We’re going to keep our advisory update front and center this week, as mask guidelines continue to be misunderstood. The City put out a late statement Friday: “City of Palm Springs would like to advise the community that it will continue to follow the current face covering guidelines in place from the California Department of Public Health, until otherwise notified by the State. Face coverings are still required indoors, with few exceptions.”
It’s going to be confusing for some time and our Pavlovian response will be to don a mask when we no longer need to. But some will choose that safety blanket face covering even if vaccinated. It certainly has reduced other diseases like colds and allergies. So I’m keeping my mask handy just in case!
Saturday is the official Harvey Milk Day in California. We’ll be providing links to articles on our site this week. We mourn the civil rights leader and also are sad that the annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast is on hiatus this year. The proceeds support Safe Schools Desert Cities, who are in need of donations this year.
ShortFest tickets are on sale now and we’re on board as a media sponsor of the film festival which will take place in June. Look for interviews with filmmakers and previews here and on the #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast.
After Sunday’s Tea Dance reunion at Oscar’s, we’re hoping the glitter and feathers will be cleaned up in time for “An Evening on the Lanai: Celebrating The Golden Girls”. Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept is present this event with Season 1 writer Stan Zimmerman and Alexander Rodriguez hosting. Tickets are almost sold out! Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide #ILoveGayPalmSprings #ILoveGayCatCity #ShopLocal and … #WeArePalmSprings
ShortFest Passes On Sale Now
ShortFest 2021 passes are on sale as of May 17 with schedule and tickets available the first week of June. The 27th Palm Springs International ShortFest is returning for in-person screenings at the Palm Springs Cultural Center’s Camelot Theatres on June 22–28, and will be the first film festival in California to hold all of its screenings in-theatre in 2021! Theatergoers will be required wear masks to enter venues, and stringent cleaning protocols will be followed. The ShortFest Forum returns with virtual classes and panels to make it more available to all, including international filmmakers unable to attend. More info
Desert Stonewall Democrats May Meeting
The Desert Stonewall Democrats will have their May meeting on Tuesday, May 18 at 5:45 p.m. on Zoom. In recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Heritage Month they will have a roundtable discussion on community building and solidarity with special guests Michelle Castillo, Nicole Dumaguindin, Karina Quintanilla, and Priya Vedula. The evening starts earlier this time for a virtual Happy Half-Hour to catch up with fellow members and welcome new ones, then the program begins at 6:15 p.m.More info
Talk of the Town: Health Care in Post-Pandemic Palm Springs
ONE-PS‘s new Talk of the Town is Exploring Health Care Resources in a Post-Pandemic Palm Springs on Tuesday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. As we begin to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, there are myriad health care challenges for our diverse community, including: Safe and accessible health care services for seniors, a safe return to preventive health maintenance such as cancer screenings, access to mental health services, an expanding role in public health and health equity for our local health care providers, and managing new health care concerns of those who have recovered from COVID-19. A panel of three distinguished local health care providers will present a conversation to better understand what resources and opportunities are available in our community. More info
Walk & Hike with Kim
The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents Walk and Hike with Kim, occasional treks for women led by Kim Kieler. On Tuesday, May 18 join Kim at 8:30 a.m. for a hike at Spitler Peak Trail, a moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mountain Center. You will be hiking 3 miles in and 3 miles back, with an elevation gain of 1000 ft. The whole trail is 10 miles with a 2400 ft elevation gain if there are any super keeners out there who want to do the entire trail. More info
Palm Springs Yappy Hour – Wig Out
Animal Samaritans presents an online “Wig Out Virtual Yappy Hour” on Thursday, May 20 from 5:00–6:00 p.m. Rock your favorite wig for a good cause and all proceeds benefit Animal Samaritans’ life-saving programs. This month, your Yappy Hour donation will be used to help Animal Samaritans care for the many orphan puppies and kittens that arrive at the shelter during this kitten and puppy season. Meet new, animal loving friends and their pets, play games for prizes, watch animal-themed demos, and there’s a chance to win a beautiful, new Kaftko unisex rainbow caftan donated by a local animal lover! More info
Mark Your November Calendar: Palm Springs Pride 2021
Palm Springs Pride has confirmed dates for a traditional in-person Pride Festival on Saturday and Sunday, November 6 & 7, with a Pride Parade on Sunday, November 7 at 10:00 a.m. All activity, of course, will depend on COVID-19 guidelines in place. Palm Springs Pride President & CEO Ron deHarte notes: “As the COVID-19 crisis subsides, this moment is significant for our community to come together after the pandemic’s stress, uncertainty, and isolation…This year Pride is truly a Coming Out celebration of all that Palm Springs represents – life, love, community, the desert environment, diversity, and our friendly mid-century vibe!”
