Stay Gold (SF) spins tonight in the Commune at Ace Hotel & Swim Club with Mustache Mondays (LA) for HANDS ON during Palm Springs Pride, 10pm, free to all.





Photos by Hannah Cairns

Stay Gold (SF) spins tonight in the Commune at Ace Hotel & Swim Club with Mustache Mondays (LA) for HANDS ON during Palm Springs Pride, 10pm, free to all.



Photos by Hannah Cairns


Forster Rudolph is our HANDS ON Button Contest winner, and will be enjoying two free nights at Ace Hotel & Swim Club this weekend during gay pride. This is the clever little button he made which we’re passing out to guests this weekend — one has your name on it.
Forster is also a designer and sculptor, and we really like some of his work.

Forster Rudolph is our HANDS ON Button Contest winner, and will be enjoying two free nights at Ace Hotel & Swim Club this weekend during gay pride. This is the clever little button he made which we’re passing out to guests this weekend — one has your name on it.

Forster is also a designer and sculptor, and we really like some of his work.


INTERVIEW : KINGDOM
KINGDOM has been putting dance floors in ecstatic trances for many years. He joins us during pride in Palm Springs at HANDS ON, as DJ Day’s special ¡Reunión! guest. Catch him from 10pm til late on Thursday in the Amigo Room at Ace Hotel & Swim Club, and get to know him a little better below.
What’s inspiring you at the moment?
I just moved to LA a year ago from Brooklyn, this place is inspiring me, the climate, the mountains, the ocean, and also my crew here (Nguzunguzu & Total Freedom) inspire me a lot. Recently we did a Fade to Mind showcase in Mexico City and feeling that city for the first time was also great.
What are you working on right now?
I have a lot of new music out there at the moment! My songs Take Me and If You Buckare out now, and my next EP Dreama will be out November 22nd. Also my label Fade to Mind will be releasing NYC-based Ballroom/Vogue producer MikeQ’s debut EP November 21st. We will be celebrating both releases with a huge party in LA at Los Globos on the 18th.
On that note, join us for a free screening of PARIS IS BURNING, a 1990s documentary about NYC Ballroom and Vogueing culture — screening Friday night at 8:30pm at HANDS ON.




Take Me ft. Naomi Allen by kkingdomm

INTERVIEW : KINGDOM

KINGDOM has been putting dance floors in ecstatic trances for many years. He joins us during pride in Palm Springs at HANDS ON, as DJ Day’s special ¡Reunión! guest. Catch him from 10pm til late on Thursday in the Amigo Room at Ace Hotel & Swim Club, and get to know him a little better below.

What’s inspiring you at the moment?

I just moved to LA a year ago from Brooklyn, this place is inspiring me, the climate, the mountains, the ocean, and also my crew here (Nguzunguzu & Total Freedom) inspire me a lot. Recently we did a Fade to Mind showcase in Mexico City and feeling that city for the first time was also great.

What are you working on right now?

I have a lot of new music out there at the moment! My songs Take Me and If You Buckare out now, and my next EP Dreama will be out November 22nd. Also my label Fade to Mind will be releasing NYC-based Ballroom/Vogue producer MikeQ’s debut EP November 21st. We will be celebrating both releases with a huge party in LA at Los Globos on the 18th.

On that note, join us for a free screening of PARIS IS BURNING, a 1990s documentary about NYC Ballroom and Vogueing culture — screening Friday night at 8:30pm at HANDS ON.


Take Me ft. Naomi Allen by kkingdomm


HBO’s The Strange History of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell screens Thursday night at 8pm at Ace Hotel Palm Springs, as part of our Gay Pride festivities, HANDS ON. The documentary follows the movement to allow gays and lesbians to operate openly in the military without retaliation. The director will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening, and you can join us afterward in the Amigo Room for DJ Day and Kingdom (LA)


BUTT Magazine premieres their 2012 pin-up calendar at BUTT SHOP for HANDS ON, our queer music and arts festival at Ace Hotel & Swim Club during Palm Springs Gay Pride, November 2-7. Come get your hands on one and join us at the opening party Wednesday and catch the reception of Jeremy Kost's preview of never-before-seen prints, hosted by Mr. Black LA. Mr. Black follows with a DJ set in the Amigo Room with Howie Pyro til late, and a pool party the next afternoon. Precursors to a curious, complex and unforgettable weekend.



