Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and the PS Chamber of Commerce
presents Host Town Soiree

Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce presents Host Town Soiree: Vintage Palm Springs Community Dinner and Dance to honor the Special Olympics World Games athletes sponsored by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Palm Springs, a city known for its glitz and glamour, has attracted Hollywood stars for years. On July 23, more stars will be drawn to our city when Special Olympics athletes arrive from all over the globe to spend several days leading up to the big event in Los Angeles.

On Thursday, July 23, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians will sponsor a dinner dance in honor of our amazing athletes. This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come out and meet the 94 local athletes who will participate through the Special Olympics Host Town program.

The dinner will be held at Indian Canyons Golf Resort. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m., with festivities concluding at 9:00 p.m. Admission is $25 per person and all proceeds go to the Special Olympics World Games.

Several local restaurants will be on hand to offer a taste of their menus. There will be music and dancing, a photo booth, and vintage cars compliments of Palm Springs Exotic Motors. This is your final opportunity to meet our athletes and give them a real Palm Springs experience before they leave on Friday, July 24th to compete in the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

The inspiring Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 will take place on Saturday, July 25, 2015 in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the only venue in the world to host two Olympiads (1932 and 1984), two Super Bowls (I and VII) and one World Series (1959). The star-studded show will celebrate the true stars of the Games – the athletes of Special Olympics – with exciting entertainment, the Parade of Athletes and the culmination of the Final Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run and lighting of the Special Olympics cauldron. Broadcast internationally by ESPN, fans around the world will be able to participate in this memorable start to the World Games!

With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games will be the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world in 2015. Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of this amazing event.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit or call 760-325-1577.


The Desert Rose Playhouse Presents Vitamin Q, A Gay Musical Revue

The Desert Rose Playhouse, the Valley’s live stage company serving the LGBT community, will present the premier of a new gay musical revue Vitamin Q by Eric Lane Barnes opening Friday, June 19, 2015 for a six-week run. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2 PM.

Eric Lane Barnes is a Seattle-based composer who has written very popular material for gay men’s and women’s choruses nationwide as well as creating humorous, poignant and stirring music for his own touring group Captain Smartypants for several years. He wrote and composed The Stops, a three-person musical produced successfully last summer at The Desert Rose Playhouse.

Vitamin Q is a new collection of Barnes’s “trunk songs” that take a clever and occasionally moving look at many aspects of gay life. Songs like “I Don’t Like Showtunes!”, “Drama Queen”, “Tomorrow Never Comes”, “The Caffeine Overload Polka”, and a doo-wop salute to unrequited love “I’m Available”, are featured in the revue to be performed by a five-man company directed by DRP Artistic Director Jim Strait and Musical Director Steven Smith. The performers include local favorites Terry Huber, Andrew Knifer and Raul Valenzuela joined by recent New Jersey transplant Jeff Norman and recording artist Emmerzon Hernandez. Mr. Smith is accompanying the performances.

The Desert Rose Playhouse is a project of Desert Rose Productions, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit corporation. Vitamin Q 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 $30 for evening performances; $28 for matinees and go on sale May 23, 2015. To order go online at or call 760-202-3000.