Brad Fuhr Caricature
We were out and about this week and picked up some good dirt on our oasis. Sworn to secrecy, but rumor has it one of our drag performers had a secret gig for one of the biggest names in music.  That comes on the high heels of Trixie Mattel’s Drag Motel .
According to the Twitter post: “Coming next year, the show will follow me and my famous friends as we create the glossiest Drag motel of your wildest fever-dreams! #TrixieMotel”
And COPA is under new ownership with a Saturday night drag show on the docket coming soon.  Too bad they won’t be ripping out that bar before reopening!
We had such a great time with Golden Girls season one writer Stan Zimmerman at Oscar’s this week.  Alexander Rodriguez has agreed to host a second show June 24th and it’s on sale now.

Stan Zimmerman Golden Girls Oscar's
Stan Zimmerman, writer of season one, Golden Girls

Next week is Episode 100 of the #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast and we have a Pride Month exclusive! Ron DeHarte (not Ronda Harte!) of Palm Springs Pride will be our guest to preview the entire Pride lineup, parade route and safety protocols that may need to be in place. Hope you’ll join us!
We’ll be here to keep you updated on bar and nightlife events in our new “After Dark” section, plus community events, news you can use and our signature directory of LGBTQ-friendly businesses.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide 
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I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 99

We’re kicking off the holiday weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings! John Taylor, comedian Shann Carr and Gay Desert Guide Brad Fuhr are joined by theatre maven Stephen Radosh, V-Wine Lounge proprietor James Mortensen, CV Independent publisher Jimmy Boegle and On The Rocks Radio host Alexander Rodriguez!
The #ILoveGayPalmSprings Podcast is broadcast on Facebook Live, Fridays at 11:00 a.m. The#ILoveGayPalmSprings Podcast is also available on Apple TV, Roku TV, Amazon, FireTV and Android devices via Tune in Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. (or later on-demand) to stream us to your TV. You can also listen on Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio and more!

Remembering the Golden Girls: Second Show Added!

An Evening on the Lanai The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide SOLD OUT this week’s presentation of An Evening on the Lanai: Remembering the Golden Girls, so we bring you a second show on Thursday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. at Oscar’s! Join season one writer Stan Zimmerman for fun trivia, clips from favorite episodes, prize giveaways, sing-alongs, and Q&A. Hosted by on-air personality Alexander Rodriguez from On the Rocks with Alexander and a regular guest on the #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast. Check out Palm Springs Life’s interview with Zimmerman [here]. Act fast before this one sells out too! Get tickets

NAGAAA Cup Softball Tournament 2021

NAGAAA Cup 2021Palm Springs Rounders Softball TeamWhat is NAGAAA? Gay Desert Guide is proud to be a sponsor of the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance’s 2021 NAGAAA Cup Invitational Softball Tournament, this Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-30! The event will bring more than 500 players and fans to Palm Springs for 3 days of competition and celebration, here for the first time in its 10-year history. All games will be played at Big League Dreams on Date Palm Drive. Our local Palm Springs Rounders, sponsored by Hunters Bar, are the defending NAGAAA Cup Champions and will be competing to keep their title! A Home Run Derby will take place on Friday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Big League Dreams, followed by the Tournament Kickoff Party on Friday at 9:00 p.m. at Hunters. Official host bars also include Tool Shed, Eagle 501, Streetbar, and Blackbook. The Closing Ceremonies and Trophy Presentations take place Sunday, May 30 from 6:00–9:00 p.m. at Chill Bar. More info

Annual Memorial Day Celebration & Flower Drop

Memorial Day Weekend 2021 Flower Drop Graphic CROPThe renowned Palm Springs Air Museum Memorial Day Flower Drop & Air Fair returns with retooling for COVID protocols: instead of only one day, it will occur over two days: Sunday, May 30 and Monday, May 31, from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. both days. Salute and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice with a 1:00 pm ceremony followed by a Missing Man formation and dropping of red and white carnations from a vintage warbird. There will also be music, food, flight exhibitions, warbird rides, and more. On Monday, May 31 at 10:00 am, there will be a special unveiling and dedication for the new Tuskegee Airmen Statues with special guests. All tickets must be purchased online in advance. Get tickets

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SOL Beach Club at the Sonoran

SOL Beach Club LogoSOL Beach Club is an evening of Art, Fashion, Music & Margaritas at The Sonoran on Saturday, May 29 at 5:30 p.m. The evening will feature acclaimed celebrity fashion designer and former Miss World, Jacqueline Aguilera of Venezuela, Couture Hat Designer Arturo Rios of Mexico, and introducing MY CLUB Resort Wear & the latest men’s swimwear fashions. The evening will also feature a one-of-a-kind fashion masterpiece presentation highlighting international costume designers Erick Bendaña of Nicaragua, costume designers Inoe Vargas of Mexico, & KICKA Custom Design of Sweden. Art exhibit by ArtFX Palm Springs. It’s also an opportunity to wear your own favorite hat or fascinator! Get tickets

