Dinah Shore Weekend 2011: Lesbian Events, Parties & Concert Schedule

Hey do you have your bikini on? Do you want to take it off and leap into the swimming pool where you can languish in the desire and fun reverberating from every water jet and every human female also in the pool? Do you enjoy not just one beer, but 15 beers? Do you like dance music? Dancing? COMEDY?!

Or — Are you a socially awkward weirdo who generally prefers vacations which involve historical re-enactment villages or modern art museums and usually needs a xanax to do anything besides sit at home and typity-type-type into your computer screen?

Well either way there is a home for you at Dinah Shore, even for the weirdos, because we’re weirdos, AND WE’RE GOING. You guys, the weather:

Basically there are two situations happening simultaneously during Dinah Shore Weekend — there’s Club Skirts and there’s GirlBar — two pools, two sets of parties, etc. Most people buy an all-access pass to one or the other but party-hopping is always possible if you want to buy individual event tickets. It’s too late to buy tickets online but you can pick them up on site at Girlbar or at Club Skirts.

Last year we did a little bit of both but mostly Club Skirts. This year we’ll be holding down Autostraddle HQ at Girlbar in some kind of special lounge situation, which my or may not look like this:

This year Team Auto will be represented by Riese, Laneia, Julie Goldman, Brandy Howard, Jess R., Alex Vega, Sarah Jesus Christ Palmface, Rachel Killer K and Haviland “Rising Star” Stillwell.

We’ll be live blogging/photographing/video-ing our Dinah adventures starting this Thursday night until Sunday and it will be super entertaining.

So on with it…


Let’s start with the GirlBar events:


– Wednesday –

Meet n Greet Cocktail Party

at The Hyatt Lounge & Pool Deck from 8pm-11pm



– Thursday –

Welcome Party

at Hunters Nightclub, from 8pm-2am

Funny Girlz 6 – Comedy Show

at Hotel Zoso, doors at 7:30pm, show at 8:30pm

hosted by Stamie K and Tracy Ryerson of your favorite show of all time, The Real L Word!

Real L Word Tracy Ryerson Stamie Karakasidis

featuring JULIE GOLDMAN, the funniest lesbian in the entire world!

Along with Liz Feldman and Erin Foley!


– Friday –

TGIF Pool Party

at The Hyatt Pool Deck starting at noon til 5pm

Girl Bar Dancers vs. Truck Stop Girls all day long!

You may recognize these girls from your other favorite TV show, Gimme Sugar!

Look! It’s just like The L Word:



then get on your favorite white virginal dress or pantsuit ’cause it’s time for the …

Pure White Party

at Hotel Zoso with a performance by Wynter Gordon performing her hits”Dirty Talk” and “Believer”


– Saturday –

Wet n Wild Pool Party

at The Hyatt Pool Deck from 9am-4pm
featuring the Lingerie Football League



Chill Out Pool Party

at Hotel Zoso from 10am-4pm

Gurlesque – THE MAIN EVENT

at Hotel Zoso from 9pm-2am
with a live performance by British singing sensation Estelle (hits including “American Boy” and “One Love”)

and a burlesque show by the Truckstop Girls and GirlBar’s Go-Gos.

– Sunday –

Splash Pool Party

at The Hyatt Pool Deck from 9am-5pm
with a performance by Jessie and the ToyBoys


Closing Party

at Hunters Nightclub from 9pm-2am




Now onto the Club Skirts events:


– Wednesday –

Meet and Greet

at the Riviera Resort and Hotel

– Thursday –

Laughing Loud

an evening of comedy with Paula Poundstone, Susan Westenhoefer, Fortune Feimster and more.
Doors at 7pm. Show starts at 8:30pm


Opening Bash

at Zeldaz Nightclub at 9pm.

Two rooms, two dance floors and an outside patio.


– Friday –

Frisky Friday Pool Party

with a live performance by Auburn.
at the Riviera Resort from noon to 5pm.


