INTERVIEW : LINDA GERARD & DJ DAY

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To many, Linda Gerard needs no introduction. She has a cult following of devoted fans who journey to sunny Ace in Palm Springs to catch a glimpse and an earful of this self-described — Older, Wiser Lesbian. She’s everyone’s femme idol, the apple of our eye and one of our favorite human beings. She’s also a ridiculously talented woman with many an industry notch on her belt. That she’s decided to settle down with us in the desert, hosting Sissy Bingo every week and otherwise wowing those in the know as well as virgin ears and eyes, makes us incredibly blessed. Linda’s voice carries the oceanic vibrations of every great Broadway star before her, and she lets it ricochet ‘gainst the walls of King’s Highway when the mood is right. Her penchant for show-stopping eyewear and envy-inducing collection of let-your-light-shine sweaters and blazers leave us swooning.

We recently released a vinyl-only limited edition of Linda’s greatest hits, Fabulous Selections on our shop, and for our mutual dear friend DJ Day — another Palm Spring legend — we also present his first album, Land of 1000 Chances, on the shop. Day and Linda sat down recently to thumb through a bit of Linda’s life story — the stuff of big dreams, massive love, brave independence and a woman from whom we all have a lot to learn — entrusted to a confidante half her age but who’s definitely dancing to a similar drummer.

Find below the first of three chapters — you’ll see more in the weeks to come. And check out Linda’s and Day’s albums on our shop.

Let’s start from the beginning.

I was born in Trenton, New Jersey, in 1938, to a very orthodox Jewish family. Kept kosher, did the whole bit. I was always a performer. I always got up in front of people and sang. So, when I was old enough to get on the train my parents would let me go by myself to study in New York. I studied singing, dancing, acting, elocution and all that stuff. My parents wanted me to go to private school, but I said, “No, no, no. I don’t want to go to private school.”

I went to Trenton High School and I was in all the plays and the musicals and that was fun. Then when it was time to go to college and my parents wanted me to go I said, “I want to be in show business, but I’ll go to college if I can go to New York City.” There was a college in New York City called Finch, and it was on 78th Street between Park and Madison. I knew that if I got in I could sing on the weekends because that’s what I wanted to do. I got into Finch and on weekends I sang at 1 Fifth Avenue. I was always singing. I didn’t get great grades but I didn’t care. My parents cared, but I didn’t care. So the following year I didn’t want to go back. I said to parents, “Let me audition for the American Theatre Wing,” which was a very good school, for musical comedy.

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Straight out of Knoxville, Tennessee, The Ace Hotel x Alpha Industries Fishtail Parka is made with love and the knowhow that comes from a long history of manufacturing military flight jackets. Today is the last day to win one courtesy of our friends at Alpha.

Straight out of Knoxville, Tennessee, The Ace Hotel x Alpha Industries Fishtail Parka is made with love and the knowhow that comes from a long history of manufacturing military flight jackets. Today is the last day to win one courtesy of our friends at Alpha.


The Ace Hotel x Alpha Industries Waterproof Fishtail Parka — up now on our shop and on the handsome shoulders of our New York bellmen — is designed to breathe easy even while it keeps you warm and dry, based on the classic US Army M-65 Fishtail parka. The nylon shell is seam-sealed with an adjustable hood and waist for easy layering options in all wet weather conditions. The classic fishtail bottom can be snapped up. Soldiers of the olden days used to wrap the tails around their upper legs for freedom of movement and an additional waterproof surface. You can too if you want to.

The Ace Hotel x Alpha Industries Waterproof Fishtail Parka — up now on our shop and on the handsome shoulders of our New York bellmen — is designed to breathe easy even while it keeps you warm and dry, based on the classic US Army M-65 Fishtail parka. The nylon shell is seam-sealed with an adjustable hood and waist for easy layering options in all wet weather conditions. The classic fishtail bottom can be snapped up. Soldiers of the olden days used to wrap the tails around their upper legs for freedom of movement and an additional waterproof surface. You can too if you want to.

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Our new Palm Springs Kids’ Pullover Robe is a shout-out to all of our pint-sized people worldwide — who couldn’t use a head start on a lifetime of laid-back loungeability? It’s made from soft cotton flannel, and sports the familiar Ace Palm Springs Moroccan black stripes design with an oversized hood and knotted cord toggles. Sportier than the full-length version, this robe is suitable for playtime or arts and crafts in flannel-ly comfort. Grab it on our online shop, and check out all of our stuff for kids.

Our new Palm Springs Kids’ Pullover Robe is a shout-out to all of our pint-sized people worldwide — who couldn’t use a head start on a lifetime of laid-back loungeability? It’s made from soft cotton flannel, and sports the familiar Ace Palm Springs Moroccan black stripes design with an oversized hood and knotted cord toggles. Sportier than the full-length version, this robe is suitable for playtime or arts and crafts in flannel-ly comfort. Grab it on our online shop, and check out all of our stuff for kids.


