We’ve had so much fun working with Alexander Rodriguez, host of “On the Rocks” (where celebrities and cocktails mix!, as he self-describes). He and Golden Girls Season 1 writer Stan Zimmerman have concocted an event called “An Evening on the Lanai” where they chat about the show in an interactive format. We’re happy to bring the show back one more time for those who may have missed it October 6th at Oscar’s. No matter who your inner Golden Girl may be, you’ll learn and laugh during this fun evening.
We turn to the big screen this week with Cinema Diverse coming back in person (and streamed, too, of course).
Michael Green, executive director, notes that most films will be shown twice in theatre this year to allow for social distancing. We’re proud to be a media sponsor with both KGAY 106.5 and GayDesertGuide.LGBT.
There’s more news of note below including the reopening of Sunnylands. That’s where the alter ego to DJ Eric Ornelas works like the proverbial Clark Kent of the turntables – Sunnylands by day and Retro Lunch and Sunday Retro Brunch by…. day. How can he be in two places at one time???
We have launched new Guides in Instagram that will help you find your way to the top spots for dining, nightlife, events and shopping. Follow us @GayDesertGuide today!
Listen to my weekly updates on Monday and Fridays on KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs and the John Taylor morning show.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
P.S. If you’re not getting the weekly “Oasis Insiders” newsletter, please sign up today so we can stay in touch.
#ShopLocal and … #WearADamnMask
Cinema Diverse Starts Thursday
Cinema Diverse, The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival, takes place Thursday, September 16–Thursday, September 30, both in-theatre at the Palm Springs Cultural Center and streaming. Cinema Diverse is dedicated to advancing and further strengthening our diverse gay community through the establishment of a world-class film festival that presents lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cinema from around the world. Cloris Leachman‘s last film JUMP, DARLING officially opens the festival the evening of September 16. It’s a bittersweet story of a rookie drag queen, reeling from a breakup, who escapes to the country and finds his grandmother in steep decline but desperate to avoid a nursing home [View trailer]. Passes and tickets on sale now. More info
DBA Networking Mixer/Desert AIDS Walk Kickoff
Join the Desert Business Association for an in-person DBA Networking Mixer, on Monday, September 13 at 5:30 p.m. at Grand Central in La Plaza in downtown Palm Springs. This will also be a kick-off of the DBA’s official support for DAP Health’s Desert AIDS Walk (Oct. 30). As per city guidelines, at the DBA mixer masks will be required, and Proof of Vaccine or a recent (72 hour) negative COVID test will be required. Free for DBA members, $10 for future members. More info
Get Tickets Now for Return of An Evening on the Lanai
Gay Desert Guide and Oscar’s are pleased to bring back An Evening on the Lanai: Remembering the Golden Girls after two sold-out performances this summer! On Wednesday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m., one of the masters behind the success of The Golden Girls, TV sitcom writer Stan Zimmerman, takes us down memory lane with fun behind-the-scenes stories, little known facts, and more with host Alexander Rodriguez. Join in the fun as we watch clips of our favorite episodes complete with sing alongs and trivia – how well do you know your Golden Girls? Show us your best Golden Girls look, you may just take home a St. Olaf Women of the Year award from our list of giveaways! Don’t let this one sell out before you save your space! Get tickets
ELECTRICITY – The Hottest Play in Palm Springs
Oscar’s Downtown Palm Springs presents the play Electricity, resuming its record-breaking run as the longest running play in Palm Springs, every Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. Written by Terry Ray and starring Ray & Mel England, it’s a deliciously hilarious, sexy and at times heartbreaking romance between Brad and Gary, once closeted gay classmates who make an unlikely couple after sharing a motel room following their 10th high school reunion. There’s an “electricity” between them (“Do you feel it?”) that brings them back to that same room after every successive reunion from 1983 to 2013. The Advocate calls Electricity “The hottest play in Palm Springs.” Get tickets
Shred Day for Charity
Platinum Star Properties presents Shred Day For Charity on Saturday, September 18 from 12:00–3:00 p.m. (or until the truck is full!) Bring your confidential and sensitive documents to shred in this industrial-size Shredding and Disposal Truck Event at 610 S. Belardo Road in Palm Springs. A $20. donation will be gratefully accepted and will benefit Sanctuary Palm Springs, providing a transitional home for LGBTQ+ foster youth. 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, September 14, join Kim at 7:00 a.m. to hike the Whitewater Canyon View Loop Trail (Off I-10W just pass the exit to Joshua Tree). You must be double-vaccinated and maintain physical distancing on the trail, bring a liter of water, and reserve your spot online ahead of time. More info
LGBT Dine Out Group at Yard House
LGBT Dine Out Group of the Coachella Valley’s September Dinner will take place at the Yard House in Rancho Mirage on Tuesday, September 14 from 6:30–8:00 p.m. This is a great way to try out new restaurants and meet new friends in the LGBT community as well as visitors to the valley. Open to all…Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and our Straight Supporters. No host, free to attend, RSVP is required. More info
Zoom Programs from The Center
The LGBTQ Center of the Desert continues to offer programming accessible from anywhere via Zoom, like Social Caring in Times of Covid with Alexis Ortega, Mondays at 11:00 a.m. On Fridays at a new time, 2:30–3:30 p.m., it’s the LGTBQ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel Navarro.
