VISIT GAY PALM SPRINGS PHOTO CONTEST
Enter the Visit Gay Palm Springs Photo Contest for gay travelers and you could be on your way to a 5 day/ 4 night vacation in sunny Palm Springs, California!
* Palm Springs Hot Fashion – club, pool party, drag, or even your pet in a cute Palm Springs outfit.
* Palm Springs Hot Footage – mountains, palm trees, pool scene, club event, hiking, etc.
* Palm Springs Hot Fun – be creative, have fun, but keep it clean.
Upload your Palm Springs inspired photos then get your friends and family to vote. The entry with the most votes wins! Are you packed and ready?
In celebration of his 25th Anniversary, White Party Founder and Producer Jeffrey Sanker has created the WHITE PARTY PALM SPRINGS ICON AWARDS. These awards recognize a select group whose unique and varied achievements have stood out and best embody the spirit of White Party.
“We are thrilled to present our special Icon Awards to individuals who have exemplified White Party’s defining principles of unity & celebration, commitment to excellence and leading edge creativity,” said Sanker. “I look forward to presenting those attending recipients their awards on the White Carpet at this year’s Saturday main event.”
WHITE PARTY PALM SPRINGS ICON AWARD RECIPIENTS INCLUDE:
Carmen Electra- Artist, Activist
Cher- Pioneer for LGBT Community; Activist
Jai Rodriguez- Actor, Activist
Kathy Griffin- Comedienne, Philanthropist, Activist
Lady Gaga- Pioneer for LGBT Community, Philanthropist, Activist
Lance Bass- Actor, Activist
Aaron Walton- Philanthropist, Activist
Bryan Singer- Director, Activist
David Cooley- Founder of Abbey, Philanthropist
Fred Arens & Jason Duguay- Philanthropist, Activist
Roland Emmerich- Director, Philanthropist
Sir Elton John & David Furnish- Philanthropist, Activist
Adam Bouska & Jeff Parshley- NoH8 Campaign, Activist
Bruce Vilanch- Actor, Writer, Activist
Lisa Vanderpump- Reality Star, Activist
Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo- Prop 8 Activists
Ron Oden- Former Mayor of PS, Activist
Ronnie Kroell- Activist
Todd Saporito- Philanthropist, Activist
Andy Cohen- BRAVO TV personality, Activist
Candis Cayne- Pioneer of LGBT Community, Activist
David Stern- Former Publisher of Frontiers, Activist
DJ Abel Aguilera- Deejay, Activist
Reza Farahan – BRAVO TV personality, Pioneer of LGBT Community
Congratulations to all WHITE PARTY PALM SPRINGS ICON AWARDS recipients!
Sanker announced this year’s 25th Anniversary plans include a completely redesigned White Party, boasting the most innovative and elaborate video displays ever experienced. Chart-topping remix production team BENT COLLECTIVE (Danny Verde & Steven Redant) will also make their live DJ performance debut. And media sponsor SiriusXM is on board to broadcast on-site from the Convention Center White Carpet for this historic event.
White Party will also offer lots of new photo opportunities, such as Instagram “selfie moments” and a special photo set up where groups can get instant pics emailed for free.
Additionally, to benefit DESERT AIDS PROJECT and fund raising auction efforts, Sanker has enlisted the talents of internationally recognized conceptual photographer Duke Shoman to create beautiful, striking photographic tableaus. In keeping with the WPPS 25th “Silver Anniversary” theme, a sleek, sexy and modern chamber of shining, brilliant silver will be the setting that stars and VIP guest will step into – following their arrival on the White Carpet – to commemorate this twenty-five year milestone.
The following afternoon, at the Sunday T-Dance, you can double your pleasure with two giant 100 foot high Ferris wheels, and the day will culminate with the biggest fireworks display in White Party history, choreographed to the music of DJ/Producer Wayne G.
Sanker also revealed the exciting new addition of Uber as the official transportation provider for White Party. Why drive when you can Uber? Services will be available all weekend long for White Party attendees. Uber lounge stations will be set up at White Party locations manned by special Uber concierges. Uber will also have stretch limos for White Party guests to get around in style. New users can download the app and enter the code WP25 for a free first ride! Sign up at: www.uber.com/GO/WP25. Both new and existing users can also enter the code whiteparty to unlock a flat rate from LA to Palm Springs and back!
White Party Palm Springs is the largest gay dance music festival in the world, celebrating its 25th Anniversary April 25-28, 2014. For more information, hotel reservations and tickets, visit: www.jeffreysanker.com.
