Dining Out For Life 2016

Dining Out For Life is that one day each year when supporting Desert AIDS Project is as simple as having breakfast, lunch, dinner, a snack, dessert, coffee, a cocktail, or all of the above (is your mouth watering yet?) at your favorite participating business. In addition to many long-time Dining Out For Life supporters, New to the party, Townie Bagels will be donating a very, very generous 110% of the proceeds all day. PHO 533 in the Smoke Tree Shopping Center and Ristretto at The Five Hundred at Palm Canyon and Ramon in Palm Springs, are back and again are giving 100% of their sales from Thursday, April 28 to client services at D.A.P.!

Hoping for a phenomenal year because there will be so many beyond-generous participants like Harold Matzner and Spencer’s Restaurant who are back for a fifth year at 75%. And Tony and Mark have brought back Trio, a perennially top-producer, again at 60%,” LuLu California Bistro — #1 last year – and Zin American Bistro who both do so much for DAP throughout the year, are also back at 50% in Dining Out For Life.

In addition there will be restaurants from outside Palm Springs that will be participating in Dining Out For Life including Catalan’s Mediterranean Restaurant in Rancho Mirage, Firehouse Subs in Palm Desert, and Vicky’s of Santa Fe in Indian Wells to name a few.

To begin planning your dining extravaganza on Thursday, April 28, visit www.diningoutforlife.com and see if your favorite restaurant, coffee shop, bar or other business is participating in Dining Out For Life 2016; with over 50 participating restaurants and counting, you are sure to find your favorite. Some D.A.P. supporters have said that they dine out for all three meals on the last Thursday in April – and often add in coffee and/or a cocktail for good measure – so that they can max-out their contribution to Desert AIDS Project.


Michael Childers One Night Only “Sondheim In Love”

One Night Only is one of the desert’s most anticipated evenings and sells out fast. The star-studded musical production is set for 6:30 pm, Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the McCallum Theatre and benefits Jewish Family Service of the Desert (JFS). The incomparable Lucie Arnaz will direct this year’s production.

The annual production has sold out every year within only a few weeks. Limited sponsorships and VIP tickets (including premier seating and the after theatre cast party) are also available. This year’s theme is “Sondheim In Love” featuring some of legendary composer Stephen Sondheim’s most romantic songs. The all-star cast includes Christine Andreas, Brent Barrett, Liz Callaway, Nancy Dussault, David Engel, Davis Gaines, Jason Graae, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Clint Holmes, Barb Jungr, Millie Martin, Marilyn Maye, Howard McGillin, Julia Murney, Teri Ralston, Lee Roy Reams, James Snyder, and Karen Ziemba, with John McDaniel as music director. All performers donate their time for this one-of-a kind performance.

For over 30 years, JFS of the Desert has provided services throughout the Coachella Valley to those in need, regardless of religion, age, income, ethnicity or life style. JFS services and programs are made possible through the financial support of Jewish Federation of the Desert, Desert Healthcare District, Kaiser Permanente and other grants and the generous support of donors. Most of the nearly 4,000 men, women and children served are from low-income households. They rely on JFS for low cost mental health counseling, crisis intervention and food support. JFS provides isolated, homebound seniors with care, transportation and enrichment activities. JFS also offers counseling and substance abuse education in local elementary schools.

JFS is located in Palm Springs. For information visit www.jfsdesert.org or call 760-325-4088.

General admission tickets are $197 and $77 and are available through the McCallum Theatre Box Office at 760-340-ARTS or online at www.mccallumtheatre.com. Tickets are also available at JFS at 760-325-4088, extension 118.


PS Gay Men’s Chorus presents Fascinatin’ Rhythm

Continuing it’s dynamic spring concert series, The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus (PSGMC) will take you on a foot-stomping, hand-clapping, finger-snapping exploration of the tempo that fills our lives with its production of “Fascinatin’ Rhythm” April 16 & 17.

Drums are part of every culture. Conga and maracas of Latin America; Taos drums and shakers of Native Americans; Taiko drums in Japan; log drums and gourd shakers in Africa and snare drum and bucket drums as part of the American culture. Drums are used in sacred rites, healing by medicine men, accompaniment for joyous dancing and the muffled drum used for military funerals.

“Celebrating the rhythm of life through the use of vocals, dance and percussion, this concert will have a powerful pulse. Through the manipulation of congas, bongos, shakers, rattles and bells, djembes, castanets and tambourines, the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus will explore songs from around the globe utilizing beats and tempos,” said Douglas Wilson, Artistic Director, PSGMC.

The “Fascinatin’ Rhythm” program will include: “Nine Hundred Miles” by Douglas E. Wagner, “Conga Rhythm” recorded by Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, “Rhythm of Life” by Cy Coleman, “Ritmo” words and music by Dan Davison, “We Will Rock You” by lead guitarist Brian May of Queen and “Fascinating Rhythm” by George and Ira Gershwin along with much, much more.

The PSGMC will perform two shows ONLY on Saturday, April 16 at 8:00pm and Sunday, April 17 at 3:00pm. The Jewish Community Center – Temple Isaiah is located at 332 West Alejo Road in Palm Springs.

It is recommended to purchase tickets for “Fascinatin’ Rhythm” in advance for best seat selection. Visit www.PSGMC.com.

The mission of the PSGMC is to be a chorus of gay men, who through musical excellence, community outreach, and civic responsibility, are dedicated to entertaining, inspiring, and educating the culturally diverse community in which we live.

For more information on a variety of ways to support or join the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus, visit www.PSGMC.com.


The Desert Rose Playhouse Presents Salve Regina: A Coming of Gay Story

The Desert Rose Playhouse, the Valley’s LGBT stage company, will present Javier Rivera’s one-man show, Salve Regina: A Coming Of Gay Story, on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8 PM and Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2 PM.

Being born in a tiny island in the Caribbean to an ultra-religious mother and a domineering father is not easy; especially when it’s likely you are a big queen. There are not enough novenas to pray, candles to be lit, or saints to hear your pleas to get you out unscathed. No, in this situation only a miracle will do, or better yet…a holy intervention.

Follow the coming of age story of a young Puerto Rican man as he triumphs and stumbles in his journey to self-discovery aided by the only person who ever understood him…pop superstar Madonna. Salve Regina: A Coming Of Gay Story comes from the heart of Javier Rivera and is directed by Jeremy Ohringer.

“Salve Regina is my way of reaching out to 8 year old me,” playwright and performer Javier Rivera reflects, “and assuring him that things will be all right…which is a feeling I was not familiar with at that age. I was terrified of burning in hell for being gay…not being poetic here, I truly believed I was going to fry. All signs pointed to me not having a very happy ending.

“So I latched on to the music of Madonna, and all of a sudden I felt empowered, in control, and overcome with an overwhelming desire to dance. She DID make my life a happier place to live in— this is the truth. And to those in the audience, I hope you hold on tight to those things that inspire you and bring a smile to your face…and let go of anything that makes you question your worth and place on this planet. Because it does not matter whether you can cut a rug or have two left feet…you can still be the life of the party”.

The Desert Rose Playhouse is a project of Desert Rose Productions, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit corporation. Salve Regina: A Coming Of Gay Story continues Desert Rose Productions’ mission to produce and present literate, relevant and entertaining plays and musicals to LGBT and Gay-Friendly theatregoers in the Coachella Valley.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at www.desertroseplayhouse.org or call 760-202-3000.

Desert Rose Productions, Inc. P.O. Box 2256, Cathedral City, CA 92235 760/532-6075