The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) remains the nation’s largest LGBTQ advocacy organization with more than 2 million members. Locally, significant reminders of the importance of human rights are clearly visible, such as the annual HRC Palm Springs Garden Party. This edition marks the 18th year for the elaborate event (Nov. 4), and it celebrates local agents of change with The Advocate
Mike Tyson was once “the baddest man on the planet” and the youngest boxer to hold all three heavyweight titles. But nearly a decade ago, an emotional turn inward seemed to unleash a new kind of beast — one brave enough to get up on stage and actually poke fun of himself. The result has fueled a surprisingly robust second
Ariana Savalas is a provocative chanteuse. She went from one-time jazz singer inspired by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Julie London to one of the most sought-after cabaret performers whose burlesque and vaudeville showmanship never fails to generate buzz. An ongoing collaboration with Post Modern Jukebox, the hip outpost founded by Scott Bradlee that spins popular modern music into
“The 24-hour job that I happen to like very much — my business life and my social life — is all mixed together. People wait so long to have ‘the moment.’ And I am having the moments right now.” So muses Allan Carr in the The Fabulous Allan Carr, which closes Cinema Diverse, Palm Springs’ LGBTQ Film Festival on Sept.
Buddy Rich was a genius percussionist, not to mention a prolific philanthropist with strong ties to Palm Springs. There were so many facets to the legendary drummer, in fact, that his daughter, Cathy Rich, has devoted much of her life honoring her late father, who died in 1987. But this year, she pulled out all the stops. Because 2017 marks
Female role models blossomed in the 1970s and, to be sure, Lindsay Wagner was at the forefront of it all. As The Bionic Woman, a TV spin-off from the testosterone-infused The Six Million Dollar Man, Wagner garnered an Emmy for her soulful portrayal of Jaime Sommers, an Oaji, California, school teacher, who becomes a fierce government ally when she is
Politically women may still be waiting for that figurative glass ceiling to shatter, according to entertainer Lynda Carter, but no matter how you spin it, the world cannot escape the lasso of truth that is female empowerment. “We are so much more than just ‘the woman’,” Carter says. The longtime chanteuse, who carved out a successful singing career before, during,
Lynda Carter, Stan Lee, Lindsay Wagner and The Walking Dead’s Khary Payton. These celebrated pop culture figures may be in the spotlight at Comic Con Palm Springs this year, but it’s Christopher Spellman, the event’s founder/executive producer who continues to generate ample applause. It’s no easy feat launching a major Comic Con event — anywhere — for the first time.
Sports titans John Madden and Charles Barkley have so much in common with Presidents Trump, Clinton, and Bush. They all share precious real estate in the creative and adventurous mind of master impressionist and comedian Frank Caliendo. Of course, Al Pacino, Robin Williams, the entire cast of Seinfeld, and a bold mix of various sports commentators and figures have been
Twenty-five years ago, writer-comedian Beth Lapides launched UnCabaret in Los Angeles, an inventive outing for comics near and far. But something profound happened along the way. Over time, as the likes of Jon Stewart, Sarah Silverman, Alec Mapa, Roseanne Barr, Sandra Bernhard, Carrie Fisher and Bill Maher, to note a few, hit the stage, the endeavor managed to reclaim comedy as