Just as we publish our latest Calendar of Events for 2021-22 PDF, it becomes outdated with the postponement of Desert X. And there’s movement afoot to outright ban White Party from Palm Springs after promoter Jeffrey Sanker held a New Year’s party in Mexico. In attendance were mostly Americans who did not socially distance nor wear a mask. In fact, masks would have covered more than their attire judging from the photos…
Download our calendar today (and place a line through Desert X for now.) Other events that ARE happening are those put on by our Fun & Games Dept at GayDesertGuide. Shann Carr gives us some well-deserved comic relief with an Inauguration weekend kickoff this Friday. Join us for happy hour Friday – see the EVENTS section for details.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide
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Fun & Games: Happy Hour Inauguration Kick-Off Game Night
After the week we’ve had, we’re going to need a good Happy Hour to get us through to Inauguration Day! On Friday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m., the Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide and TheMenEvent.com present an Inauguration Kick-Off Game Night, hosted by Comedian Shann Carr on Zoom. This is a politics and cocktails version of our popular Big Gay Game Nights, celebrating the Pre-Inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President Elect Kamala Harris! Shann will host a series of fun online games, with prizes for the winners. Get tickets
More Fun & Games Dept Events Upcoming
Get your tickets now for these Gay Desert Guide Fun & Games Dept. events early in the New Year! We are adding some fun twists to the Virtual Speed Dating format with themed nights hosted by Alexander Rodriguez, and presenting our first in-person event in a long time: a safely distanced “walk in the park” with Comedian Shann Carr, and much more!
- Bowties and Bears Virtual Speed Dating, hosted by Alexander Rodriguez – Sun Jan 24 at 1:00 p.m.
- Gossipy Potluck and Recipe Swap with Comedian Shann Carr – Sun Jan 31 at 1:00 p.m.
- Star Trek Virtual Speed Dating for Men, hosted by Alexander Rodriguez – Wed Feb 3 at 6:00 p.m.
Greek Mom’s Live Post-Holiday Drama Advice Show
The Fun & Games Dept. of Gay Desert Guide and TheMenEvent.com present Greek Mom’s Live Interactive Advice Show on Thursday, January 14 at 6:00 p.m. Greek Mom (the creation of hysterical comedian Gus Constantellis) will insult and inform: “You want my advice? Good! Looks like you need it. Your life is a mess, but I’m here to help!” In this live improv advice show, the bombastic but tough “Greek Mom” will answer your questions on love, life and dealing with cousins you hate (don’t get her started about Toula). Get tickets
Mental Amusements from Dezart Performs
The first live streaming event from Dezart Performs is set to begin Wednesday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m., when award-winning mentalist Vinny DePonto welcomes you to “Mental Amusements,” his magnificently crafted carnival designed exclusively for the virtual stage. Imagine having your mind controlled, your secret thoughts revealed and predictions made about your imminent future — all through the screen and from your own home! Performances run through January 31. Check out the trailer [here] and get tickets [here]. Vinny will be on the #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast next week.
COVID Testing Freebie Fridays
Whether you have symptoms or not, getting tested for COVID-19 helps protect your family, classmates, co-workers and friends who could be at risk. Make an appointment to get tested at the Indio Fairgrounds this Friday and get a coupon for free local eats! It’s fast, easy and self-administered, with sponsors changing every week. On Friday, January 15: get BOGO coupons from Ben & Jerry’s Rancho Mirage for delicious ice cream!! Make your appointment online [here].
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.
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.
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 79
John Taylor, comedian Shann Carr and Brad Fuhr of GayDesertGuide.com, Dr. Laura Rush, Jimmy Boegle of CVIndependent.com, plus special guests: Mike Thompson and Mary Sue Allen of TheCenterCV.org …David Wells and Randy Garner unveil a new Bureau of Tourism campaign at VisitPalmSprings.com/we-are-
The I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast is now 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 after it airs).
Now available on iHeartRadio too!
Missing Mrs. Maisel? A Night with Mina Hartong
The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert presents Missing Mrs. Maisel? A Night with Mina Hartong on Saturday, January 16 at 5:00 p.m. Spend an hour with award winning emcee and comedienne Mina Hartong (Caroline’s; Cipriani’s; Amsterdam Pride) – The girl next door who dares to say what is on everyone’s mind, Mina says it with humor, grace and empathy. After a short set, Mina will answer questions about the LGBTQ comedy scene AND she will get you started on writing your own short comedy set or story. More info
Women of the Moulin Rouge and Montmarte
Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept. and TheMenEvent.com present Women of the Moulin Rouge and Montmartre on Saturday, January 16 at 11:00 a.m. on Zoom. The Moulin Rouge is the world’s most iconic nightclub, and its greatest attractions are the women dancers and singers, from Toulouse-Lautrec’s posters to Nicole Kidman’s Satine! Come learn about the history of the entertainers who seduced le tout Paris (and les USA too), from the day the CanCan was invented through great entertainers like Josephine Baker, Mistinguett, and Edith Piaf. Get tickets