2nd Annual International Bear Convergence PS

Palm Springs is the host to the second Annual International Bear Convergence; President’s Day weekend Feb 12-16. Held at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, this event is expected to be bigger than last year with pool parties, excursions and night dances. The main event for the weekend is Saturday Night’s Retro Dance and Concert featuring a duel concert with Ultra Nate and Amber on the main stage and a surprise performer afterwards. This event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased at the door. Doors open at 9:30 PM.

Seven Dj’s will spin throughout the weekend event, local boy Chub Jim, Roke Cabrera from Spain, Sean Mac from Atlanta, Doug Jackson from Ft Lauderdale and John Lepage from San Francisco for the Leather Ball on Sunday Night.

The event’s host and producer, Steve Harris is expecting 3000 attendees this year from around the world.  Restaurants and hotels around Palm Springs have welcomed and sponsored this event knowing the economical impact to the tourist dollar.  Harris is hoping the pubic embraces the event again and participates in the Saturday Night Concert.

“The bear community is growing and changing all at the same time. It has become more inclusive as younger gay men who want to be involved with people who are ‘comfortable’ in their skin,” explains Harris, “This event is very proud to welcome everyone, every race, color, creed, and waist size, as we just want the weekend to be memorable. It’s all about making new friends, meeting old ones and wanting to come back to ‘converge’ on Palm Springs once again.”

“We want our guests to come with an open mind and open expectations,” says Harris. “Bears are a very friendly crowd, this is definitely a convergence … it’s not a circuit party, it’s a weekend of celebration!”

For a full schedule of events and more details on the International Bear Convergence, check out its web site www.ibc-ps.com

Hollywood’s Biggest Night benefitting AAP at Trio Restaurant

In celebration of the 87th annual Academy Awards, Trio

Restaurant in Palm Springs will host the sixth annual “Hollywood’s Biggest Night” to benefit AIDS Assistance Program (AAP) at 4:30 pm on Sunday, February 22, 2015. The glittering evening will include signature ‘orange’ carpet arrivals featuring a group of paparazzo, and a special greeting from dynamic hostess and local celebrity, Bella da Ball.

The Oscars® pre-show and awards presentations will be viewed on special screens throughout Trio’s bar and restaurant areas.

“Year after year, this continues to be a magical evening of dining, drinks, and the greatest awards show on earth,” says Tony Marchese, co-owner of Trio. “Starting with the walk down the orange carpet and the flashbulbs going off as guests arrive, the energy in the room is electric and the excitement builds as we wait with anticipation for each winner to be announced. Everyone has such a wonderful time, and every year is more entertaining than the last.”

“Trio is the best place in the Valley to experience the magic and excitement of Oscar night,” says Mark Anton, CEO/Executive Director of AIDS Assistance Program. “Their exceptional staff makes everyone feel like an A-list celebrity, and we are extremely grateful that AAP is once again the beneficiary of this entertaining and highly anticipated event.”

Tickets for Hollywood’s Biggest Night start at $125 per person for bar seating, $150 for general seating, and $175 for VIP/premium seating, which includes a prix-fixe dinner, well drinks, wine, and champagne. Tickets should be purchased in advance at aidsassistance.org or by calling AAP at 760/325-8481.


Creative Change Conferences to Host the 7th Annual “It Happens to Boys” Conference

Creative Change Conferences, a non-profit corporation dedicated to bringing quality educational workshops and conferences to the Coachella Valley and beyond, is hosting The 7th Annual ‘It Happens to Boys’ Conference on Friday and Saturday, March 6-7, 2015 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, each day.

The conference will focus on the impact of abuse and trauma on survivors, and will take place at The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower Medical Center, located at 39-000 Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage. Proceeds from Creative Change Conferences provide need-based scholarships for deserving desert-area students, and the organization will select one local student (TBA) to receive this award at the March conference.

“We have spent the last six years encouraging men who have been abused to come forward, speak up about what happened, and begin their healing process,” says Carol Teitelbaum, the Founder of Creative Change Conferences and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. “There is so much joy to be found in recovery. We want to help these men take the next steps in their healing so that they can begin to enjoy their lives and cultivate more positive relationships with their children, healthier sexual relationships, and teach them to be less intimidated when seeking guidance from experts in the healthcare field.”

Space is limited, and RSVP is strongly encouraged. The cost of the conference is $250, which includes lunch on both days. Discounts are available for tables of eight or more, and continuing education hours are available for area nurses, therapists, and addiction professionals. For more information and to register, call 760-346-4606 or visit www.creativechangeconferences.com


Opera Arts Presents: The 3rd Annual When I Rise Gala

On Sunday February 15 2015, at The Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs, Opera Arts will honor gold medal Olympic diver Greg Louganis at the third annual When I Rise Gala.

When I Rise was created to recognize individuals who have overcome obstacles in life and have risen against those odds to become an outstanding human being. We find such individuals in the arts, in sports , entertainment and in so many other walks of life. This person is someone who has exemplified and embodied the true human spirit and has forged a path that others recognize as a noble endeavor.

Considered the greatest diver of all time, Greg Louganis won gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic games on both the springboard and platform. He is the only male and the second diver in Olympic history to sweep the diving events in consecutive Olympic games. Even more impressive when considering the fact that he was the favorite to win both events in 1980, but due to the United States boycott of the Olympics, he was unable to compete.

Louganis won an unprecedented 47 national tiles during his career, in addition to three NCAA titles, five world championships and, six Pan American Games gold medals. During a period spanning from 1982 to 1988, he won four world championships, four Pan American gold medals, and four Olympic gold medals. He was the first diver to receive perfect 10’s on a dive in international competition when he did so at the 1982 World Championships.

In one of the most extraordinary athletic feats in history, Louganis hit his head on the board in the preliminaries of the springboard event at the 1988 Olympic games. He recovered sufficiently to qualify for the finals and after receiving several stitches following the preliminary round, won his second Olympic springboard gold medal.

Over the years, he has gained wisdom from managing life’s highest highs and lowest lows. He is a skilled inspirational and motivational speaker.  His keynote addresses have been well received at professional, educational and athletic events the world over.

Currently, Greg is a mentor for the US Olympic diving team, a judge for the Red Bull Cliff Diving Tour, a dog agility expert, and a motivational speaker. He is the subject of a feature-length critically acclaimed documentary film, Back on Board, which was featured at this year’s Palm Springs International Film Festival.

For more info and to purchase tickets please visit www.operaartspalmsprings.org or call 760-323-8353