Welcome to month two of 2021. We’re 1/12th through the year and we’re seeing some of our signature events get postponed (again). This week it’s Coachella and StageCoach that are in question. Will Goldenvoice be able to reschedule for the Fall? Stay tuned.
It’s Black History Month and Brothers of the Desert has a number of events planned as does The Center. We’ll keep you updated with our calendar of events – both here on the site and available as a download PDF for the side of your fridge.
Modernism is trying a month of virtual events starting today. There are more Fun & Games events scheduled this month and next. And with our bars and restaurants reopening for outside dining, there’s a few more options to socialize safely!
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide
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Feb. 1–28: Modernism Week Online Experience
While Modernism Week has rescheduled in-person events from February to April, the Modernism Week Online Experience will still take place February 1–28, with a curated line-up of more than 20 new video programs created specifically for Modernism Week. Also in February, Modernism Week will offer an online auction February 1–14 that will feature one-of-a- kind architectural experiences and unique, limited specialty items not normally available to the public. More info
Ten Essential Black LGBTQ Leaders
As Black History Month kicks off, The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents Ten Essential Black LGBTQ Leaders on Monday, February 1 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. From the early days of the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ persons have been in the forefront of the struggle for racial equality. This lively interactive discussion will look at ten such individuals (national and local) who sacrificed much for racial justice and are inspirations for us all. More info
Take Away So Restaurants Stay
Visit Palm Springs is offering a great deal to encourage takeout orders to support your favorite local restaurants, during this time when they need our support the most. The “Let’s Go Palm Springs” offer gets you $10 off your to go order of $30 or more from your favorite participating Palm Springs restaurant, including Eight4Nine, Il Giardino, Lulu California Bistro, Trio and many more! Get the deal
Queer Spirituality Discussion Group
The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents a Queer Spirituality Discussion Group hosted by Nathan Sobers on the first and third Mondays of the month at 10:00 a.m., starting on February 1 and continuing through April 19. This group provides a safe place to discuss all aspects of what it means to be queer and spiritual. Explore, learn and support each other on our individual spiritual journeys without judgement, fear or expectations. More info
Positive Life Series
The HIV+ Aging Research Project Palm Springs presents the Positive Life Series on Tuesday, February 2 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. on Zoom. This month’s topic: “HIV Cure Research Update” with Dr. Paula Cannon from USC & Dr. John Zaia with City of Hope talking about the latest in cure research, and current studies. Registration required. More info
Outbook Book Club
The Palm Springs Cultural Center and the Palm Springs Public Library present their LGBTQ monthly book club OUTBOOK on Wednesday, February 3 from 7:00–8:30 pm on Zoom. Connect with your fellow bibliophiles the first Wednesday of every month, with this month’s selection being “Real Life” by Brandon Taylor. Upcoming selections include: “Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice” by Janet Malcolm (Mar. 3), “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett (Apr. 7), “In the Absence of Men” by Philippe Besson (May 5), and “On Swift Horses” by Shannon Pufahl (Jun. 2). More info
Luminary Matchup with Wesley Eure and Alison Arngrim
CVRep presents a new Theatre Thursday Luminary Matchup featuring Wesley Eure and Alison Arngrim on Thursday, February 4 at 7:00 p.m. Wesley Eure is best known for his role as Will Marshall on “Land of the Lost.” Alison Arngrim played the feisty Nellie Oleson for seven years on “Little House on the Prairie.” Free event, registration required. More info
Write Your Memoir with Ronnie Sanlo
Have you always wanted to write your story, but just didn’t have the time or support? How about having both right now? This four week series starting Thursday, February 4 at 4:00 p.m. may be a good time to finally let your story fly! Ronni Sanlo, Ed.D. will walk you through the process over the course of four easy sessions. Get a good jump-start on your memoir. More info
PALS Death Cafe
They say “talking about death makes us feel good about living,” and this Thursday, February 4 at from 2:00–3:00 p.m., PALS (Planning Ahead for LGBTQ Seniors) presents a Virtual version of their Death Cafe. This is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives, or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. Just bring your curiosity and your thoughts/ideas about death or dying. 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.
Prostate Cancer Support Group – 2nd 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 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 82
Join John Taylor, comedian Shann Carr, Brad Fuhr of GayDesertGuide.com, Dr Laura Rush, Jimmy Boegle of CVIndependent.com for news, eats, sips, laughs, films and vaccines. Special guests include Dean Lavine of Blackbookbar.com …food blogger and Moderna Covid 19 vaccine study guinea pig, the wonderful Charles Drabkin …and the subject of the new short film “Draw With Me” J.Lo’s trans nibling Brendan Scholl proves the power of art! [Listen] or [Watch]
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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. to stream us to your TV. (Also available on demand)
Now available on iHeartRadio too!
Stand Up Comedy Workshop Series
If you always wanted to try comedy, now you can! The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents a Stand Up Comedy Workshop Series starting on Saturday, February 6 from 4:00–5:30 p.m. Professional Emcee and Comedienne Mina Hartong (Curve Magazine America’s Funniest Lesbians) will guide you through a six-week workshop series, starting with your story ideas, followed by joke structure and delivery, and finish with your polished three minute comedy set, all while giving each other encouragement and feedback along the way. More info
Interviewing the Author of “Call Me By Your Name”
Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept and TheMenEvent.com present an interview with the author of “Call Me By Your Name” on Sunday, February 7 at 11:00 a.m. on Zoom. Come hear Professor Franco Mormando interview author André Aciman about LGBTQ themes in his writing. Aciman is the author, among other things, of 5 novels, including Call Me By Your Name, winner of the 2007 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction, and the source for director Luca Guadagnino’s prize-winning 2017 screen adaptation starring Timothée Chalamet as the young Elio and Armie Hammer as Oliver, the graduate student with whom he falls in love—as well as a more recently published sequel, Find Me. More info