Seven Months in Palm Springs: All the Happenings in the Desert
By Trudy Ring
There are plenty of great events coming up in Palm Springs in the next few months. Here are some of the best ones taking place in the desert oasis.
September 29: Disco Tea Dance With Thelma Houston
Don’t leave her this way — instead go dance to her tunes at this benefit for the AIDS Assistance Program, poolside at the Saguaro Hotel. When Houston’s not performing, popular San Francisco DJ Jerry Bonham will spin tunes. Find more information here.
October 25: Frida: The Musical
The great bisexual artist Frida Kahlo’s life story forms the basis for a musical. One night only at the McCallum Theatre; tickets here.
October 25-27: Palm Springs Fashion Weekend
New York, Paris, and Milan don’t have a corner on fashion. Palm Springs’s first Fashion Weekend will take place at the desert city’s brand-new Hard Rock Hotel and showcase the designs of L.A.’s Anthony Franco and other fashion mavens. There will also be poolside and indoor parties, and the Desert AIDS Project will receive a $2,500 donation from the event’s producers. Find out more here.
November 1-2: Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays
The set of plays written by such notables as Moises Kaufman, Wendy MacLeod, Jose Rivera, Paul Rudnick, and Doug Wright returns to the Annenberg Theatre at the Palm Springs Art Museum, with a cast of local celebs. Check PSMuseum.org for more info.
November 2-3: Greater Palm Springs Pride
Who says Pride has to be a summer activity only? It will still be a hot time as Palm Springs and environs celebrate LGBT with a block party, parade, and festival. Check out the activities at PSPride.org.
November 1-May 18: The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies
All good things must come to an end, and this will be the 23rd and final season of the Follies, a Palm Springs institution that has presented stars of stage and screen of today and yesterday in a rousing musical variety show. This will be a “greatest hits” season, and headliners include Follies favorites Susan Anton (November 1–December 31) and Maureen McGovern (January 7–March 8), plus, making her Follies debut, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love (March 11–May 18). The Follies’ venue, the Plaza Theatre in downtown Palm Springs, will later be retrofitted for continued use as a performance space. More info is at PSFollies.com.
November 15: Tommy Tune: Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales
The Tony-winning gay dancer-choreographer offers a rousing retrospective of his stellar career. Annenberg Theatre at the Palm Springs Art Museum; tickets and info here.