Dinah Shore Weekend 2012: What You Should Do There

Hey-o! Who’s going to Dinah Shore this weekend? Unfortunately for you and really the entire universe, Autostraddle will not be making its annual massive team pilgrimage to Palm Springs this year because I still owe the Palm Springs emergency room about nine thousand dollars from last year’s near-death experience and will never set foot in that town again. Just kidding! I mean, that’s true about the ER bill, but that’s not why the whole team isn’t going to Dinah Shore.

Regardless, there’s still plenty of opportunities to bask in the soothing glow of Autostraddle.com in Palm Springs. For example, the entire cast of Autostraddle’s smash hit webseries, Unicorn Plan-It, will be there, and several other Autostraddlers will be in attendance — keep an eye out for Contributing Editor Brittani, Jess S. and our stylist Sara Medd.

these people will be at dinah shore

Here’s what we’d do if we were gonna be there!



Dinah Shore Weekend // March 28 – April 1, 2012



Friday, March 30th:



Live Magazine Mixer

5pm – 7pm, Mango Restaurant, 2080 North Palm Canyon Drive

Celebrate the glory of Haviland Stillwell at Mango, where LIVE Magazine, your go-to source for Palm Springs lifestyle/entertainment news and photographs of Haviland Stillwell lying on a golf course, is hosting a “mixer.” There’s no cover and no tickets, just a chill get-together at a fun restaurant where Haviland will be meeting people and signing albums. She’ll probably sign your body parts, too.

This isn’t a Club Skirts Dinah Shore event, but it’s very very special.


HRC Celesbian Meet-and-Greet Party

6:30 PM, Rivera Sidebar Lounge, 1600 Indian Canyon Way

Haviland, Ashley and Sarah will then mosey over to the Celesbian Meet-and-Greet party hosted by the Human Rights Campaign, your go-to source for Civil Rights! It’s free to attend but they really want you to RSVP.

You’ll also have a chance to meet Tucky Williams (Girl/Girl Scene), Dalia Ali Rajah (Cherry Bomb), Nicole Pacent (Miss June 2011, Anyone But Me), Sandra Valls (comedian), Gloria Bigelow (comedian), Romi Klinger (The Real L Word), Rose Garcia (The Real L Word), Suzanne Westenhoefer (comedian), Fortune Feimster (comedian) and the one and only model/VJ/etc, Kim Stolz, who made me gay.

HRC Event, Dinah Shore 2010


The Dinah White Party

8pm, Rivera Resort, 1600 Indian Canyon Way

Haviland, Ashley and Sarah will be walking the Red Carpet at the infamous white party (to which I have always worn black). There will be live performances by Nina Sky and Wynter Gordon, who seem like very nice girls.

Autostraddlers & Friends - White Party 2011



Saturday, March 31st:


The Cabana Pool Party

9am-5pm, Rivera Resort, 1600 Indian Canyon Way

AfterEllen.com, your go-to source for lesbian subtext in popular television programs and all the  lesbian pop culture things, is hosting an all-day Cabana Pool Party of epic proportions at the Riviera! This will include celebrity dodgeball and visits from the renowned stars of the Nobel Prize-winning television spectacular, The Real L Word!

You may recall the Riviera swimming pool as where our Tech Editor Taylor swam after drinking a gallon of margarita from an unmarked container she’d been gifted by a complete stranger, or from when Sara and Whitney confessed love-type-feelings for each other there during the finale of The Real L Word‘s illustrious Season One.


The Battle of The Lesbian Webseries

5pm, Rivera Resort, 1600 Indian Canyon Way

This particular event is near/dear to our tenderhearts, as we were involved in the formation of this epic situation in 2010. In its third year, this sucker is going strong, and will be hosted by One More Lesbian, your go-to source for videos about women who kiss other women.

Obviously Unicorn Plan-It will be competing this year, and will probably win. BUT NOT WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT.

Julie Goldman, Nat Garcia & Brandy Howard at Dinah's 2010 Battle of the Lesbian Webseries


The Dinah Goes to Rio

8pm, Palm Springs Convention Center

Bacardi, your go-to source for getting smashed, is hosting The Dinah Goes to Rio! This star-studded evening is the largest party of the weekend, with a live performance by Chaka Khan and somebody called “Neon Hitch”!



Sunday, April 1st


Wet & Wild Pool Party

9am-5pm Rivera Resort 1600 Indian Way

Hosted by SheWired.com, your go-to source for breaking lezbo news, the Wet & Wild party promises to be extra wet and wild with a performance by Dev, who looks very pretty in photographs.


The Dinah Official Closing Party

9pm, Zeldaz Night Club, 611 S. Palm Canyon Drive

Hosted by GO! Magazine, our dearest friends and your go-to source for the nightlife listings, news, “women we love” and “pictures of what you did last night.” This party will involve the best DJs, the Hottest Women, and CeCe Penniston!

Haviland Stillwell in LIVE Magazine


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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in nine books, magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. She's Jewish and has a cute dog named Carol. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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    • In all the years I’ve gone, last year was the first time I actually went to the Tournament..Two very different events, my friend. But I posed with the Dinah Shore statue in a horribly inappropriate way..So I felt satisfied.

      • Sounds like we were there the same year….
        (infamous quote: “there’s always the pool table”)

        • I applaud your ability to remember such things..Somewhere in Palm Springs I lost my favorite bra..When I awoke in the morning, I was clothed..It was gone..And in its place were lipstick stains..Sigh

          • See bro, yours is a cautionary tale w/r/t drinking and driving…..let me guess, you drive a Vulva.

          • LMAO..I was actually hoping since you had such great recall of Dinah events, you might know where I left that bra..I always referred to it as my “lucky bra”..But now it’s simply my “got lucky bra”

  1. I thought I’d regret deciding to end my “Dinah” days..But seriously, how many years can you do the whole hedonism, debauchery, drunken hookup with random strangers whose names you never bothered to learn before it gets old? Yeah..Carry on without me ladies!

  2. This is perfect! I was just thinking I needed to figure out what my itinerary for the weekend. Thanks!

  3. sooooo, why isn’t team autostraddle there? like, dinah shore partying without AS? WHYYY?

  4. i waannnnnttt i wannttt so badddddd but unortunantly i am living on a college students budget and i am on the east coast and can not afford a plane ticket to this beautiful occasion but NEXT YEAR! IT IS ON!

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