Girl, you know that shit buttons on the right side. Wear it, be it, know it, work it, twerk it, or do absolutely nothing by the pool this weekend at Hands On : Shade, our queer NYC ballroom celebration during Palm Springs Pride at Ace Hotel & Swim Club, with a poolside screening of Paris is Burning, a mini-ball with Kiki from the House of Xtravaganza, and sets by MikeQ, The Miracles Club, Mustache Mondays and Beyondadoubt. It’s Mike’s birthday too, so bring him something nice. Whatever you bring, it best be real. We still have a few rooms available through the weekend — see you by the pool.

Girl, you know that shit buttons on the right side. Wear it, be it, know it, work it, twerk it, or do absolutely nothing by the pool this weekend at Hands On : Shade, our queer NYC ballroom celebration during Palm Springs Pride at Ace Hotel & Swim Club, with a poolside screening of Paris is Burning, a mini-ball with Kiki from the House of Xtravaganza, and sets by MikeQ, The Miracles Club, Mustache Mondays and Beyondadoubt. It’s Mike’s birthday too, so bring him something nice. Whatever you bring, it best be real. We still have a few rooms available through the weekend — see you by the pool.


Our third annual queer arts and music festival at Ace Hotel & Swim Club werks into Palm Springs for LGBTQ Pride November 2-4. This year, Hands On: Shade celebrates underground gay ballroom culture in NYC and all the legendary children and butch queens who’ve made the way for everyone — gay, straight and all — to be themselves and work it hard.
The Miracles Club, MikeQ, Beyondadoubt and Mustache Mondays spin house, vogue, bounce and ballroom all weekend, and Kiki Xtravaganza of The House of Xtravaganza puts on a mini ball by the pool and one in the Amigo Room late night, after a poolside screening of Paris is Burning. We’ll also host the Type Truck so you can slink over with a cocktail in your swimsuit and make some letterpress art, betch. We’ll whip up some easy phrases or you can invent your own for a new generation of realness.
Rooms are on the cheap and we’ll have a bunch of Feel Good Spa specials, free clay face masks by the pool and freshly muddled cocktails. Git.

Our third annual queer arts and music festival at Ace Hotel & Swim Club werks into Palm Springs for LGBTQ Pride November 2-4. This year, Hands On: Shade celebrates underground gay ballroom culture in NYC and all the legendary children and butch queens who’ve made the way for everyone — gay, straight and all — to be themselves and work it hard.

The Miracles Club, MikeQ, Beyondadoubt and Mustache Mondays spin house, vogue, bounce and ballroom all weekend, and Kiki Xtravaganza of The House of Xtravaganza puts on a mini ball by the pool and one in the Amigo Room late night, after a poolside screening of Paris is Burning. We’ll also host the Type Truck so you can slink over with a cocktail in your swimsuit and make some letterpress art, betch. We’ll whip up some easy phrases or you can invent your own for a new generation of realness.

Rooms are on the cheap and we’ll have a bunch of Feel Good Spa specials, free clay face masks by the pool and freshly muddled cocktails. Git.


The Video Mouse captured HANDS ON — our music & arts festival during Palm Springs Pride — with an expert eye.


Jeremy Kost wandered about with his camera one afternoon at HANDS ON to capture hot, sepia shadows.

Jeremy Kost wandered about with his camera one afternoon at HANDS ON to capture hot, sepia shadows.


We wrapped up HANDS ON with Hard French (SF) by the pool with Heineken Light specials, a stint at the parade with the Ace team, Jackie Beat live in the Amigo Room, and Linda's R-Rated Sissy Bingo in King’s Highway. Thanks to everyone who came and celebrated with us in the desert.








Photos by Maicol Chavez

We wrapped up HANDS ON with Hard French (SF) by the pool with Heineken Light specials, a stint at the parade with the Ace team, Jackie Beat live in the Amigo Room, and Linda's R-Rated Sissy Bingo in King’s Highway. Thanks to everyone who came and celebrated with us in the desert.



Photos by Maicol Chavez


Saturday night, Light Asylum took everyone to church and shook the walls of the Amigo Room with dark, hard, danceable freakout. Beyondadoubt laid out her bounce and house tracks with a mix of nu-wave, cold wave and dark wave perfection. CockFight opened up the night with an inexplicably pitch perfect mix of house and rock for our penultimate eve of HANDS ON.