Brave Spaces Parents, a new support group for parents of transgender, non-binary, and gender-expansive youth ages 8-15, is meeting every 1st and 3rd Thursday at 11:00 a.m. The mission of this group is to create a safe/brave peer community where adults can support each other and find helpful tools on their parenting journey, and is hosted by local parent Jasper Price. More info
PALS Café – COVID Update with Dr. Christopher Foltz
PALS CAFÉ is a virtual online meeting place hosted by PALS (Planning Ahead for LGBTQ+ Seniors), Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m., and this week’s topic is a COVID Update with Dr. Christopher Foltz from DAP Health. Instead of a formal presentation, Dr. Foltz has requested that we come with questions so that he covers exactly what we want to know. During the second half, we will debrief what we learned and share our concept of the future. Is this the new normal: What is the new normal for you? How do we connect with one another? If we’re masked, how do we share a smile? More info
Self-Care for the Artist (And Anyone Who Sits & Concentrates)
The Desert Art Center presents Self-Care for the Artist (and anyone else who sits & concentrates) on Tuesday, September 14 at 4:30 p.m. on Zoom. Do you get stiff from sitting in the same position too long or discover you were holding your breath while working? Have you had to stop creating due to body aches and pains? Being cognizant of our body, movement, and breathing plays into our ability to create. Join Constance Clare-Newman to learn some ways to take care of our bodies with methods that help to change faulty postural habits, relieve chronic tension, and improve mobility, alertness, and performance. As an Alexander Technique teacher, Constance works with actors, dancers, musicians, and artists in private practice and at the University of Redlands. More info
Sunnylands Reopens and Presents Free Films in the Garden
Reopening for a new season on Wednesday, September 15, Sunnylands Center & Gardens is reviving its popular outdoor movie series, Films in the Gardens, showing a movie musical free of charge on three consecutive Friday evenings, with all shows starting at 7:30 p.m. This Friday, September 17, the film is The Wizard of Oz, followed next week by Mary Poppins on Friday, September 24 and Mamma Mia! on Friday, October 1. Films in the Gardens are presented in partnership with the Palm Springs International Film Festival. More info
Jazzville Palm Springs: Stardust Revue
Jazzville, the live jazz scene presented by Barry Martin/DJ Baz and Take Five Entertainment, presents Stardust Revue on Thursday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the vibrant Cascade Lounge inside Agua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs. This one-night-only showcase features a 9-piece troupe of musicians, showgirls, comedians, and burlesque artists. Cocktails, wine and delicious small bites will be available to order and enjoy while bopping to the tunes of the evening. The Stardust Review show is already SOLD OUT, so it’s not too early to get your tickets for next week’s Jazzville for Thursday, September 23: Die Sauerkrauts – Oktoberfest Party Band! More info
Best of Coachella Valley Nomination Round
The first round of voting in The CV Independent Best of Coachella Valley 2021-2022 is about to close on Monday, so it’s your last chance to nominate your favorites in various categories from Arts to Nightlife, Family to Fashion, and Professionals to Food and Restaurants. This is fill-in-the-blank voting, so you can nominate whoever you feel is most deserved of the “Best” honor! This nomination round is open through Monday, September 13, with a final round of voting on finalists to follow. Nominate now
Aging Positively Conference
Reunion Project, the annual Coachella Valley conference aimed at providing practical information and inspiration for those aging with HIV, will bring together community leaders to improve the lives of older adults living with HIV for a virtual conference on Saturday, September 18 from 9:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. The conference will feature an HIV research panel of top experts discussing HIV and aging issues in our community, and a presentation from Keynote Speaker Andy Bell of Erasure. Free conference, registration requested. More info
Friday–Sunday, Sept. 17–19: Gay Days Anaheim
At Disneyland on the weekend of September 17–19, Gay Days Anaheim will “rechristen the park” with a sea of red shirts, and Friday, September 17 will feature two icons of the stage: first “An Intimate Conversation with Chita Rivera” followed by “An Evening with Audra McDonald.” There will be Gay Days activities at Disneyland park on Saturday and Disney’s California Adventure on Sunday, plus the Kingdom dance party on Saturday night, Plunge! pool party on Sunday, and shows from RuPaul’s Drag Race Stars Jackie Cox, Nina West, and Jan Sport [Read more]. This “family” gathering is a little different these days, as Disneyland requires park reservations (only available once you’ve purchased a ticket) for the specific days you wish to attend. More info
Friday, Sept. 17: Out on the Mountain
Six Flags Magic Mountain‘s annual “Out on the Mountain” LGBTQ Night returns on Friday, September 17 from 6:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m. The entire park goes gay for the night, which provides a safe and inclusive environment of fun for the LGBTQ community, with rides, dance parties, and performers, including music by DJ Ray Rhodes and performances by RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Trinity the Tuck and Morgan McMichaels. Get tickets
Styx at The Show
The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage presents Styx on Saturday, September 18 at 8:00 p.m. Best known for the hit songs “Lady,” “Come Sail Away,” “Too Much Time on My Hands” and “Renegade,” Styx shot to stardom during the decades of big rockers and soaring power ballads. Formed in Chicago in the early 70s, the band’s members are Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitars), James “JY” Young (vocals, guitars), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums) and Ricky Phillips (bass), along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo. Get tickets