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Gay Desert Guide: Week of Nov 4, 2019

Walk of the Stars Honorees Judy Tenuta, John McDonald, & Rob Wright, I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast, Social Security Workshop, HIV and the Law, Hep C Misconceptions, Rainbow Night at Playoffs, The World According to LGBTQ, Robert Reich Speaks, Date Harvest Fest, Modernism Tickets on Sale Now, and a weekend preview!


Judy Tenuta Honored at Walk of Stars

“Love Goddess” comedian and actress Judy Tenuta will receive the 433rd star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars on Monday, November 4 at 2:00 p.m. in front of Benjamin Perdereau French Apparel. Judy has made hundreds of appearances on television, movies, and stage and has coined several cultural catch phrases including “Stud-puppets,” “love slaves,” “love buckets,” and most famously “it could happen!” Scheduled to speak during Judy Tenuta’s star ceremony are Ross Mathews (RuPaul’s Drag Race, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno), Susan Olsen (Cindy on the Brady Bunch), Erin Murphy (Tabitha on Bewitched) and Paul Cruz aka Paul Garnica (Casting Director, Actor, Writer, Producer, Entertainment Host & Director). The event will be emceed by Palm Springs Mayor Robert Moon and Palm Springs Chamber CEO Nona Watson. More info

You can hear more from Judy Tenuta as a guest on Episode 1 of The I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast with John Taylor and Shann Carr, available now online!

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Walk of the Stars Honors John McDonald and Rob Wright

The 434th star on the Walk of the Stars will be dedicated on Friday, November 8 at 11:00 a.m., honoring philanthropists John McDonald and Rob Wright. In 2015 John and Rob generously gifted the building located at 1301 N. Palm Canyon to the LGBT Community Center of Desert. The new location became the center for an expanded LGBTQ reach across the desert. More info



Social Security Workshop

The LGBT Community Center of the Desert presents a Social Security Workshop on Tuesday, November 5 from 4:00–6:00 p.m. Candy Bean, ChFC, of Rainbow Financial Group will help you get the most from your Social Security benefits, with topics including: strategies to potentially maximize your Social Security benefits, how benefits are calculated and ways to increase them, why married couples may miss out on substantial benefits, and more. Limited seating, please RSVP. More info


Positive Life Series: HIV and the Law

The Positive Life Series is a monthly community HIV/AIDS seminar series presented by HIV+ Aging Research Project Palm Springs (H+ARP), and the topic for Tuesday, November 5 is “HIV and the Law” presented by Attorney Andrew Alder. Light supper is served at 6:00 with program beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Sinatra Auditorium at Desert Regional Medical Center. RSVP not required. More info


Common Misconceptions about Hepatitis C

The LGBT Community Center of The Desert and Eisenhower Health present Common Misconceptions about Hepatitis C on Wednesday, November 6 from 5:30–6:30 p.m. at The Center. Join Don Gardenier, NP to learn the importance of being screened for HEP-C and the latest treatment options available. People born between 1945 and 1965 are at a greater risk of developing Hepatitis C than the general population, yet often we assume that our Primary Care Physician has already tested us for Hepatitis C, or that because we never used intravenous drugs we are safe. Unfortunately that isn’t always the case. This is a FREE event but space is limited. Registration is requested. More info


Rainbow Night at Playoffs Sports Lounge

It’s time again for a little hump day fun in Desert Hot Springs with Rainbow Night at Playoffs, on Wednesday, November 6, starting with cocktails and munchies at 7:00 p.m. and Anita Rose kicks off the drag show at 8:00 p.m. More info

 


The World According to LGBTQ

A four-part series of workshops, “The World, According to LGBTQ,” is presented by the reconciling United Methodist Church of Palm Springs on Thursday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. The topic for the night is “Hidden in Plain Sight: An Exploration of LGBTQ History.” There will be Q&A at each event. Future topics: Gender Identity and Pronouns on November 14 and Female Impersonators with Ginger Snap on November 21. More info


Palm Springs Speaks – Robert Reich

Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, will speak as part of the Palm Springs Speaks series on Friday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Richards Center for the Arts. Reich was named by Time magazine as one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century. He is the author of 15 books, and is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. His newest book is The Common Good, and the Netflix original documentary he co-created, “Saving Capitalism” is streaming now. Get tickets


V Wine Lounge Grand Opening

Join the celebration at V Wine Lounge for their Grand Opening on Sunday, November 10 from 1:00–6:00 p.m. Enjoy Happy Hour prices and HeyDay will be frying up burgers on the patio. V Wine Lounge features over 80 California boutique and old world wines by-the-glass, throw back cocktails, craft beers and more! Learn more


Date Harvest Festival

The “Date Harvest Fest,” taking place Saturday, November 9 from 12:00–10:00 p.m. at Rancho Las Flores in Coachella, is now the second date festival of the year, separate from the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival that happens in February. Spend the day in the open air venue eating the best of the best festival food, sampling dates that you’ve never heard of, and enjoying a full day of culinary and musical entertainment. Your ticket gets you grass seating for all bands as well as a ferris wheel, family zone with tractors to climb on and a day of entertainment and fun for the whole family. Get tickets


Modernism Week 2020 Tickets on Sale Now

Modernism Week takes place February 13–23, 2020,
Tickets have just gone on sale, as of November 1.
Get tickets here

The festival highlights midcentury modern architecture, art, interior and landscape design, and vintage culture. The 11-day festival is in its 15th year and features more than 350 events, including the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, tours of iconic homes in more than 30 neighborhoods, and the popular Signature Home Tour on both weekends. Also offered are architectural walking, biking and double-decker bus tours, tours of the historic Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands, a classic car show, garden tours, nightly parties, and a special series of compelling and informative talks. All events are open to the public, and many events are free or low cost.


