Happy Indigenous People’s Day (Columbus Day)!  Arenas Road has returned to full bore with all bars and restaurants now open with outdoor seating and dining.  Even Johannes Restaurant reopened.
Many businesses are still adjusting hours and days of the week open, so call ahead.
Southwest Airlines new services were announced last week and we will have flights to Oakland, Phoenix and Denver starting Nov. 15. And it’s up, up and away in our beautiful Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, another sign of recovery.  Let’s hope we stay in the “red zone” and not slip back to purple, which would mean closure of some of our businesses again.
Are we hearing correctly that the closure of Palm Canyon will be changing soon?  Updates on the podcast this Thursday and on our site as we partner with local news sources to keep you updated.
Don’t forget to vote!  The November election weighs heavily on our minds, but there are two others which are happening – The Desert Sun Best of the Desert and Coachella Valley Independent’s Best of the Coachella Valley Reader’s Poll.


Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide

70’s Happy Hour & Trivia Night

Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept & TheMenEvent.com present 70’s Happy Hour and Trivia on Friday, October 16 at 5:00 p.m. Join us for a fun evening of stories, jokes, and 70s Trivia. Dress in your best 70’s/Disco themed outfit and meet new people! Conversation can go anywhere, but it will be fun to make new friends in this time of social distancing. Comedian Shann Carr, your host for the evening, will guide the conversations and moderate. A round or two of 70’s trivia will be held during the event as well. Get tickets

DBA Virtual Networking Mixer with Escape Room Palm Springs

Join the Desert Business Association for their Virtual Networking Mixer on Monday, October 12 at 5:30 p.m., featuring a chat with Dominique Fruchtman, owner of Escape Room Palm Springs. Dom is a long-time member and ally of the DBA, as well as a former board member. She will talk about how/when she brought the valley’s first Escape Room to Palm Springs five years ago, the challenges of a small business during these times, and the importance of testing for all of our communities. Roundtable chat and check-ins to follow. More info

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, October 14 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, “Education,” presenters Joel Kinnamon (College of the Desert), Jake Zhu (CSUSB Palm Desert), and Sandra Lyon (Palm Springs Unified School District) discuss the pandemic’s temporary and long-term effects on education as well as how our local institutions are innovating new ways to teach and learn. More info

Palm Springs International Comedy Festival

The Palm Springs International Comedy Festival continues now through Sunday, October 18, featuring great comedic talent from all over the world. The festival will have competitions in the following categories: Stand-up, Improv, Sketch, Feature Film, Short Film, TV Pilot, Web Series, Animation, and Music – all of which will be judged by a panel of accomplished industry influencers and creatives with the winners receiving awards and cash prizes. As part of the events, comedy icon Judy Tenuta will receive the ‘PSICF Lifetime Achievement Award’ recipient, and powerhouse Luenell will receive the ‘PSICF Breakthrough Award’ [Read more here]. For every Stand Up Competition Show, the ticket buying audiences viewing it will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite comedian. Get tickets

Don’t miss this! Comedian Shann Carr, host of Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept events and co-host of the I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast, will be hosting the Palm Springs International Comedy Festival’s Stand-Up Competition Show #5 on Wednesday, October 14 at 5:30 p.m. More info

Howl-O-Ween Yappy Hour

Join Animal Samaritans for an online “Howl-O-Ween” themed Virtual Yappy Hour on Thursday, Barktober 15, at 5:00 p.m. Bring your dog or cat, wear costumes (you & your pet) for contests with prizes, raffles, a wine pairing lesson from the Frenchie Winery, games, and more! All Yappy Hour donors (proceeds benefit Animal Samaritans) will have a chance to win a Furbo Dog Camera, valued at $199.00! The fabulous Furbo Dog Camera allows you to watch your pet on camera, while you are away from your home. The best part…you can push a button from your phone and Furbo will dispense a treat for your pet while you’re away! 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:

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.DTuesdays at 11:00 a.m.

Conversational Spanish with Guillermo Biro – Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m.

Prostate Cancer Support Group2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m.

Trans Tuesdays with Jill Hingston, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel NavarroWednesdays at 3:00 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 HugginsFridays at 10:30 a.m.

