Brad Fuhr Caricature

As I celebrate another year on Planet Earth, I’m humbled by what happened at Saturday’s Aging Positively Reunion Project. I interviewed Andy Bell, founding member and openly gay man from Erasure. We had many wonderful speakers and symposiums including ABC7 Los Angeles’ Karl Schmid. The replay will be available on DAP Health’s website and social pages.

The week ahead is looking busy with Cinema Diverse continuing.

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 

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Vote Now for KGAY 106.5 as Best of Desert 2021

It is the final voting stage of The Desert Sun’s Best of Desert Community Choice Awards, and you have until Friday, September 24 at 8:59 p.m. to vote for your favorites. First and foremost, please cast your vote for KGAY 106.5 in the Media > Local Radio Station category! Vote more than 25 categories, you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win a $500 gift card! More info

2021 Business Expo & Taste of Palm Springs

The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce presents the 2021 Business Expo & Taste of Palm Springs on Wednesday, September 22 from 5:00–9:00 p.m. at Indian Canyons Golf Resort. Come learn about Palm Springs’ businesses and have the opportunity to taste bites from several of the city’s best restaurants. Gay Desert Guide and KGAY 106.5 will be there too, stop by and say hi! More info

Zoom Talk of the Town: CV’s Independent Publishers

ONE-PS presents Talk of the Town: CV’s Independent Publishers: Building Personal Connections on Tuesday, September 21 from 5:30–7:00 p.m. on Zoom. Join Mark Talkington, editor of the Palm Springs Post and Jimmy Boegle, editor of the Coachella Valley Independent for a very timely and informative session on how independent publishers are working to build personal connections with the neighborhoods of the Coachella Valley by helping them learn the news about their towns. More info

Cinema Diverse Continues

The 14th Anniversary Edition of Cinema Diverse, The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival, is taking place now through 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. Follow our link for schedule, tickets and passes! More info

Center Social Returns

Join the LGBTQ Center of the Desert for the return (19 months later!) of the Center Social on Wednesday, September 22 from 5:30–7:00 p.m. at The Saguaro Palm Springs. Beat the heat with cool vibes, refreshing drinks, and an even cooler community in AC luxury overlooking the Jacinto Lawn and the amazing pool area! More info

Stephanie Battaglino Speaks at Mizell

Stephanie Battaglino

Mizell Center presents their 3rd Wednesday Speaker Series, featuring author and activist Stephanie Battaglino on Wednesday, September 22 at 6:00 p.m. Battaglino’s book, Reflections From Both Sides of the Glass Ceiling: Finding My True Self In Corporate America, shares her journey to authenticity as a woman and the realities of male privilege in corporate experience. Winston Geiseke, Philanthropy and Special Sections Editor of the Desert Sun, will moderate the discussion following a special introduction by Palm Springs Mayor-Pro Tem Lisa Middleton. More info

Desert Stonewall Democrats September Meeting

The Desert Stonewall Democrats discuss AB 1400 at their monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 21 from 5:45–7:00 p.m. on Zoom. AB 1400, the California Guaranteed Health Care for All Act, would create the California Guaranteed Health Care for All program, or CalCare, to provide comprehensive universal single-payer health care coverage and a health care cost control system for the benefit of all residents of the state. Speakers include Jeanna Harris, RN from Healthcare for All. Also to be discussed: The Frank Bogert Statue in front of Palm Springs City Hall. More info

Women’s B.A.M. Salon for September

The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents B.A.M. Salon (Book and Movie Salon) for women, hosted by Flynn Sylvest and Irma O’Dell on Tuesday, September 21 from 7:00–8:30 p.m. and every 3rd Tuesday, monthly. The group’s purpose is to develop and deepen LGBTQ+ community and connection through stimulating and informative conversations about books and movies that highlight women authors and women’s stories and experiences. This month’s salon will feature the 2001 film Mulholland Drive, directed by David Lynch. More info

26th Annual Valley-Wide Employment Expo

The 26th Annual Valley-Wide Employment EXPO will take place virtually on Thursday, September 23 from 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Each year the Expo provides businesses an opportunity to network and recruit qualified people for their hiring needs, and in turn provide job seekers with an excellent opportunity to meet and apply with local employers. More info

Hike Henderson Loop with Kim

Kim Kieler

The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents Walk and Hike with Kim, occasional treks for women led by Kim Kieler. On Tuesday, September 21, join Kim at 7:00 a.m. to hike the Henderson Loop Trail, a 3.5-mile hike with 400 ft. elevation. 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