Joshua Tree Music Festival Spring Concerts

Joshua Tree Music Festival 2021 Spring Concert Series

Con Brio Band
Con Brio

The Joshua Tree Music Festival continues their pod-based, physically distanced, limited capacity outdoor Spring Concert Series with Con Brio (Bay Area band playing energetic soul, psych-rock and R&B) this Friday and Saturday, May 28 & 29, at Joshua Tree Lake Campground. On Sunday, May 30, the show features Las Cafeteras (A uniquely Angeleno mash-up of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock). Enjoy these amazing artists in a safe and spacious outdoor setting in the main music bowl, with tickets sold by the pod, with each pod accommodating up to four people. Get tickets

Cinema Under the Stars

Cinema Under the Stars The Dry May 28Cinema Under the Stars Polyester May 29The Palm Springs Cultural Center continues to run their outdoor Cinema Under the Stars program, but just a few weeks remain before they close it for the season. You can camp-out in your own chairs or reserve one of the available picnic tables. You may also pre-order a boxed dinner from Mildred’s Chicken & Waffle Dinners! On Friday, May 28 the film will be “The Dry” starring Eric Bana, and on Saturday, May 29, it’s the John Waters classic “Polyester.”  Get tickets

Desert Theatricals Doris and MeDesert Theatricals Live Cabaret Series: “Doris & Me”

The City of Rancho Mirage presents Desert Theatricals Live Cabaret Series as dinner theater, featuring Scott Dreier’s tribute to Doris Day, “Doris and Me” on Saturday, May 29 at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater. Purchase a table for 4 to include a meal and glass of wine per attendee and complimentary valet parking. Gates open at 6:15 p.m., dinner is served at 7:00 p.m. and show begins at 8:00 p.m. Wait List Only

15th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey

CMI Trans Couple Ad 2021Please take part in the Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) 15th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey! Participation in this survey gives important feedback to our LGBTQ community media and organizations, and provides data to companies interested in serving our community, sponsoring our charities, and supporting their LGBTQ employees. The survey should take about 12 to 15 minutes to complete. Make your voice heard! [Click here to take the survey]

2021 BNP Paribas Open to Return in October

BNP Paribas Stadium FullThe BNP Paribas Open Tennis Tournament has announced that their 2021 event will be played in October, with exact dates to come. They plan to allow patrons on site, with tickets and hotel packages on sale starting June 21. The tournament will enforce all protocols established by the ATP and WTA Tours, as well as the City of Indian Wells and Riverside County Public Health Department, to ensure the safety of players, fans and officials. Learn more

The Dinah: Rooms Are Selling Fast

Dinah 2021The world famous Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend is the largest lesbian event in the world and they’ve been waiting to celebrate their “Dirty Thirty” 30th Anniversary. This year, The Dinah is scheduled for September 29–October 3 and tickets are selling fast, down to the last rooms at the host hotel, Palm Springs Hilton. Beyond that, overflow rooms will be available at The Courtyard Marriott.  More info


Atomic Bingo Mondays with Ethylina Canne

Ethyls Place Atomic BingoWilma and Frieda Palm Springs and Ethyl’s Place present Atomic Bingo every Monday starring Ethylina Canne. Reserve your table ahead of time (required) for an evening of great food, mid century vibes and 5 games of BINGO with Ethylina to make you smile and forget your cares! Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and Bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. More info

Outloud: Raising Voices

Adam Lambert Raising Voices 2021Outloud Raising Voices 2021 SQTaking place Friday, June 4 through Sunday, June 6, Outloud: Raising Voices is one of the first major global events to kick off Pride month. It will also be a triumphant return to an in-person Pride, hosting fans at a safe experience at the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in downtown Los Angeles. Featuring performances by Angel Bonilla, Chely Wright, Kim Petras, Sam Sparro, VINCINT featuring Parson James, Qveen Herby and Ty Sunderland, and Zhavia Ward. The day will also feature appearances and remarks by Angelica Ross, Conchita, Geena Rocero, Ryan Jamaal Swain, Valentina Sampaio, Yungblud and Whoopi Goldberg. On Sunday, Stonewall Day, Adam Lambert will host, perform and curate the lineup. Free to stream or get tickets for in-person attendance. More info


Next Week: Virtual Events at The Center

The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert continues to connect people, using the technology of group-meeting platform Zoom, which you can use on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Here’s just a taste of their programs:
(No Meetings Monday, May 31 due to Memorial Day):
Social Caring in the Face of Quarantine with Alexis Ortega – Mondays at 11:00 a.m.
Zumba for Beginners with Shaun Samaro – Mondays at 10:00 a.m. Returns June 14
Managing Emotions During a Pandemic with Jill Hingston, Ph.DTuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Fifty+ Fit with Lynn Simonson – Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Prostate Cancer Support Group2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 4:00 p .m.
Trans Tuesdays with Jill Hingston, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Seated Wellness with Lynn Simonson – Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
Women’s Chat with Kim Kieler – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Men’s Chat with Stuart HugginsFridays at 10:30 a.m.
LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel NavarroFridays at 2:00 p.m.
Who Cares: Caregiver Support Group with Perry WigginsFridays at 3:00 p.m.
Full list of The Center’s Zoom programs [here]

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