OK, so L.A. has the big fancy parade, but this is Joshua Tree and this is art-for-art’s-sake country. As part of Joshua Tree Gay Pride 2010, this desert enclave of the unorthodox and the free-spirited is slated to celebrate equality Saturday with food, drink, free entertainment and art. You’ve heard of pub crawls, right? The more Matisse minded here can instead sign up for the Gallery Crawl, an exploration of the area’s finest art repositories, eateries, shops and other venues, including notables like The Red Arrow Gallery, True World Gallery, JTAG and Woods in the Desert Gallery. This year’s theme is “In the Name of Equality,” so expect to get a bit o‘ schooling on how lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender folks have been getting the short end of the freedom stick for far, far, far too long (yeah, Prop. 8—we’re talking about you!). But this event’s about fun and dancing too, so in the evening you’re gonna want to get boot scootin‘ over to the Art Queen complex for the musical delights on display via the likes of headliner The Country (which had been previously going under the handle of Rabbit & Rutherford). If this act’s tune bag sounds familiar, it’s because this five-piece band sports the presence of Jesika von Rabbit and Todd Rutherford of native outfit Gram Rabbit. Quinn & Hood, Shari Elf & the Kittens, My Bear Hands & Santina Giordano are also on the roster, and DJ Darin Rich will be entrusted with keeping house and space disco spinning in between the sets.
Joshua Tree Gay Pride 2010 at various Joshua Tree locations, including Art Queen complex, 61855 29 Palms Hwy., Joshua Tree (760) 449-4048; www.joshuatreegaypride.com. Sat, June 26. “Summer Gallery Crawl” shops, galleries and eateries open all day and late; Art Queen events and live music 6PM. Free but pledges of $10, $50 and $100 are sought.