Our #MCM (ManCrushMonday) features Craig Ramsay, whom we have the pleasure of reconnecting with on the #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast this week. We couldn’t help but add the #ProudBoys hashtag for a little mischief. Speaking of which, we welcome back the newly renamed “Desert Mischief” store as one of our partners.
David Powell from the Desert Business Association will be co-hosting (with me) a new podcast highlighting our LGBTQ-friendly businesses with a vodcast. Look for details on our Facebook page this week.
Watch for your ballot in the mail, stay informed and vote! And a nod to our partners at Coachella Valley Independent for their local election coverage. Nice job, Jimmy Boegle! Have a great week and see all the news that fits below.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide
Big Gay Celebrity Game Night Benefitting Club 1220
Shann Carr hosts Big Gay Celebrity Game Night Benefitting Club 1220 on Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. This Fun & Games Dept. special event features six queer community comedians from Bay Area shows of the 90’s. Diane Amos, Amy Boyd, Shann Carr, Lisa Geduldig, Scott Silverman and Holotta Tymes are banding together to help save Club 1220, the 42 year old gay bar in Walnut Creek that was purchased by some of its entertainers just before Covid. Enjoy watching them compete with games similar to Wheel of Fortune, Friendly Feud and an at-home scavenger hunt. Join in the fun by being a part of the “studio audience!” Get tickets
We are running some more “Family Feud” style events this fall and we need 100 people to take a survey. Will you help us out? Go [HERE] and give your answers to really simple, and fun, questions!
Agua Caliente Job Fair
Agua Caliente Casinos are hosting a job fair on Monday, October 5 from 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at Mary Pickford Theatre in Cathedral City. They are looking to fill over 300 positions between all three of their casino properties: Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage, Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City, and Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs. Exciting positions include, but are not limited to, the following departments: Slots, Table Games, Food & Beverage, Environmental Services, Marketing, Security, Valet, Facilities, and more. Distancing, face coverings, and temperature checks will be observed to create a safe event. More info
Vice Presidential Debate Pre-Show with Miss Richfield
On Wednesday, October 7 at 5:00 p.m. Equality PAC presents The Vice Presidential Debate Pre-Show Starring Miss Richfield and featuring Equality PAC Co-Chairs Congressman David Cicilline and Congressman Mark Takano. The whole nation is anticipating the historic Vice Presidential debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence. This fun and interactive pre-debate event featuring Miss Richfield will set the tone! More info
Following up after the Vice Presidential Debate, Veteran strategists Bob Shrum and Mike Murphy will host an Election R&D Dialogue on Thursday, October 8 at 12:00 p.m. with special guest Minyon Moore (Former Director of White House Political Affairs, Clinton Administration). 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 7 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, “Arts & Culture,” Louis Grachos (Palm Springs Art Museum), Chris Mobley (Modernism Week), and Ron Celona (Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre) discuss how arts and culture organizations, venues, and events are adapting to safely welcome visitors and deliver on their missions. More info
Respiratory Care: Tips for Healthy Living
The LGBTQ Center of the Desert and Eisenhower Health present Respiratory Care: Tips for Healthy Living on Wednesday, October 7 at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Join Christina Congdon, RCP, and Nadia Jensen, RCP, to learn whether you should consider being tested for COPD. For those already diagnosed with COPD, this presentation will provide useful information on what you can do to achieve reasonable symptom control for your best quality-of-life. More info
Latinx Heritage Month Celebration
CVRep presents Theatre Thursday: Latinx Heritage Month Celebration on Thursday, October 8 at 6:00 p.m. Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with a variety show produced by Artistic Director Ron Celona and Liana Arauz. This show will uncover the culture and heritage of the Latinx community through the arts. See performances by guitarist Nick Sosa, actors Debra Cardona and Emanuel Loarca and dancer Beatriz Eugenia. Free event, registration required. 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. More info
Get Inspired by Artist Jim Isermann
The Palm Springs Art Museum is keeping you connected to the museum, even as they remain closed due to COVID-19. Their latest At-Home Activity invites you to get inspired by artist Jim Isermann. Follow the steps and submit a photograph of your final creation and they will be sharing a selection of submissions in the future! Get inspired
I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 65
Comedian Shann Carr and Brad Fuhr of GayDesertGuide.LGBT welcome Dr. Laura Rush, Jimmy Boegle of CVIndependent.com, fitness expert Craig Ramsay, Darrell Tucci of DesertAidsProject.org, and David Gray collector of Palm Springs gay history!
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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]
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.
Knit Together with Doug Morris – Mondays & Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.
Managing Emotions During a Pandemic with Jill Hingston, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Conversational Spanish with Guillermo Biro – Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m.
Prostate Cancer Support Group – 2nd 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 Navarro – Wednesdays 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 Huggins – Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
Who Cares: Caregiver Support Group with Perry Wiggins – Fridays at 3:00 p.m.
Full list of The Center’s Zoom programs [here]
Big Gay Bear Hunt Virtual Speed Dating
Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept. and TheMenEvent.com are hosting a Big Gay Bear Hunt Virtual Speed Dating evening on Saturday, October 10 at 6:00 p.m. Speed dating has never been more fun! We will make introductions, and you go on several short one-on-one dates (each lasting 5-6 minutes) then mingle with everyone with a fun game and have real conversation about dating. You could end up with a date, a friend or a business connection. This event is exclusively for Gay Men Of All Ages who love Bears! (see our other speed dating events for other ages and themes). Get tickets
The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents Cinema ’62 A-Go-Go on Saturday, October 10 from 3:00–6:00 p.m. This live virtual multi-media extravaganza is based on the book Cinema ’62: the Greatest Year at the Movies. There will be special guests, film talk, musical performances, cocktail demos, memories, and even dancing! Featuring Charles Phoenix, Ambassador of Americana, singer/pianist/recording artist Tony DeSare, Singer Mary Stanford, 1960s music expert and author Domenic Priore and singer Al Martino’s daughter, Alison Martino, authors Jeremy Arnold (Lawrence of Arabia: The 50th Anniversary, TCM: The Essentials) and Tom Santopietro (Considering Doris Day), plus, Stiletto City’s Kastle Wasserman with a cocktail demo. More info
Palm Springs International Comedy Festival
Starting Sunday, October 11 and continuing through Sunday, October 18, the Palm Springs International Comedy Festival will feature 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
Indian Wells Arts Festival
The show will go on virtually for the Indian Wells Arts Festival this year, with live events Friday through Sunday, October 9, 10, and 11. Experience live video chats with the artists, demonstrations, activities and studio tours. An online Artist and Vendor Marketplace will feature paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, furniture and more. Free event. More info
Paint El Paseo Pink
The Desert Cancer Foundation presents the 14th Annual Paint El Paseo Pink as a virtual walk on Saturday, October 10 at 8:00 a.m., for breast cancer awareness benefiting the cancer care needs of local valley residents. People can choose to walk in their own community, or in public parks and surrounding areas, individually or as teams. Using social media, they can post check-ins, images, live feeds and hashtags about their participation to further raise awareness and create community engagement in support of the event. More info