Kate Clinton and Well-Strung to Headline Center Stage

The 5th annual Center Stage Gala, presented by Eisenhower Medical Center, and headlined by the quick witted comic Kate Clinton and the internationally acclaimed singing string quartet Well-Strung, will take place Friday, November 7, 2014, at the Riviera Palm Springs, announced Mike Thompson, Executive Director of The LGBT Community Center of the Desert.

Well-Strung, the openly gay singing string quartet features classical musicians who sing putting their own spin on the music of Mozart, Vivaldi, Rihanna, Adele, Lady Gaga, and more! Coming off a three-month run of their new show ‘Popssical’ at the Art House in Provincetown, they have played venues such as the Leicester Square Theatre in London, 54 Below in New York, House of Blues in New Orleans, and Feinstein’s in San Francisco.

With a career spanning almost thirty years, Emcee and Host Kate Clinton has worked through economic booms and busts, Disneyfication and Walmartization, gay movements and gay markets, lesbian chic and queer eyes, and eight presidential inaugurals. Kate has performed nationally since 1981 from Joe’s Pub in New York City to the Herbst Theater in San Francisco. She has been featured at comedy festivals including CTBS Comedy Festival in Las Vegas, Just for Laughs in Montreal, the Toyota Comedy Festival in New York, and Marshall’s Women in Comedy Festival.

“We are thrilled to have such incredible talent come and support The Center,” said Thompson. ” “This will be a sold-out event,” it is definitely going to be one of the highlights of the Coachella Valley social season, and a fun kick-off to Palm Springs Pride.”

The support for this line-up and the work of The Center is overwhelming. We are thrilled to have Eisenhower Medical Center return as our Presenting Sponsor. Eisenhower’s commitment to health and wellness is evidenced in their programmatic partnership with The Center, which launches this Fall with new and expanded offerings. They truly provide healthcare as it should be.” The LGBT Community Center offers support for issues including cyber-bullying, teen suicide, and hate crimes. In addition, mental health counseling, social support, health and wellness, and food bank programs are offered.

Martin Massiello, Eisenhower COO, is this year’s Honorary Chair, and Honorary Vice-Chairs are Gary D. Hall, Wells Fargo Senior Vice-President, and David Hood & George Sellers, all of whom are sponsors of the event. Other sponsors as of press time include Randy Lowe, Burke Rix Communications, City of Palm Springs, The NestEggg Group, Grace Helen Spearman Charitable Foundation, Riviera Palm Springs, Streetbar, WBB+McCormack, Reaction Marketing & Promotions, Joe Giarrusso & Charlie Paglia, Desert AIDS Project, O’Kane & McKee LLP, and Ginny Peacock & Michelle Madison-HOM Sotheby’s International Realty. Media Sponsors currently include The Standard Magazine, Gay Desert Guide, Frontiers Media, and Coachella Valley Independent.

Center Stage will begin with a Reception & Silent Auction at 5:30 PM, followed by Dinner and Entertainment at 7 PM, at the Riviera Palm Springs, on Friday, November 7, 2014. For more information or to purchase a ticket, call 760-416-7790 or go to www.thecenterps.org/events/centerstage.



2014 Human Rights Campaign Garden Party

The Orange County/ Long Beach/ Palm Springs Human Rights Campaign Steering Committee and Co-chairs Ossie Saguil, Dr. Kimberly Yang and Brad White invite you to the 2014 HRC Palm Springs Garden Party, this year hosted and emceed by Palm Springs’ own Shann Carr. The event takes place on Saturday November 8 from 2pm – 5pm

The afternoon will include a silent auction, heavy appetizers, open bar and remarks from local and celebrity honorees and HRC President Chad Griffin. We are thrilled to announce this year’s event will be at the 1956 Palm Springs estate of actor William Holden. We express a huge HRC thank you to this year’s hosts Rodrigo Vargas & Erik Storey. The 2014 HRC Advocate For Equality Honorees Mike & Carol Balasa and Doug Hairgrove & Warren “Woody” Wood. These two couples have worked tirelessly in support of members in the LGBT community in the Palm Springs area.

HRC represents a grassroots force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions an America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work, and in the community.



In her first ever Palm Springs performance, nationally renowned P-town sensation Miss Richfield 1981 brings her new show “Play With My Poodle! to Purple Room Restaurant and Stage for two special Palm Springs Pride Weekend shows on Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8.

A beauty pageant titleholder must be single. But that was back in 1981 and Miss Richfield’s clock is ticking.  So she’s on the prowl to find Mr. Right…now!  In her all new show Play With My Poodle!, Miss R joyously looks for a suitable mate and leaves audiences in hysterics with colorful videos, twisted sing-alongs and a healthy heap of audience interaction.

Dedicating her life to the friendly citizens and responsible merchants of her hometown of Richfield Minnesota (“where butter is a spice and gravy is a beverage”), Miss Richfield 1981 is fast becoming one of America’s national treasures. This Midwestern maven is winning over theater audiences around the country with truly original performances with an interactive format that combines homespun warmth and edgy improv to make for side-splitting laughs.

Her live performances have received critical acclaim, with The New York Post declaring Miss Richfield 1981  “the must-see act in Provincetown.” and The Chicago Sun-Times describing Miss Richfield as “Garrison Keillor meets Mary Tyler Moore.” In addition to selling out theaters and nightclubs each year in markets including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Atlanta, South Florida, and Minneapolis. Miss Richfield’s national appeal includes riotous appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “Today” on NBC,  “Cake Boss” on TLC, and, most recently, as a national television spokesperson for Orbitz and Visit Philadelphia.

What makes Miss Richfield unique is the combination of Midwestern sensibilities with an off-the-page humor, stemming from her creator Russ King. As a former journalist and Minnesota native, King created the character with a rich history that begins with her life-long goal of being crowned beauty queen of her first-ring suburb of Minneapolis.

Miss R has recently entered the digital age and purchased a refurbished Apple computer. She invites you to like her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter, and watch her on YouTube. And be sure to visit her at missrichfield.com where she keeps a calendar of events and shares words of wisdom, such as her favorite Bible verse: “It’s important to be nice, but it’s nicer to be important.”