Topping Today’s News: Miley Cyrus pays a visit to Eight4Nine! You may have caught her performance on the TikTok Tailgate show in Tampa, Florida, which aired before Super Bowl LV for 7,500 vaccinated healthcare workers on TikTok and CBS. Somehow, it harkens back to a time some 61 years ago when Marilyn Monroe paid a visit to “meet” President John F. Kennedy. Stars have graced our city since the early days of Hollywood, but somehow it never gets old. We feature a Miley Cyrus video today on the homepage of GayDesertGuide.LGBT.
We’re glad that our city can bathe in the limelight as we emerge from COVID-19. Spring is here – in more ways that just on the calendar. In fact, Daylight Saving Time starts this Sunday! More daylight ahead and warmer temps.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide
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#Hashtag Helper with Gay Desert Guide
GayDesertGuide.LGBT and #ILoveGayPalmSprings present Hashtag Helper, a free online webinar on Wednesday, March 10 at 4:00 p.m. on Facebook Live. Learn how to effectively use hashtags in your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts to effectively promote your business and Greater Palm Springs to the world! More info
DBA Virtual Networking Mixer
The Desert Business Association presents a Virtual Mixer on Monday, March 8 at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. Hear from Dr. Jay Seller, the new Executive Director at the Neuro Vitality Center in Palm Springs, and the programs they offer to help maximize the life of older adults and their families living with chronic conditions. Also hear about some online/digital marketing strategies gained during this pandemic from Darrell Baum of Wabi Sabi Japan Living, a former corporate marketing leader. Finally, there will be updates about activities in the business community and sharing member-to-member successes! More info
Palm Springs International Dance Festival
Nickerson-Rossi Dance presents the Palm Springs International Dance Festival from Thursday, March 11 through Sunday, March 14. Highlights include Opening Night at Bouschet with a three-course meal from Chef Tig, VIP Photography Exhibit and Live Music at the newly-built Palm Springs Dance Academy. A Self-Guided Photo Exhibit, Dance Film Series Under the Stars, Dance Art Auction, and Virtual Dance Experience round out the festival’s activities! More info
A Woman’s Guide to Healthy Aging
The LGBTQ Center of the Coachella Valley and Eisenhower Health present A Woman’s Guide to Healthy Aging on Wednesday, March 10 at 4:00 p.m. As many women over 50 know, some things just get better with age. However, aging also increases the risk for developing health conditions that can impact your quality of life. Join Cari Sudmeier, NP, Women’s Health, Via Zoom to learn about a few conditions that are common among women as they age – and what you can do to prevent or treat them. More info
Meet the Author: Keisha Bush
The Mizell Center and The Palm Springs Public Library invite you to Meet the Author: Keisha Bush on Tuesday, March 9 at 10:00 a.m. Join author Keisha Bush in conversation with Jean Kwok about her recently published novel, New York Times Editors’ Choice, No Heaven For Good Boys. This modern-day Oliver Twist is set in Senegal and serves as a meditation on the power of love and the strength that can emerge when we have no other choice but to survive. More info
Inland Empire Heroes Awards
The Riverside County Chapter of The American Red Cross presents the Inland Empire Heroes Awards on Thursday, March 11 at 9:00 a.m. This powerful celebration will honor local heroes from Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, including individuals and organizations, for their acts of great bravery, dedication, and humanitarian service. Hear their stories of courage, compassion, and community impact. Registration is free, donations will benefit Red Cross Disaster Relief. More info
Cabaret with Julie Garnyé
CVRep and The Roost Lounge present An Evening of Cabaret with Julie Garnyé on Thursday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. Garnyé is sure to delight audiences with her charm and scintillating vocal style. She was most recently seen as an original cast member of the first national tour of the Broadway hit “Come From Away” and as Bulda and Queen Iduna in “Frozen Live” at the Hyperion Theatre at the Disneyland Resort in Southern California. Free event, registration required. More info
Managing Loneliness in the Pandemic with Dr. Anthony Silard
