival is on Saturday and Sunday. Arenas Road will host a block party
on Saturday night, November 5, from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Coinciding with Pride, the
2012 AIDS Walk will celebrate its 25th year on Sunday, November 4, at 8:30 a.m.
and will join with the Pride Parade, which heads down Palm Canyon Drive
starting at 10 a.m.


Desert Leather Pride
begins on Thursday, November 8, with a
meet and greet event at Hunter’s Nightclub. The event will be packed with
activities all weekend. The Palm Springs Convention Hall will host the Mr. Palm
Springs Leather contest from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, November 10.

read more  at Bay Area Reporter

Richard Grenell Former Romney aide Speaks Out

For Richard Grenell, buying a house in Palm Springs and setting out to renovate it with his partner is just the diversion he may need after a tumultuous year.

Grenell,
known as “Ric” to his Palm Springs friends, made headlines this year
after he resigned as the openly gay national security spokesman for the
Mitt Romney campaign. He lasted less than two weeks on the job.

Now that he is beginning to talk about that experience for the first
time, Grenell denies he was forced out, while acknowledging he took heat
from both the political left and the right.

Read the interview in The Desert Sun

Marilyn Monroe Statue Comes to Palm Springs

26-FOOT-TALL
 “FOREVER MARILYN”
SCULPTURE COMING
 TO PALM SPRINGS!

Last week, the  statue was removed from its current location in Chicago. The 34,000-pound sculpture, which costs about $40,000 to
transport, will be trucked across the country and arrive in Palm Springs
on May 14. It will take a few days — and a few cranes — to reassemble
it at the corner of Palm Canyon and Tahquitz Canyon Way, where it will
reside until June 2013.

The sculpture by Seward Johnson, the 80-year-old artist and Johnson
& Johnson heir who’s known for casting famous images into giant
sculptures, re-creates the scene from the 1955 film “The Seven Year
Itch” in which a drafty New York subway grate blows the sex symbol’s
skirt well above her knees.

The piece did not receive the
warmest reception from the Windy City since its  debut last year, and was the
target of more than a few vandals and critics. Some called the
undergarment-baring pose sexist, while VirtualTourist.com dubbed
“Forever Marilyn” the No. 1 piece of bad public art — ahead of a
Bewitched statue in Salem, Mass.

Several cities tried to bid  to host the massive Marilyn when her Chicago
residency wrapped, including China and Brazil, perhaps because August marks the 50th anniversary of
the Hollywood legend’s death.

“We received many requests as far
away as Tokyo and Madrid and cities in Brazil, and we really felt that
Palm Springs has a special connection to Marilyn because it is the
legendary play land for Hollywood,” said Paula Stoeke, the director and
curator of the Sculpture Foundation, an organization funded and run by
Johnson with offices in Santa Monica.

Mommy Queerest Casting in Los Angeles

“Mommy Queerest,” reality TV’s hottest new series is having OPEN auditions in Los Angeles!

 

Eyeboogie Productions is seeking Gay Men and their Straight Mothers who have interesting/exciting lives. Are you and your Mom extremely close, not so close, outgoing, FUN, and opinionated?

 

If you believe you two could be our next reality stars, come audition on camera with your Mom (preferably).


May 17th   or     18th      from 1- 6pm.

 

Contact: casting@eyeboogie.com for your “must have” time slot and we’ll send you specifics.

Gay Travel and Gay News Sites

The Hottest Swim Suits This Year Are From Australia… 2 WINK

Looking for the perfect mens swimsuit?

                                         2wink Australia has created one exclusively for you!

 2wink Australia is an Australian men’s underwear and swimwear
apparel brand based in Perth, Western Australia. 2wink Australia’s brand
name was created from the concept of “winking” one’s eye. Australians
are renowned for giving you a wink if they like what they see!


With its premiere 2012 swimwear range, the only Western Australian underwear company, 2wink Australia, has created a line of swimwear called Aussie Defence AUS12 as a follow-up to its first ever swimwear range launched in 2011, which included styles named after famous Aussie stars.

 

“We’ve created comfortable swimwear that’s perfectly Australian: sexy and stylish,” says 2wink Australia co-owner Carl McNeill.