Who Cares: Caregiver Support Group with Perry WigginsFridays at 3:00 p.m.

Full list of The Center’s Zoom programs [here]

Virtual Employment Expo

Join the Riverside County Economic Development Agency/Workforce Development, Riverside County Department of Public Social Service, State of California Employment Development Department and the State of California Department of Rehabilitation for a Valley Wide Employment Expo on Thursday, October 15 from 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for businesses to network and recruit qualified people for their hiring needs. Job seekers also have an excellent opportunity to meet and apply with local employers. Employment opportunities ranged from entry level positions to upper management positions. Hospitality, retail, banking, gaming, education and Government agencies were some of the industries represented. More info

Stonewall Museum Fall FUN-Raiser

The Stonewall National Museum and Archives are hosting their Virtual Fall FUN-Raiser on Thursday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. to support their programs and exhibitions. You don’t have to leave your house for this great opportunity to hear about what’s going on at the museum and archives and their plans for the upcoming year. Entertainment includes comedian, actress, and author Judy Gold, and Broadway leading man Sean McDermott, star of Miss Saigon, Falsettos, Starlight Express, Grease, Chicago, and many others. More info

Theatre Thursday: Monologue Mania

CVRep presents Theatre Thursday: Monologue Mania! on Thursday, October 15 at 6:00 p.m. Actors from past CVRep productions will bring key monologues from thought-provoking plays to life. Not only will you enjoy award winning performances, but will hear their contemporaries’ input, inspiration and information. It’s the next best thing to being there live, when actors from coast to coast and around the world come together.
Participants include: Nadege August (Good People); Robyn Cohen (Romance/Romance); Dennis Gersten (The Chosen and How I Learned To Drive); Reamy Hall (Good People); Mueen Jahan (A Perfect Ganesh); Eric Charles Jorgenson (Annapurna); Paul David Story (White). Free event, registration required. More info

I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 66

Shann Carr & Brad Fuhr talk National Coming Out Day with Jason Stuart and Belinda Carroll, who put on a virtual event on Sunday, Oct. 11. James Lindquist from DAP brings us to to date on Desert AIDS Walk and the new free home-based HIV test. Nino Eilets and Dr. Laura Rush dish on the debate, the pandemic and Bear Virtual Dating. Plus we have your weekend Top events and Hot Deals!
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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Reopens

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is taking reservations as it reopens for Friday through Monday service 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., with no walk-ins allowed. The world’s largest rotating tramcar will be limited to 10–12 passengers per trip, with face coverings required; the Tramway will also be performing temperature screenings and sanitization of tram cars between trips. More info

Best of Coachella Valley 2020-2021

The Coachella Valley Independent has revealed the finalists in their Seventh Annual Best of Coachella Valley Readers’ Poll, covering categories from Best Art Gallery to Best Dive Bar and everything in between. You can weigh in to determine the winners, who will be announced in late November. Voting is now open through October 26. Vote Today

October is LGBT History Month:
31 Days, 31 Icons

LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Icons. Each day in October, a new LGBT Icon is featured with a video, bio, bibliography, downloadable images and other resources. Come back to our LGBT History Month Page each day to learn something new! [See today’s Icon Here]


Aging Positively Reunion Project

The 5th Annual HIV and Aging Zoom Conference presented by the Aging Positively Reunion Project will take place Saturday, October 17 from 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Gay Desert Guide’s very own Brad Fuhr will be serving as host for the day’s proceedings, which include workshops, breakout sessions, a research update, and wraps up with keynote speaker Javier Muñoz, long term HIV survivor and star of the hit Broadway Musical HAMILTON! Free event, registration required. More info

Tite St, London: Street of Wonderful, Queer Possibilities

The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide and TheMenEvent.com present a virtual tour of Tite Street, London on Sunday, October 18 at 11:00 a.m. From Oscar Wilde to John Singer Sargent, Glyn Philpot, Romaine Brooks and Radclyffe Hall, why did Tite Street draw so much queer talent? To find out more please join author and historian Dr Devon Cox for an illustrated tour of the street highlighting its many queer inhabitants while exploring its importance in LGBTQ+ history. Get tickets