October 2011 Hot Picks

Suggestions to maximize your desert experience.

A 1950 Studebaker Commander convertible


Vintage Vehicles  
Check out a classic Cadillac or examine a De Soto circa 1960 during Casual Concours Palm Springs on Oct. 15. You might even drive away with a 1965 Imperial LeBaron, which will be raffled off during the event courtesy of Great Autos of Yesteryear, the LGBT car club hosting the event. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., an eclectic assortment of more than 150 exotic and classic automobiles will blanket the green grounds of Indian Canyons Golf Resort. For only $10, auto aficionados will fawn over automobiles built during the 1920s through the 1990s. Past shows featured rare vehicles in pristine condition, including a 1926 Studebaker Duplex Phaeton and a 1940 Packard Darrin Custom Super One-Eighty Victoria Convertible worth around $750,000.

Indian Canyons Golf Resort, 1097 E. Murray Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92264

Great Autos of Yesteryear is the largest gay and lesbian car club on the West Coast with more than 1,000 members representing over 3,000 cars. This marks the third year the Los Angeles-based organization will hold the annual exhibition in Palm Springs. “We have members all over Southern California, including a huge number of members in the Palm Springs area,” says club president Sanford Doi.

The event benefits Desert Outreach Foundation, Desert AIDS Project, and the Golden Rainbow Center. Visit www.greatautos.org for more information.

Slivers of Rivers
Joan Rivers exemplifies the “c” word: chutzpah. She also embodies class, confidence, and comedy. On Oct. 23, the incomparable Rivers performs her uncensored, uninhibited stand-up routine at 7 p.m. for one night only at Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa (49500 Seminole Dr., Cabazon).

Visit www.morongocasinoresort.com or call 1-800-252-4499 for tickets  and information.

Dynamic Duo
Diminutive dynamo Leslie Jordan (Sordid Lives, The Help, Will & Grace) and riotous drag queen Varla Jean Merman take the Annenberg Theater stage on Oct. 7-8, blending bits of Brother Boy with the frenetic genius of Ethel Merman and Ernest Borgnine’s love child. Show time for both days is 7 p.m. Annenberg Theater is located at Palm Springs Art Museum (101 Museum Dr., Palm Springs).

Call 1-760-325-4490 or visit www.psmuseum.org for tickets and information.

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