“We hope that guys around the world will catch on to the AUS12 theme with AUS representing Australia and 12 being the current year; 2012.”

The company intends to release their Aussie Defence range year after year.

 

Popular fitness model Lee Stram modeled the new line, and is featured in some of 2wink Australia’s videos on youtube. Watch AUS12 behind-the-scenes footage!


AUS12 swimsuits are made from imported Italian fabric, which is 80% nylon and 20% lycra, but 100% Aussie-made. The masculine square-cut swimsuits are fully lined on the inside and include a tie cord and elastic waist. The range is available in three different colors, including light blue, orange and red. Each swimsuit retails for around $40 USD (free worldwide shipping), and are available online.

 

For more information about 2wink Australia, please visit: 2wink.com.au.

ou can also keep on top of special promotions and news updates by following 2wink Australia on Facebook  and Twitter at @2wink.

Brad Pitt George Clooney Attend Palm Springs International Film Festival

It is official – awards season in Hollywood has begun.

The brainchild of former mayor Sonny Bono, The Palm Springs International Film Festival began
in 1989 and has since become one of the largest film festivals in North
America.

 Nearly 130,000 attendees flock annually for the world-class
lineup of new international features and documentaries. The festival has
become a focal point for Oscar buzz, especially for potential foreign
film nominees.

And its January 7th Black Tie Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center  this weekend was
the star-studded highlight of the 11-day festival. Past honorees in
attendance for this glamorous night have included Ben Affleck, Javier
Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard,
Sean Penn, Natalie Portman, and Kate Winslet.

But this year’s Black Tie Awards Gala surpassed  them all, with names like Pitt, Clooney, Theron, and Close
all in attendance. And other glamorous names like Cartier and Mercedes-
Benz act as the evening’s official sponsors.

Brad Pitt was on hand to receive the Desert Palm Achievement Actor Award for his lead role in Moneyball and his supporting role in The Tree of Life. – The movie HAS NOT gotten good reviews.

George Clooney, who appeared with Pitt in Ocean’s Eleven (including scenes shot in Palm Springs) was also in attendance to receive the Chairman’s Award for the films The Descendants and The Ides of March.

Glenn Close picked up the  festival’s Career Achievement Award. Her new film Albert Nobbs,
where Close portrays a woman who tries to pass as a man in 19th century
Ireland.

FILMS  are playing through Jan 16th!

APPLAUSE with Paprika Steen Comes to Palm Springs

APPLAUSE with Paprika Steen opens in Palm Desert/Palm Springs area December 2nd

World Wide Motion Pictures Corp. is pleased to announce Applause, releasing next in the Southwest. The film will be opening at the the Cinemas Palme d’Or in in Palm Desert, CA (on Friday, December 2nd).

 

Recovering alcoholic stage actress, Thea Barfoed (Paprika Steen) has gone through turmoil. Having divorced her husband, Christian (Michael Falch), and relinquished custody of their two boys during her heavy drinking days, Thea wants to start over. As her past alcohol use and indiscretions still haunt her, the reality of a new beginning seems bleak. Thea uses her inner actress’s charm and manipulation to convince her ex-husband that she is fully recovered and capable of being a good mother to their children; however, she hasn’t completely convinced herself.

 

On stage, Thea plays the binge drinking, ostentatious Martha in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Ironically, her stage character bears an uncanny resemblance to her personal life. As her alcoholism and past regrets hang in the balance, Thea must decide whether to confront her inner demons or to let the show go on.

 

EVERYONE loves it!

 Film Festivals and critics agree –

“One of the best screen performances of the year.”

– Karen Durbin, The New York Times

“Deeply affecting … unflinchingly real.”

– Betsy Sharkey, The Los Angeles Times

“An extraordinary performance by Paprika Steen.”

– Roger Ebert,The Chicago Sun-

 

North American audiences are getting to know the star of Applause well thanks to her ongoing series of “Ask Paprika” videos. The actress has been responding to questions from fans that were posted to her on the film’s Facebook page. To view all six of her candid answers, visit You Tube. Then, check back to see what the film’s director, Martin Pieter Zandvliet, had to say about making the picture and working with Denmark’s biggest star.

 

WATCH THE TRAILER FOR APPLAUSE NOW!