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This Week in Gay Palm Springs

Gay Desert Guide: Week of Sept. 2, 2019

Positive Life Series: Cannabis, PS Community Forum with Geoff Kors and J.R. Roberts, Calamity Jane Singalong, Rainbow Night at Playoffs, Art Museum Summer Film Series, and a look ahead to: Square Dancing, Modern Men, Aging Positively, Center Stage Tickets, Out on the Mountain, Cinema Diverse, Women’s Week & Jazz Fest, and Gay Days Anaheim!


Positive Life Series: Cannabis Research

The Positive Life Series is a monthly community HIV/AIDS seminar series presented by HIV+ Aging Research Project Palm Springs (H+ARP), and the topic for Tuesday, September 3 is “Cannabis Research at UCSD – Neuropathy and Cannabis.” Light supper is served at 6:00 with program beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Sinatra Auditorium at Desert Regional Medical Center. Future program topics include: HIV Stigma, and HIV & the Law. More info


Aging Positively Conference 2019

It is also time to RSVP now for the 4th Annual HIV & Aging Conference, to be held on Wednesday, September 18 from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. at the Joslyn Senior Center. Gay Desert Guide’s very own Brad Fuhr will serve as emcee, introducing informational and Q&A segments on Financial and Legal Planning, Isolation & Loneliness, Medicare and Prescription Drug Coverage, and the Keynote Speaker will be Olympic Gold Medal Champion Greg Louganis. RSVP today


Palm Springs Community Forum with Geoff Kors and J.R. Roberts

Back by popular demand, the City of Palm Springs invites everyone interested in City affairs to a Community Forum on Wednesday, September 4, from 5:30–7:30 p.m., hosted by Mayor pro tem Geoff Kors and Councilmember J.R. Roberts at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The event will be conducted more as a “community conversation” so that issues of importance can be discussed in a less formal atmosphere than a typical Council meeting. In addition, the City Manager and Department Heads will be present to answer questions and listen to public comments. More info


Mark Your Calendar: State of the City

Those interested in City affairs won’t want to miss the Palm Springs City Council sharing new ideas and celebrate recent accomplishments at the State of the City on September 25 at 6:00 p.m. at the Historic Plaza Theatre, a true architectural gem in the heart of downtown. Pre-event reception at Il Corso at 5:00 p.m. More info


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Rainbow Night at Playoffs Sports Lounge

It’s time again for a little hump day fun in Desert Hot Springs with Rainbow Night at Playoffs, on Wednesday, September 4, starting with cocktails and munchies at 7:00 p.m. and Anita Rose kicks off the drag show at 8:00 p.m. More info

 


Calamity Jane Singalong with Among Friends

The Among Friends Summer Sing-A-Long series brings you Calamity Jane, the Doris Day musical hit, on Wednesday, September 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Come in your “Wild West” best at 6:00 p.m. for cocktails, then journey to lonely Deadwood, Dakota where sharpshooter Calamity Jane (Doris Day) falls for cavalry Lt. Danny Gilmartin (Philip Carey) when she is forced to rescue him from the Indians. Get tickets


Art Museum Summer Film Series Wraps Up with “Zabriskie Point”

On Thursday, September 5 at 6:00 p.m. the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Annenberg Theater present the final film in the FREE Summer Film Series: “Zabriskie Point” (1970), a counterculture celebration of the unrestrained romance between an undergraduate dreamer and a hippie student, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. The film series, themed as “Summer of ’69” celebrates the 50 years since the end of the 60’s with films reflecting the climate of the time. Specialty cocktails created specifically for each film will be available in Persimmon Bistro 4:00–6:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., first come, first served, so get there quick! More info


Square Dancing Fall Classes Begin Sept. 9

Boots in Squares, Coachella Valley’s premier LGBTQ square dance club, starts Fall Classes on Monday, September 9 at the air conditioned Cathedral City Senior Center. Boots in Squares is one of the top three largest clubs in the IAGSDC (International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs) as well as one of the fastest growing. Classes are open to everyone–even if you have two left feet you should give it a try! More info


Modern Men Chorus Open Rehearsal & Auditions

Join Modern Men – Coachella Valley’s Men’s Chorus on Monday, September 9 for an Open Rehearsal at 6:30 p.m. at United Methodist Church of Palm Springs. At the end of the rehearsal you may choose to audition for the 2019/2020 season, or come back for an audition on September 14 at 10:00 a.m. More info


Call for Artifacts: Gay Pride Exhibit

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, the Marks Art Center at College of the Desert would like to invite artists to submit works of art that speak to the LGBTQ experience of activism and pride over the last 50 years. Eligible media include, but are not limited to: drawing, painting, photography, mixed media, sculpture, digital art, collage, and fiber/textile art. Submission deadline: September 30. More info


Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Customer Appreciation Fireworks

On Saturday, September 7 at 9:00 p.m., look to the sky for a spectacular fireworks display at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage. In addition to the fireworks,, enjoy giveaways and point multipliers throughout September as Agua Caliente says thank you to their customers! Learn more


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Center Stage Tickets on Sale Monday Sept 9

The Center Stage fundraiser is turning 10, and to celebrate, The LGBT Community Center of the Desert is turning back the clock to throw a big 80s party on October 25! Presented by Eisenhower Medical Center, come to Center Stage for cocktails, silent auction, sit-down dinner, and a freakin’ righteous Big 80’s party! The Center will be honoring their outgoing board chair, Brian Rix, for his rad 9 years of service on The Center’s Board of Directors. This event will sell out, so get yours when they go on sale Monday, September 9! Get tickets


September 13: Out on the Mountain

Six Flags Magic Mountain’s annual Gay Night is Out on the Mountain, when the entire park goes gay for the night, providing a safe and inclusive environment of fun for the LGBTQ community with rides, dance parties, and performers. Music by DJ Ray Rhodes and DJ SRO, with a special guest performance by Alaska, from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Get tickets

 


September 19–28: Cinema Diverse

All-Access Passes and Six-Pack Admission Passes are on sale now for Cinema Diverse, the world-class LGBTQ Film Festival now in its 11th year. With red carpets, parties, and of course screenings, this is an opportunity to see movies from around the world that reflect, inform, enrich, and often transform lives. Powerful stuff. Get passes

 


September 29–October 6: Palm Springs Women’s Week

Palm Springs Women’s Week is intended to bring women from around the country to the Coachella Valley to participate in a week of events designed to celebrate Lesbian culture and elevate the status of women. It will cast a bright light on talented local women and explore the issues and attitudes that define women’s experiences everywhere. See our Women’s Week Event Page for a full day-by-day rundown of all the activities, including the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival, returning for its sixth year with two evenings devoted to a stellar line-up of music and performances by leading female jazz musicians featuring Maysa & Jazz in Pink on Friday, October 5 and Judith Hill & Jazz Antiqua will headline the fest on Saturday, October 6. Get tickets


October 4–6: Gay Days Anaheim

With the brand-new land Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge now open, Disneyland is a hotter ticket than ever, and what’s more fun than going with your red shirt for the “Unofficial Gay Days at Disneyland!” With nighttime parties and cocktail mixers, a scavenger hunt within the park, a massive group photo and much more, you can get Gay Days rates for the Disney hotels or Disney park admission. Get tickets


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