Brad Fuhr Caricature
Rainy Days and Mondays were a stark contrast to 120+ and I’ll take it for a day or so!  We have a few months of this weird weather that happens each summer, yet never fails to surprise me a bit.
I’m also surprised at the great events happening this week from yoga to yucks!  Read below for our full summary.  And please consider wearing a mask indoors.  Me and the staff both had COVID scares last week, and we’re hearing about more positive cases among those of us who were vaccinated.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide 
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Center Social Returns Wednesday July 28

Update: As of Wednesday morning, The Center has decided to cancel the return of the Center Social “with an abundance of care,” due to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases. 
The Center Social is coming back! Join your friends at The Saguaro on Wednesday, July 28 from 5:30–7:00 p.m. for the first Center Social since the COVID pandemic shut everything down. Beat the heat with cool vibes, refreshing drinks, and an even cooler community in AC luxury overlooking the Jacinto Lawn and the amazing pool area. Celebrate community and connection and spread the word–this happy hour is for everyone! More info

Last Laugh Wednesdays at Oscar’s

National headliner Poppy Champlin kicks off a new stand-up comedy series, Last Laugh Wednesday, at Oscar’s Palm Springs on Wednesday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m. and continuing the last Wednesday of every month. Poppy’s observational humor tackles tough subjects with ease. In her hands we laugh at life’s most formidable perils… and laughter that ravages fear is the best kind of all. This month’s performance also features comedians Selene Luna and Jim Barnes. Hosted by local comedian Max Mitchell. More info

“The Great American Trailer Park Musical” at Desert Rose Playhouse
The Desert Rose Playhouse presents “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” running now through Sunday, August 8. It explores the relationships between the tenants at the Armadillo Acres Trailer Park in Starke, Florida, particularly between Pippi, “the stripper on the run,” the Dr. Phil-loving agoraphobic, Jeannie, and Jeannie’s tollbooth-collector husband, Norbert. “Armadillo Acres” is a come-as-you-are kind of trailer park, where personalities and predilections might be noisy, but hearts are soft and true. ​Get tickets

Jazzville Palm Springs: Luke Carlsen Big Band

Jazzville, the live jazz scene presented by Barry Martin/DJ Baz and Take Five Entertainment, presents the Luke Carlsen Big Band on Thursday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the vibrant Cascade Lounge inside Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs. Within the past two years, Luke Carlsen has expanded from a 5-piece to a 12-piece band. Luke is a classic crooner with a warm stage presence, and the band delivers a unique and sophisticated sound with great dance music by George Gershwin, Nelson Riddle, Frank Sinatra, Cole Porter, Louis Armstrong, and Wynton Marsalis. Cocktails, wine and delicious small bites will be available to order and enjoy while bopping to the tunes of the evening. More info

Escape the Heat in San Diego

Let’s Go Travel! presents Escape the Heat in San Diego on Thursday, July 29 from 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Escape the heat for a day and enjoy the cool breezes and spectacular views of San Diego’s Harbor on a 2-hr yacht cruise with lunch included, reserved just for The LGBTQ Center of the Desert and friends. Tour includes roundtrip deluxe motorcoach transportation from the desert, champagne en route, lunch and more. Each ticket includes a donation to The Center. Get tickets

FREE Tuesday Tadasana Yoga at Agua Caliente
Agua Caliente Casinos has been offering a free weekly Tadasana Yoga class, Tuesdays from 8:00–9:00 a.m. throughout July, with the final class of the series taking place this week, on Tuesday, July 27. The class is powered by Power Yoga Palm Springs at the Agave Terraza outdoor pavilion space at Agua Caliente Cathedral City. Book your (free) space ahead of time! Attendees will also receive coupons and promos. More info


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Demystifying the HPV Virus

The LGBTQ Center of the Coachella Valley and Eisenhower Health present Demystifying the HPV Virus on Wednesday, July 28 at 4:00 p.m. Please join Jon Colbert, NP for a discussion of what you can do to help decrease your chances of getting HPV and the different types of cancer linked to it. You will get answers to common questions about HPV, HPV infection, and how HPV testing is used. More info

Good Grief! Support Group

Good Grief! is a drop-in group offered by The LGBTQ Center of the Desert, meant for those struggling with actual or anticipated loss, grief, or bereavement. Meetings are Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom, facilitated by Amy Prescott, Clinical Trainee and Sean Ferri, Registered Psychological Assistant. More info

Wyld Womxn Monthly Bike Outing

Join Wyld Womxn for their monthly recurring biking activity on the last Thursday of every month, this Thursday, July 29 at 5:30 p.m. This monthly bike ride is a public community wellness resource and is open for anyone interested! Meet at Dead or Alive Bar and come back for a glass of wine on the patio. Founded in 2016, Wyld Womxn is an intersectional feminist community organization based in the Coachella Valley, comprised of women and non-binary artists and activists. More info

Virtual Events at The Center
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 their programs:
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.
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.
Women’s Chat with Kim Kieler – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Let’s Talk about Race with Lex OrtegaThursday, July 29 at 5:00 p.m.
Topic: Critical Race Theory
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]

RuPaul Recaps by Dante

Our Special Drag Correspondent Dante Noto is faithfully watching and reporting on all the weekly victories and defeats in the world of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 6. Check out his review of the latest episode, “Ru-Merican Horror Story: Coven Girls,” [here] where “on the main stage, the runway category is ‘Oh My Goth!’ The queens are swathed in black, except Kylie, who is basically nude, wrapped in criss-crossed black bands.” And see all of Dante’s recaps back to the season premiere [here]


Summerific Sing-A-Long: CHICAGO
The Palm Springs Cultural Center and The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus present The All Summer Long Snazzy Sassy Songsational Summerific Sing-A-Long. This week, on Saturday, July 31, the evening’s movie musical is “Chicago,starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Renée Zellweger, and Queen Latifah – At 6:00 p.m., come for social hour in the VIP Lounge upstairs, to mingle with your fellow movie musical enthusiasts and enjoy cocktails, mocktails & soda; spontaneous singing encouraged! Dress for the songsational occasion, and at 7:00 p.m. join host Rosemary Galore and songleaders from the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus for an evening filled with film, fun, and song. The Summerific Sing-A-Long series is a joint fundraiser for Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus and Palm Springs Cultural Center and continues with a different film every Saturday through September 11. Get tickets