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.
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.
White Party Founder & Producer Jeffrey Sanker Receives Golden Palm Star on The Palm Springs Walk of Stars
Singer Carmen Electra (center) joined Jeffrey Sanker, founder and producer of White Party Palm Springs (R), as he received the Golden Palm Star #364 on The Palm Springs Walk of Stars. Bob Alexander, Walk of Stars President (left), officially presented the star, which is located at the southeast corner of Palm Canyon Drive & Arenas Road.
Sanker also announced that Carmen Electra would be crowned “Queen of the White Party” at its 25th Anniversary weekend April 25-28, 2014.
More information at www.JeffreySanker.com
BOTH weekends of Coachella Music Festival are sold out – BUT if have some extra cash burning a hole in your pocket, $6500 will get ya a Safari Tent Lounge.
Access to this private & well-secured area will be solely limited to Safari tent wristband holders. These tents provide the most comfortable way to enjoy Coachella and are fully furnished for your choice of either sleeping or lounging. Sleeping tents come with 1 or 2 Queen size beds, linens, tables, flooring, pillows, chairs, AIR conditioning, electrical outlets and more.
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly known simply as Coachella or the Coachella Festival) is an annual two-weekend, three-day music and arts festival, founded by Paul Tollett, organized by Goldenvoice (a subsidiary of AEG Live), and held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California in the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley. The event features many music genres, including rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic music, as well as sculpture. Across the grounds, several stages continuously host live music. The main stages are: Coachella Stage, Outdoor Theatre, Gobi Tent, Mojave Tent, and the Sahara Tent (2006 and 2011 also featured the addition of a smaller Oasis Dome and 2013 featured a new Yuma stage.)
The festival showcases popular and established musical artists, as well as emerging artists and reunited groups.
Midwest winter vs Palm Springs……
25 pounds of winter clothing vs. 6 ounces of Lycra spandex!
Snow vs Heat?
Where would you rather be this winter??
INSIDERS TIP…..Travel Sundays thru Thursdays and get rooms for just $99 a night at INNdulge! (December 1st-January 31st!)
* Climb aboard the world’s largest rotating tramcar at The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to experience a breathtaking journey up to 8,516 feet to the Mount San Jacinto National Park.
*Hike scenic trails or stroll through the ancient palm groves in the Indian Canyons, or take an off-road tour of Joshua Tree National Park or the San Andreas Fault.
The average temperatures from October to March are high 80s to the low 50s. Travelers who want to make the most of the desert climate should sample some of these suggested activities:
Climb aboard the world’s largest rotating tramcar at The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to experience a breathtaking journey up to 8,516 feet to the Mount San Jacinto National Park.
Hike scenic trails or stroll through the ancient palm groves in the Indian Canyons, or take an off-road tour of Joshua Tree National Park or the San Andreas Fault.
Learn about the masters of mid-century modern architecture by taking a segway or tour of the desert’s most notable architecture.
Take a docent tour of the Palm Springs Art Museum or Palm Springs Air Museum, home to the largest collection of World War II flying aircraft.
Enjoy a round of golf at Palm Springs’ Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort, or indulge at one of the many spa resorts.
Dine alfresco amidst the charming and hip village, or shop the many retro boutiques, mid-century modern furniture stores, art galleries and chic consignment shops.
Try your luck at the downtown Spa Resort Casino.
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* Enjoy a round of golf at Palm Springs’ Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort, or indulge at one of the many spa resorts.
*Dine alfresco amidst the charming and hip village, or shop the many retro boutiques, mid-century modern furniture stores, art galleries and chic consignment shops.
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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
BE A PART OF THE MUSICAL FUN > >
Aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, World’s Largest Rotating
Tramcar, you will experience a breathtaking journey up the sheer cliffs
of Chino Canyon.
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 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.
The justices are expected to issue a ruling WEDNESDAY on Proposition 8: California’s ban on same sex marriage.
Sure, it can get a little HOT in the desert in the summertime. But so what? That’s why God made pools, right?!
Our fitness friend DAVEY WAVEY told Gaytravel.com, “Interestingly, the high temperatures bring in a different crowd. Instead of attracting the usual crowd from San Diego and Los Angeles,
many of the tourists were from Eastern Europe. For the international
visitors, discounted hotel rooms and hot weather are a huge draw—and
much of Europe closes down later in the summer. It’s why the Palm
Springs locals affectionately refer to the summer months as “Foreskin
This trip, I stayed at INNdulge—a clothing-optional resort for gay men.