King’s Highway Jazz & Dinner Series

Moki Kawaguchi, aka Lionmilk

King’s Highway at The Ace Hotel and Swim Club presents the return of its open-air and live Jazz & Dinner Series, with Lionmilk Quartet from 8:00–10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 22. Led by Lionmilk aka Moki Kawaguchi, the LA-based quartet features Diego Gaeta on keyboard, Caleb Buchanan on bass, and Will Logan on drums. The group combines jazz improvisations with underground LA beats, fusion, funk riffs, and sun-drenched electronics. Come for a night of auditory bliss, paired with a menu of delights from the kitchen. Next week, it’s Human Error Club and Qur’an Shaheed, on Wednesday, September 29. More info

Jazzville Palm Springs: Oktoberfest Party

Jazzville, the live jazz scene presented by Barry Martin/DJ Baz and Take Five Entertainment, presents Die Sauerkrauts Oktoberfest Party Band on Thursday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the vibrant Cascade Lounge inside Agua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs. Jazzville celebrates Oktoberfest in style and fun! As soon as Festmeister Hans shows up, you know the Die Sauerkrauts are in full swing. Song! Dance! And a ridiculous sense of humor! Plus yodel star Katrin Jakob, ya! Much more than your average polka band, this group plays polkas, waltzes, dixieland, pop, swing and country/western favorites. Cocktails, wine and delicious small bites available. More info

The Rocky Horror Show – Midnight Show

The scheduled run of Desert Rose Playhouse’s “The Rocky Horror Show,” was so popular, they extended it for five more performances, including a midnight show! The final, midnight performance will take place on Saturday, September 25! Get tickets

An Evening on the Lanai – Just 2 Weeks Away

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

Sunnylands Presents Free Films in the Gardens

Now open for the season, Sunnylands Center & Gardens is reviving its popular outdoor movie series, Films in the Gardens, showing a movie musical free of charge on Friday evenings, with shows starting at 7:30 p.m. This Friday, September 24, the film is Mary Poppins and then it’s Mamma Mia! on Friday, October 1. Films in the Gardens are presented in partnership with the Palm Springs International Film Festival. More info

Time to Write Your Memoir with Ronni Sanlo

Ronni Sanlo, Ed.D will share her four-module one-day method for writing your memoir on Saturday, September 25 from 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. on Zoom. Have you often said you want to write your memoir, but people, work and events simply take up your time? Do you have a story about an event in your life, or a place, or your family of origin or choice? Ronni will personally guide you through the process of reviewing your entire life then separating and focusing on those points that changed the course of your life. More info


Sordid Lives at Palm Canyon Theatre

Palm Canyon Theatre presents Del Shore’s black comedy about white trash, Sordid Lives, from Friday, September 24 through Sunday, October 3. When Peggy, a good Christian woman, hits her head on the sink and bleeds to death after tripping over her lover’s wooden legs in a motel room, chaos erupts in Winters, Texas. Get tickets

Michael Carbonaro’s Fresh New Magic

The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage presents Michael Carbonaro on Saturday, September 25 at 8:00 p.m. Best known as the star and executive producer of the hit series, The Carbonaro Effect, on truTV, Michael Carbonaro has also made frequent television appearances. A performing magician since his youth, Carbonaro went on to study experimental theater at New York University with the aspirations of entertaining audiences through a variety of theatrical mediums, including hidden-camera magic, which he later showcased frequently on “ The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Get tickets

Older LGBTQ People and the COVID-19 Pandemic

PALS (Planning Ahead for LGBT Seniors) presents Feels Like We’ve Been Here Before: Older LGBTQ Persons and the COVID-19 Epidemic on Saturday, September 25 from 10:00–11:00 a.m. on Zoom. Using data from a national Canadian study, this presentation focuses on the responses of LGBTQ older adults to the COVID-19 pandemic. From mask use and social distancing, to physical and mental health, to preparations for end of life, it is clear that LGBTQ persons took the pandemic more seriously than cisgender, heterosexual persons of comparable age. Speaker: Brian DeVries, Professor Emeritus of Gerontology, San Francisco State University. More info

Drag Me to Giving Brunch

Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine present Drag Me to Giving Brunch with emcee Bella da Ball on Sunday, September 26 at 11:00 a.m., hosted by Richard Odell and Andrew Uris. Come enjoy mimosas and Bingo! Drag attire is encouraged, go through your drag closet and put on your finest frock. Prizes will be given for best drag. Benefits Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine, the valley’s only free health center. Get tickets