No matter what the outcome of our election, we’re hellbent on celebrating the vestige of #PalmSpringsPride next weekend. It’s our time to “Light Up the Night” and show our valley the large number of LGBTQ supporters. We’ve teamed up with Palm Springs Pride and Alaska Airlines for this promotion which runs Friday-Monday.
You can go to our Facebook page, linked below, and get ready to take a picture of your “Light Up the Night” display. Submit by Saturday morning. We select 10 finalists from which everyone can choose to win air travel for two on Alaska Airlines for the top two winners, Grocery Outlet $50 gift cards for the next two vote getters and Pride Party Packs from Effen Vodka for our runners-up.
There! That takes your mind off the election for a bit! Also, look for other “virtual” Pride activities this weekend – we have them all on our comprehensive Events page.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide
Election Day is Tuesday
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3. Check out this Palm Springs Voter Information Page for details on Voter Assistance Centers, Ballot Drop-Off and In-Person Voting Locations in Palm Springs and throughout Riverside county.
Free COVID Testing
Free COVID testing will be available at the Palm Springs Convention Center November 3 & 4 from 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. on both days, provided by the Riverside University Health System. If you are insured, insurance information will be collected and your insurance company will be billed. You will not be responsible for any co-pay or other charges. For information about the test please call 800-945-6171 or visit www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus. Testing is encouraged for those that do not have symptoms, not just those with symptoms. No walk-ins, so make your appointment here: http://bit.ly/PSConvCen113-420
Palm Springs Pride: Light Up the Night
Palm Springs Pride is this weekend, November 6–8, and Gay Desert Guide invites you to participate in our Light Up the Night display and contest by decorating your home or business with pink or rainbow lights. The best display could win you air travel for two on Alaska Airlines and other great prizes. So get your pink or rainbow lights today and start planning your display! Have it ready to show off by Friday of Pride weekend and stay tuned to our Facebook page for details on how to participate in the contest. More info
And [click here] for a rundown of all the Palm Springs Pride 2020 events, including:
Palm Springs Pride and Trio have joined forces to provide a Pride Party Pack To Go, Pride-themed beverage kits with mixers and Pride swag included! Order online [here] for curbside pickup November 4–6.
In case you missed it: Craig Ramsay, Fitness Expert, Author, TV Host, and recent transplant to Palm Springs appeared on the I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast to talk about his involvement with this weekend’s Pride 5K Run & Walk! [Check it out here]
Pride Window Contest
Main Street Palm Springs’ Pride Window Design and Display Contest runs from November 2–9, where restaurants, hotels, retail, and service businesses are encouraged to create unique Pride-related displays in their windows that will be visible from the street. Judging will take place via an online community poll. More info
Palm Springs Jewish Film Festival
The 7th Annual Palm Springs Jewish Film Festival takes place November 1–4, as a combination of Drive-In Double Features at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, and streaming movies. Presented by Temple Isaiah in conjunction with The Jewish Federation of the Desert, the festival films have been chosen to create community and strengthen consciousness of Jewish identity, history, and culture; provide a dynamic and inclusive forum for exploration of the expansive diversity of Jewish experiences as well as films for sheer entertainment. Individual tickets and All-Access Passes available. Get tickets
The Economic Future of the Coachella Valley
A free webinar series from the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, Palm Springs Life, and SBEMP Attorneys continues on Wednesday, November 4 at 2:00 p.m. to explore the question of how the Coachella Valley will bounce back from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this installment, “Nonprofits and Philanthropy,” presenters Laura Fritz (Eisenhower Health Foundation) and Debbie Espinosa (FIND Food Bank) discuss how nonprofit organizations are tuning their programming and fundraising strategies for the COVID era. More info
Greek Mom’s Live Interactive Advice Show
The Fun & Games Dept. of Gay Desert Guide and TheMenEvent.com present Greek Mom’s Live Interactive Advice Show on Thursday, November 5 at 6:00 p.m.Greek Mom will insult and inform: “You want my advice? Good! Looks like you need it. Your life is a mess, but I’m here to help!” In this live improv advice show, the bombastic but tough “Greek Mom” will answer your questions on love, life and dealing with cousins you hate (don’t get her started about Toula). Get tickets
Inside an Actor’s World with Jeanne Sakata
CVRep’s Theatre Thursdays series presents Inside an Actor’s World – Featuring Jeanne Sakata on Thursday, November 5 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom. Actress and playwright Jeanne Sakata goes one on one with CVRep’s Artistic Director Ron Celona. Jeanne’s celebrated solo play Hold These Truths has garnered numerous awards, and she’ll share little known information about this play. Free event, registration required. More info
The Community Food Bank @ The Center
The Community Food Bank @ The Center is located at 610 S Belardo Rd, Palm Springs and is open for distribution every Thursday from 5:00–7:00 p.m. Regular hours for Food Bank donation drop-offs are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to Noon. NEW! – Curbside drop off hours: Thursdays from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Collecting barrels will be available in front of the food bank facility for easy drive by – drop and go! 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:
John Taylor and comedian Shann Carr are joined by Brad Fuhr of GayDesertGuide.com, Jimmy Boegle of CVIndependent.com, and Dr. Laura Rush for a discussion/support group! We’ll talk Election 2020 with Joy Silver, a visionary CEO activist and advocate for the causes of social and environmental justice. Joy is the original organizer for the Courageous Resistance and Indivisible 36! And we welcome new #ILoveGayPalmSprings resident musician/singer Steve Knill who appeared on The Voice season 17. Recently featured in glamour magazine/YouTube. Instagram @steveknillmusic Tik tok @steveknill Twitter: realsteveknill. Steve shares his special Dolly Parton moment! [Listen] or [Watch]
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From “Cabaret” to Today: And LGBTQ+ Tour of Berlin
Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept and TheMenEvent.com present a Virtual LGBTQ+ Tour of Berlin on Sunday, November 8 at 11:00 a.m. on Zoom. Come and join Brendan Nash for a virtual tour of Europe’s queer Mecca, from the Isherwood years (and before) to today. Isherwood’s Berlin Stories became widely known through the musical/movie Cabaret. The city had the first gay rights organization in the world, the first center for LGBTQ studies, and a plethora of bars catering to a freewheeling sexual culture that is alive and well today. Get tickets