The mask is back in vogue and in the headlines. As we hear of rising cases and a disregard for masks, I am experiencing it firsthand in a trip to see family in rural Michigan. The employees at two restaurants we went to used no masks nor gloves and it felt unsafe. I told you Thursday that travelers were compliant in the airports I traveled, but on the ground it’s another story. I’ve been seeing social media posts about non-compliant restaurants and businesses in Greater Palm Springs. Let’s hope that everyone realizes the gravity of this situation and wears the damn mask!
We’re glad to see hotels opening – the Ace, for example, opens July 1. We’re also keeping up on all the other business reopenings in STAY, DINE & SIP, AFTER DARK and WEDDINGS on our site.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide.
Mandatory California Mask Order
Late last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered the use of face coverings for all Californians in indoor space, public transportation, and outdoors when social distancing guidelines cannot be observed. See the California Department of Public Health’s Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings [here].
Safer Together, Greater Together
Gay Desert Guide has taken the Safer Together, Greater Together Pledge. By taking this pledge, GayDesertGuide.LGBT is making a commitment to ensure the safety and well-being of our visitors, workforce, and all of our neighbors, families, and friends. The Safer Together, Greater Together Pledge is a unified approach destination-wide among all of the business partners of Visit Greater Palm Springs.
2020 ShortFest Wraps up with Awards
2020 ShortFest was held as a virtual event this year, with winners announced this past Sunday. You can see who won and catch the best of the fest online at https://psfilmfest.org/2020-shortfest
Mary Pickford Theater Reopens
The Mary Pickford Theater in Cathedral City is once again screening films, and they are the first movie theater to re-open in the Coachella Valley. They are limiting screenings to 25% capacity, with social distancing and mask requirements in place (though you can remove mask once seated). More info
Voices with Impact 2020
Art With Impact presents Voices With Impact 2020 from Monday, June 22 through Friday, June 26
Voices With Impact is a year-long project that celebrates mental health stories told by filmmakers from around the world with unique perspectives and lived experience. The topics for this year’s five-minute short films are: Mental health issues specific to LGBTQIA+ people, and mental health issues related to the culture of masculinity. The world premiere of these films will take place on June 22, and will be followed by a week-long festival of dialogue and discussion in which esteemed storytellers will lead interactive, enlightening sessions on topics ranging from colonialism and mental health to representations of men of color in the media. Workshops are free, registration required. More info
Luminary Cocktail with Alexandra Billings
CVRep presents the first VirtualLuminary Cocktail event, with Alexandra Billings, on Tuesday, June 23 at 6:00 p.m. Billings will discuss her illustrious Broadway career. Acting since 1968, she has performed across the United States in hundreds of plays and musicals. Every stage role she plays is considered to be a first for a transgender actress. Award-winning director Joanne Gordon will conduct the interview. 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:
On Thursday, June 25 at 6:00 p.m., CVRep is presenting a star-studded cast for an online reading of “Meet & Greet,” a hilarious comedy from acclaimed writers Stan Zimmerman and Christian McLaughlin. This award-winning play centers around four actresses (of a certain age) who are all up for the same part in a horrible new sitcom pilot. At the network casting office, old rivalries come to the surface and egos clash. Starring: Judith Chapman, Daniele Gaither, Teresa Ganzel, Melissa Peterman, and Brendan Robinson. Free program, registration required. More info
‘Stories of Dear Harvey’ Virtual Viewings
San Diego’s Breakthrough Workshop Theatre has performed “Dear Harvey,” a tribute play to Harvey Milk, ever since their conception in 2013. With the 2020 reading cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic, the tradition continues with a new documentary film experience that interweaves stories from the play with stories from the creators and the artists who have been changed through their work on the play for over a decade. The film can viewed online for free on Friday, June 26 at 6:00 p.m., and again on Wednesday, July 1 at 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, July 12 at 1:00 p.m. with each live screening followed by a different live follow-up experience. More info
Miss Richfield Bingo Bonanza
Outlandish presents Bingo Bonanza with Miss Richfield 1981, online Monday and Thursday nights at 5:00 p.m. Watch and play along as Miss Richfield turns your living room into a church basement! All ages welcome. More info
I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 50
Hosts John Taylor, comedian Shann Carr special guest co-host: Coachella Valley’s favorite TV Personality, Bryan Gallo and CVIndependent.com publisher Jimmy Boegle are joined by Desert Health District’s Will Dean, Revry.TV Co-Founder and ShortFest actress Allie McCarthy for a fun conversation about entertainment, covid response, inclusion and community! We’re all in this together in our 50th #ILoveGayPalmSprings Podcast! [Listen] or [Watch]
Global Pride 2020
Global Pride 2020 is bringing Pride organizations from around the world together on Saturday, June 27, ensuring that our pride will shine through COVID-19. Hundreds of Pride celebrations have had to be canceled or postponed this year due to the pandemic, but Global Pride will provide a platform where everyone can participate, wherever they are in the world. It will include musical performances, speeches, and key messages from human rights activists. The event will be live-streamed, and people will be invited to join in the event from home. More info
Sonoma County Virtual Pride
Take a virtual trip to Sonoma County and join them in celebrating Pride on Saturday, June 27 from 6:00–7:30 p.m. with an evening of live music, drag kings & drag queens, comedians, and more. See the true colors of Sonoma County! More info