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We start the week with a big merger announcement between Sanctuary Palm Springs and Oak Grove Center. On this week’s #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast, we will be talking with outgoing Executive Director Rob Woronoff and Development Director Ellen Wolf.  Tune in Friday to Facebook Live or listen for us on your favorite podcast platform.
The Dinah and Coachella Weekend 2 would have been happening this coming weekend.  Our events calendars – both the downloadable version and the real time version on our website – will give you the skinny on everything happening day to day from bar & happy hour events on our newly revamped AFTER DARK page to community events,  DesertX and more.
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Modernism Week Continues

Modernism Week 2021 presents a modified version of the classic events you love, running now through Sunday, April 18. There will be two Featured Homes and tours of Raymond Kappe‘s last project as well as architect Sean Lockyer‘s newly completed Desert Palisades project, open for timed, ticketed, socially distanced tours, plus outdoor walking tours, narrated self-driving tours, vintage car exhibitions and more! Get tickets

Alohana Mod Palm Springs

Alohana Palm Springs presents Alohana Mod, in conjunction with Modernism Week 2021 on Sunday, April 18 from 12:00–6:00 p.m. This tiki marketplace features new and vintage goods, hula performances, tiki cocktails and tasty food, hosted by the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Masks required, and advance tickets encouraged. Get tickets

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Sanctuary Palm Springs Announces Merger

Effective April 6, 2021, Sanctuary Palm Springs, the transitional home for LGBTQ+ foster youth, has become a program of Oak Grove Center. The merger will allow a greater proportion of donations received by Sanctuary to go to expanding programs, as they save administrative expenses. The new “Oak Grove Sanctuary Palm Springs” will retain the same mission to serve LGBTQ+ transition age foster youth into realizing their potential toward becoming self-sufficient, productive members of the community. Learn more

Palm Springs Art Museum Art Auction ’21

The Palm Springs Art Museum, in partnership with Sotheby’s, presents Art Auction ’21, an online fundraiser open Friday, April 9 through Friday, April 16. The auction will include an array of artworks by today’s most notable artists from around the region, across the country, and internationally. Approximately 40 artworks that range in value from $5,000 to $100,000 will be made available to appeal to a broad range of collectors. Proceeds will provide vital funding for the museum’s exhibitions, educational programs, and collections. Participation is free. More info

FREE Zoom That Tune Game Night – Hits of the 70s, 80s, and 90s

Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept. and present Zoom that Tune Game Night Hits of the 70s 80s and 90s on Monday, April 12 at 4:15 p.m. It’s a blast, and this is a special FREE edition! Come for lots of laughing, socializing and Type A competitiveness. Can you guess the tune from 5 secs, 3 secs or 1 sec of music? Test your knowledge of music in this fun interactive event featuring 70’s, 80’s and 90’s pop, disco, Broadway and rock. Earn extra points by answering bonus trivia questions. DJ Stevie Beat is famous for his gay Zoom That Tune games and this event promises to get you laughing and interacting with the other players. Get tickets

Shredding, E-Waste and Bulky Item Drop-Off

Celebrate Earth Day early by recycling your used and unwanted items! The City of Palm Springs is pleased to announce its next shredding and e-waste recycling event will be held on Saturday, April 17 from 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. at City Hall. Palm Springs Disposal Services’ bulky item collection event will be there as well, from 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. These events are open to Palm Springs residents only. More info

Why Sleep is So Important

The LGBTQ Center of the Desert and Eisenhower Health present Why Sleep Is So Important on Wednesday, April 14 at 4:00 p.m. on Zoom. What happens to our bodies when we have trouble going to sleep or staying asleep? Join Marcel Fraix, DO Via ZOOM to learn more about the effects of poor sleep and how you can get the zzzzz’s you need for a healthy mind and body. In fact, it’s just as vital as getting regular exercise and eating a balanced diet. More info

Grieving and COVID-19
The Mizell Center invites you to join Harold Ivan Smith for a group discussion on loss during COVID 19 on Tuesday, April 13 at 11:00 a.m. on Zoom. Harold is a grief specialist who can share some coping strategies for those of us who have lost loved ones to COVID. More info

Hospitality Job Fair

The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Business Recovery Alliance Coachella Valley hosts a Job Fair focused on the Hospitality Industry on Friday, April 16 from 9:00 a.m.–Noon, held virtually. The Palm Springs Chamber is dedicated to economic development and recovery, helping employers and job seekers alike. Many people are reinventing themselves right now–come on in and enjoy learning more! Be prepared with your resumes, cover letters and even the possibility of engagement through video. More info