Photos by Maicol Chavez

Saturday night, Light Asylum took everyone to church and shook the walls of the Amigo Room with dark, hard, danceable freakout. Beyondadoubt laid out her bounce and house tracks with a mix of nu-wave, cold wave and dark wave perfection. CockFight opened up the night with an inexplicably pitch perfect mix of house and rock for our penultimate eve of HANDS ON.



Photos by Maicol Chavez


Thursday, Kingdom shook the Amigo Room and Friday night, we screamed along with Paris is Burning in the Commune and danced til our heels busted with Stay Gold, Mustache Mondays, Sean Carnage, Blok and Myles Cooper at HANDS ON at Ace Palm Springs.






Photos by Maicol Chavez

Thursday, Kingdom shook the Amigo Room and Friday night, we screamed along with Paris is Burning in the Commune and danced til our heels busted with Stay Gold, Mustache Mondays, Sean Carnage, Blok and Myles Cooper at HANDS ON at Ace Palm Springs.



Photos by Maicol Chavez


Fun Active Gentlemen Society spun an enchanted vibe by the pool today at Ace Palm Springs at HANDS ON, brought to poolside revelers by our friends at Heineken, Towleroad and LA Weekly. We’re looking forward to an unforgettable show tonight with power duo Light Asylum with bounce master Beyondadoubt and DJs from COCKFIGHT (LA) in the Amigo Room, 9pm til 2am, free in the Amigo Room.










Photos by Maicol Chavez

Fun Active Gentlemen Society spun an enchanted vibe by the pool today at Ace Palm Springs at HANDS ON, brought to poolside revelers by our friends at HeinekenTowleroad and LA Weekly. We’re looking forward to an unforgettable show tonight with power duo Light Asylum with bounce master Beyondadoubt and DJs from COCKFIGHT (LA) in the Amigo Room, 9pm til 2am, free in the Amigo Room.



Photos by Maicol Chavez


INTERVIEW : BEYONDADOUBT

Beyondadoubt, pictured here at The George & Dragon in Shoreditch, London, has an encyclopedic knowledge of genres of music most barely know how to recognize. She’s been creating hybrid tracks of bounce, house, soul and punk for over a decade, playing soul 45s all over the country and her own dance music all over the world. Recently back in the US from a European tour with Beth Ditto, she’s playing tonight at HANDS ON with Light Asylum and DJs from CockFight.

We asked her for a plalist of some of her favorite tracks, below. Come get thanked by your own ass tonight on the dance floor, 10pm til 2am, free to all.

1. Tears Baby by Johnny West - 1962 RnB

I’m really a sucker for any song that mentions the word tears. 

2. No G.D.M. by Gina X - 1979 New Wave

This is always a stand out track. For me it’s at a perfect tempo. I love the lyrics, “you are perfect you are shear if you are a redhead queer.”

3. Poloroid by Ruth  - 1985 New Wave

Cold wave, Dark wave, Synth wave? Not sure which is the correct term, but this song is pretty near perfect with the deadpan vocals, synth lines and horn line. My girlfriend hates the female vocals on this one, but I don’t mind and actually really like the contrast. 

4. Homework by Otis Rush - 1962 RnB

Horns Horns Horns Horns. Ugh so good.

5. Make dat Ass Go by SBP Gunna - 2010 Bounce

An amazing video of New Orleans shakers. Absolutely LOVE that they are all over the construction equipment.

6. Home Depot (Hammertime) by Blaq n Mild - 2009 Bounce

A bounce classic by legends Blaq n Mild. Bounce shakers descend on Home Depot and reek amazing havoc. So fun.



Photo by Christa Holka


BUTT SHOP got off to a bang and Jeremy Kost’s preview of new photographs captivated Wednesday night at our HANDS ON kick-off party, hosted by Mr. Black LA. Ace x Impossible cameras and film are capturing the hearts of many hot cakes and Howie Pyro played an afterparty with Mr. Black in the Amigo Room.





Photos by Maicol Chavez

BUTT SHOP got off to a bang and Jeremy Kost’s preview of new photographs captivated Wednesday night at our HANDS ON kick-off party, hosted by Mr. Black LA. Ace x Impossible cameras and film are capturing the hearts of many hot cakes and Howie Pyro played an afterparty with Mr. Black in the Amigo Room.



Photos by Maicol Chavez


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