The Mizell Center presents Managing Loneliness in the Pandemic, a four-part course offered via Zoom to Mizell members only from March 12–April 9, meeting from 1:00–2:00 p.m. Gain a better understanding of loneliness so you will suffer less from it. Dr. Anthony Silard will help you learn how to live by Dutch Philosopher Baruch Spinoza’s wise advice: “Emotion, which is suffering, ceases to be suffering as soon as we form a clear and precise picture of it.” The cost is $85 for the course. More info
Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival
Friends of the Desert Mountains have slated the entire month of March for this year’s Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival, a hybrid of online activities and individualized outdoor challenges to raise awareness of the many wildflowers throughout Coachella Valley. Join the Virtual Super Bloom 30-miles-in-30-days challenge to support the Friends’ mission of public land stewardship. You can also download field guides and scavenger hunts, check out the silent auction, and participate in online demos and lessons! More info
Modernism Week Online Experience Extended
Modernism Week has extended sales of the Modernism Week Online Experience! It’s not too late to watch these popular programs, now available for online purchase until midnight on March 15. Once purchased, you can stream these programs until March 31. The Online Experience is a curated line-up of more than 20 new video programs created specifically for Modernism Week, like “‘Philip Johnson – a Visual Biography’ and the Glass House,” to name just one! More info
Virtual Events at The Center
Looking for connection in this time of self-isolation? 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 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.
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.
Full list of The Center’s Zoom programs [here]
I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 87
John Taylor, comedian Shann Carr and Brad Fuhr of GayDesertGuide.com are joined by Dr. Laura Rush, Editor of CVIndependent.com Jimmy Boegle, Rev. Kevin Johnson of Bloom in the Desert + TV’s Patrick Evans honors Keisha D, Read29Palms.com author Stephen Hess and last, but certainly not least, Actor/Writer/Producer-Terry Ray!
The #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast is broadcast on Facebook Live at its new time, Fridays at 11:00 a.m.! Our podcast is brought to you by City of Palm Springs Small Business Financial Aid Program.
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. (or later on-demand) to stream us to your TV. Listen on Apple Podcasts and now available on iHeartRadio too!
Building Bridges: Exploring Gender Dysphoria
PALS (Planning Ahead for LGBTQ Seniors) presents Building Bridges: Exploring Gender Dysphoria on Saturday, March 13 from 10:00–11:00 a.m. on Zoom. Jami Woods, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Vice Chair Diversity and Inclusion, UC Riverside School of Medicine will discuss: terminology (the five identities), the prevalence of gender dysphoria, gender as a social construct, the cost of living authentically, as well as her own personal journey. Registration required. More info
Free Live Comedy Show
The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents a FREE Live Comedy Show by the students of the Stand-Up Comedy Workshop series, on Saturday, March 13 at 4:30 p.m. Host Mina Hartong will present a fantastic lineup of eight performers making their comedy debuts–an evening of joy, humor and community not to be missed. Live performances by: Alisa Zebrina, Christi BlueFeather, David Sklarew, DeAnn Hopings, Lee Wygand, Lin Phillippi, Noreen Brody and Robyn Katz. More info
Front Row Center TV Series Returns
David Green’s Musical Theatre University is back with Front Row Center, the desert’s only weekly entertainment show, starring the MTU’s talented students bringing you the music of Broadway and beyond. It airs Sunday Nights on KESQ-ABC TV Channel 3 at 5:00 p.m. More info
WildLights Makes a Spring Return
WildLights will return to the The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens – with a spring twist! WildLights of Spring will take place nightly, starting next week: March 15–28. Guests will take an illuminated journey around the Zoo with an enchanting assortment of lighted animal sculptures and vantages of select habitats including the emus of the Australian Adventures. A portion of the African Safari loop will be open for guests to see cheetahs, zebras, African wild dogs, and other animals. The event also will feature new music for the light zones, and guests can take a spin on the carousel and make s’mores around a fire, for an additional fee. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Tickets are on sale now and advanced purchase is required. Get tickets