So I took the #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast team to see “House of Cardin” on Friday night.  While I didn’t last for the entire movie – only due to the heat and not the quality of the film – I am planning on giving the drive-in concept another shot during Cinema Diverse.  Yes it’s time for our LGBTQ Film Festival and it’s going to be like many things – mostly virtual.

We had quite the scorcher of a weekend and one for the record books.  I was in LA for a few days, and on Sunday at 1:11 pm, the temp in both Los Angeles and Palm Springs was…. 111 degrees.  There was no doubt which city would ultimately be hotter.  Let’s hope for cooler temps as our restaurants and bars expand outdoor seating along Palm Canyon and Arenas.

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Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide

 


Shann Carr’s Virtual Big Gay Game Night

The Fun & Games Dept. of Gay Desert Guide, along with TheMenEvent.com, present Shann Carr’s Virtual Big Gay Game Night on Tuesday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m.  Let’s have some fun at home! This evening of fun and games will feature prizes for the winners, up to $75 in gift cards for local dining & retail establishments. Games include easy favorites you know and love, like Hangman, Friendly Feud, and Trivia. We’ll all get acquainted and share niceties before the fierce and friendly competition starts. Get tickets

Check out what else we have on tap from the  Fun & Games Dept in September!

Speed Dating Events (also hosted by Shann):


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Cinema Diverse LGBTQ Film Fest 2020

The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival in its 13th year, running from Friday, September 11 through Wednesday, September 30. They have re-envisioned the festival to continue to bring you the latest in quality LGBTQ+ cinema in the healthiest way possible. This year you’ll be able to experience the festival in two unique ways: virtually from the comfort of your recliner at home or at the new PS Cultural Center Drive-In Experience, which will be showing six films over six nights. Virtual Cinema Feature Films, Shorts, and Documentaries will be available online through PSCC’s Virtual Cinema program and can be viewed at your leisure, with All-Access Passes, Six-Packs, and Single Film passes available. More info


 Club Skirts’ The Dinah 2021 Dates Announced

The Dinah Shore Weekend, the largest lesbian event in the world, has announced they are holding dates for two possibilities in 2021: either May 5–9 OR September 15–19, 2021. Passes purchased for the canceled 2020 festival will automatically transfer to 2021, whichever dates are ultimately chosen. Stay tuned to GayDesertGuide.com for the latest info and FAQ about hotel reservations, party venues, more details on the [May] or [September] dates.


Historic Aluminaire House Finds Permanent Home in Palm Springs

The Palm Springs Art Museum will soon feature a new member of its permanent collection: the historic Aluminaire House, designed by Albert Frey and A. Lawrence Kocher in 1932. Considered a masterpiece of modernist design, the house adds to the museums’ already robust collection of work by Albert Frey, including his own Frey House II residence, which sits on the hillside above the museum. The Aluminaire will be reassembled, starting in 2021, located on the grounds of the museum, at the corner of Museum Way and West Tahquitz Canyon Drive. Learn more


Race Matters 2.0

The LGBT Community Center of the Desert presents Race Matters 2.0 on Wednesday, September 9 at 5:30 p.m. This is a virtual space for ALL LGBT community members to come together, talk with one another, and move beyond the conversation about race. The space will be facilitated by Lorenzo Taylor, a Center activity facilitator and member of Brothers of the Desert, and Lex Ortega, Director of Innovation & Community Engagement at The Center. More info


7 Things You Need to Do Before You Retire

The LGBT Center of the Desert presents The Home Stretch: 7 Things You Need to Do Before You Retire on Wednesday, September 9 at 11:00 a.m. Are you as prepared for retirement as you’d like to be? Join Business Partner and Ocotillo Member Sean K. Heslin for an exclusive zoom session about: Timing your retirement and determining how much savings you might need, what to expect from Social Security, and how to build a retirement income stream. More info


Emergency Versus Urgency

Eisenhower Health & Wellness Lecture Series @ The Center presents Emergency vs Urgency on Wednesday, September 9 at 5:30 p.m., with Brett Klein and Susan Veldey, MSN, RN. Learn when to call an ambulance, go to the emergency room, or visit urgent care, and how best to determine the course of your visit, considering COVID protocols, so that you can maintain your safety and expedite your process while you receive the care you desire and need. More info


MORE Broadway Showstoppers

CVRep’s Theatre Thursdays brings back fan favorite Glenn Rosenblum on Thursday, September 10 at 6:00 p.m. for “More Broadway Showstoppers.” For little known facts about some of Broadway’s biggest shows, Glenn’s talk is a must watch! Registration required, free event! More info


 ANA Inspiration Starts Thursday Sept. 10

One of the first major events in the valley to be postponed back when the coronavirus pandemic hit, the ANA Inspiration golf tournament will take place September 10–13 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, marking the first women’s U.S. major of the year. The event is going forward without spectators, following the State of California Public Health Department guidelines with all relevant safeguarding and protocols in place. Fans will be able to watch the ANA Inspiration on Golf Channel and Sky Sports and follow along for enhanced content on social @ANAinspiration and the tournament website. 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.