Broadway Showstoppers Classic Moments Part II

CVRep’s Theatre Thursday presents Broadway Showstoppers ~ Classic Moments Part II on Thursday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. Glenn Rosenblum returns to explore more classic moments on Broadway! Join him as he explores the songwriting team, Kander and Ebb; Lerner and Loewe; and duo, Rodgers and Hammerstein. Free event, registration required. More info

Help Keep Live Music Alive at The Purple Room

The pandemic has been tough on live music venues, with many classic clubs having closed forever. Now, after being closed for 13 months, Michael Holmes’ Purple Room Supper Club is asking for your help. It’s not an understatement to say The Purple Room is a Palm Springs Institution. Watch this video to learn more and give to Save Live Music: Help Purple Room Reopen GoFundMe if you can.

Virtual Events at The Center

Looking for connection in this time of self-isolation? 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 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.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]

Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Short Films

The Palm Springs Cultural Center Drive-In Experience presents 2021 Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts on Friday, April 16 at 5:30 p.m. See the five nominees, ranging in length from 13 to 40 minutes, including “Colette,” “A Concerto is a Conversation,” “Do Not Split,” “Hunger Ward,” and A Love Song for Latasha.” Nominees are from the USA and Norway. Get tickets

You can view these presentations at home with the purchase of a V-Ticket [here]

Indoor Screenings are Back at Camelot Theatres
The Palm Springs Cultural Center is also bringing back indoor screenings in their Camelot Theatres, and it’s your chance to see the new William Shatner movie “Senior Moment,” filmed in Palm Springs! They are also screening the Modernism Week-appropriate documentary “Sinatra in Palm Springs” and awards season favorite “Minari.” Masks are required and distancing rules apply. Get tickets

DUI Checkpoint on Friday

The Palm Springs Police Department will hold a DUI Checkpoint on Friday, April 16 from 8:00 p.m.–3:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location within the city limits.”The safety of our community is and always will be our mission,” Sgt. Arnold Galvan says. “We are still out there looking for impaired drivers because driving under the influence is still dangerous.”

I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 92

John Taylor, comedian Shann Carr and Gay Desert Guide’s Brad Fuhr welcome special guests: Dr. Laura Rush, Joyride host and Mid Century Historian Charles Phoenix + car club president Steve Aaron. HaHa Institute creator Karen Williams, Tim Watts from the PSAS Film Fest and Love on the Rocks with 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!


Dining Out For Life 2021

Due to the Covid-related struggles restaurants have had over the last year, Dining Out For Life 2021, on Thursday, April 29, will be different: Rather than asking the restaurants to donate a portion of their proceeds, DAP Health is asking the community to support locally-owned restaurants by ordering take-out or dining-in on that day. More info

Gaaays in Spaaace

Mark your calendar for the Gaaays in Spaaace Virtual Celebration and Trekkie Feud on Saturday, April 17 with Mary Chieffo and Noah Averbach-Katz. “Live Long and Be Fabulous” with this gathering of fans & celebrities alike, plus live musical performances and a live taping of Trekkie Feud. More info

Indio Food & Art at the Empire Polo Club

In an open-air setting nestled under the famous Hacienda del Toro tent, artists from around the country will be selling their unique and beautiful works of art at Indio Food & Art at Empire Polo Club on Saturday & Sunday, April 17 & 18 from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.. The show will feature the work of approximately 50 talented artists, including paintings, glass, sculpture, jewelry and more. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of dining and beverage options while casually walking the grounds, enjoying natural landscape and sweeping mountain views. All State and County COVID-19 protocols will be followed. More info

The Queer Beginnings of Modern Art

Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept. and present The Queer Beginnings of Modern Art on Sunday, April 18 at 11:00 a.m. on Zoom. Join George Benson (co-creator of MoMA’s first ever queer tour) for an exciting talk on how intrinsically linked the beginning of the Modern Art movement is with the emergence of a queer identity. Explore several artists, both well known and obscure, who embody both an emergent queer identity and the advancement of modern art: F Holland Day, Claude Cahun, Gertrude Stein, Natalie Barney, Florine Stettheimer, Paul Cadmus, and much more! Get tickets