Though there is no shortage of clothing-optional or gay hotels in Palm
Springs, INNdulge is different. The owners of INNdulge, Sandy and Jon,
go out of their way to build a real sense of community. Each evening,
for example, the owners hold a social hour to let the guests mix and
mingle. It’s a great way to connect with other visitors and to make new
BY THE WAY, INNdulge has a $99 Summer Special till September 15th, 2013.
Davey continues, ”
Having said all of that, here are my best tips for visiting Palm Springs—and staying cool—during the summer months:
1. Bring a car. If you don’t drive to Palm Springs, be
sure to pick up a rental car at the airport. While walking is fine
during the cooler winter months, the summer heat is oppressive—and
dangerous. Get a car and take advantage of the air conditioning.
2. Prioritize the pool. Needless to say, the pool is
more important than the room. Stay at a hotel or resort with an amazing
pool. With temperatures as high as 120 degrees, you’ll want to spend
much of your downtime in the water.
3. Ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Every half
hour, a cable car departs for a mountain peak 6,000 feet above Palm
Springs. The views are stunning—and, it’s usually 30 degrees cooler at
the top. It’s generally 70 – 90 degrees at the summit—thereby providing
some much-needed natural A/C.
4. Shop at the Thursday street fair. Each Thursday—and
after the hot sun goes down—the city comes alive for a weekly street
fair. Packed with local arts and crafts, food and jewelry, it’s a great
way to spend the cooler evening hours.
5. Drink lots and lots of water. Because it’s so hot
and dry, sweat tends to evaporate very quickly—and you might not realize
how dehydrated you really are. Make sure you drink plenty of water—and
take extra bottle with you while you venture out (especially during the
From chef-owned bistros to elegant poolside eateries, over 30 Palm
Springs restaurants will showcase their culinary talents to thousands of
foodies during the 6th Annual Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week scheduled May 31-June 16, 2013.
The Restaurant Week’s signature “Eat. See. Stay.” Experience features dining deals, exclusive Palm Springs hotel packages, and discounts at
participating spas and major attractions including Knott’s Soak City,
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and Spirit of the
King Show at Spa Resort Casino.
The 17-day culinary celebration features nearly 100 restaurants from
Palm Springs to Indio. Participating restaurants offer their own unique
three-course, prix fixe menus at the fixed price of either $26 or $38
per person to include appetizer, main course and dessert.
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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.
PALM SPRINGS GAY MEN’S CHORUS PRESENTS “BORN THIS WAY”
ON APRIL 27 & 28, 2013 AT PALM SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM
The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus presents “BORN THIS WAY” at Palm Springs High School Auditorium on Saturday Evening, April 27 at 8 p.m. and Sunday Afternoon, April 28 at 3 p.m. The 100-voice men’s chorus will be led by renowned Artistic Director Robert Seeley with Accompanist Bruce Mangum and a 25-piece orchestra. Palm Springs High School Auditorium is located at 2401 East Baristo Road.
“BORN THIS WAY” is a musical odyssey of self-discovery, affirmation & celebration, and the desert’s premiere of Metamorphosis. Act One will include up-beat, fun and gay-themed songs such as Born This Way, Over The Rainbow, Children Will Listen, Walk Like A Man, How Could Anyone, Hallelujah, Where The Boys Are, YMCA, Everything Possible, The Prayer, and I Am What I Am. Act Two will feature the music and lyrics of Robert Seeley and Robert Espindola in Metamorphosis — a life-affirming 11-movement piece exploring the stages of life through which any person, but especially gay persons, journey to reconcile one’s own heart and experience internally and with the universe. The moving and transparent repertoire of Metamorphosis follows the course of life from before birth through youth, to rejection, humiliation and misunderstanding at the hands of family, society and religion, ultimately resolving in a very personal and transformative reconciliation.
Renowned Composer and Artistic Director Robert Seeley is a seasoned veteran in male choral music having served as former Composer in Residence for the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, as well as the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus for which he composed NakedMan in 1996. He has also written for the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus (Metamorphosis), Dallas Women’s Chorus (Only Human), New York City Gay Men’s Chorus (In This Heart of Mine), Turtle Creek Chorale (To a Dancing Star), Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington (This House Shall Stand: Songs of My Family), Seattle Men’s Chorus (Over the Skies of Yisrael) and the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus (BraveSouls and Dreamers).
“BORN THIS WAY” Advance Tickets are available for $50, $35 and $25 online at PSGMC.com or by purchasing directly from a chorus member. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door for $55, $40 and $30.