It may well be the most famous gay bash in the world, and it’s not too late to book a quick trip to Palm Springs for the White Party, which is this weekend and features Robyn, who was recently in Dallas. But if you can’t make it there, you can at least enjoy a bit of Palm Springs here at the same time. On Monday,  Palm Springs is once again hosting its Summer Splash Cocktail Challenge, looking for the best bartender in the country. The winner in Dallas goes on to the desert ogaysis on June 2 to match mixology skills with other finalists from around the country. I was a judge at last year’s event, pictured above, and will be back again — trust me, it’s a blast. It takes place at the Round-Up Saloon on April 11, starting at 8 p.m.

Texas has its own AIDS fundraisers, but with Shreveport-Bossier City such a close drive, and the Pink Party such a hoot, it’s definitely worth a weekend trip, The huge event, benefiting Easter Seals and the Philadelphia Center (Northwest Louisiana’s version of the Resource Center)  is the largest annual event organized by the area’s gay and lesbian community. It starts with dinner on Thursday, May 12 and a pre-party fete on May 13, but the main event — more than 1,200 strong — takes place Saturday, May 14 … and costs only $10. For more information, visit

The Royal Palms, a 62-room hotel in Fort Lauderdale that bills itself as North America’s largest luxury gay resort, reopens this month after a huge renovation. Rooms starts at $159.

— Arnold Wayne Jones

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 8, 2011.