May Events: Celebrate Moms And Modernism In Palm Springs
May The Force Be With You — Star Wars
There’s a lot to do in the merry, merry month of May, so I’ll shut up so we can get on our merry, merry way:
Mother’s Day — May 8
Melvyn’s — Special menu for Mom
Le Vallauris — Brunch in a gorgeous setting
849 — Beautiful space, good food
Labor Pains — A musical Mother’s Day brunch, at PS Underground
Lulu — Another special menu for a special lady
Farm — Take Mom to the south of France in Palm Springs. Downside: no reservations
L’Atelier Cafe — The cutest little cafe serving delicious quiche, pastries, coffee, champagne, and more
Modernism Week, May Jewelry Event — “You’ll love this Mother’s Day weekend spectacular of jewelry and fiber art! The variety of color, texture, and design from our featured artists is truly dazzling.” The first glimpse is Friday, May 6th, from 5 to 7 p.m. at 550 N. Palm Canyon Dr. (refreshments served). The showcase is also open Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Clothing-optional pool party at Tuscany Manor
Annual Memorial Day Air Fair and Flower Drop, May 30. The Palm Springs Air Museum says: “This is a very special day … our brief memorial service is dedicated to all of our fallen comrades, who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. In their honor, we highlight the service with a fly-by and flower drop of over 3,000 red and white carnations from a B-25 Mitchell bomber. This most impressive ceremony is our way of saluting our fallen comrades. Visitors are welcome to pick up a flower to take home.” Admission from $17.50 to $19.50.
Modernism Week — May. A very paired down Modernism event, but their offerings look pretty amazing. It’s the first time they’ve done this, so check it out, and act quick. The parties always sell out fast.
May 4: Rock The Park, featuring a Tina Turner Tribute. Downtown Park Palm Springs.
May 11 – 15: Oasis Music Festival. There are many locations for this event, with many different musical artists. Too many to list here. Check it. They’re going to try to do it every year.
May 29: AsiaSF Palm Springs/The Sonoran Ceremony Pool Party. Music by DJ Edward Frame and DJ Ryan Kenney. Hosted by Epiphany Mattel. Special performance by the Ladies of AsiaSF. Noon to 7 p.m.
May 29: UNITY. Music by DJ Twisted Dee. Special performance by Gia Banks of Haus of Tischi. 10 p.m. to LATE.
The above two events are sponsored by LYMI (Love You Mean It) Productions. AsiaSF is located in an event space known as The Sonoran. You guys, it’s gorgeous. I went to the opening of AsiaSF and the party was poolside. There were fire pits, seating, and built-in food stations, and even with more than 100 of us in the space, it still wasn’t crowded. And the mountains are right there. It’s especially stunning at twilight.
May 20 and 21: Rare Books. More than 40 antiquarian booksellers from across the country will share their love of books, fine prints, maps, ephemera, photography, and more. $25. Hotel ZOSO.
The Annenberg Theater at Palm Springs Art Museum: Check out their calendar for some great jazz and dance.
Plunge 2: Leather Order of the Desert at Canyon Club, clothing optional men’s resort.
The Alibi — This will get you to their ticketed and free shows. This link is for shows not listed on their calendar.
PS Underground — Just as cool as it sounds.
The Purple Room — Rat Pack vibe and interior design, with a new whiskey bar. Live entertainment Tuesday through Sunday. The year the ticketed events seem to be a broader spectrum of players. They’re all excellent, and of course, say it with me: The Judy Show is my favorite show in town.
Oscar’s — Well-known inclusive club with LGBTQ+ entertainers and allies. They’re really stepping up their entertainment with some incredible international acts.
Toucan’s Tiki Lounge and Cabaret — Hosts the longest running drag show in Palm Springs, and much much more.
PS Air — It’s a speakeasy inside a wine shop that looks like the interior of an airplane. The entertainment is fun, and the food is good!
Into The Woods at Palm Canyon Theater
Mid-Century Moderns The Musical at Desert Rose Playhouse
Palm Springs Historical Society Tours — So many tours! I want to do them all. Except the ones on a bike. (I don’t do bikes.)
Vintage Market – May 1 ONLY. (First Sunday of every month)
For a list of all of their events and tickets, go here. There’s a lot of great music and shows to see.
Of Special Note: Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival
Sun-Dazed Drag Brunch poolside at The Sonoran, presented by AsiaSF and Heklina. Sundays.
Illusions Drag Show Brunch and Illusions Drag Show Dinner at Pete’s Hideaway
Cascade Lounge at Agua Caliente Casino
Latin Nights on Sundays
Mimosas, Martinis & Music hosted by Don Wardell on Mondays
Desert Blues Revival on Wednesdays
Jazzville on Thursdays
Caliente Comedy on Fridays
Thursdays, free admission at Palm Springs Art Museum (from 5 to 7 p.m.) and Village Fest (6 to 10 p.m.)
MOGO Silent Disco Tour — Fridays and Saturdays, put on your headphones and dance down the streets of Palm Springs listening to specially curated songs as you tour some of our more famous spots.
Kitties! Opening in June, Frisky Business (at Gene Autry and E. Palm Canyon) is where you can go to snuggle a kitty for an hour and help the owner’s rescue efforts. They’re partnered with the Palm Springs Animal Shelter and will offer services (TBA), merchandise, and events in a fun, unique, relaxed environment for both cats and people.
Masks are off, sunscreen is on, and see you in June!