Dear mother nature. We really love you — it’s an unabashed, corny kind of love. We are in it for life. And we know that, as a species, we’ve been and continue to be a dense band of jackasses regarding your health. We ask, however, that you might take it a little easy on fair Gotham for a bit. They’ve taken a harsh blow. They walk everywhere and ride the train more than any other city in the nation — they really are trying. For now, we’ve made a poster, postcard and tote bag to help out. 100% of proceeds go to New York Cares to aid them in their Hurricane Sandy relief efforts — because it’s really one borough and we’re all in this together. Tally ho!

Dear mother nature. We really love you — it’s an unabashed, corny kind of love. We are in it for life. And we know that, as a species, we’ve been and continue to be a dense band of jackasses regarding your health. We ask, however, that you might take it a little easy on fair Gotham for a bit. They’ve taken a harsh blow. They walk everywhere and ride the train more than any other city in the nation — they really are trying. For now, we’ve made a poster, postcard and tote bag to help out. 100% of proceeds go to New York Cares to aid them in their Hurricane Sandy relief efforts — because it’s really one borough and we’re all in this together. Tally ho!


This is the Ace Hotel Bandana. You can tie it around your head or make a bindle with it and head off into the yonder. You can even use it to express something in your own personal hanky code, as long as what you want to say is symbolized by navy with white stripes.

This is the Ace Hotel Bandana. You can tie it around your head or make a bindle with it and head off into the yonder. You can even use it to express something in your own personal hanky code, as long as what you want to say is symbolized by navy with white stripes.


We made some custom gift wrapping for the shop using vintage periodicals and ephemera and some hand-screened striped kraft paper — get it free on order over $150 today with code GIFTSHOP and mark it for overnight shipping by 4pm PST to get it by Xmas.

We made some custom gift wrapping for the shop using vintage periodicals and ephemera and some hand-screened striped kraft paper — get it free on order over $150 today with code GIFTSHOP and mark it for overnight shipping by 4pm PST to get it by Xmas.


Now may be a good time to embrace any dormant or robust strains of agoraphobia in you and your loved ones. Hold each other close, and do it in a nice robe. Our Ace Palm Springs Long Robe and Pullover Robe are available for last minute and fashionably late elves looking for a good gift for just about anyone. Order on our shop with overnight delivery by 4pm PST today and it’ll get there in time. In other words, it will hurry up and get there fast so the recipient can lay around in it as soon as possible.

Now may be a good time to embrace any dormant or robust strains of agoraphobia in you and your loved ones. Hold each other close, and do it in a nice robe. Our Ace Palm Springs Long Robe and Pullover Robe are available for last minute and fashionably late elves looking for a good gift for just about anyone. Order on our shop with overnight delivery by 4pm PST today and it’ll get there in time. In other words, it will hurry up and get there fast so the recipient can lay around in it as soon as possible.


Rudy’s are good people. They’re our neighbor in Manhattan and Seattle (and elsewhere) and now they have a new outpost in Williamsburg — a mercantile for which 100% of profits are going to support Waves for Water's Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Stop by for a haircut, some Stumptown Coffee and good, upstanding holiday gifts for your loved ones and yourself. If you’re staying with us at Ace, flash your room key for 10% off everything in the shop.









All snapshots from Rudy’s Facebook page.

Rudy’s are good people. They’re our neighbor in Manhattan and Seattle (and elsewhere) and now they have a new outpost in Williamsburg — a mercantile for which 100% of profits are going to support Waves for Water's Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Stop by for a haircut, some Stumptown Coffee and good, upstanding holiday gifts for your loved ones and yourself. If you’re staying with us at Ace, flash your room key for 10% off everything in the shop.

All snapshots from Rudy’s Facebook page.


Linda Gerard: Fabulous Selections is a retrospective album by one of our favorite human beings on earth — now up on our online shop. You may know Linda as the singing hostess of Sissy Bingo at our Palm Springs roadside diner, King’s Highway. She’s the kind of person who inspires awe by the sheer magnitude of her persona and still makes you feel right at home. We’ve compiled an eclectic mix of show-stoppers from her original debut and some 45s and pressed them on vinyl. From the strangely catchy funk of See the Cheetah to her soaring empowerment anthem A Woman Starting Out All Over Again to the Broadway rager I’ll Always Be Your Friend, Fabulous Selections is pure unforgettable Linda, just like you know and love her. When you get an LP, it comes with code for one digital download. First thirty copies of this beauty are signed by Linda Gerard herself…

Linda Gerard: Fabulous Selections is a retrospective album by one of our favorite human beings on earth — now up on our online shop. You may know Linda as the singing hostess of Sissy Bingo at our Palm Springs roadside diner, King’s Highway. She’s the kind of person who inspires awe by the sheer magnitude of her persona and still makes you feel right at home. We’ve compiled an eclectic mix of show-stoppers from her original debut and some 45s and pressed them on vinyl. From the strangely catchy funk of See the Cheetah to her soaring empowerment anthem A Woman Starting Out All Over Again to the Broadway rager I’ll Always Be Your Friend, Fabulous Selections is pure unforgettable Linda, just like you know and love her. When you get an LP, it comes with code for one digital download. First thirty copies of this beauty are signed by Linda Gerard herself…

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