We had another successful Virtual Speed Dating event on Saturday night – this one for the ladies. We’ll do it again in September, as we are putting the final touches on our calendar. You’ll be the first to know when you sign up for our Oasis Insiders newsletter. Men 55+ are getting together this Saturday. Want to join? see below…
Well, another hot week or so in Greater Palm Springs. Keep your thermostat at 78 or above to help prevent rolling blackouts. No electric curlers nor other “unnecessary appliances” – okay?
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide
Shann Carr’s Big Gay Game Night
The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide and TheMenEvent.com present Shann Carr’s Big Gay Game Night on Tuesday, August 18 from 7:00–8:00 p.m. Let’s have some fun at home! This evening of fun and games will feature prizes for the winners, playing Hangman, Friendly Feud, and Trivia. We’ll all get acquainted and share niceties before the fierce and friendly competition starts. Get tickets
Saturday: Gay Virtual Speed Dating for Men Ages 55+
Having just had the ladies’ event last weekend, the next Speed Dating offering from the the Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide will be Gay Virtual Speed Dating for Men Aged 55+, hosted by Shann Carr, on Saturday, August 22 at 7:00 p.m. Speed dating has never been more fun! We will make introductions, and you go on several short one-on-one dates (each lasting 5-6 minutes) then mingle with everyone with a fun game and have a real conversation about dating. This event is exclusively for men 55 and over (see our other speed dating events for other ages and themes). You could end up with a date, a friend or a business connection! Get tickets
Take Out! Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage 2020
This year’s Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage looks different but the spirit is the same: supporting our restaurants with take out from August 17 – September 22. (Patio dining where available). Your $10 wristband will encourage you to enjoy your favorites and try some new spots this summer for only $5, $10, or $15 – specials vary by location. It is a WIN-WIN-WIN! Not only do local nonprofits sell the wristbands to fundraise but restaurants also stay busy during this time and residents get to enjoy delicious food and cool treats! More info
Curbside Pickup Fundraiser for Transgender Health & Wellness
The Southern Belle Cafe is hosting Curbside Pickup – Dinner with Patsi as a fund raiser for the Transgender Health and Wellness Center on Wednesday, August 19 from 5:00–8:00 p.m. They are offering three specials for $22.50 (including tax and tip): Hickory Smoke Ribs / Mash Potatoes / with salad & dessert, Jambalaya with salad & dessert, and Étouffée with salad & dessert. More info
The LGBT Center of the Desert and Eisenhower Health presents Understanding the Basics of Diabetes, Nutrition, and Common Myths on Wednesday, August 19 from 5:30–6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Unfortunately there are a lot of common myths about diabetes and nutrition that are simply not true. That is why it is important to get the facts, so you can make better decisions to manage your diabetes. Knowing how to create a strong foundation of education will help you to manage your diabetes in everyday situations. More info
Outfest Goes Virtual, Starting Thursday
Outfest 2020 will take place from August 20–30, bringing over 160 films to their streaming platform, as well as a series of outdoor drive-in screenings in Malibu. One All-Access Pass will serve as your ticket to new centerpiece films, premieres, and hand-curated programs debuting daily. Select packages of Festival Favorites will also be available for direct purchase. Outfest’s mission creates visibility to diverse LGBTQIA+ stories and empowers storytellers, building empathy to drive meaningful social change. Learn more
Luminary Match-Up: Donna McKechnie and Teri Ralston
CVRep presents another in their “Luminaries” series with a Luminary Match-Up on Thursday, August 20 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom: Spanning decades on Broadway and starring in some of the most beloved musicals, actresses Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line) and Teri Ralston (Company) are matched up for this insider’s look. Hear about the lives, friendship and careers of two of Broadway’s best. Conducted in the style of Actors on Actors, Donna and Teri will interview each other and share the stories which shaped their illustrious careers. Free event, registration required. 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.
Knit Together with Doug Morris – Mondays & Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.
Managing Emotions During a Pandemic with Jill Hingston, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Dating and Sex in the Age of COVID with Arlen Keith Leight LCSW, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Conversational Spanish – Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m.
Virtual Beginner Tap with Keith Mottola – Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m.
Trans Tuesdays with Jill Hingston, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel Navarro – Wednesdays at 3:00 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.
Who Cares: Caregiver Support Group with Perry Wiggins – Fridays at 3:00 p.m.
Full list of The Center’s Zoom programs [here]
Fun & Games with Shann Carr
The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide, along with TheMenEvent.com, has more fun virtual events coming, hosted by Shann Carr, from Trivia and Game Nights on Tuesdays to Speed Dating Saturdays where you could meet a date, a friend, or a business connection!
- Shann Carr’s Big Gay Game Night – Tue Aug 18 at 7:00 p.m.
- Shann Carr’s Big Gay Trivia – Tue Aug 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Speed Dating Events (also hosted by Shann):
“Funny Girl” Drive-In Experience at Palm Springs Cultural Center
The Palm Springs Cultural Center has turned their parking lot into a temporary Drive-In Experience, complete with concessions like popcorn and frozen treats and radio-tuned sound! Join them on Thursday, August 20 at 7:30 p.m. for a Coyote Stageworks Special Event screening of “Funny Girl,” starring Barbara Streisand [Get tickets]. Screening for the weekend of Aug. 21–23: Blues Brothers, Road Warrior + Fury Road, and Bullitt. Get tickets
Gaylarious Virtual LGBT Comedy Show
The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide and TheMenEvent.com present Gaylarious Virtual LGBT Comedy Show on Thursday, August 20 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom. This funny line-up of comedians from all around the country includes: MC Rich Kiamco (Howard Stern Show), Calvin Cato (Netflix), Liz Glazer (OutTV), Sampson McCormick (Viceland and BET), Jake Noll (Just call me Ripley), DD Stepps (1st place in Comedy Laugh Off 2020), and Ronn Vigh (Switching Teams: A Gay Dude & A Straight Dude Talk About Sports). Get tickets
I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 58
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KGAY 106.5 Virtual Summer Concert Series – Eve
Gay Desert Guide is pleased to be a Media Sponsor of KGAY’s 106.5 Virtual Summer Concert Series.
This virtual concert series is designed to keep you entertained and safe this summer, while benefiting our local artists. The series is hosted by Ben Patrick Johnson and Shann Carr. This Sunday, Aug 23 at 5:00 p.m. the featured artist is Eve, and future performances include: Brian Scott on Aug 30, Emily West on Sept 6, Bill Lohnes on Sept 13, and Kristine W on Sept 20. Get tickets
Join Among Friends for their ongoing Thursday “Kickoff to the Weekend” Happy Hours, on Zoom from 5:00–6:30 p.m. every week. Come for the laughs, games and fun, and if you don’t want to be on cam, you don’t have to, you can still attend. And hey, no Uber needed! More info
What it’s Like to Live Like a Queen
The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide and TheMenEvent.com present Live Like a Queen: A Look at Britain’s Queer Stately Homes on Sunday, August 23 at 11:00 a.m. Discover how queer the stately homes of England have and continue to be. Presented by Nick Collinson and Dan Vo (who gave the Victoria and Albert Museum tour). Get tickets