THIS WEEKEND

“Hand to God” Opens at Dezart Performs

Dezart Performs opens their new season on Friday, November 8 with Hand to God, The Broadway Smash Hit Comedy by Robert Askins, running through Sunday, November 17. Think of it as “The Exorcist” meets “Sesame Street:” After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door, and most especially his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. Get tickets


“Priscilla” Continues at Palm Canyon Theatre

Palm Canyon Theatre presents Priscilla Queen of the Desert through Sunday, November 17. This musical is based on the hit movie, telling the heartwarming adventure story of three friends who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. Songs include “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” “Hot Stuff,” “Finally,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “Go West,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “I Love The Nightlife,” and many more. Get tickets

Next up from Palm Canyon Theatre: The King and I, opens November 29. More info


“Dinner” is Served at CVRep

CVRep presents “Dinner with Friends,” by Donald Margulies, opening November 6 and running through November 24. Two married couples have been friends for many years. As both couples struggle with questions of loyalty, individuality, and commitment in this deliciously funny, sharply observed drama, the ultimate question is posed – If Gabe and Karen didn’t really know Beth and Tom as well as they assumed…do they really know each other? Get tickets

 


Leslie Jordan brings “Overexposed” Show to Outlandish Performance Series

Leslie Jordan returns to Outlandish for two shows: Saturday, November 16 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday November 17 at 8:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center as part of the Outlandish Palm Springs performance series. Leslie invites his audiences behind-the-scenes of his childhood and career, offering a charming & hilarious look-back at his life experience as a flamboyant youth raised as a Southern Baptist, as well as the “unbelievable real-life stories” and treasured anecdotes from his renowned stage and television performances. Get tickets

Next week, Outlandish brings us Randy Rainbow Live.


Bears on the Prowl: Pup Paradise

The pups are taking over the CCBC Resort from Friday, November 8 through Sunday, November 10 for Bears on the Prowl Presents: Pup Paradise. DJ, Puppy Bar, pool parties, nightly pup play and cruising, and more to come. 100% clothing optional. Strap on your gear and join the pack whether it’s your first time in the kink scene or you’re a well trained pup (all pups must be housebroken). Get tickets


Wellness Summit: Living Your Best Black Gay Life

The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert and Brothers of the Desert presents Living Your Best Black Gay Life: A Wellness Summit in Palm Springs on Saturday, November 9 from 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. This one-day event focuses on Black gay men in the Coachella Valley and beyond, with innovative workshops, interactive discussions and entertaining presentations on a diverse range of topics.The goal promote a better quality of life across the social-cultural-economic spectrum, discussing: relationships and intimacy, spirituality, the impact of racism, sexual pleasure, creative expression, financial planning, building community, health care and more. Get tickets


Rancho Mirage Art Affaire

Spend the weekend shopping for fine art, wine, food & music at the Rancho Mirage Art Affaire, November 9 & 10 from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. each day. Artists from near and far will display their artwork and crafts for purchase. Paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, glass, apparel and more will be featured in this two-day excitement-filled event. Live modern jazz, Motown and blues music and activities for the kiddos too. More info


Palm Desert Choreography Festival

Choreography by both emerging and established dancemakers takes center stage at the Palm Desert Choreography Festival at the McCallum Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, November 9 & 10. This popular festival, now in its 22nd year, brings exciting original dances in a number of styles, performed by companies from across the nation with winners announced at the conclusion of each performance. Professional companies are featured on Saturday [Get tickets], while pre-professional companies take the stage on Sunday [Get tickets].


Golden Grapes Wine Tasting at the Ace Hotel

The Ace Hotel & Swim Club presents their monthly poolside wine tasting series Golden Grapes, on Sunday, November 9 from 12:00–5:00 p.m. This day-long bacchanalia with Palm Springs Wine Fest celebrates the best wine makers, grapes and grape lovers in California with wine tastings, small bites and a poolside soundscape. This time they are pouring from a flight of five wines from Scribe Winery, producing vibrant, terroir-driven wines from the Sonoma Valley. More info


LOOKING AHEAD: The Palm Springs International Film Festival

The Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) 30th Season takes place January 2–13, 2020. This is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming over 135,000 attendees each year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The Festival offers 12 days of events and film screenings in Palm Springs and Cathedral City, featuring over 200 films from 60+ countries. Passes for the 2020 Film Festival are now available for purchase. Individual film and event tickets, including Opening & Closing Night, will be available for purchase in December. More info