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The Dinah line-up: 20 years of raising the bar

Mariah Hanson and her Club Skirts crew have been doing The Dinah right for 20 years and on this very special anniversary, they have set the bar even higher than ever before. 

This year Mariah and crew are taking over the Palm Springs Hilton Hotel, the Hyatt Regency Hotel and the Palm Springs Convention Center for 5 days of non-stop, first-rate, serious, fun and entertainment. Taking place over what is known as - Dinah Shore Weekend - Mariah's "The Dinah" events will keep you coming back.

After helping to push Lady Gaga over the edge to skyrocketing explosion last year, this year’s The Dinah brings you a long list of top notch entertainers once again, including weekend party headliners:  Ke$ha and Salt ‘N Pepa.  In addition, Rosie O’Donnell, embarking on a fresh new relationship of her own, has decided to take her comedy back on the road this year - starting in Palm Springs - along with her brethren.

Let’s review the entire week’s line-up:

Wednesday, March 31stThe Dinah Official Kick-off Party, 8-12 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel Nightclub and Pool side.

Thursday, April 1st: Comedy Night at the Convention Center, doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m.  Suzanne Westenhoefer will woman-handle the following funny girls: Vickie Shaw, Erin Foley, Bridget McManus, Sandra Valls, Georgia Bigalow, Jennie McNulty, and Nicol Paone.

Also check out The Dinah Opening Bash, beginning at 9 p.m., at Zeldaz Nightclub, offering you two dance floors of fun.

Friday, April 2ndFrisky Friday Pool Party 12-5 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel and Spa, with Sirius Radio’s OutQ radio hosts, Doria Biddle and Romaine.

Later that evening, exercise your funny bone with Rosie O’Donnell at the Palm Springs Convention Center.  Doors open at 7 p.m. and show starts at 8:30 p.m.

Immediately following Rosie at 9 p.m., the 20th annual White Diamond Party with pop sensation Ke$ha singing her hits, with an amazing laser show to wow the crowd.

Saturday, April 3rdCabana Girl Pool Party featuring a live performance by Paradisio Girls, celebrities, comedy, DJs, games, the OutQ radio hosts and more.  Festivities begin at 9 a.m. at the Hilton Hotel and Spa.

The biggest party of the weekend will be held that evening - The Hollywood Party, once again tearing up the Convention Center.  This extravaganza begins at 9 p.m., includes the much anticipated reunion of Salt ‘N Pepa and famed DJ Spinderella, and features a world class laser show.

Following that performance is an Exclusive Fashion Show featuring Dugwear™.  Celebrity models taking to the cat walk for your pleasure include:  Meredith Baxter, Suzanne Westenhoefer, Elizabeth Keener,  Briana Stockton, Bridget McManus, Thea Gill, Nat, Delila Ali Rajah, Meg, Romaine Patterson, and cast members from We Have to Stop Now.

Sunday, April 4thSunday Lov’n Pool Party, featuring Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley of the NOH8 Campaign.  Adam and his staff will be shooting NOH8 photos all day – if you haven’t done it yet – get it done at The Dinah.

Martha Davis and the Motels will also be on hand that Sunday, to keep you busy while lounging at the Hilton Pool.  Lolene will also perform and keep things moving, and there will be celebrities, comedy, DJs, games, the OutQ radio hosts and more.  Festivities begin at 9 a.m. at the Hilton Hotel and Spa.

Sunday night, make sure you stick around for The Dinah Closing Gala at Zeldaz Nightclub beginning at 9 p.m. Shake your booty until you can't shake it anymore, or at least until the weekend is officially over.

This year’s events are guaranteed to blow your socks off and be the best yet in the history of The Dinah.  Often imitated but never duplicated - The Dinah. To see more about their 20th anniversary party - go to www.thedinah.com

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Morgan Hurley is the copy editor and a news contributor for SDGLN. She can be reached at (877) 727-5446, ext 710 or morgan@sdgln.com.