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palm springs


Festivus! Happy Boxing Day! Happy New Year! Whether you celebrate one, some or all of


H — The25th


these, or some other special ones (including World AIDS Day, Giving Tuesday, National Ding-A-Ling Day and National Ugly Sweater Day), there is plenty to do this month in the Coachella Valley as the year comes to a close.


annual holiday wreath auction is


Monday, December 2 at Eight4Nine Restaurant, benefitting Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter and the LGBT Community Center of the Desert. More than 50 holiday wreaths will be auctioned off. Guests are invited to wear their ugly holiday sweaters. eight4nine.com — Modern Men, the Coachella Valley Men’s Chorus


holiday concertThe Gift of Love isFriday, Decem- ber 6 through Sunday, December 8 at Palm Springs Cultural Center. Dr. Stan Hill is the artistic director. modernmen.org —Cookies, Cocktails and Crazy Sweaters event


runsMondaysthrough December 23 in Cathedral City. Every Monday there is an ugly sweater contest, hosted by Angelique VaGorgeous, winner of the Cat City Drag Race. Dates and locations include December 2, The Barracks; December 9, Studio One11; December 16, Runway; and December 23 finals at AMP. discovercathedralcity.com —Christmas Tree Lane, presented by ACT


for Multiple Sclerosis, isTuesday, December 3 at Riviera Hotel Palm Springs. Enjoy designer- decorated theme trees and holiday boutique, as well as entertainment by Bill Marx, Jimi “Fitz” Fitzgerald and Denny Pezzin with special guest appearance by Roberta Linn. actforms.org —Barbara Eden of “I Dream of Jeannie” fame appearsTuesday, December 3 at Oscar’s Palm Springs. oscarscabaret.com —Paws ‘n’ Claus, a winter social with your


four-legged friends, isWednesday, December 4 at Eight4Nine Restaurant. Attendees are encouraged to bring pet food to stock the pantry at the Com- munity Food Bank of the LGBT Community Center of the Desert. thecenterps.org —McCallum Theatre’s annual gala takes place


onThursday, December 5 and features Grammy Award-winning artist Seal.mccallumtheatre.com


appy holidays! Season’s greet- ings! Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa! Feliz Navidad! Happy winter! Happy


by bella da ball


— TheGardens on El Paseo andPalm Desert


First Weekend celebrate the season with a rockin’ holiday tribute concert to the king, starring Scot Bruce, onFriday, December 6. Snowfall shows and sounds of carolers will take place on the center lawn in front of Saks. AlsoDecember 7, 13, 20 and 21. On Saturday, December 14, the fun ofPaws ‘N Claus benefits the Bianca Rae Foundation, photo your canine pal with Santa.thegardensonelpaseo.com — EnjoySax for Christmas with three of the


hottest sax players in contemporary jazz, Michael Paulo, Jessy J and Paul Taylor onFriday, December 6


and producer currently working on the seriesBob’s Burgers, will get his star onFriday, December 20 at 144 South Palm Canyon.walkofthestars.com — The annual City of Palm SpringsFestival


of Lights ParadeisSaturday, December 7 in downtown at 5:45 p.m. Mary Hart is the celebrity grand marshal. Mikalah Gordon, Channel Q radio personality, is the LGBTQ community grand marshal. Twinkling lights on every entry, marching bands, floats, Santa and more will bring thousands to the city streets from Ramon north to Tamarisk Road. Bring blankets, chairs, holiday decorations and your wintery/holiday attire for the cool evening. psfestivaloflights.com — The 28th


annualTamale Festival (ranked in the


Top 10 All-American Food Festivals by Food Network TV) isDecember 7 and 8 in Old Town Indio. Six stages of live entertainment, tamale eating contest, carnival, farmers market, food trucks are among the choices. Free admission, parking and shuttle service. tamalefestival.net — Scot Bruce is Elvis: Home for The Holidayson


Saturday, December 7 at Michael Holmes’ Purple Room Supper Club. He’ll sing, strum a guitar and swivel his hips. purpleroompalmsprings.com — The 10th


annualAnimal Samaritan’s Men of


at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort as part of the Grooves at The Westin. groovesatthewestin.com —WildLights, a spectacular display of more than


1 million holiday lights, is at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens for12 nights in December. For dates and details, check out the website.livingdesert.org The City of Palm SpringsHoliday Tree Lightingis


Friday, December 6 at Frances Stevens Park. Festivi- ties kick off with caroling, holiday craft stations and story time with Santa. Mary Hart, entertainment journalist, television icon, and long-time mistress of ceremonies at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, along with City Council members will preside over the lighting of the 22-foot holiday tree. Cookies and hot cocoa will be available. —Mary Hart will receive a star on the Palm


Springs Walk of Stars onSaturday, December 7 at 155 South Palm Canyon near the Sonny Bono statue in front of Plaza Mercado at 3 p.m. just before the parade (details below).Jon Schroeder, originally from Palm Springs and now a Hollywood writer


the Desert Fashion Show and luncheon isSunday, December 8 at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort. This afternoon of dudes, dogs and designer fashions benefits the animal rescue program.animalsamari- tans.org — TheCalifornia Desert Choraleholiday concert


LetThere Be Peace isSunday, December 8,Wednes- day, December 11, andSunday, December 15 at Indian Wells Theater, CSU San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus. Tim Bruneau is the artist director. Bruce Mangum is the principal accompanist. californiadesertchorale.org — A fundraiser forSave Oswit Canyon is


Tuesday, December 10 at PS Underground. Special performances by Lucie Arnaz, Larry Luckinbill, The Gand Band and Brian Way (of Paul McCartney Band). psunderground.com —A Holiday Christmas Show features Jessica


Taylor of the Platters, Broadway star Leslie Tinnaro, Freddie Pool, Patrice Morris of The Fifth Dimension, Marcia Harp of the Follies, Devorah Herberg of LA Opera, Bonnie Gilgallon, Terry Lawrence, Kristi King, Kitty Murray, Wendy Douglas and Les Michaels. It’s at the Mary Pickford Theatre in Cathedral City on Wednesday, December 11.bettekingproductions.com


photo courtesy bella da ball 20 RAGE monthly | December 2019 continues on page 22


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