Knit Together with Doug Morris – Mondays & Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.

Managing Emotions During a Pandemic with Jill Hingston, Ph.DTuesdays at 11:00 a.m.

Dating and Sex in the Age of COVID with Arlen Keith Leight LCSW, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.

Conversational Spanish – Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m.

Virtual Beginner Tap with Keith Mottola – Tuesdays at 5:00 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]


Behavioral Health @The Center Accepting New Clients

The clinical internship program at the LGBT Community Center of the Desert’s Behavioral Health Program offers high quality, affordable counseling tailored to your personal needs and they are now accepting new clients for virtual therapy sessions. To start the process, call Mike Martin at: 760-416-7899 or email: mmartin@thecenterps.org


I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 61

Cinema Diverse, condition “PURPLE” status, Restaurants, Hair Salons, Dating…they’re all part of the mix in this week’s #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast with John Taylor and Shann Carr. Guests include Brad Fuhr of GayDesertGuide.com, Love Coach Pamela Gort of LesbianRelationshipCoach.com, Publisher and editor of CVIndependent.com Jimmy Boegle, from the PSCulturalCenter.org Michael Green discusses Cinema Diverse and food blogger Charles Drabkin takes a big bite out of the local dining scene.
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THIS WEEKEND

Virtual Speed Dating for Men of All Ages

The next Speed Dating offering from the the Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide will be Gay Virtual Speed Dating for Men of All Ages, hosted by Shann Carr, on Saturday, September 12 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 a real conversation about dating. This event is exclusively for men (see our other speed dating events for age groups and themes). You could end up with a date, a friend or a business connection! Get tickets


 Equality California: Golden State Equality Awards

Join Equality California on Sunday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. for the Golden State Equality Awards, presented this year as a virtual celebration you can enjoy from your living room. Hosted by actress and advocate Angelica Ross (POSE), this incredible event will honor Mayor Pete and Chasten Buttigieg and the Netflix original documentary Disclosure — and will feature a special tribute to the late Rep. John Lewis by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The evening will also include exclusive musical performances by Melissa Etheridge, Betty Who, Robin S, Shea Diamond and Alex Newell. Regional pre-show programs will celebrate LGBTQ+ and allied communities in Sacramento, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles and Palm Springs. Get tickets


 Love In Action: Supporting the LGBTQ Community During COVID-19

On Saturday, September 12, from 7:00–9:00 p.m., the Los Angeles LGBT Center will host its first-ever telethon, Love in Action, live on television station KTLA 5 benefiting the Center’s vital programs and services. Co-hosted by Jane Lynch and KTLA 5 news anchor Cher Calvin, the two-hour fundraising show will include appearances and performances by a roster of A-list entertainers including: Billy Porter, Cyndi Lauper, Sia, Margaret Cho, Jay Leno, Lily Tomlin, Melissa Etheridge, k.d. lang, RuPaul, Meredith Vieira, Leslie Odom Jr., Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Andrew Rannells, Cynthia Erivo, Pauley Perrette, Armie Hammer, Billy Eichner, Tyler Oakley, Wilson Cruz, Anthony Rapp, Miss Coco Peru, Shangela, Brian Michael Smith, Peter Paige, Bruce Vilanch, Alexandra Billings, Tonality, Lake Bell, Carla Gugino, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, and Lesley-Ann Brandt. More talent to be announced! More info


KGAY 106.5 Virtual Summer Concert Series – Bill Lohnes

Gay Desert Guide is pleased to be a Media Sponsor of KGAY’s 106.5 Virtual Summer Concert Series. This virtual concert series is designed to keep you entertained and safe this summer, while benefiting our local artists. The series is hosted by Ben Patrick Johnson and Shann Carr. This Sunday, September 13 at 5:00 p.m. the featured artist is Bill Lohnes, and on Sept 20, Kristine W will wrap up the series. Get tickets