Remembering the Golden Girls: Sold Out!
The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide presents An Evening on the Lanai: Remembering the Golden Girls on Thursday, May 27 at 7:00 p.m. at Oscar’s, with season one writer Stan Zimmerman and fun trivia, clips from favorite episodes, prize giveaways, sing-alongs, and Q&A. Hosted by on-air personality Alexander Rodriguez from On the Rocks with Alexander and a regular guest on the #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast. SOLD OUT
15th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey
Please take part in the Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) 15th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey! Participation in this survey gives important feedback to our LGBTQ community media and organizations, and provides data to companies interested in serving our community, sponsoring our charities, and supporting their LGBTQ employees. The survey should take about 12 to 15 minutes to complete. Make your voice heard! [Click here to take the survey]
Gay Desert Guide After Dark
With nightlife heating up again, visit our Gay Desert Guide After Dark page for all the Happy Hours and other bar-related events in the Palm Springs area and remember to designate a driver or call a rideshare if you have a bit too much to drink! Happy Hours
The Palm Springs Police Department will hold a DUI Checkpoint on Friday, May 21 from 9:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location within the city limits. Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests. Drivers charged with DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license. So yeah, don’t even risk it.
McCallum Theatre 2021-2022 Tickets on Sale Now
The 2021-2022 Season is set for the McCallum Theatre, opening in December with the perennial musical favorite “Hairspray.” The season features a collection of McCallum’s favorites, and includes Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth, Judy Collins, Vanessa Williams, Pink Martini, productions of “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Jersey Boys,” “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” and much more. Tickets are available by phone or online at McCallumTheatre.com beginning at 6 p.m. May 13. There are no walk-up orders. More info
Women’s Brown Bag Breakfast
The LGBTQ Center hosts the Women’s Brown Bag Breakfast monthly hosted by Kim, Gail and Gwendolyn. On Sunday, May 23 from 8:00–9:00 a.m., join the women for Bagels in the Park at Ruth Hardy Park. Enjoy easy conversations and good laughs, catch up with old friends and meet new friends! More info
On the latest episode of our podcast: John Taylor, comedian Shann Carr and Gay Desert Guide’s Brad Fuhr welcome Jeffrey Norman from McCallumTheatre.com, International Drag Legend Sherry Vine, Golden Girls writer/producer/director/teacher Stan Zimmerman, and PalmSpringsLife.com Editor Steven Biller.
The #ILoveGayPalmSprings Podcast is broadcast on Facebook Live, Fridays at 11:00 a.m. The#ILoveGayPalmSprings 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. You can also listen on Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio and more!
Desert Theatricals Live Cabaret Series: “Doris & Me”
The City of Rancho Mirage presents Desert Theatricals Live Cabaret Series as dinner theater every Saturday through June 5th. Purchase a table for 4 to include a meal and glass of wine per attendee and complimentary valet parking. Gates open at 6:15 p.m., dinner is served at 7:00 p.m. and show begins at 8:00 p.m. The SOLD OUT show this Saturday, May 22 is The Mod Squad, but tickets are still available for Scott Dreier’s tribute to Doris Day, “Doris and Me” (May 29). Get tickets
Cinema Under the Stars
The nights are getting warmer and while the pleasant evenings last, The Palm Springs Cultural Center continues to run their Outdoor Cinema Under the Stars program. No longer a drive-in, you can still camp-out in your own chairs or reserve one of the available picnic tables. You also pre-order a boxed dinner from Mildred’s Chicken & Waffle Dinners! On Saturday, May 22 the film will be “Wigstock.“Get tickets
Joshua Tree Music Festival Spring Concerts
The Joshua Tree Music Festival is taking first steps on the journey back toward the festival as we know and love it, presenting Diggin Dirt (Funk/rock/reggae groove music created behind the redwood curtain in Humboldt County, CA) this Friday and Saturday, May 21 & 22, at 8:00 p.m. Enjoy these amazing artists in a safe and spacious outdoor setting in the main music bowl, with tickets sold by the pod, with each pod accommodating up to four people. Get tickets
Paris Cafés: Their Stories and Histories
Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept. and TheMenEvent.com present Paris Cafés—Their Stories and Histories on Saturday, May 22 at 11:00 a.m. on Zoom. Come find out about Paris’ soul—its cafés—and the amazing stories and history (plus literature and art) that have taken place there. Come to the Cafe Procope, the oldest cafe in Paris, to celebrate Voltaire’s literary successes. Congratulate Ben Franklin on finalizing the Treaty of Paris, which he edited at a corner table. Let Oscar Wilde amuse you as you drink an elegant hot chocolate at the Café de la Paix. Your guides will be two ultimate devotees, Professor Andrew Lear and Parisian native Edith de Belleville. Get tickets