100 degrees to start April. Great pool weather for sure for the Spring break crowd that’s been in Palm Springs as of late. Now we’re into “monumental” events such as DesertX and Modernism to take us through the month. While Coachella is off the books for spring, the official word for fall has yet to drop. But it’s a safe bet that the music festivals will be a year from now. (We talk with DesertX co-curator César García-Alvarez on this week’s #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast.)
New openings like the blooms of flowers – Boozehounds, Bar Cecil and The Sonoran all with April dates to start operations. We’re also keeping an eye of the former Purple Palm inside Colony Palms. Steve Hermann, owner of L’Horizon Hotel and Spa, purchased and renovated the hotel during the pandemic. The restaurant will open to the public in the near future.
There’s also news on the gay resort front with new owners at the Old Ranch Inn and rumors that a reality TV show may be filmed at another unnamed property as it gets a facelift. We’ll keep you updated! Subscribe to our newsletter so you get the scoop each week delivered to your inbox.
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Star Trek Virtual Speed Dating for Men with Alexander Rodriguez
Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Game Dept. and TheMenEvent.com present Star Trek Virtual Speed Dating with Alexander Rodriguez on Sunday, April 11 at 1:00 p.m. Presented with Special Consideration by Gaaays in Spaaace. Set your phasers to stunning and join us for an evening that’s destined to be out of this world! Join other gay, single Star Trek fans for warp speed dating sessions, fun ice breakers, and Star Trek Trivia. BYORA – Bring Your Own Romulan Ale. Bonus points for wearing your Starfleet issue gear! To not join us would be illogical. Get tickets
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
Modernism Week Starts Thursday
After presenting a Virtual Modernism Week in its usual February time frame, Modernism Week 2021 is about to kick off a modified version of the classic events you love, running Thursday, April 8 through Sunday, April 18. There will be two Featured Homes open for timed, ticketed, socially distanced tours, plus outdoor walking tours, narrated self-driving tours, vintage car exhibitions and more! Get tickets
Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Short Films
The Palm Springs Cultural Center Drive-In Experience presents 2021 Oscar-Nominated Animated Short Films on Friday, April 9 at 5:30 p.m. See the five nominees, ranging in length from 19 to 33 minutes, including “The Present,” “Feeling Through,” Two Distant Strangers,” White Eye,” and “The Letter Room.” Nominees are from the USA, Palestine, and Israel. Get tickets
You can also view these presentations at home with the purchase of a V-Ticket [here]
Desert X on the I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast
Delayed by over a month due to concerns about Covid, Desert X 2021 is now open through May 16 in the Coachella Valley. The exhibition explores the desert as both a place and idea, acknowledging the realities of people who reside here and the political, social, and cultural contexts that shape their stories [Check out what’s new this year]. The site-specific exhibition is free and out-of-doors, providing a safe visitor experience, featuring newly-commissioned projects. More info
Don’t miss our Desert X discussion on the I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast this past week (Friday, April 2 episode). We spoke with Palm Springs Life editor-in-chief Steven Biller & Desert X co-curator César García-Alvarez!
I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 91
John Taylor, comedian Shann Carr and Gay Desert Guide’s Brad Fuhr with special guests Jimmy Boegle of CVIndependent.com, Steven Biller and César García-Alvarez of DesertX.org author and marketing maven David Perry, and LGBTQ+ historian, educator and author Dr. Ronni Sanlo!
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 OutAt.tv. 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!
Meet the #ILoveGayPalmSprings Podcasters
On March 30, 2021, Shann Carr, John Taylor, and Brad Fuhr of the #ILoveGayPalmSprings Podcast were guests on Hot in Palm Springs, hosted by Nicholas Snow of PromoHomo.TV! They Zoomed for nearly an hour, talking about what it’s been like to podcast during a global pandemic, and what’s next, and how they’re helping us find a new normal in Palm Springs and the across the Coachella Valley. More info
American Sign Language for Beginners
The LGBTQ Center’s popular American Sign Language program is back for an 8-week course that meets Saturdays from April 10 through May 29, from 12:00–1:30 p.m. on Zoom. Learn to communicate with members of the Deaf community and actively engage with exciting activities so that learning another language becomes fun again. For the Beginners class, no experience is necessary! More info
The Roost Lounge Presents: Optimistic Voices
CVRep’s Theatre Thursdays presented by The Roost Lounge features Optimistic Voices: A Cabaret Featuring Mary Callanan & Brian Patton on Thursday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. Callanan and Patton have worked together on and off for 35 years, performing cabarets in Boston, New York, Provincetown, and on cruise ships. Join them as they perform songs, “It’s Most Unusual Day,” “I Love Being Here with You,” and “Sing Happy” on CVRep’s virtual stage. Free event, registration required. More info
Mapplethorpe: The Director’s Cut Review
Our theatre (and movie) reviewer Stephen Radosh weighs in on a newly released Director’s Cut version of the 2018 film Mapplethorpe, about the celebrated and controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Check it out to discover what changed in director Omni Timoner’s recut, and why this portrait of a “complex and layered” man struck a chord with our reviewer. Read the full review here.
Mary Pickford Theatre Indoor & Outdoor Screenings
Indoor movies are back at Mary Pickford Theatre is D’Place, operating at 25% capacity as Riverside County has advanced to the red tier of the state’s reopening framework. Kick back in their stadium-style power recliners and enjoy the concessions you love, knowing they are doing everything as safely as possible, meeting or exceeding the CinemaSafe industry standards. Check out their private screenings, too! Get tickets
Palm Springs Art Museum Reopens
The Palm Springs Art Museum has reopened with updated galleries and 5 new exhibitions. New visitor hours are: Friday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., closed Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays. Capacity is limited to 25%, tickets must be reserved online in advance, and numerous COVID-19 safety measures will be in place. The Architecture & Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion will reopen in September with the exhibition The Modern Chair. More info
Shop Retail Palm Springs
The City of Palm Springs, the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism, the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce, and several local businesses have joined forces to support retail stores struggling to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Just go to pschamber.org and print or download the coupon to your phone. Then, simply shop in a participating Palm Springs retail store and spend $30 or more and you will receive $10.00 off the entire purchase! Learn more
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.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.
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.
Full list of The Center’s Zoom programs [here]
PSGMC Presents: Easter Parade
The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus presents Easter Parade on Saturday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. In a creative departure from the Chorus’ usual spring performance, Ethylina Canne will be the Mistress of Ceremonies for a combination LIVE and VIRTUAL Easter spectacular featuring Irving Berlin’s “Easter Parade” starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire. Ann Hampton Callaway, one of the leading champions of the Great American Songbook, will join the Chorus in a special musical tribute. As a special treat, Lenny Broberg will be doing a LIVE auction providing his services in memory of beloved Chorus member Dave Murdoch. Get tickets