Photos by David Benjamin Sherry, Miguel Villalobos and Samuel Hodge

BUTT Magazine premieres their 2012 pin-up calendar at BUTT SHOP for HANDS ON, our queer music and arts festival at Ace Hotel & Swim Club during Palm Springs Gay Pride, November 2-7. Come get your hands on one and join us at the opening party Wednesday and catch the reception of Jeremy Kost's preview of never-before-seen prints, hosted by Mr. Black LA. Mr. Black follows with a DJ set in the Amigo Room with Howie Pyro til late, and a pool party the next afternoon. Precursors to a curious, complex and unforgettable weekend.



Photos by David Benjamin Sherry, Miguel Villalobos and Samuel Hodge


Stills from PARIS IS BURNING — we’ll be screening this gem poolside Friday night, November 4 at HANDS ON. A document of NYC’s gay ball culture in the 1980s, it explores gender, race, polyester and total realness and leaves you feeling indescribably inspired.

Stills from PARIS IS BURNING — we’ll be screening this gem poolside Friday night, November 4 at HANDS ON. A document of NYC’s gay ball culture in the 1980s, it explores gender, race, polyester and total realness and leaves you feeling indescribably inspired.


Today is the LAST DAY to submit your design for HANDS ON — you can win two nights at Ace Hotel Palm Springs during Gay Pride by designing a button we’ll pass out at the event. We’re throwing a music & arts festival with Light Asylum, KINGDOM, BUTT Magazine, Mr. Black, Beyondadoubt, Jeremy Kost, Jackie Beat, Stay Gold and a bunch of other rad people. Read more about the contest on LA Weekly, and enter your design here.

Today is the LAST DAY to submit your design for HANDS ON — you can win two nights at Ace Hotel Palm Springs during Gay Pride by designing a button we’ll pass out at the event. We’re throwing a music & arts festival with Light Asylum, KINGDOM, BUTT Magazine, Mr. Black, Beyondadoubt, Jeremy Kost, Jackie Beat, Stay Gold and a bunch of other rad people. Read more about the contest on LA Weekly, and enter your design here.


"As we’ve been blasted with in recent months, gay marriage continues to be a hot-button issue, and will likely be in the upcoming election. For the longest time I’ve had a visual in my head of Veruca La’Pirahna and Jordan Fox getting married! Jordan assuming the role of the woman getting married in a recently gifted wedding dress, given to her by a friend who was married in it 20 years prior and Veruca as this sort of gender-fuck version of a man… So you have this wedding scene, complete with a skull ring and Veruca with a sad face (and we’ll let you decide why)."
A word from our friend Jeremy Kost about his book It’s Always Darkest Before Dawn, a limited edition of which just went up on our shop. These polaroids are originals by Kost, and each is hand-numbered, signed, and tucked away in the back of each book. We’re thrilled to celebrate gay marriage and gay everything — congrats New York!

"As we’ve been blasted with in recent months, gay marriage continues to be a hot-button issue, and will likely be in the upcoming election. For the longest time I’ve had a visual in my head of Veruca La’Pirahna and Jordan Fox getting married! Jordan assuming the role of the woman getting married in a recently gifted wedding dress, given to her by a friend who was married in it 20 years prior and Veruca as this sort of gender-fuck version of a man… So you have this wedding scene, complete with a skull ring and Veruca with a sad face (and we’ll let you decide why)."

A word from our friend Jeremy Kost about his book It’s Always Darkest Before Dawn, a limited edition of which just went up on our shop. These polaroids are originals by Kost, and each is hand-numbered, signed, and tucked away in the back of each book. We’re thrilled to celebrate gay marriage and gay everything — congrats New York!


We’re celebrating Gay Pride in New York this year by donating to Freedom to Marry through our Hand in Hand package, and we’re sweetening the deal with a voucher for the mini-bar, stocked full of all kinds of wordly and otherwordly treats from our friends in every corner of the globe. Book here.

We’re celebrating Gay Pride in New York this year by donating to Freedom to Marry through our Hand in Hand package, and we’re sweetening the deal with a voucher for the mini-bar, stocked full of all kinds of wordly and otherwordly treats from our friends in every corner of the globe. Book here.


Children of the Sun

Our pride weekend wrapped up with an all-day pool party at Ace Hotel Palm Springs. Victor Rodriguez, NARK and Susan in Accounting kept the air full of good music. The Feel Good Spa was giving out free clay masks, so their was an air of earthy glamor to our lounging. We could keep telling you how great it was, and how, after four days of drag shows, pool parties, delicious food and sunshine, everyone was practically glowing. But we’ll just show you instead.

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