White Diamonds Party

at the Riviera Resort and Spa at 9pm

MTV/Logo VIP party from 9pm – 10:30pm in the VIP Section

Celebrity Arrivals from 10pm-10:30pm

featuring performances by Chely Wright and Dev & The Cataracs
(Doors at 8pm, concert at 8:45pm)


– Saturday –

Cabana Girl Pool Party

with a meet-n-great with The Real Housewives‘ Fernanda Rocha and an autograph signing by The L Word’s Laurel Holloman

2-5 pm – Girltrash! Pool Party

Meet & Greet with Creator Angela Robinson with actors & friends of the Girltrash web-series: Gabrielle Christian, Mandy Musgrave, Michelle Lombardo, Lisa Rieffel, Alex Kondracke and Clementine Ford.

5pm – Battle of the Lesbian Webseries

The Battle of the Lesbian Webseries at 5pm featuring Anyone But Me, Venice, We Have to Stop Now, Cherry Bomb, Cowgirl Up, The Lovers & Friends Show, Girltrash, GirlGirl Scene, More to L with our girl Nat Garcia, Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden, Seeking Simone & The Real Girl’s Guide to Everything Else.
(At the Riviera Resort at 9am.)


The Hollywood Party

at the Palm Springs Convention Center at 9pm

Here TV! Network & SheWired.com VIP Party: 9pm-10:30 PM

Red Carpet arrivals from 10-10:30 pm

featuring performances by Platinum Recording artist Natasha Bedingfield at 11pm


and Luciana performing her hit “I Like That” and more at 1am


Also, Wolfe Video presents a high-flying acrobatic act by P!nk choreographer and star of “A Marine Story” Dreya Weber.

– Sunday –

Love is Louder Pool Party

at the Riviera Resort & Spa

to support the Love is Louder campaign launched by Brittany Snow MTV and The JED Foundation

with a performance by Tiffany Dunn and an autograph appearance by Lauren Holloman.

and a “Surprise Performance” by “one of the most popular bands – an absolute crowd favorite!”


The Closing Gala


at Zeldaz Nightclub at 9pm



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  1. i’m a weirdo and to be honest a bit hesitant about everything. i was just informed that i will be photographing the red carpet at the white diamonds party, so i finally have something to look forward to.

    i hope i can meet some fellow weirdos, cause i’m going with my bff, her sister and her sister’s friends and i feel have nothing in common with them.

    halp halp

    also. i’m thinking of bringin a bike to get around town. y/n?

  2. I feel like this was the longest month waiting for something ever in my life. But I made sure to keep every day *especially* awkward – I am so immune right now.

    Ps. I really like your map.

    • i can’t even wish that 45 was in celsius because old people start croaking around 32+ here, depending on the humidity & smog. but i agree. WHERE IS SUMMER.

      have fun at the Dinah, AS team :)

  3. WTF is this, this is ridiculous . . . I live like an hour and twenty minutes away and I’m not going. It’s just stupid that I’m not going. Next year seems too far away.

    Tomorrow I’ll be taking a business law exam while thousands (?) of hot girls drive right by my campus on their way to Dinah Shore. FML.

  4. Is it possible to be under-dressed at Dinah? Because I feel like my suitcase is full of under-dressed-dom.

    • I grew up in socal and don’t think I was ever fully dressed until I was 16 and my parents took us kids to the midwest in winter. Pretty much lived my life in tanktops and shorts :}

  5. have a wonderful time!!….i am insanely jealous!!….will be thinking of you while I am working on homework….

  6. Will be at the Club Skirts version. Not that I’ve… posted here, or anything, but if anyone wants to meet up…?

    And OT, but is there any way I can get one of the STRADDLE THIS tanks?

  7. ohh man i was up town today at the store and it was flooded with hot lesbians that i could so tell werent from here had to be on there way to DS weekend it should be fun for the next few days to live on a big hiway that gose streat down to palm springs being that other than vagas theres not much for miles to stop off at and no reasonable gas i guess not getting to go might not be to bad

  8. Dear Autostraddlers,

    Sorry for the somewhat nongermane aspect of this post.

    I am not going to make it Dinah. I am in NYC for a very big/stressful interview on Saturday and will probably want a stiff drink and maybe some gay dancing on Saturday night.

    Might anyone in the NYC area (or with a history here) be able to provide any tips about where I should go, or possibly even meet me there with some of your friends so that I may stand somewhat less alone and somewhat less awkwardly while I liquor up before dancing?



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