Experience the music of Broadway as never before when Desert Rose Productions presents “Dirty Little Showtunes!” this weekend at The Commissary.
Planned as a building fundraiser for a playhouse to present LGBT and gay-positive productions, the show combines familiar theater music with parodist Tom Orr’s sassy and sexy lyrics.
The music provides a glimpse at gay life with songs such as “I Am the Very Model of A Modern Homosexual,” “Gay, Gray & Glorious” and “Show Queens.” There also will be parodies of “Wicked,” “The Producers” and “Gray Gardens.”
Tickets are $25 each and available at (760) 202-3000 and The Commissary box office, 69-620 Highway 111 in Rancho Mirage.
The show opens at 8 p.m. July 21. See additional dates and info at www.desertroseplayhouse.org
SAN DIEGO PRIDE
What a difference a year makes.
Gay military personnel who plan to march July 21 in the San Diego LGBT Pride parade will be allowed to wear their uniforms. Several news agencies are reporting the Pentagon granted permission to participants. The decision comes 12 months after LGBT servicemen and women were told they couldn’t dress in uniform during the annual event.
Since then, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has been repealed, and some believe lifting the ban on gay recruits serving openly has everything to do with the U.S. government’s more accepting attitude about the parade.
Deemed “America’s Pride,” the 38th annual San Diego LGBT Pride Festival and parade get under way today (July 20) and continue through Sunday. It’s expected to be a weekend jampacked with activities.
Other notables appearing in the parade, which begins at 11 a.m. at University Avenue and Normal Street, include entertainer Sandra Bernhard as grand marshal. The actress and satirist is known for recurring roles on “Will & Grace,” “Roseanne” and “The Larry Sanders Show,” among others. Bernhard is scheduled to perform July 21 on the festival’s main stage.
Other highlights include performances by Natasha Bedingfield, Danny Xtreme and Frankie Negron; recognition of numerous community members with awards; and a block party from 7 to 11 p.m. today at the corner of University and Normal.