Happy National (International) Margarita Day! We’re observing it with a 5 PM Monday Facebook Live on “Buying Property in Puerto Vallarta”, Mexico. It is one of the places that many locals have visited. With the prices of real estate skyrocketing locally, PV may look downright affordable! It should be fun and if you’re reading this later, we’ll archive it on our Facebook page.
We’ve rescheduled a couple of our dating events with Alexander Rodriguez. Bears & Bowties and the Star Trek themed dating events are now on sale.
We had a great time talking with Lisa Vossler Smith on the #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast last week. Hear about the plans for April’s event and learn more wherever you listen to podcasts or on our Facebook Videos page. We premiere it on Facebook Live each Friday at 11 AM. You can also find us on Outat.TV (Thanks Charlie & Will for being on the podcast and hosting us each week on your platform!
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide
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Buying Property in Puerto Vallarta – Free Webinar on National Margarita Day
Monday, February 22 is National Margarita Day, so make your favorite flavor of margarita and dream of living in Mexico! The Agency’s Poncho Davalos will guide you through the steps needed and answer questions in Buying Property in Puerto Vallarta, a one-hour Facebook Live from 5:00–6:00 p.m. Learn about living in Puerto Vallarta, it is easier than you think – and affordable. More info
DBA Virtual Networking Mixer
Join the Desert Business Association for a Virtual Networking Mixer on Monday, February 22 at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. Hear from Dr. Jill Gover, Behavioral Health Manager at DAP Health, who will share the anxiety and stress-related impacts of COVID-19 this past year, and some thoughts on how we can alleviate them. You will also hear about some of the changes happening at DAP Health — including their new name. More info
Black History Scavenger Hunt
Unity Ride 4 Homeless and Team Mom Charities will be hosting a Black History Scavenger Hunt on Monday, February 22 from 3:20–5:20 p.m. in Desert Hot Springs. Jam’n 99.5 FM Marker Broadcasting will be announcing the event, so listen while you search! Earn prizes and learn about Black history as you search for related items. Check out the map of locations [here] and follow Team Mom Charities and Unity Ride 4 Homeless for more info.
Gaylarious “I’m Sick of the Friggin Cold” Comedy Show
Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept. and TheMenEvent.com present Gay-larious “I’m Sick of the Friggin Cold” LGBT Comedy Show on Wednesday, February 24 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom. Join in for an hour of laughs with some of the funniest LGBT comics from TV, radio and comedy clubs across the country. You’ll have a gay ol’ time with a line-up of hysterical comics designed to have you laughing right down to your gay funny bones. Get tickets
Big Gay Golden Girls Trivia
Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept. and TheMenEvent.com present Gay Golden Girls & 80s/90’s TV Trivia Party hosted by Oscar Aydin on Thursday, February 25 at 4:00 p.m. Where did Dorothy threaten to send Sophia? Fill in the blank: What you ___ about Willis?” You know the answers! Play with fellow fans! This edition of Big Gay Trivia celebrates The Golden Girls and your favorite TV shows of the 80s and 90s. Our Trivia contests are so entertaining because we make the questions easy and enjoyable for everyone. Celebrated Gay comic Oscar Aydin (a self professed Golden Girls expert) will be your host. Get ready to laugh! Get tickets
Let’s Talk About Race
The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert presents Let’s Talk About Race, a virtual space for our community to come together and move through the conversation about race, on Thursday, February 25 at 5:00 p.m. This forum is designed to get everyone talking critically about race, white supremacy and anti-blackness. Wherever you are on your journey of understanding these ideas, this is an opportunity for us to move through it together. The space will be facilitated by Lex Ortega, Director of Innovation & Community Engagement at The Center. More info
“The Revolutionists” Staged Reading
CVRep’s Theatre Thursdays and the Whittier Trust present a virtual staged reading of “The Revolutionists” on Thursday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. Charles Pasternak directs this work written by Lauren Gunderson. When you put former queen Marie Antoinette, assassin Charlotte Corday, playwright and feminist Olympe De Gouges and Caribbean spy Marianne Angelle together, literally anything can happen – especially big laughs. This comedic quartet about four very real women who lived boldly in France during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror includes Charlotte Munson, Kelsey Brennan, Laetitia Hollard and Brittany Pirozzoli. Get tickets
Modernism Week Online Experience Continues
While Modernism Week has rescheduled in-person events from February to April, the Modernism Week Online Experience is taking place throughout February, with a curated line-up of more than 20 new video programs created specifically for Modernism Week, like an Architectural Driving Tour of Palm Springs to name just one! (Many titles extended to stream through March 31 as well). More info
Virtual Events at The Center
Looking for connection in this time of self-isolation? The LGBT 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 the programs they are hosting:
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.
Managing Emotions During a Pandemic with Jill Hingston, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Fifty+ Fit with Lynn Simonson – Tuesdays at 11:00 a.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 Huggins – Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel Navarro – Fridays at 2:00 p.m.
Who Cares: Caregiver Support Group with Perry Wiggins – Fridays at 3:00 p.m.
Making Connections During COVID: Men’s Discussion Group with Arlen Keith Leight, LCSW, Ph.D
1st and 3rd Saturdays at 11:30 a.m.
Full list of The Center’s Zoom programs [here]
I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 85
Join John Taylor, comedian Shann Carr, Brad Fuhr of GayDesertGuide.com, our favorite physician Dr. Laura Rush, lovable newsbear Jimmy Boegle of CVIndependent.com and special guests: Lisa Vossler Smith, Exec. Dir. of modernismweek.com, from Pop Art Trevor Wayne at TrevorWayne.com, and the creators of OutAt.TV, Will Zakrajshek and Charlie Rosenberg.
The I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast is also available on Apple TV, Roku TV, Amazon FireTV and Android devices via OutAt.tv. Tune in Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. (or later on-demand) to stream us to your TV. Listen on Apple Podcasts and now available on iHeartRadio too!
McCormick’s 70th Palm Springs Exotic Car Auction
McCormick’s 70th Palm Springs Exotic Car Auction is this Friday through Sunday, February 26–28 on the grounds of the Palm Springs Convention Center. This will be a live, in person auction of classic, vintage and muscle cars in the usual outdoor setting, operating under all CDC guidelines to protect guests and staff alike. Prices range from just $3,000 to over $250,000 and the general public as well as dealers are welcome. Friday admissions is FREE, Saturday & Sunday $15 each or $25 for all days. More info
2021 HUMP! Film Festival Final Dates
What a fun way to celebrate love! Dan Savage’s all-new 2021 HUMP! Film Festival, a livestream event happening on various dates now through March 6. (Follow our link for the schedule) features short dirty movies—each less than five minutes—created by people who aren’t porn stars but want to be one just for this festival! It’s a carefully curated program with a cornucopia of body types, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes. HUMP! celebrates creative sexual expression and wants to change the way you see—and make and share—porn. Get tickets
Mark Your Calendar: Virtually Red Dress Weekend
Since the LGBTQ Center can’t hold their annual Red Dress Dress Red Dance party in the usual way this spring, they are keeping the spirit alive with a Virtually Red Dress Weekend on March 20 & 21. Choose a physically-distanced activity of your choice and get active while engaging in peer-to-peer fundraising to raise $100,000 for the Center’s Community Food Bank! Fitness Influencer Craig Ramsay will guide you with virtual warm-ups on both days, lead a Virtually Red Dress 5K Run/Walk, and they will close out the weekend with a virtual Head Over Heels dance party featuring DJ Galaxy. More info