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Jim Winsor's Out & About: White Party Palm Springs VIP packages selling fast

I was checking out the White Party Palm Springs website the other day, and I noticed that promoter Jeffrey Sanker is offering various "VIP Experience" packages: bundled ticket and hotel deals with various perks geared toward high rollers.

For example, for $2,500 you can get one of their two Table packages, which include:

- Three-night stay in a standard room (mountain view) at The Renaissance Hotel

- Two VIP weekend passes

- Two bottles of premium vodka, a six-pack of beer, 10 bottles of water, five energy drinks, mixers, cups, ice

- Four extra wristbands for VIP upgrade (to allow your non-VIP friends to visit your table, I guess)

- WP giftbags, access to private bathrooms, own cocktail waiter, own VIP host for special requests

- A private VIP table

At this time, you can choose a VIP table for either the Saturday main party or the Sunday tea dance; as I type this, there are two of each packages remaining.

The next step up, for $3,500, are the Cabana packages, which appear to be the same as above except instead of private VIP tables, you get a VIP cabana at either party, four VIP passes instead of two, more drinks, and your three-night hotel room is upgraded to a mountain view suite. Right now, there are four of each of these remaining.

Incidentally, regular mountain view rooms at the Renaissance (the host hotel) are currently sold out, but they had been selling for $219 a night; mountain view suites are still available and are going for $229 a night. And the VIP passes are priced at $450 each. Based on those numbers, you can do the math and figure out what kind of value you'd be getting for each of these packages.

And by the way, there was another package I was going to tell you about: For $8,500 (!) there was a super deluxe package on sale. I actually glanced at it this morning; if I recall correctly it included cabanas at both parties, 6 VIP passes, 12 VIP wristbands, the hotel suite, the booze, the gift bags, the cocktail waiter, the VIP host, and a private pool party with a dozen Andrew Christian underwear models (OK, I may be just imagining that last part!).

But anyhow, that package is gone. It was there on the website this morning when I began writing this, showing as "... 1 AVAILABLE"; then I went to lunch, came back, and boom! It was gone.

Point being, these packages are literally selling out as I type this. So, if you're interested in being an uber-VIP at WPPS this year, I'd act on these remaining deals sooner rather than later.

Active Duty at Rich's

This Saturday night should be a big one at Rich's, as it's time once again for the quarterly Active Duty Military Party. Look for the usual hot military go-go boys, music by DJ Nikno, and free Active Duty dog tags for the first 500 people through the door. Arrive early to make sure you get your dog tag!

Military or cammo attire is encouraged, and there'll be on site body painting to accessorize yourself with as well; to get a good idea on what to expect check out photos from past Active Duties here.

Doors open at 10 pm, and with a valid military ID there's no cover before 11 pm, or half-off 11 pm to close. Pix VIP Members received half-off cover and front of the line privileges before 11 pm, or just text SDPIX to 313131 from your cell phone and show the welcome message to the cashier to receive half-off cover before 11 pm.

Oscar parties this Sunday

The Oscars are this Sunday, and so you know what that means: Oscar parties!

Baja Betty's, for example, will be having The Betty Awards at 3 pm, their first ever Oscars cocktail party hosted by the legendary Natasha Laquisha and Ava Taylor. Be sure to dress to impress as there'll be red carpet photos, and prizes for the Best Dressed, Worst Dressed, Most Creative as well as Most Accurate Predictions.

And at 3:30 pm Flicks will be having an Oscars Potluck Party and Contest sponsored by the Gay Men's Chorus and California Men's Gatherings, with the contest being a $5 "better-than-50/50" ballot in which you can win great prizes such as cash and bar tabs. And as I mentioned it is a potluck, with Flicks supplying some side dishes; please consider bringing a dish to share.

Farewell Roast at Fiesta Cantina

And on Monday, be sure to stop by Fiesta Cantina for a Farewell Roast to say goodbye to two of Hillcrest's finest, Jerry Shipman and Kelly Jump, and hear what some of their BFFs really think about them before they move away from our fair city.

Roast Master Paris Sukomi Max will emcee the event, joined by roasters Joseph Price, Brooklyn Pearlman, Colin Wood, Eric Arroyo, Justin Johnson and Michael Ortega.

Last week's events

Be sure to check out SDPIX for all the new albums from last week, including photos from #1 Fifth Avenue, Redwing, Babycakes, Eden and the GLU Mardi Gras party at the Atlas Condos last Saturday. Happy viewing!